Driver’s license tests canceled

August 27, 2010 There will be no driving tests given in Batesville Tuesday or on Sept. 7, according to the Arkansas State Police license examiner. Tests will be given Sept. 2.

Panel hears beefs about lotto machines

August 27, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Vending machines that dispense lottery tickets are headed to Arkansas retailers, after a legislative committee reviewed rules governing the machines but took no action.The Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee met Thursday and heard complaints about the new machines, but the panel isn’t authorized to approve or deny rules regarding the machines. Under state law, the authority rests with the Arkansas Lottery Commission, which gave its approval earlier this month.

Ark. prison 9th in claims of sex abuse

August 27, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A survey by the U.S. Department of Justice ranks Arkansas’ McPherson Unit for female inmates ninth nationally in the number of inmates claiming sexual abuse.The study found that 10 percent of the women in the prison at Newport say they had sexual contact with staff members or were coerced or forced into sex with other inmates.The study conducted by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics was released Thursday. The bureau studied 167 randomly selected state and federal prisons nationwide.

Autopsy reports released

August 27, 2010 WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Autopsy reports say that two West Memphis police officers slain by an anti-government activist and his teenage son on May 20 were hit by a total of 22 bullets.Prosecutor Mike Walden on Wednesday released reports on autopsies conducted on the bodies of 39-year-old Sgt. Brandon Paudert and 38-year-old Officer Bill Evans.The reports say Paudert was shot 14 times, including three times in the head, while Evans was struck by eight bullets. According to the reports, none of the shots was fired at close range.

Harrisburg officer suspended; he let mayor drive away

August 27, 2010 HARRISBURG (AP) — Police Chief Butch Davis says he suspended an officer who let the town’s mayor drive off in a city car after the mayor nearly collided with a patrol car.A few moments later on Aug. 20, Mayor Donnie “Buzzy” Faulkner was stopped by a Poinsett County sheriff’s deputy who cited the mayor for driving while intoxicated.Davis said Wednesday he suspended Officer Robert Wright for a week after reviewing circumstances around Faulkner’s DWI citation.

Report does not affect Batesville

August 27, 2010 An outside firm has identified problems with water contamination by the Newark power plant, but the Batesville Water Utility is not affected, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson told the Guard.A report by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club identified 39 additional coal ash dump sites in 21 states that are contaminating drinking water or surface water with arsenic and other heavy metals.

Body found in semi-truck

August 27, 2010 NEWPORT — On Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Arkansas State Police that there was a male subject discovered deceased in the cab of an semi-truck on Highway 67 North of Swifton.During the investigation, it was determined that at approximately 7:13 p.m. the Arkansas State Police had issued a BOLO (Be On The Look Out) for the vehicle stating that the driver, identified as Jimmy Wayne Toone, 58, of Lonoke had departed Cabot en route to St. Charles, Mo. and had not been heard from since.

Livestock entry deadline given

August 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — The livestock entry deadline for the North Central Arkansas District Fair is Sept. 2, and all entries must be made online at the website.The fair will be Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at the Izard County Fairgrounds on LaCrosse Road near Melbourne, said fair board member Nancy Orr.Participants must be from one of the following counties: Sharp, Izard, Cleburne, Fulton, Stone or Van Buren.Ranch Rodeos are scheduled for Oct. 1-2 and a truck pull will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 1.

Citywide yard sale set

August 27, 2010 CONCORD — This year’s citywide yard sale in Concord will be Oct. 1-2, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“People have been asking about it,” she said. “It has become a tradition.”The sale will start early and continue until people stop coming, she said.Anyone wanting to set up a sale on city property or needing more information about the citywide sale may call Pettit at city hall at (870) 668-3315 or at home at 668-3620.

Capital murder filed in death of toddler

August 27, 2010 NEWPORT — Capital murder charges have been filed in connection with the death of a toddler in Jackson County.According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department the incident occurred Aug. 13, at about 6:47 p.m.Weatherford said the Newport Police Department 911 center received an emergency call of an ambulance needed at 123 Lacy Drive in Newport, due to a child not breathing.