Lawsuit: Arkansas man left comatose after arrest
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An excessive force lawsuit alleges that a police officer in northeastern Arkansas crushed a man's trachea during an arrest, leaving him in a permanent vegetative state.
Arkansas college’s $14M center to offer workforce training
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When Arkansas Northeastern College opened its new Center for Allied Technologies, it consolidated three facilities, enhanced its role as a leader in custom training and education and brought the world to its doorstep.
Study underway on possible Cold War museum in Arkansas
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Officials in northeast Arkansas are studying whether to transform part of a former U.S. Air Force base into a museum focused on the Cold War.
Promise scholarships pave path to college in Arkansas
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — Southern Bancorp Inc., the Ross Foundation and Murphy Oil Corp. are spending millions on Promise scholarships that sponsors and an administrator say have increased the college-going rate of high school graduates in Arkadelphia and El Dorado.
The scholarships offer to pay college tuition and fees for most high school graduates from certain geographic areas.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — City Barber Shop near the corner of East Nettleton Avenue and Watt Street has been around since 1923, but owner Melvin Thomason fears his tiny shop's days are numbered.
"I've been here 23 years, owned it for 17," Thomason said.
It's not that the old-fashioned barber shop doesn't have customers — he had five waiting when a Sun reporter stopped by this month.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas State University history professor has helped place a former northeast Arkansas air base on the National Register of Historic Places — the first step in creating a national park to highlight the base's nuclear weapon storage facilities and defensive strategies used during the Cold War.
Arkansas gets 10 sites on historic places list
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Ten properties in Arkansas have been listed on the country's official list of historically significant properties.
The sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
The newly listed properties include a Cold War military base in Blytheville, a homestead near Salem, a poor-farm cemetery in Fort Smith and a monument to Union veterans of the Civil War in Benton County.
Crews begin salvage operations on sunken towboat
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are beginning salvage operations on a towboat that sank earlier this week in the Mississippi River near Blytheville.
The Coast Guard says crews plan to raise the vessel Friday. The towboat, which is named the Virginia Renee, sank early Wednesday and it had about 10,000 gallons of diesel oil aboard.
Coast Guard says sunken towboat leaking oil north of Memphis
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a towing vessel sunk on the Mississippi River north of Memphis, Tennessee, and was leaking oil.
The incident was reported Wednesday morning near Blytheville, 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Memphis. The vessel Virginia Renee sunk at its mooring at Hickman Landing with about 10,000 gallons of diesel aboard.
The Coast Guard said responders were using a boom and absorbent pads in the effort to stop the oil from spreading.
MICHAEL ANTHONY SAMPLEY, 34, of Wayne, W.Va., passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, with Pastor Fred Ferguson officiating. He was born on July 31, 1983, in Blytheville, Arkansas, a son of Rachel...
Correction: Fatal Shooting-Herbicide Dispute story
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — In a story Dec. 14 about a second-degree murder trial involving farmers in Arkansas, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the herbicide dicamba was made by Monsanto. Monsanto is one of several companies that make dicamba, but it does not sell its product in Arkansas.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Man convicted of murder in feud with farmer over herbicide
Attorneys don’t mention dicamba in Arkansas murder trial
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Attorneys failed to mention during opening statements in a murder trial that a controversial herbicide allegedly sparked the fight in northeast Arkansas between the suspect and the victim.
Allan Curtis Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2016 shooting death of Mike Wallace, a farmer in Leachville, Arkansas. Jones lives in nearby Arbyrd, Missouri.
Parents charged in Arkansas infant’s meth poisoning death
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Police in northeast Arkansas say the parents of a 4-month-old child who died from methamphetamine poisoning have been charged with murder.
The Blytheville Police Department says 30-year-old Johnny Richard Sr. and 32-year-old Christina Richard were charged with second-degree murder on Monday. The Richards are currently both on parole or probation. They're being held on $200,000 bonds.
Missouri man sentenced for raping 2 young girls in Arkansas
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An 18-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping two young girls in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Carlo Love of Kennett, Missouri, was sentenced Monday and his prison term will be followed by a 10-year suspended sentence.
Suspect arrested in fatal Jonesboro shooting
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Police say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man in Jonesboro.
Police say 26-year-old Jonathan Johnson was arrested on a first-degree murder warrant in the Tuesday night shooting of 28-year-old Dewayne Turner of Blytheville.
Man fatally shot near downtown Jonesboro, no arrests
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Police in Jonesboro say a man was fatally shot in a street just east of the city's downtown.
Police Cpl. Dave McDaniel says in a news release that the body of 28-year-old Dewayne Turner of Blytheville was found shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
McDaniel says Turner's body was found in the street by officers who were responding to reports of gunfire.
Body found in burned minivan was missing Arkansas man
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A body found inside a burned minivan in northeast Arkansas has been identified as that of a man reported missing.
Blytheville police Det. Jonathan Frazier says the Arkansas State Crime Lab told police Friday that the body is that of 29-year-old Korey Thomas of Osceola.
Police say the body was found Monday in the backseat after firefighters extinguished the burning van that was found in Blytheville.
Blytheville firefighters find person dead in burning minivan
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in Blytheville are investigating after a person was found dead inside a burning minivan.
Blytheville Police Capt. Scott Adams says it's not yet known whether the fire was accidental or if the death was a homicide. The Blytheville Courier News reports that the minivan was found burning Monday afternoon.
Prosecutors drop murder charges in Blytheville slaying
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped capital murder charges filed against a Blytheville man who had been accused in a December shooting death.
The Blytheville Courier News reports that the charges were dropped Monday against Travis Young, who had been charged in the Dec. 19 killing of 52-year-old Dennis Moore.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Police say a man who was fatally shot while trying to rob a pizza business in northeast Arkansas had produced what turned out to be a BB gun before being shot by a store employee.
Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson says 53-year-old Thomas "Tony" Price of Little Rock was shot to death about 10:30 p.m. Sunday while attempting to rob Domino's Pizza.
Police say an attempted robber fatally shot in Arkansas
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Police say a person who tried to rob a pizza business in northeast Arkansas was fatally shot.
Blytheville Police Capt. Scott Adams said the person was shot late Sunday at a Domino's Pizza.
Adams said an employee of the business shot the person during the attempted robbery.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Police in northeast Arkansas say a man has died after being shot at a car wash and the suspect is in custody.
Blytheville police say 28-year-old Deandre Love was found about 7:15 p.m. Saturday with multiple gunshot wounds and died after being flown to a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital.
Arkansas man found guilty of first-degree murder
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been found guilty of first degree murder in the 2016 death of his girlfriend.
The Blytheville Courier News (http://bit.ly/2r06aTe ) reports Kordarro Woodard was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday. He's required to serve a minimum 70 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He received a credit for 12 months already served.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Three suspects have been jailed and are charged with first-degree murder in the Memorial Day killing of a 28-year-old Blytheville man.
Authorities say the suspects fatally shot Richard Wilkins Jr., during a fight that broke out late Monday.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Blytheville police are investigating after a person was fatally shot at a city park.
Blytheville police say the shooting happened Monday night at Williams Park. The Blytheville Courier News reports (http://bit.ly/2qxGIUL ) that another person was killed in a nearby traffic crash moments later, but there was no immediate indication that the two events are connected.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two people were injured in a shootout in Blytheville on Sunday.
Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson says the men apparently shot each other during an argument in the Lilly Street area of Blytheville. Authorities say one man was shot in the abdomen and the other was shot in the buttocks.
The men were both taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee, with injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The latest fatal shooting in a small northeast Arkansas town has put some residents on edge and its understaffed police department scrambling to curb a recent uptick in homicides.
The death of 23-year-old Delvin Meadows on Friday is the second homicide this year in the town of around 15,000. Last year, Blytheville reported six slayings.
Missouri child hospitalized with severe injuries
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in Arkansas and Missouri are investigating after a 3-month-old child was hospitalized with severe injuries.
A Blytheville, Arkansas, police report says an officer responded to an abuse call on Monday and found the child from Kennett, Missouri, suffering from severe injuries, including having super glue around his mouth.
The child was flown from a Blytheville hospital to a hospital in Memphis.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision blocking a sales-tax election to raise funds to build a new courthouse in Mississippi County, calling the proposed tax an "illegal exaction."
The Thursday ruling ends a fight that started last summer, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2mOe1BF ) reported.
Blytheville council approves election for public safety tax
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — City leaders in Blytheville have approved a special election for voters to consider a half-percent sales tax increase to support public safety efforts.
The election will be held May 9. If approved, proceeds from the tax would pay for raises for police and firefighters and the construction of a new justice center.
Mayor James Sanders says the 10-year tax would generate about $1.4 million per year.
10 schools, 1 district removed from Arkansas distress list
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education has removed the Blytheville School District and 10 individual schools from its academic-distress list after they made gains in their students' performance.
Blytheville man shot with Taser awarded $35k in suit
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Blytheville man who sued the city, its police chief and a patrol officer over claims authorities used excessive force by stunning him with a Taser has settled the suit.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2jBw66c ) that Chardrick Mitchell was awarded $35,000 on Friday after city officials approved the settlement.
State police: 3 killed in crashes on Arkansas roadways
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say three people have died in two crashes on state roads.
Police say 47-year-old Dennis Stone of Blytheville and 26-year-old Kaylam Diggs of Osceola died in a head-on collision near Blytheville and Jirell Sockwell of Prescott died in a single-vehicle crash near Hope.
Worker killed in accident at steel mill in Blytheville
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A locomotive operator at Nucor-Yamato Steel in Blytheville has died following at accident at the mill.
Authorities say 54-year-old Bobby Sellars of Burdette died after being pinned between two rail cars Tuesday afternoon.
Nucor-Yamato vice president and General Manager Leon Topalian said in a statement that the mill has suspended operations and will work with federal investigators to determine the cause of the accident.
Blytheville police arrest suspects in fatal shooting of man
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Police in Blytheville have arrested two suspects in the fatal shooting of a man earlier this week.
Capt. Scott Adams told reporters that a 19-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man both surrendered to police Tuesday for the shooting death of 52-year-old Dennis Moore.
Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed.
Special election for new Blytheville courthouse
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mississippi County officials have voted to set another special election on the question of extending a current hospital tax, which would help finance the construction of a new $22.5 million Blytheville courthouse.
Production beginning at Big River Steel in Arkansas
OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) — Production is beginning at a new, $1.3 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Big River Steel has begun operations in its melt shop and hot mill at the new facility in Mississippi County. The steel mill was the first "superproject" to be approved under a 2004 state constitutional amendment that allows the state to borrow money to help lure major employers.
Officials: Escaped Arkansas work-release inmate recaptured
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Correction says a work release inmate who walked away from a job site in northeast Arkansas has been recaptured.
Department spokesman Solomon Graves says 32-year-old Clenton Forrister was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by Arkansas State Police.
Details of his capture were not released.
Graves said earlier that Forrister walked away from his job site near Interstate 55 and Highway 61 in Blytheville about 8 p.m. Saturday.