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'Baxter Bulletin' M.E. Arrested on Felony Charges for Helping Fugitive Brother

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'Baxter Bulletin' M.E. Arrested on Felony Charges for Helping Fugitive Brother

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Kandra Branam, the managing editor of The Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, Ark., has pleaded not guilty to charges she harbored her brother while he was on the lam, and warned him as police were circling in on him.

Branam, 43, was released on a $5,000 bond. She turned herself in on May 16. She has been suspended as managing editor of the daily Bulletin. Cheryl Whitsitt has been named acting managing editor.

Branam attended this year's American Society of Newspaper Editors convention to accept one of its first annual Diversity Pacesetter Awards for the newspaper's achievement in recruiting minorities in an overwhelmingly white circulation area.

According to an account in the Bulletin by staff writer Joanne Bratton, the charges against Branam of being an accomplice to fleeing, and two counts of hindering apprehension or prosecution, center around allegations that the journalist helped her brother, who was wanted in Colorado, elude authorities as he stayed at her house, and after he was arrested under a false identity.

Police say the brother, Thomas R. Wells, adopted the identity of Donald Dahlke, an infant who died in Baxter County, Ark., in 1969. Wells was wanted for failing to report to a correctional program. …

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