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June 27th, 2014

Top court denies bid for new sentencing hearing

June 27, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — A death row inmate will not get a new sentencing hearing for his conviction in a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry, as Arkansas' highest court rejected Thursday his argument that jurors didn't properly consider factors such as his troubled childhood.

In a 4-3 ruling, the state Supreme Court rejected the bid by Terrick Nooner to vacate his death sentence and send the case back to a lower court for resentencing. Nooner, 42, was convicted of killing Scot Stobaugh, 22, during a robbery. A second person also was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Man arrested for allegedly killing dog

June 27, 2014

Paul Daugherty, 26, of Benton was arrested Tuesday for allegedly killing a dog earlier this year.

On May 31, Benton police officers received a report about a possible animal abuse incident at Lyle Park.

During the investigation, officers found evidence that Daugherty allegedly killed his dog in January.

"According to an opinion from a veterinarian, it appeared the dog suffered blunt force trauma consistent with being bludgeoned to death," said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton Police Department spokesperson.

Fundraiser for Dexter to offset expenses

June 27, 2014

Coordinators are finalizing preparations for Saturday's barbecue benefit for Dexter McDade of Tull.

Dexter was born in June 2012 with a serious condition that led to the removal of both kidneys and has been on continual dialysis. The 2-year-old currently is awaiting transplant surgery.

Dexter is the son of Jerred and Alexis McDade.

His mother said her son is "ready for the transplant except for an issue with his bladder. He has a tiny bladder since he has essentially never used it."

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