Man claims break-in was part of initiation

July 6, 2010 MELBOURNE — One person has been arrested with another possibly to follow in a burglary at Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy in Calico Rock last November.Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Shawn Patrick Quinn, 25, now of Rector was arrested Thursday for commercial burglary and criminal mischief.

Photos released of two suspects

July 6, 2010 Video of an early morning burglary at Oak Park Pharmacy late last month has provided police with photos of a woman inside the pharmacy taking prescription drugs. However, she is wearing a hood and long-sleeved shirt, making her identification difficult at this time, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Brian Luetschwager.

Water Carnival plans continue

July 6, 2010 The White River Water Carnival committee is gearing up for this year’s event, which kicks off with free entertainment Aug. 6 at Riverside Park.The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with the youth division of the White River’s Got Talent competition, which this year has been split into two divisions.

UAM presents degrees

July 2, 2010 MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello awarded degrees to a number of students at May commencement exercises.Local graduates include Amanda L. Wentz of Batesville, master of arts in teaching; and Lana F. Chastain of Drasco, bachelor of science.

Arkansas State awards diplomas

July 2, 2010 JONESBORO — More than 1,400 graduates of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro were presented diplomas during the spring 2010 commencement ceremonies at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Convocation Center, May 8. U.S. Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) delivered the commencement speech to 1,423 graduates during morning and afternoon ceremonies.Area graduates include:Annieville — Matthew Ryals (magna cum laude), bachelor of music;Ash Flat — Tabitha Hall, associate of applied science, radiologic technology; Molly Carpenter, associate of science;

Firm must forfeit placement fees

July 2, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a judge has ordered a Bentonville firm, Sarasu IT Solutions Ltd., to forfeit more than a half-million dollars it was paid for providing companies with foreign workers who were falsely claimed as employees of Sarasu.A news release from Deborah Groom, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren ordered the forfeiture of $503,562 after authorities determined the funds were proceeds of illegal activity.

3 escapees recaptured

July 2, 2010 LONOKE (AP) — Lonoke County authorities say they have recaptured all three inmates who escaped the county jail.Lonoke County authorities say 26-year-old Troy Scott, 22-year-old Justin Cheney and 24-year-old Kenneth Crain were arrested Thursday at separate locations in the Little Rock area.The three had escaped just before 1 a.m. June 24.

Crime center worker arrested on child porn charge

July 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Crime Information Center employee has been arrested on child pornography charges after authorities said they found the porn on his personal computer.Authorities say 61-year-old Fredrick Rains was arrested Wednesday on three counts of possessing child porn. He’s being held in the Pulaski County jail on $150,000 bond.It was not known whether he had yet hired an attorney.A spokesman for the crime information center says Rains is on paid leave from his job training law enforcement officers to use the center’s database.

Lawsuit filed over Ark. school consolidation law

July 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Supporters of a small Arkansas school district have filed a federal lawsuit against the state, arguing that the closure of rural schools threatens the country’s security and food supply.The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Little Rock, challenges the state’s law mandating the closure of school districts whose enrollments drop below 350 students for two years in a row. The state ordered the closure of the Weiner School District, which was merged with the nearby Harrisburg School District on Thursday.

Police: Slain woman’s car used in Arkansas robbery

July 2, 2010 NORTH CROSSETT (AP) — Arkansas State Police say investigators are examining four separate sites for evidence after a woman was abducted and fatally shot, then her car was stolen and used as a getaway vehicle in a bank robbery.Officials say 58-year-old Donna J. Woodberry was abducted Thursday morning from her home in Crossett. Police say Woodberry was later fatally shot near the First National Bank of North Crossett.