Pike County, AR

4 Pike County inmates receive additional charges

Four Pike County Jail inmates are now facing additional felony charges after video surveillance showed them carrying out a plan to bring tobacco products into the jail. The inmates who have been charged include Gregory Pierce, David Spears, Chris Wright and Austin Lawson. During the last few days of April, authorities said they began noticing, and smelling, tobacco products within the jail cell pods. Detention center employees began reviewing video surveillance & witnessed Pierce and Spears start a fight, which distracted jailers. Authorities say during that fake fight, inmate Lawson is seen opening a locker, grabbing a large quantity of loose tobacco, and stuffing it in his pants. Jailers say inmate Wright noticed what Lawson was doing, and helped him get past detention center employees. Once inside their jail cell pod, the inmates then distributed the tobacco.

Growing 90% of Your Food Topic For Homesteading Conference This Saturday

RISON – Growing your own food and living solely off the land is the dream of many people in the homesteading movement, but one couple from Pike County has nearly made that a reality. Shona and Robert Jordan, who have a 5.5-acre homestead in northwestern Pike County outside of...

De Queen man arrested for negligent homicide in Pike County

A De Queen man has been arrested in connection with a fatal accident that occurred in November of last year. Pike County Sheriff Travis Hill said 31 year old Joshua Edward Becerra was arrested Wednesday by Sevier County Sheriff’s deputies. Becerra had been charged April 26th in Pike County with Negligent Homicide and a misdemeanor count of Driving While Intoxicated, 3rd offense. State police say Becerra was traveling along U.S. Highway 70 last November, near Kirby, when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle driven by 40 year old Jonathan Orr of Nashville. Orr died from injuries received in the accident. Toxicology reports on Becerra would show his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, according to state police.

4 SPCSD board members attend final board meeting

Tuesday night, four school board members of the South Pike County School District attended their final board meeting. Board members voted to accept a bid from Kyle Herring of Arkadelphia to re-roof the gifted and talented building and the special education building. The total cost of the project will be $5,400.

Pafford Medical Services expands into Pike County

Pafford Medial Services is continuing their expansion into southwest Arkansas counties. As of Sunday, Pafford has acquired the Guardian Ambulance operation and is now serving the citizens of Pike County. With the Pike County and Guardian acquisition, Pafford now operates the state’s largest regional EMS system. In addition to Pike County, Pafford’s footprint also includes Hempstead, Howard, Nevada, Little River and Lafayette counties.

DQ man charged with negligent homicide for fatal Pike County crash

A De Queen man has been charged with negligent homicide and a third offense of driving while intoxicated in Pike County for a wreck that killed a Murfreesboro man last year. Joshua Edward Becerra, 31, was charged April 26. Becerra was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Nov. 29, 2021 on Highway 70 east of Kirby that killed Jonathan Orr, 40, of Murfreesboro. According to information filed by the Arkansas State Police, Becerra was traveling southbound when he crossed over the center line and hit a northbound vehicle driven by Orr.

Bradford speaks to Nashville Rotary Club

Wednesday, 9 West Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Jana Bradford spoke to the Nashville Rotary Club. She stated she has been an attorney for 29-years and a prosecutor in Pike County for 25-years. Bradford told stories from her private practice and from her time as a prosecutor. Bradford said the thing she’s learned as a lawyer is that you have to care about your clients and help people, including victims of crimes, who need your help.

Glenwood woman sentenced to 5-years probation

A Glewnood resident has been sentenced to five years probation on charges that date back to last fall. 48 year Veneda Baugher was charged last October with Breaking or Entering, Theft of Property and a misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced Monday in Pike County Circuit Court to the five years of probation.

Hitchhiker picked up by trooper transported to Pike County Jail

An Okalona man seeking a ride to Antoine, instead got a ride to the Pike County Jail earlier this month. According to reports, 61 year old Stan Funderburk was hitchhiking along Highway 26 the morning of April 12th, when he was approached by Arkansas State Trooper Seth Smedley, who was on patrol. When the trooper found out Funderburk was attempting to get to Antoine, he offered Funderburk a ride. When Trooper Smedley learned Funderburk’s identity, he asked dispatchers for a criminal check, and learned that Funderburk had outstanding warrants from Pike County. Reports said Funderburk was asked to exit the patrol car so he could be searched before being placed into custody. While searching Funderburk, Trooper Smedley said he recovered a glass smoking pipe from Funderburk’s pocket and asked if he had anything else illegal in his possession. Funderburk admitted he had some methamphetamine that he had attempted to conceal in the patrol car’s back seat, which was recovered by the trooper.

Pike County Extension Office hosting ‘Farm to Freezer’ meeting

The Pike County Extension Office is hosting a “Farm to Freezer” meeting next week. Extension Agent Terrell Davis says the session is designed for people who plan to process a calf for meat or for individuals who are interested in buying locally processed meat:. Due to a meal...

Delight man charged with felony theft of property

A pair of reported thefts in Pike County last month has resulted in felony charges against a Delight man. 29 year old Justin Stone is charged for being in possession of two stolen trailers and a generator. Both thefts were reported in the Delight area. Authorities were led to Stone after surveillance video showed a truck pulling one of the trailers from its property. Deputies, familiar with Stone, confirmed the vehicle in the video belonged to Stone.

Pike County Rabies Clinic, Saturday, April 23

This year’s Pike County Rabies clinic will take place at several locations tomorrow. Christina Myrkle, 4-H Program Assistant in Pike County, says the clinic will be on a drive through basis, with four locations on Saturday’s schedule:. Arkansas rabies law requires that all dogs and cats must be...

Pike County considering couple of byway designations

A move is underway to create a pair of scenic byway routes in Pike County. At this week’s quorum court meeting, Jonathan Lance with the Advertising and Tourism Committee of the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce, spoke to j.p.’s regarding the highway designations. One proposed route is a 24 mile loop to be designated as the Glen Campbell Scenic Byway. The other route would span across six counties and be named the Arkansas Rocks, Mining and Mineral Trail.

Pike County needing poll workers

The Pike County Clerk’s office is looking for poll workers to help with the upcoming election process. During a training session last week, 15 people were in attendance. County Clerk Randee Reid said 24 are needed to work, with the current way the county’s election is scheduled. Another training session will be planned in the near future. If you live in Pike County and would like to be a poll worker, contact the county clerk’s office.

After delay, Pike County voters will receive ‘wet’ petition by mail

After slight delays, group Vote Pike County Wet (VPCW) said that all county registered voters should be receiving their petition early this week. “They should have hit mailboxes,” said VPCW group chairman Jack Bonds, who asks everyone to look out for the petition and notes that if you haven’t received a petition by Wednesday, you can pick one up at any of the drop-off locations.

Failure to Appear warrants issued in Pike County Circuit Court

Failure to Appear warrants were issued Monday in Pike County Circuit Court for a pair of cases involving Nashville residents. 26 year old Alton Mitchell was scheduled to appear yesterday, but failed to show up for his scheduled court proceeding. Mitchell’s original felony charge was for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Nashville man dies in ATV accident

Authorities say a Nashville man died Saturday afternoon in an ATV accident in Pike County. The victim was identified as 48 year old James Lawrence. According to state police reports, Lawrence was the driver of a 2020 Polaris ATV that was traveling along Irene Road. Two other people, identified as 52 year old Kristie Hill of Amity and 49 year old Chad Cox of Murfreesboro, were also traveling on a 2021 Polaris ATV. Lawrence reportedly left the highway intentionally in an effort to overtake the ATV driven by Hill. As Lawrence re-entered the roadway, his ATV struck the left side of the ATV driven by Hill, causing both vehicles to overturn. State police say Lawrence was thrown from his Polaris and pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Jason McDonald. Hill and Cox were both injured and transported to Howard Memorial Hospital.

Chesshir speaks about news opportunity at Murfreesboro

During a recent special called school board meeting of the South Pike County Board of Education, they voted to hire Nashville native Brad Chesshir as the new Athletic Director and head football coach. Chesshir spoke to KMTB this week and talked about how excited he was to be a part...

Three trial dates set in Pike County Circuit Court

Trial dates were set in three cases Monday from Pike County Circuit Court. 47 year old Veneda Baugher, of Glenwood, is currently set for trial May 5th on charges that include Breaking or Entering, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Theft of Property. An August 18th trial date was set yesterday...