Category Archives: Court

Alleged batterer, kidnapper sentenced to 10 years ADC

Following extensive testimony by his longtime girlfriend and the alleged victim of several violent crimes, Mark Shannon Spooner was sentenced today to 10 years in prison in Union County Circuit Court. The state brought forth a petition to revoke his … Continue reading

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Drug pleas result in 30 years in prison

On the last day to do so before going to trial, Mershedrick Smith entered a plea agreement for two crack cocaine delivery charges reaping himself 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Smith told the judge in Union County … Continue reading

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$100,000 offered for information about 1993 WM3 killings

Even following the appeal and acquittal of the West Memphis Three, the intrigue surrounding the brutal deaths of three young boys in 1993 continues — this time with a tip line sponsored by the WM3 defense team and Arkansas Take … Continue reading

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Senators offer drug court funding solutions

Financially-strapped drug courts could soon be out of the red with a solution proposed by a Northwest Arkansas senator who believes he found an alternative method of funding the state’s 41 courts for the next year. Sen. Bill Pritchard said … Continue reading

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Municipal league to represent Huttig mayor in $208K lawsuit

Though Huttig Mayor Tony Cole hasn’t responded to any inquiries over the last several months from the News-Times, the Arkansas Municipal League confirmed today that it will represent the mayor in a $208,000 lawsuit that alleges several breaches resulting from … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: Police use of force records not exempt under FOI

Score a win for open government! The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that use of force records from law enforcement agencies are not exempt under the rules of the state Freedom of Information Act, according to Arkansas News. The decision … Continue reading

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Man who threatened Van Hook appears in Singleton’s court

Roger Clayton Wilson, who was arrested for first-degree terroristic threatening after he allegedly threatened to kill Judge George Van Hook, made his first appearance in Union County Circuit Court today – in front of Judge Hamilton Singleton rather than the … Continue reading

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Bond reduced for man with three counts aggravated assault

Bond for David Lee Lewis, charged with three counts of aggravated assault, was reduced during Union County Circuit Court this morning to $100,000 cash or corporate surety. Lewis’s former $100,000 cash-only bond was reduced after his mother and father testified … Continue reading

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Hearing details probation violations, results in six years prison time for defendant

A 21-year-old male was sentenced to six years in prison during Union County Circuit Court today for violations to his probation including failing to report, neglecting to pay fees and allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The hearing was … Continue reading

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Meadows case goes to the supreme court

The attorney for Vadarian Meadows, of Junction City, who was convicted in the 2009 murder of Clarence Ritchey, argued before the Arkansas Supreme Court yesterday that the language used to render a life in prison without parole sentence was confusing. … Continue reading

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Murder hearing to begin shortly

The hearing to revoke the bond of Joshua Martin, accused of second-degree murder, will begin in Union County Circuit Court in just moments. Family has filled the first several rows of the courtroom in support of the young man accused … Continue reading

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EPD releases new information into Wednesday’s bust

The El Dorado Police Department released new information this morning into Wednesday’s “warehouse of drugs” bust. Three men, all of El Dorado, were arrested for marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Christopher Miles, 41, Ronald Jackson, 49, and Joseph Thomas, … Continue reading

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Ford trial underway

The trial for Joseph Lee Ford Jr., charged with aggravated robbery, is off to a start this morning with jury selection. As of 10:45 a.m. 14 jurors of the 109 who answered the call to be a juror were dismissed. … Continue reading

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Local man could see life plus 80 years in prison

Rather than enter a plea agreement during Union County Circuit Court on a number of charges, a local man could face anywhere between 55 years and life plus 80 years in prison and a $15,000 fine following his trial on … Continue reading

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Three receive 20 years prison during UCCC hearings

Three defendants received a combined 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after each was found to have violated the terms of their probations during hearings in front of Judge Hamilton Singleton in Union County Circuit Court. Jeremiah Green … Continue reading

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