Category Archives: Local News

Hempstead County Under a Burn Ban Until Further Notice


Effective immediately, Hempstead County is under a burn ban until further notice.

Texarkana Man Donates Motor Home to Be used as Mobile Office/Command Center


Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office Receives Generous Donation. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton announced that his office has received a generous donation from Mr. Thomas Allen Jones of Texarkana, a 1991 40’ Diesel Powered Foretravel Grand Villa Motor Home to be used as a Mobile Office and Command Center.  Sheriff Singleton received The Motor Home from Mr. Jones in February of this year it is equipped with a Detroit Diesel Engine an onboard generator, and LP gas tanks for alternate power. It has desks that will allow deputies to work on reports, Wi-Fi that allows them to connect with the Sheriff’s Office Management Software remotely anywhere in the county. It will have all forms deputies use in the course of business an AED and other items so that deputies can use it just like an office. The Mobile Office /Command Center will have its own Cell Phone Number 870-703-5543 so citizens in the area can call directly to the office when it is in their area. The unit has undergone a full cleaning, with installation of communication equipment it will make its debut at the National Night Out August 4th at fair Park and the Annual Watermelon Festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Plans for the unit are for it to be used a mobile office and command center for the sheriff’s office. For example we will be able to take the unit to parts of the county such as Bingen, Blevins, Saratoga, Ozan, and other areas of the county and set up for a couple of days or the weekend and have it staffed by deputies and reserve deputies so that citizens in those parts of the county can come by and visit talk to deputies who will be able to respond from the mobile office and take care of reports and other problems without citizens in that area having to come to the sheriff’s office in Hope. We can concentrate on the problems in an area of the county for 48, 72 hours or more if needed without deputies having to come from other parts of the county. It will also serve as a command center in case of man-made or natural disasters and special events. I cannot express my thanks enough to Mr. Jones, his generous gift is something that we would have never been able to afford with our budget obligations. To have a piece of equipment of this magnitude means that we can more efficiently serve the citizens of Hempstead County in our day to day operations and in times of emergency. In honor of his donation a Plaque has been affixed to the unit thanking Mr. Jones for his donation, and the unit’s number will also honor him as the unit will be known as HCSO-TOM-1. I would also like to thank Sheriff Obie Sims of Lafayette County for his help in obtaining this piece of equipment. 

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Hope Man Dies in One-Vehicle Accident


A Hope man died following a one-vehicle accident on Hempstead County Road 3 on Saturday (8-1). According to the Arkansas State Police, Ansoncion Marrufo-Hernandeze was a passenger in a 1996 Ford pick-up that was traveling north on County Road 3 when the vehicle left the roadway and overturned ejecting the passsenger. There was at least one unidentified person taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope. The body was held at Brazzel-Oakcrest. Trooper Travis Hale of Troop G of the Arkansas State Police was the investigating officer.

Howard County Disaster Recovery Center To Close August 5th


Howard Disaster Recovery Center will close August 5. Current hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturday & Sunday.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
Carter Day Training Center
200 Lake Nichols Drive
Nashville, AR 71852

The toll free telephone numbers will operate from 7 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.

In most cases, a FEMA inspector will call you within a few days of registering to arrange a visit to your damaged home or apartment. A FEMA inspector will always have an official badge visible during the inspection. Request to see identification before allowing the inspector to enter your home.

After registering with FEMA most applicants will receive an automated call offering a disaster loan application packet from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Applicants should complete and return the SBA disaster loan application to continue the recovery assistance process for themselves, and not lose out on additional FEMA dollars. Completing an SBA disaster loan packet does not guarantee or obligate an applicant the loan.

If you qualify for FEMA assistance, you will receive a federal government check or the funds will be directly deposited into your designated bank account. A separate letter also will be sent to you explaining how you may use the funds.

If you have questions about FEMA assistance, call 1-800-320-FEMA (3362). You can also visit or

Suspect Apprehended

Travon Davis

At approximately 3pm on July 29, 2015, investigators with the Hope Police Department arrested Travon Davis, 17, for Murder 1st Degree in connection with the homicide that occurred earlier today.  Davis was taken into custody in Magnolia, Arkansas without incident and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he will be held for a first appearance.

Hope Man Wanted for Murder 1st Degree

Travon Davis

On July 29, 2015 at approximately 1:30 am, officers of the Hope Police Department responded the 400 block of East Berry Street in Hope, in reference to a person being shot.  Officers arrived and located a deceased victim, Ivory Conway Jr., 24, seated in a vehicle with what appeared to be several gunshot wounds. A warrant has been issued for Travon Davis, 17, black male, of Hope for 1st degree murder in connection with the incident.  Davis was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark shorts, and white shoes.  Davis is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone who has any information concerning the whereabouts of Travon Davis should call the Hope Police Department at 870-777-3434, Detective Todd Lauterbach at 870-722-2576, or their local police department. 

Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin Warns Residents of Scam


The Nevada County Sheriff Dept has received several calls for citizens of Nevada County in reference to phone calls stating they have won several thousands of dollars from Publisher Clearing House. They are told to go to Wal- Mart and purchase a certain kind of money card for 1% of their total winnings and wait on PCH to call them back for the card number. PCH caller also stated if you wanted to keep your winning information quiet your check would be sent to you by UPS or FED X. Or if you choose to be on TV they would hand the check to you in person with their TV crew.

Sheriff Martin has made contact with PCH fraud department and was informed that PCH has received several calls from law enforcement agencies across the country in reference to this scam. PCH representative stated that they do not ask you to purchase any money card or to send them any money if you’re notified that you are a winner.

Sheriff Martin wants to remind everyone to use caution when giving personal information over the phone, and to report suspicious phone calls to your local law enforcement.