AR State Police back at Alamo Compound

FOUKE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police executed another search warrant on the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound in Fouke, at the same time the evangelist appeared in federal court asking to be released from prison before his upcoming trial.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler confirmed troopers served a warrant on the Fouke compound Wednesday morning, but said he had no other details. Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis said he was told by residents that investigators did not stay long at the compound, just off U.S. 71 on the outskirts of the small southwest Arkansas town.

At the time of a Sept. 20 raid on the compound, U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe said state police were looking into allegations of child abuse at the Alamo ministries.

Alamo is charged with taking minors across state lines for sex.

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