Harding to host ‘Girls State’ for 20th year

May 27, 2010 SEARCY — Harding University will host the 67th session of Arkansas Girls State Sunday through June 4. This will be the University’s 20th year to host the event, and nearly 900 girls from across the state are expected to attend.Girls State is a program orchestrated by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas to provide opportunities for outstanding high school juniors to participate in hands-on citizenship training.

Employee charged with forging business checks

May 27, 2010 Forged checks in the amount of $7,667.08 belonging to Aerotech machine Corporation have been credited to the actions of a Cave City woman employed by the company, according to an Independence County Circuit Court affidavit.Ten counts of second degree forgery have been filed against 45-year-old Patricia Penn after she allegedly forged company checks made out to herself and an acquaintance, Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said in the affidavit.

Rosie man charged with felony theft, fraud

May 27, 2010 A Rosie man, 21-year-old Jessan A. Taylor, has been charged with one count of theft of property, 11 counts of attempted fraudulent use of a credit card, and four counts of credit card fraud, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.Bittle said that Ron Erwin reported his wallet, containing $300, a debit card, credit cards, a driver’s license and miscellaneous other papers, was stolen from his home in February.

One arrest in burglary, another pending

May 27, 2010  Bond has been set at $20,000 for a 19-year-old Batesville man charged with burglarizing A & A Auto and Pawn at 3242 Harrison St. in Batesville earlier this month.According to a court affidavit, filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Bobby Moser, Sheriff’s Cpl. Ernie Gillihan took the burglary and theft report on May 16, noting that the garage door of the business was open and a nearby door had been kicked.“There were several tools taken from the garage area which included two Century welders, a vehicle code scanner, and various hand tools,” Moser said.

Local auto theft suspect arrested in LR

May 27, 2010  A 31-year-old Beebe woman, wanted in Batesville on charges of auto theft, theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card, has been arrested in Little Rock, local authorities said.Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said the charges against Dana M. Green stemmed from an incident earlier this month when Green reportedly borrowed a car belonging to Joseph Palmieri and never brought it back.

Correction

May 27, 2010 Incorrect information was provided in Tuesday’s Guard concerning the Ms. Wheelchair 5K. 5K entry fees should be sent to Ms. Wheelchair 2010 5K Run/Walk Race, 169 W. Ross St., Batesville, AR. 72501. Donations are to be sent to Ms. Wheelchair 2010, P.O. Box 96, Cave City, AR.  72521.

Dispatcher sues ex-boss, county

May 27, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — The Greene County sheriff and county officials have been sued by a former dispatcher who alleges she was fired in retaliation for a sexual harassment report against a co-worker.According to the federal complaint filed in Jonesboro, Audra Gunn accused Sheriff Dan Langston of terminating her employment last year because of her gender, in retaliation for her “opposition to gender discrimination” and for exercising her free speech rights.

Charges dropped against judge

May 27, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — A Benton County judge charged with misdemeanors related to the way he awarded three county projects has had three of the seven charges against him dropped.Benton County Judge David Bisbee still faces three counts of violating ethics for county government officers and employees and one count of unlawful judicial intention.

Final Ark. airmen wing return

May 27, 2010 FORT SMITH (AP) — The final group of airmen from an Arkansas Air National Guard fighter wing have returned home after a deployment to Afghanistan.About 50 airmen from the 188th Fighter Wing arrived back in Fort Smith on Tuesday afternoon after a stopover at an air base in South Carolina. In January, the wing sent 50 members overseas and 225 others joined them in March to serve in the Aerospace Expeditionary Force rotation.About 200 of the airmen returned to Fort Smith on May 17 and 10 aviators came home Saturday.

Swifton Post Office to be named after George Kell

May 27, 2010 WASHINGTON —U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) announced Senate passage of a bill to name the post office in Swifton after George Kell, who was known as a famous athlete and community leader. The post office is located at 109 Main St. in Swifton. The bill passed the House of Representatives on Dec. 2, 2009 and now will be signed into law.