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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Authorities: Batesville traffic stop results in discovery of absconder, drugs

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Authorities say a Concord brother and sister ended up behind bars Friday, Jan. 10, after a routine traffic stop turned out to be more than routine. According to the incident report, Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bret Ward stopped a pickup truck after he witnessed it...

White River Health System offering care 24/7 via online platform

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According to a recent media release, White River Health System (WRHS) is launching WaveLink, an online platform that allows patients to connect with a provider through a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera. The online platform allows patients to schedule immediate real-time video/virtual visits...

Record season for White River Wonderland reported at Tuesday night’s Batesville City Council meeting

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The Batesville City Council met in regular session Tuesday. Jonathon Abbott, supervisor of the city's landscaping department, presented the final report detailing the 2019-20 holiday lights display performance. The overall traffic count was down, however, this was attributed to patrons parking outside of the park entrance...

Man pleads guilty in case of internet stalking of child

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A Mississippi man who thought he was communicating with a Batesville teen online has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after authorities say he drove three hours to meet the "teenager." According to a release from Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hance, Jason James Leija (pictured),...

Plans for new brick oven pizzeria underway with First Community Bank’s Downtown Batesville Revitalization Program

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First Community Bank says it is continuing to invest in Batesville’s downtown district in 2020. In a media release, the bank says Dr. Doug and Laurie Gottschalk plan to open Stella’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Bistro at 250 E. Main. The project is being financed...

Batesville Police report more break-ins of unlocked vehicles

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The Batesville Police Department has been working several vehicle break-ins as of late, and detectives have been reminding the public to lock their vehicle doors in an effort to prevent illegal entry. And BPD officials say two more break-ins of unlocked vehicles have recently been...

Internship leads UACCB ag student to position with U.S. Forest Service

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Article by Hannah Keller Flanery. UACCB communications and marketing coordinator Ethan Tucker didn’t really know what type of career he wanted to pursue, but he knew a desk job was not for him. “I like being outdoors in the woods,” Tucker said. An internship with the...

Authorities: Conway man charged after bag with narcotics found under car seat

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Claiming a duffel bag gets a man charged with drug-related felonies in Independence County Circuit Court. According to court info, John Daniel Simpkins, Jr., 18, was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for a traffic stop. During an investigation, officers from the Independence County...

Traffic stops in Izard County lead to charges in two separate cases

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A Wideman, Ark., man was found not to be in compliance with his sex offender registration requirements after being stopped by an Izard County Deputy Sheriff on Jan. 16, according to a release from the Izard County Sheriff's Office. Edward Prado (pictured above), 30, was...

Man released from jail only to find his truck stolen

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The Independence County Sheriff's Department has issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a gray 2005 Ford F-150 extended cab truck. In the incident report, Deputy Jeremy Spohr said the vehicle is owned by Jackie Ethridge, 44, of Jamestown Loop. Ethridge told authorities that...

Authorities: Tuckerman man stopped for no plate was driving stolen car

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A Tuckerman man could be facing felony charges after being stopped in Independence County yesterday morning. According to the incident report, Deputy Adam McGilton was on patrol Jan. 12 when he saw a vehicle with no license plate. Initially, McGilton reported the vehicle driver did...