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Salem sixth grade teacher arrested on sexual assault charge

David Cone

David Cone

Salem, Ark. — A 38-year-old sixth grade teacher at Salem School is free today on $25,000 bond, charged with second degree sexual assault.
Cone is scheduled to appear before Fulton County Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver at 9:30 a. m. Sept. 23.

Police have charged David Thomas Cone of Melbourne, Ark., with the crime which is a Class B felony.

Fulton County Sheriff Kenneth “Buck” Foley said Cone was arrested on Friday, and the investigation is ongoing.

Update: According to the criminal information and probable cause statement, filed Friday and Monday and made public Wednesday, Cone fondled the buttocks of a girl who was in sixth grade in 2008-09.

To view the statement, click Probable Cause – David Cone 8-31-15.

Solemn Old Judge Days festival this weekend at Mammoth Spring, Ark.

George D. Hay

George D. Hay

Mammoth Spring, Ark. — The 27th annual Solemn Old Judge Days kicks off here Friday, Sept. 4, with an old fashioned gospel sing at Mammoth Spring School Multipurpose Room at 7 p m. Singers from six churches will participate.
The traditional Pancake Breakfast held by the Mammoth Spring Volunteer Fire Department wakes you up for a day of festival fun at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Sept. 5, at the fire station.
Registration for the hot dog eating contest starts at noon at the Simmons Bank Parking lot. Fee is $5 per person and the winner gets $75 in prizes. $25 cash, $25 gift card and $25 gift certificate to Carrie’s Diner. Contest sponsored by Carrie’s Diner. The contest starts at 1 p. m.
There will be music, crafts and food vendors on Main Street all day long and the annual Antique Car Show will be held at the Mammoth Spring State Park. There also will be music beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Simmons Bank Parking lot.
The festival celebrates George D. Hay, the founder of the Grand Ole Opry radio show who used a Mammoth Spring hoedown as a format for the famed show.

Autopsy on Judge Wade Naramore’s son complete; investigation ongoing — Scott Ellington

Scott Ellington

Scott Ellington

Jonesboro, Ark. —Second Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington today confirmed that the State Medical Examiner’s autopsy report on the death of the 18-month-old son of Hot Springs Juvenile Court Judge Wade Naramore has been completed and said the investigation into the death of the toddler is still ongoing.
Ellington, who was called in as special prosecutor in the case, said he is still reviewing evidence and evaluating all information. He did not say that he had yet received the autopsy report.
The child was unresponsive after being taken out of a hot car in July and a family statement referred to his death as a “tragic accident.”

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