The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana is proud to announce that Miltja Jefferson has been awarded the Bridge Scholarship to attend the College. This award is $1,000 per academic year. Miltja is a graduate of Blevins High School. She is the daughter of Gloria and Milton Jefferson. Alyssa plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
May 1, 2016
At approximately 1812 hours on May 1, 2016 Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to 49 Nome Drive in reference to terroristic threatening.
While enroute he was advised that a Kayla Barker was waiting at the Nashville Police Department to speak with him. Upon arrival at the Nashville Police Department he made contact with Kayla. Kayla stated that her mother, Christine Barker, had threatened her and her husband, Tyler Whitlow, with a knife at 49 Nome Drive. She stated that she tried to walk into the house but Christine was sitting on the front stairs and wouldn't move out of the way when she asked her. She stated that when she tried walking by Christine she grabbed a large knife from the floor and pointed at Kayla. Kayla stated that Christine then told her to "get the f**k away from here or else, this is my house
Deputy Sorensen went to 49 Nome drive and made contact with Christine Barker. When I asked her what happened after that she wouldn't tell me anything specific. Christine had a hard time staying on subject while Deputy Sorensen was talking to her she would not give him specific answers regarding my questions. Deputy Sorensen then placed Christine under arrest for Terroristic Threatening in the first degree. She was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where she was booked in on those charges.
May 1, 2016
On May 1, 2016 at approximately 1401 hours Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to a disturbance around the 600 block of Hempstead 11. Dispatch advised me that a subject called and stated that her son's girlfriend tried to burn the house down and attempted to stab him.
Upon arrival at 595 Hempstead 11 Deputy Sorensen made contact with John Witcher. John told Deputy Sorensen that his girlfriend, Andrea Ballard, tried to stab him with a kitchen knife. John also stated that Andrea told him that she was going to cut his throat when he was sleeping while holding the knife. John stated that before this happened he and Andrea got into an argument and she attempted to set the house on fire. John said that Andrea took a butane torch and light it and stuck it to the back of the residence. John said that Andrea told him that she would burn the house down.
John said Andrea grabbed a kitchen knife and started trying to stab him with the knife John also advised that during the argument Andrea hit him several times.
Deputy Sorensen then spoke with a witness who said. That he was with John and Andrea when they started fighting. And saw Andrea attempt to stab John with the kitchen knife. Witness stated that Andrea told John that she would cut his throat while he was sleeping.
Deputy Sorensen recovered the knife and butane/torch bottle the victim then showed Deputy a burn mark on the Northeast side of the residence. John told Deputy Sorensen that this was the spot where Andrea stuck the torch to the residence at. Deputy Sorensen located a black handle kitchen knife laying in the yard and collected it for evidence.
Deputy Sorensen arrested Andrea Ballard and transported her to the Hempstead County Detention Center for the charges of Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threatening 1st, and Domestic Battery 3rd. and is now awaiting a first court appearance.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
Horse Riding Accident
May 1, 2016
At approximately 1709 hours on May 1, 2016 Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to 541 Hempstead 11 in reference to a Medical Emergency. Dispatch advised me that all she had been told by the caller was that they needed an ambulance as soon as possible.
Upon arrival he made contact with Allen Young and Justin Schobey They stated that Wesley Schobey had been riding horses when the one he was riding bucked and fell on top of him. They stated that he couldn't remember anything that had happened. Pafford EMS arrived on scene at approximately the same time as the deputy and started administering medical assistance to Wesley. Pafford EMS the called for Life net to airlift Wesley to Saint Michaels in Texarkana. Life net then arrived on scene and transported Wesley for his injuries.
Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property
April 30, 2016
At approximately 1530 hours on April 30, 2016 Deputy Luke Sorensen was dispatched to the 700 block of Hempstead 185 at the Moonshine Cemetery in reference to a breaking or Entering.
Upon arrival he made contact with Edward Yarbrough of Mabelvale, Arkansas stated that his sister noticed that their cabins at the cemetery had been broken into. He stated that she had cleaned up the small cabin in the front of the clearing and put a board over the broken window before he had arrived.
Mr. Yarbrough showed me Cabin A which was closest to the front of the clearing. Deputy Sorensen observed the front window had been covered up with plastic and a board. Victim stated that It appeared they broke the front window and climbed through to open the door. Victim stated that from Cabin A he was missing
" 1-55 Gallon drum that had been converted into a deer feeder
" 4- Coleman propane lanterns
" 2- White plastic shelves
" As well as 4 treated oak beams that were located in front of cabin A, he stated that they were twenty feet long and approximately 7 inches by 14 inches wide.
Victim stated that the cabins have been broken into several times before, they just haven't reported it. He then showed the deputy cabin B which was in the middle of the clearing, it had not been broken into and showed no signs of them attempting to gain entrance to it. Victim then showed deputy Sorensen Cabin C which is in the back of the clearing in the Woodline. The front window of Cabin C had been broken out. Victim stated that when he looked at it the locks on the window were undone, where they are usually kept locked. Victim stated that the door was unlocked when he saw it. It appeared that they broke the window and gained access to the house via the window. He stated that the items he noticed missing from cabin C were as follows
" 1- Kerosene heater of unknown make or model
" 2 Coleman propane lanterns
" 1- principal brand 27" tower fan
" 1- fish fryer of unknown make or model.
April 30, 2016
On April 30, 2016 at approximately 1127 hours Deputy Matt Dunham was contacted by dispatch and advised that Austin Corn, of Texarkana, wanted a Deputy to meet him at the Blevins Red-E-Mart in reference to his four wheeler being stolen at Hillarosa.
Upon arrival he made contact with Austin Corn who stated that someone stole his Polaris Ranger. Austin said that he was riding with a group of friends that he just met. Austin told me that he decided to go home when it started storming.
Austin stated that he left his ATV and 16 foot trailer in the camp area that they were staying at. Austin said that he took the key with him. Austin told deputy Dunham that he left around 2000 hours. And that when he went back this morning he could not locate his ATV or trailer.
Austin described the ATV as a 2015 model Polaris Ranger, 900XP, white in color. Austin said that the ATV has a custom white paint job and white speakers on it. Austin stated that there is also a decal that says "ICEE" on the back of the ATV Austin also told me that the ATV has discover truck tires on it. The Polaris Ranger entered into NCIC as stolen.
April 29, 2016
On April 29, 2016 at approximately 1146 hours deputies were dispatched to a vacant house that was on fire in the 700 block of Hempstead 27 South.
Upon arrival at 565 Hempstead 27 South Bingen Fire Department was on scene putting the fire out. The residence was a total loss. . Deputies walked around the residence to see if they could locate any evidence of someone setting the fire. And were unsuccessful in locating anything, there were several trees that were close to the residence. On this day there were several thunderstorms with lighting.
The owner stated that there was no electricity to the residence said that he believes lighting may have started the fire.
April 29, 2016
At approximately 1709 hours on April 29, 2016 Deputy Luke Sorensen was dispatched to 136 Cameron Hills in reference to a possible fire caused by lightning strike.
Upon arrival made contact with Pat Chambless. Who stated that she was sitting in her house when she heard a lightning strike that sounded like it hit her house. She stated that she thought it had struck the house as it knocked the power out as well. Southeast Volunteer Fire Department had already arrived on scene and Hope Water and Light arrived on scene shortly after Deputy Sorensen’s arrival. They advised that everything was fine and that there was no visible damage to the house. They stated that it appeared the lightning had struck a tree near the house and that was what Pat had heard.
April 29, 2016
At approximately 1920 hours on 04/29/16 Sgt. Jim Bush was dispatched to (Hillarosa ATV Park) 6252 Highway 29 North in reference to a domestic disturbance. The Victim, a 29 year old female of Broken Bow, Ok, stated that she went with her fiancé to the Hillarosa ATV Park
Victim met Sgt. Bush at the front gates of the ATV Park she advised me that she got into an argument with her Fiancé’ and he told her to get all of her property out of his truck. She stated that she started getting her property and he got mad because she was not doing it fast enough and started throwing her property into the mud. She stated that she pushed him away and he pushed her back. She stated that he then got on his four-wheeler and rode off somewhere. Victim stated that she did not have any injuries and was not worried about trying to pursue any charges Sgt. Bush did not observe any injuries or anything that would indicate that the fight between her and her fiancé’ was any worse that she was
Telling the Deputy.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana 2016 commencement ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Hempstead Hall on the Hope Campus. Several special guests from the University of Arkansas System will be in attendance to honor graduating students. Dr. Donald Bobbitt, President of the University of Arkansas System, and David H. Pryor, Vice Chairman of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, along with Ben Hyneman, and John Goodson, both Trustees on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, will be in attendance. The public is also invited to attend this event and celebrate the accomplishments of these students.
Daulton Brewer recently presented a Hope Lions Club scholarship to Seth Henry Kirkham of Blevins. The presentation came at the annual Blevins Award Ceremony.
Jill Bobo speaks to the Hope Lions 5/2/16...she talked about the success of last week's annual U of A Hope Fish Fry. Approximately 500 people were served
Sharon Wright gave the Hope Lions an update on the annual Christian Charitable Clinic Fish Fry set for Tuesday May 10th 4:30pm to 7pm at the Fair Park Community Center. Tickets are available from CCMC volunteers.
The Hope Lions received an award for inducting more new members than any other large club in the state. District Governor John Collier presents a patch to President Nancy Bailey on May 2nd.