by Karen Sherrell
Charges have been upgraded on Jennifer Lea Collins for the second time in three months, following an autopsy of her victim.
According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Garner, charges have been upgraded from battery first degree to murder second degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, Collins, and subsequently dying.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
Collins has additionally been charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Charges were filed on August 16.
Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder.
Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Proseucting Attorney Henry Boyce stated, “After carefully reviewing the evidence in this case including a review of the autopsy and consultation with the Crime Lab Medical Examiner, I decided that the upgrade in charges was warranted.”


FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR: The Davis Family of Mammoth Spring was awarded Farm Family 2017 in Fulton County. Media day was held Thursday, June 8. Arkansas Farm Family program sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit MidSouth Associations, and Armor Seed. Program partners are Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas FFA Association, USDA, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. See additional photos and the full story on pages 3 through 5 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


Fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility exams ordered
Charges have been upgraded from aggravated assault to battery first degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, and subsequently dying.
Jennifer Lea Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, had her charges upgraded on June 19 by Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce. She has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. She was also charged with adult abuse. Both charges are class b felonies.
The charge of battery is defined on the order as “causing serious physical injury to another person under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
The court has ordered a fitness to proceed examination on Collins, as well as a criminal responsibility examination. Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten.
Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rickey E. Crook obtained a verbal search warrant to draw a sample of Collins’ blood, and it was sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock for analysis.
Sandefur died the next day following the attack.
According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins could face up to a 20 year sentence on each charge.


Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.
Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne. Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 degree programs.
Mammoth Spring High School Graduation will be on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Izard County Consolidated High School will hold graduation ceremonies at the Brockwell campus, on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m., in the gymnasium.
Salem High School Graduation will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Melbourne High School will hold commencement exercises on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Michelle Gray, Representative District 62, Arkansas House, will be the featured speaker.
Highland High School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center.
Viola High School Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Calico Rock High School commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 19 at the elementary auditorium. Video begins at 6:30 p.m. and graduation begins at 7 p.m.


by Karen Sherrell
MORRISTON – A suspect wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle from Mammoth Spring was apprehended without incident on February 23.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Kyle J. Salamone, age 36 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested at a residence on Country Springs Road near Morriston.
Fulton County Chief Deputy John Cawvey received an anonymous call that Salamone was at the residence of Paul Dodson, according to the affidavit of arrest. Upon his arrival, Cawvey observed Salamone exiting the residence, and when ordered to get down on the ground, Salamone complied. Salamone had a blue cylinder containing several small baggies, with one field-testing positive for methamphetamine, several knives, and two cellphones on his person. He admitted that all the items were his, according to the affidavit.
Salamone was charged with possession of meth, a class D felony; possession with the purpose to deliver meth, a class c felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class d felony.
Roork reported that on Saturday, February 18, around 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Spring Police Officer Jamie Turnbough, attempted to stop a Ford truck that had been stolen earlier in the week from a residence on Union Hill Road south of Mammoth Spring.
The driver would not stop and fled south on US 63. The driver turned on Union Hill Road and wrecked the truck a little over a mile down the road. The driver fled into the woods on foot. Several members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Roork called the dog tracking team from the North Central Unit in Calico Rock. A manhunt was conducted until 5:30 a.m. but was unsuccessful. On Friday afternoon, the same truck had rammed a West Plains police car that had attempted to stop it.
Salamone admitted to have been in the 2000 Ford flatbed truck that had been taken from Mammoth Spring, but would not disclose who was with him.
Cawvey said that Salamone had several warrants for his arrest, according to ACIC, with several prior convictions of drugs and theft. Salamone was additionally charged with theft by receiving, a class c felony, and habitual offender.
Formal charges were filed March 2 by 16th Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carla Powell.

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by Karen Sherrell
The filing deadline for municipal office was Friday, August 19 at noon, and the following candidates and eleven municipal races have been announced in the tri county area.
IZARD COUNTY — In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson both seek the position. Teresa Orrick has filed for Ward 1, Position 2; Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Marty McKnight, Ward 3, Position 1; O.G. “Sonny” Minze, Ward 3, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles will vie for the seat. Jackie Coggans has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; and Stacy Stanford, for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Bill Wright, Ward 1, Position 1; Warren Smith Ward 1, Position 2; Laura Sipe, Ward 2, Position 2; Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Ernest F. Lamb III, Ward 4, Position 1; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; and Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Franklin for Alderman: Dennis Taylor, William N. Long, Sue Smith, and Randy Morris. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stevie Smith.
In Guion for Alderman: Leslie Piel, James Roberts, Dale W. Piel, and Randy Engles. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stacie Engles.
In Oxford for Alderman: Lagena Louise McBride, Billy McBride, Renee Everett, Lawrence T. Savell Jr., Amy Stevenson, Randy Sherrell, and Mike McCandlis. For Recorder/Treasurer, Bonnie J. Moss.
SHARP COUNTY — In Ash Flat, a race has emerged for Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2 between Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby; and in Ward 2, Position 2, between Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw. Fred Goodwin has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Sean Himschoot, Ward 2, Position 1; Annette Wolverton, Ward 3, Position 2; and Charlotte Goodwin, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Cave City, both Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier seek the Alderman seat in Ward 1, Position 2. Hana Smith has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Jonas Anderson, Ward 2, Position 1; Eddie Johnson, Ward 2, Position 2; Richard Hawkins, Ward 3, Position 1; Tammy Smith, Ward 3, Position 2; John Ables, Ward 4, Position 1; and Anthony D. King, Ward 4, Position 2.
In Cherokee Village for Alderman, Pamela Rowland, Ward 1, Position 1; Bill Circle, Ward 2, Position 1; Leslie J. Covington, Ward 3, Position 1; Rob Smith, Ward 4, Position 1; and Stephanie Johnson for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Evening Shade for Alderman, John H. Wolfe, Ward 1, Position 2; Billy D. Qualls, Ward 2, Position 1; Angela Haley, Ward 2, Position 2; Eva J. Haley, Ward 3, Position 1; and Dwight Sharp, Ward 3, Position 2.
In Hardy for Alderman, a race has emerged between Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice for Ward 1, Position1. A three-way race for Ward 1, Position 2 includes Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland. For Ward 2, Position 2, two candidates have filed, Corey Gilliland and David Bathrick. Bruce Thurow has filed for Ward 2, Position 1; Raymond Hicks, Ward 3, Position 1; Sue Taylor, Ward 3, Position 2; and Myranda Hobbs, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Highland for Alderman, Both Melody Brink and David Harris seek the Ward 3, Position 1 seat. Mary Jo Clark filed for Ward 1, Position1; Randy Hutchinson, Ward 1, Position 2; Dennis Burton, Ward 2, Position 1; Ty Casey, Ward 2, Position 2; Joe Black, Ward 3, Position 2; Kenneth Massey, Ward 4, position 1; Jack Kimbrell, Ward 4, Position 2; and Mary Ruth Wiles, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Williford for Alderman, Ambie Lester, Position 4; and Suzanne Fowler, Position 5.
FULTON COUNTY — In Mammoth Spring for Alderman, two races have emerged. Joan Baker and Adam Davis have filed for Ward 2, Position 1. A three-way race for Ward 2, Position 2 includes Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Charles Vaughn has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; and Wilma Rogers, Ward 1, Position 2.
In Viola for Alderman, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen both seek the Position 4 seat. Dennis Harber filed for Position 1, Robert L. Wray, Position 2; Duane Barber, Position 3; and Vearl Downum, Position 5.

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GOING FOR THE DP: Mammoth Spring’s Lucas Jeffers fires to first to try and complete the double play as Viola’s Alex Waltrip slides in trying to break it up. See full story and additional photos in the April 13 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CHAMPIONS: Mammoth Spring Jr. Lady Bears show off their year end trophies, the Conference and District Championships. See additional District Tournament action on page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/Donell Russell

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Over the course of the past year, officers with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Spring Police Department, Salem Police Department and Arkansas State Police have been conducting a drug investigation of methamphetamine distribution in Fulton County. Officers have made over 20 arrests related to the distribution of methamphetamine in this case with more arrests to come, and have seized thousands of dollars worth of narcotics in the ongoing investigation. The charges range from simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
On August 5, 46 year old Lanny R. McCormick of Viola was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 6, 47 year old James William Braddock of Viola was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On August 8, 46 year old Kimberly Hall of Viola was arrested for DWI Drugs, Driving on a Suspended License and Refusal to Submit a Chemical Test.
On August 8, 42 year old Shawn Oliver Richards, of Thayer, MO was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Unlawful use of a Communication Device, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture Meth, a class B felony; and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, a class Y felony.
On August 10, 34 year old Jack H. Culbreath of Damascus was arrested for DWI Drugs, Failure to Maintain Control of a Vehicle and Implied Consent.­­­­­­
On August 15, 25 year old Chrystal Lynn Herpst of West Plains, MO was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine/Cocaine with the Purpose to Deliver, a class B felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine.
On August 18, 45 year old James Denton Starks of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 18, 38 year old Cynthia Deann Willman of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, a class D felony.
On August 18, 28 year old Uriah Alexander Robinson of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony.
On August 18, 46 year old Randy Gene Ninemire of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class B felony, within a 1,000 feet of certain drug free zone; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain, or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, to wit, LSD, a class C felony.
On August 20, 28 year old Scottie Jewell, 32 year old Bruce James Haskins and 32 year old Brandi Simpson, all of Mammoth Spring, were arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class C felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class A felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Oxycodone, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Process, Prepare, Test, Analyze, Pack, Repack, Store, Contain Meth, a class B felony; Unlawful Use of a Communication Device, a class C felony.
On August 20, 42 year old Shawn Richards and 35 year old Rhonda Crouch, both of Mammoth Spring/Thayer area, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Methamphetamine, a class B felony; and Destruction of Evidence, a class D felony.
“Officers will continue to disrupt the distribution of narcotics in the Fulton County area,” said Al Roork, Fulton County Chief Deputy.
In other arrests, on August 6, 56 year old Debora Ann Wegenke of Salem was arrested for Felony Aggravated Assault on a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
On August 8: 52 year old Stephen Dewayne Cope of Pine Bluff was arrested for DWI; 19 year old Nicholas A. Bearce of Jonesboro was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License; 49 year old Julie C. Matlock of Oxford was arrested for DWI; 26 year old Jacob Tanner Creasey of Little Rock was arrested for DWI; 49 year old James Floyd Daniels of Memphis, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 9, 43 year old Terry Lee Price of Newbern, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 15, 23 year old Bruce Carroll Simpson of West Helena was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License.
On August 16, 48 year old Robert Thomas Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for two counts of Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 16, 21 year old Adam Murphy Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 14, 48 year old Susan Donatto of Viola was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a “Kids Fishing Derby” for youngsters 12 years old and younger, at the Commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located two and a half miles south of Mammoth Spring at the end of State Highway 342. The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle.
Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 12 years old and under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults cannot fish. Adult supervision is required. Come out for a day of family fun. For more information contact the hatchery toll free at 877-625-7521.

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Mammoth Spring’s Konnor Alexander slides in safely under Calico Rock’s Tyler Stowers as umpire Kevin Wray keeps a close eye on the action. See full story and additional pictures on page 6 of the April 29 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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ON THE RUN: Lady ‘Hound Tina King hauls in a line drive during the Salem V. Midland game last week. See additional photos and the full story in the April 8th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton
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PLAY AT THE PLATE: ICC’s Jen King slides safely into home as Mammoth Spring’s Megan Johnson tries to gather in the throw in last week’s game. See full story and more pictures in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton
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WALL OF DEFENSE: Mammoth Spring’s Makayla Cray comes up firing as Elizabeth Taylor dives out of the way. Photo/B.Stapleton

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IT’S MINE: Salem’s Brooklyn Abney controls the ball against Mammoth Spring’s Burgin Shelby. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s issue of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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FORUM ATTENDEES: Municipal Candidates attended the Pacesetting Times’ Candidates Forum on Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. (l to r) Butch Van Zandt, John Grochowski, Chuck Spangler and Bob Barnes. Photo/C.Johnson
by Karen Sherrell
Early voting for the November 4 General Election has begun, with voters taking advantage of shorter wait times.
In Izard County, 470 votes have been cast by Monday, Oct. 27. Early voting continues at Ozarka College in Melbourne through November 3. Off site early voting will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Contested races in Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook.
In Guion for Mayor, Kathy Roberts and Larry Lynn Pittman.
In Oxford for Mayor, Stephen M. Stevenson, appointed incumbent, and Greg Stuart; Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters, incumbent, and Thomas Norvold.
In Fulton County, for County Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) and Terry Dailey (I).
In Salem for Mayor, Charles Owens, and Daniel Busch (D).
In Mammoth Spring, for Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, Charles Vaughn, Rose Pierce, and Wilma Rogers; Ward 2 Position 1, Peggy Smith, Joan Baker; Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Adam Davis.
In Sharp County, for County Judge, Phillip D. Hood (R), and Larry W. Brown (I); Coroner, Doug Wortham, incumbent, and Nathan W. Circle (I); Cherokee Village, District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) and Robert L. “Bob” Russell (D).