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Jonesboro confidential

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Far from the civilizing influences: Jonesboro Sun readers got a change of pace today from the usual sober accounts of quorum court and school board business.

JONESBORO VICE: Jonesboro cop fired for canoodling with a woman, not his wife, in a car on a mall parking lot while, er, in uniform. Not a first offense, apparently.  
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The Sun today also reports on a domestic fracas involving Diana Davis, 43, long-time news anchor on KAIT. The newspaper hasn't put the story on its website. A reader has sent a scan of it. I'll try to see if it'll work here. (also now on the jump). The nub of it: Her husband, Mitchell Wright, 42, filed a third-degree misdemeanor domestic battery charge against her Tuesday for allegedly hitting him and breaking his nose. (Wright is widower of a teacher killed in the Westside school shootings.) Davis Wright accused him of filing a false police report. They apparently had words over discipline she administered to their children in a restaurant on Sunday. Here's her bio.

FROM THE JONESBORO SUN

By Stan Mitchell
Sun staff writer
JONESBORO — The husband of a KAIT-TV news anchor filed a complaint of domestic abuse with Jonesboro police on Tuesday.
Mitchell Wright, 42, the husband of Diana Davis Wright, 1105 Dove, Jonesboro, filed the complaint of misdemeanor third-degree domestic battery at 8:42 p.m. Tuesday.
On Wednesday afternoon Diana Wright filed a complaint of filing a false report weith a law enforcement agency against her husband.
Mitchell Wright alleged his wife struck him in the face Sunday afternoon in their home, according to a police report. On Tuesday Mitchell Wright filed a report, claiming Diana Wright, 43, broke his nose during Sunday’s incident.
Jonesboro Police Capt. Kelly Baggett, commander of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, said police are investigating and he could not comment.
“Mr. Wright advised that on May 4 he and his wife Diana got into a verbal argument,” Jonesboro Patrolman Jonathan Wood wrote in his report Tuesday. “[Mr. Wright] stated his wife then hit him in the face with an open hand, causing soreness to the bridge of his nose.”
Mitchell Wright said he was still sore on Monday so he went to a physician and discovered his nose was broken, Wood reported.
On Wednesday Diana Wright’s attorney, H.T. Moore of Paragould, released a police report that Jonesboro detectives withheld pending investigation.
Patrol officers Rick Guimond and Julie Dummer wrote in that report that Mitchell Wright met them at the end of the driveway of the couple’s home Sunday.
Mitchell Wright said his wife struck him in the face, while trying to knock his hat off, after an argument, the officers reported.
Police reported they could not see any injury even after Mitchell Wright pointed to where he was struck below his left eye.
“... He stated that he and his wife had been in an argument because while they were at a restaurant Mrs. Davis had disciplined their children on something and it upset him that she did this in front of so many other people,” Guimond wrote, adding they’d argued in the car on the way home.
“At one point [Mitchell] Wright asked us to get back in our car and leave and that there was no problem and not to worry about this,” Guimond reported.
Diana Wright said she may have accidentally knocked her husband’s hat off when she reached for their child he was holding, Guimond reported, adding that her hands showed no signs of injury.
Diana Wright told police she left Mr. Wright earlier this year after he pushed her elderly mother, Guimond reported.
Guimond wrote that Mitchell Wright told officers three times he did not want to file a police report and did not want his wife arrested.
Diana Wright told Guimond she would leave the home with her mother and child and would not return for a few hours, according to the report.
In the complaint filed by Diana Wright, a narrative written by Officer Rodney J. Smith says that she contended she did not hit her husband and that he made up the story about being injured. She also told the officer that he apparently went to play golf after the incident and later twice left messages threatening to have her arrested.


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