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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Sheriff: Search still on for missing Independence County woman

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The search is still on for a 37-year-old Independence County woman who was last seen on the highway between Newport and Oil Trough. Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said the situation is still a mystery to him. He told White River Now's Gary B., the...

Family of missing mother shares message with readers

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Authorities are still searching for 37-year-old Brooke Allensworth, a mother of three who was last seen July 11. (For more info on the story, click here.) Allensworth's family has asked White River Now to post the message below. A Message from Brooke’s Family We would like...

Rental vehicle theft leads to two men being charged in Independence County Circuit Court

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Two people involved in a domestic incident in Michigan, an incident in which Cass County, Mich. authorities had decided to prosecute, left that county in a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck rented from a vehicle rental company. The truck and other items ended up in...

MISSING: Officials on lookout for Batesville teenager last seen April 4

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A 16-year-old juvenile is missing from his parent’s residence in Batesville. The mother of Brayden Mathis posted on social media about the disappearance of her son on April 4 and noted the family was anxious for his return home. The Batesville Police Department (BPD) acknowledged this...

MISSING: Teenage boy from Clinton

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The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in locating a missing teenage boy. The Morgan Nick Foundation said Thomas Shuck, 15, has been missing since March 23.  Shuck is Caucasian, is 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs 130 pounds. Thomas has...

Another Independence County woman reported missing

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens says a 25-year-old woman who recently re-located from Stone to Independence County has been reported missing by her mother. According to the sheriff's report, Beth Pringle told authorities her daughter, Kelle Elizabeth Passmore (pictured above in a social media image),...

MISSING: Desha convenience store employee takes out trash and vanishes from area

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UPDATE Nov. 19, 2019, 8:10 p.m.: The Independence County Sheriff's Department is reporting on its Facebook page that Bradley Smith has been located and is safe. No further information was posted. Previous story: "We're working on that case this morning." Those were the words of Independence County...

Detective: authorities still searching for answers in case of missing woman

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A detective with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department says it has been a dead-end everywhere authorities have looked for a missing woman – 37-year-old Brooke Allensworth. She is a mother of three and was last seen in the Newark/Oil Trough area of Independence County. Her...

Traffic stop for not wearing seat belt turns into illegal drug arrest

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A routine traffic stop yesterday in Independence County turned into a stop involving three felony drug violations. On Sunday evening, Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Byler observed a man identified as Paul Curtis King, 47, of Jamestown Loop in Floral, driving on Newport Road not...

Accident this morning south of Batesville claims life of young driver

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A two-vehicle accident south of Batesville this morning claimed the life of a young driver. According to the preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police, a 2007 Chrysler 300 sedan driven by a male minor was heading north on Highway 167 south around...

Independence County man accused of swindling couple out of their life savings

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An Independence County man is accused in Independence County Circuit Court of soliciting more than $90,000 from an "incompetent" couple, according to court records. The court information says the victims, a married couple, had both been diagnosed with dementia, with the husband's diagnosis around April...