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Arms Case Overturned by Arkansas Supreme Court

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Supreme Court of Arkansas has overturned a Polk County jury’s landmark decision that was later affirmed by the Arkansas Court of Appeals in the case of Melissa McCann Arms. Arms was convicted on January 13, 2014, of one count of Introduction of a Controlled Substance into the Body of Another Person, for which she was ...

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Rose Conviction Upheld by Arkansas Court of Appeals

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Arkansas Court of Appeals denied the case of Lori Rose, age 40, who was convicted in October 2014 of Aggravated Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery (2nd Degree), and Terroristic Threatening (2nd Degree) for the shooting of Billy Vaught in his home in November 2013. At the conclusion of the State’s case, Rose moved for ...

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Donna Jane Howell

Donna Jane Howell, age 52, of Mena, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in Little Rock.  She was born on Sunday, November 11, 1962 to Elijah and Betty Jane Wilson Pate in Mena, Arkansas. Donna was a woman that lived her life to the fullest, by first living for her Lord.  She attended Light of ...

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Nellie Mae Lance

Nellie Mae Lance, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday, October 1, 2015 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born in Montgomery County, Arkansas on February 13, 1935 to the late Troy Edward Quinn and the late Grace Lee Spake Quinn. She was married to the late Herbert Hoover Lance and was a ...

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John Peter Damien Berry

John Peter Damien Berry, “Pete”, age 66 of Mena, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 2, 2015.   Pete was born July 7, 1949 at home in Mena, Arkansas to Henry Wallace Berry and Mary Jane (Lyle) Berry. Pete was a Master Electrician by trade and enjoyed the outdoors. Pete loved hunting, fishing, and driving back roads. ...

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Charles William Taylor

Charles William Taylor, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, October 4,, 2015 in Mena. He was born in Jasper County, Missouri on December 05, 1941 to the late Ralph D. Taylor and late Helen Van Hooser Taylor. He was married to Meayrene Harroff Taylor.  Charles worked as machinist in the tool industry and served his country in United States ...

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Betty Jo Webb

Betty Jo Webb, age 81, of Big Cedar, Oklahoma formerly of Mena, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015 in Oklahoma. She was born in Athens, Louisiana on May 23, 1934 to the late Benjamin F. Sewell and the late Olice Lorene Davidson Sewell. Betty was married to the late Harvel Eugene Webb for 50 years. Betty spent her life caring ...

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Brooke L. Goodner

Brooke L. Goodner, age 34, of Pine Ridge, Arkansas passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 in Mena. She was born September 28, 1980, in Mena, Arkansas to her loving parents Jim and Cindy Goodner. Brooke was a devoted mother to her daughter, Izabella, and loved spending precious time with her. Brooke loved celebrating life with her family doing Razor riding, ...

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Amanda “Mandy” Lee Bissell Watts

Amanda “Mandy” Lee Bissell Watts, age 37, of Fort Smith, formerly of Mena, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Peachtree Hospice in Fort Smith. She was born on Monday, November 28, 1977 to Samuel Leon and Belinda Lee (Thomas) Bissell in Mena, Arkansas. Mandy was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was very ...

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Katie Wachtman

Katie Wachtman, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Mena, Arkansas Katie was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 15, 1944 to Arnold H. Ritzheimer and Roberta E. Raith Ritzheimer. She was married to Chuck Wachtman and attended Union Mission Pentecostal Church in Mena. She was a volunteer with Humane Society of the Ouachitas ...

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