Man arrested for taking metal

June 24, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Black Rock man was arrested Tuesday for theft of scrap metal and criminal trespass, said Lawrence County sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson.Arrested was William Webb, who turns 35 today.“The arrest came after a Lawrence County resident living on Highway 25 near Lake Charles reported that a black Ford truck had been at their property and had taken a truckload of scrap metal,” Dotson said. “The resident got the tag number and reported it to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

Bands to do battle

June 24, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Optimist Club will be holding its second annual Battle of the Bands, starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Riverside Park. Nine local bands will be competing for the right to open up for the Kentucky HeadHunters at the White River Water Carnival on Aug. 7. The bands competing are Mathetes, Wizz Bangers, Konstant Haze, Endswell, Faithful Cry, Rosefire, Wake the Fallen, Titus III and Ashes From Autumn.Food concessions will be available.

Gov. Beebe sets special election to break tie vote

June 24, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Stone County voters will get to try again to pick a Democratic nominee for sheriff.Sheriff Todd Hudspeth and challenger Lance Bonds will face each other again in a special primary election on Aug. 3. Both received the same number of votes — 1,383 — in the June 8 runoff.Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday called the special primary election after he was officially notified by the Democratic Party of the tie between Hudspeth and Bonds.

Fake money used at several locations

June 24, 2010 The alleged use of fake $20 bills at Batesville yard sales resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old Heather M. Ray of Batesville for first degree forgery, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Robert Moser with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.“At noon on June 19 Deputy Anthony Carter responded to Wilson Street in reference someone passing counterfeit bills at a yard sale,” Moser said.“The caller advised that two white females in an older model gray Chevrolet S-10 used a forged $20 bill to purchase several items.

Marshal hired

June 24, 2010 CONCORD — The Concord City Council recently voted unanimously to hire Danny Roberts as a full-time city marshal, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“He’s well qualified,” Pettit said.Roberts is a certified law enforcement officer who previously worked for Cleburne County, then worked for the Alcohol Beverage Control agency in Texarkana, she said. He recently moved back to Concord.

Police ask, ‘Do you know this man?’

June 24, 2010 Jeff Teague had pumped gas at a local service station around 10:15 Friday night when he remembered leaving his wallet on top of the gas pump.When he returned it was gone.Worried that his credit cards and ATM card were inside, he reported his loss to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.By midnight, more than $1,100 worth of purchases were made at Walmart by a man using Teague’s ATM card.Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said authorities have not been able to identify the man after looking at the surveillance videos.

Officials mum on murder case

June 24, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Prosecutors are not divulging if a juvenile who’s in custody has been, or will be, charged with murder in the shooting death of his brother last year. Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce said state law will not allow him to release any details of the case, including whether the boy has been charged. “This is the most significant juvenile event I’ve worked on in my eight years as the prosecutor,” Boyce said.

Cossey recalls covered wagon life: Woman to celebrate 103rd birthday

June 24, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Birthdays have always given Nettie Cossey cause to celebrate and on Saturday she’ll have 103 reasons to when she blows out the candles on her cake.“As long as I can remember I’ve looked forward to them,” said Cossey, her silver hair pulled back, sitting next to her daughter, Bonnie Stephens. “But, this may be my last.”“She says that every year,” interjected Stephens, smiling at her mother.“I said it might be,” Cossey continued, reaching to pat her daughter’s knee.

$100,000 bond set for Rosie women

June 24, 2010 With their bond set at $100,000 each, two local women are facing multiple felony drug charges following a raid on a home in the Rosie community Monday afternoon.“Armed with a search warrant, Independence County sheriff’s narcotics officers, along with other members of the sheriff’s office, and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, raided a home in the Rosie area just before 4 p.m. and arrested three people,” Sheriff Alan Cockrill said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Seattle line plans cruises on Mississippi River

June 23, 2010 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Seattle cruise line plans Mississippi River excursions next year with routes between New Orleans and Memphis, Tenn., and between Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.They’ll be the first overnight cruises on the river since 2008.Cruise West says the 207-foot Spirit of America — formerly used in Alaska as The Spirit of Glacier Bay — will leave New Orleans on March 19, 2011, for an eight-day trip to Memphis.