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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO July 28, 1917

■ James Voinche, aged about 20, a mem­ber of the Com­pany 1, First Arkansas In­fantry, died shortly af­ter 11 o’clock last night at the City hos­pi­tal from in­juries re­ceived about 10 o’clock at Markham street and Broad­way, when he was stuck by a Union de­pot car af­ter he had climbed un­der the guard rail on the in­side of a Pu­laski Heights sum­mer car to go to the rear of the car to join a friend. Voinche was sit­ting near the left side of the car com­ing from Pu­laski Heights. He climbed un­der the guard rail just as the cars were pass­ing and was struck by the Union de­pot car and was thrown be­tween the tracks.

50 YEARS AGO July 28, 1967

■ A small fire broke out in the main elec­tric cir­cuit panel in the base­ment of City Hall at 10: 30 a. m. Thurs­day, heav­ily dam­ag­ing the panel and vir­tu­ally clos­ing the build­ing for the rest of the day. Four trucks of fire­men quickly put out the blaze but the build­ing was left with­out power for the day. The win­dows of the build­ing on the east and south sides have been bricked and the lack of power put most of the build­ing in dark­ness.

25 YEARS AGO July 28, 1992

■ The FBI said Mon­day it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­le­ga­tion that a mem­ber of a Dal­las-based firm mis­rep­re­sented him­self as an FBI agent af­ter he was hired by a group op­pos­ing a pe­ti­tion drive to put a cig­a­rette tax on the Novem­ber bal­lot. Don White­head, an FBI spokesman, said the al­le­ga­tion came to the of­fice “sec­ond- hand.” “We did have a com­plaint that some­one iden­ti­fied them­selves as an FBI agent. We re­ceived this in­for­ma­tion last Thurs­day. We be­lieve the man was em­ployed by a Dal­las firm.”

10 YEARS AGO July 28, 2007

FORDYCE — A for­mer Fordyce po­lice chief has been charged with cap­i­tal mur­der in the shoot­ing death of his wife, with whom he taught Sun­day School in this south Arkansas city of 4,344 res­i­dents. Paul Dou­glas Gill, 54, is ac­cused of killing San­dra Kaye Gill, 55, on March 22 at their Fordyce home and then try­ing to make it look like a sui­cide, ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble-cause af­fi­davit signed by po­lice. He ap­peared in Dal­las County Dis­trict Court on Fri­day morn­ing in an orange in­mate jump­suit, hand­cuffed and shack­led. As he en­tered the court­room, fam­ily mem­bers and friends em­braced him.

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