Friday, May 11, 2007

Friday summary

Stephens Media Group reports on the current focus of Razorback coach Houston Nutt It is not on future jobs, text messages, phone records or unhappy fans. "If you are looking for your next job or thinking about getting a job, that takes away from what you are trying to do," Nutttold reporters after addressing the Arkansas Truckers Association annual meeting. "Hey, my contract reads through 2012," Nutt said. "Right now I am just focused on my team and its future."

A congressman whose district includes most of the Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas says he'll work to keep the eight-state Delta Regional Authority from getting any more federal money until he gets details on how the economic-development agency has spent the money it's already been given. Congressman Marion Berry says, "I don't care if they don't get a dime,"

Little Rock School Board President Katherine Mitchell says that she will no longer push to suspend Superintendent Roy Brooks, because the board’s lawyers need time to prepare for Brooks’ termination hearing, which is set for May 30.

Carrying through on a campaign promise, Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson and his deputies kicked off a three-day campaign to locate and arrest people who are delinquent in paying child support. “Operation Mother’s Day” began at 6 a.m. Wednesday and by early afternoon deputies had arrested 14.

After admitting in Bradley County Circuit Court that he is a homosexual pedophile and has had sex with between 20 and 30 young boys during the past three decades, 53-year-old David Williams of Hermitage was sentenced to 45 life sentences and $100,000 in fines.

A dozen workers for private contractors at Camp Robinson, the headquarters post for the Arkansas National Guard, are under arrest on immigration-law charges, according to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Reynold Miller of Tolette is in the Howard County Jail after he pleaded innocent to charges of domestic battery and second-degree murder in the assault of his pregnant girlfriend and the death of a fetus.

Little Rock police arrested a 42-year-old man on a warrant charging him in the June 2006 rape of a 91-year-old Little Rock woman. Authorities say the man, Dan Shelton, was tied to the crime by a DNA match at the state Crime Laboratory.

James “Tim” Carmichael has spent nearly 20 years in prison for capital murder after killing a man who went to the aid of his wife who claimed Carmichael was raping her in an alley next to their home in North Little Rock. On Thursday the Arkansas Board of Parole announced in a unanimous vote that it was recommending clemency for the now 44-yearold Cummins Unit inmate.

Harold Dean Arter, who resigned from the Fort Smith Police Department on Monday after being charged with harassment, told detectives that he panicked when he saw that his accuser was being interviewed behind closed doors. He said he tossed his personal cell phone into the Poteau River in Arkoma that morning. According to an offense report filed May 1, the complainant, who works at the Police Department, said she believed he was trying to take pictures under her dress.

A Drew County circuit judge overstepped his bounds when he disregarded a jury's recommendation and sentenced a man to prison on a second-degree battery conviction, the state Supreme Court ruled. The high court overturned the three-year prison sentence and fine that Circuit Judge Robert Bynum Gibson Jr. imposed upon Wade C. Donaldson and ordered that Donaldson be re-sentenced to three years probation, as the jury at his trial recommended.

The campus of the University of Central Arkansas will be under review by representatives of the Commission on Presidential Debates, and UCA administrators say they have confidence in having the campus chosen for a 2008 presidential debate.

Atkins received some bad news last week. The city had entered into a contractual agreement with John Z. Taylor, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) student, who was on contract to finish medical school and would return to Atkins to practice for three years. Taylor has apparently not only dropped out of school, but had not contacted UAMS.

The Pine Bluff Commercial is running a two-part series on how the Dollarway-Altheimer school merger has effected the First National Bank of Altheimer, reportedly the smallest bank in Arkansas. Dollarway had planned to remove $1.6 million from that bank after the merger, a move that might have closed it. That bank has never paid interest on the Altheimer school deposit.

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