• Man could face battery charges

    Marion Keith Payne might find himself prison bound if the allegations of kidnapping and domestic battering against him are true. The 42-year-old Batesville man is being accused by 41-year-old Lori D. Howard. She told Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Kirk Green she was living with Payne …

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  • Arson suspected; vacant home goes up in flames

    A foreclosed home that was supposed to be unoccupied went up in flames and is being called an arson. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Darr said he was dispatched to Bank Hollow Road called in by the Union Hill/Thida Fire Chief Mark Hightower who said …

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  • Woman accused of smoking marijuana, calling 911, seeing men not really there

    Getting caught up in a game of now-you-see-them-now-you-don’t resulted in a 911 caller going to jail. Officer Phillip Pickett said he was dispatched to 270 Maple Springs Road around midnight Wednesday after a woman called saying four men were outside her residence next to a …

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  • Fugitive captured in Cave City

    CAVE CITY — A man who was on the run and considered dangerous after a high-speed chase with officers is in custody this morning after being apprehended in Cave City. According to published reports, Clifton Tillman, 46, of Alton, Mo., was arrested after his cell …

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  • City to show free movie

    The Batesville Parks Department will host its next “Movies in the Park” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the amphitheater at Riverside Park. Admission is free. This week’s movie is “Iron Man 3,” which is rated PG-13 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle …

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  • 15-year-old arrested for having gun at school

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Police in Fayetteville say they arrested a 15-year-old junior high student who was caught with a loaded gun. No one was injured in the Wednesday incident at Woodland Junior High School. A Fayetteville police officer working at the school was told it …

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  • Texan gets 13 years for sex trip with teen

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking a neighbor’s underage daughter on a multistate trip for a week and having sex with her. A federal judge in Houston sentenced 34-year-old Jacob Daniel West of Conroe. The …

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  • Board OKs $2M bond

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board earlier this month met with financial adviser Michael McBride of Stephens Inc. and passed a resolution to approve a second lien bond in the amount of $2,070,000 for assistance with construction of the second phase of the new high …

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  • Stray cattle seized

    HEBER SPRINGS — On Monday, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office seized numerous cattle which had been abandoned in the area of Jackson Ford Road and Good Springs Road in the county, said Sheriff Marty Moss. The cattle are described as 19 mixed heifers, calves and …

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  • Court asked to throw out veteran’s conviction

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Lawyers for an Iraq war veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend in Arkansas say his case never should have gone to trial. Steven Russell’s attorneys told Arkansas’ highest court today that their client should have been found not guilty because of …

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  • Court: Ark. immune from school union lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court says a judge was correct to dismiss the state from a lawsuit filed by Pulaski County’s teachers and staff unions over the decision to cancel their contracts with the district. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a …

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  • Bond set for man accused in theater bomb threat

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Bond has been set at $10,000 for an Arkansas man accused of calling in a bomb threat to the Carmike Cinemas’ headquarters in downtown Columbus, Ga. Keith Bowers, who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made his first federal …

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