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Arkansas man charged with violent crimes pleads innocent

A man in Hot Springs is facing serious jail time if he is found guilty of contributing to the deaths of three other people. Arkansas authorities say the 34-year-old man is responsible for the shooting deaths of three other adults in Hot Springs last year. Despite the nature of the violent crimes the man allegedly committed, he is entitled to face his charges in a criminal court. 

According to the report, the man was arrested back in December after three people -- a 40-year-old man, a 46-year-old woman and a 60-year-old woman -- were all found shot to death in a Hot Springs residence. The probable cause affidavit issued to the court says the 34-year-old allegedly got into an argument with all three individuals, who were friends of his, regarding an issue of stolen property. The affidavit does not go into greater detail about the nature of this argument or of the allegedly stolen goods. 

Violent crimes: Arkansas man faces murder charge

After the apparent shooting death of a woman in Searcy County, a man is in custody and has been charged. The 30-year-old man is now facing murder charges after being implicated in the death of the 26-year-old woman, according to Arkansas authorities. As with many suspects in violent crimes, the man is being held by police ahead of a court date. 

Very little information is available at this time pertaining to the alleged crime, but it has been confirmed that sheriff's deputies responded to a call on Feb. 27 about a potential shooting. When they arrived on the scene, they found the body of the 26-year-old victim. Initially, authorities believed the gunshot wound that killed the woman was self-inflicted, but they later changed their assessment. It is not clear what caused them to re-evaluate their initial findings. 

Arkansas duo charged with drug crimes

A major bust at a residential home in Trumann has led to two arrests, according to the county sheriff's office. Arkansas authorities arrested a 31-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman after the raid allegedly turned up money, guns and drugs. Both individuals are charged with a litany of drug crimes, and if they are found guilty, both could face jail time. 

Around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 21, a joint task force combining elements of the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office and the Trumann Police Department obtained and executed a search warrant on a residence in Trumann. Police say they discovered two rifles, a handgun, $2,000 in cash and a variety of what they believed to be drugs and drug paraphernalia in the residence. Specifically, they say they recovered cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as a variety of other pills. 

The low down on refusal of field sobriety and other tests

Have you ever wondered what you'd do if a police officer were to pull you over and ask you to take a field sobriety test? Perhaps you recently lived through just such an experience. You may have felt nervous or afraid, but also wondered if you were legally obligated to submit to the tests. Knowing your rights ahead of time can really come in handy if you do wind up in a situation where a police officer is asking you to step out of your vehicle.

Do you know there's a difference between field sobriety tests, breath tests and chemical testing? In fact, the differences are significant because refusing to submit to one basically has no direct administrative or criminal repercussions while the others definitely may. Understanding the legalities of different types of investigative testing and knowing where to turn for support if a problem arises can help you stay calm and make informed decisions if police officers question you about drugged driving.

Accused of embezzling from an employer or clients?

Have you been accused of taking money or property from an employer or clients? Embezzling is a serious crime in Arkansas and elsewhere. If convicted for such a crime, the consequences can be quite severe.

The media often reports embezzling schemes. Some of them are big cases, some of them are small. All of them affect numerous people. As so many people can be hurt by this type of criminal activity, prosecuting attorneys are not going to treat these cases lightly.

Drug crimes charges filed against woman in Arkansas

A worker in an Arkansas county jail has been suspended, pending an investigation regarding his wife who authorities say may have been funneling methamphetamine into the prison system. The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office has just concluded its investigation concerning the 42-year-old woman, who now faces charges for alleged drug crimes. Her husband remains suspended from his duties pending an internal investigation into his possible involvement. 

According to the report, sheriff's deputies began an investigation on Feb. 13 to determine the source of methamphetamine they say had been found in the possession of prisoners. The course of the investigation was not made totally clear in this report. However, it has been confirmed that authorities conducted a search of the woman's home in Fort Smith. 

Federal crimes: Arkansas man faces human trafficking charges

A 45-year-old restaurant owner is facing a litany of charges following his arrest the week of Feb. 7. The man has been charged with rape and human trafficking, the second of which falls under the category of federal crimes. He has since been released on bail, but Arkansas authorities are also pursuing the charges against him. 

A state prosecutor has confirmed that the man was initially accused of raping a woman who lived with him and also worked at the restaurant he owns. The woman, and another man who also lived with them, are reportedly immigrants from Indonesia, though the accused man is from China. When police followed up on the rape accusations, they were given the opportunity to interview the alleged victims. 

Violent crimes: Arkansas man charged with murder

A 25-year-old man is facing serious charges following the death of an 18-month-old girl. Arkansas medical examiners have claimed the toddler, who was the daughter of the man's girlfriend, was a violent crimes victim. If he is found guilty of the criminal charges, he could spend years in prison. 

The report states police were called to a medical center around 4:15 p.m. on the afternoon of Jan. 30 when the man and his 20-year-old girlfriend carried the body of the deceased toddler into the emergency room. Police immediately launched an investigation, which led to the man allegedly admitting to punching the child in the abdomen several times, as well as having struck the child in the past. Medical examiners confirmed the girl died of blunt force abdominal trauma. 

Were your Fourth Amendment rights violated?

Do you ever feel that a police officer or other law enforcement official overstepped his or her bounds? It is not an uncommon feeling. In fact, many individuals accused of crimes feel that way. In some cases, if authorities failed to follow proper protocol, their actions may be illegal. The Fourth Amendment guarantees Arkansas residents the right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures in places where they have an expectation of privacy -- even in the realm of criminal law.

So, how does the Fourth Amendment help those accused of crimes? How can one exercise his or her Fourth Amendment rights?

Former football player charged with drug crimes

A former running back for a state football team is in hot water following his arrest by local authorities for suspected drug-related activity. The man and a friend have been charged with drug crimes by Arkansas police after an executed search warrant allegedly uncovered incriminating evidence of drug use. If convicted, both individuals could face jail time. 

According to the police report, officers responded to a hotel in Fayetteville after calls were made complaining of a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the room. Officers arrived the morning of Jan. 15 and informed the 37-year-old man and his 32-year-old female companion that they had secured a warrant to search the room for drugs. Police say they found what they believe to be marijuana and methamphetamine in the room, as well as Diazapam and drug paraphernalia. 

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