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CHRIS ERWIN. Sherwood judge Milas Hale ruled that criminal charges will not be reinstated against Chris Erwin, the man seen getting pummeled on a sidewalk in front of Ferneau restaurant by Little Rock police Lt. David Hudson in the widely-circulated video shot just before Halloween last year. On Feb. 22, the judge initially dismissed the case after the prosecution failed to turn over evidence the defense was entitled to in a timely manner, but then said he would reconsider.
PARK HILL HOMEOWNERS. A planned expansion of the First Pentecostal Church parking lot into a hillside, which was initially approved by the North Little Rock Planning Commission in July 2010, was rejected by the North Little Rock City Council. Neighborhood residents had long suggested that the proposed cut would imperil their homes and lower their property values.
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LAWRENCE DAVIS. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff chancellor, 74, announced his retirement, following the release of an internal audit in February that detailed payroll and purchasing discrepancies to the tune of $700,000. The audit led to four UAPB employees being fired and sparked an Arkansas State Police investigation.
JACKSONVILLE. A woman and her four children were killed in a duplex fire that firefighters couldn't detect on their first visit to the residence. Three days earlier, according to Jacksonville police, a man intentionally struck two Jacksonville firefighters and a police officer at the scene of a car accident. Jacksonville Fire Capt. Donald Jones died at the scene. Firefighter/Engineer Jason Bowmaster and police officer Daniel DiMatteo were critically engineered. The driver of the vehicle, Bryce Allen Jr., was charged with second degree murder and two counts of criminal intent to commit second-degree murder. Pulaski Circuit court records show that he was acquitted by reason of mental disease or defect in January 2011 on charges of battery, terroristic threatening and resisting arrest.
JASON GILBERT. The former Little Rock Police Department patrol officer, a third-generation policeman who was indicted on a federal charge of conspiring to rob an armored car service, was sentenced to 42 months in prison.