Desha man dies in one-vehicle crash

December 16, 2009 The weather was clear and road conditions were dry when Roy Turner Brister lost control and crashed his 2002 Lexus Tuesday afternoon, according to a police report.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Collins said the 63-year-old Brister, of 1865 Locust Grove Road, was killed around 5:30 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve while traveling northbound on Jamestown Road, about 1.8 miles south of Desha.

Local baseball player found dead

December 16, 2009 A 23-year-old Drasco man who had been drafted by the Minnesota Twins was found dead Tuesday at a home in Clearview, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Wayne Green said he was dispatched to 35 Carol Lane around 5:40 Tuesday morning in regards to a death. Green talked with the homeowner, Robert Francis, who said Lee Martin had come over and stayed with his son, Kyle Francis, and another friend, Shane Tucker of Batesville, in their pool house.

Concord star athlete remembered

December 16, 2009 Lee Edwin Martin will be remembered as a naturally gifted athlete, a small-town boy who made it to the big leagues.The son of Karl and Becky Martin of Drasco, Lee Martin, 23, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins to pitch. His career ended Tuesday after he was found dead in a home in Batesville.“He was probably one of the two most naturally gifted athletes I’ve worked with, both baseball and basketball,” said Coach Mark Rush, who now coaches baseball at Batesville High but coached Martin at Concord. “He was an outstanding athlete all the way around.”

Suspended chief resigns at Mayflower

December 15, 2009 MAYFLOWER (AP) — The suspended police chief of Mayflower has resigned during an investigation of a convicted felon accused of impersonating a police officer.Richard Shaw delivered a letter to Mayor Randy Holland on Monday saying he’s resigning as of Dec. 6. The letter is dated Dec. 1.It mentions “recent allegations of impropriety” but does not elaborate and Shaw could not be reached by the Associated Press for comment.

Suspended chief resigns at Mayflower

December 15, 2009 MAYFLOWER (AP) — The suspended police chief of Mayflower has resigned during an investigation of a convicted felon accused of impersonating a police officer.Richard Shaw delivered a letter to Mayor Randy Holland on Monday saying he’s resigning as of Dec. 6. The letter is dated Dec. 1.It mentions “recent allegations of impropriety” but does not elaborate and Shaw could not be reached by the Associated Press for comment.

Schools added to fiscal distress list

December 15, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Board of Education is adding three more schools to the state’s fiscal distress program, and administrators of a Newton County district announced a plan to try to avoid consolidation.The Forrest City, Wickes and Yellville-Summit districts were added to the fiscal distress program Monday because of spending that is depleting their reserve funds.

News of Other Days

December 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 31, 1996. 

Man upset over home decor goes to jail for drunkenness

December 15, 2009 A Little Rock man who threw a tirade because he didn’t like the way his former home had been decorated was arrested on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges Monday evening.Deputy Michael Thatch said police got a call around 6 p.m. that a man had entered a home at 150 Ottinger St. and began yelling and cursing at the owner, Gary Coots.Thatch said that when he arrived he found a man, later identified as Brad Aldon Smith, 25, lying in the living room floor.

Allied Wireless puts headquarters in Ark.

December 15, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A wireless company that will serve more than 800,000 former Alltel Corp. subscribers announced today it will locate its corporate headquarters in Little Rock and hire more than 200 workers.

Free safety programs available for schools, churches, civic clubs

December 15, 2009 Arkansas Farm Bureau safety coordinators present safety programs around the state free of charge for schools, churches, civic and charitable organizations and county Farm Bureaus, one of those coordinators, Jennifer Victory, told members of the Sharp County Young Farmers & Ranchers on Tuesday.Victory, of Little Rock, told the group that equipment and instructors for the free programs are supplied by the state Farm Bureau.