Category Archives: Local News

Burglary at Family Pharmacy


On Thursday June 18, 2015 at approximately 3:30 am officers of the Hope Police Department responded to a burglary alarm located in the 800 block of South Main Street, also referred to as Family Pharmacy, in Hope, Arkansas.  Officers found that a front window had been broken and the pharmacy had been burglarized.   Photographs of three unidentified black males were captured on video surveillance cameras. Two of the suspects were not wearing coverings over their faces.  The Hope Police Department is asking the community for help identifying the suspects shown in the photos.  If you recognize these individuals or have any information about this crime please contact Detective Todd Lauterbach at 870-722-2576. 

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Tickets for Sammy Kershaw and Buddy Jewel Watermelon Festival Concert Available Now at Ticket Outlets and Online


Tickets for the 39th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival Concert featuring Sammy Kershaw are now available at Ticket Outlets and Online at  The Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the U of A Hope-Texarkana Foundation to bring headlining entertainer Sammy Kershaw to the 39th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival.   Buddy Jewell, “Nashville Star” winner and Gold record artist will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to open for headliner Sammy Kershaw, who will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th. Kershaw will be performing his number one hit “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” along with several of his 10 top ten hits.  Throughout his 20 plus years in country music he has had over 25 singles that have been in the top forty on the charts. Jewell’s self-titled Columbia Records album released at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts.  It was certified Gold and garnered two back-to-back top five hits with “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain”.  Both tunes have certified 1 million radio plays. For the first time, this year’s festival will also include a Friday night concert featuring the Beatle’s Tribute Band, Liverpool Legends.  The band will perform on the CMC Steel Products Stage in Legion Field at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 7th.  Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute band, is made up of four talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison – sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles.  “Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band presents the very best portrayal of The Beatles that I have ever seen,” says Harrison.  Headlining their own production in Branson since 2006, Liverpool Legends have been voted Best New Show, Best Band, and Best Overall Show.   


Tickets are now available at:

BancorpSouth- Hope

Farmer’s Bank &Trust – Magnolia, Texarkana, and Hope

Cavender’s – Texarkana

Diamond Bank – Hope, Nashville

Hope Chamber of Commerce

Super 1 – Hope

Ivan Smith Furniture – Hope

U of A Hope Campus

Prescott Chamber of Commerce

Hope Fair Park Office


Advanced tickets for Saturday night will be $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-10. The day of show tickets will be $20.  Children’s tickets will be $6 day of the show.  A  Friday and Saturday Concert Combination General Admission Ticket or the “FAST” ticket can be bought for $15 and the Friday night Liverpool Legends tickets are $5.   

Mark your calendars and stop by a ticket location to buy your concert tickets.  Tickets are also available online at

For more information about the concert, contact the UACCH Foundation at 870-722-8516.

Theft of Motor Vehicle


On June 22, 2015 at approximately 0815 hours Deputy Francisco Mercado made contact with Henry Hale at the Sheriff’s Office in reference to his brother’s vehicle being stolen. Henry stated that on 06/20/2015 he went to his brothers Eddie Hale’s house at 4157 Highway 67 West and noticed that his brother’s truck was missing. Henry stated that the keys were in the truck. Henry described the truck as a 1989 Chevy Silverado 4 wheel drive Z71 red in color. Arkansas license plate number 981 OKA. Henry stated that he does not know who would have stolen to vehicle. The vehicle was entered enter the vehicle in to NCIC/ACIC System. 

Drinking in Public and Criminal Mischief

Steven Scott Tucker age 39 Hope, Arkansas

On June 21, 2015 at approximately 12:00 p.m. Deputy Jeremy McBride was dispatched to 285 Hempstead 52 in reference to a possible breaking or entering in progress. Upon arrival he spoke with Lisa Pumilia, Lisa stated that Steven Tucker had hit the window on the front door attempting to break it. Lisa said that Steven then went to the back door and threw a brick at the window. Lisa stated that the window did not break. Lisa stated that Steven then started punching himself in the face. Lisa stated that Steven then walked away from the residence. Deputy McBride located Steven in the bushes on the East side of the Residence. Deputy McBride took Steven into custody and transported him to the Hempstead County Detention Center he was booked in for Drinking in Public, and Criminal Mischief with a court date of August 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.    

Dog Attack


On June 19, 2015 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Deputy Jeremy McBride was dispatched in reference to dogs attacking calves. Upon arrival he spoke with the reporting caller, who stated that a brown dog with black spots and a white dog attacked two, one month old calves, killing them.  Deputy McBride and the caller attempted to locate the dogs, The Caller stated that he had shot at the white dog and believed he had hit it. Deputy McBride and the Caller were unable to locate the dogs, and could not locate the owner of the dogs.   

Domestic Battery 3rd, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled substance

Dewayne Earl Mathis age 40 Hope, Arkansas

At approximately 3:25 Pm on 6-19-15 Deputy Cody Aaron was dispatched  in reference to a Domestic Disturbance. Upon arrival Deputy Aaron made contact with Dwayne Mathis, Dwayne stated that there was nothing going on and asked why we were at his house. Deputy Aaron told Mathis the Sheriff’s Office had got a call that he and Renee Omundson, his girlfriend had been fighting. Deputy Sorensen arrived on the scene to assist and contacted Renee Omundson and discovered that she had injuries. I then advised Dwayne that he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back.  Dwayne stated that he was not going to jail and if we put a hand on him he was going to catch a charge. Deputy Aaron then advised him two more times to put his hands behind his back he did not comply. Mathis was then taken into custody and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center charged with Domestic Battery 3rd, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substance.

Threatening Text Messages


At approximately 4:00 P.M. on June 19, 2015 Deputy Luke Sorenson was dispatched to 4732 Highway 278 west In reference to a female receiving a threatening text. Deputy Sorenson was advised to make contact with Lisa Walker in reference to a threatening text. Upon arrival Deputy Sorenson made contact with Ms. Walker who stated that she had received some texts from a male subject and stated she was worried that he was going to cast a “voodoo spell” on her. Ms. Walker showed Deputy Sorenson the texts and how it referenced his mother who she believes practices voodoo. Ms. Walker stated that the male subject lives in Garland city and that he owes her money.  Ms. Walker stated that she just wants him to stop contacting her and to not have a spell cast on her. Deputy Sorenson made contact with male subject who stated that he and Lisa had dated a while back and they broke up when he realized she was crazy.  He stated that he had only texted her after she had called him three times today.  The male subject stated that he has been in Texas all day and that he doesn’t want to deal with her anymore.  Deputy Sorenson advised the male subject not to contact Ms. Walker anymore the male subject stated that he did not plan on having anything to do with her.