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Osceola police chief resigns

OSCEOLA, Ark. (KAIT) - A Mississippi County town is searching for a new police chief. The City of Osceola announced Jerry Hamilton submitted his resignation after hours on Friday. Osceola Mayor Sally Wilson told Region 8 News on Monday that Hamilton resigned as police chief for a higher-paying job with...
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Four arrested in chase involving a stolen vehicle

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A K9 officer found a man accused of leading police and deputies on a chase hiding under an abandoned trailer. According to a news release from the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office, Blytheville Police Officer Seth Rounsavall saw a vehicle that matched a stolen vehicle report out of Gosnell on Sunday, June 26.
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Woman suspected of stealing police car arrested

MANILA, Ark. (KAIT) - A Mississippi County woman suspected of stealing a police car and leading officers on a chase earlier this month is behind bars after deputies said they found her hiding under a blanket. On the night of June 9, Manila police officers attempted to arrest 34-year-old Heather...
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Walmart donates school supplies to Pemiscot County students

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (KAIT) - With the inflation crisis causing many parents to worry about the upcoming school year, a retailer made a generous donation to a Region 8 school. Officials with the Pemiscot County R3 school announced Monday they received a donation from the Walmart located in Blytheville. “We acquired...
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House considered “total loss” following evening fire

TRUMANN, Ark. (KAIT) – Officials say a Poinsett County home is a “total loss” after a fire swept through. According to the Trumann Fire Department, crews responded to the fire around 3:10 p.m. Monday, June 27, in the 14,000-block of Sadler Lane. Around 6 p.m., the fire...

Owner reopens Peggy's Heavenly Soul Food in latest chapter of her soul-food odyssey

About 25 years ago, Peggy Brown was a technology factory worker and an accomplished cook. But a chance encounter with a supermarket cashier changed her life. At the time, Brown worked for Ingram Micro Factory, where fellow employees praised her cooking skills. "Everybody knew that I loved to cook," she said. "They would ask me at work to make them food and I would."
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Avoid fines and fires this Fourth of July

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) -The Blytheville Police posted a warning and reminder. Tuesday, June 28, The Blytheville Police Department posted on Facebook to remind citizens that fireworks are illegal to sell or discharge in the city of Blytheville. “Don’t be confused by firework stands just outside of city limits” said officials,...
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Former Osceola police chief and current assistant chief sued

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The former Osceola police chief, along with the current assistant chief, are being sued. On Tuesday, June 28, Patrick Washington, a former officer for the Osceola Police Department, filed a lawsuit against Jerry Hamilton and Tyler Standefer. Hamilton submitted his resignation after hours on Friday, June...

Babysitter convicted of raping child in 2019, DA says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A north Shelby County man was found guilty of sexually molesting a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting for family friends in 2019 after a jury deliberated for 20 minutes on Friday, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich. According to a release, Travis Ruzicha (aka...

Robert Charles Morgan

Mr. Robert Charles Morgan, 74 years old, died at his residence Saturday, June 25, 2022. Mr. Morgan was a retired carpenter and Marine. He was born in Luxora, Arkansas Wednesday, April 14, 1948, to R. C. and Marie Hodge Morgan. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters: Faye Presley, Phalecia Marbry and Kathy Anderson and one brother: Paul Edward Morgan.

One Vehicle Traffic Accidents Leave Five Hurt

Three Blytheville residents were hurt when the vehicle they were in ran off CR 498 south of Steele and overturned. According to the MSHP, three passengers in the vehicle: 20 year old Garret Jackson, 22 year old Thomas Lewis, and 23 year old Vanessa Ivy were taken to the hospital in Blytheville with moderate to serious injuries.

Babysitter convicted of molesting 7-year-old girl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 22-year-old man was convicted by a jury of sexually molesting a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting for a family friend. Travis Ruzicha, aka Ruzicka, of Drummonds, Tennessee was babysitting the girl at a Memphis home on July 21-22 of 2019 when the incidents happened, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said in a statement.