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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO July 7, 1917

PINE BLUFF — The treach­ery of Frank Hall, a trusty guard at the state farm at Tucker, en­abled Hall and four other con­victs to es­cape this af­ter­noon. A posse with blood­hounds that had been in pur­suit of the fugi­tives re­turned to the farm empty-handed tonight. It was learned that the men had sep­a­rated and gone in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. Twenty con­victs es­caped, but 15 of them re­turned vol­un­tar­ily to the farm.

50 YEARS AGO July 7, 1967

■ Three per­sons were wounded Wed­nes­day in separate shoot­ing in­ci­dents at Lit­tle Rock, the po­lice said. Jack­son Co­hes of 712 Foster Street was shot in the left foot about 9:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day as he was mow­ing grass at an East Ninth Street ad­dress. Guy Dyer of 2409 Har­ri­son Street was shot in the left shoul­der about 6 p.m. after he ar­gued with his wife at their home, the po­lice said. David Smith, 15, of 907 West Short Thirty-se­cond Street was shot in the right leg at 7:15 p.m. as he was walk­ing with some friends along West Thir­ti­eth Street be­tween Pu­laski and Cross Streets.

25 YEARS AGO July 7, 1992

■ A Ben­ton County ju­ve­nile court judge wrongly pre­vented a 16-year-old in the state’s cus­tody from seek­ing an abor­tion last month, the state Supreme Court de­cided Mon­day. In a case rushed through the sys­tem be­fore the girl’s preg­nancy could reach it’s se­cond trimester, the jus­tices unan­i­mously found that Ju­ve­nile Court Judge Terry Crab­tree’s de­ci­sion June 10 was er­ro­neous and ex­ceeded his court’s ju­ris­dic­tion. “We find no le­gal au­thor­ity, and none has been cited to sup­port that part of the ju­ve­nile judge’s or­der en­join­ing from ter­mi­nat­ing her preg­nancy,” the jus­tices wrote in re­vers­ing the rul­ing.

10 YEARS AGO July 7, 2007

■ As of this week, G4S Youth Ser­vices has a year-long con­tract with a $10.7 mil­lion price tag to run the Alexan­der Ju­ve­nile Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity for Arkansas. The Vir­ginia-based firm, which has been run­ning the state’s largest youth lockup since Jan­uary, did not have to go through the for­mal bid­ding process. The state con­sid­ered find­ing a new man­age­ment com­pany for the fa­cil­ity an emer­gency after fir­ing the pre­vi­ous one, Cor­nell Cos. Inc., in Novem­ber and sus­pended all rules call­ing for a for­mal bid­ding process.

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