Rutledge Announces Arrest of Izard County Man for Crimes Involving ChildrenFri, Jun 1, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of an Izard County man for crimes involving children.
Steven Eldridge, 63, of Melbourne, was arrested by the Attorney General’s office Cyber Crimes Unit on four counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. He is currently being held on bond at the Izard County Detention Facility.
Special agents in the Attorney General’s office had previously seized multiple computers and external hard drives from the home. The file will be turned over to 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer when completed.
Rutledge Announces 7th Annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action EventWed, May 30, 2018
Registration is available for July 17 event in Benton
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will host the Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event on Tuesday, July 17 at the Benton Event Center. The event was established to raise awareness of the challenges associated with missing persons cases and recognize Arkansas’s missing children and adults.
“The Never Forgotten event brings these families together to remember their loved ones and provides law enforcement training to continue the search for our missing,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “There are numerous families across Arkansas who live every day with the pain of missing a loved one. Together, we can raise awareness because someone, somewhere has information about each of our missing loved ones.”
From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., a panel discussion will be held for the families of missing persons on available resources to assist them with locating their loved one. Participating agencies include Arkansas State Police, Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas Crime Information Center, FBI, the Morgan Nick Foundation and others.
From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., a law enforcement training will be held. Sarah Krebs, a detective sergeant-forensic artist with the Michigan State Police, will explain how her evidence-based drawings and three-dimensional reconstructions aid in the investigation of unidentified remains, the apprehension of suspects and the resolution of missing person cases.
Officers will also hear from Derek VanLuchene, a law enforcement consultant for Fox Valley Technical College and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and President and Founder of Ryan United. VanLuchene will present the case study of 4-year-old Maci Lilly, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and was abducted from a playground in Montana in February 2016. Maci’s disappearance led to a statewide Amber Alert and a successful recovery. He will discuss working with child witnesses and how to locate resources in an active search and recovery.
Rutledge will also host a luncheon, which will include a ceremony to honor families of missing children and adults and to recognize law enforcement officials who work to solve missing persons cases.
In 2016, Rutledge was part of a collaborative effort to launch a new website, NeverForgotten.ar.gov, which enables the public to access information on missing persons cases with an simple, searchable database.
Every service offered at the event is free.
Registration can be found at ArkansasAG.gov. The Attorney General’s office has applied for three hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEST).
The Attorney General’s office serves as an information clearinghouse for reports on Arkansas’s missing children and acts as the main point of contact between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and nonprofit missing children organizations in the State. For information about Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action, call (800) 448-3014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).
Rutledge Statement on SCOTUS Decision on Planned Parenthood v. JegleyTue, May 29, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari in Planned Parenthood v. Jegley today.
“As Attorney General, I have fully defended this law at every turn and applaud the Supreme Court’s decision against Planned Parenthood today. Protecting the health and well-being of women and the unborn will always be a priority. We are a pro-life state and always will be as long as I am Attorney General.”
Rutledge Recognizes Memorial DayThu, May 24, 2018
Says, ‘I offer my heartfelt prayers and appreciation to the families of fallen soldiers across our state’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in observance of Memorial Day.
“Today we pause to remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. These individuals stood firm in protecting the United States and our freedoms. I offer my heartfelt prayers and appreciation to the families of fallen soldiers across our state as we honor their courage, devotion and sacrifice. Let us never forget our fallen heroes.”
Rutledge will attend the City of Maumelle’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Lake Willastein Park in Maumelle. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.
Rutledge Statement on News of Ebby SteppachWed, May 23, 2018
'I ask my fellow Arkansans to help shine light on the state’s over 500 active missing person cases’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement in response to the developments of the Ebby Steppach’s case in Little Rock after she went missing in 2015.
“Over the past two years, Arkansans have kept Ebby’s family in their thoughts and prayers as they sought answer into Ebby’s disappearance” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I first met Ebby’s mother, Laurie Jernigan, in 2016 at my Annual Never Forgotten event along with many other brave families of missing persons. I witnessed her grief firsthand, but I also saw Laurie’s true strength as she endured unimaginable pain. As Laurie and her family bring their daughter home, I pray they find solace and peace as they wrestle with this difficult new reality. On this devastating occasion, I ask my fellow Arkansans to help shine light on the state's over 500 active missing persons cases. Please pray for Ebby's family as well as for those who are searching for other missing Arkansans."
For more information on the full list of missing persons from Arkansas, go to NeverForgotten.ar.gov.
Rutledge Issues Decisions on Pending Ballot MeasuresWed, May 23, 2018
The Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision reaffirms the Attorney General’s call for the General Assembly to clarify the ballot measure process
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced that in light of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision today in Couch v. Rutledge, she is certifying ballot titles for proposals to raise the minimum wage, authorize casino gaming, and revise the legislative redistricting process. Attorney General Rutledge is rejecting a proposal that would legalize marijuana because of insufficiencies and fundamental flaws in the text of the measure.
“I have issued opinions on ballot proposals based on standards set forth in statutes as well as case law of the Arkansas Supreme Court,” said Rutledge. “However, the Arkansas Supreme Court has once again muddied the waters on these standards by offering no insight in its decision requiring me to certify or substitute language of a ballot title that I had previously rejected. In light of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s failure to put forth clear standards, I am certifying these proposals in an exercise of caution to ensure Arkansans are given an opportunity to put these measures on the ballot.”
“To be clear, today’s certifications do not prevent a citizen from legally challenging a ballot proposal once the required number of signatures are submitted to the Arkansas Secretary of State. Therefore, it is a real possibility that any one or all of the certified proposals will not appear on the ballot in November.”
“The Arkansas Supreme Court’s failure to include clear standards and reasoning has only exacerbated the confusion surrounding ballot title submissions. As I stated last week, I am calling on the General Assembly to create a system ensuring Arkansans have a clear and fair process to amend the constitution and place initiatives on the ballot.”