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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