Man walking on Little Rock interstate struck and killed
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a 42-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a car while walking on an interstate in Little Rock.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting at an inn in northeast Arkansas.
The Arkansas State Police said Monday they were looking into the...
CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) — A commercial truck hauling a chemical commonly used as fertilizer exploded Wednesday on a highway in Arkansas, killing the driver and creating a massive crater in the road,...
The Latest: Truck driver killed in Arkansas explosion
CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the explosion of a truck in southern Arkansas (all times local):
Authorities say a truck driver hauling ammonium nitrate was killed when...
Certified bomb squads located in 7 cities in Arkansas
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has seven certified bomb squads regionally located throughout the state with the ability to respond anywhere within the state or nation, an official said.
Man dies after Augusta police pepper spray him
AUGUSTA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police says it's investigating the death of a man who became unresponsive after police in Augusta pepper sprayed him.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A northeast Arkansas prosecutor has cleared two Jonesboro police officers in the fatal shooting of a homicide suspect.
Oklahoma baseball player hurt in Arkansas hit-and-run
MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a college baseball player from Oklahoma was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle in an apparent hit-and-run crash in...
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Correction says State Police are investigating the deaths of two inmates on consecutive days at different prisons.
Police: Armed Arkansas man shot after lunging at officers
JUDSONIA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a 24-year-old man was hospitalized after he was shot by a police officer when he pulled a hunting knife and lunged at the officer.
State police said in a statement Saturday that Matthew Garrett of Judsonia, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock, underwent surgery in the hours after the shooting. Authorities did not indicate what condition he's in.
South Carolinians fatally shot by police in eastern Arkansas
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say two South Carolina residents were fatally shot by police in eastern Arkansas.
A state police news release on Saturday says the state crime lab has identified the two as 32-year-old Megan Brooke Rivera and 30-year-old De'Angelo Jamar Brown, both of Lancaster, South Carolina.
Man injured in police shooting in Jackson County
SWIFTON, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas State Police trooper shot and wounded a man who reportedly pointed a handgun at law enforcement officers.
State police say the shooting happened Thursday afternoon at a home east of Swifton, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. State police say a Jackson County Sheriff's Department's deputy encountered 42-year-old Sjon Anthony Woods, who was holding a handgun and reportedly fired the gun into the ground.
2 dead in police shooting in West Memphis, officer injured
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say two people were killed in a shooting involving an eastern Arkansas police officer, who was also injured.
A state police news release says only that the shooting Wednesday night involved a West Memphis police officer and that the injured officer's condition is unknown.
Arkansas State Police say criminal investigator suspended
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say the commander of a Criminal Investigation Division was suspended without pay for a week in December.
An investigative file released Wednesday says Lt. Brant Tosh violated several department policies, including unbecoming conduct, telling agents not to file for overtime, using agents and inmates for personal work and driving his state police vehicle for personal use.
Arkansas woman dies in head-on crash with ambulance
MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Little Rock woman was killed when the car she was driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 collided head-on with an ambulance in central Arkansas.
A preliminary state police report says 21-year-old Briana Carter of Little Rock was dead at the scene of the Sunday morning crash near Maumelle, on the western edge of Little Rock.
Suspect arrested in slayings of 2 in central Arkansas
PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a 36-year-old suspect has been taken into custody following the deaths of a man and a woman in central Arkansas.
Records indicate that 36-year-old Bobby Wyles was being held Sunday in the Perry County Detention Center in Perryville, about 34 miles (55 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.
Report indicates speed a factor in fatal Arkansas bus crash
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An initial police report indicates a charter bus carrying elementary school-age football players from Tennessee was going too fast when it rolled off an Arkansas interstate last month and overturned, killing a 9-year-old and injuring at least 45 others.
Arkansas trooper injured when patrol car slides off highway
WILTON, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas State Police trooper has been taken to a Little Rock hospital with injuries after his patrol car slid off a highway and struck a tree.
The Texarkana Gazette reports Cpl. Clayton McWilliams became trapped Thursday afternoon and had to be extricated from the car by emergency personnel.
The 32-year-old McWilliams first was taken to a hospital in Texarkana, Texas, and then transferred to Little Rock. The extent of his injuries was not clear late Thursday.
Body of missing Texas man found in southwest Arkansas bayou
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The body of a missing Texarkana, Texas, man has been found in a submerged vehicle in a bayou in southwest Arkansas.
Arkansas State Police Capt. Brady Gore tells the Texarkana Gazette that the body of 33-year-old Reuben Madison was found Monday morning in the car in McKinney Bayou along U.S. Highway 82 in Miller County.
Officer in northeast Arkansas fatally shoots armed man
RECTOR, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot and killed a man outside of a convenience store in northeast Arkansas.
According to Arkansas State Police, the shooting happened Wednesday in Rector, about 155 miles (250 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. State police say Rector officers responded to a call of a man walking down the town's Main Street, carrying a gun. Police say that man, later identified as 21-year-old Gary Warbritton of Rector, pointed the gun at a Rector officer.
Arkansas police investigating shooting death in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in southeast Arkansas after his car crashed into a home.
State police say 33-year-old Todd Martin of Crossett was found dead early Tuesday after his car collided into the side of a home in Hamburg.
Arkansas unclaimed property fund is victim of fraud claims
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Auditors say online thieves have stolen about $40,000 from Arkansas' unclaimed property fund.
Pope County deputy fatally shoots man after traffic stop
MORRILTON, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a Pope County deputy fatally shot a man after a police chase on Interstate 40 in Arkansas.
Arkansas State Police say the deputy was trying to make a traffic stop Tuesday night, but the man continued driving east on I-40 into Conway County. State police say that after the man pulled over, he stepped out of his vehicle armed with a knife.
1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A third grader was killed and at least 45 people were injured when a charter bus carrying youth football players from Tennessee rolled off an interstate and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities said.
Arkansas State Police said the bus crashed along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. Police said most of the injured were children and that they were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.
2 found dead in wrecked car near highway in Arkansas Ozarks
LESLIE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a state trooper discovered two decomposed bodies inside a wrecked vehicle along U.S. 65 in the Ozark Mountains.
Arkansas woman charged in murder-for-hire investigation
MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say they have arrested a 48-year-old woman in a murder-for-hire investigation.
Stephanie Rogers of Monticello was arrested Thursday after an investigation by the State Police criminal investigation division. Prosecutors have charged Rogers with capital murder conspiracy and capital murder solicitation.
Texas woman gets life sentence for shooting Arkansas trooper
ROCKPORT, Ark. (AP) — A Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting an Arkansas State Police trooper.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 49-year-old Elsbeth Kittinger pleaded guilty Monday in Hot Spring County to charges of first-degree battery and commission of a felony with a firearm in the April 1 shooting of Kyle Sheldon.
2 juveniles killed when vehicle struck by train in Arkansas
CORNING, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say two juvenile girls were killed when the vehicle they were in was struck by a train in northeast Arkansas.
A state police report says the two were eastbound on a county road in Clay County near Corning on Friday when the girl who was driving pulled into the path of a northbound train.
The report does not identify the girls or release their ages.
Woman dies in hit-and-run outside Arkansas welcome center
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Officials say a 73-year-old woman from Arizona was fatally struck after leaving an Arkansas welcome center and walking into traffic.
Arkansas State Police say Elizabeth Karsner of Tucson was fatally struck early Sunday morning on Interstate 30 in Texarkana after leaving the welcome center where she and her husband had stopped to rest.
Police say the driver of the vehicle that hit Karsner left the scene.
Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Arkansas
VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a 68-year-old Crawford County man is dead following an early-morning officer-involved shooting in which a police officer was wounded.
Authorities say officers in Van Buren responded to reports of a disturbance at a residence shortly after 12:40 a.m. Sunday and encountered Johnny Fisher.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Police is investigating a shooting in which a man was killed after allegedly pointing a weapon at officers from the Pine Bluff Police Department.
Authorities say officers were responding to a disturbance call in Pine Bluff Friday night when they encountered 34-year-old Danny Lee outside a home.
Police say Lee had a gun and pointed it at officers as they tried to take him into custody.
Suspect killed after he shot chief of police
TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a northeast Arkansas police chief was wounded in a shooting in which the chief fatally shot a man.
A state police statement says Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson suffered non-life threatening wounds and is hospitalized after the Friday morning shooting that killed Johnny Kelley.
State police say Henson was contacted by Kelley, who asked him come to his home near Trumann, and when Henson approached the residence, Kelley shot Henson, who returned fire.
Arkansas State Police say man dies after gunfight
OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a man died following a gunfight with officers after he shot and killed a police dog.
In a statement, police say James Edward Blackmon of St. Louis died Tuesday morning at a hospital where he was transported after he was shot Monday evening near Osceola in eastern Arkansas.
The man had been pursued by Missouri law enforcement, though it was not immediately clear why.
Arkansas building new crime lab to ease case backlog
LOWELL, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor says the state is building a new crime lab in the northwest that will help ease a backlog of cases.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday that the state will build a $2.6 million, 10,000 square-foot lab that will share space with the Arkansas State Police Troop L's new headquarters in Lowell. Hutchinson says he expects the new lab will open in March 2019.
Hutchinson’s son pleads not guilty to DWI charges
WEST FORK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's son has pleaded not guilty to his fourth charge of driving while intoxicated.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that William Asa Hutchinson III's attorney filed a not guilty plea in West Fork District Court on Thursday. His court date is scheduled for Sept. 13.
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison officials say an inmate has died at a Tennessee hospital where she was taken after being found in "medical distress."
Arkansas Community Correction spokeswoman Dina Tyler says in a news release that 28-year-old Melissa Maier died Thursday at a hospital in Memphis.
Police respond to attempted suicide by death row inmate
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police said Friday a death row inmate whose execution was halted last year was taken to the hospital after prison officials told investigators he had attempted suicide.
An Arkansas State Police spokesman said investigators responded Thursday afternoon to a report of an attempted suicide by convicted murderer Don Davis. State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Davis, 55, had been taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries.
MARION, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say three people were killed in eastern Arkansas after their car crashed into a tree.
Arkansas State Police say the wreck happened early Sunday on Arkansas 77 in Crittenden County. According to a preliminary report, the three men were killed when their car left the road, hit a sign, and then struck a tree.
State police identified the victims as 58-year-old Charles Massey of Marion, 59-year-old Ray Smith of West Memphis and 63-year-old Calvin Beaugard of Sunset.
Arkansas lawmaker who filed no taxes since 2003 arrested
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker was arrested Thursday on six felony charges after authorities said he failed to file income tax returns for 15 years and owes nearly $260,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest to the state.
FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a suspect who fled during a traffic stop by a state trooper was killed in a head-on collision in eastern Arkansas.
Troopers say the 44-year-old suspect was pulled over at 10:37 a.m. Friday during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County. The suspect fled eastbound on the roadway and was pursued until the trooper lost visual contact with the suspect's vehicle.
4 dead in northeast Arkansas car-train collision
WYNNE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Florida man is among four people killed in an auto-train collision in northeast Arkansas.
Authorities say the crash Saturday night occurred on a private drive in the Tilton community of Cross County when a train collided with a car attempting to cross the road at a rail crossing.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Authorities say a 16-month-old girl has died after being struck by a vehicle that was backing out of a parking area in Arkansas.
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Tennessee man is dead following a police chase and shooting that ended in a collision on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas.
A state police news release says West Memphis police were attempting to stop the vehicle driven by 47-year-old Ronald Clinton of Memphis Monday afternoon as it was eastbound on the interstate and Clinton used his vehicle to strike patrol cars.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police are investigating the weekend deaths of two state prison inmates at separate correctional units.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a man convicted of fatally shooting his stepbrother following a long-simmering family feud.
The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Thursday to 52-year-old John Patrick Williamson of Broken Bow. Williamson was convicted of first-degree murder by a McCurtain County jury in the May 6, 2015, shooting death of his stepbrother, 46-year-old Michael Sean Daniel.
HARMON, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers have died after a head-on collision in north Arkansas.
Arkansas State Police say the wreck happened Sunday morning on U.S. 62 near Harmon in Boone County. According to a preliminary report, a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Tyler Leon Smith of Wesley crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.
State police say both Smith and a passenger, 19-year-old Russell Bailey Campbell of Damascus, were killed.
CARLISLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say three people were killed in a head-on collision involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 40.
State police say the wreck happened Tuesday afternoon near Carlisle, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Little Rock. State police say a truck driven by Jerry Stice of Westville, Oklahoma, crossed the center line and crashed into a FedEx truck driven by Jesus Escareno of Houston.
MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say they've been asked to help investigate the death of a man in Monticello.
A news release from state police say police in Monticello found 21-year-old Ja'Marius Raymon Lewis dead in the walkway outside an apartment complex just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The release says investigators suspect Lewis was shot, but the body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the exact manner and cause of death.
MARSHALL, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas parolee police had been searching for on an outstanding warrant has been fatally shot by a Department of Correction officer.
Arkansas trooper shot, wounded during traffic stop
ROCKPORT, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas State Police trooper was shot and wounded during a traffic stop in southwest Arkansas.
State police say Trooper Kyle Sheldon remains hospitalized in stable condition after the shooting Sunday night in Rockport, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. State police say Sheldon's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.