Two jailed after authorities find police blue lights, drugs, and more

A traffic stop on a vehicle that had a wanted subject inside, yielded not only that subject, but also hideaway emergency blue lights installed in the vehicle. Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said he believes the blue lights are the ones stolen from a patrol...

Newark man arrested on drug charges

A Newark, Ark., man, known by authorities to not have an Arkansas driver's license, was pulled over by Independence County Sheriff's Deputies after being observed driving through Batesville on Friday, Oct. 10. In the incident report, Independence County Sheriff's Deputies Johnny Byler and Logan Weller...

Woman found walking on highway charged with two drug felonies

It was Sunday afternoon when Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler saw a woman walking on the State Highway 69 white line near Lonoke Lane. In the incident report, Byler noted he observed the female who was making erratic movements with her hands and appeared to...

Dolly Parton Imagination Library coming to Stone County

A new library program is coming to Mountain View Elementary, and school patrons are invited to celebrate its upcoming launch. Children in Stone County up to the age of five will be the beneficiaries of Dolly’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-gifting...

Sheriff’s Department weekend round-up

Domestic violence and counterfeiting took a considerable amount of time for Independence County law enforcement over the weekend, according to a release from Sheriff Shawn Stephens. Stephens said his department investigated five domestic violence cases, with one being a felony charge. He said arrests were...

Man on run from Independence County deputies collapses from exhaustion mid-pursuit

An escape attempt by an Indiana man failed Thursday when he collapsed of exhaustion after trying to outrun Independence County law enforcement authorities on foot. During the noon hour yesterday, Aaron Moody, the chief deputy sheriff of Independence County, had just pulled over a gold,...

Independence County Sheriff’s Department Warrant List for the week of Oct. 14

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is listing the names of 20 to 25 individuals each week who have active warrants for the public to assist in locating. The list is released alphabetically, according to the department, and it will also be posted each week...

Motorcycle driver clocked going over 90 mph in Independence County, arrested Wednesday

The chase was on as a motorcycle driver was clocked at going 91 mph on Highway 14 west in Independence County Wednesday. Detective Zach Bailey was traveling in the opposite direction when the motorcycle whizzed by him. Bailey said the motorcycle turned onto Capshaw Road, went...

Local Mexican restaurant to approach Southside City Council for a liquor license

Monday night, the Southside City Council met for regularly scheduled business where members were informed that progress continues to be made in paving streets and adding street signs throughout the city. Multiple bids were discussed and approved for various infrastructure projects throughout Southside including a...

“Haunted History” of Main Street tours begin this weekend in Batesville

The L-U ARK 4H club will be hosting "Haunted History" tours of Batesville's Main Street Oct. 18, 19, 29, 30, and 31 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit L-U ARK 4H activities and Main Street Batesville. According to a press release, attendees will "...come walk...

Vehicle slides into a ditch due to rain? Facts at the scene tell a different story

An Independence County man told a deputy the reason his vehicle was in the ditch was due to water on the roadway from a recent rain causing him to slide off into the ditch.  Facts at the scene tell a different story. Deputy Cydney...