Memorial Day brings cookouts, parades and ceremonies honoring those who've died for our country. And it also brings violence on the Spring River.
One incident May 29 on the river led to the arrest of Jason J. Morin, 31, of Memphis, who has been charged with aggravated assault, a class D felony.
"This guy causes us trouble every year he comes down here," said Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz.
Martz said Morin beat Kelly Savage, 30, of Olive Branch, Miss., in the face and head with a boat paddle. Savage was transported from the scene of the attack to Fulton County Hospital. Martz said Savage had a broken jaw, broken teeth and lacerations on his head.
Fulton County Hospital Administrator Frank Wise said Savage was treated for his injuries and released.
Morin's cash bond was set at $15,000. Martz said Morin was expected to post bond June 1. His court date is set for July
Brandon Wyatt Essary, 28, of Memphis was charged May 29 with 2nd degree battery, a class D felony, for an altercation on the Spring River the same day.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Essary stabbed Everett Phillip Way, 28, of Memphis at the Many Islands Camp Ground north of Hardy. Way was transported from the campground to Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System in Cherokee Village. Way was stabilized and transferred to another hospital.
Essary was transported from the campground to Fulton County jail. His bond was set at $5,000. He posted bond May 30 and will be arraigned in circuit court in July.
Way's condition was unknown at press time.
Also over the Memorial Day weekend, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office reported 21 people were arrested for DWI, 16 for public intoxication, five for illegal possession of a controlled substance and two for resisting arrest.
Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz said Izard County had few arrests over the weekend. "Pretty quiet over here. We had a few minor accidents, a couple of DWIs and we housed some of Fulton County's prisoners but other than that it was good," said Martz.