Pharmacy targeted

May 11, 2009 Two days after pharmacist Andy Strecker made the move to Walgreens, his pharmacy was hit by someone who pried the tin off the backside of the building and cut a hole to allow entry.When Independence County Deputy Bret Ward arrived at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Strecker had already re-covered the hole and straightened up the safes that had fallen over.Ward said Strecker said most of his narcotics had already been transported to Walgreens, but there was a box of out-dated and expired medications missing.

Man dies in chase, two others injured

May 11, 2009 A Sulphur Rock man died when his pickup truck wrecked during a police chase near Magness Saturday afternoon.Arkansas State Police Trooper Ronnie Qualls said Joddie Lee Shutt, 32, was fleeing from Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy David Sallas on Cleghorn Chapel Road when the accident occurred around 4:25 p.m.According to police reports, the pursuit started on Padget Island Road in Magness when Sallas was dispatched to an incident of a black pickup truck driving through farm fields and causing damage.

Shooting charge filed

May 11, 2009 ASH FLAT — An attempted first-degree murder charge was filed Friday against a man accused of shooting Cave City resident Gar Jacobs in the face while Jacobs was sleeping, according to public records in the Sharp County and Circuit Clerk’s Office.Bobby Joe Cobb, 30, was charged in Sharp County Circuit Court with the class A felony.Jacobs, 50, who was shot in the jaw with a 9-millimeter pistol, was in surgery at 10 this morning at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Thousands turn out for ‘Idol’ finalist

May 11, 2009 CONWAY — Kris Allen has turned a small Arkansas town into a pop culture hotspot.The “American Idol” finalist was back home in Conway on Friday, where he performed an early evening concert in front of a crowd estimated at over 20,000. Allen appeared a little overwhelmed by the swooning fans in the packed downtown area, shaking his head and smiling when he first came on stage.“You guys are crazy,” he told his audience.

Former Melbourne woman murdered

May 11, 2009 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former Melbourne woman was killed Saturday in a double homicide.Authorities are investigating the deaths of a couple whose bodies were found in a vehicle off Interstate 40 near Burns Park in North Little Rock.Police were called to the scene Saturday by a passer-by who thought the sports utility vehicle had been in a wreck. Once authorities arrived, they found the bodies of Tammy Lawrence, 48, of Sherwood and Ahki Hughes, 24, of Sherwood. Authorities say both suffered gunshot wounds, and that an autopsy is pending.

Man missing on river, believed drowned

May 11, 2009 Fast moving floodwaters are hampering the search for an Allen Chapel man who is believed to have drowned while boating on the White River Saturday afternoon, according to Independence County Office of Emergency Services director Glen Willis.Willis said his department and several volunteers spent about nine hours in a fruitless search Sunday for 30-year-old Aaron R. Marks of 75 Penny Linda Lane.

4 confirmed cases of swine flu at Ark. army base

May 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' first confirmed swine flu cases came from out-of-state soldiers training at a military base in central Arkansas, officials said Friday. A school child in northeast Arkansas has also tested positive for the disease.Officials said 11 soldiers training at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock suffered flu-like symptoms. Four tested positive for the virus, four tested negative and three test results are pending.

Area students net art awards

May 8, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Leia Parks, art teacher at Southside Elementary and Middle School, entered student artwork into many contests and exhibits around the state this school year. This year Southside Elementary has had 10 students win in three separate contests as well as one win in the middle school.

Simpsons win tourney

May 8, 2009 CAVE CITY — Winners of the Cave City Bass Club tournaments keep on catching heavy stringers, as Mike Simpson and Spencer Simpson weighed in five bass for a total of 10.35 pounds to win Saturday’s tournament on Crown Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.Twenty anglers participated.The Simpsons also caught the biggest bass of the tournament. It weighed 4.1 pounds.Chris Wooden and Brian Chapman placed second with five fish totaling 9.7 pounds.Keith Lawrence, fishing by himself, placed third with five bass weighing 9.15 pounds.

Lock 2 club takes breather

May 8, 2009 BETHESDA — The Lock 2 Bass Club has suspended club tournaments because of a shortage of regular participants but will host invitational tournaments for the time being, reporter Eugene Dowell said.The first invitation tournament will be from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 16 on White River from Lock 1 to Lock 3. Ramsey Slough is not included.The entry fee is $40 per boat, including the big bass pot.“You don’t have to join the club to fish this one,” Dowell said.