Cop almost hits woman looking for lost phone

November 12, 2010 After swerving drastically and putting his patrol car into sideways skid to avoid hitting her Thursday night, Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar had a talk with 23-year-old Christina L. Novy of Batesville.Calendar said he was driving east on Harrison Street in the Quail Valley area around 11 p.m. when a woman suddenly walked out into the highway in front of him.“I asked her what she was doing and she advised that she was looking for her cell phone,” Calendar said. “I asked Novy if she knew she almost got run over. Novy said, ‘Yeah, I know.’

Guitar, metal stolen

November 12, 2010 A guitar seems to be the only thing missing after burglars broke into Hidden Treasures antique store at 377 E. Main Street Saturday night.Deputy Dustin Robbins with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was dispatched to the business just before 8:30 Sunday morning after store owner Gail Harley found the window to a side door broken out.At the time of his original report, nothing was reported missing from the store, according to Robbins.

Amazon quits selling guide for pedophiles

November 12, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is no longer selling a self-published guide for pedophiles. The book, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct,” offers advice to pedophiles on how to make a sexual encounter with a child as safe as possible. It includes first-person descriptions of such encounters, purportedly written from a child’s point of view.

Lawsuit asks to overturn Gravette mayoral election

November 12, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — A failed candidate for mayor in Gravette is suing to have the Nov. 2 general election invalidated.Michael von Ree filed the lawsuit Wednesday saying one of the four candidates on the ballot didn’t live within the Gravette city limits. The lawsuit names candidate Kenneth Foxx, the Benton County Election Commission and the county clerk.von Ree wants a new election between the remaining three candidates.

Second election scheduled in Stamps alderman race

November 12, 2010 TEXARKANA (AP) — Voters in Stamps will go back to the polls Nov. 23 to select an alderman after the Lafayette County Election Commission scheduled a second vote in the race.Louis Creech defeated two opponents for the Ward 2 seat in unofficial returns from the Nov. 2 general election — but the race was left off some ballots. Aldermen in Stamps are elected at-large — meaning all city voters can vote on each race — but the race was only listed on ballots in Ward 2.

Re-count produces no change in Miller County

November 12, 2010 TEXARKANA (AP) — A re-count of votes in the Miller County judges race produced no change in either the winner or the margin of victory.The Miller County Election Commission said Thursday that Republican Larry Burgess defeated incumbent Democrat Roy John McNatt by 161 votes in the Nov. 2 election. The final count is 5,375-5,214.McNatt requested the re-count after initial returns showed Burgess winning by 161 votes out of the more than 10,500 ballots cast.

Police investigating fatal pursuit

November 12, 2010 PINE BLUFF (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose vehicle hit a ditch and flipped over while being pursued on Interstate 530 by an Arkansas state trooper.Kelvin Nelson, 50, was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday. Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley says the body was sent to the State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

Hydrochloric acid leak forces home evacuations

November 12, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes after hydrochloric acid leaked from a container at a gas services facility near Searcy.About 25 homes in Kensett were evacuated around 9 a.m. Thursday after the leak was discovered at Superior Well Serivces, located near the intersection of Arkansas Highways 36 and 367.Searcy firefighters responded to the call. Assistant Fire Chief Doug Baker says about 60 gallons of the substance leaked, creating a four-foot high cloud of caustic fumes that dissipated in the wind.No injuries were reported.

Kemper hired as SSS director

November 12, 2010 Deborah Kemper has been hired as the new director of student support services at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The SSS program is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

Highland VFW plans benefit

November 12, 2010 HIGHLAND — A Thanksgiving turkey dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4772.The cost is $10.All proceeds will go to help keep the Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service in business.