Bond Set at $1 Million for Suspect Charged in Fatal Newport Restaurant Crash

SEPTEMBER 8, 2006 - Posted at 2:10 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT, AR - A district judge today set bond at $1 million for a man charged with two counts of manslaughter after he allegedly drove his pickup truck into a Hardee's restaurant and killed two recent retirees from the Newport Special School District.

Police say 61-year-old Beverly Tapp and 67-year-old Hilda Jane Wright died after Tuesday night's accident.  Gary Nicholson, 44, faces manslaughter and other charges and is to be arraigned October 31.

Tapp was a former English teacher and Wright was a former secretary.  Five others were injured in the accident along Arkansas 367.

Prosecutor Henry Boyce said he filed paperwork Wednesday to revoke Nicholson's probation from a drug conviction.  Court records said Nicholson had twice admitted using cocaine while on probation.

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