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.
HARTMAN MAN ARRESTED IN THEFT CASE
Franklin County authorities received a call on Monday of a stolen truck being seen on Highway 64. The call came from a neighbor of the victim who saw stolen truck and trailer at the 4-way in Mulberry about 9am Monday and called law enforcement. The witness followed the vehicle to a location in Van Buren. During that time Franklin County Deputy Todd Bevil made contact with the victim, Carol Jones of the 900 block of Camp Newell Road in Franklin County. Jones reported that someone came to her home twice on Saturday and once on Sunday taking a 1988 Ford F150 pickup, 1991 400 Honda 125 ATV, 2000 Timberwolf ATV and 1995 Honda 300 4-wheeler. Crawford County authorities stopped the vehicle in Van Buren at a salvage yard, the truck was occupied by two male subjects, both were transported to the Crawford County Detention Center. Investigator Carolyn McCain of Franklin County went to Crawford County and interviewed both subjects. 19 year old Jacob Yates of Hartman was arrested on a theft or property charge. The investigation continues.
BARN DESTROYED ON COUNTY ROAD 3631 IN JC
RFD3 responded to a structure fire on Friday evening about 6pm in the 3900 block of County Road 3631, a barn owned by Bobby Richardson was reported to be on fire. The report shows that Mr. Richardson's grandson's were next to the barn trying to start a bon fire and it got away from them and caught the barn on fire. Mr. Richardson did not have insurance on the barn. It was a total loss estimated at $15,000. No one was injured in the fire.
U of O REPORTS POSSIBLE FRAUD
The University of the Ozarks contacted the Clarksville Police Department on October 14th after receiving an UPS package containing several manila envelopes with what appeared to be fraudulent checks. The package listed the University as the return address and contained 31 manila envelopes. The envelopes contained checks from JP Morgan Chase Bank and were written in the amount of $2,850.55. Half the envelopes listed U of O as the return address, the other half a Pizza company in Little Rock. The US Secret Service was contacted and they have no taken over the investigation.
THEFT REPORTED ON RIDGEWOOD DRIVE
Santana Hall of Clarksville reported that on the night of October 16th she parked her vehicle at her home in the 2000 block of Ridgewood Drive at 10:30pm. When she went out to the vehicle the next day at about 7:30am she discovered that her iPod Shuffle and Texas Instruments calculator were missing. The later that day she found that her Discover credit card had been charged at Casey's General Store and Wal-Mart. The value of the stolen property was listed at $350. The report does not give any information about how much money was taken from her account.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY REPORTED IN CHRISMAN ADDITION
Franklin County Deputy Chris Langston was dispatched to a report of a residential burglary at a residence in the 6900 block of Chrisman Drive on Sunday October 19th. Arthur Horton reported his home was broken into during the last three days. Mr. Horton said he was out of town last week and when he returned Sunday he found that 4 rifles had been taken from the home. He said when he left the home the doors were locked. The total value of the stolen property amounted to $900, a Springfield 20ga. double barrel shotgun, Russen 308 caliber rifle, 50 caliber TCA black powder rifle, Remington 22 pump action rifle and a box of shooting accessories.
JCSD THEFT REPORT
Darlene Brown contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday (Oct. 14) to file a report after learning that someone had made 4 withdrawals from her bank account without her permission or knowledge. There was a total of $487 removed from her account over about a 2 month period.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department was contacted by Elaine Milloway of Clarksville in reference to a theft that had occurred at her home in the 400 block of County Road 3361. Milloway stated that about $375 had been stolen from a dresser in her bedroom sometime on the 9th of October. There was no sign of forced entry.
PARIS MAN SENTENCED TO 90 YEARS IN PRISON
Eric Randall Thompson age 43 was sentenced to 90 years in prison on Thursday afternoon after pleading guilty to 3 counts of negligent homicide. Thompson was the driver of a vehicle that struck another vehicle on Highway 309 on August 22, 2013, killing all 3 occupants, Dusty Lee age 32 of Paris and his two sons Dawson Lee age 8 and Caleb Campbell age 12. The jury deliberated about 30 minutes before returning with a sentence of consecutive 30 year prison terms on each count. Witness's reported that Thompson pulled into the southbound lane to pass several vehicle's when the accident occurred. Thompson had alcohol, marijuana and oxycodone in his system at the time of the accident, he was also driving while his DL was suspended for a previous DWI conviction.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Gene Huggins of Ozark reported that someone had stolen a battery from a truck at his property in the 1400 block of Beneux Bottom Road. Huggins said that it looked like someone had got into his truck and gone through the glove box too, but nothing was missing. It also appeared that someone had entered his storage building and raised the hood on his tractor, but nothing was missing from the storage building. The estimated value of the battery was $140.
Mark Woolsey of Ozark filed a theft report with he Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday (Oct. 15). Woolsey reported that 3 cattle panels had been stolen from his property in the 3000 block of Low Gap Road. 2 - 14' and 1 - 12' with a total value of $420. It appeared bolt cutters were used to steal the panels.
THEFT REPORTED ON COUNTY ROAD 2070 IN JC
Crystal Brown of Ozark filed a theft report on October 6th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. Brown said that she had bought some old chicken houses in the 900 block of County Road 2070 that she was to tear down for the metal. She was notified on the 3rd of October from the owner of the houses that someone had been at the houses and had taken 3 trusses and left the scene. Brown went to the property on the 6th and discovered that 600 feet of gas line had been cut up and stolen and some siding off the houses had been taken. the value of the stolen property amounted to just over $1,000.
ASP RESPONDS TO INJURY ACCIDENT
Friday 10/10 4:54pm I-40 56mm...Arkansas State Police responded to an injury accident that occurred when Anna Hummingbird of Wagoner OK was driving a 2000 Daewoo Leganza westbound on I-40 and lost control of the vehicle on the wet pavement and ran off the road on the north side and hit a sign and then continued northwest coming to final rest in the edge of a tree line. There were 2 passengers in the vehicle, one of which was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of injuries, a Mylen Earls age 14 of Clarksville, the other passenger was not injured. The report shows that seatbelts were in use.
INJURY ACCIDENT NORTH OF OZARK
Arkansas State Police investigated a single vehicle injury accident on Tuesday afternoon about 2pm on Highway 23 north near Highway 215. 58 year old Gerald Pierce of Rock Ledge Florida was operating a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound and was in the process of negotiating a curve when he ran off the west side of the road into the ditch where it came to rest in the ditch. Minimal damage was reported to the motorcycle and Pierce was taken to Mercy Ozark for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, he was wearing a helmet. The accident was investigated by Derek Nietert of the State Police.
LAMAR WOMEN REPORTS THEFT OR PROPERTY
Erica Ritchie of Lamar reported that someone had stolen some cash and gift cards from her vehicle on Ash Street in Lamar. Ritchie said she had gone to pay some bills on the 3rd of October and discovered that $120 was missing from her wallet. She then began to check her vehicle and found that some Wal-Mart gift cards were missing too, she did not know the total dollar amount on the cards. She believed the items were taken the night before from her vehicle.
JC WOMAN REPORTS BEING THREATENED AT GUN POINT
On Thursday October 9th, Johnson County Deputies were called to the Exxon Tiger Mart to take a report of a man pulling a gun on a female subject. The female said that she and her husband had been arguing all day and that her husband pulled a loaded pistol on her with the hammer pulled back and threatened to kill her. No one was injured and no charges have yet been filed according to the report, but the female victim did want to press charges.
ALMA MAN KILLED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT
A 59 year old Stephen Shackleford of Alma was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday on State Highway 282. Shackleford was driving a 2002 Honda Civic and was southbound attempting to negotiate a curve when he lost control and slid to the right hitting a bridge. The vehicle traveled along the bridge and went over the right side of the bridge and overturned in a creek. It is unknown what time the accident occurred.
KNOXVILLE MAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER FIGHT
Johnson County authorities were called to Johnson Regional Medical Center on Thursday October 9th in reference to a male subject being treated for a head wound sustained in a physical altercation. Deputies arrived and made contact with the victim, 26 year old Terrance Kempffer of Knoxville who had suffered a skull fracture and inter cranial bleeding along with a large cut on the left side of his head. Kempffer was transferred on to Mercy Fort Smith for further treatment. The report shows that Kempffer's younger brother got into a fight with their neighbor about 1am. Kempffer said that he and his twin brother went out to the road to try and break up the fight when he was hit on the head from behind with a Maglite flashlight. Kempffer was taken by private vehicle to the hospital for treatment. The report shows that authorities do have a suspect in the investigation but had not been able to make contact with him at the time of the report.
SUSPECT FLEE'S DEPUTIES AFTER DISPUTE CALL
Franklin County authorities were called to a home on Wild Wood Trail Saturday night in reference to a physical disturbance in progress. The report was that a female had been struck with an ashtray by a white male subject. While responding to the scene, deputies were informed the suspect had fled the scene in a blue Ford Taurus armed with a shotgun. The vehicle was located stuck in the mud at the end of Wild Wood Trail and the subject was seen fleeing into the woods. Authorities searched the area but were not able to located the suspect. They do have an identity for the individual. The investigation continues.
WOMAN ARMED WITH BAT CHASES OFF MAN
Franklin County authorities were called to the Weiderkehr Wine Cellar on Wednesday to a report of a female swinging a bat at people and a male running from the female. When authorities arrived they made contact with the female who told police that she was the one with the bat. She said that she had chased down a male acquaintance who she had left borrow a vehicle two days ago. She said the man had not returned the vehicle and would not answer here calls. She spotted the man in the vehicle and followed him to that location and boxed in the vehicle. She said the man started at her, so she grabbed a billy club she had in the vehicle and started swinging at the man, who then fled into the woods. No one was injured and the woman took possession of her vehicle. Authorities searched the area for the male suspect but were not able to locate him, they do have an identity of the subject.
CPD RECOVERS GUN IN DITCH
Clarksville Police located a shotgun in the ditch on the west side of North Montgomery Street on October 6th. There was no record of the gun being stolen, it was taken into evidence to hold until an owner can be located. Anyone missing a firearm is asked to contact the Clarksville Police Department and describe the gun to get it back.
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN REPORTS BREAK-IN ON SUMMITT ST
Clarksville Police were called to the home of Valeria Holderly in the 600 block of Summit Street on October 5th after she arrived home to find the front door of her home open, appearing the door was kicked open. Upon making entry, she found that there was a hole in the closet door next to the kitchen, and the back door had been opened. Holderly said she did not notice anything missing from the home.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Chad Floyd of Clarksville filed a theft report on October 4th after discovering a Maroon Mongoose bike had been stolen. Floyd said the bike was parked in a shed by the Soccer Field at the UofO on the 3rd and when he went back to get it on the 4th it was gone. The estimated value of the bike is $180.
Clarksville Police were contacted by personnel at the Dodge Store on September 28th in reference to a shoplifter. The personnel gave authorities a description of the subject that they believed had stolen a soft drink from the store. The subject was located walking on Cherry Street by police, the subject was questioned and transported to the Police Department where he admitted to taking the soft drink and was cited for shoplifting. The subject was identified as 46 year old Jack Stewart of Clarksville.
Walmart contacted the Police Department on September 28th after store security observed a female subject put on a pair of shoes in the shoe department and then place items into her purse. The subject then went to the register and paid for a couple of items but not the shoe's or items in the purse. She was confronted and detained by store security until police could arrive. The female was identified as 26 year old Ashley Simmons of Knoxville. She was cited for shoplifting. A complete list of property taken was not listed in the report.
CALL OF 15 YEAR OLD OUT OF CONTROL
On Friday (Oct. 3), Franklin County authorities received a call from a residence on Highway 41 in reference to an out of control 15 year old that had broken out a car window and was now inside the residence. Deputies arrived and made contact with the juvenile who agreed to go the Vista Health in Barling for help with his anger management. No one was injured. The teens grandmother, who has rights over the juvenile, was at the home at the time of the incident.
CLARKSVILLE BUSINESS STRUCK BY VEHICLE
On October 5th, Clarksville Police were called to the Asian Market on Main Street by Tha Kie after a vehicle struck the building. The vehicle was a 2014 Nissan Versa driven by a Mae Rait of Clarksville. The report does not give any details about the accident or damage.
MUSTARD SEED IN CLARKSVILLE REPORTS THEFT
An employee of the Mustard Seed on College Street reported that a subject was seen pulling up to the location and taking three bags of clothing that had just been donated. The employee was not sure was clothing the bag contained as they had not yet gone through the bags. The suspect vehicle was described as a Toyota pickup, a search was conducted of the area and no vehicle was found.
FCSD THEFT REPORT
Cynthia Brown of Charleston contacted the Sheriff's Department on October 6th in reference to someone stealing her license plate from her vehicle. She said she believed the vehicle was in her yard in the 7800 block of Highway 215 when the license was stolen.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Breann Hale of Clarksville contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on Monday October 6th in regards to a theft. Hale said she had recently returned from being out of town and discovered that some money had been stolen from her home. Hale said that she and her husband had taken their son to the hospital in Little Rock for treatment of a snake bite October 3rd and when they returned on the 5th the front door of their home was standing open. They check the house and found that misc. coins amounting to around $70 had been taken, a $50 bill was also gone.
Steve Dunn of Coal Hill filed a theft report on October 6th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after he said that a washer and dryer were taken from a rental unit he owns in the 300 block of South Main in Coal Hill. No value was given for the stolen property.
OZARK SCHOOL DISTRICT RUN-OFF ELECTION RESULTS
Laura Rudolph 186
Todd Durning 173
LAVACA MAN ARRESTED FOR COMMERCIAL BURGLARY
Franklin County authorities got a call about 4pm Monday evening of a robbery at the Branch Quick Stop on Highway 22. A 24 year old Adam Swims of Lavaca was arrested in connection with the incident but not before fighting with deputies and refusing to be taken into custody. Swims reportedly entered the Branch Quick Stop and went behind the counter and started taking tobacco products. He was confronted by the store clerk and a physical altercation broke out between the two, a customer jumped in to assist the clerk and Swims was thrown out of the store. Police arrived to find Swims and attempted to arrest him at which time he became physically combative with law enforcement officers and had to be forcible detained and placed into a squad car. No one sustained any injuries that required treatment at the hospital and Swims was booked into the Franklin County Detention Center facing felony charges of commercial burglary and2 counts of battery on an officer, he also is facing misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, criminal mischief 2nd degree, theft of property and battery 3rd.
FIRE CALL MONDAY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Pleasant View Fire Chief Gary White tells True Country News that a fire call came in about 11:40am on Monday morning at a home at 6217 Mockingbird in Franklin County. According to Chief White, the fire was at the home of the Jones's and was located in an electric box on the furnace. The home occupants reported seeing smoke and small flames coming from the box. No structural damage was reported. The Mulberry and Watalula Fire Departments were also called to the scene.
INJURY ACCIDENT ON MOUNTAINTOP ROAD
Saturday 5:15pm Mountain Top Road...An injury accident was investigated by Franklin County authorities when Jonathan Shepherd of Ozark said he was traveling north on Mountain Top Road in a 1990 Chevy pickup and as he rounded a corner he saw a black dully pickup on his side of the road. Shepherd said that the vehicle was traveling extremely fast and the report indicates there were skid marks on the road to confirm. Shepherd said he swerved into the ditch then attempted to regain control of the vehicle but could not and the vehicle slid into a dry creek bed. Franklin County EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported Shepherd to Mercy Ozark with back pains. There was an 11 year old passenger in the vehicle who was uninjured. The damage to the vehicle was estimated to be at least $1,000.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
On September 22nd, Johnson County authorities were called to the Horsehead lake camping area to take a theft report. David Williams of Elkins Arkansas was camping at the paid camping area and had left to go fishing when a another camper in the area phone him to tell him they had seen someone running from his camper. Williams returned to find that his wallet had been taken. The wallet contained multiple credit cards and a check book.
Sara Moore contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 27th to file a report of a theft and burglary at her home in the 100 block of County Road 2241. Moore said she arrived home from being at the hospital to find her front door open and miscellaneous stuff had been scattered on her couch. Two items were missing, a butterfly knife and prescription medications.
Glen Hatchett of Clarksville contacted the Sheriff's Department September 28th (Sunday) to report the theft of his aluminum ramps out of his yard in the 300 block of County road 4410. The estimated value of the ramps was $129.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED ON CR3411
On Tuesday September 30th, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department received a call from Paige Spence in reference to criminal mischief at her home on County Road 3411 in the 200 block. Spence told authorities that she came outside around 7:45am that morning to find that some kind of meat had been placed all over her 2014 Nissan Altima and that animals had scratched her vehicle trying to get to the meat. The damage was estimated at $1,500.
MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a call at 17017 Potts Road Wednesday morning at 11:30am of an 82 year old man injured in an ATV accident. First responders, EMS and Air Evac were notified. The man was reported to be operating an ATV in a pasture when it overturned and struck him in the head. He was airlifted to Mercy Fort Smith with non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the man was not available.
HAY REPORTED STOLEN NEAR MULBERRY
Franklin County authorities were called to a pasture on Old Highway Road off of Highway 64 on Wednesday in reference to a theft report. Thomas Epperson reported that he had baled the hay in the pasture on Saturday evening, when he returned on Tuesday to begin hauling the hay he noticed some was missing. He counted the number of bales left and realized that 14 round bales of hay had been stolen, a value of $480.
KNOXVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT
40 year old Michael Mooney of Knoxville was arrested after fleeing authorities while operating an ATV on Saturday night in Johnson County about 9pm. Deputy Brent Scott reported seeing the subject traveling on Highway 164 riding an ATV with no tail lights and no helmet while traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Scott pulled out behind the ATV, operated by Mooney, in Coal Hill on Highway 164 southbound activating his blue lights. Mooney turned onto Rabbit Hill Road westbound and accelerated to about 50mph according to the report. The pursuit ultimately ended on County Road 2091 after the ATV was cut-off by other units of the Sheriff's Department. Speeds during the pursuit reported to exceed 75mph. While being booked into the detention center it was discovered that Mooney had a small baggie containing marijuana and a small plastic pipe along with some ammo. Michael Mooney was charged with felony charges of fleeing and furnishing prohibited articles along with misdemeanor poss of drug paraphernalia, poss of marijuana and driving while dl suspended.
CLARKSVILLE CHAMBER TO HOLD POLITICAL FORUMS
The Chamber will be hosting a Political Candidate Forum for the mayors’ races for the cities of Clarksville, Coal Hill and Lamar (see times and locations below). The events are open to the public and all voters are encouraged to attend. We are asking you to submit questions to be considered for the Q&A session with the candidates. We will select a total of 6 to 8 questions in total. Each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond and all candidates will respond to the same questions. Please submit your question via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the Chamber. Be sure to specify which community it is intended for. Chamber CEO Travis Stephens will serve as moderator and ask all questions. There will be no direct exchanges between the candidates themselves (debating), or between candidates and members of the audience. For the consideration of time, only candidates running for the office of Mayor will respond to questions, however all candidates running for city council are also invited to attend. If present they will each be provided 3 minutes to introduce themselves to the audience and give a brief overview of why they are seeking public office. We would like to remind everyone to exercise their civic duty and vote on Tuesday Nov 4th.
Times and Dates:
Coal Hill - Thursdau Oct. 16th - 6pm - location TBD
Clarksville - Monday Oc.t 20th - 6pm at the Clarksville High School Performing Arts Building
Lamar - Tuesday Oct. 28th - 6pm at the Lamar High School Cafeteria
OZARK MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING FROM FD
Franklin County Investigator Travis Ball reports that a 26 year old Tigger Callahan of Ozark was arrested on Monday September 29th on a misdemeanor warrant for theft of property. The arrests comes after an investigation into the theft of a chainsaw from the Barnes Fire Department back in August. Authorities were able to identify Callahan as a suspect shortly after the theft and were able to recover the stolen saw at Callahan's place of employment.
KNOXVILLE HOME BURGLARIZED
Sonja Parks of Knoxville filed a theft report on September 29th, Monday, with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after finding that some jewelry and mower had been stolen from a home she owns in the 200 block of South Birch in Knoxville. The jewelry included a gold wedding ring with diamonds valued at $38,000 and a bracelet valued at $9,000. The mower was a Cub Cadet Zero Turn mower valued at $4,000.
DRUG ERADICATION WORK MONDAY IN JC
Johnson County Sheriff's Department conducted a drug eradication event on Monday with the use of units on the ground and a helicopter in efforts to locate illegal drug activity in the county. According to Sheriff Jimmy Dorney, no growing plots were found and no arrests were made during Monday's work.
INJURY ACCIDENT ON CR3566
About 3:30pm Monday Johnson County authorities were called to a report of an accident on County road 3566 with a Jeep rolling off a bridge and two people injured. The vehicle was a 1999 Jeep SUV driven by Patrick King of Clarksville who said he was eastbound and was crossing the bridge when the vehicle seemed to pull right traveling off the bridge but was hanging from the bridge with the guard rail pinched in the front grill. A passenger that was reported to be in the vehicle was located on the ground beneath the vehicle that was suspended in air. The passenger, Marcia Hatman of Clarksville, and King were both taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment, both were reported to be wearing their seatbelts. The accident occurred at 3:30pm Monday September 29th
ROAD GRADER VANDALIZED ON HIGHWAY 21
Johnson County authorities were called to the area across from the Ozone Campground on Highway 21 September 24th to take a criminal mischief report. An employee of Cove Creek Construction reported that when arrived that morning he notice that the Catepillar 140H Road Grader was not steering correctly. He got off the vehicle and inspected it to find that the hydraulic steering cylinder was broke, the top right cab light was broke and the rear hitch was bent. Total damage to the truck was estimated at $7,000.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Charles Evans of Hartman filed a theft reprot on September 25th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after discovering someone had taken all the copper and wiring from the inside of his outdoor Rheem heating and cooling unit. The property is located in the 500 block of Old Highway 64 in Hartman. The estimated value of the theft and damage totaled $2,500.
A residential burglary and theft was reported on Friday September 26th to Johnson County authorities in the 300 block of County Road 4362, property owned by Greg and Kenneth Phillips. A neighbor noticed the gate open and then drove to the cabins to discover the gate cut and the property burglarized. The Phillip's reported that several tools were missing from the location, totaling over $2,000.
RESIDENTIAL BURLGARY ON CR1780
JC Deputy Chris Curtis was dispatched to the home of David Parker of London on September 22nd to take a theft report. Mr. Parker advised that while he was gone to the store someone entered his house through the back door and went into his bedroom and stole three bottles of medication from his nightstand. There was no sign of forced entry, the medication taken was morphine and 2 bottles of barbiturates. A total of 150 pills were taken with a value of $1300.
HAY BALER DESTROYED BY FIRE
Jonathan Parrish of Clarksville said he was bailing hay in a field on County Road 2551 when he noticed that his bailer was on fire. Mr. Parrish took the bailer across the field to a pond and backed the bailer into the water but it did not put the fire out. He then pulled the bailer out of the water with the tractor and unhooked it from the tractor and called for help as the field started to catch on fire. The bailer was a John Deere 458 and was a total loss, it was valued at $28,000. The incident occurred on September 25th at about 5pm.
17 YEAR OLD CHARLESTON RESIDENT INJURED IN MVA
Charleston Police were called to a single vehicle accident on Monday afternoon about 2pm. A 17 year old female of Charleston lost control of the 2013 Ford Mustang she was driving on South Hancock when she said that her phone fell into the floor of the vehicle and she reached down to get it. When she did the vehicle veered to the left, she overcorrected back to the right losing control of the vehicle and traveling off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle overturned as it left the road and came to rest on it's top. The 17 year old sustained a severe injury to her left arm and was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.
FRANKLIN COUNTY BUSINESS DAMAGE BY GUN SHOTS
About $1,500 damage was done to the Old Country Store on Highway 219 north of Ozark according to a Franklin County Sheriff's Department report. Owner Ryan Haberer said that he had been at the store Saturday night and everything was fine, about 3pm the next day, Sunday September 21st, he arrived at the store and noticed a window was broken. The report shows that it appeared the window had been shot multiple times, between 12-14 rounds were possible fired at the building. The damage was estimated at $1,500. The investigation is still ongoing.
BODY FOUND ON I-40 IDENTIFIED
The body of a woman found alongside Interstate 40 near Palestine earlier this week has been identified as Amy Darlene Bandy, age 35. A commercial truck driver notified Arkansas State Police shortly after 1 AM Wednesday (September 24th) that he had seen a body near the 236 mile marker lying next to the outside highway traffic lane. An examination of the body at the Arkansas State Crime Lab indicates Bandy may have been struck by a vehicle which caused the death. Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents are working to identify where Bandy had been in the days before her death and develop leads to identify a vehicle that may have struck Bandy.
Anyone with information about the death of Bandy or who knows of her whereabouts prior to her death is asked to contact the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop D at Forrest City by calling (870) 633-1454.
$17,000 WORTH OF JEWELRY STOLEN FROM JC HOME
Kimberley Lambert of Clarksville filed a report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 26th after returning home from being out of town to find her jewelry had been stolen from her home. In all about $17,000 worth of jewelry had been taken from her home. The home is located in the 10,000 block of Highway 352. Lambert had been out of town for about a month due to illness when she returned home and discovered the theft.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY REPORTED ON TIMBER RIDGE ROAD
Franklin County Deputies were call the home of Mike and Kathy Dunkel on Saturday evening after the couple arrived home from being out of town to find there home had been burglarized. The report shows that the Dunkel's arrived to find a door had been kicked open to the home and that it appeared someone had gone through the home looking for something. There was about $1,000 damage done to the residence and about $500 damage to a shop building that the door had been kicked in to gain access. The only item missing from the home appeared to be about $150 cash. The Dunkel's had left town on Thursday and returned on Saturday to find the break-in. The home is located in the 7500 block of Timber Ridge Road.
OLA MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MVA
Brian Rose of Ola age 43 was killed in motor vehicle accident in Yell County on Saturday morning about 11:45am on State Highway 7 south of Gleason Drive. Rosa Sierra of Dardanelle was driving a 2004 Toyota Sequoia south bound on Highway 7 when she lost control and crossed into the northbound traffic lane running head on into a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Brian Rose of Ola. Rose was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
FRANKLIN COUNTY LEARNING CENTER BULLDROP
Becky Berry of Ozark was the winner of the $10,000 in Thursday nights Bull Drop in Ozark. Surrounding square winners were Deanna Selby, mark Leding, Dana Rios, Bonnie Gaines, Kristie Trotter, Angela Sanders, Don Choate, Meadors Lumber, Dahlem Yother
ALTUS RESIDENT INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT
Franklin County authorities were called to an injury accident on Friday evening on Upper Jethro Road about 7pm. The report shows that Zachary Emrick of Fayetteville was operating a Honda ATV with one passenger, an Erica Yother age 22 of Altus. Emrick was traveling south west on Upper Jethro Road when came around a corner and said he applied the brakes but the ATV did not stop. The ATV left the roadway and traveled through a barbed wire fence before coming to rest. Emrick sustained minor injuries but his passenger, Erica Yother sustained a large cut on her right ankle and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith by ambulance. The report shows that Emrick admitted to having drank a few beers before the accident and a Portable Breathalyzer Test was administered and showed a percentage of .052, below the legal limit for DWI. The report also shows that the deputy believed that alcohol played a factor in the accident. The fence that was damaged was owned by John Carr.
THEFT REPORTED AT FARM NEAR HUNT
Johnson County authorities were called to the farm of Weston Hostetler after he discovered a theft or property. The farm is located in the 8200 block of Highway 164 near Hartman. Hostetler reported that on Wednesday September 24th at around 12noon it was discovered that an air compressor was missing from the farm. He then started to check to see if anything else was missing and found that Husqvarna trimmer and small fuel can were missing from a shop building, in addition a propane torch with cylinders were missing from the building where the compressor had been taken. In all about $575 worth of property had been taken.
VEHICLE REPORTED STOLEN IN FC
Wendi Ammann of Hartman contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on September 3rd in reference to the theft of a 2001 Chevy Cavalier. Ammann said that she had left her car at the home of a friend on Mallard Lane in Ozark on the 28th of August and on September 2nd she was notified that the car was gone. At the time she filed the report on the 2nd, she did not know the VIN number of the vehicle. On Wednesday the 24th of September, Ammann contacted the Sheriff's Department with the VIN number for the vehicle.
CREDIT CARD FRAUD REPORTED BY OZONE WOMAN
Cynthia Anderson of Ozone filed a report with Johnson County authorities on September 25th of credit card fraud. A individual in Arizona had made two withdrawal's from her bank account at Centennial Bank totaling $353.85. Anderson did not know the subject and had not authorized the withdrawal's.
INJURY ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY IN FC
An Oklahoma man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Highway 23 north in Franklin County Wednesday afternoon about 2:30pm. A passerby phone in the report of the accident and a male subject lying on his back in the middle of the road. Law enforcement arrived to find 56 year old Jerry Elliot of Oklahoma City lying in the roadway. He was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound when the accident occurred. According to Trooper Derek Nietert, the driver laid the bike over causing the accident, the details of what happened were not known at the time. Elliot was not wearing a helmet and was airlifted to Washington Regional in Fayetteville with non-life threatening injuries. Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $3,000.
BODY FOUND ON I-40
The Arkansas State Police is investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered earlier today (Wednesday, September 24, 2014) along I-40 near Palestine east of the rest area at the 236 mile marker. The body was spotted on the outside lane of the highway by a truck driver who then contacted State Police, Highway Patrol Division, Troop D shortly after 1 AM. State Police Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents are working to identify the body described as a white female, 25 – 35 years of age, small in stature, blonde hair and a tattoo on the left arm depicting a rose with the names, Shannon, Samantha and Deanna. The woman was wearing blue jean shorts, a lilac colored top. Justin cowboy boots were found near the body. The manner and cause of death will be determined by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
Anyone with information about the death of the woman or who may suspect they know the victim, please contact the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop D at Forrest City by calling (870) 633-1454.
THEFT AND FORCED DRUGGING INVESTIGATED
Johnson County authorities took a report of a theft or property and the forced drugging of a female in Johnson County at a residence near Lamar on September 20th. Authorities were contacted by a friend of the victim, a white female from Lamar, that her friend was having trouble breathing and needed an ambulance. When authorities arrived and were able to gather more information they learned that the Lamar woman and another female friend had gone to a home on Highway 359 to pickup some boots and while at the home the victim went into a bedroom with a male and another female and they closed the door. After the three did not come out of the room in a few minutes, the friend tried to enter the bedroom but the door was locked. The victim reported that when she went into the bedroom the other two in the room held her down and shot her in the are with two syringes of meth and she blacked out. The investigation is still underway. The report also indicates that $40 in cash and a ATRIX cell phone belonging to the victim were taken in the process.
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN 2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Friday September 5th at 12:15pm Clarksville police were called to an injury accident on South Rogers Street when Billy Isaacks of London was driving a 2009 Ford Explorer south on Rogers Street and entered the turning lane to make a left hand turn onto Poplar Street when Rochelle Qualls of Clarksville entered the traffic lane from the west in a 2011 Honda Accord and struck the right side of the Isaacks vehicle. Qualls was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. Damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Qualls vehicle and $1,000 to the Sullivan vehicle.
ACCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION
Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm, Franklin County authorities were called to an accident on Highway 23 north with a report of a vehicle off the side of the mountain. Deputies arrived at the scene about 2 miles south of West Fly Gap and located the 1993 Chevy S10 pickup off the east side of the highway resting on it's passenger side. The vehicle was about 30 yards off the roadway down an embankment and no one was around the vehicle. It was determined that the vehicle had just been purchased by a David Pardue of Madison County and was left at Brashears the night before by the previous owner. Pardue alleges the vehicle was stolen and was not at Brashears when he arrived. The report shows that the keys were not in the vehicle when it was found and there did not appear to be any evidence that the vehicle had been tampered with in an effort to start the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $1,500 to the pickup.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY IN HARTMAN
Johnson County Deputies were called to the home of Brandy Kotch of Hartman on September 17th in reference to a break-in and theft. The report shows that a neighbor found the damage when the front screen door was messed up and the door to the home had ben pushed in and was open. It was not sure what, if anything had been taken. Deputies instructed Kotch to check the home to see what was missing and then submit a list of stolen property. The home is located in the 1300 block of County Road 2243 in Hartman.
JCSD INVESTIGATES RIFLE THEFT
Debra Griffin of Clarksville filed a theft reported on September 19th in reference to a stolen firearm. Griffin said she left the residence in the 1900 block of County Road 3259 about 7am to go to work and when she went to bed that night, she noticed that the 10-22 Ruger rifle was missing. It was in the bedroom when stolen. Nothing else was missing including some other rifles.
GREEENBRIER WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT IN JC
A Saturday evening pursuit ends with the arrest of a Greenbrier woman in Johnson County. 36 year old Candice Hight was arrested after she fled from authorities in her 2005 Nissan Altima when law enforcement was responding to a call of a shoplifting at the Dollar General in Lamar. When authorities were in route, store personnel reported the subject had left the store in a Nissan Altima. The suspect vehicle was spotted by Deputy Brent Scott who then attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle fled in speeds up to near 100mph at times before the driver finally stopped. The driver, Candice Hight was arrested for fleeing by vehicle. No vehicle's were damaged and no one was injured in the pursuit. The incident took place Saturday evening at 5pm.
8 MAILBOXES DAMAGED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklin County authorities were notified Friday morning of several mailboxes being damaged or destroyed along Dublin Trail and also on Highway 219. Jennifer Sisney in the 13,000 block of Highway 219, William Schaffer in the 7200 block of Dublin Trail, Carol Pruitt in the 7000 block of Dublin Trail, Mary Bascue of the 7200 block of Dublin Trail, Christina Taylor in the 7100 block of Dublin Trail, Doris Abercrombie in the 7500 block of Dublin Trail, Anna Williams in the 7200 block of Dublin Trail and Kenny McCartney in the 7700 block of Dublin Trail. In all, 8 residents reported the damage totaling about $300 worth of damage.
POSSIBLE BREAK-IN REPORTED IN ALTUS
Franklin County Deputy Guy Huff was dispatched to the 700 block of North Roseville in Altus on September 16th to take a report of an attempted break-in. Johnny Hayes reported that there was evidence that someone had attempted to break-in to his home. The report shows that nothing was missing from the home.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
John Waits of Ozark filed a theft report with Johnson County Authorities on Wednesday September 17th. Waits said that a 30-40 piece socket set and a 12 volt cordless power drill with battery had been stolen from his van while it was parked in the 100 block of Line Street. The estimated value of the stolen tools totaled just over $200. The theft was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.
Judy Clayborn of Lamar reported a theft or property on Monday September 15th. Clayborn said that someone had come onto her property and stole a couple of gardening tools and several bricks. The report shows the value of the property at $320 total. The home is located in the 400 block of County Road 3731 in Lamar.
Darleen Talbert of Clarksville contacted Johnson County authorities on Monday to report a theft of property. Talbert said she had been stopped by a State Trooper for not having a 2014 sticker on her license plate. Talber had the valid registration information and was not sure when the sticker had been taken.
Oscar Phillips of Clarksville filed a report of possible identity fraud with Clarksville Police on September 3rd after going to Russellville to file unemployment and learning that someone had already used his social security number in Illinois to make a claim.
CPD RESPONDES TO INJURY ACCIDENT
Clarksville Police were notified of a single vehicle accident Wednesday in which a Chevy S10 pickup was on it's top near King's Wrecker and that an Hispanic male had crawled out of the vehicle and left the scene on foot. Police were able to locate the driver in a residence not far from the accident scene and confirmed with the male that he was the driver identified as Benancio Garcia of Clarksville. Garica was transported to Johnson Regional by ambulance for treatment. He told police he was driving down the road when a big truck was in his lane and he swerved to miss it and lost control. Garcia was cited for leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, no dl, no proof insurance, DWI and refusal to submit to test.
POSSIBLE SCAM REPORTED
Clarksville Police were contacted by Leo Mayer of Clarksville on September 10th in reference to a phone call he received from a subject identifying himself as Reverend John Green telling Mayer he had won 3 million dollars. The subject told Mayer to go to CVS Pharmacy and get a $500 card and keep the receipt. Police then contacted the number given to Mayer and the subject identified himself as Reverend Green and said he was coming to Mayer's house from Atkins, at which time the subject was informed he was talking with an officer and the call was being tracked.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Clarksville Police were called to Walmart on September 2nd in reference to a theft of property. Taylor Hinsley and been observed stealing a pair of shoes and paper plates valued at $25. Hinsley was taken into custody by police for theft or property. The items were recovered.
3 people were cited following reports of a large fight in the parking lot of the City Garage in Clarksville on September 6th. The report shows that Kenneth Clary and Yoni Garcia of Clarksville were cited for disorderly conduct and Tyri Tasco was cited for theft of property, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Tasco allegedly ran off with Clary's phone and key's after the three were involved in a fight. Tasco said he discarded the phone and keys while running through a yard. The phone was a Samsung Galaxy valued at $350.
OPD CHARGES OZARK MAN IN VILLAGE PHARMACY BURGLARY
Ozark Police have made an arrest in connection with the August break-in at Village Pharmacy in Ozark. 30 year old Richard Roland of Ozark was arrested on Monday September 15th on a theft charge for stealing a wallet from a relative. After being arrested, Roland was questioned by Police and admitted to breaking into the Village Pharmacy on August 19th. Several prescription pills were stolen in the break-in, Roland told police that he took some of the pills and gave the others to friends. He has been charged with felony theft of property and commercial burglary along with misdemeanor theft of property.
3 INJURY ACCIDENTS INVESTIGATED BY CPD
Sunday 8/31 9am Walmart Parking Lot...Pauline West of Altus was driving a 2011 Chevy Cruze in the Walmart parking lot and was making a left turn when she turned to sharp and hit a utility pole. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $1,500. West was taken by ambulance to Johnson Regional Medical Center for possible injuries.
Friday 9/5 3:48pm Main Street...Josh Bradley of Clarksville was driving a 2002 Toyota Tacoma west on Main Street when he failed to yield to traffic and struck a 2006 Dodge Dakota that was driven by Jeffery Smith of Coal Hill that was also traveling west. A passenger in Bradley's vehicle, Jackalyn Bradley of Clarksville, was transported to Johnson Regional by ambulance with possible injuries. Damage was estimated at $3,000 to Bradley's vehicle and $1,000 to the Smith vehicle. Bradley was cited for no proof of insurance.
Friday 9/5 Collins Street 6:55pm...A Travin King of Clarksville was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of possible injuries after he failed to yield to a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle southbound on Collins Street and struck the right front side of 2003 Ford Ranger driven by David Allen of Dover.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED ON CR4430
Scott Hamilton of Hartman reported of criminal mischief at property in the 1200 block of County Road 4430. He said when he went to the property on the 15th he was not able to unlock the padlocks and realized that super glue had been put in the key hole of the padlocks along with the door locks on a cabin and shop. The total dollar amount of damage was estimated at $150.
CREDIT CARD FRAUD REPORTED BY FRANKLIN COUNTY MAN
Terry Biggs of Mulberry contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Monday September 15th in reference to his debit card being stolen. Biggs reported that two purchases were made in Missouri amounting to $983 without his permission.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
A 23 year old female from Clarksville reported that she had lost her wallet to Clarksville Police back in July of this year. The report shows that a payroll check in the wallet was cashed for $105 the day the wallet was lost. A suspect was identified and question at which time she admitted to finding the wallet and cashing the check. The investigation has been turned over the the prosecutor for possible charges.
Clarksville Police took a report back in early September of a subject attempting to cash a forged check at First Security Bank in Clarksville. The subject had cashed a $750 check on August 18th on the account of another individual. The same subject came back into the bank at a later date to try and cash another check in the amount of $4,000 which the bank would not cash after learning of the first check being forged. Clarksville Police were able to identify a possible suspect and interviewed the subject who said the check had been paid to him in a verbal agreement of work to be done for the account holder. The victim, identified as Charles Foltz of Clarksville said he did not give the subject the check for $4,000. The report indicates that authorities have not been able to locate the subject since. The suspect is identified as a 19 year old Gabreal Carlton of Lamar.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION RESULTS
Unofficial Final Results:
Ozark School District:
Position 2 (5 year term)
Rick Gage 216
Johnny Larsen 135
Christopher Tolbert 52
Position 4 ( 2 year term)
Laura Rudolph 187
Todd Durning 138
Mark Weseman 84
( Run-off between Rudolph and Durning October 7 )
Magazine School District Election:
Leanna Jones 81
Calvin Bennett 57
Mulberry Pleasant View School District Election:
Johnny Ray Kimes 85
Elizabeth Jordan 53
Cedarville School District Election:
Rodney Dickens 133
Stacey Shelly 47
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
A break-in and theft was reported in the 100 block of Private Road 2681 Lamar on September 8th. Cheslea Larue reported that she arrived home to find her front and back door open and clothing and trash scattered all the way through the residence into the front yard. The only items missing were a Funai brand DVD player, a 19" television and a coffee can containing loose change. Total amount of the theft was about $300.
Ralph Pruitt filed a theft report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 9th. Pruitt said he was in the process of moving from property on Crawford St. near Clarksville and when he arrived at that location the remaining property of his was gone. This included a 10' flat bottom boat and misc. tools. Pruitt agreed to get a complete list of stolen property for the investigation. The report does show that the location of the stolen property was determined but that Pruitt did not want to press charges.
CRAWFORD COUNTY MAN SHOT TO DEATH
Crawford County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting death of a David Jackson, whose body was found near his Bidville home north of the White Rock Community in Crawford County on Friday. Jackson's body was found by a neighbor who called 911 after finding Jackson. The death of Jackson, a former Sebastian County Deputy, is being investigated as a homicide but authorities said over the weekend that they did not havy any suspects.
ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED
Authorities have released the identity of a man killed in Bloomer this week when his car fell on him. William Martin of Bloomer age 34 was working under his Ford Taurus when the vehicle collapsed on him, killing him. Martin was found by a family member who phoned 911, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle was in the driveway of his home on Highway 22 in Bloomer at the time of the accident on Tuesday afternoon. The funeral service will be Saturday at 10am at Parks Cemetery in Charleston.
BODY FOUND IN ARKANSAS RIVER
The body of a man was found in the Arkansas River Thursday morning near Arbuckle Island about 10 miles east of Lavaca. The body was spotted by the captain of a tug boat operating on the River. The Sebastian County Sheriff's Department responded to the area and located the body about 5 miles downstream from Vach Grasse Park. The body was not able to be identified due to the condition of the body. The remains have been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification and to determine the cause of death. While authorities do not have an identity for the body, officials contacted the family of a Jamison Boyster age 43 of Mansfield who was reported missing and was last seen Monday.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Franklin County authorities took a report of theft of property at the home of Earl Bonds in the 6600 block of Highway 23 south of Ozark on September 4th. Mr. Bonds reported someone had entered his home and took his wallet that was in the pocket of his pants hanging in his room at the time. The wallet contained $160, his debit card and a credit card. Mr. Bonds reported that the same thing had happened about a week earlier.
Albert Pullen of Altus reported that someone had stolen a Stihl brand chainsaw and 10 rolls of barbwire from his property on Nortontown Road. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled $850. The report was filed on Thursday, but occurred on September 6th.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
2 pistols were reported stolen from the home of Sean Clayton in the 1400 block of County Road 3291. Clayton said that he had left home about 4am on the 10th and returned later that same day in the afternoon. During the evening hours he went to retrieve his two pistols from the bedroom and discovered they were missing. One was a High Point brand 9mm, the other was an EAA brand 45, both were black. Estimated value of the two guns was $600.
About $5,000 worth of property was reported stolen from the home of Lesley Snider of Clarksville on Wednesday September 10th. Snider advised that she left home that morning and when she returned home she found an outside door to the home had been broken into and several items were missing from her home. About $4,700 worth of jewelry including a diamond ring with ruby, a bridal ring set with diamond and misc. other pieces, 2 flat screen televisions, a DVD player, VCR, Hewlet Packard laptop and satellite box. The home is located in the 1100 block of County Road 3561.
Kenneth Dunn of Clarksville reported that someone had broke into his home in the 1300 block of County Road 3291 while he was away from the property for about a month. A TV / DVD combo and about 20 DVD's were taken from the home valued at $175.
IDENTITY THEFT REPORTED
On September 5th, Johnson County authorities were contacted by Tamara Sisco of Clarksville in reference to an identity theft she was victim to. Sisco said she was contacted by a Heating & Air company in Russellville about a $75 bill that was past due for work done at a Russellville address. Sisco told the company she did not live in Russellville and had not hired the company. The report shows there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
THEFT REPORTED AT JOHNSON COUNTY HOME
Shirley Bounds of London reported a theft or property at her home on County Road 2700 totaling about $2500 worth of items. Bounds said that a pair of diamond earrings, 8 - $100 dollar bills and 4 - $50 bills had been stolen from her home in the 800 block of County Road 2700. The theft report was filed on September 7th and indicates there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
GREENWOOD HIGHSCHOOL EVACUATED AFTER THREAT
The Greenwood High School was evacuated Wednesday morning after student's reported a threat to faculty. Greenwood Police and Fire Departments responded and investigated a bomb threat at the High School. Authorities searched the building as students were taken to a safe location and served lunch. Later students were allowed to return to the building, no threat was found.
LAVACA MAN ARRESTED AFTER GIVING DAUGHTER MARIJUANA
42 year old Bobby Martin of Lavaca was arrested Monday after admitting to giving his daughter marijuana and choking her at their home in Lavaca. Police responded to a call of a disturbance on Bugscuffle Road in Lavaca where Martin's daughter reported that he assaulted her. Martin was located by police and questioned resulting in his arrested after he admitted to the assault and giving his daughter marijuana. He was booked into the detention center on felony charges of assault and child endangerment along with misdemeanor traffic violations of DWI, reckless driving and driving on suspended DL. The report does not indicate the age of the victim.
BLOOMER MAN KILLED TUSDAY
A Bloomer man in his mid 30's was killed while working on his vehicle Tuesday afternoon. The man was reported to be working on his Ford Taurus in the driveway of his home in the 27,000 block of Highway 22 in Bloomer when the floor jack that was holding the vehicle fell causing the vehicle to drop onto the man. The man was found by a family member. EMS was dispatched to the scene, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the man has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.
LOGAN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR RAPE
Eric Scott Paulson age 49 of Magazine was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of rape by a jury in Logan County on Tuesday. Charges were filed against Paulson in 2012 after the victim told authorities that she was staying at the Paulson's home when she woke up and Paulson was on top of her and that he raped her. The victim was 16 at the time. Paulson also faces two counts of rape in a separate Logan County case. The jury that convicted Paulson was made up of four men and eight woman and deliberated less than an hour before returning with the verdict.
THEFT AND FORGERY REPORTED IN JOHNSON COUNTY
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department was contacted by Al Lovett of Mulberry in reference to a theft and forgery case that occurred in Johnson County. Mr. Lovett reported that he had allowed a friend to use his credit card to rent a skid loader to do some logging work. Mr. Lovett reported that he had instructed the friend to return the loader to the rental company after about a month of usage. The friend allegedly then rented the loader a second time without Mr. Lovett's permission and forged Mr. Lovett's signature. While renting the loader the 2nd time, the man wrecked the loader resulting in additional charges. The total amount of money in question was $1,790.10.
WOMAN REPORTS VEHICLE DAMAGED IN CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Thea Ballinger reported of about $900 damage being done to her vehicle on September 6th. Ballinger reported that she was at her son's birthday party when an argument broke out between Ballinger and her husband. During the argument he allegedly caused about $900 damage to her vehicle cracking her windshield, breaking a mirror and bending the door frame of the vehicle.
FEMALE INMATE FACING CHARGES
A 43 year old Cindy Wyers of Huntington is facing a felony charge of introducing prohibited articles after is was found that several female inmates were under the influence of Hydrocodone and Xanax. The medication was believed to have been brought into the facility by Wyers. The incident occurred on September 5th. In all, 4 inmates were found to be under the influence when tested.
THEFT REPORTED ON PRIVATE ROAD 3215
Anna Baker filed a theft report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 6th after discovering that he mother's home had been broken into in the 100 block of Private Road 3215. 2 flat screen televisions, an antique clock and misc. jewelry had been taken. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled $1,100.
2 MISSING PERSON REPORTS IN JC
On Wednesday September 3rd, Johnson County authorities received a call from Bill Meeler of a missing person. Meeler stated that he had gone to town and when he returned there was a not at the house from Bruce Hays saying he was going for a walk and might be back. Hays was wearing a dark blue and black western shirt at the time and is 6'1" 205 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and a full bear and mustache and wearing glasses. The home is located in the 300 block of County Road 2243.
Also on the 3rd, Johnson County authorities were contacted by the grandmother of Savanna Veale age 21 of Clarksville that she had not been seen or heard from for more than 10 days. Family and friends were contacted and no one had any information on where she was.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Theron McElroy of Ratcliff reported the theft of $115 from his wallet at his home in the 4800 block of Compressor Road near Ratcliff. The theft was reported by McElroy on September 4th.
Mary Skelton contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on August 30th after arriving home to find the glass was broken out of her back door. The only thing she could find missing was $18 from a cigar box. It appeared that someone had opened a closet door at the home but nothing else appeared to be missing. The damage to the back door was estimated at $50. The home is located in the 5200 block of Brown Lane.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT FC DETENTION CENTER
An inmate at the Franklin County Detention Center attempted suicide on August 31st, according to a report from the Sheriff's Department. At about 9pm, the dispatcher's reported hearing yelling from the cells in the back of the detention center, the male jailor went to the cell block to find inmate Jordan McIlroy had attempted to hang himself with his jail issued pants. McIlroy was removed from the shower area, where he was found, and transported to the hospital in Ozark by EMS, then later airlifted to Little Rock. His condition was not known according to the report. The incident took place in the shower area of the cell where McIlroy was housed, an area that is not monitored by surveillance video due to privacy laws.
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH
71 year old Sue Watson of Clarksville was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on I-49 near Alma. Watson was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer southbound on I-49 at the 22 mile marker when the tire thread separated causing her to lose control of the vehicle and travel off the road on the right shoulder where the vehicle overturned. Watson was transported to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith where she passed away from her injuries. The accident occurred at 3:12pm Thursday afternoon in Crawford County.
3 INMATES CHARGED AFTER JAIL FIGHT
Franklin County authorities report that 3 inmates were cited following a fight in one of the cell's of the detention center on Wednesday morning. The report shows that at about 11am inmate Prince Surveyor age 24 of Pine Bluff started a fight with inmate Larry Amonette of Altus. As the fight started, inmate Carl Skaggs age 39 of Fayetteville covered the camera monitoring the cell. The report shows that when Skagges uncovered the camera, video captured inmate Kirby Edgin-Whitson of Ozark punched inmate Amonette while he was being held on the ground by Surveyor. Surveyor and Whitson were charged with 3rd degree battery and Skaggs with obstructing governmental operations.
FENCED DAMAGED ON COUNTRY ROAD 3201
A criminal mischief report was taken by Johnson County Deputy Chris Curtis on August 29th in the 3100 block of County Road 3201. It appeared that a vehicle had ran off the road hitting a utility pole before taking out about 60' of fence owned by Jerry Coffee. The damage to the fence amounted to three T posts and about 60' of 5 strand barbed wire, estimated $650 worth of damage.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Clarksville Police responded to ASAP Towing and Recovery on August 22nd after an employee reported a male subject in the back lot of the business taking something from the trucks. Police arrived and located 44 year old James Cowell of Clarksville and discovered a 5 gallon fuel can with a black hose inside and fresh fuel on the fuel tank and ground by a truck that belonged to the business and it was determined that Cowell had been stealing gas from the vehicle's. It was estimated that he had taken about $25 worth of fuel and was arrested for theft of property and transported to JCDC.
Clarksville Police were called to Walmart on August 28th after 22 year old Larry Wolfrum and 24 year old Megan Wolfrum, both of Clarksville, had been caught shoplifting by store personnel. The two were observed taking several medications and putting them into Megan's purse, then taking some food items before attempting to leave the store without paying. The value of the stolen property amounted to about $50. The two were issued a citation for shoplifting. The report indicates that it was not the first incident at the store involving the two individuals.
JCSD THEFT REPORTS
Brian Coogan of Hartman filed a theft report on August 29th, he reported that he was going to work when he discovered his vehicle had been broken into and the following items were taken, Arkansas DL, Social Security card, Visa debit card and auto stereo with touch screen. The estimated value of the stolen property was about $400. His home is located in the 6000 block of Highway 64.
DeWight Faust of Knoxville contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on August 28th to file a theft report. Faust reported that someone had stolen the Arkansas license plate from his vehicle. The report shows that there are a couple of possible suspects.
Johnson County Sheriff's Department took a report on August 29th at the Coal Hill Shamrock on Highway 64 in Coal Hill of theft of property. A white male subject wearing blue jeans short and a backpack, no shirt, entered the store and tried to buy a light and get $100 cash back with a credit card. The card was rejected and the subject went outside to make a call and then came back into the store. While he was in the store he took a shirt and left without paying for it, along with a pair of sunglasses. The value of the two items was $35. When confronted by store personnel the subject said the items had been in his backpack and were his.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON CARBON PLANT ROAD
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call of a residential burglary at 3am on Wednesday September 3rd in the 3500 block of Carbon Plant Road, the home of Logan Rucinski. Rucinski reported that he arrived home to find his house had been broken into and two televisions had been stolen along with a small amount of jewelry. The TV's were described as a Vizio 47" flat screen and a Samsung 32" flat screen, total value of the two estimated at $800. The misc. gold and jewelry taken was valued at $400. The report shows there was no sign of forced entry.
MINIMUM WAGE MAKES BALLOT
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces, An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. An initiated act needs 62,507 valid signatures to make the ballot. The sponsors turned in a total of 129,989 signatures for verification. At this time, the initiated act has at least 70,074 valid signatures. Please note, there are signatures still being verified; therefore, the total number of valid signatures may increase. The Secretary of State has certified the proposed initiated act to the County Boards of Election Commissioners. It will be Issue No. 5 on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure will increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2015, $8.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 and $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.
The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 6, 2014. For information on voter registration, go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s webpage, www.sos.arkansas.gov.
MULE STOLEN ON HIGHWAY 352
A mule was reported stolen from property on Highway 352 north of Ozark on Tuesday September 2nd. Ed Brushwood reported that a mare Molly mule valued at $1,500 had been stolen from his farm sometime within the last two weeks. The mule described as white with dark gray spots.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 8/13 11:19pm I-40 on Ramp...Skyler Martinez of Russellville was driving a 2008 Chrysler eastbound on I-40 on ramp when he drove off the road on the left side and lost control of the vehicle striking a tree in the median where the vehicle came to rest with about $10,000 damage. Martinez was taken to UAMS in Little Rock by Med-Flight for treatment of injuries.
Wednesday 8/13 4:20pm Blackburn Street...Julia Nowotny of Clarksville was southbound on Blackburn Street in a 1994 GMC Sierra, Glen Shelton of Clarksville was in a 2001 Ford F150 backing from a parking space at a business when he backed into the Nowotny vehicle causing about $3,000 damage to the Nowotny vehicle and no damage reported to the Shelton vehicle. Shelton was cited for careless or prohibited driving and no proof insurance.
2 BREAK-INS REPORTED IN JOHNSON COUNTY
Johnson County Authorities were dispatched to Private Road 3591 on August 29th to take a report of a break-in from Miranda Klein. Klein reported that someone had broke into her residence twice within in a 30 minute period on the 29th. She said that nothing was taken and she did not know why someone would break into her home in the 100 block of Private Road 3591.
Charles James of Hartman filed a report with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on September 1st of someone breaking into a house he owns in the 6600 block of Highway 64 in Hartman. Nothing was missing but the back door and frame were damaged where it appeared someone had kicked the door open. Some evidence was collected at the scene that may link a suspect to the crime.
PEDESTRIAN REPORTS BEING HIT BY VEHICLE IN CLARKSVILLE
On August 26th, Clarksville Police were contacted by Edward Criss of Clarksville age 56 who said that he was struck by a vehicle while on Sevier Street August 25th. Criss said that he was exiting the Post Office and that when he entered the crosswalk a full size white pickup backed up hitting his right side causing minor bruising. No suspect vehicle could be identified or located.
FRANKLIN COUNTY MAN VICTIM OF PHONE SCAM
Franklin County Authorities received a call from Jason Foster of Ozark after he received a phone call advising him he was a winner. Mr. Foster was told he needed to send $250 to receive his prize. Foster did send a money gram to Jamaica only to find out that it was a scam.
VAN BUREN MAN INJURED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT
Arkansas State Police were called to a motorcycle accident Monday at about 10am when Buell Jones of Van Buren was riding a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle northbound and was negotiating a curve too fast when he lost control and ran off the road, the bike flipped and landed on Jones. Jones was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment with an injured shoulder in addition to minor injuries. Jones was wearing a helmet. The accident was investigated by Trooper Derek Neitert.
2 ARRESTED FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE
2 people were arrested on Saturday August 31st for unauthorized use of a vehicle after Franklin County authorities received a 911 call of a vehicle being stolen from a home on Franklin Avenue. Carolyn Lee reported that her 2007 Chevy Aveo had been stolen from her home and that she had located the vehicle and was following it. Deputy Chris Langston located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. After questioning the driver Kristin Gillinger and a passenger William Tournay, the two were arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle. The report indicates there was a 32" Emerson television in the back seat of the car, the TV was reported stolen also, it was valued at $250.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON HIGHWAY 217
James Hoffman of Charleston reported a residential burglary at his property on August 29th, located in the 14,000 block of Highway 217 South. Hoffman said that he had several items stolen within the last 3 days. Mr. Hoffman showed authorities where someone had forced open a roll-up door on his shop to gain access to the contents and took his Oxygen & Acetylene tanks with gauges, a chop saw, gas powered high pressure washer and 3 small hand held grinder. The total value of the stolen property was $1,010.
FCSD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Thursday 8/28 AR186 7:10pm...Curtis Scroggins of Fort Smith was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound when he ran through some gravel in the road and lost control. The motorcycle ran off the right side of the road into the ditch and overturned. Scroggins was thrown from the bike and sustained only minor injury, he was treated at the scene by EMS.
Thursday 8/21 Lone Oak Road 9:30pm...Tori Byrd of Ozark was driving a 2005 Toyota 4 Runner and said she was driving about 30mph when the vehicle started drifting to the right, she said she turned the wheel to the left and overcorrected, the vehicle then hit the bank of the road and flipped over onto the driver's side. Byrd was negotiating a curve at the time. No injuries were reported and no citations issued. The report does not indicate how much damage was done to te vehicle. There was one passenger in the vehicle, Nicholai Trouerbach of Ozark.
THEFT INVESTIGATED NEAR OZONE
Erich Morrow of Ozone reported that his fence and post had been pulled up and were missing. A total of 15 6' steel fence posts and about 100' of fence were taken, a total value of $250.
RESIDENTIAL BURLGARY ON MATTIE ROAD
Seth Sanders filed a residential burglary and theft report on Wednesday August 27th at the corner of Mattie Road and Fairview Road. Sanders said that someone had entered his camper trailer and destroyed it. The report shows that the walls were tore out and the ceiling had been torn down. It appeared the suspect(s) were searching for the copper in the walls of the camper, all of which was gone. The report does not indicate that anything else had been stolen. No dollar amount had been given for the damage done to the trailer.
FRANKLIN COUNTY THEFT REPORTS
Donald Drake of Cecil filed a theft report on August 22nd with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department after a Remington 12 gauge pump shotgun was stolen from his house in the 3300 block of Eubanks Road near Cecil. The gun was valued at $300.
Heather Milam reported the theft of a Echo brand weed trimmer from her home in the 9400 block of South Highway 23 on August 18th. The trimmer was valued at $250.
VEHICLE DESTROYED BY FIRE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
On August 16th, authorities were called to a vehicle fire at 1am in the 5400 block of Fork Road at the home of Harold Davis. Davis said he was asleep in his house when he was awaken by an explosion and looked outside to see his 2013 GMC truck on fire. The truck was a total loss and a cause is not known. No foul play is expected, the explosion is believed to have been the fuel tank exploding. The truck was a total loss.
COMMERCIAL BURLGARY REPORTED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Christine Fisher of Mulberry reported that someone had broke into her Bait Shop in the 7900 block of Highway 64 west and stole the cash register. The cash register only contained about $2. No sign of forced entry could be found. The theft was reported on August 23rd and is believed to have occurred sometime the night of the 22nd or morning of the 23rd. The estimated valued of the cash register showed to be $100.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON COUNTY ROAD 2750
On August 25th, Johnson County authorities were contacted by Veronica Wages of London in reference to a theft of property in the 100 block of County Road 2750. Wages stated that she had left the resident just a few hours earlier to pickup her child from school and when she returned she found the carport door had been forced open. She started into the house and could see things had been thrown around and some property missing so she left the house and called the Sheriff's Department. The property stolen included Panasonic brand 42" flat screen television, wedding engagement ring set, the estimated property value was $1,500.
THEFT REPORTED AT HARTMAN HOME
Jonathan Haynes of Hartman filed a theft report on August 22nd at his home in the 4000 block of Highway 64 in Hartman. Haynes stated that his home had been broken into and a washer and dryer set, bed and frame, microwave and green recliner had been stolen. The value of the stolen property totaled about $2,000. The report indicates that one person was questioned in the case.
BURGLARY ON CEDARVILLE LANE
Franklin County authorities took a report of a residential burglary and criminal mischief at the home of Sharon Roe in the 8000 block of Cedarville Lane near Ozark on August 18th. Roe stated that someone had broke into her trailer house and destroyed it. She also stated that the cables had been cut on her riding mower. The report indicates there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
AUTHORITIES RESPOND TO POSSIBLE SUICIDE
Franklin County Emergency responders were called to a home on Highway 219 August 18th for a possible overdose. A 37 year old white male was found unresponsive at the home on the couch and was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment. The report shows that the 37 year old had sent a text message to a female friend saying he had taken 8 1/2 pills and he wouldn't be her problem anymore. The female went to the home at that time and found the male subject unresponsive and called 911.
2 INMATES CHARGED AFTER FIGHT IN CELL
Franklin County authorities report that two inmates were charged after they got into a physical altercation inside a cell of the detention center. Inmates John Stover and Alex Metcalf were the two involved, both were cited for battery 3rd, inmate Stover did request medical attention and was transported to Mercy Ozark where he was examined and released.
KNOXVILLE HOME DAMAGED BY FIRE
The home of James and Deanna Coogan sustained about $8,000 damage in a fire on August 6th at 2pm. The home is located at 61 Pine Street, the Coogans were at home at the time and Mrs. Coogan said that she was in the house when the electric went off. She went outside to tell her husband who went inside to check the breakers. He then took out the ceiling fan and turned the breakers back on. At that point there son ran back into the home to tell them there was smoke coming from the house. The fire was located in the attic of the home. No one was injured.
OZARK MAN INJURED IN UTV ACCIDENT
Nick Stewart of Ozark remains hospitalized at UAMS with serious injuries sustained in a UTV accident Saturday morning at 12:30am in Altus. Police Chief Tyler Underwood reports that Stewart was a front seat passenger in a Honda "side by side" UTV that was traveling westbound on East College in the early morning hours Saturday driven by Joshua Jennings. The UTV ran off the roadway striking a utility pole with the front end ejecting Jennings, Stewart and Dustin Sheppard, who was in the back seat of the UTV. Sheppard and Jennings were not injured but Stewart sustained serious injuries and was taken to UAMS where he was admitted on Saturday and remains hospitalized. The driver of the UTV, Jennings, was cited for DWI, careless or prohibitive and driving an ATV on the highway. Additional charged may be filed according to Chief Underwood.
THEFT REPORTED ON DILLON LANE IN JC
Raymond Baars of Lamar filed a theft report on August 18th. Baars reported his family was in the process of moving and returned to the property at 62 Dillon Lane to check the property and discovered that his child's swing set had been taken from the property.
CHARLESTON RESIDENT KILLED IN ACCIDENT
19 year old Nancy Vea of Charleston was killed in a 3 vehicle accident on the Muskogee Turnpike on Friday morning at 8:30am. Vea was one of 5 passengers in a van driven by Duane Carter of Greenwood traveling southbound, David Housdan of Tulsa age 47 was behind the van in a tractor trailer and applied his brakes to avoid hitting the van, when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 16 passenger bus forcing the tractor trailer into the van. Vea was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the van, she was transported to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa with critical injuries. Vea died Saturday morning around 9am. A Bradley Osborne age 18 of Las Vegas was admitted to St. Francis Hospital with head and trunk injuries while the nine remaining injured were treated at released from hospitals in Muskogee and Tulsa.
CLARKSVILLE MOTEL EVACUATED, ROAD SHUT DOWN
Friday at 2:30pm Clarksville Police received a report of a chemical smell at Holiday Inn on Clark Road. Upon arrival emergency responders encountered a strong chemical smell on the second floor. As a precaution, Clark Road was shut down from Shady Grove to Highway 64 for about 30 minutes, all hotel guests were evacuated along with staff. The investigation revealed that the smell originated when two cleaning chemicals accidentally were mixed. As of 3:30 all guests and staff were allowed to return to the building. Clarksville Police, Clarksville Fire Department, Johnson County Emergency Management and Johnson County Ambulance responded to the scene.
SHOTS FIRED IN ATTEMPTED THEFT
Johnson County authorities were called to property in the 300 block of County Road 3452 on August 20th to report of one or two persons trying to take some property and being held at gun point. Deputies arrived and made contact with the property owner and his son, Gary Miller and Garrett Miller. Gary stated that his son saw 2 individuals around his ATV trailers and that he retrieved his rifle and fire a few shots into the ground to stop them. The subjects fled the area on foot before law enforcement arrived. The incident happened about 9pm.
BREAK-IN REPORTED ON COUNTY ROAD 3446
Anita Campbell of Clarksville filed a report on August 15th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after someone cut the padlock of a small building behind her residence and broke a deadbolt to gain access. The contents had been gone through and everything was dumped out. The report shows that she could not tell if anything was missing.
OPD INVESTIGATES VILLAGE PHARMACY BREAKIN
Ozark Police are investigating the theft of some prescription medication from Village Pharmacy, the street value of the stolen medication estimated to be around $15,000. Chief Cory Tedford said that Police were dispatched to the Village Pharmacy on Commercial Street about midnight Tuesday morning after getting a call from the alarm company of a break-in. Police arrived to find that the drive through window was broke out, it was learned that entrance was gained to the business and at least 3 bottles of Hydrocodone 10 were taking, amounting to about 1500 pills, with a street value of around $15,000. Chief Tedford said that no one was located at the scene or in the area but that some DNA and prints were gathered at the scene and have been submitted to the crime lab. The Chief also said that his department had investigated damage at the Mediquick Pharmacy drive through just day's before this break in.
SHOTS FIRED DURING FIGHT ON OAK BEND ROAD
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident from Wednesday night in which shots were reported to have been fired during an altercation between two men on Oak Bend Road. Investigator Travis Ball said the Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a fight at a residence on Oak Bend Road Wednesday evening and arrived to find that two white male's had been involved in a physical altercation. The fight started when Ronald Elliot went to the property of his ex-wife and children and Oak Bend Road and ended up in an argument with the ex-wife's husband. The other male subject was armed with a 40 caliber pistol and several shots were reported to have been fired. No one was injured, Elliot was arrested at the scene for residential burglary. Investigator Ball said that the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests and charges may be forthcoming.
CHARGES PENDING FROM DETENTION CENTER FIRE
Franklin County authorities report that felony charges are expected against an inmate responsible for setting a fire in the detention block on Tuesday night. Jailors reported noticing smoke in the cell block and were able to find the source as a pile of toilet paper on fire in a pipe chase behind the cell's. The investigation has lead authorities to a possible suspect inmate who is facing charges of arson and / or impairing operation of a vital public facility, both felonies. No charges have yet been filed, no structural damage was reported.
CHARGES PENDING IN FIRE DEPARTMENT THEFT
A chainsaw stolen from the Barnes Fire Department was located on Wednesday morning after an investigation by Franklin County authorities. Investigator Travis Ball reported that authorities do have a suspect who has admitted to having the saw, which was located at the suspects place of business. The suspect is a fireman on the Barnes Fire Department. No arrests have been made at this point but Ball said they do expect an arrest in the case in the near future.
ONE INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 21
ASP responded to a single vehicle injury accident when Jonathan Paul of Pineville LA was driving a 2006 Nissan Frontier south on Highway 21 negotiating a sharp curve when he left the right side of the road. The vehicle struck a curve warning sign and then went down a steep embankment hit a large tree stump. Damage was estimated at $6,000 to the vehicle and Paul was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Paul was cited for DWI, careless or prohibited, refusal to submit to chemical test, DL suspended and no proof insurance.
HOME DAMAGED ON GRIFFITH LOOP
Vernon Griffith of Clarksville contacted Clarksville Police on August 8th after he discovered someone had damaged his carport by hitting it with a vehicle. The home is located in the 200 block of Griffith Loop. The report did not indicate the dollar amount for the damage.
CPD ARRESTS ONE AFTER BOMB THREAT
Clarksville Police arrested 23 year old Daniel Joshua Noble on Tuesday for threatening a fire or bomb after Greenville Tube received a bomb threat by social media. Chief Greg Donaldson reports that his department got the call between 7:15am and 7:30am from Greenville Tube of the threat. Police arrived and made contact with management and developed a course of action. No bomb was found after a search of the property. Clarksville Police with assistance from several other agencies were able to determine that an employee of the company, Daniel Joshua Noble, was possibly responsible for the threat. Noble was arrested by late Tuesday afternoon. Chief Donaldson said that in addition to the felony charge of threatening a fire or bomb, Noble will be responsible for restitution to Greenville Tube amounting to between $15,000 - $20,000 for lost time and other loss.
LAMAR MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES
Johnson County Deputies report arresting a Lamar man after he was found at the Cabin Creek Park in a Dodge truck. Deputies made contact with the subject to see what he was doing there. 34 year old Lucas Hylton had what appeared to be a rolled cigarette tucked behind his ear which he admitted contained marijuana. Authorities also search Hylton and found a grinder with marijuana and a small plastic bag containing a substance believed to be meth. Inside the vehicle deputies located a prescription medication, that Hylton did not have a prescription for, and about 3.8 grams of marijuana in a pill bottle. A 12 gauge shotgun was also seized from the vehicle. Lucas Hylton was arrested on felony charges of poss of controlled substance meth, possession of prescription medication without a prescription and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. He was also charged with possession of instrument of crime and possession of controlled substance.
MAN BEING SOUGHT AFTER WEDNESDAY STABBING
One man is in the hospital and another being sought by law enforcement after a fight Wednesday afternoon near Van Buren in the Grands area. Crawford County authorities report that the victim was working on a car with friends when they reported that a 2000 model Honda Accord came around the corner and almost hit them. The group hollered at the occupants of the car and the driver, a black male, got out of the vehicle and confronted the group. Apparently a fight broke out and the victim was stabbed an unknown number of times. The driver of the Honda left the scene followed by the remaining members of the group who gave chase but were not able to catch the vehicle. The victim was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He is reported to be in serious but stable condition. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crawford County Sheriff's Department at 474-2261.
STRUCTURE FIRE CALL ON CR4491
RFD #1 and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department responded to the home of Chad & Denice Davis in the 900 block of County Road 4491 for a possible fire on Monday about 1pm. Mrs. Davis reported smelling smoke coming from what she thought was the laundry room and got everyone out of the home. RFD#1 arrived and located the fire underneath the house, possibly caused by the dryer. The home, a 12 x 36 trailer had some fire damage near the utility room and smoke damage throughout.
2 ARRESTED IN BOONEVILLE SHOOTING
25 year old Paul Schneider and 28 year old Steven Cox were arrested Monday at a home in Booneville in connection with Saturday shooting incident that injured one. Charges against the two are currently pending while a third suspect is still being sought, he is identified as a John Schneider age 28, wanted for questioning. As we reported Monday, law enforcement responded to the home of Tommy Johnson on South Sharpe Street Saturday night about 7:30pm after 3 men allegedly knocked on Johnson's door and then shot him with a 22 caliber pistol. The injury was superficial and Johnson refused medical treatment.
THEFT REPORTED ON CR4021
Earl Wyers contacted the Johnson County Sheriff's Department to report of a theft or property at his home in the 4200 block of County Road 4021. Wyers stated that he had bought 3 rolls of wire on the 12th and put it in his garage. The wire along with a antique wooden wall phone, 2 rolls of wire, and military metals had been taken. The estimated value of the stolen property was about $1,300.
THEFT REPORTED ON OAK BEND ROAD
Franklin County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of about $1,800 worth of tools and equipment from Slim Rock Quarry located in the 4700 block of Oak Bend Road. The manager told law enforcement that over a period of time a Miller welder, air tank, Evercrush torch wrench and assorted tools have been taken from the quarry. The report indicates that there is a possible suspect in the investigation.
JOHNSON COUNTY HOME STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
On August 9th, Johnson County authorities were called to the home of Marion Calley in the 200 block of County Road 4471 after he said that lightning had struck his home. He said that he and his wife were sitting in the house when they felt the house shake and saw blue sparks going across the house out the other side. It appeared the lightning damaged the metal roof at the power box. The lightning also hit his car and a tree. Total damage was estimated at $15,000. No one was reported injured, RFD #1 responded to the scene.
A/C UNIT STOLEN FROM HOME
Johnson County authorities took a report of a theft or property in the 500 block of County Road 2275 at property being remodeled. Robert Lewis said the arrived at the property on August 16th to do some work and went to turn on the A/C unit and nothing happened. He then went to check the unit to find that the wires had been cut and the unit missing. The estimated value of the unit was listed as $1,500.
DOVER WOMAN KILLED IN SUNDAY CRASH
Leah Pate of Dover age 26 was killed in a single vehicle accident Sunday morning about 11:30am on Highway 7 north of Dover. Pate was driving a 1994 Chevy south on State Highway 7 negotiating a curve and lost control. The vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree. Pate was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The crash was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.
SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN BOONEVILLE SHOOTING
3 suspects are being sought by Booneville Police in connection with a report of shots being fired on South Sharpe Street Saturday night about 7:30pm. Police report that three suspects knocked on the door of the home of Tommy Johnson and then shot at him with a .22 caliber pistol. Johnson only suffered a superficial wound to his arm. The suspects reported fled the scene in a white Toyota Camry.
BARN BROKEN INTO ON CR 2515
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department took a report of a break in at a barn located in the 400 block of County Road 2515 on August 12th. Connie Rommel of Clarksville reported that she had been at the barn the day before and everything was fine. When she returned on the 12th, she discovered someone had been inside the barn. While several things had been moved and gone through, the only missing item was a pair of clippers valued at $20. Rommel said that she had been the victim of a break in and theft about 3 years ago at the same location and that she had been a victim of vandalism at the property multiple times.
CPD RECOVERS BIKE
Clarksville Police received a call of a found bicycle on the nature trail on the north side of Main Street Bridge on August 10th. The bicycle was a Next brand 26" bike that was retrieved and place in lost and found until claimed by it's owner.
LAMAR MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT
Johnson County Deputy Christ Curtis was involved in a short pursuit on August 8th that resulted in the arrest of 38 year old Jerry Dale Clayborn of Lamar. Deputy Curtis reported that he noticed a yellow PT Cruiser operated by Clayborn on the morning of the 8th, and knew that Clayborn did not have a valid DL. Deputy Curtis attempted to stop Clayborn on Highway 64 at which time Clayborn accelerated and began passing on a double yellow. Clayborn continued to flee pulling into a residence at 1080 W. Main Street in Lamar where Deputy Curtis lost visual contact Clayborn. The deputy ran around the back yard of the home and was able to located Clayborn hiding behind a shed. Clayborn resisted arrest at first but was taken into custody without any further incident. He was cited for fleeing by vehicle and foot, no proof insurance, driving on suspended DL, resisting arrest, passing on double yellow and reckless driving. No property was damaged in the incident.
FRANKLIN COUNTY THEFT REPORTS
Franklin County authorities were called to property owned by Barbara Lancaster in the 14,000 block of Lower Jethro Road on August 6th to take a theft report. Lancaster said that a propane tank and hoses had been stolen from her camper at that location sometime the previous weekend. The estimated value of the property was reported to be worth $100.
Regina Ullrich of Ozark filed a theft report on August 4th in reference to a Huskavarna riding mower being stolen from her property in the 5,000 block of Highway 288. The mower was under her carport at the time and was orange in color with a 42 or 46 inch deck. The estimated value of the mower was listed at $1,000.
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING REPORTED AT ALTUS BUSINESS
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a call of a possible prowler early Tuesday morning at the Chateau Aux Arc. The call came at 2:30am from an employee at the winery who reported seeing a white male subject looking in the windows of the business. The subject fled on foot north bound after seeing the employee. Nothing was reported missing or damaged.
GAME CAMERA STOLEN
Lee Morrow filed a theft report on August 11th with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department after a Moltrie game camera was stolen from property in the 200 block of County Road 4540. The estimated value of the camera was estimated at $150.
CPD INVESTIGATES REPORT OF CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
On August 8th, Elizabeth Cooper of Clarksville filed a report of criminal mischief with the Clarksville Police department reporting that the last few days someone had been vandalizing her car while it was parked at the Birch Tree Office on Brown Street. The vehicle is a 2005 Honda CRV and the damage was estimated at $150. The vehicle had key scratches that appeared to be from a small kid.
THEFT REPORTED AT KNOXVILLE CITY YARD
Johnson County authorities are investigating a theft of property that occurred at the Knoxville City Yard located in the 100 block of South Old Highway 64. On the 11th of August, it was discovered that someone had broke into the yard during the night and cut a lock off a fuel tank taking about 15 gallons of fuel, and took a 323 L Husqvarna trimmer from an John Deere Mule. The estimated value of the stolen property totaled about $450.
ASP REPONDS TO ACCIDENT
Thursday 8/7 1:36pm I-40 & Highway 164...Robert Booth of Little Rock was driving a 2014 Ford Focus and was traveling north on State Highway 164 and was slowing down to wait on traffic so he could turn left onto the I-40 eastbound on ramp when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 1997 Dodge Dakot driven by Jamie Pullen of Altus. Pullen stated that her brakes grabbed and then went to the floor and failed causing her to hit the Booth vehicle. Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the Booth vehicle and $2,500 to the Pullen vehicle. Pullen was cited for driver's license suspended, carless or prohibited and unsafe vehicle-defective equipment.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 8/13 8:43am Commercial St...Gerald Gower of Hartman was driving a 2000 Cadillac Eldorado and was slowing in the traffic lane to make a right hand turn into a business parking lot when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 2008 Toyota driven by Teresa Bailey of Ozark, that was also westbound. No one was injured and damage was estimated at, at least $1,000 to both vehicles. No citations were issued.
Sunday 8/10 4:50pm College St...Mary Kanka of Ozark was driving a 1997 Olds Sillouete van traveling westbound on College Street entering the intersection with north 4th Street. Kiley Whitson of Ozark was driving a 2010 Chevy Impala northbound on 4th Street and failed to yield at the stop sign of the intersection with College Street and struck the rear bumper area of the Kanka vehicle. No one was transported from the scene but the report shows that Kanka was complaining of soreness at the scene. No citations were issued and damaged showed to be over $1,000 to both vehicle's involved.
CLARKSVILLE ANNOUNCES BRUSH PICKUP PLAN
The City of Clarksville Street Department will be picking up trees and limbs from the recent storm damage. All limbs, brush, etc. should be placed on the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014. For additional information you may call the Mayor's office at 754-6486.
4 INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT
4 people were injured in an accident Sunday afternoon on Highway 64 about a 1/2 mile west of London at 4pm. John Wheeler of Knoxville was driving a 1998 GMC pickup westbound on Highway 64 and was attempting to pull into a private drive to turn around when he pulled into the path of a 1987 Volkswagon van driven by Kevin Martin of Russellville that was eastbound at the time. A passenger in the Wheeler vehicle, Ethel Wheeler was airlifted to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock for treatment. Three passengers in the Martin vehicle were transported to the hospital - two minors were airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital and Quinn Martin was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center. Damage was estimated to be $5,500 to the Wheeler vehicle and $4,500 to the Martin vehicle. Wheeler was cited for failure to yield.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 8/6 3pm Commercial Street...Braden Carrol of Ozark was driving a 2014 Chevy west on Commercial Street and was attempting a left turn onto North 7th Street from the turning lane when he traveled into the eastbound lane and stopped, colliding with an eastbound 2013 Freightliner driven by Jason Billington of Alma. No one was injured.
Thursday 8/7 8:37pm Loves Travel Center...Wilma Kuykendall of Paris was driving a 2012 Jeep traveling south on Highway 219 and turned right onto Airport Road, immediately making a left turn into the entrance of Love's Travel Center missing the entrance and traveling into the ditch located on the south side of Airport Road. No injuries were reported.
CLARKSVILLE BOY BITTEN BY DOG
A 12 year old Clarksville boy was treated at Johnson Regional Medical Center on August 6th for a dog bite. The police report shows that the boys was riding his bike in the area of West Cherry Street at about 7:30pm when the dog came up and bit the boy in the upper back portion of his left leg. The injury was minor but the boys mother took him to the hospital for examination. Police were able to locate the dog and it's owner, Javier Gutierrez. The dog was taken by animal control and the owner was cited for failure to confine a dog and no proof of rabies vaccination. Gutierrez was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
ASP RESPONDS TO INJURY ACCIDENT
Tuesday 8/5 11:57am Highway 123...Nicolae Bica of St. Louis was driving a 2009 Ducati motorcycle south on Highway 123 when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve and overcorrected losing control of the bike and traveling about 45' before falling over onto the bike's left side. The bike then traveled about 111' before coming to final rest in the northbound lane. Bica was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance, he was wearing a helmet. Damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $3,000.
BURGLARY REPORTED ON OAK BEND ROAD
On Saturday Franklin County authorities were called to the 5500 block of Oak Bend Road to a report of a residential burglary and theft or property. Carroll Squires reported that she was last home on Thursday and when she returned Saturday she noticed a light was on, when she went into the home she found that a window by the back door was broken and a 17 caliber Savage rifle was missing. The gun was near the window that was broken. The estimate of the damage and theft totaled $460.
PLANE RUNS OFF RUNWAY AT OZARK AIRPORT
Ozark Police Chief Cory Tedford reports that a plan take-off was aborted Sunday afternoon at the Ozark airport resulting in the plane running off the runway. The report shows that Bobby Giles was attempting to take off from the Ozark Airport between 3pm and 4pm Sunday afternoon in a single engine aircraft and was about halfway down the runway when he realized he did not have enough speed to take off and aborted the take off and hit the brakes . The aircraft clipped a runway light causing damage to the light and aircraft, then ran off the end of the runway before coming to rest. Chief Tedford said the damage was minimal, but the aircraft was grounded until an engineer to survey the damage to the plane, no injuries were reported.
MOUNTAINBURG MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Arkansas State Police report that 53 year old Ted Coody of Mountainburg was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday morning August 7th in Washington County. Coody was driving a 1995 Honda Civic southbound on I-49 at about 8:13am when Coody lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement and ran off the roadway down an embankment striking a tree with the driver's side of the vehicle. The accident happened at the 69 mile marker near the Great House Springs overpass.
BREAK IN REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 215 NORTH
Franklin County Sheriff's Department received a call of criminal mischief on August 6th from Andrew Johnson. Johnson reported that someone had broke into a home in the 18,000 block of Highway 215 north. It appeared that a door frame was broken in the process, but nothing was reported to be missing from the home. The estimated damage was $100.
CPD RECOVERS TWO BIKES
Clarksville Police received a call of a bike lying in the bushes at Grandview and Poplar Street on July 30th. The bike was an 18 speed mountain bike, there was also a pink 16" bike that was found. Anyone wishing to claim the bikes needs to contact the police department.
JEWELRY STOLEN FROM JOHNSON COUNTY HOME
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of estimated $5,000 in jewelry and jewelry box from the home of Shelby Moore in the 1100 block of County Road 3251. The report was filed on August 3rd and shows the theft occurred sometime between June 27th and August 3rd, no other details of the investigation have been released.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Monday 7/14 Rogers Avenue 11:30pm...Sgt. Robert Thompson responded to a non-injury accident when Robert Bell of Knoxville was traveling westbound in a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero and stopped for traffic when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 2003 Ford Expedition driven by Ashleigh Stewart of Clarksville. The damage was estimated at $1,500 to the Stewart vehicle and $2,000 to the Bell vehicle. Stewart was cited for driver's license suspended and no proof of insurance.
Sunday 7/20 5:26pm Highway 64 & 352...Jose Hernandez of Clarksville was making a right hand turn from Highway 352 onto Highway 64 driving a 2007 Dodge pickup and pulling a trailer loaded with a 4 wheeler, when the 4 wheeler rolled off the trailer traveling south striking the driver's side door of a 2009 Chevy Impala that was traveling east on Highway 64 driven by Darel Johnson of Clarksville causing about $1,000 damage. Hernandez was issued a citation for unsecure load, the accident was investigated by Ptl. Adam Jones
Friday 7/25 College Street at UofO 11:30pm...Cheryl Nowatny of Clarksville was driving a 1999 Chevy Venture van northbound on College Street when the left front tire went flat causing her to loose control of the vehicle and swerve left into the median striking a light pole causing about $500 damage to the pole and $2,000 damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported, the accident was investigated by Ptl. Adam Jones.
Friday 7/25 N. Montgomery Street 1:30pm...Ptl Trenton Wood responded to a non-injury accident that occurred when Lacy Baker of Lamar was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor northbound on Montgomery Street and failed to yield to traffic striking the rear of a 1994 Ford F250 flatbed driven by Samuel Baughman of Texas causing about $3,000 damage, $5,000 damage was done to the Baker vehicle. No one was injured in the accident.
Monday 7/28 8:45am US64 & Atkins...Kimberly Harper of Clarksville was driving a 2010 Mazda eastbound on Highway 64 and said that the sun got into her eye's and she lost sight of the traffic in front of her and struck the rear end of a 2011 Jeep Liberty driven by Lori Davidson of Arizona. Damage was estimated at $8,500 to the Davidson vehicle and $800 to the Harper vehicle, no one was injured and no citations were issued. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Tyler Holt.
Wednesday 7/30 5:33pm Rogers Street & Cherry Street...Jasmine Benton of Clarksville was travelling southbound on North Rogers in a 2005 Chevy Impala at the intersection with Cherry when Angela Cox of Clarksville was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata eastbound on Cherry Street and failed to yield by pulling out in the intersection hitting the Benton vehicle. There were no injuries and the damage was estimated at $3,000 to the Cox vehicle and $3,500 to the Benton vehicle. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Mike Turner.
Wednesday 7/30 Main Street and Hill Street 12pm...Jennifer Osornio-Castillo of Clarksville was westbound on Main Street in a 2004 Chrysler Sebring and stopped in traffic attempting a left turn onto south Hill Street when her vehicle was rear-ended by a 2003 Kia Sorrento driven by Kaitlynn Curtis of Clarksville causing about $2,000 damage to the Curtis vehicle and $1,000 to the Castillo vehicle. No driver's were cited for no proof of insurance.
Friday 8/1 4:30pm Pizza Hut Parking Lot...Marla Arredondo of Clarksville was driving a 2004 Chevy Blazer and was in the exit of the Pizza Hut parking lot when she started to back up and backed into a 2000 Dodge Ram Van driven by Matthew Mix of Clarksville causing about $1,000 damage to the van and $500 to the Arrendondo vehicle. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Larry Boggs.
Friday 8/1 2:21pm Rogers Street...Jaime Hall of Fort Smith was traveling south on Rogers Street in a 2011 Nissan Rogue when an unknown vehicle pulled from the McDonalds parking lot to go northbound and failed to yield striking the passenger side of the Hall vehicle before leaving the scene. Damage to the Hall vehicle was estimated at $2,000. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Trenton Wood.
Friday 8/1 8:45pm Rogers & Main Street...Ptl. Larry Boggs responded to a non-injury accident when Julian Hernandez of Clarksville was driving a 1993 Honda Accord northbound in the left hand turn lane of Highway 103 south and was stopped in traffic when her vehicle was hit by a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Brittany Tylor of Clarksville that was northbound on Highway 103 at the time. About $1,000 damage was done to the Hernandez vehicle and about $100 to the Tylor vehicle. Hernandez was cited for careless or prohibited, driver's license suspended and no proof insurance.
Saturday 8/2 10:25am Main Street...Billy Elsey of Lamar was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan and was stopped in traffic westbound attempting a left turn onto Meadow Place when Jordan Rutledge failed to yield while westbound in a 1983 Chevy pickup and struck the rear of the Elsey vehicle. Damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Rutledge vehicle and $1,000 to the Elsey vehicle. No injuries or citations were reported, the accident was investigated by Ptl. Tyler Holt.
7/25 Friday 7:15pm Pizza Pro Parking Lot...Ptl. Larry Boggs investigated a non-injury accident when Joseph Pierce was traveling south in a 2015 Ford Expedition in the alley between Pizza Pro and Memory Lane when he entered the parking lot striking a 2014 Chevy pickup driven by Keith Neil of Texas. Neil was traveling west attempting to exit the parking lot at the time. Damage was estimated at $3,500 to the Neil vehicle and $1,500 to the Pierce.
COUNTY TRACK HOE DAMAGED
A track hoe owned by Johnson County was damaged on County Road 5411 sometime between July 31st and August 4th. Someone had broke out the side glass of the Volvo Track Hoe while it was parked at Catalpa near Panther Branch Bridge. The estimated damage totaled $400.
KNOXVILLE MAN INJURED IN MOPED CRASH
Johnson County authorities were called to a report of an accident on Friday July 11th about 10pm on Cedar Wood Street in Lamar. When authorities arrived they found a moped leaned up against a tree and no one around. It was learned that the operator of the moped had been taken to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment. Paul Webb of Knoxville age 60 told authorities that another vehicle ran him off the road causing him to crash. Webb was treated at the hospital and then released. At that point deputies administered a field sobriety test, which he failed and was arrested for DWI, no proof of liability insurance, failure to carry DL, failure to report an accident, failure to maintain control, expired tags and leaving the scene of an accident.
CPD INVESTIGATES THEFT
Back on June 22nd, Clarksville Police were contacted by a Shawn Little in reference to a theft or property at his home in the 200 block of Griffith Loop. Little advised that the thefts had been occurring over about a week long period and that a Rossi single shot rifle shotgun combo, Mongoose brand bike and an air compressor were among some of the items stolen. The report shows that 3 suspects have been questioned and all admitted to the thefts and that they stolen property had been sold to a Clarksville Pawn shop, all of which was recovered. The investigation has been turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney for possible charges.
CLARKSVILLE BUSINESS VANDALIZED
On July 31st, Clarksville Police were contacted by Bernardo Munoz of Clarksville in reference to damage at his business in the 700 block of McKennon St. A west window had been busted out by a brick that appeared to have been thrown through the window. Mr. Munoz reported finding the damage when he came to work on the 31st. The business was Thompson Automotive. The damage was estimated at $200.
MVA DURING PURSUIT, REPORT COMPLETED
Pursuit Report...Clarksville Police investigated an accident that occurred during a vehicle pursuit on Tuesday July 22nd at 11:30am on State Highway 103 and Poplar Street. Arkansas Game and Fish was pursuing a shoplifting suspect that fled the Walmart in a 2000 Ford Focus, the suspect was a Steven Duvall of Russellville. Duvall was northbound Rogers Avenue when he attempted to pass a tractor trailer that was also northbound at the intersection with Poplar Street. Duvall lost control and hit the curb on the northeast corner of the intersection causing his tire to blow, the vehicle then struck a 2013 Chrysler van driven by Nicholle Dorn of Dover that was stopped facing west on Poplar Street. Duvall continued to flee from the accident scene for about 2 miles before he was apprehended. A passenger in the Dorn vehicle, Tiffany Cowell of Lamar, was taken by private vehicle to Johnson Regional for possible injuries. Damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Dorn vehicle and $1,500 to the Duvall vehicle.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED ON LEE POINT ROAD
Geraldine Wyers came to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Saturday August 2nd to report damage to her vehicle. Wyers said that at about 11:30pm Friday night she hear something outside her home and her dogs barking. The next morning she found that her windshield on her 2000 Ford Ranger had been broken out. Nothing was missing and the estimate of damage was $500.
APPARENT SUICIDE REPORTED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY SUNDAY
Investigator Travis Ball tells True Country News that the body of a 22 year old Franklin County resident has been sent to the State Crime Lab to confirm the cause of death as hanging. Ball said that the 22 year old was found by his father at the 22 year olds property in the 1400 block of Black Jack Lane Sunday morning at around 9am. No note was found at the scene.
THEFT REPORTED ON BENEUX BOTTOM ROAD
Elbert Stewart of Beneux Bottom Road reported the theft of about $500 worth of property from the 14,000 block of Beneux Bottom Road. Stewart had filed a theft report back on July 19th after someone broke into his shop and took some fuel. The items taken in the theft reported on July 31st included the head from a 350 small block engine, welding leads that were cut from a mig welder and a small handled knife. The total value of the stolen property was $500. The report shows that the knife was located at the scene.
FAMILY GETS STUCK IN MULBERRY RIVER
Emergency responders were called to the Mulberry River in northern Franklin County on Sunday evening about 8pm after a family reported they were stuck in the Mulberry River in their vehicle and were stranded along with their daughter. Authorities arrived to find 45 year old Terry King of Springdale, along with his wife and daughter were stranded in their vehicle in the Mulberry River in about chest deep water. King had attempted to cross the Mulberry in a vehicle when he got stuck. The family was rescued and King was arrested for DWI, endangering the welfare of a minor, no child restraint and refusal to submit to test. No one was injured.
FCSD THEFT REPORTS
Stanley Coyle of Ozark filed a theft report on July 31st after he discovered that his Glock 14 pistol was stolen from his home. The pistol was valued at $950. The report shows that there is a possible suspect in the case. The home in located in the 5800 block of Pritchard Road.
John Verkamp of Charleston contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on August 1st to report the theft of about $860 from his business on East Main Street in Charleston. The report shows that there is a suspect in the case.
ACCIDENT SUNDAY ON HIGHWAY 359
Early Sunday morning, July 27th, Deputy Chris Brownlow was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 359 near Piney Bay Recreation Area & Campground, the accident was reported by a passerby. Deputy Brownlow and Deputy Aaron Einer arrived to find a white Hyundai Accent with it's lights on and damage to the front passenger side and rear driver's side. It appeared the vehicle had been traveling north when the vehicle crossed the road striking a street sign and traveled off the road into the woods coming to rest in the woods. The driver was identified as Tracey Consales of Dover age 37. Consales was arrested for DWI, failure to maintain control, failure to report accident, failure to sign registration, no proof insurance, no sb, failure to carry dl. No injuries were reported.
THEFT REPORTED ON CR3010
Norman Canady of County Road 3010 reported the theft of a Baldor 3HP irrigation pump and hose from a lake near the property in the 500 block. The estimated value of the pump was $700. The report shows that the pump was in a lake at the time it was stolen, the report was filed on July 31st.
CANEHILL MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Saturday 8/2 2pm Highway 23...William Wolber of Canehill AR was operating a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Highway 23 near Fly Gap when a small deer ran out in front of him, he said he turned to miss the deer and his saddle bag caught something and forced him and his bike to the ground. He was transported to Mercy Ozark for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
STRUCTURE FIRE NEAR ALTUS
Altus Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at the David Phillips residence at 9107 Wandering Way at 3:23 a.m. Wednesday. The family was awakened by their smoke alarms sounding and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find the house full of smoke, but no visible flame inside. Small flames were found underneath the house and quickly extinguished. The structure was ventilated using a vent fan to remove smoke and firefighters rechecked the structure using a thermal imager. The cause of the fire was found to be the dryer, the fire was contained to one room and a small area underneath that room with minimal damage. Altus Fire responded with 3 apparatus and 5 personnel and were on scene approximately an hour and a half.
ADDITIONAL DRUG CHARGES AGAINST ALTUS PAIR
More charges were filed on Thursday against 2 Franklin County resident's arrested on drug related charges on Wednesday. Michael Attebery age 43 and Sharon Moye were hit with additional charges of manufacturing marijuana and conspiracy to manufacture meth after a search warrant was executed at their property on Thursday at 613 Cherry Street in Altus and authorities found components of a meth lab along with marijuana. The two had been arrested Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation by the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force and Altus Police, the Wednesday charge was felony possession of drug paraphernalia The original story follows: .
Arrests records show that Altus Police and the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force arrested 5 Franklin County residents on felony drug charges Wednesday. 43 year old Michael Attebery of Altus, 46 year old Kimberly Engleman of Altus, 37 year old Lisa Finn of Altus, 38 year old James Frames of Ozark and 50 year old Sharon Moye of Denning were arrested on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth. All 5 remain in custody with bond hearings pending. The arrests came as part of an ongoing investigation by the Task Force and Altus Police, more arrests may be forthcoming.
CLARKSVILLE MAN REPORTS MAIL TAMPERED WITH
Robert Ricketson of Clarksville reported that someone had tampered with his mail, removing his mail from his mailbox in the 100 block of Alma Lane and opening it. He advised that the mail was placed in his PO box at the post office. Ricketson advised that it has been a problem for several months. The report indicates there is a possible suspect.
MAN ARRESTED IN ABANDONED HOME ON TAYLOR ST.
31 year old Waylon McCalister of Clarksville was arrested on July 19th after he was found sleeping in an abandoned house in the 500 block of Taylor Street. McCalister was found by the home owner when they went their to show it to a prospective renter. The report shows that McCalister had been huffing paint when at the house.
BREAK IN REPORTED IN COAL HILL
Terri Burnett of Coal Hill reported that she had left her home on the 22nd of July to take her son to the hospital and when she returned the next day, someone had kicked-in her front door. Nothing appeared to be missing. The home is located in the 500 block of Railroad in Coal Hill. The damage was estimated at $300.
CPD SHOPLIFTING REPORTS
On July 15th, Clarksville Police were called to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter. Store security reported that the suspect picked up a package containing a cell phone and opened it, taking the phone and putting it in her shirt, then attempted to leave the store without paying. 18 year old Nou Her of Clarksville was arrested for shoplifting.
Clarksville Police arrested a 25 year old Candace Yarbrough of Clarksville for shoplifting after she was caught by store security at Walmart stealing about $65 worth of food on the 18th of July.
Elizabeth Ewasiuk of Clarksville age 27 was arrested after being caught shoplifting at Walmart in Clarksville on July 20th. Store security reported seeing Ewasiuk conceal several items and then leave the store without paying. The total value of the stolen items totaled $162.
Walmart security reported of a shoplifter being detained on July 27th after she was seen concealing numerous items in her purse and then attempting to leave without paying. Jeanie Zolliecoffer 39 of Clarksville was arrested and cited for shoplifting. It was also learned that she had a warrant for theft of property and filing a false police report. The total value of the stolen property amounted to $43.
OZARK RESIDENT REPORTS IDENTITY FRAUD
Julie Snow of Ozark filed an identity fraud report with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Saturday after learning someone had opened an account in Booneville with Swepco using her personal information. The account had been established in 2011 and closed in 2013 with a balance of $276.
OPD ACCIDENT REPORT
Wednesday 7/30 10:42am US 64 & AR 23...Thomas Elder of Ozark was driving a 2010 Chevy HHR traveling west on US 64 entering the intersection with AR23, Johnathan Minyard of Ozark was driving a 2010 Chevy Malibu south on AR 23 entering the intersection with US 64 attempting a left hand turn. The report shows that the Elder vehicle struck the Minyard vehicle in the intersection disabling both vehicles. No one was injured and damage was estimated at atleast $1,000 to both vehicles. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Dusty Thomas, no citations were issued.
ATTEMPTED BREAKIN ON CR3216
On Friday July 25th, Jeffery Rigsby reported that someone had attempted to break-in to his home in the 100 block of County road 3216. It appeared the front door had been pried open but no access was gained. The report shows that the deadbolt was still intact. Damage was estimated at $150 to the door and frame.
5 ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Arrests records show that Altus Police and the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force arrested 5 Franklin County residents on felony drug charges Wednesday. 43 year old Michael Attebery of Altus, 46 year old Kimberly Engleman of Altus, 37 year old Lisa Finn of Altus, 38 year old James Frames of Ozark and 50 year old Sharon Moye of Denning were arrested on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth. All 5 remain in custody with bond hearings pending. The arrests came as part of an ongoing investigation by the Task Force and Altus Police, more arrests may be forthcoming.
THEFT REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 64 IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Mary Younger of Ozark contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday in reference to a missing calf from her property in the 5500 block of East Highway 64. The report shows that the calf was last seen on July 5th. It is a black calf with white markings. The estimated value of the calf is about $900.
CPD THEFT REPORTS
Sammy Middleton of Clarksville filed a theft or property report with Clarksville Police on July 20th after someone stole a Poulan 22" pushmower from his carport in the 900 block of Lucas Street. The mower was valued at $150 and was believed to have been taken sometime Saturday night or Sunday.
Murphy USA reported of a gas drive off amounting to $33 on July 23rd. The suspect vehicle was a light brown Chevrolet Colorado with Arkansas US Army tags and stickers in the back window.
CPD ACCIDENT REPORTS
Wednesday 7/9 11:55m Cherry & Crawford Street...Nora Phillips of Clarksville was stopped in traffic in a 1996 Mercury Cougar facing north on Crawford Street when Bettie Meadors of Clarksville made an improper left turn in a 2011 Lincoln MKX and struck the Phillips vehicle causing about $100 damage to the Phillips vehicle and $1,500 to the Meadors vehicle. There were no injuries and the accident was investigated by Ptl. Will Farley.
Friday 7/11 11:30am US 64...Doh Key of Rock Island IL was driving a 1997 Honda Civic and was stopped in traffic westbound when Krystina Willis of Clarksville struck the rear of the Civic, she was driving a 2004 Cadillac Deville. Damage was estimated at $1,000 to both vehicles. No one was injured, the accident was investigated by Sgt. Robert Thompson.
Saturday 7/12 7:40pm White Drive...Ptl. Aaron Arnold took a report of a hit and run accident when Gabriella Cortes of Clarksville was driving a 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood and was attempting to turn around in a culdesac on White Drive on struck a parked 1999 GMC Sierra pickup before leaving the scene. The pickup was owned by Gabriel Lares and was unoccupied, damage was estimated at $400 to the pickup. Cortes was later located and cited for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and no dl.
Friday 7/11 8:30pm El Taco Placero Parking Lot...Victoria Bavis of Lamar was backing from a parking space in a 2005 Dodge Durango when she backed into a 2008 Pontiac Grand Am that was parked causing about $1,000 damage to the Pontiac owned by Elizabeth Ritchie of Clarksville. Damage was estimated at $2,000 to the Bavis vehicle. The accident was investigated by Ptl. Larry Boggs.
Monday 7/14 3pm Cheery & Rogers Street...Ptl. Aaron Arnold investigated a non-injury accident when Phillip Prickett of Clarksville was driving a 2011 Chevy Equinox southbound and entered the intersection colliding with a 2010 Honda Insight driven by Chri Heh of Clarksville. Damage was estimated at $3,500 to the Heh vehicle and $2,500 to the Prickett vehicle. There were no injuries.
SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING
On July 22nd about 11:30am Clarksville Police and Arkansas Game and Fish were involved in a shoplifting incident that resulted in a pursuit and ultimately a motor vehicle accident. 3 suspects were arrested at Walmart and detained while another fled the store by vehicle and was pursued by Arkansas Game and Fish. The three arrested at the store were identified as Marvin Brewer age 23 of Pottsville, Maria Holyfield of Pottsville and a 17 year old female juvenile. The suspect that fled was 34 year old Steven Duvall of Pottsville. While fleeing by vehicle, Duvall struck a curb at the intersection of Poplar and Rogers causing him to have a blow out and lose control of his vehicle and strike another vehicle injuring the passenger in that vehicle. He then continued to flee about another 2 miles before pulling into a residence and fleeing on foot. He was then arrested after the foot pursuit and taken into custody. The passenger in the vehicle hit by Duvall was transported to the hospital for treatment. The property stolen from Walmart was value at about $100 and consisted of various pieces of clothing. Duvall was cited for felony fleeing and leaving the scene of an injury accident. He was also cited for shoplifting, fleeing, DWI, reckless driving, careless or prohibited driving.
ASP ACCIDENT REPORTS
7/15 Tuesday 6:42am Highway 359...Joseph Thomas of Jacksonville was driving a 2009 Chevy pickup northbound on Highway 359 pulling a trailer and Chantel Barham of London was driving a 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser and was exiting a private driveway at 12094 State Highway 359 traveling west. Barham stated that her brakes failed causing her to strike the rear of the trailer and boat being pulled by Thomas. No one was injured and damage was estimated at $2,500 to the Thomas trailer and boat and $100 to the Barham vehicle. Barham was cited for defective equipment and no proof insurance.
Wednesday 7/23 US64 10:30am...Charles Curtis of Coal Hill was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup and traveling east on US Highway 64 and stopped behind a 2012 Hyundai Accent driven by Tammy Williams of Hartman, who was stopped for traffic. When Alan Hill of Ozone, driving a 1995 GMC Sierra pickup, struck the rear of the Curtis vehicle knocking it into the Williams vehicle. There were no injuries, but Hill was cited for following too close and no proof of insurance. Damage was estimated at $4,000 to all three vehicle's.
Friday 7/25 2:30pm I-40...The accident occurred about 4 miles west of Clarksville when Thomas Kinslow of Russellville was driving a 2011 GMC SUV traveling westbound on I-40, Monte Myers of Russellville was also westbound on I-40 behind Kinslow driving a 1997 Mack dump truck. Kinslow stopped in traffic and was hit from behind by the Myer's driven dump truck causing about $3,000 damage to the Kinslow vehicle and $1,000 to the Myer's vehicle. No injuries or citations were reported.
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.