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A former employee of Kings River Country Store pleaded guilty last week to stealing lottery tickets from the store and cashing them, according to documents filed in Madison County Circuit Court.

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Eight people were arrested Wednesday afternoon as part of an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

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A Huntsville man was sentenced to 18 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction Monday and ordered to pay a $30,000 upon his release for threatening to kill multiple local law enforcement officers.

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A first-year teacher at Huntsville Intermediate School was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a minor, driving left of center and drug fraud.

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Madison County law enforcement agencies received good reports on a recent audit done about the security of their information systems.

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An Elkins man was arrested last week following an alleged incident that occurred about a year ago, according to information from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

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A south Madison County man accused of shooting and killing another man last August is scheduled to appear in Madison County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

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A St. Paul man accused of setting fire to the closed Backwoods BBQ building in November pleaded not guilty in Madison County Circuit Court last Tuesday.

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Three men wearing all black broke into On The Way #2 in Wesley early Thursday and stole $287 cash from the register and about $2,000 in cigarettes, according to General Manager Tracey Edenton.

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Vandals drove a vehicle on two greens over the weekend at Oakridge Golf Course, leaving thousands of dollars in damage, according to co-owner Michelle Thomas.

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Candy Sue George, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of 63-year-old Gary Dean Johnson last summer, according to Madison County Circuit Court documents.

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A jury of seven women and five men found Cody Wise innocent last Thursday in the 2015 murder of Garfield resident Ronald “Ronnie” Kultgen after deliberating for nearly 12 hours.

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Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay denied a motion late Tuesday for a direct verdict in the capital murder trial of Cody Wade Wise.

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Dale Wayne Bryant, 55, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the alleged shooting and killing  of 30-year-old Samuel Scott Hicks on Aug. 8. Bryant faces a first-degree murder charge.

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One person was arrested early Wednesday after allegedly shooting and killing a man in Combs, according to a release from the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

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A capital murder trial in Huntsville was postponed Monday so that the judge could hear motions filed by defense attorneys alleging that a witness for the state had sexual relations with a Benton County detective, and that the state did not disclose that and other information..

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The trial of a man accused of murdering a Garfield resident and dumping his body in northern Madison County is set to begin Monday.

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Five people were arrested Wednesday through home visits by the Madison County Sheriff's Office and Arkansas Probation and Parole, according to a press release provided by the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

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A Huntsville man accused of impersonating a Department of Homeland Security agent was sentenced to five years in a federal prison last week on one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

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Officials with the Washington and Madison County Drug Court program spoke to community members in Huntsville Monday about needs the community could help provide to lend to the success of the program and its participants.