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.