Homeowner reports thefts, woman taking photos

July 2, 2010 A short time after two men stopped at her residence and stole her riding lawn mower Wednesday afternoon, Carol Ann Coley said a woman in a red car came along and took pictures around her house.Coley told Deputy Randy Jones that a relative who was inside the house called her and reported that her Craftsman riding lawn mower had been stolen by two men in an older model white Chevrolet pickup truck around 2:15 p.m.According to the relative, the two men were strangers and since she didn’t know them, she didn’t answer when one of them knocked on the door.

Scooter rider injured

July 2, 2010 The medical condition of a cyclist familiar in Batesville, and injured in a crash Thursday afternoon, is unknown this morning after he was transferred to a Little Rock hospital.Tommy Lee James, 51, of 2800 N. St. Louis St. was injured in a two-vehicle crash around 2:30 p.m. near Riverside Park.

Airports to receive funding

July 2, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Izard County airports will receive Federal Aviation Administration grants for repairs and new construction at their facilities, allowing them to improve safety and expand use, according to a news release from Arkansas’ congressional delegation.The Melbourne Municipal Airport’s John E. Miller Field will receive $193,199 to install a runway vertical/visual guidance system, which will serve to improve pilots’ visibility at night and in poor weather.

Newark trash pickup delayed

July 2, 2010 NEWARK — Trash pickup at Newark will be delayed one day due to the Fourth of July holiday.Trash/garbage pickup will take place Tuesday, rather than on the usual pickup day, said Joanne Langston, city recorder-treasurer.The Newark Municipal Building will be closed Monday. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Man admits to having meth

July 2, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Salem man allegedly trying to kick in a door at an Imboden residence told police who were questioning him that he had methamphetamine in his pocket, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.The incident occurred about 1:30 this morning.The man, 25-year-old Justin McQuay, was arrested for criminal trespass, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.

Sharp courthouse to close

July 2, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat will be closed Monday due to the Fourth of July holiday weekend, said County Judge Larry Brown.Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday as usual.

Revival to begin Monday

July 2, 2010 CAVE CITY — Bold Springs Missionary Baptist Church will hold a revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.Kendall Weaver will be the evangelist.The church is located just off Highway 230 on Bold Springs Road east of Cave City.For more information call Deshawn Pankey, pastor, at (870) 528-4981.

Motorcycle passenger dies

July 2, 2010 ASH FLAT — A passenger on a motorcycle that was struck from behind by a pickup truck at 9:08 p.m. Thursday in Sharp County died at the scene, said Arkansas State Police Cpl. Creston Hutton.The victim, Sierra Kay Goodman of 20 Fairgrounds Road south of Ash Flat, was 24.The operator of the motorcycle, 30-year-old Robert G. Thomas of the same address, was injured and was taken to White River Medical Center.

Sloppy burglars leave water running

July 2, 2010 When Garrie Pendergrass got home from work Wednesday afternoon he found his back door unlocked, and the floor covered with water where his washer and dryer had been carelessly unhooked and removed, leaving the water turned on.Pendergrass told Deputy Mike Price there was no sign of forced entry to his home on Locust Grove Road, but his home had been ransacked and odd places searched.