Month: October 2016

Paint the Town Blue Planned for WBC Homecoming

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Williams Baptist College will celebrate its 75th Anniversary Homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 5, and the community is planning a Paint the Town Blue day in honor of the occasion.  The City of Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up on the effort, encouraging businesses to show their support for the college.

Businesses are encouraged to display banners, paint windows and put messages on their signs in honor of WBC’s Homecoming and its 75th Anniversary. Continue reading “Paint the Town Blue Planned for WBC Homecoming”

Woman busted for doing crack at Scottish Inn

JONESBORO, Ark. – A suspect made a bad situation worse by trying to flush dope and then admitting to the misdeed, a Jonesboro police report says.

It happened after 6 p.m. Friday, during a probation search of Melody Ann Johnson, 47, of Jonesboro. Authorities headed to room 142 of the Scottish Inn and opened the door, which held itself closed with a chain. Officers could see Johnson and reported she was holding a pipe by the bed. Continue reading “Woman busted for doing crack at Scottish Inn”

Fund to replace slain child’s headstone reaches goal

JONESBORO, Ark. – An effort to raise funds to replace the vandalized headstone of a Westside Middle School shooting victim has reached its goal.

The headstone marking the grave of Stephanie Johnson at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery was discovered knocked over and broken Oct. 20. Stephanie Johnson was 12 years old when she and four others were slain in 1998 by two classmates. Continue reading “Fund to replace slain child’s headstone reaches goal”

“John Wayne” arrested with crack

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man who shares a name with “The Duke” was arrested for a habit you would be unlikely to find his famous counterpart partaking in.

John Wayne Barber, 47, of Jonesboro, found himself on the wrong side of the law Friday during a spot check on him, being paroled. It happened at the Cedar Heights Apartments.

Inside of Barber’s apartment, two metal crack pipes wrapped in paper towels, a small plate with a suspect crack rock on it, a razor blade with white residue and a paper sack with metal filters and metal rods were discovered.

Barber was charged with two felonies, possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Suspected drug dealer puts up a fight before arrest

JONESBORO, Ark. – It took a fight to bring down what police believe was a suspected drug dealer following a traffic stop Saturday.

It began just before 5 p.m. Saturday at the 500-block of Marshall Street, when Officer Michael Talley began a traffic stop of a silver Ford Escape with a driver not wearing a seatbelt.

“The passenger struggled with getting his name and date of birth out from the beginning, which made me suspicious,” Talley wrote in the report.

He also smelled marijuana, he said. With an ID that did not “remotely resemble” the suspect, Chavis F. Goodwin, 27, of Blytheville, the officer ordered him to put his hands behind his back.  Continue reading “Suspected drug dealer puts up a fight before arrest”