Dog causes rollover near Bethesda

December 6, 2010 A dog running loose is being blamed for a rollover accident on Earnhart Road near Bethesda Wednesday morning, according to Cpl. Patrick Collins with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Collins said Judy Deniece Massey, 40, of Mountain View was southbound on Earnhart Road near Gill Road around 10 a.m. when she lost control of her 2007 Toyota 4Runner.

Child survives crash

December 6, 2010 HARDY — A Sharp County deputy helped save the life of a seriously injured girl at the scene of a two-vehicle wreck that killed the male passenger and also seriously injured the female driver of the car in which the girl was riding, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.Deputy Jeff Adam said that when he arrived a couple of minutes after the 9 p.m. Saturday collision on Highway 63 near its junction with Highway 58 south of Hardy, a nurse was already holding a child’s car seat containing the girl whose age was estimated as 2.

Inmate facing escape charge

December 6, 2010 An Independence County jail inmate who allegedly walked away from his community service job Wednesday was later captured in Fulton County, Sheriff Alan Cockrill said this morning.John Edward Gamble, 37, was charged with third-degree escape, according to an affidavit by Detective Brian Luetschwager.The affidavit states that Terry Hastings, supervisor at the Independence County Recycling Center, told Deputy Fred Friar that Gamble was last seen working in the recycling center at 1 p.m., but wasn’t discovered missing until about 2:15.

Drive-by reported

December 6, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred at about 9:45 Friday at a residence on Broad Street, according to a news release from Sheriff Alan Cockrill. Cockrill said although several people were in the residence and sitting in the yard when shots were fired, no one was injured.According to other sheriff’s department reports, investigators will have to wait for an autopsy report to find out what took the life of a 16-year-old, whose body was discovered early this morning at her residence in Sulphur Rock.

Pilot makes safe landing

December 6, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Hwy. 5 South, Mountain View wasn’t exactly the runway pilot Charles Marion Ramage had in mind when landing his Cessna 180 single-engine airplane Sunday afternoon, but it worked.Ramage of Edgemont, about 40 miles south of Mountain View, was flying back from Memphis to the Mountain View Wilcox Memorial Field airport to stop and see a friend when he made an safe emergency landing on the rural two-lane highway shortly after noon when the aircraft’s engine failed, Stone County Office of Emergency Director Glen Crymes said.

Bogus bonds? Authorities searching for Searcy attorney

December 6, 2010 A Batesville bank who may have bought $22 million worth of fake bonds could be merging with another bank, Arkansas Business has reported.The newspaper said First Southern Bank of Batesville and other Arkansas banks may have bought rural improvement district bonds that may be fraudulent, leaving a total debt of between $30 million and $40 million.

Man dies in hunting accident

December 3, 2010 BOSTON, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Game and Fish officials say a man has been killed in a hunting accident near Boston in the northwest part of the state.Game and Fish officials say a family member found the man’s body late Wednesday, but investigators believe the body had been there several hours. The man was identified as 34-year-old Gaylen Dowdy.Family members told officers they went looking for him after he didn’t come back from a morning hunting trip.Investigators say it appears Dowdy’s shotgun fired as he was trying to get off a four-wheeler.

Advocacy group: Tobacco tax isn’t funding health programs

December 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Most of the programs that were to be funded by a hike in Arkansas’ tobacco tax either haven’t seen the money or have been underfunded since the increase took effect, an advocacy group said in a report released Thursday.

Bobcats — Sentinels of the dusk are seldom seen

December 3, 2010 The young cat bounded across the road in front of my friend Loretta Bodenhammer’s car on her daily trip to the Calico Rock Post Office. Its mottled gray-brown fur and spotted belly blended in perfectly with a gray rock ledge in the early morning light. “The bobcat catapulted onto the bluff and walked along a tiny ledge like it had suction cups,” Bodenhammer said. “Immediately I knew it wasn’t a housecat. It had a short tail, long legs and it traveled in a crouch. It didn’t move like any house cat I’d ever seen.”

Wine tasting offered at Newport

December 3, 2010 NEWPORT — George’s Liquor will host an open house and wine tasting with Bruce Cochran from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday. George’s Liquor is located at 511 Malcolm in Newport.