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Arkansas Crime Watch: Stuttgart shootings, Lonoke fake cop, I-530 tire thrower

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Arkansas man said he 'thought it would be fun' to run from police after arrest

An Arkansas man has been arrested for multiple warrants after a police chase Tuesday morning. According to the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, detectives noticed a driver in a 2014 blue Ford truck trying to conceal his face as he passed the intersection of highways 38 and 31.


Hunters bag 1,160 light geese in Delta contest

The first World Championship Snow Goose Conservation Hunt, organized by Mack's Prairie Wings in Stuttgart and held Feb. 9-10, raised $31,000 for charity. One-third was donated to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry.


Arkansas bill proposes to outlaw sale of tobacco and vapor products to people under 21

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — A bipartisan piece of legislation calls for the prohibition of selling tobacco and alternative nicotine products including electronic cigarettes to individuals under aged 21.


Arkansas teen dies after clerk shoots him during gas station robbery, police say

A suspected robber died of his injuries after an Arkansas gas station clerk retrieved a gun and shot him during an apparent holdup try in Jacksonville, authorities said Tuesday.


Shooting leaves 1 dead in Stuttgart, police investigate with 2 suspects in custody

STUTTGART, Ark. — On Wednesday, Feb. 13, at approximately 2:32 p.m. a shooting occurred in the Rock Island Addition of Stuttgart, Ark. Police said 20-year-old Zack Geans died in result of the incident.


Winter weather advisories in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a storm system could produce snow and ice in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Tuesday through Wednesday morning for parts of western Texas, much of Oklahoma and into northwestern


20-year-old dies in Stuttgart shooting

STUTTGART, Ark. (KATV) — Stuttgart Police are investigating a Wednesday afternoon homicide. Two people have since been detained for questioning. Neighbors heard shots ring out in the Rock Island neighborhood just past 2:30 p.m. "I just heard two gun shots and I hit the ground. And then a lot of them


High Court won't hear anti-death penalty Arkansas judge suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration.


New bill would get rid of daylight saving time in Arkansas

HARRISON, AR (KAIT) -A new bill in Arkansas could eliminate Daylight Savings Time altogether. According to a report from NBC affiliate KY3, House Bill 1368, filed by State Rep. Sarah Capp, would put the state on standard time permanently.


SPD expecting more arrests from shooting, Investigation continues

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at approximately 2:32 p.m. shooting occurred in the Rock Island Addition of Stuttgart. One individual, 20-year-old Zack Geans, was shot and killed.


Governor signs Arkansas tax cut into law; top rate lowered from 6.9% to 5.9%

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday afternoon signed into law his $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate over the next two years. The rate goes from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent. The proposal won final approval in the majority-Republican Arkansas Legislature last week.


Former Northwest Arkansas youth pastor pleads innocent to sexually assaulting teen

BENTONVILLE -- A former volunteer youth pastor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old church member. Derek L. Smittle, 30, of Centerton is charged with sexual assault and faces from six to 30 years in prison if convicted.


ATF joins hunt for suspects who stole 79 guns in brazen Arkansas hardware store burglary

Authorities in Arkansas released surveillance video Monday they say shows three suspects inside an Ace Hardware shop swiping 79 guns—mostly pistols—within two minutes after breaking into the store.


Arkansas lottery set to break records

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is on track to post records for the fiscal year. According to a news release, the ASL ended January with net proceeds to scholarships exceeding $7.8 million. That is more than $1.1 million ahead of their budget.


Bill seeks to put Arkansas fathers and mothers on equal footing in custody disputes

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Legislation filed in Little Rock aims to do away with what parental equality advocates call "gender discrimination" when it comes to custody battles surrounding children born outside of marriage.


Arkansas’ Severe Weather Awareness Week Feb. 24 - March 2

The severe storm season of 2018 brought with it 34 tornadoes, 16 thunderstorm wind gusts of 80 mph and greater, 15 instances of hail of 2 inches or larger and hundreds of reports of flash flooding. Combined, hazardous weather resulted in 5 fatalities in 2018, two of which were caused by lightning as


Agency updates forecast for casino tax's proceeds

The state Department of Finance and Administration has updated its projection of how much the state will receive from casino tax revenue, with a prediction of $74.4 million by fiscal 2028.


Update: 3 men charged with murder in Stuttgart shooting

STUTTGART, Ark. - Two men jailed in connection to a deadly shooting have been officially charged with murder, according to authorities. Keenen Hudson and Chyvontae Powell were charged Friday with first-degree murder for the death of Zach Geans. They were both arrested Thursday.


Arkansas County sheriff’s deputy guilty of extortion

A volunteer sheriff’s deputy with the Arkansas County Sheriff’s Office has been convicted of extorting confidential informants to steal an ATV and firearms. Cody Hiland, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Field Off