• Man pleads guilty in box cutter attack

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to slashing his colleague with a box cutter outside a Cape Girardeau hotel. Robert Brewer, 40, of Jonesboro pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. Police say the Arkansas-based roofing company employees were returning from a …

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  • Ark. man punches two deputies

    COTTER (AP) — A northern Arkansas man has been arrested after authorities say he punched two deputies in the face. The 29-year-old Cotter man is facing two counts of second-degree battery, resisting arrest and violating probation. He hasn’t been charged. Sheriff John Montgomery says the …

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  • Musicians, singers to gather

    Amateur and part-time musicians and singers will gather at 7 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of First Community Bank, located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville. Folk, country, gospel and other types of music will be performed. Listeners are …

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  • Guard taking donations for Family Violence Prevention

    It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard. As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help Family Violence Prevention in Batesville. During the months of October and November, those who bring in …

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  • Arrest warrant issued for housing chief

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a housing agency’s executive director over claims he didn’t provide documents requested by an Arkansas newspaper. District Judge Alice Lightle signed the warrant Thursday for Rodney Forte, the executive director of the Metropolitan …

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  • Vigil remembers domestic violence victims

    Be there for a victim of domestic violence. That was the message brought by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy who was a guest speaker at the annual Family Violence Prevention Inc. Candlelight Vigil held Monday at Lyon College. Approximately 50 people attended the event …

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  • City waits for report on own police force – Sheriff’s budget may have to include new dispatch center

    Will the city of Batesville have its own police force? That question may be answered next month at a city council meeting where a consultant is expected to give a report on the city possibly forming its own police department. In the meantime, the Independence …

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  • Ex-teacher facing new sex charges

    MELBOURNE — Additional charges have been filed against Robert Norton of Sage involving more sex crimes against children, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. On Oct. 27 Norton was charged with nine additional counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct …

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  • Range offers glowing Halloween targets

    Trap shooters of all ages are invited to a glow-in-the-dark Halloween shoot Friday and Saturday night at the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex. Range Manager Jody Hewitt said the 6-9 p.m. shoot is part of the range’s continuing effort to bring new events to local …

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  • Traffic stops turn up drugs; two Hot Springs men jailed

    Clocked at 78 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone, two Hot Springs men were jailed Friday night following a traffic stop. Pleasant Plains Marshal Mark Clark said he stopped the men around 6:45 p.m. as they were traveling southbound in the 7500 block …

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  • Angel Tree application deadline is Friday

    Friday is the deadline for turning in applications for children living in Independence County to receive Christmas gifts from the United Way Angel Tree Program, according to a news release. All information on the application is strictly confidential for those receiving services. The criteria for …

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  • Forgery arrests made

    MELBOURNE — A Norfolk woman was arrested Monday on several charges relating to her purchasing two new chain saws from two Melbourne businesses and making payment with checks forged on someone else’s account, according to a report from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Tammy Martinez, …

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