Student finds human remains on campus
SEARCY — Human remains were removed from an Arkansas high school campus Tuesday after a student made the grisly discovery in the woods and contacted police.
Searcy police were working to identify the remains found behind an administration building on Riverview High School campus, school district officials said in a Facebook post. The remains were discovered around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
“Searcy Police Department and White Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of adult human remains in the woods behind the administration building on the high school campus. A student discovered the remains and reported it to police. The remains have not been identified,” the Tuesday post read.
Officials did not provide further details on how the student found the remains.
It’s unclear when the remains were placed in the woods, but police believe they may have been there for years, FOX16 reported.
The remains were sent to the state crime lab as investigators look into missing person cases from other states.
LITTLE ROCK — A former Faulkner County sheriff’s office deputy has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after shooting a loose Chihuahua in January.
Wallace shot a Chihuahua named Reese’s in the head on Jan. 4 after being called about a loose and aggressive dog in a Conway neighborhood, according to the sheriff’s office.
Wallace, a former K-9 handler, reportedly said he opened fire after the dog lunged at him and tried to bite him. The dog survived.
Former Faulkner County sheriff’s deputy Keenan Wallace.
He has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. (Photo: Log Cabin Democrat) The dog’s caretaker, Doug Canady, said the dog posed no threat to Wallace and was turning away from the deputy when he opened fire. He posted a video of the incident that went viral. The sheriff’s office fired Wallace after investigating the shooting. Sheriff Tim Ryals said in a statement that it did not appear that Wallace violated any state law or agency policy, but had fallen short of department standards.
Arkansas law states, in part, that a person commits animal cruelty if they knowingly kill or injure an animal owned by another person without consent of the owner. The maximum punishment is one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Lawmakers want to limit advertising on medical marijuana dispensaries
LITTLE ROCK — This month, the first medical marijuana product is expected to hit the hands of patients in the state, but Arkansas lawmakers are still working out legislation.
A bill that hit the governor’s desk Tuesday afternoon puts strict guidelines on advertising for medical marijuana. SB 441 is wanting to limit who these dispensaries advertise to and what they can and cannot use in that advertisement.
“It makes our jobs as communicators a little bit more challenging because there are a lot of boxes that we need to tick to make sure that our ad will comply with these laws,” said Elizabeth Michael, a principal at Bud Agency.
A few of the key points in the law say you cannot advertise to audiences with children making up 30 percent or more of the viewership. Outdoor advertising cannot happen within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare, and the use of symbols such as cartoon characters that might attract children are prohibited. Michael said, “It really is trying to protect children. So, making sure that your advertisements don’t get in front of the eyeballs of children.”
The limits in the bill only apply to medical marijuana dispensaries. Cultivators would be barred from advertising all together.