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  • Police: Man Kills Former Father-in-Law, Turns Gun On Self

    One man is dead and another is in critical condition following a shooting at a Fort Smith home Thursday morning. Police said Mike Underwood, 47, shot and killed his ex-wife’s father before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide attempt. Underwood survived, though, and was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital in critical condition after being taken to a Fort Smith hospital. Michale Schook, 63, was pronounced dead by responding medical crews. The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. at 2000 […]

  • 12 Men Arrested in Prostitution Sting

    Twelve men were arrested on misdemeanor charges of sexual solicitation Wednesday (April 24) in Benton County, according to the sheriff’s office. The arrests stem from a bust organized by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division and Street Crimes Unit. Detectives placed an ad on a website advertising escorts. More than $2,700 was seized, along with a vehicle. The following people were arrested: Zheng Xia, 53 Dean Roth, 41 Shree Dandekar, 38 Gregory Flowers, 56 Robert Armfield, 47 Suresh […]

  • Nearly $3 Million in Guard Wages Lost Due to Shutdown

    The Arkansas National Guard released a look at the current impact the federal government shutdown is taking on members Friday (Oct. 4). Furloughed dual-status military technicians (Guardsmen) – 738 Furloughed state employees – 294 Total furloughed – 1032 Furlough impact per week – $839,560 in lost wages. The drill weekend training slated for the first weekend of October was also cancelled resulting in millions of lost wages. Army National Guard per month drill impact – $2.2 million in lost wages. […]

  • Letterman, CBS Sign ‘Late Show’ Deal Through 2015

    CBS and Worldwide Pants announced Friday (Oct. 4) a contract extension for David Letterman to host the Late Show with David Letterman through 2015. “There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home,’” said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. David Letterman is the longest-running late night talk show host in television history at 31 years and counting.  He has been credited with redefining the talk show genre since […]

  • No Clarity on Whether Capitol Hill Shooting was Justified

    Medications could have been prescribed for postpartum psychosis, psychologist says.

  • Toyota Corolla Struggles in New Crash Test

    The IIHS rated the 2014 Corolla's performance in its small overlap front crash test as "Marginal," the second-worst of its four possible ratings.

  • Tired of Your Boss? 5 Ways to Resign in Style

    CNN rounds up other top resignation stories of the past

  • Shelter Receives Funding Update from USDA

    After the government shutdown put their food budget in jeopardy, the Children’s Emergency Shelter in Fort Smith received good news Thursday. Via email the shelter was notified that United States Department of Agriculture food service programs, like the one that keeps them supplied with meals for almost 30 kids every day, have been moved into an essential services category. The USDA restored their funding for food, allowing the shelter to be reimbursed for any food purchases they make. The shelter […]

  • Former Police Chief Responds to Firing, Officer Resignations

    Cedarville Police Chief Mark Gentry was fired and six other officers resigned Wednesday (Oct. 2). Gentry says Mayor Glenanna O’Mara sent him a text Tuesday night requesting a meeting with him on Wednesday. During the meeting with O’Mara and the city’s attorney, Gentry says he was fired without the opportunity to resign. “Our meeting lasted about three minutes,” said Gentry. “She just simply explained we are an at will state, as you know, and we can terminate anyone without any […]

  • Shutdown Cancels Arkansas National Guard Drill Weekend

    The Unit Training Assembly for the Arkansas National Guard and the 188th Fighter Wing scheduled for this weekend in Fort Smith has been cancelled because of the government shutdown, according to Maj. Heath Allen. Allen said there is no funding for the monthly training at this time. The delay impacts nearly 10,000 guardsmen across the state, according to Maj. Matt Snead. The lapse in appropriation also required the Arkansas National Guard to furlough approximately 1,100 employees. More than 330 state […]

  • Fayetteville Fallen Officer Memorial Destroyed

    A memorial monument dedicated to fallen officers at the Fayetteville Police Department was found destroyed early Wednesday morning (Oct. 2), according to police. “From the police perspective this would be very similar to desecrating some type of a gravesite or a grave memorial because that’s what this is,” Sgt. Craig Stout said. The memorial was dedicated to two officers, William D. Patton and Lem McPherson, who were killed in the line of duty. Plans to honor a third officer, Elmoe […]

  • Logan County School Briefly Placed on Lockdown

    The Scranton Elementary School in Logan County was briefly placed on lockdown Wednesday morning amid a possible threat of violence. A woman called the school and said her children’s grandfather made threats to “commit suicide and kill family,” Chief Deputy David Spicer said. The man was also reported to be upset and intoxicated. The parent had received this information from another person and did not have firsthand knowledge of the comments, Spicer said. School officials contacted the sheriff’s office around […]

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