Blytheville board awaits academic distress vote
Monday night Blytheville school board met to discuss some ongoing issues in the district. Among these issues was the state vote to pause the Academic Distress label for any schools that could potentially be in academic distress. The vote was to be held that very same evening by Governor Hutchison in Little Rock. ...
Blytheville Police Reports (May 24-25)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a theft report at Red Barn Gardens on South Division. Four plants, valued at $400 total, were reported missing. -- Police took a harassment report in the 1300 block of Normandy...
Police investigate two robberies on Wednesday
Blytheville police are investigating two robberies on Wednesday night. One victim said he heard a knock on his door as he was about to get into the shower at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 2200 block of West McHaney. When he answered it, three female offenders "came rushing in with guns and said 'what you got," the police report said...
Officers arrest two juveniles, recover two semiautomatic handguns
Two juveniles were arrested Wednesday night, and police confiscated two semiautomatic handguns following a chase. According to Capt. Scott Adams, around 8 p.m. Wednesday Blytheville officers investigated a report of juveniles harassing another juvenile at Capri Apartments...
Police make arrest in April 4 robberies
A suspect in two robberies on April 4 is now in custody. Officers arrested Rodney Willis, Jr., 20, in connection with the Jordan's Quick Stop and Pizza Hut robberies, according to Capt. Scott Adams, the Blytheville Criminal Investigations Division commander...
Blytheville softball coach suspended for 'excessive foul language with students'
During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Blytheville School Board suspended softball coach Chanel Moton three days without pay. Superintendent Richard Atwill said the suspension stems from an incident on April 26, when she used "excessive foul language with students."...
Storm uproots large tree on South Ruddle
Strong winds uprooted a massive tree on South Ruddle Tuesday night. Homeowner Richard Bell said no one was injured when the 50-year-old plus tree fell. Some of the branches did appear to damage part of the house, however. On Wednesday morning, the tree was lying in both Bell's yard and his neighbor's...
Part of Franklin to be closed temporarily
A portion of Franklin Street, between Main Street and Highway 18, will be closed Wednesday for three to five days, according to Blytheville Mayor James Sanders' office.
The closure is part of the Highway 18 expansion.
Rep. Hodges invited to Roundtable
State Rep. Monte Hodges (D-Blytheville) has accepted an invitation for the Roundtable of the South to be held in Washington, D.C. from June 21-23. The invitation-only event will consist of 25 leading elected officials of color, including state legislative floor leaders, county commission chairs, county executives, tribal leaders, city council presidents, and mayors from the South. ...
Quorum Court approves officer hirings
Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook is now authorized to hire six new employees, following Tuesday night's meeting of the Mississippi County Quorum Court. The court unanimously passed an ordinance allowing for appropriation of approximately $170,000 to fund the hire of two new jailers, two patrol deputies, and two courthouse security deputies...
Dancing for the Cure raises $20,000 for cancer research
Dancing for the Cure was held April 16 at the Holiday Inn Ballroom. It was a huge success, raising over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was the second year for "Dancing for the Cure" and it really caught on well this year. We had some really good participation with sponsorships from local businesses and were able to purchase a real red carpet!...
Soccer field work underway
Blytheville Mayor James Sanders told the CN Tuesday morning that work is currently underway at the soccer fields to restore them in time for this year's season. "They're working on it now," he said. "The problem that happened is that in the process of moving dirt to that field, the equipment broke down. We went looking for a part and there wasn't one here in town. We finally found that part and now we're in the process of getting the truck fixed."...
Blytheville Police Reports (May 23)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a criminal trespass report in the 1000 block of South Lake. -- Officers investigated a rape report in the 100 block of West Hardin. -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 1000 block of Holly. The offender kicked the victim's vehicle, causing an estimated $2,020 in damages to the car...
New summer feeding program to start next week
Word of Truth Global Ministries is sponsoring a summer feeding program for kids beginning next Wednesday. The Summer Food program is funded by USDA and will run from June 1st through August 12th. Nutritious meals are provided to children ages 18 and under at no charge. ...
UPDATE: All three sex offenders arrested
All three sex offenders sought by the Blytheville Police Department have been arrested, according to Capt. Scott Adams.
Weekend Police Reports
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a harassment report in the 1100 block of South Ruddle. -- Officers arrested Larry Drake, 30, on domestic battery charges following an incident in the 500 block of Parkway...
Gosnell School Board talks summer improvements
Gosnell's school board met Thursday night and approved several bids for repairs to its campus over the summer break. Tile and carpet renovations will be ongoing in the Junior High and Elementary buildings. Renovations to four classrooms were bid out to Kenny's Carpets for a total of approximately $9,000, and two jobs to Crawford's for approximately $8,000...
Teen injured in Thursday night fire
A Blytheville teenager was injured when his home caught fire around 9:19 p.m. Thursday. The 17-year-old boy suffered burns to his legs, as he escaped the burning 313 North 8th residence, according to the Blytheville Fire Department report. He was transported to Great River Medical Center, where he was treated and released...
ANC student robbed by knife-wielding suspects
Thieves held a knife to an Arkansas Northeastern College student's throat and took her purse on Wednesday afternoon. According to the police report, at around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Taylor Faulkner told police that after she left campus to get something to eat, a silver Pontiac pulled up beside her asking if she needed a ride...
Attempted robbery foiled at Family Dollar
Family Dollar on East Main avoided an armed robbery on Thursday night. At around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, two armed black males -- wearing masks and gloves -- attempted to enter the store, but the door was locked, according to the police report. An employee told police that she was checking out a customer when she noticed the offenders trying to enter, and one of them had a handgun on his side...
Blytheville Police Reports (May 19)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a theft report in the 2100 block of North Circle. The victim reported $3,000 worth of Vanilla One cards missing. -- Officers took a theft report in the 12000 block of North Sixth. The offender took the car battery and a radio from the vehicle...
Officer Zwerlein: Each call is different
This article is part of a series featuring Blytheville police officers in celebration of National Police Week. Growing up in the St. Louis area, Officer Michael Zwerlein had an interest in law enforcement at an early age. When leaving the telecommunications business and relocating to Blytheville, Zwerlein got that opportunity...
Teens plead guilty to lesser charges in homicide
Two local teenagers plead guilty to reduced charges stemming from the June 22, 2015 shooting death of Kennon Daniels, who was killed in the 700 block of East McHaney. Randen Caruthers, 18, and Desmond Patton, 18, both plead guilty to aggravated robbery, and they were sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and 10 years suspended imposition of sentence...
Blytheville Police Reports (May 18)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a theft report in the 1200 block of Holly. The victim said his stepson stole his paint. -- Officers investigated a report of a Blytheville High School ALE student who had three bags of marijuana in his sock...
Man accused of swinging axe at juvenile relatives
A local man is accused of swinging an axe at his two juvenile relatives around 3:20 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Rosamond. Police arrested Herbert Brown, 35, on charges of aggravated assault on a family member (two counts) and drunk, insane and disorderly conduct...