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Arkansas school aide said to videotape boy in bathroom stall

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith man was being held in the Crawford County jail Thursday after a judge found probable cause that the man recorded images of a boy in a bathroom stall at Van Buren High School. Continue reading...

Work begins on site of marshals museum

Subscriber onlyNearly eight years after being selected as the site for the U.S. Marshals Service's national museum, work has begun on the banks of the Arkansas River to prepare the site for construction. Continue reading...

Instructor's aide accused of recording boy in Van Buren bathroom

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith man was being held in the Crawford County jail Thursday after a judge found probable cause the man recorded images of a boy in a bathroom stall at Van Buren High School. Continue reading...

Teen should get life in prison for murdering Arkansas college student in home-invasion, prosecutor says

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County prosecutor recommended Tuesday that 18-year-old Shakur Sharp be sentenced to life in prison for murdering a man during a home-invasion robbery in January 2016. Continue reading...

Hearing to dismiss murder case urged for former Arkansas death row inmate

Subscriber onlyThe attorney for former death row inmate Rickey Dale Newman has asked a judge for an Oct. 11 hearing to dismiss the 16-year-old murder case against her client. Continue reading...

Victim mourned at sentencing

Hearing follows guilty plea in UAFS student’s slaying

Subscriber onlyFamily and friends of 22-year-old Kaleb Watson remembered his warmth, friendship and big heart Monday and rebuked his confessed murderer Shakur Sharp for taking him from them. Continue reading...

Fort Smith homeless shelter opens today with meals, health services

Subscriber only A campus that has been in development for more than five years is set to open today to offer shelter and services to the homeless and near homeless. Continue reading...

Fort Smith police ask to use leftover 2017 cash

New vehicles top Fort Smith wish list

Subscriber only The Police Department estimates it will have about $790,000 left over in its 2017 budget, and officials want to use the money to replace worn out equipment. Continue reading...

Arkansas man ordered held in death of son, 2

Subscriber onlyA judge on Monday found there was probable cause to hold a 32-year-old man in the death of his 2-year-old son, according to the prosecuting attorney's office. A probable-cause affidavit completed by police Detective Stephen Krumm said Powell admitted that he hit the toddler twice in the face and head with the back of his hand because the child would not stop crying and screaming when Powell was trying to sleep about 4 a.m. Saturday. Continue reading...

Lawyer testifies in client's filing

Plan was to say U.S. faked case for revenge, court told

Subscriber onlyThe federal government fabricated its criminal case against James Bolt to get even with him for losing its prosecution against him in a 2007 case, Bolt's attorney testified in federal court Thursday. Continue reading...

Judge sets deadline to prosecute Newman's '01 case

Bid to keep slaying confession failed

Subscriber onlyA special prosecutor has been given 10 days to decide whether to continue the 16-year prosecution of Rickey Dale Newman. Continue reading...

Rogers' Bolt claims case against him was to 'get even' over 2007 acquittal

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The federal government fabricated its criminal case against James Bolt to get even with him for losing its prosecution against him in a 2007 case, Bolt's attorney testified in federal court Thursday. Continue reading...

Pleaded guilty but lied, convicted Arkansas businessman states

In hearing, he faults his 2014 lawyers

Subscriber only A man serving a 100-month federal prison sentence said Wednesday that he did not commit the crimes to which he pleaded guilty more than three years ago. Continue reading...

AG unveils program on dangers of opioids

Subscriber onlyArkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge introduced a program at Southside High School on Tuesday aimed at helping students understand the dangers of opioids and how to prevent abuse. Continue reading...

2 unions to initiate recall bid

Funds for police, firemen at issue

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Local police and firefighter unions are leading efforts to recall three city directors for what they say is a failure to support Fort Smith's public safety employees. Continue reading...