AP-AR--Arkansas News Digest 1 pm, AR
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FOR USE Monday, June 11 and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-CRISIS STABILIZATION UNIT
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Though law enforcement officials’ response to the Sebastian County Five West Crisis Stabilization Unit was slow at first, CSU officials say they are finally starting to fully utilize the facility. CSU, located on South 70th Street in Fort Smith, was established to divert the mentally ill in Sebastian, Crawford, Logan, Franklin, Scott and Polk counties from jail to treatment. Program director Joey Potts said officers’ response to CSU has picked up since the unit opened at the end of February. By Max Bryan, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 652 words.
PEARCY, Ark. — The Garland County Sheriff’s Department now has a deputy at each of the county’s seven public school districts. The Lake Hamilton School Board, at its May 21 meeting, approved a contract with the sheriff’s department naming Lake Hamilton alum Richard Huffman as the district’s school resource officer. With Huffman’s appointment, all districts within the county have a sheriff’s deputy on campus. By Beth Reed, Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 510 words.
— US ATTORNEY-IMMIGRANTS: The top federal prosecutor in western Arkansas says he doesn’t want to go after immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have a criminal record.
— GIANT HOG STATUE: A 25-foot-tall (7.6 meter) statue of a hog was installed Sunday in Fayetteville, close to the University of Arkansas campus. The statue is of a signature razorback with its hooves in the air and its snout pointed to the sky.
After an opening win, national fifth-seed Arkansas tries to finish off its super regional with South Carolina on Sunday. By Kurt Voigt.
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