MOMS of Military to hear about PTSD

December 17, 2010 The MOMS of Military Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Multi-Purpose Building at Fellowship Baptist Church, 1003 Batesville Blvd. Child care will be available. Beth White will speak to the group about post traumatic stress disorder and transition and readjustment for military personnel returning from deployments. White is the SeRV-MH Outreach Clinician through the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

2 Salvation Army bell ringers disappear with money

December 17, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Salvation Army in central Arkansas says two paid bell-ringers have disappeared with their day’s donations, the kettles and the bells they were using.Maj. Jim Taylor tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that based on the average donations at the stores, where the two men were bell-ringing, they probably took hundreds of dollars in donations. One disappeared from a Walmart Supercenter in Maumelle on Dec. 6 and the other from a Walgreens in North Little Rock on Dec. 8.Neither man has been arrested or charged.

Two arrested for check fraud

December 17, 2010 Some fraudulent checks being passed on its account definitely wasn’t sweet music for a recording studio.Two Little Rock are men now are facing felony charges after Citizens Bank authorities called police about forged checks.Johnny Lee Winfield Jr., 35, of 4618 W. 30th St., Little Rock, and Robert Lee Thomas Jr., 46, of 5121 E. Broadway, North Little Rock, were both charged in Independence County Circuit Court on Dec. 9 with second-degree forgery and one count of financial identity fraud, both class C felonies.

Grinches target area residents Break-ins, thefts reported

December 17, 2010 Independence County residents are reporting a rash of “Grinches,” taking everything from credit cards, yearbooks and family photos to an MTV, a boy’s mini-bike, dirt bike and welding equipment, according to reports filed with the sheriff’s office. In the past two weeks, thefts include:• Billy Carter called police Dec. 3 about an older model, small green pickup on his old home place, which is the only house past his on Beagle Lane, a dead end road.

Cop tries to stop dirt bike duo; riders flee, crash, flee on foot

December 16, 2010 A man who didn’t want one ticket from police ended up with three instead.Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer said he was patrolling Highway 25/Heber Springs Road around 4:30 this morning and saw two people riding a Honda dirt bike that did not have a headlight or taillight.Brewer attempted to make a traffic stop and the driver, identified as Jacob Adams, 18, of 95 Dishongh St., Batesville, turned on Dishongh Street and started fleeing, but then crashed into a yard at 70 Dishongh.

Truck stolen from yard

December 16, 2010 A truck has apparently been stolen from a Cleghorn Chapel Road man, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.John Durbin said his son had been driving his vehicle, a 2003 maroon Dodge truck with license plate 764KKE.The son, John Durbin Jr., ran out of gas and parked it next door to the residence around 3 Monday morning, then called his dad around 8 a.m. to ask if he’d gotten the truck. The elder Durbin said he had not and called police.

Vandal strikes chicken house

December 16, 2010 A Pleasant Plains man has been the target of vandalism at least three times now, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Officer Matthew Thomas was dispatched to Billy Joe H. Brown’s residence and met with Brown, who said about four to five weeks earlier someone had tampered with a water valve in one of his chicken houses, flooding the house and killing about 1,000 chickens. Another incident occurred about a week later, when the houses were empty, with someone again tampering with the water lines and flooding the house.

Board hires staff, OKs bonuses

December 16, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board’s regular meeting on Monday was a short one, Superintendent Gerald Cooper said.Following a meal for members, the board voted to solicit bids for the demolition of two old houses located on the Melbourne Elementary campus, employ Karen Morris as a one-on-one aide, Larry Young as bus driver and Lisa Staggs as an aide.It also approved an $800 bonus for all certified employees and a $500 bonus for all classified employees.  

Small quake hits near Jonesboro

December 16, 2010 BROOKLAND (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a small earthquake near Brookland in Craighead County.No damage or injuries were reported.The survey website reports the preliminary magnitude 2.1 earthquake was recorded at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was about four miles south of Brookland and about six miles northeast of Jonesboro.The area is in the New Madrid seismic zone that stretches from Arkansas to southern Illinois. Some of the largest earthquakes to strike the continental United States occurred in the New Madrid zone in the winter of 1811 to 1812.

Quorum court passes 2011 budget

December 16, 2010 With little fanfare, Independence County justices of the peace unanimously passed a 2010 operating budget for 2011 that includes $8.09 million in the county general fund and $3.7 million in county roads. Both amounts include carryovers from the 2010 budgets.What the budgets did not include is raises for county employees or additional personnel in county offices.