Arkansas News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Eureka Springs City Council accepts settlement in ex-firefighter’s suit

The Eureka Springs City Council has agreed to settle an ongoing civil case involving a former city firefighter. The council heard from Michael Mosely, who is representing the city through the Arkansas Municipal League, at a special called meeting Friday, April 21, regarding a lawsuit filed by Jason Morris. Morris filed the First Amendment retaliation lawsuit on April 8, 2016, after being terminated from the Eureka Springs Fire Department by former chief Randy Ates. Mosely said he has been working to negotiate a settlement with Morris’ attorneys, saying the two parties have come to a consensus on an offer. Mosely said Morris is asking for $5,500 in back pay, $5,500 in non-wage compensatory damages and $34,000 in attorney’s fees and other costs, totaling $45,000.
Lovely County Citizen

Jonesboro Firefighters respond to house fire

According to Jonesboro E-911 director Jeff Presley, Jonesboro firefighters are responding to a reported house fire in the 2200 block of Sistine Chapel Road in southwest Jonesboro. Due to the weather, authorities are asking people to yield for responding units. Battalion Chief John Yates said crews went to the home around 6 p.m. and that lightning hit one of the vents on the roof near the attic. Firefighters put out the fire and no one was injured.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Flooding and house fire in Washington County

Washington County crews cleared roads Wednesday afternoon after flooding hit multiple places, officials said. Emergency workers said no one was hurt, but lightning started at least one house fire. Firefighters put out a fire at 6:27 a.m. at 608 N. Mcleod Drive, but there was not much damage, said Dale Riggins with the Fayetteville Fire Department. The home is owned by Dustin and Lyndsey Weber, county property records show. Emergency workers went to six incidents before 2 p.m. where people were stranded in water, Johnson said. Most of those were people who attempted to drive through floodwater over roads and got caught in the water, he said.
NWAOnline - Northwest Arkansas News

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Paragould City council mulls false alarm fee

It's not yet an ordinance, but false fire alarms may soon start costing businesses with chronically faulty alarm systems. That was the consensus of the Ordinance Committee as it met before Monday's meeting of the Paragould City Council. "We have some industries in Paragould that have had a lot of false alarms," said committee chair Jeremy Biggs to open the meeting. "And the average cost to the city is $700 per response." Adding the city is drafting an ordinance to address the situation, Biggs said the aim is to give companies with chronically faulty alarms systems three chances to correct the problem. "After that," he said, "it will cost $500 per false alarm." "It would be a fee for services," added Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang. "We pay our firefighters to respond whether the alarm is real or not," added Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill. "And there are a number of companies that have had several [false alarms]." "And there is also the wear and tear on the vehicles, the gas and the oil they use and their tires," said Lang. "The bottom line is to get the industries into compliance."
Paragould Daily Press

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