Rosendo Meek will remain in prison for at least several more months, according to the Arkansas Parole Board. Meek, who was charged with battery after throwing a punch that resulted in the death of Clinton attorney Brett Blakney in 2012, must complete a class while in prison before he can be considered for release, a Parole Board spokeswoman said. She did not offer any further details.
The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission refused last week to pay any legal or engineering fees incurred by Dan Eoff of Clinton. The ANRC voted in July to require Eoff to tear down his unpermitted earthen dam in Van Buren County.
State Rep. Josh Miller of Heber Springs and Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest, both Republicans, had requested that the ANRC pay Eoff the fees.
The issue was taken to the nine-member commission, which held a conference call last Thursday to talk about it. The ANRC voted 8-0 to reject the demand; one member was absent. Standing by their earlier finding that the dam on a tributary of the South Fork of the Little Red River is illegal, the commissioners said the attorney general’s office advised them that Eoff couldn’t win a claim for money from the state Claims Commission.
The ANRC found in July that the dam should be removed because it jeopardizes the flood insurance program for homeowners in the floodway; endangers some protected species; and is seeping. A special legislative audit report found that a dinner held the evening before the ANRC’s meeting at the Clinton Municipal Airport was, in fact, a meeting for which no notice had been issued.
Commissioners said they didn’t do business that night, but they stepped away from the situation. The EPA is still evaluating the situation.