Friday, June 28, 2013

Law and Order in the Ozarks (Part CXVI): Traffic stop ends in arrests

The June 26, 2013 issue of the Newton County Times features that front-page headline:  "Traffic stop ends in arrests."  The story's lede follows:
Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape said that three people were arrested on June 2 from a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle resulting in the discovery of controlled substance and firearms.

Slape stated suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana along with two handguns and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.  Arrested were Abraham Campbell 29, of Hasty, Caleb Campbell 28, of Hasty and Ryan Lewis, 21, of Jasper.  Each was charged with a variety of offenses, some of which included with Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of Methamphetamines with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The others were charged with similar offenses.  Bond was set at $25,000 each.  
In other news:
  • "Buffalo River Elk Festival this weekend"
  • Health Unit Observes 100th Anniversary:  This story reports on an open house to celebrate the 100 years of public service of the Newton County Health Unit.  The unit provides a number of services, including this shockingly comprehensive list, and I quote:  
Infectious Disease Prevention & Control; Immunizations; Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control; WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program and Women's Reproductive Health.  It also provides environmental health services, including Safe Drinking Water, On-site Wastewater Program and Food & Milk Programs, Heating, Ventilation, air Conditioning and Refrigeration and Plumbing Program.  In the area of Home Services, the unit oversees home care, personal care, ElderChoices, hospice, Maternal and Infant Services and community based case management for the elderly.  It also has access to the Public Health Laboratory in Little Rock.  The health unit sets the stage for community services such as Hometown Health Unit Improvement which brings together a wide range of people and organizations to identify community health problems and plan ways to solve them and the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care that provides technical assistance to organizations and communities to expand access to primary care for Arkansas by recruiting health care professionals in rural areas and providing technical assistance to Arkansas' 28 Critical Access Hospitals.
  • In related news, the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, in neighboring Boone County, announces the addition of a new Psychiatric Medical Director, Lara Huffman. Among her roots to the area are her college experience at Rhodes College in Memphis and medical school at the University of Tennessee. She did her three-year psychiatry residency at the University of Arkansas. She is married to an attorney licensed to practice in Arkansas and Tennessee and has three children been the ages of 4 and 9. We're told that her hobbies are "gardening, taking care of her flock of chickens, and writing books for children."

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