Self-proclaimed ‘RoboCop’ arrested after allegedly beating up 2 women

June 4, 2010 In the movie, RoboCop is about protecting others and upholding the law. In Batesville, a self-proclaimed RoboCop was apparently out to do the opposite.Thursday evening, a 34-year-old Batesville man, who also claimed to be a Navy Seal, went to jail after he reportedly got evicted from his apartment and beat up two women.Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer said he responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex on Greg Drive around 6 p.m. regarding Shawn Harper being in a fit of rage.

Former convenience store manager studies criminal justice at UACCB

June 4, 2010 Known to her closest friends as “Smurf,” Forlanda Peel of Newport was inspired by a police officer friend to go back to school and study criminal justice. Peel just completed her first semester as a student at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.She’s gone from managing a convenience store to hitting the books, hoping to become a paralegal and help children. The mother of two, Peel gets up every morning, drops off her daughters at school and heads to Batesville for her own classes.

Singing planned for Saturday

June 4, 2010 Parkview Baptist Church will host its first “Singin’ on the Lawn” from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday with musical guests Hardy Junction, Doc & Connie, Randy and Stephanie Wade and Kristi Spurlin.Barbecue dinners, cotton candy and snow cones will be for sale.Wrist bands are available for $5 and will allow children to enjoy a bounce house, pony rides and games. All proceeds will benefit the area women’s ministry.The event is open to the public. The church is located at 2600 N. St. Louis St. between the Batesville North Complex and Spring Valley.

Circle K to wash cars

June 4, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Circle K International Club will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Advance Auto Parts.The club is raising money so members can attend the CKI Convention in St. Louis Aug. 4- 7. Donations will be accepted.

Singing planned for Saturday

June 4, 2010 Parkview Baptist Church will host its first “Singin’ on the Lawn” from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday with musical guests Hardy Junction, Doc & Connie, Randy and Stephanie Wade and Kristi Spurlin.Barbecue dinners, cotton candy and snow cones will be for sale.Wrist bands are available for $5 and will allow children to enjoy a bounce house, pony rides and games. All proceeds will benefit the area women’s ministry.The event is open to the public. The church is located at 2600 N. St. Louis St. between the Batesville North Complex and Spring Valley.

Flippo Chapel to host VBS

June 4, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Flippo Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6:20-8:30 p.m. next week, Monday through Friday.The church is located at 846 Floral Road in Pleasant Plains.

Fundraiser dinner slated

June 4, 2010 EVENING SHADE — The Evening Shade Police Department will host a K-9 fundraiser dinner from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The meal will include roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, roll, drink and dessert. Prices are $6 per plate and $4 for children 10 and under. Take-out will be available.

Quakes reported in central Ark.

June 4, 2010 GUY (AP) — Authorities say several small earthquakes have been reported in Faulkner County in central Arkansas.The U.S. Geological Survey says the strongest was a 2.0-magnitude quake that struck at 11:02 p.m. Wednesday about four miles north of Guy. A 1.5-magnitude temblor was reported four miles north of Damascus at 11:24 p.m.Two earthquakes with magnitudes of 1.7 were reported Thursday, both near Guy, at 3:49 a.m. and 6:49 a.m.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.Several earthquakes also were reported in the area on May 24.

Reading program topic of meeting

June 4, 2010 The Independence County Library Board met Thursday with a light agenda. Member Suzanne Blair was absent. A brief discussion was held about plans for a new library building.Member Bill Hoskins said with the recent news of a proposed county recreational facility at an estimated cost of $30-$50 million, “I just personally don’t think we can get serious about this (a new library building) until we see how that works out.”