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Man charged with violent crimes in Arkansas

A Leola man has been arrested following allegations that he drew a weapon and fired it at his girlfriend. Arkansas police arrested the man early in the morning of May 19 and has been charged with felony assault. As with many people accused of committing violent crimes, the man is being held in a county jail in lieu of $2,500 bond pending further proceedings.

Police say the 35-year-old man was apprehended around 1:30 a.m. after county sheriffs received word of an alleged domestic dispute. Police were advised they would need to use a boat to reach the campground where the altercation was allegedly taking place. The 35-year-old girlfriend said the man had left for a job interview but had not returned to pick her up until she found him wandering in the woods.

Is the evidence prosecutors claim to have against you admissible?

You were driving along an Arkansas roadway when a police officer came up behind your vehicle with flashing patrol lights, signaling you to pull over. You complied, and then events unfolded that landed you in jail on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs. The officer made the arrest after searching the car you were driving. Perhaps you're facing drug charges but your circumstances involved a home search, not a vehicle search.

Whatever happened that led to your arrest, if it involved a search and seizure, it can be important to understand if there were any potential violations of your Fourth Amendment rights. If the were, you may have grounds to ask the court to rule evidence prosecutors want to use to try to incriminate you as inadmissible at trial. Understanding your rights and knowing where to turn for support to defend those rights are key factors in fighting drug charges.

Arkansas man arrested ahead of potentially violent crimes

A man in Pulaski County has been arrested following a joint investigation by local and state police as well as the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Arkansas man is believed to have been planning a series of violent crimes, which authorities say led him to construct over a dozen homemade explosives. The man now faces 16 counts of possession of a prohibited weapon. If he is found guilty, he could face serious jail time.

The unusual story began when authorities were called in to defuse two homemade bombs that were found at a residence some 1.5 miles from the accused man's home. The 47-year-old suspect's home was subsequently searched by ATF authorities and local sheriff's deputies, where the man allegedly told police he had some 50 homemade explosives buried on his land. Law enforcement reportedly unearthed 14 pipe bombs that were buried in an ammunition crate on the property.

White collar crimes: Councilman accused of illegal gambling

A city councillor in Brinkley has been charged with a class D felony recently for allegedly operating a gambling establishment. Arkansas authorities presented the councillor with an arrest warrant on May 3. As is the case with many white collar crimes, the official was released on his own recognizance, but he was set to return to a county circuit court on May 6 for his first appearance.

Very little information has been released pertaining to the man's alleged illegal activities. However, most Arkansas residents are aware that many forms of gambling are either strictly controlled if not illegal altogether throughout the state. Police say the councillor was operating a gambling establishment out of a barbecue restaurant he owns in Monroe County.

Arkansas man accused of violent crimes

An Arkansas man from Madison County has been accused of threatening to kill another man at gunpoint. The sheriff's office in Van Buren detailed the violent crimes charges the man faces, including aggravated assault and several other felony charges. If the man is found guilty, he could face years in prison.

According to the police report, the 59-year-old man was charged after allegedly pointing a shotgun at a neighbor and threatening to kill him. The details of the altercation were not elaborate upon in the report, but it was confirmed that police could not locate the man when they arrived. It was believed he fled the scene on foot after setting fire to his cabin.

Violent crimes: teenager in Arkansas tried as adult

A 17-year-old boy is being charged as an adult in the case of an attack committed against a 21-year-old man. According to Arkansas police, they believe the boy was a member of a rival gang known for committing violent crimes. He has been charged with felony assault and is expected to face his charges as an adult. His criminal defense team will be vital in representing his interests, especially in this case. 

According to the Rogers Police Department, both the accused boy and the man were staying in the same motel in separate rooms on the night of April 16. At some point in the evening, the two got into an altercation outside the motel, which escalated quickly. Allegedly, the teen stabbed the older man in the upper chest with a knife, and may have also injured a second person who was attempting to flee. The condition of the injured man was not included in this report. 

Agreement and intent: 2 elements of drug conspiracy

When a friend or family member approaches you about potentially carrying out a certain action, you may want to give the proposal some thought. If the situation involves possibly breaking the law in relation to drug activity, you may wonder whether the risks are worth the possible reward. What you may want to remember, however, is that even if you do not complete the act in question, you could still face charges for drug conspiracy.

You may feel uncertain about what a conspiracy charge really means and how you could face the possibility for punishment even if you did not complete the alleged act. Confusion surrounding this type of charge is understandable, and, therefore, you may want to obtain more information on such allegations, especially if police bring them against you.

2 arrested in Arkansas for alleged drug crimes

Two people in Little Rock were arrested following a police chase with an allegedly stolen vehicle. Arkansas State Police worked with the Saline County Sheriff's Office to apprehend a 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman. Both are facing multiple charges for their roles in the alleged theft, as well as for supposed drug crimes.

According to the police report, the chase began after a pickup truck was reported stolen. Officers attempted to stop the driver and passenger on U.S. 67, but the vehicle would not pull over. The chase continued onto Arkansas 229 before the vehicle stopped and the occupants attempted to flee on foot. Both individuals were apprehended shortly thereafter.

Woman in Arkansas charged with violent crimes

A woman in Gilmore is in legal trouble following an alleged encounter on a school bus, according to local sources. The woman, who is married to the small Arkansas town's mayor, is facing charges for violent crimes, including second-degree battery. So far, no court date has been announced. 

According to the report, a young girl related to the mayor's wife, who did not usually ride the local school bus, was given special permission to do so on April 9. The bus driver alleges she was not made aware of that clearance. As a result, she was obliged to leave the girl at school in the care of her teachers at the end of the school day. 

Violent crimes: Man in Arkansas faces arson, murder charges

A man police believe intentionally set fire to an apartment complex in Hot Springs is facing serious charges, according to local sources. Arkansas police have apprehended the man and accused him of the violent crimes that left one person dead. If he is found guilty of these charges, the man could be put to death or face life in prison. 

Very little information has been released about the fire, which consumed an apartment complex on March 27, but it has been confirmed that one person was killed in the blaze. That individual has not been identified at this time, due to the severity of the fire damage to the body. Police say they suspected the 22-year-old man because the fire occurred right after he was kicked out of an apartment in the same complex by his aunt. 

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