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2016 Child Safety Poster Contest

Rutledge Announces 2016 Child Safety Poster Contest

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the 2016 Child Safety Poster Contest, which is open to all Arkansas students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Preparation and creation of the posters gives parents and teachers an opportunity to explain the many dangers they face and teach students strategies to stay safe. The 2015 contest saw a record number of participants with more than 1,100 students from across the state, and Rutledge hopes that number increases next year.

“It seems like every day there is a new and growing danger threatening our children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am especially proud to sponsor this program because it teaches our children, in an interactive way, how to avoid danger and remain safe. Last year’s entries were beautiful, informative and thoughtful, and I look forward to seeing what thousands of talented Arkansas students will produce this year.”

2015 1st place winner, 4th grade, Magness Creek Elementary in Cabot

Students are asked to incorporate this year's theme of “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” The postmark deadline for entries to be received at the Attorney General’s Office is Jan. 20. Judging will take place in February, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in April.

The winning poster from the fifth grade will be entered into the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Contest rules and the entry form can be found at ArkansasAG.gov, or call the Attorney General’s Office Community Engagement Department at (501) 682-1020 for more information.

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Pulaski County Woman Arrested

Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Arrests Pulaski County Woman

Thu, Sep 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Pulaski County woman by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Cheri Bates-West, 38, of Maumelle was arrested on three felony controlled substance violations after investigators determined she administered substitute narcotics and drugs to residents of Lakewood Nursing and Rehab in North Little Rock and retained the prescribed medications for her own use. Bates-West was booked into the Pulaski County Jail and is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Bates-West was also charged with two additional outstanding warrants – a felony for failure to appear in Logan County and fraud for insufficient funds from the Sherwood Police Department.

Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money or products to which they are not entitled.

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Arrest of Pulaski County Man

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Pulaski County Man for Crimes Involving Children

Fri, Sep 4, 2015

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of David Wayne Davis of North Little Rock on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.

Davis, 62, was arrested by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit at his home on Thursday, Sept. 3. Davis is being held in the Pulaski County Jail on no bond and will appear before the North Little Rock District Court next week.

Special agents in the Attorney General’s Office began investigating Davis after agents determined that someone using a computer at Davis’ address offered to participate in the distribution of sexually explicit material involved children.

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Municipal Ban on Certain Firearms

Rutledge Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving a Municipal Ban on Certain Firearms

Thu, Sep 3, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she joined an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition for certiorari in the case, Friedman v. Highland Park. The brief, which was filed on Aug. 28, was signed by 24 State attorneys general.

Friedman v. Highland Park was filed in 2013 and sought to invalidate a city ordinance that banned semi-automatic rifles and magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, was one of several municipalities that enacted ordinances regulating or banning the possession of certain firearms before Illinois passed its concealed carry law. In May 2015, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision allowing the gun and magazine ban to stand.

“As a strong defender of law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights, I urge the Supreme Court to take this case,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Seventh Circuit decision threatens the Second Amendment rights of Arkansans and all Americans’ freedoms by further opening the door for a potential federal ban on these types of firearms. Such a federal law would override the policy choices of an overwhelming majority of States where these firearms are allowed.”

The brief argues that the Supreme Court should overturn the Seventh Circuit’s decision, invalidate the municipal ban and ensure the lower courts provide a robust protection for Second Amendment rights.

The State attorneys general write, “granting certiorari and reversing the Seventh Circuit’s decision would provide clarity not only to the lower courts but also make clear to Congress that these bans are unconstitutional and any federal effort to disrupt State efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of their citizens will fail.”

A copy of the brief is available by clicking here.

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Injunction Granted Against EPA’s WOTUS Rule

Injunction Granted Against the EPA’s WOTUS Rule Preventing Implementation Tomorrow

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota has granted Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and 12 other States’ motion to put in place a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule defining “Waters of the United States.” The States had asked that the rule’s Aug. 28, 2015 effective date be delayed due to the irreparable harm it would cause. This injunction stops the WOTUS rule from going into effect and prevents the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from enforcing the rule until it can be fully litigated.

“Today’s ruling from the District Court is an important victory for Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “EPA’s WOTUS rule goes beyond the scope intended by Congress when it passed the Clean Water Act. At the very least, until these facts can be fully litigated in court, it is important that this damaging rule not harm Arkansas’s farmers and ranchers. This injunction is an important first step in a legal battle to show that the EPA exceeded its authority.”

In today’s order, Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson agreed that the rule should be delayed during the ongoing litigation, stating “the States are likely to succeed on their claim because (1) it appears likely that the EPA has violated its Congressional grant of authority in its promulgation of the rule at issue and (2) it appears likely the EPA failed to comply with APA requirements when promulgating the rule.”

A copy of the injunction is available by clicking here.

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Mobile Offices for September

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for the Beginning of September

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for the beginning of September.

Attorney General’s Office staff assist constituents who are having issues with scams and help them file consumer complaints at Mobile Offices. Staff will also be available to answer questions about other services the office offers to constituents.

Rutledge created the initiative so that the office would be easily accessible to everyone across Arkansas.

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 follows:

Marked Tree
Thursday, September 3
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
St. Bernards Senior Life Center
212 10th St.
Marked Tree, AR 72365

Blytheville
Thursday, September 3
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mississippi County Senior Citizens Center
1101 David Lane
Blytheville, AR 72315

Mount Ida
Tuesday, September 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mount Ida Civic Center
145 Whittington St., Suite C
Mount Ida, AR 71957

Mena
Tuesday, September 8
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mena-Polk County Senior Center
401 Autumn Lane
Mena, AR 71953

Ozark
Thursday, September 10
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Franklin County Senior Citizens Center
324 North 5th St.
Ozark, AR 72949

Paris
Thursday, September 10
2 – 4 p.m.
Paris City Hall
100 North Express St.
Paris, AR 72855

Texarkana
Tuesday, September 15
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Texarkana City Hall
216 Walnut St.
Texarkana, AR 71854

Ashdown
Tuesday, September 15
2 – 4 p.m.
Little River Senior Citizens Center
1321 Gordon Drive
Ashdown, AR 71822

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