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Saline County Man Arrested

Saline County Man Arrested for Child Pornography

Fri, Jun 5, 2015

BENTON – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Benton man has been arrested for distributing, viewing and possessing sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony, after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

On Wednesday, June 3, agents arrested Lance Smith, 26, of Benton at his residence and seized one laptop, a hard drive and a flash drive. The seized electronic evidence is undergoing further forensic examination at the Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit forensic lab in Little Rock.

The Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Smith after agents suspected that child pornography was being viewed at his residence.

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Hot Springs Man Arrested

Hot Springs Man Arrested for Child Pornography

Tue, Jun 2, 2015

HOT SPRINGS – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Hot Springs man has been arrested for distributing, viewing and possessing sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. As part of the investigation, special agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit located a runaway juvenile who had been missing for approximately two weeks.

On May 28, agents arrested Herman Duncan, 43, of Hot Springs at his residence and seized two hard drives, two laptop computers, two phones, storage media and 3.3 grams of methamphetamine. The seized electronic evidence is undergoing further forensic examination at the Cyber Crimes Unit forensic lab of the Attorney General's Office in Little Rock.

The Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Duncan after agents suspected that child pornography was located at Duncan’s address.

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Early June Mobile Office Locations

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for Early June

Thu, May 28, 2015

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

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.

Attorney General Rutledge created the initiative so that the office would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. The Attorney General believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

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 Office schedule can be found below:

Morrilton

Tuesday, June 2

9 – 11 a.m.

Morrilton City Hall, Conference Room

210 N. Moose St.

Morrilton, AR 72110

Perryville

Tuesday, June 2

1 – 3 p.m.

Perryville City Hall, Council Room

613 N. Fourche Ave.

Perryville, AR 72126

Mountain Home

Thursday, June 4

9 – 11 a.m.

Van Matre Senior Center

1101 Spring St.

Mountain Home, AR 72653

Salem

Thursday, June 4

1 – 3 p.m.

Salem City Hall, Conference Room

120 N. Main St.

Salem, AR 72576

Malvern

Friday, June 12

9 – 11 a.m.

Malvern Senior Center

1800 W. Moline St.

Malvern, AR 72104

Benton

Friday, June 12

1 – 3 p.m.

Saline County Courthouse

200 N. Main St.

Benton, AR 72015

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EPA Moves Forward with WOTUS Rule

Rutledge Disappointed EPA Moves Forward with WOTUS Rule

Wed, May 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following the decision by the Obama administration to move forward with the “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule.

“I am disappointed in the administration’s decision to move forward with a final rule, which goes beyond the scope of the Clean Water Act passed by Congress and fails to address the concerns raised by the public,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The final rule will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to unfairly target farmers and ranchers. Under this rule, any member of the Arkansas agriculture community who has water running through his or her private property, regardless of size, could be in violation of this law by performing everyday tasks like plowing and the application of pesticides and fertilizer. My office continues to review the final rule and is prepared to take appropriate legal action to prevent implementation of this unlawful regulation.”

Attorney General Rutledge testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in March urging the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the rule because of the negative impact it would have on Arkansas farmers. In 2012, agriculture added $20.1 billion to the Arkansas economy, according to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

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Immigration Executive Action Request Denied

Fifth Circuit Denies Federal Government’s Request to Implement President’s Executive Action on Immigration

Tue, May 26, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to deny the Obama Administration’s request to begin implementing the President’s execution action on immigration. This decision follows a federal judge halting the executive action in a Feb. 16 ruling.

“This unilateral action from the President was a drastic violation of the law,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “For more than 200 years, this nation has been governed on a system of checks and balances between three separate but equal branches of government. The President violated that system by bypassing Congress, and today’s ruling from the Fifth Circuit continues to prevent the President’s unlawful action on immigration policy from moving forward.”

Arkansas is part of a 26-state coalition led by Texas, which is fighting the President’s unlawful executive actions with regard to immigration. Joining Arkansas and Texas are: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Remembering and Honoring the Fallen

Rutledge Celebrates Memorial Day by Remembering and Honoring the Fallen

Mon, May 25, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in recognition of Memorial Day.

“Today is Memorial Day, a day when we pause to reflect on the bravery and heroism of the men and women who have paid the ultimate price to protect the United States and our freedoms,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I offer my prayers and heartfelt appreciation to the families of Arkansas’s fallen soldiers. These individuals humbly stood firm to protect all of us, and their devotion to country makes me proud to be an American.”

Rutledge will attend the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at 1501 W. Maryland Ave. in North Little Rock. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Gov. Asa Hutchinson will serve as the keynote speaker. A picnic, hosted by the Arkansas Veterans Coalition, will be held at Sherwood Forest immediately following the ceremony.

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