MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - Baxter County jail officials have fired a female jailer who they say let a male inmate spend the night at her house after he was paroled. The Baxter Bulletin reports a termination letter says Rose Gomez passed a note on September 8th to a male inmate who is charged with burglary and theft. The letter also states Gomez was previously disciplined in February after admitting she let the man stay overnight at her home while he was temporarily released.
FULTON, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police are working with Louisiana forensic experts to determine if a female skeleton found on a Red River sandbar is a missing Ashdown woman. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton says authorities believe the remains could be 42-year-old Janice Northcross, who has been missing since February. State police have sent DNA from the bones to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas inmate is facing additional jail time after guards say they found nearly $2,000 worth of methamphetamine in her pants. A Craighead County judge says there is sufficient evidence to charge the 30-year-old woman with meth possession. Jailers say they discovered 19 grams of meth in baggies during a "shakedown."
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Nine Arkansas elementary schools have been selected to receive shade trees as part of a state program designed to reduce skin cancer risk in children. The Arkansas Forestry Commission announced yesterday that each school will receive five trees, mulch, watering supplies and planting guidelines. Each school is in a separate county across the state.
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