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A pocket full of money and a safe full of meth

A pocket full of money and a safe full of meth -- that’s what a home search by Batesville Police Department (BPD) and Arkansas Community Corrections (ACC) officers found following a tip that a man in a College Street apartment was in possession of...

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

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...

Independence County Sheriff’s Department Warrant List for week of April 8

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has started a new program by listing the names of 20 to 25 individuals each week who have active warrants for the public to assist in locating. The list is being released alphabetically, according to the department, and it...

Batesville Area Chamber and ForwARd Arkansas celebrate new law using excess state lottery funds for scholarships

On Friday, leaders from the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and ForwARd Arkansas gathered in Independence County to celebrate their success in championing a new law, Act 456, the Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship. Co-sponsored by Sen. James Sturch (R), Act 456 will use excess...

Home Depot manager speaks at Batesville Mayor’s Community Meeting

Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh (left) welcomed Calvin Wright (right), manager of The Home Depot on Harrison Street, to last night's Mayor's Community Meeting at The Best Dam Steakhouse. Wright presented the mayor with his personal Home Depot work apron and spoke to the crowd...

Izard county man wanted on sexual assault charges

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Melbourne man who is wanted on sexual assault charges. Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley said Gary Edward Hunt, 64, is accused of sexual assault in the second degree involving a female minor. Sheriff Blackley said in a press...

Sex offender found in Independence County charged for failure to register after similar charge in Stone County

A recently-arrested man now housed in the Stone County Detention Center has been charged in Independence County with one of the same felonies that landed him in that jail. The subject, Michael B. Osburn (pictured), 31, was on supervised probation as a sex offender when...

UACCB vice chancellor named to HLC Institutional Actions Council

Dr. Anne Austin’s colleagues in the Higher Learning Commission have honored her hard work and dedication to the organization by nominating her to serve on the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council. Austin is the vice chancellor for research, planning, and assessment at the University of...

Batesville man charged with two counts of computer exploitation of child in second degree

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 19-year-old Batesville man accused of a child sex crime. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kellye Barber has charged Dylan W. Densmore with two counts of computer exploitation of a child in the second degree. The Independence County Circuit Court information...

Independence County Judge says no mold issue at sheriff’s office

In an e-mail on Tuesday afternoon, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin learned there is no mold issue at the Independence County Sheriff’s Department offices on Myers Street in Batesville. Griffin had just received word from an outside company that the county had hired, EMTEC, to...

Safety Saturation nets arrest of Batesville man on two drug-related charges

During a March 30 Safety Saturation sweep being conducted by the Independence County Sheriff’s Department's Community Action Team (CAT), an arrest was made on two drug-related charges. Investigator Chris Toland and Chief Deputy Aaron Moody were traveling north on U.S. Highway 167 near the intersection...

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