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Two Parkin City Council members arrested Friday

Edna Faye Futch (Source: Cross Co. Sheriff's Office) Edna Faye Futch (Source: Cross Co. Sheriff's Office)
Delores Atkins (Source: Cross Co. Sheriff's Office) Delores Atkins (Source: Cross Co. Sheriff's Office)
PARKIN, AR (KAIT) -

Two Parkin City Council Members are in jail for contempt of court.

According to the Cross County Sheriff’s Department website, Edna Faye Futch and Delores Atkins were arrested after Cross County District Court adjourned around 4:30 p.m. Friday.  

Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith told Region 8 News the council members violated several court orders.

He could not provide a list of what those orders were at this time.

Mayor Willie Patterson and the city council have been in court since last year over who can hire and fire city employees.

In April 2015, Patterson served an injunction to the council to prevent them from hiring any more employees.

Just minutes after that meeting started, however, Futch made a motion to hire Andre Valley as city attorney.

That motion never came to vote and the meeting was adjourned shortly after.

The council members had also voted to remove the mayor from the city bank accounts

This arrest comes just a day after Patterson chose to disband the city’s police department "indefinitely,” citing lack of funding. 

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