Father, son charged with growing ‘pot’

September 24, 2010 The note left on the kitchen table at 320 Antioch Road last Friday didn’t say “Dear John.”It was addressed to Aaron Edward Runyan and it said that his house, and surrounding property, had been searched by police and a lot of marijuana left with them.The search had been made by members of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officers.

Trucker busted for marijuana

September 24, 2010 When officers with the Arkansas Highway Police stopped an 18-wheeler at the Salado Rest Area and performed a Level 2 Motor Carrier Safety Inspection Tuesday morning, the driver was taken to jail, according to a court affidavit filed by Chris Toland, Narcotics Officer with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The driver was identified as Robert Lee Wisdom, 48.Cpl. Lowell Stephens, Officer William Oliphant, and another officer listed only as Officer Canard stopped the truck, under surveillance on Highway 167 since it left Bald Knob, at the rest area.

Gordon testifies Defense rests, jury gets case

September 24, 2010 SALEM — The majority of Thursday was spent listening to testimony from a man accused of killing his neighbor and an expert witness who testified to his mental state. The state rested its case shortly after 9 a.m.Before putting 62-year-old Richard Gordon on the stand, Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig made a motion for a directed verdict, which Circuit Judge Tim Weaver denied. He also asked for a sentence reduction and was denied that motion also.The first question Rosenzweig asked Gordon was if he had shot and killed 32-year-old Joseph Clifton,“Yes, I did,” he said.

Fallis draws prison term in shooting

September 24, 2010 Twenty-five-year-old Brian Fallis faces 11 years in state prison.Fallis, of Newark, was sentenced Thursday by an Independence County Circuit Court jury in a shooting at Macedonia Cemetery about one year ago that critically injured 19-year-old Spencer Gates of Sulphur Rock, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hance said.Fallis was found guilty of attempted murder in the first degree.An accomplice, Adam Jay Brewer, 23, of Batesville remains in custody and will be tried later, Hance said.

Police: Man admits to forgery so brother won’t take blame

September 23, 2010 Not wanting his brother to take the blame for his actions, a Salado man has admitted to forging his name to checks he found in a camper trailer, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.The charges against Jason R. Conway stem from the theft in 2009 of a checkbook from James Gastineau who lives in Cleburne County.The checks taken in the burglary were forged at three locations in  Independence County, two checks to Town and Country of Newark, and one to Fairchild Mobile Home Supply in Batesville.

Drug Take-Back Day slated

September 23, 2010 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office reminds local residents of the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Batesville Walmart store.The take back program, the first of its kind in the nation, is aimed at preventing the increasing abuse and theft of prescription medications from people’s homes, according to Independence County Chief Deputy Steve Jeffery who is spearheading the local effort.

Antiques worth thousands stolen from storage unit

September 23, 2010 Collectible coins worth thousands of dollars have been reported stolen from a mini-storage unit in west Batesville, according to a police report filed with Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter.Merrill Chester told Carter that he was driving by the storage facility around 7:30 Wednesday night and when he looked at his rented unit he noticed it was unlocked.When Chester checked the unit he discovered that several antique items he had bought at an estate sale were missing.

Movie to be screened

September 23, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 8 p.m. Friday.“Avatar” will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune in 88.1FM for the audio. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown inside. This is a special, family-friendly edition of the movie that has removed any objectionable language and scenes, according to a news release.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

Women of Faith to meet

September 23, 2010 The Women of Faith Conference will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the amphitheater at Riverside Park.There will be worship, testimonies, prayer, fellowship and refreshments.The conference is open to women of all faiths. Organizers hope to make it an annual event.

Cemetery work day slated

September 23, 2010 CAVE CITY — A work day is set for Saturday the Pleasant Valley Cemetery 10 miles west of Cave City, said cemetery committee member Cyndie Christopher.The church at the cemetery has been referred to in the past as both Pleasant Valley and Providence.The work day will start about 8 a.m.“Bring work tools,” Christoper said. “If it rains, it’s canceled.”To reach the cemetery, take West Center in Cave City and travel almost to Poke Bayou. The church and cemetery are to the left, on top of a hill.