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Convicted felon flees from police, later apprehended

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A convicted felon was apprehended by Independence County authorities after he fled an officer on December 12. According to the official report, Investigator Chris Toland of the Independence County Sheriff's Department pursued a vehicle after the driver failed to stop at a stop sign on...

Accused formers jailers acquitted by federal jury

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Two former jailers were acquitted by a federal jury on December 18. The pair was accused of using unlawful use-of-force at a juvenile facility. The Arkansas Democrat reports that Will Ray, 27, and Thomas Farris, 48, were cleared on charges related to pepper-spraying juvenile detainees. The...

Local emergency personnel agencies participate in “Shop with a Hero” Tuesday evening

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The Independence County Sheriff's Department Facebook page shared Tuesday evening that they along with several area emergency personnel agencies for the annual "Shop with a Hero" event. "Shop with a Hero" teams local foster children with a 'hero' from the local emergency agencies along with...

UPDATE: Area man arrested at traffic stop, drugs found

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On Monday, White River Now reported Billy Kirker, 41, was arrested after drugs were found in and near the vehicle in which he was traveling. Kirker is on parole and has a search wavier on file and the driver of the vehicle consented for...

Cave City Police and CCFD deliver gifts to community children

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Cave City Police and Fire departments partnered together with Santa to deliver gifts to children in the community. Gifts were provided by UniFirst Corporation in Cave City through donations. Cave City Police Chief Brian Barnett shared gratitude and enthusiasm via the police department's Facebook page. Photo Source:...

Traffic stop ends with drugs found

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On December 16, Deputy Christ Martin of the Independence County Sheriff's Department conducted a traffic stop in the Southside area. Deputy Martin stopped the vehicle after he noticed the driver's side brake light was not functioning. Upon running identification of the vehicle's occupants through dispatch,...

LISTEN: Pam Setser stopped by the White River Now to talk about “Caroling in the Caverns” final weekend

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  Pam Setser visits with White River Now's Ken Loggains about the upcoming final weekend of "Caroling in the Caverns" at Blanchard Springs Caverns in Stone County.

Batesville area sex offender wanted for failure to report

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LaMarcus DeShawn Hardy, 31, of Batesville is wanted for failing to report within ten days after release from incarceration. Per a report from the Independence County Sheriff's Department, on Dec. 14, Det. Michael Moody was made aware that Hardy had failed to report to law...

Warrant issued for Independence County sex offender

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On Dec. 11, Det. Michael Moody and Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stevens conducted a traffic stop. The occupants, Steven Tucker and Amy Malin were found to be related to Daryl Malin, who has an active warrant for his arrest. According to a report from the...

Jonesboro manufacturer to add 140 employees

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Region 8 News is reporting Hytrol, the largest conveyor manufacturer in North America, is growing. Hytrol's HR Director Ed Mata said they had a record year in 2017, and they need to hire more people. Currently, Hytrol has over 1,000 employees. They are looking to fill...

Batesville School Board meeting tonight

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The Batesville School Board will meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the DAC office, 955 Water St. Along with regular scheduled business, the board will present the Citizen Bank Above and Beyond award. The board will also recognize the district's retirees for their service to the...