WALNUT RIDGE — Lawrence County sheriff’s officers arrested three people off the department’s most wanted list earlier this month, said Sheriff Jody Dotson.
Thomas Wayne Ashcraft, 25, of Cave City was arrested for theft of property on June 17; Dianna Cheatham, 45, of Ravenden Springs was picked up for revocation of probation for drug charges on June 20; and Jackey Cass Burrow, 42, of Imboden was arrested on June 23 for revocation of probation for defrauding secured creditors.
All three have Lawrence County Circuit Court dates on Wednesday.
CONWAY (AP) — A Conway man charged with first-degree murder has disappeared after calling 911.
Karon Mohammed was due in Garland County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing Monday. But he disappeared after the 911 call to Conway police about 5:40 a.m. Monday. An arrest warrant has been issued.
Conway police spokeswoman LaTresha Woodruff says Mohammad is considered a missing person who may have been abducted.
Woodruff says Mohammad called 911 to report noises in his home. Woodruff says the dispatcher heard noises in the background before the line went dead.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Part of Interstate 440 in North Little Rock that was shut down because acid spilled from a truck that flipped has been reopened.
Arkansas State Police said that all access routes to I-440 were reopened about 9:10 p.m. Monday.
Troopers say one person sustained a minor injury when the commercial carrier truck spilled a cargo reported to be acid. No evacuations were ordered.
Interstate 440 provides an eastern link between I-40 and I-30. It also is the main highway to Little Rock National Airport and the city’s port on the Arkansas River.
CAMDEN (AP) — The U.S. Army has awarded a $286 million contract for the production of air-to-ground rockets at the General Dynamics plant in Camden.
The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to produce the Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket and was announced Monday in a news release from General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. GDAT is a business unit of General Dynamics.
The plant in Camden has more than 300 employees and has been the sole manufacturer of the Hydra rocket since 1996.
SPRINGDALE (AP) — Approximately 300 people at a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant in Springdale were evacuated and 173 sent to local hospitals after an accidental mixture of chemicals created chlorine gas inside part of the facility Monday morning.
The workers were forced from the plant, company spokesman Gary Mickelson said. Those who were suffering from breathing problems and headaches were sent to an area hospital, but no injuries appeared life-threatening.
Forty-five of the 173 remained hospitalized Monday afternoon.
Two Independence County 4-H members have placed in a state photography contest, announced Linda Latus, 4-H program assistant for the Independence County Extension Service.
Cheyenne Reed won second place in black and white/living category in the State 4-H Ross Foundation Photography contest and will receive a cash prize of $100. Brianne Reed won third place in color/living and will receive $50.
The sisters are both members of the Diamond-T Club.
ASH FLAT — This year’s Rock This House speaker “is just going to knock your socks off,” according to Jan Haney, one of the organizers of the annual event at Ash Flat Church of Christ.
The third annual Rock This House will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 and at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at the church’s Family Life Center. Doors will open one hour prior. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale in July. Order tickets through itickets.com online or by calling the church office at (870) 994-2430.
Fitzhugh Park will a happening place this week as local Cal Ripken League baseball teams host two tournaments.
The District 3 Tournament for 11-year-olds is scheduled to start tonight as Mountain Home takes on Heber Springs at 6. The loser is slated to face Batesville in the 3-team, double-elimination event at 7:30. Tuesday night, an elimination game is set for 6, pitting the losers from Monday’s games, and the championship game will follow. If necessary, the rubber game will be played Thursday night at 7:30.
The Marion Post 53 Rangers remained unbeaten in the Zone 2 AAA American Legion baseball standings by sweeping the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 7-4 and 11-9 Saturday at the North Complex.
In the opener, which counted in the zone standings, Marion left-hander Blake Witt scattered six hits, struck out 13 and walked none while pitching a complete game, and B.J. Vaughn and Kyle Sherman led the offensive statistics with two hits each. The Rangers improved to 14-2 and 7-0.
LOCUST GROVE — It was a good night for the Batesville Motor Speedway second-place points guys here Friday. Now, we’ll see if they can hold off the challengers.
Ronnie Jones, Ronnie Jeffery and Roger Witt each moved past the previous leaders. Jones took the lead in the front-wheel drive division from Drew Witt. Jeffery jumped over Greg Waugh in the IMCA modifieds, and Witt zipped past Travis Ashley in the NeSmith crate late models.
Martha Pauline “Polly” Dugger, 89, of Batesville died Thursday, June 23, 2011, in a Batesville nursing home.
Born March 12, 1922, in Wolf Bayou, she was the daughter of Hobart and Norah Elsie Kennedy Sanders. She was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include her husband, William Dugger; two sons, Larry Dugger and Gerry Dugger; two daughters, Linda Dugger and Paulette Taylor; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; and two aunts.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Joann Spurlock, 83, of Cherokee Village died Friday, June 24, 2011, at her home.
She is the daughter of Glen and Ruby Minton Rigsbee. She was a retired hospital administrator with Baptist Memorial Hospital (Eastern Ozarks) in Cherokee Village and also worked at Ash Flat Convalescent Center. She enjoyed gardening, doing needlepoint, quilting, crocheting and working crossword puzzles.