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Lonoke County searching for woman on most wanted list

Lonoke County searching for woman on most wanted list

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding a woman on their most wanted list.

According to Lt. James Kulesa, detectives are looking for 29-year-old Ashley Michelle Leslie. They have described her as a white female standing at 5 feet 2 inches with hazel eyes and blonde or brown hair. She may be walking with crutches or with a limp due to injuries received during a traffic accident while fleeing from law enforcement, and she is known to frequent White County, Jacksonville, and Lonoke County.

Kulesa said Leslie is wanted for felony fleeing, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver. Leslie also has an outstanding warrant from the Arkansas Board of Parole.

Police arrest 2 Arkansas men on drug charges

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Police say they've arrested two Arkansas men on several felony charges, including possession of drugs and firearms.

The Daily Citizen reports 22-year-old Jonathan Blaine Spivey was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop in White County. Police say they then learned Spivey's driver's license was suspended and searched his vehicle. They say they found methamphetamine and a semi-automatic handgun.

Spivey faces two drug charges and one drug and firearms charge.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

Man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting, assault

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Bald Knob man has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he fatally shot his father-in-law and assaulted his wife.

The Daily Citizen reports 50-year-old Robert Draft pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree battery.

He's being held in White County jail with no bond. A message left with Draft's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent

Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent. According to the department, the jobless rate is the lowest Arkansas has seen since November 2008.

Man charged in woman's death to appear in court

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Texas man who has been charged in an Arkansas woman's death is expected to appear in court later this month.

The Daily Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1zMp7s3) a July 28 hearing will be held in Texas for 30-year-old Christian Ivan Bautista, who's facing a first-degree murder charge in the 2013 death of 24-year-old Lauren Bump.

Bump - who had family in the San Antonio, Texas area - attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Police say her body was found on New Year's Eve in a Texas park.

A message left with Bautista's attorney Richard Timothy Molina wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

The hearing will be an opportunity for both the prosecution and Bautista's attorney to file motions.

Bautista is being held in Bexar (bayr) County jail on a $200,000 bond.


Boy killed crossing Arkansas highway on bike

JUDSONIA, Ark. (KTHV) – A boy reportedly attempting to cross an Arkansas highway on his bike was killed Monday morning.

According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary crash summary, the accident happened around 6 a.m. when a boy riding a bicycle along West Military Road attempted to cross Highway 367. A vehicle heading northbound on the highway reportedly struck the boy, identified as 11-year-old Cody Dean Miller of Judsonia.

The report details that the driver of the vehicle was not injured.

No other details have been released at this time.