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Vehicle Pursuit ends in Nevada County


On Monday September 15th 2014 at approximately 8:55 P.M. Nevada County Sheriff were notified of a vehicle pursuit coming into Nevada County on U.S. 371 from Columbia County. The vehicle was being pursued by Waldo Police. The vehicle was described as stolen silver Chevrolet Cobalt with Illinois license. Nevada County Deputies Robert Missey and Tim McBrayer were in the Rosston area and responded to assist. Deputy McBrayer Positioned his patrol unit on U.S. 371 in attempt to slow the speeding vehicle. The vehicle sped past Deputy McBrayer traveling north on U.S. 371. McBrayer traveled north on U.S. 371 finding that the Chevrolet Cobalt had lost control in a curve and struck an oncoming pickup truck. The driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt was identified as Angelina Mark from Illinois and showed to have several felony warrants. Nevada County Ambulances and Ouachita County Ambulances were dispatched to the scene. The Arkansas State Police worked the scene along with Nevada County Sheriff Department, Waldo Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff Department.

Attempted Armed Robbery


On Monday September 15th a report was filed with Nevada County Sheriff in reference to an attempted armed robbery. The victim stated at approximately 1:15 P.M. he pulled over on the weight pad on U.S. 371 South of Willisville. The victim stated that he was retrieving water bottle from an ice chest in the back seat of his 4-door truck. The victim stated that a white Dodge Charger pulled behind his vehicle, at the time he thought it was a police vehicle although the vehicle did not display any blue lights. The victim stated he was approached by a black male he believed to be approximately 15-16 years of age. The victim stated that the black male told him to give him his wallet and displayed a handgun in his waist band of his pants. The victim stated he told the black male that his wallet was in the console of his truck. The victim reached into his console and removed a handgun from it pointing it at the black male. The black male started running backwards attempting to remove the handgun from his waist. The white Charger drove backwards for a distance at a high rate of speed with the black male entering the back seat of the vehicle. The victim stated after the black make entered the white Charger he heard what sounded like a gun shot and someone screaming inside of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled south on U.S. 371 leaving the scene. The vehicle was described as a newer model white Dodge Charger with black male driver 30-35 years of age. The front passenger was described as a light complexion black male or white male with numerous tattoos. The black male that exited the vehicle was described as approximately 15-16 years old, tan shirt and shorts. Anyone with information on this incident please contact the Nevada County Sheriffs office at 870-887-2616.

Millwood’s Rarely Seen Flying Alligator


Work on the stilling basin below Millwood Dam last week concentrated rough fish in the remaining pools of water. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel relocated the game fish. Needless to say, this 10-foot alligator went in and had a snack. The gator was relocated to aid workers on the maintenance project. He appears to be hanging onto the fish.

Hope Kiwanis Club Hears about Hope High Academies


The Hope Kiwanis Club heard from Assistant Hope High Principal Pam Kessell Tuesday September 16th. Ms. Kessell gave an update on the new Academies at the school. She noted there are currently five and they hope to eventually establish an academy that will specialize in digital communications. She was introduced by Kiwanian Jimmy Courtney.

Offender Watch Program


The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office has instituted a new software program called Offender Watch. Offender Watch is the nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it. Currently HempsteadCounty has 51 registered sex offenders residing in the County. Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office will utilize Offender Watch to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct compliance status of the registered offenders in HempsteadCounty. Offender Watch provides the most accurate and timely information available and now this information is available to the citizens of HempsteadCounty. Offender Watch is updated instantaneously throughout the day as offender addresses and other information is updated in our office. Citizens may enter any address in the county and see the real – time information on the publishable offenders within the specified radius of the address you enter. Offenders move frequently, so instead of having to check the maps on a weekly basis, the best way to stay informed is to take advantage of our free email alert system. You may confidentially register as many addresses in the county as you wish, and we will continually monitor the addresses and send you an email alert if a new offender registers an address within one mile of any address you register. There is no cost for this service and no limit to the addresses you can register-your email address and physical address are all confidential. Tell your friends and neighbors and be sure to register your home, school, work, gym, daycare, park, soccer fields, and ball field’s, parents or children’s homes-any address of interest to you. The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office maintains this Offender Watch Portal as a community service. You can access the Hempstead County Offender Watch Page by typing Offender Watch Program click on the state of Arkansas and choose HempsteadCounty to view the Offenders in HempsteadCounty. Be sure to visit the Safety Tips page and review the information we have provided under the community awareness fliers or the other links. You may print the fliers for your use to distribute to your club, school, library or group. Once again this is a free service to the citizens of HempsteadCounty provided by Sheriff James Singleton and the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any questions about our community awareness program, Please call 870-777-6727 or email Deputy Marla Barnhill @ or Sheriff Singleton @ .

Nevada County Missing Person


On Thursday September 11th at approximately 8:00 P.M. Deputy Cole Hillery responded to a call of a missing person off of U.S. 278 East. Family members reported that Terry Henry B/M 41 years old left his residence on U.S. 278 at approximately 10:00 A.M on Wednesday and has not been seen or heard from since. Information was given to the Sheriff’s Office that Henry was seen at approximately noon on September 11th walking west on U.S. 278 near the Nevada School. Another individual gave information that Terry Henry was seen in Prescott on Rosston Road getting into a red car on Wednesday evening. Nevada County Sheriff and Fire Departments members from the local area conducted a search for Henry in the Rosston, area on Saturday the 13th. Terry Henry B/M 41 years old, 6-02 150 lbs was last seen wearing a brown shirt. Anyone with information on Terry Henry’s whereabouts please contact the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department at 870-887-2616.

Hope School Board Holds September Meeting


The Hope School Board held their September meeting Monday September 15th. Under the Superintendent’s report. Bobby Hart noted he would like to form a task force to determine the future of the former Hope High home – ec cottage and the former Edith Brown campus. That campus is primarily being used for storage. Hart noted the Edith Brown campus has been evaluated for asbestos abatement and it was determined the cost would be just over $30,000. The board voted to approve a remodeling of the Hope High cafeteria. Food services manager Deena Gilbert showed some plans to remodel the cafeteria into more of a ” cafe” setting. The board voted to allow Mrs. Gilbert to spend about $81,000 from child nutrition funds. The board approved a bid from Coca Cola for concession stands at sporting events. The board voted to approve a facilities rental request at the Hope High cafeteria. The board also discussed some progress on school achievement standards. Personnel matters closed out the meeting.

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