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Bull Shoals police chief now on leave after arrest

BULL SHOALS, Ark. (AP) - The mayor of Bull Shoals says the town's police chief has now been placed on administrative leave.

Chief Dan Sutterfield was arrested earlier this month on federal charges of using excessive force and falsifying a report in a July 2013 arrest. He had remained working in a limited capacity, but Mayor Bruce Powell said Wednesday that the chief is now on leave.

The Baxter Bulletin reports that Powell notified council members in a letter this week and also said Officer Michael Tovar would serve as acting chief. The letter did not elaborate on why Sutterfield was placed on leave.

Last week, a federal magistrate ruled that Sutterfield could be freed from jail as long as he lived with the mayor.

Sutterfield is next due in court May 6.


Man charged with stealing from church, school

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - Police in Van Buren have arrested a man for allegedly embezzling $94,000 from a church and a school where he handled the organizations' finances.

Van Buren police say 39-year-old John Richard Hays is charged with felony theft.

Hays served as treasurer for Vista Free Will Baptist Church and as chief financial officer for Van Buren Christian Academy.

Police say the theft took place over four years and that Hays was fired after church officials found problems in bank statements.

It was unclear if Hays has an attorney.


Group marking 150th anniversary of Arkansas battle

CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - A reenactment and several educational programs are planned in Camden to mark the 150th anniversary of a Civil War battle in Ouachita County.

A reenactment is planned for Saturday at the Poison Springs Battleground State Park, where the Battle of Poison Spring occurred 150 years ago this week.

The Ouachita County Historical Society says three Camden homes dating back to the Civil War will be open to the public Friday. Tents will be set up on the city's streets with costumed actors inside explaining daily life for women, families and soldiers during the war.

Performers dressed as Union troops will be camped inside of the city and a Confederate artillery will be nearby.


Ouachita County names new interim county judge

CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - The Ouachita County Quorum Court has named an interim county judge after the county's previous leader resigned.

The court this week named Amy Varner-Olvey as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike Hesterly.

Hesterly is awaiting trial on federal fraud charges that accuse him of awarding a Federal Emergency Management Agency contract in exchange for a campaign contribution. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Varner-Olvey tells the Camden News that she's thankful for everyone who supported her. Two other people applied for the position.


Henderson State to open Hot Springs center

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Henderson State University has announced plans for a new education center in Hot Springs.

The Arkadelphia school is partnering with National Park Community College for the new education center, which will be located in the Landmark Building in downtown Hot Springs. The partnership will create the first four-year university presence in Hot Springs.

Pending approval from a state board, Henderson will share the facility with the community college beginning with classes this fall. The Landmark Building will house classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab and office space.

Officials tell The Sentinel-Record that plans for a Henderson location in Hot Springs had been in the works for years.


Wal-Mart joins Ria for money transfer service

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is introducing a new money transfer service that it says will cut fees for customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services.

The service, which will be available April 24, allows its customers to transfer up to $900 to and from more than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores in the U.S.

The service will be done in partnership with Euronet Worldwide Inc.'s subsidiary Ria Money Transfer.

The program has two pricing tiers: Customers can transfer up to $50 for a $4.50 service fee and up to $900 for $9.50.

The partnership will expand Wal-Mart's financial services for its low-income shoppers.

The competition could hurt competitors. Shares of Moneygram International Inc. fell nearly 12 percent and shares of Western Union Co. fell more than 5 percent.

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