31-year-old Oscar Bartlett was arrested Tuesday in connection with at least three area vet clinic break-ins. Officers say he took $250 from the "Dig my Dog" pet grooming business on Robinson Avenue and more than $100 from the Davis Animal Hospital on Carley Road. He was still in the Washington County Jail Wednesday morning on a $7,500 bond.
A motel prostitution sting in Fayetteville sends three women to jail. It was all part of an ongoing undercover sting. Detectives had set up meetings with several women through ads on online social networking sites. Once at the motel Tuesday, police say the women agreed to exchange sex for money. All three women now face prostitution charges. UPDATE: Three more arrests were made since 7:00am Wednesday.
Arkansas' attorney general is doing some damage control since news of his private life went public. In a statement, Dustin McDaniel admits to having an inappropriate relationship with a Hot Springs attorney last year. The statement was in response to a Garland County divorce case. That case involves Andrea "Andi" Davis and her estranged husband, Frederick "Fred" Day, who both live in Hot Springs. According to a Little Rock television report, in an October court filing, Davis is accused of having "sexual relations with McDaniel in 2011 or 2012." Even though McDaniel's term ends in two years, he's already declared his candidacy for governor in 2014. McDaniel's statement in response to the fallout reads in part: "with respect to Ms. Davis, I met her during the 2010 campaign. I had limited interaction with her in 2011, some of which I regret to say was inappropriate. McDaniel goes on to say, "I hope the people of Arkansas will also accept my apology and know how honored I am to work for them every day."
The vote was unanimous. Fayetteville city council members gave themselves a pay raise in Tuesday night's meeting. It's the first wage increase for members in the last 13 years. Since 1999, each council member has been paid $700 a month. But the mayor's pay over the same time period increased an average of more than 3% a year. If the mayor's pay goes up again, the resolution will allow an automatic increase in council member compensation as well as match it.
Fayetteville city council members also approved a $6.6 million budget to help pay for a new downtown parking deck's construction in 2014. That cost is just an estimate and based on the chosen "theater lot" location south of the Walton Arts Center. Council members also approved a contract for the design of the deck.
A new Walmart is coming to Springdale, along with hundreds of new jobs. The company has announced the plans to build a second supercenter in the city. The 180,000 square foot store will sit just off of Interstate 540 at Elm Springs Road. The new store is expected to create 300 new jobs. Construction is set to start next year.
Happening Wednesday in Bentonville, the district's superintendent is moving his office to the roof. The reason-- he's received so many donations for the Samaritan House snack program that the supplies are pushing him out of his office. Tuesday, truck loads of supplies arrived, carrying nearly $1,000 worth of food. Wednesday is the last day donations are accepted.