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Pine Bluff PD: 2 suspended for mishandling Hall case
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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- A couple of employees at the Pine Bluff Police Department have been suspended for supposedly mishandling evidence in the Cleashindra Hall case.

The department is releasing little information about the suspensions. However, Capt. Greg Shapiro says Lt. Bob Rawlinson is appealing his suspension for mishandling evidence.

Sources at the police department and the Pine Bluff Commercial say the evidence is part of Cleashindra Hall's case (http://on.kthv.com/Onp0eY).

Captain Shapiro can't give further details, but did send a statement saying, "Lt. Bob Rawlinson has appealed his recent disciplinary action. We decline to discuss that administrative investigation because of the appeal."

You may recall Cleashindra Hall disappeared 18 years ago, and her body was never found. The last place anyone saw her was at her job at Dr. Larry Amos' house. Police searched Amos' home in March (http://on.kthv.com/N6qRAQ).

A crime technician for the department was also suspended for unsatisfactory handling of evidence. She served her five day suspension and is now back at work.

A hearing for Rawlinson's appeal is set for July 31. Since it's a personnel matter, it is a closed hearing.

Today's THV reached out to Hall's mother Laurell, who says the police did not notify her of the suspensions and she's unsure what the evidence is or what impact it has on her daughter's case (http://on.kthv.com/N6rfiX).

Lt. Rawlinson has been with the Pine Bluff Police Department for two decades. We were unable to reach him for comment.

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