Newspaper Editor Suspended After Arrest

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - The Baxter Bulletin newspaper at Mountain Home says its managing editor has been suspended after she surrendered to authorities to face charges accusing her of sheltering a fugitive, her brother.

An article on the newspaper's Web site says Kandra Branum turned herself in yesterday at the Baxter County Jail to face a felony charge of accomplice to fleeing and two misdemeanor counts of hindering apprehension.  Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said Branum was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Bulletin publisher Betty Barker Smith said Branam was suspended pending resolution of the criminal charges against her.  Smith said Cheryl Whitsitt will become acting managing editor.

Authorities claim that Branam knew that her brother, 41-year-old Thomas R. Wells had assumed the false identity of Donald Dahlke, an infant who died in Baxter County in 1969.  The sheriff said Wells, wanted on a warrant from Colorado, had been living in Branam's house and reportedly received mail under the false name at her address.

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