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Local Prosecutor Heading Rogers City Attorney Investigation

August 23, 2014

By Stacy Ryburn, Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.

Aug. 23--Crawford County's prosecuting attorney has been assigned to an investigation involving the Rogers city attorney.

Marc McCune was sworn in Friday as special prosecuting attorney to review a complaint alleging that Rogers City Attorney Ben Lipscomb impersonated a police officer at the Miranda Lambert concert held at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers on July 12, McCune said.

The complaint was submitted to the city of Rogers, which forwarded it to the office of Benton County Prosecutor Jim Clark, who requested that the Bentonville Police Department investigate the matter. Clark recused himself from the case and the Arkansas Prosecutors Coordinator's Office selected McCune as special prosecutor, McCune said.

"At this point I will look at the investigation and talk to those I need to talk to and then sometime in the near future decide how to proceed," McCune stated via text message Friday.

The investigation is open and the complaint is not available to the public. The complaint alleges that Lipscomb was impersonating law enforcement in general, not posing as a specific officer, McCune said.

McCune said he does not know Lipscomb personally.

An administration official with the city of Rogers said Lipscomb is serving fully in his capacity as city attorney. Clark said no court action has been filed against Lipscomb.


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