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Arkansas man drowns in Eleven Point River Point

Thursday, September 12, 2002

RIVERTON -- A man from Wynn, Ark., drowned in the Eleven Point River near Riverton after possibly suffering a heart attack.

Michael Wilson, 56, was canoeing with his wife, Wilma Wilson, on the Eleven Point Sept. 2 when he suffered what law enforcement officials believe was a heart attack causing the canoe to overturn. Both Wilson and his wife grabbed roots and limbs. Wilma Wilson was able to get out of the water but her husband had to be pulled from the water by someone passing by. The unknown helprer tried to resuscitate Wilson but was unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary.

Also in Oregon County, a Thomasville man, James Lee Drewery, 26, was taken into custody recently by officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department on two charges of statutory rape.

On May 10 and again on Aug. 22 it is alleged Drewery had sexual relations with a female less than 14 years old. He was in Oregon County Circuit Court Sept. 4 where he pleaded guilty to both charges and received a 10-year prison sentence from Judge William R. Hass.

James Batson, 38, of Thayer was also in court last week and faced charges of class C felony stealing. Batson stole a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 truck from Brenda O'Banion of Thayer in early August. Judge Hass sentenced him to five years probation and five years suspended sentence. He was transfered to Miller County to face unrelated charges.

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