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Arthur arrested, charged related to scuffle with Mayor

Eric Arthur was arrested Thursday afternoon (Aug. 18) following a warrant issued by Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue.

Arthur is charged with battery in the third degree for “recklessly causing physical injury,” in a Tuesday night altercation with Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders. The incident happened following Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors. According to witnesses, including City Director Don Hutchings, Arthur shoved Sanders in the chest, knocking him to the ground.

Arthur, a former city director candidate, claims Sanders made the initial contact and that he did not shove the mayor. Citing back and stomach pain, Arthur was taken by ambulance to hospital following the incident.

“I’m willing to do a lie detector test as long as Mayor Sanders is willing to do a lie detector test,” Arthur said in his only statement to The City Wire.

Sanders and Arthur had had several verbal confrontations during Tuesday night’s board meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, after the board approved the minutes of the previous meeting, Arthur stepped to the floor microphone and told the board that those watching the meeting on television could not hear. Sanders told him he was not recognized to speak. The two talked over each other for a minute before City Police Chief Kevin Lindsey walked to the front of the room, after which Arthur finally sat down. Sanders then opened the first business item and the meeting continued.

Jerry and John Hamel were present at the incident and gave accounts that matched Arthur’s, saying they believed Sanders had chest-bumped Arthur. The Hamel’s were on Thursday supposed to provide written statements to the Fort Smith Police Department.

“We never got those,” said Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the FSPD.

The charge is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine, or both.

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According to the conditions of Arthur’s bond, he is not allowed to have contact with Mayor Sanders and is prohibited from attending city board meetings until the matter is adjudicated.

Shue’s office released this statement late Thursday.
An Information has been filed in the Sebastian County District Court, Fort Smith Division, charging Eric John Arthur with Battery in the Third Degree, a Class “A” Misdemeanor, in violation of A.C.A. §5-13-203, which is alleged to have been committed on the 16th day of August, 2011.  As part of that filing, an Arrest Warrant has been issued for the Defendant.  Pursuant to the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, the above-listed charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Fantastic!

Eric is arrested, the Mayor is feeling better, temperatures will moderate soon. It's beginning to look alot like Christmas. Gifts for everyone!

I Hope this is Not Another Airport Manager Deal

The City's and Airport Commission's Altercation with the previous Airport Manager resulted in his firing. Robert Johnson's subsequent suit cost the taxpayers about a million dollars. If the City's legal expenses weren't so high, we might not need so much taxes. I can smell a huge lawsuit here. I hope the City is not jumping without a place to land.

Lie Detector

Wasn't that the same response Mr. Arthur used when he was he was arrested for DUI and fleeing from the police? Then his cronies all claimed it was a setup? Well, until the dash cam video came out. Or was it when he was illegally using the UAFS logo for his campaign?

Antics

Enough is enough! This very small group of people some of whom seem to have no problem lying themselves as they accuse others of doing it...some of whom also appear to be regulars on a website about truth and honesty yet just try a differing view while there..and dare someone ask something that really bothers, watch two lawyers show up with an invitation to visit right before the question disappears. Freedom of speech is what they're after? What fool could come to the conclusion that from this would come something better in the areas of truth and honesty? Can anyone believe they would tolerate people acting like some of them in meetings of their own? Was Tuesday night a mere publicity stunt by one or more of them? Whatever it was..enough is enough.
Enough is enough! This very small group of people some of whom seem to have no problem lying themselves as they accuse others of doing it...some of whom also appear to be regulars on a website about truth and honesty yet just try a differing view while there..and dare someone ask something that really bothers, watch two lawyers show up with an invitation to visit right before the question disappears. Freedom of speech is what they're after? What fool could come to the conclusion that from this would come something better in the areas of truth and honesty? Can anyone believe they would tolerate people acting like some of them in meetings of their own? Was ...>> Read the entire comment.

Just got to mouth off!

unless you were there you really don't know what happened. So maybe you should keep your opinion to yourself until this whole thing plays out.

observation

I find it interesting that the two witnesses who were to corroborate Mr. Arthur's version of the events were scheduled to give written statements to the police. It seems at this point they did not do so. When someone signs his name to a written document submitted to authorities you might become subject to perjury if the statement is proven knowingly false. That might tend to focus your memory.

I Believe Citizens Deserve to Know

The Chief of Police was almost fired less than a year after he was hired following a nationwide search. My question is this: Was the Chief pressured by City Hall to make the arrest? Some of you may remember when the Police refused to arrest the City Administrator for DUI. He later damaged several automobiles. My next question is this: When there is an altercation between a citizen and a city official, is there any possibility that the city official will ever be found to be wrong? It looks like this case will cost the city more money in court whoever is at fault. Here is my last question: Should the City be investigating itself or should the Arkansas state Police conduct the investigation?
The Chief of Police was almost fired less than a year after he was hired following a nationwide search. My question is this: Was the Chief pressured by City Hall to make the arrest? Some of you may remember when the Police refused to arrest the City Administrator for DUI. He later damaged several automobiles. My next question is this: When there is an altercation between a citizen and a city official, is there any possibility that the city official will ever be found to be wrong? It looks like this case will cost the city more money in court whoever is at fault. Here is my last question: Should the City be investigating itself or should the Arkansas ...>> Read the entire comment.

Here you go again

Gene, read the story! The person making the charging decision is Dan Shue the elected prosecuting attorney. Enough of the conspiracy theory .

Gene

Can you answer this question? On Thursday Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue issued an arrest warrant for Eric Arthur for accosting the Mayor and on the same day issued just a criminal summons for Greenwood alderman for accosting a Greenwod man? Could this be select prosecution?

Don't think they refused

If memory served me right he wasn't arrested because the police refused. It was kind of like when you get stopped by the police for something you do and they don't write you a ticket. In this case it was probably bad judgement not to arrest him.