County looking into real estate purchase

June 3, 2009 MELBOURNE — The corner drugstore that housed Jerry Blankenship’s Pharmacy for several years has become available for purchase, and the Izard County Quorum Court members agreed Tuesday evening to allow the sheriff to continue negotiating with the owner.

Items recovered in store burglary

June 3, 2009 A citizen’s call to police early this morning led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Cushman man for burglary and recovery of $2,100 worth of merchandise, according to Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.“At approximately 3:28 a.m., a citizen called Batesville Dispatch and advised that he was witnessing a person breaking into the Cushman store,” Bowers said.“Officers were dispatched to the area and before they arrived the witness advised that the suspect had ran from the store, leaving his four-wheeler.”

Firefighters busy with wrecks, fires

June 3, 2009 CAVE CITY — Firefighters at Cave City were busy over the weekend, fighting two house fires, extricating one person from a traffic accident and helping Evening Shade firefighters extricate others from another car wreck, Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan said.The flurry of events began with a house fire reported by a passer-by at 3:15 p.m. Friday.“When we arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the rear of the house, around the front door and from the gables of the house,” Milligan said.

2 escape

June 3, 2009 ASH FLAT — A man facing 32 years in prison who escaped from the Sharp County jail Monday night was arrested by Pine Bluff authorities about 11 this morning, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Details were sketchy about the arrest, but Sharp County dispatch was notified via a phone call that 27-year-old Michael Shawn Lewis was caught “in a room, probably a motel room,” and that a woman was with him, Weaver said.It was not known whether the woman was his wife, but Weaver said he had given Pine Bluff officials a description of the vehicle she drives.

News of other days

June 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 13, 1996. 

One arrested in Calico break-ins; another sought

June 2, 2009 MELBOURNE — An arrest has been made in connection with three Calico Rock businesses, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Businesses burglarized last week included Jenkins Boat Dock, Bill Terry’s Boat Dock and Benji’s Diner. An alarm at Lindsey’s Dock apparently scared the would-be thieves and they ran away, Lawrence said.

New business on Lawrence Street

June 2, 2009 Video movie/pawn shop customers in Batesville now have a new option when it comes to finding new releases, old favorites and even selling their unused movies, games and other items around the house.The option is S&R Video Rental and Pawn at 650 Lawrence St., “a small pawn shop with friendly service,” according to owner Mac Brokaw.In addition to buying, selling, trading movies, video games and just about anything else of value, the business offers a line of designer sunglasses and slim wallets in the latest styles and colors.

Main Street gets physical

June 2, 2009 Downtown Batesville is the perfect place for a “friendly and clean place to stay fit,” according to Mark Wilhite, who owns and operates Main Street Gym with his wife, Lisa.In addition to the standard fare of free weights for those wanting to build muscle mass, Main Street Gym offers cardio machines as well as special equipment for trimming the tummy and just staying fit or for losing weight overall. Personal trainers and aerobic classes are also available at the fitness center.

Drug-related arrests made following car chase

June 2, 2009 A Batesville woman was arrested and placed under an investigative hold early Monday morning after she was allegedly found to be in possession of illegal drugs and using a false name.Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he stopped an extended-cab pickup on Wilson Street around 1 a.m. after the truck had been reported in some type of chase with a car.

Police make weekend driving arrests

June 2, 2009 A Piggott woman was arrested Friday afternoon on traffic- and alcohol-related charges after she reportedly left the scene of an accident, according to Independence County Deputy Michael Darr.On his way to a “leaving the scene” wreck at Sidney and Harrison streets around 6 p.m., Darr said he was informed by Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden that the suspect vehicle, a blue four-door car, had just hit a power pole at the intersection of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville.