Law enforcement from multiple agencies are searching for four armed robbers of Diamond Bank in Mineral Springs. At approximately 3:15 pm this afternoon (Monday) three black males and one black female robbed the facility at gunpoint. Authorities said the suspects were all wearing white handkerchiefs and work gloves. There were no injuries to bank employees.
Mineral Springs and Howard County Sheriff's officers responded and spread out on the south end of Howard County, including the Saratoga and Tollette areas. Other local counties and cities are also part of the search effort.
Initial reports are of a dark colored, possibly black, Chevy Malibu with black wheels and possibly a paper license tag. Contact local authorities with information.
special thanks to Saratoga,Ark Digest
The Hope Lions Club heard from Karen Smith and Jodi Coffee about the Hope Piranha Swim Team on Monday July 25th. The team has grown quite a bit this year and also hosted a well-attended swim meet this month at the Hope Fair Park Pool.
The Hempstead County EHC ladies hosted the Chamber Coffee on Wednesday July 20th. The ladies shared some fantastic recipes and there was a good crowd out. Those pictured include Bertha Miller, Frances Moses, LaJuan Thompson, Jean Poindexter, Shirley McRoy, Jane Collums, Linda Gilbert, Renee Willett, Marthat Sallee, Mary McPherson, Terrie James, Jean mcAlister, Becky Harrison, Laura Sue England, Glenda Burkham, Shelia Ballard, and Rosemary Pacedes.
On Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m., neighborhoods throughout Hope are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "33rd Annual National Night Out" crime and drug prevention.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on August 2nd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Hope and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.
The Hope Police Department and Hempstead County Sheriff's Office have teamed up with several of our local businesses to provide families with a night filled with fun, food, and entertainment. Join us at the Hope Fair Park and participate in Dunk-a-Cop and other games.
Co-Sponsored by: Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Health Unit, Hope Fire Department, Pafford EMS, UACCH, Arkansas Game & Fish, and Arkansas Highway Police and others.
Alejandro Hernandez, 19, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Michael Mitchell, 46, of Rosston, AR Failure to Appear/ Failure to Comply
William Sullivan, 26, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Winfrey Harris, 29, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Ricky Willis, 24, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
0738 hours in the 700 block of E. 3rd St. 2 vehicle
1540 hours in the 2000 block of N. Hervey St. 1 vehicle
1944 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
0033 hours at 10th Mockingbird Circle 2 vehicle (Private Property)
1635 hours in the 100 block of S. Hervey St. 2 vehicle
1238 hours in the 300 block of N. Main St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
(First Assembly of God Church)
0150 hours at 9th Mockingbird Circle
S – Stanley Potts, 51, of Hope, AR
Mr. Potts was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
0024 hours in the 1100 block of E. Hickory St.
S – Juvenile, Male, 15, of Hope, AR
S – Juvenile, Male, 13, of Hope, AR
S – Juvenile, Male, 16, of Hope, AR
All three juveniles were cited with curfew violation.
S – Ricky Willis, 24, of Hope, AR
Mr. Willis was cited for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. The original incident occurred on February 19th, 2016 in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. (Wal-Mart).
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The federal judge overseeing a civil rights lawsuit by the Mineral Springs School District and Superintendent Curtis Turner filed against Hempstead County, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key, the State Board of Education and the Arkansas Department of Education has apparently rejected a motion by the State Defendants. A Motion to Dismiss was denied by Judge D.P. Marshall, Jr. according to the latest docket filing. The State Defendants in a previous filing said the lawsuit failed to state a claim. A similar motion by Hempstead County has not been ruled upon.
The judge also allowed the lawsuit to be amended to include new State Board of Education members Fitz Hill and Ouida Newton, who were recently appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to replace Toyce Newton and Vicki Saviers.
Superintendent Turner and the Mineral Springs School District and Board filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas February 29. That filing contained a number of allegations including white students and black athletes being encouraged to enroll in the Nashville School District and tax revenue from the John Turk Power Plant near McNab in the former Saratoga School District being diverted to other school districts within Hempstead County.
special thanks to Saratoga, Ark Digest
U.S. Senators John Boozman, Tom Cotton, and U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman issued statements in support of $1 million in federal funding recently awarded to the city of Texarkana, Arkansas, for drainage system improvements and reconstruction of the “U of A Way” road structure, serving the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana campus.
The funding was awarded by the Economic Development Administration. According to the EDA, the street has been prone to flooding problems because of light duty pavement and poor drainage conditions. The new construction will expand the pavement’s width in order to improve safety and provide needed space for truck traffic, the EDA said.
The EDA said the road improvement’s economic impact would create 11 jobs, save an additional 65 jobs, and attract $14.5 million in private investment.
“Improving infrastructure is key to economic development and growth,” Boozman said. “This grant is an investment in Texarkana that will help pave the way for economic opportunity and job creation."
“I am confident that these hard-earned taxpayer dollars will be a positive investment in the Texarkana community,” Cotton said.
“I am pleased the Economic Development Administration has awarded $1 million to Texarkana and Miller County,” Westerman said. “This is a unique opportunity to invest in infrastructure which will create true economic benefits for years to come. The private sector jobs and investment that will result from these drainage improvements will benefit the entire Texarkana region.”
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