Archive - Jan 3, 2012
The body discovered submerged in a pond in Garland County on Dec. 31 has been officially identified as Dawna Jeanne Natzke, a mother missing from Hot Springs Village since Dec. 21. Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff's Office said an autopsy was not completed, therefore the cause of Natzke's death, nor the time of her death, was available as of press time.
Thomas Roger Allen, 69, of Alexander passed away Jan. 2.Â He was born May 1, 1942, in New York to the late Roger and Joyce Sargent Allen. Thomas was a member of New Life Baptist Church.Â He worked for Herman Reeves Dirtworks for 22 years.
Frankie L. Gross, 74, of Benton departed this life on Jan. 2, 2012.Â She was born April 18, 1937, to the late, Frank and Cloma Atchley in Pine Bluff.
Frankie was a homemaker. Her hobbies were fishing, camping and spending time with family.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Verna Mae Rhodes; a half-sister, Maxine; and a half-brother, Billy.
J.C. Wells, 81, of Bryant passed away Friday, Dec. 30, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock.
J.C. was born in Morrilton on Aug. 10, 1930, the son of Ruby Lesslie and Jessie Ina Wells.Â He worked as a concrete finisher and owned Collegeville Station for several years.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; four brothers; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He and his wife, Helen Abney Wells, were married for 61 years.
Iris Meeks Silvey, 92, of Jonesboro died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. She was born in Swartz, La., to Charlie L. and Ruth Burford Meeks.
She had lived in Jonesboro for 20 years, moving there from Benton. She was a graduate of Eudora High School and retired after 30 years of service as a licensed psychiatric technician at the Arkansas State Hospital and at George W. Jackson mental health facility in Jonesboro.
She enjoyed watching television and sports and was a member of the Razorback Club for several years.
Jean Wallace Propst, 82, of Lonsdale passed away Sunday, Jan. 1.Â She was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Navarro County, Texas.
Mrs. Propst retired from Jacuzzi Bros. as a machine operator.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Genevieve Besson Wallace; her husband, Paul â€śLuckyâ€ť Propst; a daughter, Alicia Keltner; a brother, Jack Wallace Sr.; and a grandson, Josh Seamon.
The wife of Alexander Mayor Paul Mitchell pleaded guilty to several drug charges in Saline County Circuit Court on Jan. 3.
Judge Grisham Phillips sentenced Genieve Marie Mitchell, 33, to two years in a Community Correction Center followed by a one-year suspended sentence.
Overall, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of methamphetamine, failure to appear in Benton District Court and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from two arrests in 2011.
A Benton man who was out on bond after allegedly using a Taser to kidnap his ex-wife back in October is accused of kidnapping her again on New Year's Eve.
Benton police arrested 52-year-old Gerald Schmidt Jr., who, as of press time, remained incarcerated at the Saline County jail.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said officers were called to the 1100 block of English Oak Drive for a disturbance, when they learned that Yin Yan Schmidt, 34, had been taken from the home at gunpoint by her former husband.
Gary Hollis, finance director for the city of Bryant, and Nga Maufouz, city attorney, have resigned their positions at the request of Mayor Jill Dabbs.
The two submitted their resignations to Dabbs on Friday Dec. 30, and by the end of the business day, both had cleaned out their offices at City Hall. Neither Hollis nor Maufouz could be reached for comment at press time.