KNWA is your local election headquarters. And this week we've learned of a new development in the race for Lieutenant Governor. A lawsuit accuses Democratic candidate John Burkhalter of breaking into an office and intimidating workers at an apartment complex he co-owned with a business partner in North Little Rock, Arkansas. On one occasion in March 2011, the lawsuit says Burkhalter and an entourage entered his partner's private office, looked through business documents, recklessly handled guns kept in the office and even pointed a weapon at a pregnant employee. But Burkhalter went on the defense Wednesday outside a Pulaski county courtroom. "Those are absolutely unfounded and untrue," says Burkhalter. When questioned about the accusations and how they would affect his campaign, Burkhalter said, "that's one of the things I'm going to bring back to the office is integrity." Burkhalter was in court Wednesday for a hearing on a proposal to sell the Lexington Park apartments to a third party after years of turmoil between Burkhalter and his business partner. Burkhalter says his partner stole more than $200,000.00 from their business and it was only after he filed suit that the partner came forward with these accusations.
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