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Report: Fleeing suspect points gun at officer (08/24/16)
A suspect pointed a gun at officers before fleeing on Tuesday, according to a police report. The reporting officer said he attempted to stop a brown Buick LeSabre that failed to stop at a stop sign, as he was patrolling the area of Hearn at 11th Street...
Blytheville Police Reports (Aug. 23) (08/24/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a theft report in the 200 block of West Moultrie. The offender stole the victim's car keys. -- Officers assisted on a fire investigation at 812 Grandview. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time...
Rodgers accused of fleeing in stolen car (08/24/16)
Michael Jerome Rodgers, Sr., 39, was arraigned in Blytheville District Court on several charges Wednesday, after allegedly driving a stolen 2014 Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed. Rodgers, 39, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), fleeing by vehicle, theft by receiving (a stolen 2014 Ford Mustang), driving on suspended license, possession of an instrument of a crime, tampering with evidence and several traffic offenses...
Murder case continued (08/24/16)
Javander Williams' murder case has been continued to November, according to the Second Judicial District deputy prosecuting attorney's office. Williams was to return to court this week to face charges in the May 18, 2015 death of 17-year-old Dewaun Miller...
BHS honored for its sportsmanship (08/24/16)
Beginning with football, which commences for the Blytheville Chickasaws on Sept. 2, the school is now gearing up in athletics for the 2016-17 school year. Meanwhile, the Arkansas Activities Association has honored the entire Blytheville High School with its Sportsmanship Award for the 2015-16 year...
Hospital financials continue to improve (08/23/16)
Financial matters for the Mississippi County Hospital System have improved fairly drastically in recent years, and have gotten better still since the passing of the hospital tax last October. MCHS C.F.O. Randy Nichols reported to the system's Board of Governors on Monday that the system's main operating account at the end of July held around $2.7 million, enough for just over 66 days cash on-hand. ...
Gov. Hutchinson visits Manila (08/23/16)
Manila High School staff and students welcomed Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday. MHS was on the Governor's computer coding tour of 10 schools across the state. Superintendent Pam Castor and high school principal Mark Manchester welcomed Gov. Hutchinson and his staff as they toured the computer labs, visited with students, and took a lesson in computer coding...
No decision on BHS New Tech coordinator (08/23/16)
On Monday night, the Blytheville School Board met for the first time since school started back, hearing reports from parents on "First Things First" and from head football coach Ben Fisher, who spoke on how the Chickasaws are ready for football to start...
Blytheville Police Reports (Aug. 19-22) (08/23/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. --Police investigated a burglary report in the 200 block of East Missouri. A television was reported missing. -- Police investigated a theft at Hampton Inn in the 300 block of the North Service Road. Missing were two cell phones, $80 and a handgun...
Motorists complain of vehicles parked on the sidewalk (08/22/16)
Blytheville Assistant Police Chief Ricky Jefferson told the Courier News Monday that the BPD, City Council members and other city officials have received numerous complaints from citizens of vehicles parked on the sidewalk, blocking the view of oncoming traffic...
Flaminio arrested in North Carolina (08/22/16)
A man wanted for an aggravated burglary at Capri Apartments is in custody in North Carolina, according to Blytheville Criminal Investigations Division Commander Capt. Scott Adams. Jakob Flaminio, 27, was taken into custody per Blytheville warrants in Rowan County, North Carolina. ...
Sex offender claims his infant daughter was left home alone (08/22/16)
Authorities are investigating a report by a sex offender that his 4-month old daughter was left home alone in the 800 block of North Second. The man said when coming back from visiting his brother in the Mississippi County Jail, he noticed the child's mother walking down Second Street. ...
Police: Gunman fires weapon at victim hiding in closet (08/22/16)
Blytheville police are investigating a shooting early Friday morning in the 900 block of McDaniel Street. The victim told police, at his cousin's home, five males kicked in the front door and pointed guns at those inside the residence. The victim ran to the back bedroom and laid down in the closet, then a male came in the room and accused him of breaking into a house...
Local firm helping Louisiana businesses recover from flood (08/20/16)
A Mississippi County firm is part of the recovery effort in flood-ravaged Louisiana. Wallace Resources, owned by State Rep. Dave Wallace (R-Leachville), has around 250 working to clean up businesses in Baton Rouge. Wallace told the Rotary Club of Blytheville on Thursday that the number will likely reach 400...
Arts Council announces 2016-17 series (08/20/16)
For quality, affordable and fun live entertainment close to home one only needs to visit The Ritz on Main Street in Blytheville during the Arts Council of Mississippi County's 2016-2017 Series. Five fantastic shows are planned, with additional programs and events under consideration...
Report shows ANC grads have high pay (08/20/16)
Members of the Arkansas Northeastern College Board of Trustees gathered for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, where members were given the Economic Security Report by the state of Arkansas which reveals the high success rate of ANC completers in regard to employment and wage earning compared to other educational institutions across the state...
Court considers personnel policy changes (08/19/16)
Some changes could be in store for Mississippi County employee policy, if the full Quorum Court approves a measure recommended Wednesday by the court's personnel committee. County financial manager Brenda Burke told the committee that questions had recently been raised concerning the county's policies surrounding the re-hire of employees who were formerly laid off or had quit their jobs. ...
Council seats will be contested this fall (08/19/16)
The filing period for municipal elections on the November general ballot officially ended Friday at noon, and some shifting will be in the cards for the Blytheville City Council. The Council seats currently held by Kevin Snow, Tommy Abbott, and R.L. Jones are all up for re-election this year...
Blytheville Police Reports (Aug. 16) (08/17/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a domestic assault in the 1100 block of Mayfair. A juvenile was arrested after attacking her mother. The report said KIPP school told the victim to pick up the juvenile offender at school because she refused to change her pants that were inappropriate. ...
Gosnell takes disciplinary action against teacher (08/17/16)
Gosnell Schools superintendent Bonard Mace has stated that there was disciplinary action taken towards Wesley Thomas of Gosnell Elementary. The school board reviewed Thomas's Facebook posts from mid July for her comments towards Black Lives Matter protesters in Memphis...
UPDATE: Gary's robbery suspect surrenders (08/16/16)
A man suspected of robbing Gary's Food Mart on Aug. 5 is in custody. According to Capt. Scott Adams, the Blytheville Police Department CID commander, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Raymond Johnson, 19, surrendered himself to detectives. He will be arraigned on Thursday.
Marriage, Divorce, and Civil Decrees (08/16/16)
Civil Americredit Financial Service,INC. d.b.a GM Financial vs. Johnathan McGowan.... $267.66 Elizabeth Robinson vs. Jalen Blair... $5,000 Midland funding, LLC vs. David Bloom... $588.15 Greenpoint AG,LLC vs. Barrett Farms Partnership, A General Partnership, and Gann and Janiece Barrett... $76,135.48...
Council continues to talk tax; takes no action (08/16/16)
No official action was taken at Tuesday night's Blytheville City Council meeting regarding the possibility of a new city sales tax to support police and fire funds, though the matter was discussed and further plans made. Mayor James Sanders told the council that it is already too late to fulfill all legal requirements for getting an issue on the November general election ballot, so a special election would be necessary should the council decide to move in that direction. ...
Gosnell council talks police retirement (08/16/16)
Last Tuesday night, the Gosnell City Council met with Gosnell Police officers to discuss the idea of adopting LOPFI( Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System). According to Gosnell Mayor Don Marshal, they were only getting more information on LOPFI at the meeting and the council's decision will come in the upcoming meetings...
Court will reconsider Osceola grant (08/16/16)
The Mississippi County Quorum Court will get a second chance this month to approve historical preservation grant funding for roof repairs at the Osceola Courthouse. During the court's regular finance committee meeting Monday afternoon, County Judge Randy Carney re-introduced the proposed grant to the committee, this time through the proper channels. If accepted, it will provide $70,000 for gutter repairs without any additional historical liens on the property...
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