Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
HOT SPRINGS â€” Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a central Arkansas jail last month has been recaptured in the Florida Panhandle.
The Garland County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Derrick Estell was in custody in Florida.
Sheriff's Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Estell had escaped the agency's custody on July 28 with help from Tamara Upshaw and others after returning from the Arkansas Department of Correction for a court appearance.
Investigators in Arkansas say they learned of Estell and Upshaw's whereabouts and worked with authorities in Florida to have them recaptured.
FORT HOOD, Texas â€” Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a shocking assault against American troops at home by one of their own who said he opened fire on fellow soldiers to protect Muslim insurgents abroad.
The Army psychiatrist acknowledged carrying out the attack in a crowded waiting room where unarmed troops were making final preparations to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded.
Benton police officers are warning residents of a phone scam after witnessing it taking place.
Officers were informed that a businesses owner had received numerous phone calls from someone pretending to be with Entergy Arkansas. The caller said that the owner had not paid their bill, and it needed to pay it immediately, or it would be shut off.
While the officers were at the property, the person called again and officers spoke with him.
Officers caution residents about giving personal information if they receive a call similar to this.
NEW YORK â€” Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is getting rid of the $5 entry fee for customers wanting to open its interest-free, pay-over-time program for holiday gifts.
The move comes as the world's largest retailer is seeing that its low-income shoppers remain pinched in an uncertain economy.
The holiday layaway program is slated to kick off Sept. 13 and will last until Dec. 13. About 35,500 items will be available, 1,000 more than a year ago. At the same time, Wal-Mart is bringing back its $10 cancellation fee that was eliminated last year.
LITTLE ROCK â€” A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.
The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year. The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
Annie, a golden retriever owned by Jim and Betty Gwatney, took top honors in the 2014 Saline Courier NIE Pet Calendar Contest.
Annie garnered 5,128 votes, finishing 329 votes ahead of runner-up Raine, owned by Rick Ricketts. They are two of the 12 pets to be featured in the 2014 Newspapers In Education Pet Calendar, which will be available for purchase by Thanksgiving. More than 36,000 votes were cast during the contest period, which ended Aug. 2.
Police officials are investigating a rape that took place at about 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon at a Benton apartment complex. More information will be available at a later time.
A Benton woman was arrested Monday night after a report that she threatened an alleged victim with a knife.
Officers responded to Cole Street for the report about 9 p.m. and, after talking to the victim, made contact with Chantelle Cox, 31, inside the home.
Cox was then arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
She is currently incarcerated at Saline County jail.
Police say a former Maumelle coach put two children in danger when she brought them along with her for an alleged meth deal last Thursday.
Bryant police reportedly were given a tip that a drug deal was to take place on that day in the Lowe's parking lot.
Members of the Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigation Division monitored the parking lot and were able to arrest Brittany Burns, 36, of North Little Rock after reportedly observing a drug deal.
During the arrest, officers found a 9-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl in the vehicle with Burns.
LITTLE ROCK â€” Hundreds of Arkansans will be donning their running shoes and racking up as many walking minutes as they can for the fall 2013 edition of Walk Across Arkansas.
This fall's event will be held Sept. 30-Nov. 24. This past spring, nearly 2,000 people from 27 counties took part in Walk Across Arkansas. They walked more than 1.6 million minutes, which translates into an estimated 80,009 miles, enough to go around the world more than three times.