When William Earl Flinn, who lives on Tower Lane near Bethesda, went to check his mail Monday, he should have left his gun at home.
Flinn was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm after police got reports of a man waving a gun around, according to a court affidavit filed by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
When Cpl. Shawn Stephens responded to the report he reportedly saw Flinn walking along the roadway carrying a loaded .22 caliber rifle with the safety off. Flinn reportedly told him that he had been to check his mail.
The war in Afghanistan has now claimed the lives of two sons of an Arkansas couple who also have a third son in the military.
Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Wise, 34, of Little Rock, was on his fourth deployment overseas when he was injured during an insurgent attack on his unit last week. He died from his wounds Sunday at hospital in Germany, the Department of Defense said in a statement Tuesday.
His brother, 35-year-old Jeremy Wise, was killed in a terrorist attack on a CIA outpost in Afghanistan in December 2009. He was a former Navy Seal working as a security contractor.
SOUTHSIDE – Kevin Jackson scored 18 points here Tuesday night, including two with no time on the clock to lift the Southside Southerners to a 44-42 victory in 4A-2 District high school basketball action.
The advantages were small from start to finish. The score was tied at 14 after one quarter of play and 21-all at halftime. Cave City led 37-36 after three quarters.
The largest lead went to the Cavemen, but it didn’t last long. They led by six with three minutes to play. The Southerners scored the last eight points.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Razorbacks will play a game at the home of the Arkansas Travelers for the third consecutive year.
Officials announced Monday that tickets for the Louisiana Tech-Arkansas baseball game can be purchased beginning at 6 p.m. today at Travs.com, and phone sales commence the following day.
Last season, a large crowd was on hand when the Razorbacks beat Memphis 7-2 at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Ticket prices for box seats are $18 and reserved seats are $15. General admission tickets are $12.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Taver Johnson didn’t need to hear much of Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes’ sales pitch before deciding to become the Razorbacks’ new linebackers coach.
“Come on, let’s go,” Haynes told Johnson. “We can do this.”
The excitement he heard in Haynes’ words was more than enough for Johnson, who spent the past five seasons at Ohio State. He was introduced at Arkansas on Tuesday, promising to bring a high-energy and emotional approach to a program that has won 21 games the last two seasons.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State has announced the signing of former Auburn running back Michael Dyer.
A source with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press last week that Dyer would join the Red Wolves.
Dyer was the first Auburn running back to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but Voach Gene Chizik suspended him indefinitely before the Chik-fil-A Bowl for violating unspecified team rules.
LITTLE ROCK — When 54 year-old Terry Wayne Green got pulled over in Little Rock for a traffic stop in October 2010, it set off a series of events that let to 22 indictments, including his own.
Green, of Pleasant Plains, was among seven Independence County residents involved in federal drug offenses, according to Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, William J. Bryant, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and North Little Rock Police Chief Danny Bradley.
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the homeless population in Independence County. These men did not wish to be identified for fear of safety.
It’s cold outside, the city streets grow quiet, the night comes and there is no place for William to go. He’s not from around here and has no family or money. He will sleep on the streets.
ASH FLAT — The death of a Hardy man at the intersection of state Highway 175 and Kiwanis Circle in Cherokee Village on Tuesday is under investigation and the victim’s body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office, Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said.
Jeremy Scott Sikes, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner Doug Wortham. The site is near the Spring River Beach Club and about half a mile from Griffin Bridge.
Counts said Sikes either fell or was pushed from the vehicle in which he was riding, then hit by the vehicle.
Notices of past due trash fees will be sent to Independence County property owners this week who failed to pay the annual $64.50 fee during the year of 2010.
Residents receiving the letters this week will have till Feb. 8 to clear up their accounts before being sent to the tax collector’s office and placed as a delinquency on their real estate property tax bills. Once it enters into the tax collector’s system an additional $2.50 service fee will be added on the bill.
Main Street Batesville will host its annual Winter Gala fundraiser at 5 p.m. Jan. 29 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant located at 231 E. Main St.
The event will include food and beverages available, silent and live auctions, and entertainment provided by Kenton Adler. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Elizabeth’s, Heuer’s Family Shoes, Velma’s Family Hair Care and Thompson’s Jewelry.
For more information, call (870) 793-4632 or email email@example.com.
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Board of Visitors will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at Independence Hall 140 West.
The agenda includes a resolution for Faculty Emeriti status, student withdrawal procedures, facilities overview, Higher Learning Commission, financial aid and scholarship updates, upcoming events, grants, administrative reports, announcements/introductions and more.
The board will also appoint a committee to recommend officers and individuals to fill open board positions.