Students conduct FBI fingerprinting project

December 28, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The abduction of a child is a situation no parent hopes to encounter but a few Southside High School EAST lab students have found a way for families to hope for the best and prepare for the worst should it ever happen. Students in Southside’s Environmental And Spatial Technology lab recently fingerprinted and made identification cards for second-graders at Southside Elementary.

Colleges see growth

December 28, 2010 While Lyon College was dealing with a suspicious fire that destroyed its dining hall, UACCB continued construction on a new Nursing and Allied Health Building and Ozarka College was getting ready to open a new site in Fulton County in 2010. On Oct. 26, two fires began in Edwards Commons, one in the men’s bathroom and another in a closet, destroying the more than 30-year-old structure that housed the college dining hall, student life offices, bookstore and game room.

Concession stand burns at North Complex

December 28, 2010 Arson appears to be unlikely but has not been ruled out in a fire at the Batesville North Complex late Monday night.Lt. Jimmy Smith, chief investigator at the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, said the cause appears to be electrical, but an investigation is under way.The fire destroyed the concession stand that also housed the main bathrooms for the complex, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said.

Former resident at youth shelter recalls time there

December 27, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — Twelve years ago, right after his 16th birthday, Mitchell arrived home to find his mother had abandoned him and the utilities were disconnected.For three months, Mitchell said recently, he was living on his own, bouncing from his friends’ houses to his own former home without utilities until a teacher let DHS know, and he was taken to the Children’s Emergency Shelter.When he found the lights were off at home, Mitchell said he was scared. He did not know “how things got paid” or even “how to pay bills.”

80-year-old dies in fire

December 27, 2010 CLARKRIDGE (AP) — Baxter County authorities say an 80-year-old man has been killed in a fire at the home he shared with his sister near Clarkridge.Sheriff John Montgomery says James Woods died in the fire that was first reported about 3:15 p.m. Thursday. Montgomery says 78-year-old Mildred Rorie escaped the burning home and was treated at a Mountain Home hospital for smoke inhalation.The cause of the fire has not been determined.Clarkridge is in northern Baxter County near the Missouri state line, about 10 miles north of Mountain Home.

Hit/run reported

December 27, 2010 Independence County authorities are investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred at about 4:50 Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of East Main Street and Central Avenue.According to a report by Deputy Andrew Rogers, James Kerr of Cave City was driving a 2004 Kenworth tractor trailer rig south on Central Avenue, crossing the Main Street intersection, when the truck collided with a pickup truck that was traveling the wrong way on Main Street. Kerr said the pickup driver was attempting to make a left turn onto Central Avenue.

Gov. Beebe not pleased with 3 agencies on vehicle use

December 27, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says the governor isn’t pleased that there has been no change in vehicle use at three state agencies despite his call for officials to re-evaluate the use of state-owned vehicles for commuting by state employees from home to work.

Victim visiting mom for Christmas

December 27, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say one of three people who died in double murders and a suicide at a Lake Norfork home on Christmas Eve was visiting his mother from a Chicago suburb where she had formerly lived and he still did.The Baxter County sheriff’s office has identified the three as 20-year-old Victor Robles of Villa Park, Ill.; his mother, 56-year-old Louise Svensson; and her husband, 52-year-old Harry Svensson.The sheriff’s office said evidence indicated that Harry Svensson shot his wife and his stepson before turning the gun on himself.

Izard County reports arrests

December 27, 2010 MELBOURNE — A man suspected of several thefts has been arrested, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Dennis Jay Lawrence, 45, of Melbourne was arrested Tuesday for stealing copper wire from a residence near Lunenburg. The sheriff said Dennis Lawrence is a person of interest in other theft cases in the county. He posted a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court.In other arrests:• Stacy Lea Boling, 26, of Ash Flat was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of forgery of a prescription. She remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Worn tires blamed for wreck on Ramsey Mountain

December 27, 2010 Driving on bad tires left a Batesville woman with some minor injuries and a ticket following a one-vehicle crash Wednesday on Ramsey Mountain.Arkansas State Police Cpl. Jeremy Page cited Michelle Sipe, 25, for driving with defective equipment. Page said Sipe was northbound on Highway 167 about 1:50 p.m. when she apparently lost control of her van, which then ran off the road and hit a utility pole, breaking both the pole and the guy wires. The pole landed on top of Sipe’s vehicle and wires fell to the ground all the way up the mountain.