Police: Jewelry courier shoots robbers

July 10, 2009 MEMPHIS (AP) — A jewelry courier opened fire on four men attempting to rob him Wednesday outside a jewelry store, a theft similar to a wave of robberies targeting diamond couriers across the South last year, police said.The courier wounded two of the robbers, while the other two escaped in a sedan, investigators said. Paramedics took the two unidentified men to the Regional Medical Center, where their conditions were not immediately known.Police said it appeared the four suspects had been tracking the traveling salesman for at least a week.

College, others hit in thefts

July 10, 2009  Sometime over the past two weeks, someone tried to burglarize Quality Heat and Air at 2080 Harrison St., according to business owner Mike Collom.Collom told Independence County Deputy Fred Friar that entry was attempted through a roof vent of the business.“The suspects pried off a vent cap which leads down into an apartment above the business,” Friar said. “Once the vent cap was off, the suspect threw part of a double wall pipe down through the drop ceiling which caused extensive damage to the ceiling, suspension system and insulation.”

Man threatened with Taser

July 10, 2009 Police were sent to 1530 Lyon St. where a disturbance was reportedly in progress and spoke with 31-year-old Raymond Scott West.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Franks said he and deputies Dale Jackson and Anthony Carter spoke to West around 6:50 a.m. July 3 and asked for his identification, but he refused several requests telling the officers he “didn’t have to give you (expletive).”West allegedly refused to be handcuffed by jerking away and tried to walk off, Franks said.

Area Briefs

July 10, 2009 Compassionate Friends to meetThe Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Missing boy found

July 10, 2009  A Batesville teen who had been listed as a runaway and missing since June 30 was found shortly after 9 this morning by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Detective Mike Mundy said he got an anonymous tip from a citizen this morning as to the whereabouts of 15-year-old Christian Williams.Mundy said Williams was found safe at an address in the city. “I went to the house and he was there and I was able to pick him up with absolutely no trouble at all,” he said.

Sheriff seeks federal money

July 10, 2009 Wanting to boost the number of police officers on patrol along with increasing numbers in the Criminal Investigations Division, the Independence County Sheriff’s Office has applied for a federal grant of $1,107,712 to pay their salaries.The money, part of a federal stimulus package, is being offered through the Cops Hiring Recovery Program that allows police departments to hire officers for three years with 100 percent of their salary paid for with the grant money.

Batesville launches antiques, crafts fair

July 10, 2009 Main Street Batesville, in partnership with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Bob Pest Marketing/Communications/Public Relations, will hold the first Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival Oct. 22-24.The event will take place in historic downtown Batesville and at other antique and crafts shops in Independence County. Main Street executive director Paula Grimes said she sees the event as the logical result of the growth of the downtown antique district.