According to the Baxter Bulletin:
"Managing editor Kandra Branam has been relieved of her responsibilities pending resolution of the criminal charges against her," said Bulletin publisher Betty Smith. "Cheryl Whitsitt will become acting managing editor. Because this is both a pending legal matter and is a personnel matter, we will not comment further."
Authorities allege Branam knew that her brother, Thomas R. Wells, 41, assumed the false identity of Donald Dahlke, an infant who died in Baxter County in 1969.
Wells was arrested Jan. 29 in Marion County after allegedly fleeing from police and driving a vehicle while intoxicated. He had been living in Branam’s house before his arrest and allegedly received mail under the false name at her address, Montgomery said.
Wells is wanted out of Colorado on a warrant and allegedly assumed the identity in hopes of not being found and taken back to Colorado, Montgomery said.
“I did not know my brother was a fugitive,” Branam said, when returning a call for comment. “The only thing I did wrong was try to help my brother.”
Whitsitt joined the News-Leader in 1987 and became managing editor in 2002, according to Gannett. The company owns the News-Leader and the Bulletin. We can tell you that Whitsitt is one of the great ones. The News-Leader needs her.