by Karen Sherrell
On November 21, Matt Orf, age 39 of Oxford, entered a negotiated plea of guilty to a felony charge filed November 1 in Izard County.
Orf appeared before Judge Tim Weaver in Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville, where he pled guilty to criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, a class c felony, according to his sentencing order.
Orf was sentenced to three years suspended imposition of sentence and ordered to pay $9,250 restitution to Izard County, jointly with his father-in-law David Sherrell, former Izard County Judge.
Sherrell pled guilty on November 6 to criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, forgery (two counts), and theft, and was sentenced to six years in the Regional Correctional Facility in Osceola. Sherrell was ordered to pay $35,000 restitution, and is currently serving his sentence.
According to Dr. Charles Allen, Chief Administrator of the Arkansas Correctional School District, Orf has been employed by the school district for approximately two years as a teacher, stationed at the North Central Unit at Calico Rock. Allen stated, “Orf was suspended with pay pending the outcome of court case, until resolved.”
Sherrell, Orf and Paul Shuttleworth were arrested following an investigation by Dennis Simons, with the Arkansas State Police, when Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened the case in February of 2017. Charges filed were in connection with the purchase and sale of a 20 ton trailer, purchase of a John Deere road grader and a Case bulldozer, and theft of tools and equipment, all belonging to Izard County. Simons found discrepancies of equipment purchases and sales during his investigation, dating from March 2015 through December 2016.
Orf was charged in connection with the sale of the trailer. He was also ordered to pay $2,920 in fines and court costs when he appeared in court. Orf was represented by Attorney L. Gray Dellinger of Melbourne.
Shuttleworth was charged with forgery in the second degree, in connection with the purchase of the road graders, and waived arraignment in Izard County Circuit Court on Wednesday, November 22. He is represented by Attorney Ralph Blagg of Clinton, and is to appear in Izard County on January 16.


Batesville Motor Speedway
2017 Schedule
May 12: points racing, 1-2-3-4
May 19: Race #1 of Bad Boy Street Stock Series, qualifying plus 1-2-4
May 20: Street Stock feature event $3,000 to win plus Hobby Stock
May 26: closed for Memorial Day
Classes Racing – 2017 Season
1 – ICMA Mods
2 – Street Stock
3 – Hobby Stock
4 – Front Wheel Drive
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; hot laps start at 7:30 p.m.; races start at 8 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. each day; admission is $10 each day, kids 14 and under are free.
In case of inclement weather, call 870-613-1337 or 870-251-0011. Visit their website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or contact them at info@bms-ar.com.
The Batesville Motor Speedway track is located at Locust Grove, seven miles west of Batesville at Hwy. 14/25 Junction.; 5090 Heber Springs Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550. Schedule is subject to change.
Legit Speedway Park
2017 Schedule
May 13: Mtn. View, Birch Tree, Summersville and Winona Community Night, all classes racing
May 20: points racing, all classes
May 26, 27: Scrapin 50s Super Stock $1,000 to win, IMCA Modified $1,000 to win, and Late Models $1,000 to win, plus Bone Stock, Hobby Stock and USRA B-Mod (ump points, no track points)
Gates open at 5 p.m.; earlier for special events; hot laps start at 6:30 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. Weekly pricing for adults (13years and up) is $12; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission. Special event pricing for adults (13 years and up) is $15 to $20; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission.
The Legit Speedway Park is located at 10603 US Hwy. 63, West Plains, MO 65775. For more information, call 417-257-2112 or email legitspeedway@gmail.com. Schedule is subject to change.

picnic
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host its annual Community Picnic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6 on the east side of Independence Hall. Danny Dozier will provide entertainment and John 3:16 Ministries will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. A bounce house will be available for children. This is a free event and the public is invited to attend. Outstanding faculty, staff and adjunct faculty will be recognized at the event.

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Batesville Motor Speedway
August 5: points racing, 1-2-3-4
August 12: points racing, 1-2-3-4
August 18, 19, 20: 24th Annual Comp Cam/Crop Production Services Topless 100, $40,000 to win
August 26: no races
Classes Racing – 2016 Season
1 – ICMA Mods
2 – Street Stock
3 – Hobby Stock
4 – Factory Stock
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; hot laps start at 7:30 p.m.; races start at 8 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. each day; admission is $10 each day, kids 14 and under are free.
In case of inclement weather, call 870-613-1337 or 870-251-0011. Visit their website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or contact them at info@bms-ar.com.
The Batesville Motor Speedway track is located at Locust Grove, seven miles west of Batesville at Hwy. 14/25 Junction.; 5090 Heber Springs Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550. Schedule is subject to change.
Legit Speedway Park
August 6: points racing, all classes
August 13: points racing, all classes
August 20: no racing
August 27: points racing plus SBS and Youth Go-Kart, all classes
Gates open at 5 p.m.; earlier for special events; hot laps start at 6:30 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. Weekly pricing for adults (13years and up) is $12; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission. Special event pricing for adults (13 years and up) is $15 to $20; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission.
The Legit Speedway Park is located at 10603 US Hwy. 63, West Plains, MO 65775. For more information, call 417-257-2112 or email legitspeedway@gmail.com. Schedule is subject to change.
Look for Racing Corner listed monthly in the Pacesetting Times.
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Batesville Motor Speedway
August 5: points racing, 1-2-3-4
August 12: points racing, 1-2-3-4
August 18, 19, 20: 24th Annual Comp Cam/Crop Production Services Topless 100, $40,000 to win
August 26: no races
Classes Racing – 2016 Season
1 – ICMA Mods
2 – Street Stock
3 – Hobby Stock
4 – Factory Stock
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; hot laps start at 7:30 p.m.; races start at 8 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. each day; admission is $10 each day, kids 14 and under are free.
In case of inclement weather, call 870-613-1337 or 870-251-0011. Visit their website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or contact them at info@bms-ar.com.
The Batesville Motor Speedway track is located at Locust Grove, seven miles west of Batesville at Hwy. 14/25 Junction.; 5090 Heber Springs Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550. Schedule is subject to change.
Legit Speedway Park
August 6: points racing, all classes
August 13: points racing, all classes
August 20: no racing
August 27: points racing plus SBS and Youth Go-Kart, all classes
Gates open at 5 p.m.; earlier for special events; hot laps start at 6:30 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. Weekly pricing for adults (13years and up) is $12; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission. Special event pricing for adults (13 years and up) is $15 to $20; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission.
The Legit Speedway Park is located at 10603 US Hwy. 63, West Plains, MO 65775. For more information, call 417-257-2112 or email legitspeedway@gmail.com. Schedule is subject to change.
Look for Racing Corner listed monthly in the Pacesetting Times.

arrest
Seven to Arkansas Department of Correction
Two female inmates who were awaiting bed space in the Arkansas Department of Correction were transported to prison on June 6. Laci Dawn Jones, age 24 of Batesville, and Lindsey Michelle Carter, age 22 address not given, had been in the Izard County Detention Facility since early and late May.
Five males awaiting bed space were transported to the Arkansas Department of Correction on June 8. Nathaniel Allen Speak, age 33 of Calico Rock, had been incarcerated since mid-April; Phillip Thomas Costanzo, age 51, had been incarcerated since mid-April; B.J. Hinds, age 33 of Oxford, had been in the Izard County Jail since mid-May; Charles Anthony Clements, age 32 of Horseshoe Bend, and Jeffrey Chase Moser, age 27 of Melbourne, had both been in jail since late May.
A Hardy man has been arrested twice in the last few days for violation of a no contact order. After his first arrest, Casey Daniel Clouse, age 34, was released from the Izard County Detention Facility. He was arrested again on June 7 for violating the same order. Clouse remains in jail without bond according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence who said that Lieutenant Charles Melton was the arresting officer.
Hugh Stiles, age 42 of Mt. Pleasant, was arrested June 7 following a search of his property and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stiles posted bond the day of his arrest in the amount of $2,100 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date of June 16. Lieutenant Charles Melton and Sgt. Gabe Sanders were the arresting officers.
A Calico Rock man, 27 year old Antonio Sanchez IV, was arrested June 5 on charges to include driving while intoxicated-third offense drugs, driving on a suspended license, having no insurance, driving without a current registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Sanchez remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $5,000 bond with a court date of June 16. Trooper Rodney Villiger was the arresting officer.
Justin Allen Janson, age 31 of Calico Rock, was arrested on a petition of revoke probation/parole on June 8 while Richard Smith, age 40 of Melbourne, was also arrested on a revocation petition. Both are being held in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond.
A Horseshoe Bend couple were arrested June 9 on drug/alcohol charges. Richard Kyle Cohn, age 28, was charged with drinking in public and Ericka Lynn Stephens, age 25, was charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs and disorderly conduct. Cohn was released without bond while Stephens was released on a $1,040 bond. Both have Horseshoe Bend court dates of July 5. Deputy R.C. Lenex was the arresting officer.
Clayton Deness Carter of Melbourne, was arrested June 8 for driving while intoxicated-drugs second offense, careless and prohibited driving, having no insurance, driving a vehicle without registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Carter remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $2,200 bond with a Melbourne court date of July 7. Cpl. Richard Williams was the arresting officer.
David Aaron Koonce, age 32 of Melbourne, was arrested June 7 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Koonce remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Lt. Melton was the arresting officer.
James Lawrence Frey, age 24 of Brockwell, was committed to jail by the Izard County Drug Court and is being held without bond.
Will Garrett Hobbs, age 30 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested June 12 for driving on a suspended license and is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a $365 bond with a Horseshoe Bend court date of August 2. Deputy Toby Smith was the arresting officer.
Motorist assist leads to arrest
Friday, June 10, when Cpl. Richard Williams stopped to assist a motorist having car problems, he recognized the driver as being Joshua David Sanders who had outstanding domestic battery warrants. When informed of the arrest warrants, Sanders, 38 of Oxford, quickly threw something into the back of vehicle and then threw a small item in the grass. Two hypodermic needles were located in his car and the pipe smelling of recently smoked marijuana was located in the grass. In addition to charges relating to the drug paraphernalia found, Sanders is facing two counts of terroristic threatening-second degree and one count of domestic battering third degree. Sanders remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $3,620 bond and has a court date of June 23.
Following a one vehicle accident on Highway 56 E. near Violet Hill on June 12, James Luke Haney, age 28 of Violet Hill, was found stumbling down the road from the accident scene and was charged with driving while intoxicated, drinking in public along with careless and prohibited driving. Haney remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,235 bond with a July 7 court date. Deputy Steve Davidson and Trooper Clements were the arresting officers.
A Horseshoe Bend woman, 23 year old Megan Brea Stanton, was arrested June 12 on an Independence warrant and is being held in jail for Batesville authorities. Deputy Mike Smith was the arresting officer.
Steven Laverne Paul, age 42 of Glencoe, was arrested June 15 on a probation/parole hold and remains in jail without bond. Probation Officer Josh Morehead was the arresting officer.
Dusty Michelle Powers, age 39 of Batesville, was arrested June 15 on a contempt of court warrant relating to failure to pay Circuit Court fines. Powers was released the following day and was issued a Circuit Court date of June 28. Deputy Evan Jones was the arresting officer.
Theft charges against two local men
An arrest warrant has been issued against two area men, one of which has been arrested, in connection with the breaking and entering of a mobile home where several items were stolen. Phillip Garner of Sage reported that someone had forced open the door to his mobile home he was in the process of moving into. Items stolen included a four wheeler, which was later located in a gravel pit in Melbourne, while a riding lawn mower was located in a wooded area along with post hole diggers, tires, rims, and several other items.
Arrested June 6 was Joshua Alan Clark, age 27 of Violet Hill, who was charged with breaking and entering and theft of property, both felonies. Clark is in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Christopher Lane Eiler, age 34 of Cave City, was arrested and charged June 13 and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Both Eiler and Clark have a scheduled Circuit Court date of June 28.
William Joseph Carter, age 23 of Melbourne, was arrested June 10 on a Circuit Court bench warrant and remains in jail without bond.
Carol Ann Baum, age 47 of Batesville, was arrested June 14 on a failure to pay fines warrant and was released to Sharp County authorities. Deputy D.J. Tiernan was the arresting officer.

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Batesville Motor Speedway
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Hot Laps at 7:30 p.m.; Races start at 8 p.m. Times will vary for special events.
Schedule of Events
July 3: Firecracker Twin 40s, qualifying Super Stock and B Mod plus Bond and Hobby Stock.
July 4: Firecracker Twin 40s Super Stock and B Mod Special, $2,500 to winner, IMCA A Mod and Late Model.
July 11: Weekly Points Race
July 24 and 25: Sizzling Summer Street Stock Clash, $5,000 to winner.
If you have any questions, please contact the Batesville Motor Speedway at 870-251-0011 or text to 870-613-1337.
Legit Speedway Park
Gates open at 5 p.m.; Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m.; Races start at 7 p.m. Times will vary for special events.
Schedule of Events
July 3: Fireworks Show plus Super Late Mode, A Mod, B Mod and Super Stock.
July 10: Points Racing
July 24: Summer Slam Street Stock Race plus Super Late Mode, B Mod and Super Stock.
July 25: Summer Slam Street Stock Race, $5,000 to winner.
July 31: Points Racing
If you have any questions, call Legit Speedway Park at 417-257-2112, send an email to legitspeedway@gmail.com. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.