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Blytheville Police Reports (July 27-28) (07/29/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a commercial burglary at Prehistoric Pets in the 300 block of South Division. -- Officers investigated a domestic battery report. The three months pregnant victim was taken to Great River Medical Center, following a fight. The report said the victim refused to give any information about the incident. She had injuries to both sides of her face and complained about pain on her right side, the report said...
Attempted robbery at Pizza Hut foiled (07/29/16)
Blytheville police are investigating an attempted robbery at Pizza Hut around 9:35 p.m. Thursday. An employee told police he was preparing to take a delivery when spotting an armed black male pulling on the front door. "The employee stated the suspect was armed with a shotgun," the report said. "The suspect pulled on the door twice but was unable to gain entry due to the magnetic lock."...
Former officer suing city, claims he was terminated without cause (07/28/16)
Former Blytheville police officer Rodney Richardson is suing Chief Ross Thompson and the city of Blytheville, claiming he was terminated without just cause. Filed by attorney Jim Harris on Tuesday afternoon, the suit says Richardson was terminated on Nov. 17, 2015, after being placed on administrative leave with pay on Sept. 3, 2015...
Police: Intoxicated man crashes into downtown business (07/28/16)
A local man faces several charges after crashing into a Main Street business around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Officers arrested Justin Bradley on charges of DWI 1st, driving while license suspended, careless and prohibited driving and driving left of center in the 200 block of West Main...
Blytheville Police Reports (July 26) (07/27/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a domestic assault in the 1300 block of Hearn. They arrested Benny Huddleston, Jr. who allegedly put his hands around his wife's neck when she refused to give him cars keys to go to the liquor store. She did not want to press charges, but police arrested Huddleston for public intoxication...
Blytheville police catch Illinois fugitive (07/27/16)
Blytheville police arrested a fugitive from Illinois on Tuesday afternoon. According to Capt. Scott Adams, the BPD CID commander, around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday police apprehended 45 year old Marshall Williams, a parole absconder and fugitive. A warrant was issued for Williams at the end of June and US Marshall Bob Clark provided detectives with information that Williams may be in the Blytheville area...
Osceola teen jailed for aggravated assault (07/27/16)
Five girls were treated for injuries Monday after allegedly being hit by a car driven by an Osceola woman. According to a Jonesboro Police Department report, Liberty Torrez, 18, of Osceola is accused of hitting the victims with her vehicle twice along the 4000 block of Gabrial Court...
31 former OHS students receive community punishment for vandalism (07/27/16)
The Osceola High School students who were involved in the May 8 vandalism of the OHS campus appeared in Osceola District Court Tuesday, according to Osceola Police Chief David Gladden. The following former students, all age 18 or older, were sentenced to 10 days in jail suspended on completion of two days community service, to run concurrent on each charge of criminal mischief second degree and criminal trespass:...
No decision yet on embattled Gosnell Elementary teacher (07/27/16)
The Gosnell School District is still reviewing a Gosnell Elementary School teacher's controversial social media posts on a Black Lives Matter protest. "I'm working on that," Superintendent Bonard Mace said after Monday night's Gosnell School Board meeting. ...
State sales tax holiday set for Aug. 6-7 (07/27/16)
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 6 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, the State of Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax...
QC rejects grant for Osceola courthouse roof (07/26/16)
A $70,000 Arkansas Heritage Preservation grant for roof repairs at the Osceola courthouse was denied Tuesday night in a meeting of the full Mississippi County Quorum Court. Acceptance of the grant had already caused contention in last week's meeting of the finance committee, when County Judge Randy Carney brought it to the committee as a pass-through and many justices protested the fact that no county officials or committees had been involved in the application process...
Judge enjoins courthouse election (07/26/16)
Retired Circuit Judge David Laser sided with the City of Osceola and various other plaintiffs Tuesday afternoon in their injunctions against Mississippi County, and agreed to enjoin the special election which was slated to take place on August 9 county-wide...
Crawford to tour local manufacturing facilities (07/26/16)
This week, Representative Rick Crawford will host a Manufacturing and STEM Education tour across the 1st District of Arkansas. Crawford will join 1st District educators in visiting local manufacturing employers to further connect the education system and local industry...
Tickets on sale for museum fundraiser (07/26/16)
Tickets are on sale for Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi (a new musical) by Douglas M. Parker(book/lyrics) & Denver Casado(music) to be performed at 7 p.m. Aug- 5-6 at the Delta Gateway Museum. Refreshments will be available from 6-7 p.m. followed by the play at 7 p.m...
Russell buying breakfast for police officers (07/26/16)
Local businessman David Russell is buying local police officers breakfast now through July 31 at The Front Porch Cafe on Main Street in Blytheville as a way to show appreciation for their service to the community.
Pereszlay donates security camera system to city (07/26/16)
A Blytheville resident is doing his part to make the city a little safer. William Pereszlay has donated a wireless security camera system to the city of Blytheville for use at Thunder Bayou Golf Links. When Pereszlay read that Blytheville Parks and Recreation director requested an $800 security camera system during a recent Parks and Recreation meeting, he wanted to offer his four-camera Defender system to save the city some cash...
Blytheville School Board talks culture change (07/26/16)
Blytheville school administrators had high praise Monday night for Principal Baruti Kafele, a nationally renowned author and educational speaker who visited the district earlier that day. District Superintendent Richard Atwill told the School Board during their regular meeting that Kafele's ideas matched the district's goals and encouraged the staff and faculty...
Blytheville Police Reports (July 25) (07/26/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a criminal mischief report at Gary's Food Mart in the 200 block of Moultrie. The offender broke a window. -- Police investigated a burglary in the 1000 block of Willow. Missing were a BB gun, television, a "tub" with $200, iPod, shotgun, two riffles, gun safe, $500 worth of silver coins, $3,200 worth of gold and silver ingots and coins, a wedding ring and class ring...
Pedestrian killed on South Division identified (07/25/16)
The Blytheville Police Department has identified the pedestrian who suffered fatal injuries Sunday night on South Division. According to Capt. Scott Adams, 37-year-old Lakeyda Brown of Blytheville perished when was struck at 8:55 p.m. by a south-bound vehicle as she was walking in the roadway near Raben Tire...
Weekend Police Reports (07/25/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a domestic battery report in the 600 block of North Tennessee. -- Officers investigated a domestic assault report in the 800 block of North Second. A woman told police her boyfriend choked her, and she smashed his car windows with a tire tool as she was leaving...
Pedestrian killed on South Division identified (07/24/16)
The Blytheville Police Department has identified the pedestrian who suffered fatal injuries Sunday night on South Division. According to Capt. Scott Adams, 37-year-old Lakeyda Brown of Blytheville perished when was struck at 8:55 p.m. by a south-bound vehicle as she was walking in the roadway near Raben Tire...
UPDATE: Hodges arraigned on murder charge (07/23/16)
A Blytheville woman was arraigned Monday in Osceola District Court after admitting to stabbing 55-year-old Victor Beaugard to death early Saturday morning, according to Capt. Scott Adams. Adams said the offender, 41-year-old Veronica Hodges, called the Blytheville Police Department around 1:10 a.m. claiming that the victim had threatened to burn her house located at 3411 239 Spur...
Know the Law: City of Blytheville Ordinance 867 (07/23/16)
AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE ATTACHING OF SIGNS OR POSTERS ON ANY PUBLIC UTILITY POLE,TREE, SHRUB, OR ANY PLANT LOCATED UPON THE RIGHT OF WAY ON ANY PUBLIC ROAD, HIGHWAYS, OR STREET IN BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS; DECLARING AND EMERGENCY ; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES...
UPDATE: City, BPD sued over officer actions (07/22/16)
Attorney James W. Harris of Blytheville said in a press release that he has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Blytheville, the Blytheville police chief, and a Blytheville police officer for what he says was excessive force against a man in a July 4 incident...
Blytheville Police Reports (July 21) (07/22/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a burglary report in the 1600 block of Jackson. A window air conditioning unit was stolen. -- Police investigated a burglary in the 1200 block of Hearn. A television was reported missing...
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