Rape suspect released on bond

September 3, 2009  A Batesville man arrested on charges of rape Monday morning was released Tuesday afternoon on a signature bond approved by Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp, according to records filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

AHEC bridging gap between rural areas

September 3, 2009 Strokes occur at the most inopportune times, and emergency room doctors aren’t always equipped to deal with them. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is helping to bridge that gap between rural Arkansans and specialists.In this area, that task is accomplished through the North Central Area Health Education Center, or AHEC, a program of UAMS.

Museum program features bear topic

September 3, 2009 “He Killed a Bear” is the title of the program at Old Independence Regional Museum at 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Tre Merritt and his grandfather Mike Merritt will tell about the day in 2007 when Tre, then just 5 years old, killed a 445-pound black bear. They were in a hunting stand when the bear came out of the thicket into the open. “I whistled at him and he stopped and I said ‘Shoot, Tre,’” Mike Merritt said.

Former fireman sentenced in LR

September 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A 50-year-old former Ash Flat fireman was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for downloading child pornography, Jane W. Duke, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Wednesday.John Paul Richeson pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography on May 11.U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes also sentenced Richeson to 15 years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.Richeson has been in custody since the time of his arrest in September 2008.

Timbo man claims ‘life, death situation’

September 3, 2009  Saying that all his family was dead, a Timbo man told police Tuesday that he fled to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville because he was in a life and death situation.Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan was dispatched to the college around 1 p.m. after Scott E. Mcguire, 22, was observed acting oddly outside a classroom.

Tontitown settles with mayor

September 2, 2009 TONTITOWN (AP) — Aldermen in Tontitown have approved a settlement offer with the city’s mayor in his lawsuit against the city council.The council approved the offer Tuesday night, and city attorney Mark Dossett says he will present it to Mayor Joe Edgmon.Edgmon sued the council after it agreed in March to cap his discretionary spending at $1. That vote came after Edgmon vetoed a measure in January that would have placed a $250 limit on his spending.

2 plead guilty in cross burning

September 2, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Two men indicted in a cross-burning case in Donaldson have pleaded guilty to federal civil rights offenses, and two more suspects are due in court.On Tuesday, 20-year-old Jacob Wingo and 30-year-old Clayton Morrison admitted trying to intimidate a white woman and her three biracial children by sticking a wooden cross in her yard and attempting to set it ablaze.They each face up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for conspiring to intimidate, criminal interference with the right to fair housing and making false statements to authorities.

Deputy collapses during hike

September 2, 2009 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Funeral services will be held Friday for a Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who died after he collapsed while hiking near the Buffalo River.Benton County officials say 65-year-old Gary Dean Freeman was hiking with his daughter near Ponca on Monday when he collapsed.Freeman became a deputy jailer in 1998 and served as an animal control deputy, field deputy and civil department deputy during his 11 years with the office.Services will be held Friday in Bentonville.

Farm Service Agency news

September 2, 2009 Editor’s note: The following Farm Service Agency announcements are for producers in Independence, Sharp, Izard, Cleburne, Stone, Lawrence and Jackson counties, said Dee Anne Barnes, director of the Independence County FSA. Anyone with questions may call her at (870) 793-4164, Extension 107.