July 22, 2009 Edition

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Local officers make drug bust

Walnut Ridge Detective David Burnside (foreground) weighs a block of marijuana as WRPD Chief Leslie Gates (right) prepares to hand him another duffel bag full of the drug while Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith records the weight of the individual blocks. A total of 418.6 pounds of marijuana were found on an aircraft that landed at the Walnut Ridge Airport on Monday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
Walnut Ridge Police Chief Leslie Gates and Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith discovered approximately 420 pounds of marijuana on Monday in an airplane that had landed at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport's Swindle Field to refuel.

Gates said he received word from the Lawrence County Communications Center to return a call concerning a tip.

The call was from Homeland Security regarding a plane that was planning to land at Walnut Ridge and had been flagged as suspicious upon leaving an Arizona airport.

Because his officers were on other calls, he requested assistance from Smith, and the two took an unmarked vehicle to the airport. While conducting surveillance, Gates said they noticed two male subjects exit the aircraft, which was a 1977 model 310 Cessna.

Boy dies from gun shot wound

A Smithville boy is dead, according to officials, after apparently being shot while playing outside his home at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Hoxie hears reuse report

Dewey Scott presented the annual report of the Reuse Committee to the Hoxie City Council. He outlined that in the last year the committee had one application, which was Save-A-Lot, that began business last Spring. "Save-A-Lot is doing better than expected in both profit margin and hiring of employees," Scott said.

Crum excels in Miss Arkansas

Hollyann Crum of Walnut Ridge, the reigning Miss South Arkansas, was named third alternate in the Miss Arkansas Pageant on Saturday night in Hot Springs where she and 44 other contestants from across the state vied for the crown.

WR addresses cleanup issues

The Walnut Ridge City Council discussed cleaning up the city, mopping out ditches and working on the park at their meeting on July 14.

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