Week in Review 2-3 to 2-9

Branson police say woman dies after being hit by vehicle

BRANSON, Mo. (AP)   Branson police say a 49-year-old woman died after she was hit by a vehicle in Branson. Two people with her were seriously hurt.

Laura Curnes, whose hometown was not available, died last Saturday evening at a Springfield hospital.

Branson officials say Curnes, her husband Gregory Curnes, and Jani Moncrief were crossing Branson Landing Boulevard last Saturday in a marked crosswalk when they were hit by a truck.

Sgt. Stanley Kauffman says investigators were trying to determine if the truck went through a red light or the pedestrians walked against the light.


MH woman claiming to be traveling nurse arrested on drug charges

A Baxter County woman, 33-year-old Jaclyn Huddleston of Mountain Home, who identified herself to law enforcement as a “traveling nurse” has been arrested on felony drug charges.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Cotter Police Department officer stopped the vehicle Huddleston was driving Jan. 29th on. U.S. Highway 62/412, after he observed a malfunctioning taillight.

The officer noted he could faintly smell the odor of marijuana, as Huddleston barely cracked the window when he approached her vehicle.

As Huddleston retrieved her driver’s license and insurance card, she repeatedly told the officer she was a traveling nurse.

A check with the Arkansas Crime Information Center database indicates Huddleston’s driver’s license is suspended, and she has an active warrant out of Boone County for failure to appear–eight times in the past two years.

A search of Huddleston’s vehicle revealed six glass and two wooden methamphetamine pipes, two scales, methamphetamine and marijuana packaged for individual resale, as well as other items of drug paraphernalia.

The Mountain Home woman has been charged with felony counts of possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as three misdemeanor counts.

Huddleston’s bond was set at $15,000.


NWS confirms tornado caused damage in Marion County

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado caused most of the damage in Marion County early Thursday morning. A survey team from the North Little Rock office visited the area Thursday afternoon to assess the damage.

The report from the survey team indicates the tornado was rated an EF1 with estimated peak winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour. The path of the tornado was 2.3 miles long and the twister was 100 yards wide. It’s estimated to have stayed on the ground for three minutes.

The tornado formed about 4 miles south-southeast of the Ralph community, or about 12 miles south of Yellville, in southern Marion County near Highway 14. Some trees were blown over along with damage to a home along County Road 6089. The tornado continued northeast towards Crestwood Terrace where it damaged some mobile homes. The tornado then lifted near the end of Crestwood Terrace Road.

It’s estimated the tornado first struck at 4:27 which is four minutes after a tornado warning was issued for the area.

No injuries were reported.

Stan Duffy is the Marion County Office of Emergency Management Director and says three people were trapped in their homes Thursday morning after trees fell on the houses. The storm hit about 4:30 and all three were freed by about 7:30 Thursday morning.

Highway 14 was closed in the area due to a number of trees and power poles and lines that were blown down by the thunderstorm winds.


Corps issuing free firewood permits

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mountain Home Project Office will begin issuing free firewood permits, for personal use, Monday for about 80 acres on Bull Shoals Lake. Permits are valid through March 31st.

Trees were cut earlier as part of a timber stand improvement project. Permit holders will be allowed to remove downed hickory, ash, elm and cedar trees at Indian Point in the Price Place area and Strawberry Point across from Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock. No standing trees can be cut.

Individuals must have a permit before cutting/removal of any firewood from these areas, and selling of this firewood is strictly prohibited.

Permits may be picked up at the Corps of Engineers office at 324 West Seventh Street in Mountain Home or by contacting Natural Resource Specialist Ty Fowler at 870-425-2700, ext. 1433.


Izard County head-on collision claims life, 2 airlifted to Little Rock hospitals

A two-vehicle crash in Izard County has claimed the life of a juvenile, with the drivers airlifted to Little Rock hospitals.

Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley said Monday the head-on collision occurred last Wednesday evening on Johnson View Road near Wiseman.

A deputy responding to the scene reports 60-year-old Cheryl Clement of Horseshoe Bend was traveling south in a pickup and was airlifted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

The second vehicle, also a pickup, was driven by 44-year-old Rodney D. Kemp of Salem. A juvenile passenger in Kemp’s vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Kemp was airlifted to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

No details on the cause of the accident were provided.

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