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(Melbourne) – A Calico Rock woman who has been in jail since October 2014 on charges of sexual indecency with a child now faces additional child sex-related charges.

32-year-old Beth Dickerson was additionally charged January 16 with another felony charge of sexual assault in the fourth degree; and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. She was previously charged with sexual indecency with a child, sexual assault fourth degree, and rape, and was arrested in Baxter County on October 13, 2014. Police say warrants were issued for Dickerson after she allegedly raped a friend of her stepson’s, and had inappropriate sexual relationships with two underage females.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says the additional charges stem from a computer analysis by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

Police say Dickerson’s bond was increased to $510,000 dollars. She remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.

(Yellville) – A Mountain Home man is accused of attempting to meet up with an underage female for sex.

24-year-old Michael Philman was arrested earlier this month and charged with internet stalking of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office states Philman engaged in sexually explicit chats with an undercover officer with the Yellville Police Department who Philman thought was a 14-year-old female. Philman allegedly made arrangements to meet the girl at a location in Flippin, and was arrested on arrival.

Bond for Philman was set at $10,000.

(West Plains) – A child was injured Saturday afternoon after she was hit by a vehicle that was pulling out of a driveway.

8-year-old Savannah Housley of Dora was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by Air Evac.

The accident happened at 12:30 PM Saturday at a home in the 10000 block of County Road 7070 in West Plains.

(Ava) – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for two men who invaded a home this past Friday.

Sheriff Chris Degase says the two men broke into a home off of Route 181 near Highway AA between Ava and West Plains Friday morning.

The home owner was not home at the time of the invasion, but some relatives were. They were tied up by the suspects and assaulted, while the suspects reportedly stole things from the home.

Currently, the department is searching for a small white two-door sedan. If you have any information contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 417-683-1020.

(West Plains) – The annual chocolate festival to benefit the Christos House will be held on February 14 at the National Guard Armory

Amber Brignole with the Christos House spoke with Ozark Radio News and said that the theme for this year’s event is “Willy Wonka”. She also told us more about the event:

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She also talked about how you can try some of those delicious treats, and about the auction held during the event:

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If you want to make a dish for the event, Brignole says you have plenty of time to enter:

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Entry forms can also be picked up here at the Ozark Radio Network, at 983 US Highway 160 East in West Plains. For more information on the event, visit www.christoshouse.com.

(West Plains) – Everyone is invited to sample locally available craft beers and specially prepared foods to help a worthy cause at the 3rd Annual West Plains BrewFest, set for 5:30-8 PM Saturday, February 28, 2015, in the Exhibit Hall at the West Plains Civic Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Plains Council on the Arts’ efforts to promote arts in the West Plains area, as well as fund the Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship, which will be awarded to an area graduating high school senior planning to major in fine arts.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample craft beers from a wide range of breweries. Participating independent breweries include Mother’s Brewing and Springfield Brewing, both of Springfield; Public House Brewing Co. of Rolla; and Piney River Brewing of Bucyrus. Grellner Sales is bringing products from Blue Moon and MillerCoors, both of Golden, CO; Boulevard of Kansas City; Kraftig of St. Louis; in addition to products from Mother’s, Piney River, and Public House of Missouri. Great Rivers Distributing will feature specially selected products from Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, Abita Brewing of Abita Springs, LA; Goose Island Beer of Chicago; MixxTail; and Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, CA.

In addition to the sampling, attendees will enjoy a variety of locally prepared hors d’oeuvres from several area restaurants, including Almost Famous Grille, Johnny’s BBQ, Ozark Café, Ozark Pizza Co., and Sole Café at the Shoe Factory Lofts, all of West Plains. Phil Wages will demonstrate home brew methods. The first 300 people through the doors will receive a souvenir tasting glass.

Admission is $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. All attendees must be over 21 and have a valid photo ID. Advanced tickets can be purchased in West Plains at the West Plains Civic Center box office or Mulligan’s Package Store, 47 Court Square in West Plains.

More information about the West Plains BrewFest can be found at westplainsbrewfest.webs.com or at the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WestPlainsBrewfest.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.

Rutledge, a Republican who was sworn in last week, on Friday asked for a new hearing in the state’s appeal of a Pulaski County judge’s decision striking down the ban as unconstitutional.

Justices held oral arguments in the case in November, and have yet to issue a ruling.

Judge Chris Piazza in May struck down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Justices suspended his ruling while they considered the state’s appeal.

A federal judge struck down the ban in a separate case in November, but has suspended her ruling while the state appeals.

(West Plains) – Women with Heart, a Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will host a fund raising luncheon on Saturday, February 14 at the First Baptist Church South Campus.

There will be a social hour from 11 AM to 12 PM, during which guests have the opportunity to bid on a variety of valuable and unique silent auction items. From 12-1 PM, lunch will be served and a sleep apnea and heart failure education program will be presented by Dr. Juan Mella, OMC Pulmonologist. New this year will be a showing of vintage couture.

Women with Heart is a 501(c)3, whose goal is to educate women about the importance of cardiovascular health and to raise funds for cardiac programs, services and technology at OMC.

Nancy Franz, Chairman of the event, says the funds raised at the event will go toward a new $18,000 Respironics Sleep Study machine. The machine, used during sleep studies at the OMC Sleep Lab, collects information on heart pattern, brain wave pattern, leg muscle activity, oxygen levels, eye movements, and respiratory patterns in order to diagnosis a number of sleep diseases and disorders.

This is the fifth year for the Women with Heart Luncheon. Over the years, the committee has raised approximately $60,000. These funds have been used for equipment for the stroke and cardiac rehabilitation programs at OMC.

Tickets to the event are $40, and are on sale at Kloz Klozet, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, OMC Public Relations Department in the Parkway Shopping Center. A table for eight may be purchased for $250, a savings of $70, and sponsorships are available. A limited number of tickets are available.

For more information contact the Community Foundation of the Ozarks office at 417-256-4725 or committee member and advisor Jim Streff at 417-293-0934.

(Jefferson City) – Committee hearings are underway in the Missouri Senate.

Among the measures in line for committee time are Senate Concurrent Resolutions 8 and 9, which were sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar:

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Senate Bill 24 was the first measure heard in committee this session. The proposal would modify requirements for receiving public assistance. Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, says she wants to make sure everyone affected by this change would benefit:

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Senators continue to work in committees, while the House will be working on the state budget in the near future.

(West Plains) – If you’re thinking about starting a business or planning on expanding your business, the Ozarks Small Business Incubator has something for you, according to executive director Heather Fisher.

Fisher told Ozark Radio News that there are a lot of benefits when working with the Incubator:

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More information on the Incubator can be found at www.ozsbi.com.