by Karen Sherrell
Charges have been upgraded on Jennifer Lea Collins for the second time in three months, following an autopsy of her victim.
According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Garner, charges have been upgraded from battery first degree to murder second degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, Collins, and subsequently dying.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
Collins has additionally been charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Charges were filed on August 16.
Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder.
Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Proseucting Attorney Henry Boyce stated, “After carefully reviewing the evidence in this case including a review of the autopsy and consultation with the Crime Lab Medical Examiner, I decided that the upgrade in charges was warranted.”


On August 3, the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Salem Police and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant on the residence of 28 year old Elizabeth “Beth” Howell in Salem. As a result of the warrant, Howell has been charged with maintaining a drug premises, a class b felony; possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver – methamphetamine, a class a felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; use or possession to use drug paraphernalia, a class d felony; and use or possession to use drug paraphernalia with the purpose to analyze methamphetamine, a class b felony. Howell was released on Friday, August 4, after the posting of a $100,000 bond. She will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 2, Ricky D. Pitchford, age 60 of Salem, was charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a class d felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a class d felony; possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, a class a misdemeanor. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 3, Joseph Reilly, age 47 of Cherokee Village, was arrested for possession of a prescribed narcotic drug outside the container which it was dispensed, a class d felony. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.


On August 4, charges were filed in Fulton County Circuit Court on a mother and son in connection with an incident that happened in Bexar and Mitchell on June 6. Debra Goodson, age 57, and Louis J. Goodson, age 32, have been charged with aggravated residential burglary, a class y felony; aggravated cruelty to a dog, a class d felony; aggravated assault, a class d felony; false imprisonment, a class a felony; battery in the first degree, a class b felony; criminal mischief in the first degree, a class d felony; and in addition to these charges D. Goodson has also been charged with possession of a defaced firearm, a class d felony. D. Goodson has bonded on a $100,000 bond. L. Goodson is being held on a $1,000,000 bond. Both will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 4, Blake Duvall, age 38 of Russellville, was charged with aggravated assault on a family or household member, a class d felony; and aggravated residential burglary, a class y felony. Judge Johnnie Copeland placed a $50,000 bond on Duvall. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 3, Jonah Thomas Bivins, age 27 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested for domestic battery in the second degree, a class d felony; and false imprisonment, a class c felony. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.


by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY – Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened an investigation earlier this year after reviewing alleged discrepancies in the Izard County Judge’s office, as to the handling of equipment purchases and other items, during the term of David Sherrell.
Dennis Simons, Special Agent with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division, initiated an investigation into allegations of theft of Izard County property committed by Sherrell, according to the Affidavit for Search Warrant filed June 2. Sherrell was the elected judge for three terms, six years, from 2011 to 2016.
According to Simons, during an interview with an Izard County Road Department employee, he learned of the purchase of tools from a Sharp County auction in 2015, some of which were allegedly taken to Sherrell’s farm. The auction was held by Arkansas State Trooper Darren Bates, according to the affidavit, following the death of his father. Bates confirmed the purchase of the tools by Sherrell, and payment by check from the Izard County Treasurer’s office issued to him in the amount of $3,500. Bates told Simons Sherrell did not provide him with any personal money for the tools.
The tools in question included, in part, a Champion Air Compressor, a Chicago 3/4 pneumatic drive with a full set of sockets, a bench grinder, shop press and other assorted miscellaneous tools to be identified by Bates. Simons visited the county shop and was unable to locate the described tools.
On May 31, Simons, along with Izard County Deputy Gabe Sanders and Trooper Bates, executed a search warrant signed by District Court Judge David Miller, on Sherrell’s property located at 1115 Tri Lakes Road in Oxford. Equipment and tools were seized matching the description of the auction items listed on the search warrant, and identified by Bates.
Property seized was a Chicago pneumatic 3/4 impact wrench, a one inch drive socket, three green gas measuring containers, a Craftsman toolbox, Flexible Flyer snow sled, miscellaneous PVC pipe fittings, bailing twine, paint supplies, propane wall heater, two antique Mobile brand gas cans, McCulloch Pro Mac chainsaw, sump pump, Craftsman rotary trimmer-router, navy illumination flare container, antique drill press, two metal saw horses, antique vice, axle with attached wheels, heavy duty tie-down straps, shooting bench rest, pipe threading tools, and miscellaneous plastic containers.
“These items are considered evidence,” according to the search warrant, “and/or fruits of the crime of theft of property.”
When Meyer requested the State Police investigation on Sherrell in February, she also requested an audit of the Judge’s office. Four state auditors conducted the audit for the period of time Sherrell was in office, according to Izard County Judge Eric Smith.
The investigation is still ongoing.


Fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility exams ordered
Charges have been upgraded from aggravated assault to battery first degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, and subsequently dying.
Jennifer Lea Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, had her charges upgraded on June 19 by Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce. She has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. She was also charged with adult abuse. Both charges are class b felonies.
The charge of battery is defined on the order as “causing serious physical injury to another person under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
The court has ordered a fitness to proceed examination on Collins, as well as a criminal responsibility examination. Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten.
Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rickey E. Crook obtained a verbal search warrant to draw a sample of Collins’ blood, and it was sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock for analysis.
Sandefur died the next day following the attack.
According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins could face up to a 20 year sentence on each charge.


On May 28, Malissa Dawn Penderson, age 37 of Cave City, was arrested by Deputy Rusty Ford for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Penderson bonded on a $2,370 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 28, Joshua Daniel Jones, age 35 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Ford for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones bonded on a $2,370 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 28, Roger Lee Johnson age 47, was arrested by Deputy Teirnan for harassment. Johnson is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000 bond. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 27, Kemper Joe Payne age 32, was arrested by Sgt. Steve Davidson for DWI, refusal to submit to chemical test, fleeing and no drivers license. Payne is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,235 bond. Payne is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on July 29.
On May 24, Franklin Eugen Willey, age 28 of Batesville, was arrested by Deputy Geoffery Watts for theft of property a class A misdemeanor. Willey is incarcerated in Izard County Detention Center. Willey is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 13.
On May 25 Jessie Ray Brock age 35 of Calico Rock was arrested by Deputy Geoffery Watts for Contempt of Court. Brock is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 15.
On May 25, Cody Justin Casey age 29 of Horseshoe Bend was arrested by Deputy Mike Smith and charged with no license plates and no drivers license. Casey bonded on a $340 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On May 26, Ricky Shelton Dowdle age 61 was arrested by Lieutenant Charley Melton for theft of property a class D felony and breaking or entering a class B felony. Dowdle is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
On May 23, Robert J. Harris age 31, plead guilty to breaking or entering, a class d felony; theft of property, a class d felony; and theft of property, a class a misdemeanor. Harris received 36 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and was ordered to pay $4,800 restitution. Also on May 23, Jeffery D. McKinney age 33, plead guilty to two counts of breaking or entering; a class d felony; theft of property, a class d felony; and commercial burglary, a class c felony. Mckinney received 24 months in a Community Correction Facility and was ordered to pay $4,800 restitution. These pleas stem from the Newburg Tractor and Equipment burglaries and thefts.
On May 21, Richard Magourk, age 30 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Richard Williams for public intoxication. Magourk was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center. Magourk was given an own recognizance bond by Judge David Miller. Magourk is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 20, Marlon Ray Walls was arrested by Deputy D.J Teirnan for theft by receiving, no drivers license, improper display of light for vehicle, no license plates and no liability insurance. Walls is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 20, Eric Henry Bargery age 44, was arrested by Deputy Tiernan for theft by receiving. Bargery is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in leiu of a $620 bond. Bargery is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 21, George Jarl Clark Jr. age 50, was arrested by Deputy Jaden Whitfield for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; and operation of a vehicle without license plates. Clark is incarcerated in the Detention Center in lieu of a $300 cash bond. Clark is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 29.


A one vehicle accident resulted in the driver being transported by Survival Flight, according to Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork. Janice F. Mitchell of Horseshoe Bend lost control of her gray Toyota Camry on Monday, May 22 at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Hwy. 289 in Glencoe. Mitchell had two small dogs with her at the time and they were uninjured. Horseshoe Bend AC Officer Kelly Smith transported the animals. Photo/C.Stafford


In a press release from Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, on Saturday, May 6, 59 year old William Chilcutt of Salem was arrested for kidnapping, a class y felony, two counts of residential burglary, both class b felonies, driving while intoxicated, careless or prohibited driving, and aggravated assault, a class d felony. The incident happened on Country Springs Road in the Morriston area. Chilcutt is alleged to have kicked the front door of a residence and entered the home grabbing a woman and dragging her by the hair of the head to his car and threatening her life with a large knife. Chilcutt is being held on a no bond White County warrant for violation of his parole.
On Friday, May 12 at 5:02 p.m., the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from 51 year old Michael Hartson Sr., at Wildcat Hollow on the north side of Cherokee Village. He stated that he had accidentally shot his son and had started CPR and needed an ambulance. When emergency responders and law enforcement arrived, they found the body of 32 year old Michael Hartson Jr. on the back porch of the hunting cabin. Michael Jr. had a single gunshot wound to his upper right chest. Michael Sr. said he had been target practicing with his 300 Win Mag rifle from the back porch of the cabin. The family dog came out of the house and Michael Jr. came out to retrieve the dog. Both men bent down at the same time to pick up the dog and the gun discharged striking Michael Jr. Both men live in Springdale and were at their hunting cabin for a father/son outing. The body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for autopsy. The incident is being investigated by Special Agents with the Arkansas State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.


CHEROKEE VILLAGE – An elderly woman was hospitalized following an attack by her caregiver, on Thursday, May 11.
The victim, Jane Sandefur, reportedly was attacked by her caregiver, Jennifer Lea Collins, age 55. Sandefur’s son, Scott Sandefur, arrived at the home of his mother, and found her on the floor in a pool of blood, according to the police affidavit of arrest. Officers with the Cherokee Village Police Department received a call to assist the ambulance personnel on the scene.
The affidavit read, “The son told Officer Dunlap that he had hired Collins to take care of his mom. The victim appeared to have part of her chin bitten off, she had also been bitten on the face, hand, arm, leg, and the nipple of the victim’s left breast had been bitten off.” Officers on the scene noted blood on the Collins’ mouth. Both Sandefur and Collins were transported to White River Emergency in Cherokee Village.
Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rickey E. Crook obtained a verbal search warrant to draw a sample of Collins’ blood, and it will be sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock for analysis.
At this time, Collins is incarcerated at Sharp County Jail, pending charges of aggravated assault and abuse of an endangered or impaired person.


On April 30, William Vachel Key, age 52, was arrested by Deputy Richard Crowe for domestic battery – third degree and terroristic threatening – second degree. Key was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $1,740 bond. Key bonded out and is scheduled to be in District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On April 8, Tim Samuel Greenway, age 31 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Steve Davidson for Domestic battery – third degree. Greenway is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $1,120 bond. Greenway is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 15.
On May 9, Markium Lee Bounds, age 55 of Wiseman, was arrested by Deputy Toby Smith for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bounds was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and bonded on a $325 bond. Bounds is scheduled to appear in District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On May 11, Gigi Dawn Murray, age 31 of Batesville, was arrested by Deputy Mike Foster for two counts of possession of a controlled substance without prescription. Murray is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $1,250 bond. Murray is scheduled to appear in District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On May 11, Mathew Paul Stradnquist, age 36 of Russellville, was arrested by Crowe for failure to appear. Stradnquist is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $465 cash bond. Stradnquist is scheduled to appear in District Court in Melbourne on June 15.
On May 9, Jeremy Michael Eppes, age 40 of Walnut Ridge, was arrested by Deputy DJ Teirnan for failure to appear in Izard County Circuit Court. Eppes is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with no bond. Eppes is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on May 23.
On May 11, Lucus Shane Johnson was arrested by Deputy Mark Simino for possession of marijuana. Johnson is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,120. bond. Johnson is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 15.
On May 14, Reggie Lelon Taylor, age 40, was arrested by Deputy Jaden Whitfield for fleeing and driving while license suspended. Taylor is incarcerated in jail in lieu of $1,485 bond. Taylor is scheduled to appear on June 15.


On April 23, there was a structure fire on Vest Cemetery Road at Boswell. The house belonged to Elizabeth Daigle and Linda Cooper.
The owners advised that the house was valued at $10,000 to $15,000, it was a total loss.
On April 25, James Adam Horness, age 19 of Calico Rock, and Shelby Jay Autry, age 19 of Big Flat, were both formally charged with criminal trespass, a class b misdemeanor, and arson, a class b felony. Both are incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Horness and Autry are scheduled to appear in Izard County Circuit Court on May 23.
On April 28, Joshua Dean Thomas, age 39 of Higden was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones and charged with failure to pay fines. Thomas is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $440 cash bond. Thomas is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on May 4.
On April 27, Ronald Junior Hill, age 22 of Salem, was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for endangering the welfare of a minor third degree and domestic battery third degree. Hill is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on May 8.
On April 25, Dalton Lee Chris Morgan, age 26 of Violet Hill, was arrested by Deputy Richard Crowe for domestic battery third degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested in the same incident was Corey Joe Bushman, age 26 of Violet Hill. Bushman was also charged with domestic battery third degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Morgan and Bushman are scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 15.
On April 30 William Vachel Key, age 52 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy Toby Smith for domestic battery third degree and terroristic threatening second degree. Key is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,740 bond. Key was scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Horseshoe Bend on May 2.


On April 12, Lt. Charles Melton with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, received a call from the Izard County Consolidated School Principal and Brett Stevenson, the School Resource Officer, after witnesses had come forward that had seen students at school with a gun, a week or two prior to April 12, at the Brockwell campus. Officers with the ICSO responded to Izard County Consolidated School and conducted an investigation the next morning, April 13. The investigation revealed that three juveniles had brought a gun to school a week or two prior to April 12. The gun was not found, but suspects admitted to having the gun on school property. All three of the juveniles were charged with possession of a firearm by a minor on school property.
In a statement released by ICC Superintendent Fred Walker on Monday afternoon, April 24, it read, “The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority for our school district. That is why we have employed a full time school resource officer for the past seven years who also attends all school events. This incident was investigated by school administrators, our school resource officer, and the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. The three students who have been charged have been suspended indefinitely and will not return this school year as the safety of our students and staff is paramount in an incident of this nature. This is an isolated incident and we have not had an incident of this nature in many, many years and I credit our school personnel and the cooperation of the Izard County Sheriff’s Office with making the safety of our students and staff the highest priority in our district.”

On April 12, Lt. Charles Melton with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, received a call from the Izard County Consolidated School Principal and Brett Stevenson, the School Resource Officer, after witnesses had come forward that had seen students at school with a gun, a week or two prior to April 12, at the Brockwell campus. Officers with the ICSO responded to Izard County Consolidated School and conducted an investigation the next morning, April 13. The investigation revealed that three juveniles had brought a gun to school a week or two prior to April 12. The gun was not found, but suspects admitted to having the gun on school property. All three of the juveniles were charged with possession of a firearm by a minor on school property.

In a statement released by ICC Superintendent Fred Walker on Monday afternoon, April 24, it read, “The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority for our school district. That is why we have employed a full time school resource officer for the past seven years who also attends all school events. This incident was investigated by school administrators, our school resource officer, and the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. The three students who have been charged have been suspended indefinitely and will not return this school year as the safety of our students and staff is paramount in an incident of this nature. This is an isolated incident and we have not had an incident of this nature in many, many years and I credit our school personnel and the cooperation of the Izard County Sheriff’s Office with making the safety of our students and staff the highest priority in our district.”


by Karen Sherrell
MORRISTON – A suspect wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle from Mammoth Spring was apprehended without incident on February 23.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Kyle J. Salamone, age 36 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested at a residence on Country Springs Road near Morriston.
Fulton County Chief Deputy John Cawvey received an anonymous call that Salamone was at the residence of Paul Dodson, according to the affidavit of arrest. Upon his arrival, Cawvey observed Salamone exiting the residence, and when ordered to get down on the ground, Salamone complied. Salamone had a blue cylinder containing several small baggies, with one field-testing positive for methamphetamine, several knives, and two cellphones on his person. He admitted that all the items were his, according to the affidavit.
Salamone was charged with possession of meth, a class D felony; possession with the purpose to deliver meth, a class c felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class d felony.
Roork reported that on Saturday, February 18, around 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Spring Police Officer Jamie Turnbough, attempted to stop a Ford truck that had been stolen earlier in the week from a residence on Union Hill Road south of Mammoth Spring.
The driver would not stop and fled south on US 63. The driver turned on Union Hill Road and wrecked the truck a little over a mile down the road. The driver fled into the woods on foot. Several members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Roork called the dog tracking team from the North Central Unit in Calico Rock. A manhunt was conducted until 5:30 a.m. but was unsuccessful. On Friday afternoon, the same truck had rammed a West Plains police car that had attempted to stop it.
Salamone admitted to have been in the 2000 Ford flatbed truck that had been taken from Mammoth Spring, but would not disclose who was with him.
Cawvey said that Salamone had several warrants for his arrest, according to ACIC, with several prior convictions of drugs and theft. Salamone was additionally charged with theft by receiving, a class c felony, and habitual offender.
Formal charges were filed March 2 by 16th Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carla Powell.


A Flippin man, 38 year old Kelly Joe Hancock, was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday, February 7 during a traffic stop in Mountain Home.
Baxter County Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell stopped the vehicle Hancock was a passenger in for an equipment violation. The deputy observed the violation on U. S. Highway 62B in Mountain Home and conducted the stop. The driver pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The passenger was Hancock. A firearm was observed in open view inside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was on active supervised probation. Deputies decided to conduct a search.
A subsequent search of Hancock by Sgt. Dwight Duch uncovered a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine from Hancock’s right front pocket. This was later weighed out at approximately 3.2 grams. Hancock was also found to be in possession of metal knuckles, which are prohibited by law to possess.
Hancock was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of: possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) – felony; criminal use of prohibited weapon – misdemeanor.
Hancock was released on $15,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer these charges on February 23.

TOTAL LOSS: The home of Robert and Joy Stephens of Oxford was destroyed by fire on February 8. Oxford and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene. No one was injured in the fire. The family of four lost everything in the fire, and donations for the family may be taken to Bailey’s Country Cookin in Melbourne, or Day’s Family Store in Oxford. A donation jar is set up at Jordan’s Kwik Stop and Red Mule in Melbourne. Immediate items needed are clothing in the following sizes, Mens shirt-2XL, pants 38-32; Women’s shirt XL; Boy size 12 shirt and pants; Girl size 10/12 shirts and pants; Girl 3T; Girl 9-12 month. Shoes needed are Girl, size 5 youth; Boy size 6 youth; Baby Girl size 7. Also needed immediately are Diapers size 3 and 4, Formula – Similac Advanced. Furnishings and household items are also needed. Photo/R.Sherrell

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Following the arrest of a parole absconder by Fulton County deputies, the fugitive became belligerent.
Travis Wilson, age 38 of Viola, was arrested on a warrant from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday, January 31. According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Wilson was discovered at his residence hiding in a closet. Roork and Chief Deputy John Cawvey arrested Wilson without incident. He was placed in Deputy William Fawcett’s patrol car. Roork said, “Wilson was able to slip the cuffs from behind him and began destroying the interior of the patrol car.”
When Cawvey opened the rear door of the patrol car and removed Wilson, he hit Cawvey in the face. “Fawcett and Cawvey had an altercation with Wilson in an attempt to handcuff him a second time,” stated Roork. Both deputies and Wilson were taken to the Fulton County Hospital for treatment. Roork himself was kicked several times, but was not injured.
Wilson has been charged with parole absconder; two counts of second degree battery on a police officer, class a felonies; resisting arrest; criminal mischief, a class d felony; attempted escape, a class a felony; and criminal possession of body armor, a class d felony. He is incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail on a no-bond hold.
Wilson is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on Feb. 21, 2017.

CLEANING UP: Prisoners from the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit in Calico Rock, were cleaning up the ditch lines along Lacrosse Road on Friday, January 20. Izard County Judge Eric Smith said he planned on having the prisoners clean up the roadway as long as he could. Photo/C.Stafford

A Violet Hill woman and her two children were arrested January 13 during ICC’s Homecoming Basketball game at the Brockwell campus.
Izard County Sgt. Mark Simino was approached by Kristen Lynn Hennigan, age 32, who stated that her daughter had been victimized previously at the school. Simino reported that school officials had addressed the situation but Hennigan was not satisfied with the action taken. At that time, he directed Hennigan to School Resource Officer Bret Stephenson.
A short time later, Simino observed Stephenson conversing with the mother and two juveniles. Hennigan and her children were directed to the south side of the lobby near the entrance by school staff.
She was exhibiting extreme agitation and was thrusting her hands and arms about in a protesting manner, according to the incident report.
Simino was summoned by school officials to again assist with the family, who had been directed to leave the building because of their public display of inappropriate outbursts, and their threatening actions toward another student. They refused to comply with the direction to leave the building.
The male juvenile, age 13, attempted to prevent Simino from physically directing Hennigan out of the building, and the female juvenile, age 12, was yelling at officers. Hennigan continued to obstruct the actions of the officer, and was yelling and escalating the situation.
A physical confrontation by Hennigan and her children led to the arrest of all three. A physical struggle with the mother and the juveniles continued as the three were removed from the building by Simino, Stephenson and Probation and Parole Officer Ryan Walker.
When the male juvenile was placed in the patrol car, he shattered the passenger side rear window and continued to yell out threats and insults toward the deputies.
The juveniles were each charged with disorderly conduct and the male juvenile was additionally charged with criminal mischief. Both were transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville. Hennigan was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
She was transported to the Izard County Detention Facility where she remains in lieu of $3,800 bond,and has a court date of February 19.


by Carrie Johnson
On Thursday, January 5 at approximately 7 a.m., an SUV attempted to pass a stopped bus and struck a child causing minor injuries.
Tyler Little, age 28 of Mount Pleasant, was headed south on State Highway 69 in Mount Pleasant, South Main Street near the intersection of West Road and Pearl Drive, in a 2015 black Jeep Grand Cherokee. Little struck a pedestrian, a seven year old child, that was crossing the highway to board a Melbourne Public School bus driven by Angela Fleming.
Izard County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputy Rusty Ford, Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley and Lt. Charles Melton responded to the scene.
According to Melton’s narrative, “He [Little] stated he was heading south on Highway 69 and the bus was heading north with its yellow lights on, but that it did not have its stop sign or yellow arm out. He said he looked up from the bus and the little boy ran right in front of him.”
When Deputies left the scene of the accident, Melton went to Melbourne Public School to speak with Fleming. “She stated she was stopped with her red lights and stop sign flashing…”
Izard County Deputy Matt Churchwell interviewed several older children that were passengers on the school bus when the accident occurred. According to the report given by Melton, three minor witnesses gave reports which stated that Fleming did in fact have the stop sign flashing, and the black vehicle did not stop.
Little was charged with passing a stopped school bus and first degree assault. He has a February 2 court date.
The minor child struck by Little’s vehicle was transported by Vital Link and Survival Flight to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and was treated for minor injuries. Neither Little nor his minor child passenger sustained injuries.

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SHARP COUNTY — An Ash Flat pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, November 27, and the suspect has not been apprehended as of Monday, December 5.
At approximately 5 p.m., a man wearing a camouflage face mask, straw hat, and grey jacket, entered the Ash Flat Pharmacy located on Hwy. 167/62/412 at the traffic light.
According to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, the man was armed with a handgun and asked for prescription medications. The pharmacist gave the man several bottles of prescription medications, at which time he left the pharmacy and fled south on Hwy. 167 in a small white four door car.
A witness may have encountered the suspect prior to the robbery, in an adjacent Citgo parking lot. Gina Moore told Pacesetting Times that she was in that parking lot when a vehicle, matching the description of the suspect’s, pulled up behind her vehicle, and the driver asked her directions to the pharmacy. The driver is described as having blue eyes, short hair, in his late 40s. “I thought it was weird because everyone knows where that pharmacy is,” said Moore. She then thought the person might not be from this area, and had visited the local emergency room. “I gave him directions, and he said ‘thank you’,” said Moore.
“I went to Walmart after that to run an errand, and when I left and drove by the pharmacy, I saw all the cops there,” said Moore. Officers spoke with Moore and showed her a photo for possible identification of the man she had given directions to. Her description of his vehicle was similar to the description given to officers by the witnesses at the pharmacy.
Anyone having any information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Ash Flat Police Department or the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office at 870-994-2211.

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by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY — A traffic stop on a vehicle in Izard County on Thursday, December 1, led to a vehicle chase in two counties, with the suspect still at-large as of Sunday, December 1. Sgt. Mark Simino issued a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Tahoe, with fictitious plates, driven by Matthew L. Jones.
According to Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, Jones is on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and it was determined that he was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Parole Officer Josh Morehead advised the Izard County Sheriff’s Office to take Jones into custody.
At that time, Jones fled the scene and a vehicle pursuit covering two counties and jurisdictions began. Jones drove into Fulton County, and subsequently abandoned the vehicle at Union, located between Salem and Oxford.
Jones, who remains at large, is described as a caucasian male with brown eyes, black hair, with a beard and mustache. He is 33 years old, 5’7”, and weighs 150 pounds.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact the Izard County Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203.

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by Karen Sherrell
HORSESHOE BEND – A 19 year old man drowned in Crown Lake on Tuesday, November 22, when he fell from a boat he was testing.
According to officials on the scene, Colt Farley of Zion, formerly of Melbourne, brought his boat to the Box Hound Marina boat launch at approximately 5:30 p.m. Farley had plans to go duck hunting the following morning, and wanted to test his boat first. He was to meet friends at a ballgame Tuesday evening and never arrived. His friends tried to contact Farley, and they decided to travel to the marina to see if he was still there.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Izard County dispatch received a call from the marina, when Farley’s truck and boat trailer were discovered on the launch, with the truck door open and engine running.
Izard County deputies, first responders and Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene. According to Deputy Earnie Blackley, Farley’s boat was discovered across the lake. Volunteers also combed the banks surrounding the lake.
Personnel returned to the scene Wednesday at dawn, with rescue boats with sonar to search for and recover the body. Arkansas Game and Fish Dive Team of Camden arrived on the scene at 11 a.m. and continued the search for Farley. His body was recovered at approximately 1:45 p.m.

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Around 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, Izard County dispatch received a call from Calico Rock Elementary School stating there was a naked man in the school.
Shortly before 7 a.m. a staff member arrived at the school and heard loud moaning coming from a hallway. A classroom door was partially open and the lights were on. The staff member knew no one should be in the building, and discovered a naked man sitting in a teacher’s chair holding a pair of scissors.
The man, identified as Adam Rush, age 36 of the area, dropped the scissors when commanded to do so by the responding deputies but refused to comply past that point. He refused to submit to arrest or follow orders and was tased multiple times, many without any effect, and was finally subdued by four officers.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said, “The school reacted in a most appropriate manner by directing incoming elementary students to the gymnasium keeping them away from possible danger and avoiding them seeing the mass destruction to their school.” Following the incident, students were returned home and teachers and staff began cleaning up the debris.
Superintendent Jerry Skidmore estimated that damages to the school were at least $15,000.
Rush was charged with commercial burglary, a class ‘c’ felony; criminal mischief first degree, a felony; resisting arrest, a class ‘a’ misdemeanor. After being placed in the Izard County Detention Facility, Rush was further charged with disorderly conduct from destroying a security camera. Adams remains in jail on a $30,000 cash bond, and has a December 12 circuit court date.

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ASH FLAT – According to the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office, three inmates assaulted a jailer and then escaped the county jail early Sunday morning, October 30.
According to reports, the three inmates escaped at 12:12 a.m. and then were taken into custody at 5:30 a.m. at the Water Department in Ash Flat, approximately two miles south of the jail.
All three subjects were taken into custody without incident by the North Central Unit Chase Team and Highland Police Chief Shane Russell.
Deputies say Jeffery “Major” Harris, 26; Dylan Cole Thompson, 20; and Joshua Keith Ray, 25; beat a jailer who went back to do a jail check. There were four inmates in the cell, and those three managed to get out. Harris was in jail on felony drug charges. Thompson was being held on felony drug charges and battery. Ray was being held on felony drug charges and parole bond.
According to Sgt. Aaron Presser, CID, the three stole a phone, clothes, water and food from the sewer treatment facility. Presser stated that nothing was stolen from the jail, no weapons were involved.
The jailer, Jonathan Trivitt, escaped the incident with only minor injuries.
All three men were formally charged on October 31 with escape, aggravated assault on a police officer, commercial burglary, and theft of property.
Assisting in the search were the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, Ash Flat Police Department, Highland Police Department, Cherokee Village Police Department, Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Hardy Police Department, Ravenden Police Department, North Central Unit Chase Team and the Grimes Unit Chase Team.

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Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence reported that counterfeit bills have shown up at various businesses in Izard County. Three fake $100 bills have surfaced in Horseshoe Bend and one has surfaced in Calico Rock. All the 100s have the same serial number of AB13990778M. A fake $10 and a fake $20 bill has also surfaced in Horseshoe Bend.
Lawrence said the back and front of the bills have separated to some degree. It appears the front and back of the bills were glued together and the glue is not holding.

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by Karen Sherrell
Izard County Officer Cody Cruse was dispatched to Calico Rock on August 21, then again the following day, in response to a woman claiming her vehicle had been shot at.
Willa Lester, of Calico Rock, stated she was following a vehicle on Hwy. 56, going approximately 20 miles per hour near the intersection of Red Lane, when she heard a loud noise and her vehicle was hit.
“I heard a loud pop on my windshield and then saw a crack in my windshield,” Lester wrote on a statement form to the sheriff’s office. Lester’s children stated it looked like the vehicle had been shot with a shotgun. According to his incident report, Cruse stated that the chip may have been caused by a rock, with two small chips on the window.
Family members discovered other damage on the 2011 Nissan Altima, and Lester contacted the sheriff’s office again that same day. Cruse made arrangements to come back the next day to look at the vehicle. Additional damage was discovered on the driver side of the hood, consisting of deep scratches. Cruse’s report states, “It did indeed look like the vehicle was shot with some kind of object but was unsure with what.” Another set of scratches was located in the center of the hood close to the front windshield. Cruse took additional photos at that time.
Lester, at the time of the incident, was able to write down the license plate of the vehicle she was following, hoping they too may have some information about the incident.

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TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT: A two-vehicle accident occurred on Monday, August 8 at the intersection of Main and South Spring Streets in Melbourne. A 1995 Ford pickup, driven by Greg Sherrell of Oxford, rear-ended a 2011 Chrysler Pioneer Therapy and Living transport van driven by Tina Strong of Salem. Personnel with the Melbourne Fire Department utilized the Jaws of Life on the van to reach passengers. The driver and one passenger were transported by Vital Link Ambulance Service to White River Medical Center in Batesville. The accident happened at 7:45 a.m. and was investigated by Izard County Deputy Cody Cruse. Photo/B.Stapleton

A trash truck ended up on its side in the curve by Morriston Road on Hwy. 289 on Monday, August 1 around 5 p.m. The Franklin Fire Department assisted in directing traffic as Skeeter Beene Towing of Melbourne pulled the truck back upright. No injuries were reported. Arkansas State Police Trooper Villiger worked the wreck. Photo/C.Stafford

Rollover on Hwy. 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe

Rollover on Hwy. 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe

Authorities have arrested two suspects that were involved in a theft of a church van in Horseshoe Bend plus additional thefts in Horseshoe Bend, Elizabeth, and Cave City.
Early Sunday morning, July 10, staff of the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend reported to authorities that the church building had been broken into and that items including a guitar and the church van were stolen.
While Lt. Charles Melton, Sgt. Gabe Sanders and Horseshoe Bend assigned deputies were investigating, they developed at least two people of interest, located the guitar, and continued the investigation. During this investigation, it was reported that Doty Family Funeral Home of Horseshoe Bend had a van damaged. Someone had attempted to hotwire the vehicle that same night.
On July 11, Lt. Melton learned that his prime suspect had been arrested in Cave City. The suspect had fled from Cave City Police and had shot at them before wrecking the vehicle he was driving. Mac Ryan Chitwood, age 26 of Horseshoe Bend, currently in the Sharp County Jail, has been charged in Izard County in connection with the church and funeral home events. An Elizabeth man, 18 year old Dalton Michael Pflaumer, has also been arrested and incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on felony charges related to the burglary of a private residence, vehicle thefts, and other thefts.
The events leading up to the arrest of Pflaumer came about in the early hours of July 11, when the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified that officers in Sharp County had been involved in a vehicle pursuit with a 2001 Volvo V10 driven by Chitwood. It was determined that the registered owners of the vehicle involved in that pursuit reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area but have a vacation home in Baxter County on Diamond Bay Road. The owners were contacted and stated that their vehicle should still be parked at their residence on Diamond Bay Road, and indicated they had not been at that residence since July 5. Later that same morning, Corp. Kristofer Savino went to the residence on Diamond Bay Road and found that it had been burglarized. Items missing from the residence, in addition to their 2001 Volvo V10, were a handgun and a shotgun. It appeared that people had been squatting in the residence for a period of time. Entry had been made through the back door of the house.
Chitwood, who had been apprehended in Sharp County, told authorities there that he and another person had stolen a white van belonging to the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend. He indicated the pair had travelled in the stolen church van to the Hand Cove area in Baxter County. They had concealed the stolen van in a heavily wooded area approximately one mile away from the residence they chose to burglarize.
Chitwood and Pflaumer parted company in the Brockwell area of Izard County after leaving the residence in the stolen Volvo. The vehicle pursuit involving Chitwood driving the stolen Volvo in Sharp County occurred afterwards.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office utilized its helicopter on the evening of July 11 to fly over the Hand Cove/Diamond Bay area in an attempt to locate the stolen and abandoned church van. After flying over the area for several minutes, the van was spotted from the air through dense foliage. The van was subsequently towed and removed for evidentiary processing.
In addition to the burglary investigation, the Sheriff’s Office had taken reports the previous day, July 10, that a private boat dock near Baxter CR 863, in the same area, had been entered and several items were stolen from the dock and from boats in the dock. These included speakers, binoculars, and fishing equipment. A cellphone was found on one of the boats. This cellphone was found to belong to Pflaumer. According to reports,

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Pflaumer was located on July 12, admitted to committing the crimes with the other suspect, and helped investigators locate and recover some of the stolen items.
As to the funeral home, both Chitwood and Pflaumer have been charged with breaking and entering, a class D felony; and criminal mischief, a class D felony. Relating to the church, both have been charged with commercial burglary and theft of property, both class D felonies. The pair have an Izard County Circuit Court date of August 10. Pflaumer remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

franksDanny Franks, age 39 of Blytheville, formerly of Melbourne, remains at large following a July 12 call to Fairview Street in Melbourne, in reference to a domestic violence complaint.
As Cpl. Richard Williams was responding, dispatch advised the officer that the alleged perpetrator had left the residence driving a small tan Toyota truck. Cpl. Williams attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Franks sped away and continued to Lacrosse Road, then west of Highway 56 to Johnsonview Road. He then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Deputies were unable to locate Franks, and his vehicle was towed and impounded.
On July 13, a Johnsonview Road resident reported that his truck was missing. Investigators learned that Franks was residing in Blytheville and a BOLO was issued on the stolen vehicle.
Mississippi County authorities advised local authorities that the stolen truck had been located by a farmer in a cornfield. They further advised that no one was in or near the truck and that the vehicle engine was still running.
Franks remains at large. Anyone having knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203.

A woman was assaulted outside her home on Wednesday, July 13, located on Hwy. 9 South in Fulton County.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, in her late 60s, was attacked by a white or hispanic male, while she was working in her yard. The victim never heard the man approach, and was assaulted from behind as the attacker attempted to strangle her with a rope around her neck. According to authorities, the woman was able to fight her attacker by kicking him and he fled the scene.
The woman received treatment at a local hospital. Fulton County authorities and the Arkansas State Police are investigating the assault.

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THREE CAR COLLISION: Charles Southerland, of Horseshoe Bend, was driving his white Ford F250 Lariat through the road work on Hwy. 289 S. in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, July 5. According to reports, he rear-ended two parked vehicles at the stop light set up for road construction. Southerland hit a white GMC Sierra driven by Ronnie Ford of Mountain Home, which in turn caused it to hit a black Ford F150 truck driven by Robin Vasey of Horseshoe Bend. Izard County Deputy Mike Smith worked the accident. There were no injuries substained from the accident. Photos/C.Stafford

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Seven to Arkansas Department of Correction
Two female inmates who were awaiting bed space in the Arkansas Department of Correction were transported to prison on June 6. Laci Dawn Jones, age 24 of Batesville, and Lindsey Michelle Carter, age 22 address not given, had been in the Izard County Detention Facility since early and late May.
Five males awaiting bed space were transported to the Arkansas Department of Correction on June 8. Nathaniel Allen Speak, age 33 of Calico Rock, had been incarcerated since mid-April; Phillip Thomas Costanzo, age 51, had been incarcerated since mid-April; B.J. Hinds, age 33 of Oxford, had been in the Izard County Jail since mid-May; Charles Anthony Clements, age 32 of Horseshoe Bend, and Jeffrey Chase Moser, age 27 of Melbourne, had both been in jail since late May.
A Hardy man has been arrested twice in the last few days for violation of a no contact order. After his first arrest, Casey Daniel Clouse, age 34, was released from the Izard County Detention Facility. He was arrested again on June 7 for violating the same order. Clouse remains in jail without bond according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence who said that Lieutenant Charles Melton was the arresting officer.
Hugh Stiles, age 42 of Mt. Pleasant, was arrested June 7 following a search of his property and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stiles posted bond the day of his arrest in the amount of $2,100 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date of June 16. Lieutenant Charles Melton and Sgt. Gabe Sanders were the arresting officers.
A Calico Rock man, 27 year old Antonio Sanchez IV, was arrested June 5 on charges to include driving while intoxicated-third offense drugs, driving on a suspended license, having no insurance, driving without a current registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Sanchez remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $5,000 bond with a court date of June 16. Trooper Rodney Villiger was the arresting officer.
Justin Allen Janson, age 31 of Calico Rock, was arrested on a petition of revoke probation/parole on June 8 while Richard Smith, age 40 of Melbourne, was also arrested on a revocation petition. Both are being held in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond.
A Horseshoe Bend couple were arrested June 9 on drug/alcohol charges. Richard Kyle Cohn, age 28, was charged with drinking in public and Ericka Lynn Stephens, age 25, was charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs and disorderly conduct. Cohn was released without bond while Stephens was released on a $1,040 bond. Both have Horseshoe Bend court dates of July 5. Deputy R.C. Lenex was the arresting officer.
Clayton Deness Carter of Melbourne, was arrested June 8 for driving while intoxicated-drugs second offense, careless and prohibited driving, having no insurance, driving a vehicle without registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Carter remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $2,200 bond with a Melbourne court date of July 7. Cpl. Richard Williams was the arresting officer.
David Aaron Koonce, age 32 of Melbourne, was arrested June 7 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Koonce remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Lt. Melton was the arresting officer.
James Lawrence Frey, age 24 of Brockwell, was committed to jail by the Izard County Drug Court and is being held without bond.
Will Garrett Hobbs, age 30 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested June 12 for driving on a suspended license and is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a $365 bond with a Horseshoe Bend court date of August 2. Deputy Toby Smith was the arresting officer.
Motorist assist leads to arrest
Friday, June 10, when Cpl. Richard Williams stopped to assist a motorist having car problems, he recognized the driver as being Joshua David Sanders who had outstanding domestic battery warrants. When informed of the arrest warrants, Sanders, 38 of Oxford, quickly threw something into the back of vehicle and then threw a small item in the grass. Two hypodermic needles were located in his car and the pipe smelling of recently smoked marijuana was located in the grass. In addition to charges relating to the drug paraphernalia found, Sanders is facing two counts of terroristic threatening-second degree and one count of domestic battering third degree. Sanders remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $3,620 bond and has a court date of June 23.
Following a one vehicle accident on Highway 56 E. near Violet Hill on June 12, James Luke Haney, age 28 of Violet Hill, was found stumbling down the road from the accident scene and was charged with driving while intoxicated, drinking in public along with careless and prohibited driving. Haney remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,235 bond with a July 7 court date. Deputy Steve Davidson and Trooper Clements were the arresting officers.
A Horseshoe Bend woman, 23 year old Megan Brea Stanton, was arrested June 12 on an Independence warrant and is being held in jail for Batesville authorities. Deputy Mike Smith was the arresting officer.
Steven Laverne Paul, age 42 of Glencoe, was arrested June 15 on a probation/parole hold and remains in jail without bond. Probation Officer Josh Morehead was the arresting officer.
Dusty Michelle Powers, age 39 of Batesville, was arrested June 15 on a contempt of court warrant relating to failure to pay Circuit Court fines. Powers was released the following day and was issued a Circuit Court date of June 28. Deputy Evan Jones was the arresting officer.
Theft charges against two local men
An arrest warrant has been issued against two area men, one of which has been arrested, in connection with the breaking and entering of a mobile home where several items were stolen. Phillip Garner of Sage reported that someone had forced open the door to his mobile home he was in the process of moving into. Items stolen included a four wheeler, which was later located in a gravel pit in Melbourne, while a riding lawn mower was located in a wooded area along with post hole diggers, tires, rims, and several other items.
Arrested June 6 was Joshua Alan Clark, age 27 of Violet Hill, who was charged with breaking and entering and theft of property, both felonies. Clark is in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Christopher Lane Eiler, age 34 of Cave City, was arrested and charged June 13 and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Both Eiler and Clark have a scheduled Circuit Court date of June 28.
William Joseph Carter, age 23 of Melbourne, was arrested June 10 on a Circuit Court bench warrant and remains in jail without bond.
Carol Ann Baum, age 47 of Batesville, was arrested June 14 on a failure to pay fines warrant and was released to Sharp County authorities. Deputy D.J. Tiernan was the arresting officer.

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HEADED TO HIT THE BEER STORE, LITERALLY: On Saturday, April 30 at approximately 6:45 p.m., Ash Flat Police Department was dispatched to the scene of an accident at Sharp County Bootlegger liquor store. Officer Colton Wilson was the first officer to respond and identified the driver as Randall Veazie of Ash Flat. Wilson conducted a search on the vehicle and called for back up to assist with the intoxicated Veazie. Sharp County Officer Kelly Newcom and Highland Officer Jeff Hamilton assisted Wilson. According to officers, Veazie claimed he mistook drive for park and drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee into the entrance of the building. Veazie was charged with Careless and Prohibited Driving, Driving on a Suspended License for DWI, and DWI. Pictured is Officer Wilson. Photo/CarrieJohnson
Shooter found in Spring River
Authorities are no longer searching for a suspect involved in a shooting on May 3 in the Williford area.
Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said the case started around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, when police received a domestic disturbance call from the Dollar General on U.S. 63 in Imboden. A woman there said a man, later identified as Brandon Southerly, dropped her off following an argument.
Around 9:55 p.m., a Williford woman called 911 saying her husband had been shot. Reports state the woman told responding deputies a man driving in a white Chevy pickup truck shot her husband. There is no connection at this time between the victim and Southerly.
Numerous agencies responded and began searching for the truck. Officers with the Ravenden Police Department found the truck at Cookies Gas Station on U.S. 62.
Several officers surrounded the vehicle before Southerly took off driving toward Hardy. Counts said Southerly crashed into a wooded area just before the water wheel near Hardy on U.S. 63 and fled on foot.
The search was called off at 4:30 a.m. the next morning, and resumed after daylight.
On Thursday, May 5 around 7:32 p.m., Southerly’s body was recovered from the Spring River less than 100 yards from where he entered the river. The body was found in four to five feet of water, across from the crash site in Hardy. Sheriff Counts said the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission used its sonar equipment and Hardy Fire Department assisted with the recovery.
Southerly’s body will be sent to the state crime lab.
Woman run over by vehicle
Deputies responded to Arnhart Street in Ash Flat around 4 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Witnesses at the scene stated a man and woman were fighting in the front yard of a house and the man got in a red Pontiac Grand Am and ran over the woman.
An officer spotted the vehicle on Peace Valley Road and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver fled from officers and the car was found abandoned on Peace Valley Road.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections dog tracking team from Calico Rock responded to the scene.
Approximately two hours later, Joshua King, age 22, was discovered, hiding under an abandoned house on Evans Street in Ash Flat. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Sharp County Jail.
King was charged with second-degree battery, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule 6 controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Iowa man arrested in kidnapping of Arkansas woman
An Iowa man was arrested on Wednesday, May 4 and charged with attempted murder and kidnapping charges after authorities said he tied a cinder block to his ex-girlfriend and tossed her into the Spring River in Cherokee Village.
Court documents say Jerry Dean Clark kidnapped Kathryn Lynn Jones, age 44, at a Days Inn Hotel on April 20.
The woman emerged from the river and then Clark tied her to a tree and hit her. She freed herself, got back in the river, and floated two miles downstream before calling for help at a residence.
Clark, age 45 of Glenwood, IA, is being held in the Sharp County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He will face formal charges in Sharp County Circuit Court on May 12.

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SHARP COUNTY — Authorities are no longer searching for a suspect involved in a shooting on May 3 in the Williford area.
Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said the case started around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, when police received a domestic disturbance call from the Dollar General on U.S. 63 in Imboden. A woman there said a man, later identified as Brandon Southerly, dropped her off following an argument.
Around 9:55 p.m., a Williford woman called 911 saying her husband had been shot. Reports state the woman told responding deputies a man driving in a white Chevy pickup truck shot her husband. There is no connection at this time between the victim and Southerly.
Numerous agencies responded and began searching for the truck. Officers with the Ravenden Police Department found the truck at Cookies Gas Station on U.S. 62.
Several officers surrounded the vehicle before Southerly took off driving toward Hardy. Counts said Southerly crashed into a wooded area just before the water wheel near Hardy on U.S. 63 and fled on foot.
The search was called off at 4:30 a.m. the next morning, and resumed after daylight.
On Thursday, May 5 around 7:32 p.m., Southerly’s body was recovered from the Spring River less than 100 yards from where he entered the river. The body was found in four to five feet of water, across from the crash site in Hardy. Sheriff Counts said the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission used its sonar equipment and Hardy Fire Department assisted with the recovery.
Southerly’s body will be sent to the state crime lab.
Woman run over by vehicle
Deputies responded to Arnhart Street in Ash Flat around 4 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Witnesses at the scene stated a man and woman were fighting in the front yard of a house and the man got in a red Pontiac Grand Am and ran over the woman.
An officer spotted the vehicle on Peace Valley Road and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver fled from officers and the car was found abandoned on Peace Valley Road.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections dog tracking team from Calico Rock responded to the scene.
Approximately two hours later, Joshua King, age 22, was discovered, hiding under an abandoned house on Evans Street in Ash Flat. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Sharp County Jail.
King was charged with second-degree battery, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule 6 controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Iowa man arrested in kidnapping of Arkansas woman
An Iowa man was arrested on Wednesday, May 4 and charged with attempted murder and kidnapping charges after authorities said he tied a cinder block to his ex-girlfriend and tossed her into the Spring River in Cherokee Village.
Court documents say Jerry Dean Clark kidnapped Kathryn Lynn Jones, age 44, at a Days Inn Hotel on April 20.
The woman emerged from the river and then Clark tied her to a tree and hit her. She freed herself, got back in the river, and floated two miles downstream before calling for help at a residence.
Clark, age 45 of Glenwood, IA, is being held in the Sharp County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He will face formal charges in Sharp County Circuit Court on May 12.

A Guion woman was killed Wednesday, November 25 in a single-vehicle crash east of Mountain View.
The Arkansas State Police reported 68-year-old Jennetta McNealy died when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway, collided with a ditch and overturned on State Highway 14.
The accident was investigated by Corp. Brandon J. Cook.

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Joseph Perry Morfield, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was charged October 12 in Izard County Circuit Court with rape and incest following a August 15 complaint by a female relative.
According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, while the female relative and her children were residing in a home occupied by Morfield and others family members, Morfield is alleged to have awakened the victim in the earlier morning hours on August 17 while he was violating her sexually.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory recently completed DNA testing and the results showed DNA swabs from the victim showed to be consistent with the DNA of Morfield who is the uncle of the victim.
Rape is a class “y” felony while incest is a class “c” felony.
Morfield remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $50,000 bond set by District Judge David E. Miller.
Morfield’s initial court date is Tuesday, November 17.

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CHASE ENDS AT MARK MARTIN DEALERSHIP IN MELBOURNE: A 17 year old male juvenile in a stolen vehicle out of Montana, sped away from the Arkansas State Police on Friday, October 2 at approximately 5:30 p.m., traveling from north of Mt. Pleasant through Melbourne at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Hwys. 9 and 69, flipping at least once. The juvenile exited the vehicle, was pursued on foot and captured within 20 minutes. No one was injured in the crash; however, several vehicles at the dealership sustained damage. New vehicles damaged were a Tahoe, two Silverado trucks, and two Equinox. Total damage was $237,000 according to Gary Hunt at the dealership.

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Over the course of the past year, officers with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Spring Police Department, Salem Police Department and Arkansas State Police have been conducting a drug investigation of methamphetamine distribution in Fulton County. Officers have made over 20 arrests related to the distribution of methamphetamine in this case with more arrests to come, and have seized thousands of dollars worth of narcotics in the ongoing investigation. The charges range from simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
On August 5, 46 year old Lanny R. McCormick of Viola was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 6, 47 year old James William Braddock of Viola was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On August 8, 46 year old Kimberly Hall of Viola was arrested for DWI Drugs, Driving on a Suspended License and Refusal to Submit a Chemical Test.
On August 8, 42 year old Shawn Oliver Richards, of Thayer, MO was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Unlawful use of a Communication Device, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture Meth, a class B felony; and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, a class Y felony.
On August 10, 34 year old Jack H. Culbreath of Damascus was arrested for DWI Drugs, Failure to Maintain Control of a Vehicle and Implied Consent.­­­­­­
On August 15, 25 year old Chrystal Lynn Herpst of West Plains, MO was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine/Cocaine with the Purpose to Deliver, a class B felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine.
On August 18, 45 year old James Denton Starks of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 18, 38 year old Cynthia Deann Willman of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, a class D felony.
On August 18, 28 year old Uriah Alexander Robinson of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony.
On August 18, 46 year old Randy Gene Ninemire of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class B felony, within a 1,000 feet of certain drug free zone; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain, or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, to wit, LSD, a class C felony.
On August 20, 28 year old Scottie Jewell, 32 year old Bruce James Haskins and 32 year old Brandi Simpson, all of Mammoth Spring, were arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class C felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class A felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Oxycodone, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Process, Prepare, Test, Analyze, Pack, Repack, Store, Contain Meth, a class B felony; Unlawful Use of a Communication Device, a class C felony.
On August 20, 42 year old Shawn Richards and 35 year old Rhonda Crouch, both of Mammoth Spring/Thayer area, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Methamphetamine, a class B felony; and Destruction of Evidence, a class D felony.
“Officers will continue to disrupt the distribution of narcotics in the Fulton County area,” said Al Roork, Fulton County Chief Deputy.
In other arrests, on August 6, 56 year old Debora Ann Wegenke of Salem was arrested for Felony Aggravated Assault on a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
On August 8: 52 year old Stephen Dewayne Cope of Pine Bluff was arrested for DWI; 19 year old Nicholas A. Bearce of Jonesboro was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License; 49 year old Julie C. Matlock of Oxford was arrested for DWI; 26 year old Jacob Tanner Creasey of Little Rock was arrested for DWI; 49 year old James Floyd Daniels of Memphis, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 9, 43 year old Terry Lee Price of Newbern, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 15, 23 year old Bruce Carroll Simpson of West Helena was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License.
On August 16, 48 year old Robert Thomas Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for two counts of Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 16, 21 year old Adam Murphy Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 14, 48 year old Susan Donatto of Viola was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

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TOTAL LOSS: Personnel with the Highland and Cherokee Village Fire Departments responded to a vehicle fire on Monday, Aug. 10 at approximately 3:15 p.m. A Chevrolet Suburban, located just off Hwy. 62/412 on Hictochee Road in Cherokee Village, was a total loss. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rick Crook reported that Patrol Officer Brian Buchanan responded to the scene to assist the fire departments, and also provided the owner of the vehicle a ride home. Photo/T.Trivitt

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On Tuesday, May 19, a joint effort led by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force agents, codenamed “Operation Ice House,” pursued approximately 26 suspects for Delivery of a Controlled Substance including Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Pharmaceuticals. The roundup generated approximately 25 arrests in several counties but was focused in Newport and Jackson County. Multiple agencies and at least 43 law enforcement officerstook part in the roundup.
The investigation leading to these arrests was the result of over one year of undercover work performed by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force. The DTF is overseen by the Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attornery’s office as well as the Sheriffs of the Third District.
Deefendants in custody from Independence County include: Angela Garcia, 37, of Batesville. Delivery of a Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine, a Class C felony.

housefire
TOTAL LOSS: Horseshoe Bend and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene of a house fire at 1102 Pearl Drive in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, April 25 at approximately 11 p.m. No injuries were reported with the fire, and the home was a total loss. Owner of the home is Ed Wariner of Horseshoe Bend, which was currently occupied by Athania Hardin and her three year old daughter. According to Fire Chief Mike Hilliker, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Personnel were on the scene until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Photo/K.Sherrell

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STOLEN SIGNS: Several street signs, two directional signs and stop signs were stolen along Pine Ridge Road in Horseshoe Bend last week. The city has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the theft. Pictured is the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Tri Lakes Drive, minus the street signs. See full story in the February 11 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

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A Calico Rock woman who has been in jail since October 13, 2014 in lieu of $500,000 bond on charges of sexual indecency with a child, sexual assault fourth degree, and rape now faces additional child sex related charges.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 32 year old Beth Dickerson, was additionally charged January 16 with another sexual assault in the fourth degree, a class “d” felony; and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. These additional charges stem from the forensic analysis of her computer by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
The computer was seized at the time of Dickerson’s original charges. Bond for Dickerson was increased to $510,000. She remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.
In other reports, Blake Lawrence, age 31 of Norfork, was arrested January 12 on charges of harassing communications- six counts, and terroristic threatening first degree. The charges relate to phone calls Lawrence is accused of making to officials of the Eagles in Horseshoe Bend. Lawrence was released with a court date the day of his arrest.

by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend voted to continue the City’s contract with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) during the December council meeting.
The contract with ICSO will continue for four years, through December 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $243,600 for 2015, or $20,300 a month; $247,254 for 2016; $250,962 for 2017; and $254,726 for 2018. Contract rates reflect a 1.5% annual increase as called for in the contract.
ICSO took over the jurisdiction of Horseshoe Bend in September of 2013 signing a 16 month contract at that time, for $240,000 a year. One of three Horseshoe Bend officers hired by ICSO still remains employed by the county, Michael Smith. City Council voted 6-2 in July 2013 to approve the county contract, following a heated discussion, with over 150 residents attending that meeting.
The new agreement was signed on December 15 and ICSO will continue to provide 24/7 full public safety services for the city of Horseshoe Bend, with the county furnishing and supplying all necessary labor, supervision, equipment, communications and dispatching facilities necessary to maintain the level of service to be rendered.
The city will provide utilities for the sheriff’s substation located downstairs at city hall.
The agreement between the city and ICSO may be terminated by either party upon a 60-day written notice. Future contract agreements will be for a period of five years.

beth
by Karen Sherrell
Attempting to drive away after being pulled over, and refusing to exit her vehicle, resulted in a woman getting a ride to jail, facing numerous drug charges. Elizabeth “Beth” Howell faces nine counts, after she was pulled over on Dec. 6 on Hwy. 9N in Salem.
Salem Police Officer Barry Abney initiated the traffic stop on Howell, who according to Abney, appeared nervous and had bloodshot eyes. Abney asked for consent to search Howell’s vehicle, and she refused consent. Officer Jamie Turnbough of the Mammoth Spring Police Department and his canine partner Aitos, responded to the scene. The trained drug dog alerted three times to the presence of a controlled substance during his walk around the exterior of the vehicle. Investigator Joe Boshears with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrived at the scene, and was told Howell had rolled up her vehicle windows, locked herself inside and refused to step out of the vehicle. Officers, including Sheriff Buck Foley, requested Howell exit her vehicle on five different occasions, and Howell had attempted to drive off three times. Fulton County Deputy John Cawvey had blocked Howell’s vehicle with his patrol car to prevent her from fleeing in the vehicle.
At one point, Howell had her window rolled down partially and when Officer Turnbough tried to get the window down, she rolled the window up on his fingers.
Abney attempted numerous times to use a vehicle entry tool to unlock the door of the vehicle, but each time Howell would reach and keep both doors locked, and according to the arrest affidavit, Howell actually grabbed the entry tool at one point. Eventually Boshears broke out the passenger window, shut off the vehicle, retrieved the key, and unlocked the driver’s side door, and Howell was apprehended.
During the search of the vehicle, officers found a glass smoking device, a canvas style zip case containing a spoon with a usable amount of crystal methamphetamine, three syringes commonly used for the injection of controlled substances, a baggie of a marijuana, and several small baggies containing residue.
Howell has been charged with: possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class d felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class d felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; Use or possession with the purpose to use paraphernalia with the purpose to hide, conceal, contain methamphetamine, a class b felony; speeding; no liability insurance; refusal to submit; omnibus DWI act; and interference with a law enforcement officer, a class a misdemeanor.
Bond for Howell was set at $75,000. She posted bond and was released Dec. 9.

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HAGAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY: Walter R. Hagan announces his candidacy for Izard County Sheriff. “I honestly believe that if the citizens of Izard County could and would work more closely together with the department, we could solve an awful lot of our drug and other crime problems. The department needs to take more serious the anonymous reports from public and minor crimes (if there is such a thing) and follow up on them. I’m an ordinary working man with family and roots in Izard County for over 30 years. I have run a family business for over 40 years. I have been a Christian since November 1979. I’m not running for sheriff for the money or the power, but to protect mine and your families from the illegal drugs as well as other crimes in OUR county. From the bottom of my heart, I want to make the sheriff’s department more honorable and the homes in our county a safe place to live. I would appreciate your vote on November 4th. if you have any questions or comments, please call me at 870-297-8019.” Paid Political Ad

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The Horseshoe Bend Honorary Police will host a three person scramble at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain on Saturday, September 20 with a 9 a.m. start. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $105 per team, cash prizes determined by the number of entrants. Players 70 and up may play from the red tees. For more information contact the Turkey Mountain Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Gene Stanton at 870-670-4344.

A Horseshoe Bend couple was arrested on July 8 on multiple theft of property charges. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, allegations are that while employed at the Eagles Club, the couple wrote checks to the club and then stopped payment on the checks.
Blake L. Lawrence, age 30 is accused of writing three such checks while his 24 year old wife, Heather Lawrence, is accused of writing six checks. They each posted a cash bond the day of their arrest in the amounts of $1,000 and $2,000.
In an alcohol related arrest, Joshua D. Jones, age 32 of Melbourne was arrested July 12 on the charge of driving while intoxicated. Jones posted bond the following day in the amount of $1,000, was released and was given a court date of July 17.
Clayton Doyle Henderson, age 32 of Oxford was arrested July 7 on two felony aggravated assault charges. Henderson posted bond that same day in the amount of $10,000 and was given a court date.
Alcohol resulted in the arrest of Tracey Lynn Alex on July 12. Alex, age 44 of Oxford was charged with public intoxication. The arrest followed a call to the Horton residence at 156 Parker Lane. Apparently an altercation occurred earlier at that residence involving Alex and a juvenile female. The juvenile was issued a citation for battery third degree and given a court date in Izard County Juvenile Court.
The incident at the Horton residence continues to be investigated. Meanwhile, Alex remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on an investigative hold.

A traffic stop was initiated Monday morning, February 17 on a motorcycle that was traveling at a high rate of speed near the Diamond B shopping mall in Horseshoe Bend.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the driver of the motorcycle failed to stop for Deputy Mike Smith, and a pursuit continued through various areas of the city eventuallyy onto State Highway 289. The cycle with a passenger on board traveled in excess of 80 miles per hour, failed to stop at several stop signs and often crossed the center line. Deputy Smith radioed for assistance and Corporal Mark Simino established a road block west of Wiseman; however, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked before reaching the road block.
Kenneth R. Stephens II, age 29 with addresses in Batesville and Star Cit,y and his 22 year old female passenger were thrown to the ground when the motorcycle crashed. Stephens then threw his coat and helmet to the ground and continued to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by Smith.
Vital Link transported the female passenger to a hospital and Corp. Simino transported Stephens to a hospital before taking him to the Izard County Detention Facility. Stephens was charged with 15 traffic offenses and five criminal offenses to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia- two counts, and fleeing. The female passenger was not charged.
Stephens remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on these charge as well as seven Sharp County warrants including a parole violation.

Early Tuesday morning, February 11, Izard County deputies and the Arkansas State Police were dispatched to a field off of Lafferty Road, Mt. Pleasant in response to a body in that location. Dale E. Strader, age 58 of Mt. Pleasant was found. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said it appeared that Strader was leaving a residence the night before and possibly fell on the ice and snow. Lawrence said there were no signs of foul play. The body was sent to the state crime laboratory and a report from the medical examiner’s office said that there was no trauma to the body and that Stader likely died from natural causes or from the extreme cold. A toxicology report is pending from that office.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that following a week and a half trial in Melbourne that ended Wednesday, January 22, Donald Dickey of Calico Rock was convicted of arson and murder in the first degree.
The jury, after deliberating for two hours, announced they had found 77 year old Dickey guilty of the two charges. Again, after convening for about 15 minutes, this same jury announced a sentence of two life terms in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Lawrence said that Dickey was convicted of setting his Gorby home on fire while the victim, wife Mary Dickey, was inside the home.
The fire completely consumed the structure and burned a vehicle sitting nearby. Shortly after the fire was reported on this July 2010 day, Dickey was observed driving away from the residence and was located at Jordan Landing on the Norfork Lake.
It was reported at the time that Dickey had been observed washing some items, suspected to be his own clothing, and clothing was found hanging on his pickup truck drying. The partial remains of Mary Dickey were located in the burned debris by investigators two days later.
The Arkansas Crime Laboratory determined that much, if not all his clothing including shoes and his belt, contained a level of a flammable substance.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver was the presiding judge.

Several reports have been received by the Izard County Sheriff’s Office concerning missing dogs.
On Saturday, November 16, a Horseshoe Bend resident reported seeing a man in her yard, taking her two Shelties off their chains, and putting leashes on them. The resident confronted the man, who was wearing a blue sweatshirt lettered “Animal Control” and asked him what he was doing. The man responded he was with the Animal Control, to which the resident said she knew the animal control officer. The resident stated the man then became nervous and left.
The man, estimated in his 50’s, was about 5’6” tall, was wearing a white ball cap and driving a newer model Chevrolet pickup truck with a homemade wire cage in the back, and no license plate.
Anyone knowing any information about this individual or anything about the truck is asked to call Lt. Charlie Melton at 870-368-4203.

Three flags were stolen in Franklin on Veterans Day.
And this is not the first time the city has had flags taken.
Sometime during the night of November 11, a person or persons took three flags the city had on display commemorating Veterans Day, according to Mayor Barbara Dusto.
The City of Franklin displays flags each National holiday, such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day.
The last four holidays that the city has displayed flags, some have been stolen, for a total of seven flags gone.
“I’d like to tell whoever this is that if they are that desperate for a flag, we’ll be glad to get them one,” said Dusto. City officials are disgusted, and rightfully so. “It’s not the cost of the flag, these people just have no respect for veterans,” said Dusto.
The flag of the United States is one of the nation’s most widely recognized symbols. Within the United States, flags are frequently displayed not only on public buildings but on private residences. Throughout the world the flag has been used in public discourse to refer to the United States.
The flag has become a powerful symbol of Americanism, and is proudly flown on many occasions. The American flag is considered sacred and desecration of a it creates a public outrage.
And outraged are the city officials and residents of Franklin.
Anyone having information concerning the theft of these flags is encouraged to contact Mayor Dusto or the Izard County Sheriff’s Office at 368-4203.

An Oxford resident has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Violet Hill man on Tuesday, August 20.
Izard County officers were called to the scene of a shooting in the home of Mike Rush on Wideman Road in Oxford at 9:33 p.m. Rush, age 42, allegedly shot Ted Foreman, age 50 of Violet Hill with a .357 pistol. Foreman died of his wounds at the scene.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Rush and Foreman knew each other, and there are witnesses to the shooting.
Rush is being held at the Izard County Detention Facility pending investigation of the shooting according to Lawrence.

On Thursday, July 25, a shooting occurred at the residence of Dale Koeling on Pleasant Valley Rd. in northern Fulton County.
According to Fulton Sheriff Kenneth “Buck” Foley, Koeling and Ricky Due sustained gunshot wounds and were hospitalized.
The investigation is being conducted by the FCSO and Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police. The investigation is still in progress.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council will meet Monday, July 22 to discuss the possible acquisition of the city’s police department by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.
A contract was discussed at a prior meeting held Monday, July 8, with over 100 people attending. “It is my responsibility to look out for the welfare of the city of Horseshoe Bend,” said Mayor Bob Barnes at that meeting. The proposal will cost the city $240,000 annually, an estimated savings to the city of $65,000, for 24/7 coverage. If the resolution is passed, the county will take over all assets of the city police department, and be housed in the current police offices.
“I think we are making a big mistake,” stated Alderman James Davis. Three of the city’s aldermen voted against further discussion of the contract.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at city hall council chambers.

The Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at city council chambers for the purpose of discussing the General Fund, possible changes, including the city police department.
The meeting is open to the public.

HORSESHOE BEND — Golf carts are allowed on city streets in Horseshoe Bend following a 5-3 vote of City Council on Monday, June 24.
The ordinance becomes law in 30 days and golf carts can be operated on city streets, under certain conditions. Golf carts must be driven by a licensed driver, age 16 and over, from dawn to dusk hours only, and carts are not allowed on city streets designated as federal or state highways, or on county roads, except to cross them. Proper safety flags or equipment must be visible on the cart.

A tornadic system hit Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas on Wednesday, April 10 during the evening hours. One injury was reported in the storm which damaged 37 properties, destroyed three homes and caused major damage at six additional homes.

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce February General Membership meeting for Thursday, February 21, has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather in north central Arkansas arriving February 20.

Plans are well under way by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative for what appears to be a major ice event beginning the evening of February 20 and into February 21. The cooperative is on full alert, and planning is underway to respond to whatever happens over the next two days. “Should the worst case scenario (immediate worst case by the NWS) play out, we will have extended outages that will exceed a few days,” stated Mel Coleman, CEO. “It appears we are not talking about the same severity of the 2009 storm, but I will say some of the weather models are close to that.” Predictions now are for .25 to .75 inches of ice over NAEC’s entire service territory.

A two-vehicle accident was reported in Horseshoe
Bend on Saturday, January 19, with both drivers
involved refusing medical treatment according to the
Horseshoe Bend Police Department.
At approximately 3:55 p.m., a 2000 Olds Alero
traveling north on Nightingale was struck on
the driver’s side while crossing Hummingbird,
by a 2007 GMC pickup traveling east on Hummingbird. Trapped in the Alero was driver Theresa Bayes, age 48 of Salem. The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department was called to the scene for extrication. Bayes refused
medical transport as well as the driver of the pickup,
Christopher Beaver, age 25 of Horseshoe Bend.
No stop sign was located at the intersection of
Hummingbird and Nightingale.
Bayes vehicle was totaled in the accident and
removed from the scene by Beene’s Towing.
According the police report, Beaver’s vehicle
sustained $5,000 in damages and was towed by Counce Towing.

Jody Hall was arrested for allegedly placing a bomb in a mailbox in south Fulton County.

On September 27 at approximately 9:30 p.m., a bomb exploded in a mail box on Harmony Hill Road, south of Salem. The blast was heard for six miles away. According to Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley, Jody Hall, a 51 year old of Salem was developed as a suspect in the bombing.
On October 2, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a Special Agent with the United States Postal Service that he was at the scene of the bombing on Harmony Hill Road and that Hall had just shown up at the address. Foley and Chief Deputy Al Roork stopped Hall in a traffic stop on Wheeling Road near that location and arrested Hall for DWI. A semiautomatic handgun was taken from Hall’s person during the arrest.
On October 3, The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, ATF, United States Postal Inspectors Service, Arkansas State Police, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Salem Police, executed a search warrant of Hall’s property located at 746 Fairview Road in Salem.
Hall has been charged with two counts of Criminal Use of a Prohibited Weapon, a Class “B” Felony, 31 counts of Criminal Acts Involving Explosives, a Class “B” Felony, and one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a unclassified Misdemeanor.
Hall’s bond has been set at $500,000 cash only. He is incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail.

Brandi Leigh Holt, 26, of Violet Hill was arrested September 7 and charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine and Delivery of a Controlled Substance near a public park in Izard County.
Holt is accused of selling methamphetamine, during a controlled buy at the Oxford City Park.
Holt is facing similar charges out of Fulton County and is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility with bond amounts of $10,000 for Izard County and $10,000 for Fulton County. The arrest was a cooperative effort between the Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

A man arrested August 13 for threatening a local school has posted bond and been released from jail last Thursday.
Jacob Morley, 22, of Salem was arrested for Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat against Salem High School.
Morley, a National Guardsman, allegedly told fellow soldiers that he would target Salem High School, killing as many students as possible to make the teachers suffer, if he decided to commit suicide sometime within the next five years.
Morley’s bond was reduced from $500,000 to $100,000, and he was released from the Izard County Jail on September 13.

On Sunday, September 2, the Horseshoe Bend Police Department, received a call reporting a possible death on Clarke Lane in Horseshoe Bend.
Sgt. Sonny Gerringer arrived on the scene at 8:14 a.m., and identified the deceased as Nicholas A. Bailey, age 32, of Franklin.
Izard County Coroner Eddie Howard pronounced Bailey dead on arrival. His body has been sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock. There is no reported cause of death as of Monday, Sept. 10 according to Police Chief Fred Mitchell. Reports of Bailey’s involvement in an altercation at a local night club the evening before his death are currently under investigation.

On August 15, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office received reports of four separate structure fires and one hay fire. On August 16, another structure fire was reported to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The fires appeared to be set using a substance.
Sharon Maguffee, 64, of Salem was arrested August 16, and charged with Arson (four counts) and Reckless Burning. Each Arson count and the count of Reckless Burning is a Class D Felony.
Maguffee admitted to having set structure and hay fires on August 15 as well as a structure fire on August 16. She was released from Izard County Jail on August 21 on $10,000 bond.
Special Agent Todd Shaw was the investigating officer.

Jacob Morley, age 22 of Salem was arrested on August 13 for Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat. Morley is being held in Izard County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Morley had threatened to commit a terroristic act at Salem High School earlier this month.

Jacob Morley, a National Guardsman, allegedly told two fellow soldiers that he would target Salem High School, killing as many students as possible to see how the soldiers would react.

They were attending a National Guard military drill at the  Mountain Home Armory on the weekend of August 4, when Morley made the threat. The soldiers reacted. Law enforcement agencies are taking the threat seriously.

According to reports, the affidavit submitted by Special Agent Todd Shaw with the Arkansas State Police, includes the following information:
“While at the Armory, Morley engaged in a conversation with two other soldiers in which he stated that, if he decided to commit suicide sometime within the next five years, he would go to the Salem, AR. High School and shoot as many students as possible. Morley commented that he would do so to make the teachers suffer and have to live with what had happened. The soldiers whom Morley made the statement were interviewed and state that the statement was not made jokingly, and that Morley appeared very serious at the time he made the statement. Morley was confronted about the statement by his commanding officers and admitted having made it. Furthermore, Morley has stated that he had found a place on the Internet from which he could order “booby traps”, and has attempted to negotiate the purchase of firearms from other soldiers assigned to his National Guard Unit.”

Jacob S. Morley, 22, was arrested August 14 and is being held at the Izard County Jail on lockdown without bond, after a week-long investigation by Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement.

Morley is being charged with Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat, which is a Class B Felony. It is a crime that occurs under the law, when “the person knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a terrorist act, or otherwise creates the impression or belief that a terrorist act is about to be or has been committed, or in any manner knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a catastrophe…that the person knows to be false.”
Salem High School Principal Wayne Guiltner stated Morley was a 2009 graduate of SHS.