Local Teacher has Trial Set

HARRISBURG, AR (AP)  - A former Trumann Alternative School teacher will go to trial in March after she was accused of asking a 16-year-old to trade her one narcotic painkiller for another drug, even specifying what color pill she wanted.

Pam Bradsher, 54, will go before Craighead County Circuit Judge David Laser on March 9. Bradsher, who at the time was in charge of the Trumann Alternative School, was arrested by police Oct. 29 after an investigation there, Trumann Police Chief Larry Blagg said.

Two days earlier, the mother of a 16-year-old student called police over the purported incident. The mother told officers that Bradsher asked her son if he could locate some Hydrocodone and offered to trade Xanax for it, Blagg said.

Police also allege Bradsher asked the teen about the street value of Adderall, Xanax and Hydrocodone.

Bradsher was cited on contributing to the delinquency of a minor and solicitation to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police say this isn't the first time Bradsher reportedly asked a student to help her get drugs. In a separate case, Bradsher was arrested by Trumann police in early December on a warrant alleging solicitation to commit delivery of a controlled substance. Blagg said police received a complaint Oct. 11 about the second case. In that case, police say Bradsher purportedly asked a 17-year-old student to get some Hydrocodone pills. The teen's guardian said Bradsher told the student she would trade pills for Hydrocodone, Blagg said.

Bradsher bonded out of jail pending a trial. As part of her release, Bradsher will not be allowed on the grounds of any Trumann school.