Murder leaves questions

July 14, 2009 It was May 7, 1980. By mid-morning Marty Thompson decided to take a break from his work on the city garbage truck and stop by his sister-in-law’s home and get a drink of water. After chatting for a few minutes with Cindy Malott, he once again started his daily routine of picking up the city’s garbage.That was around 10:30 a.m.Around 6 p.m. while crossing the old-two lane viaduct at the White River bridge, a cousin flagged him down and told him the news.Cindy was dead.

Counsel recalls details

July 14, 2009 The year was 1981.Eighteen-year-old Scott Lee was being held in the Independence County jail on charges of burglary, arson and theft. One week later, two additional charges were added.This time it was rape and murder.———Defense Attorney Blair Arnold said he doesn’t recall exactly what evidence authorities had that charged Lee in the death of Cindy Denny Malott. After all, that was 29 years ago and many of the details have long been forgotten.

News of other days

July 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 24, 1996. 

Family & Friends Briefs

July 13, 2009 Blanchard Springs schedules programs on plant topicsMOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff.

Area Briefs

July 13, 2009 Filmmaker in Arkansas for documentaryMOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A California filmmaker recently came to Arkansas to film for his documentary on aquatic life in the Ozarks.Champ Williams says he hopes his film “Ozark Underwater” will be shown on the Arkansas Educational Television Network and other regional PBS stations.

Two hurt in ATV accident

July 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two teens seriously injured in a four-wheeler accident about 10:47 p.m. Friday near Wirth were moved out of the intensive care unit in a Springfield, Mo., hospital this morning, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“It’s good news,” he said. “I asked (a nurse) how they would be listed and she said ‘in fair condition.’”The 16-year-olds — Annie Marie Patterson of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Autumn Baker of Marion — were visiting relatives in the area.

Fallen trees block Highway 14

July 13, 2009 State Highway 14 was blocked by fallen trees for almost three hours early Sunday before firefighters, highway department personnel, power company workers and others could get the road open again, reported Glen Willis, local Office of Emergency Management services director.High winds toppled the trees, some of which became entangled in power lines as they fell, about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, he said.“In front of Larry Shaw’s residence on Highway 14, two trees were blocking the road,” Willis said.

Independence County Fair still accepting pageant applications

July 13, 2009 The Independence County Fair will be July 21-25.The deadline for beauty contests and youth talent contests is Tuesday, organizers said.Citizens Bank will donate a $100 grand prize to the winner of each division in the youth talent competition. The divisions are: variety, vocal group, vocal solo, dance group, dance solo and instrumental solo. The winners in each division will receive a trophy and $25 for solo categories and $50 for group categories in addition to the grand prize money. Second- and third-place winners will receive a gold and silver medallion, respectively.

Von Alt captured near Cushman

July 13, 2009  By Tony McGuffeyGuard Staff WriterBryan D. Von Alt didn’t have a clue anyone else was around until a loud explosion erupted underneath the car he was working on Friday afternoon.When the smoke cleared Von Alt found himself surrounded by members of the Independence County Special Weapons and Tactics team and was taken into custody without incident, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.

Historical society to host talk about White River Monster

July 13, 2009 The Independence County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. Guest speaker Robert Craig will share his research about the legendary White River monster.Josie’s is located at 50 Riverbank Road in Batesville. The program is free and open to the general public.