Man charged with illegal gun possession, threats

December 4, 2009 A parole violation hold has been placed on a man arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and terroristic threatening, according to a court affidavit filed by Sgt. Brent Everett of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.In the affidavit Everett said, “On Oct. 30, Independence County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Price and Deputy Randy Jones responded to a 911 call at 100 Brashers Lane regarding Nolan Hennings (54, of Batesville) being at the residence, armed with a gun.”

Wreck hurts 1

December 4, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — If Robert Love had good intentions of finding a job this morning and Tim Harvell had plans for a birthday celebration, they both got changed.As Love pulled out of his driveway before daylight, he found himself in the midst of an accident that left him with no transportation.According to Arkansas State Police Trooper Cody Williams, the accident occurred around 6:30 on Highway 69 north of Mount Pleasant.

Food drive is Sunday

December 4, 2009 It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child.For Christmas Brings Hope to be a success it takes a county.Having been involved with the program that delivers food to Independence County residents who may need a little extra help at Christmas, it’s something Southside High School Principal Roger Ried knows firsthand.

News of Other Days

December 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 18, 1996.

Peabody Hotel receives plaque

December 3, 2009 The Arkansas Reading Association recently presented a plaque to Peabody Hotel general manager Gregg Herning in recognition of the hotel’s recent prestigious Four Star rating bestowed by Forbes Travel Guide.

Missouri’s high court mulls Halloween sex offender law

December 3, 2009 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A central Missouri prosecutor urged the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to let him prosecute a man accused of violating restrictions on sex offenders’ Halloween activities.Charles Raynor of Mexico, Mo., was charged with a misdemeanor after police saw a woman handing out candy on Halloween from his house. Raynor was convicted about two decades ago in Washington state for indecent liberties with a child who was less than 14 years old.

Diamond T 4-H presents awards at ceremony

December 3, 2009 THIDA — The Diamond T 4-H club held its fifth Awards Ceremony. Cecile Harris welcomed the 48 attending guests. Cheyenne Brooks lead the prayer. Bailey Reynolds lead the Pledge of Allegiance while Brainne Reed lead the 4-H pledge.Guest speaker Toy Siler spoke of how the club formed and how the club has grown in its first five years.

Man accused of aiding in Wash. killing

December 3, 2009 TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A suspect accused of helping Maurice Clemmons flee after the gunman massacred four suburban police officers could face trial as an accomplice to murder — a crime that might bring the same penalties as if he had pulled the trigger himself.Darcus Allen, 38, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Wednesday after he was charged with being a fugitive. The prosecution is reviewing evidence to determine if any additional charges will be filed, including criminal assistance charges.

Former cop convicted of rape

December 3, 2009 BENTON (AP) — A former Alexander police officer has been convicted of rape and sexual abuse of three children.A Saline County jury deliberated just 15 minutes before finding Jeffrey Garcia guilty of two counts of rape and one count of second-degree sexual assault. Garcia was sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison.The now 12, 13 and 14-year-old testified they were sexually molested and beaten.Garcia did not testify but in a tape recorded interview with Benton police that was played for the jury he denied abusing the children.

Woman found tied, unconscious; hoax suspected

December 3, 2009 MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson says he suspects a hoax after a Van Buren, Ark., woman was found tied up and unconscious in a ditch.The woman was found Wednesday afternoon by passing motorists near the entrance to Greenleaf State Park. Pearson says the woman was conscious when deputies arrived and said she didn’t know what had happened.The sheriff says the woman was found under similar circumstances about six months ago in Van Buren. Her name was not released.