Former Ouachita County judge draws 33-month term for bribery
Picture: Former Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly leaves the Federal Courthouse in El Dorado on Thursday after being ...
Former Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly leaves the Federal Courthouse in El Dorado on Thursday after being ...
Former Ouachita County Judge James Michael Hesterly, of Camden, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for bribery during a sentencing hearing held Thursday in U.S. District Court Western Division of Arkansas in El Dorado.Hesterly was not taken into custody at the close of Thursday’s hea...
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The El Dorado City Council on Thursday approved one economic development funding request, and while aldermen accepted a recommendation for another, they held off action until they can meet with the city commission who presented the proposal.Aldermen unanimously voted in favor of a request of $600,00...
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One man was killed and another injured in a shooting that occurred Thursday at a local residence.El Dorado police did not release the name of the victims in the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation.Capt. Kevin Holt, public information officer for the El Dorado Police Department, said officers w...
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Bryon Roesselet, an architectural conservator with Evergreene Architectural Arts,removes layers of paint inside the historical Rialto Theater on Thursday. Roesselet was using a non-destructive stripper to find the historical paint finishes all the way to the first campaign layer and collecting paint...
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County judge praises contributions of Don Traylor
During the final Union County Quorum Court meeting of 2014 on Thursday, the court bid a fond farewell to Justice of the Peace and Chairman of the Union County Finance Committee, Don Traylor.Traylor has dedicated many years of service to Union County, and Union County Judge Mike Loftin showed his app...
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The Holiday Light Extravaganza at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover will be held at Oil Field Park at the museum from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call the museum at (870) 725-2877.• • •The fourth annual Carrie Kendrix Buggs Tu...
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LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas growers and business groups are looking to cash in on potential trading opportunities with Cuba after President Barack Obama announced this week that he’s renewing diplomatic ties with the island that’s 90 miles off the coast of Florida.For decades, Arka...
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Santa Claus made a special appearance to hand out gifts to residents of Grace Point during their Christmas party earlier this week. Residents enjoyed refreshments and meeting Santa with family and friends.
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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after th...
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Panel bans import of firewoodin some areas of stateLITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it is now illegal to import firewood into the state’s wildlife management areas.The panel hopes to control the emerald ash borer, which feed on all types of ash trees and thre...
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Two states challengeColorado’s pot lawsLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.Nebraska Attorney...
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Workers with Richie Roofing brave gusty winds and cooler temperatures as they install a turbine vent on the roof of the HealthWorks Fitness Center pool earlier this week. The vent will help circulate humidity and air out of the building when the exhaust fans are running.
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MIAMI (AP) — When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country’s largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into th...
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ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigator...
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DeSoto Area Boy Scouts unload food they collected around the city at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church parking lot. The food was distributed between several organizations to be given to the needy. The Scouting for Food event was held Saturday in El Dorado.
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday.Experts for the state concluded that both girls would be able to assist in their own...
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PHOENIX (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses.The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforc...
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