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100 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 1917

FORT SMITH — Mayor J. H. Wright tonight was found guilty by a jury of the charge of mak­ing a pre-elec­tion prom­ise and was fined $50. The con­vic­tion will re­move him from of­fice upon court or­der. No or­der was en­tered tonight. It was agreed that this should not be done un­til to­mor­row. The con­vic­tion will be ap­pealed. The jury de­lib­er­ated about two hours. Mayor Wright was charged with promis­ing to sup­port John H. Vaughn for city at­tor­ney in ex­change for the sup­port of Mr. Vaughn and his friends in the city gen­eral elec­tion last spring.

50 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 1967

CON­WAY — Some stu­dents at State Col­lege of Arkansas here turned a Tech Week pep rally into a “dis­or­ga­nized panty raid” about 10:30 p.m. Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the Con­way Po­lice De­part­ment. Sgt. Von­nie Tay­lor said se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at the Col­lege called the Po­lice De­part­ment to ask for as­sis­tance. He said the sit­u­a­tion was “nearly un­der con­trol” at mid­night. Frank Koon, dean of Men at SCA, said at mid­night that he didn’t have any de­tails. “If any­thing hap­pened, I don’t know about it,” he said. “It wasn’t se­ri­ous enough to call me out.”

25 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 1992

A Lit­tle Rock man re­ceived a 50-year prison sen­tence Mon­day for burst­ing into a cou­ple’s home in De­cem­ber and hold­ing them hostage af­ter es­cap­ing from po­lice. Paul Jerome Spiers, 33, of 2905 Cum­ber­land St. en­tered a ne­go­ti­ated guilty plea in Pu­laski County Cir­cuit Court to seven felonies stem­ming from the Dec. 2, 1991, in­ci­dent. Bill and Becky Cald­well told the Arkansas Demo­crat Gazette last year that they prayed for Spiers as he held a stolen po­lice re­volver on them for three hours be­fore sur­ren­der­ing to po­lice.

10 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 2007

DUMAS — A 10-year-old Dumas boy, who po­lice say took a school bus and led po­lice on a 45-mile chase on Oct. 6, was charged with sev­eral of­fenses in ju­ve­nile court Fri­day, au­thor­i­ties said. The boy, a fourth­grade stu­dent at Dumas El­e­men­tary School, was charged in the ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion of De­sha County Cir­cuit Court with break­ing and en­ter­ing, theft of prop­erty, flee­ing and reck­less driv­ing, said Michelle Haugie, an as­sis­tant ad­min­is­tra­tor with the Dumas Po­lice De­part­ment.

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