Blytheville Police Reports, July 6
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Thursday, July 2 -- Police investigated a criminal mischief report in the 2300 block of Kenwood. -- Officers took a report of two stolen bicycles from a residence in the 1100 block of South Ruddle...
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake, June 29-July 5
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake - 6/29/15 through 7/5/15 Neil Shannon Anderson, 38, Blytheville - theft by deception; Sedrick Dwight Askew, 33, Osceola - parole violation, misdemeanor failure to appear; Justin Baeza, 23, Blytheville - speeding over posted speed, DWI (1st offense);...
Gosnell fire department battles weekend blaze
The Gosnell volunteer fire department worked to extinguish a residential blaze over the holiday weekend. On July 3, a fire was reported at 7:16 p.m. at 303 Bebble St. The cause of the fire remains a mystery. Many of the neighbors around the building noted there were fireworks being ignited around that neighborhood, but Fire Chief Jimmy Hogan disregards these claims as hearsay. Investigation regarding cause is still ongoing...
BPD searching for gun offender
Blytheville police chased an unknown offender with a gun on Saturday night. According to the police report, an officer attempted to block in the offender on the Lucky's parking lot on South Division, but the offender went around the patrol car and exited the lot...
Funnel cloud spotted in Blytheville
Blytheville police have sounded the tornado alarm around 6 p.m. Saturday after several spotted a funnel cloud in northern Blytheville, according to Police Chief Ross Thompson.
Gosnell firemen extinguish vacant house fire
Gosnell firemen worked a vacant house fire at 303 Bevill on Friday night. According to GFD Capt. Darryl Grissom, the department received a call regarding light smoke coming from the house. "The fire appeared to be in the attic," Grissom said. "We backed out and went defensive."...
City to continue managing golf course itself
Golf Course Proposal Rejected By TOM HENRY Blytheville Courier News Numerous Thunder Bayou issues highlighted Thursday evening's regular monthly meeting of the Blytheville Parks and Recreation Committee. Councilman L.C. Hartsfield asked, "Mr. [Cecil] Brown, I'd like to bring up an issue that has been out there for a couple months. That's the issue involving a company called Cornerstone [Golf Partners]. I'd like to get your recommendation or the commission's, about the plan?...
Energy assistance program slated to begin
Beginning July 6th, 2015 the Home Energy Assistance Program will be initiated to aid in the payment of utility bills for low to moderate income families in the Mississippi County area. The goal of this program is to aid any families struggling to make payments on utilities for the summer. For families to apply for assistance, income eligibility will be determined by comparing the households MCI with the income chart below...
Residents reminded of yard sale regulations
Yard sales have been a large part of Mississippi County for a long time, but hosting your own yard sale requires more than just putting up a sign and collecting money. Each community regulates them differently. Public safety, rather than bargains, is the primary reason for these varied regulations. In response to reader inquiries, the CN has investigated into licensing and signage requirements for yard sales within the City of Blytheville...
Fireworks on the Fourth have a long and varied history
Thought to have been invented by the Chinese almost 2,000 years ago, fireworks have been a tradition of America's Fourth of July celebrations since the nation's birth, with the founding fathers themselves watching fireworks to mark the birth of the nation...
Flooding causes concern for farmers, river workers
High amounts of rainfall in Ohio and upper Mississippi River waters has caused moderate to major flooding in Missouri and Arkansas, and the Blytheville area in particular has been affected by the unusual flooding of the river. Jim Pogue of the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis, TN said, "We do expect the river to continue to rise another three feet or so; however, for people that live behind the levee, they have no precautions to take as the water level is not expected to top the levees."...
Sharp moved to East Arkansas facility
As of July 2nd, Freddie Sharp III of Gosnell has been transferred from the Arkansas Department of Corrections's North Central Unit, and is now in the custody of East Arkansas Regional Facility in Brickeys. Sharp is currently serving a 25 year sentence for the rape of 11 year-old Jessica Williams...
Blytheville Police Reports, July 2
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Wednesday, July 1 -- Police took a domestic battery report in the 800 block of Delmar. -- Officers investigated a burglary in the 700 block of East Cherry. A gaming system and pistol were reported missing...
UPDATE: Robbery suspects chased to Blytheville; shots fired
Blytheville Courier News Police are still looking for one of the three robbery suspects who were chased from Kennett to Blytheville and swapped gunfire with local police late Wednesday night. According to Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson, at approximately 10:30 pm Wednesday, the Blytheville Police Department was notified by Missouri law enforcement officials of a high speed vehicle pursuit of robbery suspects, who were headed towards Blytheville...
Split decision, split community
As of Wednesday afternoon, there has been one same-sex couple apply for a marriage license within Mississippi County since Friday's ruling. The County Clerk's office was prepared for this change in marriage law, however. The new marriage licenses, designed last year, have removed all reference to "Mr." and "Mrs." as well as the words "husband" and "wife"...
Crime sweep completed by area law enforcement
The Blytheville Police Department (BPD), the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) and the Arkansas State Police (ASP) performed a joint policing effort on the streets of Blytheville Tuesday evening. The collective effort included at least three state police units, three county sheriff units, five city police units and the Sheriff's Department helicopter in an effort to search out criminal activity through saturation patrolling...
Vector attempts to control mosquitos for the Fourth
Mosquitos might be able to take a bite out of arms and ankles, but hopefully they will not be taking a significant bite out of Fourth of July fun this year. Vector Disease Control is doing numerous things in an attempt to help minimize their impact upon Blytheville families this weekend...
Blytheville Police Reports, July 1
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Monday, June 29 -- Police took a report of damage to a vehicle in the 1600 block of Stuart. The victim said her son kicked two dents in her vehicle, following a verbal altercation. -- A victim reported that on June 6 she was involved in an accident on the McDonald's parking lot on East Main. The offender did not have valid insurance, the report said, and the victim is pursuing affidavit procedures...
Local wireless retailer to give away school supplies
Residents of Blytheville are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign. TCC, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announces today that it will be donating 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Since 2013, the company has donated 260,000 backpacks filled with supplies to ensure children are well-prepared for the start of the school year...
Human remains found near Caruthersville
The Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of a body near Caruthersville Monday. According to a release from the department, Monday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. human remains were discovered in a tree line off County Road 363, just outside of Caruthersville city limits, in Pemiscot County, MO...
Mission to host fundraiser yard sale
The Mississippi County Union Mission's (MCUM) goal is to aid people in achieving a fresh start with their lives. Be it individuals who are just released from a correctional facility or individuals struggling with life, the Mission is a haven for them. It provides IDs for those who have lost them as well as food, shelter, and friends. Individuals who reside at the Mission, do however, have to aid in the upkeep of the building by doing chores...
Tips for a safe and considerate Fourth celebration
While to many the Fourth of July means patriotism, national pride and a celebration of freedom; to others it also means barbecues, picnics, family reunions, fireworks and all too often the risk of danger for ourselves, our loved ones and even our pets. These dangers can be heat, burn, gun, alcohol or anger related. Perhaps as never before, Fourth of July celebrants need to be mindful of others around them both to keep from offending/harming and to keep from being harmed...
Blytheville man charged in aggravated robbery and property theft
A Blytheville man was arraigned today on charges in connection with a string of gun-related crimes. On June 13, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM Officers responded to the 1900 block of Hearn Street in reference to a subject pulling a gun on a female and firing several shots inside of the residence. ...
Gosnell considers Chromebooks
The Gosnell School Board held their regular monthly meeting Monday evening and foremost in discussion was that of district technology. One plan mentioned, if approved, would put a Chromebook device in the hand of every student after a three year phase in. This plan was discussed but was not put forward for any kind of vote at this meeting...
ANC offers Young Manufacturer's Academy
Arkansas Northeastern College Technical Center will host its first Young Manufacturers Academy from August 3rd through August 7th, 8:30 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m. daily. This academy is a free program, and is open to students entering grades 10 and 11. Participating students will earn $25 per day for attendance, and will have the opportunity to earn bonus money based on performance...