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

Candidate’s name to be removed from ballot

Special Judge David Laser on Monday found Jim Hall of Monticello ineligible to serve as Arkansas State Representative. 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 of violating the state’s hot check law. At a hearing in Drew County on Monday, Laser said … Continued

Monticello woman dies following traffic accident on U.S. 425

A Monticello woman died Friday following traffic accident on U.S. 425 South in Monticello. Meredith J. Bone, 85, of Monticello, died of injuries she sustained in two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon when her southbound 2008 Lincoln Town car was struck by a northbound 2007 Volvo truck, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report citing an investigation conducted by Monticello Police Officer Larry Smith. The accident occurred as Bone was made a left (south) turn … Continued

Woman killed in 3-vehicle accident in Chicot County

A Bentonville woman was killed and a Eudora man was injured Thursday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident in Chicot County, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report. Cindy Lea McCurry, 64, of Bentonville died in the accident and Warren Johnson, 51, of Eudora was injured. McCurry, the driver of a 2015 GMC Acadia, was traveling north on U.S. 65 South nearing the Chicot Junction when a southbound Freightliner driven by Johnson struck McCurry’s … Continued

Architecture in the Classroom brings ‘STE+AM’ to McGehee

The Alex Foundation is partnering with Drury University Hammons School of Architecture professors, Nancy Chikaraishi and Marshall Arne, to bring McGehee students ‘STE+AM’ on October 5-7 2016 as part of World Architecture Day. STE+AM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Architecture and Math) enables students to make real-world connections to the many ways architecture is allied with careers in demand. The McGehee School District is one of five Alex Foundation sponsored STE+AM school districts in the … Continued

2 killed, 2 injured in single-vehicle accident in Drew County

Two Warren men were killed and two others were injured Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident in Drew County, according to a State Police preliminary accident report. Miguel Sedano, Sr., 46, and Miguel Sedano, Jr., 25, both of Warren, were both killed in the accident. Luis Sedano, 20, and Javier Guillermo, 19, also of Warren, were injured and transported to Drew Memorial Hospital, according to the report. The accident occurred on Highway 138 on Monday … Continued

Members of special armory taskforce named

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker on Tuesday named the members of a special taskforce to repurpose the the former National Guard Armory in Monticello. Members of the 5-member task force are Chairman Jack Lassiter, a community at-large member; Joe Britton, a community at-large member; Nita McDaniel, Monticello Economic Development Commission; John Davis, Monticello Parks Committee; and Joe Meeks, a Monticello alderman. The taskforce will provide recommendations for the use of the facility. “This is a great … Continued