Battery charges abound in Izard County

March 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies ended up Tasing a man who allegedly assaulted a Melbourne woman, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Police were dispatched the night of Feb. 22 to a residence on West Street in response to a possible domestic disturbance. Upon deputies’ arrival the victim, Amanda Justice, said she had been assaulted by a man named Tommy Mullins. Mullins had escaped but was later found under the house. “Mullins was ordered to come out from under the floor and when doing so Mullins showed signs of aggression and resisting,” Lawrence said.

Traffic stop reportedly yields marijuana

March 1, 2010 A state police sobriety check Feb. 7 turned up several bags of marijuana, and $703 in cash, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy John Scarbrough with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.At approximately 10 p.m. troopers from the Arkansas State Police were conducting a sobriety check point on Gap Road when Sgt. Phillip Pickett made contact with 20-year-old Jaime Rodriguez, and asked for his vehicle insurance papers, according to Scarbrough.

Savoys, Cajun band to appear at UACCB

March 1, 2010 Marc and Ann Savoy and the Savoy Family Cajun Band will perform in concert at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville at 8 p.m. March 27. Ann Savoy will read from her book, “Cajun Music: A Reflection of the People,” at appropriate intervals during the concert. The book has been hailed as “the definitive guide to Cajun music,” according to a news release.

Marriage conference set

March 1, 2010 Batesville First Assembly Family Connections Ministry will host a “Love & Respect” marriage conference Friday and Saturday. Different churches in the community are participating and the material is non-denominational, according to a news release. Door prizes will be awarded.On Friday, doors open at 5:30 p.m. for child care and registration. Supper will be served at 6, and the conference will start by 6:45.On Saturday, doors will be open at 9:30 a.m. for child care and breakfast. The conference will start at 10 and will be done by 2:15 p.m.

Beginning Steps to meet

March 1, 2010 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in conference room A at the Josephine Raye Rogers Women & Imaging Center at White River Medical Center. All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

Melbourne Elementary to hold kindergarten registration

March 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Melbourne Elementary will hold kindergarten and new student registration from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19.Kindergarten registration will be held in Linda Box’s classroom. To be eligible for kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 15, 2010. If the child has attended a state-approved preschool program for 100 days during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years and his/her birthday is on or before Sept. 15, 2010, they are also eligible to enroll this year.

Delinquent tenants arrested

March 1, 2010 ASH FLAT — Two delinquent tenants at a rental property in Evening Shade were arrested on drug charges after their landlord reported he was having problems with them, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said.He said the sheriff’s department received a complaint Tuesday from real estate agent Paul Bacon in reference to tenants that had been evicted from his rental property at 1818 Highway 167 in Evening Shade.Counts, Sheriff Dale Weaver and Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry responded to the address and found the apartment still occupied by the tenants.

Man jailed on drug charges

March 1, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department arrested 23-year-old Christopher Taft of Clover Bend on Tuesday for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a prohibited weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, reported sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson.The arrest came after the sheriff’s department received information that Taft had illegal drugs and firearms at his residence at Clover Bend.

Newport officers arrest Newark man for drugs

March 1, 2010 A simple traffic violation lead to the arrest of a Newark man on felony drug charges in Newport late Friday night, according to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department.“About 11:05 p.m., Patrolman Michael Moody of the Newport Police Department performed a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Rodney Lindsey, age 42 of Newark, after observing a minor traffic violation,” Weatherford said.Lindsey reportedly failed a series of field sobriety tests and gave permission for officers to search his vehicle.