Batesville man held for immigration agents

June 25, 2009  Determined to be in the U.S. illegally, a Batesville man is being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after he allegedly showed up drunk at the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Jeremy Qualls said he was walking across the parking lot at the sheriff’s office around 10 a.m. Monday when 32-year-old Ivan E. Tinoco of 435 Ferrell St. drove into the parking lot, waved him down and started yelling at him, asking if he was working.

Warrant issued for altered prescriptions

June 25, 2009 A 20-year-old Batesville woman is facing felony charges after she allegedly altered a doctor’s prescription for pain medicine, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.In her affidavit, Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said that a Walmart pharmacist reported the forgery to the sheriff’s office on June 8 after a woman, identified as Jessica L. Engles of Mount Pleasant, dropped off a prescription to be filled.

Former house cleaner charged

June 25, 2009  Liz Kallsnick was filing a forgery report at a local bank when the woman accused of taking Kallsnick’s checks drove up to another branch trying to cash another check, according to documents filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.Police were dispatched to the west Batesville branch of Citizens Bank on June 17 in reference to a woman, later identified as 20-year-old Samantha Wilson of Batesville, at the drive-up window trying to cash a check reported stolen from her employer, Kallsnick, of Heber Springs.

Area Briefs

June 25, 2009 WRMC surgery team prepares video to be used for training

Concord Fun Day planned

June 25, 2009 CONCORD — Additional plans for the annual Concord Fun Day were approved by the city council during a special meeting Monday, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.The fun day actually falls on July 4 this year.A work day has been set for this Saturday at the city park, beginning around 6:30 or 7 a.m. in order to escape some of the heat of the day, Pettit said. Volunteers are welcome to assist city officials in cleaning up the park so it will be ready for the fun day a week later.

Lyon grad to attend Harvard

June 25, 2009 When Braye Cloud graduated from Lyon College in 2005, he knew he was destined for great things. He just wasn’t sure what it would be. “I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I did know that I wanted to do something relevant and meaningful,” he said. The North Little Rock native, who majored in history, French and religion and philosophy, is about to embark on a journey he hopes will lead him to those great things when he begins work this fall toward a master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

WRMC takes part in emergency drill

June 25, 2009 White River Medical Center recently participated in a statewide exercise designed to test the state’s ability to respond to a large-scale public health crisis, according to a news release.The drill involved emergency preparedness planners from hospitals and state and local agencies statewide who plan to rehearse what they would do in the hours and days following an actual public health emergency, such as a weather disaster or the spread of a deadly communicable disease.

Reading, writing, summer fun Batesville STAR offers creative outlet for kids

June 25, 2009 With a green crayon in hand and several sheets of orange and blue construction paper, 11-year-old Shaleah Thorne knows exactly what she wants to say.While sitting at a table inside the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, she begins writing, trying to find just the right words to begin her storybook titled “The Lonely Ladybug.”But it’s not her first book, Thorne explains, looking up from her work. “The Lonely Ladybug” happens to be the sequel to “The Very Happy Ladybug.”

Stage coming back to Batesville

June 25, 2009 Stage is coming back to Batesville.This summer, Stage will be going into the old Goodys site at 99 Eagle Mountain Blvd. this summer, according to an announcement from Stage Stores Inc., the parent company of Stage.The 21,500-square-foot store will include “a broad selection of name-brand and private label family apparel, shoes, accessories, home decor, gifts and more, priced right every day.”