Man gives fake name, goes to jail for criminal impersonation

September 17, 2010 A man who lied about his name to an Independence County officer was rewarded with a trip to jail Thursday afternoon.Deputy Chris Little said he made a traffic stop around 4:20 p.m. at 6360 Cord Road, and the passenger, Haskal D. Swanson, 20, of Locust Street, Newark, gave a false name of Corby Campbell as well as a false birthdate.

Game & Fish has 658 vehicles for its 613 employees

September 17, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has 45 more vehicles than it has employees.The agency has 658 vehicles spread around the state, and 613 employees. Even if specialty vehicles like dump trucks, flatbed trucks, tractors and tanker trucks for carrying fish are set aside, the agency has 627 cars, pickups and SUVs for use by its workers.

Time management key for busy student

September 17, 2010 Although she works two part-time jobs, more than 40 hours a week, helps care for 11 cousins and takes on a full course load, one University of Arkansas Community College student doesn’t think she’s doing anything special. Linh Tran of Batesville is a first-semester freshman who seems to know a thing or two about time management.Tran graduated from Batesville High School this spring, but she already had some credits at UACCB. Her junior year, she attended school while working three part-time jobs.

Jury tampering reduces prison time

September 17, 2010 A woman sentenced to 40 years for selling cocaine will now do 10 instead, after jury tampering was reported and a new trial granted.Last month Vanessa J. Crawford-Cothrine was given 10 years on each of the four class Y felony counts and sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. That changed after her defense attorney, Michelle Harkey, learned several days after the trial that the court bailiff had a conversation with the jury.Jury tampering is a felony.Harkey, along with attorney Jerry Post, filed for a new trial on behalf of Cothrine.

Scout to hold free concert

September 16, 2010 Batesville native Scout Finch will be in town this weekend to do a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the White River Amphitheatre at Riverside Park. Scout, as she is known professionally, is employed while attending Middle Tennessee State University (she plans to graduate in December), and her grandfather, Bill May of Greenbrier, was planning to make a trip to Nashville, but his health has worsened, according to daughter Bev Finch. Therefore, Scout will sing some of her pappaw’s favorite songs by Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, etc.

Drug abuse prevention program offered

September 16, 2010 By the time they are seniors in high school, 22 percent of Arkansas teens say they’ve abused prescription drugs, according to a news release.The Independence County Extension office is trying to curb this trend by offering a free one hour session on teen prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, said Independence County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Stephanie Schindler.

Man ‘nervous’ around cops has reason

September 16, 2010 Dustin James Johnson says getting stopped by the cops always makes him nervous. On Sunday, he had good reason to be — he had marijuana with him, according to a police report.Independence County Deputy Ben Keener said he stopped Johnson, 18, of Batesville for speeding around 2 a.m. at the foot of Ramsey Mountain on Highway 167 south.Keener said Johnson appeared to be nervous and asked him about it, and Johnson replied “being pulled over by the cops always makes him nervous,” Keener said.

Ex-Justice Purtle dies, known for dissent

September 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice John I. Purtle, who wrote hundreds of dissenting opinions and refused to resign despite being charged with a felony, has died. He was 87.Purtle, who was from Conway, died Tuesday in Little Rock while in hospice care.Serving on the high court from 1979 to 1989, Purtle was prosecuted in the middle of his tenure when he was accused in an insurance fraud scheme that involved the arson of the home of his receptionist who was also his girlfriend. A jury in Little Rock found Purtle not guilty.

The Weekend Events

September 16, 2010 Friday• River City Cruisers 3rd annual Automotive Swap Meet, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Independence County Fairgrounds. Free admission. Booth rentals available for $20. Call (870) 793-4096, (870) 251-2819, or (870) 613-2831.

Museum project becomes tribute

September 16, 2010 CALICO ROCK — Alberta Ericson of Evening Shade wanted to provide a lasting tribute to her friend, Lenora Carmon. In lieu of flowers at her funeral, Ericson made a memorial contribution to the Calico Rock Museum Foundation.Her contribution benefited the Calico Rock Museum expansion project and counted toward the challenge issued recently by the Darragh Foundation, which is investing $5,000 in the project when the foundation receives $15,000 in new commitments.