The Batesville Pioneers defended their 5A-East District championship in football, reached the Class 5A State Playoffs championship round in Little Rock and, not surprisingly, six Pioneers were named to the Arkansas Activities Association Class 5A All-State team for the second year in a row.
EL DORADO (AP) — Police in El Dorado have arrested about a dozen people and broken up an identity theft ring in which more than a half-million dollars was allegedly stolen from the government through fraudulent tax returns.
Some of those returns used the names of state prisoners. Police on Tuesday served a batch of arrest and search warrants that centered on more than 100 fraudulent income tax returns.
The IRS and the Secret Service took part in the weeks-long investigation.
Some of the refunds were sent to area bank accounts and some were mailed to local addresses.
Reportedly drunk and mad at her neighbors, police said Monique Horan, 25, of Reynolds Street Apartments, threw such a fit Monday night she was taken to jail kicking and screaming, literally.
Deputy Bret Ward said he went to the apartments to assist off-duty Deputy Andy Rogers who was trying to deal with Horan on the lawn of the apartments.
“Upon my arrival I observed the suspect, Monique Horan, shouting and cursing at the neighbors,” Ward said. “Ms. Horan was screaming at the top of her lungs, shouting vulgarities and would not stop after being told to do so.
WALNUT RIDGE — A 43-year-old Ravenden Springs man is charged with rape and child pornography after allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl in a cabin near Strawberry, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.
The sheriff said that his office, working with the Arkansas State Police, arrested Shawn Rowlett on the charges, which were filed Wednesday in Lawrence County Circuit Court.
Let off the hook by a homeowner for allegedly stealing and then pawning guns, a Cushman man is now facing charges of being a felon in possession of firearms, according to a court affidavit filed by Lt. Jimmy Smith with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
Smith said that during an investigation of theft of guns from a local citizen officers learned that the guns had been taken to a local pawn shop by 27-year-old Jeremy Don Passmore, who is a convicted felon and not supposed to have firearms in his possession.
Meadowlark Farm at 885 Miller Creek Road will hold a Christmas Riding Camp for children ages 7 to teens Dec. 26-28, according to a news release.
“Each afternoon will include a group riding lesson, horse care instruction, crafts, and more,” the release states. “This is a perfect introduction to horses for those with little or no prior experience.”
Camp time is noon to 3:30 p.m. with Dec. 29 as the alternate day in case of inclement weather. A private riding lesson is included after camp concludes.
LITTLE ROCK — Lane Rainwater, a 10-year-old cancer survivor from Newark, was one of 70 pediatric cancer patients and families visited by Santa Claus at the annual CARTI (Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute) Kids Christmas Party held recently at the Scimitar Shrine Temple in Little Rock.
It was a short meeting for the Batesville School Board Monday night but among the items approved and discussed was a map mandating geographic election zones for the board of directors.
Beginning September 2012, the Batesville School Board will consist of five zoned and two at-large positions as opposed to seven at-large positions. Currently, the seven-member board maintain at-large positions, meaning members can live anywhere in the school district.
MELBOURNE — Half a world away, 37 Marines in Afghanistan, including one big brother, are enjoying some of the comforts of home thanks to a younger sister and her compadres from the Lone Star 4-H club in Izard County.
The 4-H group recently adopted the entire 1st platoon of Alpha Company, CLB-6. The platoon includes former Arkansas 4-H Teen Star Brian Selby, and the Lone Star 4-H Club includes his younger sister, Kaylee Joe Guthrie.
ASH FLAT — Due to photos and text messages extracted from the victim’s cell phone, a Highland math teacher who resigned in late October was charged Monday with sexual indecency with a child and engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print medium, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.
The affidavit filed in Sharp County Circuit Court outlines the reasons why Nathan A. Miller, 30, of Violet Hill is facing the two felony charges.
Miller resigned Oct. 27 after being questioned by Highland school faculty, the affidavit states.
Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane (4-4) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (2-7), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
Shala David, a senior forward, returns from the Jonesboro team that posted a 17-11 record and qualified for the Class 6A State Tournament last season, said third-year Coach Jodi Davis. One of those losses was a 53-48 decision to the Lady Pioneers in a season-opener for the Lady ’Cane. Along with David, Morgan Malugen and Chayla Johnson have helped Jonesboro to a .500 start.