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Report: Conway suspect not mentally fit for trial

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A report from an Arkansas State Hospital psychologist has found that a man accused of shooting a woman in a Conway Wal-Mart is mentally unfit to stand trial.

A judge had ordered the mental evaluation for 30-year-old Myron Terrell, who is charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting that wounded a customer at the store. Authorities say Terrell was a maintenance worker at the store and he opened fire on the woman as she stood in the checkout line.

The victim, Lori Martin, tells the Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/1piXaFL ) that she'd never seen or heard of Terrell before the Feb. 1 shooting.

The forensic report says Terrell's "ability to assist in his defense is concerning."

Terrell remains confined in the State Hospital and is due in court Monday.


Judge sets trial in Conway police officer's death

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A judge has scheduled a December trial for a Bald Knob man charged with battery and driving while intoxicated in a traffic wreck that killed a Conway police officer.

Barry Strickland appeared in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday. Strickland is charged in connection with the January 2013 death of Officer William McGary, who was struck and killed while directing traffic.

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Charles Clawson scheduled a Dec. 2 jury trial, though defense attorneys are asking for a change of venue.

A toxicology report showed Strickland had no alcohol or non-prescribed drugs in his system at the time of the accident. Defense attorneys say Strickland, who is an Iraq war veteran, had taken drugs that were legally prescribed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Victim identified in Faulkner County homicide

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim from Friday night's homicide near Lake Conway.

The victim was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab where they were able to identify him through a thumbprint. The victim is Jermaine Lamont Harris/Tyus, 34, of Conway.

Mr. Tyus was found on the road in the 100 block of Waterfront Cove Friday night with a gunshot wound to the head. He was in stable condition at the scene and flown by Med Flight to UAMS and died later at the hospital.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office at 501-450-4914 or 501-450-4917.

Body found near Lake Conway

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office found the body of a man who had been shot near Lake Conway on Friday.

According to Chief Deputy Matt Rice with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office, the body was found lying in the middle of the road on Waterfront Cove.

Deputies responded after a passerby reported a body in the road. The victim was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to a local hospital where he passed away from his injuries.

The body has been transported to the State Crime Lab for positive identification.

There are no suspects at this time. More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

If anyone has any information regarding the incident, they are asked to call 501-450-4914.

Petit Jean State Park to host Fun and Games Day on July 4

Petit Jean State Park to host Fun and Games Day on July 4

MORRILTON, Ark. (PJSP) - Petit Jean State Park is offering free activities for families to enjoy throughout the summer.  Numerous family friendly programs and activities will be offered during Independence Day week, including a special day of “old-fashioned” fun and games on Friday, July 4th.

Planned activities for July 4th include a bicycle parade, water balloon games, a kick ball game, a foot race, and more.  A free guitar concert is planned for the early evening, before it gets dark enough for fireworks in other locations.  (Please note that fireworks are not permitted within Petit Jean State Park.)

Opening date planned for new Conway airport

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Officials say Conway's new airport is set to open later this summer.

Airport manager Josh Zylks says Aug. 14 is the targeted opening date, though that may be pushed back because of recent rains. The new airport will be known as Cantrell Field and will be located in the Lollie Bottoms area of Conway.

City leaders had long talked about the need for a new airport, but the project was given more priority after a pilot crashed his plane into a home near Conway's current airport in 2007. The pilot was killed in the crash, along with a woman in the house.

According to the Log Cabin Democrat, the new airport's location will offer more space for pilots who need to make an emergency landing.

Faulkner Co. to request temporary circuit judge

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Leaders in Faulkner County say they'll ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to appoint a temporary judge to handle the caseload left by the vacancy of Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.

Earlier this year, the high court removed cases from Maggio's docket and assigned them to other judges amid investigations of ethics violations by Maggio. On Tuesday, the Faulkner County Circuit Court agreed to ask the Supreme Court to appoint a special judge on a permanent basis until the first of the year, when Troy Braswell takes over the Division II judgeship.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson has taken on all of Maggio's criminal cases, and judges David Clark and H.G. Foster have split Maggio's civil cases.