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Rutledge Announces 7th Annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action Event

Rutledge Announces 7th Annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action Event

Wed, 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 oag@arkansasag.gov. To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).

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Rutledge Statement on SCOTUS Decision on Planned Parenthood v. Jegley

Rutledge Statement on SCOTUS Decision on Planned Parenthood v. Jegley

Tue, 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.”

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Rutledge Recognizes Memorial Day

Rutledge Recognizes Memorial Day

Thu, 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.

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Rutledge Issues Decisions on Pending Ballot Measures

Rutledge Issues Decisions on Pending Ballot Measures

Wed, 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.”

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Rutledge Sets June Mobile Office Locations

Rutledge Sets June Mobile Office Locations

Tue, May 22, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for June.

Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and assisted nearly 1,000 Arkansans last year.

Rutledge believes in face-to-face conversations to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

This year, the Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services they provide statewide.

Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement across Arkansas to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.

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.

The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:

Cleburne County

Tuesday, June 5

10:30 a.m. – noon

Heber Springs Community Center

201 Bobbie Jean Lane

Heber Springs, AR 72543

Miller County

Thursday, June 7

10:30 a.m. – noon

Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Texarkana Office

2904 E. 9th St.

Texarkana, AR 71854

Fulton County

Tuesday, June 12

10:30 a.m. – noon

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem

225 S. Main

Salem, AR 72576

Hot Spring County

Thursday, June 14

9:30 to 11 a.m.

Central Arkansas Development Council Malvern Senior Activity Center

1800 W. Moline

Malvern, AR 72104

Ouachita County

Tuesday, June 19

10:30 a.m. – noon

Ouachita County Cooperative Extension Service

2760 Mount Holly Road

Camden, AR 71701

St. Francis County

Thursday, June 21

10:30 a.m. – noon

St. Francis County Cooperative Extension Service

313 S. Izard St.

Forrest City, AR 72335

Polk County

Tuesday, June 26

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Mena-Polk County Senior Center

401 Autumn Drive

Mena, AR 71953

Pope County

Thursday, June 28

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Pope County Senior Wellness and Activity Center

1010 S. Rochester Ave.

Russellville, AR 72802

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