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Former football player charged with marijuana possession

A former football player for the Arkansas State University and the Washington Redskins was recently apprehended on drug charges. On Dec. 5, authorities claimed the former player was accused of selling drugs at an apartment located in the 500 block of North Caraway Road in Jonesboro.

According to officers from the Jonesboro Police Department, they went to an apartment complex where it was suspected that narcotics were being sold. When they approached the apartment, they reportedly detected the odor of marijuana emanating from it.

Man and woman accused of murder in Arkansas

On Dec. 3, two people in Arkansas were accused of taking part in a murder that was allegedly committed on Nov. 29. According to prosecutors, a 49-year-old man's body was discovered beneath a burning truck in Marked Tree. The 40-year-old woman and 48-year-old man who are accused of killing the man were each charged for murder in the first degree and held in county jail on $1 million bond.

Deputies from the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office had originally responded to the scene of the incident after receiving a report about a vehicle fire. When they arrived, deputies found a body that had allegedly been shot and run over. After the murder, deputies believe the truck was intentionally set on fire.

Man charged for murder allegedly admitted to kidnapping

A 33-year-old man allegedly admitted to abducting a female real estate agent who was found dead in Arkansas. The woman went missing on Sept. 25 after she informed her husband by telephone that she was about to show a house near the small town of Scott. Five days later, the accused man was taken into custody in relation to the woman's disappearance.

Investigators believe that the accused man was the person who the real estate agent was showing the home to before she disappeared. When the man was questioned, he reportedly admitted to kidnapping the woman but refused to reveal her location. Her body was later found buried near a construction site where the man had previously worked. The man and his 41-year-old estranged wife have both pleaded not guilty to charges for capital murder and kidnapping.

Police detain man for bank robbery

Police recently detained a man for his alleged involvement in an Arkansas bank robbery that occurred on Nov. 11. At approximately 10 a.m. on Nov. 21, police identified an abandoned vehicle nearby the Henderson County line on Highway 64. After running the vehicle identification number, police discovered that the vehicle was suspected of being involved in an Arkansas robbery earlier in the month.

Police also obtained the name of a 29-year-old male from when they checked the VIN. At approximately 5 p.m., police located the man outside the Blue Ridge Health Center on Highway 64 East. The man was apprehended and booked at the Henderson County detention Center on $900,000 secured bond. Law enforcement will extradite him to Arkansas where he will face charges for aggravated bank robbery.

2 arrested for Medicaid fraud in Arkansas

On Nov. 14, a mother and daughter in Arkansas were arrested for offenses related to Medicaid fraud. The mother, age 48, served as the executive director of My House, a Mayflower facility for the developmentally disabled that closed in May 2013. Her 28-year-old daughter was employed as the case manager at the facility. The attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit accuses the pair of fraud and exploitation.

The facility was contracted with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to operate as alternative housing for those suffering from physical and mental disabilities. The director is accused of pre-billing Medicaid for more than $90,000 in 2012 and 2013 for services that were never provided after the facility closed. Even further, pre-billing was explicitly prohibited in the contract between the state and My House. The director is also alleged to have used debit cards for fraudulently withdrawing more than $65,000 from several trust accounts.

Man taken into custody on theft, drug charges in Arkansas

A 25-year-old man was taken into custody on Nov. 6 after allegedly trying to sell stolen items to police officers. Officers arranged a meeting with the man after he posted the stolen goods for sale online. The man arrived as scheduled, and he was detained after officers decided that the man was in possession of the stolen goods.

In addition to the stolen items, police allegedly found a grey pouch in the man's vehicle. The pouch allegedly contained digital scales and 9 grams of meth. Officers took the man to Bi-State Jail where he was being held on a $50,000 bond.

What is kidnapping?

A person in Arkansas may be accused of kidnapping when the behavior for which they are accused does not involve taking a child. Kidnapping is defined broadly, covering a variety of offenses under federal and state law.

Federal kidnapping charges can arise when a parent takes his or her child overseas without the permission or consent of the other parent. This applies to children under the age of 16. Other kidnapping offenses involving a parent and a child are not prosecuted under federal law, although state laws may apply.

Arkansas man in murder case has probation violation history

One of two men suspected in an Oct. 18 homicide was detained and charged with capital murder. The other individual is still at large. The 23-year-old man in custody is a Little Rock resident and reportedly has had previous problems with the law, including probation violations. Reports indicate that the man was in violation of his probation at the time of the alleged homicide.

According to reports, a petition was filed this year for revocation of the man's probation. His record allegedly demonstrates a serious history of drug-related issues. The initial drug charges for the man date to 2011 when he was charged with felony possession of marijuana and cocaine. His probation was revoked a year earlier for violations. State officials indicate that because the jail system is crowded, only violent offenders are being taken in. This crowded system is credited as one of the reasons that the man in question never actually spent time in jail; his prior incidents were not violent in nature.

Arkansas amends parole laws

Arkansas has amended its parole eligibility laws for criminals convicted of certain types of violent crimes. The amended law applies to persons found guilty of particular types of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and other major crimes. The changes to the law are designed to make it more difficult for sex offenders to obtain parole.

Arkansas law states that certain types of criminals are eligible for mandatory parole upon meeting various criteria set forth by statute. A second section allows persons convicted of more serious crimes to become eligible for discretionary parole if they meet the law's requirements. If parole is discretionary, the Parole Board determines whether parole will be granted.

Arkansas law on child pornography

Arkansas law outlines what constitutes child pornography and the offense a person may be charged with if they are aware of child pornography and fail to report it to the proper authorities. Child pornography can be transferred via devices such as computers and cellphones, but it is important to ascertain whether an accused individual knowingly received or possessed sexually explicit content involving a child.

It is illegal to knowingly possess or view anything that contains images of a child engaging in sexual conduct. This can include photographs, videos, video games or computer-generated images. It is also illegal to sell or otherwise distribute by publishing, gifting or lending these kinds of images.

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