I am coming out of my extended hiatus to encourage our readers to join in the Tea Parties being organized across the nation on April 15. To find a Tea Party near you, visit www.teapartyday.com.
I’ll be at the one in Monticello, Arkansas, that day with my tea bags!
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. —
A funeral home might be a place for eternal rest, but police say an Arkansas man saw an opportunity to build a methamphetamine lab undisturbed by the living.
There was just one problem – the funeral home was across the street from the sheriff’s office.
Officers say Robert Lee Lewis left the light on in the basement of the Higginbotham Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge on Dec. 3. Officers noticed the light on after hours and walked into the funeral home through an open door.
Inside, police say they found all the components necessary to build a meth lab. Officers arrested the former funeral home employee when he returned.
The 43-year-old faces several drug charges and is free on $2,500 bond pending a Jan. 21 court hearing.
A telephone number for Lewis could not be found Thursday night. From officer.com
Caterpillar Inc. announced Monday it will open a road grader plant in North Little Rock, where it will invest $140 million in its factory and hire 600 workers.
Equipment and training at the plant will be state-of-the-art, said facility general manager Jon Harrison. Work on refitting the former videotape and DVD production facility is to begin immediately, with production to start in 2010, he said.
Work will move from a plant in Illinois, which also makes mining equipment and needs to make room for extra production in that line, Harrison said. He said there would be no layoffs as a result of the Arkansas plant opening. Full story HERE
The FBI’s Salt Lake City Field office, in conjunction with the Jackson, Mississippi Division of the FBI and numerous law enforcement and public safety partners announce the addition of EDWARD EUGENE HARPER to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. HARPER is wanted for his alleged involvement in the sexual assault of two girls, ages three and eight, in Hernando, Mississippi.
On April 27, 1994, EDWARD EUGENE HARPER was indicted by the Circuit Court of DeSoto County, Mississippi, for the 17th Judicial District of Mississippi, Case Number CR94-124CD, for conspiracy to commit sexual battery, child fondling, and sexual battery. At the time of the alleged offenses, HARPER was forty-seven (47) years of age. HARPER allegedly befriended the neighborhood girls and molested them after gaining their trust.
HARPER failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing and a state warrant was issued for his arrest on October 31, 1994, in DeSoto County, Mississippi. Subsequently, a federal arrest warrant was issued for HARPER by the United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, after he was charged in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1073, Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.
Investigators believe that HARPER intended to return to Montana, where he previously worked as a truck driver and considered himself to be a member of the Montana Freemen. HARPER also has been a ranch hand, working with cattle and sheep, in Montana and Wyoming.
Until he is apprehended, HARPER allegedly poses a serious threat to children with whom he has contact. HARPER has been a fugitive for approximately 14 years, and it is believed that he has assumed other identities to avoid capture.
Name: EDWARD EUGENE HARPER
Aliases: Edward Eugene Trimue, Eddie Eugene Trimue, Edward Trimue, Ed Harmon
Date of Birth: March 1, 1946
Place of Birth: New Mexico
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 165 pounds
EDWARD EUGENE HARPER is the 491st person to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list that was established in March of 1950. To date, 460 individuals appearing on the list have been apprehended or located, 151 of them as a direct result of citizen cooperation.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for any information leading directly to the arrest of EDWARD EUGENE HARPER. Individuals with information concerning HARPER should take no action themselves, but instead, immediately contact the nearest office of the FBI or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Additional information regarding EDWARD EUGENE HARPER, including his wanted poster, photographs are available on the FBI’s Internet Home Page at http://www.fbi.gov.
Chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming a deep economic downturn brought on by high feed costs, an oversupply of chicken and softening consumer demand. Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a company to continue operations while it reorganizes its business affairs.
Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim’s Pride has a number of producer operations in Arkansas, from farmers to processing plants in El Dorado and Clinton, where layoffs and closings have been announced. It has processing operations in Batesville and De Queen, and a large feed mill operation near Atkins. Pilgrim’s Pride also has an administrative office in Bentonville.
In conjunction with the bankruptcy filing, Pilgrim’s Pride is seeking approval to enter into a $450 million debtor-in-possession financing facility arranged by Bank of Montreal as lead agent. From the Arkansas News Bureau
Help the FBI catch this pervert. According to their website:
We need your help finding Edward Eugene Harper. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall; weighs 165 pounds; and has hazel eyes and gray-brown hair. Harper is said to consider himself a member of the extremist group Montana Freemen, and he has family ties in Arkansas. He may go by the names Eddie Eugene Trimue, Eddie Harper, Ed Harmon, or Edward Trimue.
“What’s disturbing about this case,” says Jackson, Mississippi Special Agent Ryan Arton, who has followed leads on Harper around the globe, “is how he has been able to lay so low for 14 years, even after his case was featured on national TV shows like Oprah.” Arton adds, “Harper deserves to be found and returned to DeSoto County, Mississippi, so that justice can be served.”
If you have any information that may be helpful to our investigation, please contact ouror . Harper should be considered dangerous.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – “We lost 2 billion dollars and like any other business we have to stay afloat.” And to keep from sinking, the United States Postal Service is considering cutting thousands of jobs nationwide. Lavelle Pepper with the post office in Shreveport says they too are feeling the affects of the same disease hitting the country… a struggling economy. “We employ about 685,000 people. If we do layoffs it would include clerks, carriers, mail handlers across all crafts.”
Pepper says the postal service is looking to eliminate 40,000 jobs nationwide. There’s not an exact number on how many of those could be from the Ark-La-Tex. Pepper says workers who are not part of union with six or less years of service would likely be the first on the chopping block. “We’ve identified 16 thousand people that are not covered under contract. We’ll see what those numbers add up to.” More from KSLA
Is the USPS days numbered? The non-union workers will be the first to go.
John McCain’s lead over Barack Obama in Arkansas remains stable, as the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds the Republican leading 54% to 44%. From Rasmussen
Go, Arkansas!!!!!!!! Thanks to our friends at The Arkansas Project for the tip!
While all the attention early Saturday was focused on the Greater Houston area as Hurricane Ike slammed ashore, officials warned truckers that less-than-desirable, and perhaps just plain unsafe, driving conditions would prevail today through parts of Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, parts of eastern Oklahoma and portions of western Louisiana.
Early today, forecasters said the center of the storm was still expected to turn north out of Houston, move almost due north through Texas and then turn northeast and traverse Arkansas tonight and Sunday and Missouri Sunday.
In addition to the heavy rain and possible tornadoes, straight line winds — some still reaching hurricane level force — would be felt as far inland as east Central Texas and wind gusts as high as 40 mph could be felt in northeast Texas Saturday and through Arkansas Saturday night and into Sunday. More from The Trucker
From KATV.com – Little Rock:
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking Arkansas consumers to e-mail or text any evidence of price gouging at gas pumps because of Hurricane Ike.
McDaniel said Friday his office has fielded a number of calls complaining about hikes in gas prices because of the hurricane bearing down on the Texas coast. He said his office will look into the claims.
An investigator with his office will have a cell phone over the weekend to receive any pictures documenting unfair price hikes.
McDanile asked consumers to e-mail pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or text-message them to 501-539-0969.