On Saturday, August 26 a man walked into the Palace Drug Store in Mammoth Spring with a gun, demanding drugs.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, at 10:47 a.m. the man walked into the store and demanded Oxycodone. After receiving the drug he left driving a light colored car with Missouri plates. “The man was identified in minutes and a be-on-the-lookout was issued for the subject in surrounding counties in Arkansas and Missouri,” stated Roork in his press release issued August 28.
At 6:34 p.m., a Howell County Deputy spotted the subject in a silver Chevrolet Impala traveling south on Hwy. 17 toward Lanton, at a high rate of speed. The deputy was able to get the vehicle stopped and took the 35 year old man into custody.
Roork’s press release stated formal charges are being filed in Fulton County charging the man with armed robbery and theft. “He will be extradited back to Arkansas later this week to face the charges in Fulton County Circuit Court,” said Roork.
According to a press release from Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, Mammoth Spring Chief Michael Davis and Officer Tim Vanderpool have returned Michael S. Byrd, age 35 of West Plains, MO. Byrd waived extradition to return to Fulton County after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Fulton County. He has been charged in Fulton County Circuit Court with aggravated robbery, a class y felony; theft of property, a class b felony; and trafficking a controlled substance, a class y felony. He will appear on September 20 in Circuit Court.


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.

Travis Wilson


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.

(January 18, 2017)

Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork


by Karen Sherrell
Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork is no stranger to law enforcement, and after 38 years in the field, he is manning the helm in Fulton County.
Beginning official duties this month, Roork stated he is a realist and humbled to be the new sheriff in town. Not having an opponent at election time, and with the retirement of Sheriff Buck Foley, it is a natural transition of duty for Roork.
“I’m humbled to be sheriff and protect the community,” said Roork. “I’m everybody’s sheriff, and treat everyone equally. I will enforce the law equally and with common sense.”
Roork has seen many changes over the past four decades in law enforcement. “The law is more and more complex now,” he said. “It costs a fortune to operate all the courts we have.” The 16th Judicial District covers five counties, including Fulton County, and Roork has a deep respect for the judges and their jobs. “I have respect for the judges and how hard they try. It’s not easy on their part.” Law enforcement must deal with a ton of paperwork now more than in the past according to Roork. “We respond to calls, but it’s hard to have pro-active law enforcement,” he said. “There’s just not enough staff.” Roork has four deputies and one chief deputy. “I have a great crew. They, like police officers in America, put on a badge and gun everyday. They have a very difficult job, and they’re honest, dedicated people.”
The sheriff appreciates help from the community and stated Fulton County is the best place in the world to live. “There are lots of hard working people here, and I depend on them to trust me, and know that what they tell me is in confidence.”
The hands-on sheriff stated he is a working sheriff, in the field with his officers. “People will see me around,” said Roork. “I love what I do and love helping people.”
Fulton County has from 1,600 to 2,000 county road miles that the sheriff’s office is responsible for. “It’s forty miles across the county,” said Roork. “We are on call 24/7 and ready to go whenever. We work hard for the people and enforce the law.”
“People have no idea of the amount of crime in their community,” said Roork. The hub of all problems he said, is an increase in drug use in the county, of methamphetamine and prescription drugs. “It leads to assault on families, thefts, and loss of productivity.” Roork hopes to slow the escalation of crime. “Burglaries occur every day somewhere in the county.”
The sheriff’s department focuses on each crime, aware of the fact that people are more difficult to deal with these days. “One of the biggest problems today is mental illness and the way it’s dealt with,” said Roork. “It’s time consuming to have a person committed, seeking help. We can help those people that can’t help themselves, and it’s a great feeling to do that,” he added.
The sheriff would like to see a dedicated investigator in the department. “We’re the only county that doesn’t have one,” he said. “Our Chief Deputy was our Investigator, as well as performing his normal duties. It’s just too time consuming.” But the new sheriff will continue to do his job as a working sheriff in the field, alongside his officers, for a community that he loves. “I have no visions of grandeur, we will do our job,” he said.

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.