Gator found in driveway

September 2, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Tina Brewer says her Great Dane wasn’t just woofin’ when he set up a racket in the front yard of her home.Brewer said she went out to the front yard about 3 a.m. Tuesday when the dog, named Sir Harley Rhodes, began barking furiously. Brewer said she didn’t see anything amiss until she noticed a dark object moving in her driveway.She said the object turned out to be a six-foot alligator.According to Brewer, she contacted police, who then notified state Game & Fish Commission Wildlife Technician Mike Harris.

Hostage-taker hated network programming

September 2, 2010 SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A gunman police shot to death after he took hostages at Discovery Channel’s headquarters said he hated the company’s shows such as “Kate Plus 8” because they promote population growth and its environmental programming because it did little to save the planet.

The Weekend Events

September 2, 2010 Friday• Ancient Artifacts free program 10 a.m., Blanchard Springs Recreation Area shelter cave near the amphitheater. Call the U.S. Forest Service at 1-888-757-2246. • Ken Smith in concert, 6 p.m., The Cinnamon Stick, 151 W. Main, Batesville. Smith has performed as a solo artist since 1998, performing on the same concert bill with legendary acts like Foghat, Big Bother & the Holding Co, Earl Thomas Conley and others. Admission is free, and a full Cinnamon Stick menu will be available.

Woman shot to death in home

September 2, 2010 EL DORADO (AP) — El Dorado police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in her home last week with what appeared to be two gunshot wounds.Police say the body of 62-year-old Fran Farley was found by a neighbor who had gone to check on her after Farley’s adult daughter, who was out of town, called to say she was unable to reach her mother.According to a police report, Farley’s neighbor said she knocked on the door and received no response. The neighbor used a key to unlock the door and found Farley slouched on the couch in the living room.

NTSB: Chopper likely fell apart in air

September 2, 2010 SCOTLAND, Ark. — A helicopter ambulance left a trail of parts for about a mile before it hit the ground near a mobile home in central Arkansas, indicating it came apart in the air before crashing and killing its three crew members, a federal investigator said Wednesday.The main rotor separated from the aircraft and was found north of the main crash site, and the tail was found to the southwest, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer Rodi said. The cause of Tuesday’s crash hasn’t been determined.

Fish, chicken dinner slated

September 2, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain community will host a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the community center. Prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under. The all-you-can-eat dinner will also include drink and dessert.

Stamp, postcard sale set

September 2, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — The 33rd Annual Stamp & Picture Postcard Show and Sale will be Sept. 11-12 at the Ramada Inn Convention Center at Highway 62B and Commerce Drive in Mountain Home, said show chairman Bill Burdick.Admission is free and free parking is available as well, Burdick said. Hours the first day are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second day.“Dealers from six states will be available to buy, sell and trade,” said Burdick.

Kids missing out on physical activity, health benefits

September 2, 2010 Editor’s note: This is a series of articles for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.LITTLE ROCK — Everyone knows that adults need to exercise, said LaVona Traywick, Ph.D., assistant professor-gerontology with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, but the truth is that children need to exercise, too.The benefits of regular exercise are the same, no matter anyone’s age. They include decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and pulmonary disease, as well as decreased depression and improved quality of life.

Jailer fired, hit inmate

September 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Saline County jailer has been fired after being charged with battery against a female inmate who said she was pregnant.Ulenzen King is charged with third-degree battery against Michelle Thompson. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that court documents say King hit Thompson on Sunday after she refused to give him her tongue ring while being booked into the jail on a battery charge.

Ark. airmen returning

September 2, 2010 JACKSONVILLE (AP) — The Air Force says more than 160 airmen are expected to return Wednesday evening to Little Rock Air Force Base from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.A news release said airplanes carrying the troops are expected to land at the base about 9 p.m., to be greeted by leaders at the air base, family and friends. The release said the planes’ arrival will not be open to the public, though news media will be allowed to cover the event.