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Don't speed through Lonoke, Arkansas.

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  1. hillbilly

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    Can you imagine being stopped for speeding while legally carrying a CCW in this county?

    Talk about being in danger....




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    Public corruption investigation in Lonoke could widen

    By DANIEL CONNOLLY
    Associated Press Writer

    LONOKE, Ark. (AP) -- The arrests of Lonoke's mayor and police chief and allegations that the chief's wife took prisoners from the jail to have sex with them has up ended the small town, and the prosecutor said more arrests are possible.

    So far, Police Chief Jay Campbell is accused of conspiring to make methamphetamine; his wife allegedly provided marijuana and alcohol to inmates and took prisoners to her husband's office and elsewhere to have sex, and the chief and Mayor Thomas Privett allegedly had state prisoners do work for them in violation of state law. Two other people also were arrested.

    Assistant Police Chief Sean O'Nale said the charges have shaken morale, but the department will go forward.

    "We've just got a tough time ahead of us right now," said O'Nale, who is acting as interim chief while Campbell is suspended with pay.


    "It's just bad for Lonoke, you know, whether it's true or not," real estate broker Charlie Knox said.

    Not surprisingly in a city of 4,287, Knox knew some of the people involved.

    "I think the mayor probably got roped into that," he said. "I know the chief and his wife have been real good to my mother, they're neighbors over there. And they haven't been anything but nice."

    The five were arrested Monday and freed on bond. The mayor continued his normal duties Tuesday and called a special city council meeting for Wednesday evening to deal with personnel issues.

    Prosecutor Lona McCastlain said at a news conference Tuesday that her work is continuing.

    "This investigation is ongoing and the state has not ruled out that there may be additional charges filed and that there may be additional suspects," McCastlain said.

    The chief said he was wrongly accused and, through lawyers, the others said they were innocent.

    Privett, Campbell, his wife Kelly Harrison Campbell, bondsman Bobby Junior Cox, and Larry Gene Norwood were arrested on numerous counts.

    Privett was charged with misdemeanor theft of services. An Arkansas State Police affidavit says he used state prisoners to do work at his home, including fixing an air conditioner and hanging Christmas lights. The chief also allegedly had prisoners install a sidewalk from his house to a swimming pool. The two are accused of violating a state program that allows for housing state inmates in local jails.

    Campbell and his wife allegedly stole antique jewelry from a home and pawned it. Kelly Campbell faces escape-related charges for allegedly taking two inmates out of the jail to have sex with her at ballparks, the chief's office, and a hotel. She also is charged with residential burglary, theft and bringing prohibited items into a jail.

    The chief, Cox and Norwood also were accused of taking part in a conspiracy to make methamphetamine and use it to frame someone else. An affidavit in the case says a man named Ronald Adams made a deal with the chief to cook meth and deliver it to a man named Roger Light, whom officers would then arrest. They would then pressure him to help them find a fugitive who owed money for bail bonds. In return, police would drop pending charges against Adams, according to the affidavit.

    Adams became angry when he carried out his part of the plan and police didn't agree to drop pending charges against him, the affidavit said. Adams told investigators that at a meeting with Campbell, Norwood and Cox, he was told he should stay quiet and that people could "end up dead."

    In October, Adams was beaten badly enough to be hospitalized and no one was arrested, according to the affidavit.

    McCastlain said she was contacted about six months ago by Arkansas Department of Corrections and told that the department had requested a state police investigation into allegations regarding the prison work release program in Lonoke. She said she was told the investigation had to do with drugs, but it widened to include other accusations.

    "The prosecutor's office works hand in hand with law enforcement. And it is a very sad day, it is a very disturbing day, when we have to file charges against law enforcement," McCastlain said.

    She dismissed criticism that the investigation was politically motivated.

    "This case was investigated on its merits and it will be prosecuted on its merits," she said.

    Ralph Cloar of Little Rock, an attorney for the mayor, said he has known Privett for decades and Privett is a law-abiding citizen.

    "I think when all the facts come out everyone will see that it's just a minor situation that some jury will have to determine even if it was misdemeanor criminal conduct," he said.

    The police chief told reporters Monday that the charges were false.

    Attorney Mark Hampton, who is representing the police chief, said, "We are going to defend every allegation and every count as vigorously as we can."

    Privett's arraignment was scheduled for April 3. The others are to be arraigned March 13
     
  2. beerslurpy

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    Corruption in Arkansas? Inconceivable!
     
  3. buzz_knox

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    Sounds like Tennessee.
     
  4. grimjaw

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    Yet another reason I hesitate to move back.

    Friends and I had a saying when going to college in Arkansas: "Don't speed through Vilonia,", which is a small town on the road to Conway. It was for different reasons, though.

    jmm
     
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    You don't speed through Madisonville, TN, as speeding tickets are a major source of revenue. And, the common wisdom as a teenager was to stay out of Roane County because if you got pulled over and were believed to be offering any "lip," you'd get a tune up on the spot.
     
  6. teCh0010

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    Tyronza Arkansas was banned from writing tickets on Hwy. 63 for a while because 300% of the cities annual operating budget came from speeding tickets written in a 200 yard stretch of highway.
     
  7. grimjaw

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    teCh0010, I still slow down through there when I fly to Memphis and drive home!

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    Just a little more of that famous Clinton legacy.
     
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    Standing Wolf, the Clintons may have learned a few things in Arkansas, but it's doubtful that they taught Arkansas anything while they were there.
     
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    What did they do with the extry 200%:neener:
     
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    Being from Arkansas, I'm not sure what to make of this statement. I know most of us were happy to get rid of the Clintons when Billy was elected President. We couldn't believe our good fortune, or how dumb the rest of the country was.
     
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    Yes slow down through Vilonia. I will be going through there next week on my way to Newport to go Goose Hunting and Whiskey drinking. The only time of the year I drink whiskey and play poker with shotgun shells. I bet I know which party these people ran under. Arkansas is still a good ole boy Confederate Democratic State. Yes Clinton was really a part of that just as good ole Jimmie Carter was when he was in Georgia. Coarse Clinton did keep his wife's trap shut when she was here after she made a derogatory remark about some Razorback earrings she was given. She even changed her last name to Clinton during that awful time of oppression she put up with living in a Southern State.:barf: :barf: :barf: :D
     
  13. hillbilly

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    Hey Kim, not only did Hillary change her last name to help get Slick Willy re-elected to the governor's mansion, at least one Arkansas news columnist has said, in a newspaper column, that she also agreed to have Chelsea primarily to help Slick Willy's image with the down-home folks, too.

    hillbilly
     
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    The Clintons did not teach small towns in Arkansas how to be small towns in Arkansas.

    ...Wilson, mid-70s
    ...Bryant, late-80s
     
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    There's a town like that in Georiga, on the road between Athens and Gainesville. It's called Arcadia. For no apparent reason, the speed limit drops to 45 (from 55) for a single one mile stretch. The signs are a bit difficult to spot. And there are always at least three local cops running radar, catching the college students from UGA. I had a friend that was caught there twice (speeding 55 in a 45 the first time, and a ticket for a burned out headlight the second).
     
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    Too bad the only Remington plant in the state is located in Lonoke. Remington is what funds that county and town... the only industry there.

    None of their county government pays their bills either, and refuses to pay up on signed contracts. Don't ask me how I know, because I can't give details. How's that for vague? :p
     
  17. Kim

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    gc-70 Maybe not but his party did and still does. Arkansas is still run by a Democratic Machine. If you want to win more easily you run as a Dem it is just that simple. It is changing slowly but changing.
     
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    You've got us beat. Your corruption is much more interesting than what we have in the upper left corner.
     
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    Maybe it's a good thing that you don't have to tell,here in Arkansas?

    Keeping your trap shut get be the smart play sometimes.;)
     
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    I don't know about that.
    Look who stole the last governors election in Washington.
    It took the Seattle Democrats 3 tries before they enhanced enough ballots to declare Queen Christine the winner.
    We voted no on both sports stadiums and they still took our money and built them.
    We have plenty of corruption in this corner of the country.
    AC
     
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    Why would the good citizens tolerate cops offering "tune ups"? Seems like a dangerous practice.
     
  22. Art Eatman

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    1911user, there is a lot less now than in the past, but small towns and/or rural counties have occasionally had a cabal of county judge, corporation court judge, police chief, sheriff, mayor, etc. as a group who are "tough on crime". The LEOs are judicious as to upon whom they're "tough". They don't bother "nice people", but they can be overly "tough" on "those types".

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    Art is correct of course.

    Brinkley,AR - AR State Police , Great for catching folks coming back from West Memphis at the Dog Races. Add Memphis, TN from a night of 3 B's
    [Booze, BBQ, & Blues].

    Russelville, AR, again ASP has a station there.

    Mayflower, AR...talk about a Kanagroo Court. See Conway being a College town and being dry, folks head down I40 to North Little Rock / Little Rock.

    As Art stated, "depends". I have been asked "what is the hurry" and "Oh it is you Steve...get on out of here, don't want you late for dove / other shooting/ hunting deal.

    Same deal with New Jersey License plates...."ya'll ain't from around these parts is you?"

    "Whew Doggie...gonna get some new equip this month..."
    :)
     
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    What I wanna know is, is the po-lice chief's old lady good lookin?
     
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    It sure aint Mayberry.
     
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