Thefts, burglary reported

April 7, 2010 An out of town contractor reports that approximately 750 feet of #2 and #3 copper wire from the back of his truck. Rickie L. Pekrul, who works for Davidson Electric of Ringwood, Okla., said everything was fine when he parked the truck at a local motel around 7:30 p.m. Monday, but then noticed the wire missing about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.There are no suspects in the theft, the wire is valued at $500, according to Pekrul.In other reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:

Movie to be screened

April 7, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.The Hiding Place” by Billy Graham Presents will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting.

Suspicious fires investigated

April 7, 2010 CAVE CITY — Reports on two recent residential fires in Cave City have been turned over to law enforcement agencies for investigation, Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan said Tuesday.The first, reported about 3:45 a.m. on March 28, involved a mobile home at 854 W. Center St. The fire apparently started on the floor under a window along the north wall in the living room, Milligan said.Seventeen firefighters responded. Smoke was coming from the north side center of the structure when they arrived.Catina Tewksbury was the owner and occupant.

Crash victims identified

April 7, 2010 Two people killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday evening have been identified as the driver of the car, 17-year-old Cody Johnson of Strawberry, and Jeffery Zimmer, 20, of Little Rock.Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said preliminary investigation of the accident, which occurred on Walnut Grove Road around 6:45 p.m., shows that Johnson lost control of the 2008 Pontiac G6 he was driving and crossed the center line of the road.

Body identified

April 7, 2010 NEWPORT — A body found in the Cache River near Grubbs on Friday has been identified as that of an unregistered sex offender from Craighead County who has been missing since Nov. 4, Jackson County sheriff’s Sgt. David Platt said this morning.Platt said he was notified Wednesday that the body was identified by dental records as James Thomas Kirby Jr.The cause of death is still pending, Platt said.Kirby, 50, was of Jonesboro.

It was never make believe Newport’s Jack Nance: The Michael Jackson Years

April 7, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the final part in a three-part series on Jack Nance, a Newport native. After being the drummer in Conway Twitty’s band for several years, Nance worked the next 35 years in concert management and promotion for top entertainers, including Elvis Presley (with Concerts West), the Monkees, Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, the Temptations, Herman’s Hermits, the Jackson Five (with Dick Clark Productions/Motown) and Michael Jackson as a solo artist.

Selling animals on street corners against city law

April 7, 2010 April usually ushers in rain showers, spring flowers — and baby animals.For the Batesville Animal Control Department, the business of babies is booming, as is the battle against those breaking city ordinances by setting up on the city’s street corners/sidewalks, parking lots or other public places in order to sell or just give away dogs, cats and other animals.

Triangle Sports has new owners

April 6, 2010 Just in time for spring turkey and crappie season, Triangle Sports at 140 Heber Springs Road atop Ramsey Mountain in Batesville announces it is now open under new management.Owners Jonathan and Kelli Craig and Jimmy Cline say they offer a wide range of hunting and fishing gear needs.“We carry a complete line of ammo, guns, reloading supplies and offer gunsmithing services,” Jonathan Craig said.

‘Downstream People’ to be discussed

April 6, 2010 JONESBORO — “Archeo-logy of the Downstream People” will be presented by Dr. John House, station archaeologist at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, at 7 p.m. April 22 in a Central Mississippi Valley Archaeological Society meeting in Arkansas State Museum Room 182, said ASU station archaeologist Dr. Juliet Morrow.