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Craighead County joins cities such as Fayetteville and Rogers in recording double digit revenue increases for April. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports a 14% increase in county sales tax revenue this month compared to last April.  County officials say the county’s 1% sales tax brought in over $1.6 million in April. 

Jonesboro saw a 13% increase in its sales tax revenue which equates to more than $1.3 million . 

Sales tax collections across Arkansas were up by 7.8%, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration.

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  The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a charity scam in the area. 

KAIT-TV reports Sheriff Marty Boyd sent an email Monday warning of a man contacting local businesses on behalf of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association.  The scammer says the money is for the “COPS for Kids” program which goes to support 2 kids in Bay. 

Boyd said the ASA collects donations by selling ads or merchandise in person with a deputy present—never by phone. 

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Jonesboro Police have arrested a man allegedly connected to 4 gas station robberies, one of which occurred near Arkansas State University. 

Police responded to an armed robbery call Friday night at the Adoosh Mini Mart on Gee St. 

Surveillance footage of the robbery identified 28 year old Byron Washington as the suspect.

On Saturday, Washington was taken into custody in connection to the robberies which have occurred since April 6th. 

Washington was charged with 4 counts of aggravated robbery and 4 counts of theft of property. 

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  While Craighead County has seen small gains in March sales tax revenue compared to last year, revenue in Jonesboro shows a small decrease.

The Jonesboro Sun reports the 1% county sales tax brought in $1,369,216, an increase from March 2015 of 0.32%.

Jonesboro only earned $1,237,155 from its separate sales tax revenue; a decrease of $8,591 from March 2015.

City Water and Light officials say the decrease in the city sales tax could be contributed to an 8% decrease in January electricity sales.

Craighead County officials report a 2.88% increase in sales tax revenue for February; outperforming the state’s 2.3% increase.  

The Jonesboro Sun reports the county collected $1,956,723 from the 1% sales tax, which will be shared with the county’s 10 municipalities. 

Jonesboro also reported a 2.69% increase in the city’s separate 1% sales tax; earning $1,807,225. 

The numbers for February include activities from December.

8 Cities and Craighead Co. to Split District Court Fines

Feb 23, 2016

 

  An intergovernmental agreement has been reached that will allow eight cities and Craighead County to each electronically receive monies that have been paid through fines and fees from misdemeanors or other violations that are collected through District Court. 

Bay, Bono, Black Oak, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Egypt, Jonesboro, Lake City, Monette, and Craighead County all have entered into the one year agreement, which states that the cities in which the offense takes place shall receive those funds on a monthly basis. 

  The Craighead County Circuit Clerk tells KASU news about a scam involving jury duty.  The following is from Candace Edwards' office:

On 2/17/2016 Craighead County Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards was notified of an apparent scam dealing with jury duty. 

  

Craighead County’s District Court has millions of dollars of unpaid fines and penalties on the books. 

In order to get more people to pay, the Quorum Court’s Finance Committee is recommending the District court look at a 90-day period where those who owe money can pay less than what they owe, or receive a tax credit. 

Committee Member Ken Stacks says he thinks the 90-day window would be fair, and it would give those who owe an incentive to pay. 

Craighead Co. JPs to Get Docked Pay

Dec 16, 2015

  The Craighead County Quorum Court is deciding whether to dock the pay of several justices of the peace this month for missing meetings earlier in the year. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports about $4,000 was mistakenly paid to justices this year since January 1.  Since then, 5 justices missed a combined 16 meetings. 

Arkansas law only allows justices to be compensated for 1 missed meeting a year.  Also, state law requires justices to be compensated per meeting.  In the Sunday paper of the Sun, it was revealed the justices were still compensated even after missing one meeting. 

A Jonesboro man is in the Craighead County Detention Center after a Thursday event that put the main campus of Arkansas State University in lockdown mode.  Jonesboro Police say 47 year old Brad Kenneth Bartelt drove on to the campus in a green Chevy truck, doused himself in gasoline, and pointed a gun at his chin.  The truck reportedly had gas and a propane tank.  The first call of the incident happened around 1:32 Thursday afternoon.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says University police officers were immediately on the scene after the truck went to the east side of the student union

Candidates for Craighead County Sheriff, Tax Collector, County Clerk, and County Treasurer attended a candidate forum last night.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

KASU's Highway 49 series continues with a look at the new Craighead County Fairgrounds.  Johnathan Reaves speaks with President of the Fair Board Eddie Burris and files this report.