Thursday, December 01, 2005

Early Thursday Wrap-up

A second-grader died Wednesday after collapsing in physical education class at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette. Eight-year old Destiny Hicks died Wednesday despite a school nurse and medical responder's attempts at cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The child passed out during a game of freeze tag.

Today’s Democrat-Gazette files this outstanding story. Caraway Mayor Joe South has suspended Police Chief Jerry Vaughn pending an investigation into how Vaughn handled an October traffic accident in which an 11-year-old girl was injured. Vaughn was suspended with pay Nov. 10 after Caraway residents complained at a City Council meeting that Vaughn had refused to conduct an alcohol-breath test on a motorist who struck Allie Lunsford as she ran across Arkansas 158 the afternoon of Oct. 13.

Following a weekend DUI arrest, Fort Smith City Administrator Bill Harding has resigned.

Faced with bulging prison units, the state Board of Correction invoked the Emergency Powers Act on Tuesday, making up to 712 inmates eligible for early parole.

Pulaski County mayors and the county judge claim that a state law that requires them to meet publicly to deal with common issues doesn’t apply to secret meetings they held about county jail finances.

The town of Colt has reduced police protection to a single part-time officer. The east Arkansas community has made a deliberate budget decision not to become another speed trap town.

According to the Pine Bluff Commercial, the city of Monticello apparently violated state environmental regulations earlier this month when it failed to obtain an asbestos inspection or notify the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality prior to burning the old high school gymnasium, according to an ADEQ spokesman.

Current and former Saline County sheriff's deputies and staff members have asked the county for $2.28 million in compensation for working overtime, maintaining their uniforms and vehicles during off-duty hours, and eating lunch at their desks.

Chambers of commerce in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith joined representatives of the Northwest Arkansas Council on Wednesday in announcing support for the interstate highway and higher education bond ballot questions to be decided in a statewide special election Dec. 13.

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