Rutledge Welcomes Summer InternsMon, Jul 11, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has accepted 17 students from across the State into the Attorney General’s office internship program.
“My goal is to provide invaluable service-learning opportunities for interns,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This internship program allows students to work in the public service sector and enhance their collegiate experience, enabling them to be more career ready.”
Colin Browning is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas studying public administration. Browning is from Fort Smith where he graduated from Southside High School in 2013.
Michael Calhoun is a senior at Ouachita Baptist University studying biblical studies and philosophy. Calhoun is from Cabot where he attended Cabot High School and graduated in 2013.
Channa Childs is a sophomore at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, studying political science. Childs is from Little Rock where she attended Little Rock Central High School and graduated in 2015.
Wendy Cope is a senior at the Central Baptist College studying human resources. Cope is from Clinton where she attended the Baptist Preparatory School and graduated in 2014.
Brittany Coleman is a junior at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences studying cardio-respiratory systems. Coleman is from Little Rock where she attended Little Rock Central High School and graduated in 2012.
Allison Edwards is a sophomore at Arkansas Tech University studying political science, broadcast journalism and criminal justice. Edwards is from Perryville where she attended Perryville High School and graduated in 2015.
Jessica Franklin is a senior at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock studying strategic communications. Franklin is from Benton where she attended Benton High School and graduated in 2013.
Reid Hall is a junior at the University of Arkansas studying marketing. Hall is from Little Rock where he attended the Baptist Preparatory School and graduated in 2014.
Justin Hearon is a junior at the University of Arkansas studying political science. Hearon is from Little Rock where he attended Joe T. Robinson High School and graduated in 2014.
Andrew Manning is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas studying journalism. Manning is from Little Rock where he attended Catholic High School for Boys and graduated in 2015.
Tyler Maxwell is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock studying biology and chemistry. Maxwell is from Hamburg where he attended Hamburg High School and graduated in 2015.
Joe Rossi is a senior at Hendrix College studying history. Rossi is from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he attended Caddo Parish Magnet High School and graduated in 2013.
Nathan Smith is a senior at Rhodes College studying linguistics and anthropology. Smith is from Little Rock where he graduated from LISA Academy in 2013.
Gracie Stover is a freshman at the University of Arkansas studying broadcast journalism. Stover is from Little Rock where she attended Pulaski Academy and graduated in 2016.
Michaela Thomas is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock studying criminal justice. Thomas is from Little Rock where she graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2015.
Jin Toone attends the Arkansas Career Training Institute. Toone is from Little Rock where she graduated from Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School in 2014.
Nathan Woodell is a senior at Hendrix College studying history. Woodell is from Little Rock, where he attended Little Rock Central High School and graduated in 2013.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Pulaski County Man for Crimes Involving ChildrenSun, Jul 10, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Oscar Ruben Donato of Little Rock on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.
Donato, 44, was arrested by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit today and was assisted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a $45,000 bond.
Special agents in the Attorney General’s office began investigating Donato after agents determined that someone using a computer at Donato’s address downloaded sexually explicit material involving children.
Rutledge Issues Statement in Response to Dallas Police ShootingsSun, Jul 10, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the attack in Dallas, Texas against law enforcement.
“As Arkansas’s chief law enforcement officer, I urge all Americans to reject this type of evil, hatred and violence being directed at law enforcement,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Like the officers in Dallas, Arkansas’s dedicated members of law enforcement get up every day with one mission: to keep their neighbors and communities safe. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and sorrow being felt by the moms and dads, husbands and wives of these fallen and wounded officers in Dallas because they too wear the badge. We must stand together and lift up our members of law enforcement and thank them for their service and sacrifice. My prayers are with the fallen, their families, the wounded and our entire law enforcement community.”
Rutledge Fights to Protect Arkansas StudentsFri, Jul 8, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today, along with nine other states, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies and officials, which last month issued a directive requiring Arkansas public schools to open gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms to both sexes. In addition to representing the State of Arkansas, Rutledge is also representing the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services. The federal government’s new directive threatens the common sense policies of the Division and the important funds supporting the Division’s work.
“The Obama Administration is using intimidation tactics in an attempt to force local schools to adopt a radical social policy that raises serious safety concerns for school-age children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “From a young age, children are taught not to be bullies, yet that is exactly what the federal government is doing by threatening the loss of funding if schools do not comply with this directive – a directive that unlawfully ignores the role of Congress. This proposal, which is part of a liberal social agenda, will disrupt the learning environment and be a detriment to the very children it intends to help, which is why today’s action is in the best interest of our students.”
The Obama Administration is attempting to rewrite Congress’s use of the term “sex” in federal law to mean “gender identity.” Current state law and federal regulations allow schools to maintain separate facilities based upon sex. The recent action by the Administration circumvents this established law by ignoring the appropriate legislative process necessary to change it. It also supersedes local school districts’ authority to address student issues on an individualized, professional and private basis.
In addition to Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming have joined today’s filing by Nebraska.
Rutledge Announces Medicaid Fraud Arrest of a Crittenden County WomanThu, Jul 7, 2016
WEST MEMPHIS – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a West Memphis woman by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Andrea Jefferson, 26, turned herself in to the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office on one count of Medicaid fraud. She is accused of billing for services not rendered in April 2015, totaling $469.28, a Class C felony. Jefferson was released on a citation and is scheduled to appear in Pulaski County District Court in August.
This case was referred to the Attorney General’s office by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.
Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email@example.com.
Rutledge: Arkansas Will Never Forget Its Missing Children and AdultsThu, Jul 7, 2016
NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the fifth annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event at Camp Robinson. The daylong event helps raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and recognizes Arkansas’s missing children and adults.
“It is impossible for us to understand the heartache and pain families go through when a loved one is missing,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As a State, however, we stand with them, pledging to never forget their family members. I hope that each person who attended today’s event comes away with renewed hope and a sense of comfort, knowing that there are countless individuals who will not rest until their loved one is found.”
“Continued training has always been essential, but with the explosive growth in technology and resources, it has become critical to law enforcement personnel conducting criminal investigations,” said retired police Sgt. Mark Simpson, from Arlington Texas. “Venues such as the Arkansas Never Forgotten event not only brings professionals from diverse law enforcement disciplines together to learn new technologies and techniques, but also allows them to interact and network. This type of training makes them better individually and professionally in working cases involving missing and exploited children.”
Sgt. Simpson spoke with members of law enforcement during a morning training session. Sgt. Simpson led the task force established to find Amber Hagerman and investigate her murder. Hagerman was abducted and recovered deceased in 1996, and her case led to the creation of the nationwide America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system.
A luncheon was hosted by Rutledge to honor the families of the missing and thank law enforcement for assisting in missing persons cases. The event also provided support and networking opportunities for families still searching and for those who have tragically lost loved ones.
During the luncheon, Morgan’s Choice Award was presented to the Bentonville Police Department for their work in apprehending a suspect who authorities believe traveled to Arkansas to target children. The Star of Excellence Award was presented to Rep. Bill Gossage for his tireless efforts to raise awareness and funding for the state’s 12 Child Abduction Response Teams.
Rutledge also partnered with the Morgan Nick Foundation to provide a daylong program for families of missing adults and children and families who have had loved ones recovered, both alive and deceased. The program facilitator was Duane Bowers, a nationally recognized and respected grief and trauma counselor who specializes in issues facing families of the missing.
Families were also able to meet with investigators about unsolved missing persons cases, provide information about their missing loved ones and, in some cases, provide DNA samples.
The event follows Rutledge’s announcement on Wednesday of a new website, NeverForgotten.ar.gov, which enables the public to access information on missing persons cases with an easy-to-use searchable database.
Assisting the Attorney General’s office with hosting the event were the Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas State Police, FBI, Morgan Nick Foundation, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
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 for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).