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Devil's Backbone

Devil’s Backbone

Harrison, Ark., police chief’s son dies in fall from Devil’s Backbone at Bull Shoals Lake
Boone County SheriffBoone County, Ark. — Two teenage boys died here, near Diamond City, Sunday when the bluff they were walking on gave away.
A statement by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred at about 6:37 p.m.. According to witnesses a five-foot section of the ledge they were walking on collapsed, killing both boys.
According to Boone County, Casey Ruley, 19, was killed in the fall, and Paul A. Woodruff, 19, fell into the lake and was not recovered until mid Monday morning. Both boys are from Harrison Ark.
Police described it as a tragic accident. Woodruff was the son of Harrison Police Chief Paul Woodruff, and Ruley was the son of former Harrison police officer Brandon Ruley.

Mountain Home, Ark., man injured after jumping out of a moving car
Baxter County Sheriff 2Baxter County, Ark — A 19-year-old Mountain Home man was injured Saturday night when he jumped out of a car that was travelling about 30 MPH on U.S. Highway 5 South in Briarcliff.
Shane Lee Thomas was transported to a Springfield, Mo., hospital in critical condition by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies and medical personnel after being found unresponsive on the road.
Police said Thomas had left a residence on Scenic Drive in Salesville to which the Sheriff’s deputies had been called.
Police said a second passenger in the car also jumped out to go to Thomas’s assistance but was uninjured.

Twenty-five year-old woman charged with conspiracy to commit murder
Missouri State Highway Patrol logoLake Ozark, Mo — A 25-year-old Sunrise Beach woman has been arrested and charged with plotting to kill a member of her family.
Jessica C. Swearingen was arrested Thursday following an investigation by the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.

Jessica Swearingen

Jessica Swearingen

She is accused of contacting an undercover officer to arrange the murder of her stepfather.

Swearingen was charged Friday with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.

She is being held on $250,000 bond cash only.

This information was provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.

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