Tom Tiratto, actor/vocalist, has become well-known here in Arkansas and in many cities around the country for his Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Tiratto will perform at Hempstead Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Hope on Friday, April 7 for Dinner, Music and Dancing. This high energy performance with Arkansas musicians has all the flair of a Las Vegas show. Tom and His Swinging' Tom Kats will entertain you with the very best of Old Blue Eyes. Featured songs include "New York, New York," "My Way," and "Summerwind." If you are looking for something different, this will be a performance you won't want to miss. This show with its romantic ballads and other great standards from the Big Band Era has appeal for everyone. Enjoy an evening stroll down memory lane reflecting the many moods of the man we knew as "Sinatra" and a fabulous dinner by Juan Rivera featuring the local favorite Chicken Cordon Bleu, Roasted New Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli topped off with a delectable dessert bar. Tickets are $35 for Dinner, Music and Dancing or $300 for a Table for Eight. This special event is part of the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council Performance Art Series. For more information, contact Hempstead Hall at 870.722.8565 or purchase tickets at hempsteadhall.com.
Theft of Property
On March 29, 2017 at approximately 0030 hours Deputy Landon Loe was dispatched to 4259 Highway 67 West in reference to a theft.
Upon arrival Loe made contact with the victim a 44 year old male, who stated that he had been at a college class until 9:00 PM and that when he returned home, Victim stated he went into his pasture to feed his horses. Victim stated that when he called the horses, all but one came to him. Victim stated that he called the horse for several minutes and was unsuccessful in locating the horse.
Victim stated that he acquired the horse through a rescue organization and that he had signed a contract to take custody of the horse. He stated that according to the contract, he isn't allowed to move, sell, or relocate the horse without the written permission of the organization. Victim stated that he and his wife, had been arguing the last couple days over the horse and that the day prior, she took the horse's registration papers and locked them in her vehicle and wouldn't return them to him. Victim stated that he didn't think too much of it and that he would get them back from her today. Victim stated when he returned home this evening, his wife was gone, and so was the horse.
Possession of Controlled Substance
On March 29, 2017 at approximately 0120 hours Deputy Landon Loe observed a Tan Ford Crown Victoria traveling East on Highway 67 West towards Hope. Deputy Loe observed said vehicle cross left of center at which point he conducted a traffic stop. Upon approach to the vehicle, he made contact with the driver, Aundra Shaw.
Deputy Loe asked Aundra for his driver's license and proof of insurance to which he stated he didn't have a license. Deputy Loe then had dispatch run a driver's license and warrant check on Aundra and was informed that his driver's license had been suspended for failure to pay reinstatement fees.
Deputy Loe then asked Aundra to step out of the vehicle in order to conduct standardized field sobriety tests. After further investigation it became apparent to me that Aundra was not medically able to complete the standardized field sobriety tests.
Deputy Loe smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the clothing of Aundra and permeating from the vehicle. Upon a search of the vehicle Deputy Loe seized a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that he believed to be marijuana wedged between the driver's seat and the center console.
Deputy Loe placed Aundra under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving while License Suspended. He was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was booked in on the aforementioned charges.
On March 29, 2017 at approximately 7:05 a.m. Deputy Jeremy McBride was dispatched to 474 Hempstead 142 in reference to an assault in progress. While in route, dispatch advised that a black male, later identified as Harmon Williams, had left the residence on foot. Dispatch advised that Harmon was walking towards Patmos Road, and possibly had a gun and drugs.
Deputy McBride, went down Patmos Road in route to 474 Hempstead 142, but was unable to locate anyone matching the description.
After arriving at 474 Hempstead 142, Deputy McBride made contact with the victim 42 year old Tina Jameson who stated that Harmon came over to her residence to get a part off of a vehicle. Tina stated that Harmon offered her methamphetamine as payment for the vehicle part. Tina stated that she told Harmon that she did not want it, because she was clean. Tina stated that she then told Harmon to leave the residence. Tina stated that Harmon started punching her numerous times. Tina stated that Harmon hit her in the back of the head and in the face numerous times. Tina was holding her rib cage and was complaining of pain. Deputy McBride requested dispatch to send an ambulance.
While waiting on Pafford Emergency Medical Services, Tina stated that Harmon left the residence on foot and went into the woods. Tina stated that Harmon knows the woods very well, because he grew up in the area. Tina stated that Harmon took a set of keys that went to her residence.
Pafford Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene and evaluated Tina's injuries. Tina refused transport to the hospital at this time.
Tina stated that she would drive herself to the hospital and then got into her vehicle. Deputy McBride patrolled the area searching for Harmon, but was unable to locate him at the time.
The incident remains under investigation.
Littering / Illegal Dumping
On March 29, 2017 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Deputy McBride received a call from Todd Avery in reference to illegal dumping at the 300 block of Hempstead 30. Todd stated that four or five bags of trash were dumped at the creek on Hempstead 30.
After arriving to the dump site, He located a envelope belonging to with a name and \ address on the envelope was from Prescott, Arkansas. Deputy McBride attempted to make contact with person listed on the envelope by telephone, but did not get an answer at this time.
This incident is still under investigation.
On March 29, 2017 at approximately 9:40 a.m., Deputy McBride was dispatched to 5000 block of Highway 29 North in reference to a verbal dispute. Upon arrival, he made contact with a 22 year old female who stated that she and her 28 year old husband woke her up and kept her up all night arguing with her about his belt. The wife stated that her husband was under the influence of methamphetamine. The wife stated that her husband threatened to harm himself multiple times.
The 28 year old husband stated that he was upset that his wife wanted him to leave. He stated that he did not want to harm himself. The husband stated that he just wanted his belt before he left the residence.
Deputy McBride advised the husband that he was free to leave. The Husband stated that he was going to go to his friend’s house in Blevins and would not return to the residence.
Breaking and Entering
On March 29, 2017 at approximately 1524 hours, Deputy Kyle Malone was dispatched to 2015 Highway 174 South in reference to a Breaking or Entering.
Upon arrival he made contact with a female. Who stated that at approximately 1445 hours she was in her residence she stated that she heard beating and banging on the front door to her residence. Victim said that she looked out of the window in her bedroom and did not see anyone.
Victim stated that she then went down stairs to use the restroom, and while using the restroom she heard what she believed to be someone making entry into her residence through her washroom window. Victim stated that when she went by the washroom, going to the restroom the door was closed, and while in the restroom she heard the door open. She stated she then heard a nut jar that was on her kitchen table being moved around like someone was going through it.
Victim said that she was in the restroom and called 911 and waited to see if she could see a shadow on the wall of the restroom coming from the kitchen. She stated that she then went outside through the back door, and went to go get her kids off of the school bus. Victim said that she then came back to the residence to see if anyone was inside, and when she made it to the back door of the residence she heard that washroom door close again. Victim stated that she then got her kids and went over to her neighbor’s residence and waited for the Sheriff's Department to arrive.
Deputy Michael Braddock and Malone checked the residence and there was no one inside. Deputy Malone then observed that the front door of the residence has markings on the lock set that indicate someone tried to pry the door open. Malone also observed that the window in the washroom was cracked open.
Victim stated that someone also tried to break into their residence on Sunday March 26, 2017 while they were not home, but they did not report it. She stated that when they arrived home the dead bolt on the front door was hanging from the door. Victim stated that she did not see that there is anything missing from her residence.
Incident Remains Under Investigation.
On March 28, 2017 at approximately 0550 hours Deputy Matt Dunham was dispatched to 232 Highway 234 in reference to a domestic disturbance. Dispatch advised the caller, a 39-year-old female stated that a 38-year-old male was being violent towards her.
Upon arrival Deputy Dunham made contact with the 39-year-old caller who stated that the 38-year-old male was being violent towards her and would not leave.
Deputy Dunham asked the female if there were any threats made or any physical altercation and she stated that there was not. The female said that the male became violent and told her that he was going to throw all of her stuff outside. The female told Deputy Dunham that she wanted the male to leave.
Deputy Dunham spoke with the male who told Dunham that he did not know why the female became upset this morning. The male subject said that the female started putting his property outside and he told her that she needed to stop or he would put her stuff outside as well. The male informed Dunham that his boss was on his way and he was going to take all of his property and leave.
Deputy Dunham stood by until the males’ boss arrived. Upon arrival of his boss he then gathered his belongings and left the property.
On March 28, 2017 at approximately 0230 hours Deputy Landon Loe was dispatched to 146 Hempstead 23 in reference to a suspicious person.
Dispatch advised that the caller stated there was someone beating on his door that was trying to cause harm to him. The caller stated that he was in the first trailer on the left upon entering the trailer park.
Upon arrival, Deputy Loe attempted to make contact with the caller at the first trailer on the left, but noticed it to be unoccupied and failed to make contact with anyone.
At that time, Deputy Loe was advised by dispatch that the caller had plotted somewhere on the right side of the trailer park. Deputy Loe waited for backup to arrive so we could do a proper clear of the premises. Once Deputy Sorensen arrived, they performed a sweep of the area and were unable to locate either the caller or any suspicious persons.
Deputy Loe approached by a male subject who stated that he was the one who called. Deputy Loe asked the caller why he stated he was on the left side the caller stated that he wasn't sure if he was on the left or right at the time of the 911 call.
Caller stated that he was inside his residence when he heard someone start beating on his door. Caller stated that he could hear them talking about doing harm to him through the door. The caller stated that he wasn't exactly sure who the people were, but that he thought there were two of them.
The caller stated that since he's lived in the residence, he's smelled the odor of methamphetamine that he claimed was from the previous tenants. Deputy Sorensen and Loe looked through the house and on the property lot, but found no signs of any suspicious activity. Deputy Loe attempted several times to make contact with family members of the subject in order him to get a ride, but was unsuccessful in making contact with any of them.
On March 28, 2017 at approximately 0410 hours Deputy Dunham was dispatched to the area around Hempstead 23 and Highway 32 North. Dispatch stated that a 30-year-old male kept calling 911 asking for a ride and that he was saying that someone was kicking cans under his residence.
Upon arrival Deputy Dunham did not locate the male subject at that location. Dunham went to an address on Hempstead 23 where he spoke with the caller.
Who stated that people are messing with him. Caller stated that he heard people kicking cans under his residence. The caller told Dunham that there is music coming from an air vent in one of the bedrooms. Deputy Dunham asked the caller to show him where the music was coming from.
The caller showed Deputy Dunham the vent. While standing there the caller asked Dunham “do you not hear that”?. Deputy Dunham told the caller that there was no music coming from the vents. Caller told Deputy Dunham “I knew it they are trying to set me up”. Deputy Dunham asked the caller who he meant and he said the people that live around here.
Deputy Dunham cautioned the caller not to contact 911 again unless it was an emergency. Caller said that he understood.
At approximately 1824 hours on March 27, 2017 Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to 1040 Hempstead 7 in reference to a male subject under mental duress.
Upon arrival, he made contact with a 28-year-old male subject who stated that he wasn't feeling right. He was having thoughts of hurting himself and others. There had been some arguing in the house and it had made him feel like "ending it all". Male subject stated that he had been released from Riverview Rehabilitation several weeks ago and told the doctors there that he "wasn't ready to leave" but they made him leave regardless.
Pafford EMS arrived and transported the male subject to Wadley Regional Medical Center to be evaluated.
At approximately 1640 hours on March 28, 2017 Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to Highway 174 South in reference to a welfare check. he was advised by dispatch that he needed to make contact with two juvenile females and have them to call their mother.
Upon arrival, he made contact with the Grandfather of the two juveniles. . He stated that his son was at an attorney's office at the moment getting child custody papers drawn up. Deputy Sorensen observed that the juveniles all appeared to be in good health and well taken care of.
Billboards Beckon Pre-school Scholars
Head Start Organizing “ Application Intake in the Neighborhoods”
HOPE, AR-- Families and Children Together, Inc. has rolled out billboards in Hope to remind
families of children three-five years old that the application period is open for Head Start.
Families and Children Together, Inc. (FACT, Inc.) is the grantee managing the Head Start
programs in Hope, Blevins, Prescott, Rosston, and several other towns in southwest and south
FACT is bringing the application and enrollment process to the community. The first
“Application Intake in the Neighborhood” will be on Thursday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. -12:00
p.m. at the Hope Migrant/Community Health Center, 205 Smith Road, next to the Arkansas
Parents and caregivers should bring proof of income and proof of the child’s birthdate and
insurance to the intake. Staff will be available to help with the application and answer questions.
FACT Executive Director Trena White said, “Head Start is a whole family effort which means
we help parents with whatever they need so they can support their students’ school readiness
goals from academic development to social and emotional growth.” FACT’s only mission is to
ensure children have access to quality pre-school. Head Start has been in place more than 50
years and has helped thousands of Arkansas children, and millions across the country, be school ready.
Families and Children Together, Inc. (F.A.C.T., Inc.) is a single purpose, private non-profit organization.
Established in 1995, F.A.C.T., Inc. was designated as a Head Start grantee on July 1, 1996. FACT operates a seamless stream of services for children birth to five.
Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for April
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for April.
Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in all 75 counties assisting nearly 1,300 Arkansans.
The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues in filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents. Rutledge believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.
Rutledge continues her partnership that began in 2016 with local law enforcement across the State to offer prescription drug take back boxes. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:
Tuesday, April 4
Festinger Memorial Senior Citizen Center
751 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Village, AR 71653
Tuesday, April 6
Mississippi County Blytheville Senior Citizens Center
1101 David Lane
Blytheville, AR 72315
Thursday, April 13
Hamilton Blakely Senior Citizens Center
419 E. Main St.
Prescott, AR 71857
Tuesday, April 18
Johnson County Senior Activity Center
1421 W. Oakland St.
Clarksville, AR 72830
Thursday, April 20
Independence County Senior Citizens Center
1590 College St.
Batesville, AR 72501
Tuesday, April 25
Helena-West Helena Center
406 Desoto St.
Helena-West Helena, AR 72390
Thursday, April 27
Booneville Senior Center
545 Heritage Drive
Booneville, AR 72927
The University of Arkansas at Hope will hold the 24th Annual UAHT Community Fish Fry on Thursday, April 6, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on the lawn at Hempstead Hall. The cost will be $10.00 per plate, and all proceeds will benefit the UAHT Foundation. There will be a drive-through “to go” line for carry-out meals located by the Library entrance, accessed through the main campus entrance by the electronic sign.
As always, the fish fry will feature delicious fried catfish and Tyson chicken cooked by the Hope Lions Club. Live local entertainment and activities for kids will also add to the community’s enjoyment.
“The generous support shown by our community at the yearly fish fry provides funding and scholarships for students who may not otherwise be able to afford a college education,” said Jill Bobo, Executive Director of the UAHT Foundation. “Please join us again this year at the 24th Annual UAHT Fish Fry to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship as we support creating a better future for our students and community.”
For more information, call 870-722-8516.
Hempstead County Sheriff Office Seeks Information on Three Persons Missing in Hempstead County, Arkansas.
The Below Listed Persons have been reported missing over the past five years from Hempstead County, The Hempstead County Sheriff’s office is investigating the disappearance of then 31-year-old Casey Clark now 36 of Fulton, Arkansas, 58-year-old Joseph Christopher Cowart of Hope, Arkansas. And Most recently Madeline R. Tomlin age 24 at the time of her disappearance in May of 2015.
Casey Clark and Joseph Cowart was reported missing to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office in March and May of 2012. Madeline R. Tomlin was reported missing in May of 2015. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Detectives from the Hope Police Department continue to work on the cases chasing down leads without much results and Sharing information on all three cases.
The purpose of this release is to seek help from anyone who may have information about these Hempstead County Citizens. IF you have any information that may lead to the whereabouts of any of the three please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office @870-777-6727 or the Hope Police Department @ 870-777-3434. Please help us find these missing persons and re-unite them with their family and friends. All information will be kept confidential.
March 30, 2012
Casey Clark is described as approximately 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds, Black Hair, Brown Hair. Dark complexioned African American Male. It is unknown the type clothes Casey was Wearing or his direction of travel
On Friday March 30, at approximately 1400 hours Melvin Clark reported his 31-year-old son Casey Clark missing. Melvin stated that no one had heard or seen Casey Tuesday March 27, 2012. Mr. Clark stated that Casey was staying with a friend at Amandex Apartments and left in that car which was later found at the Boll Weevil Liquor store in Fulton (Miller County). Mr. Clark stated that Melvin also left his wallet in the friend’s apartment.
Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Casey Clark is encouraged to call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727.
Joseph Christopher Cowart
Date Reported Missing
May 15, 2012
Highway 174 South
Hempstead County Investigators are seeking any information on the whereabouts of 58-year-old Joseph Christopher Cowart of Hope who has not been seen or heard of since Tuesday May 15, 2012.
On 05/20/12 Deputies were dispatched to 3096 Highway 174 south in reference to Cowarts uncle not being able to make contact with his nephew, Joseph Christopher Cowart. Who is described as a white male, 6’ tall, 195 lbs., brown hair, and brown eyes. Unknown clothing.
Upon arrival Deputies met with Cowarts uncle. Who stated that he hasn't talked to his nephew, Joseph Christopher Cowart since Tuesday, 05/15/2012.
The uncle said that he went to his residence located at 3096 highways 174 south around 1730 hours, knocked on his door and got no answer. He said that he left the residence and returned home to attempt to contact Christopher by telephone.
The uncle said that Christopher's truck was still parked under the carport. And the doors to the house and truck were locked. The uncle entered the house and observed that Christopher was not in it. And they walked around the yard and checked the buildings around the house but he was nowhere to be found. The uncle said that he talks to Christopher daily and it was not like him not to call him back when he called.
Christopher Cowart has been entered in NCIC/ACIC as a missing person.
As of March 28, 2017, The Hempstead County Sheriff’s office has not received any further information on Mr. Cowart’s whereabouts.
Anyone having information to the whereabouts of Mr. Cowart please call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office. @ 870-777-6727
Madeline R. Tomlin
May 20, 2015
Madeline R. Tomlin is described as being 5-5, weighing 115 pounds, with brownish red hair and green eyes. She was last seen in the Hope, Arkansas area on the evening of Wednesday, May 20, 2015 She was possibly wearing light blue cotton pants and a white or cream colored top. Tomlin is now thinner than she appears in the photo above. She has a butterfly tattoo on her foot, the name “Cash” on her ankle, and a horseshoe on her shoulder.
Anyone who may have information regarding the current whereabouts of Madeline Tomlin is urged to contact the Hope Police Department at 870-777-3434, 870-703-3481, Detective Coronado at 870-722-2561, or The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office.
Jacqueline Horton, 31, of Texarkana, AR Failure to Comply
Tyheshia Thomas, 25, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Aaron Stuart, 39, Hope, AR Foreign Warrant
0259 hours in the 1100 block of W. Ave E 1 vehicle (Private Property)
1506 hours in the 1500 block of N. Hervey St. 1 vehicle (Private Property)
1500 hours in the 400 block of W. 23rd St. 2 vehicle (Hit and Run/Private Property)
(Heather Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation)
1600 hours in the 500 block of Hayward St. 2 vehicle
1800 hours in the 500 block of S. Caney Creek Circle 2 vehicle
0602 hours in the 2600 block of N. Hazel St. 1 vehicle
1311 hours in the 200 block of S. Hervey St. 2 vehicle
1516 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. (Wal-Mart)
S – Victoria Conway, 34, of Hope, AR
S – Michelle Carrigan, 27, of Hope, AR
S – Kadesia Hearon, 21, of Hope, AR
All three subjects were arrested and charged with theft of property.
2317 hours in the 400 block of E. 3rd St.
S – Evan Hughes, 45, of Hope, AR
Mr. Hughes was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and served with a failure to appear warrant.
1805 hours in the 500 block of S. Caney Creek Circle
S – Amanda Cox, 29, of Hope, AR
Ms. Cox was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
0025 hours in the 200 block of E. 16th St.
S – Juana Camarillo, 31, of Hope, AR
Ms. Camarillo was arrested and charged with domestic battery in the third degree.
S – Michelle Carrigan, 27, of Hope, AR
Ms. Carrigan was charged with battery in the third degree. The original incident occurred on January 15th, 2017 in the 1100 block of N. Hervey St. (Hog Wash Super Laundry Center) at 1300 hours.
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HWL office will be closed on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. for an employee safety meeting. The business office will reopen on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. If you have water or electric emergency please call 870-777-3000. If you need to pay your utility bill, please use the night deposit box located on the right inside the first double doors. If you have any questions, please call 870-777-3000.
The Hope Kiwanis Club welcomed Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Hyacinth Deon from Prescott on Tuesday March 28th. Mrs. Deon gave a report on the annual Mid-Winter Conference and also offered some project ideas for the club.