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A Greene County doctor was ordered to give up his passport and given a $500,000 bond during his first appearance in court Thursday. Dr. Paul Becton, Junior, 68, of Paragould was also given a no contact order and not allowed to travel outside the Second Judicial District without approval from the court. Right now, Becton is being held in the Greene County Jail.

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    Local bikers ride for Sidney Randall

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    Garden plants seeds for a healthier community

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    Bay residents planted this year's community garden Saturday to give residents healthier food options. 
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    Neighborhood group does some spring cleaning

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  • Passwords to change due to 'heartbleed' security bug

    Passwords to change due to 'heartbleed' security bug

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  • Baxter Co. man finds his stolen car while driving on the highway

    Baxter Co. man finds his stolen car while driving on the highway

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    BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A man driving down the highway in Izard County got a startling surprise when he paid close attention to the truck driving in front of him.
     A man driving down the highway in Izard County got a startling surprise when he paid close attention to the truck driving in front of him.
  • Church raising money for family of missing barge worker

    Church raising money for family of missing barge worker

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    CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) - The First Baptist Church in Caruthersville is raising money for one of the missing barge worker's family. Juan Nieves, a member of the church, left behind his wife and five
    The First Baptist Church in Caruthersville is raising money for one of the missing barge workers' families.
  • Special election coming soon for Jonesboro sales tax

    Special election coming soon for Jonesboro sales tax

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    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Mayor Perrin plans to ask the city council on Tuesday for a special election that will allow the city more flexibility in how they spend taxpayer money. Courtney Brown will speak
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  • Baxter Co. woman gets probation in plea deal

    Baxter Co. woman gets probation in plea deal

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    This week, an organization doing great work in our community experienced a great loss. A fire at Acts 5:39 in Paragould destroyed most of their building and the fire department is still investigating
    This week, an organization doing great work in our community experienced a great loss. A fire at Acts 5:39 in Paragould destroyed most of their building.
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    Suspect accused of stealing from dead man's home

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-04-11 02:18:05 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Police say after discovering his friend dead, a Jonesboro man helped himself to the deceased man's cash. Donnie Wayne Stewart, 28, was arrested Wednesday on charges of residential
    Police say after discovering his friend dead, a Jonesboro man helped himself to the deceased man's cash. Donnie Wayne Stewart, 28, was arrested Wednesday on charges of residential burglary and theft of $1,000 or less.
  • 9 year old needs help getting wheelchair accessible vehicle

    9 year old needs help getting wheelchair accessible vehicle

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-04-10 23:42:22 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  A 9 year old boy needs help getting where he wants to go. April is National Mobility Awareness Month and Jackson Shepherd has been nominated in a national contest. Jackson was born
    A 9 year old boy needs help getting where he wants to go.
  • Pinwheels, a symbol for child abuse prevention

    Pinwheels, a symbol for child abuse prevention

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:04:31 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center hosted their annual Pinwheels for Prevention on the Craighead Courthouse Lawn today. Courtney Brown will have more about the event
    The Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center hosted their annual Pinwheels for Prevention on the Craighead Courthouse Lawn today.
  • Police on lookout for stolen machinery

    Police on lookout for stolen machinery

    Thursday, April 10 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:35:06 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Jonesboro Police Department has issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) alert for a yellow 2006 Caterpillar skid steer stolen from City Water and Light. According to the initial police
    The Jonesboro Police Department has issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) alert for a yellow 2006 Caterpillar skid steer stolen from CWC Mechanical.
  • Local attorney surrenders law license

    Local attorney surrenders law license

    Thursday, April 10 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:13:58 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – An attorney from Jonesboro has given up his license to practice law. According to an Arkansas Supreme Court document released Thursday, David Rees voluntarily surrendered his law
    An attorney from Jonesboro has given up his license to practice law.
  • Suspect flees arrest, leaves behind wallet

    Suspect flees arrest, leaves behind wallet

    Thursday, April 10 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-04-10 18:13:12 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – In his haste to avoid arrest, Jonesboro police say a suspected shoplifter left behind a vital piece of evidence: his wallet. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Officer
    In his haste to avoid arrest, Jonesboro police say a suspected shoplifter left behind a vital piece of evidence: his wallet.
  • Murder victim's daughter: wrong man convicted for father's death

    Murder victim's daughter: wrong man convicted for father's death

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-04-10 17:53:23 GMT
    PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The daughter of a murder victim speaks out in favor of the man convicted of killing her father. In 1992, Denver Mitchell was convicted of murdering Willard Williamson and sentenced
    PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The daughter of a murder victim speaks out in favor of the man convicted of killing her father. In 1992, Denver Mitchell was convicted of murdering Willard Williamson and sentenced
  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market to magnify traffic problem on Jonesboro road

    New Walmart Neighborhood Market to magnify traffic problem on Jonesboro road

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-04-10 00:12:17 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The city's Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved Walmart's plans Tuesday night to build two neighborhood markets in Jonesboro. One site is on the corner of Harrisburg Rd.
    A new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Jonesboro will intensify traffic problems on Harrisburg Rd. 
  • 'Operation Spring Fling' nets 17 suspects

    'Operation Spring Fling' nets 17 suspects

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-04-09 17:06:57 GMT
    SIKESTON, MO (KAIT) – Officers from several Bootheel Missouri law enforcement agencies did a little spring cleaning early Wednesday morning. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety met with numerous
    Officers from several Bootheel Missouri law enforcement agencies did a little spring cleaning early Wednesday morning.

     
  • 1 dead, 1 injured in Baxter Co. crash

    1 dead, 1 injured in Baxter Co. crash

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-04-09 16:29:02 GMT
    BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Mountain Home man is dead following a three vehicle crash in Baxter County. According to the Arkansas State Police crash report, Donald Freeman, 97, died Tuesday morning.
    A Mountain Home man is dead following a three vehicle crash in Baxter County.
  • New VA clinic to open in Pocahontas

    New VA clinic to open in Pocahontas

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:51:01 GMT
    POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – Veterans living in Randolph County will no longer have to travel to Poplar Bluff or Paragould to get medical treatment. Officials with John J. Pershing VA Medical Center announced
    John J. Pershing Medical Center in Poplar Bluff announced Wednesday the completion of a new outreach clinic in Pocahontas.
  • Ozarka College-Ash Flat hosting community health fair

    Ozarka College-Ash Flat hosting community health fair

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:24:13 GMT
    ASH FLAT, AR (KAIT) – Eye exams, mammograms and blood tests are among the free services available to citizens at an upcoming community health fair. The event will be hosted by Ozarka College's practical
    Eye exams, mammograms and blood tests are among the free services available to citizens at an upcoming community health fair.
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  • Two arrested in altercation with firefighter

    Two arrested in altercation with firefighter

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:45:10 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT) – Jonesboro police arrested a Craighead County man Thursday night as Jonesboro Firefighters were putting out a house fire.  According to a Jonesboro Police report Doyle Yarbrough,
    Jonesboro police arrested a Craighead County man Thursday night as Jonesboro Firefighters were putting out a house fire.  According to a Jonesboro Police report Doyle Yarbrough, 82, of Jonesboro and Tony Scott Parish, 50, of Jonesboro were involved in an altercation with firefighters.
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