Monthly Archives: May 2018

Body Found, Sent To State Crime Lab

The search for a missing child has been called off after a body was found in the White River at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday. Positive identification will have to come from the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock. This could take up to a week, or 10 days according to Prairie County Sheriff Rick Hickman.

According to Hickman, the call for the missing child, Promise Archer, came in at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, which was Mother’s Day weekend. The alleged drowning victim is a 9-year-old female of Des Arc.

That search came to an end Sunday morning, after the department and many volunteers recovered a body they believe to be the victim.

Cadaver dogs were added to search party, according to Hickman. Sheriff James Prince, of Bowie County Sheriff’s Department in Texas, came to assist in the search along with his trained K-9 companions.

The Prairie County Sheriff’s Office along with the Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State Police, Conway Fire and Rescue, Arkansas National Guard — providing helicopter assistance — Johnson County Rescue Team and many other local volunteers had been on the river from daylight until dark assisting in the search of the missing child.

Officers or volunteers have been on the river each day since the incident was reported. The only time officers or volunteers have not been searching, according to Hickman, is at night. The search was never scaled back, according to the sheriff.

“The Arkansas State Police is investigating this an accidental drowning,” he explained.

The only times the search had been called off was when storms threatened the area. Volunteers were asked to leave for safety reasons as law officials stayed on scene. The searches each day were lasting up to 12 to 14 hours — the most possible.

“Thank you all for (your) help, we deeply appreciate all of your hard work and support,” Hickman says to the volunteers, other law enforcement agencies and search and rescue teams that have been played a major role in the search.

“As we continue to work we ask the public to keep the family in their prayers,” the sheriff said.


Fan & AC Drive

The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office is taking donations of fans and window air conditioning units that will be placed in homes of the elderly or those with small children that have none.

The public is asked to please bring the fans, AC units, or monetary donations to the Sheriff’s office on Dee Dee Lane in Lonoke or call the sheriff’s office for pick up.

Also if you know anyone in need contact the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office. You can email at or call 501-676-3001.

Three Overdose, Two Die

On 5-26-2018, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Dam Site Park for a possible drug overdose.

Upon arrival, two male subjects were found unresponsive, and a third person was struggling to maintain consciousness. Park Rangers were on scene and performing CPR. Paramedics arrived and rendered assistance to the Park Rangers by continuing to perform CPR on the unresponsive persons and administering Narcan to all three victims.

The first sheriff’s deputy on scene administered his department issued dose of Narcan to the victim that was most responsive. All three victims were transported to the Baptist Health Emergency Room in Heber Springs. The victim that received the Narcan from the deputy was responsive to emergency room personnel. The other two subjects were quickly transported to other medical facilities in Little Rock, where they later passed away.

Detectives were able to confirm that all three subjects had ingested a controlled substance that caused them to overdose.

The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

This incident is still under investigation.

Missing / Runaway Child

Please assist the Cabot Police Department in locating 16 year old Sara Ruth Phelan. She was last seen in the area of Lancashire Lane in Cabot on May 26th, 2018 at 1:15 p.m.

Sara is described as being 5’08” 140lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Any information regarding the missing/runway juvenile please contact Det. Nick Thompson at 501-843-6166 ext 6.

Sara Phelan

Overnight Lane Closure On Interstate 40 In Galloway

PULASKI COUNTY Repairs to the temporary impact attenuator at the Valentine Road/State Highway 391 interchange require a temporary overnight lane closure on Interstate 40, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, on Wednesday, May 30, crews will close the I-40 outside westbound lane from the Valentine Road overpass to the State Highway 391 overpass from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to repair the temporary impact attenuator (TIA).

A TIA, also known as a crash cushion, is a device intended to reduce the damage to structures, vehicles, and motorists resulting from a motor vehicle collision. They are designed to absorb the colliding vehicle’s impact or redirect the vehicle away from a hazard, machinery, or workers.

Traffic will be controlled with signage and traffic barrels. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

ASU Board Of Trustees Meeting

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees is meeting in West Memphis at ASU-Mid South this morning to discuss several issues including tuition and fees at their campuses.

Tuition hikes are not being proposed at ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mountain Home or ASU-Newport, but there are proposals to increase fees.

Officials are looking to add a $1 Campus Security Fee at the Beebe campus, along with increasing their infrastructure fee from $4 to $5.

ASU-Mountain Home is also looking to add a $1 Campus Security Fee, while ASU-Newport is looking to increase that fee from $1 to $2.


Searcy Bypass Complete

Searcy Bypass

Construction of the 13-mile Searcy Bypass is officially complete at a cost of nearly $53 million.  Tuesday saw the ribbon-cutting of the second and third projects which were opened to traffic in late March.

Here is some of the information shared by Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Scott Bennett.

  • With this ribbon cutting, construction of the 13-mile Searcy Bypass is complete at a cost of nearly $53 million.  Today we are celebrating opening of the second and third projects on new location along the north side of town.  These segments were opened to traffic late in March (3/27).
  • The first project, which extended Highway 13 to Highway 36 on the west side of town, was let to contract in the fall of 2012 for a construction cost of approximately $16.4 million.  A ribbon was cut on that 5-mile section on May 13 of 2016 (almost 2 years ago).
  • The second section, from Highway 16 over to Highway 67 for a length of 4 miles, was let in late 2015 for a construction cost of approximately $16.3 million.
  • And the final section, from Highway 36/Highway 13 to Highway 16 for just under 4 miles in length, filled in the gap.  This project was let in the summer of 2016 for $11.4 million.
  • This cost includes all phases of the project (design, right of way, utilities, construction and construction inspection.)
  • This ribbon cutting is to commemorate the completion of two lanes extending from Highway 267 north and eastward over to Highway 67.  Traveling around the Searcy vicinity is now much quicker and safer.  In addition, congestion through town, especially truck traffic, is being alleviated.
  • I want to congratulate everyone that had a hand in making this bypass possible.  That includes our contractors…The Rogers Group and McGeorge Contracting.
  • I also want to thank the City of Searcy and White County, each contributing $3 million, for a total of $6 million, to make this project a reality.  Mayor Morris and Judge Lincoln signed the original partnering agreement and it is so great that they are still in office and present today to see the outcome of their contributions.
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