Two teenagers accused of snacking while taking five-fingered discount

June 30, 2009 Two girls, ages 15 and 17, were arrested Thursday afternoon for shoplifting after they reportedly cruised through Walmart snacking on hot deli food and putting items in their cart before leaving the store without paying.Independence County Deputy Gary Franks said he was dispatched to the store around 5 p.m. where an employee, Greg Sims, had detained the girls as they left the store.Sims said he had seen the girls with a shopping cart that had several hot food items from the deli, then watched as they walked into the domestics department.

Cops respond to report of gun at Moose Lodge

June 30, 2009 After reportedly being involved in an incident where a gun and drugs were involved at the Loyal Order of the Moose, three Hispanic men have been placed under an investigative hold, according to police reports.Deputy Bret Ward said he responded to the private club on Brewer Hill Road around 4 a.m. Saturday after a man had reportedly pointed a gun at a bouncer.Ward said that Batesville Police Dispatch gave a description of the car the suspect and two other men were in, and other officers stopped the car as it was leaving, Ward said.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 30, 2009 Hickory Hill to performHEBER SPRINGS — Hickory Hill will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the William Carl Garner Visitor Center, located north of Heber Springs at the west end of the dam on Highway 25.The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call (501) 362-9067. Homecoming set at Ravenden

Clinton Library sets event; fireworks scheduled in LR

June 30, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Clinton Presidential Center will host its annual Fourth of July Family Festival on Saturday, according to a news release.The free event begins at 4 p.m. and, in conjunction with the festival, the Presidential Library will have free admission. Featured entertainment includes storytellers, magicians, inflatable games and live music by The Big John Miller Band. For more information, visit or call (501) 374-4242.

Club News

June 30, 2009 Red Hat Society, Foxy LadiesThe Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met June 21 at Batesville Country Club.Norene Trentini, the new queen mother, opened the meeting, and after pausing for a silent prayer, she introduced the other new officers: Joan Cooper, vice-queen; Thelma Wyatt, keeper of the coin; and Linda Hix, secretary and reporter.Joy Gunther gave a report on Helen Baker, who has been ill but is improving at home.The members had lunch and visited.

Memories at Eddie Gabor’s house

June 30, 2009 When I drove by Eddie Gabor’s old house, I was transported back 20 years — back to the wonderful Fourth of July outings my family once enjoyed there.Eddie Gabor was my grandmother’s longtime companion. For the last 20 years of her life, Eddie treated her like gold.She’d had a hard life, after all. Widowed in her late 40s, she struggled for years to pay the bills — she struggled to tend to the last of her six children (who all went on to do well in life).Then Providence intervened.

Area Briefs

June 30, 2009 ATV crash claims lifeA Newport man was killed Monday afternoon when his Honda all-terrain vehicle crashed into a Toyota Avalon at the intersection of State Highway 18 and County Road JA 214, according to David Dixon with the Arkansas State Police.Dixon said 47-year-old Lohnes T. Tiner was traveling northbound on the county road around 6:15 p.m. when he ran a stop sign and slammed into the passenger side of the Toyota driven by Linda L. Craig, 58, of Lake City, who was not injured.

Air conditioner, electronics, ATV stolen

June 30, 2009  A State Street man got a call from his neighbor early this morning reporting that his air conditioner had been taken out of his window while he was away from home.When he returned home Tommy Pham found that in addition to his air conditioner, a 42-inch Sanyo flat screen TV and a 32-inch Sanyo TV, a Sony stereo system and his microwave were missing.

Couple returning home surprised to see Tahoe coming down road

June 30, 2009  Returning home around 9 p.m. Monday night, a Batesville couple was surprised to meet their 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe coming down the road toward them.Roy Gillihan told police that he and his wife met the truck on Allen Road and didn’t recognize the driver, so they stopped the truck and called police.Deputy Shawn Stephens said when he arrived Gillihan had the driver of the truck, Brent Ellison, 27, sitting in the road and was talking to him.

Apartment entered; phone taken

June 30, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man was arrested June 23 in connection with an incident at a housing complex in that town.Shelby Joe Roddy, 18, is accused on entering an apartment and taking a cell phone. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Roddy is charged with residential burglary, a class B felony; and with theft of property, a class A misdemeanor. District Judge David Miller set Roddy’s bond at $5,000. Roddy remains in jail.