Friday, April 15, 2016

TOP STORY >> Alderman is arrested

Beebe Alderman David Lee Pruitt, 57, was arrested Friday for voting twice in the March primary.

White County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pruitt for violating state election law. White County Circuit Judge Robert Edwards signed the arrest warrant Monday. The violation a class D felony.

Pruitt is accused of voting on Feb. 26 and on March 1. White County Election Commission chairman Lester Allen filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office after a review of the ballots indicated Pruitt voted twice.

Prosecutor Rebecca Reed-McCoy notified the Beebe police chief on March 14 about the suspected violation. Ballew informed Mayor Mike Robertson and ordered an investigation.

Pruitt was released on a $2,500 bond. Pruitt, who is in his first term, was elected alderman in Ward 1 in 2014.