Police arrest two

March 22, 2010  A Batesville man, 28-year-old Brandon R. Tyler, was arrested for huffing canned air duster behind a funeral home Wednesday afternoon.According to Deputy Dustin Robbins, employees of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home saw Tyler in the back parking lot of the business on College Avenue around 1:40 p.m. inhaling something from a spray can.According to Robbins, Tyler tried to hide the can, later identified as Legacy air duster, behind a stone wall.

Plan due to stop mud flowing

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A plan on how to stop muddy runoff from flowing into a tributary of the Mulberry River is due this week.The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is to deliver a short-term plan to the state Department of Environmental Quality by Wednesday.

4 lawmakers amend reports

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three state lawmakers have filed amended reports to say groups helped pay for trips to Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho.A fourth amended his report to say he was given tickets to a University of Arkansas football game.State Reps. Mike Burris says the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation of Washington, D.C., helped pay for trips to National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses meetings in Alaska and Idaho. Rep. Randy Stewart reports the foundation helped pay for his trip to the meeting in Idaho.

4 Ark. teens die in accident

March 22, 2010 TREMONT, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says four high school seniors from Arkansas died early Saturday in an accident near Tremont in the northeastern corner of the state.Trooper Ray Hall says the victims were riding in a sport utility vehicle when it struck a bridge on Highway 78, flipped and landed upside down in a creek. The accident occurred around 4:15 a.m.All four were pronounced dead at the scene.

Principal, coach arrested

March 22, 2010 SHERWOOD (AP) — A high school principal and basketball coach in Sherwood has been arrested for first-degree sexual assault.Sherwood police say 39-year-old Abundant Life School principal and coach Timothy Ballard was arrested Friday and released Sunday on $50,000 bond. He was due in court today for arraignment. It was not known if he had yet hired an attorney.Police would not say whether the alleged victim is a student.

2 judges admonished

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has sent a letter of admonishment to a Sharp County judge who dismissed a DWI case against a relative.The panel on Friday released its letter to District Judge Mark Johnson of Ash Flat. The panel says Johnson should have recused to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The panel noted that there’s no indication the accused received preferential treatment.

Women jailed

March 22, 2010 MELBOURNE — A disturbance at a residence around 1 a.m. Saturday has resulted in the arrest of two Melbourne women, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Kagni Gillihan, 24, and Terry Sweeney, 27, arrived at the home of Sweeney’s ex-husband on School Street in the wee hours of the morning following a night of drinking, Lawrence said.

New scam targets ATM card holders

March 22, 2010 Local citizens are being warned of a new twist to an old scam, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The scam is familiar in that the recipient gets a letter, this one from Interac Universal, stating they have won a tremendous amount of money, along with a check from a St. Louis bank for a small portion of that money. The small check is then to be cashed at the recipient’s local bank and a portion of it returned to the company for processing fees, etc.The money goes to the scammer and the bounced check goes to the bank customer.

More snow falls in Okla., Ark.

March 22, 2010 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More snow fell Sunday as part of a powerful storm blowing through Oklahoma and the southern Plains on the first weekend of spring.The National Weather Service said there was moderate to heavy snow across northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri, with some places reporting 8 to 12 inches of snow. The snow and rain was expected to end later Sunday.The storm disrupted travel on highways and other roads. Wind was as much a hazard as the snow itself, one trucker said.

Defensive driving to be taught

March 22, 2010 A defensive driving class is scheduled for April 3 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 2005 White Drive.The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a refreshment break and light refreshments will be furnished. Class participants who are age 55 and over will receive a reduction on their automobile insurance. Young drivers are also urged to attend this class.The Legislature recently passed new seat belt laws in addition to laws that affect young drivers using cell phones and electronic messaging devices.