It was noted that the Sentinel Record front-page report of the last city board meeting referred to commenters on the city’s water policy as “detractors.” In fact, these so-called, “detractors” were explaining that the city continues to violate the Arkansas Constitution and specific court rulings by not allowing water connections in the county while encouraging connections within the city. Consent order 93-1639 clearly states, “Resolution 2821 and City policies and actions resulting therefrom violated Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Arkansas in that citizens’ rights to vote on annexation to the City were impaired and forfeited by these practices of the City.” Further, “The Defendants (city) is now estopped from requiring property owners to either annex to the City or promise to do so in the future in order to obtain city water and sewer service.” The entire court order may be seen at www.ggggnews.com. In view of the fact that the public was not informed of this court order and the city’s continuous violations possibly including “contempt of court” and the likelihood of de-annexation of all properties illegally annexed, a press conference was held this week to properly enlighten the public.
Former JP, chairman of Criminal Justice Committee, and member of the city/county water committee, Bud West chaired the conference. West explained how the city is in violation of this court order and how the city’s actions are having a “devastating impact” of the growth of the County. State Senator Alan Clark, Representative Mickey Gates, and County Judge Rick Davis also reiterated impacts of this court order.
State Representative Cozart presented a draft bill which requires all future city annexations have a vote of the citizens in accordance with Ark. Code 14-40-303.
The city attorney’s insinuations and diversionary comments relative to the court order are interesting. His reference to another case against the city that was won on appeal to the State Supreme Court are nonsense in that the Supreme Court Order (2009 Ark. 276, No. 08-611) itself states, “The issue in the Burchwood litigation was annexation. The issues in the present case concern sewer rates and debt-service charges.” The Burchwood reference is to Consent Order 93-1639. This means that in 2009, the Supreme Court recognized that the two cases were NOT related and neither has an impact on the other. The city attorney’s statement that he “has disagreements” with the court order have no relevance. It matters not what his opinion is. His job is to see that the city complies with the law including court rulings the city agreed to.
The bottom line is simple. The city directors need to stop taking actions that greatly impact the citizens without giving them a voice and a vote. The directors also need to reverse their illegal and discriminatory water policy and provide water service to all who apply.
Yet another solution to the problem is voting those incumbent law violators out of office, especially the inflexible leader of the pack from district 6, Randy Fale.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
On May 29, 2016 Mark A. Tuner of Hot Springs was found deceased inside his home at 110 Oakwood. The manner of death was ruled a Homicide. Since that time, Detectives have continued to investigate and to bring those responsible for Tuner’s death to justice. Detectives have interviewed dozens of people and submitted numerous items of evidence to the Arkansas State Crime Lab since the time this investigation began.
Today, Hot Springs Police announce they have made an arrest in connection with the Homicide of Mark A. Tuner. Twenty (20) year old Kenney Danner of Malvern has been charged with Capital Murder and is being held at the GCDC without bond. The arrest comes after DNA evidence linking Danner to the Homicide was confirmed through testing by the Arkansas State Crime Lab.
Detectives are continuing to investigate this Homicide and anticipate additional arrest. No further information is being released at this time.
On May 11, 2016 at approximately 2:25 pm the Hot Springs Police Department received numerous 911 calls in reference to a shooting in the area of Helen Street. Responding Officer’s located one victim near the scene who had been shot and that victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Officers secured the scene and located numerous shell casings in the area of 110 Helen Street.
A short time later, HSPD was notified of two other shooting victims at National Park Medical Center. The victims at National Park Medical Center had been driven there by private vehicles. Detectives responded to National Park Hospital and contacted two male victims along with several witnesses. Subsequent to investigation, Jimmy Harris was taken into custody at 110 Helen Street without incident. Harris is charged with three counts of Battery in the First Degree and five counts of Aggravated Assault. Harris’ bond is set at $27,500.
Detectives are currently processing the crime scene and interviewing other persons of interest. All three victims appear to have non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
On Monday May 9, 2016 the Garland County Sheriff’s Office received a snapshot from the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline regarding sexual abuse of a twelve year old female by a known offender, James Sharp of Hot Springs.
On May 10, 2016 the twelve year old female was interviewed at the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center by investigators from the Arkansas State Police and the Garland County Sheriff’s Office. The twelve year old juvenile female disclosed that she and the offender had numerous sexual contacts between the ages of eleven and twelve.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office received information that James Sharp was planning to flee to the state of Georgia to avoid prosecution. A warrant was issued for James Eugene Sharp (D.O.B. 01/30/1984) on the charge of Rape 5-14-103 a class Y felony.
On Tuesday May 10, 2016 Garland County investigators with assistance from the Hot Springs Police Department were able to locate and apprehend James Sharp at a local Motel on Albert Pike Road at approximately 3:30 P.M.
Mr. Sharp is currently being held on a $0 bond at the Garland County Detention Center.
On 5/10/2016 investigators with the Garland County Sheriff’s Department were able to develop information about a possible suspect vehicle in the early morning killing of Gina Tonette Thomas W/F (D.O.B. 08/08/1971) which led them to the residence of James Earby Lingo W/M (D.O.B. 08/04/1986). During the investigation they were able to locate a white Chevrolet pickup truck registered to Mr. Lingo. Investigators learned from a witness that Lingo had changed out the tires and wheels, cleaned up the front of the truck, and removed an LED light bar from the vehicle. They were led by the witness to an area not far from Lingo’s home where they recovered an LED light bar and a set of tires and rims. The rims, tires, and light bar had been concealed in the bushes in such a way as to prevent their discovery. Investigators were able to compare evidence found at the scene with evidence from the vehicle and concluded that they were similar.
James Lingo was placed in custody on 05/10/2016 at approximately 7:36 P.M. for Murder in the 1st degree 5-10-102 Class Y felony, Aggravated Assault 5-13-204 Class D felony, Criminal Mischief 1st degree 5-38-203, and Tampering with Physical Evidence 5-53-111 Class D felony. Mr. Lingo is currently being held on $0 bond in the Garland County Detention Center