January 31, 2015
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RAIN:  7AM to 7AM:  .00"    Month:  3.77”    Year:  3.77"   |  TEMPS:  High: 51  Low: 28
Local news stories
        Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident outside Mountain Home Thursday night. Baxter County 9-1-1 said fire and rescue crews were dispatched at around 6:15 p.m. to the scene on U.S. ...Read More
     The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas announced two Mountain Home men were sentenced Thursday on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and ordered to pay more than half a million ...Read More
    District 17 Senator Scott Flippo of Bull Shoals saw his co-sponsored bill to end the "Private Option" stall in committee Wednesday, a disappointing decision for the freshman legislator that serves parts of Baxter, Boone and ...Read More
     The North Central Chapter of the all volunteer Arkansas Master Naturalists, one of seven in the state, began at Bull Shoals White River State Park in 2009, according to Park Superintendent Tracy King. Last year the local ...Read More
     A Mountain Home woman was injured in a two vehicle accident Wednesday near the American Stitchco offices in rural Baxter County. According to a report from the Baxter County Sheriff, Deborah M. Smith was transported to ...Read More
     For over 25 years KTLO, radio listeners throughout the Twin Lakes Area have depended on veteran journalist Richard Hester for the latest in local news. Friday, at noon, Hester will turn off his mic and hang up his ...Read More
        A well-known Baxter County man who had been battling cancer, 68-year old Bob Ketchum of Henderson, died Wednesday night. Ketchum was an accomplished musician, music producer and videographer who had ...Read More
    RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) _ A former minister at Shiloh Baptish Church in Harrison has been found guilty of rape and sexual battery involving three children in Tennessee.     WMC-TV in Memphis reports ...Read More
     The firing of Baxter County Road and Bridge Department employee Paul Thinnes was upheld by the Baxter County Quorum Court -- sitting as a Grievance Committee -- Wednesday, but Thinnes said he had already reported his ...Read More
    In a ruling which came down Wednesday, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled against Affordable Bail Bonds, Inc., of Mountain Home in a case involving the revocation of the $75,000 bond of Monique Cornelia ...Read More
   The Baxter County Clerk's office will host a drop-in, retirement reception for Lois Pangle on Friday afternoon from 2 to 4 at the Clerk's Office in the Baxter County Courthouse. The reception is open to the ...Read More
    The Bull Shoals City Council will meet in regular session Thursday night at 6. Items of old business on the agenda is the police residency ordinance. Under new business, the council will consider the personnel handbook, an ...Read More
     A Brockwell man, 38 year old Erick Dawayne Beck, is being held in the Izard County jail on felony charges of sexual indecency with a child. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says bond for Beck has been set at $10,000. ...Read More
Submitted Photo
Skylar Jensen (from left), captured first place in the recent Baxter County Spelling Bee. Ethan Sexauer of Cotter was second and Chase Blum of Mounain Home placed third.
        Students in third through eighth grade from Mountain Home, Cotter, Norfork, the Mountain Home Christian Academy and home school students competed in the Baxter County Spelling ...Read More
ABC national news
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- “You can’t go back to the way you were before.” That understated phrase summed up how dozens of counter-terrorism professionals described the toll – physical, psychological and emotional – that working for years in the life and death race against terrorists takes on daily life in the post-9/11 era, according to a study recently published on the CIA's website. The study, Counterterrorism Professionals Reflect on Their Work, paints a h
John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd were in the "beginning stages of a friendship" at the time of Lloyd's murder, the victim's former girlfriend said on the stand today. It was Shaneah Jenkins, 23, who introduced Lloyd, 27, to Hernandez, she said. Hernandez, who dated Jenkins' sister, is charged with orchestrating Llyod's murder. Friday’s testimony from Jenkins, now a second-year criminal law stude
Digital Vision(PHOENIX) -- The NFL is conducting a "thorough and objective investigation" into the "deflate-gate" controversy, league commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday. Following accusations that the New England Patriots used under-inflated balls during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago, Goodell said the NFL is focusing on two questions: "Why were some footballs used in the game that were not in compliance with the rules, and was this result of a deli
iStock/Thinkstock(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- As the judge wrapped up day two of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial on Friday, she gave the jurors an unusual warning in recognition of the fact that this high-profile case involving a former NFL player was unfolding in advance of a weekend that isn't like any other during the football season. "I am not going to forbid you from watching this Super Bowl on Sunday, if that's something that's really important to you," Judge Susan Garsh told the 18 jurors. "Bu
iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The defense team for Brandon Vandenburg, one of the former Vanderbilt University football players who was convicted this week of raping a female classmate, is now trying to get the verdict thrown out after discovering one of the jurors did not disclose he or she was a sexual assault victim.ABC News has confirmed that the juror in question, whom ABC News has decided not to identify, was a victim of statutory rape 15 years ago, and his or her attacker was sen
NASA(NEW YORK) -- A retired NASA astronaut is a viral star thanks to his official NASA photo that shows him posing with two unlikely companions.Leland Melvin, who retired from NASA last February according to the space agency, is seen in the photo in the traditional orange spacesuit worn by astronauts in their official photos. But instead of posing alone, Melvin is flanked by his two dogs.The undated photo of Melvin, 50, was tweeted Wednesday by Adam Aton, a newspaper reporter in Missouri. T
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Every day, nearly half a million school buses hit the road, taking 25 million children to school. And while many parents think their children are in safe hands, tragedy can strike in a flash.Michael Watkins was 9 years old when the school bus he was riding on the way to his Indiana charter school crashed into a bridge in March 2012.The bus driver, 60-year-old Thomas Spencer II, and a student, 5-year-old Donasty Smith, died in the crash. Dozens of other students wer
Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd were in the "beginning stages of a friendship" at the time of Lloyd's murder, the victim's former girlfriend said on the stand Friday.It was Shaneah Jenkins, 23, who introduced Lloyd, 27, to Hernandez, she said.Hernandez, who dated Jenkins' sister, is charged with orchestrating Llyod's murder.Friday's testimony from Jenkins, now a second-year criminal law st
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- A hot air balloon with a couple on board taking their wedding vows was forced to make an emergency landing on a San Diego street Thursday afternoon.The balloon, with a 6-person wedding party on board, began experiencing trouble about 20 minutes into the group’s trip.The balloon’s pilot, Phil Brandt, was forced to dodge buildings and power lines as the balloon hovered perilously over a valley.Brandt, a nearly 25-year veteran pilot, fired up the aircraft
Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Prosecutors are working Friday to set the scene of the murder that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with orchestrating on day two of his trial.Emotions ran high as relatives of the victim, Odin Lloyd, 27, sat through testimony from the captain of the North Attleboro, Massachusetts Fire Department, who responded to the 911 call after the body of the semi-pro football player was found after being
ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Three jurors from the Vanderbilt University rape trial said the evidence that played the biggest role in deciding a guilty verdict was video that prosecutors claimed proved four former Vanderbilt football players sexually assaulted a female classmate."As soon as we saw the videos and photographic evidence...we knew exactly who was guilty of what and what we were going to come back with," said juror Todd Easter. "What we knew is that a terrible crime had occurre
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock (HOUSTON) — Jockey Roman Chapa is facing a felony charge of unlawful influence on racing based largely on a photograph taken during a race earlier this month.When Chapa won the Jan. 17 race riding Quiet Acceleration at the Sam Houston Race Park in Texas, a snapshot of the photo finish circulated. He reportedly asked that the image be taken down, raising suspicions.Prosecutors now allege that the photo showed Chapa, 43, holding a buzzer in his left hand. Buzzers
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Several people have survived plunges over Niagara Falls, but no one before Will Gadd has ever tried going in the opposite direction.The professional climber, 47, scaled a frozen section of the waterfall Tuesday, clinging to a wall of solid ice. He was close enough to feel the spray of the pounding water feet away. Sarah Hueniken also participated in the climb.Stunning video from the climb shows Gadd using two ice picks, along with strength and guile -- calcula
Viktor AA!p/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York rescued a boy who was trapped on an ice floe in the Bronx River on Thursday.According to ABC's New York affiliate WABC-TV, the rescue occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Bronx River Avenue and Westchester Avenue. The boy could be seen standing near the shore while rescuers lowered a ladder to the boy, who climbed to safety.WABC reports that there was initially a second child who
ArtPhaneuf/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HANOVER, N.H.) -- Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon announced a plan to address "high-risk behavior on campus" and "create a safe and inclusive environment" on Thursday, most notably looking to "lead nationally" by seeking to ban hard liquor from campus."To be clear, no single action contains the consummate solution," Hanlon said in a statement. "If it did, these problems would have vanished from our campus and society years and years ago." Still, Han