by Carrie Johnson
On Thursday, January 5 at approximately 7 a.m., an SUV attempted to pass a stopped bus and struck a child causing minor injuries.
Tyler Little, age 28 of Mount Pleasant, was headed south on State Highway 69 in Mount Pleasant, South Main Street near the intersection of West Road and Pearl Drive, in a 2015 black Jeep Grand Cherokee. Little struck a pedestrian, a seven year old child, that was crossing the highway to board a Melbourne Public School bus driven by Angela Fleming.
Izard County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputy Rusty Ford, Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley and Lt. Charles Melton responded to the scene.
According to Melton’s narrative, “He [Little] stated he was heading south on Highway 69 and the bus was heading north with its yellow lights on, but that it did not have its stop sign or yellow arm out. He said he looked up from the bus and the little boy ran right in front of him.”
When Deputies left the scene of the accident, Melton went to Melbourne Public School to speak with Fleming. “She stated she was stopped with her red lights and stop sign flashing…”
Izard County Deputy Matt Churchwell interviewed several older children that were passengers on the school bus when the accident occurred. According to the report given by Melton, three minor witnesses gave reports which stated that Fleming did in fact have the stop sign flashing, and the black vehicle did not stop.
Little was charged with passing a stopped school bus and first degree assault. He has a February 2 court date.
The minor child struck by Little’s vehicle was transported by Vital Link and Survival Flight to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and was treated for minor injuries. Neither Little nor his minor child passenger sustained injuries.

A scheduled November 15 court date to hear arguments in the case of Izard County EMS Board and Ozark EMS, has been continued until December 12, according to Mark Herrington, President of the EMS Board.
Ed Daniel IV, Little Rock attorney representing Ozark EMS in the lawsuit, asked for a postponement to December, due to an illness in his family, according to Izard County Judge David Sherrell.
Geoffrey Thompson and Jason Owends of Rainwater, Holt and Sexton in Little Rock are the attorneys representing Izard County and the EMS Board.
Sherrell issued a cease order in February of this year on Ozark EMS, alleging that the ambulance service was responding to emergency calls within the EMS District in violation of the county’s exclusive contract with Vital Link Ambulance Service. A claim Ozark EMS owner Leon Cheatham denies.
Izard County, through its voters, contracted with an exclusive ambulance service. Property owners pay $50 annually to the county which helps subsidize the ambulance service. According to the contract, any other provider of EMS services that responds to an emergency call with the EMS District is in violation of the county’s contract with Vital Link.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver will preside over the proceedings at the Melbourne Courthouse beginning at 9:30 a.m.