Police: Man arrested after robbing Mailboxes and Beyond
According to the Blytheville Police Department CID Captain Scott Adams, Mailboxes and Beyond, located at 103 West Main Street, was robbed around 6 p.m. Thursday evening. When police arrived, they met with store employees who advised that a black male entered the store wanting to cash a check. When employees opened the cash drawer the suspect indicated that he had a gun, threatened to kill everyone in the store and demanded all the money...
Former Parks and Rec Employee was an unregistered sex offender
Bobby Laderrel Freeman, 32, was arrested as part of "Operation MISSCO n May" on May 2 for failure to register as a sex offender (social media) and for parole violation. He is currently being held at the Mississippi County Jail. Prior to his arrest he was a Parks and Recreation employee with the City of Blytheville and held that position since March 23, 2016. Additionally, it was revealed that he was hired without submitting an employment application or background check being performed...
Moultrie sewer work to start Friday, be finished Monday
The Blytheville City Council met in special session Wednesday evening and accepted the "cost estimate" from Jowers General Contracting to repair the damaged sewer main, located in the 500 block of Moultrie. The estimate was for $39,750 and was unanimously passed by all councilmen present. Councilman John Musgraves was unable to attend...
Woman stabbed in chest on Stuart
Blytheville police are investigating a stabbing on Stuart Street Wednesday. The victim, Veniesha Debose, was flown to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, from Great River Medical Center. "Debose had a single stab wound in her left upper chest," the report said...
UPDATE: Police release details of fatal accident
According to the Mississippi County Sherriff's Department, a three-vehicle accident involving a car, a Blytheville school bus and an 18-wheeler claimed the life of a woman Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 61 just south of the road to Burdette. Reportedly, no children were on the bus at the time and the bus only suffered minor damage...
Authorities arrest several sex offenders in sweep
Local authorities arrested several sex offenders in "Operation MISSCO n May" this week. According to Capt. Scott Adams, the Blytheville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Commander, on Monday, the BPD was involved in a multi- jurisdiction operation including agencies within Mississippi County, Probation and Parole, DCC SRT unit and the US Marshals Service...
Blytheville Police Reports (May 3)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police arrested a couple on domestic battery charges, following an incident at Mark's Exxon on South Division. The report said Steven Walton and Tiffany Williams had been removed from the Greyhound Bus for arguing and cursing. ...
Highway 18 project could be finished in July
The long-awaited end of road construction along State Highway 18 through Blytheville is approaching completion and with it comes the opening of two main thoroughfares with two-way traffic for the first time in years. Those two roads are Walnut Street and Ash Street. This week, officials announced that 3rd Street, along the railroad crossing, and Ash between 3rd Street and 2nd Street, are already opened up to two-way traffic...
Blytheville Police Reports (May 2)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 1200 block of East Rose. The victim's rear window was damaged. -- Officers investigated an aggravated assault report in the 2100 block of Carolyn. The victim said two juveniles, believed to be the ones who burglarized her home, drove by as she was standing in her front yard. One of the juveniles reportedly pointed a handgun at her as they drove by...
Councilman Abbott victim of burglary
Blytheville City Councilman Tommy Abbott became a victim of burglary Monday at his Biltmore Street home. According to the police report, thieves took and I-Pad, three televisions and six guns from the home. "There are a lot of folks that have it worse," Abbott told the Courier News on Tuesday. "Thanks to God no one was hurt and only things were taken. I do hate that things like this happen so often in our community."...
MCSD makes two meth arrests
Monday morning, Judge Donald Betterton set a $50,00 bond in Osceola District court on both 19-year-old Michael L. Sparks of Joiner and 40-year-old Michael Shane Mullins of Jonesboro for drug related charges. Sparks was charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamines and felony fleeing while Mullins was charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamines...
Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept. Intake, April 25-May 1
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake Report -- April 25 through May 1...
Report: KIPP student sets fire; school evacuated
Police arrested a KIPP Blytheville student Monday, after he allegedly started a fire in the bathroom that led to a temporary evacuation of the school. According to the police report, the fire was in a bathroom trash can and also the ceiling area around 10 a.m. Monday...
Crawford's mobile office to visit Gosnell
U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford's Congressional Mobile Office will be in Gosnell on Wednesday, May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Gosnell City Hall. Staff from Crawford's office will be available to meet with constituents and offer assistance with any problems regarding federal issues or agencies, such as Medicare, Veteran Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or Internal Revenue Service...
Drivers ticketed near Moultrie closure
Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompsons said that officers of the Blytheville Police Department (BPD) have been writing tickets as a result of the partial road closure on West Moultrie as a result of a sewer cave-in. Thompson wants the public to know that traffic from 6th Street eastward to the railroad tracks is open for westbound traffic only. ...
Beaty resigns as hospital C.E.O.
The Mississippi County Hospital System Board of Governors recently accepted the resignation of CEO Ralph Beaty and accepted the nomination of Chris Raymer as the new CEO, effective July 1, 2016. Prior to the promotion, Raymer has been serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer for the system...
East side of 3rd to become two-way street
According to a recent message from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, the east side of Blytheville's 3rd Street (east of the railroad tracks at Ash Street) is now open to two way traffic. Some parking on the formerly one-way street might be affected...
Weekend Police Reports
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 1100 block of Logan. The offender cut off the victim's gas cap. -- Officers investigated a battery report at KIPP School on Byrum Road. The victim told police that offender accused her of "saying blacks were the worst race" and "jumped on" her, causing a mark on her left eye, the report said...
Police investigate two robberies within minutes of each other
Blytheville police are investigating two robberies within minutes of each other Saturday night -- at Jordan's Quick Stop on Division and the Shell Station on the North Service Road.
PROGRESS 2016: Hodges uses painful experiences to mentor women
Editor's Note: This article is part of the CN's Progress 2016. Rhonda Hodges has endured some of the most painful situations in life. Molestation. Domestic violence. Infertility. Poverty. Today, she speaks courageously about those events, both in public settings and one-on-one conversations, with the hope of helping young women through their difficult seasons...
Tow driver avoids injury in truck fire
A tow truck driver escaped injury when his rig went up in flames around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near the north Blytheville exit on Interstate 55. According to State Trooper Brandon Bennett, while driving down the interstate, the man noticed a spark coming from the dash and pulled over to check it out. "As soon as he got out of the truck, it went up in flames," Bennett said. A malfunctioning turbo backfiring reportedly caused the blaze. The rig is owned by Dave's Auto Repair and Towing of Sikeston, Mo...
PROGRESS 2016: Blytheville known for its generosity
Editor's Note: This article is part of the CN's Progress 2016. The Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Awards have been given out yearly since 1982 and each year no more than 12 cities from all across the state are recognized. Since that time, the City of Blytheville has developed a reputation of winning. Blytheville received the award for the first time in 1997 as well as in 2012, 2013 and 2014...
PROGRESS 2016: Humane Society is advocate for local animals
Editor's Note: This article is part of the CN's Progress 2016. Francis of Assisi once said "Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." For many years the Blytheville Humane Society operated by doing what was necessary. Rescuing dogs and cats, some of the rescues found homes others were euthanized...
PROGRESS 2016: Food Pantry meeting needs of the hungry
Editor's Note: This article is part of the CN's Progress 2016. In early 1992, the Rev. Stephen C. Brizzi and a group of area ministers acquired the use of a church fellowship hall and some warehouse storage space, took to the streets to raise an operating budget of $765, and founded the Blytheville-Gosnell Area Food Pantry...
PROGRESS 2016: Group helps those distressed by unplanned pregnancy
Editor's Note: This article is part of the CN's Progress 2016. Stacy Harris and Acts of Hope are offering just that...hope. They are able to show a young mother an ultrasound of her child and to help her find safe alternatives for her and the baby, so that they can both remain alive and do better for themselves...