Attorney General Partners with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas to host Crimes Against Children TrainingMon, Sep 28, 2015
NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today offered opening remarks to the Technologically Facilitated Crimes Against Children Training at Camp Robinson. More than 60 law enforcement, child advocacy service providers and representatives of child serving organizations attended the event, which was a partnership between the Attorney General’s Office and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.
“I am proud to have partnered with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas to host this important training,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Technology is rapidly advancing and changing daily, exposing our children to increased dangers. It is critically important to have statewide collaboration to combat these crimes that don’t know geographic, age, race or economic boundaries. I want to extend a special thank you to Sgt. Steven Del Negro for leading today’s sessions and for sharing his specialized expertise and investigative experience with Arkansas.”
Sgt. Del Negro is a 29-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police, and for the last 12 years of his career, he was assigned to the Digital Evidence Media Section/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Sgt. Del Negro was commander for the ICAC Task Force in Massachusetts, in which he provided training to law enforcement, coordinated and conducted investigations, provided public awareness presentations and was the state contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. As a state police detective for 16 years, he investigated homicides, unattended deaths, rapes, child abuse, child sexual assaults and other major crimes.
This training provided an overview of the various types of technology used for sexual exploitation and to facilitate crimes against children. Discussion focused on the offenders’ use of technology and challenges new technology creates and how they impact victims.
Rutledge Joins Multistate Investigation into VolkswagenMon, Sep 28, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the State of Arkansas joined the executive committee of a multistate investigation into Volkswagen for altering emissions software to produce favorable test results.
“I am disappointed in Volkswagen and the action they took to modify their emissions testing software,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These actions are simply wrong, and I will fight for Arkansans who have been impacted by this manufacturer’s misconduct.”
Volkswagen is accused of equipping 11 million diesel vehicles with software that could be used to cheat on emissions tests. Arkansas is joining 28 other attorneys general from across the country to examine any potential consumer protection law violations.
A list of affected models, model years and instructions for vehicle owners can be found at EPA.gov.
Attorney General Urges Arkansans to ‘Take Back’ Unused MedicationFri, Sep 25, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she will participate in Arkansas’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, at a Little Rock Police Department Take Back site on Kanis Road.
“Unused and unneeded prescription drugs are lurking in medicine cabinets around our State,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans need to take personal responsibility to combat prescription drug abuse that is killing our children and destroying families. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles need to know that the old and unused prescription medications in their homes are the source of the drugs that are abused by our children. I urge Arkansans to clean out their homes and save lives by taking back unused medications to a safe and secure location in their community.”
In a consumer alert this week, Rutledge said that nearly 44,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, with more than half of those because of abuse of prescription drugs. Law enforcement officers will be available at 126 collection sites to collect and destroy pills in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Since the program began in 2010, 72 tons of medication has been collected in Arkansas, which is an estimated 201 million individual pills.
Attorney General Rutledge is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of the State Drug Director, the Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and over 130 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations, and public health providers who comprise the Arkansas Prescription Drug Coalition.
A complete list of collection sites for Take Back Day, as well as permanent, year-round collection sites, is available at artakeback.org. Sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Authorities will be collecting prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Take Back events nationally have taken nearly 5 million pounds of prescription medications out of circulation.
Details of Rutledge’s stop in Little Rock:
What: Participates in Arkansas’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day
When: Saturday, September 26
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Where: Little Rock Police Department
10001 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72205
Members of the media planning to attend may contact Jessica Ray at Jessica.Ray@arkansasag.gov or 501-539-0955.
Rutledge Announces Mobile Offices for Early OctoberThu, Sep 24, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for early October.
Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents who are having consumer issues and help them file consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.
Rutledge created the initiative so that her office and staff would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s Office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
Attorney General Mobile Offices schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 1
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sevier County Senior Center
605 E. Hayes St.
DeQueen, AR 71832
Thursday, Oct. 1
3 – 5 p.m.
Arkadelphia Town Hall
700 Clay St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Monday, Oct. 5
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Marianna Mayor’s Office
35 S. Poplar St.
Marianna, AR 72360
Tuesday, Oct. 6
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Warren Senior Citizen Center
96 N. Etheridge St.
Warren, AR 71671
Thursday, Oct. 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Batesville City Hall
500 E. Main St.
Batesville, AR 72501
Thursday, Oct. 8
2 – 4 p.m.
Ash Flat Library
11 Arnhart St.
Ash Flat, AR 72513
Rutledge to Petition U.S. Supreme Court on Constitutionality of Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection ActWed, Sep 23, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she will file a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.
“As Attorney General, I have a duty to fully defend the State’s law, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks of gestation when a heartbeat is detected,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But beyond my duty, I firmly believe that the State has a profound interest in protecting the lives of the unborn, which is exactly what this law does.”
Rutledge’s request to the U.S. Supreme Court comes after a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that affirmed U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright’s ruling that prohibiting abortions after 12 weeks of gestation is unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office requested a rehearing of the case before the full membership of the 8th Circuit, but rehearing was denied.
The State’s certiorari petition will be filed with the Supreme Court in the coming weeks.
Rutledge Welcomes Fall Law Clerks to the Attorney General’s OfficeMon, Sep 21, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has welcomed a new class of law clerks to the Attorney General’s office. These law students work in various departments assisting with legal research and drafting memos and legal documents.
“These future attorneys are a valuable asset to the Attorney General’s office,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “They are getting exposure into the public service sector and invaluable experience from some of the top attorneys in the State.”
Stefanie Blahut, a second year law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) William H. Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. She graduated from Indiana University in 2007 with a major in criminal justice. Blahut is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis in 2003.
Katie Waldrip Branscum, a second year law student at UALR, is clerking in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Arkansas with degrees in dietetics and hospitality management. Branscum is from Moro and graduated from Lee Academy in Marianna in 2008.
Mitchell Dennis, a second year law student at UALR, is clerking in the Civil Department. He graduated from Williams Baptist College in 2014 with a degree in history. Dennis is from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and graduated from Neelyville High School in 2010.
Jack Easterly of Little Rock, a second year law student at UALR, is clerking in the Criminal Department. In 2014, he graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, with a degree in classical and religious studies. Easterly graduated from Catholic High School for Boys in 2010.
Rafael Gallaher, a part-time student in his last year of law school at UALR, is clerking in the Criminal Department. He graduated from Henderson State University in 2011 with a degree in philosophy. Gallaher is from Hot Springs and was home schooled and graduated in 2007.
Megan Rodgers of Anchorage, Alaska, a second year law student at UALR, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in political science. Rodgers graduated from East High School in Anchorage in 2007.
Tess Stewart is a second year law student at UALR and is clerking in the Civil Department. She is a 2012 graduate of Hendrix College with a double-major in English and accounting. Stewart is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School in 2008.