29, Jan 2015 - New chief of prisons confirmed by board
The Arkansas Board of Corrections unanimously confirmed the appointment of Wendy Kelley as director of the state's prison system Thursday.
29, Jan 2015 - Hear more on marriage ban, AG tells court
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to hear a second round of oral arguments in the state's pending appeal of a ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
29, Jan 2015 - Another man guilty in cigarette conspiracy
The federal government has won more restitution in a contraband cigarette case centered in Independence.Gerald E. Barber, 68, of Virginia, on Friday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and contraband cigarette trafficking before a federal judge in Kansas City. Barber was president of the Seneca-Cayuga Tobacco Company in Grove, Oklahoma. He faces five years in prison, a fine of up ...
29, Jan 2015 - AG asks for new arguments in marriage case
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked Arkansas' highest court on Friday to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit over the state's gay marriage ban because two new justices were...
29, Jan 2015 - Arkansas ex-judge in Charlize Theron adoption case pleads guilty to bribery
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A former Arkansas judge forced from the bench for disclosing confidential information about an adoption by actress Charlize Theron pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge on Friday in an unrelated case. Michael Maggio of Conway, Arkansas, admitted to accepting $24,000 in campaign contributions from the owner of a nursing home two days before ...
29, Jan 2015 - Ex-Arkansas judge who discussed Theron case pleads guilty
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The former Arkansas judge accused of revealing details about actress Charlize Theron adopting her son pleaded guilty to bribery in a separate case Friday, admitting that he accepted a campaign donation in exchange for reducing a jury verdict against a Conway company.
29, Jan 2015 - Three sentenced for dealing meth in Northwest Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE -- Two Californians and a Springdale resident who were part of a drug trafficking ring were sentenced Tuesday to more than 32 years in federal prison.
29, Jan 2015 - Three People Sentenced in Drug Trafficking Cases
FAYETTEVILLE -- Three people were sentenced to more than 32 years in prison on drug trafficking charges, according to Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Leonel Padilla, Andres Diaz and Jonni Diaz were sentenced Tuesday in Northwest Arkansas to a total of over 32 years in federal prison for drug trafficking offenses. Padilla, age 27, of Springdale, was sentenced ...
29, Jan 2015 - Montgomery, KS Homeowner beats scam, gets deed to home
A Kansas City woman who was the victim of a real estate fraud scheme receives the deed to her home after more than a year of disappointments and testifying before a federal judge.
29, Jan 2015 - Suspect's DNA, prints lead to closure of 1982 Oakland homicide
Authorities say the suspected killer of the Oakland man is already serving multiple life-without-parole terms in a Virginia federal prison for robbery and carjacking convictions in Arkansas. He has denied being in Oakland, but his fingerprints and DNA prove otherwise, authorities say.
28, Jan 2015 - Supreme Court OKs beard for Muslim prison inmate
WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas can grow a short beard for religious reasons. The court’s ...
28, Jan 2015 - The new Arkansas Supreme Court, with female majority, takes the bench; one drops potential hint on
A formal ceremony was held today to add two new justices — Robin Wynne and Rhonda Wood — to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Both had been judges on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Wynne beat Tim Cullen to take the seat held by retiring Justice Donald Corbin . Wood was unopposed for a seat vacated when Justice Robert Brown retired. He'd been replaced in the interim by Cliff Hoofman , who's been ...
28, Jan 2015 - Jackson, KS Convicted Murderer To Receive New Sentence In 2010 Topeka Killing
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the Hard 50 sentence for a man convicted in a 2010 Topeka murder. The state’s high court Friday did affirm the first-degree premeditated murder conviction of Trevejon Killings.
28, Jan 2015 - State board votes to take over Little Rock School District
The Arkansas Board of Education voted Wednesday to take control of Little Rock schools less than six months after a federal judge granted more independence to the historically embattled district and ended a quarter-century...
28, Jan 2015 - Ellsworth, KS Inspectors find food safety violations at state prisons
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Department of Corrections acknowledged that its inspectors consistently found dirty kitchens and other food safety violations at several state prisons, but it said the contractor that provides the service is willing to work to improve the situation. Nearly 340 inspections conducted between ...