JACKSON COUNTY (AP) — Jackson County Sheriff’s officers say a man’s body has been located in some brush near Jackson County Road 16.
Sheriff David Lucas tells KAIT-TV Tuesday that deputies believe the body is that of a man who went missing during a police chase in early February. Jeremy Wayne Conway went missing after leading deputies on a high speed chase and eventually driving his truck into a body of water. Conway had been moved from the department’s missing list to the wanted list after deputies received a video they believed was Conway in the Newport area. Conway’s wife had confirmed he was in the footage, deputies said.
Lucas says the body found in some brush near a body of water is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.
Suspect in custody after Arkansas deputy shot
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy has been shot after responding to a call of a suicidal person.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Kelly Cantrell says the deputy "was alert" and was taken to Washington County Regional Medical Center. The deputy’s name was not released Tuesday afternoon and Cantrell says she does not have information about the extent of his injuries.
Cantrell says several deputies responded to an emergency call for a suicidal person about 1:18 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bob Lawrence and Howard Porter roads outside of Fayetteville.
Cantrell says a suspect was arrested shortly after the incident, but the suspect’s name was not being released at this time.
Arkansas woman sentenced in theft from feeding program
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Dermott woman has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for her role in stealing U.S. Department of Agriculture program funds intended to feed children in low-income areas. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that 51-year-old Kattie Jordan was sentenced to 63 months and ordered to pay joint restitution of more than $3.6 million. Jordan had pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud in August. Jordan was indicted as part of a scheme to fraudulently obtain USDA program funds. She ran a feeding program and authorities say she over-reported the meals she provided.
An Arkansas Department of Human Services employee approved the fraudulent claims. Several others, including that employee, have been indicted or pleaded guilty in the scheme involving more than $10 million in USDA funds.
Interim head chosen for Arkansas child welfare system
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Department of Human Services attorney has been tapped to head the state’s child welfare system.
The department on Tuesday announced that Mischa Martin had been chosen to serve as its interim director of the Division of Children and Family Services while the agency searches for a permanent director. Martin begins April 1 and replaces Cecile Blucker, who announced earlier this year that she planned to step down as director at the end of March.
Martin joined the department in 2008.
Blucker’s exit came several months after an outside review said Arkansas’ child welfare system is burdened by a high caseload and lack of foster homes. Gov. Asa Hutchinson tapped $1 million from the state’s rainy day fund to hire more workers.