Atkins police officer dies in traffic crash

ATKINS (AP) - An Atkins police officer is dead from injuries sustained in a traffic crash.

The Atkins Police Department said Friday that Patrolman Dolphus Schmelzla died Thursday in the crash in Russellville.

The wreck occurred at the intersection of East Main Street and Tyler Road in Russellville.

Schmelzla had more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. He started at the Yell County at the Sheriff's Office and also worked at Ola and Morrilton before starting at Atkins in 2001.

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