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Conway firefighter arrested on harassing communications

Posted: January 10, 2014 - 1:13pm
Richard Powell
Richard Powell

Richard D. Powell, 43, Conway Fire Department captain, was arrested on a harassing communications warrant with a class A misdemeanor charge. 

Powell’s case has been assigned a special prosecutor and judge due to his relationship with the City of Conway, according to the city attorney’s office. 

Judge Alice Lightle, of Little Rock, will preside over the case. 

Attorney Jason Barrett has been appointed as special prosecutor. 

Powell was arrested on a harassing communications warrant Dec. 10, according to police. 

Powell was released the day of his arrest without a bail amount on his own recognizance. 

A no contact order was issued with the warrant for his arrest, which according to Powell’s attorney is standard with harassment charges. 

Powell has been a firefighter at Conway Fire Department for more than 17 years, according to Assistant Chief Mike Winter, and is a first ranking officer. 

Powell entered a not guilty plea, and is due in court March 10.

Powell’s attorney Molly Lucas said her client denies all allegations made against him regarding the harassment charge.

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lachowsj 01/10/14 - 08:50 pm

Who was he allegedly harassing? Is it alleged that he used work time or work related equipment in the harassment? What is the policy of the Conway Fire Department regarding criminal convictions of employees? Are they suspended or dismissed if convicted of a Class A misdemeanor (which by the way is punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $1000 fine)?

Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd 01/11/14 - 12:15 pm
Did youthink

the LCD to expand the article to reflect this? Takes to much digging.

Corvette Fan
Corvette Fan 01/11/14 - 10:58 pm
This article has been edited

This article has been edited because yesterday there were a number of older charges against Mr. Powell that were listed.

Courtney Spradlin
Courtney Spradlin 01/12/14 - 12:06 pm
Yes, we've edited this

Yes, we've edited this article a couple of times.
What you're referring to was removed, but could be added at a later date if the older incidents where Powell was implicated become more relevant to any investigation or proceedings.

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