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What is wrong with our system? A must read!

What is wrong with our system? I was in court this morning and witnessed a man change his plea from not guilty to guilty on 2 counts of sexually molesting an 8 year old little girl. Judge Hernsberger made him tell the courtroom what he did and told him he must do this in order to get the “deal” offered by the state. He began to explicitly go in to detail and I will spare you the graphic details. It literally made me sick and I thought I was going to vomit. He was sentenced 120 days in jail, a $500 fine and 6 years probation. I could not help but think about how many years of therapy and counseling this little girl will have to have long after his sentence is complete. The very next case was a man charged with drug paraphernalia. He plead guilty and was already on probation for possession of marijuana. His attorney plead on his behalf for the judge to allow him a long term rehab something he has never been offered and he had no other charges or convictions on his record. He was sentenced 5 years in ADC and was ordered to pay a $2400 dollar fine due 30 days from his release. If that is not a hole in our system I don’t know what is! I’m so angry and outraged. That’s your tax money working for you!

Concerned Citizen

Former Garland County lawman accused of stealing from officers association

A former sergeant with the Garland County Sheriff’s Office is accused of stealing money from the Arkansas Narcotics Officers Association while he served as its treasurer, according to court documents.

An affidavit, filed in Garland County Circuit Court on March 7, states a special agent with Arkansas State Police began investigating accusations against Michael Wright, 48, of Pearcy in July 2017.

According to the affidavit, State Police spoke with Wes Baxter, a member of the association, who said Wright admitted to writing himself checks out of the association’s accounts after he was questioned why deposits had not been made. Wright allegedly told Baxter that “he was having financial trouble” and that he had been writing himself checks “for a couple of years.”

Baxter notified the other association board members, including Capt. Robb Rounsavall with the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office, about the stolen funds. Rounsavall told the special agent Wright said he believed he had taken approximately $3,000 to 4,000 from the association. Weeks later, Rounsavall said Wright called him wanting to know if he could sit down with the association’s leaders to pay back the money and said he would be willing to show them which checks he wrote to himself.

An auditor investigating the case told State Police that there was a shortage of approximately $8,150 from January 2013 to July 2017. The auditor also reported there approximately $25,000 worth of cash disbursements and reimbursements to Wright from the association’s account were determined to be suspicious.

In January 2018, the president of the association spoke with State Police and said the board reviewed the questionable withdrawals made by Wright. The president believed the association had lost $8,900 and “would agree to this loss total recouped from Mike Wright.”

Wright has since been arrested for theft of property over $5,000 in the case.

Courtesy of KATV 7


Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Jan Morgan filed as a Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas

Exclusive to Arkansas Herald by Nancy Carlton


Jan Morgan, a Hot Springs business owner, officially filed as a Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas today. With an entourage of avid supporters, she entered the state capitol at approximately 11:30 a.m., today, Feb. 26, 2018. She signed up at the Republican filing station with Doyle Webb accepting her paperwork. The $15,000.00 filing fee check was turned in.
A crowd of reporters and photographers gathered around and interviewed Ms. Morgan asking a variety of questions. This evening’s local tv news at 5, 6, and 10 pm should be running the story on Channels 4, 7, and 11, along with Channel 16, hopefully, although I did not see a Channel 16 logo on a camera. 
Some interesting questions were brought up by reporters and as usual, Jan Morgan was articulate and right on the mark.
One person did, of course, have to bring up the beleaguered, hackneyed same old subject of the “Muslim-free zone” that Ms. Morgan declared her indoor shooting range in the interest of the safety of her customers, and so that she would never be responsible for training the next Jihadist to attack Americans. I know the real story. The two Muslims that caused her to make the gun range a private club and a Muslim-free zone were clearly acting in a suspicious manner, in a time shortly after several attacks had occurred. Jan would have been remiss not to take the steps she took to ensure safety in a place where deadly weapons are fired. She made the ethical, logical choice and I support her.
As for other important topics discussed today, Asa’s (the current Governor) big-spending ways were reviewed, as well as waste in government.
Jan Morgan for Governor’s campaign website is
Her campaign headquarters phone number is 501-701-4399
The next stop after today’s filing was to a local pharmacy in Russellville, AR, to speak with Pharmacist Mike Smith about the crisis facing independently-owned pharmacies, caused by big Pharma and the gargantuan pharmacy benefits management companies who are swindling the pharmacies by using unfair and non-transparent pricing practices.
There will be a public event this coming Saturday, March 3rd, from noon to 3:00 pm at the Garland County Fairgrounds to Meet and Greet Jan Morgan. The event will include live music.
Jan Morgan is married to Bob Paskvich. They are both Hot Springs residents and business owners.

Story by Nancy Carlton


On 2/25/18 at approximately 8:20pm, officers responded to a residence in reference to the potential tampering to a case of water bottles. It appeared that two bottles appeared to have been tampered with. The reporting person stated that he had tested the water with a “over the counter” drug test kit and it showed a presumptive positive result for PCP.

The department tested the water with a law enforcement recognized test kit that is PCP specific. Each of the bottles were tested with a negative result. We have taken the bottles and sent them to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for additional testing to confirm our negative results. We have requested the State Crime Lab to expedite the testing, so we can provide the public with accurate information. We are also in contact with the vendor to check for any additional possible tampering. Our detectives are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter. We have had no other reports of similar incidents.

We will update when more information is available.