Officer surrenders following standoff in guard tower

An armed correctional officer at the Delta Regional Unit in Dermott who locked himself inside a guard tower Saturday and refused orders to leave the tower surrendered Saturday night. No one was injured in the day-long standoff. At approximately 11 a.m. State Police received a request seeking assistance from officials of the Arkansas Department of Correction. A correctional officer, Devonte McCarter, 24, of Greenville, Mississippi, who had access to a rifle, had refused orders to … Continued

Drew Memorial partners in quality improvement effort that saves $27 million

  Over the course of an intensive 12-month effort, 2,950 patient harms were prevented in 48 Arkansas hospitals participating in a national hospital quality improvement effort, with associated cost savings of nearly $27 million. Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello was a member of the hospital quality improvement team. “We’re always looking for ways to improve the patient experience and prevent injury, infection and readmission,” said Scott Barrilleaux, CEO of Drew Memorial Hospital. “It’s been very … Continued

Hampton coach, former UAM football player dies Tuesday

Jorre McMahan, a football coach at Hampton and former football player at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, died Tuesday after collapsing at a Hampton football practice. McMahan, of Warren, was 26. He was the head coach of the Hampton Junior High football team, assistant coach of the high school football team and the assistant softball coach. McMahan was a 2008 graduate of Bauxite High School and a three-year letterman in football before receiving a … Continued

Pedestrian killed in Monticello Monday night

A pedestrian was killed Monday night on U.S. 425 South in Monticello. Stacy Joan Gran, 32, of Fayetteville, was walking south in the southbound traffic lane of U.S. 425, south of University Drive in Monticello when she was struck by a southbound Ford Fusion, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. The driver of the vehicle, whose identity was not disclosed in the accident report, was not injured. The accident occurred at 9:42 … Continued

Votes for Jim Hall will not be counted, judge rules

Any votes cast for Jim Hall, a Republican candidate for the District 9 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, will not be counted, Special Judge David Laser ruled Friday. District 9 includes most of Ashley and Drew counties. Laser previously ruled on September 12 that Hall is ineligible to take office or serve because he was convicted in Faulkner County in April of violating the state’s hot check law. Hall subsequently filed a motion … Continued

1 killed, 1 injured in head-on collision in Monticello

A Monticello man was killed and another was injured Monday evening in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 425 South in Drew County. Jesse Parker, 63, of Monticello was killed in the accident and Justin Holland, 36, of Monticello was injured, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Parker was traveling north on U.S. 425, about five miles south of Monticello, when his 2006 Toyota crossed the center line and hit a southbound 2009 … Continued

Mayor charged with public record tampering, abuse of office

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker was charged Friday with one count of public record tampering and one count of abuse of office. Public record tampering is a Class D felony, punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and a fine of $10,000. Abuse of office is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum sentence of 90 days and fine of $1,000. According to a criminal information filed Friday by 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen, … Continued

Judge notifies election officials to take no action ‘at this time’ to remove Hall’s name from ballot

Special Judge David Laser on Wednesday notified Ashley and Drew County election officials to not take any action at this time to remove Jim Hall’s name from the ballot. Hall, the Republican nominee for Arkansas District 9 State Representative for the upcoming two-year term as well as a write-in candidate to complete the final two months of the late State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin‘s unexpired term, pleaded guilty in April to writing a hot check in … Continued

Court upholds sentence for domestic battery, fleeing

The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the conviction and prison sentence of a Drew County man found guilty last year of breaking the window of his wife’s car, hitting her in the face, and fleeing police. Joseph “Joe” Donaldson was sentenced as a habitual offender to one year in prison for third-degree domestic battery and six years in prison for felony fleeing with the two sentences to be served concurrently. On appeal, Donaldson … Continued

City employee arrested

A City of Monticello employee was arrested Tuesday for theft of property and abuse of office, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. David Knight, who fills in at times at the city’s water office, allegedly acquired a Monticello water customer’s banking information from a check and applied that information to his personal Entergy account from April 2016 through August 2016, according to the news release. “It is alleged that Knight … Continued