BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED
Logan County authorities report that 36 year old David Stephan Salzer was arrested on Thursday evening about 7:00 pm during a traffic stop on Highway 10 east of Highway 60, Salzer was driving a green Ford pickup. He was taken into custody without incident. Authorities received a call at 3:30pm on Thursday that the First Western Bank in Booneville, east branch, had been robbed. Witness's said he entered the bank with his hands in his pocket as if he had a weapon, no weapon was ever shown. Salzer advised employee's that he wanted this to go easy and that this was a robbery and asked for money, the employees complied. Authorities quickly identified Salzer as a suspect and had information that he was in a Dodge pickup traveling east on Highway 10. Authorities were able to use technology to track his cell phone and later determined he was traveling on Highway 10 towards Booneville, that is where the green Ford truck was located and stopped and Salzer was arrested without incident. A news release from the Booneville Police Department indicated he may be suffering from a form of mental disease. Salzer is a military veteran.
2 INJURED IN LOGAN COUNTY MVA
2 people were injured in a single vehicle accident early Friday morning on Old Sandy Road in Logan County about 2 miles north of Paris. David Roberts age 24 and Marlana Boyett age 37 were both transported to Mercy Fort Smith for treatment of injuries. Roberts was reported to be the driver of the vehicle that ran off the roadway and overturned. It was reported that Boyett had a broken back and Roberts was complaining of back pain. The investigation continues into the accident.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Alice Pruitt filed a theft report on Wednesday Jan. 21st at her farm on Fork Road. Mrs. Pruitt advised that a 5x8 trailer with a Lincoln welder on it was missing. The trailer also had a chrome toolbox on the back of it. The gate was still locked and the fence had not been cut according to the report. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled about $10,000. She believes the theft occurred sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Franklin County Authorities responded to a theft call on Oak Bend Road in the 5500 block on Wednesday morning. Brince Plymale reported that early Wednesday morning he heard a noise outside and turned on the porch light to look outside, when he did he saw a truck speeding away from his property. He then checked to see if anything was missing and found that two fuel cans were missing. It appeared someone had tampered with a four wheeler and also had gone through the contents of a shed on the property.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED ON CARBON PLANT ROAD
On Wednesday Jan. 21st, Franklin County authorities received a call from Kristy Timmerman in the 1200 block of Carbon Plant Road in Altus in reference to someone tampering with the rear window of her mother's apartment. The rear window of the apartment had noticeable bends in the screen of the window and the window was half open. Nothing appeared to be missing and it did not appear that entrance had been gained to the apartment. The call came in about 6:30pm.
ONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR ISAACS FAMILY
The Joshua and Carrie Isaacs family of Ozark lost their home to fire Thursday morning. The First Baptist Church in Ozark has been set up as a donation location. The sizes for clothing are as follows:
female age 7: 6 - 6X; 12 shoe
female age 5: 4-5, 10 shoe
male age 1 1/2: 2T, 6 shoe
mom: 9 jeans; 8 1/2 shoe
dad: Xlarge, 36x34 jean; 10 1/2 shoe
BOIL ORDER ISSUED FOR A PORTION OF DENNING WATER
The boil order is for customers on Highway 186 and east of Highway 186 until further notice.
THEFT REPORTED IN LONDON
Rachel Justice of London filed a theft report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 16th reporting that someone had stolen her Dardanelle Aux. Deputy Badge and 3 belly rings. The value of the stolen property was listed at $130, there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED IN LAMAR
On Saturday Jan. 17th at about 12pm, Deputy Larry Moore was dispatched to the 600 block of Painter Lane in Lamar to take a criminal mischief report. A sign for Eagle Ridge Estates was found laying broken on the ground. The sign is a home made wooden sign with rock around it valued at $2,000.
GUNS STOLEN FROM HOME ON PHILPOT ROAD
Tyler Bishop of Ozark contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 20th in reference to a delayed break-in report. Investigator Guy Huff and Sargent Travis Ball responded to the home and made contact with Bishop who stated that someone had taken three of his guns. Bishop said he returned home after being away for the weekend and noticed the gun cabinet door was unlocked and three guns were missing. The guns included a Thompson Center Arms 50 cal muzzleloader with scope, a Savage 30-06 Springfield with Bushnell scope and a Savage 25-06 bolt action with Bushnell scope. The total value of the 3 guns was $1,400. Some evidence was collected at the scene and there is a suspect in the investigation.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF INVESTIGATED IN FC
Brandie Plymale contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday morning in reference to criminal mischief. Plymale reported that someone had kicked in the passenger side door of her 2001 BMW. The report shows there was a boot print on the door and the damage was estimated at $800. The report also indicates a possible suspect in the investigation.
VEHICLE VANDALIZED ON CR2301
Wanda Nichols of Hartman reported that her vehicle driver's side glass had been busted out while it was parked in the side of the road after having a flat. Nichols reported that she had the flat about 6:30pm on the 10th so she pulled to the side of the road and locked the vehicle and notified the Sheriff's Department that she was leaving the vehicle there until she could get a tire. When she came back the next morning is when she found the damage estimated at $1,000.
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT AT WALMART
Clarksville Police were called to Wal-Mart on Jan. 12th at 6:15pm in reference to a male subject passed out in the men's restroom. Police arrive and found 33 year old Davy Lowe of Clarksville passed out in a stall on the restroom sitting on a commode holding a can of air duster. After Lowe was taken into custody another air duster can was found under his coat sleeve that had been stolen from the store. Lowe was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center and charged with shoplifting, criminal trespass and public intox.
SHOPLIFTER ARRESTED AT FREDS
On January 12th Clarksville Police received a call of a shoplifter at the Fred's Store on West Main. A store employee reported that a male and female walked into the store and came to the register to pay for an energy drink. Their transaction was not successful and the two decided to leave, as they were exiting the store the alarm sounded. As they were being escorted back into the store the female, Suzanne Warren 36 of Clarksville, handed the employee a pair of insoles she had stolen from the store. Warren was issued a citation for shoplifting by police.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY IN ALTUS
Zack Weeks of Altus contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 15th in reference to a residential burglary on College Street. Weeks advised that he had bought the property and was in the process of remodeling when someone had entered the home and took 2 Skil saws, a DeWalt saw, 16 gauge finish nailer, bag full of hand tools and a 110 air conditioner unit. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled a little over $700.
VANDALISM REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 21
Diana Farmer of Clarksville contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 10th in reference to some vandalism at her home in the 6200 block of Highway 21 north of Clarksville. Farmer said that she and her husband had gone to town and when they returned they found someone had thrown eggs at a 1998 GMC box truck that was parked in their yard for sale. She also reported that someone had messed with their mailbox sometime in the last two weeks.
STOLEN TRAILER RECOVERED
Johnson County authorities recovered a stolen trailer at a residence on Highway 352 in Hartman on Jan. 6th. The car hauler trailer was stolen back in November of 2014 near the Coal Hill Exit off I-40, it was owned by a Tim Pledger. The investigation led authorities to the home where the home owner reported he had purchased the trailer for $800 from two subjects back in November. The report indicates that authorities do have two suspects in the investigation. The trailer was missing a 1200lb winch that was on it when it was stolen.
HARTMAN BUSINESS REPORTS CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Rock It Natural Stone of Hartman filed a report of criminal mischief with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department in reference to an incident that had actually occurred last year in October. A 1999 Cat D6 Dozer that was owned by the company had quit running and they had sent it off for repairs. They recently learned that the cause of the problem was the motor was full of sand and dirt. The estimated damage was $28,000. The dozer was at the quarry on County Road 2305 in Hartman at the time.
SQUATTER REPORTED AT ALTUS BUSINESS
A Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to the Wiederkher Village on Wednesday in reference to a possible squatter staying on the property. It appeared someone had been staying in a room next to the bathroom on the west side of the building. The deputy was able to gather information that led them to a possible suspect vehicle. The vehicle was located pulling into the business and the driver, a 24 year old white male of Ozark, was questioned and admitted to being the one staying in the room. The report indicates that no charges will be filed at the request of the business owner. The male said he had recently been kicked out of his home by his wife and had been staying in the room during the cold weather.
OZARK MAN REPORTS CREDIT CARD FRAUD
Michael Howard of Ozark reported to Franklin County authorities that someone had opened a Pay Pal Account under his name using a credit card. Mr. Howard advised that he contacted Pay Pal and they told him to file a police report. The report does not indicate that any charges were made to the account. The report was filed on Jan. 8th.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Connie Combs of Charleston filed a theft report with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Saturday Jan. 10th. Combs reported that two bottles of prescription medication had been stolen from her purse. She believed the theft occurred while she was shopping in fort Smith on Black Friday.
A white male subject reportedly came to the Widerkehr Village Wine and Spirits on Tuesday 1/13 during the noon hour and entered the store taking of bottle of wine before leaving the store without paying. The man got into his vehicle and left south bound on Highway 186. The bottle of wine was valued at about $11.
RATCLIFF MAN INJURED IN MVA
Dennis Lechner 54 of Ratcliff was airlifted to Washington Regional Medical Center Tuesday afternoon for injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident near Branch. Lechner was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus and was westbound on Highway 22 when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road into the ditch, he then overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle which overturned and came to rest on it's top. Lechner was trapped in the vehicle for about 20 minutes and had to be cut from the vehicle. After being rescued he was airlifted to Washington Regional Medical Center with a possible back injury, he was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle was totaled. The accident was investigated by Arkansas State Police Trooper Derek Neitert, it occurred about 2pm.
BREAK IN REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 215
Franklin County authorities were called to a home in the 8300 block of Highway 215 near Charleston on Sunday Jan. 11th in reference to a break-in. The property was that of Nicholas Duvall and he reported that he had returned home after being gone for a day to find that someone had been inside the home. Nothing appeared to be missing but several items had been moved around and misplaced. The report shows there are a couple of suspects in the investigation.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY IN HAGARVILLE
Johnson County authorities were called to a residential burglary on December 8that the home of Louise Hardgrave in 15,000 Highway 123 in Hagarville. The report shows that someone had kicked in the door damage the door jam. The only item taken was a bottle of rum that was behind the door on a shelf. Nothing else was missing from the home. Damage to the door was estimated at $125.
MONDAY NIGHT MEETINGS
Lamar School Board - The Board accpeted the resignation of Supt. Roy Hester who is taking a postition with the Education Co-op in Branch, Hester has been at the school for the past 6 years. The Board is accepting applications for the position.
Ozark City Council - The first meeting of the year for the Ozark City Council was a routine one. The council approved the 2015 budget and committee appointments announced by newly elected Mayor TR McNutt. The council also heard a recap of the Oliver Street lawsuit which presented no new information since the last special meeting of the council when Attorney Chris Brockett reported. The council did NOT make any changes at this time in the meeting times.
Clarksville City Council - The Council approved an ordinance establishing a 1% tax on gross receipts for hotels and motels in the city limits. This tax will be used for advertising and promotion of the City of Clarksville and can not be used for anything else. The City Engineer reported that the maps were now complete for the Greenbrier Creek Area and serveral properties were removed from the flood plain with rates reduced for other properties. Resident's of that area are encouraged to talk with their insurance rep. for possible rate changes.
Ozark School Board - Following an executive session the board approved hiring Dustin Ross as Mechanic and extended the contract of Supt. Jim ford through June 30th 2018. The board also reviewed the 2013-2014 Audit with no major discrepencies reported.
Altus City Council - It was announced the Police Chief Tyler Underwood had resigned effective January 15th. Underwood is taking a position with the Logan County Sheriff's Department
CPD RESPONDS TO 2 SEPERATE SHOPLIFTING CALLS
Clarksville Police arrested a 31 year old Trischa Wyatt of Clarksville on December 29th after being called to the Fred's store in reference to a possible shoplifter. The store management reported that Wyatt along with another adult female and two juveniles had checked out at the counter and then proceeded to exit the store, as they did the anti-theft sensors activated and 3 of the four were brought back into the store, Wyatt continued on to a vehicle in the parking lot. When police arrived and obtained permission to search the vehicle they located some nail polish and a decoration kit in the floor board. Total value of the property was $11.
On January 5th ,Clarksville Police were called to the Dodge Store in reference to a shoplifter. Store security was reviewing security video from the night before when they noticed a male subject taking a candy bar and put it in his pocket and then leaving the store without paying. Authorities do have a positive identification of the suspect and are still investigating.
CHURCH BURGLARIZED IN VESTA
On Friday Jan. 9th, Franklin County authorities were called to the Vesta Baptist Church in reference to a burglary. The back door was found wide open with pry marks on the door frame. Inside the church, damage was found to a safe. Nothing else in the church had been damaged or taken.
MVA ON HIGHWAY 309 THURSDAY NIGHT
A single vehicle rollover accident occurred Thursday night about 8:45pm on Highway 309 about a mile south of Webb City. Barbara Hamlin was driving a 2006 HHR and was northbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, Hamlin overcorrected and traveled back across the roadway exiting the left side of the road overturning 1 and 1/2 times before coming to rest. Hamlin was wearing a seatbelt and did not sustain any serious injuries. EMS was dispatched to the scene, but Hamlin refused transport. The vehicle was totaled in the accident which was investigated by Trooper Bo Hayes of the Arkansas State Police.
GAME CAMERA REPORTED STOLEN ON CR3216
A Hunters Specialty game camera was reported stolen from property in the 100 block of County Road 3216. The report was filed on December 8th by Danny Rigsby, the game camera was valued at $30.
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN BITTEN BY DOG
Clarksville Police received a report of a dog bite incident on Jan. 6th at a home on Powers Street in the 1200 block. The victim was identified as 24 year old Stephanie Spaulding who advised that a small black dog from a neighbors house had bit her on the leg. The bite did not break the skin and Spaulding did not require any medical attention. The owner of the dog was located and it was learned that the dog did not have the proper vaccinations. The owner of the dog, Janie Vega, was cited for no rabies vaccination.
OZARK MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY CRASH
An Ozark man sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a single vehicle accident that totaled the vehicle he was in Thursday morning on Highway 64. According to Trooper Patrick Smith of the Arkansas State Police, Haas McDonnor of Ozark was driving a 2010 Toyota Camry westbound on Highway 64 at a high rate of speed when he crossed the eastbound lane and ran off the left side of the road way traveling about 150' in the ditch before hitting a driveway and then a steel corner post before colliding with a tree. The impact was with the passenger side near the front tire, totaling the vehicle. McDonnor was not wearing a seatbelt but did not sustain any life threatening injuries. He was transported by Franklin County EMS to Air Evac and then flown to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment. The accident occurred at about 7:30am.
MAN REPORTS BEING ATTACKED IN ALIX
David Cowen of Alix contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on December 30th reporting that he was attacked by two men while he was out for a walk. Cowen reported that he had a possible broken jaw and was taken by ambulance to Mercy Ozark for treatment. The report shows that the investigation continues and that Cowen said he did not know the two men that attacked him. The incident was reported about 2:30pm on the 30th of December.
HARTMAN MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON CR3359
Monday 12/29 at 2:35pm Johnson County authorities were dispatched to a single vehicle accident involving a 2002 Ford pickup driven by Kolton Allen of Hartman. When authorities arrived they found a Ford pickup off the road in some brush. Allen stated he was westbound on CR3390 when he got too far over in the to the right in the grass and over corrected causing him to lose control of the truck that then rolled three times into the ditch before coming to rest. Mr. Allen was treated at the scene by EMS for some cuts sustained in the accident. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4,500.
STORAGE BUILDING DESTROYED BY FIRE
Authorities were called to a report of a storage building on fire Wednesday afternoon about 3pm in the 12,000 block of Highway 219 north of Ozark. When authorities arrived the building was fully engulfed in flames. Watalula Fire Department responded along with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. The storage building was a complete loss and also damaged the exterior of the home nearby, melting the siding, some outside wiring and the roof. A neighbor reported the fire and notified authorities. It appeared the fire may have started from a heater. The property is owned by Ronetta Smith. It was unsure the dollar amount of damage. No one was at the home at the time of the fire call.
CPD INVESTIGATES STORAGE BUILDING BREAK-IN
Clarksville Police were contacted by Christina Craig of Clarksville in reference to a break-in at a storage unit she rents in the 500 block of Taylor Street. She said that nothing appeared to be missing but that things were scattered around.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY REPORTED IN ALTUS
Franklin County authorities were called to a home in the 1200 block of Locust Street in Altus Wednesday after it appeared that someone had broke into the property. It appeared the back door had been kicked open to gain access. Assorted costume jewelry and a jewelry curio were taken from the home. The total value of the stolen property was valued at $850. The property is owned by Marcia Garry of Altus.
A VAN BUREN MAN WAS KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON I-40
50 year old Robert Douglas of Van Buren was killed in a single vehicle accident in Lonoke County on Tuesday evening. Douglas was driving a 2006 International tractor trailer westbound on I-40 near the 179 mile marker when the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right and came to rest in the tree's. Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene, the accident occurred at 8:15pm and was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER POINTING GUN AT DEPUTY
Johnson County authorities arrested a 43 year old Martin Standridge of Clarksville on Jan. 3rd for felony aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he pointed a pistol at Deputy Chris Brownlow at a residence in the 100 block of County Road 3362. Deputy Brownlow was responding to a call of a loud music complaint at that location and when he went to the home and knocked attempting to make contact with the home owner's, Martin was spotted in the window pointing a pistol at Brownlow. At that point Brownlow took cover and ordered Martin to put the gun down and come out, the door opened and a female subject step into the doorway. When Brownlow went closer he could see Martin hiding behind the door and told him to put his hands up and come out, Martin refused and tried to retreat into the house. Deputy Brownlow deployed his taser striking Martin who was then taken into custody. The handgun was seized and taken as evidence. No one was injured.
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING REPORTED NEAR FLAT ROCK
On December 30th, Johnson County Deputy Chris Brownlow noticed a dark colored truck with the passenger door completely open in the 11000 block of Highway 359 near Flat Rock. There was no one around or inside the vehicle. Deputy Brownlow went to a nearby residence and made contact the homeowners, who were also the owner of the vehicle. Johnny and Charlene Bowles said they didn't leave the truck door opened, they then checked to see if anything was missing or damaged and nothing was. Some evidence was collected at the scene.
THEFT REPORTED ON ADAMS ROAD IN FC
Franklin County authorities were called to the home of Lester Powell in the 3900 block of Adams Road about 3pm on Tuesday. Powell said he arrived home to find someone had been in his home and had taken some of his medications from a lock box that was in his closet. The pills were the only thing taken from the home, no dollar amount was given for the value of the pills which were reported to be pain medication.
IMPOSTER REPORTED IN CLARKSVILLE
Clarksville Police were contacted by a Clarksville resident in reference to an unidentified female subject claiming to be with Department of Human Services and wanting to talk with the woman who lived on Chestnut Drive. The unidentified female was wanting to enter the home to talk with the home owner but she would not let her. The home owner contacted the Department of Human Services and they said they did not have anyone in that area working.
GUN REPORTED STOLEN FROM FC OFFICE
Franklin county authorities took a report of the theft of a handgun from the office of Larry Skeets located in Skeets Road near Branch. Skeets contacted law enforcement after discovering the gun missing from his office, the gun was a Taurus 45 semi-auto pistol valued at about $575. The report was filed on December 26th.
ALTUS WOMAN TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
Franklin County authorities were called to a home on St. Mary's Mountain December 24th about 9pm for a welfare check of a 47 year old female subject that may be considering harming herself. When first responders and EMS arrived the woman was found in her vehicle and was not responsive. The woman did come too and was able to communicate with emergency responders and it was learned that she had taken about 20 seizure pills. She was also found in the vehicle that had a hose running form the tail pipe to a window. The woman was transported to Mercy Fort Smith for treatment and examination.
BREAK-IN REPORTED IN DENNING
On Jan. 1st, Samantha Adcock of Altus reported that someone had broke into a rental property she owns in the 200 block of Peach Street in Denning. Adcock advised that someone had broke into the home and had taken the covers off all the outlets and tore a heater off the wall. No dollar amount was given for the damage.
ALTUS FIRE CALLED OUT SUNDAY AM
Altus Fire Department was paged out at 5:37am on 1/4/15 to a chimney fire at Thomas Post residence at 8530 Fairhaven Road in Altus . The Fire Department arrived with 2 trucks and 7 firefighters and the homeowner had put a fire suppressant chimney bag in the stove and had fire out on arrival. There was no injuries or damages. The Fire Department was on scene for 20 minutes. Chief Jonathan Kinsworthy provided the report.
LOGAN COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARREST SEVERAL SATURDAY
Eight suspects were taken into custody Saturday, January 3rd by the Logan County Sheriff's Office in two separate investigations regarding trespassers and missing property. In both cases responding Officers recovered the missing property and took suspects into custody. The second incident involved a manhunt that lasted several hours as the three suspects fled into a wooded area after the initial Deputy arrived. I would like to thank all those Deputies who responded to my call for assistance including off duty Logan County Deputies, EMS personnel and Arkansas Game and Fish Officers. I also appreciate the two land owners quick response and those citizens who assisted on scene.
CLARKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE THEFT
Clarksville Police took a report of a theft of property back on December 16th in which a 17 year old male of Clarksville was questioned in regards to the theft of a 45 caliber handgun from his parents along with a Centennial Bank Debit Card that he used to obtain $40 cash from an ATM. The report shows that police are trying to retrieve the gun, which was sold for $110. The investigation has been turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney with the request of theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card charges, both misdemeanor.
ABANDONED VEHICLE RECOVERED IN FC
Franklin County authorities were called to Timber Ridge Road Tuesday evening about 5:30pm to report of a vehicle that had run off the road. When deputies arrived they found a blue four door Dodge that had run off the road and down an embankment about 200'. No one was around the vehicle and the tag on the vehicle did not return to the vehicle it was on. The VIN number was checked to see if an owner could be located, the VIN returned to a resident of Clarksville. Clarksville Police were contacted and were not able to locate anyone at the address on the VIN that matched the name of the registered owner. The vehicle was towed and impounded until an owner could be identified.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
A Honda Hi-Tech Dual Air compressor was reported stolen from the 100 block of County Road 3311 on Saturday December 20th. The tank was owned by Eastern Tank Services and was valued at $800. It was taken from property owned by John Holland, he said he had left the property about 3:30am and the compressor was there and when he returned about an hour and a half later, his noticed his gate was open and then found the compressor had been taken.
Frederick Guthrie of Clarksville filed a report of a break-in and theft at a property he owns in the 3100 block of County Road 3390. Guthrie stated that he had gone to the rental property he owns to do some work on Saturday (December 20) and found the back door was kicked open and his tools were missing. A total of $400 worth of tools had been taken including a Mikie battery powered drill, Mikie skill saw and misc. tools.
JRMC BOARD SELECTS NEW CEO
The Johnson Regional Medical Center Board of Directors announced Tuesday December 23rd that Albert Pilkington III had been selected as the new CEO of Johnson Regional Medical Center with 21 years experience as a CEO. Pilkington will begin Jan. 5.
CLARKSVILLE RESIDENT INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT
Friday 12/19 7pm CR3566...Lindsy Gregory of Clarksville was injured in an ATV accident about 7pm on County Road 3566. According to a witness, Gregory was riding a 2006 Honda ATV 350 and was travelling west on CR3566 when a deer crossed the road. The witness found Gregory lying on the ground by the ATV unconscious. She was transported by ambulance to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY IN COAL HILL
Lisa Johnson of Coal Hill filed a report of a residential burglary and theft at her home in the 700 block of Georgia Street in Coal Hill on Wednesday December 17th. Johnson said she left for work Tuesday afternoon and when she returned home early the next morning she discovered the theft. A pair of jeans was left folded on her bed with $200 in the pocket, the jeans and money were gone. There were also a couple of bottle's of prescription medications taken belonging to Johnson and her room mate Sandra Holloday. The total value of the stolen property amounted to $680.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED ON CR3451
Johnson County authorities were called to property in the 4500 block of County Road 3451 on December 21st ( Sunday ) to report of a fence being cut. Authorities arrived and made contact with the owner, Ken Stall, who said that he had last been at the property on December 14th and he had received a phone call from some individuals who lease the property for deer hunting, informing him of the damage. When they went and checked more of the fence it was determined that the fence had been cut in several locations and damage was also noted to the fence posts. The owner estimated it would take about $12,000 to repair the fence. The report shows there is a possible person of interest in the case.
SCRANTON KILLED IN DRILLING RIG EXPLOSION
26 year old Gary Keenan of Scranton was one of two men killed in the explosion on Friday morning in Coal County Oklahoma about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Keenan's brother Dewayne, who also worked on the rig, sustained 3rd degree burns while trying to save his brother and other crew members in the rig. Dewayne is being treated at a Tulsa Hospital. The Rig is owned by Pablo Energy of Atoka OK, the State Fire Marshall and the State Corporation Commission are investigating the explosion and fire. Funeral services for Gary Keenan of Scranton will be held Friday 10am at Roller Funeral Home in Paris.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON PHILPOT ROAD
Emily Davis of Ozark contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Friday (December 19) to report a residential burglary and theft at her home in the 3200 block of Philpot Road. Davis said she and her daughter returned home about 5:30pm Friday to find the door on the east side of the home under the carport was forced open. When they entered the home they immediately saw the television missing and the house contents in disorder, they left and called 911. Items stolen included a Insigna 42" television, 32" Westinghouse television, Skill saw and some misc. jewelry. The total value of the stolen property amounted to $850 with $1,000 damage to the home.
HIGH SPEED PURSUIT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY FRIDAY NIGHT
Franklin County Deputy Matt Hamilton was involved in a high speed pursuit Friday night. The report shows that Deputy Hamilton was traveling south on Highway 23 south of Webb City when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in front of him, also traveling south. Deputy Hamilton sped up to catch the vehicle and got close enough to get a tag number of the white Ford F250 truck. The truck did not stop despite Deputy Hamilton initiating his lights and siren. The truck continued to flee traveling southbound on Highway 23 at speeds in excess of 100mph and the suspect vehicle traveling in the north bound lane of traffic several times in blind curves and hills. The pursuit continued to Compressor Road where the fleeing vehicle ultimately lost Deputy Hamilton. Authorities were able to obtain an address for the registered owner and went to his residence but were not able to find the vehicle or suspect. The investigation continues. The report also shows that Deputy Hamilton's vehicle sustained some minor damage to the front when the fleeing vehicle threw gravel on it when peeling out on Compressor Road.
OZARK MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MVA
Arkansas State Police were called to a single vehicle injury accident on Thursday afternoon at 3pm. Gayle Stoneking of Ozark was driving a 2013 Peterbilt tractor trailer hauling turkey's and was traveling southbound just north of Cripple Branch Road when he lost control while negotiating a curve in the road. The truck ran off the road and overturned dumping the load of turkey's and injuring Stoneking. Stoneking was transported by EMS to the hospital for treatment. Damage to the truck was estimated at $75,000 to $85,000.
8 HOUR STANDOFF ENDS IN ARREST
An 8 hour stand-off at a Clarksville Resident's on Friday led to the arrest of 34 year old Jason Dewayne Jones of Clarksville.
Police received a call from a family member of Jones notifying them of the situation about 4:30am, stating that Jones was threatening suicide and had barricaded himself inside a room.
Jones had gone to his mother's home on Delsie Street early Friday morning and the two got into an argument, Jones went into her sewing room and grabbed a metal object and ran into his bedroom saying he was going to shoot himself. Clarksville Police arrived and surrounded the home and blocked off Delsie Street diverting traffic including school buses during an 8 and 1/2 hours standoff that followed. After exhausting all other efforts, law enforcement stormed the home at about 1pm and took Jones into custody. He was transported to Johnson Regional medical Center and then arrested. It was later learned that Jones had uploaded a 2 minute video to facebook saying he was going to kill himself because he could not stand to live in this world, he apologized to his family saying he loved them.
Jones does face criminal charges, possibly felon in possession of a firearm, Jones is a convicted felon and cannot own or possess a gun.
MURDER SUICIDE IN LOGAN COUNTY
More information was released Thursday afternoon in the investigation into an apparent Murder Suicide in Logan County. The identity of the two involved was released - The father was identified as 71 year old Jerry Ewing of Paris, his daughter 39 year old Leslie Ewing. Deputies were called to the home at 148 Old Sandy Road on Wednesday at 12:30pm after a call from Jerry Ewing saying he needed a coroner and police that he had just killed his daughter. When police arrived Jerry was standing in front of the house armed with a gun, despite being ordered to drop the weapon he did not and instead walked around the house and shot himself. Authorities found the body of Leslie Ewing in the kitchen inside the home. The bodies were sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab to determine the official cause of death. No other information has been released as to what might have prompted the shooting. A memorial mass for both Jerry and Leslie Ewing will be held Monday 10am at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco, Rosary at 6pm Sunday night at the Church.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON ALEXANDER STREET
Samantha Adcock of Altus reported that a home she owns as a rental in the 500 block of Alexander was broken into. Adcock advised that the back door to the home and been kick in to gain access to the house and several tools were taken. Among the items taken were a Kolbalt razor knife set, Kolbalt clamps, box of air guns nails, Craftsman electric staple gun, Kolbalt claw hammer, Kolbalt wrenches, wire cutters and clamps, DeWalt combo set, DeWalt skill saw & sawz all, Rockwell corded saw and many other pieces. The value of the stolen property totaled about $1800.
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST OF 3 ON FELONY CHARGES
A routine traffic stop by the Arkansas State Police in Franklin County late Thursday night resulted in the arrest of 3 Georgia residents on multiple felony forgery charges among other charges. 3 black males, 25 year old Harrison Porter, 37 year old Gregory Buckner and 26 year old Harden Dangelo were all arrested for felony forgery and criminal possession of forgery device. After catching the three in lies, consent was gained to search the vehicle where authorities found a total of 176 forged checks, a printer and laptop, and software used for printing checks. The investigation continues at this time.
FORT MAN ARRESTED FOR JOHNSON COUNTY THEFT
Johnson County authorities arrested a 23 year old Justin Broomfield of Fort Smith on charges of theft of property, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing in connection with a theft of property that had been reported on December 17th on County Road 3171 north of Highway 352. The victim, identified as Richard Mays of Hartman reported that someone had run through the fence at his deer camp causing about $100 damage and then proceeded to steal several items and ransacked a bus and camper at that location. The property stolen included a motorized wood splitter, pole saw and a little buddy electric heater. Value of the stolen property totaled about $800. Evidence was collected at the scene that lead authorities to Broomfield as a possible suspect. He was located at a residence on Dunwood Drive and admitted to the theft when being questioned. Broomfield took authorities to the stolen property which was located at a residence on Line Street in Hartman. Some of the property was also owned by Richard Mays of Hartman.
ALTUS DOLLAR GENERAL DAMAGED IN HIT AND RUN
Franklin County authorities received a call of a hit and run Wednesday about 8:45pm at the Dollar General on East Park Street in Altus. Witness's at the scene reported that a female was driving a van that jumped the curb and smashed into the building. Soon after, the driver backed up from the building and left the scene. The front wall to the right of the front door was caved in with about $15,000 worth of damage. One witness said that the van almost struck her when it ran over the curb and hit the building. The driver is described as a white female with brown hair and glasses. No suspect vehicle could be located.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON CR2141
Kyle Holt of Knoxville contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on December 11th to report 17 of his pigs had been killed at his home in the 800 block of County Road 2141. The report shows that he has been losing pigs from his farm and had built a new set of pens. When he came home on the 11th he found the fence ripped off and several pigs dead. There was a dog in the pin attacking another pig and he shot the dog. The estimated value of the pigs was $850 total.
3 INJURED IN CLARKSVILLE MVA
Clarksville Police responded to an accident when Robert Milam of Clarksville was driving a 2006 GMC Envoy traveling east on Crawford Street when he failed to maintain control of his vehicle crossing the center line and leaving the roadway on the left side. The vehicle slid about 200 feet on the shoulder before overturning and coming to rest on the driver's side. Milam and two passengers in the vehicle, Cathy Rice and Marshall Milam both of Clarksville, were transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of possible injuries. Damage was estimated at $4,000 to the vehicle
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Coleman Wilson contacted the Clarksville Police Department on December 8th in reference to someone stealing a cooler from the back of his truck while he was in District Court with someone. The truck showed to be parked at the jail when the incident happened. The cooler was valued at $385.
Clarksville Police were called to the AT&T Store on Market Street after an inventory of the store revealed that a Samsung Galaxy tablet was missing. The tablet was valued at $529. The tablet was in the back of the store when it was taken.
FRANKLIN COUNTY PUT ON NOTICE FOR JAIL IMPROVEMENTS
Franklin County Judge Janet Powell received a letter from the State of Arkansas notifying her that some changes must be made at the Franklin County Detention Center in Ozark or face it being shut down. The letter dated November 13th came after a jail inspection on October 9th by the 5th Judicial District Criminal Detention Center Standards Committee. The letter listed the following problems
1) Policy needs to be updated
2) Personnel shortage, a lack of sufficient personnel to handle the requirements
3) Separation of inmates due to lack of room in facility
4) No written plan for emergency situations such as escapes, riots, fire, inmates disturbance and natural disasters
5) Officer's wearing weapons when entering secure areas
6) Inadequate lighting in cells
7) Lack of cells for disabled inmates
8) No observation cell
9) Kitchen is too small
10) Overcrowding, the jail is not big enough for the number of inmates being house there
The Letter goes on to say that the jail is required to install automatic smoke detectors in resident housing, sleeping units and the day room, and a fire suppression system in the kitchen. The Fire Marshall has given the County until Jan. 7th install these.
The letter then concludes by saying that if these problems are not addressed the Committee shall be forced to place the jail on notice and start the proper proceedings to turn this matter over to the Attorney General's Office for proper closure of the facility.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Olivia Gifford of Hartman filed a report of identity theft on December 11th. Gifford said that her employer did a background check on her for employment and found that her Social Security Number was being used by someone else.
Steven Vos of Knoxville reported the theft of a deer stand from the National Forrest off of County Road 4540. The ladder stand was valued at $80 and had his address engraved on it and a 6" strip of blue paint on each side. The report was filed on December 11th.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Crystal Bengoa of Ozark filed a theft report with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Friday (December 12) after discovering that a Verizon tablet she had purchased as a Christmas gift was missing. Bengoa reported she contacted Verizon and they reported that the table showed to be in use. The report indicates a possible person of interest. Bengoa's home is located in the 1200 block of Taylor Road.
Tina Simpson of Ozark filed a report of the theft of a china cabinet from a storage building. The report indicates the value of the cabinet as $500 and that there is a possible suspect. The investigation is continuing.
Christopher Mefford of Clarksville was driving a 1995 Dodge pickup traveling west on County Road 2280 in a thick fog and on his approach to the stop sign he applied his brakes and they failed. The vehicle ran off the road running into a home where the vehicle came to rest with Mefford trapped inside. The home was that of Robert Mayfield, he said he was asleep when hear a loud boom and looked outside to see the vehicle had hit his home. Mefford was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center with hand and head injuries. The vehicle was totaled, no one in the home was injured.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON CR3350
Robert Warren reported of a residential burglary at the home of his mother in the 1200 block of County Road 3350 on December 11th. He reported that a bedroom window at the rear of the home had been taken out and the home ransacked. Items stolen included a 42" Vizio flat screen television, antique phone, jewelry, silver set, collection of old pocket knives and razors, laptop computer, wicker chair and some other misc. property.
OZARK CHRISTMAS PARADE RESULTS
1st place - #104 General Store & Pawn
2nd place - #105 Cub Scouts Pack 1
3rd place – Corinth Missionary Baptist Church
1st place - #600 2nd Street Antiques
1st place - #210 Jim Harvey -Red & White Chevy
2nd place - # 202 Jim Bearden – Ford Model A, black & blue
3rd place - # 201 – Darrell Plank – 1947 Mercury
1st place - # 500 –Arkansas Valley Antique Tractor Club
1st place – # 405 River Valley Quarries – Flintstone mobile
2nd place – # 407 Sylvia Schell – Lawnmower with presents
3rd place – South Ozark, Webb City fire truck
1st place - # 301 – Doris Gott – Christmas Package Delivery horse
2nd place #300 – Meila Debes – Ms. Franklin County Wee (on Shetland Pony)
3rd place (tie) #302 – Lois Altimus – Mrs. Claus on Pokey tie #303 – Braiden Smith – Santa with presents
Business Window Lighting Contest Winners:
1st Place – Riverview Antique Mall
2nd Place 2nd Street Antiques
3rd Community Thrift Store
OZARK BUSINESS MAN FOUND DEAD
Franklin County Investigator Carolyn McCain tells True Country News that 48 year old Eric Swearingin was found dead inside a home in the 5000 block of Wire Road Friday morning by employee's after he did not show up for a meeting with his sister. Authorities believe that Swearingin was pressure washing in a bathroom when he was overcome by carbon monoxide gases. No foul play is suspected in the death, the investigation is ongoing. Swearingin was the manager of the I-40 Travel Center in Ozark and served on the City of Ozark A&P Commission and on other boards and committees.
HOME VANDALIZED ON HIGHWAY 215
Franklin County authorities took a report on December 5th of about $3,000 damage being done to a house located on Highway 215. The property is owned by Dr. Vernon. Damage included windows broke out, and damage to the drywall and floors.
INSURANCE CHECK REPORTED STOLEN
Tracy Brown of Altus filed a theft report with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on December 4th in reference to the theft of an insurance check in the amount of $4,800. The report shows there is a possible suspect in the investigation. Brown advised that a female friend was to take the check to Brown's father but she never has.
TIRES SLASHED ON DOLLIS ROAD
Rhonda Schmalz reported that on December 7th when she came out of her home she noticed that her tires were flat. It was later determined the tires had been cut, all 4 were cut. The estimated value of the 4 tires totaled $600. The home is located on Dollis Road in Altus.
DUNE BUGGY STOLEN IN FC
A $1,500 dune buggy was reported stolen from property on Highway 64 on December 4th. Jason Doyle contacted the Sheriff's Department to report the theft. Mr. Doyle said he was gone for the Thanksgiving Holiday and when he returned home he discovered the theft. The key to the dune buggy was in a shop building near the dune buggy when it was taken.
STRUCTURE FIRE NEAR LAMAR
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department released a report of a fire call from back in November on the 22nd at 4:30am. The call of the fire was at a residence at 285 Private Road 2796 in Lamar. Authorities arrived to find the residence was unoccupied and was filled with smoke. It was later learned the fire started in the attic at the east end of the house. The property was owned by Connie Thompson and the damage was estimated at $50,000 to the single story structure, it was a total loss.
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN MVA
Wanda Cravens of Clarksville was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima traveling east on Highway 64 when she stated the vehicle started to bounce around all over the roadway after she hit a bump. She lost control of the vehicle and it veered to the right hitting the bridge rail. Cravens and two passengers in her vehicle -a 9 year old male and a 14 year old female were all taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center with possible injuries.
HARTMAN MAN ARRESTED AFTER STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED
Johnson County authorities arrested 30 year old Jessy Blackburn on Sunday for theft or property, criminal mischief 2nd degree and criminal trespassing in reference to the theft of a vehicle on Friday December 5th. A 1977 GMC Sierra was reported stolen on Friday December 5th from Fred Holloway, the vehicle was recovered on Saturday December 6th at Pearson Recycling in Russellville. The report shows that Blackburn admitted to taking the vehicle and selling it to Pearson Recycling for $404. The report shows that value of the stolen vehicle was $2,500. The vehicle was stolen from the 500 block of County Road 2007.
Johnson County authorities responded to a report of a residential burglary and theft at the home of Anna Searight of Lamar on Crowder. Searight advised that she arrived at her home at about 10:30pm on Monday night and noticed her back door had been kicked in and her prescription medication had been stolen. The medication was Trazodone, Searight was not sure how many pills remained in the bottle. The damage to the door was estimated at $500.
THEFT REPORTED ON WATALULA ROAD
Brittany Chaney of Ozark filed a theft report on Tuesday with Franklin County authorities. Chaney reported that two dogs had been taken from a pen outside her home. The dogs were a pit bull and a mix breed dog valued at about $350. Chaney reported that the dogs were put in a pen after going to a neighbors house and killing his goats. Her home is located on the 13,000 block of Watalula Road. The incident with the goats was reported on the 8th of December when Stevie Terry reported the two dogs had come to his property and attacked two goats owned by his mother. One goat was killed, the other had to be put down due to injuries.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON HIGHWAY 96
Rex Burcham contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday December 9th to file a report after his home was burglarized. Burcham reported that sometime between Saturday and Sunday someone broke into his home through the rear door and stole a Smith & Wesson 38caliber pistol and a Mossburg 12 gauge shotgun, and also damage his guitar and a walking cane. The damage was estimated at over $200 and the value of the stolen guns was listed at $800. The home is located in the 4300 block of Highway 96, the report indicates a person of interest in the case.
OZARK MAYOR ELECT ANNOUNCES CHANGES
In a press release received Wednesday morning, Mayor Elect TR McNutt announced some changes that will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, when he becomes Mayor.
Franklin County Chief Deputy Sheriff Devin Bramlett will become Ozark Police Chief. The Water and Street Supt. positions have yet to be named.
McNutt said that present Water Department Manager Cecil Zolliecoffer told him recently that he wanted a less stressful job and asked for and received McNutt's permission to move to sewer plant operator. The position recently vacated by a resignation. McNutt said that Kevin Eveld will remain as Fire Chief and Building Inspector.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Vianna Parris of Clarksville filed a report of a theft on November 17th. She stated that she had been in Ozark for the weekend and when she returned home on Sunday, she noticed her doorway had been kicked in and an XBOX 360 and controllers had been taken from her home. The property was valued at $270 and the home was located in the 1000 block of Poplar Street.
Manda Westmoreland of Clarksville filed a theft report on November 12th in reference to someone stealing a battery from her vehicle. The vehicle was parked at Sunset Circle at the time. The 12 volt battery was valued at $50. The report indicates there is a suspect in the investigation.
OZARK BUSINESS BURGLARIZED
Ozark Police were called to the Mediquick Pharmacy on Commercial Street in Ozark during the early morning hours this morning (Tuesday 12/2). The call came in at 3:48am, when police arrived to find the west glass door to the building had been shattered. Officers entered the store to make sure no one was still inside, and no one was found in the store. It appeared that the suspect(s) had made entry and had taken some medication. It was not known how much or what had been stolen, an inventory is being take at this time. The investigation is still ongoing and Ozark Police Chief Cory Tedford reports they do have a person of interest.
3 SHOPLIFTING ARRESTS REPORTED BY CPD
A Paul Waigand of Clarksville age 20 was observed by store personnel taking a 16GB USB memory card and placing it in his coat pocket and then attempting to leave the store without paying. Waigand was detained by store personnel until police arrived and transported him to the detention center for shoplifting.
Police responded to the Family Dollar on November 16th in reference to a shoplifter. The store manager advised that she observed a female subject taking items off the shelf and concealing them in her purse. The female then tried to leave the store without paying and was confronted in the store parking lot. She was then escorted back into the store and held until police arrived. The female was identified as Ann Staggs age 30. When police checked her purse they found several other stolen items and what appeared to be marijuana in a smoking device. The items included toys, clothing, cosmetic items and medications. The total value was estimated at $100. She was arrested for shoplifting, poss of controlled substance, poss of instrument of crime.
A William Schneider of Clarksville was arrested at Wal-Mart in Clarksville for shoplifting after store security spotted Schneider taking a pair of gloves and placing them in his jacket and then attempting to leave the store without paying.
HARTMAN HOME BURGLARIZED
Andrea Terrill of Hartman reported that her home had been burglarized and several items taken. Terrill said she had left town on the 26th and when she returned home on the 30th she noticed that the door was pulled almost closed but was not secured, she said she remembered locking the door before leaving on the 26th. There was also a door at the back of the house that the glass had been partially broken in, it was believed this was the point of entry. Inside the home several items had been taken including an Emerson brand 32" flat screen television, notebook style computer, ruby ring, emerald ring, cross necklace and pearl earrings. The total value of the stolen property was about $750.
JOHNSON COUNTY HOME DAMAGED BY FIRE
Authorities were called to a structure fire in Johnson County back on November 15th at 5:30pm, the fire was at 943 County Road 3060. The fire was spotted by a man who leases the land around the house. The fire was around the chimney when officials arrived. It was later learned that the fire started in the attic near the chimney. The home is owned by a Fadll Bayyair of Springdale and was being leased by Heath King and Roxie Casey of Ozark. The report did not give a dollar amount for the damage.
JCSD THEFT REPORT
Johnson County authorities were contacted on November 22nd in reference to a theft of property. Breanna Brandon of London reported that a Asus tablet, Samsung smartphone and some clothes had been stolen from property where she had been living on County Road 2700. The owner of the property, Cynthia Inman had filed a theft report in early November in reference to a theft at that location involving a pistol being stolen. The report shows that Brandon said she learned of the theft after she got out of jail and that is why she is so late in filing a report.
CLARKSVILLE TEEN ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING
Clarksville Police were called to Wal-Mart on November 18th in reference to a subject who had been caught shoplifting by store security. A Jacey Coleman age 18 of Clarksville was observed by store security taking property, removing it from the wrappers and placing it in her purse. The items included six tubes of lipstick, foam applicator and brushes and two sets of headphones. The total value of the property was about $100.
SHED DAMAGED IN FIRE NEAR ALTUS
Altus Fire Department was paged out on Nov.26th at 3:46 pm to the home of Jordan and Kayla Molton who live at 5139 Stagecoach Road to a outbuilding on fire. Authorities arrived with 5 trucks and 7 personnel and were able to get the fire out quickly. There was minimal damage to the front of the shed. The fire was caused by a heat lamp that shorted out. No injuries and the fire department was on scene for 30 minutes. FCSO and City of Altus Police responded to the scene.
JOHNSON COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS
Mayor Billy Helms 288
Mark Simpson 499
Coal Hill Alderman
Ward 3 Position 1:
Terry Martin 20
Cyndy Styles 37
FCSD THEFT REPORT
Richard Key of Ozark contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday 11/19 to report a theft of property. Mr. Key lives in the 4700 block of Plantation Road south of Ozark off of Highway 23, he reported that 2 clock radios and a lamp were missing from his home. The reported value of the stolen items totaled $120.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
On November 19th, the City of Knoxville reported the theft of a wooden picnic table top from the Cabin Creek Park. The top was valued at $300. The report indicates there is a possible suspect in the case.
Union Pacific Railroad reported that a Champion 4,000 watt generator, yellow in color, was stolen from a railroad crossing on County Road 2251 in the Coal Hill area. The generator was value at $429. The complainant said that he had been at the location the night before and the generator was discovered missing on the morning of November 19th.
Scott Jackson of Clarksville contacted the Sheriff's Department to file a report of a burglary and theft at a shed on his property in the 2700 block of County Road 3020. The report shows that someone cut the lock of one of his storage building and stole a grinder that was in a tool box. It appeared that the suspects had gone through some of the other contents but nothing else appeared to be missing. The theft was reported on November 14th, This is the second time that a theft has occurred at this location recently.
CLARKSVILLE COUNCIL APPROVES BONUSES
The Clarksville City Council and Personnel Committee's met Tuesday afternoon at the Clarksville City Hall to address the end of year or Christmas Bonuses for City employees. At the recommendation of the Personnel Committee, the Council approved bonuses based on a $500 payment. Fulltime employees, fulltime elected officials and fireman who attended 100% of fire calls will get the full $500. The other city employees and fireman get a percentage of the $500 based on hours worked or fire's attended. The total expenditure for the City is $38,819.75. The breakdown follows:
Bonuses will be paid on amount of hours worked as follow:
1560 to 2080 (full time) at 100%
780-1559 50 %
100-389 Maximum of $75
Volunteer fireman will be paid based on percentages of fires attended
75 to 100% will be 100% of bonus
50 to 74% will be 50%
25 to 49 will be 25%
15 to 25 % will be maximum of $75
Volunteer fireman who have worked less than 60 days are not eligible
Elected Officials are as follows:
City Council, City Attorney, District Judge will receive 50% of bonus
City Clerk and Mayor (full time elected official) will receive 100%
KNOXVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES
Johnson County authorities report arresting a 59 year old Darrell Ball of Knoxville on Sunday morning after responding to a call of a subject stealing property from a home in the 100 block of Ivy Lane in Knoxville. Gary Pickrell reported that he was awaken by noise outside his home and looked outside to see someone rolling an engine block down his driveway, the engine block belonged to him. Pickrell yelled at the subject who then walked away from the engine block and walked into the woods. Pickrell was able to identify the man as his neighbor, Darrell Ball. Deputies went to Ball's home and questioned him about the theft, at that point Ball showed authorities several other items he had stolen from Pickrell's property over the last few day's. The total value of the stolen property was about $1,200. A couple of guns were also seized from Ball's property as record's showed he was a convicted felon, Ball said the charges had been reduced to misdemeanor but the guns were taken until it could be determined. Arkansas Game and Fish was also called to the scene after a deer carcass was found at the scene that had not been checked. Darrell Ball was arrested for theft or property and criminal mischief.
RESIDENTIAL BURLGARY NEAR CHARLESTON
Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a report of a residential burglary and theft at the home of Ashley Storey of Charleston on Sunday November 23rd. This marks the second time that her house was broken into within the last month. Storey reported that she had been out of town for a couple of day's and when she returned on the 23rd she discovered the burglary. The report shows that entrance was gained through a side exterior door that was pried open. Inside the home, the suspect(s) had gone through all the drawers and pulled out everything. Items stolen included Beats wireless headphones, blue ray DVD player, costume jewelry, blue Catholic Rosary and Red Catholic Rosary. The total value of the stolen property amounted to about $800 with about $1,000 damage to the home.
GRASS FIRE IN OZARK MONDAY
Ozark Fire Department was dispatched Monday November 25th to a grass fire out of control. The call came in at 3pm from the 2300 block of Highway 23 north in Ozark. The fire was contained to a few acre spot and cause no damage to any structures. Authorities were concerned because the fire was approaching a gas well pad but was contained before it reached it. The cause of the fire was undetermined. A couple of bales of hay were destroyed by the fire. 4 trucks and 10 fire fighters responded and were on scene about an hour and 45 minutes. The Forrest Service was also called in to assist with a dozer.
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WARNS OF PHONE SCAM
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports of a person or persons calling to solicit monies in the name of Johnson County Law Enforcement for a "Shop With A Cop" type program. The Clarksville Police Department hosts an annual Shop With A Cop for children at Christmas and the Sheriff's Office hosts an annual Christmas Angels Poker Run for needy children. Neither agency has contracted with, or has made arrangements with any outside entity to make any type of solicitation call on our behalf. If you receive a call for a donation, please keep in mind that this is more than likely a scam and your donation will not be used for the benefit of a Johnson County child for Christmas. Please politely decline their request for a donation and if you decide to donate, contact either the Clarksville Police Department or the Johnson County Sheriff's Office directly.
DEER FEEDER STOLEN
Michael Berg of Lamar contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department to report the theft of a black tripod deer feeder from property off of County Road 3630. Berg said that he had gone to check the feeder and found the gate had been taken off the hinges, he put the gate back on the hinges and drove to the feeder to find that it was gone. It was valued at $150, he had last seen it on November 5th.
ATTEMPTED PHONE SCAM REPORTED
Barbara Hamlin of Ozark contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Friday Nov. 14th reporting a phone scam. Hamlin reported she received a phone call from a male subject who at first said he was with Century Link and then said he was with PC Speedy out of Las Vegas and was needing access to her computer. Hamlin became suspicious of the man and told him not to call back and ended the phone call.
VEHICLE ABANDONED AT EXIT 58
Clarksville Police were called to the Exit 58 off ramp of I-40 on November 9th at 5:35am to report of a vehicle parked in the roadway. Officer Jacob Boen arrived to check the vehicle and found that it was abandoned and halfway in the roadway. The vehicle was a white Ford F150 but the license plate checked back to a Nissan pickup belonging to a Coal Hill resident. No owner had been located at the time of the report and the vehicle was towed form the scene to be held until an owner could be located.
TRAILER REPORTED STOLEN
On Sunday afternoon Johnson County authorities were contacted in reference to the theft of a trailer loaded with a vehicle. Tim Pledger reported that a car hauler trailer loaded with a vehicle had been stolen from near the Coal Hill exit. Pledger reported that it had happened the night before, the trailer was a 2010 Maxey car hauler 18' long black in color with a 1200lb winch valued at $1,895. The trailer was loaded with a small truck possibly an Isuzu, owned by a Tonya Harris of Altus. Pledger had loaned his trailer to Austin Phillips of Coal Hill and Phillips was using the trailer to haul the truck for Harris. Harris said that the truck they were in broke down and they had to leave the trailer and truck near the Coal Hill Exit. When they returned the next day it was gone. The trailer was entered into the NCIC system as stolen.
CLARKSVILLE MAN CITED FOR ANIMAL VIOLATION
Nestor Magdaleno-Solorzano of Clarksville age 27, was cited for Animal at Large after Clarksville Police were called about a dog chasing a female east of the Dodge Store on Main Street Tuesday evening November 11th. The dog was a large German Sheppard that was standing by the victim barking. The female victim reported that she had not been bitten by the dog but was afraid to move for fear of being attacked. The owner was located at his home on East Main Street and was cited. The owner did advise that the dog had been chained up in a pen behind the resident, but the dog was able to get free according to the report.
17 YEAR OLD ARRESTED BURGLARIZING OZARK BUSINESS
Ozark Police arrested at 17 year old white male juvenile of Altus on Sunday morning for commercial burglary, resisting arrest and criminal mischief after he was arrested inside an Ozark Business. The call came in at 5:30am of a motion sensor being activated at the Ozark Pawn on commercial street, police arrived to find glass broken at the store front and as they cleared the store, they found the 17 year old male hiding behind some of the store shelving. The juvenile resisted arrest but was taken into custody. The 17 year old male was transported to the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center in Danville.
ONE INMATE INJURED IN JAIL CELL FIGHT
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department shows that inmate Eric King age 20 of Booneville has been charged with 3rd degree battery after attacking another inmate in a cell of the detention center on Saturday November 15th. The other inmate involved was a Alfred Milam of London age 35. Milam was transported to Mercy Ozark by ambulance for treatment of a cut to his head that required 13 staples. Surveillance video showed the fight started after a card game and that King started the fight.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
On November 11th, Johnson County authorities took a report of a break-in at a shed in the 2100 block of County Road 4100. Boyd Rogers reported that someone broke into his shed and took his welder and destroyed his game camera that was on a post outside the shed. The estimated value of the property was $250.
James Bernard of Subiaco reported a theft of property that he discovered on Friday evening. Mr. Bernard reported that he has a house trailer on Highway 164 just off Highway 123 and that someone had taken several items from the trailer. Some of the stolen property has been recovered according to the report, but an antique pie safe, kitchen table and chairs , antique mirrored clothes cabinet and an upright freezer are still missing. The last time Mr. Bernard saw the stolen property was on November 11th.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY REPORTED ON SH23 SOUTH OF OZARK
On November 12th, Franklin County authorities were called to a resident's on Highway 23 just north of Highway 96 to take a report. Shannon Wilkerson reported that he had just purchased the home on October 31st and that on the 12th he went to turn the heat on and noticed all the copper wiring missing from the house. He said he had noticed what he thought was some vandalism on the 1st of November but did not notice the wiring at that time. The estimated value of the stolen wire totaled $2,500.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON HUGHES IN LAMAR
Johnson County authorities took a report on November 9th of a residential burglary and theft in the 400 block of North Hughes in Lamar. Amber Bridgman reported that on October 25th she was at the residence packing items to move to her new home in Vilonia, when she returned on the 9th the home was trashed and several items were missing from the property. The report shows that it appeared entrance to the home may have been gained through an outside door that had been kicked in. The total value of the stolen property amounted to about $3,500. Some of the items stolen included a Bear compound bow, an Echo chainsaw, push lawnmower, porcelain bath tub, tool box full of tools, fishing tackle, electric heater, go-cart, air compressor, T posts, Skill saw, tent, misc. batteries.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY AND BATTERY REPORTED BY ALTUS MAN
Franklin County Deputy Dave Dodge was dispatched to a home in the 4300 block of Pond Creek Road on Friday in reference to a burglary and battery. At the home, the victim Joseph Rosson of Altus reported that a Joshua McCormick had come to the house looking for his girlfriend. Rosson said he told him that he didn't know where she was and that he needed to leave, at which time he said that McCormick attacked him and then left in a Ford Escort. The report indicates that a BOLO was put out to area agencies for the vehicle and Rosson on charges of battery 3rd degree, residential burglary and criminal mischief 2nd degree. Rosson did not sustain any serious injuries in the attack.
CPD RESPONDS TO THREE SEPERATE SHOPLIFTING CALLS
Clarksville Police were called to Wal-Mart on November 9th in reference to a shoplifter. Store security noticed a male subject, later identified as John Harden age 37 of Clarksville, in the sporting goods department taking a scope and a knife set that he later stuck in his pants and attempted to leave without paying. Harden was detained by store security until police arrived and took him into custody. The total value of the stolen property amount to about $70.
On November 12th, Clarksville Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter being detained by store security. Leroy Atkins of Clarksville age 46, had been seen by store security taking a flashlight, scope and game camera from the sporting goods department. The items were concealed in his jacket as he attempted to leave the store without paying. The total value of the stolen property amounted to almost $300.
A 21 year old Jonte Beerbower of Clarksville was arrested by Clarksville Police on November 13th after he as observed by Wal-Mart security stealing a Dickies jacket. Beerbower placed the jacket in his cart along with other items and then proceeded to the check out where he paid for the other merchandise but not the jacket. He was detained by store personnel until police arrived.
RITCHIE FAMILY DONATIONS
The Robert Ritchie family of Johnson County lost their home and belongings in a fire Wednesday morning 11/12 that also claimed the life of their 11 year old son Blaine. If you would like to donate items to the family, the Classy Cleaners of Clarksville are accepting items of clothing, household linens, coats, sheets, towels etc.... and then they will clean those items at no charge and get them to the family. The sizes of the family members are below:
6 year old Meadow....she wears size 11-13 junior pants and XL junior shirts; Jeannie ( the mother ) 20 jeans/pants and 2XL - 3XL shirts; Robbie ( the dad ) 3XL shirts and 46x30 pants.
Blaine's football team is playing Lamar on Saturday at 5pm at Lamar. All the proceeds to the game will be donated to the family.
ALTUS MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT
Franklin County authorities responded to a motor vehicle accident at 6am Thursday morning on Highway 23 south near Kersey Road. Deputy Guy Huff responded to the scene to find a white male lying next to the highway and a truck resting against a tree on fire. The driver was identified as a Dennis Mitchell age 28 of Altus, he was driving a 1997 Chevy pickup when he said he fell asleep, the vehicle veered off the road and ran head on into a tree where it came to rest. Mitchell climbed from the truck and was later transported to Mercy Ozark by Franklin County EMS for treatment, he was complaining of ankle and rib pains. The Oak Bend and Branch Fire Departments were called to the scene. The truck was totaled in the accident.
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED WITH STOLEN LICENSE PLATE
On November 5th, Clarksville Police responded to a report of a red Mustang sitting in the Twin Oaks Parking lot with the hood up and a man inside. Police arrived to find 32 year old Falon Gray of Clarksville asleep in the vehicle. It was found that Gray had two warrants for his arrest, it was also discovered that the license plate on the vehicle was reported stolen. Gary said that he was traveling past Conway when he noticed a car sitting on the side of the road, so he stopped and took the license plate from the vehicle because his was expired. He was arrested for theft by receiving and held for Conway County authorities on a warrant.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED BY CLARKSVILLE RESIDENT
On November 8th, Bernardo Munoz of Clarksville contacted the Clarksville Police Department to file a report after someone cut the tires on his vehicle. Two tires were cut on each vehicle, both were parked next to the curb in front of his house in the 300 block of Cline Road. The vehicles were a 2006 Ford Explorer and a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Johnson County authorities were contacted by Cynthia Inman on Sunday (Nov 9) in reference to an update to a theft report she had filed about a week previous. Inman reported that a Rossi 357 revolver and custom made leather holster had been stolen from her home in the 500 block of County Road 2700. Inman had previously reported the theft of some checks from her home but did not know what else might have been stolen as she was not aware of the theft of the checks until she was contacted by Russellville Police in reference to a female who had been arrested trying to cash checks from Inmans account. There is a suspect in the investigation.
On November 5th, Susan Sparks of Clarksville contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department to file a theft report. Sparks lives in the 400 block of County Road 3251 and said that her electricity had flashed and she went out to the shed to reset the breaker. When she went to the shed, she noticed here 3 wheeler had been moved and an electric welder was missing from the shed. The value of the welder was estimated at $300.
MULBERRY MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS
38 year old Gary Wayne Moorse Jr. of Mulberry was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual assault and a 10 year suspended sentence for incest. Moorse plead guilty to sexual assault and incest involving a female relative Wednesday in Crawford County. A relative of Moorse victim set up a web cam where he and the victim slept and recorded video of Moorse and the girl engaged in sexual acts and of him taking nude photos of the female victim. The relative found letters from Moorse to the victim suggesting inappropriate relations. The victim was a juvenile at the time of the violations.
McNUTT NAMED WINNER OF OZARK MAYOR RACE
TR McNutt was declared winner of the Ozark Mayor's race on Wednesday afternoon, without a run-off election. The Franklin County Election Commission met to consider 6 provisional ballots from the November 4th General Election. Out of the 6 ballots, only 4 were found to be eligible for certification. Of the 4 ballots, 2 cast votes for TR McNutt, 1 vote cast for Lee Gardner and 1 vote cast for Carol Sneath. The issue came with the fact that there was a 194 vote difference between McNutt and Gardner, with McNutt holding the most. According to election codes, McNutt would have had to win by more than 192 votes to avoid a run-off election, after the provisional votes were considered, McNutt held a 195 vote advantage and was declared winner of the election without a run-off. In review McNutt received a total of 462 votes, Gardner 267 votes and Sneath 231 votes.
The Commission explained that a provisional ballot occurs when a voter comes to the poll to vote and there is found to be an issue with their qualifications to vote, so they are allowed to cast a paper ballot until the issue can be resolved. Of the 6 provisional ballots cast, 4 were determined to be qualified for certification. Of the 4, 2 were the result of a voter from the county to the city, one was due to confusion on whether the voter was in the city limits and the 4th was due to a change in the last name of the voter from a recent marriage.
THEFT REPORTED ON CAT HOLLER ROAD
Robert Sims of London filed a theft and break-in report with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Monday (Nov 10). Sims reported that he owns a cabin in the 1500 block of Cat Holler Road and that someone had broke into the cabin and taken about $4,000 worth of property. The stolen property included a propane heater, DeWalt Sawzall, DeWalt drill, Rigid pipe stand, 8' step ladder, refrigerator, microwave, mattress, Black and Decker saw, 5 rods and reels, cooking pots and pans, 6 folding chairs, 65 gallon water tank, 4 - 12volt water pumps, leaf blower, 22 shells and other misc. property.
A MULBERRY WOMAN WAS KILLED IN AN MVA MONDAY
Authorities were called to a two vehicle accident on Monday afternoon at 3:20pm on State Highway 215 and 10th Street in the Mulberry City limits. The report indicates that Blake Brown age 30 of Mulberry was driving a Ford F350 truck southbound when Ann Morrell of Mulberry age 77 was eastbound driving a 2003 Ford Explorer and failed to yield according to the report. The Brown vehicle struck the Morrell vehicle and both vehicles came to rest in the ditch. Both were transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment. Ann Morrell of Mulberry passed away from her injuries. The accident was investigated by the Mulberry Police Department.
MULBERRY MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING FIRE
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department indicates that a Kendall Moore age 45 of Mulberry was seriously burned when he tried to light a burner in a camper early Sunday morning. Authorities got the call of a camper on fire at White Rock between Bliss Ridge Road and Mineral Hill Road about 8:11am after a couple who was driving through the area noticed the fire. When Deputy Guy Huff arrived, the camper was already a total loss and just smoldering and no one could be found near the site. Deputy Huff left a note for the owner to contact the Sheriff's Department. Shortly after leaving the scene, the Sheriff's Department got a call from the brother-in-law of Moore reporting what had happened and that Moore had been taken to Mercy Fort Smith for treatment.
LAMAR TEEN TREATED FOR GUNSHOT WOUND TO STOMACH
Johnson County authorities were called to a home in the 1200 block of West Main on Sunday (Nov 9) at 11pm in reference to a self inflicted gun shot wound. James Williams 18 of Lamar said he had gone outside to take target practice with a BB gun when he saw a possum and tried to shoot it. When he did the shots bounced back off some nearby concrete striking him in the stomach. Williams was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment on non-life threatening injuries.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Glenda Tollison of Clarksville reported that the tag had been stolen from her truck. The AR tag may have been taken while the vehicle was parked at the Coal Hill exit near I-40. She reported that her son-in-law drives the truck during the week and parks at that location. The report was filed on Saturday (Nov 8).
Angelique Yates of Coal Hill filed a theft report on November 4th after arriving home to find someone had burglarized her home and taken some of her property. The home is located in the 1500 block of Highway 164 in Coal Hill. Yates said she got home and walked into the house and noticed her bedroom door was open, which is always closed. She then discovered that a diamond ring, a small flat screen TV, some old coins and a 5 gallon fuel can were missing. The total value of the stolen property amounted to about $7,200.
LAMAR MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER
Johnson County Deputies report arresting a 33 year old Mario Gatewood of Lamar on October 29th for failing to register address as a sex offender. Deputies attempted to make contact with Gatewood at the residence where he was registered in the 100 block of Meadow Lane in Lamar on the 28th but were unsuccessful in locating him. Gatewood later called the Sheriff's Department and agreed to me with deputies the next morning at the Sheriff's Department. When Gatewood did not show up the next morning deputies attempted to locate him and were able to get in contact with him later that afternoon. He was arrested and transported to the detention center. Gatewood is a Level 3 sex offender.
TRUCK WINDOW SHOT OUT
Saturday (Nov. 8) afternoon about 2pm, Franklin County Deputy Dave Dodge was dispatched to the Sheriff's Office to take a report. Ryan Hobbs of Ozark reported that he was driving west on Highway 215 north of Cass between Low Bridge and Redding Road in a 2008 Chevy truck when he heard a shot and the next thing he knew his lap was covered in glass fragments. The passenger side window had been shattered by an apparent gun shot. Hobbs said he drove down the road until he felt it was safe to stop, he then got the glass out of his lap and drove to the I-40 travel center where he phoned law enforcement. He was not injured.
INMATE CHARGED AFTER CELL FIGHT
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department indicates that an inmate was cited for 3rd degree battery following a fight in a cell of the detention center on Thursday (Nov. 6). The report shows that inmates Joshua Rofkahr of Altus age 32 and inmate Jimmy Smith of Altus age 33 got into a fight. After watching video of the incident, it was determined that Rofkahr started the fight. Inmate Smith had some bruises and whelps on his head but did not require medical attention.
FATAL ACCIDENT THURSDAY NEAR MOUNTAINBURG
A Mountainburg man was killed Thursday in a single vehicle accident on Highway 71. Shane McCormick age 28 was driving a 2001 Ford Escape southbound on Highway 71 south of Mountainburg when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the west shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle slid down and into an embankment, ramped a driveway and overturned into a tree. There was a passenger in the vehicle, Clarissa Grife of Mountainburg age 25, she was transported to Washington Regional Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The accident occurred at 2:45pm Thursday November 6th.
VOLUNTEER INJURD AT WOOF STOCK
On October 18th, Clarksville Police were called to Johnson Regional Medical Center to take a report of a volunteer for Needy Paws being bitten at the Woof Stock event. Vanessa Brown stated that she was walking one dog and another volunteer was walking another dog when the dogs got too close and began to fight. Brown stated she pulled the dog she was walking, away from the other dog and was scratched on the arm and stomach by the dog. She said the injuries were minor.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Marty Keck of Altus reported that 2 - Douglas Performance GT-H tires and two factory rims had been stolen from a vehicle that was at his shop to be worked on. The report does not indicated the valued of the stolen property. The report was filed on Sunday (Nov. 2). The location of the theft was in the 4400 block of Pond Creek Road.
Franklin County authorities were contacted by Shane Story in reference to a theft that had occurred in the 1000 block of Rattlesnake Road sometime between 11/1 3pm and 11/2 4pm. Story advised that a 42" Phillips flat screen TV, 32" Vizio flat screen TV, Nikon camera, misc. jewelry and some clothing was taken, total value of the stolen property amounted to about $1,500.
About 30 foot of stainless steel pipe was reported stolen from a milk barn on Highway 41 south in the 15,000 block. Rita Gilbreath reported the theft and also stated that some old wires had been cut from the building and had been left at the barn. The value of the stolen pipe was $500. The report was filed on Tuesday (11/4).
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Troy Richardson contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Monday (Nov 3) to file a theft report. Richardson reported that a ground blind, 5 gallon deer feeder and game cameral had been stolen from property that he hunts on in the 400 block of Private Road 3585. The total value of the stolen property amounted to $160.
On Saturday November 1st, Bruce Williams filed a theft report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after someone stole his 2006 Honda 100cc dirt bike from the car port of his home in the 800 block of Jenkins Ferry Road. The motorcycle was valued at $2,244.50
Cynthia Inman of London reported that she had been the victim of a theft of property. She said she was contacted by Russellville Police after a Breanna Brandon of London was arrested for attempting to cash some of Inman's check's at a bank in Russellville. Russellville Police also told her that some of her jewelry was found in Brandon's vehicle. The report shows that Inman didn't realize the theft had occurred until she was contacted by Russellville Police.
About $1,000 worth of auto parts were reported stolen from old vehicle's that were parked on land on County Road 4011. The cars and parts are owned by Mike Wright of Ozark who reported that it appeared someone had crossed over a closed gate on foot to gain access to the cars. The report was filed on Saturday 11/1.
Gaylon Madewell of Lamar filed a theft report on Sunday (Nov. 2) after he said that a $100 bill was taken from his wallet the night before while he was sleeping. Mr. Madewell lives in the 600 block of Quarry Street in Lamar.
NATURAL DAM RESIDENT KILLED IN MVA TUESDAY
Steven Pollard age 45 of Natural Dam was killed in a single vehicle accident Tuesday morning. Pollard was driving a 2003 Ford Focus on Highway 59 traveling north when he crossed left of center into the oncoming traffic, overcorrected back to the right striking the edge of a guard rail on the east side of a bridge. The vehicle spun counter clockwise one full turn as he went off the bridge. Pollard was ejected from the vehicle which came to final rest on the river bed below. The accident occurred at about 9am Tuesday.
FRANKLIN COUNTY RESULTS
Judge: Rickey Bowman 2814 / Cody Sosebee 1972 / Joe Flanagan 643
JP#8: David Hewitt 374 / Kim Loughridge 245
Altus Mayor: Veronica Post 134 / Linda Post 65 / Robyn Smith 23 / Katherine Vaught 18
Altus Council Ward 2 Position 2: John Baker 137 / Gary McPherson 75
Ozark Mayor: TR McNutt 460 / Lee Gardner 266 / Carol Sneath 230
Ozark Council Ward 1 Position 2: Rex Anderson 518 / Charlie Meadors 411
Ozark Council Ward 2 Position 2: Victoria Vicars 453 / Ricky Paxton 428
Ozark Council Ward 3 Position 2: Chris Warden 537 / Tanya Robberson 360
Charleston Terms of Office: Against 421 / For 274
JOHNSON COUNTY RESULTS
Clarksville Mayor: Mark Simpson 855 / Billy Helms 752 / Jerry Self 290
Clarksville Council ward 3 position 1: Eddie King 1082 / Clay Austin 384 / Robert Charlton 342
Council Term Issue: For 1243 / Against 587
JP #2: Larry Holben 578 / David Brown 251
JP #9: Kenneth Medeiros 278 / Timothy Kajdan 183
JP #10: Harold Parker 380 / Don Summers 249
Coal Hill Mayor: Ronnie Garner 159 / Charles Pabst 75
Coal Hill Council ward 1 position 2: Sonny Bartlett 143 / Shirley Weathers 91
Coal Hill Council ward 3 position 1: Cyndy Styles 112 / Terry Martin 89 / Veda Gougolis 32
Lamar Mayor: Jerry Boen 215 / Jeanette Hemmer 190
Lamar ballot issue: For 286 / Against 114
Hartman council position 2: Clifford Tillery 91 / Lanora Vaught 45
Hartman council position 5: Jackie Weathers 87 / Jeff Cole 52
Run Off for Clarksville Mayor and Coal Hill Council Ward 3 Position 1 Nov. 25th
LOGAN COUNTY RESULTS
Sheriff: Boyd Hicks 3,634 / Steve Smith 2,824
Judge: Ray Gack 3,877 / Mark Limbird 2,573
Paris Mayor: Daniel Rogers 725 / Bill Elsken 292 / Richard Harrison 32
JP #7: Bob Krepps 334 / Richard Patton 301
Paris Council Ward 2 Position 2: Pam Baumgartner 676 / Brett Sullivan 362
Paris City Clerk: Mary Sullivan 461 / Mary Beth Nehus 318 / Julie White 212 / Kimberly Higgins 55
Caulksville Mayor: Richard Pettigrew 66 / Doyle Knight Jr. 30
Booneville City Clerk: Gaylene West 525 / Stacy Brown 222 / Marilyn Rogers 136
Run Off election for Paris City Clerk Nov. 25th between Mary Sullivan and Mary Beth Nehus
THEFT REPORTED AT CLARKSVILLE BUSINESS
Stephen Fisher of Arkansas Valley Dentistry of Clarksville contacted the Clarksville Police Department on October 1st in reference to a missing piece of equipment. Fisher reported that a sensor for a TMD work-up valued at $13,000 was missing from the office, he advised that it isn't used very much so he wasn't sure how long it have missing.
MISSOURI TRUCK DRIVER INJURED IN MVA
Charles Nobles was transported to Mercy Ozark with a couple of minor cuts to his head following a single vehicle tractor trailer accident this morning about 3:45am on Highway 23 north in Franklin County. Nobles was driving a tractor trailer loaded with poultry that overturned as it ran off the roadway, coming to rest on it's side in the ditch. The road was not blocked but traffic was slowed as authorities worked to upright the tractor trailer and remove it from the scene.
ST. PAUL RESIDENT KILLED IN MONDAY CRASH
An Arkansas State Police report shows that 41 year old Travis Kelley of St. Paul was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer westbound on Highway 16 when the vehicle left the roadway to the right and then veered back across both lanes going off the road and hitting a tree. Kelley was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred about 5:30am on Monday morning at Dutton.
MULBERRY WOMAN KILLED IN THURSDAY MVA
A Mulberry woman was killed in a 3 vehicle accident on I-40 Thursday evening about 7:45pm. Brittany Brewer age 23 of Mulberry was driving a 1996 Ford Taurus and failed to stop striking a 2013 Kenworth tractor trailer that was westbound driven by Mark Hudspeth of Briggsville AR. After impact with the tractor trailer, Brewer's vehicle continued westbound re-entering the roadway striking a 2004 Chevy pickup driven by Richard Smithson of Bella Vista AR. Hudspeth and Smithson were not injured. Brewer was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries. The accident occurred near the 10 mile marker of I-40.
BODY FOUND IN BURNED CAR
A badly burned body was discovered in a vehicle at Cabin Creek Park in Knoxville at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 1. A deputy received a report of a vehicle on fire near the pavilion and requested that the Knoxville Fire Department be paged to the scene. While fighting the fire, the firefighters pried open the trunk of the vehicle, a BMW, and discovered what appeared to be a body inside. Detectives with the Sheriff's Office and Arkansas State Police worked the scene, collecting and processing evidence. The license plate and VIN of the vehicle were destroyed in the fire, making it difficult to determine the particulars on the vehicle itself and the owner. The body was removed from the scene and will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy and identification. The investigation is a combined effort of the Sheriff's Office and the Arkansas State Police. Federal authorities have been notified since Cabin Creek Park is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park.
CPD RESPONDS TO BREAK IN CALL
Officer Tyler Holt was dispatched to the 400 block of Patton Street to the apartment of Jamie Weymouth of Clarksville to take a report of a theft. Ms. Weymouth said she was missing a few items from her vehicle that had been ransacked. Weymouth said she discovered the damage when she went to get in her vehicle and it was locked, she said she never locks her vehicle. The report shows that a set of jumper cables, $20 change and her keys were missing. The report was filed back on July 23rd and was released over the weekend.
PURSUIT NEAR CHARLESTON TUESDAY
Franklin County Deputy Dave Dodge was involved in a pursuit Tuesday night about 8pm that ended with the female suspect escaping capture. Deputy Dodge responded to a call of an intoxicated subject trespassing on property in the 5900 block of Case Road. The property owner said the female subject was on his land and had come to his door banging on the door, he had told her to leave and get off his property. Deputy Dodge then began to patrol the area when he met the suspect vehicle that almost ran into his unit. Deputy Dodge attempted to stop the vehicle which fled for a short distance before pulling into a driveway on Case Road at which time the female driver jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. She ran through a yard and jumped a fence into a heavily wooded area. Other units responded but were not able to located the female. Authorities have determined a positive identity for the female and plan to file for a warrant.
JOHNSON COUNTY MAN REPORTS BEING ASSAULTED
Johnson County Sheriff's Department received a call on October 24th of a battery that had occurred at the home of Elvis Fox on Highway 352. Mr. Fox reported he was out in his yard when his 28 year old son came down the drive and started hitting him. The son then got into Mr. Fox's 1998 Chevy S-10 and left the scene. Mr. Fox reported that he had injuries to the side of his head and ribs, he was taken to the hospital by a neighbor for treatment.
$7,000 CHARGES MADE TO WOMANS CREDIT CARD
Karen Stephens of Ozark contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on October 23rd to report several thousand dollars in charges to her credit card that she did not make. Stephens said they check the card at the end of each month and that's when she found there was a hold on the account, she contacted the bank and they informed her of a total of $7,000 in charges from September 9th to September 30th.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Dain Childers of Lamar filed a report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on October 16th after he went to work on property he owns at the corner of County Road 2201 and County Road 3100 and found a window broken out of his shed. Nothing appeared to be missing from the shed, but a power pole that was laying on the ground behind the shed had been taken. The estimated value of the pole was $200 and the damage to the shed was estimated at $100.
Some stereo equipment was reported stolen from a vehicle owned by Gary Molder of Knoxville on Monday (Oct. 20th). Molder told Deputy Larry Moore that his vehicle broke down and he took it to his neighbor's to be repaired on September 20th, when he went to get it on the 19th he discovered his speakers and amp were missing from the back, valued at $400. The location where the car was parked was in the 1100 block of Jenkins Ferry Road.
INMATES CHARGED AFTER ASSAULT
On October 23rd Franklin County Detention Center personnel reported that an inmate in the detention center had been physically assaulted by two other inmates. Inmates Logan Rucinski of Ozark age 20 and inmate William Tournay of Ozark age 26 could be seen on video surveillance kicking another inmate, 25 year old Christopher Oshane of Fort Smith. Oshane was taken to Mercy Ozark for precaution, he was treated and released. Rucinski and Tournay were cited with domestic battery 3rd degree and obstructing governmental operations.
BOONEVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT
Authorities were conducting a sobriety check point on Highway 109 just north of the Magazine City limits on Saturday night when a Quad Franklin of Booneville was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle and was at the checkpoint, stopped and answering question for law enforcement. When the officer turned to walk back to his vehicle to run Franklin's information, Franklin started the motorcycle and sped away. Trooper Derek Neitert was in his vehicle and pursued Franklin for about a mile with speeds near 100mph before Franklin lost control of the motorcycle while northbound on Highway 109, he then fled on foot but was apprehended after about 100 yards of fleeing on foot. Franklin was charged with DWI drugs, driving on suspended, reckless driving and fleeing, he was treated by ambulance at the scene for minor injuries.
HEAT & AIR UNIT STOLEN
A Payne central heat and air unit was reported stolen from a home in the 2600 block of County Road 4490 on October 27th. The victim, Mr. Mical Morris owns the property where someone had cut the lines to the outside heat/air unit and took it along with the fuse box. The estimated value of the stolen property was $1,000, the house is used as a rental and the damage was discovered when they were there repairing a water leak.
POSSIBLE OVERDOSE ON HIGHWAY 103
Johnson County EMS and Johnson County Sheriff's Department were called to a home in the 5900 block of Highway 103 on Sunday (Oct. 26) in reference to a possible overdose. An 53 year old white male was found unresponsive in his bedroom. The report shows that the man was breathing and his eye's were open but he was not responsive. He was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance. It was not known what prescription's had been taken but there were several bottles of pills located in the room with the male.
CLARKSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESENTS ANNUAL REPORT
The Clarksville School Board met Wednesday night for the regular October meeting and Annual Report to the Public. There were several on hand for the meeting and after hearing updates from each of the District's Campus Representatives, the floor was opened for public input. The first to address the board was Steve Morgan who shared with the board some concerns he has. Those included the cut in funding and elimination of the ACT Prep at the High School and the way that the district's security policy was put into place. Morgan voiced concern that there was no public meeting to allow input from the public or even a meeting with staff of the district to get their input.
Mr. Morgan was followed by Cynthia Jacobs who presented a letter to the board outlining her concerns. The theme of the letter was lack of communication between the district and the community and parents. Jacobs specifically pointed out the need for the Parental Advisory Council to be implemented, as it is defined in the school policy, lack of information for the public at school board meetings, fragmented out of date website and lack of effort by the district seek public input in matters of policy. Others also voiced concern in reference to the same topics.
After the meeting with talked with Supt. Dr. David Hopkins about the issue of the security policy being implemented without a public meeting or public input and we are planning on meeting next week to discuss the concerns further.
2 CLARKSVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES
2 Clarksville resident's were arrested on felony drug charges by Franklin County authorities after a traffic stop on Monday just after midnight. The vehicle was stopped on a routine traffic violation and Deputy Justin Oliver made contact with the occupants to find that two were wanted on warrants and all three had suspended drivers license. Shawna Sturdivant age 27 and Daniel Mason age 28 were the two arrested on warrants. The vehicle belonged to Sturdivant who gave authorities permission to search the vehicle. While searching the vehicle a gray bag was found underneath the driver's seat containing 3 pipes, 2 with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and 1 appeared to be used for smoking meth. The bag also contained numerous small baggies and 2 small baggies contained a white powdery substance and 1 containing a large crystal like rock all 3 field tested positive for meth. Mason and Sturdivant were transported to the Franklin County Detention Center and were charged with poss of meth with intent to deliver and poss of drug paraph. Sturdivant was also charged with driving while dl suspended, careless driving and no proof of liability insurance.
10 YEAR OLD TO BE CHARGED IN BOMB THREAT
Ozark Police Chief Cory Tedford tells True Country News that a 10 year old female juvenile responsible for a written bomb threat at the Ozark Upper Elementary School Monday will be charged. Chief Teford said that a felony charge of communicating a false alarm will be sought, he said charges have not yet been filed but that they will be forthcoming. Authorities were able to identify two possible suspects within hours of the bomb threat being found, both were questioned on Monday and then the investigation and questioning continued Tuesday resulting in the decision to file charges. The Chief went on to say that no real motive was determined for writing the note. The female is a 10 year old 4th grade student.
We also talked with the Chief for explanation on the situation with the 9 year old suspect in the bomb threat from Thursday of last week and why no charges were filed. The Chief explained that law prohibits criminal charges being filed against a juvenile under the age of 10, otherwise charges would have been pursued in that case as well. The 9 year old male was suspended by the school district.
COAL HILL MAN KILLED WHEN STRUCK BY VEHICLE
A Coal Hill resident was killed when struck by a vehicle while walking on Highway 64 Monday (Oct. 27). The Arkansas State Police report that Steven Alan Wilson of Coal Hill was walking west on the east bound shoulder when he was hit by a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Johnson County Deputy Coroner David Cogan. The Cobalt was driven by John Curtis Osborne of Altus, he was traveling west on Highway 64 when the vehicle veered to the left crossing into the east bound traffic lane and onto the shoulder where he struck Wilson. After impact with Wilson, the vehicle continued west driving off the shoulder and coming to final stop after hitting a concrete culvert. The accident was investigated by the Arkansas State Police, Coal Hill Police also responded to the scene. The accident occurred at 8:33am Monday (Oct. 27).
PHONE SCAM REPORTED
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department and Clarksville Police Department have both been receiving multiple calls of a phone scam in the area. Resident's report getting a phone call from an individual claiming to be with the IRS in some capacity and then asking for their name, social security number, lawyers name and other information. This is a scam and again resident's are reminded not to give out personal information over the phone to anyone.
OZARK PRIMARY SCHOOL EVACUATED AFTER BOMB THREAT
Another bomb threat was reported at the Ozark Primary School on Monday (Oct. 27th) after a written bomb threat was found in a bathroom of the Ozark Upper Elementary about 11am. Students were immediately evacuated and taken to the Hillbilly Football Stadium and the building and premises were secured. Law enforcement then began a search of the building and grounds. Chief Cory Tedford reported that no device was found and that while the building were being searched, other officer's were working with the school reviewing video and looking at evidence and were quickly able to determine a person of interest. The Chief confirmed that the person of interest was again a juvenile. Authorities were able to determine an identity for the female juvenile and she was questioned late Monday evening. The investigation continues. This threat comes just day's after a written bomb threat was found at the Lower Elementary on Thursday prompting evacuation. Authorities were able to quickly identify a person of interest and before the day was up a 9 year old male student had admitted to leaving the bomb threat. Police said that no criminal charges would be pursued due to the age of the suspect.
The Ozark School District has confirmed that the 9 year old involved in the October 23rd threat has been suspended and could face additional disciplinary action. The district is also sending letters home to all parents asking parents to address the seriousness of the matter with their children.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Henry Lucy of Coal Hill contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Friday (Oct. 24th) in reference to an attempted theft from his bank account. Mr. Lucy received a call from his bank stating that someone had come into the bank trying to cash two checks on his account for $200 each. Mr. Lucy was not sure when the checks were stolen but said they may have been taken from his tractor trailer while it was parked in Van Buren.
Johnson County authorities took a report of a residential break-in in the 100 block of County Road 2355 at the home of Paul Wahl. Wahl stated that someone had broke into his home and tore everything up. He said that his medicine bottles had been broken and pills were laying all over the floor and that a bottle of Hydrocodone was missing. Mr. Wahl advised that 4 bottles had been broken totaling 64 pills.
CHILD FOUND STANDING ALONE IN THE ROAD SATURDAY
Franklin County authorities were called to the 16,000 block of Piney Road about 4pm on Saturday (Oct. 25) after a motorist phoned the Sheriff's Department to report a child standing in the middle of the roadway. The motorist told Deputy Guy Huff that she was driving west on Pinney Road when she saw the small child in the middle of the road. The child was crying and pointed in the direction of a house. The motorist took him to the house he was pointing at and two adults came out side and retrieved the child saying they had no idea he was gone. Deputy Huff made contact with the two adults, no charges were filed.
OZARK COUNCIL APPROVES DOWNTOWN PARKING ORDINANCE
The Ozark City Council met in special session on Friday afternoon (Oct. 24) with two items to consider downtown parking restrictions and code enforcement position. The council approved an ordinance that will put restrictions on downtown parking. No vehicle will be allowed to park in downtown for over a 48 hour period. Anyone found in violation of this ordinance will be fined no less than $100 and no more than $300 for each 48 hour period in violation. This ordinance also addresses momentary moving of a vehicle as still in violation, in other words moving a vehicle from one spot to another will not constitute a re-setting of the 48 hour period.
The Council also approved increasing the Code Enforcement position from a part-time to a full time position and moving this position to the supervision of the Ozark Police Department. This will go into effect after the current Code Enforcement Officer give's two weeks notice to his current employer.
STOLEN BACKHOE RECOVERED FRIDAY
Ozark Police Chief Cory Tedford reported Friday that a backhoe owned by the City of Ozark that had been stolen from Highland Cemetery had been recovered. Chief Tedford reported that backhoe was located in a wooded area of a field off of Wire Road near the Franklin Crawford County line Friday. An anonymous call alerted police as to the location of the backhoe. Cheif Tedford said the backhoe was processed by police at the scene and did not appear to have been damaged. He said it looked like the backhoe had been driven into that area and parked. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
MAN SHOT AND KILLED AFTER FLEEING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT
An Arkansas State Trooper on patrol duties in Pope County last night (Friday, October 24th, 8:35 PM) attempted to stop a passenger vehicle in Russellville along Arkansas Highway 7 (north). The driver, later identified as Bobby Shane Patrick, 27, refused to stop the vehicle and fled from the State Trooper traveling about ten miles east along State Highway 27 where he abandoned the car. Patrick was seen fleeing the area on foot with a handgun. Inside the vehicle State Police found a passenger identified as Brooke Haley Beard, 24, of Russellville. Beard is presently on probation from Yell County for drug possession and hindering apprehension or prosecution. Beard was taken into custody and turned-over to Pope County authorities. The vehicle driven by Patrick had been reported stolen one month ago in Dardanelle. During the course of the search for Patrick, State Police learned Patrick was wanted on warrants for parole violation, drug possession and failure to appear. Shortly after 2 AM today State Troopers and officers of the Arkansas Department of Correction (Calico Rock Unit) tracking dog team spotted Patrick in tall grass not far from where he had abandoned the stolen car. As the search team confronted Patrick he raised a handgun at officers who then fired their weapons killing him. No State Troopers or ADC personnel were injured. A State Police investigation of the shooting is underway involving both the department’s Criminal Investigation Division and Office of Professional Standards. An investigative file will be presented to the prosecuting attorney to consider if the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers was consistent with Arkansas laws. As prescribed by State Police policy, State Troopers involved in the shooting incident have been placed on administrative leave with pay while the review by Special Agents of the Office of Professional Standards is underway. The names of the Troopers involved will be released upon completion of the OPS review.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Johnson County Authorities received a report of a theft of property at the home of Carol Grimmer of Lamar located in the 3600 block of County Road 3651. Deputy Teddy Dalton responded to the scene and made contact with Grimmer who stated she and her family have had trouble with someone stealing items from their property over the last couple of weeks. The list of stolen property included 2 rolls of copper 10/2 wire, Arkansas trailer tag, 7' trailer, 2 rolls of 220 wire, Stihl chainsaw, Redmax chainsaw, 1250lb. winch, Lazer level, total value of the stolen property was about $2,300. The report was filed on Friday October 17th.
A tractor bucket was reported stolen on County Road 4418. Randy McClaine of Clarksville reported that he had parked his tractor just up the hill from his house back on September 15th and that when he went to use the tractor on the 6th he discovered that the front bucket was missing from the tractor, the estimated valued was listed as $500.
Raymond Hudspeth of Clarksville filed a theft report on Sunday in reference to his tag being stolen from his car. He stated that his grandson had taken his car hunting and when he came out of the woods, the tag was missing. It was a Vietnam Vet Arkansas tag valued at $60.
BOMB THREAT AT OZARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Ozark Primary and Upper Elementary were evacuated at about 12:30pm Thursday afternoon do to a bomb threat. Students were taken to the Hillbilly Stadium where parents can pickup up their child if desired. Thanks to video surveillance, authorities wee able to determine that the bomb was left by a 9 year old male student at the school No bomb was found and according to Chief Tedford, criminal charges would not be pursued due to the age of the child. The matter will be turned over to the juvenile officer and the Ozark School District.
SUBIACO WOMAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MVA
Machelle Schluterman age 51 of Subiaco sustained serious injury in a single vehicle accident about 1:30pm Wednesday (Oct. 22) on Highway 309 south of Ozark. According to Trooper Derrick Neiter, Schluterman was southbound on Highway 309 driving a 1998 Ford pickup when she failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the roadway and ran straight off the roadway running head on into a tree. Schluterman was airlifted to Mercy Fort Smith by Air Evac for treatment of her injuries. She was not wearing a seatbelt and charges are pending according to Neitert.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Charles Qualls of Clarksville reported the theft of 10 solar lights from his property in the 300 block of County Road 3330 on October 20th. Qualls said about 7:30pm that night he noticed a Chevy pickup at the bottom of his driveway, he drove down to the location and the subjects got into the vehicle and left. Qualls followed the vehicle but lost sight of them in the area of Hudson Springs Road. He then returned home and realized that 10 solar lights that were mounted in the ground along his driveway were missing.
Deputy Larry Moore was dispatched to the home of Daniela Dutka in the 6900 block of Highway 164 on Saturday (Oct. 18) in reference to a theft report. Dutka reported that she had been out of town since October 9th, and when she returned on the 18th she found several items missing from her home. Items taken included a 32" Panasonic flat screen television, 2 - Play Station 3 gaming systems, 19" Hewlett Packard laptop computer, Hewlett Packard PC tower and a sliver sound bar that mounts on the wall. The total value of the stolen property was $1,700.
2 INCIDENTS FROM MUSIC FESTIVAL
On Friday (Oct. 17) Franklin County Deputy Justin Oliver was dispatched to the Harvest Fest Music Festival to take custody of a male subject, identified as 21 year old Matthew Schmidt of KS, for assaulting a female security staff member. The report shows that Mr. Schmidt had been asked several times to see his stage pass to get through the gate but he refused to show it. The security member stepped in front of Mr. Schmidt at which time he grabbed her and pushed her to the ground. The female security member was taken by private vehicle to Mercy Hospital for examination after hitting her head on the ground. Schmidt admitted that he had taken a couple of hits of acid before the incident occurred.
23 year old Dean Gower of Ava MO was arrested at the Harvest Fest Music Festival after he damaged a fence while jumping it to gain access to a restricted area on Friday (Oct. 17). Gower was detained by security personnel until Franklin County Deputy Justin Oliver arrived and took custody of Gower who admitted to drinking 7 beers and taking at least 10 hits of acid before the incident.
Barnes Fire Department along with several supporting departments responded to a structure fire at the home of Joshua and Carrie Isaacs on Thursday morning at 8am in the 13,000 block of Watalula Road. According to Fire Chief Rusty Barnett, no one was at the home at the time of the fire, Joshua was at work and his wife Carrie had left to take the children to school. It's believed the fire started in the area of a bedroom and the cause may have been electircal according to Chief Barnett. Crews were on the scene about 4 hours. Barnes Fire Department was assissted at the scene by Watalula and Ozark. No one was injured but the home and contents sustained extensive damage.
Ozark Police report that an Ozark resident has been charged in connection with a recent break-in at the Mediquick Pharmacy in Ozark on Commercial Street. Dane Alan Todd age 26 of Ozark was arrested Thursday Jan. 15th for domestic battery. Investigator's John Little and Grant Nicely obtained information that led them to Todd being a possible suspect in the Mediquick Pharmacy break-in. Todd was questioned by the investigator's and on Monday Jan. 19th admitted to the break-in. Todd said he took 3 bottles of Valum which he sold, traded and consumed. Dane Todd was charged on Monday with felony commercial burglary and felony theft of property.
On Tuesday Jan. 20th Franklin County Deputy Todd Bevil was dispatched to the home of Mack and Sandra McClellan on Lower Jethro Road in reference to a theft of property. According to the report a 64 year old Danny McClellan of Ozark came to the residence and entered the home. Danny advised Sandra that he wanted a 12 guage shotgun that had belonged to a relative. Sandra advised that he could not have the gun that it belonged to her husband Mack. Danny opened a closet and took the gun and left the residence anyway. Deputy Bevil was able to make contact with McClellan by phone and agreed to turn himself in. When McClellan met with Deputy Bevil at the Detention Center he did not have the gun and would not tell where it was, he was booked into the detention center for residential burglary and theft of property - both felonies.
Altus Fire Department was paged out at 1:48 am on Wednesday 02/21/15 to 211 E.Church Street in Denning. According to Chief Jonathon Kinsworthy, the homeowner Pricilla Mckeehan along with 6 others escaped the home with no injuries. One of their dogs died in the fire which started in kitchen area and was believed to be electrical in nature. There was one dog that survived the fire and came out from under bed as firefighters were putting fire out. The contents of the home was heavily damaged, the family had no insurance. If you would like to help the family contact Pricillia at 213-1022. Donations are needed. The Altus Fire Department was on scene with 3 trucks and 10 firefighters for 3 hours.
Ozark Police are investigating the theft of a 2014 blue Peterbilt from Drummond Trucking on Airport Road in Ozark over the weekend. The truck was taken sometime between 4pm on Saturday Jan. 17th and 1pm on Sunday Jan. 18th. The truck was described as blue with a sleeper and a Razorback sticker on the back. The investigation is ongoing.
A Michael Smith sustained non-life threatening injuries in a single vehicle accident on Thursday morning at 8:45am on Pond Creek Road near Altus. Smith said the he was traveling north in the Ford pickup when he fell asleep and the truck exited the road into the ditch and hit a tree. Smith did not go to the hospital by ambulance but said he would go by private vehicle. The accident was investigated by Franklin County authorities, Altus First Responders and EMS responded to the scene.
UPDATE...A 2 year old child that was abducted from Rogers on Thursday morning was located Thursday afternoon Atoka OK, the child was safe and the suspect was arrested. The suspect was Brent Wilks of Rogers, the child belonged to Wilk's female roomate. The two were involved in a physical altercation early Thursday morning, after which Wilks took the child and left the scene. Wilks has a criminal history that includes a 2 year stint in prison on drug charges.
Authorities are looking for a Brent Wilks of Rogers age 30, white male 5'8" tall with brown hair and brown eyes of medium build in connection with the abduction of a 2 year old Alex Gage Almodovar. The 2 year old belonged to a roommate of Wilks. The two had reportedly been in a fight earlier Thursday morning. Wilks is believed to be in a 2004 Black BMW with Arkansas Tags RZFPD. Police were called to the home at 2:30am Thursday on Highlands Drive in Rogers for a disturbance, the female said she and Wilks had got into a physical altercation and that he had left with her 2 year old child. The 2 year old is a white male 2'11" tall weighing 40 pounds, he has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red long sleeved shirt and dark blue sweat pants with white stripes.
The suspect Brent Wilks was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a white under shirt with a tan coat, black tennis shoes and a red/black Adidas hat.
A registered sex offender has been arrested by the Sheriff's Office and Probation and Parole agents after a home visit on Friday, November 21. Jerry Bohannon, age 55, was arrested at the scene for Possession of a Firearm By Certain Persons and was cited for several game violations. When officers arrived at his residence near the Hunt community on Private Road 3151 they discovered 1 antlered deer head and 1 full carcass of an antlered deer hanging in a shed behind the residence. Officers noticed a rifle in an unsecured gun cabinet in the suspect's room. Officers wrote a search warrant for the residence and recovered several items. Officers recovered a 30-06 hunting rifle and .12 gauge ammunition from the residence and a 30-30 lever action hunting rifle and .22 ammunition in the suspect's vehicle. An Arkansas Game and Fish officer was called to the scene and issued Bohannon several citations for suspected game violations. Bohannon will appear for a bond hearing on Monday on the charges.
3 members of a Johnson County family remain hospitalized in Little Rock after a fatal fire on Forest Service Road 4250 Wednesday morning at 12:02am. 11 year old Blaine Ritchie died in the early morning fire that severely injured the rest of his family, all 3 were airlifted from the scene.
According to the next door neighbor, he was awaken by Robert Ritchie who said that his house was on fire and that his son was still trapped in the residence. The neighbor and the Ritchie returned to the residence and placed a ladder up to the bedroom window. The fire was so intense that the neighbor could not gain entry into the residence. Robert did gain entry and searched the house for the son but was not able to locate him.
Robert Ritchie and his 6 year old daughter Meadow sustained the most severe burns which are reported to be 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Robert's wife Jeannie sustained burns as well but were not reported to be as severe as the other two. All 3 were airlifted to Little Rock hospital for treatment. Blaine Ritchie died in the fire and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Initial investigation indicates that the fire started around the wood stove located in the center of the residence.
The fire was responded to by members of Rural Fire Department 2, RFD #8, the United States Forest Service, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Franklin County Ambulance Service, Office of Emergency Management and members of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities have released more information about the murder investigation in Johnson County. The arrest warrant indicates that the burned body found in a burned BMW early Saturday morning may be that of Caleb Talkington, a cousin of Nathaniel Talkington who was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for 1st degree Murder. The warrant indicates that a 1998 BMW was registered to Caleb and no one has heard from him or seen him since Thursday night October 31st. The home where Caleb lived in London was searched by investigators and a section of carpet was found missing, oil poured on the front porch, several blood samples on the porch and where the carpet was removed. The owner of the home said he was missing a knife from the kitchen and cleaning supplies and mentioned there were several burn marks in the yard.
The warrant also shows that Caleb's father said that Caleb and Nathaniel had recently got into a fight and that Caleb's grandmother said that Nathaniel recently threatened to kill Caleb if he was able to get his hands on him. Another eye witness said that Nathaniel killed Caleb but it was an accident.
Authorities were called to the Cabin Creek Park in Johnson County 1:30am Saturday November 1st to a vehicle fire. While fighting the fire, the trunk was pried open and a badly burned body was discovered in the trunk. The body was sent to the crime lab to determine the cause of death and identity, neither of which have been released.
Clarksville Police are searching for a black female who robbed a Clarksville man last week. Police report that the victim was having a yard sale at his home when the female showed up at his front door, rang the doorbell and asked if she could come in for a drink of water. The man allowed her to come in and get a drink. It was later learned that the female took a wallet and a bank bag from the man's home. The wallet contained the victim's ID, credit cards and checks. On Monday October 27th, some of the victim's checks were used in Clarksville and Russellville. Clarksville Police are asking anyone with information or who can help identify the suspect please contact Clarksville Police at 705-3330.
A 22 year-old Paragould resident was arrested on three counts of Sexual Assault 4th Degree after an extensive investigation that began in July. Zachary Taylor Reeves was arrested on a Bench Warrant charging him with having sexual contact with two females under the age of 14. Reeves was a Clarksville resident when the alleged incidents occurred. Reeves was arrested by authorities in Paragould and was transported to Johnson County on October 21 by Detective Lt. Jeff Wood. Reeves will appear before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson for a bond hearing on the charges with a court date in Johnson County Circuit Court of November 7. Detective Lt. Jeff Wood led the investigation
Elvert Jackson "Jack" McCormick, age 54 of Hartman was arrested on a charge of Rape by detectives with the Sheriff's Office on Tuesday October 21 at his place of employment in Ozark. The investigation began in July after a complaint was filed that McCormick had sexual contact with a 13 year-old family member on separate occasions. After an extensive investigation, a report was submitted to the prosecutor's office and a felony warrant was issued for McCormick's arrest. McCormick appeared before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson on October 21 where his bond was set at $150,000.00 cash/commercial with a court date of November 7 in Johnson County Circuit Court. Detective Lt. Jeff Wood led the investigation
A Tuesday evening pursuit resulted in the arrest of a Hartman man, who may also be involved in recent thefts at the Chrisman Rock Crusher on Philpot Road. Franklin County Deputy Guy Huff was doing extra patrol near the Chrisman Rock Crusher at the intersection of Philpot Road and Rockwood Road Tuesday evening about 6pm when he noticed a truck and trailer backed up to a large electric motor at the corner of the property. Deputy Huff got out and checked the vehicle but could not find anyone around the vehicle, he then got back into his unit and pulled out onto Philpot Road to see if he could spot anyone walking on the road. When Deputy Huff pulled out he heard someone unhooking the trailer from the pickup, he backed up and saw the vehicle accelerate from the property at a high rate of speed northbound on Rockwood Road. Deputy Huff pulled in behind the vehicle with his emergency lights and siren activated but the fleeing vehicle only speed up. The pursuit continued on Rockwood to Highway 352 east then south on Highway 164 where a Coal Hill Police unit tried to stop the fleeing pickup by paritally pulling into it's lane. The fleeing driver swerved onto the shoulder, going around the Coal Hill Unit continuing southbound, then turning onto County Road 2190. As the driver was making that turn he lost control of the vehicle and traveled into the ditch, coming back onto the road and continued east bound, then turned south on County Road 2141 where the driver stopped about a 1/4 mile onto County Road 2141. The driver was taken into custody without any further resistance at that point. The driver was identified as 49 year old Gary Miner of Hartman. He is facing charges of possession insturment of crime, theft of property, driving while dl suspended, criminal trespassing, reckless driving and fleeing by vehicle. The report shows that speeds reached 80-85mph during the pursuit. No one was injured and the only damage was to the vehicle Miner was driving when he ran into the ditch during the pursuit. The news stories on the thefts are below
Franklin County authorities are investigating a break-in and theft at the Chrisman Rock Crusher near Altus. According to the Sheriff's Department employee's arrived on Saturday to find that someone had broke into the shop and scale house and took some misc. items. Then sometime over the weekend, the same weekend the theft was reported, suspects broke in again stealing more items. Authorities are not releasing the complete list of items at this time but said that some electric motors, scrap metal, misc. tools and a cherry picker were among the items stolen. The investigation is ongoing.
An investigation is underway into a theft at the Chrisman Crusher on Highway 21 in Johnson County as well. John Chrisman reported that someone had stolen all the copper wire running to the plant. The plant has been vacant for about 2 months. The report indicates that the value of the wire totalled $10,000.
Saturday 10/11 2:25pm Highway 186...Raven Carrol of Altus was driving a 2006 Chevy Tahoe southbound on Highway 186 when the vehicle hydrolplaned and ran off the road into the ditch overturning and coming to rest on it's side. The vehicle was towed from the scene. EMS was dispatched to the scene and treated Carroll at the scene of the accident. No citations were issued, the Altus Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Altus Fire Dept.was paged out Thursday (10/02/14) to the home of Brenda Bullard on West College in Altus. A tree had fallen onto her roof after from thunderstorm winds.There were no injuries. Altus Fire arrived with 2 trucks and 5 personnel. We had also reports of other trees/limbs in roadways along with parts of Denning was without power.Chief Jonathon Kinsworthy
A 48 year old James Hilliard of Van Buren was injured in a single vehicle motorcycle accident Thursday at 5:30pm on Highway 186 and Pritchard Road. Hilliard was south bound on a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he traveled off the west side of the road and was thrown from the bike coming to rest about 25 feet from the bike. Hilliard was airlifted to Mercy Fort Smith for unknown neck and shoulder injuries. The accident was investigated by Franklin County Deputy Chris Langston.
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.