Man convicted of sexual assault in 2002 now charged with rape

On June 27, 2002, a Drew County jury of nine women and three men sentenced a Monticello man to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy. Now, nearly 15 years later, the man is facing similar charges in Ashley County. Lewis Ray, 53, is being held on a $50,000 bond for allegedly raping an 18-year-old Ashley County man last month. The 2002 Case On December 7, 2001, Lewis Ray, then 39, and … 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

Mainline physician: ‘I like to listen and treat the patient with knowledge, experience and care’

  Dr. Fredy Cordova, a family practice physician who likes to listen and treat his patients with knowledge, experience, and care, has joined Mainline Health Systems staff at the Monticello clinic. Dr. Cordova, who is bilingual, is trained and licensed in family medicine. He treats acute and chronic conditions, using life style modifications and alternative medicine to treat diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart and lung disorders, and abdominal and skin problems, as well as other health … 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

Severe Weather Awareness Week

The National Weather Service and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has designated February 26 through March 4 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Arkansas. Citizens are asked to prepare for severe weather threats and encouraged to use the week to review severe weather safety rules, and to understand the hazards associated with severe severe weather. During the week, the National Weather Service will promote severe weather safety and there will  be a Statewide Tornado … Continued