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At­tor­ney: Man fa­tally shot by rangers had BB gun

YELLVILLE — An at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily of a man who was fa­tally shot by two park rangers while camp­ing in north­ern Arkansas says the camper had a BB pis­tol on him.

A state­ment from Buf­falo Na­tional River of­fi­cials says the park rangers fired at 34-year-old Jonathan Bol­ger on Aug. 20 after he re­fused to drop the weapon.

At­tor­ney David Ransin says the BB gun didn’t have an or­ange tip on the bar­rel to in­di­cate that it wasn’t a real weapon. Ransin says Bol­ger brought the gun to fend off rac­coons while camp­ing at the Spring Creek Camp­ground near Yellville.

Ransin says the state med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice has com­pleted an au­topsy but that a re­port hasn’t been re­leased.

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice, Searcy County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Arkansas State Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Fort Smith of­fi­cials to re­ceive FOIA train­ing

FORT SMITH — A pros­e­cut­ing at­tor­ney says he won’t press charges against of­fi­cials of a west­ern Arkansas city who he says vi­o­lated the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act by dis­cussing city busi­ness in emails.

Prose­cu­tor Dan Shue said in a let­ter to the Fort Smith Board of Direc­tors that the pub­lic should be privy to all board dis­cus­sion.

At­tor­ney Joey McCutchen filed two FOIA law­suits on be­half of a res­i­dent. One is against the city, and the other is against City Direc­tors Keith Lau, An­dre Good and Mike Lorenz.

The law­suits al­lege that emails direc­tors ex­changed dis­cussing city busi­ness amounted to an un­law­ful meet­ing and ask the court to stop direc­tors from con­duct­ing busi­ness out of pub­lic view.

Shue cau­tioned that the sher­iff’s of­fice and his of­fice will “be com­pelled by the law to take fur­ther ac­tion” if it hap­pens again.

“I re­spect Daniel Shue very much,” Lau said.

Lau has said he thinks the law is some­what vague when it comes to elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Good said for­mer City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ray Go­sack would ad­vise the board if they were “tinker­ing on the line.”

Lorenz pre­vi­ously said that he hadn’t re­ceived FOIA train­ing. The board of direc­tors is sched­uled to take FOIA train­ing on Sept. 26, City Clerk Sherri Gard told the South­west Times Record.

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