Seized guns sold to buy police cruiser, says Newton County sheriff

"I read this law. I thought I was in the right". June 4, 2022 Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said he thought he was following state law when he sold 103 seized guns to a Kansas gun dealer for $12,150 and had him cut a check to the Harrison Toyota dealer so the sheriff's office could buy a vehicle. "I read this law. I thought I was in the right...

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Burglary of Little Rock police evidence facility unlikely to affect pending cases, Pulaski County prosecutor says

It estimated the value of stolen evidence to be $20,000. March 22, 2022 After an unknown number of items were stolen last week from a Little Rock Police Department evidence-storage facility, a Pulaski County prosecutor was informed that the break-in did not affect cases pending with his office. John Johnson, the chief deputy prosecuting attorney fo...

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Little Rock police property room broken into, assistant chief says

Officials were taking inventory to identify everything that was taken.  March 18, 2022 A property room used by Little Rock police was broken into between Sunday night and early Monday morning, Assistant Chief Heath Helton said during a weekly news briefing Wednesday at Little Rock City Hall. Helton described the facility as "kind of a holding ...

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Gun auction to raise money for sheriff’s office

Sheriff says he couldn't remember when the department upgraded any of their equipment, operating off of an old analog radio system for many years. July 31, 2021  A gun auction is new for Sheriff Terry Miller, but the need for new equipment isn't. "This is the first auction that we've had since I've been in office since 2015," Miller said. "[Ne...

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Evidence in the West Memphis Three case 'likely lost or destroyed'

Attorneys said evidence recently needed for DNA testing is missing.  July 13, 2021 WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — It's a case that caught national attention for decades, the West Memphis Three. Attorneys said evidence recently needed for DNA testing is missing. Patrick Benca, one of Damien Echols's attorneys, said he fears missing this evidence will nev...

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Fayetteville Police employee fired after stealing marijuana from evidence

The internal investigation revealed Churchill took marijuana that was scheduled for destruction May 15,2020 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) -- An employee with the Fayetteville Police Department's Evidence Division has been fired after stealing marijuana from evidence.On April 7, Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds became aware that Meghan Churchill,...

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Ex-officer appeals loss of certification

Case linked to evidence discrepancies November 15, 2019 BENTONVILLE -- A former Bella Vista police officer is appealing the loss of his law enforcement certification. Michael Kugler filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court against the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training to have his certification reinstated. T...

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U.S. grand jury indicts ex-deputy in theft of FBI's $30,400

FBI agents found some of the missing $30,400 in Pillow's pants pocket and the rest of it in a safe he had hidden inside a cooler i Enter Article DATE HERE A federal grand jury in Little Rock has handed up an indictment charging a former Greene County sheriff's lieutenant with the theft of $30,400 in government funds. Allen Scott Pillow, 55, of...

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Thousands of rape kits untested in Arkansas

Enter Headline here September 7, 2019 LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Reports reveal that Arkansas has over a thousand untested rape kits, but a new law is looking to change the testing timeline and will allow the victim to know where their kit stands. Executive Director of North West Arkansas Center for Sexual Assault Anne Shelley said that they are asked to...

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Hearing reset for Marion police officer accused of stealing drugs

Williams is accused of going into an unauthorized evidence room on several occasions and pocketing marijuana and pills. Enter Article DATE HERE March 26, 2019 MARION, Ark. — There's another delay in the case of a Marion police officer charged with taking drugs from a police evidence room. Freddy Williams is accused of going into an unauthorize...

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Arkansas police officer charged with tampering with evidence, accused of stealing drugs

He had full access to the general evidence locker and was actually in charge of that and would not normally have access to the narcotics locker February 12, 21019 An Arkansas police officer was caught – on camera – stealing drugs from the evidence room, according to officials within the very same police department. Lt. Freddy Williams is charged wi...

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Lincoln police chief arrested

Key had been taking prescription medicine from people under the pretense of placing it in the city's drug take-back box, according to reports. Enter Article DATE HERE LINCOLN -- State police arrested former Police Chief Brian Key on Thursday in connection with drug-related offenses. Key, 41, is accused of tampering with physical evidence and p...

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Former Bella Vista detective pleads not guilty to tampering

He admitted to detectives with the Benton County Sheriff's Office he stole pills from current criminal cases, unattended death cases and the department's drug take-back bin, according to court documents. Enter Article DATE HERE BENTONVILLE -- A former Bella Vista police detective pleaded not guilty to felony tampering charges in connection wit...

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"Buckskin Girl" case: DNA breakthrough leads to ID of 1981 murder victim

Sheriff's Office said the body was identified through DNA testing as 21-year-old Marcia King of Arkansas. She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. April 12, 2018 TROY, Ohio -- A body that was discovered in a ditch along an Ohio roadway 37 years ago has been identified as an Arkansas woman through the use of "revolutionary" DNA ...

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Former Jacksonville police officer allegedly stole drugs from evidence room m the department's evidence room.

A Jacksonville police officer has been charged with 10 felony drug charges, after allegedly stealing drugs from the department's evidence room. March 20, 2018 A Jacksonville police officer has been charged with 10 felony drug charges, after allegedly stealing drugs from the department's evidence room. This story might have never came to light, but ...

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Former Bella Vista Officer Arrested, Accused Of Mishandling Evidence

According to the affidavit, pills were missing from the evidence room in relation to unattended death cases that had been worked by the Bella Vista Police Department. January 9, 2018 ENTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- A Bella Vista police officer accused of mishandling evidence was arrested Tuesday (Jan. 9). Clayton J. Roberts, 36, surrendered to authorities a...

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Chief: BVPD Employees Fired after Evidence Mishandled

Detective Clayton Roberts and Mike Kugler, an evidence custodian for the police department, were fired on December 20, 2017, after members of the department noticed discrepancies in the evidence room January 3, 2018 BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KNWA) -- Two Bella Vista Police Department employees have been fired and are being investigated by Benton County au...

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JPD investigates missing items from evidence room, prosecuting attorney releases statement

"There was no proof of criminal wrongdoing at that time and no charges were brought against anyone," Chief Elliott said. Enter Article DATE HERE JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said in a statement Friday that an investigation revealed missing money, drugs, and other general property from their evidence room. Chief El...

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Audit Report Places Several Fort Smith Police Officers Under Suspicion Of Theft

Auditor Tracey Shockley mentions in her report missing money in the narcotics and evidence units and failure to document spending properly, among other discrepancies. October 16, 2017 FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Smith preliminary audit report puts several Fort Smith police officers under suspicion of theft. Auditor Tracey Shockley mentions in her re...

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Missing Drug Money Leads to Arrest of Former Lonoke Co. Sergeant

According to the Lonoke County Detention Center, Arkansas State Police (ASP) arrested Branden Hampton, 36, of Ward Wednesday on charges of theft and felony tampering with a public record. February 9, 2017 According to the Lonoke County Detention Center, Arkansas State Police (ASP) arrested Branden Hampton, 36, of Ward Wednesday on charges of theft ...

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Two Livingston Parish trusties accused of stealing from Denham Springs Police property room

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Police say confiscated drugs found with Arkansas officer

Sgt. Phillip Pickett, 29, faces felony charges of breaking and entering, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence. July 8, 2016 BATESVILLE -- A Batesville Police Department sergeant who had been with the force since it formed in June 2015 is accused of stealing methamphetamine, mari...

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Judge Naramore faces August trial

Judge Wade Naramore and his wife, Ashley, enter the Garland County Courthouse for the judge's pretrial hearing Tuesday in the death of their son. June 15, 2016 HOT SPRINGS -- Prosecutors must produce within a week a clear status on missing evidence in the case against a Garland County judge  HOT SPRINGS -- Prosecutors must produce within a wee...

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ASP investigating police department over missing drugs

Frankly Media and Raycom Media. KAIT, wmcactionnews5.comBYLINE: Region 8 NewsdeskBatesville, AR(Scorce: KAIT)BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Special agents with Arkansas State Police are investigating claims a Batesville police offic...

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A justified audit Cleaning house in Rogers

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)Rogers / Springdale, ARIT'S GOOD to see Rogers' police department getting around to the mess in its evidence room. An audit a few months back found major problems that could easily have ...

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BENTON COUNTY Sloppy shelving spurs defender to review cases

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)BYLINE: BY ADAM WALLWORTH ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTEBentonville ARThe Benton County public defender plans to review two years' worth of cases possibly affected by the actions of a former ...

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Phillips charged with drug, theft offenses

Clay County DemocratBy RYAN ROGERS Marmaduke, ARFormer Marmaduke mayor Byron Phillips was arrested Tuesday, June 16, following an investigation of alleged crimes he reportedly committed while in office.Phillips, 42, was arres...

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Police audits attack evidence logs Record-keeping issues found at Bentonville, Rogers departments

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)BYLINE: BY ADAM WALLWORTH ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTEBentonville, ARBeer cans and broadswords are among the items that fill the rows of shelves in one of the invisible places in police dep...

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Evidence rooms get examined

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)SECTION: NORTHWEST ARKANSASBYLINE: BY ADAM WALLWORTH ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTERogers, AR and Bentonville, ARPolice consider problems in keeping track of logged itemsBeer cans and broadsw...

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Ex-Office Employee For Sheriff Arraigned

Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark., STATE AND REGIONAL NEWSBYLINE: Mary L. Crider, Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.LeFlore County, AR May 8 -- A formal arraignment order was filed in LeFlore District Court Thursday for Michael Duan...

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Ex-Bentonville evidence officer decertified

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)BYLINE: JACOB QUINN SANDERS ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTEBentonville, AREAST CAMDEN - A fired Bentonville Police Department evidence officer and crime scene investigator lost her state-issue...

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Ex-officer to be resentenced for embezzling

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)BYLINE: ADAM WALLWORTH ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTEVan Buren, ARA former Van Buren police officer convicted of embezzling drug money will get a new sentence after winning an appeal.The deci...

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Former officer's 5-year term cut to time he served

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock)BYLINE: DAVE HUGHES ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTEVan Buren, ARFORT SMITH - A former Van Buren police sergeant walked out of federal court Thursday a free man after a judge sentenced him to t...

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Former Arkansas police chief pleads guilty to drug charge

Jonesboro Sun, Arkansas Television Company, THV11, thv11.comBYLINE: The Associated PressTrumann, AR(Photo: Thinkstock)HARRISBURG, Ark. (AP) - Former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher has pleaded guilty to a drug charge as part...

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Inmate accused of theft at Independence Co. jail

Newport Television, FOX16, fox16.comLink to ArticleBatesville, ARBATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - An inmate at the Independence County jail faces breaking and entering and theft charges after he allegedly broke into the jail's propert...

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Trumann detective fired after investigation

Poinsett County Democrat Tribune, democrattribune.comBYLINE: Link to ArticleTrumann, ARTrumann police investigator Erik Willbanks was fired March 7 following an investigation into former Police Chief Tony's Rusher use of pres...

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Faulkner County jail official resigns as probe into missing drugs begins

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Online, arkansasonline.comBYLINE: Gavin LesnickFaulkner County, ARA former Faulkner County deputy of the year who oversaw operations at the Faulkner County jail resigned Friday after invest...

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Former ASP Officer To Change Plea in Drug Evidence Theft Case

Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., fox16.comBYLINE: David GoinsLittle Rock, ARSedrick ReedLITTLE ROCK, AR - A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant accused of stealing drugs out of the evidence room will change his plea in his fed...

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Former state cop pleads in stolen drug case

Arkansas Times, Arkansas Blog, arktimes.comBYLINE: Max BrantleyLittle Rock, ARSEDRICK REED: Enters plea.David Goins of Fox 16 reports on Twitter that Sedrick Reed, 44, a former State Police lieutenant, has entered a guilty pl...

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Ex-state police lieutenant gets 11+ years in drug case

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ArkansasOnline, arkansasonline.comBYLINE: Gavin LesnickLittle Rock, ARSedrick Reed Photo by Pulaski County sheriff's officeA former Arkansas State Police lieutenant accused of taking drugs from the ...

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Trumann ex-officer pleads guilty to drug charge

The Courier, couriernews.comBYLINE: The Associated PressTrumann, ARHARRISBURG (AP) — A former police detective from the northeast Arkansas city of Trumann has pleaded guilty to a drug charge and acknowledged delivering a cont...

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Ex-officer arrested, accused of taking cash from property room

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, arkansasonline.comBYLINE: Gavin LesnickLittle Rock, ARCharles WeaverA former Little Rock police officer has been arrested after he removed money from the agency property room but never returned it t...

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