4 indicted on race crime

April 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Four men were indicted Thursday on civil rights charges after they allegedly targeted an interracial couple’s home in northern Arkansas with a Molotov cocktail.Authorities arrested two of the men, Jason Barnwell, 37, and Gary Dodson, 32, last month. They were being held without bond, and their attorneys declined to comment.

Paragould man has souvenir from uncle’s Bataan combat

April 8, 2011 PARAGOULD — When A.D. Dickson turned 21 years old 69 years ago today, the last birthday present he wanted was to be captured by the Japanese Army the next day.Dickson was born in 1921 near Light, Ark., and raised on a farm near Campground north of Paragould.A.D. had enlisted with the U.S. Army nine months before his birthday, and after basic training in Scottsfield, Ill., he was shipped to the Philippines.

Winning ticket worth $1M

April 8, 2011 Call it a premonition. Call it a hunch. Or call it just plain luck.Whatever the case, it made Gene and Pat Simpson of Batesville a million dollars richer.They won the Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle, one of two $1 million prizes. “Quite a deal, isn’t it?” Gene said, still somewhat in shock Thursday evening at his house, in between phone calls from well-wishers. “Who’d ever have thought about old Simpson winning it?”

New Madrid ‘overdue’

April 8, 2011 An earthquake that formed lakes where none were before and made the Mississippi River run upstream for a time occurred in the 1800s along the New Madrid Fault Line on the eastern border of Arkansas.It could happen again sometime in the next 50 years, or less, according to David Johnston of the Arkansas Geological Survey who said earthquakes occur along the New Madrid line at the rate of one nearly every day. “Most aren’t felt by humans but our seismic meters pick them up,” he said. Most of the activity is located between 3 and 15 miles beneath the Earth’s surface.

BREAKING NEWS: $1M lotto tickets purchased in Batesville, Hot Springs

April 7, 2011 Someone who purchased a lottery ticket in Batesville is $1 million richer.The announcement was issued today that one of two winning tickets for “Arkansas’ Million Dollar Raffle” was sold at Hawg’s Exxon, 1135 North St. Louis Street, in Batesville. The other winning ticket was sold in Hot Springs. The winning numbers are 199692 and 409266.

Woman sues city over arrest

April 7, 2011 SPRINGDALE (AP) — A former Wilburton, Okla., mayor is suing the city of Springdale and the Arkansas city’s police for arresting her on suspicion of driving under the influence shortly after she had brain surgery.The federal lawsuit by 52-year-old Karin Woodruff names the city, the police chief and two police officers. It asks for more than $75,000.City attorney Jeff Harper said he hasn’t seen the lawsuit and can’t comment.

Beebe issues first line-item veto

April 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has issued his first line-item veto since taking office, striking a proposal to transfer $60,000 from the state’s Crime Information Center to the Economic Development Commission.Beebe on Wednesday vetoed a section of a House bill that would have transferred to the money to the Economic Development Commission for community grants. The amount reflected the savings the center expected to have by updating its sex offender notification system.

West Memphis cop indicted on federal charge

April 7, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A West Memphis police officer and another police investigator have been indicted on federal charges after the officer allegedly choked a man in custody.The U.S. attorney’s office in eastern Arkansas said Wednesday that the officer, 39-year-old Scott McCall, of West Memphis, was indicted on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. The investigator, 56-year-old Lester Ditto, of Cordova, Tenn., was indicted on three counts of witness tampering.

Dog death leads to arrest of woman for animal cruelty

April 7, 2011 PARAGOULD (AP) — Police in Paragould say a woman has been charged with animal cruelty and other counts for allegedly using a tire iron to kill a dog.Police say 50-year-old Katrina Wall is charged with burglary, aggravated cruelty to a dog and terroristic threatening. Police also say Wall denied committing a crime, despite statements from two alleged victims who said she entered their home uninvited Sunday while carrying a tire iron.Police say the victims said Wall threatened to kill them and then struck a small dog on the head, killing the animal instantly.

Independence County eyes bridge on Dog Lick Cutoff Road

April 7, 2011 The county may be constructing a bridge on Dog Lick Cutoff Road in the Pleasant Plains area. Monday night, the Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. at the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building’s upstairs courtroom. The county will apply for an Arkansas Community and Economic Development grant for the bridge construction on Dog Lick Cutoff Road, off Blackland Road.Meanwhile, the county will also seek a grant for bank stabilization to benefit the Southside Public Water Authority.