Jacksonville Day disappointment

A festival scheduled for last weekend never happened despite planning and fees paid by vendors.

There was supposed to be free food, bounce houses, music and a barbeque cook-off at Dupree Park in Jacksonville. Instead, there was disappointment and mystery.Last year the first Jacksonville Day was by all accounts a big success. But this year, the organizer disappeared prior to the event. We now know why.Kara Clarke of Little Rock paid $65 for a vendor booth at Jacksonville Day."I was hoping to set up my Jamberry Nails booth," said Clarke. "Which is a vinyl nail wrap for your fingers. We do home parties and nail wraps and stuff like that."Sarah Thompson of Cabot also paid $65 for a booth."I'm an independent designer with Oragami Owl," said Thompson. "And so I was going to set up my living lockets and charms for people to see."Both learned about Jacksonville Day on a Facebook page called Arkansas Events.But when August 2 arrived, there was no event. And nobody knew why."I would just like my money back and maybe know what happened," said Clarke. "Like why did the event not happen?""What if I told you he is in jail in Indiana?" Channel 7's Jason Pederson asked. "That would shock me," Thompson replied.Johnnie Brooks, 37, is in jail in Newport, Indiana and has been since July 10. One month before the Jacksonville Day Brooks was planning, he was arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant out of Indiana.Brooks is now being held in the Vermillion County jail without bond on a charge of receiving stolen property. Brooks has an office at 1400 East Broadway in North Little Rock where he sells used cars. That is where he was arrested July 1. Becky Scott of Beebe is yet another disappointed vendor. She was hoping to sell some of her homemade jewelry at Jacksonville Day."I hope somebody gets him," said Scott. "Where he can't do it to anybody else."Johnnie Brooks has a plea agreement hearing date set for August 29. He'll remain in Indiana at least until then. Air date: August 6th, 2014

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