Former candidate for state rep begins serving jail sentence

A former candidate for state representative was arrested Monday to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence for harassment and harassing communications. James A. Hall appealed his April 2015 Drew County Circuit Court conviction of harassment and harassing communications to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. That appeal was denied in August. He then filed a petition for review to the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Arkansas Supreme Court on March 16 declined Hall’s request for a review. In … Continued

McGehee man fatally shot in Dumas

Police are investigating an early Sunday morning fatal shooting in Dumas. Blake White, 25, of McGehee, sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to Chuck Blevins, an investigator with the Dumas Police Department. The shooting occurred Sunday shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Willow Street in Dumas. White sustained gunshot wounds to the head, shoulder and underneath the right arm, according to Desha Coroner Joe Wilkin. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Blevins at the Dumas … Continued

Man riding hood of Mercedes in Desha County dies in accident

A 21-year-old McGehee man who was riding on the hood of a Mercedes in Desha County was killed early Tuesday morning, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Rhett Runyan, 21, of McGehee, was riding on the hood of a 2013 Mercedes traveling west on Highway 208 at Halley early Tuesday morning and for some unknown reason, Runyan left the hood of the vehicle and hit the roadway, according to Arkansas State Trooper … Continued

Governor sets April execution date for man who murdered Grady farmer

  Kenneth Williams, a death row inmate who killed a Lincoln County farmer and three others, is among eight inmates who are scheduled to be put to death in April. Gov. Hutchinson issued proclamations setting the execution dates for Williams and seven other men after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s lethal-injection law, and the state Supreme Court lifted stays of executions for the inmates. Williams, scheduled to be executed on April 27, was … Continued

Rison man dies as result of injuries in automobile accident

  A Rison man died Sunday afternoon as a result of injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 63 in Cleveland County. Scotty Wayne Newman, 49, of Rison was traveling South on Highway 63 at Spring Road in Cleveland County when his 2009 Toyota crossed the center line of the northbound lane and continued into the ditch and struck a tree, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Newman died as … Continued

Deltic Timber fires CFO Kenneth Mann for asset misappropriation

Deltic Timber Corporation said Monday that it has appointed a new president and chief executive officer, and that it has fired its chief financial officer, Kenneth Mann for asset misappropriation, according to Seark Today’s content partner, Magnolia Reporter. Mann, a Hermitage native and graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is alleged to have misappropriated certain company assets for personal use. Mann was UAM’s 52nd Distinguished Alumnus in 2014. John D. Enlow was named … Continued

Woman killed in head-on collision in Ashley County

An Ashley County woman was killed in a head-on collision with a Freightliner Monday afternoon, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Jena Christine Hester, 38, of Montrose, was traveling east on U.S. Highway 82 in Ashley County when her 2001 Lincoln crossed centerline of the wet highway and collided with a westbound Freightliner, according to the accident report. Hester died as a result of the accident. The accident occurred at 1 p.m. … Continued

Path of Destruction: A look back on the February 2007 supercell that spawned the Dumas tornado

  Introduction: On Saturday, February 24, 2007, a series of tornadoes from one parent supercell ripped across Southeast Arkansas. One of the largest, categorized as an EF-3, carried winds exceeding 140 miles per hour. It cut through the heart of Dumas, injuring  28 people and leaving many residents homeless and jobless. It destroyed 25 businesses and 19 homes and damaged 65 others. A community building sustained major damage, as well as a 20-unit assisted living center. … Continued

Police: Son says he killed father

A Bradley County man is being held on a $250,000 bond in connection with the death of his father. Alfonzo Hampton, 35, of Johnsville, reportedly drove to the Warren Police Department Tuesday carrying his father’s body in the trunk of a vehicle. Hampton told police he had killed his father, 58-year-old Fred Hampton, also of Johnsville. Alfonzo Hampton was taken into custody without incident, and is being held in the Dallas County jail on suspicion … Continued

El Dorado man held on $500K bond in death of Crossett man

An El Dorado man is being held on a $500,000 bond in connection with the February 17 death of a Crossett man. Curtis E. Lumsey, 37, of El Dorado, is suspected of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the death of 27-year-old Brian A. Smith of Crossett. Smith’s body was discovered when police responded to a call of a shooting shortly after 11:45 p.m. … Continued