News for Friday, August 18
13 Defendents Arrested Following Drug Trafficking Investigation and Roundup
Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas; Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Thomas Achord, Eureka Springs Police Chief, Raymond R. Parmer, Special Agent in Charge of HSI, Tony Rogers, Prosecuting Attorney for the 19th Judicial District, and David Ethredge, Prosecuting Attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial District announced that 13 individuals were arrested today by local, state, and federal law enforcement as part of a roundup following an over year-long investigation into methamphetamine and heroin trafficking in Boone, Baxter, Searcy, Newton, Carroll, and Washington Counties in Arkansas.
Nine (9) defendants were arrested on federal charges and four (4) were arrested on state charges. Three additional defendants, Mark Mock, Ricky Smith, and Albert Bynum, Jr. had already been arrested on federal charges and are in custody. Law enforcement also executed two federal search warrants, in Harrison and Lead Hill, Arkansas as part of the operation.
On July 25, 2017, a federal grand jury returned two (2) separate indictments charging 11 individuals in Arkansas and Missouri with a total of 24 counts relating to the distribution of methamphetamine. The indictments were unsealed today.
In addition, for much of the year of 2017, the Eureka Springs Police Department, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, DEA and FBI conducted a separate, but related operation which resulted in the investigation and arrests of 4 persons in Eureka Springs, Arkansas whom are suspected of trafficking heroin in that area. As a part of this enforcement action, three federal search warrants were served in Eureka Springs today.
The arrests today are directly related to last year’s federal arrests of 19 individuals in the Harrison, Arkansas area on October 27, 2016 in an FBI led investigation. Of the 19 individuals arrested in last year’s related operation, 18 have been convicted and are currently awaiting sentencing before the Honorable P.K. Holmes, III, Chief Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Little Rock said, "We are grateful to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Arkansas, the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Eureka Springs Police Department, the Arkansas State Police, the Boone County Sheriff, the Newton County Sheriff, the Searcy County Sheriff, the Baxter County Sheriff, the Harrison Police Department, and the Arkansas National Guard for their leadership, professionalism, and participation in this case."
Eureka Springs Police Chief Thomas Achord commented, "Our community and its citizens deserve a safe and welcoming environment in which they go to school, work, and enjoy their daily lives. A cooperative effort between all the participating agencies made efficient use of combined resources to ensure the families have that peace of mind."
Tony Rogers, Prosecuting Attorney for the 19th East Judicial District commented, “I would like to thank all agencies that assisted with this operation to include the Eureka Springs Police Department, Chief Thomas Achord and the Federal Task Force, for assisting Carroll County with the continued enforcement with the federal and state drug laws, particularly as it relates to methamphetamine and opioids”.
The federal defendants who were arrested today will appear in the United States District in Fayetteville before United States Magistrate Judge Erin Wiedemann on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm.
An Indictment is merely an accusation. An arrest warrant represents a finding of probable cause that a person has committed a criminal offense. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Berryville EAST LAB Participating in Solar Eclipse Experiments
EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) is all about project-based learning and community service; EAST students use cutting-edge technology to solve problems they identify in their communities. Often the students provide services not otherwise available in the community. Approximately 200 EAST programs across Arkansas and the country serve as valuable resources for their schools and communities.
Some Berryville EAST LAB and G/T Students will be going to Marshall, Missouri, to participate in some weather balloon experiments during the solar eclipse Monday. EAST Lab Director Andrew Killingsworth tells us about their chance-of-a-lifetime experiment...............
Corp Encourages Public to Provide Comments for Draft Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan
The Army Corps of Engineers encourages the public to provide comments on the draft for Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan before the comment period closes Aug. 30.
Around 700 people attended the public workshops, held July 31 through Aug. 2, and more than 350 comments have been received so far.
"We want to thank the public for their interest and input into this review process, so far," said Dana Coburn, project manager for the Table Rock Lake's SMP update. "Our goal is to hear from as many people as we can about ideas that will help sustain the future of the lake for many years to come.
"The top two issues we are hearing about are alternative power source, such as solar, being required for existing private and community boat docks and the removal of no-wake buoys near private and community docks," added Coburn.
The Corps is exploring additional alternatives for both of these issues, looking for the best solutions.
Little Rock District leadership emphasizes that every comment card or email is being read and catalogued.
"It's important that everyone who is interested in the future of Table Rock Lake gets an equal opportunity to be heard," said Coburn. "There are many differing positions on SMP topics, and we are considering all viewpoints. The public's opinion will help shape the outcome of this plan."
Most Missourians Do Not Have High-Speed Broadband Internet
More than 60 percent of Missourians do not have access to high-speed broadband internet. The majority of them live in rural areas.
Missouri’s two Senators are offering different approaches to bringing increased broadband access to those communities.
Both Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill addressed the issue Thursday at the State Fair in Sedalia. Blunt favors repealing net neutrality as a part of the solution.
Net neutrality is a concept adopted under the Obama administration in which Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all data it transmits equally. The providers are not currently allowed to discriminate or charge different fees for access to high speed delivery.
The idea to do away with net neutrality has been championed by new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, an appointee under the Trump administration. The plan would let ISPs charge content providers such as Netflix to deliver data to customers through an “internet fast lane”.
Still No Powerball Winner - Another Chance Saturday
After Wednesday night's Powerball drawing yielded no jackpot winners, the prize climbed from $430 million to a gargantuan $510 million.
The numbers drawn Wednesday were 9, 15, 43, 60, 64 and the Powerball was 4.
The grand prize pool has been growing since June 10 -- meaning there have been 19 straight drawings with no winner.
The current jackpot would be the 8th largest U.S. lottery prize of all time. That includes jackpots from past Powerball and Mega Millions games, the two largest nationwide lotteries. As it stands, the jackpot would be the 9th biggest Powerball prize in history.
Since there was still no winner after Wednesday's numbers were drawn, the payout will continue to climb until the next drawing on Saturday.
There's always been long odds for Powerball, but it recently became more difficult thanks to an October 2015 rule change. Currently, a player's chances to pick six winning numbers stand at about one in 292 million. That's why there's been so many eye-popping Powerball prizes up for grabs in recent months.
The largest ever was the $1.6 billion grand prize snagged by three winning tickets on January 13, 2016. And there's been two other Powerball jackpots that have passed the $400 million mark so far in 2017. A $448 million prize was claimed in June and a $435 million jackpot was won in February.
But don't be fooled by the massive sticker price of these jackpots. Winners only receive close to the advertised amount if they choose to receive payments spread out over 29 years.
If a winner opts for a lump-sum, the payout is significantly less. For the current $430 million jackpot, for example, the cash value is $273 million. And, of course, no matter how winners choose to get their money, they'll still have to pay hefty tax bills.
Weekend Events from the Bulletin Board at kthsradio.com
RODEO at Ozark Riding Club Arena
Located at 707 Clark Road in Berryville
Friday, August 18th & Saturday, August 19th
Mutton Bustin' starts at 7:30P.M.
Rodeo starts at 8:00P.M.
$1500 Added Money by Kubota Center of Berryville
Pro Rodeo Announcer, Jacob Wallace
Pro Rodeo Clown, Branden & Jasper Tate
Broncs & Mini Broncs & Goat Untying
Tie-Down, Open & Cowgirl Break-Away
Open, Jr. & Pony Barrels
Open & Pro-Am Team Roping
Open, Jr. & Mini Bull Riding
Open & Jr. Poles
Open & Jr. Goat Tying
For Information call 870.404.8203
Rand Rodeo Company
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Carroll and Madison Library System Presents Sun Celebration Party
Saturday, August 19th @ 1:00 PM
This is a free family event at the Berryville Community Center. Learn all about solar eclipses and the science of space exploration. The Arkansas Museum of Discovery’s Spaceship Museum will be open to board at any time with special presentations and activities throughout the afternoon. All attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. For more information, call 870-423-2323.
Doors Open at 5pm
* GUNS * FOOD *
$10 Meal Ticket (kids 10 and under eat free)
Includes one entry into drawing for door prizes and gun
Gun Giveaway, Door Prizes, Local Vendor Booths
Dinner at 6pm with a message from Brad Clay, Host of Final Descent Outdoors, followed by door prizes and giveaways!
Bring the whole family! See you there!
Living Faith Church is located on Hwy 221 North
3 miles past the Fairgrounds on the left
News provided by News Director, Linda Boyer