Category: Independence County

Batesville woman convicted in major meth case

LITTLE ROCK—Patrick C. Harris, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Matthew Barden, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Little Rock District Office, announced today that a federal jury found Elsa Solis, 38, of Batesville, guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and misprision in a case that involved smuggling 2.5 kilos of methamphetamine and $19,000 cash inside two car seats.

United States District Judge Kristine G. Baker presided over the three-day trial, which concluded Wednesday with the jury verdict finding Solis guilty on all counts. Solis will be sentenced by Judge Baker at a later date. Continue reading “Batesville woman convicted in major meth case”

16 arrested in Independence County operation

BATESVILLE, Ark. – A county-wide operation with multiple agencies involved resulted in 16 arrests this week.

The release from Independence County Sheriff’s Department said the multi-agency countywide operation was organized on Thursday, June 8. Members of the sheriff’s office, Batesville Police Department, Arkansas 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and Arkansas Probation and Parole served multiple felony warrants in the county and city. Continue reading “16 arrested in Independence County operation”

13-year-old found safe late Saturday

NEWARK, Ark. – At 9 p.m. Saturday night, the Batesville Chief of Police notified NEA Report that Paris Holt had been found safe. The missing girl had apparently ran away from home, as the chief of police had suspected.

“While this situation ended safely, we appreciate the public’s help in getting the word out,” Cockrill said about 9 p.m. to NEA Report.


The young Newark girl went missing Friday morning, reportedly at 5 a.m., the Batesville PD Facebook post said. Chief of Police Alan Cockrill said the girl had at least one bag with her when she was last seen, giving police the indication of it being a possible planned runaway.

The family reached out to NEA Report with great angst about the situation. They feared something could have happened to Holt, even if she began the situation voluntarily.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Holt was still missing.  Continue reading “13-year-old found safe late Saturday”