JCSD THEFT REPORTS
A break-in and theft was reported in the 100 block of Private Road 2681 Lamar on September 8th. Cheslea Larue reported that she arrived home to find her front and back door open and clothing and trash scattered all the way through the residence into the front yard. The only items missing were a Funai brand DVD player, a 19" television and a coffee can containing loose change. Total amount of the theft was about $300.
Ralph Pruitt filed a theft report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 9th. Pruitt said he was in the process of moving from property on Crawford St. near Clarksville and when he arrived at that location the remaining property of his was gone. This included a 10' flat bottom boat and misc. tools. Pruitt agreed to get a complete list of stolen property for the investigation. The report does show that the location of the stolen property was determined but that Pruitt did not want to press charges.
CRAWFORD COUNTY MAN SHOT TO DEATH
Crawford County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting death of a David Jackson, whose body was found near his Bidville home north of the White Rock Community in Crawford County on Friday. Jackson's body was found by a neighbor who called 911 after finding Jackson. The death of Jackson, a former Sebastian County Deputy, is being investigated as a homicide but authorities said over the weekend that they did not havy any suspects.
ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED
Authorities have released the identity of a man killed in Bloomer this week when his car fell on him. William Martin of Bloomer age 34 was working under his Ford Taurus when the vehicle collapsed on him, killing him. Martin was found by a family member who phoned 911, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle was in the driveway of his home on Highway 22 in Bloomer at the time of the accident on Tuesday afternoon. The funeral service will be Saturday at 10am at Parks Cemetery in Charleston.
BODY FOUND IN ARKANSAS RIVER
The body of a man was found in the Arkansas River Thursday morning near Arbuckle Island about 10 miles east of Lavaca. The body was spotted by the captain of a tug boat operating on the River. The Sebastian County Sheriff's Department responded to the area and located the body about 5 miles downstream from Vach Grasse Park. The body was not able to be identified due to the condition of the body. The remains have been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification and to determine the cause of death. While authorities do not have an identity for the body, officials contacted the family of a Jamison Boyster age 43 of Mansfield who was reported missing and was last seen Monday.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Franklin County authorities took a report of theft of property at the home of Earl Bonds in the 6600 block of Highway 23 south of Ozark on September 4th. Mr. Bonds reported someone had entered his home and took his wallet that was in the pocket of his pants hanging in his room at the time. The wallet contained $160, his debit card and a credit card. Mr. Bonds reported that the same thing had happened about a week earlier.
Albert Pullen of Altus reported that someone had stolen a Stihl brand chainsaw and 10 rolls of barbwire from his property on Nortontown Road. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled $850. The report was filed on Thursday, but occurred on September 6th.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
2 pistols were reported stolen from the home of Sean Clayton in the 1400 block of County Road 3291. Clayton said that he had left home about 4am on the 10th and returned later that same day in the afternoon. During the evening hours he went to retrieve his two pistols from the bedroom and discovered they were missing. One was a High Point brand 9mm, the other was an EAA brand 45, both were black. Estimated value of the two guns was $600.
About $5,000 worth of property was reported stolen from the home of Lesley Snider of Clarksville on Wednesday September 10th. Snider advised that she left home that morning and when she returned home she found an outside door to the home had been broken into and several items were missing from her home. About $4,700 worth of jewelry including a diamond ring with ruby, a bridal ring set with diamond and misc. other pieces, 2 flat screen televisions, a DVD player, VCR, Hewlet Packard laptop and satellite box. The home is located in the 1100 block of County Road 3561.
Kenneth Dunn of Clarksville reported that someone had broke into his home in the 1300 block of County Road 3291 while he was away from the property for about a month. A TV / DVD combo and about 20 DVD's were taken from the home valued at $175.
IDENTITY THEFT REPORTED
On September 5th, Johnson County authorities were contacted by Tamara Sisco of Clarksville in reference to an identity theft she was victim to. Sisco said she was contacted by a Heating & Air company in Russellville about a $75 bill that was past due for work done at a Russellville address. Sisco told the company she did not live in Russellville and had not hired the company. The report shows there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
THEFT REPORTED AT JOHNSON COUNTY HOME
Shirley Bounds of London reported a theft or property at her home on County Road 2700 totaling about $2500 worth of items. Bounds said that a pair of diamond earrings, 8 - $100 dollar bills and 4 - $50 bills had been stolen from her home in the 800 block of County Road 2700. The theft report was filed on September 7th and indicates there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
GREENWOOD HIGHSCHOOL EVACUATED AFTER THREAT
The Greenwood High School was evacuated Wednesday morning after student's reported a threat to faculty. Greenwood Police and Fire Departments responded and investigated a bomb threat at the High School. Authorities searched the building as students were taken to a safe location and served lunch. Later students were allowed to return to the building, no threat was found.
LAVACA MAN ARRESTED AFTER GIVING DAUGHTER MARIJUANA
42 year old Bobby Martin of Lavaca was arrested Monday after admitting to giving his daughter marijuana and choking her at their home in Lavaca. Police responded to a call of a disturbance on Bugscuffle Road in Lavaca where Martin's daughter reported that he assaulted her. Martin was located by police and questioned resulting in his arrested after he admitted to the assault and giving his daughter marijuana. He was booked into the detention center on felony charges of assault and child endangerment along with misdemeanor traffic violations of DWI, reckless driving and driving on suspended DL. The report does not indicate the age of the victim.
BLOOMER MAN KILLED TUSDAY
A Bloomer man in his mid 30's was killed while working on his vehicle Tuesday afternoon. The man was reported to be working on his Ford Taurus in the driveway of his home in the 27,000 block of Highway 22 in Bloomer when the floor jack that was holding the vehicle fell causing the vehicle to drop onto the man. The man was found by a family member. EMS was dispatched to the scene, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the man has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.
LOGAN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR RAPE
Eric Scott Paulson age 49 of Magazine was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of rape by a jury in Logan County on Tuesday. Charges were filed against Paulson in 2012 after the victim told authorities that she was staying at the Paulson's home when she woke up and Paulson was on top of her and that he raped her. The victim was 16 at the time. Paulson also faces two counts of rape in a separate Logan County case. The jury that convicted Paulson was made up of four men and eight woman and deliberated less than an hour before returning with the verdict.
THEFT AND FORGERY REPORTED IN JOHNSON COUNTY
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department was contacted by Al Lovett of Mulberry in reference to a theft and forgery case that occurred in Johnson County. Mr. Lovett reported that he had allowed a friend to use his credit card to rent a skid loader to do some logging work. Mr. Lovett reported that he had instructed the friend to return the loader to the rental company after about a month of usage. The friend allegedly then rented the loader a second time without Mr. Lovett's permission and forged Mr. Lovett's signature. While renting the loader the 2nd time, the man wrecked the loader resulting in additional charges. The total amount of money in question was $1,790.10.
WOMAN REPORTS VEHICLE DAMAGED IN CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Thea Ballinger reported of about $900 damage being done to her vehicle on September 6th. Ballinger reported that she was at her son's birthday party when an argument broke out between Ballinger and her husband. During the argument he allegedly caused about $900 damage to her vehicle cracking her windshield, breaking a mirror and bending the door frame of the vehicle.
FEMALE INMATE FACING CHARGES
A 43 year old Cindy Wyers of Huntington is facing a felony charge of introducing prohibited articles after is was found that several female inmates were under the influence of Hydrocodone and Xanax. The medication was believed to have been brought into the facility by Wyers. The incident occurred on September 5th. In all, 4 inmates were found to be under the influence when tested.
THEFT REPORTED ON PRIVATE ROAD 3215
Anna Baker filed a theft report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 6th after discovering that he mother's home had been broken into in the 100 block of Private Road 3215. 2 flat screen televisions, an antique clock and misc. jewelry had been taken. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled $1,100.
2 MISSING PERSON REPORTS IN JC
On Wednesday September 3rd, Johnson County authorities received a call from Bill Meeler of a missing person. Meeler stated that he had gone to town and when he returned there was a not at the house from Bruce Hays saying he was going for a walk and might be back. Hays was wearing a dark blue and black western shirt at the time and is 6'1" 205 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and a full bear and mustache and wearing glasses. The home is located in the 300 block of County Road 2243.
Also on the 3rd, Johnson County authorities were contacted by the grandmother of Savanna Veale age 21 of Clarksville that she had not been seen or heard from for more than 10 days. Family and friends were contacted and no one had any information on where she was.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Theron McElroy of Ratcliff reported the theft of $115 from his wallet at his home in the 4800 block of Compressor Road near Ratcliff. The theft was reported by McElroy on September 4th.
Mary Skelton contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on August 30th after arriving home to find the glass was broken out of her back door. The only thing she could find missing was $18 from a cigar box. It appeared that someone had opened a closet door at the home but nothing else appeared to be missing. The damage to the back door was estimated at $50. The home is located in the 5200 block of Brown Lane.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT FC DETENTION CENTER
An inmate at the Franklin County Detention Center attempted suicide on August 31st, according to a report from the Sheriff's Department. At about 9pm, the dispatcher's reported hearing yelling from the cells in the back of the detention center, the male jailor went to the cell block to find inmate Jordan McIlroy had attempted to hang himself with his jail issued pants. McIlroy was removed from the shower area, where he was found, and transported to the hospital in Ozark by EMS, then later airlifted to Little Rock. His condition was not known according to the report. The incident took place in the shower area of the cell where McIlroy was housed, an area that is not monitored by surveillance video due to privacy laws.
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH
71 year old Sue Watson of Clarksville was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on I-49 near Alma. Watson was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer southbound on I-49 at the 22 mile marker when the tire thread separated causing her to lose control of the vehicle and travel off the road on the right shoulder where the vehicle overturned. Watson was transported to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith where she passed away from her injuries. The accident occurred at 3:12pm Thursday afternoon in Crawford County.
3 INMATES CHARGED AFTER JAIL FIGHT
Franklin County authorities report that 3 inmates were cited following a fight in one of the cell's of the detention center on Wednesday morning. The report shows that at about 11am inmate Prince Surveyor age 24 of Pine Bluff started a fight with inmate Larry Amonette of Altus. As the fight started, inmate Carl Skaggs age 39 of Fayetteville covered the camera monitoring the cell. The report shows that when Skagges uncovered the camera, video captured inmate Kirby Edgin-Whitson of Ozark punched inmate Amonette while he was being held on the ground by Surveyor. Surveyor and Whitson were charged with 3rd degree battery and Skaggs with obstructing governmental operations.
FENCED DAMAGED ON COUNTRY ROAD 3201
A criminal mischief report was taken by Johnson County Deputy Chris Curtis on August 29th in the 3100 block of County Road 3201. It appeared that a vehicle had ran off the road hitting a utility pole before taking out about 60' of fence owned by Jerry Coffee. The damage to the fence amounted to three T posts and about 60' of 5 strand barbed wire, estimated $650 worth of damage.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Clarksville Police responded to ASAP Towing and Recovery on August 22nd after an employee reported a male subject in the back lot of the business taking something from the trucks. Police arrived and located 44 year old James Cowell of Clarksville and discovered a 5 gallon fuel can with a black hose inside and fresh fuel on the fuel tank and ground by a truck that belonged to the business and it was determined that Cowell had been stealing gas from the vehicle's. It was estimated that he had taken about $25 worth of fuel and was arrested for theft of property and transported to JCDC.
Clarksville Police were called to Walmart on August 28th after 22 year old Larry Wolfrum and 24 year old Megan Wolfrum, both of Clarksville, had been caught shoplifting by store personnel. The two were observed taking several medications and putting them into Megan's purse, then taking some food items before attempting to leave the store without paying. The value of the stolen property amounted to about $50. The two were issued a citation for shoplifting. The report indicates that it was not the first incident at the store involving the two individuals.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Brian Coogan of Hartman filed a theft report on August 29th, he reported that he was going to work when he discovered his vehicle had been broken into and the following items were taken, Arkansas DL, Social Security card, Visa debit card and auto stereo with touch screen. The estimated value of the stolen property was about $400. His home is located in the 6000 block of Highway 64.
DeWight Faust of Knoxville contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on August 28th to file a theft report. Faust reported that someone had stolen the Arkansas license plate from his vehicle. The report shows that there are a couple of possible suspects.
Johnson County Sheriff's Department took a report on August 29th at the Coal Hill Shamrock on Highway 64 in Coal Hill of theft of property. A white male subject wearing blue jeans short and a backpack, no shirt, entered the store and tried to buy a light and get $100 cash back with a credit card. The card was rejected and the subject went outside to make a call and then came back into the store. While he was in the store he took a shirt and left without paying for it, along with a pair of sunglasses. The value of the two items was $35. When confronted by store personnel the subject said the items had been in his backpack and were his.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON CARBON PLANT ROAD
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call of a residential burglary at 3am on Wednesday September 3rd in the 3500 block of Carbon Plant Road, the home of Logan Rucinski. Rucinski reported that he arrived home to find his house had been broken into and two televisions had been stolen along with a small amount of jewelry. The TV's were described as a Vizio 47" flat screen and a Samsung 32" flat screen, total value of the two estimated at $800. The misc. gold and jewelry taken was valued at $400. The report shows there was no sign of forced entry.
MINIMUM WAGE MAKES BALLOT
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces, An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. An initiated act needs 62,507 valid signatures to make the ballot. The sponsors turned in a total of 129,989 signatures for verification. At this time, the initiated act has at least 70,074 valid signatures. Please note, there are signatures still being verified; therefore, the total number of valid signatures may increase. The Secretary of State has certified the proposed initiated act to the County Boards of Election Commissioners. It will be Issue No. 5 on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure will increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2015, $8.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 and $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.
The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 6, 2014. For information on voter registration, go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s webpage, www.sos.arkansas.gov.
MULE STOLEN ON HIGHWAY 352
A mule was reported stolen from property on Highway 352 north of Ozark on Tuesday September 2nd. Ed Brushwood reported that a mare Molly mule valued at $1,500 had been stolen from his farm sometime within the last two weeks. The mule described as white with dark gray spots.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 8/13 11:19pm I-40 on Ramp...Skyler Martinez of Russellville was driving a 2008 Chrysler eastbound on I-40 on ramp when he drove off the road on the left side and lost control of the vehicle striking a tree in the median where the vehicle came to rest with about $10,000 damage. Martinez was taken to UAMS in Little Rock by Med-Flight for treatment of injuries.
Wednesday 8/13 4:20pm Blackburn Street...Julia Nowotny of Clarksville was southbound on Blackburn Street in a 1994 GMC Sierra, Glen Shelton of Clarksville was in a 2001 Ford F150 backing from a parking space at a business when he backed into the Nowotny vehicle causing about $3,000 damage to the Nowotny vehicle and no damage reported to the Shelton vehicle. Shelton was cited for careless or prohibited driving and no proof insurance.
2 BREAK-INS REPORTED IN JOHNSON COUNTY
Johnson County Authorities were dispatched to Private Road 3591 on August 29th to take a report of a break-in from Miranda Klein. Klein reported that someone had broke into her residence twice within in a 30 minute period on the 29th. She said that nothing was taken and she did not know why someone would break into her home in the 100 block of Private Road 3591.
Charles James of Hartman filed a report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 1st of someone breaking into a house he owns in the 6600 block of Highway 64 in Hartman. Nothing was missing but the back door and frame were damaged where it appeared someone had kicked the door open. Some evidence was collected at the scene that may link a suspect to the crime.
PEDESTRIAN REPORTS BEING HIT BY VEHICLE IN CLARKSVILLE
On August 26th, Clarksville Police were contacted by Edward Criss of Clarksville age 56 who said that he was struck by a vehicle while on Sevier Street August 25th. Criss said that he was exiting the Post Office and that when he entered the crosswalk a full size white pickup backed up hitting his right side causing minor bruising. No suspect vehicle could be identified or located.
FRANKLIN COUNTY MAN VICTIM OF PHONE SCAM
Franklin County Authorities received a call from Jason Foster of Ozark after he received a phone call advising him he was a winner. Mr. Foster was told he needed to send $250 to receive his prize. Foster did send a money gram to Jamaica only to find out that it was a scam.
VAN BUREN MAN INJURED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT
Arkansas State Police were called to a motorcycle accident Monday at about 10am when Buell Jones of Van Buren was riding a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle northbound and was negotiating a curve too fast when he lost control and ran off the road, the bike flipped and landed on Jones. Jones was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment with an injured shoulder in addition to minor injuries. Jones was wearing a helmet. The accident was investigated by Trooper Derek Neitert.
2 ARRESTED FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE
2 people were arrested on Saturday August 31st for unauthorized use of a vehicle after Franklin County authorities received a 911 call of a vehicle being stolen from a home on Franklin Avenue. Carolyn Lee reported that her 2007 Chevy Aveo had been stolen from her home and that she had located the vehicle and was following it. Deputy Chris Langston located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. After questioning the driver Kristin Gillinger and a passenger William Tournay, the two were arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle. The report indicates there was a 32" Emerson television in the back seat of the car, the TV was reported stolen also, it was valued at $250.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON HIGHWAY 217
James Hoffman of Charleston reported a residential burglary at his property on August 29th, located in the 14,000 block of Highway 217 South. Hoffman said that he had several items stolen within the last 3 days. Mr. Hoffman showed authorities where someone had forced open a roll-up door on his shop to gain access to the contents and took his Oxygen & Acetylene tanks with gauges, a chop saw, gas powered high pressure washer and 3 small hand held grinder. The total value of the stolen property was $1,010.
FCSD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Thursday 8/28 AR186 7:10pm...Curtis Scroggins of Fort Smith was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound when he ran through some gravel in the road and lost control. The motorcycle ran off the right side of the road into the ditch and overturned. Scroggins was thrown from the bike and sustained only minor injury, he was treated at the scene by EMS.
Thursday 8/21 Lone Oak Road 9:30pm...Tori Byrd of Ozark was driving a 2005 Toyota 4 Runner and said she was driving about 30mph when the vehicle started drifting to the right, she said she turned the wheel to the left and overcorrected, the vehicle then hit the bank of the road and flipped over onto the driver's side. Byrd was negotiating a curve at the time. No injuries were reported and no citations issued. The report does not indicate how much damage was done to te vehicle. There was one passenger in the vehicle, Nicholai Trouerbach of Ozark.
THEFT INVESTIGATED NEAR OZONE
Erich Morrow of Ozone reported that his fence and post had been pulled up and were missing. A total of 15 6' steel fence posts and about 100' of fence were taken, a total value of $250.
RESIDENTIAL BURLGARY ON MATTIE ROAD
Seth Sanders filed a residential burglary and theft report on Wednesday August 27th at the corner of Mattie Road and Fairview Road. Sanders said that someone had entered his camper trailer and destroyed it. The report shows that the walls were tore out and the ceiling had been torn down. It appeared the suspect(s) were searching for the copper in the walls of the camper, all of which was gone. The report does not indicate that anything else had been stolen. No dollar amount had been given for the damage done to the trailer.
FRANKLIN COUNTY THEFT REPORTS
Donald Drake of Cecil filed a theft report on August 22nd with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department after a Remington 12 gauge pump shotgun was stolen from his house in the 3300 block of Eubanks Road near Cecil. The gun was valued at $300.
Heather Milam reported the theft of a Echo brand weed trimmer from her home in the 9400 block of South Highway 23 on August 18th. The trimmer was valued at $250.
VEHICLE DESTROYED BY FIRE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
On August 16th, authorities were called to a vehicle fire at 1am in the 5400 block of Fork Road at the home of Harold Davis. Davis said he was asleep in his house when he was awaken by an explosion and looked outside to see his 2013 GMC truck on fire. The truck was a total loss and a cause is not known. No foul play is expected, the explosion is believed to have been the fuel tank exploding. The truck was a total loss.
COMMERCIAL BURLGARY REPORTED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Christine Fisher of Mulberry reported that someone had broke into her Bait Shop in the 7900 block of Highway 64 west and stole the cash register. The cash register only contained about $2. No sign of forced entry could be found. The theft was reported on August 23rd and is believed to have occurred sometime the night of the 22nd or morning of the 23rd. The estimated valued of the cash register showed to be $100.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON COUNTY ROAD 2750
On August 25th, Johnson County authorities were contacted by Veronica Wages of London in reference to a theft of property in the 100 block of County Road 2750. Wages stated that she had left the resident just a few hours earlier to pickup her child from school and when she returned she found the carport door had been forced open. She started into the house and could see things had been thrown around and some property missing so she left the house and called the Sheriff's Department. The property stolen included Panasonic brand 42" flat screen television, wedding engagement ring set, the estimated property value was $1,500.
THEFT REPORTED AT HARTMAN HOME
Jonathan Haynes of Hartman filed a theft report on August 22nd at his home in the 4000 block of Highway 64 in Hartman. Haynes stated that his home had been broken into and a washer and dryer set, bed and frame, microwave and green recliner had been stolen. The value of the stolen property totaled about $2,000. The report indicates that one person was questioned in the case.
BURGLARY ON CEDARVILLE LANE
Franklin County authorities took a report of a residential burglary and criminal mischief at the home of Sharon Roe in the 8000 block of Cedarville Lane near Ozark on August 18th. Roe stated that someone had broke into her trailer house and destroyed it. She also stated that the cables had been cut on her riding mower. The report indicates there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
AUTHORITIES RESPOND TO POSSIBLE SUICIDE
Franklin County Emergency responders were called to a home on Highway 219 August 18th for a possible overdose. A 37 year old white male was found unresponsive at the home on the couch and was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment. The report shows that the 37 year old had sent a text message to a female friend saying he had taken 8 1/2 pills and he wouldn't be her problem anymore. The female went to the home at that time and found the male subject unresponsive and called 911.
2 INMATES CHARGED AFTER FIGHT IN CELL
Franklin County authorities report that two inmates were charged after they got into a physical altercation inside a cell of the detention center. Inmates John Stover and Alex Metcalf were the two involved, both were cited for battery 3rd, inmate Stover did request medical attention and was transported to Mercy Ozark where he was examined and released.
KNOXVILLE HOME DAMAGED BY FIRE
The home of James and Deanna Coogan sustained about $8,000 damage in a fire on August 6th at 2pm. The home is located at 61 Pine Street, the Coogans were at home at the time and Mrs. Coogan said that she was in the house when the electric went off. She went outside to tell her husband who went inside to check the breakers. He then took out the ceiling fan and turned the breakers back on. At that point there son ran back into the home to tell them there was smoke coming from the house. The fire was located in the attic of the home. No one was injured.
OZARK MAN INJURED IN UTV ACCIDENT
Nick Stewart of Ozark remains hospitalized at UAMS with serious injuries sustained in a UTV accident Saturday morning at 12:30am in Altus. Police Chief Tyler Underwood reports that Stewart was a front seat passenger in a Honda "side by side" UTV that was traveling westbound on East College in the early morning hours Saturday driven by Joshua Jennings. The UTV ran off the roadway striking a utility pole with the front end ejecting Jennings, Stewart and Dustin Sheppard, who was in the back seat of the UTV. Sheppard and Jennings were not injured but Stewart sustained serious injuries and was taken to UAMS where he was admitted on Saturday and remains hospitalized. The driver of the UTV, Jennings, was cited for DWI, careless or prohibitive and driving an ATV on the highway. Additional charged may be filed according to Chief Underwood.
THEFT REPORTED ON DILLON LANE IN JC
Raymond Baars of Lamar filed a theft report on August 18th. Baars reported his family was in the process of moving and returned to the property at 62 Dillon Lane to check the property and discovered that his child's swing set had been taken from the property.
CHARLESTON RESIDENT KILLED IN ACCIDENT
19 year old Nancy Vea of Charleston was killed in a 3 vehicle accident on the Muskogee Turnpike on Friday morning at 8:30am. Vea was one of 5 passengers in a van driven by Duane Carter of Greenwood traveling southbound, David Housdan of Tulsa age 47 was behind the van in a tractor trailer and applied his brakes to avoid hitting the van, when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 16 passenger bus forcing the tractor trailer into the van. Vea was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the van, she was transported to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa with critical injuries. Vea died Saturday morning around 9am. A Bradley Osborne age 18 of Las Vegas was admitted to St. Francis Hospital with head and trunk injuries while the nine remaining injured were treated at released from hospitals in Muskogee and Tulsa.
CLARKSVILLE MOTEL EVACUATED, ROAD SHUT DOWN
Friday at 2:30pm Clarksville Police received a report of a chemical smell at Holiday Inn on Clark Road. Upon arrival emergency responders encountered a strong chemical smell on the second floor. As a precaution, Clark Road was shut down from Shady Grove to Highway 64 for about 30 minutes, all hotel guests were evacuated along with staff. The investigation revealed that the smell originated when two cleaning chemicals accidentally were mixed. As of 3:30 all guests and staff were allowed to return to the building. Clarksville Police, Clarksville Fire Department, Johnson County Emergency Management and Johnson County Ambulance responded to the scene.
SHOTS FIRED IN ATTEMPTED THEFT
Johnson County authorities were called to property in the 300 block of County Road 3452 on August 20th to report of one or two persons trying to take some property and being held at gun point. Deputies arrived and made contact with the property owner and his son, Gary Miller and Garrett Miller. Gary stated that his son saw 2 individuals around his ATV trailers and that he retrieved his rifle and fire a few shots into the ground to stop them. The subjects fled the area on foot before law enforcement arrived. The incident happened about 9pm.
BREAK-IN REPORTED ON COUNTY ROAD 3446
Anita Campbell of Clarksville filed a report on August 15th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after someone cut the padlock of a small building behind her residence and broke a deadbolt to gain access. The contents had been gone through and everything was dumped out. The report shows that she could not tell if anything was missing.
OPD INVESTIGATES VILLAGE PHARMACY BREAKIN
Ozark Police are investigating the theft of some prescription medication from Village Pharmacy, the street value of the stolen medication estimated to be around $15,000. Chief Cory Tedford said that Police were dispatched to the Village Pharmacy on Commercial Street about midnight Tuesday morning after getting a call from the alarm company of a break-in. Police arrived to find that the drive through window was broke out, it was learned that entrance was gained to the business and at least 3 bottles of Hydrocodone 10 were taking, amounting to about 1500 pills, with a street value of around $15,000. Chief Tedford said that no one was located at the scene or in the area but that some DNA and prints were gathered at the scene and have been submitted to the crime lab. The Chief also said that his department had investigated damage at the Mediquick Pharmacy drive through just day's before this break in.
SHOTS FIRED DURING FIGHT ON OAK BEND ROAD
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident from Wednesday night in which shots were reported to have been fired during an altercation between two men on Oak Bend Road. Investigator Travis Ball said the Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a fight at a residence on Oak Bend Road Wednesday evening and arrived to find that two white male's had been involved in a physical altercation. The fight started when Ronald Elliot went to the property of his ex-wife and children and Oak Bend Road and ended up in an argument with the ex-wife's husband. The other male subject was armed with a 40 caliber pistol and several shots were reported to have been fired. No one was injured, Elliot was arrested at the scene for residential burglary. Investigator Ball said that the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests and charges may be forthcoming.
CHARGES PENDING FROM DETENTION CENTER FIRE
Franklin County authorities report that felony charges are expected against an inmate responsible for setting a fire in the detention block on Tuesday night. Jailors reported noticing smoke in the cell block and were able to find the source as a pile of toilet paper on fire in a pipe chase behind the cell's. The investigation has lead authorities to a possible suspect inmate who is facing charges of arson and / or impairing operation of a vital public facility, both felonies. No charges have yet been filed, no structural damage was reported.
CHARGES PENDING IN FIRE DEPARTMENT THEFT
A chainsaw stolen from the Barnes Fire Department was located on Wednesday morning after an investigation by Franklin County authorities. Investigator Travis Ball reported that authorities do have a suspect who has admitted to having the saw, which was located at the suspects place of business. The suspect is a fireman on the Barnes Fire Department. No arrests have been made at this point but Ball said they do expect an arrest in the case in the near future.
ONE INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 21
ASP responded to a single vehicle injury accident when Jonathan Paul of Pineville LA was driving a 2006 Nissan Frontier south on Highway 21 negotiating a sharp curve when he left the right side of the road. The vehicle struck a curve warning sign and then went down a steep embankment hit a large tree stump. Damage was estimated at $6,000 to the vehicle and Paul was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Paul was cited for DWI, careless or prohibited, refusal to submit to chemical test, DL suspended and no proof insurance.
HOME DAMAGED ON GRIFFITH LOOP
Vernon Griffith of Clarksville contacted Clarksville Police on August 8th after he discovered someone had damaged his carport by hitting it with a vehicle. The home is located in the 200 block of Griffith Loop. The report did not indicate the dollar amount for the damage.
CPD ARRESTS ONE AFTER BOMB THREAT
Clarksville Police arrested 23 year old Daniel Joshua Noble on Tuesday for threatening a fire or bomb after Greenville Tube received a bomb threat by social media. Chief Greg Donaldson reports that his department got the call between 7:15am and 7:30am from Greenville Tube of the threat. Police arrived and made contact with management and developed a course of action. No bomb was found after a search of the property. Clarksville Police with assistance from several other agencies were able to determine that an employee of the company, Daniel Joshua Noble, was possibly responsible for the threat. Noble was arrested by late Tuesday afternoon. Chief Donaldson said that in addition to the felony charge of threatening a fire or bomb, Noble will be responsible for restitution to Greenville Tube amounting to between $15,000 - $20,000 for lost time and other loss.
LAMAR MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES
Johnson County Deputies report arresting a Lamar man after he was found at the Cabin Creek Park in a Dodge truck. Deputies made contact with the subject to see what he was doing there. 34 year old Lucas Hylton had what appeared to be a rolled cigarette tucked behind his ear which he admitted contained marijuana. Authorities also search Hylton and found a grinder with marijuana and a small plastic bag containing a substance believed to be meth. Inside the vehicle deputies located a prescription medication, that Hylton did not have a prescription for, and about 3.8 grams of marijuana in a pill bottle. A 12 gauge shotgun was also seized from the vehicle. Lucas Hylton was arrested on felony charges of poss of controlled substance meth, possession of prescription medication without a prescription and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. He was also charged with possession of instrument of crime and possession of controlled substance.
MAN BEING SOUGHT AFTER WEDNESDAY STABBING
One man is in the hospital and another being sought by law enforcement after a fight Wednesday afternoon near Van Buren in the Grands area. Crawford County authorities report that the victim was working on a car with friends when they reported that a 2000 model Honda Accord came around the corner and almost hit them. The group hollered at the occupants of the car and the driver, a black male, got out of the vehicle and confronted the group. Apparently a fight broke out and the victim was stabbed an unknown number of times. The driver of the Honda left the scene followed by the remaining members of the group who gave chase but were not able to catch the vehicle. The victim was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He is reported to be in serious but stable condition. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crawford County Sheriff's Department at 474-2261.
STRUCTURE FIRE CALL ON CR4491
RFD #1 and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department responded to the home of Chad & Denice Davis in the 900 block of County Road 4491 for a possible fire on Monday about 1pm. Mrs. Davis reported smelling smoke coming from what she thought was the laundry room and got everyone out of the home. RFD#1 arrived and located the fire underneath the house, possibly caused by the dryer. The home, a 12 x 36 trailer had some fire damage near the utility room and smoke damage throughout.
2 ARRESTED IN BOONEVILLE SHOOTING
25 year old Paul Schneider and 28 year old Steven Cox were arrested Monday at a home in Booneville in connection with Saturday shooting incident that injured one. Charges against the two are currently pending while a third suspect is still being sought, he is identified as a John Schneider age 28, wanted for questioning. As we reported Monday, law enforcement responded to the home of Tommy Johnson on South Sharpe Street Saturday night about 7:30pm after 3 men allegedly knocked on Johnson's door and then shot him with a 22 caliber pistol. The injury was superficial and Johnson refused medical treatment.
THEFT REPORTED ON CR4021
Earl Wyers contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department to report of a theft or property at his home in the 4200 block of County Road 4021. Wyers stated that he had bought 3 rolls of wire on the 12th and put it in his garage. The wire along with a antique wooden wall phone, 2 rolls of wire, and military metals had been taken. The estimated value of the stolen property was about $1,300.
THEFT REPORTED ON OAK BEND ROAD
Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of about $1,800 worth of tools and equipment from Slim Rock Quarry located in the 4700 block of Oak Bend Road. The manager told law enforcement that over a period of time a Miller welder, air tank, Evercrush torch wrench and assorted tools have been taken from the quarry. The report indicates that there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
JOHNSON COUNTY HOME STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
On August 9th, Johnson County authorities were called to the home of Marion Calley in the 200 block of County Road 4471 after he said that lightning had struck his home. He said that he and his wife were sitting in the house when they felt the house shake and saw blue sparks going across the house out the other side. It appeared the lightning damaged the metal roof at the power box. The lightning also hit his car and a tree. Total damage was estimated at $15,000. No one was reported injured, RFD #1 responded to the scene.
A/C UNIT STOLEN FROM HOME
Johnson County authorities took a report of a theft or property in the 500 block of County Road 2275 at property being remodeled. Robert Lewis said the arrived at the property on August 16th to do some work and went to turn on the A/C unit and nothing happened. He then went to check the unit to find that the wires had been cut and the unit missing. The estimated value of the unit was listed as $1,500.
DOVER WOMAN KILLED IN SUNDAY CRASH
Leah Pate of Dover age 26 was killed in a single vehicle accident Sunday morning about 11:30am on Highway 7 north of Dover. Pate was driving a 1994 Chevy south on State Highway 7 negotiating a curve and lost control. The vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree. Pate was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The crash was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.
SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN BOONEVILLE SHOOTING
3 suspects are being sought by Booneville Police in connection with a report of shots being fired on South Sharpe Street Saturday night about 7:30pm. Police report that three suspects knocked on the door of the home of Tommy Johnson and then shot at him with a .22 caliber pistol. Johnson only suffered a superficial wound to his arm. The suspects reported fled the scene in a white Toyota Camry.
BARN BROKEN INTO ON CR 2515
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department took a report of a break in at a barn located in the 400 block of County Road 2515 on August 12th. Connie Rommel of Clarksville reported that she had been at the barn the day before and everything was fine. When she returned on the 12th, she discovered someone had been inside the barn. While several things had been moved and gone through, the only missing item was a pair of clippers valued at $20. Rommel said that she had been the victim of a break in and theft about 3 years ago at the same location and that she had been a victim of vandalism at the property multiple times.
CPD RECOVERS BIKE
Clarksville Police received a call of a found bicycle on the nature trail on the north side of Main Street Bridge on August 10th. The bicycle was a Next brand 26" bike that was retrieved and place in lost and found until claimed by it's owner.
LAMAR MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT
Johnson County Deputy Christ Curtis was involved in a short pursuit on August 8th that resulted in the arrest of 38 year old Jerry Dale Clayborn of Lamar. Deputy Curtis reported that he noticed a yellow PT Cruiser operated by Clayborn on the morning of the 8th, and knew that Clayborn did not have a valid DL. Deputy Curtis attempted to stop Clayborn on Highway 64 at which time Clayborn accelerated and began passing on a double yellow. Clayborn continued to flee pulling into a residence at 1080 W. Main Street in Lamar where Deputy Curtis lost visual contact Clayborn. The deputy ran around the back yard of the home and was able to located Clayborn hiding behind a shed. Clayborn resisted arrest at first but was taken into custody without any further incident. He was cited for fleeing by vehicle and foot, no proof insurance, driving on suspended DL, resisting arrest, passing on double yellow and reckless driving. No property was damaged in the incident.
FRANKLIN COUNTY THEFT REPORTS
Franklin County authorities were called to property owned by Barbara Lancaster in the 14,000 block of Lower Jethro Road on August 6th to take a theft report. Lancaster said that a propane tank and hoses had been stolen from her camper at that location sometime the previous weekend. The estimated value of the property was reported to be worth $100.
Regina Ullrich of Ozark filed a theft report on August 4th in reference to a Huskavarna riding mower being stolen from her property in the 5,000 block of Highway 288. The mower was under her carport at the time and was orange in color with a 42 or 46 inch deck. The estimated value of the mower was listed at $1,000.
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING REPORTED AT ALTUS BUSINESS
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a call of a possible prowler early Tuesday morning at the Chateau Aux Arc. The call came at 2:30am from an employee at the winery who reported seeing a white male subject looking in the windows of the business. The subject fled on foot north bound after seeing the employee. Nothing was reported missing or damaged.
GAME CAMERA STOLEN
Lee Morrow filed a theft report on August 11th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after a Moltrie game camera was stolen from property in the 200 block of County Road 4540. The estimated value of the camera was estimated at $150.
CPD INVESTIGATES REPORT OF CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
On August 8th, Elizabeth Cooper of Clarksville filed a report of criminal mischief with the Clarksville Police department reporting that the last few days someone had been vandalizing her car while it was parked at the Birch Tree Office on Brown Street. The vehicle is a 2005 Honda CRV and the damage was estimated at $150. The vehicle had key scratches that appeared to be from a small kid.
THEFT REPORTED AT KNOXVILLE CITY YARD
Johnson County authorities are investigating a theft of property that occurred at the Knoxville City Yard located in the 100 block of South Old Highway 64. On the 11th of August, it was discovered that someone had broke into the yard during the night and cut a lock off a fuel tank taking about 15 gallons of fuel, and took a 323 L Husqvarna trimmer from an John Deere Mule. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled about $450.
ASP REPONDS TO ACCIDENT
Thursday 8/7 1:36pm I-40 & Highway 164...Robert Booth of Little Rock was driving a 2014 Ford Focus and was traveling north on State Highway 164 and was slowing down to wait on traffic so he could turn left onto the I-40 eastbound on ramp when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 1997 Dodge Dakot driven by Jamie Pullen of Altus. Pullen stated that her brakes grabbed and then went to the floor and failed causing her to hit the Booth vehicle. Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the Booth vehicle and $2,500 to the Pullen vehicle. Pullen was cited for driver's license suspended, carless or prohibited and unsafe vehicle-defective equipment.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 8/13 8:43am Commercial St...Gerald Gower of Hartman was driving a 2000 Cadillac Eldorado and was slowing in the traffic lane to make a right hand turn into a business parking lot when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 2008 Toyota driven by Teresa Bailey of Ozark, that was also westbound. No one was injured and damage was estimated at, at least $1,000 to both vehicles. No citations were issued.
Sunday 8/10 4:50pm College St...Mary Kanka of Ozark was driving a 1997 Olds Sillouete van traveling westbound on College Street entering the intersection with north 4th Street. Kiley Whitson of Ozark was driving a 2010 Chevy Impala northbound on 4th Street and failed to yield at the stop sign of the intersection with College Street and struck the rear bumper area of the Kanka vehicle. No one was transported from the scene but the report shows that Kanka was complaining of soreness at the scene. No citations were issued and damaged showed to be over $1,000 to both vehicle's involved.
CLARKSVILLE ANNOUNCES BRUSH PICKUP PLAN
The City of Clarksville Street Department will be picking up trees and limbs from the recent storm damage. All limbs, brush, etc. should be placed on the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014. For additional information you may call the Mayor's office at 754-6486.
4 INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT
4 people were injured in an accident Sunday afternoon on Highway 64 about a 1/2 mile west of London at 4pm. John Wheeler of Knoxville was driving a 1998 GMC pickup westbound on Highway 64 and was attempting to pull into a private drive to turn around when he pulled into the path of a 1987 Volkswagon van driven by Kevin Martin of Russellville that was eastbound at the time. A passenger in the Wheeler vehicle, Ethel Wheeler was airlifted to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock for treatment. Three passengers in the Martin vehicle were transported to the hospital - two minors were airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital and Quinn Martin was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center. Damage was estimated to be $5,500 to the Wheeler vehicle and $4,500 to the Martin vehicle. Wheeler was cited for failure to yield.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 8/6 3pm Commercial Street...Braden Carrol of Ozark was driving a 2014 Chevy west on Commercial Street and was attempting a left turn onto North 7th Street from the turning lane when he traveled into the eastbound lane and stopped, colliding with an eastbound 2013 Freightliner driven by Jason Billington of Alma. No one was injured.
Thursday 8/7 8:37pm Loves Travel Center...Wilma Kuykendall of Paris was driving a 2012 Jeep traveling south on Highway 219 and turned right onto Airport Road, immediately making a left turn into the entrance of Love's Travel Center missing the entrance and traveling into the ditch located on the south side of Airport Road. No injuries were reported.
CLARKSVILLE BOY BITTEN BY DOG
A 12 year old Clarksville boy was treated at Johnson Regional Medical Center on August 6th for a dog bite. The police report shows that the boys was riding his bike in the area of West Cherry Street at about 7:30pm when the dog came up and bit the boy in the upper back portion of his left leg. The injury was minor but the boys mother took him to the hospital for examination. Police were able to locate the dog and it's owner, Javier Gutierrez. The dog was taken by animal control and the owner was cited for failure to confine a dog and no proof of rabies vaccination. Gutierrez was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
ASP RESPONDS TO INJURY ACCIDENT
Tuesday 8/5 11:57am Highway 123...Nicolae Bica of St. Louis was driving a 2009 Ducati motorcycle south on Highway 123 when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve and overcorrected losing control of the bike and traveling about 45' before falling over onto the bike's left side. The bike then traveled about 111' before coming to final rest in the northbound lane. Bica was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance, he was wearing a helmet. Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $3,000.
BURGLARY REPORTED ON OAK BEND ROAD
On Saturday Franklin County authorities were called to the 5500 block of Oak Bend Road to a report of a residential burglary and theft or property. Carroll Squires reported that she was last home on Thursday and when she returned Saturday she noticed a light was on, when she went into the home she found that a window by the back door was broken and a 17 caliber Savage rifle was missing. The gun was near the window that was broken. The estimate of the damage and theft totaled $460.
PLANE RUNS OFF RUNWAY AT OZARK AIRPORT
Ozark Police Chief Cory Tedford reports that a plan take-off was aborted Sunday afternoon at the Ozark airport resulting in the plane running off the runway. The report shows that Bobby Giles was attempting to take off from the Ozark Airport between 3pm and 4pm Sunday afternoon in a single engine aircraft and was about halfway down the runway when he realized he did not have enough speed to take off and aborted the take off and hit the brakes . The aircraft clipped a runway light causing damage to the light and aircraft, then ran off the end of the runway before coming to rest. Chief Tedford said the damage was minimal, but the aircraft was grounded until an engineer to survey the damage to the plane, no injuries were reported.
MOUNTAINBURG MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Arkansas State Police report that 53 year old Ted Coody of Mountainburg was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday morning August 7th in Washington County. Coody was driving a 1995 Honda Civic southbound on I-49 at about 8:13am when Coody lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement and ran off the roadway down an embankment striking a tree with the driver's side of the vehicle. The accident happened at the 69 mile marker near the Great House Springs overpass.
BREAK IN REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 215 NORTH
Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a call of criminal mischief on August 6th from Andrew Johnson. Johnson reported that someone had broke into a home in the 18,000 block of Highway 215 north. It appeared that a door frame was broken in the process, but nothing was reported to be missing from the home. The estimated damage was $100.
CPD RECOVERS TWO BIKES
Clarksville Police received a call of a bike lying in the bushes at Grandview and Poplar Street on July 30th. The bike was an 18 speed mountain bike, there was also a pink 16" bike that was found. Anyone wishing to claim the bikes needs to contact the police department.
JEWELRY STOLEN FROM JOHNSON COUNTY HOME
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of estimated $5,000 in jewelry and jewelry box from the home of Shelby Moore in the 1100 block of County Road 3251. The report was filed on August 3rd and shows the theft occurred sometime between June 27th and August 3rd, no other details of the investigation have been released.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Monday 7/14 Rogers Avenue 11:30pm...Sgt. Robert Thompson responded to a non-injury accident when Robert Bell of Knoxville was traveling westbound in a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero and stopped for traffic when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 2003 Ford Expedition driven by Ashleigh Stewart of Clarksville. The damage was estimated at $1,500 to the Stewart vehicle and $2,000 to the Bell vehicle. Stewart was cited for driver's license suspended and no proof of insurance.
Sunday 7/20 5:26pm Highway 64 & 352...Jose Hernandez of Clarksville was making a right hand turn from Highway 352 onto Highway 64 driving a 2007 Dodge pickup and pulling a trailer loaded with a 4 wheeler, when the 4 wheeler rolled off the trailer traveling south striking the driver's side door of a 2009 Chevy Impala that was traveling east on Highway 64 driven by Darel Johnson of Clarksville causing about $1,000 damage. Hernandez was issued a citation for unsecure load, the accident was investigated by Ptl. Adam Jones
Friday 7/25 College Street at UofO 11:30pm...Cheryl Nowatny of Clarksville was driving a 1999 Chevy Venture van northbound on College Street when the left front tire went flat causing her to loose control of the vehicle and swerve left into the median striking a light pole causing about $500 damage to the pole and $2,000 damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported, the accident was investigated by Ptl. Adam Jones.
Friday 7/25 N. Montgomery Street 1:30pm...Ptl Trenton Wood responded to a non-injury accident that occurred when Lacy Baker of Lamar was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor northbound on Montgomery Street and failed to yield to traffic striking the rear of a 1994 Ford F250 flatbed driven by Samuel Baughman of Texas causing about $3,000 damage, $5,000 damage was done to the Baker vehicle. No one was injured in the accident.
Monday 7/28 8:45am US64 & Atkins...Kimberly Harper of Clarksville was driving a 2010 Mazda eastbound on Highway 64 and said that the sun got into her eye's and she lost sight of the traffic in front of her and struck the rear end of a 2011 Jeep Liberty driven by Lori Davidson of Arizona. Damage was estimated at $8,500 to the Davidson vehicle and $800 to the Harper vehicle, no one was injured and no citations were issued. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Tyler Holt.
Wednesday 7/30 5:33pm Rogers Street & Cherry Street...Jasmine Benton of Clarksville was travelling southbound on North Rogers in a 2005 Chevy Impala at the intersection with Cherry when Angela Cox of Clarksville was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata eastbound on Cherry Street and failed to yield by pulling out in the intersection hitting the Benton vehicle. There were no injuries and the damage was estimated at $3,000 to the Cox vehicle and $3,500 to the Benton vehicle. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Mike Turner.
Wednesday 7/30 Main Street and Hill Street 12pm...Jennifer Osornio-Castillo of Clarksville was westbound on Main Street in a 2004 Chrysler Sebring and stopped in traffic attempting a left turn onto south Hill Street when her vehicle was rear-ended by a 2003 Kia Sorrento driven by Kaitlynn Curtis of Clarksville causing about $2,000 damage to the Curtis vehicle and $1,000 to the Castillo vehicle. No driver's were cited for no proof of insurance.
Friday 8/1 4:30pm Pizza Hut Parking Lot...Marla Arredondo of Clarksville was driving a 2004 Chevy Blazer and was in the exit of the Pizza Hut parking lot when she started to back up and backed into a 2000 Dodge Ram Van driven by Matthew Mix of Clarksville causing about $1,000 damage to the van and $500 to the Arrendondo vehicle. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Larry Boggs.
Friday 8/1 2:21pm Rogers Street...Jaime Hall of Fort Smith was traveling south on Rogers Street in a 2011 Nissan Rogue when an unknown vehicle pulled from the McDonalds parking lot to go northbound and failed to yield striking the passenger side of the Hall vehicle before leaving the scene. Damage to the Hall vehicle was estimated at $2,000. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Trenton Wood.
Friday 8/1 8:45pm Rogers & Main Street...Ptl. Larry Boggs responded to a non-injury accident when Julian Hernandez of Clarksville was driving a 1993 Honda Accord northbound in the left hand turn lane of Highway 103 south and was stopped in traffic when her vehicle was hit by a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Brittany Tylor of Clarksville that was northbound on Highway 103 at the time. About $1,000 damage was done to the Hernandez vehicle and about $100 to the Tylor vehicle. Hernandez was cited for careless or prohibited, driver's license suspended and no proof insurance.
Saturday 8/2 10:25am Main Street...Billy Elsey of Lamar was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan and was stopped in traffic westbound attempting a left turn onto Meadow Place when Jordan Rutledge failed to yield while westbound in a 1983 Chevy pickup and struck the rear of the Elsey vehicle. Damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Rutledge vehicle and $1,000 to the Elsey vehicle. No injuries or citations were reported, the accident was investigated by Ptl. Tyler Holt.
7/25 Friday 7:15pm Pizza Pro Parking Lot...Ptl. Larry Boggs investigated a non-injury accident when Joseph Pierce was traveling south in a 2015 Ford Expedition in the alley between Pizza Pro and Memory Lane when he entered the parking lot striking a 2014 Chevy pickup driven by Keith Neil of Texas. Neil was traveling west attempting to exit the parking lot at the time. Damage was estimated at $3,500 to the Neil vehicle and $1,500 to the Pierce.
COUNTY TRACK HOE DAMAGED
A track hoe owned by Johnson County was damaged on County Road 5411 sometime between July 31st and August 4th. Someone had broke out the side glass of the Volvo Track Hoe while it was parked at Catalpa near Panther Branch Bridge. The estimated damage totaled $400.
KNOXVILLE MAN INJURED IN MOPED CRASH
Johnson County authorities were called to a report of an accident on Friday July 11th about 10pm on Cedar Wood Street in Lamar. When authorities arrived they found a moped leaned up against a tree and no one around. It was learned that the operator of the moped had been taken to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment. Paul Webb of Knoxville age 60 told authorities that another vehicle ran him off the road causing him to crash. Webb was treated at the hospital and then released. At that point deputies administered a field sobriety test, which he failed and was arrested for DWI, no proof of liability insurance, failure to carry DL, failure to report an accident, failure to maintain control, expired tags and leaving the scene of an accident.
CPD INVESTIGATES THEFT
Back on June 22nd, Clarksville Police were contacted by a Shawn Little in reference to a theft or property at his home in the 200 block of Griffith Loop. Little advised that the thefts had been occurring over about a week long period and that a Rossi single shot rifle shotgun combo, Mongoose brand bike and an air compressor were among some of the items stolen. The report shows that 3 suspects have been questioned and all admitted to the thefts and that they stolen property had been sold to a Clarksville Pawn shop, all of which was recovered. The investigation has been turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney for possible charges.
CLARKSVILLE BUSINESS VANDALIZED
On July 31st, Clarksville Police were contacted by Bernardo Munoz of Clarksville in reference to damage at his business in the 700 block of McKennon St. A west window had been busted out by a brick that appeared to have been thrown through the window. Mr. Munoz reported finding the damage when he came to work on the 31st. The business was Thompson Automotive. The damage was estimated at $200.
MVA DURING PURSUIT, REPORT COMPLETED
Pursuit Report...Clarksville Police investigated an accident that occurred during a vehicle pursuit on Tuesday July 22nd at 11:30am on State Highway 103 and Poplar Street. Arkansas Game and Fish was pursuing a shoplifting suspect that fled the Walmart in a 2000 Ford Focus, the suspect was a Steven Duvall of Russellville. Duvall was northbound Rogers Avenue when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer that was also northbound at the intersection with Poplar Street. Duvall lost control and hit the curb on the northeast corner of the intersection causing his tire to blow, the vehicle then struck a 2013 Chrysler van driven by Nicholle Dorn of Dover that was stopped facing west on Poplar Street. Duvall continued to flee from the accident scene for about 2 miles before he was apprehended. A passenger in the Dorn vehicle, Tiffany Cowell of Lamar, was taken by private vehicle to Johnson Regional for possible injuries. Damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Dorn vehicle and $1,500 to the Duvall vehicle.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED ON LEE POINT ROAD
Geraldine Wyers came to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Saturday August 2nd to report damage to her vehicle. Wyers said that at about 11:30pm Friday night she hear something outside her home and her dogs barking. The next morning she found that her windshield on her 2000 Ford Ranger had been broken out. Nothing was missing and the estimate of damage was $500.
APPARENT SUICIDE REPORTED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY SUNDAY
Investigator Travis Ball tells True Country News that the body of a 22 year old Franklin County resident has been sent to the State Crime Lab to confirm the cause of death as hanging. Ball said that the 22 year old was found by his father at the 22 year olds property in the 1400 block of Black Jack Lane Sunday morning at around 9am. No note was found at the scene.
THEFT REPORTED ON BENEUX BOTTOM ROAD
Elbert Stewart of Beneux Bottom Road reported the theft of about $500 worth of property from the 14,000 block of Beneux Bottom Road. Stewart had filed a theft report back on July 19th after someone broke into his shop and took some fuel. The items taken in the theft reported on July 31st included the head from a 350 small block engine, welding leads that were cut from a mig welder and a small handled knife. The total value of the stolen property was $500. The report shows that the knife was located at the scene.
FAMILY GETS STUCK IN MULBERRY RIVER
Emergency responders were called to the Mulberry River in northern Franklin County on Sunday evening about 8pm after a family reported they were stuck in the Mulberry River in their vehicle and were stranded along with their daughter. Authorities arrived to find 45 year old Terry King of Springdale, along with his wife and daughter were stranded in their vehicle in the Mulberry River in about chest deep water. King had attempted to cross the Mulberry in a vehicle when he got stuck. The family was rescued and King was arrested for DWI, endangering the welfare of a minor, no child restraint and refusal to submit to test. No one was injured.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Stanley Coyle of Ozark filed a theft report on July 31st after he discovered that his Glock 14 pistol was stolen from his home. The pistol was valued at $950. The report shows that there is a possible suspect in the case. The home in located in the 5800 block of Pritchard Road.
John Verkamp of Charleston contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on August 1st to report the theft of about $860 from his business on East Main Street in Charleston. The report shows that there is a suspect in the case.
ACCIDENT SUNDAY ON HIGHWAY 359
Early Sunday morning, July 27th, Deputy Chris Brownlow was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 359 near Piney Bay Recreation Area & Campground, the accident was reported by a passerby. Deputy Brownlow and Deputy Aaron Einer arrived to find a white Hyundai Accent with it's lights on and damage to the front passenger side and rear driver's side. It appeared the vehicle had been traveling north when the vehicle crossed the road striking a street sign and traveled off the road into the woods coming to rest in the woods. The driver was identified as Tracey Consales of Dover age 37. Consales was arrested for DWI, failure to maintain control, failure to report accident, failure to sign registration, no proof insurance, no sb, failure to carry dl. No injuries were reported.
THEFT REPORTED ON CR3010
Norman Canady of County Road 3010 reported the theft of a Baldor 3HP irrigation pump and hose from a lake near the property in the 500 block. The estimated value of the pump was $700. The report shows that the pump was in a lake at the time it was stolen, the report was filed on July 31st.
CANEHILL MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Saturday 8/2 2pm Highway 23...William Wolber of Canehill AR was operating a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Highway 23 near Fly Gap when a small deer ran out in front of him, he said he turned to miss the deer and his saddle bag caught something and forced him and his bike to the ground. He was transported to Mercy Ozark for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
STRUCTURE FIRE NEAR ALTUS
Altus Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at the David Phillips residence at 9107 Wandering Way at 3:23 a.m. Wednesday. The family was awakened by their smoke alarms sounding and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find the house full of smoke, but no visible flame inside. Small flames were found underneath the house and quickly extinguished. The structure was ventilated using a vent fan to remove smoke and firefighters rechecked the structure using a thermal imager. The cause of the fire was found to be the dryer, the fire was contained to one room and a small area underneath that room with minimal damage. Altus Fire responded with 3 apparatus and 5 personnel and were on scene approximately an hour and a half.
ADDITIONAL DRUG CHARGES AGAINST ALTUS PAIR
More charges were filed on Thursday against 2 Franklin County resident's arrested on drug related charges on Wednesday. Michael Attebery age 43 and Sharon Moye were hit with additional charges of manufacturing marijuana and conspiracy to manufacture meth after a search warrant was executed at their property on Thursday at 613 Cherry Street in Altus and authorities found components of a meth lab along with marijuana. The two had been arrested Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation by the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force and Altus Police, the Wednesday charge was felony possession of drug paraphernalia The original story follows: .
Arrests records show that Altus Police and the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force arrested 5 Franklin County residents on felony drug charges Wednesday. 43 year old Michael Attebery of Altus, 46 year old Kimberly Engleman of Altus, 37 year old Lisa Finn of Altus, 38 year old James Frames of Ozark and 50 year old Sharon Moye of Denning were arrested on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth. All 5 remain in custody with bond hearings pending. The arrests came as part of an ongoing investigation by the Task Force and Altus Police, more arrests may be forthcoming.
CLARKSVILLE MAN REPORTS MAIL TAMPERED WITH
Robert Ricketson of Clarksville reported that someone had tampered with his mail, removing his mail from his mailbox in the 100 block of Alma Lane and opening it. He advised that the mail was placed in his PO box at the post office. Ricketson advised that it has been a problem for several months. The report indicates there is a possible suspect.
MAN ARRESTED IN ABANDONED HOME ON TAYLOR ST.
31 year old Waylon McCalister of Clarksville was arrested on July 19th after he was found sleeping in an abandoned house in the 500 block of Taylor Street. McCalister was found by the home owner when they went their to show it to a prospective renter. The report shows that McCalister had been huffing paint when at the house.
BREAK IN REPORTED IN COAL HILL
Terri Burnett of Coal Hill reported that she had left her home on the 22nd of July to take her son to the hospital and when she returned the next day, someone had kicked-in her front door. Nothing appeared to be missing. The home is located in the 500 block of Railroad in Coal Hill. The damage was estimated at $300.
CPD SHOPLIFTING REPORTS
On July 15th, Clarksville Police were called to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter. Store security reported that the suspect picked up a package containing a cell phone and opened it, taking the phone and putting it in her shirt, then attempted to leave the store without paying. 18 year old Nou Her of Clarksville was arrested for shoplifting.
Clarksville Police arrested a 25 year old Candace Yarbrough of Clarksville for shoplifting after she was caught by store security at Walmart stealing about $65 worth of food on the 18th of July.
Elizabeth Ewasiuk of Clarksville age 27 was arrested after being caught shoplifting at Walmart in Clarksville on July 20th. Store security reported seeing Ewasiuk conceal several items and then leave the store without paying. The total value of the stolen items totaled $162.
Walmart security reported of a shoplifter being detained on July 27th after she was seen concealing numerous items in her purse and then attempting to leave without paying. Jeanie Zolliecoffer 39 of Clarksville was arrested and cited for shoplifting. It was also learned that she had a warrant for theft of property and filing a false police report. The total value of the stolen property amounted to $43.
OZARK RESIDENT REPORTS IDENTITY FRAUD
Julie Snow of Ozark filed an identity fraud report with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Saturday after learning someone had opened an account in Booneville with Swepco using her personal information. The account had been established in 2011 and closed in 2013 with a balance of $276.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORT
Wednesday 7/30 10:42am US 64 & AR 23...Thomas Elder of Ozark was driving a 2010 Chevy HHR traveling west on US 64 entering the intersection with AR23, Johnathan Minyard of Ozark was driving a 2010 Chevy Malibu south on AR 23 entering the intersection with US 64 attempting a left hand turn. The report shows that the Elder vehicle struck the Minyard vehicle in the intersection disabling both vehicles. No one was injured and damage was estimated at atleast $1,000 to both vehicles. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Dusty Thomas, no citations were issued.
ATTEMPTED BREAKIN ON CR3216
On Friday July 25th, Jeffery Rigsby reported that someone had attempted to break-in to his home in the 100 block of County road 3216. It appeared the front door had been pried open but no access was gained. The report shows that the deadbolt was still intact. Damage was estimated at $150 to the door and frame.
5 ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Arrests records show that Altus Police and the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force arrested 5 Franklin County residents on felony drug charges Wednesday. 43 year old Michael Attebery of Altus, 46 year old Kimberly Engleman of Altus, 37 year old Lisa Finn of Altus, 38 year old James Frames of Ozark and 50 year old Sharon Moye of Denning were arrested on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth. All 5 remain in custody with bond hearings pending. The arrests came as part of an ongoing investigation by the Task Force and Altus Police, more arrests may be forthcoming.
THEFT REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 64 IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Mary Younger of Ozark contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday in reference to a missing calf from her property in the 5500 block of East Highway 64. The report shows that the calf was last seen on July 5th. It is a black calf with white markings. The estimated value of the calf is about $900.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Sammy Middleton of Clarksville filed a theft or property report with Clarksville Police on July 20th after someone stole a Poulan 22" pushmower from his carport in the 900 block of Lucas Street. The mower was valued at $150 and was believed to have been taken sometime Saturday night or Sunday.
Murphy USA reported of a gas drive off amounting to $33 on July 23rd. The suspect vehicle was a light brown Chevrolet Colorado with Arkansas US Army tags and stickers in the back window.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 7/9 11:55m Cherry & Crawford Street...Nora Phillips of Clarksville was stopped in traffic in a 1996 Mercury Cougar facing north on Crawford Street when Bettie Meadors of Clarksville made an improper left turn in a 2011 Lincoln MKX and struck the Phillips vehicle causing about $100 damage to the Phillips vehicle and $1,500 to the Meadors vehicle. There were no injuries and the accident was investigated by Ptl. Will Farley.
Friday 7/11 11:30am US 64...Doh Key of Rock Island IL was driving a 1997 Honda Civic and was stopped in traffic westbound when Krystina Willis of Clarksville struck the rear of the Civic, she was driving a 2004 Cadillac Deville. Damage was estimated at $1,000 to both vehicles. No one was injured, the accident was investigated by Sgt. Robert Thompson.
Saturday 7/12 7:40pm White Drive...Ptl. Aaron Arnold took a report of a hit and run accident when Gabriella Cortes of Clarksville was driving a 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood and was attempting to turn around in a culdesac on White Drive on struck a parked 1999 GMC Sierra pickup before leaving the scene. The pickup was owned by Gabriel Lares and was unoccupied, damage was estimated at $400 to the pickup. Cortes was later located and cited for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and no dl.
Friday 7/11 8:30pm El Taco Placero Parking Lot...Victoria Bavis of Lamar was backing from a parking space in a 2005 Dodge Durango when she backed into a 2008 Pontiac Grand Am that was parked causing about $1,000 damage to the Pontiac owned by Elizabeth Ritchie of Clarksville. Damage was estimated at $2,000 to the Bavis vehicle. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Larry Boggs.
Monday 7/14 3pm Cheery & Rogers Street...Ptl. Aaron Arnold investigated a non-injury accident when Phillip Prickett of Clarksville was driving a 2011 Chevy Equinox southbound and entered the intersection colliding with a 2010 Honda Insight driven by Chri Heh of Clarksville. Damage was estimated at $3,500 to the Heh vehicle and $2,500 to the Prickett vehicle. There were no injuries.
SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING
On July 22nd about 11:30am Clarksville Police and Arkansas Game and Fish were involved in a shoplifting incident that resulted in a pursuit and ultimately a motor vehicle accident. 3 suspects were arrested at Walmart and detained while another fled the store by vehicle and was pursued by Arkansas Game and Fish. The three arrested at the store were identified as Marvin Brewer age 23 of Pottsville, Maria Holyfield of Pottsville and a 17 year old female juvenile. The suspect that fled was 34 year old Steven Duvall of Pottsville. While fleeing by vehicle, Duvall struck a curb at the intersection of Poplar and Rogers causing him to have a blow out and lose control of his vehicle and strike another vehicle injuring the passenger in that vehicle. He then continued to flee about another 2 miles before pulling into a residence and fleeing on foot. He was then arrested after the foot pursuit and taken into custody. The passenger in the vehicle hit by Duvall was transported to the hospital for treatment. The property stolen from Walmart was value at about $100 and consisted of various pieces of clothing. Duvall was cited for felony fleeing and leaving the scene of an injury accident. He was also cited for shoplifting, fleeing, DWI, reckless driving, careless or prohibited driving.
ASP ACCIDENT REPORTS
7/15 Tuesday 6:42am Highway 359...Joseph Thomas of Jacksonville was driving a 2009 Chevy pickup northbound on Highway 359 pulling a trailer and Chantel Barham of London was driving a 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser and was exiting a private driveway at 12094 State Highway 359 traveling west. Barham stated that her brakes failed causing her to strike the rear of the trailer and boat being pulled by Thomas. No one was injured and damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Thomas trailer and boat and $100 to the Barham vehicle. Barham was cited for defective equipment and no proof insurance.
Wednesday 7/23 US64 10:30am...Charles Curtis of Coal Hill was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup and traveling east on US Highway 64 and stopped behind a 2012 Hyundai Accent driven by Tammy Williams of Hartman, who was stopped for traffic. When Alan Hill of Ozone, driving a 1995 GMC Sierra pickup, struck the rear of the Curtis vehicle knocking it into the Williams vehicle. There were no injuries, but Hill was cited for following too close and no proof of insurance. Damage was estimated at $4,000 to all three vehicle's.
Friday 7/25 2:30pm I-40...The accident occurred about 4 miles west of Clarksville when Thomas Kinslow of Russellville was driving a 2011 GMC SUV traveling westbound on I-40, Monte Myers of Russellville was also westbound on I-40 behind Kinslow driving a 1997 Mack dump truck. Kinslow stopped in traffic and was hit from behind by the Myer's driven dump truck causing about $3,000 damage to the Kinslow vehicle and $1,000 to the Myer's vehicle. No injuries or citations were reported.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Friday 7/25 7:41am US 64...Susan Stevens of Ozark was traveling eastbound in a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer when she left the roadway to the right and struck two mail boxes and a metal mounting pole owned by Garvis Frazier causing about $150 damage to the property and $1,000 to her vehicle. She was not injured, no citations were issued.
Thursday 7/24 3:50pm AR23...Leteir Davis of Ashdown was driving a 2001 Dodge truck and was northbound on 7th Street. James Peters was stopped at the stop sign on River Street facing westbound. The report shows that Davis entered the intersection as did Peters, Peters failed to yield to Davis and impact was made. Davis was transported to the hospital by private vehicle. Davis was cited for driver's lic. suspended and Peters for Failure to yield from stop. Damage was estimated at $5,000 to the Davis vehicle and $3,500 to the Peters vehicle.
Thursday 7/24 4:45pm Butterball parking lot...Ozark Police were called to a private property accident when Thomas Garrett of Ozark was backing up from a parking space in a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer and failed to notice a 2007 Chevy Tahoe that was parked and unoccupied and struck the driver's side rear bumper causing about $1,500 to the Tahoe, owned by Lonnie Miner of Ozark. $500 damage was done to the Garrett vehicle.
TRACTOR FIRE TUESDAY
Fire Crews were called to a tractor fire Tuesday afternoon about 2:15pm at 5040 Deer Track Trail. The property was owned by Alice Pruitt. South Ozark/Webb City, Oak Bend/Etna and Branch Fire Departments responded to the scene along with the use of a dozer to bring the fire under control. Authorities estimated that between 10 and 15 acres burned in the fire.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON MAIN IN LAMAR
Jack Sexton of Clarksville filed a report of a residential burglary on July 26th. Sexton said that had laid down to go to bed at about 2:15am and was awaken by his dog barking and then he heard a loud thump. Sexton said he thinks it was someone raising the window in his office to get out of the house. Nothing appeared to have been taken. The home is located at 2472 East Main in Lamar.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Tuesday 7/15 2:10pm US 64...An injury accident was investigated by Ptl. Mike Turner when Ted Young of Lamar was driving a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on Highway 64 at the intersection with the El Parian Restaurant and struck a 2005 Dodge Neon driven by Daniel Reynolds of Clarksville that failed to yield to traffic while attempting a left turn into the parking lot. Young was taken by Johnson County ambulance to Johnson Regional Medical Center. Young was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he was also cited for no proof of insurance.
Friday 7/4 12:10pm Rogers & Maple St...Ptl. Jacob Boen responded to a two vehicle non-injury accident when Ethan Provost of Siloam Springs was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am southbound on Rogers Street when he ran into the rear of a 1993 Chevy Silverado driven by Kenneth Skelton of Clarksville causing about $500 damage to Skelton's vehicle and $2,500 to the Provost vehicle.
Friday 7/4 8pm AR21 & US64...Kayla Einert of Clarksville was driving a 2011 Chevy Camaro and was stopped at the intersection of Highway 21 and Highway 64 making a right turn onto westbound Highway 64 when Rachel Shaddox, driving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser failed to yield and struck the Einert vehicle causing about $1,000 damage to both vehicles. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Adam Jones
FCSD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Friday 7/25 6:49am Carbon Plant Road...Christopher Mefford of Clarksville was driving a 2000 Chevy pickup south on Carbon Plant Road when he ran off the roadway into the ditch and hit some tree's and a fence totaling the vehicle. Mefford was not injured.
Joshua Belt of Ozark was driving a 2007 Toyota passenger car westbound on Highway 64 when a deer came from the north side of the road and into the path of Belt's vehicle. Belt struck the deer with the driver's side of the car causing about $1,500 damage, he was not injured. The accident occurred at 8pm on Tuesday evening.
Franklin County authorities arrested an Cecil man after he wrecked his Dodge truck in a yard on Highway 96 and then left the scene. The man, identified as 21 year old James Engle, was stopped by Logan County authorities on Highway 22 and was later transported to Franklin County where he was charged with careless or prohibited driving, leaving the scene of accident and driving while dl suspended. The incident occurred on Thursday night about 8pm.
Sunday 7/27 12:30pm OPD Parking Lot...An Ozark Police unit was involved in a minor accident in the parking lot of the Police Department on Sunday afternoon when Officer Dennis Reed of Ozark was backing up in a 2013 Ford Explorer and backed into a 2004 Jaguar driven by Debra Reed of Ozark that was turning around behind him at the time. Damage was estimated at $1,000 to both vehicles.
SHOTS REPORTED FIRED AT ATV RIDERS NEAR HAGARVILLE
Johnson County authorities received a call from a Maurice Copeland of Beebe who was riding ATV's with his friends and family in the area o Hagarville on Saturday July 26th. Copeland said that the group had stopped and was looking at their GPS units to map out the best way back to their cabins and were in the process of turning around when a female began firing shots in their direction into the ground from a pistol. Copeland, who has a conceal carry permit, then drew his weapon, pointed it at the female and told her to stop. Ultimately the group left the area without anyone being injured. Authorities were able to make contact with the female responsible, Louise Hughes, who admitted to fire several shot from a 357 pistol to scare off the rider's. Hughes said she was concerned because they stopped just past her driveway before pulling into her driveway to turn around. Hughes was instructed to refrain from shooting at people that were outside her fence. No one was injured.
CLARKSVILLE BUSINESS REPORTS CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Edward Bean of Bean Furniture filed a report with the Clarksville Police Department on July 18th of criminal mischief after he discovered someone had broke a locking fuel cap on his company van parked behind the business. At the time of the report Bean was not sure if any fuel had been taken.
CLARKSVILLE MAN BITTEN BY DOG
Clarksville Police took a report of a dog bite on July 15th at a resident's on Highway 21 in the 100 block when Phillip Horn reported that he had gone to the home to check on repairs to pipes and as he stepped out of the house he received a bite to his upper left leg from a black and tan shepherd dog. The dog was owned by Helen Gipson of Clarksville and was taken into Quarantine by Animal Control and transported to Needy Paws.
JCSD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Sunday 7/13 7:22pm...Highway 21/CR3510...Amber Dodge of Hartman was traveling south on Highway 21 in a 2000 Oldsmobile and Victor Banuelos of Clarksville was westbound on County Road 3510 in a 2007 Chevy Impala. The report shows that Banuelos traveled through a stop sign striking the Dodge vehicle in the front driver's side causing about $1,000 damage to the Dodge vehicle and $5,000 to the Banuelos vehicle. No injuries were reported, Dodge was cited for no proof of insurance. The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Curtis.
Tuesday 7/22 2:12AM...Highway 21/CR5570...Carlos Ramirez of Berryville was driving a 1998 Toyota 4Runner southbound on Highway 21 when he came to the intersection of County Road 5570 some deer entered the roadway in front of him. Ramirez attempted to miss the deer but hit one causing about $3,000 damage to his vehicle which had to be towed from the scene. Ramirez was not injured. the acident was investigated by Deputy Aaron Einert.
FCSD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Arkansas State Police responded to two separate accidents Monday. The first at about 11:11am at the 31 mile marker of I-40. It was a single vehicle roll over accident. The report came in as an injury accident but no one was transported from the scene.
The second accident occurred at 2:30pm at the 37 on ramp of I-40. Autuma Walker of Paris was driving a 2004 Chevy Cavalier merging onto I-40 and pulled into the right hand lane, then merged into the left lane and struck the right front of a 2006 Chevy pickup driven by Robert Meeks of Van Buren. Both vehicles traveled into the median after impact with minimal damage to the pickup driven by Meeks and more extensive damage to the Cavalier driven by Walker. No one was injured.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
A brushog, antique coal burning stove and anvil were reported stolen from property in the 3500 block of Highway 23 south on Friday July 25th. Aldon Helmert of MS reported that she had inherited the land and that when she went to the property she discovered the listed items were missing. The estimated value of the stolen property amounted to $650.
24 year old Nola Walker of Coal Hill was arrested for shoplifting after she was caught stealing items from the Dollar General in Altus on Friday. Store personnel observed Walker take some mascara and two candles and leave the store without paying. Store personnel confronted Walker and then held her until law enforcement arrived. Walker was arrested for shoplifting and transported to the Franklin County Detention Center.
DARDANELLE WOMAN KILLED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT
Ann Dobbs age 43 of Dardanelle was killed in a single vehicle accident Sunday at 11:45am on Highway 154 about 3 miles west of Centerville. Dobbs was driving a 2012 Nissan eastbound on Highway 154 and failed to negotiate a curve leaving the roadway and colliding with a concrete culvert.
GAS METER HIT BY VEHICLE IN ALTUS SUNDAY
Altus Fire was paged out to a gas leak at 717 Carbon Plant Road in Altus on 07/27/14 at 6:36 am. Authorities arrived on scene to find the homeowner Richard Davis gas meter was ran over by Rick Mayfield who had pulled in drive way and didn't see it due to the high grass around it. The fire department blocked off roadways around scene until Source Gas got on scene. 3 trucks and 9 personnel responded.
3 MEN CHARGED IN BEATING DEATH
Logan County authorities have charged 3 men in the beating death of 41 year old Gregory Kennedy of Booneville. John Massey Jr. age 40, James Lane age 33, both of Booneville, William Strickland age 32 of Branch are charged with 1st degree murder for killing Kennedy. Authorities received a 911 call shortly after 3pm on Tuesday from the Booneville Hospital of a man brought in by private vehicle with injuries suffered in an attack, he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital. Authorities then got a call reporting that the men involved in the beating were at the Holiday Capri Motel in Booneville. Law enforcement went to that location and arrested Strickland and Lane. Authorities believed that Lane and Strickland were looking for Kennedy because he allegedly helped beat up Strickland's pregnant girlfriend. It's believed that Massey saw Kennedy at a home on 4th street and then went to the Holiday Capri and told Strickland and Lane where Kennedy was and the three then went to that home and pulled Kennedy from a vehicle and attacked him.
ALTUS HOME STRUCK BY LIGHTINING
City of Altus Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire on Wednesday 07/23/14 at 2:51pm to 1023 Carbon Plant Road in Altus. Homeowner, Tony Blizzard, stated he was standing in his living room when the house was struck by lightning. After arriving on the scene no fire was found but there was a small spot of scorched siding on the east side of home. The fire department checked all areas with a thermal imager and found no fire or hot spots . OGE was also notified on arrival. The fire department cleared the scene with 3 trucks/6 personnel 35 minutes later.
ASP RESPONDS TO INJURY ACCIDENT
7/18 Friday Highway 123 4:40pm...Maree Wheeler of Manchester Missouri was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on State Highway 23 when a deer crossed the roadway in her path. Wheeler was unable to avoid the deer and struck it with the front of the motorcycle which fell to it's side after impact and slid about 50' coming to rest in the southbound lane. Johnson County EMS transported Wheeler to Clarksville where she was airlifted to Mercy Fort Smith with injuries. The report shows that she was wearing a helmet.
PIPE REPORTED STOLEN IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklin County Deputy Chris Langston took a theft of property report Saturday at property owned by Margaret Morrell in the 6400 block of Sunbright Road. Morrell reported that someone had taken about 150 feet of steel pipe from her property, the value of the pipe was estimated at $500.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
The RFD #9 Fire Station on Crawford Street was broken into and an orange rechargeable flashlight and Maglight flashlight, 10 gallons of fuel out of a pumper truck and 4 fuel cans were stolen from the building after someone pried out a window on the northwest corner of the structure to gain access. The total value of the stolen property was $440. The theft was discovered on July 17th.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department took a report of the theft of fuel from the City of Knoxville and Road Department on Tuesday July 22nd. The report shows that someone had cut the lock on the gate and cut a lock on the fuel tank taking about 17 gallons of fuel. Total value of the theft and damage amounted to about $100. The property is located in the 100 block of Old Highway 64 in Knoxville.
MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER
Johnson County Deputies Larry Moore and Tristian Teague arrested a 19 year old Colby Havard of Coal Hill on Tuesday July 22nd at a residents in the 800 block of College Street in Coal Hill for failing to register as a sex offender.
TRACTOR STOLEN IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating the reported theft of a John Deere cab tractor from property on Highway 41 south, just north of Eucal Road. James Newman told authorities that he had recently been in the hospital and that when he came home on the 15th of this month he discovered his John Deere cab tractor missing. The tractor had a front end loader model 5093E, the tractor cost $42,000 when purchased new according to the report. Newman was unable to give authorities a time when the tractor might have been taken. The property is located in the 13,000 block of Highway 41 South.
2 ARRESTED IN DEATH OF BOONEVILLE MAN
Booneville Police, Logan County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a 40 year old Greg Kennedy of Booneville from Tuesday as a homicide. Kennedy was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon and was later pronounced dead. Authorities report that two men have been arrested in connection with the investigation, there names are not being released, nor are any details surrounding the investigation or cause of death.
BROTHERS CHARGED WITH CAPITAL MURDER
On Monday, Jonathan Bridgewater age 27 and his brother 19 year old Nicholas Barrows were charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jamison Plum age 19 of Alma. Plum's body was found on property owned by the grandmother of Bridgewater and Barrows on June 29th. The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds. The two live on the property where the body was located. The break in the case came when authorities went to Bridgewater's home and a 5 year old daughter of his girlfriend at the time made comments that lead authorities to believe he could be involved. When authorities questioned Bridgewater's girlfriend she reported hearing a gun shout and a scream on June 24th at the property and later Bridgewater showed the female Plum's body. It is believed that Barrows shot Plum first in the chest with a 3" slug from a shotgun and then in the head with a buck shot round.
CLARKSVILLE CHOOL DISTRICT GET PLAN APPROVAL
Assistant Supt. Toby Cook Reported to the Clarksville School Board Monday night that the district had received approval of the facilities improvement plan on July 10th. You may remember the district's plan was not approved last year. The plan, which includes construction of a new High School and gymnasium along with renovation of the football stadium, will now be eligible for funding from the legislature. The School District won't know until sometime around May of 2015 if the plan receives funding from the state. If the legislature approves funding, the School District would then ask the voters of the district to increase the mileage rate to help pay for the project. Mr. Cook said the plan approval is just step one of a 3 step process. Step 2 is the state funding, step 3 is the district mileage increase.
ATV STOLEN ON WIRE ROAD
James Clausson, a resident of Wire Road, filed a theft report with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Saturday July 19th. Mr. Clausson said he had been away from the home Friday night and when he returned on Saturday morning about 10am, he notice his 2000 Honda 450 Foreman, yellow in color, missing from the property. He then noticed that someone had broke into his shop and taken a new Wisconsin Robins water pump, 5 gallon fuel can and 2 Stihl chainsaw's. The total value of the stolen property was about $5,500.
HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT AT MCDONALDS IN CLARKSVILLE
Clarksville Police took a report of a hit and run accident in the parking lot of McDonalds on July 7th. Matthew Golden of Clarksville reported that he was in the drive through waiting to order when a dark colored Nissan Maxima backed out of parking space and hit the rear bumper of his vehicle before leaving the scene. Golden was driving a 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup, the report does not indicate the amount of damage.
OZARK MAN FALLS FROM LEDGE IN NATIONAL FORREST
A 52 year Calvin Weatherly of Ozark was treated at Mercy Ozark on Sunday after falling from a bluff in Northern Franklin County in the National Forrest while searching for blackberries with his wife. Weatherly reportedly got to close to a ledge when he slipped and fell 50' to a ravine below but did not sustain any life threatening injuries. Franklin County EMS, Barnes and Watalula First Responder, Franklin County High Angle Search and Rescue worked for about an hour to rescue the man.
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES
59 year old Charles Gillispie was arrested just after midnight Sunday morning in Ozark after Ozark Police found about 18 grams of meth inside Gillispie's vehicle. The traffic stop occurred on North 18th Street. Officer Shea Reed initiated the stop and located the meth concealed between the front seat and console in a leather bag and concealed in a flash light. Gillispie is facing felony charges of possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with DWI, refusal to submit to test, no proof insurance, driving left of center and driving while dl suspended. He remains in custody with a bond hearing pending.
OZARK WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TWO SEPERATE THEFTS
Investigator Travis Ball tells True Country News that a 25 year old Jessica Hankins of Ozark has been arrested and charged in connection with two separate theft investigations. One of the cases is from early May at the home of Tracey Kendrick, a relative of Hankins, in which a safe containing $2,400 was stolen from Kendrick's Home in Buleah Land. Hankins is charged with residential burglary and theft or property in that case. The other case was also in Buleah Land east of Ozark in which some ATV's were taken from a shop owned by Danny McLelland. Hankins is charged with breaking & entering and theft of property in that case. Investigator Ball said that the break in the case came when Hankins was arrested for theft of property by Ozark Police. Ball said the investigation is still ongoing and that more arrests may be forthcoming. He also said that none of the stolen property has yet been recovered.
CPD INVESTIGATES ANIMAL NEGLECT REPORT
On July 12th the Clarksville Police Department received a call in to an animal without food or water. The call came from a resident in the neighborhood who had noticed a dog behind a home without water or food chained to a post. Police went to the home and located the dog but could not find anyone at home. The dog was taken by animal control due to the conditions and a note left at the property as to where the dog was.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
A 1980 Chevy Luv pickup was reported stolen from property near County Road 5440 in Oark on July 10th. The vehicle owner, Randy Overton of Eureka Springs, said that he had stopped by one of his old neighbors property recently and learned that they had seen someone loading his pickup on a trailer and removing it from the property a few months back. The truck was valued at $1,500. The report indicates there is a possible suspect in the case.
Tanya Ledford of London reported a theft of some property from her business in London in the 10,000 block of Highway 359. 6 pieces of metal cat walk, a double deep fryer with baskets and a stainless steel counter had been taken from a building at her business. The estimated value of the property is $1,500.
Susan Nordin of London filed a report in reference to identity theft after she received a letter from Turbo Tax saying she owed $49.99 for using their system. Nordin said she did not use their system and hadn't even filed her taxes yet. Nordin said her husbands wallet was stolen in Russellville a couple of years ago and that someone may have gotten their personal information that way.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Kimberly Sarten of Altus came to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department to file a theft report on Wednesday July 16th. Mrs. Sarten advised that 3 separate charges had been made on her bank account using her debit card amounting to $153.40 without her permission. The report indicates there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
A David Darling of Missouri contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department July 10th in reference to a theft of property. Darling reported that a trailer containing several tools had been stolen and that he had information that the trailer might be in Franklin County and that a resident of the county had pawned the tools in the trailer. The report indicates that an Hitachi nail gun and case, button cap stapler, roofing nailer and 200 foot clear air hose line were among the tools in the trailer when it was stolen, with a total value of $1,100 for the tools alone. The report indicates that some of the stolen property was located in Waynesville Missouri in January of this year at a pawn shop.
NAKED MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT
Johnson County Sheriff's Department received a call of a male subject standing outside a home in the yard naked. When deputies arrived the subject ran into a home in the 100 block of County Road 2355 and would not respond to order's to come to the door. When authorities went around the home they spotted the subject in a neighboring yard and appeared to be trying to hide from the deputies. The deputies were able to get to the subject who then fled on foot before ultimately being taken into custody. The man was transported to the detention center where he was booked on charges of indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. The white male subject was identified as 40 year old Dusty Wyatt of Clarksville.
FELONY DRUG ARREST IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklin County authorities arrested a 49 year old James Fisher of Charleston on Wednesday morning after responding to a call on Highway 219 of a disturbance. Fisher was located there and questioned by the on duty deputy and was arrested and transported to the detention center in Ozark. While Fisher was being processed, a small piece of aluminum foil was found rolled up in Fisher's pocket. The foil was found to contain a white powdery substance that tested positive for meth. Fisher was charged with poss of meth and introducing prohibited articles into a correctional facility, both felony charges. An investigation is still ongoing involving Fisher and more charges may be forthcoming according to investigator Travis Ball.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Saturday 7/12 3805 Home Street...Minor accident was reported on Home Street when a Carmen Daniels was backing up and struck a 2000 Dodge Avenger that was parked and unoccupied causing about $500 damage to the Avenger which was owned by Anthony Bittle of Ozark. No damage reported to the Daniels vehicle.
Friday 7/11 Tobacco Town Parking Lot...A 2003 Nissan Altima owned by William Holmes of Russellville was parked on the south side of the parking lot facing west when a Vickie Falconio of Ozark was backing up in a 2004 Isuzu Rodeo and backed into the passenger side front door of the Holmes vehicle causing about $1,000 damage to the Holmes vehicle and no damage reported to the Falconio vehicle. No injuries were reported, the accident was investigated by Ptl. Jarred Benard.
NON INJUY ACCIDENT REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 219
Cletus Davis of Ozark was driving a 2008 Ford F250 pickup north on Highway 219 when he jerked towards the should of the roadway, then turned the wheel back to the center but he reported the truck continued towards the ditch. The truck left the road and traveled through the ditch coming to rest in some brush. Damage was estimated at $1,000, Davis was not injured. The accident occurred at 11:30am and was investigated by Cpl. Dave Dodge.
ASP ACCIDENT REPORTS
7/8 Tuesday 7:20pm I-40 69mm...Peyton Olsen of Rogers was driving a 2009 Honda passenger car westbound on I-40 during a heavy rain when the vehicle hydroplaned and spun out of control onto the northside of the roadway striking a rock embankment, spinning around clockwise before coming to rest against the embankment. No injuries were reported, the accident was investigated by Cpl. Brian Syfert.
7/8 Tuesday 3:56pm I-40 63mm...Herbert Buckland of West Valley UT was driving a 1986 Coachman Classic RV eastbound on I-40 when Aaron Honeycutt of Bono Arkansas, driving a 2007 Nissan Frontier, attempted to pass him on the left. Honeycutt stated that he checked his mirror to make sure the lane was clear and when he did he struck the rear of the RV. No injuries were reported and damage was estimated at $3,000 to the RV and $4,000 to the Nissan. Cpl. Brian Syfert investigated the accident.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Charles Stidham of Clarksville filed a theft or property report on Thursday July 10th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after he said someone took his EBT, ATM, Medicaid/Medicare cards from his house. The cards were in his card holder sitting in front of his TV lying on his wallet, the cards were taken but the wallet was left. The home is located in the 100 block of County Road 2533.
Susan Trujilio of Clarksville filed a theft report July 10th after she reported someone came to her home and stole a 22 caliber long rifle from the back of her van at her home on Private Road 3334. Trujilio contacted Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Friday July 11th to report that the gun had been returned and placed back in her van.
FCSD TAKES CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORT
Trent King of Cecil filed a report of criminal mischief with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Thursday July 10th. King reported that when he left for work on Thursday morning he noticed that his back windshield was broken. Mr. King said it appeared that a rock went through the windshield. The estimated damage was $200.
CAR VS. DEER ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 352
On Saturday July 12th, James Thompson of Clarksville was involved in a car vs. deer accident on Highway 352. Thompson was traveling east on Highway 352 in a 2007 Ford F150 about 5:30am when a he came around a corned and a doe was standing in the middle of the road. Thompson struck the deer with the driver's side front bumper causing about $1,000 damage to his vehicle, he was not injured. The report was taken by Cpl. Dave Dodge.
OZARK MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT
Lonnie Thomas age 49 of Ozark was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday in Carroll County on Highway 23. Thomas was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Highway 23 near Bluebird Lane when a 2012 Honda passenger car made a U turn to go north on Highway 23 from the southbound shoulder of the road and pulled in front of the Thomas operated motorcycle. Tammy Thomas was a passenger on the motorcycle and was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville with rib and leg injuries. The driver of the passenger car was identified as Caitlyn Arender of Mississippi, she was also transported to Washington Regional Medical Center with injuries. The accident occurred at 5pm on Saturday evening, it was investigated by Arkansas State Police.
CAR CRASHES INTO POND ON OAK BEND ROAD FRIDAY
5:20am Friday 7/11...Cassie Valentine of Ozark was driving a 2008 Nissan south towards Peterpender when she said she ran off the road on the north side and overcorrected to miss hitting someone's trash sitting near a driveway. When she overcorrected she lost control and the vehicle started to spin coming back onto the road before leaving the road and traveling about 200' through a barbed wire fence and into a pond owned by Phillip Smith of Ozark. Valentine was not injured, Deputy Guy Huff investigated the accident.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Johnson County Deputy Larry Moore responded to a residential burglary call on Thursday July 10th in the 100 block of PR3334 at the home of Susan Trujilio. Trujilio reported that someone came to her residents and took a 22 long rifle from the back of her van and also took a debit card from inside her home. The report shows that there is a suspect in the investigation.
Philip Ard on the 300 block of Line Street in Hartman contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Thursday July 10th to file a theft or property report. Ard reported that some prescription pain killer had been taken from his home. The report indicates there is a possible suspect in the case.
WARREN MAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY MVA
A Warren Arkansas man was airlifted from the scene of a motor vehicle accident with multiple injuries in critical condition on Friday. The accident occurred at about 9:30am on I-40 at the 32 mile marker. Mark Durmon of Warren age 24 was driving a 2008 Chevy pickup eastbound when he rear-ended a tractor trailer that was stopped on the roadway due to construction. Trooper Derek Neitert, who investigated the accident, said that it appeared Durmon had side swiped a Ford Edge driven by Catherine Crane of Ozark just before hitting the rear of the tractor trailer. The Crane vehicle was in the right lane of the interstate when the truck side swiped her vehicle before hitting the trailer that was in the left lane. Durmon was trapped in the pickup and had to be extricated by emergency responders. After being freed from the vehicle he was airlifted to St. Edwards Hospital in Fort Smith and later on to UAMS in Little Rock in critical condition with multiple head and facial injuries along with multiple lower body injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was a Robert Pascarelli of Florida. No one other than Durmon was injured in the accident. Multiple agencies responded to the scene to assist in working the accident that had traffic delayed for several hours.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Tonya Hanson of Coal Hill filed a theft report on July 2nd after she said that someone had broke into her residence sometime that day and stoll a Craftsman tool box full of tools valued at $3,000. The property is located in the 300 block of Private Road 2036.
Fred Meeler reported the theft of a refrigerator from a rental property he owns in the 300 block of Stehpans in Hartman. Meeler said that the renters left without his knowledge and took a refrigerator that belonged to him that was at the house. The report was filed on July 7th.
A red and black front tine tiller and a orange and black chainsaw was reported stolen from property in the 36,000 block of Highway 164 in Lamar on July 7th. Haley Smith reported that she and Casey Hawthorne arrived home to find the items were missing. The estimated valued was $550.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Jerry Shelby of Branch reported the theft of a 22" cut Murray push mower from his home on Jones St. in Branch. Shelby was not sure when it was taken but said that he noticed it missing on the day he reported the theft, July 9th. No value was given for the mower.
A purse and wallet reported stolen on July 4th has been recovered according to a report from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. Cindy Arnold of Alma reported the theft while at Byrds Adventure Center, she contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday July 9th to report that the purse and wallet had been recovered and the only thing missing from the purse was $8 cash.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Thursday 7/3 11:30am North 3rd & Spring Street...Ozark Police investigated a non-injury accident when John Davis of Ozark was driving a 2000 International tractor trailer and was facing east on Spring Street stopped, when he attempted to back up and backed into a 2013 Nissan Altima that was directly behind him driven by Shari Kincade of Lavaca. Damage was estimated at $1,000 to both vehicles.
Monday 6/30 12:30pm Ozark High School Ag Building Parking lot...Dalton Hillard of Altus was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang and was pulling into a parking space when he failed to come to a complete stop and hit a brick containment wall protecting the heating and air unit. Damage to the wall was estimated at $1,500 with $500 to the Mustang, no injuries were reported. The accident was investigated by Officer David Warren.
Friday 7/4 CV's Family Foods Parking Lot 1:45pm...Officer David Warren investigated an non-injury accident when Connie Foster of Ozark was backing up in a 2005 Chevy Cavalier and backed into a 2001 International tractor trailer parked and unoccupied owned by Pinnacle Propane of Irving Texas causing $1,000 damage to the Foster vehicle and no damage to the tractor trailer.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
2 - 50" flat screen televisions and an XBox 360 gaming system were reported stolen from a home at 711 N. Jackson St. in Clarksville on June 30th. Christopher McIntyre reported the theft and said that the property was at the home when he was last there about two weeks earlier. The home is rented by several college students he said. The total value of the stolen property amounted to abut $700.
Larry Moore of Clarksville came to the Clarksville Police Department to file a theft report. Moore stated that 2 weedeaters, 2 shovels, 2 push mowers and about $350 worth of tools had been taken from his home on Fontaine Drive. The report was filed on July 1st.
Clarksville Police were called to Walmart on July 5th in reference to a shoplifter caught by store management. Kristi Vandenberg of Clarksville age 44 was detained by store security after she was seen putting an Apple IPod case, a charger and another small electronic item, into her purse and attempted to leave the store without paying. The total value of the property was $121. Vandendenberg was arrested for shoplifting by Clarksville Police and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center. The incident occurred on July 5th.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
6/25 Wednesday 4:30pm...A two vehicle non-injury accident occurred at Poplar and Ash St. in Clarksville when Erika Adway of Paris was traveling westbound on Poplar St. in a 2006 Mitsubishi Galant and was stopped in traffic when her vehicle was hit from behind by a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Melinda Self of Clarksville. Damage was estimated at $500 to the Edway vehicle and $5,000 to the Self vehicle. Ptl. Kenneth Kennedy investigated the accident.
6/25 Wednesday 11:19am Diamond Drive Inn parking lot...Clarksville Police were called to a non-injury accident that occurred when Denton Kilgore of Woodward OK was backing from a parking space in a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup and backed into a 2007 Honda Accord that was parked and owned by Roy Hampton of London. The Hampton vehicle sustained about $2,000 damage and $1,000 to the Kilgore vehicle. Ptl. Larry Boggs investigated the accident.
6/21 Saturday 12:27pm Walmart Parking Lot...Ptl. Larry Boggs investigated a non-injury accident when Mammie Davis of Clarksville was driving a 2004 Toyota Tacoma through the parking lot and collided with a 2009 Dodge Charger that was backing from a parking space driven by Marsha Pratt of Clarksville. Damage of about $1,000 was reported to the Pratt vehicle and $2,000 to the Davis vehicle.
6/20 Friday 11:00am Rogers & I-40 Ramp...Ptl. Adam Jones investigated a non-injury accident when Mickey Geisler of Clarksville was driving a 2013 BMW SUV and was stopped at a traffic light facing southbound when the vehicle was hit from behind by a southbound 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Clifton Edwards of Kansas City causing about $1,000 damage to both vehicles. The impact caused the Geisler vehicle to strike a vehicle in front of him, that vehicle left the scene without making contact with anyone involved.
6/18 Wednesday 5pm 604 Brown St...Ptl. Kenneth Kennedy investigated a two vehicle non-injury accident when Elsa Garcia of Clarksville was driving a 2007 Nissan Altima southbound on Brown St. and stopped in traffic at the intersection waiting to make left turn into a driveway when her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2001 Chevy Express driven by Alejo Garcia of Clarksville that was backing from a driveway at 604 Brown St. Damage was estimated at $1,500 to the Alejo Garcia vehicle and $5,000 to the Elsa Garcia vehicle.
6/18 Wednesday 12:24pm US64 & Cravens St...Laura Sams of Knoxville was southbound on Cravens driving a 2003 GMC Sonoma making a left turn onto Highway 64 at the stop light but failed to Yyeld to a 2002 Hyundai Elantra driven by Jeffery Stone of Clarksville, which was northbound on Cravens St. at the time crossing Highway 64. Damage was estimated at $1,500 to the Stone vehicle and $500 to the Sams vehicle. No one was injured, the accident was investigated by Sgt. Robert Thompson.
6/16 Monday 6:10pm Atwoods Parking Lot...Clarksville Police were called to a non-injury accident that occurred when Carie Gravit of Coal Hill was backing a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta from a parked position striking a 2015 Chevy Cobalt that was driven by Cathy Marlow of Muldrow traveling east through the parking lot. The damage was estimated at $2,000 to the Marlow vehicle and the Gravit vehicle. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Trenton Wood.
2 RESIDENTS CITED AFTER DOG ATTACK
On July 2nd Clarksville Police received a call about 6pm of a Pit Bull attacking a small dog at a home on Lucas Street. Police arrived to find the dogs were separated. The owner of the pit bull was Gustavo Delgado of Clarksville and the owner of the small dog was Connie Gregory of Clarksville. Both were cited for permitting an animal to run at large. Animal Control seized the pit bull and transported it to Needy Paws Animal Shelter.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED ON SHADOWS EDGE ROAD
Saturday July 5th, Franklin County Deputy Dave Dodge was called to a report of criminal mischief, Gary Evans reported someone had cut his fence. While at the scene investigating, a trail from the cut fence was located that led to a camper on Evan's property where it appeared someone had gained access and had been staying without permission. Nothing was missing and damage to the fence was estimated at $150.
JUVENILE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
A 16 year old hispanic female of Clarksville was arrested by Johnson County authorities on July 3rd for felony possession of controlled substance after the teen was brought to her probation officer by her mother when the mother found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the teens room. The teen was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Danville.
OZARK MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT
On July 2nd, Franklin County Deputy Todd Bevil was dispatched to a report of a reckless driver on Mattie Road, then within an hour got a report of a fence being damaged after a vehicle ran through it. The fence was owned by Carl McDade in the 6300 block of Mattie Road, while at that location another victim showed up with damage to his fence, that fence was owned by Jack James. Authorities were able to locate the suspect vehicle on White Oak Road. After questioning the owner of the vehicle it was determined that the driver was a Ben Crouch age 18 of Ozark, who was arrested at a residence on Mattie Road. Crouch was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to report accident, no dl, no proof insurance and obstructing governmental operations. Damage to the Chevy S10 he was driving was estimated at $1,500, it was owned by his brother Jonah Crouch. Damage to the fencing ranged from $150 - $300.
CPD THEFT INVESTIGATIONS
Isaac Kauffeld of Clarksville filed a theft report with the Clarksville Police Department on June 19th in reference to the theft of a bottle of Xanax pills, a flashlight, 5 tongue rings, straight talk phone card and Ipod adapter. Total value of the property was $120. Kauffeld said the items were stolen while he was staying at a Clarksville motel. He also stated that he had gotten intoxicated the night before and several people were in and out of his room during that time.
Clarksville Police report arresting 25 year old Benjamin Thomas King of Clarksville on a theft of property charge after it was discovered that he was stealing his father's Hydrocodone pills from his fathers house in Clarksville. The report was filed on June 27th.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
About $1,500 worth of wire was reported stolen from Oak Ridge Road in Franklin County on Thursday July 3rd. Billie Neeley of Kellyville OK filed the report after finding someone had stolen about 500 foot of wire from the meter pole supplying electric to his cabin. A fence had also been cut to gain access to the property.
A 22 caliber pistol was reported stolen from a vehicle on Tuesday July 8th. Tom Johnson reported the theft of the 6 shot pistol valued at $200, he said it was in his pickup last time he saw it and he wasn't sure when it was taken.
JCSD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Johnson County Authorities investigated an accident Sunday at 3:20pm on County Road 3222 near County Road 3291 when Jose Ramos of Clarksville was driving a 2011 Nissan Altima and was turning onto County Road 3222 off of County Road 3291 when he said a red Mustang came around the corner on his side of the road, he said he swerved to try and miss but was unable to avoid a collision. He said he exchanged information with the driver of the Mustang, Amy Sloss of Lamar, and they both then went on their ways. Authorities contacted Sloss at her home and she said that she was going east on County Road 3222 when the silver Nissan came around the corner in her lane. Damage was estimated at $2,000 to the Ramos vehicle and $1,000 to the Sloss vehicle. No injuries were reported.
Daniel Zachary of Lamar reported a car deer accident that occurred 4:45am on July 1st on Highway 292. Zachary said he was driving a 2004 Chevy truck on Highway 292 near Highway 21 when a deer ran into the road into the path of his vehicle. Zachary struck the deer causing about $1,000 damage to his truck, he was not injured.
CPD INVESTIGATES DOG BITE INCIDENT
On July 1st Clarksville Police received a call of a dog bit at 6pm on Mockingbirds Lane. Earla Houston stated that a white Great Pyrenees dog had been hanging around her residence and that when her son went to work on the morning of the 1st, she thought she would see if she could get a number from the dog's collar. She said when she grabbed the dog's collar the dog turned and bit her left hand. The dog's owner, Ashlyn Bernard, was located on Ray Road and advised that the previous owner had given the dog a Rabies shot but that there was no record of it. Animal Control took the dog to quarantine and the owner was cited for permitting an animal to run at large. Houston was directed by Police to go to the hospital for treatment of the bite.
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
31 year old Clifford Dorrough of Clarksville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance after a home visit by Probation and Parole resulted in the confiscation of several pieces of drug paraphernalia and several bottles of pills from his home in the 200 block of Stegall Road in Clarksville on June 30th.
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN TRAFFIC LANE
54 year old Elvert McCormick of Clarksville was arrested for public intoxication after Police received reports of a male subject running out into traffic and trying to stop motorists. When Police arrived, McCormick was seen swinging his arms at motorists as they passed. McCormick appeared to be intoxicated and told Police he had been at Scranton earlier and was just walking home.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 109
Davis Construction of Harrison contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department to file a theft report a job site located at the corner of Highway 109 and County Road 2250. They reported that sometime between June 27th and June 30th someone had cut the lock off a trailer at a job site and stole a black air compressor, cut off saw, generator with Briggs motor, chain saw and another cut off saw - the total value of the stolen property amounted to about $3,600.
OZONE MAN ASSAULTED
29 year old Adam Decker of Ozone reports that he sustained a shattered cheek bone, broken jaw and detached sinus cavity as a result of being attacked while at a residence on Highway 21 in Ozone. Decker said he was at the residence to borrow some DVD movies when a couple of male subjects at the location asked him if he wanted to go outside and play horseshoes and when they went outside one of the males struck him in the face. Decker was located at his residence by law enforcement and was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. The report indicates there is a possible suspect in the case.
INMATE CHARGED WITH FURNISHING PROHIBITED ARTICLES
On July 5th, inmate John Lovett was found to have tobacco product in his mouth during a routine inspection of the cell block. Lovett was removed from his cell and authorities conducted an investigation into the incident and determined that inmate John Lovett, age 28 of Mulberry was the source of the tobacco along with Xanax, Velum and Morphine pills that he snuck into the detention center in his Anus. Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons advised to charge Lovett with 6 counts of furnishing prohibited articles into a correctional facility.
HIT AND RUN REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 219
Franklin County Deputy Chris Langston was dispatched to the report of a hit and run accident on Highway 219 north at McDonalds at 11:30pm on July 3rd. Barbara Decker of New Blaine was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle north bound on Highway 219 near McDonalds when her motorcycle was rear-ended by a 2013 Hyundai driven by Tules Skinner of Ozark. After impact, the Decker motorcycle was knocked onto it's side causing minor injury to Decker. Skinner got out of her vehicle to check on Decker, then got back into her vehicle and left the scene. Skinner was located a short time later at a store north of the accident scene on Highway 219. She was arrested for DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
SCHOOL BOARD FILINGS
The deadline to file for a school board position ended at 12 noon on Tuesday July 8th and there will be races in the Ozark, Cedarville, Mulberry and Magazine districts.
In Ozark Christopher Tolbert, Rick Gage and Johnny Larsen filed for position #2 (5 year term), Todd Durning, Mark Weseman and Laura Rudolp filed for position #4 (2 year term);
Cedarville Rodney Dickens and Stacey Shell filed for position 5 seat;
Mulberry Johnny Ray Kimes and Elizabeth Jordan filed for the position 7 seat
Magazine Calvin Bennett and Leanna Jones filed for the position 5 seat.
Unopposed filings included Clay Austin Clarksville zone 4, Teresa Jackson JC Westside position 5, Jason James Lamar, Michele Schmitz Charleston position 5, David Morris County Line position 1, Tracy Reames County Line position 2, Richard Cagle Mulberry Pleasant View position 5, Andrew Lewis Mulberry position 2, David Edwards Mulberry position 6, Tracey Richey Paris position 1, Rodney Brewer Scranton position 5, Tim Blaschke Scranton position 2, Janie Woolley Booneville position 6, Andy Napier Booneville position 7, Chuck Baker Alma position 6, Paul Winborn II Alma position 5, Robin Willroth Mountainburg position 5, Theresa Bell Van Buren zone 2 and Jamie Hammond Van Buren zone 5. The school board elections will be held on September 16th.
2 INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT FRIDAY
A 57 year old Aaron Harvey of Springdale and an 11 year old male juvenile of Springdale were involved in an ATV accident on County Road 5151 about 5pm Friday July 4th. The report shows that when Deputy Larry Moore arrived on the scene, Harvey was in the back of an SUV bleeding and said that he and his 11 year old step son had been riding an ATV and when they went up a hill to turn around the ATV flipped over on top of them as it went down the hill. The 11 year old refused EMS and left his mom, Harvey was air lifted to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville by Air Evac.
CPD INVESTIGATES THEFT AT SMART STYLE
Clarksville Police investigated a theft report at Smart Style inside Walmart after being contacted by the store manager in reference to an employee stealing money. The report shows that Sarah Uselton of Lamar age 42 was questioned by Police in late June and admitted to taking money from the register. Uselton told Police that when a customer would pay she would take a portion of the payment and pocket that money. She said she had done it several times estimating that about $40 had been taken. The report has been turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney to review for charges.
ASP REPORTS OF TWO SEPERATE INJURY ACCIDENTS
Wednesday 6/25 6:30pm Highway 64 & PR2564 Tayla Miller of London was driving a 1998 GMC pickup eastbound on Highway 64 when Joseph Woods of Lamar age 36 was crossing the highway from north to south. Woods was in the traffic lane when Miller saw Woods and swerved to the left to try to avoid hitting him but was unable to avoid the collision. After the collision, Miller pulled over and called 911. Woods was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center and then transferred on to UAMS in Little Rock with internal injuries.
6/28 Saturday 1:50pm Highway 123...William Schneider of Knoxville was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle southwest on State Highway 123 when he lost control while negotiating a curve to the left and skidded off the right side of the road into the ditch near the intersection with County Road 3647. Schneider was taken by med-flight to Mercy Fort Smith for treatment of his injuries, he was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.
STOLEN MINI BIKE RECOVERED IN CLARKSVILLE
On June 14th, Clarksville Police took a report of a mini bike stolen from the Lester Mans property on James St. On June 30th, Detective Larry Jones was informed of a stolen bike in the woods behind First Baptist Church. Detective Jones and Ptl. Aaron Arnold went to the area and recovered the stolen mini bike. No arrests have been made, the investigation continues.
CAMPER FIRE IN OZARK FRIDAY
The Ozark Fire Department responded to a call of a motorhome on fire Friday July 4th at 6:30pm on Highway 23 north. The 1991 Tioga Arrow motorhome was a total loss, it was owned by Norman Thomas of Bella Vista. The driver stated that he saw smoke and pulled the battery cables. It appeared the fire started under the dash, the motorhome was engulfed when the fire department arrived on the scene. The fire department was on the scene about an hour. There was some minor damage to the exterior of the home too from the heat of the fire from the motorhome that was in the yard at the time.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Stacy Brown of Lamar filed a theft report on Saturday July 5th after he discovered his license plate missing from his truck. Brown said the truck had been parked at the Piney Access on Highway 64 during the day.
Johnson County authorities took a report of the theft of a vehicle from Sammy Harmon of Clarksville. Harmon reported that she had left her cousin borrow her 1998 Pontiac Sunfire to go to Oklahoma on May 29th and that a week later her cousin called and said that she had got in to deep with some drug dealers and she owed them $1,200 and they made her take the car to a crusher in Muskogee OK and gave her $47 for a bus ticket home. The cousin has not been located.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Jimmy Oneal of Branch filed a report of the theft of 4 guns and collector coins from his home in the 11,000 block of Turkey Knob Road. Mr. Oneal and his wife were out of town at the time of the theft. Mr. Oneal reported that a Ruger 44 mag pistol, Texas Scout 22 caliber, Heritage rough rider 22 combo and a 28 special Rossi were the guns stolen along with about $50 in state quarters were taken from his gun safe. The total value of the stolen property amounted to about $1,100. The investigation is ongoing and there is a possible suspect in the case.
Susan Miller of Mulberry filed a theft report on Sunday July 6th after she said that a couple of gas cans were stolen from the front porch of her home located in the 14,000 block of Royal Oak Road. Some evidence was collected at the scene.
Cindy Arnold of Alma reported that her purse had been stolen while she was at Byrd's Adventure Center on Friday July 4th. Arnold said she had gone to the bathroom and that is when the purse was taken. The purse was a burlap bag with alligator skin wallet containing $7 cash, a cell phone, eye glasses, credit cards and her id. The purse also contained her check book.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
6/28 Saturday 11:45pm Rogers St...Ptl. Tyler Holt responded to an accident when William Guess of Kansas was traveling south in the turning lane of Rogers in a 2009 Chevy Equinox when he attempted to re-enter the southbound lane but failed to yield to traffic striking a southbound 2006 Ford F250 driven southbound by Jason Young of Clarksville. Damage was estimated at $2,000 to the Young vehicle and $2,500 to the Guess vehicle. No injuries were reported.
6/26 Thursday 12:02pm Harvest Food parking lot...Donald Hunt of Clarksville was traveling through the Harvest Food parking lot eastbound in a 2007 Lincoln MKZ when he said he swerved to miss an animal striking a parked 2008 Chevy Silverado owned by Patricia Hoosier of Russellville causing about $3,500 damage to the Hoosier vehicle and $2,000 to the Hunt driven vehicle. Ptl. Jacob Boen investigated the non-injury accident.
6/26 Thursday 8pm Dollar General Parking Lot...Hilda Delgado of Clarksville was backing from a parked position in front of Dollar General in a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer when she struck a 1996 Chevy Lumina that was parked and unoccupied, owned by Sarah Nichols of Lamar causing about $100 damage to both vehicles. Delgado was cited for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Adam Jones
6/25 Wednesday 11:30pm US64 @ JC Coop...Chris Curtis of Clarksville was driving a 2002 Ford F250 and was stopped in the eastbound lane of Highway 64 to make a left turn when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 1989 Chevy pickup driven by Alexander Callahan of Clarksville. Damage was estimated at $1,500 to the Callahan vehicle and $750 to the Curtis vehicle. No one was injured, the accident was investigated by Sgt. Robert Thompson.
3 JUVENILES ARRESTED IN THEFT INVESTIGATION
Clarksville Patrol took 14 vehicle B&E and Theft reports on June 22, 2014. There was also 1 vehicle stolen from 29 Thompson Drive during the same time frame. The thefts occurred from Grandview to the Cline Park area. Items reported stolen besides the vehicle was a pistol, guitar, money, cigarettes and drinks. With the help of the community the vehicle was recovered off of Batson road at a gas well pad on Friday June 27, 2014 by Det. Larry Jones and Ptl. Jeb Clark. Ptl. Jacob Boen had got out with four boys Monday night over by Cline park and one of them was the suspect that had been posted on Company Web . Ptl. Boen provided the names and as it turned out two of them turned out to being involved with the theft reports that were taken. There are still more suspects to interview but as of the end of the day three arrest were made. At this time nothing else has been recovered.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON HIGHWAY 219 NORTH
A residential burglary was reported by Karen and Charles Cagle in the 10,000 block of Highway 219 north on July 1st. The Cagle's reported that several rings and a shotgun were found to be missing from the home. Karen discovered the theft when she was putting away some jewelry. The Cagle's were not sure when the theft occurred but had recently noticed that screens on the back of the home had pry marks on them. The stolen property amounted to about $1,500.
2 STRUCTURE FIRES IN JOHNSON COUNTY
Authorities were called to a structure fire on July 1st at about 5pm located at 28166 West Highway 64 in London. The structure was engulfed in flames when authorities arrived and the home was considered a total loss. The property was owned by Charles Pharis of London, he reported he had just purchased the property earlier that day and was in the process of renting the property. He believed that the new renter had just moved a few items into the home. The fire was noticed by a passerby who saw smoke coming from the single wide trailer and called 911. It was determined that electricity had just been turned on shortly before the fire, which started in the kitchen area of the home. No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to have been electrical in nature.
A Hartman home was destroyed by fire on July 2nd located at 196 County Road 2228. The property was owned by Joshua Baskin who was at the scene when authorities arrived. The home was a complete loss and was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived on the scene. The fire was reported by a neighbors who saw smoke coming from the home. Baskin was questioned as to what happened but was not able to give authorities any details except that he thought it started in the kitchen, but that he was not cooking anything at the time. Baskin was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center to examination, he did not appear to have any apparent injuries. Witness's at the scene said the man was outside the home when authorities arrived. The report also indicates that deputies had been called to the same location earlier in the day due to Baskin being passed out in a ditch near the home. He declined treatment at that time, he said the injuries were from falling off his bike.
2 FIRE CALLS IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Altus Fire Department responded to a small fire in a field possibly caused by fireworks on Friday July 4th. The fire was at #18 East Main and authorities arrived to find a cross tie on fire in a lot next to the apartments. The fire was extinguished with no property damage. 1 truck and 5 personnel responded.
Barnes and Watalula Fire Departments were called to a report of a fire on July 1st on Highway 23 north and Upper Jethro Road. the property was that of Clay Carpenter. About 35 round bales of hay were on fire. It was believed that fireworks may have caused the fire. The report shows that value of the hay to be about $1,000.
CLARKSVILLE HOME HIT BY VEHICLE
On June 16th, Clarksville Police received a call at 12:45am of property being damaged after it was hit by a vehicle in the 200 block of Grandview, the home of Ernest Peters. Peters said he heard a rumble outside and went out to investigate when he found an older model 70's Chevy pickup backing out of his driveway and quickly leaving the scene. The vehicle had struck the north side of the porch on at home and hit a cable box and electric meter. A total of about $3,000 damage was done, no one was injured. the investigation continues.
CPD ARRESTS MAN ATTEMPTING TO FLEE
Clarksville Police report that 23 year old Chad Nichols of Clarksville was arrested after they responded to a call on Stanton Street of a male running into yards and acting strange. Police located Stanton sitting in a driveway and began to question him, Stanton attempted to flee on foot while talking with police and was tazed at which time he was taken into custody. EMS was dispatched to the scene and Nichols was taken to JRMC for treatment of a cut to his knee. After being released he was arrested for public intox, fleeing on foot and disorderly conduct.
CLARKSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES TERMINATION
A special meeting of the Clarksville School Board was held Wednesday night for a termination hearing. After a closed hearing, the board voted unanimously to terminate David Brown. Brown was employed in the maintenance department of the school district.
OPD RESPONDS TO ACCIDENT AT BASEBALL FIELD
The Ozark Police Department responded to a private property accident on Tuesday June 24th in the Ozark Baseball Field parking lot. Christopher Sampley of Ozark was driving a 2009 Ford Mustang and according to the report was at the southern most end of the gravel parking lot facing north when he accelerated in a reckless manor at a high rate of speed and lost traction while northbound. Sampley was not able to keep adequate control and skidded to the right hitting a metal cable fence causing about $1,000 damage ot the fence and $1,000 to the vehicle. The accident was reported at 8pm.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
2 Kayak's were reported stolen from a resident's on Highway 41. The Kayak's were owned by Robyn McGrath and were being stored at a friends house on Highway 41 when taken. One is blue and white Pelican brand, the other yellow unknown brand. The total value of the two kayak's was $600.
The Watalula Water Department filed a theft of services report on Tuesday June 24th. The property was located in the 14,000 block of Blackjack Lane. The water meter at the trailer house was unlocked and about 2 months of water had been used without payment. The report indicates that the meter was not authorized to be unlocked by the Water Department. The estimated bill was $100.
Clifton Brocket of Altus contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Friday in reference to someone cutting his rope fence and stealing about 200' of the fencing. The value of he stolen property was about $200.
Rickey McKinney filed a theft report on Monday June 23rd after he found that a window unit a/c had been taken from a rental property he owns in the 4300 block of Heritage Road. The unit was valued at $100, the renters of the property moved out during the night owing $800 rent
A red Troy Built pressure washer was reported stolen from property in the 5900 block of North Highway 215 near Charleston on Friday. Danny Monteville reported the theft of property and valued the pressure washer at $400.
CLARKSVILLE RESIDENT REPORTS IDENTITY FRAUD
Kaitlyn Larrison of Clarksville filed a fraud report on Monday June 23rd after she went to the bank to open an account and was told she could not because someone had opened an account using her information about 2 years ago.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
A storage unit on Shady Grove Road was reported broken into and about $800 worth of property missing. Jessica Sanders reported that a Bosch router table, Craftsman Plung router, router, Delta radial arm saw and old barbies were missing from the storage unit and the lock had been cut. The total value of the stolen property was $800.
Jessica Kimbrough of Clarksville filed a theft report after discovering someone had stolen a kitten and animal crate at her home on Crape Myrtle Drive. A small child's bike was also missing. Total value of the stolen property was estimated at $110.
Larry Kinman of Hartman reported that his Android straight talk phone had been stolen from his vehicle while he was at The Rose Motel. The phone was valued at $150.
Jocelyn Fannon of Clarksville reported that her daughters IPhone 4S and $40 had been taken out of her vehicle while it was parked in the 400 block of Lucas. The property was valued at $440.
A Yukon trail brand mini-bike was reported stolen from the home of Lester Mans in the 200 block of James St. Mans advised that the chain guard had been removed and the seat was raised about 3 inches. The estimated value of the mini-bike was listed at $500.
Bob Deen of Clarksville reported that he had received a $50 gift card from Atwoods from his son but that sometime between the purchase of the card and when he received the gift, the actual card was lost. Atwoods reported someone had used the card for the amount of $45.
Appalonia Sims of Clarksville reported that her wallet was stolen while she was at the Clarksville Aquatic Center. She said she had left it on the table by the concession and when she returned from swimming it was gone. The wallet contained several items including her DL, truck insurance, bank card, Medicaid card, food stamp card and SSC.
4 ARRESTED AFTER REPORT OF SHOTS BEING FIRED
Clarksville Police were called to the intersection of East Country Club and Wild Life Refuge on Saturday after a witness reported seeing a vehicle pull past the gate on East Country Club into the refuge and then heard shots being fired from the area. Police arrived and made contact with a Ford Expedition occupied by 4 subjects with 2 rifles in the floor board. All 4 were arrested, they admitted to shooting a frog in the refuge. Arrested were Lwar Pyail age 24, Pa Lay Kway age 29, Kyaw Day age 21 and Day Htoo age 20 of Clarksville all charged with criminal trespassing. The call came in about 11:30pm.
LAMAR VALERO ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
The Valero store in Lamar on Highway 64 was robbed by a white male armed with a gun at 7:19pm Wednesday night. Witness's described the suspect as a white male wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, black glasses and short black hair with a bandana over his face. The suspect left the store on foot and ran behind the store. The man was carrying a long rifle and possibly a duffle bag. No one was injured in the robbery, authorities are still searching for the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Department at 754-2200. Several agencies are involved in the investigation including the Lamar Police Department, Clarksville Police Department, Arkansas State Police and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. Authorities have not said what was taken from the store.
CPD RECOVERS STOLEN VEHICLE
Clarksville Police report that a 1997 Chevy pickup that had been stolen from Michael Gibson of Clarksville on June 13th was recovered on Friday the 20th. The vehicle had been stolen from his property Crawford Street. When the vehicle was located it was stuck in mud and abandoned. Authorities were not sure the extent of damage that the vehicle had sustained. There is a possible suspect in the case.
2 ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING
Clarksville Police arrested 25 year old Eucebio Ortiz-Barajas of Clarksville and 22 year old Fernando Ortiz of Clarksville after Ortiz-Barajas was seen a vehicle that was cutting donuts in the Bean Cemetery on Monday evening. When police arrived at Ortiz-Barajas home on N. College St. Fernando came from the house and became aggressive toward officers. Fernando was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental operations after he refused to cooperate with officer's at the home looking for Ortiz-Barajas. Fernando had to be pepper sprayed after he was hitting his head on the window while in the back of the patrol unit. While at the home, Ortiz-Barajas ran from the property into the woods but was apprehended and charged with criminal trespass, criminal mischief and fleeing on foot.
TEXAS TEEN BITTEN BY DOG
Franklin County Deputy Jason Stewart was dispatched to Mercy Ozark Wednesday morning to take a report of a dog bite. 15 year old Rebecca Long of Huntsville Texas was being treated at the hospital for a bite to her right arm. Long said she was staying at her cousin's on Locust St. in Altus and had gone out to sit on the front porch when a dog she knew to be aggressive approached. Long said she got up and tried to go inside when the dog bit her on the right arm. The German Sheppard / Lab mix dog belonged to Timothy Pascale and Kim Rofkahr, Stewart contacted Pascale who said the dog had been put down after they found out about the incident.
STRUCTURE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION
As was reported on True Country Radio earlier, authorities were called to a structure fire at 6120 Liberty Road on June 15th. The structure was not occupied and was owned by Landon Brown. Brown made contact with Franklin County authorities on Tuesday and reported that someone had stolen several things from the home and then possible burned the house. among the items missing were a Troybilt tiller, lawn mower, tool boxes, Honda ATV, air compressor and other misc. items. The total value of the property stolen was around $1,500. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
FRANKLIN COUNTY WOMAN KILLED MONDAY
36 year old Sharla Shirley of Branch was killed in a two vehicle accident Monday morning on State Highway 22 east of Charleston. Shirley was the driver of a 1998 Jeep Wrangler traveling westbound when she left the roadway into the ditch and then traveled back onto the roadway and crossed the center line striking a trailer being pulled by a 2008 Peterbuilt traveling eastbound on Highway 22. After hitting the trailer, the Shirley vehicle came to rest on it's passenger side in the roadway. The tractor trailer was being driven by David Atchison of Ozark, he was not injured. Shirley was transported to St. Edwards Hospital in Fort Smith where she was pronounced dead from her injuries. The accident occurred at 11:41am and was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.
BREAK-IN CALL SUNDAY ON ADAMS ROAD
Franklin County Deputies were called to the home of Nathan Shankle in the 2400 block of Adams Road about 4:30pm Sunday after the alarm was activated. When law enforcement arrived it was found the door to the home was open, a relative on the scene checked the home and nothing was believed to be missing. There were signs of forced entry on the back door of the home.
MAN AIRLIFTED AFTER POSSIBLE OVERDOSE
A 37 year old white male of Ozark was airlifted to Mercy Fort Smith on Friday after law enforcement responded to a call on Cravens Road. The wife of the man said he had taken 54 sleeping pills, 27 Ambian pills and 27 other pills. The man was breathing but unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. No further information on the mans condition was available with the report.
2 INJURY ACCIDENTS IN JOHNSON COUNTY
Johnson County Cpl. Todd Russell was dispatched to a single vehicle accident with injury on the morning of July 19th at 4:15. The vehicle was on it's top about 40' off the roadway with several passengers standing by the vehicle. It was determined that the driver of the 2002 Ford F150 had left the scene, he was identified as Derek Melton of Russellville. One of the passengers had been transported to the hospital, he was identified as Derek Holloway. While authorities were on the scene, Melton returned to the vehicle and was cited for failure to maintain control of a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. No other injuries were reported. Details of what happened in the accident could not be determined due to the terrain
Sgt. Tim Wages investigated an injury accident on July 18th on County Road 3451 at about 8:30pm. Sgt. Wages arrived on the scene to find a 1995 GMC van sitting sideways off the road. It appeared the vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree head on. Robert Sinor was the driver of the vehicle and had sustianed injuries to his head and face where he struck the windshield. Sinor said that he had left his friends house and was headed to his grandmothers house in Ozone but didn't remember anything else. Sinor was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he was treated for the injuries and then released. Sinor was arrested for DWI 3, driving on suspended dl, no seat belt, no proof insurance, careless driving and possession of an insturement of crime.
ASP ACCIDENT REPORTS
Thursday 6/12 3:50pm CR3280...John Maness of Clarksville was driving a 2012 Ford Mustang south on CR3280 when a deer ran directly into the path of his vehicle resulting in a collision, disabling the Maness vehicle which came to rest in the southbound lane facing south. Maness was not injured and damage to his was estimated at $5,500.
6/16 Monday 9:52am Highway 164...James Snapp of Bryant was driving a 1991 Nissan Truck northbound on Highway 164 when he said he was swatting at a wasp and lost control of the vehicle which traveled off the roadway onto the right side of the road, he overcorrected and reentered the roadway crossing both lanes. The vehicle began to yaw and overturn coming to rest on it's right side block both lanes of traffic. Snapp was cited for careless or prohibited driving, no injuries were reported.
OZARK MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT
22 year old Cody Fisher of Ozark was injured in a single vehicle accident Saturday in Franklin County on Watalula Road at 3:30pm. Fisher was driving a 2007 Chevy Malibu westbound on Watalula Road when he turned south and impacted the bank of the ditch on the southside of the road. The vehicle came to rest in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. Fisher was transported by ambulance to Mercy Ozark for treatment. The report shows that he walked out of the hospital against medical advice, he was then arrested for DWI on drugs, careless or prohibited driving and refusal to submit to test. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000. The accident was investigated by Deputy Matt Hamilton.
CRAWFORD COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE
38 year old Terry Tindle of Crawford County has been charged with rape in connection with the alleged rape of a minor female. Tindle is accused of providing drugs and alcohol to the female resulting in her becoming intoxicated and then having sex with the minor. The girl told law enforcement that when she came to she realized what was happening and tried to push Tindle off of her. Tindle then allegedly hit the girl knocking her unconscious again. When she came to Tindle was gone. Tindle has a sexual assault 4th degree conviction along with possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of property and residential burglary.
CRAWFORD COUNTY RAPE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST
A Charles Skelton age 41 of Washington County is accused of raping a minor female relative. The female to investigators that Skelton forced her to perform oral sex on him between Jan. of 2003 and Dec. 2004 when he was living in Crawford County. Another female relative told investigators that Skelton sexually abused her too more than 10 years ago in another jurisdiction. Skelton denies the allegations and say's the girls have him confused with another family relative that sexually abused the girls. Skelton has pled not guilty to the Rape charge.
DYER WOMAN KILLED IN MVA THURSDAY
A Dyer woman died Thursday after the vehicle she was driving collided with a minivan near Alma. Rilla Jane Leakey, 62, was driving a 2014 Nissan Altima west along U.S. 64 when the vehicle failed to make a right-hand curve and crossed into the double yellow center line and into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar heading east on the highway. Leakey turned her car hard to the right to try to avoid the Windstar, driven by 62-year-old Glenn Coldiron of Alma. Two passengers, Ira Gipson, 23, and Toby Crossland, 41, both of Van Buren, also were in the minivan. The front bumper of the Windstar struck the left side front of Leakey’s Altima. Leakey was taken to Mercy Fort Smith, where she later died. Coldiron, Gipson and Crossland were injured and also taken for treatment at Mercy. All four people involved in the collision were wearing seat belts.
JCSD INVESTIGATES THEFT IN HARTMAN
James Evans of Hartman filed a theft report on June 13th after discovering someone had gone into his shed through a back window and took a black Craftsman chainsaw with 16" bar and a red 5 gallon gas can. Total value of the stolen property was $180.
POSSIBLE CHANGES COMING TO ALTUS POST OFFICE
A public meeting has been scheduled for July 17th at the Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Altus to share results of a customer survey sent to residents of the Post Office district. The meeting will also have a question and answer session and more information. Among the changes being considered would be reduce the daily operating hours from 8 to 6 Monday thru Friday with no changes to Saturday. The other alternative would closed the current location and go to one of three options - delivery by carrier, relocate to private run location or transfer to nearby post office.
VET TO FINISH JOURNEY
Almost a year ago, Charlie Petters of Michigan was injured when his mule drawn wagon was struck by a vehicle on Highway 64 in Ozark. Peters was on an 1,100 mile ride enroute to Okemah OK with a visit to his fathers grave. Peter's was injured and his two mules were killed in the accident, during his treatment it was discovered that he had kidney cancer and he returned to Michigan for treatment. He has now recovered and is planning on coming back to Arkansas to complete the journey next week. Peter's said his wagon was hauled here a couple of weeks ago and has been stored at the McCormicks Farm in east Franklin County. He is also bringing back two new mules - Tom and Jerry to complete the trip.
FRANKLIN COUNTY THEFT REPORTS
Thomas Johnson of Ozark reported a theft or property on June 16th. Thomas reported that sometime between Sunday the 8th and Monday the 9th, someone stole 14 rods and reels from his property located in the 4100 block of Pond Creek Road. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled $600.
A window unit A/C and two come-alongs were reported stolen from a property in the 7700 block of Highway 64 near Mulberry. Rita Wiggington reported the theft on Wednesday June 18th. Wiggington reported that the items were stolen from the home located on Highway 64, she said they have not been staying there do to damage from an accident in April when a vehicle struck the home. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled $600.
Altus Fire Deparment was paged out to structure fire on 09/15/14 at 1:13 am. When they arrived on scene the mobile home was fully involved. No one was in the structure, the fire was noticed by a neighbor who phoned in the report. The fire was at 214 Carbon Plant Road in Altus. All further details are under investigation as to who owned the home and how the fire started. Franklin County EMS, Altus Police, Franklin County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene. Altus Fire responded with 4 trucks and 12 firefighters.
Emery York 51 of Booneville and Valerie Sirk 29 of Booneville were arrested after a traffic stop by a Logan County Deputy on Monday September 16th . York was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance while Sirk was arrested for Driving While License Suspended, No Proof of Liability Insurance, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both are currently being held in the Logan County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
Deputies with the Logan County Sheriff's Office have arrested Dennis Carlisle 46 of Paris for Breaking or Entering and Theft of Property on Friday September 12th. A victim reported a lock broken from a storage container and items stolen from it at their residence. The victim had previously had items stolen and had installed a camera for security. The victim provided photos from the camera to the Logan County Sheriff's Office that showed a suspect carrying the stolen items. Officers identified the suspect as Dennis Carlisle and he was later arrested without incident. Carlisle is currently being held in the Logan County Detention Center for the incident and for violating conditions of his parole.
A Lamar man was arrested on Monday night at a residence in the 200 block of County Road 3731 after he pointed a loaded rifle at a Johnson County Deputy who was at the home to serve a warrant on a female subject. Sgt. Tim Wages and Deputy Curtis Bishop of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department went to the home at about 7:45pm. When they went to the front door, the door swung open and 69 year old Kenneth King of Lamar was in the doorway armed with a rifle pointing it at Sgt. Wages stomach, about a foot and a half away. Sgt. Wages ordered King to put the weapon down multiple times as he drew his service weapon. After several commands to do so, King turn around and threw the rifle onto the couch inside the house, then started walking into the house. Sgt. Wages ordered him to stop, but King did not and continued into the house. At that point Sgt. Wages attempted to take King into custody and he resisited. During his resisting, King kicked Sgt. Wages in the face with his boot and hit Deputy Bishop in the face with his fist. A tazer was deployed and King was taken into custody without further incident and place into the squad car. The gun King was armed with was found to be loaded with 8 rounds, including one in the chamber, and the safety was off. King was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center on charges of attempted capital murder, 2nd degree battery of an officer, aggravated assault, terroristic threatning. No serious injuries occurred in the incident.
Ozark Police arrested a 28 year old William Miller of Ozark on Friday after an investigation into allegations he raped a 9 year old female. Chief Cory Tedford reports that the Crimes Against Children Division was notified of the violation on July 28th and that they, along with Ozark Police launced an investigation. On the 28th of July, the 9 year old female victim was interviewed, and later the suspect was questioned. The investigation that followed led to William Miller of Ozark being arrested on August 15th on 3 counts of rape and 1 count of sexual assault 2nd degree. Chief Tedford said that the violations occurred multiple times. The 9 year old victim was a step daughter of Miller and the violation's occurred in the home.
Escapee Toby Tygart is back in custody after a his arrest in Paris on Tuesday afternoon about 5:30pm. Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said that his department had received information that Tygart was at a resident's in Paris, at that point Paris Police and Logan County authorities were alerted to the information and all three agencies surrounded a home in Paris and arrested Tygart without incident. Tygart was found hiding behind a couch under some clothes in a small outbuilding on the property. He was transported back to Franklin County and is now facing felony escape charges. Tygart escaped Sunday afternoon when he walked away from the Franklin County Detention Center in Ozark where he is a trustee and was in custody on drug related charges. Authorities report that 4 other people were arrested at the home, those four are in the custody of Logan County authorities identified as Jennifer Strong age 35 of Paris, Michael Lee age 46 of Paris, Michael Arney age 59 of Paris and Rickie Shinabargar age 40 of Omaha Nebraska. All 4 are facing a charge of hindering apprehension, Lee is also facing a charge of residential burglary.
A Chevy truck was stolen from Raymond Tolbert of Ozark on Friday morning from in front of his business of River Street in Ozark. Police Chief Cory Tedford said that Jordan McIlroy of Ozark age 28 was arrested on unrelated charges early Friday afternoon, but after questioning it was determined that he was the one responsible for the theft of the truck. The truck was located on Lone Elm Road Friday afternoon. The truck was parked and unlocked in front of Tolbert's business when a hammer was used to break the ignition and start the vehicle. It's believed the vehicle was driven to Lone Elm Road where it was abandoned. McIlroy was arrested on I-40 after a call came in of a white male subject running down the middle of the interstate. McIlroy was not injured but was arrested for public intox, disorderly conduct and felony theft of property.
The largest towboat ever built in the United States, the Motor Vessel Mississippi, made a stop in Ozark on Tuesday afternoon. This 241-foot-long workhorse for the Army Corps of Engineers will travel down the Arkansas River Aug. 12-14, and the Corps invites the public to view it as it moves downstream. The vessel will is on the Arkansas River transporting members of the Mississippi River Commission on their second-ever inspection of the McClellan-Kerr waterway. The MV Mississippi is the flagship of the Corps. It is the largest diesel towboat in the U.S. and is 58 feet wide with 6,300 horsepower. It is 52 feet from the water line to the pilot house. Picture provided by Clinton Hall
Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen tells True Country News that a trustee (inmate) escaped custody on Sunday afternoon around 2:15pm. Toby Clay Tygart a white male about 6'1" tall weighing about 150lbs. with blue eyes and blonde hair reportedly walked away from the detention center in Ozark on Sunday afternoon August 10th about 2:15pm. Sheriff Boen said that security camera's show Tygart walk from the facility where he was a trustee and worked in the kitchen and also doing repairs around the jail. Tygart had been a trustee for several months, meaning he was not an inmate locked down in a cell around the clock but was used around the jail to work. Boen said that Tygart was a resident of Logan County with ties also in northwest Arkansas. Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Department at 479-667-4127.
Trooper Derek Nietert of the Arkansas State Police invesitgated a non-injury roll-over accident near the 36 mile marker on the westbound side of I-40 on Thursday during the noon hour. Juan Equibel age 18 of Fort Smith was driving a 2006 Honda Civic westbound when he said a car changed lanes in front of him and he swerved to miss it, when he did he ran off the north shoulder and slammed into the embankment causing the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on it's top. There was one passenger in the vehicle, no one was injured.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the economic feasibility of bonds toward construction of a new allied health building at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus during its regular quarterly meeting on July 25. The proposed 20,273 square-foot allied health building will house five of the campus’ allied health programs including paramedic, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing and registered nursing. The multipurpose facility will be the campus’ first two-story structure and will feature offices for faculty and support staff, a fitness center, student lounge areas and a testing center. The building will also have three new computer labs.
The home of a Franklin County family was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning on City Lake Road. The home of Charles and Clarissa Gilbert at 1101 City Lake Road. The call of the fire came in at 12:30am, the Gilbert's were at home and were awakened by the smoke detector sounding, they got up and exited the house with their 4 month old daughter. Ozark and Watalula Fire Departments were among the first on the scene, the fire is believed to have started in the attic and quickly vented through the roof. The home was a complete loss, no one was injured. The home and contents were valued at approximately $180,000. An account has been established at Bank of the Ozarks for those wishing to help the family.
The Tim and Doris Jackson home at 7725 Wire Road Mulberry was gutted by fire over the weekend. The fire occurred on Thursday afternoon and the cause is believed to been electrical in nature and no one was at home at the time of the fire. The fire appeared to have started in the master bedroom of the home on the southeast wall. The home and contents were a total loss. An account been set up at Bank of the Ozarks under "Jackson Family Fund for anyone who would like to help the family.
The home of Bill and Donna Molder was damaged when a portion of the roof was ripped off during strong thunderstorms that moved through the River Valley on Wednesday afternoon. Witness's in the area of the home reported they saw rotation and a tornado touchdown in the driveway of the home. The reports have been turned in to the National Weather Service to investigate. No one was injured, there was not reported to be anyone at home at the time.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department sent out nofitication of a Sex Offender Alert Wednesday. Steven Rishard Goss register at an address in the 200 block of West Highway 64 near Altus. Goss is a white male age 47, a level 4 sex offender convicted of 3 counts of sexual abuse and 1 count of Carnal Abuse. Goss had multiple victims under the age of 14 and engaged in sexual contact with an 11 year old male.
Authorities responded to a 2 vehicle non-injury accident Friday in Altus at the corner of Highway 186 and North Roseville. Dylan Wade was stopped at a stop sign waiting to turn right onto North Roseville, Elisha Gould was southbound on North Rosevlle and turning onto Highway 186 when she hit the right fron of the Wade vehicle. No injuries were reported at the scene.
Crawford County authorities are searching for a convicted felon who fled from law enforcement on Thursday. Michael Pachl III age 28 had veen convicted of felony fleeing and sentenced to 3 years in prison. Deputies were enroute to pickup Pachl on Thursday at his home when they passed him in a vehicle near Cedarville, deputies turned around and pursued Pachl who fled by vehicle on Highway 59 until he pulled over and fled on foot. Paschl had two children in the vehicle with him at the time, believed to belong to his girlfriend. Authorities could not locate Paschal, but received a call later that he was seen at a home in Crawford County, when authorities arrived, Pachl was gone but the two children were still there. He is described as a white male 5'8" tall about 235 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crawford County Sheriff's Department at 474-2261.
No injuries were reported in a two vehicle accident Tuesday on Highway 186 near Altus. Elvin Ellis of Texas was driving a 2002 Peterbuilt dumptruck eastbound on Highway 186 negotiating a curve when he said another vehicle came around the corner in his lane. Ellis locked up the brakes of his vehicle and swerved towards the ditch to avoid a collision but the other vehicle struck the driver's side front of the dump truck. The other vehicle was a 2004 Chevy Tahoe driven by Leah Brown of Altus. Brown said she could not remember what happened. The Brown vehicle came to rest in the ditch against a culvert, the dump truck came to rest on the shoulder of the road. Franklin County EMS was dispatched to the accident scene but no one was transported. Leah Brown was cited for careless driving. The accident was investigated by Cpl. Dave Dodge of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department about 5pm Tuesday.
Authorities are searching for a Booneville man who escaped from the Arkansas Department of Corrections in Pine Bluff Saturday Night. Timothy "Bo" Buffington escaped Saturday when he left his work assignment about 7pm. Authorities say that Buffington did take a hostage who was released unharmed, they also believe that he is armed with a shotgun and ammo. Buffington was convicted of 1st degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-wife and was serving a 240 month prison sentence. He is a white male about 5'6" tall, 182 pounds with a scar on his upper left arm and right wrist.
Jason Rhodes, 37, of Booneville, was arrested by Arkansas State Police Friday in connection with the hit and run pedestrian fatality of Joy Duvall earlier this week.
Duvall, 50, was allegedly struck by a vehicle driven by Rhodes Tuesday night (June 17th). Duvall was walking southbound along the northbound shoulder of State Highway 23 approximately one-half mile south of Highway 10 when she was struck. Duvall was pronounced dead at the scene. Arkansas State Troopers assigned to both the department’s Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division began their investigation of the death shortly after it was reported about 9:50 PM Tuesday. Late Wednesday, State Troopers located a 2009 GMC Acadia which is the vehicle believed to have been driven by Rhodes Tuesday night. Rhodes was arrested by Special Agents of the State Police Criminal Investigation Division and taken to the Logan County Jail at Paris. He is charged with negligent homicide and failure to stop after an accident with injury or death. The investigation is continuing.
The Pawn Gallery of Clarksville was broken into on May 31st. The suspects made of with an undisclosed amount of merchandise from a display case, a dollar amount of the stolen property is not known at this time. Detective Larry Jones said that some evidence was collected at the scene and some has been sent to the crime lab. Anyone with information on the break-in at the Pawn Gallery is asked to call Detective Jones at 479-705-3330 or 479-754-8100. All information will be kept confidential and is appreciated. A surveillance picture of the suspects is seen below
Altus Fire Department was paged out toa fire at 6120 Liberty Road in Altus on 06/15/14 at 5:35 am.The first unit on scene notified the Dispatch that this was a fully involved structure fire. When Altus Police arrived authorities checked to see if a homeowner of the double wide mobile home could be determined. A search of Act Data Scout and Police Chief Tyler Underwood went to locate the homewowners who live in Alix.The homeowner of the Mobile home was Landon And Jennifer Brown. It is unknown if there was insurance coverage. The home was unoccupied and no utilities ran to it. The fire is being investigated. No injuries were reported. There was 5 trucks and 10 firefighters on the scene for 4 hours. The report was submitted by Chief Randy Kinsworthy.
Franklin County authorities report that there are two missing person reports still active from the music festival, all others reported missing have been accounted for.
Abbigayle Curren, white female age 26 last seen wearing shorts, dark colored jacket, tap shoes and a pink plastic bracelet at the I-40 Travel Center Monday night around 11pm asking for a ride to Mulberry Mountain to get her vehicle. Curren is pictured above. Also missing, Taylor Baldwin 19 year old white female from Tennessee. She was supposed to return home on the 8th of June but her mother reports she has not arrived home and she has not been able to contact her. Taylor has brown hair and is possibly driving a 2008 dark grey Honda Civic with Tennessee tags. anyone with information is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Department at 667-4127.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department released information this week of a Sex Offender in the Ozone area. Randall Atkins age 46 a white male 5'11" with Brown/Grey hair and brown eyes has moved into the 200 block of County Road 5351 in Ozone. Atkins is a Level 3 Registered Sex Offender convicted of Lewd or Lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age
The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees approved funds toward construction of a new allied health building at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus during the May 15 board meeting. The proposed 20,273 square-foot building will house five of the campus’ allied health programs --- paramedic, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing and registered nursing. The multipurpose facility will also feature offices for faculty and support staff, a fitness center, student lounge areas and a testing center. The building will also have three new computer labs. Tentative timeline for the building shows bidding and contract finalization between August and October 2014. Groundbreaking is set for October 2014. The anticipated completion date is November 2015. The building is scheduled to be open for spring 2016 classes.
Adam Webb 18 years of age from Grimes Iowa was arrested on Friday, May 16, 2014, following a sting operation by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. On approximately the date of April 15, 2014, Webb drove from Iowa and engaged in sexual contact with a 12 year old female from Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident and discovered that the 12 year old met Mr. Webb through an online chat room. Franklin County Investigators communicated with Mr. Webb by text messages and discovered that he planned on coming back to the victims residence in the near future. Communications continued with the suspect by law enforcement until he arrived at the victims residence, where he was arrested on charges of rape and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting explicit content involving a child. The vehicle Mr. Webb was driving at the time of his arrest was seized and a search warrant was obtained for the contents of the vehicle including electronic devices that will be later analyzed for child pornography. Mr. Webb was brought before the Honorable Gordon Mack McCain on May 19, 2014 and a bond was set in the amount of $250,000.
A Coal Hill resident was arrested on felony drug charges on Wednesday, May 14 after a traffic stop by Patrolman Jason Richardson of the Coal Hill P.D. and Sgt. Tim Wages of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. Joe Helms, age 64 was arrested after officers discovered over 2 ounces of methamphetamine in his vehicle. A Sheriff's Office K-9 team was dispatched to the scene and alerted further on the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle and suspect's residence turned up other drug paraphernalia. Helms was arrested on Driving On A Suspended License, No Proof Of Insurance, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver. Helms will appear before a Circuit Judge for a probable cause/bond hearing today.
Crawford County Sheriff's Department responded to a stabbing in Uniontown on Tuesday night at 10pm on Confederate Lane. Details about the stabbing are not yet being released but authorities confirmed that the victim was treated and released from the hospital on Tuesday night. Authorities are also looking for a Billy Joe Nelson in connection with the stabbing, identified as a white male age 34, 130lbs, 5'9" tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on his where abouts is asked to contact the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.
On Friday May 9, 2014 the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a missing person. Darwin Earl Harrell AKA Earl. Earl is a w/m, 58 years of age, approximately 5’10"tall, 210 lbs, wears glasses, has greyish hair, balding on top with pony tail and usually wears a tiger ring. He may also have a mustache or possibly a beard. Earl was reported missing by his brother who last spoke to Earl on Tuesday May 6th. Earl resides in the 18,000 block of Highway 217 S. Charleston. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of, or has spoken to Earl since Tuesday is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
Kevin Davis of Altus age 38 was airlifted from the scene of a single vehicle accident Friday morning on Highway 186 south of Altus at 10:20am. Davis was driving a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix on Highway 186 when he ran into the east ditch and hit a driveway embankment, he crossed the driveway and hit a fence coming to rest in the ditch. Davis was airlifted to Washington Regional with non-life threatening injuries. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000. The accident was investigated by Charlie Edmondson of the Arkansas State Police.
Pranksters paid a visit to the Ozark High School campus on Sunday night late. No permanent damage was reported, but those involved were caught in the act by police and made to clean up the mess. The School Resource officer also took down the names of all involved.
Clarksville Police tell True Country News that 3 people have been arrested in connection with two seperate theft investigations. Chief Greg Donaldson said that one case involves a residential burglary and theft or property that occurred on Hill Street back on April 5th. The break in the case came when authorities responded to a call of a domestic at the home of Jeffery Morris of Clarksville and saw property that police believed was stolen from the Hill St. home. A search warrant was obtained and police seized the stolen property and have charged Jeffery Don Morris age 22 and Santos Ivan Mitjans with felony residential burglary and theft of property along with misdemeanor criminal mischief 2nd degree.
Chief Donaldson also said that Morris and a Andrea Arreola age 29 have been charged with 3 counts of breaking and entering along with theft of property in connection with 3 seperate reported cell phone thefts. 2 thefts occurred at the Wal-Mart parking lot when the victim's vehicle was broken into and their cell phone stolen, the other occurred at Morgan's fashions when an employee's cell phone was stolen from the counter in the business.
Wednesday 4/30 12:49am...Tobey Gresham of Ozark was driving a 2003 Honda Accord southbound on Lee Point Road when he said a deer ran into the roadway in front of his vehicle. Gresham swerved to the east in an attempt to miss the deer and ran off the roadway hitting a tree with the front of the vehicle causing the vehicle to spin around clockwise striking another tree causing the vehicle to flip. The vehicle was totaled, Gresham was not injured.
Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel at University of the Ozarks will benefit from a variety of renovations and improvements over the next year-and-half thanks to a $2 million gift to the University by Frances E. Wilson of Tulsa, Okla. The University’s Board of Trustees formally accepted the gift at its Spring Board Meeting on Saturday, April 26. Wilson made the gift to the University in memory of her late husband, Thomas D. Wilson. In accepting the gift, the board unanimously voted to express its appreciation to Wilson by re-naming the building Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel. The gift actually contains two components, the first being the funding for immediate renovations. Another portion of the donation has been set aside to create the Thomas D. and Frances E. Wilson Chapel Endowment Fund. The annual distributions from this fund will be used to maintain and update the Chapel over time. “Our chapel is the physical representation of our Christian foundation,” said Richard L. Dunsworth, president of the Presbyterian-founded University. “We are deeply touched that Mrs. Wilson would share of her resources to ensure that our Chapel will always be a beautiful and appropriate representation of our commitment to education in the Presbyterian tradition.” In making her gift to the University, Wilson said, “When I became aware of the important needs in the chapel it just struck me that this was the perfect way for me to achieve many things that are important to me. It is my hope that I have appropriately memorialized my husband, Tommy, that I have helped strengthen the spiritual lives of students, and that I have honored God in a fitting way.” The University’s board resolution accepting the gift specifically stated: “The University honors the memory of Raymond Munger and honors the Munger Family that provided the resources that enabled the Chapel to be built in 1932, and honors the generosity and memory of Thomas D. and Frances E. Wilson who have made the gift herein described to ensure the integrity and high quality of this landmark place of Christian worship and learning from this date forward According to Steve Edmisten, special assistant to the president at Ozarks, the Chapel was originally built in 1932 and dedicated in 1933. “It was built with the help of Ozarks students, and is, of course, the spiritual heart of our campus,” Edmisten said. He added, “The sanctuary seats 600 to 700 congregants in beautiful hardwood pews, beneath a vaulted ceiling rising high above, upheld by flying buttresses with detailed wood carvings. There are stained-glass windows throughout, with the most magnificent being above the chancel area, behind the pulpit and lectern. The setting sun shining through those windows is particularly inspiring, and when our university organist is playing our world-class Reuter pipe-organ, the effect is exactly what was intended – deeply, movingly, spiritual.” Edmisten said that funds from the gift will be used for many improvements, the most noticeable being in the lower level of the Chapel where student meeting and fellowship areas will undergo a “fairly dramatic” facelift. He said that, “less noticeable, but very important improvements will be made to the building’s infrastructure, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing and audio/visual elements. The sanctuary and exterior of the Chapel will undergo a great deal of restoration and replacement of structural elements to preserve the historic look and spiritual feel of what is an iconic landmark in this area.” Founded in 1834 by Cumberland Presbyterians in Cane Hill, Ark., University of the Ozarks will mark the 180th anniversary of its founding in October 2014. The private, undergraduate University has been ranked a top tier college by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years.
Personnel from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Clarksville P.D. conducted a search warrant at a residence on Lucas Street on Friday, April 25. Undercover officers previously made purchases of marijuana from the residence. Arrested was Dustin Hicks, age 27. He is charged with Delivery Of A Controlled Substance, Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver, Possession Of Prescription Medication Without A Prescription and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.
A 34 year-old Clarksville resident was arrested on numerous traffic and drug charges after a deputy observed him driving on a city street without headlights. On Tuesday, April 22 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Corporal Todd Russell and Auxiliary Deputy Teddy Dalton observed a black Ford truck with no headlights traveling on Miller, Buchanan and Johnson streets. They stopped the vehicle as it pulled into a residence on North Johnson Street.
The driver could not provide them with a driver's license and the name he gave them, Willie Owings, could not be confirmed through the state driver's license database. According to deputies the driver became increasingly nervous as they were speaking to him and began to move items around in the cab of the truck. He was asked to step from the vehicle, which he did but kept putting his hands in his pockets. He was asked repeatedly to keep his hands out of his pockets but would not comply. The deputies then conducted a pat-down of his clothing for safety and discovered a set of brass knuckles attached to a red handkerchief in his pocket. He was then placed under arrest. Upon conducting a further search of the drivers clothing, an empty clear plastic baggie and a clear plastic baggie containing two large methamphetamine rocks were discovered in his pockets. The driver was placed in the patrol unit and the departments K-9, Basha, was then deployed around the vehicle. The K-9 alerted on the passenger compartment of the vehicle. An inventory of the vehicle revealed a safe located on the seat which contained three baggies of methamphetamine, two bags of marijuana, several glass smoking devices with residue, empty plastic bags, digital scales and a straw with residue. A Motorola two-way radio, consistent with those carried by law enforcement and fire services was located in the vehicle. While being transported to the detention center, the driver told Deputies his name was Jonathan Owings. It was discovered that he had a suspended driver's license and extensive criminal history. A total of 26.1 grams of methamphetamine, 4.3 grams of marijuana and 10 prescription pills were discovered along with the additional paraphernalia. Owings is charged with Possession Of Methamphetamine With Intent To Deliver, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Prescription Drugs Without A Prescription, Criminal Impersonation, Driving On A Suspended License, No Proof Of Insurance, Driving Without Headlights, Carrying A Prohibited Weapon and Fictitious Vehicle License. Owings is currently out on bond from a drug arrest in Sebastian County in December.
Owings will appear before a Circuit Judge today for a probable cause/bond hearing with a court date of May 2nd in Johnson County Circuit Court.
Deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff's office and patrol officers from Clarksville P.D. assisted in the arrest.
The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees unanimously elected Robin E. Bowen on Tuesday to be ATU’s next president. Bowen, one of four finalists for the position, will succeed retiring President Robert C. Brown. On June 30, Brown will have served 21 years as the Russellville-based university system’s president. Bowen assumes the presidency on July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. She will be ATU’s 12th president and the first woman to serves as a president of an Arkansas public four-year university. Bowen is executive vice president and provost of Fitchburg, Mass., State University. She joined that university in 2011 as vice president for academic affairs and was promoted to her current position in July 2013. A native of Carl Junction, Mo., she holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from UA-Fayetteville and a doctorate in higher education administration from the Texas Tech University.
A Clarksville graduate was recognized at the monthly meeting of the Clarksville School Board Monday April 21st. Keaton Wood a 2013 graduate of CHS was honored with the Panther Hero Award. Wood successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on an individual who was choking at the Fine Arts Center in spring of 2013. Wood was also received the Hero Award from the Red Cross for his actions. CHS Principal John Burke present Wood with the Panther Award.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department released notification Monday of a change in location for a convicted sex offender. Zachery Warren Shadwick, a Level 3 sex offender, has moved to the 500 block of Highway 64 in Lamar. Shadwick is a 33 year old white male who was convicted of Sexual Assault 1st Degree for engaging in sexual contact with a 14 year old female. Shadwick is a 5'9" white male weighing 155 lbs.
3 Clarksville residents were transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center following a two vehicle head-on collision in Altus on Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred about 12:30pm when James Bowles of Fayetteville, driving a 2014 Chevy Trailblazer crossed the centerline of Highway 64 while westbound in Altus. Bowles ran head-on into a 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by Bonnie Thibodeaux of Clarksville. The two vehicle's came to rest blocking the roadway. Thibodeaux and two passengers in her vehicle, James Self of Clarksville and his 4 year old daughter were taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center by Franklin County EMS. A passenger in Bowles vehicle, Somkith kantathone of Springdale was transported to Crawford Memorial Hospital for treatment. Non of the 4 injured sustained any life threatning injuries, all involved were wearing seatbelts. Bowles was cited for careless or prohibited driving. The accident was investigated by Trooper Derek Neitert of the Arkansas State Police Troop H.
Altus Rural Fire Dept.was paged out to a motorcycle accident on Saturday at 5:17am. It was located just south of the railroad tracks on Lock and Dam Road. Authorities arrived to find 2 occupants laying in the ditch.The driver, Cory Rusher of Ozark, was traveling west on a 2007 Honda Shadow and missed a corner and ended up in the ditch. Rusher and a passenger on the motorcycle, Jessica Johnson of Coal Hill, were transported to Mercy Hospital by FCEMS. Both sustained unknown injuries and neither were wearing helmets. The accident was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
Two Ozark men were sent to hospital with serious injuries following a plane crash in Cherokee County near Tenkiller Lake Saturday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that the single-engine plane crashed about a mile north of Cookson Airfield after takeoff. The FAA said that two men were on the plane when it experienced engine issues. FAA records show that the plane is a 1946 single-engine Ercoup registered to Albert Demarco of Ozark, Ark. The two passengers were identified as 75-year-old John McCreary and 85-year-old Demarco. Both men are from Ozark, Ark. Both are reported to have sustained internal injuries.
James Osborn of Atkins was a $1,000,000 winner in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Osborn bought a "Lucky Lottery Ticket at a conevnience store in Russellville. The games was the Platinum Payout - $20 game ticket.
Clarksville Police arrested a white female Saturday evening about 6:30pm on suspicion of disorderly conduct charges, the woman gave authorities the name of Candle Coleman and provided law enforcement with Coleman's phone number, address and social security number. The woman did not have any identification with her at the time of the arrest. The white female bonded out of jail about an hour and a half later. The actual Candle Coleman went to Police after discovering that her name was linked to a woman arrested and seeing the picutre of the female on the Inmate Roster of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. Coleman said she knows the female that used here information and the two have been friends for many years. Authorities are looking for the female who was arrested and believe that have good information on who she is. The above picture was the original inmate roster of the suspect with Colemans information.
More storm damage from Tuesday afternoon's thunderstorm. This was damage on North Carbon City Road at the Roger Gattis property. A greenhouse destroyed by the thunderstorm winds.
Strong thunderstorms blew through the River Valley Tuesday afternoon bringing damaging winds that resulted in some property damage. There were several reports of small hail and winds of 40-50 mph. Some property damage was reported from tree's and tree limbs being blown over from the storm, in Clarksville the Helping Hands building on Cherry St. was damaged when a large tree limb fell on top of the structure, a car was reported damaged in Logan County when a tree fell onto it. There were other reports of tree's being blown over from the storm but not resulting in any structures damaged. There were not any reports of any injuries in the damage reported Tuesday.
No injuries were reported in a single vehicle accident Monday night in Altus at 9:14pm on Highway 64 and North Roseville St. A vehicle driven by Robert Garner age 31 of Ozark. Garner ran off the road and struck a utility pole before leaving the scene of foot. He was arrested for DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
A little more information has been released in connection with a fire on Hendrix St. in Altus Tuesday night. The home, which was a total loss, was owned by Peter Agrusso. Agrusso was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and an Altus Fire fighter was treated for exhaustion. Another occupant of the home sustained burns to 45% of his body while trying to escape the home and remains hospitalized at UAMS in Little Rock undergoing treatment for burns and other medcial conditions. No information is yet available about the identity of the injured male or the cause of the fire. The full story can be seen in the left column of this page.
Richard L. Dunsworth, J.D., will be installed as the 25th president of University of the Ozarks during a special Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, April 11. The Inauguration Ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the University’s Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel. The ceremony is part of Inauguration Week, a five-day series of events to commemorate the installation of Dunsworth to lead the 180-year-old, private, Presbyterian-affiliated University. The inauguration is also being held in conjunction with the University’s Alumni Weekend, which is scheduled for April 10-12. Dunsworth was selected by the U of O Board of Trustees as the college’s 25th president on Oct. 6, 2012, and began his presidential term in June 2013.
A traffic stop on Sunday, March 30 led to a short foot pursuit with a Clarksville resident being arrested on multiple felony offenses. Deputy Curtis Bishop was dispatched to County Road 3341 on a citizens complaint of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arriving in the area, Deputy Bishop located the vehicle and after following it and observing it had no license plates, Deputy Bishop stopped the vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade on State Hwy 352 near Highway 64.
Deputy Bishop spoke to the driver and attempted to obtain his information and information on the vehicle but was unable to locate the driver information in the state database. While speaking to the driver, Deputy Bishop observed a clear plastic bag in a pouch behind the passenger front seat which contained a clear plastic bag with a crystalline substance inside, cash and several small zip-loc baggies. Deputy Bishop asked the driver to step from the vehicle and as he did, the driver turned and fled the scene on foot as another deputy arrived on scene. The driver was chased across Hwy 64 where deputies deployed a Taser to assist in bringing him under control. The driver was arrested and transported to the detention center. The driver initially gave Deputies the name of Jose Rivera which hindered their search for his identity in the Arkansas Crime Information Center. A witness told Deputies at the scene that his actual name was Anibal Vazquez Picazo. Upon running him under that name, Deputies confirmed his identity and discovered that he had three outstanding felony warrants from Texas for drug and failure to appear charges and was a probation violator from Texas with a total of $500,000.00 in bonds and no bond for the probation violation charge. Located in the vehicle was 5 grams of methamphetamine and $433.00 cash. Picazo is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent To Deliver, Criminal Impersonation 2nd Degree, Fleeing on Foot, Resisting Arrest, Failure To Register Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance and Expired Drivers License.
Deputies were assisted by units from the Arkansas State Police and Clarksville Police Department. Picazo appeared before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson on Tuesday, April 1 where his bond was set at $1,000,000 cash/commercial with a May 2 court date in Johnson County Circuit Court.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department released information Monday March 31st of a new Sex Offender register in Johnson County. Mario Vanness Gatewood is a 5'11" black male who has moved into the Meadow Lane area of Lamar in the 100 block. Gatewood is a Level 3 registered sex offender convicted of Sexual Solicitation of a child after being convicted engaging in sexual contact with a 14 year old female.
Franklin County authorities investigated an accident when James Delaney of Ozark was driving a 1996 Dodge pickup on Spring Street when his vehicle was hit on the driver's side by a 1995 Chevy pickup that then left the scene. The vehicle was located by authorities in Gar Creek where the driver lost control and ran into the water. The report shows that the 1995 Chevy was driven by Stacy Raines of Mulberry who was sitting by the edge of the water where the truck was located and was transported to Mercy Hospital by EMS for treatment of a head injury. Raines was cited for DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, driving while dl suspended.
Logan County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call at 3:30pm on Wednesday of a shooting on Rodeo Arena Road in Scranton. When authorities arrived at the scene they found the body of 30 year old Lora Karras dead in the garage of her home from multiple gunshot wounds. Her ex-husband, Joshua Johnson of New Blaine age 38 was at the scene and was arrested without incident. Witnesses report that Johnson arrived at the house and opened fire on Karras with a shotgun as she walked onto the front porch of the home. Her body was found in the garage of the home with 5 gunshot wounds. The shooting is reported to have taken place as Karras's 3 children ages 15, 11 and 9 were just a few feet away jumping on a trampoline. The 911 call of the shooting came from the 15 year old daughter. The children were not injured. Joshua Johnson is being held in the Logan County Detention Center with formal charges pending at this time. A 12 gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene. Logan County authorities say that they believe alcohol played at factor in the shooting, Johnson admitted to drinking before the shooting took place. Friday, March 21st, 2014 - Paris, Arkansas - Josh Johnson 38 has been charged by Prosecutor Tom Tatum II on behalf of the State of Arkansas with Murder in the 1st Degree in the shooting death of Lora Karras. Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey set bond at $1,000,000 (one million dollars).
A Level 3 sex offender was arrested on new charges after an investigation by Johnson County Sheriff's Office detectives Jacob Shook and Jeff Wood. Zackery Shadwick, age 33 of Knoxville was arrested after an investigation revealed that he had engaged in relationships with at least two juvenile females between October, 2013 and March, 2014. Shadwick allegedly sent nude pictures of himself to the juveniles and enticed them to send him pictures of themselves. He also picked up two juvenile females at a local school in January and took them off-campus.
Shadwick is charged with Possessing Matter Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving A Child, Sex Offender Entering School Property and Failure To Comply With Sex Offender Registration. It was discovered during the investigation that Shadwick created and used four fraudulent Facebook accounts which he used to communicate with the juvenile females and four e-mail accounts which he did not report under his Arkansas Sex Offender Registration requirements. Shadwicks next court appearance is May 2nd in Johnson County Circuit Court.
The Altus and Altus Rural Fire Departments were called to a fire at the corner of Carbon Plant Road and Highway 64 Thursday (March 13) at 3:30pm. Authorities arrived with 3 trucks and 6 personel to find about 1.5 acres on fire along with the siding melting off a building which was occupied by Larry Pyron. The homeowner, Ronnie Pyron, wasn't home at the time, Larry stated he was burning trash and wind spread the fire. Firefighters were on scene for about 40 minutes. The fire report was provided by Fire Chief Randy Kinsworthy, along with a picture available on our website.
The Pleasant View, Mulberry and Watalula Fire Departments were called to a tractor trailer fire on Monday morning at the 29 mile marker of the eastbound side of I-40. The tractor trailer was hauling toilet paper, the truck and contents were a complete loss. There were no injuries reported.
Altus Rural Fire Department was paged out at 11am Tuesday to a grass fire at 501 Alexander Street in Denning, the property was owned by Leona Schaffer. The fire department arrived to find 2 acres on fire with fire against the home and the siding metling. The fire was quickly extinguised with some exterior damage to the home. A cause of the fire was undetermined. The Altus Rural Fire Department was dispatched back to the same location about 2:30pm after the fire rekindled. 4 trucks and 7 personnel responded to the scene, the Altus City Fire Department also responded.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department reports of a new sex offencer in Knoxville. Zachery Warren Shadwick, white male age 33 has moved into the 2500 block of Highway 64 in Knoxville. Shadwick is a Level 3 sex offender convicted of sexual assault 1st degree engaing in sexual contact with a 14 year old female.
Logan County authorities are searching for an escapee from the Logan County Detention Center in Paris. 49 year old Gary Patrick Topham, a white male, 165lbs, 6' tall with brown hair, brown eyes and glasses was last seen wearing his black and white jail issued uniform and orange sandals. Resident's of the area are asked to call 911 if they see Topham or have any information on his location.
This is the second time Topham has escaped custody last November by climbing a chain-link fence in the excersize yard, he was arrested in Booneville 3 days after his escape. Topham was being held in the Logan County Detention Center awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Topham escaped on Monday between 2:30pm and 3:30pm but wasn't reported missing until 4m Tuesday.
Authorities in Logan County report that a body found on Monday night in southern Logan County is that of a missing Sugar Grove Man. 35 year old Aaron Bradley DeWitt of Sugar Grove was reported missing on January 10th after he was seen leaving his home on foot. Hunters found the body about 9pm Monday night near a creek in the Sugar Grove Community, there was no sign of trauma and no evidence found at the scene to lead authorities to believe that foul play was involved with the death. The state crime lab has not been able to determine a cause of death at this time.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department released information Wedneday for a Sex Offender Alert. Calvin Lee Kendrick, a 48 year old white male 5'7" tall, 176lbs has moved to the London area. The address given is in the 28,000 block of Highway 64. Kendrick is a level 3 registered sex offender convicted of rape - engaged in sexual contact with a 6 year old and 9 year old female. A picture of Kendrick is available at our website.
Ozark Police arrested a 37 year old white male of Ozark on Wednesday February 12th on Child Porn charges. Ozark Police Chief Cory Tedford tells True Country that 37 year old Jerry Mullins of Ozark was arrested on Wednesday after a call from Pizza Hut of a white male subject leaving the restaurant without paying. Police caught up with Mullins, who was on foot, and arrested him. They were then able to obtain a search warrant for his residence on 27th St. in the Faith Addition of Ozark where Chief Tedford said several pieces of evidence were siezed and are being screened at this time. Enough evidence was found at the home to charge Mullins with Distributions, possession, viewing matter depicting sexual explicit matter involving a child, in other words of on possession of Child Porn. Mullins had been arrested last year on charges related to possession of child porn but was released by the Feds after being found mental incompetent. Ozark Police have been monitoring Mullins since his release last year.
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Emergency responders were dispatched to a roll over accident on Altus Hill between Ozark and Altus on Highway 64 Tuesday morning at 11:19am. Authorities arrived to find a vehicle resting on it's driver's side blocking the westbound lane. The driver, Renee Fowler, was out of the vehicle when authorities arrived and was transported to Mercy Ozark for treatment of injuries. Fowler was westbound when she lost control on the slick roadway and hit the guard rail and overturned. Ozark Police, Altus Police, Arkansas State Police, Altus Rural Fire Department and Ozark Fire Department responded to the scene. Picture at our website provided by Altus Rural Fire Chief Jonathon Kinsworthy.
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Authorities responded to a single vehicle accident Sunday afternoon to find the driver trapped in the vehicle. Shayla Burns was the driver of a 2001 Isuzu Trooper that lost control on the slick roadway's east of Altus on Highway 64 at about 1:30pm. When emergency responders arrived they found Burns trapped in the vehicle. After being rescued, she was transported to Mercy Ozark by Franklin County EMS for treatment of her injuries. picture provided by Altus Rural Fire Chief Jon Kinsworthy.
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Investigator Travis Ball tells True Country News that Randall Joseph Wyers Jr. is being held on a felony charge of interefering with child custody in connection with a missing juvenile report this week. On Monday authorities sought assistance from the public in locating a 14 year old female juvenile of Johnson County who was seen with Wyers on Sunday night at Walmart in Ozark. Wyers and the juvenile were located at 4:45am Tuesday morning in the Ozark National Forrest in Wyers vehicle. Ball said the two were found about a 1/4 mile into the national forrest off of T Road in Franklin County. The investigation is ongoing at this point and more charges may be forthcoming according to Ball. The juvenile was unharmed according to authorities.
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Authorities report Rogers was located early Tuesday morning unharmed. The original story follows: Johnson and Franklin County authorities are searching for a missing 14 year old Rebecca Lynn Rogers of Johnson County. Rogers is a white female 5'4" tall with brown hair and blue eyes, 100 lbs. and was last seen wearing cammo coveralls. Rogers was seen at Walmart in Ozark Sunday night January 26th at 9:30pm with Randall Joseph Wyers Jr. of Ozark. Wyers is a registered sex offender and a Franklin County resident. He is 6' tall weighing 190lbs. with blue eyes and brown hair and may be driving a white or silver 1982 Ford flatbed truck with Arkansas tag 304TIX. Wyers may be in the Mountain Top, White Rock or Lee Point area. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Department at 754-2000 or the Franklin County Sheriff's Department at 667-4127.
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A Springdale man was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on I-40 Thursday morning between Alma and Van Buren. 49 year old Kevin Anderson of Springdale was removing the traffic counting cables from the interestate when he was hit by a 2009 Volkswagon passenger car driven by Jerry Estep age 26 of Coal Hill. State Police report that Anderson was wearing a reflective safety vest at the time he was hit. Estep, the drive of the car, was transported to Summit Medical Center in Van Buren by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Anderson was reported to be between the traffic lanes when he was hit. the accident occurred about 6:20am Thursday morning January 23rd.
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The Logan County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Logan County man reported missing. Aaron Bradley Dewitt, 35, is missing from the Sugar Grove area of southern Logan County. He is 5'11 and weighs 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan t-shirt, and a Carhart jacket. His hair is now longer than it was in the photo below and it is bleach blond. He left his home on foot on Friday afternoon January 10th and has not been seen since. Search teams from Logan, Sebastian, and Franklin Counties searched the Sugar Grove area but have not located him. If you have any information, please call the Sheriff's Office at 963-3271.
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The athletic training staff at the University of the Ozarks ha been named by his peers as co-winner of the 2012-13 American Southwest Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year Awards.
Chad Floyd is the head athletic trainer at U of O. It is the third time he has won the award from the conference. ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton will present the award February 13 at U of O’s home basketball game against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The ASC Athletic Training Staff of the Year award is presented by the conference following voting by the membership’s athletic training staffs. All full-time athletic training staff members must be in good standing with professional organizations and be either NATA or state licensed, and the head athletic trainer must have been at the institution for a minimum of two years to be considered for the award.
"I am very happy to see Chad earn this accolade," U of O Athletic Director Jimmy Clark said. "Our coaching staff understands the outstanding job he does, and I am glad his conference peers recognize it too. Chad deals with more than 170 student-athletes in an efficient and organized manner. He is as good as there is. And, he is good role model for our student-athletes."
Floyd, a native of Ozark, Ark., is in his thirteenth year at U of O. He holds state, district and national training certifications and has an Arkansas teaching certificate in Health and Physical Education. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Southwest Athletic Trainers Association and Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association. He currently serves on the Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association scholarship committee.
"It is great to be recognized by my peers," said Floyd. "I really don’t feel like I’m doing anything different from what other athletic trainers are doing. It is a lot of hard work, but very rewarding. I enjoy coming to work because I’m helping people that are motivated to get better. And, our coaches and athletes are very understanding of our situation with one athletic trainer."
Prior to U of O, Floyd worked in the Minnesota Twins minor league system, and at Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
In 2008, Floyd was named the winner of the university’s Alvin C. Broyles Outstanding Professional Staff Award, which is given to a member of the professional staff who has demonstrated exemplary dedication, professionalism and ability in his or her position.
He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of one son.
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Clarksville Police were called to a resident's on Grand View Friday January 10th to take a report of a residential burglary and theft. Clarksville Police Chief Greg Donaldson said the home owner's arrived home to find several things missing and there home destroyed. Police were able to quickly establish a couple of suspects who were questioned and arrested within an hour of the call coming in. Chief Donaldson said that about 99% of the stolen property was recovered. The two suspects were staying at a nearby resident's and were identified as 35 year olf Jesi Lorn Davidson and 35 year old Andrew Yates, both charged with residential burglary and theft of property and Yates was also charged with possession of firearm by certain persons. The two were arrested at the home of Clifford Nicholas Durrough age 31, who was arrested after authorities discovered narcotics in his home when conducting a search warrant. Dorrough was charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug parphernalia with intent to manufacture.
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The Johnson County Sheriff's Department has released informtaion about a newly registered sex offender in the Clarksville area. Zachery Warren Shadwick of Clarksville, a 33 year old white male 5'9" tall and 155 lbs. is living in the 300 block of Private Road 3084. Shadwick is a level 3 sex offender convicted of sexaul assault 1st degree for engaging in sexual contact with a 14 year old female. The release shows that he drives a 2011 White Chevy Silverado.
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On Friday 1/10, The Ozark Fire Department conducted a controlled burn at a structure on Highway 23 North in Ozark across from Wal-Mart. The house had been purchased by the city of Ozark to be demolished paving the way for construction of a connecting road between Highway 23 North and Hillbilly Lane this year. The Fire Department used the opportunity as a training while burning the home.
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The Johnson County Sheriff's Department reported of a new registered sex offender in the county in Hartman. 43 year old Tammi Jean Hernandez in the 7400 block of Highway 64 in Hartman. Hernandez, who also goes by Tammi Bailey or Brinkley, is a level 3 sex offender. The conviction involved lewd acts with a child, engaging in sexual contact with a 13 year old male. Hernandez owns a white 1995 Nissan Altima and is a white female 5'4" tall with brown hair and hazel eyes.
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Last week, two suspects stole propane bottles from the Arkota Store on State Highway 109 between Paris and Magazine. The suspects were in a truck which appears to be a light-colored late 80s or early 90s Ford F-150 truck. The truck has an... aluminum or chrome band across the tail gate. The truck came from and left in the direction of Paris. If you recognize this truck or have any knowledge of this, please call the Logan County Sheriff's Office at 963-3271.
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An investigation between the Coal Hill P.D. and Johnson County Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrest of a Coal Hill resident on charges of sexual assault against a minor. The Coal Hill P.D. received a report on Sunday, December 15 that a 4 year-old female had been possibly touched inappropriately by a family friend who was babysitting the girl and her younger brother that day. Officer Brad Kent requested assistance from the Sheriff's Office and Detective Jacob Shook entered the investigation which lasted throughout the night. The children were transported to Hamilton House in Fort Smith for a forensic examination and interview. The suspect was located at his residence on South 10th street in Coal Hill and was asked to come to the Sheriff's Office for an interview. Upon completion of the interview, the suspect, Timothy Paul Cook, A.K.A Timmy Robbs, age 18 was arrested and charged with Sexual Assault 3rd Degree (Class C Felony) and was jailed. Cook appeared before Circuit Judge Mac McCain on Monday, December 16 where his bond was set at $25,000.00 cash/commercial with a court date of January 10th in Johnson County Circuit Court. Cook was ordered to have no contact with the victim or victim's family should he post bond in the matter.
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On Monday December 16th, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department sent outa sex offender notification. Joe Glen Vaughn a 71 year old white male moved to 270 W. Highway 64 in Altus. Vaugh is a Level 3 registered sex offender convicted of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree ( 2 counts ) and Rape ( 5 counts ). Vaughn engaged with sexual contact with 5 females ranging from 9-13 years old.
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On Monday December 16th, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department sent out sex offender notification. Kyle Dwain Reynolds, 21 year old white male moved to 684 County Road 2606 in Knoxville. Reynolds is a Level 5 registered sex offender convicted of Sexual Assault 2nd degree.
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An Ozark man was seriously injured in an automobile accident Saturday night December 15th in Ozark after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a stop light. Denver Leding of Ozark was traveling westbound on Commercial Street near the intersection of Highway 23 south Saturday night about 7pm when he attempted to pass a Chevy Suburban in the passing lane at the intersection, clipping the driver's side rear of the Suburban causing him to lose control of the truck he was driving. Authorities believe that a tire on the truck may have blown out after clipping the Suburban causing Leding to lose control of the vehicle. After clipping the Suburban, Leding's truck continued westbound into the intersection striking the stop light on the northwest corner of the intersection with the driver's side front of the truck, spining the truck around, coming to rest in the parking lot of CV's family foods. Leding was trapped in the vehicle, after being extracated from the vehicle he was transported by Franklin County EMS to Mercy Fort Smith with multiple serious injuries. The Suburban was driven by Catherine Willis of Oark with several passengers in the vehicle. According to Ozark Police, no one in the Suburban was injured in the accident. Damage to the Suburban was estimated at about $4,000, Leding's vehicle was totalled. The accident remains under investigation.
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On Thursday December 5th, Johnson County authorities arrested Margarett Delene Chappell age 35 for theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card stemming from the theft of over $3,000 from the Johnson County Health Unit. As we reported several weeks ago here on True Country, the Johnson County Sheriff's
Department investigated the theft several thousand dollars from the Johnson County Health Unit. A total of $3,076.38 has been taken from the Health Unit bank account using a bank debit card belonging to the Unit. There were a total of 87 unauthorized transactions according to the report filed Monday November 4th. The report shows that an employee of the Unit, Margaret Delene Chappell age 35 was suspected of taking the money. The report shows that she was confronted by her supervisor and admitted to taking the money.
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A Johnson County resident was arrested on Monday, November 25 after admitting to having sexual contact with a 14 year-old female. Randall Joseph Wyers, age 36 of the Batson community was arrested by Lt. Jeff
Wood and Cpl. Jacob Shook of the Criminal Investigative Division after an interview.
Wyers is charged with 4th Degree Sexual Assault. He appeared before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson on Monday, November 25 where his bond was set at $10,000.00 cash/commercial with a court date of January 10, 2014 in Johnson County Circuit Court.
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Johnson County Sheriff's Department released a Sex Offender Notification on Wednesday November 27th in reference to a convicted sex offender moving into the Knoxville area. Larry Alvin White a 54 year old white male registered at 376 County Road 1662 in Knoxville. He is a level 2 sex offender convicted of rape by instrument in the first degree involving a 14 year old female. A picture of White is available at our website.
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A Booneville man was arrested following an accident Monday November 18th in
Madison County. The Madison County Sheriff's Department contacted Franklin County authorities Monday after responding to
accident involving a 1991 Ford pickup driven by a Roger Lowery age 29 of Booneville. Mr. Lowery was in possession of firearms that he
advised were stolen from a City of Ozark police car. The truck was owned by a James Atkinson of Winds Road in Franklin County. Mr. Atkinson was contacted by Franklin County authorities in reference to his truck, and he advised that it was missing. The truck
was totaled in the accident. The guns were recovered, an AR-15
valued at $1,200 and a Remington 870 valued at $300. Lowery said he had stolen the weapons from an Ozark Police unit that was parked the home of Officer Shae Reed.
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U of O women’s soccer player Vicky Romero was named to the All-Conference Second Team after a vote of the league’s head coaches, it was announced Wednesday by American Southwest Conference Media Relations Director Jimmy Glenn. Romero, from Van Buren, Ark., played in all 19 matches and ranked among the ASC’s top-10 in five different categories. The 5-foot-3 forward finished third in the ASC in goals (13), seventh in shots (43), fifth in points (27), seventh in points per game (1.42) and fourth in goals per game (.68). She was the team-leader in all the aforementioned categories as well as game-winning goals (2) and shots on goal (29). Romero exploded onto the scene with a five-goal performance against Stephens College September 6. Romero finished with ten points and ten shots in the match. Romero also added one assist on the season.
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Tuesday 11//5 2:30pm Highway 186...Emergency personnel responded to a report
of a rollover accident near the Wiederkehrs Winery Driveway. Altus Rural Fire Department and First Responders were first on the scene and discovered a 1997 Chevy pickup on it's side off the road in the brush. The driver was identified as Christopher Foster, he said he had been traveling northbound when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway causing the vehicle to overturn coming to rest on the east side of the roadway on it's side. The truck was totaled, Foster was not injured. Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Franklin County EMS, Altus Rescue and Arkansas State Police responded to the scene of the accident. Picture provided by Altus Fire Chief Jonathan Kinsworthy.
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At approximately noon Monday November 4th, inmate Gary Patrick Topham escaped
from the Logan County Detention Center in Paris. Topham is a 49 year old white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He is approximately 5 feet 11 inches weighing 160 lbs. Normally wears glasses but they were left behind. Last seen wearing black and white striped jail uniform. His jail orange jail issue flip flops were also left behind. Topham was being held on Failure to Appear warrant in Circuit Court on Drug Charges and fleeing, manufacturing meth or cocaine, possession controlled substance and was being held on a $250,000 bond. Topham
escaped from the exercise yard of the detention center by climbing over a
chain-link fence topped with razor wire. It is believed that Topham was cut and bleeding after climbing over the fence. The public is asked to notify law enforcement by calling 9-1-1 if they see Topham.
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U of O freshman cross country runner Ryan Holt receives his ASC Freshman of the Year award from ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton Saturday in Abilene, Texas. Holt, from Belfast, Ireland, placed second at the 8K race with a time of 26:49.68.
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On Thursday evening, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department received a call from an individual saying that he believed he may have shot someone in his field. The caller said that someone had shot at him with a crossbow and he fired back with a shotgun. Several deputies responded to the scene. The investigation at the scene led authorities to believe that no one had been shot and the caller, James P. Sexton age 44, was arrested for possession of firearms by certain persons. He was booked into the Johnson County Detention Center.
TWO ARRESTED AFTER LATE NIGHT SPREE
Two Clarksville residents were arrested on Thursday, October 17 after a
late-night spree which left damage to 4 yards, one vehicle and the destruction
of 5 headstones and the theft of another at Liberty Cemetery near Hunt.
Dean Vangorp, age 22 and Zachary Hunter Boydston, age 18 were arrested after evidence was obtained that linked them and a third person to the incidents. Lt. Eddie Richards responded to the Hunt community on Thursday to take multiple reports of vandalism to yards and vehicles. Upon further investigation it was determined that a single vehicle had spun around in 4 different yards, struck a vehicle parked in one of the yards and drove through Liberty Cemetery causing damage to 5 headstones.
Based upon information gathered by Richards, Detective Jacob Shook located a vehicle at a Clarksville residence which showed damage consistent with the
damage in the Hunt community. The owner of the vehicle, Boydston, gave consent to a search of the vehicle and a stolen headstone was located in the trunk. Boydston was interviewed as well as passenger Vangorp and both were arrested on Felony charges of Defacing Objects of Public Respect, Felony Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree and Felony Theft of Property.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
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The Arkansas Tech University trustees named Bruce Sikes the new chancellor
for the ATU-Ozark Campus on Thursday. Sikes has served as chief academic officer
of the two-year college campus since 2007 and as acting chancellor since July 1
while the search for a new campus head proceeded. Sikes succeeds former
Chancellor Jo Alice Blondin, who resigned in June to take the president’s
position at Clark State Community College at Springfield, Ohio
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UPDATE...Authorities in New Mexico arrested Rainy Whitsitt on Thursday afternoon after she and 5 year old Quinn arrived at her home in New Mexico. The investigation is ongoing.......An Amber Alert was issued Thursday morning October 10th in connection with the search for a 5 year old boy in Central City. The boy lives with his grandparents who have custody of the child and said that they last check on him at 1am on the 10th and he was asleep in bed. At 6am, the child was gone and both the interior and exterior garage doors were open. 5 year old Quinn Whitsitt is a white male about 3'1" tall weighing 42 lbs with short dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue pajama pants with a white tank top that was on backwards. Authorities have also released the picture of Quinn's non-custodial mother Rainy Whitsitt who lives in New Mexico and drives a white 2010 Toyota Camry with New Mexico tags. It is possible she could have taken the child. A second person of interest is Rainy's possible boyfriend, Rodney Romero W/M DOB 1966/08/17 driving an unknown color 2013 Ford CMAX, which may be unlicensed. Rainy has a protection order against the Romero subject.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office at 479-783-5195. Below is the picture of Rainy Whitsitt age 25, a white female 5'1" tall with brown hair and brown eye of medium build.