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Past articles by Larry:

State police prepare for holiday weekend travel with enforcement of sobriety and zero tolerance

Across Arkansas and Oklahoma, as summer wanes into the upcoming Labor Day weekend, law enforcement is increasing patrols for drunken and impaired drivers → Read More

Retreat seeks unity for Fort Smith police

In an effort to enhance the police department’s customer service to the Fort Smith community, Chief Nathaniel Clark hosted a retreat and team building exercises at Chaffee Crossing for his senior staff Aug. 11. “I’m always looking at creative ways to enhance our service to the community,” said Clark. “I wanted to use the time to look back on the past, see where we are right now and make sure we… → Read More

Fort Smith police officer recognized for rescuing suicidal man from river

At the Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting Aug. 1, a member of the Police Department was presented with two awards by Fort Smith Police Chief Nathaniel → Read More

United Way, merchants raise awareness with block party

The United Way and merchants of Green Pointe Shopping Center hosted a Step Up, Speak Out block party at Green Pointe Shopping Center, 4300 Rogers Ave., → Read More

Fort Smith police stress need for community involvement

Public awareness of neighborhood crime was the main objective of a Fianna Hills community partnership meeting hosted by the Fort Smith Police Department → Read More

Fort Smith police urge caution in school zones

As parents and students alike gear up to go back to school and as they each prepare to get back into the routine of early mornings, one of the most important things to start preparing for is the early morning drive, especially being aware of school zones and school zone enforcement. “Part of an officer’s daily routine, unless they’re en route to a call, is if they see an infraction, be it… → Read More

Joint military forces bridge Arkansas River at Fort Chaffee

Wednesday morning, soldiers from multiple branches of the military built a bridge to cross the Arkansas River during a training exercise one mile off US- → Read More

Local boy takes bite out of crime ... and pizza ... as Fort Smith police chief for the day

It was a day of change at the Fort Smith Police Department on Tuesday morning as “Police Chief” Boston Michael Whisenhunt, 12, took over for the day as commanding officer of the department.“It’s a wonderful day whenever we get the opportunity to celebrate young people,” said Arkansas District 78 state Rep. George B. McGill, D-Fort Smith, who was on hand to present flags, a commendation and badge… → Read More

Can you be a firefighter? Fort Smith looking for a few good applicants

The Fort Smith Fire Department is looking for applicants. “I don’t think people are aware that we have positions open,” said Ethan Millard. “There might be other reasons for the low turnout of applicants." Part of the problem, Millard said, is a low ratio of passing scores among applicants. Out of 100 applicants, according to Millard, an estimated 30 percent might make it through all phases of… → Read More

Suspicious vehicle report leads to paraphernalia bust in Fort Smith

On Tuesday, Fort Smith police were dispatched to the 6200 block of South 11th St. in response to a suspicious vehicle.Officers observed a silver Dodge → Read More

Retiring Fort Smith firefighter recalls Fort Chaffee fire

Capt. Jeff Bonner of Fire Station No. 6 retired Friday morning during a brief ceremony after nearly 32 years of service with the Fort Smith Fire Department. “Today’s ceremony is kind of bittersweet,” said Chief Phil Christensen. “He’s one of my friends, one I’ve grown up through the fire department with.” Bonner started with the department in August 1985. During the ceremony, Christensen spoke… → Read More

Space-driven technology aids medicine, NASA doc says at Fort Smith convention

Robots. Artificial hearts. 3D printing of human tissue. It may sound like science fiction, but as Dr. J.D. Polk, chief medical officer at NASA, pointed → Read More

NASA doctor to be keynote speaker at Fort Smith convention

J.D. Polk, DO, chief medical officer for NASA, will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association State Convention → Read More

Van Buren Police Department releases crime prevention tips

The Van Buren Police Department has released crime prevention tips on vacation safety, and with many people traveling this summer, developing a vacation → Read More

Firefighter unions fighting phone scams

A new phone scam is asking for donations for the “first responder and firefighter fund," according to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF).Union members with IAFF were first alerted to the scam in Kennewick, Wash., in late 2016, and Kennewick’s IAFF Local 1296 stated at the time that they would never ask for donations over the phone, which was the clearest way to avoid scammers.… → Read More

Marshals Museum lecture series ends with future of law enforcement discussion

The U.S. Marshals Museum spring lecture series came to a close Monday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 700 Rogers Ave., with a discussion on the future of law → Read More

Black Caucus lawmakers answer questions in Fort Smith town hall

The Arkansas state Legislature’s Black Caucus held a town hall meeting at the Pro-Pak Building, 1100 Garrison Ave., Thursday evening to discuss minority issues they have addressed or attempted to address, and what progress is being made within the legislature for Black constituents.The meeting was hosted by State Rep. George B. McGill. McGill reminded the roughly 80 people in attendance that as… → Read More

Marshals Museum cookout shows appreciation for law enforcement

The U.S. Marshals Museum hosted a Law Enforcement Appreciation cookout on Thursday at Ross Pendergraft Park as part of a weeklong celebration of law enforcement named in honor of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.“It gives us a chance to celebrate law enforcement and recognize one of the greatest law enforcement heroes,” said State Rep. George B. McGill.McGill said it was state Sen. Bryan King… → Read More

Former interim Fort Smith police chief retires

After a career that spans just over a quarter of a century, Maj. Dean Pitts of the Fort Smith Police Department retired Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony at → Read More

Police scanners go private in Franklin County

Police radios have switched to private channels in Franklin County, according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen, and while it has some residents → Read More