Naked Mountain View man taken into custody on arson charge after house burns

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When Stone County Sheriff Lance Bonds and his investigators were dispatched to a structure fire Wednesday, April 4, not only did they find a house on fire, but also found a naked man standing next to the home, watching it burn. The man, later identified...

Shooting in Stone County takes one life and seriously injures another

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A shooting late Monday afternoon near Timbo in Stone County took one life and seriously injured another. The Stone County Sheriff's Office has asked the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to investigate the death of Dora Freeman, 46. Deputies responded to a call for help...

Mountain View High School student charged after threatening to slit another student’s throat and ‘drink his blood’

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A Mountain View High School male student has been charged in Stone County Circuit Court with felony terroristic threatening in the first degree. The court information says the student, 18-year-old Kristian Horton, on Monday, Aug. 20, made a statement to another student that he was...

Gary B.: Casey’s General Store in Batesville opening Thursday, March 29

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A new business in Batesville, Casey’s General Store, will open on Thursday, March 29. Casey’s is located at 1701 Harrison Street in Batesville across from the north entrance to the White River Medical Center.   A two-day grand opening event on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7,...

UPDATE: More info released on Stone County murder case

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A Stone County man was arrested today and charged with murder. Nathaniel Freeman (pictured, above), 54, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Dora Freeman, on Sept. 23. The incident occurred at their residence near Onia in Stone County. (Click...

Mountain View man sentenced to eight years in prison for terroristic threatening

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Christopher B. Cantrell, 38, of Mountain View has been sentenced to 96 months in prison for terroristic threatening.   Charges were dropped for residential burglary, intimidating a witness, and interference with emergency communications per conditions of a negotiated plea. Cantrell was fined $1,500 plus court and...

Highlights of Batesville’s curbside pickup amendment

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UPDATE, Jan. 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m.: White River Now's Gary B. spoke with Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh this morning regarding the proposed ordinance to amend the city's residential curbside waste ordinance and potential violations if the requirements are approved and implemented. "We're not going...

(UPDATE: LISTEN to comments from event organizers) Batesville Police, Independence County Sheriff’s Dept. to hold women’s self-defense class

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Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill and Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens have announced plans for a "Self-Defense Class for Women," to be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Batesville Community Center, 1420 20th St. The event begins at 6 p.m. The free event is being...

“I will kill you and your entire family, and there is nowhere to hide.” Authorities: Stone County man jailed after threatening deputies and first responders, resisting arrest, more

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A Stone County man was jailed Tuesday after exhibiting almost uncontrollable actions after a rollover, according to a press release from the Stone County Sheriff's Office. A deputy was dispatched to the 500 block of Big Springs Road on a single car rollover.  Upon arrival,...

BREAKING: Deadly shooting in Newark this morning under investigation

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A shooting incident in the 7 a.m. hour this morning in Newark has left one person dead. Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said his deputies were called to Newark this morning concerning the shooting. Stephens says there is a suspect in the case which is under...

Home Depot’s Branscum recognized as “Famous Arkansan”

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson has joined forces with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) to proclaim 18 "Famous Arkansans" from across the state by recognizing them for their drive and determination -- not their disabilities. Among the Famous Arkansans...