Evicted tenant accused of stealing work tools

September 21, 2010 After being evicted, Jason Hewitt may have gone back just for a trash box, but he ended up leaving with a whole lot more, according to police.Now the previous tenant of the house on Newport Road and his accused accomplice are being charged with one count each of residential burglary and theft of property, class B and class A felonies, respectively.The charges are listed against 27-year-old Jason Hewitt and William E. Baker, 26, in a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Randy Sharp.

Dental lab reports gold theft

September 21, 2010 Just over 10 1/2 ounces of dental grade gold were reported stolen from Riverside Dental Lab of Batesville sometime overnight Sunday, according to Independence County Deputy Fred Friar.Lab owner Gary Gordon said the business was entered by someone prying open an outside door.Once inside the invaders pried open a locked metal cabinet to get to the gold and other non-precious metals used in the manufacture of dentures and other dental devices.The total value of the gold, along with a set of missing digital scales, was listed at $3,100, according to Gordon.

Local authors to sign books

September 21, 2010 CAVE CITY — Two Sharp County writers will sign copies of their books at the Cave City Library from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, said librarian Dettye Broughton.Geneva King Emerson, who lives near Calamine, writes historically accurate fiction. Her novel, “The Greatest of These,” and a short story collection, “The Sharecropper’s Child,” are set during the Great Depression in the Ozark Foothills and the farmlands of north Arkansas.

Crying homeowner arrested, accused of ‘cooking meth’

September 21, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A drug-related arrest was made in Black Rock on Saturday after a sheriff’s deputy noticed a man lurking around a residence and talked to the homeowner, who began crying and said he was operating a meth lab, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.Jacob Gokey, 30, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, Dotson said.

Tickets still available for Hunt Family

September 21, 2010 Tickets are still available for The Hunt Family performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.This performance will kick off UACCB’s Performing Arts Series presented by First Community Bank. The Hunt Family performs Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and original music, playing guitar, bass, keys, drums and mandolin.

Southside pastor put people first

September 21, 2010 Being born with a heart defect didn’t stop Mike Ring from putting his heart into everything he did. He was steadfast in his faith, his wife and two children were a top priority and his thirst for knowledge meant he always kept an open mind.Mike Ring died Saturday. He was 39.His wife of 19 years, Ann, arrived at their home near Magness after midnight that night. Her husband’s laptop was on the table open to the sermon he planned to preach the next day.“I got up Sunday and did his sermon for him because I know that’s what he would want,” she said.

Newport’s Depot Days to deliver star-studded show

September 21, 2010 NEWPORT — Depot Days music festival on Front Street in Newport is celebrating its 13th year Saturday with the biggest lineup of talent in its history, said festival chairman Henry Boyce.

Pitbulls target of city council

September 21, 2010 By Andrea BrunerAssistant Managing EditorBatesville is poised to join the throngs of cities banning pitbulls, but if the ordinance proposed to the city council passes those already residing here will be “grandfathered in,” or allowed to stay — under certain conditions.Monday evening, three members of the Batesville City Council, Margarett Henley, Davy Insell and David Shetron, met with Animal Control Officer Jeff Pender and City Attorney Scott Stalker to discuss the proposed animal control ordinance, which has now been divided into three parts.

No questions asked: Old, unused medications may be dropped off

September 21, 2010 ASH FLAT — For safety’s sake, Sharp County residents are being asked by Sheriff Dale Weaver to be hunting up their old, unused prescription medication to turn in at a drop-off point Saturday.“We are participating in the first-ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” Weaver said. Unused, outdated and leftover drugs will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday in the front parking lot of the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat.

Scamers target Batesville family

September 21, 2010 The man claiming to be her grandson was on the phone crying and asking for $4,800 so he could be released from a foreign jail.As the grandmother listened to the Monday morning phone call, an “official” was telling her how to wire the necessary funds, which would include using cash.“The man said I had to go to Walmart and send a money gram.” The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was so shaken up that her 20-year-old grandson might be in some kind of trouble that she continued listening for directions on how to get him home.