De Queen woman suspected in Oklahoma shootings By Patrick Massey
Officers with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office and the De Queen Police Department arrested a woman Tuesday afternoon wanted as a suspect in the shootings of three people in McCurtain County.
According to law enforcement agents involved in the arrest, 33-year-old Alice Jean Dunn was arrested without incident at the residence of another individual in Gillham. Dunn, whose place of residence is listed variously on arrest documents as De Queen and Eagletown, Okla., is suspected of shooting three people in two separate incidents over the past week.
In a report released by the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, Dunn was wanted in Oklahoma for the Feb. 15 shooting of two people at an Eagletown residence after an alleged night of drinking at the Blue Bar on the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line.
Investigators claim Dunn shot a De Queen woman, Martha Gardea, and another man during an altercation at the home. Dunn claimed Gardea "disrespected" her before she pulled out a .25-caliber pistol and fired at Gardea. The first round missed, but a second shot accidently struck a man standing in front of Gardea. The bullet entered the man's arm, exited and then struck Gardea in the chest.
Gardea was then reportedly dropped off at a family member's home, where she was finally taken to the hospital by her daughter.
Alice Jean Dunn
Gardea told investigators she wished to file charges against Dunn. The other individual shot, Willie Fenley, did not want to press charges because he did not "want any trouble" from Dunn. He was also taken to the De Queen Medical Center, treated and then released.
While McCurtain County law enforcement agents searched for Dunn, she reportedly shot a third person - who investigators say is her common-law husband.
To read the complete article, please see the Nov. 7 edition of The De Queen Bee.
Winter Wonderland - Sevier County say around five inches of snow fall Wednesday morning, forcing schools and many area businesses to close. More snow is expected Friday night, as well as thunderstorms throughout the weekend.
Chamber presents awards during 70th annual banquet
Change of Leadership– Susan Alspaw, left, was inducted as the 2015-2016 De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce president during the organization's 70th Annual Membership and Awards Banquet on Feb. 19. She is pictured handing a plaque and commemorative blanket to outgoing president, Megan Smith. Alspaw will continue a recent tradition of young chamber presidents which includes 2012 president Rafael Figueroa and 2013 president Crystal Rankin. Around 400 people attended this year's awards banquet, which honored members of the community as well as businesses in Sevier County.
By Patrick Massey
The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 70th annual Membership and Awards Banquet Feb. 19 to honor local individuals and businesses who have shown an overwhelming commitment to the area.
The banquet also marked the chamber of commerce's change of leadership from 2014-2015 President Megan Smith to 2015-2016 President Susan Alspaw.
De Queen resident Dale Janes provided the event's invocation and recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The De Queen High School Show Choir provided the evening's entertainment while the Leopards girls cross-country team volunteered their labor to serve banquet attendees. Loren Hinton served as master of ceremonies.
Chamber officials estimate over 350 people attended the banquet, including State Senators Larry Teague and Jimmy Hickey, Jr. as well as State Representative DeAnn Vaught.
Alspaw said the evening's ceremonies went great and attendance was strong.
"I thought it went really well and I hope everyone who came enjoyed the banquet," she said. "It shows the chamber that we have tremendous support in the community. I know the chamber is dedicated to giving that support back to our community."
Two new directors on the chamber board were also installed during the banquet, Sam Cobb of Dr. Walker Family Practice and Allergy and Matt King of Pilgrim's. The 2015 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors includes President Alspaw, First Vice President Renee Logan, Second Vice President Patrick Massey, Secretary Shane Haarmeyer and Directors Tammy Simmons, Armando Lopez, Ryan Scott, Zebbie Minton, Mandy Hooker, Cobb and King.
A variety of awards were handed out during the event, including Citizen of the Year, Business Family of the Year and awards to top teachers in the area.
To read the complete article, please see the Feb. 26 edition of The De Queen Bee.
Citizen of the Year – Travis Bingham, left, owner of Bingham Trailers and Manufactured Homes in De Queen, was awarded Citizen of the Year at the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce banquet on Feb. 19. Bingham was recognized for his support of numerous events and fundraisers in Sevier County. He and his Fat Daddy's cooking crew have donated their time and effort at many fundraisers for individuals and organizations in need. He has also supported local FFA and agricultural programs by donating the use of trailers and equipment.