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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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...

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...

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...

READ: Batesville Mayor Elumbaugh’s ‘State of the City’ address in full

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2018 marks my 12th year as your mayor and I am excited to bring you the State of the City. Each year as I prepare for this address I am humbled by the trust you have placed in me, and by the phenomenal support and...

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...

Authorities searching for mother last seen in Newark/Oil Trough area

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Friday, Independence County authorities were searching for a mother of three who was last seen in the Newark/Oil Trough area. The Independence County Sheriff Department’s posting on Facebook said the vehicle of 37-year-old Brooke Allensworth was found abandoned near the White River in Oil Trough. The...

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...

LISTEN: Gary B. talks with P.I. revisiting Rebecca Gould murder case in Izard County for upcoming national podcast

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The Rebecca Gould murder case that occurred in Izard County almost 14 years ago is being revisited by a New York journalist and licensed private investigator with local ties. Katherine Townsend, now living in New York but originally from Mountain View, has been obsessed with...

Informant busted for selling to another informant and ends up with extra felony charges

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An area woman who asked to be a confidential informant for Batesville Police after being caught with methamphetamine apparently double-crossed the police and was caught selling to a Drug Task Force informant. Kaitlann Michelle Summers, 22, was caught purchasing methamphetamine from a woman at an apartment...