Special Circuit Judge Brad Karren, who is presiding over the Donna and Sidney Ward cases, set the first trial for Sidney Ward for June 11th. This comes after Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Tatum told the court he wished to try the Wards separately.
The original criminal charges filed by Prosecutor Tatum in January 2016 for Sidney Ward are as follows: 6 counts of Theft of Property calculating over $25,00 (Class B felonies), in addition to one new Medicaid charges brought against Ward at an April 18th hearing. These charges were filed against Ward in connection with financial and computer fraud at the Yell County EMS over the past five years. Sidney Ward was a longtime director of the Yell County EMS.