Felon charged in burglary

May 4, 2010 A convicted felon with a history of criminal drug activity has been charged with the theft of guns and a computer from the Batesville home of Steven Jones in April of this year. In a court affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Detective Mike Mundy said while investigating the burglary and theft at Jones’ residence, Steven E. Young, 39, of Batesville, was established as a suspect. “During the investigation and based on statements and conversation with Mr. Young, it was determined that Mr. Young was involved in the burglary and theft of property,” Mundy said.

Early voting under way

May 4, 2010 Early voting for the May 18 primary election began Monday in Arkansas and 151 voters in Independence County have already cast their ballots, an official with the clerk’s office said this morning. Meanwhile, four individuals have filed for municipal positions in the county, including Doug Matthews for Ward 2, Position 2; David Shetron for Ward 2, Position 1; Fred Krug, Ward 2, Position 1; and T. Lindsey Castleberry for Batesville city attorney.

Lyon College commencement set for Saturday

May 4, 2010 Lyon College’s 138th commencement is this weekend on the college’s campus. Activities kick off on Friday morning with baccalaureate and commencement rehearsal. The President’s Reception for seniors and their families is at 4 p.m. Friday at Bradley Manor followed by the alumni dinner in Edwards Commons and baccalaureate in Brown Chapel. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Couch Garden with Dr. Donald V. Weatherman as the featured speaker. This is Weatherman’s first commencement as president.

Inmate charged after threats

May 4, 2010 In jail on charges of domestic battery and disorderly conduct against her 74-year-old father, an Independence County jail inmate is now facing more charges after she reportedly tried to push a jailer over a second floor rail and threatened to kill her. Jailer Kelly Branscum told Deputy Shawn Stephens that around 7:30 this morning she had gone to the cell of 45-year-old Tammy Willis to finish a booking process and Willis refused to cooperate. “Kelly stated that Tammy came toward her and shoved her and stated that she would (expletive) ‘kill her,’” Stephens said.

Castleberry launches bid for city attorney

May 4, 2010 Local attorney T. Lindsey Castleberry has announced that he is seeking the position of Batesville city attorney in the upcoming general election on Nov. 2. Castleberry operates his private practice in Batesville located at 245 Third St., handling criminal and civil cases. Upon graduation from Batesville High School, he attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration. He then received his law degree from the University of Arkansas.

Batesville firm to assist in raising sunken boat

May 4, 2010 JACKSONPORT — Work is under way to move Jacksonport State Park’s Mary Woods No. 2 steamboat from under the water to the top of the water. The former floating museum sank the night of Jan. 31 after two men who had allegedly been drinking broke into the historic vessel and opened valves that caused its lower level to fill with water. Within two days, the men, 30-year-old Richard Hall Rife of Newport and 49-year-old Paul L. Morrison of Gobels, Mich., were charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with commercial burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.

Study shows what is needed for parks

May 4, 2010 The city of Batesville should hire a parks director to apply for grants, land acquisition and more. That was one of the recommendations by the University of Arkansas Recreation and Sport Management Graduate Program semester-long study of the city’s parks and recreation facilities. The city agreed to dole out more than $12,000 to create a comprehensive plan for the parks department. Now the question is this: Will the city move forward with any of it?

Emergency drill planned

May 4, 2010 Emergency responders in Batesville will participate in a full scale emergency exercise in the juvenile court room at the Jess B. Carpenter Building Thursday morning, according to Glen Willis, director of the Office of Emergency Management. Willis said the fictional exercise will simulate a mock court room attack with staged crime scenes and volunteers acting as victims will be treated by emergency medical responders.

ASP to address drug trafficking, organized crime

May 3, 2010 The Region 3 Prevention Taskforce meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Health Resources of Arkansas Administration Building, located at 25 Gap Road in Batesville. Lt. Jerry O. Digman of the Arkansas State Police will be the speaker. Digman has 34 years of law enforcement experience, with 23 years of experience in criminal investigations. He currently works as an administrative assistant to the criminal investigation division’s commander, commander of the statewide special investigation unit and the methamphetamine coordinator.

Sandbar patrol nets drug bust

May 3, 2010 In what is described as the first of a regular event, an Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy made a drug bust on the White River Sandbar Thursday night using a new all terrain multi-purpose vehicle. Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was patrolling the sandbar in the department’s new 4X4 Front Runner around 10 p.m. when he encountered two men using drugs and alcohol.