Ray Carnahan is out as U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas, but that’s only the beginning of what sounds like a juicy story. He turned in his resignation effective April 28, an office spokesman said, citing “personal reasons.”

 

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A source outside the office says, however, that the resignation was requested by the Bush administration as a result of a run-in between Carnahan and a state wildlife officer.

 

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A spokesman in the marshal’s office in Little Rock referred us to the U.S. attorney’s office in Fort Smith for more information on the matter. So far, we haven’t received a return call from the U.S. attorney’s office or from the state Game and Fish Commission. We also left a message at Carnahan’s home.

 

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UPDATE: We got a no-comment from the U.S. attorney.

 

Carnahan, who had been marshal since August 11, 2002, is a former state trooper and for 20 years was state fire marshal.