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SURGEON GENERAL JOE THOMPSON. He avoided a trial or any punishment for charges filed against him by Little Rock police following a dispute with officers at his home after Thompson confronted Jacob Farque, a member of the Stephens Inc. private security force, when he found Farque parked outside his house. Suggestions by the police that Thompson was intoxicated and otherwise out of control didn't seem to be borne out in audio and video tapes eventually unearthed from police records. Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley declined to prosecute a charge of attempting to influence a public servant. Charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest were passed for six months. Thompson entered no plea. No cost was assessed. Absent further problems, those charges will be dismissed.
JERMAIN TAYLOR. Maumelle police said no charges will be filed against the boxer as a result of an assault complaint lodged against him by a woman he allegedly met at a motel to have sex for money.
RIVERFEST. Snoop Dogg in a Go Hogs, Go T-shirt, steady sunshine (if perhaps a bit too much) and big crowds — another strong year for Arkansas's largest festival. (See more on page 35.)
It was a bad week for...
MARK JONES AND RANDALL ROBINSON. Little Rock police officers and half-brothers, Jones and Robinson were arrested for allegedly providing protection — in uniform and patrol cars — for marijuana shipments set up by an informant.
SYMBOLIC GESTURES. The city of Little Rock invited the press to see the very first capital project that's going to receive new sales tax revenue. Ta da — improvements to a drainage ditch at Beechwood and Club Road. If you don't know, this is within a Tiger Woods drive of the Country Club of Little Rock on one of the most expensive residential streets in the city. Of course, the sales tax wouldn't have passed without overwhelming voter support in a tiny handful of precincts, several of them covering this very neighborhood.
RIVERFEST. On Friday, Little Rock police prevented canvassers for various initiative petitions from gathering signatures on public streets near, but outside, the entrance to gated grounds of Riverfest. David Couch, a lawyer representing the ethics petition gatherers, said police were acting on the orders of Riverfest officials. A day later Riverfest officials said the issue stemmed from a case of miscommunication.