Green sentenced to 56 years

February 19, 2010 POCAHONTAS — A Randolph County jury deliberated only one hour and 14 minutes Thursday before finding Charles Wayne “Chad” Green, 34, guilty of four counts of rape of a child and sentencing him to 56 years in prison.Green, who is still facing four counts of capital murder and one count of kidnapping in connection with the killing of a Dalton family of four, was also found guilty Thursday of one count of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Suspect appears in court

February 18, 2010 MALVERN (AP) — The man arrested in the shooting death of the son of Malvern’s mayor has made his first court appearance.A Hot Spring County judge on Wednesday ordered 23-year-old Timothy Wells held without bond on a first-degree murder complaint in the death of 30-year-old Shane Northcutt.Wells did not enter a plea and did not have an attorney.Northcutt was found shot in the chest early Sunday a few blocks from his home. Wells was arrested Tuesday and an affidavit says he confessed to the crime.

Lawsuit reveals alleged bank problems

February 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Paragould bank that was chartered in 1999 for the specific purpose of being sold at a big profit once it reached its fifth birthday instead left investors with about 15 cents on the dollar after almost a decade.A lawsuit filed by about 115 investors in Greene County Circuit Court lays open some of the previously secret problems discovered by bank regulators and declares that Southern Bank of Commerce was effectively insolvent by August 2008.

Fines of man who faked death help buy search boat

February 18, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The fines against a man who tried to fake his death while he was awaiting trial for rape helped Miller County authorities buy a boat.The $7,000 from the fines and restitution paid by Jody Cook has paid half the cost of a 14-foot search-and-rescue boat that was unveiled Wednesday at the Miller County Courthouse.

Arrest made in crash that injured wife of state representative

February 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Police on Wednesday arrested a man accused in a hit-and-run crash in Little Rock that left the wife of an Arkansas state representative in intensive care.Little Rock police identified Brett Crisel, 26, of Little Rock after using vehicle parts from the scene and a partial license tag from a witness to narrow the list of possible suspects in the Monday night crash.Police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said Crisel told investigators that he became frightened after the collision in downtown Little Rock and fled.

Women’s bodies recovered

February 18, 2010 GARFIELD (AP) — Remains believed to be of two missing Bentonville women have been recovered from shallow graves near Garfield in northwestern Arkansas.Authorities also arrested the son and grandson of the two women and another man on murder charges in the case.Forty-year-old Christine Bishop and her 81-year-old mother — Louise — disappeared last June and the remains found Wednesday are believed to be theirs. The remains were sent to the state Crime Laboratory for positive identification and to determine the causes of death.

Remains found in 2000 ID’d

February 18, 2010 VAN BUREN (AP) — Human remains found in Van Buren in 2000 have been identified as that of a Texas man missing for years. Police Lt. Brent Grill says DNA helped identify the remains as 46-year-old Richard Lee Heisel of Lubbock. Heisel had been reported missing shortly after traveling from Lubbock to the Fort Smith area in 1996.The remains were found July 1, 2000, by an excavation crew removing brush. Grill says evidence found at the scene indicated Heisel committed suicide.

Panel wants to restrict funds for defense lawyers

February 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers want to prevent the state from paying the legal bills for criminal defendants who have hired private attorneys.A proposal endorsed today by the Joint Budget Committee would allow payment only for lawyers who get clients through the Arkansas Public Defender Commission. The measure is in response to Abdulhakim Muhammad’s request that the state pay his legal bills.

Woman on the run from North Carolina busted at Walmart

February 18, 2010 Wanted by the law in North Carolina on burglary and drug charges, 48-year-old Melody Ann Potter was arrested at the Batesville Walmart after she was allegedly observed shoplifting cereal, doughnuts and bed linens.Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins responded to the store around 8:50 Tuesday morning and was met by store personnel who had Potter detained.Walmart employees said they had watched Potter select several items from around the store, take them to the crafts section and put them into Walmart bags she had in her purse.

Man wins AHA award

February 18, 2010 DUNCAN, Okla. — Scott M. Street, president and chief executive officer of Duncan Regional Hospital, is the winner of the American Hospital Association’s Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award for 2009, according to an Oklahoma Hospital Association news release.Street is the son of Avondale Street of Cave City and the late Eugene Street. He is a graduate of Highland High School who earned his master’s degree in health care administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia and his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.