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Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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On May 10, 2015 at approximately 1:58 P.M. Deputy Jeremy McBride conducted a traffic stop on a red 1999 Dodge Avenger, traveling West on Interstate 30, for not having a vehicle license plate. After making contact with the driver, identified as Nicholas David Osuch, Deputy McBride asked Osuch for his driver’s license, registration, and insurance. Osuch handed Deputy McBride an identity card from Hammond, Indiana. Osuch stated that he did not have insurance on his vehicle. Osuch also handed Deputy McBride a piece of paper that stated private property, clergy not for hire with PCA1611KJVB on it. Deputy McBride conducted a warrants check on Osuch which revealed he had a felony warrant for Possession of Cannabis from Cook County, Illinois. Deputy Mc Bride requested that Osuch to step out of the vehicle and Nicholas stated that he was not getting out of the car. Deputy McBride called for back-up from the Hope Police Department. Sgt. Eric Green and Officer Casey Singleton responded to Deputy McBride’s request and arrived on the scene. Osuch was escorted to the Sheriff’s Office where Deputy McBride produced a copy of the warrant from Cook County Illinois. Osuch denied that he was not the person named in the warrant; However Officer’s confirmed that Osuch was indeed the subject named in the warrant. Deputy McBride took Osuch into custody and was booked in the Hempstead County Detention Center for Possession of a controlled substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted and revealed a round container containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a red and black diamond bag containing $1592.00 dollars under the driver’s side seat. A prescription bottle, with two small plastic containers inside, containing a brown paste substance believed to be Hashish in a blue tote bag on the front passenger seat, a purple grinder and a round magnifying glass under the front passenger seat. Osuch is being held pending a first court appearance and extradition to Cook County Illinois.

Bruce Westerman Visits Rainbow of Challenges

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Pictured is Representative Bruce Westerman (center) surrounded by Rainbow of Challenges’ staff members and Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse at the door of the ROC administration building on Main Street. Westerman, the U.S. Representative for Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District, was in Hope for Mike Huckabee’s presidential nominee announcement and scheduled a visit to tour some of the facilities of ROC and to listen to current and future concerns of the non-profit organization.

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Hope Community Treasure Hunt Prize Donated to Tornado Victims

The sponsors and organizers of the Hope Community Treasure Hunt have decided to give the $1200 prize money to help the families in Nashville, AR who were devastated by Sunday night’s tornadoes, according to event organizer John T. Miller. Two people were left dead after the fatal storm, and many others were left without power or water, and with thousands of dollars in damages. This act of kindness between neighboring communities could not have come at a better time for the residents of Howard County who were affected, and has received overwhelming support from the people of Hope, who have continued to add to the pot by making contributions at Farmer’s Bank and Trust.  If you would like to contribute as well, visit Farmer’s Bank and Trust at 200 E. 3rd Street in Hope. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Nashville, Arkansas Storm


Authorities in Howard County say Melissa and Micheal Mooneyhan died when a storm hit their mobile home in Nashville Sunday night. The couple’s small child survived. There were at least two other serious injuries from the storm. Rescue crews were dispatched from other area communities, including Hempstead County, to search for victims and assist with tree and debris removal. Local emergency personnel are also contending with flash flooding. The storm that hit Nashville was first detected between Saratoga and Ashdown, prompting a Tornado Warning, as it tracked near Tollette, Mineral Springs into Nashville. Unclear at this time if a tornado actually touched down, though there are several unconfirmed sightings in the Nashville area. There’s major tree damage in Saratoga. From Highway 32 West to Highway 234 to Saratoga Landing, extensive tree damage that closed the roads until crews could clear. Major tree problems in the Millwood Lake Saratoga Landing Park. Trees down around Saratoga School and near Saratoga Cemetery closed Highway 355 during the early morning hours. Nashville Schools are closed today. The Activities Building of First Baptist Church is open for those displeased, and is a drop-off point for household goods. The Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville was reported to have suffered major structural and water damage from the storm. Electrical service went out around 1:45 this morning for parts of Saratoga, with a main outage on Highway 32 West. SWEPCO at one point reported thousands of customers without power in its service area. Thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest for assistance with this story..

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Hempstead County Library Receives Donation

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(Pictured L to R: Clint Murry, Andrea Hale, Jordan Estes, Courtney McNiel, and Jamie Yates)
Andrea Hale of Georgia-Pacific presents the staff of the Hempstead County Library with a $1000 check to be used for the upcoming Unmask! Summer Program. All events are free and are open to children from toddler to age 12.
The Unmask! summer lineup is as follows:
June 30 (11:00am-12:00pm): Great Scott Illusions
July 1 (11:00am-12:30pm): MOVIE- Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
July 7 (11:00am-12:00pm): Hope Police Department
July 14 (11:00am-12:00pm): Magic Mr. Nick
July 15 (11:00am-12:30pm): MOVIE- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13)
July 21 (11:00am-12:00pm): Hope Fire Department
July 28 (11:00am-12:00pm): HCL Carnival

5 K at Train Day a Success

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Steve Lance rounds the corner at 7th and Pine on his way to finish the first 5k at Train Day on Saturday May 9th.

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Congressman Westerman Visits Hope


Fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman (R) was in Hope Tuesday for the announcement by Former Arkansas Governor and Hope Native Mike Huckebee of his intent to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States. While in Hope, Westerman and his Chief of Staff Vivian Maeglein visited with Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey and toured the Anthony Wood Products mill and Rainbow of Challenges.

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