$200K bond set in highway shooting

November 17, 2010 Bond has been set at $200,000 for a man charged with shooting at motorists, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.John M. Vargas of Batesville was arrested Nov. 10 after Curtis Davis of Batesville reported a reckless driver almost running people off the road on Harrison, with someone hanging out of the vehicle’s window waving a gun.Later, Davis told Deputy Shawn Stephens the man fired the gun two or three times.“Mr. Davis was shaken up and stated that he thought they were firing at him,” Stephens said.

Arkadelphia Promise to cover tuition

November 17, 2010 ARKADELPHIA (AP) — Graduates of Arkadelphia High School will receive full college scholarships next year, thanks to a new program that will pay the difference between lottery scholarships and the cost of tuition and fees at public schools in Arkansas.The Arkadelphia Promise scholarship program was announced Tuesday night. The new program — modeled after the successful El Dorado Promise, which provides full college scholarships for graduates there — goes into effect for the class of 2011.

Pawned phone leads to arrest

November 17, 2010 Bond has been set at $20,000 for Reshawn Harwood of Batesville who reportedly pawned a stolen cell phone at S & R Pawn, according to a court affidavit filed by Lt. Jimmy Smith with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Smith said that on Oct. 27 Cpl. Shawn Stephens with the sheriff’s office took a theft report form Mendy Lancaster who said her Apple 8GB iPhone valued at $600 had been stolen from her vehicle. Smith said Lancaster’s son found the phone at the pawn shop and she was able to buy it back.

AGFC worker found dead

November 17, 2010 CASSCOE — Don McSwain, 63, manager of the Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook’s Lake, a facility operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, was found dead in the lake late Monday afternoon, said commission spokesman Keith Stephens.“His death, which appears to have been caused by a boating accident, is under investigation by the AGFC and Arkansas State Police. Federal authorities also will be involved because McSwain was found on the White River National Wildlife Refuge, which is federal property,” Stephens said.

Legal counsel appointed for Holloman

November 17, 2010 The man who confessed to killing a toddler, putting her body in a box and placing her in the refrigerator is being kept away from other inmates.Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday Jesse W. Holloman, 26, dressed in a green Independence County Jail uniform, appeared before Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp on the charge of first-degree murder after he allegedly confessed to killing 22-month-old Harley Davidson.Prosecutor Don McSpadden signed off on the official charge Tuesday and a bond of $250,000 was set.

Center offers help to those who can’t afford

November 16, 2010 Kari Jones cried the first time she saw a doctor who could treat her autoimmune disease.Finding the right doctor wasn’t the problem, but with no health insurance, finding the money was until 2008 when the stay-at-home mother of four found the Christian Health Center of Heber Springs.“It’s an incredible thing when you’ve suffered for so long. ... When I first saw Dr. (Bill) Wells, I just cried because I couldn’t believe I was sitting in front of a doctor,” Jones said.

BREAKING NEWS – Murder charges filed

November 16, 2010 Two days after a toddler was found dead in the refrigerator at her Desha home, capital murder charges were filed against Jesse W. Holloman who lived at the same address.

Doctor case goes to jury

November 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal jury is deliberating charges that a former Pine Bluff doctor implanted unapproved birth-control devices into women.Forty-two-year-old Dr. Kelly Dean Shrum is charged with introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, health-care fraud and money laundering. He’s accused of giving women a birth control device not approved in the U.S. then billing Medicaid for a more expensive U.S.-approved device.

Death penalty not sought in beauty queen slaying

November 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Prosecutors will not to seek the death penalty in the retrial of the man charged with killing beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer in 2005.Thirty-one-year-old Gary Dunn of Dover is charged with capital murder in the beating and stabbing death of Dirksmeyer inside her apartment in Russellville. Dunn’s first trial ended in mistrial in June when the jury could not reach a verdict.Prosecutors had sought the penalty in the first trial. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports prosecutors announced during a pretrial hearing they now will not seek the death penalty.

Okla. house searched in Morgan Nick case

November 16, 2010 ALMA (AP) — Authorities say that federal investigators are looking at a vacant house in Oklahoma for any DNA evidence in the 15-year-old Morgan Nick abduction case.The Spiro Police Department says investigators were in the area Monday looking for evidence that could show that Morgan had been in the home. Fort Smith television station KFSM reports that Nick’s mother, Colleen Nick, says she believes the FBI is just re-examining the case.Alma Police Chief Russell White says investigators once had a person of interest in Spiro.