Friday, June 23, 2017

Law Enforcement Agencies Investigate Illegal Gaming

On Friday, June 23, 2017 around 8:30am, Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division, along with Alcohol Beverage Control Agents, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the Warren Police Department executed a search warrant focused on an investigation into the use of illegal gaming equipment at the Valero Station at 200 S. Martin Street in Warren<x-apple-data-detectors://1>. The investigation was opened approximately two months ago at the request of the 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen, and today several gaming machines were found, and removed from the store.

Once the investigation is complete, the file will be submitted to Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen for review.  No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is continuing.

Intermodal Board Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority Board was conducted June 21st in the conference room of the Bradley County Economic Development Commission.  The financial report was presented by Bob Milton.  Cash balances, unpaid invoices and grant funds received were listed on the report.  According to the statement, the following remains listed as owed by the four governing entities that created the authority:
Bradley County-$162,881.31
Drew County-$49,019.94

The note payable to Commercial Bank is $249,147.19.

Several matters that have been pending over the past months were discussed.  These included access road to the water tank and onSite certification for wetland delineation and gaining approval of the railroad crossing.

Dorothy Henderson Receives Jack R. Rhodes, Sr. Distinguished Service Award

Alderman Dorothy Henderson of the City Of Warren received the Jack R. Rhodes, Sr., Distinguished Service Award at the Arkansas Municipal League Convention  on June 16, 2017. This award was presented  in recognition for Alderman Henderson’s Service to the City of Warren and and to the Arkansas Municipal League. Jack R. Rhodes, Sr., was a former Mayor of Lake Village. Mayor  Rhodes served  20 years on the League Executive Committee, and in 1990 he was made a lifetime honorary member of the Arkansas Municipal League.

(Pictured to the Left is Alderman Dorothy Henderson and Mayor JoAnn Bush, Mayor for the City of Lake Village)

Hospitalist Program to Move Ahead

The Bradley County Medical Center Board meet for the regular monthly meeting June 22nd.  CFO Brandon Gorman submitted full financial reports and provided information on the Home Health program and the sales tax fund.  He informed the board that the hospital experienced a net gain of $62,871.00 for May, 2017, based on total revenue, including sales tax money, but had an operating loss of $191,593.00 for the month.  Overall the hospital remains in solid financial condition.

The board approved the following medical recommendations:
Rodney Dixon, M.D., ESS/Emergency Medicine-reappointed
William Lynn, D.O., ESS/Emergency Medicine-reappointed
Ronald Owens, M.D., RAPA-reappointed
Rafael Pita, M.D., ESS/Emergency Medicine-reappointed
Abrar Khan, M.D., ESS/Emergency Medicine-Initial appointment to September 2018
Imtiaz Ahmed, M.D., ESS/Emergency Medicine-reappointed
Kyle Knott, M.D., ESS/Emergency Medicine-reappointed
Payal Patel, M.D., ESS/Emergency Medicine-Initial appointment to August 2018
Michael Kendrick, M.D., RAPA-reappointed
Shirley DesLauriers, M.D., OB-Moved to inactive status
Brandon Allen, M.D., Pathology-Iniltial appointment to June 2018

Thursday, June 22, 2017

UAM Crossett Campus To Hold Commencement June 29

MONTICELLO, AR — The UAM College of Technology-Crossett (UAM-CTC) will hold commencement exercises for the class of 2017 at the Crossett city auditorium at 7 p.m. June 29. Cedric Coleman, a 2004 industrial technology graduate, will be recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus.

Graduates will be from the following programs:  administrative office technology, early childhood education, electromechanical technology, electromechanical technology-instrumentation, health information technology, hospitality services, practical nursing, welding technology, the associate of applied science degree in general technology, the associate of applied science degree in industrial technology, and the GED in adult education.

For more information, contact Susan Smith at (870) 460-2020.

UAM McGehee Campus To Hold Commencement June 30

 MONTICELLO, AR — The UAM College of Technology-McGehee (UAM-CTM) will hold commencement exercises for the class of 2017 at the UAM Fine Arts Center at 2 p.m. June 30.

Graduates will be from the following programs: associate of applied science degree in general technology, administrative office technology, diesel technology, early childhood education, health information technology, heavy equipment operator trainer academy, hospitality services, welding technology, and the GED in adult education.

For more information, contact Sharon Cantrell at (870) 460-2106.

Correction: Two Individuals Injured In Wednesday Accident has learned that two individuals were involved in the red Chevrolet Avalanche accident which occurred yesterday, June 21, 2017 on the Carmel Cutoff Road, also known as Bradley 38 just south of Warren, instead of what we originally reported upon visual sight of the wreck as the single person.

From the information we have received, the individuals have been named as Melanie Hamlet Camp and her daughter Jordan Peek.

Burgess Sales & Service Celebrates 70 Years of Business

Sandra Williams, Mike Williams, Verna Whitfield
Burgess Sales & Service, located at 945 North Martin Street in Warren held a celebration of 70 years of business during activities conducted June 21, 2017.  The business began in 1947 under the ownership and management of Burgess and Ophelia Williams.  Their son Robert was affiliated with the concern and their grandson Mike is still running the business.  Mike Williams is celebrating 44 years with the company.

The current staff of Burgess Sales & Service is Mike Williams, Sandra Williams and Verna Whitfield.  The business has been associated with Massey Ferguson for many years.

To celebrate the 70th year of business in the Warren community, Mike Thornton cooked hot dogs and chips and other fixin's were available.  There was a big cake spelling out the years of service.

Mike, Sandra and Verna invite everyone to stop by for your tractor and other mechanical repair needs.  They look forward to continuing to service the people of South Arkansas for many more years to come.

Shannon Woods and Timothy Kessler to Produce Woods Autobiography

Shannon Woods and Timothy Kessler are announcing a joint collaboration to produce Woods' autobiography as a hardbound book.

Woods, now 37, was 17 years old when she became a rape victim on July 11, 1997. Robert Todd Burmingham was later convicted of rape and kidnapping and was sentenced to two concurrent 40-year terms in Arkansas Department of Correction. Woods has testified against his release and he continues to serve his sentence in Arkansas Department of Correction's Cummins Unit.

Burmingham was also convicted of a home-invasion rape of a Wynne woman and sentenced to a life term. Those two cases were combined with several other incidents over a two-year period that became known as the "Blue Light Rapist."

Woods has since obtained two college degrees in respiratory therapy and psychology. She has two children.

Earlier this year, she successfully lobbied to pass "Shannon's Law," which amended current state law to make it illegal to possess or purchase a blue light or blue lens cap to be used for unlawful purposes.

Part of the book proceeds will go toward Woods current passion, a partnership with Safe Haven in Lonoke County, which is a domestic violence nonprofit that is opening a rape crisis center in Lonoke County.

Woods learned about Kessler's new novella, "A Long Road To Nowhere," that was published June 2 by BHCpress, based in Livonia, Mich. In the fictional suspense thriller, the Blue Light Rapist is a central character, with stories intertwined with several murders. The book is available in softcover and ebook at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Books-A-Million, iTunes and other national retailers.

Kessler has served as the editor of The Eagle Democrat in Warren for the past six years. He based the novella on his 38 years of court reporting in Arkansas, Nebraska, Kentucky and South Carolina. He is an award-winning journalist who has served as an editor, copy editor and photographer on various weekly and daily newspapers.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

One Carried Away By Ambulance After Vehicle Accident South Of Warren

Around mid-afternoon on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Bradley County emergency personnel were called to the scene of a one vehicle accident on Bradley 38 just south of Warren around a mile west of the Warren Shooting Sports Complex.

While details at the moment are incomplete, the vehicle appeared to be a red Chevrolet Avalanche.  The cause of the wreck is unknown at this time, but the truck came to a stop facing west about ten to fifteen yards to the south of the road in high grass of a nearby field.

Emergency personnel, including sheriff's officers and volunteer firemen, were on the scene quickly.  An ambulance arrived on the scene and carried at least one person from the accident on a stretcher.  Their condition is unknown.

We will post an update when more details are available.

YMCA Football and Cheerleading Registration Information

Braden and Hayden Anderson Reach Reading Milestone

Braden Anderson and Hayden Anderson have both reached 100 books in the Warren Branch Library's 1000 Book Before Kindergarten Program.

Congratulations to Braden and Hayden!
Braden Anderson

Hayden Anderson

Hermitage City Council Meeting

The Hermitage City Council met for its regular monthly meeting June 19th. Present were Mayor Alma Harrod, and Council members Carol Bell and Tonya Kendrix. Also attending were Police Chief Ben Poole and Police Sgt. George Smith.

A report was presented by Chief Poole indicating 13 citations were issued in May. The council was informed that water samples were approved and a gasket was replaced on the motor of well #2. The members were furthermore informed that sewer samples passed and duckweed is being harvested at the sewer pond.

The financial statements for May were approved. The city council then approved a resolution authorizing a project application for the Outdoors Recreation Grant Program to make improvements to the city park.

Nature Photographer Speaks To Rotary

Rotarian and State Representative Jeff Wardlaw invited nature photographer Melanie Gloster to share some of her recent work with birds in the Raptor family, namely the bald eagle.

Pictured (l-r) Jeff Wardlaw and Melanie Gloster

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bradley County Quorum Court Hold June Monthly Meeting

The Bradley County Quorum Court held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017. The court approved a card reader for the treasurer and sheriff's offices. This will allow the use of debit and credit cards to pay solid waste fees and fines. Midge McGinnis was approved to represent the school districts of the county on the Bradley County Equalization Board. She replaces Jason Green who's term expired. In other business, the quorum court authorized applying for a credit card for the county. The card will be controlled by the County Judge's office. They also ok'd financing for a new trackhoe for the solid waste department. The county will borrow $85,000 from Union Bank and Trust Company at an interest rate of 3.09%. Then the court approved a contract for computer services to be provided by Larry Hart.

Sports: Five Lumberjacks Named To All-Star Roster

Quickbooks Seminar Cancelled

QuickBooks Beyond the Basics and QuickBooks Payroll scheduled for Thursday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at UAM hosted by UAM ASBTDC are canceled.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Warren Police Make Arrest In Rape Case

According to the Warren Police Department, at 6:12 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2017, the WPD received a phone call about an alleged sexual assault which was said to have taken place at a Warren residence during the early morning hours of June 17, 2017.  CID Sgt. Tim Nichols and CID Sgt. Robbie Ashcraft were contacted by the on duty Officer at the time of the initial call.  They conducted interviews with both the victim and the suspect.  Based upon the statements given and the evidence received, Carl J. Smith was arrested for the charge of Rape.

According to the Warren PD, the evidence will be submitted to the Arkansas State Crime lab for testing and the case will be presented to the 10th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office for Formal Charges.

Chamber Board Meets/No Quorum

Members of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Board meet June 19th at Molly's Diner, but due to a lack of quorum, no business could be conducted.  A number of reports were given by Chairman of the Board Patricia Wilkerson and Chamber President Joel Tolefree.

Mr. Tolefree gave a followup report on the recently completed Pink Tomato Festival.  According to the Festival's Treasure Leslie Adams, it appears the finances ended in good shape.  She indicated a final report will be submitted once all accounts are consolidated and she is certain all bills are paid.  At this time it is uncertain if the Festival broke even or made a small profit.  During the meeting Chairman Wilkerson informed the board that the Tomato Festival Committee has recently contributed $3000.00 to the Chamber of Commerce to repay funds that the Chamber spent in the past to support the Tomato Festival during times the Festival had insufficient funds.  She indicated the Chamber has been and remains in a tight financial condition and that dues and memberships will be reviewed in the near future.

A report was given that informed the board that the Railroad Depot grant has been finalized and two new grant applications are pending.  There was discussions relating to the upcoming county fair, Christmas Festival, the appointment of new board members and the future of the Santa Train.

The next Chamber Board meeting is set for July 17, 2017 at El Ranchito restaurant, located on East Cedar Street.

Moro Bay State Park Holds 2017 Perch Jerk Classic

On Saturday, June 17th, Moro Bay State Park hosted the 25th Annual Perch Jerk Classic Bream and Crappie Tournament.  This year we had 67 teams which was 5 more teams than last year.  The teams are always an interesting mix of folks. They range from young people, to older couples, to best buddies, and next door neighbors.  The river level was perfect for fishing and many good fish were caught this year.  Local merchants and individuals from El Dorado, Warren, and the surrounding area donated $4,513 worth of door prizes.  The park gave away a $400 trolling motor as a grand prize.

Moro Bay State Park is exceptionally grateful for all those who donated and all those who participated in the event.  Your support helps us accomplish our mission which is (in part) protecting the natural resources at Moro Bay and providing people with opportunities to experience the outdoors.  We are also thankful for the Amendment 75, 1/8th cent conservation tax which helps us make events like the Perch Jerk possible.

  The Winners of the tournament and Prize Money are listed below.  For the Crappie Division the anglers are allowed to weigh in 10 crappie and for the bream division anglers are allowed to weigh in 20 bream.   We also award a trophy and prize money to the person who catches the biggest bream and the person who catches the biggest crappie.  Terri Poole caught the largest bream which weighed 10 oz.  Interestingly enough her husband Peter also called a 10 oz bream but he decided to let his wife take the trophy without a coin toss.

Bream Winners
Bream Division

1st Place Total Weight Bream – Mark and Linda Burton (7 lb. 12oz.) $100
2nd Place Total Weight Bream – Scotty Hudson and Seth Burns (7 lb. 9 0z) $70
3rd Place Total Weight Bream – Mike Langley and Raymond Leonard (7 lb. 8oz) $50
Largest Bream – Terri Poole (10 oz.) $20

Crappie Winners
Crappie Division
1st Place Total Weight Crappie – Chad and Amanda Miller (4 lb.   13 oz.) $100
2nd Place Total Weight Crappie – Odie “A.K.A. Snap” Strong (4lb.  12 oz.) $70
3rd Place Total Weight Crappie – Marty and Alex Wardlaw (4 lb. 12 oz.) $50
Largest Crappie – Lakin Walthall (1 lb. 5 oz.) $20

Notice of Health Coalition Meeting

The Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition Meeting is set for June 20 at noon at the Brunson Medical Complex Conference Room located on North Bragg Street in Warren.

6-18-17 Warren Arrest Report

Robby Riedel-153 Bradley 280 Rd., Warren, AR-DOB 8-24-88-Warrant on 6-11-17

Donovan Clary-114 Old Monticello Rd., Warren, AR-DOB 11-19-93-Aggravated Assault on 6-13-17

Caleb White-1409 Bellaire Dr., Warren, AR-DOB 4-13-89-Possession Controlled Substance on 6-13-17

James Mathis Raper, Jr.-37 Rea Circle, Warren, AR-DOB 12-4-67-Driving on Suspended DL, Expired Tags, Defective Equipment, No Seat Belt, No Insurance on 6-13-17

Frederick Newton-906 Pierson St. Warren, AR-DOB 5-3-93-Warrant Felony Possession Firearm on 6-15-17

Jeremy Taylor Towery-1240 Mt. Lebanon, New Edinburg, AR-DOB 7-7-97-Possession of Controlled Substance, Defective Equipment, No Seat Belt on 6-16-17

Jeffrey Mack Mann-113 Cloquet, Warren, AR-DOB 5-1-70-Suspended Driver's License, No Seat Belt, No Insurance on 6-17-17

Jose Mondragon-Bradley 7 N, Warren, AR-DOB 8-31-87-Violation of Order of Protection on 6-18-17

Marvin Tyrone Oliver-112 Bradley 195, Banks, AR-DOB 9-26-70-Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication on 6-18-17

Carl Smith-505 1/2 N. Myrtle, Warren, AR-DOB 10-2-82-Rape on 6-18-17

Jennifer Gilliland-1805 Bradley Rd. 8N, Banks, AR-DOB 10-9-76-Warrant on 6-18-17

Davdrin Goffin-631 N. Madison St., Ashdown, AR-DOB 8-21-83-Driving on Suspended License on 6-18-17

Friday, June 16, 2017

John Gavin Speaks to Warren Lions Club

John Gavin, County Extension Agent for Bradley County spoke this past Wednesday to the Warren Lions Club about this year's tomato crop.

He was invited by Lion Tommy Burrow.  They are both pictured with Lion Randy Rawls.

Warren Lumberjack Battalion Cadets Participate in JROTC Camp

Article by
Captain (Ret) Len Blaylock III

From June 4th-9th, Cadets Ny’Leah Trotter and Teddy Gregory participated in the annual JROTC JCLC which is held at Camp Robinson in NLR, Arkansas.  The camp consists of a small percent of cadets from all participating JROTC schools in Arkansas and 19 schools from the Shelby County School District which encompasses most of Memphis, TN.  Camp began with over 460 cadets and 75 JROTC instructors.  While several cadets did not meet the requirements and rigors of the camp, most remained and excelled. Cadets were intentionally dispersed into platoons with cadets from different schools for a few reasons. Teddy and Ny’Leah were placed in the 1st and 4th platoons respectively out of eight and rarely saw each other during the week because of differing training schedules.
Although we did not request that either cadet be placed in a leadership position, Teddy Gregory’s leadership potential was recognized by his platoon cadre and he was promoted to Squad Leader.  He led his squad by providing motivation and guidance in sometimes austere conditions through challenging team events.

Training they completed includes: survival training, land navigation, obstacle course, obstacle crossing (one-rope bridge), rappelling, leadership reaction course, water safety, and others.  Cadets performed physical fitness training every morning, sang cadences everywhere they marched and had a great time building camaraderie amongst new friends.  The week of training was wrapped up with a block-style party on the last night where the Army Band played a variety of musical genres including mostly contemporary pop music that resonated with the cadets.

During the Awards Presentation a variety of individual awards are given to top performers in a variety of events.  There are also a couple of team awards as well.  Ny’Leah’s platoon (4th Platoon) won big, earning a medal for being the most highly motivated platoon.  This was determined by a panel as platoons competed by reciting their Platoon Motto.  4th Platoon also won the best overall platoon, which earned them a special red shirt.

Ny’Leah and Teddy had the following things to say about camp:
Q: What was your favorite thing about camp?
Ny’Leah: “The experience of JCLC, meeting new people, and doing new things with other people as a team.”
Teddy: “Rappelling.”

Q: What was your least favorite thing?
Ny’Leah: “The heat and drinking all that water.”
Teddy: “MREs” (those are meals-ready-to-eat)

Q: What would you tell someone who is considering going next summer?
Ny’Leah: “It was Fun!”
Teddy: “Break in your boots before camp, otherwise, you will get blisters.”

Additionally, Teddy wishes more Warren Lumberjack Cadets would attend the camp.

Warren Library Forms Teen Library Council

Warren Library is proud to announce we now have a Teen Library Council!! Jolyn Forrest, Ella Garner, and Jamiah Meeks will make up the Teen Council! They will be responsible for working with the Branch Manager to create fundraisers and ideas to help bring more teens in the library. I am so excited to see what these ladies will accomplish! And to kick it off they came up with a fundraiser to raise money to begin working on the Teen Programming!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Warren Aldermen and Mayor Attend Annual Municipal League Convention

Warren City Aldermen Joel Tolefree, Dorothy Henderson, and Zack Burks, along with Warren Mayor Bryan Martin are currently attending the 2017 Arkansas Municipal League Annual Convention in Little Rock.  Here, Alderman Tolefree and Alderman Henderson, are pictured with Karen Garcia, a member of the City Board of Hot Springs, as well as Warren Mayor Bryan Martin at the Convention Meeting.

More Information On Assault That Ended With Confiscated Guns

The following is a statement released by the Warren Police Department:

On the date of June 12, 2017 members of the Warren Police Department were dispatched to an alleged disturbance on Pierson St. Upon their arrival it was alleged that Frederick Newton had been involved in a physical altercation with Donovan Clary (both of Warren).

During this altercation it was alleged that both Clary and Newton possessed firearms and during a struggle one of the firearms discharged grazing Newtons arm. A description of the vehicle Clary was riding in was stopped a short time later and Clary was arrested for aggravated assault. As the investigation pursued it was determined that Clary had thrown the two firearms pictured below out of the vehicle during the stop without the knowledge of responding officers. CID Sgt. Tim Nichols and Sgt. Terrance Moore learned of the location of the guns and went to a residence and recovered the two weapons. A warrant was gained for the arrest of Frederick Newton based upon his own statements during the investigation about him possessing firearms knowing he is a convicted felon. 

The case is still being investigated and will be submitted to the 10th Judicial Prosecuting Attorneys Office for formal charges against Clary and Newton. (Possibly others)

Jersey RFD Receives Grant

The Jersey Rural Fire Department was also recently awarded a Community Fire Watch Grant. The value of the grant was $30,600. Jersey Rural has used the grant monies for SCBA's and air cylinders. This equipment is literally life or death for a firefighter. These MSA Fire Hawk  M7 air cylinders and  SCBA's will serve Jersey Rural well for years. For further information.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Warren Police Department Confiscates Guns During Assault Investigation

According to the Warren Police Department these guns were recovered by members of the Warren PD on June 13, 2017 in reference to an on going aggravated assault which took place during the late night hours of June 12, 2017.

The case is currently still being investigated and a suspect is in custody at this time.

More information will be presented as the investigation continues.  Formal charges have not been filed at this time.

Adams and Gray Recognized For Their Achievements At WHS

Warren High School Graduates Logan Adams and Magnus Gray were recognized for their scholastic achievements on May 13, 2017, at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.
Pictured with Governor and Mrs. Asa Hutchinson and Logan are his parents Leslie and Jeff Adams and sister Grace.

Pictured with Governor and Mrs. Asa Hutchinson and Magnus are his mother Cathy Gray and brother Jake.