• Bond set at $500K

    ASH FLAT — A half a million dollars. That was the bond amount set Monday afternoon by District Judge Mark Johnson for a Salem man accused of killing a Batesville resident. Johnson said the bond would be cash or professional and Sharp County Sheriff Mark …

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  • Doctor brings gun to garner wife’s release

    When attacking a hospital employee with his walker didn’t produce the desired results, a retired psychiatrist returned the next day with a loaded gun. This time, an officer disarmed Dr. Gerald W. Fowler, who was demanding his wife be released from the hospital. In the …

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  • West named top firefighter

    Batesville firefighter Howard West was named 2012 Firemen of the Year at the annual Batesville Fire Department Christmas party held recently. West, a relief driver, has been with the department for two years and takes the place of firefighters who need time off. The award …

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  • Three charged with shoplifting

    Three people are facing charges of shoplifting from the Batesville Walmart store after reportedly being observed hiding items on their persons and in purses by store personnel. Independence County Deputy Jordan Turner said he was responding to the shoplifting call when police radio traffic advised …

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  • Man accused of slapping sister

      MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man who allegedly hit his sister in the face while she was putting her baby in her car was chased away by bystanders but later arrested, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Jonathan Johnston, 21, was arrested Friday following the …

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  • Missing teen home safe

    A missing teen girl is safe at home after she was located over the weekend, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Jordan Townsend was returned to her family Friday after being reported missing in the early morning hours of the previous day. “The Independence …

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  • Man charged in torch theft

    Jimmy Lewis, 27, of Lilly Street in Batesville has a court date of Jan. 30 to answer to the charge of shoplifting, according to a report filed by Deputy Gary Franks of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Franks said he was dispatched to the Batesville …

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  • Bond set in Newport shooting

    NEWPORT — A $25,000 bond has been set for a Jackson County man charged for first-degree battery after he allegedly shot a man Sunday afternoon. Gary D. Bradley, 57, of Tuckerman is accused of shooting Dewayne E. Eddington, 43, of Tuckerman in the face at …

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  • Burglars hit theater for cash

    Police were called to the Oaks 7 Cinema on Harrison Street shortly after noon Sunday when employees opening for the day discovered the business had been burglarized and nearly $2,000 in cash taken. Theater manager Sheldon Davis and employee Amy Pinkston said they arrived around …

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  • Driver facing drug charge

    Stopped by police for driving 50 miles per hour in a 40-mph city speed zone ended with a Finney Road (Cushman area) man facing charges of possessing an instrument of crime, specifically a machine used for grinding marijuana buds. Matthew T. Martin, 20, was stopped …

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  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

    Riding around in a vehicle with a cracked windshield and not using a seat belt can get you stopped and arrested by police, especially if you are carrying illegal drugs. Such was the case with Douglas F. Downs, 53, of Cave City Thursday afternoon when …

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  • Lyon working to reduce energy usage

    Lyon College is taking steps to reduce energy usage on its 136-acre campus, according to officials. The college is in the process of completing a retrofit of all the campus’s lighting. Sodexo Facilities Director Jade Anderson said many of the college’s lights use 28- or …

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