Money, household items taken in Charlotte burglary

September 15, 2010 A Charlotte area man reported to police Monday that someone had burglarized his home, stealing several items, including $500 in cash.Lt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said James Parker filed a report Monday morning stating that within the past 24-hour period his home on Sanders Road had been broken into and items taken from several places in the residence.“Parker said he was unsure of the point of entry, but he noticed the front door was harder to open than usual,” Everett said.

Free fish fry offered

September 15, 2010 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will have a fish fry Saturday to help promote the upcoming fifth annual Variety Night, set for Oct. 16.The free fish dinner will be served at 5, and after that the John 3:16 band will play at 6 and the men will be giving testimony at 7. There will also be two inflatable bounce houses for children.John 3:16 is located at 75 Holmes Road in Charlotte. For more information, call (870) 799-2525 or visit www.john316spiritualbootcamp.com.

Literacy council launches program

September 15, 2010 In honor of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week this week, the Literacy Council of Independence County is launching a membership program. Individuals can become members of the Literacy Council by volunteering time or by contributing a $25 (individual) or $35 (family) membership fee. The Literacy Council of Independence County is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering adult education programs to help Americans gain the basic literacy skills they need to be employable in today’s tough economy, a news release states.

Lowe’s employee dies in apparent fall in Searcy

September 15, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Authorities in Searcy say an employee of a Lowe’s store has died after apparently falling from a ladder inside the store.White County Coroner David Powell says 76-year-old Jerrell Cockrell died Monday night after being found unconscious by a customer. Powell says it appears Cockrell fell from a 10-foot ladder.Lowe’s officials declined comment on the incident.Powell said Cockrell’s body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Jailer arrested on theft charges

September 15, 2010 A Batesville jailer has been fired after being charged with theft of money from Walmart where she worked part-time as a cashier.In a court affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said Lynn A. Choate, 37, of Desha was charged after Walmart security personnel allegedly provided surveillance video of Choate taking money from her register on three different accounts.

Area man gave much to prison

September 15, 2010 NEWPORT — A hard worker, who was well respected by not only his coworkers but also inmates at the Arkansas Department of Correction Grimes Unit at Newport, John Heier Jr. will be missed, ADC spokeswoman Dina Tyler told the Guard this morning.Maj. Heier, as he was known, had been with the Department of Correction for close to 25 years, having been at the Grimes Unit for about three years where he served as chief of security.

Students research at college level

September 15, 2010 In Lyon College’s Upward Bound Math and Science program students participate in mentored-research groups to investigate topics in mathematics or science under the guidance of a college professor or master teacher. Through an assortment of classes and activities they also prepare for college during the weeks-long summer program.

Filing false report results in arrest warrant

September 15, 2010 Filing a false police report about his truck being stolen has resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for Adam Lee Chavers, 22, of Batesville, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.Charges were lodged against Chavers after he allegedly filed a police report that his truck had been vandalized and then later stolen while parked at a local truck stop Sept. 4.

Compassionate Friends holds annual picnic, balloon release

September 15, 2010 Kara Goodwin was just 5 years old when she was going to the store with her uncle Jason to buy Jolly Ranchers. They’d come home and “we’d eat them til we were sick,” she said with a laugh.That was eight years ago, before Jason Lynch died in January 2002 following a fight with a friend. He was 22. Kara has just a few memories of Jason, who she said was more like a brother to her rather than an uncle. “I always wanted a big brother,” she said.

Couple charged in $420,325 theft by deception

September 15, 2010 ASH FLAT — More than 800 head of cattle bought recently at the Ash Flat Livestock Auction were quickly resold at auction barns in Oklahoma and Kansas — the only problem was, the buyers paid the Ash Flat business with hot checks.Jason and Mary Willmon of Okolona, in Clark County, were charged Monday in Sharp County Circuit Court with theft by deception, a class B felony, Sharp County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said this morning.