Top 20 Stories of 2016 (1-10)

#7. Woman flips car while ramming boyfriend’s vehicle

We continue the countdown as TXK Today takes a look back at the most-read stories of 2016.

This year, we’re reviewing the top 20 articles of 2016. Here’s the second of two countdown posts this week. (1-10)

10. Three people extricated from wreck on Highway 82

Three people were extricated by Texarkana, Ark. Fire Department from a two vehicle accident on U.S. 82 on the morning of September 21st.

The accident occoured on Highway 82 near Ward Rd. The accident left highway 82 with only one lane open.

Dalton Ryan Jaquess, age 18, of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Friday, September 30, 2016, in a Temple, Texas hospital from injuries received in this wreck.

9. Feds indict Texarkana foot doc Gregg Petty for fraud, identity theft

Texarkana podiatrist Gregg Petty was indicted for 22 counts of health care fraud and nine counts of identity theft by a federal grand jury.

Petty, 52, owns Community Foot Clinic, formerly Dr. Petty’s Foot Clinic, on Summerhill Road in Texarkana, Texas, as well as Legacy Foot and Ankle in Frisco, Texas, according to the clinics’ websites. A 31-count indictment issued Wednesday in the Texarkana division of the Eastern District of Texas accuses Petty of stealing more than $150,000 from U.S. taxpayers from September 2010 to January 2013 through fraudulent Medicare billing.

Four counts accuse Petty of billing Medicare for physical therapy when in reality all the patients received were written or verbal instructions on how to exercise at home. Five counts allege Petty billed Medicare for “electronic stimulation treatments” that were performed with a non-approved device called a MicroVas.

8. Woman in custody for fatal stabbing in Fouke

A 25-year-old Fouke, Ark. woman is in custody for 2nd degree murder following an overnight stabbing in Fouke, Ark.

According to Miller County Jail records 25-year-old Tarah Fries was booked for 2nd degree murder.

Miller County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the stabbing on Miller County 10. 35-year-old James Fries was pronounced dead on scene.

7. Woman flips car while ramming boyfriend’s vehicle

A woman was seriously injured on Valentines Day when the car she was driving rolled over due to her ramming into her boyfriend’s car, according to a Texarkana, Ark. police officer on scene.

The disturbance occurred on College St. at Kelso St. in Texarkana, Ark.

6. Inmate accused of killing correctional officer makes initial court appearance

Trammell McKenzie Hunter, the inmate accused of killing one correctional officer and seriously injuring another, made his initial court appearance in a Miller County courtroom.

According to Miller County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at approximately 01:00 p.m. two female correction officers were attacked by Hunter within the Miller County Detention Center. Officer Lisa Mauldin succumbed to her injuries and Officer Demaris Allen was transported to a Little Rock, Arkansas hospital in serious condition.

5. 1 killed in wreck on 82


Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department investigated a fatal accident that occurred on Highway 82.

According to an Arkansas State Police Preliminary Fatal Crash Report, Deborah Tilley, 25, of Texarkana, Ark. was killed in the crash.

The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on May 29th, in the 5800 block of E. 9th St.

4. Hooks woman and 3-month old son killed in accident on Interstate 30

The Texarkana Texas Police Department investigated a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 30 that left two people dead. They have been identified as Tiffany Provence, 29, and her 3 month old son, Daclan Marshall, both of Hooks, Texas.

Shelby Marshall, 29, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet HHR westbound on Interstate 30 at approximately 2:25 p.m. Traffic on the roadway had backed up due to another accident in front of them at mile marker 211 (FM 2148). It appeared Marshall stopped in the roadway near the Kings Highway overpass behind the traffic when his vehicle was rear-ended by an 18 wheel tractor trailer, driven by Lorenzo Escobar, 63, of Del Rio, Texas. The force of the collision caused Marshall’s vehicle to then strike a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe that was also stopped in traffic. Both Marshall’s vehicle and the cab of the tractor trailer were completely consumed before Texarkana Texas firefighters arrived and could extinguish the blaze.

3. Disturbing video released; Bi-State inmate pleads for help multiple times before dying

A disturbing video released by the Huffington Post shows a man pleading for help multiple times before dying in Bi-State Justice Center on July 22, 2015.

35-year-old inmate, Micahel Sabbie, was found deceased in the early hours of Wednesday morning on July 22 of last year, in Bi-State jail, according to a press release by Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department.

According to police, Michael Sabbie was in a cell by himself, where he was found.

2. Local youth pastor arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with teen girl

A youth pastor at the Anchor Church in Texarkana is in the Miller County jail on charges of sexual assault involving a teen church member.

David Farren, 41, was arrested on three charges of first degree sexual assault, according to officials. Farren’s alleged misconduct with the girl occurred when she was 16 and 17 years of age.

1. Toddler finds gun in house, shoots self in head

A 2-year-old boy shot himself in the head after finding a gun inside a residence in Texarkana Ark., according to police.

According to Texarkana, Ark. Police they responded to the 6000 block of Summerwood Lane in reference to a 911 call of a shooting.

‘Upon officers arrival the victim, a 2 year old boy, was enroute by Life Net to St. Michaels for a gunshot wound to the head,” said Corporal Christi Bennett. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim located a gun inside the residence that discharged one shot.”


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