100 YEARS AGO
July 4, 1917
■ Not available 50 YEARS AGO
July 4, 1967
■ The body of Harry Davis Allen Jr., 44, of 73 Robinwood Drive, one of two men who mysteriously disappeared from a motorboat on Lake Maumelle about 9 p.m. Thursday was found floating on the surface about 2:25 p.m. Monday. Sheriff Frank Mackey said two of his deputies, Homer Barrett and Ed Presley, who were cruising in a barge, spotted Allen’s body floating on the surface in the area where divers had searched for the men over the weekend. Diving operations had been discontinued Monday but the deputies had been cruising on the lake all day Monday watching for the bodies.
25 YEARS AGO July 4, 1992
BENTON — Carl Meny’s bisexuality was used as evidence against him in his trial in the kidnapping and rape of [a teenager], but only after a series of debates in the judge’s chambers. The debate will continue in the appeal Meny, 36, of Hot Spring County will file within the next 30 days, defense attorney J. Sky Tapp of Hot Springs said after his client was convicted Wednesday. Meny was sentenced to three life sentences for raping the then-17-year-old in November 1991. Meny was also sentenced to 20 years and fined $10,000 for kidnapping and received a 30-year sentence and $30,000 fine for attempted capital murder.
10 YEARS AGO July 4, 2007
■ A 26-year-old Sherwood man who claimed the internal injuries and broken bones he inflicted on his 7-month-old son were accidental was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday. Sentencing guidelines recommended probation for Percy Jones IV on the first-degree domestic battery charge, but Pulaski County Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey imposed prison time after hearing testimony that Jaquan Jones was violently shaken and struck at least once. Jones faced a maximum sentence of 20 years on the Class B felony charge. “We have to protect these children,” the judge said.