LOCAL NEWS​​

  
DRUG RELATED ARREST  
Johnson County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Arkansas Game and Fish in a traffic stop of a vehicle at the intersection of Old Highway 64 and Cabin Creek Road on Thursday Feb. 15th about 10pm.   The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jeffrey Balmer age 54 of Vancouver Washington.  There was strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, as Balmer exited the vehicle he told authorities that there was a bag of marijuana located between the seats.   A red bag was located between the seats which contained a glass jar with a green leafy substance inside.  Balmer was cited for possession of controlled substance-marijuana.  (2/21/18)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ON MOUNT CREST ROAD  
A Jeanne Larivee contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 14th to report a problem with people trespassing on her property.  Larivee stated that they come onto her property which is posted and camp, litter, hunt and ride ATV’s .   Larivee said that she has had numerous unpleasant encounters with the individuals on her property.   (2/21/18)

FEMALE ARRESTED ON DRUG AND WEAPON CHARGES 
Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted a mobile home company in taking possession of a trailer house on Pond Creek Road on Feb. 12th.   When they arrived they made contact with the occupants of the trailer and informed them that they were to gather personal belongings and leave the property.    During a search of the property authorities found drug paraphernalia and a shotgun that had been defaced along with other firearms.   The shotgun that had been defaced had the serial number partial unreadable.   The female occupant of the trailer, Sandra Perry age 45 of Ozark was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of defaced firearm.   The report showed that a warrant would be issued for a male subject whose room the property was found in.   (2/21/18)

HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT 
Clarksville Police were called to the Clarksville High School parking lot for a report of a hit and run accident.   William McDougald reported that someone had damaged the passenger side of the 2005 Ford pickup he was driving.   McDougald said the only other places he had been was McDonalds and Arby’s.  (2/21/18)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
Cpl. Kenneth Kennedy was on patrol Sunday Feb. 11th when he observed a brown Chevy with no tags and broken taillight on East Main.   The driver, Mark Earls age 37, was found to have moved to a different address than the one on his driver’s license.   Earls is a convicted sex offender and was arrested for incorrect permanent physical address on identification card or DL, he was transported to the JCDC.  (2/21/18)
  
  

DRUG ARREST IN LOGAN COUNTY 
Paris PD conducted a search warrant Tuesday with the assistance of the Arkansas State Police. During the execution of the search warrant, officers located and seized illegal controlled substances, suspected marijuana, and felony and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia. One subject was arrested and faces several felony and misdemeanor charges.  Logan County arrests records show that a 34 year old Jeffrey Varnell of Fort Smith was arrested on Tuesday for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance w/intent to deliver, theft by receiving, 1st degree assault, 2nd degree battery, resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, and unlawful use of a communication device.
  (2/21/18)
  
MORE DETAILS RELEASED IN SUNDAY CHURCH VAN INCIDENT 
Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett released more information on Monday afternoon about an incident that occurred on Sunday morning in Ozark in which an Ozark man was arrested for threatening a church bus with a knife and hatchet.   A release from the OPD reads as follows:

On February 18, 2018 about 10:20am, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call about a man attacking a church bus at the intersection of 11th Street and School Street.  The caller said the man was armed with a knife and a hatchet.  The bus and the suspect were gone when the officer arrived.  The 911 caller returned and pointed out a house where the suspect had entered.  The 911 caller said the suspect was standing in the street blocking the path of the church bus.  He said the suspect was waving the hatchet and knife around. The suspect was located in the basement of the residence.  He was identified as 59 year old David Lee Lindley.  The officer was able to locate the hatchet at Lindley’s residence, but was unable to locate the knife.  The officer said Lindley appeared to be under the influence of something.  Lindley was arrested 11 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and aggravated assault.  In September of 2016, Lindley was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.     

No one was injured and Lindley was never inside the church bus.  The church bus was owned by the Truth Tabernacle in Ozark.  (2/20/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON HIGWAY 21
Hal Graves of Clarksville filed a theft report on Jan. 31st with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.   Graves advised that his Mossy Oak Game Camera was missing from the property he hunts.   The property is located in the 2500 block of Highway 21.   The last time Mr. Graves was at the property was on Jan. 23rd.   The value of the game camera was listed at $125.  (2/20/18)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING REPORTED ON BEULAH LAND DRIVE 
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the 75,000 block of Beulah Land Drive to the property of Marcus Battles on Feb. 15th, Battles said he had just got up and looked out the kitchen window to see a light grey Dodge pickup parked in the drive.  He said there was a white male sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle.  Battles went to his room to get dressed and when he exited his house the truck was backing out of the drive with a white male also in the vehicle driving.  Battles hollered at the occupants and asked the what they were doing, they said they had cut some trees on the land before and were looking at trees.   Battles informed them of the no trespassing signs and that they needed to leave.  (2/20/18)

SHOPLIFTING REPORTED AT WALMART
Sgt. Jacob Boen responded to a call of a shoplifting suspect being detained at Wal-Mart on Feb. 12th.  Asset Protection advised that Annette Carter age 45 was observed ripping a tag off an item and concealing it in her purse.  Carter was then seen taking more merchandise including clothing and cosmetics and concealing those items too.   She then went to the grocery area and selected a few grocery items which she paid for at the checkout, but did not pay for the other items taken and was confronted and detained until Sgt. Boen arrived and transported her to the Detention Center for shoplifting.  (2/20/18)
  
  



BRUSH FIRE THURSDAY SOUTH OF OZARK
A control burn that got out of control resulted in area Fire Departments being called out on Thursday afternoon to Deer Track Trail south of Ozark.  High winds did put two structures in danger but thanks to quick response of area fire departments neither home was damaged.   The Oak Bend Etna and Cecil Fire Departments responded along with the Arkansas Forest Service and Franklin County OES.   No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.  (2/20/18)
  
  


OZARK MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING CHURCH BUS WITH A WEAPON
Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett tells True Country News that a David Lindley age 59 of Ozark was arrested Sunday morning after a 911 call came in of a male subject threatening a church bus and that the man was armed with a knife and a hatchet.   Authorities responded to the area of 11th and School Street where they located Lindley who was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.  Chief Bramlett reported that there were 2 adults and 11 children on the church bus at the time.  The bus belonged to the Truth Tabernacle Church in Ozark.  No one was injured in the incident.  (2/19/18)
  
  




DRUG ARREST FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP
Marijuana, meth and other narcotics were seized during a traffic stop by a Logan County Deputy along with $138 cash and a 1998 Ford pickup.   Two suspects were arrested as a result of the stop and two children were taken into DHS custody.  The couple was booked into the Logan County Detention Center.  (2/19/18)
  
    
FIGHT REPORTED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office shows that an inmate, Bradley McNeill of Ozark sustained minor injuries and was transported to Mercy Ozark following some type of incident that occurred in a cell of the detention center.   The report showed that two other inmates are considered suspects and that warrants for are being sought to charge the two, identified as Jimmy Rives age 32 of Oark and Thomas Boen 18 of Altus.    The incident occurred on Feb. 4th around 9pm.  (2/19/18)

   VANDALISM ON PR3556 NORTH OF CLARKSVILLE
Cpl. Brent Scott with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department took a report on Feb. 5th of vandalism in the 900 block of PR3556 north of Clarksville.    The two story home was located at the end of the road, the property is the responsibility of Leverage Private Investigations and is in the custody of the US Government according to the report.   The employee said he was last at the location on July 6th 2017 and discovered some vandalism to the property on that date and filed a report about the damage.   He returned on Feb. 5th 2018 and found new damage consisting of broken windows and extensive damage to the interior with spray paint.  The damage was estimated at $5,000.  (2/19/18)

MOONSHINE STILL FOUND IN LOGAN COUNTY
Logan County Deputies found a moonshine still on Thursday in south Logan County.   Sheriff Hicks said that the still had not been in use in a long time and the individual suspected of owning the still is dead.   The identity of the individual is not being released out of respect for the family according to Sheriff Hicks.  (2/19/18)

RESIDENT ARRESTED AFTER CALL OF PHYSICAL ALTERCATION
Clarksville Police responded to the Clarksville Retirement Center on Feb. 8th to a report of a physical altercation.    A staff member stated that resident Bryan Campbell age 53 had hit another individual in the face.   The victim said he was talking with Campbell when out of nowhere he struck him in the face.   The victim said the Mr. Campbell is always rude to him and spits in his face when he talks to him.   Campbell was taken into custody and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for disorderly conduct.   (2/19/18)
    
JUVENILE REPORTED BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE
Clarksville Police were contacted on Monday Feb. 12th by the Clarksville Jr. High Principal who advised that a 14 year old male juvenile student had ran into another student and injured him.    The injured juvenile had been taken from school to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment.   No other details were released about the incident.  (2/16/18)

POSSIBLE SEXUAL ASSAULT BEING INVESTIGATED 
Clarksville Police are investigating a complaint of a possible sexual assault involving a 5 year old male victim.   The 5 year old has been questioned and that Arkansas State Police Abuse Hotline has also been made aware of the possible assault.  The investigation is ongoing.   The original report was filed on Feb. 12th.  (2/16/18)

CHECK FORGERY INVESTIGATION 
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft and forgery of two checks from an Alma resident.   Lisa McCollum contacted the Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 30th reporting that two checks belonging to her had been forged and cashed at a bank in Altus.  The report shows that authorities do have a couple of suspects and are in the process of contacting and questioning the individuals.   The amount of the checks totaled $750, one check for $350 the other for $400, both cashed in January.   (2/16/18)

LICENSE PLATE STOLEN 
Martin Mershon of Alix filed a report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 8th after discovering the license plate missing from his vehicle.   He said he had last seen the license plate on Feb. 2nd and noticed it missing on the 3rd.  (2/16/18)

 THEFT OF PROPERTY ON PR3555  
Rebecca Hampton contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 9th to file a theft report.   Hampton said that on Jan. 31st, she ordered some clothes from Aeropostale.com.   On Feb. 8th, she got online to check on the order and it showed that it had been delivered on Feb. 6th.   She also checked with the Postal Service who confirmed it had been delivered.   Hampton said she was home that day and checked the mail around 4:30pm and the mailbox was empty.   The value of the package was $40.91.  (2/16/18)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON CR3291 
Johnson County Deputy Corey Yarbrough was dispatched to the 800 block of CR3291 on Feb. 8th to take a report of criminal mischief/trespassing.   Monika Rigsby advised that about 1:30pm she caught 2 guys in a bright blue Dodge Dakota at her grandmother’s house.  When she first saw the two, one was walking from the back of the house and the other was under the awning at the back of the shop.  Rigsby confronted them asking what they were doing at the property.  One of the two got into the truck and started it and then other jumped into the truck and they drove away.  A hasp for a padlock appeared to have been tampered with on the side entrance to the house.  Nothing was missing from the property.  (2/16/18)
  
BOONEVILLE CHIEF ADDRESSES FIGHT VIDEO 
The Booneville Democrat published an article on Wednesday with more details about a video of a fight involving two Booneville High School Students.  Portions of the article are seen below:
Booneville Police Chief Al Brown today addressed in greater detail the situation involving a viral video of a fight between two Booneville minors.
So far, Brown said, the investigation has revealed the fight happened about two weeks ago and that it was between two cousins. The Police Department was just made aware of the video and fight this week.
The chief also provided context behind the video, and said statements dispute the victim is mentally challenged.
“We were advised the smaller boy made inappropriate comments to the larger boy about (the larger boy’s) family on a chat site and things got heated From there, the boys agreed to fight and when the larger boy showed up at the smaller boy’s home, the smaller boy’s brothers asked why he was there, and they were told (the smaller boy) wanted to fight. The older brothers were there for the entire fight and after it was over, they all sat down and worked it out, and talked for an hour.”
Brown said it was a few days later when school officials learned of the video and administrators then summonsed parents of both boys for a meeting at the school.
“At that time, administrators told us, the parents walked out (of the meeting) with no issues, Since the Facebook post of the video Tuesday, the mother of the victim has been interviewed, Brown said.
“She advised she doesn’t want to press charges, and she is upset at the person who posted the video She is more upset that she labeled her son mentally challenged, which he is not.”
Also upset is the victim, Brown said.
“School administrators checked on the young man and he advised them he is now having to deal with people thinking he is mentally challenged,” said Brown.
Also interviewed, Brown said, is the person who initially posted the video.
“She doesn’t know the boy,” said Brown. “She regrets posting the video.”
As he said Tuesday night, Brown again said that all information gathered through the investigation will be turned over to 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II, who will determine what, if any, charges will be pursued by the state.  (2/15/18)
  
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INJURY ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY MORNING NEAR OZARK  
One person was injured in a single vehicle accident early Wednesday Feb. 14th at 12:46am on Highway 64 between Ozark and Altus.   Joseph Zolliecoffer age 19 of Ozark was driving a 2014 Toyota Rav4 traveling eastbound when the vehicle traveled off the south side of the roadway and struck a large road sign breaking the sign and then hit the south ditch bank and then went air born.   The vehicle rotated multiple times when making contact with the ground before coming to rest in the southern road ditch.  Zolliecoffer sustained multiple wounds to his head, face and body and was transported by Franklin County EMS to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The vehicle was totaled in the accident.  (2/15/18)

  
INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY INTO FIGHT VIDEO
Booneville Police have confirmed that an investigation is underway into a video that went viral on social media yesterday of two Booneville students involved in a fight.  Booneville School Resource Officer Norm Wilder is handling the investigation.   The fight is reported to have taken place about 2 weeks ago off school property in a field on East Ivy Street.  When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum for review and a decision on charges.  The School District released a statement in regards to the video saying that both students are minors and the parents of both students were notified of the incident.  The video shows a fight between two male subjects, the altercation is pretty much a one sided affair with the larger of the two juveniles dominating the other hitting him multiple times and even kicking him during the fight.   The video also shows two other juvenile males standing by watching while another is videoing the fight.    The family of the juvenile that was the one taking the hits posted on social media that they were going to pursue charges, but authorities tell True Country that neither side has filed a report as of yesterday.  (2/14/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY 
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted on Feb. 4th by James and Melissa Kirby in reference to the theft of a set of metal truck bed rails valued at $50.   The theft occurred at the Kirby’s residence on South Emerald Lane.   The report indicates there is a possible suspect.  (2/14/18)

ALTUS MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES 
Franklin County Deputy Joseph Griffith responded to a report of a suspicious subject on Smitherman Street in Altus.   Deputy Griffith arrived in the area and located a white male subject walking west on Smitherman Street, identified as Walter Nagle.   Nagle said he had been kicked out of his house and was walking to a residence on Pond Creek Road.  Deputy Griffith offered to give Nagel a ride but said he would have to pat him down first.   During the pat down a hard object was found under Nagels left arm, he told Deputy Griffith that it was meth and needles.   1.2 grams of meth and 6 needles were confiscated and Nagel was arrested for possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.  (2/14/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY 
Raymond Hudspeth of Clarksville contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to report the theft of some syringes from his home in the 200 block of County Road 2355.  Hudspeth reported that he is a diabetic and had received a shipment of syringes that had been left sitting on his porch.  Hudspeth never saw the syringes arrive, but became concerned when he never got the shipment so he went to the Post Office to inquire.  Hudspeth learned that the package had been delivered on Jan. 8th.  The value of the syringes was listed at $60.  (2/14/18)
  
SUSPECT ARRESTED ON FELONY WARRANT
Johnson County Deputies responded to a property in the 12,000 block of Highway 359 in Flat Rock where it was believed a suspect wanted on a felony warrant was staying.   Deputies arrived and located a shed that was locked with a chain from the inside and it appeared someone was inside the building.   The suspect’s vehicle was also located in the backyard of the residence.  Deputies knocked on the shed door several times to get the occupant to open the shed without any response.   Bolt cutters were then used to cut the chain and gain access where the wanted subject was located and taken into custody.  Authorities also found a glass smoking device used for smoking marijuana found in the shed with the suspect’s belongings.  Louis Black age 48 of London was booked into the Johnson County Detention Center for possession of drug paraphernalia and the felony warrant out of Pope County.  (2/13/18)

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS REPORT
On Saturday Feb. 3rd, Sgt. Lianna Pell with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of cruelty to animals on Wandering Way.   Brett Haney advised that he saw a neighbor feeding his dogs something from a white bucket.  He stated that shortly afterwards three of his dogs became very ill, one he put down.  Before Sgt. Pell left the property the other two dogs had died.   It was learned that the dogs had been getting onto the neighbor’s property, Haney advised that he had been trying to fix the pen they were in but they kept getting out.   Sgt. Pell went to the neighbor’s residence to make contact with the individual but no one was home.  (2/13/18)

FUEL THEFT IN ALTUS
Franklin County Deputy David Nichols responded to East Main Street in Altus on Feb. 7th to take a report of a theft of motor fuel.  Sommer Morrison reported that she had some fuel stolen from her 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo overnight.   Morrison advised that she had gotten $5 worth of fuel the night before and when she got up this morning the tank was empty.  (2/13/18)

SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART
On Jan. 31st, Ptl. Lance Clubb was dispatched to Wal-Mart Supercenter on Market Street for a possible shoplifter.   Security reported that they had a Christina Ross age 42 detained in the office after she was seen taking some phone accessories, remove them from the packaging, then conceal the items before leaving the store without paying.  She was detained by security until police arrived and transported her to the Johnson County Detention Center for shoplifting.  (2/13/18)
  




TWO INDIVIDUALS SOUGHT BY OPD
The Ozark Police Department Friday released pictures of a male and a female wanted for questioning in  a theft investigation.   Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ozark Police Department at 667-2233.   (2/10/11)


MISSING PRESON REPORT
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in locating a missing female.  On Friday the Sheriff’s Department release a picture of Elizabeth Jane Blair a white female age 20 with brown hair, brown eyes, 5’3” and approximately 125 pounds.   The last confirmed contact with law enforcement was in May of 2017.   Authorities said that she could be accompanied by her father Edward Blair who has been investigated by authorities in the past and is a concern in regards to her safety.  Blair was reported missing by her family.  Anyone with information about Elizabeth Blair or her whereabouts is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 667-4127.  (2/10/11)
  
HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT 
The Franklin County Sheriff’’s Department took a report of a hit and run accident at the Mill Creek Trail Head on Sunday Jan. 21st.   Matthew Garrett of Huntsville reported that he had parked his truck there the morning of the 20th and then went an road his ATV for about 7 hours, when he returned he found the damage to the right side quarter panel.  The report did not list the type of vehicle or dollar amount of damage.  (2/9/18)

THEFT OF SERVICES IN ALTUS   Franklin County Deputy Kevin Hutchison was dispatched to West Logan Street in Altus Tuesday Feb. 6th to take a report of the theft of natural gas services.  An employee of Black Hills Energy reported that on Feb. 15 of 2017, the natural gas service had been disconnected for non-payment.   Then a November report showed usage and that the meter had been tampered with.  When a tech checked the meter it was found that a seal had been removed to allow gas to flow back to the residence.  The estimated value of the stolen gas was $400, the report also lists a possible owner of the property.  (2/9/18)

OZARK WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ENDANGERING WELFARE OF MINOR
Franklin County Authorities responded to a home on Lee Point Road on Feb. 2nd in reference to a male subject wanted on a bench warrant possibly being at that location.   Authorities located the suspect at the home, Terry Waits, he was arrested without incident.  When law enforcement made contact with Waits a strong odor of marijuana was noticed coming from the home.  DHS was notified and assisted in the investigation due to the fact that young children were present at the home where drug use was taking place.  The residence was searched and several pieces of drug paraphernalia and controlled substance were seized.   A Latasha White age 29 of Ozark was arrested for 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor 3rd degree for having children present at the house where drug use was taking place, she was transported to the Franklin County Detention Center.  (2/9/18)

MAILBOX DAMAGED BY TRACTOR TRAILER 
Clarksville Police were called to the ABC Children’s Academy on Feb. 1st after a tractor trailer driven by a male subject out of Texas struck the brick mailbox causing about $500 damage.   (2/9/18)

MOTOR FUEL THEFT AT CLARKSVILLE BUSINESS
Casey’s General Store reported a fuel theft on Jan. 31st after a white male entered the store and provided the clerk $5 for fuel.  The subject then pumped $10 of fuel and left without paying for the additional fuel pumped.   The vehicle the subject was driving was described as a small silver Honda.  (2/9/18)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AT BIRCHTREE COMMUNITIES ON MILLS ROAD
Clarksville Police were dispatched to Birchtree Communities in the 500 block of Mills Road on Jan. 31st to report of a black male subject that was breaking windows and assaulting people.   Ptl. Lance Clubb, Sgt. Arron Arnold and Cpl. Trent Wood arrived and made contact with the subject identified as Bryan Keylo Williams age 32 who was sitting on a bench.   It was learned that Williams had come into the office and requested a snack and then became aggressive towards an employee and was told to leave.   He then kicked the office door and kicked the window out of the office.   Williams then kicked out two more windows before walking to another building kicking out two more windows and a door.  Williams was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for 7 counts of criminal mischief.   He was later taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center after complaining of his hand hurting.  (2/9/18)

  BOONEVILLE SUPT. RESIGNS
Booneville Schools Supt. John Parrish Jr. resigned during a Tuesday night meeting of the school board.  No reason was given for the resignation by Parrish or the School District.   Scotty Pierce has been appointed to fill the position.   Pierce formerly worked as the federal program coordinator for the School District.  (2/8/18)

  HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT
Charlene Bridgewater contacted the Clarksville Police Department on Feb. 2nd to file a report of her vehicle being damaged in a hit and run accident.   Ms. Bridgewater advised that she had parked her vehicle at the Dollar Tree on Market Street while working, when she came out she found a large dent in the back driver’s side bumper area of her 2014 Chevy Equinox.  (2/8/18)

SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART 
Walmart Supercenter contacted the Clarksville Police Department on Feb. 2nd in reference to having a shoplifter detained.  A David Williams age 44 was observed selecting a pair of gloves from the shelf and then concealing them.  He then selected some binoculars and a flashlight, concealing the binoculars.  He then proceeded to the checkout paying for the flashlight but not the concealed items.   When he was escorted to the security office it was found that he also had an energy drink, stick of deodorant and a can of body spray in his possession.   Williams was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for shoplifting.  (2/8/18)

FOUND PROPERTY
Clarksville Police Ptl. Chris Curtis found a blue and white mountain bike while on patrol in the Big Danger Road area just off River Point Road.   The bike was placed in lost and found until an owner can be located.   The bike was found on Feb. 2nd.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON CHEROKEE TRAIL 
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Terry Moon of Ozark on Feb. 1st in reference to criminal mischief.   Dr. Mood reported that he got a call on the morning of Feb. 1st that someone had ran over his fence on his property on Shadows Edge Road causing damage to 30 foot of fencing and 4 posts, the estimated damage was $50.  Witness’s saw the vehicle that hit the fence, described as a white Dodge pickup.  (2/8/18)

LIVESTOCK THEFT ON COUNTY ROAD 6161 IN PETTIGREW
Samuel Baughman of Pettigrew contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday Jan. 21st to file a theft report.  Deputy James Melson responded to the Baughman property and met with the victims.  Mr. Baughman reported that he had four goats missing from the 2800 block of CR6161 and two other goats missing from the 400 block of CR6220.  Mr. Baughman said that value of the goats totaled $7,500.  Mr. Baughmans daughter reported that one of their dogs was dead too and it appeared to have been shot.  (2/8/18)
  
  


FIRE CALL IN OZARK FRIDAY
The Ozark Fire Department responded to a fire call at 10pm Friday Night Feb. 2nd at 305 N. 28th Street in Ozark at the home of Eric Sjo.  Sjo said they were going to bed and heard a noise, went to investigate and heard the noise louder, then the power went out to part of the house, at that time his wife went outside and saw the flames.   The fire started in the area of the fireplace and was contained to the area around the fireplace with damage to the roof and attic and the south end of the home.    No injuries were reported and the report did not list an amount of damage.   The Ozark Fire Department was on scene for just over 2 hours with 3 trucks and 12 personnel.  (2/8/18)
  
  
SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART
Clarksville Ptl Jason Bradley was dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter in response to a shoplifter in custody on Sunday Feb. 4th.  An Amy Stone age 37 was being detained by security after she was observed taking items from the store and putting them in her purse before leaving without paying.  The items taken included makeup and clothing with a total value under $100.   Amy Stone was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for shoplifting.  (2/7/18)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Cpl. Kenneth Kennedy of the Clarksville Police Department was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle sitting in the entrance of the apartment complex of Dunwood Drive which was owned by a Walter Woodward age 33 who was wanted on a warrant.  Cpl. Kennedy went to the apartment and knocked on the door, when the door opened he noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the home and observed a young child running inside the home.  Cpl. Kennedy asked Mr. Woodward about the vehicle and he advised that it broke down and he was trying to get someone to help him move it.  When Mr. Woodward was asked about the marijuana he advised it was in his bedroom and that he would get it for police.   A box was located beside his bed that contained 3 glass pipes with marijuana residue, 1 round wooded container with marijuana residue, a small glass container with residue, a small plastic bag with about 3.5 grams of marijuana and a pack of rolling papers.   The items were seized and Mr. Woodward was taken into custody for possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.  The Child Abuse Hotline was also informed of the incident and the fact that a 2 year old child was present at the house.  (2/7/18)  

THEFT OF PROEPRTY ON COUNTY ROAD 3360 
A theft report was called in to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 28th.   Cpl. Nathan Warren responded to the 1000 block of CR3360 and met with Steven Farris.  Farris advised that the wheels and tires had been stolen of a “project truck” behind the shed on his property.  The wheels were 20” player chrome wheels, the last time he had seen them was about two weeks prior to the theft.  The estimated value of the property was $200.  (2/7/18)
  
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON TURKEY KNOB ROAD IN BRANCH 
Jimmy ONeal contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 1st in reference to criminal mischief.   Mr. ONeal said that someone had destroyed his mailbox.  He said he checked the mail on Jan. 31st and it was fine, the next morning he found the mailbox destroyed.   Damage was listed at $40, some evidence was collected at the scene.   (2/7/18)
  
  



STRUCTURE FIRE SOUTH OF OZARK TUESDAY
The Ozark Fire Department and South Ozark Fire Department responded to a structure fire shortly after 8am this morning (Tuesday) at 5102 Plantation Road south of Ozark in the Webb City area when a passerby noticed the smoke and notified the family.   No one was at home at the time of the fire.   The structure was a complete loss.  The home was owned by Jennie Bennett, no one was injured in the fire.  The family reported that it looked like the fire had started in the area of the gas heater.  (2/7/18)
  
  




OZARK POLICE ASK FOR HELP IN LOCATING SUBJECT
The Ozark Police Department released a picture of a white male subject who is wanted for questioning in a theft investigation.   Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett said that the man in the picture is wanted for questioning in connection with thefts at business’s in Ozark, Clarksville and Alma.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Ozark Police at 667-2233.   (2/7/18)
  
  
FIRE CALL ON HIGHWAY 64 IN ALTUS SUNDAY
Altus Rural Fire Dept. was paged out on Sunday 02/04/18 at 2:43 pm to 4602 E.Hwy 64.   On arrival there was less than acre on fire along with 2 unoccupied homes and a vehicle.   Witness stated that the landowner was burning a pile of trash the day before  behind the shop and the wind had kicked up and caught the grass on fire which spread to the other properties .  The first home had siding and minimal structural damage.  The car and other home also had minimal damage.  The fire was extinguished and the Altus Rural Fire Department was on the scene for two hours.   The Fire Department was still in the process of trying to determine and locate the owner, according to property records, the property is owned by Vanessa Harris.   No injuries were reported, the Ozark and Altus Fire Departments responded to the scene to assist according to Altus Rural Fire Chief Randy Kinsworthy.  (2/6/18)

  
  


3 ARRESTED BY PARIS POLICE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP MONDAY NIGHT 
Paris PD conducted a traffic stop this evening for a minor traffic violation. The driver was arrested on a local warrant. The two passengers showed to have suspended licenses. An inventory search was then conducted for wrecker purposes. Officers located a black bag containing approximately a pound of suspected marijuana. One subject was arrested and taken to the Logan County Detention on felony charges.   Arrests records show that a 30 year old Lanita Landis of Pottsville was arrested on Monday for Possession of Controlled substance with intent to deliver.  (2/6/18)
  
  
SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARREST IN PARIS 
The Paris police department served a search warrant in Paris Friday afternoon. During the service of the search warrant, suspected methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm were found and seized. Two subjects were arrested on felony charges and transported to the Logan County Detention Center.  (2/6/18)
  
  

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED SUNDAY 
Joshua Lee Martin age 30 was arrested on Sunday for aggravated robbery, endangering the welfare of a minor 2nd degree and theft of property following a robbery at the Kibler Quick Shop on Highway 162 Sunday morning.   Martin was arrested after law enforcement released a photo of a masked Martin taken by surveillance video Sunday, after which Martin’s parents notified authorities that the picture was Martin and where he could be located.   Martin was arrested at the Pavillion Apartments in Van Buren.  Martin made off with an undisclosed amount of money after approaching the clerk wearing a mask over his head, armed with a gun and demanding money from the clerk.   No one was injured and it has not been disclosed how much money Martin took or if it was recovered.   (2/5/18)
  
  
VAN BUREN COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER SON BRINGS GUN TO SCHOOL 
Ruben and Melissa Grenado were arrested last week after there 10 year old son brought a stolen handgun to school at Central Elementary in Van Buren.   The student showed the gun to students during the school day on Jan. 29th but none of the students told school officials or police.   A student did tell their parents that night who then notified law enforcement.  The investigation that followed determined that the parents were aware that the student had taken the gun to school but the parent made up a story to try and cover up the offense, but later admitted to the incident and showed law enforcement where they had hidden the gun in their back yard.  It was also determined the weapon was stolen.   The 10 year old was arrested for possession of a handgun on school property and theft by receiving.  Ruben and Melissa Granados were arrested for theft by receiving and tampering with physical evidence.  (2/5/18)
  
TRIO ARRESTED IN EARLY MORNING DRUG RAID FRIDAY IN LOGAN COUNTY 
Three suspects were taken into custody Friday morning in an early morning drug raid that occurred in Booneville. The raid was the culmination of a 4 month investigation involving the purchase of controlled substances from the Booneville apartment by the Logan County Sheriff's Office.   More than $1300 dollars in narcotics were seized along with drug paraphernalia, approx. $133.00 in cash and suspected stolen property.  The three arrested were Joshua Buffington age 32, Stacey Buffington age 49 and Ronald Brad Ross age 41. They face multiple counts of Delivery of a controlled substance; Possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver; Maintaining a drug premise, Proximity to certain facilities, Unlawful use of a communication device and Abuse of an elderly person.  This was a joint investigation of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and the Booneville Police Department.  (2/3/18)

  
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
On Jan. 31st, Deputy Aaron Einert initiated a traffic stop on Highway 21 that resulted in the arrest of a 22 year old Emilio Cortez of Clarksville.   Deputy Einert radared the vehicle traveling at 76 mph in a 40 mph zone on Highway 21.   Deputy Einert initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Emilio Cortez.  It was found that Cortez was an excluded driver on insurance for the vehicle, as Cortez was being removed from the vehicle some marijuana leaves were observed on his lap.   A search of the vehicle resulted in a clear plastic baggie being found sitting on the passenger seat with marijuana residue.   Cortez was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, careless driving and no proof insurance.  (2/2/18)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF IN HARTMAN 
Johnson County Cpl. Nathan Warren was dispatched to the 3000 block of Highway 352 in Hartman on Jan. 29th to take a report of criminal mischief.  Jonathan Freeman reported that he arrived home around 8pm and noticed that his mailbox had been destroyed and taken.  It appeared someone had taken a saw and cut the post then took the mailbox.  The value of the repairs was estimated at $40.  (2/2/18)

THEFT OF LIVESTOCK
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of the theft of livestock on Liberty Road on Jan. 31st.  Blake Rofkahr reported that he went to check on his cows on Jan. 29th and noticed a red calf with it’s mom, the next day he returned and the calf was missing.  He searched the property and never found the calf, the value of the calf was listed at $450.  (2/2/18)

SHOPLIFTING AT HARPS 
Clarksville Police were contacted by Harps on Jan. 25th in reference to a shoplifter that had already left the store.  A Brock Clark was reported to have taken two boxes of cough and cold medicine and placed them in his pocket, then paid for a drink and left without paying for the medication.  Clark was located at a home on Poplar Street where he was questioned and admitted to taking the medication which he had already consumed.   EMS was dispatched to the location to check Clark, he was cleared at the scene and then transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for shoplifting.   On that same day a Donna Thompson was reported to have been in the store a day earlier and had taken two boxes of medication off the shelf, opened the boxes and placed the bottles in her pocket, she then left the store without paying.   Thompson was located at a home on Sunset Circle and questioned, she admitted to taking the medication without paying.  The report did not indicate any citation being issued.  (2/2/18)

BAG OF POSSIBLE DRUGS FOUND AT DOLLAR GENERAL 
Clarksville Ptl. Lance Clubb was dispatched to Dollar General on West Main to report of a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal like substance on the floor of the store.  The bag was found by an employee and turned over to police, it was believed to be about a ½ gram of meth.  (2/2/18)

SUBJECT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP
Ptl. Lance Clubb was on patrol in the area of North Ash Street when a black Honda Accord backed out of a private drive and almost struck Clubb’s unit.   Ptl. Clubb ran the tag which returned to a different vehicle and was expired.   Ptl. Clubb stopped the vehicle and as he approached the driver’s side could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The vehicle was occupied by Willissa Williams and male subject identified as Mr. Raburn, both were  removed from the vehicle and questioned about having marijuana, both denied having any.   The vehicle was searched and a small amount of marijuana was found in the glove box of the vehicle in a bread bag and 6 smoked marijuana cigarettes and some pieces of marijuana were found in the floor board.   Williams was arrested for possession of controlled substance, no dl, no proof insurance and fictitious tags, Raburn was cited for possession of controlled substance.  (2/2/18)
  
  
MORE COUNTERFEIT MONEY FOUND IN CLARKSVILLE
  Clarksville Police received a call from Simmons Bank on Rogers Jan. 25th after a counterfeit $20 bill was received in a deposit from McDonalds.  (2/1/18)

CLARKSVILLE RESIDENT’S VICTIM OF CREDIT CARD SCAM 
A Mike Johnson and his mother Rachel Johnson contacted the Clarksville Police Department on Jan. 24th to report they had been scammed out of almost $4,000.   Mr. Johnson stated that his mother had been having trouble with her Suddenlink so he sent them an email.  Mr. Johnson stated that shortly after that he received a phone call from someone claiming to be with Suddenlink.  Mr. Johnson gave the caller his credit card information and his mother’s credit card info.  After the phone call their phones quit working and they noticed that $1,400 had been taken from Mr. Johnson’s account and $2,496 from his mother’s.  (2/1/18)

SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART
On Jan. 26th, Clarksville Police received a call from Walmart in reference to a shoplifter being detained in the asset protection office.  Tracy Whitecotton had been observed in the store and was recognized from a previous incident.  Whitecotton was seen selecting children’s medication and then continuing to shop in the grocery section.  She then proceeded to the self checkout but did not scan the medication.  Whitecotton was stopped by security and held until police arrived, then cited for shoplifting and ban from the store.  The stolen medication was recovered undamaged.  (2/1/18)

PHONE SCAM REPORTED IN THE AREA 
 The IRS scam has seen a dramatic increase in recent weeks. Callers to the Arkansas Attorney General’s office are reporting scammers posing as the IRS in an attempt to steal money and personal information. The recent scam calls have all been made from an Atlanta phone number with a 470 area code.
“These scammers continue to update their tactics and try to intimidate Arkansans,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “We have seen a number of different versions of this scam, but Arkansans should know that the IRS will never call you in this manner.”
The IRS recently reminded consumers how to easily recognize scam calls. Consumers should know that the IRS will not do the following:
• Call demanding immediate payment. The IRS will not call if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
• Demand that taxes are paid without providing the individual the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
• Require a specific form of tax payment. For example, demanding a payment with a prepaid debit card.
• Ask consumers for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
The IRS strongly recommends that Arkansans who receive these threatening calls not give out any personal information and hang up immediately, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484 to report the call and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The agency also requests that any scam emails be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.
The IRS encourages Arkansans with any questions about owed taxes to contact their office directly at (800) 829-1040.
For more information about other common scams and consumer-related issues, please call the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.  (2/1/18)
  
  
OARK MAN ARRESTED IN ROBBERY INVESTIGATION
Jimmy Rives of Oark age 32 was arrested on Jan. 22nd in connection with an investigation into a robbery and theft.   On Monday Jan. 22nd, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a 36 year old Hartman man who reported that he had been robbed and his vehicle stolen.   The victim reported that he had met Rives to collect some money that Rives owed him, the two went to a residence on Church Street in Denning where Rives allegedly hit the victim and then took his money, car keys, wallet and prescription medication.   The victim said the Rives told him to start walking and that if they didn’t find anything suspicious on his cell phone they would come pick him up.   The victim got scared while walking and then started to run to find help.  He ended up at a home on Green Point Drive where he called law enforcement.   The victim was able to identify Rives who was later located by law enforcement and arrested for robbery, theft of property, 3rd degree battery and fraud.  The report did not indicate what of the stolen property was recovered.  (1/31/18)

PROWLER CALL ON CARBON PLANT ROAD 
Franklin County Deputy Johnathan Anderson responded to Carbon Plant Road on Thursday Jan. 25th about 11:40pm to report of a possible prowler.   At the residence where the call came from, Deputy Anderson met with the occupants Mr. Conner Atwood and Ms. Lori Ogden who reported that they were sitting in the residence when they heard something that sounded like someone attempting to open their vehicle door.  Mr. Atwood said that he went outside and heard what sounded like someone walking through the woods.  Mr. Atwood also said that the dome light in his vehicle was on but the doors had been locked.   Nothing was missing and no one was located near the property.  (1/31/18)

CLARKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN MVA 
A Catherine Riddell of Clarksville was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries following a two vehicle accident on Friday Jan. 26th at 1pm on Main Street in Clarksville.   Riddell was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan and was stopped in traffic on Main Street attempting to make a left turn into the Valley Motor Works when her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2012 Chevy Equinox driven by Cammie Deen of Clarksville.  Riddell was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries, Deen was not injured.  No citations were issued and damage was estimated at $3,500 to the Deen vehicle and $2,500 to the Riddell vehicle.  (1/31/18)

CLARKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES 
Clarksville Police responded to report of a possible sighting of a wanted individual on Pine Street Jan. 26th.  When police arrived in the area they made contact with Sarah Umholtz who was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Police Department.  Umholtz was questioned as to being in possession of anything illegal to which she admitted to having marijuana in her possession.  Umholtz was in possession of a bag that she gave to police, while searching the bag police found an electric cigarette with burnt residue and a small amount of green leafy substance.  Umholtz was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  A Joseph Leu was also present and when searched was found to have a small baggie of marijuana in his pocket, he was also transported to JCDC for possession of controlled substance.  (1/31/18)
  
  


4TH MURDER SUSPECT BEHIND BARS
A 4th suspect was arrested on Monday by a multi-agency task force, Zachary Geels age 29 was arrested in Morrilton on Monday afternoon, wanted for 1st degree murder in Johnson County in connection with the death of Duwane Ledbetter.  A total of 4 suspects have now been arrested, all 4 are being held in the Johnson County Detention Center.  No details have yet been released as to how Geels was located or about the death of Ledbetter whose body was located Monday Jan. 22 in northeast Johnson County.   (1/30/18)
  
  


DRUG BUST IN PARIS ON MONDAY
Paris Police and the Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant at a residence in Paris Monday near one of the public schools.  During the execution of the warrant about 6 pounds of marijuana, three firearms and a sum of money were seized in the home.  One suspect was taken into custody.   Arrests records from Monday show that a Douglas Moore age 21 was arrested for possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, use of communication device to commit a crime, sale of drugs in proximity to certain facilities.  (1/30/17)
  
  
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING MVA
On Jan. 13th, Patrolman Roman with the Clarksville Police Department responded to report of an accident with possible injuries on South Rogers Street.   At the scene, Patrolman Roman determined that a Nancy Bailey was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident and according to witness’s she had ran a stop sign pulling out in front of a vehicle and was sceen swerving in and out of her traffic lane before running into the rear of a 2012 Kia driven by Melissa Miller.   The ambulance was called to the scene but the report did not indicate that anyone was taken to the hospital by ambulance.  Bailey was transported to JRMC for a blood test after appearing to be under the influence of an intoxicant.   She was arrested for reckless driving, DWI and implied consent.  (1/30/18)

SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORT
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted on Jan. 16th by parents of a 17 year old female juvenile in regards to her having sexual relations with older men.   Deputy Johnathan Anderson responded to the home and talked with the parents and the 17 year old who admitted to having sex with several men ranging from age 18 to 29.   She said that it started after a recent break-up.   The 17 year old said the sexual relations were all consensual.    The report was forwarded to the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline for any possible further action.  (1/30/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY IN ALTUS
On Saturday Jan. 20th, Franklin County Sgt. Lianna Pell was dispatched to the Carbon Plant Road apartments in reference to a theft of property.   Trisha Nelson reported that she had discovered several items missing from her apartment including 3 pairs of leggings, 5 tank tops, a coat, social security cards belonging to her and her daughter, Capital One credit card and a Samnsung tablet.   The report also listed a couple of possible suspects.  (1/30/18)
  
  


TRUCK FIRE ON HIGHWAY 23 THURSDAY 
Ozark Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire Thursday at 4pm on Highway 23 North at I-40.  The truck was owned by Ryder Rental and driven by Donald Steward of Dallas Texas.   According to Assistant Chief Nick Trotter, the Ozark Fire Department arrived on scene to find the truck fully involved in flames, the empty trailer was still attached to the truck.  The driver was out of the truck and uninjured.   The truck was a total loss with minimal damage reported to the trailer.  The cause of the fire was undetermined, the fire started in the engine compartment of the truck.  12 Firefighters and 5 trucks responded to the scene and were on scene about 45 minutes.  (1/29/18)
  
  
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON HIGHWAY 352 
Kasey Crouch of Ozark advised that on December 25th she exited her parents’ house on Highway 352 and notice several scratches on the hood of her 2010 Grey Chevy HHR.  The damage was estimated at $500, the report also lists a possible suspect.  The report was filed with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 8th.  (1/29/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY 
Severiano Garcia filed a theft report with the Clarksville Police Department on Jan. 14th after discovering someone had stolen his cell phone from his vehicle.   Garcia said he had left the phone in his vehicle charging in front of his house Saturday 1/13 and when he returned that evening it was gone.   After making the report of the theft, Garcia returned home to find that the door to his 2002 Chevy Blazer was open but nothing appeared to be missing.  (1/29/18)

COUNTERFEIT BILLS RECOVERED IN CLARKSVILLE
A report from the Clarksville Police Department shows that 5 $100 bills believed to be counterfeit were recovered on Jan. 13th in Clarksville.  Officer Tyler Holt was notified of 3 bills found on Carter Street, two more bills were then located near the Oak Street intersection.  (1/29/18)
  



FOURTH SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MURDER INVESTIGATOIN 
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a fourth suspect in a homicide case, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Zachary Aaron Geels, 29 in connection with the death of Vernice Duwane Ledbetter whose body was found on Monday Jan. 22 off of Highway 123 in northeast Johnson County.  3 arrests have already been made in the case – Phillip Raible age 29, Brian White age 21 and Isaac Vaughn age 20.  Anyone with information on the location of Zachary Aaron Geels is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department at 479-754-2200.  (1/26/18)
  
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN CITED AFTER FIRE CALL 
On Friday Jan. 19th, Clarksville Fire Department and Clarksville Police were called to the Stanton Street Apartments due to a fire.   At the scene, authorities made contact with Paula Rogers who stated that she set a couch on fire to get rid of it and it got out of control.    The couch was engulfed when authorities arrive and part of the apartment building was also burning.  The Clarksville Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fires.  Rogers was issued a citation for unlawful burning, she also had two active warrants for her arrest one from Johnson County and one from Franklin County.  (1/26/18)

MOTOR FUEL THEFT
Casey’s General Store in Clarksville contacted the Clarksville Police Department on Jan. 16th to file a report in reference to a fuel theft.   The cashier advised that a silver full sized Nissan pickup truck pulled up to the pump and the driver pumped $10 of fuel into the truck and then left without paying.  (1/26/18)

SUBJECT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES BY CPD
The Clarksville Police Department received a call concerning a male subject digging through the dumpster at the Wash Time Car Wash on Main Street on Jan. 15th.   Sgt. Jacob Boen arrived and located a James Jennings looking through the dumpster.  Jennings was wanted on a warrant out of the Lamar Police Department.   When Jennings was searched he was found to have a small pouch of marijuana in his jacket pocket.   He was arrested for possession of controlled substance and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center.  (1/26/18)

​VEHICLE THEFT IN ALIX
A 2002 Toyota Camry owned by Bill Rofkahr was stolen from the 1300 block of East Church Street in Alix on Jan. 22nd.   The vehicle was maroon in color.   A cell phone was also reported stolen along with a bottle of prescription medication containing 20 Oxycodone pills.  (1/26/18)

ITEMS STOLEN FROM A MAILBOX ON HERITAGE ROAD IN OZARK 
Leah Rogers reported that she was expecting a package to be delivered on 1/19 and that when she left to pick up her kids about 3:15pm she checked and the package was not there.   When she returned about an hour and a half later, there were two envelopes in the mailbox but no package.   She checked the tracking for the package and it showed to have been delivered.   She then drove up and down the road to see if she could see anything.  That’s when she noticed a box on the side of the road that was found to be the box her package was shipped in.  The box was empty, it had contained 1 pair of jeans and a shirt.  The value of the stolen property was listed at $60.   The report shows that the theft of items from a mailbox is a Federal offense.  (1/26/18)

STOLEN FIREARM RECOVERED 
Franklin County Investigator Jeff Wood reports that a firearm stolen from a Franklin County resident last year was recovered.   The report shows that an AK-47 was seized during a traffic stop by Altus Police back on December 6th.   Then on Jan. 16th of this year a report was filed of a theft that occurred on College Street near Altus.   Edward Morris filed the report and it was at that time authorities realized that an AK47 that was seized in December was one of several items stolen from Edwards.   Other items stolen included an electric gate opener, 2 paintings, 5 fishing poles, air compressor, pot belly wood stove, twin bed, 2 flat screen televisions, a coffee pot, clothes washer and dryer, MTD riding mower and a camo shotgun.   The total value of the stolen property was over $3,000.  (1/26/18)

LONDON MAN ARRESTED IN COURT ROOM
A Bo Kendal Williams of London age 24 was arrested on Jan. 8th after an incident in the court room of the Johnson County courthouse.  Williams was seated in a chair in the rear of the courtroom when he interrupted the court proceedings of Judge Bradley.  Judge Bradley asked Williams if he had something to say, Williams then stood up and began to verbally challenge Judge Bradley.   The Judge told Williams he was in contempt and told him to leave, Williams continued to verbally challenge Judge Bradley at which time the judge informed the bailiff to arrest Williams.  As Deputy Gerald Wofford attempted to arrest Williams he became agitated and began to resist and started to fight with Deputy Wofford.  Judge Bradley and a court probation officer assisted with removing Williams from the courtroom.   Despite continuing to fight and resist, Williams was taken into custody and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.   In the process of taking Williams into custody, Deputy Wofford sustained some minor cuts and deputies watch was destroyed.   Williams was also sentenced to 5 days in jail by Judge Bradley for contempt of court.  (1/26/18)
  
  

BODY RECOVERED IN JOHNSON COUNTY IDENTIFIED

Johnson County authorities confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a body found in northeast Johnson County was that of Vernice Duwane Ledbetter who had been reported missing by family on December 31st.   Three individuals have been arrested in connection with the death of Ledbetter, Brian White, Phillip Raible and Isaac Vaughn are being held on $750,000 bonds on a charge of 1st degree murder with an initial court appearance set for March 1st in Johnson County Circuit Court.   No details have been released as to the cause of death or the circumstances related to it.  (1/25/18)
  
  
SUBJECT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP
On Friday Jan. 12th, Johnson County Corporal Chris Brownlow was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle traveling south on Highway 21 near Highway 292 traveling at a high rate of speed.   Cpl. Brownlow stopped the vehicle in the 3000 block of Highway 21 and made contact with the driver, Douglas Noles age 56 of Clarksville.  Cpl. Brownlow noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when he approached the driver’s side door.  Noles was questioned as to having anything illegal in the vehicle and admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.   Cpl. Brownlow searched the vehicle and located a plastic container with a green leafy substance inside along with cigarette papers; he also located a medicine bottle with several burnt marijuana cigarettes in side and a metal smoking device with marijuana residue.  Douglas Noles was arrested and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.   (1/5/18)

INJURY ACCIDENT IN CRAWFORD COUNTY
Authorities responded to an injury accident early this morning (Thursday) on Old Turner Road in Crawford County.   A 1998 Lincoln Navigator ran off the roadway and ran head on into a tree.   The female driver was trapped in the vehicle for over an hour before she was extricated and air lifted to Washington Regional Medical Center in Washington County.   No information has been released as to the identity of the driver.   (1/5/18)

VEHICLE FIRE IN ALTUS 
Altus Fire Department and Franklin County Cpl. Dustin Adair responded to a fire call on Jan. 18th at 1:24am in the 1500 block of Hendrix Street in Altus.  At the scene a 1995 Toyota 4 Runner had been damaged by fire.  The fire was already extinguished when Cpl. Adair arrived, but there was damage to the right rear of the vehicle near the gas cap.   Michael Priest was the occupant of the home where the vehicle was and reported that he did not know what happened, that he just woke up to fire engine lights in his yard.   The report shows the vehicle is owned by Sandra Priest.   Damage was listed at $1,500.   There was only liability insurance on the vehicle.  (1/5/18)

FORT SMITH MAN CHARGED WITH FELONY FOLLOWING DWI ARREST
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office shows that a 39 year old Mark A Teas of Fort Smith was arrested on Friday Jan. 19th for DWI and other traffic violations.   While Teas was being processed into the Franklin County Detention Center he became disruptive spitting on correction facility employees, flooding the detention center cell he was in and spitting and coughing on detention center equipment.    Teas was charged with a felony of aggravated assault on a correctional facility employee in addition to his DWI and traffic charges.  (1/5/18)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING ON FOOT
A report came in to the Clarksville Police Department on Saturday Jan. 20th of a silver Honda van spinning it’s tires in the parking lot of the Poplar Street Apartments.   Cpl. Trenton Wood arrived in the area and located a Honda Odyssey van with tags that returned to a Nissan Sedan.  The driver of the vehicle was Shelby Medford.   Medford exited the vehicle and started to walk away, when Cpl. Wood hollered for Medford to come back he fled on foot.    Medford was ultimately located in a yard on Rogers Street near Pine Street and was taken into custody.  Mr. Medford had a strong odor of intoxicant coming from his person.  He was charged with fleeing on foot, public intox, driving while licenses suspended and fictitious tags.  (1/5/18)
  
  
STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED IN LOGAN COUNTY
Logan County authorities report that a 2008 Cadillac CTS stolen from the Subiaco area on Wednesday evening was recovered last night.  Within a few hours, a Kyle Baer age 25 of Branch was arrested for theft by receiving, obstruction of governmental operations, theft of motor vehicle, breaking or entering and residential burglary.  (1/25/18)
  
  
CREDIT CARD THEFT
Charles Dybendal of Altus filed a theft report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 18th.   Dybendol reported that while he was in jail between October 2017 and December 2017 someone stole his debit card from his house on Shady Brook Road.  The report also indicates that $960 in charges were made on the card without his permission or knowledge.  (1/24/18)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON MEADOW VIEW LANE
Franklin County Cpl. Dustin Adair was dispatched to Meadow View Lane on Jan. 14th at about 10:30pm to report of a residential burglary in progress.   While responding to the scene, Deputy Adair was informed that the suspect had left the scene in a white Chevy pickup.   Cpl. Adair arrived at the scene and made contact with the occupants of the home, Hunter Flegel and Morgan Erwin.   The two said they were upstairs when they heard a loud vehicle pull up, then they heard a loud bang they believed was the front door of the home being kicked open.  Then they could hear someone coming up the stairs.   Flegel said he grabbed the door handle to keep the subject from coming into the room.   He said that the suspect grabbed the handle as well and when they did the handle broke and the suspect then left.   The two reported that as the suspect was leaving the house he grabbed a metal pipe and threw it at the window of the room they were in breaking the window, then the suspect drove away.   While Cpl. Adair was at the scene, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle arrived at the home.   The driver of the vehicle was questioned but denied being at the house earlier.  (1/24/18)

RETIREMENT CENTER RESIDENT ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT CALL
Clarksville Police were called to the Clarksville Retirement Center on Sunday night Jan. 21st to report of a physical disturbance.   Ptl. Roman and Cpl. Wood responded and arrived to find several subjects in the front room.   Witness’s and the victims reported that the residents were being kept in the day room area due to an approaching thunderstorm.   While attempting to keep everyone in the day room, a Bryan Campbell refused to follow the instructions and left towards the kitchen when an employee attempted to stop him, at which time he struck one of the employees with his hand.   Another employee shoved Campbell away from the employee and then it was reported that another resident struck Campbell with his fist once or twice.   The other resident was identified as Marcus Shankle.    Both Campbell and Shankle were taken to the Johnson County Detention Center and charged with 3rd degree battery.  (1/24/18)

CLARKSVILLE LIGHT AND WATER TO CONDUCT SURVEY 
Over the next few weeks, Clarksville Light and Water will be conducting a telephone survey of Light and Water Customers related to telephone, TV and internet services.  This is not a sales call and customers will not be asked to buy anything.  It is strictly an opinion survey.   SDS Research has been hired by Clarksville Light and water to conduct the survey.   (1/24/18)
  
  
EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
The National Weather Service confirmed on Monday that damage in the Cecil area from the Severe Storms Sunday night was caused by a small tornado.   The National Weather Service reports that an EF1 tornado with winds of 85 to 90mph did touch down 3.3 miles south of Cecil in the area of Mantooth Road and Pine Holler Road.   The tornado was on the ground for 4.3 miles with a path width of 400 yards.   No injuries were reported from the tornado but a home and some poultry houses were damaged.   Several trees were also damaged.   The storm hit about 7:45pm Sunday night.    A tornado was also confirmed in Sebastian County near Huntington.   In Johnson County, strong winds in the Woodland area along Highway 103 were some sheds were damaged along with the roof of a home and several trees.    (1/23/18)
  
  


3 ARRESTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN JOHNSON COUNTY
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department reports that Brian A White age 21, Phillip A Raible age 29 and Isaac TM Vaughn age 20 have all been arrested on a charge of first degree murder.   On January 22nd, a tip was given to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department about a possible discovery of a body in Johnson County.  The Johnson County Sheriff and Deputies responded to a location off of State Highway 123 in northeastern Johnson County where a body was located on a logging road.   The Johnson County Coroner was contacted and took possession of the deceased person.   The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab to determine identity and cause of death.   The press release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said that the arrests are a result of a ongoing 3 week investigation.   The charge of first degree murder is a class Y felony punishable by 10-40 years or up to life in prison.   A bond of $750,000 was set for each of the suspects by Judge Pearson on Monday Jan. 22nd.  Raible and White are pictured to the left.  (1/23/18)
  
  
  
CLARKSVILLE MAN INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Steven Derrick of Clarksville was injured in a single vehicle accident that occurred on Sunday Jan. 14th at 1:15pm at Ray Road and Main Street.   Derrick was driving a 2005 Ford pickup traveling west on Main Street when he ran off the north side of the road, down a hill and struck a ditch attempting to gain access to Ray Road.   Derrick was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.  After being treated at the hospital he was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center where he was cited for DWI, careless driving, no seat belt and implied consent.   Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000.  (1/22/18)

STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED BY LOGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 
A 2012 Toyota Tacoma reported stolen on Monday from a Logan County resident was recovered Monday evening during a felony traffic stop on Tanyard Mountain Road.  Daniel Hill and Trenton Vines were taken into custody during the stop and face felony theft by receiving charges as a result. Both subjects are currently being held in the Logan County Detention Facility. Bonds have been set at $25,000 each.  (1/22/18)

MOUNTAINBURG SCHOOL CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY
 The Mountainburg Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday 1/22 & 1/23 due to sickness.  The two days will be made up on Tuesday Feb. 20 and Friday March 30th.   The basketball games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have also been postponed and will be rescheduled.  (1/22/18)

BRUSH FIRE SATURDAY ON HIGHWAY 186
Altus Rural Fire Dept. was paged out on Saturday 01/20/18 at 12:22 pm to a grass fire with a structure in danger.  The Fire Department arrived to the address 5029 Hwy 186 south to find a grass fire and 15 round bales of hay on fire.  The Fire Department extinguished the fire and stayed on scene for 2 hours.   The homeowner, Jim Cline stated they  had cleaned out their fireplace and dumped the ashes out on the ground which ignited a grass fire that spread to the hay bales.   No structures lost.   No injuries. A total of 4 trucks and 7 firefighters responded to the scene according to Chief Jonathon KInsworthy.  (1/22/18)

SEVERE STORMS SUNDAY NIGHT IN RIVER VALLEY
Several trees were reported to have been blown down and at least one home damage on Pine Holler Road off of Highway 41.   There were reports of several trees down in the area of Highway 41 and Mantooth Road in Franklin County.  In Johnson County on Line Pine reports of trees downed and a utility building damaged. The Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Alma sustained damaged when the steeple was struck by lightning in Alma. There have not been any reports of any injuries from the storms and damage.    The National Weather Service is expected to be in the area today to survey the damage and see if it was caused by straight line winds or a small tornado.  (1/22/18)
  



MOUNTAINBURG SCHOOL CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY
The Mountainburg Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday 1/22 & 1/23 due to sickness.  The two days will be made up on Tuesday Feb. 20 and Friday March 30th.   The basketball games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have also been postponed and will be rescheduled. 


STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED BY LOGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
A 2012 Toyota Tacoma reported stolen on Monday from a Logan County resident was recovered Monday evening during a felony traffic stop on Tanyard Mountain Road.  Daniel Hill and Trenton Vines were taken into custody during the stop and face felony theft by receiving charges as a result. Both subjects are currently being held in the Logan County Detention Facility. Bonds have been set at $25,000 each.  (1/19/18)
  
MOTHER CITED FOR NEGLECT OF A MINOR
A report  from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows that the mother of a 15 year old female was cited for neglect of a minor.   The citation stems from a report of a 15 year old female who was living with her boyfriend at a resident on Highway 288 near Charleston where she was being provided with, and using meth.   The mother was contacted and questioned on Jan. 9th by Franklin County authorities and admitted that her daughter had runaway but that she did not report it and that she had last seen her daughter on Christmas.  The report also indicated that the 15 year old had not been attending school after leaving her mother’s home.  Terra Mayer age 35 of Paris was cited for neglect of a minor.  (1/19/18)

2 FRANKLIN COUNTY MEN ARRESTED AFTER DISTURBANCE CALL
On Wednesday Jan. 17th, Franklin county Corporal Dustin Adair responded to a dispute between neighbors on Coles Chapel Circle near Branch at about 6pm.   The two subjects involved were identified as 67 year old Billy Elliot of Branch and 44 year old Christopher Teague of Branch.   The report shows that Elliot is alleged to have made a call to Teague’s wife who is a relative of Elliots, and made verbal threats towards Mr. Teague.   Mr. Teague then went to Mr. Elliot’s home where Elliot is alleged to have attempted to strike Teague with a steel pipe before Teague pushed him and then left in his (Teague’s vehicle).   No one was injured and both men were arrested for misdemeanor 3rd degree assault of a family or household member.  (1/19/19)

THEFT OF PROPERTY HIGHWAY 359
On Jan. 9th at about 5pm, Johnson County Deputy Joel Ostendorf was dispatched to the 9800 block of Highway 359 for a theft of property report.   Paul Parker said that he noticed two antique wheels were missing from his front yard, he said that he left the residence about 9am and the wheels were there, when he returned at about 5pm they were missing.  One of the wheels was leaning against a large flower box in the west side of the front yard and the other was next to his mail box by the road.   The wheels are about 3 foot tall and painted yellow.  The wheels came off an antique fertilizer truck and were valued at $200 apiece.  (1/19/19)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON HIGHWAY 352
Johnson County Deputy James Melson responded to a report of a theft on in the 4900 block of Highway 352 on Monday Jan. 1st.   James King reported that he had stored some items in a shipping crate and in his barn and that he had moved to the property next door.   A locking mechanism on the shipping crate had damaged to gain access and it appeared the contents had been gone through but nothing was missing.   However, several items had been taken in the barn.  Items stolen from the barn included a three drawer Craftsman brand tool box with tools estimated at $200 value, a horse saddle with breakaway stirrups valued at $250 and a blue pressure washer Simonz brand valued at $200.  (1/19/19)
  
  
SUBJECT ARRESTED BURGLARIZING HOME ON ADAMS ROAD
Franklin County Deputies were called to a home in the 2200 block of Adams Road on Jan. 12th at 7:30pm to report of a break-in.  The home belonged to William Flanagin who was out of town at the time, the break-in was reported by a neighbor and family member.   Deputy White and Deputy Nichols arrived at the scene and entered the home to find a male subject standing inside the house, identified as Weston Bailey age 21 of  Van Buren.   Bailey was making threatening gestures towards the deputies and would not comply with orders to get on the ground and he kept putting his hands in his jacket near his belt line.  The deputies were able to take Bailey into custody despite him continuing to resist.  Bailey was transported to the Franklin County Detention Center where he was processed and booked in, during the entire process he continued to disregard orders and several times threatened to kill the deputies involved.   Bailey was arrested for felony residential burglary, breaking or entering and criminal mischief along with misdemeanor charges of public intox, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and terroristic threatening.   The report shows that the home that Bailey was in was in total disarray with household items all over the floor, damaged caused by Bailey.  (1/18/18)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON POND CREEK ROAD
 A call of a residential burglary in the 4600 block of Pond Creek Road was received by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday Jan. 13th at 12:30pm.  The call was from an employee of the construction company handling renovation of the home for a bank.   The employee said he was last at the property about a month ago, when he arrived on the 13th he found lots of damage and stolen items.   Almost all of the wiring in the house had been ripped out along with 12 interior doors and all the siding on the house.  Almost all the sheetrock was damaged too.  The damage and loss was estimated at $24,500.   The employee did not know which bank owned the home but did have a contact number for the person responsible; the deputy could not make contact with anyone at the number despite multiple attempts.  (1/18/18)
  
  
SUBJECT ARRESTED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Clarksville Police report that on Jan. 11th, just after midnight a male subject entered the Police Department and asked to speak to an officer, then took off his shirt and took off running out the door carrying his clothing and a Walmart bag.  Sgt. Mike Turner located the man running east on Main Street in front of Blackburn street waving his arms as if to stop traffic.   Sgt. Turner pulled up and asked the man what was going on, the man took a look at Sgt. Turner and took off running east on Main Street dropping his clothes.  Sgt. Turner caught back up the subject, identified as Chad Nichols, he was then taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.  (1/17/18)

FRANKLIN COUNTY ROAD CLOSURE
The Franklin County Road Department will be replacing a culvert on Pritchard Road Thursday 1/18 requiring the road to be closed from 8:30am to 10:30am between Highway 64 and secluded lane. (1/17/18)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON SMITHERMAN STREET IN ALTUS
Corporal Dustin Adair with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of criminal mischief on Jan. 9th.   Lawanda Cox and Sandra Priest reported that someone had cut the tires on their vehicles parked in the 800 block of Smitherman Street.   2 tires had been cut on Cox’s 2001 Ford Expedition and 3 tires cut on Priests 2007 Chrysler van.   The damage was estimated at $250.  The report indicates there is a possible suspect.  (1/17/18)

DOG ATTACK REPORTED ON ROBIN WAY
Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a Janet Critchfield on Jan. 12th about a dog attack at her residence in the 6000 block of Robin Way.   Critchfield reported that on the evening of Jan. 11th she exited the rear of her home to take out her trash and when she did a dog came running up to her in an aggressive manner.   Ms. Critchfield reported that it is not the first time this has happened and that she has talked with the dog owner but it continues to be a problem.   The report does not indicate any further action at the time of the report, no injuries were reported.   (1/17/18)
  
  




VEHICLE THEFT
The Logan County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the publics help in locating a vehicle stolen from the Scranton area around Christmas.  The vehicle is a 1996 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Edition blue over brown.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks at 847-6270.

  
  
SUBJECT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER FLEEING POLICE
On Jan. 10th, Officer Tyler Holt with the Clarksville Police Department was dispatched to Harps due to a Joey Stock being there who had previously been caught shoplifting.    Sgt. Arnold reported that Stock was running from him behind the store.   Officer Holt caught up to Stock running in a field behind Subway and proceeded into the field in his patrol unit, then exited his vehicle and pursued Stock on foot catching up to him and taking him into custody.   Stock had a strong smell of marijuana coming from his person.  Stock was searched and found to be in possession 8 grams of marijuana in his front pocket.   He was arrested for fleeing and possession of controlled substance.  (1/16/18)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Clarksville Police took a report of criminal mischief on January 10th at the soccer fields where someone had caused damaged to the fields spinning tires and cutting donuts in the grass.  (1/16/18)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON EAST COAL ROAD IN ALIX
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department reports of a call of a residence that had been broken into in the 2000 block of East Coal Road in Alix on Jan. 7th.  Rebecca Collins reported that someone had broken a side window of the residence and climbed through the window to gain access.  The only thing missing was her prescription medication which consisted of two separate bottles of pills.  Report shows a possible suspect.  (1/16/18)

MULBERRY WOMAN REPORTS AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
A 40 year old Mulberry woman contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday Jan. 11th to file a report of aggravated assault.   The female said that a male subject came to her place of employment, Dollar General in Mulberry, asking the victim for money.   The victim refused and then left work, at which time the male subject followed her to her house where he threatened to break out the windows of her vehicle and house.   While the male subject was following the female victim, he would attempt to block the road with his vehicle and try to run her off the road.   The female was not injured and no damage was reported to any vehicles.   Authorities do have an identity for the male subject involved.  (1/16/18)
  
  
SUBJECT ARRESTED CAUGHT INHALING INTOXICANTS
On Jan. 8th, Clarksville Police received a call from Dollar Tree in reference to two subjects arguing outside the back of the store.   Cpl. Trenton Wood made contact with the subjects outside the back of the store.  Robert Pool age 34 of Clarksville was sitting on the ground next to an air conditioner with his head down and a can of air duster in his right hand.  As Cpl. Wood was talking with the two subjects that had been arguing, Pool started inhaling the air duster.   Pool was arrested and transported to the JCDC for disorderly conduct and inhaling intoxicants.  (1/15/18)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTD AFTER DISTURBANCE CALL
Clarksville Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Louise Street on Jan. 4th to report of a subject breaking windows and tearing a residence apart.   Police arrived and were informed that the home owner’s son was inside tearing up the house and that he had hit his mother in the face and had also hit his wife.  When police entered the house they observed several broken windows and a male subject holding a broom.  Ptl. Lance Clubb drew his taser and advised him to drop the broom.   The subject, Brett Greer told Ptl. Clubb to step back and drop his taser.   Greer was again instructed to put the broom handle down and turn around and place his hands behind his back.  Sgt. Arron Arnold then approached Greer and took him into custody without any further incident.   Greer was transported to JCDC on charges of domestic battery 3rd degree, assault of a family or household member and disorderly conduct.  (1/15/18)
  
  



MISSING PERSON IN JOHNSON COUNTY
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release on Thursday in regards to a missing person.  Vernice Duwane Ledbetter a white male 5’11 185lbs with brown hair and green eyes was last seen in the Clarksville and Ludwig areas of Johnson County on December 31st.  Ledbetter was last seen wearing a camouflage hoodie, blue jeans, brown boots and a camouflage ball cap.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department at 479-754-2200.   (1/12/18)
  
  





2 ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED PURSUIT
Law Enforcement was involved in a high speed pursuit that started in Franklin County and ended near Rudy n Crawford County on Thursday morning with speeds in excess of 100mph.   No one was injured in the pursuit but a State Troopers vehicle was damaged along with the suspect’s vehicle when the trooper purposely crashed the Mercedes on Highway 282 near Rudy to end the pursuit.    After crashing the fleeing vehicle, the two suspects jumped from the vehicle an fled on foot but were taken into custody shortly thereafter without any further incident.   No injuries were reported during the incident.  The two arrested were Aaron Lovell and Paul Brooks who are both in custody in Crawford County, Brooks age 19 facing charges of criminal mischief, fleeing on foot, fleeing by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, littering, obstructing governmental operations, permitting unauthorized person to drive and theft by receiving; Lovell age 18 is facing charges of criminal mischief, fleeing by vehicle, fleeing by foot, leaving the scene of an accident, littering, obstructing governmental operations, reckless driving, speeding, theft by receiving and unauthorized use of vehicle.  (1/12/18)
  
  
SUBJECT CITED AFTER FLEEING LAW ENFORCEMENT
Patrolman Roman with the Clarksville Police Department was patrolling in the area of Lucas Street on December 24th when she notice a vehicle turn south on Johnson Street without stopping at the intersection.  Patrolman Roman attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the Chevy Cobalt but the vehicle fled.  The driver pulled onto Elm Street, a dead end road, the driver opened the door and took off on foot running towards the entrance of a trailer house the driver had pulled into.  The suspect then ran around the trailer into a wooded area and was able to escape custody.  The suspect was identified Manuel Zuniga.  Zuniga was later contacted by law enforcement and met with police on December 28th and was cited for failure to use turn signal, reckless driving, fleeing and failure to yield to emergency vehicle.  (1/12/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON MILLER STREET
On December 21st, Clarksville Police were called to the home of Keith Dyess in the 600 block of Miller Street where Mr. Dyess reported that someone had entered his residence and had taken a wooden chest that he had screwed to the wall containing personal items.  The value of the stolen property was listed at $100.  (1/12/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON WILLIAMS STREET IN CHARLESTON
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows of an investigation into a theft that occurred in 2017.   Glenda Hill advised that she had been out of town for a couple of months and when she returned she found that someone had stolen 7 rings, a set of ear rings and an eagle necklace.   On Jan. 4th, Mrs. Hill’s husband John located the stolen jewelry at a pawn shop in Fort Smith.   She also located two stolen firearms at pawn shops, one in Paris the other in Fort Smith.   The guns were a JC Higgins 30-06 and a 410 shotgun.   The total value of the stolen property was listed at $1,800.  (1/12/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON HIGHWAY 64 IN ALTUS
Carlos Elam of Altus filed a theft report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 4th.  Elam advised that he went to his shop building on Jan. 4th at about 5pm and noticed 200lbs of copper wire missing and a safe that had been damaged.   The dial and handle for the safe had been torn off and was lying on the ground but it did not appear that access had been gained to the safe.   (1/12/18)
  
  
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE REPORTED
Cpl. Dustin Adair with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Jones Street in Branch on Jan. 4th to take a report of unauthorized use of a vehicle.   Andrew Hunt reported that he and his father had gotten into an argument after which his father left the residence and went outside and said he would wait there for a ride.   After a few minutes Andrew heard his 2002 Land Rover start up and looked out to see his father driving off with it.   At the time of the report the vehicle had not been located.  (1/11/18)

CHAINSAW STOLEN IN BRANCH
Arthur Spencer of Branch contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 4th to file a theft report after he discovered that a new Echo 305s chainsaw was missing from his property.   The saw was valued at $200.  (1/11/18)

SUBJECT ARRESTED ON WEAPON AND DRUG CHARGES AFTER FLEEING
Clarksville Police arrested 36 year old Eric Youngblood on the night of December 21st after Sgt. Mike Turner conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Youngblood was driving after committing a traffic violation and having expired tags.   Mr. Youngblood fled from Sgt. Turner when the Sgt. Attempted to stop the vehicle, but Youngblood ultimately stopped at the intersection of Patton and Oakland Streets.   During the stop Youngblood was found to be in possession of just over 13 grams of meth, a small empty baggie, 14 long guns, 3 pistols, a backpack of ammo and a hunting knife.   There were also 3 juvenile children in the vehicle ages 6 to 12 at the time Youngblood fled.  Youngblood was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of firearms and drugs, endangering the welfare of a minor x 3, expired vehicle license, fleeing in vehicle and no tail lights.  (1/11/18)
  
  
MILLAGE EXTENSION VOTED DOWN IN CL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Almost 300 voters turned out for a special election on Tuesday in the County Line School District to decide on a proposal to extend a current millage for renovations to the basketball gymnasium and other renovations.    The proposed extension failed with 161 voting against the measure and 130 voting for it.   The results are unofficial until approved by the election commission.   (1/10/18)

FEMALE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP
Patrolman Roman of the Clarksville Police Department was on patrol on December 26th when she noticed a vehicle almost hit a construction barrel at the intersection of West Clark Road.    Patrolman Roman stopped the 2002 Mustang which was occupied by 4 individuals.   After questioning the occupants, Patrolman Roman asked for consent to search the vehicle which was denied, at that time one of the passengers, 19 year old Trajon Carney admitted to having marijuana in her possession and provided it to Patrolman Roman.   Carney was arrested for possession of controlled substance.  The other occupants were all juveniles.  (1/10/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
Clarksville Police Officer Corey Ostendorf was dispatched to the 300 block of North Brown Street in reference to a theft of property on December 22nd.  Kathy Cook reported that $205 had been stolen from her purse that was in her home at the time the money was taken.   The report shows that a subject was questioned in regards to the theft and that the investigation has been turned over to the PA for possible charges.  (1/10/18)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ON STAGECOACH ROAD
Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnathan Anderson was dispatched to Stagecoach Road east of Ozark for a report of a criminal trespassing incident that occurred on the morning of Jan. 1st about 5:30am.   Jimmy and April Richard reported of a vehicle and two subjects that were seen on their property and their neighbors property with spotlights.   It appeared the subjects were looking around both properties but nothing was missing.   The report shows that a neighbor had recently had some items stolen from the property and two male subjects were seen running across the property with the stolen items.   The report indicates there are a couple of suspects. (1/10/18)

ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN AT FC BUSINESS
December 27th just after midnight, Franklin County Deputy Levi White was dispatched to Nubbin Ridge Liquor store due to an alarm call.  Deputy White arrived to find the front glass door broken but no one around, it appeared a heavy object had been thrown through the door.  Video surveillance shows a white male subject walk from the rear of the store to the front and then throw an object through the front door.   When the glass broke and the alarm sounded, the subject fled on foot to the north.   Some still framed photos of the suspect were obtained by law enforcement.  Nothing was taken from the business.  (1/10/18)
  
  
SUBJECT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
On Tuesday December 26th, Johnson County Deputies Rickey and Lisa responded to a call in the 1200 block of CR3456 of a car sitting by three vacant trailer houses about 9:30pm  The vehicle was a blue 2006 Dodge Charger occupied by a male subject and a female subject.   Deputies attempted to learn the identity of the two but were given several different identifications before determining that the driver was Jose Gonzalez age 18 of Clarksville.  Gonzalez was arrested for criminal impersonation and the vehicle was inventoried.   During the search of the vehicle a pipe with what appeared to be marijuana, was located in the vehicle along with a container with marijuana residue.   Gonzales was also charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and no DL.   The passenger was a 15 year old female who was transported to her parents’ house on Sagewood Drive.  (1/9/18)

LICENSE PLATE THEFT
On Jan. 2nd, Sgt. Lianna Pell with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department took a report of the theft of a license plate.   Phillip Housdan stated that he observed the license plate stolen from his vehicle on the evening of December 31st.  The location where the vehicle was at was on Taylor Road.  (1/9/18)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON HIGHWAY 186 IN ALTUS
On Jan. 2nd, Wendi Garland contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to file a report of criminal mischief.   Garland advised that about 1pm she noticed that her dogs were barking and looked out her window to see a white Lincoln Towncar with tinted windows in her driveway.   She went outside and the car quickly started backing up hitting a brick pillar and then left the scene.  (1/9/18)

CLARKSVILLE WOMAN TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL FOR PILL OVERDOSE
On December 27th, Clarksville Police were called to Killane Street due to a female taking a bunch of pills.  The female told EMS that she had taken 60 pills of a prescription medication.  The female had also text her husband that she wanted to kill herself.  She was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment.  She was admitted to ICU until she was stable enough to be transported for psychological exam.  (1/9/18)

POSSIBLE RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
Clarksville Police were called to the home of Thomas Grisham on Cypress Court after he arrived home on the 26th of December to find one of his window blinds removed and laying behind a futon in the living room, the window was also slightly opened.   All the windows in the home had been unlocked and slightly opened but nothing was missing.  (1/9/18)

SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART
On December 21st, Clarksville Police were called to the Wal-Mart Supercenter to take a report of a shoplifter.  Amanda Detweiler had been seen concealing some bra’s in her purse and the attempt to leave without paying.  Detweiler was arrested for shoplifting and ban from the store.  (1/9/18)
  
  
THEFT OF PROPERTY
On December 28th, Franklin County Deputy Dalton Lewis with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a theft of property.   James Gorman advised the he owns property on St. Mary’s Mountain Road in Altus and that when he bought the property in August of 2017 he had allowed an individual to reside there.   Mr. Gorman said he filed an eviction notice on the subject in September 2017 after learning of illegal drug activity.   In October 2017 Gorman went to the property and noticed some appliances from the property were missing and that the dish washer was damaged.  The total amount of loss and damage was listed at $2,300.  (1/8/18)

SHOPLIFTER ARRESTED WITH DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AT WALMART
Clarksville Police responded to Walmart on Jan. 1st for report of a male subject being detained for shoplifting.   Travis Jarrell had been seen taking merchandise from the store and concealing it in his jacket before attempting to leave without paying.   Jarrell was detained until police arrived, when he denied taking anything.   It was then found that he had taken about $100 worth of merchandise which was concealed on his person.   He was also found to have drug paraphernalia in his possession and was arrested for shoplifting and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  (1/8/18)

THEFT REPORTED FROM VEHICLE
Stacy Danti, who lives in the 700 block of Louise Street, filed a theft report with the Clarksville Police Department on Jan. 1.   Danti reported that her vehicle was in her driveway when someone stole the radio from it.  The radio had Bluetooth and a DVD player with fold down screen.  The A/C control panel and hazard lights button were also taken from the vehicle, a 2001 Honda Civic.  (1/8/18)
  
  
FRANKLIN COUNTY SALES TAX COLLECTION CONFUSION
Franklin County Judge Rickey Bowman contacted True Country Radio on Thursday to ask for help in getting the word out to Franklin County business’s that collect sales tax of the new amount.   Apparently there has been some confusion as the amount of sales tax to be collected after passing of the sales tax to fund the construction and maintenance of the new jail in Franklin County.   Businesses in Franklin County should be collecting ½% more sales tax as of Jan. 1st 2018.   So whatever amount the business was charging Dec. 31st, 2017 needs to be increased by ½%.    Judge Bowman said that the Finance Administration had sent out notice to businesses but the wording has confused some business’s as to the correct amount.   In regards to the new detention center project, Judge Bowman said that the architects are still finalizing plans to be able to put out for bids, he had not been given a time frame from the architects as to when the plans would be done and ready for the bidding phase.   The Judge did say that he hopes to see dirt moving on the County Health Department construction with the next 30 to 45 days.  (1/5/18)

FORGERY INVESTIGATION
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows a report was taken of a possible forgery of checks from an Altus business.   The Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Billy Perkins of Perkins & Associates Insurance in Altus in regards to some checks that were forged and passed on his business.    The first two checks were in the amount of $165 and $110 and were passed in November.   Since more checks have been forged on his account and some transactions made on his debit card he did not authorize.  The credit card transactions totaled over $900.   The report indicates that a former employee is suspected of being involved and was scheduled to meet with law enforcement on December 22nd but as of December 27th had not shown up or contacted law enforcement.  On December 28th Whittany Letourneau of Altus was arrested on charges of knowingly issuing a worthless check and forgery.  (1/5/18)

SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART
Clarksville Police responded to Wal-Mart December 30th after security detained a subject for shoplifting.   The subject being detained was Duane Ewasiuk who had been seen selecting items from various departments in the store, removing them from the packaging and placing them in his jacket.  Ewasiuk went to the counter and made a purchase but did not pay for the concealed items.  He was arrested for shoplifting and ban from the store.  Some of the items taken included a wifi extender, phone kit, pliers and batteries.   Most of the items were recovered undamaged.  (1/5/18)
THEFT OF PROPERTY   A report was filed by Rebecker Layton of Clarksville on December 31st claiming that $400 had been stolen from her wallet at her apartment.   The report shows that a couple of people were questioned but no suspects were located.  (1/5/18)

SUBJECT ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES
Clarksville Officer Ibonn Roman-Murillo observed a vehicle sitting in a wash bay at the Wash Time Carwash at 3am on the morning of Jan. 1.   Officer Murillo pulled up to the vehicle to investigate further, activating the lights on the patrol unit before approaching the vehicle which was occupied but two male subjects.   When Officer Murillo approached the vehicle a strong odor of marijuana was noticed coming from the vehicle at which time both subjects were removed from the vehicle identified as Emilio Cortez and Juan Daniil Juanes-Zuniga   The two were asked if there were weapons or drugs in the vehicle to which both replied no.  A search of the vehicle resulted in a small glass vile of a white powdery substance being located in the driver’s seat, a clear small baggie with a white crystal like substance was also found in the coat pocket of Zuniga which he admitted was meth.  He then admitted that he had more in his pants and retrieved a sliver jewelry box containing a baggie of meth and a small amount of paraphernalia.   Zuniga was arrested for possession of controlled substance, possession of meth with intent to deliver and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.  (1/5/18)

THEFT REPORTED AT COMMUNITY CENTER
The Ozark Police Department took a report on December 30th of a cell phone being stolen at the Ozark Community Center.  No other details were released.  (1/5/18)

HECTOR MAN ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION
Johnson County Sheriff’s Department reports arresting a Dylan Waterson age 28 of Hector for criminal impersonation on December 27th.  Waterson had been questioned by Deputies on December 23rd in reference to an active investigation and at the time told deputies that he was Dusty Waterson.    Dusty is Dylan’s brother.   It was later determined that Dylan had lied about his identity and that he was wanted on warrants out of Pope County. (1/5/18)
  
  
THEFT OF PROPERTY
Johnson County authorities were called to the 300 block of CR2380 on December 27th for a theft of property report.   John Cowell reported that his 29” white and green Genesis Mountain Bike had been taken from the back of his truck.  The bike was last seen on the 25th.  (1/4/18)

 OZARK OFFICER ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE
Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett reported Wednesday afternoon that Officer Tyler Williams was on paid administrative leave after being involved in a shooting Tuesday night in Ozark.   Williams responded to a call of a domestic disturbance phoned in to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 1004 School Street.   Witness’s reported that Ronald Elliot of Ozark age 49 was armed with a gun and had locked himself inside his bedroom.   Prior to Officer Williams arriving at the home, a woman had entered the bedroom in an attempt to disarm Elliot.  When Officer Williams arrived and entered the bedroom, witnesses heard the officer instruct Elliot to put down the gun, followed by the sound of a gunshot.   Elliot was taken to an Ozark hospital where he died according to a press release from the Arkansas State Police who is handling the investigation.    The investigation will be turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney to consider whether the use of deadly force was consistent with Arkansas laws.  (1/4/18)

CHILD AIRLIFTED AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE
Clarksville Police were dispatched to the intersection of Perry Street and South Montgomery Street on December 29th at 5:56pm to a motor vehicle accident with injury.   The automobile had struck a child on a bike.   The child, a 13 year old male of Clarksville was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance and then airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock for further treatment.   The driver of the pickup was Raymond Gregory who stated that the child had pulled into the path of his vehicle.  (1/4/18)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
On December 30th, Clarksville Police Officer Chris Curtis responded to the Stage Store to take a theft report.   Michaele Hannagan advised that she went to get her wallet from the break room but it was missing.   Hannagan reviewed the store security video that showed a possible suspect wearing a black hoodie, white T-shirt and gray pants that appeared to walk out from the break room with an object that looked similar to her wallet.   Later that day Hannagan reported a charge of $17 made to her debit card account at the Shell Gas station that she did not authorize. (1/4/18)

JUVENILE FEMALE ARRESTED FOR TERRORISTIC THREATENING
Franklin County Authorities report arresting a 14 year old female juvenile of Branch December 10th for felony terroristic threatening and misdemeanor battery after responding to a report of a juvenile hitting and kicking her parent on Vest Street in Branch.   Deputy Lianna Pell arrived and made contact with the mother of the juvenile, Linh Phan, the juvenile female was being restrained by her father Steven McMillan.   The juvenile female had threatened to kill her father for not giving her drugs that had been taken from her by her father and then was punching and kicking her mother.   The 14 year old was taken into custody by Deputy Pell and transported to Valley Behavioral Heath in Barling.  The report shows that on December 23rd Deputy Pell was dispatched back to the same location to transport the juvenile female back to Valley Behavioral Health after she had become aggressive towards her family again.   The juvenile was transported back without incident.  No serious injuries were reported from either incident.  (1/4/18)
  
  
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN OZARK
A domestic disturbance call to 1004 West School Street in Ozark (Franklin County) has ended in an officer involved shooting. Ozark Police received the call for help and dispatched an officer to the home around 10:19 PM last night (January 2, 2018).  Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett has asked Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to conduct an investigation of the shooting incident.  Witnesses reported that Ronald Elliot, age 49, was armed with a gun and had locked himself inside his bedroom.  Prior to an Ozark police officer arriving at the home, a woman had entered the bedroom in an attempt to disarm Elliot.  When the local police officer entered the bedroom, witnesses heard the officer instruct Elliot to put down the gun, followed by the sound of a gunshot.   Elliot was taken to an Ozark hospital where he died. His body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to collect forensic evidence and confirm the manner and cause of death.  The state police investigative file will be turned-over to the Franklin County prosecuting attorney to consider whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.  The identity of the officer involved has not been released at this time.  (1/3/18)

  
  
2 ARRESTED AND ONE TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a call just before midnight on Wednesday December 27th in reference to a stolen vehicle and that there was possibly someone who had been ran over by the subject who stole the vehicle.   Deputy Johnathan Anderson arrived at the location on South Hopkins Street near Charleston where a Timothy Snider of Branch age 23 was arrested for 3rd degree battery, he also faces charges of DWI, felony aggravated assault, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an injury accident, theft by receiving and criminal mischief.   Snider is accused of striking his wife in the face with his fist, knocking holes in the wall of the home and for taking a truck that was at the residence that did not belong to him after the domestic disturbance.   When Snider took the truck three subjects at the home attempted to stop him due to the fact he had been drinking.   One of the three was thrown from the bed of the truck while Snider was driving sustaining shoulder, arm and head injuries and was airlifted to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith for treatment.   The injured subject was identified as Nathan Rios of Ratcliff.   A Brian Danes age 24 of Ratcliff was also arrested for domestic battery, due to the fact that he and Snider were involved in a physical altercation after Snider had struck his wife.   The female that was hit in the face did not require any medical attention.  (1/3/18)

INJURY ACCIDENT ON MAIN STREET IN CLARKSVILLE
Two people were transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center following a 3 vehicle accident on Thursday December 28th on Main Street and North Ray Road in Clarksville.   Kimberla Villines of Clarksville was driving a 2012 Nissan Versa and was stopped in traffic waiting to make a left turn onto Ray Road when her vehicle was hit from behind by a 2012 Ford pickup driven by John Shannon of Hartman, Shannons vehicle was knocked into the Villines vehicle when it was hit by a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup driven by James Pledger of Ozark.   Damage was estimated at $4,000 to the Shannon vehicle, $4,500 to the Pledger vehicle and $3,000 to the Villines vehicle.  Kimberla Villines of Clarksville and James Pledger of Ozark were both transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center in Clarksville by Johnson County EMS following the accident.  (1/3/18)

MVA LEADS TO DWI ARREST
Franklin County authorities were called to a report of an accident on Highway 219 and Low Gap Road in reference to a single vehicle accident, a vehicle was on its side in a deep ditch according to the caller.   EMS, 1st responders and Franklin County Deputy Lianna Pell arrived on the scene to find the vehicle in the tree’s almost up right with blood on the driver’s side door but no driver present.  The vehicle returned to a Kristy Ferguson of Ozark.  As the area was search, Watalula Fire Chief Frank Theising located a male hiding next to a tree nearby, he was identified as Isaac Montgomery.  Montgomery was asked if he was injured and he said no.  He said the blood was from his finger that he had cut earlier while cleaning a deer.  Montgomery failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI.  (1/3/18)
  
  
THEFT OF PROPERTY
Charles Bittle who lives in the 4300 block of Highway 64 in Hartman filed a theft report with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday December 20th.   Mr. Bittle reported that he arrived home from work about 5pm to discover several items missing from outside his residence.   Items taken included a large green plastic tub full of Craftsman, Stanley and Blackhawk hand tools; a red Harbor Freight air compressor, a black 2-ton floor jack with a yellow handle, a black plastic tub with a silver lid containing 3 2” ratchet straps, a Black and Decker grinder, Skill Sawzall, Skill circular saw and a few other misc. items.  Also missing was a pair of jumper cables with a built in voltage tester.   (1/3/18)

HOME BROKEN INTO ON HIGHWAY 352
Franklin County Deputy Levi White responded to the 1500 block of Highway 352 to report of a possible break in.   Briana Lamb reported she arrived home that evening to find that her front door was standing open and the door lock plate was loose, there was also a slight crack where the plate screws were located.   Nothing appeared to be missing from the home.  The report was filed on Tuesday Dec. 26th.  (1/3/18

THEFT OF PROPERTY IN ALTUS
Corporal Dustin Adair of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the Granny Jacks Daycare on Crumpler Street in Altus December 26th to take a theft report.   Jacky Nunnelee reported that 2 Angeles My Rider trikes had been taken from the fenced area of the business.   The reported value of the property was listed at $300.  The two trikes had been seen at the property on the 21st.  (1/3/18)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING AT WALMART
Clarksville Police were called to Wal-Mart on December 16th after security spotted Andrea Areola running from the store, she had been banned from the store in the past.   Areola left behind a cart she had been pushing in the store, it contained smart phone and an AR license belonging to Areola.  (1/3/18)
  


LAMAR COACH ARRESTED FOR DWI DRIVING SCHOOL BUS
Kevin Kyzer, 51, of Knoxville, Arkansas (Johnson County) was arrested by Arkansas State Troopers yesterday (Friday, December 29, 2017).  He is charged with driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a minor.  Kyzer was incarcerated by state troopers at the Franklin County Detention Center.
 State troopers were notified shortly after 5 PM that Kyzer was suspected of being intoxicated and driving a Lamar School Bus with children onboard.  The bus was located about 5:30 PM by troopers east of Altus where Kyzer was taken into custody without incident.  Lamar school officials arrived at the scene and made arrangements to transport nine children to Lamar.   (12/30/17)


  
ATTEMPTED SCAM
On December 8th, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Michelle Thompson in reference to a possible scam.   She advised that she had responded to an online ad about getting a vehicle wrap done.   The instructions directed her to cash a check that had sent to her and mail a portion of the money back to them in Texas.   When she checked the validity of the check with the bank, she was told it was not a valid check.  The information was all turned over to the Sheriff’s Department.  (12/29/17)

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY AND THEFT AT THE LANDIFLL
Johnson County Deputy Joel Ostendorf received a report of a burglary at 1000 CR 3311 at the Landfill on December 15th at 6:45am.  An employee arrived at work that morning to find that the front door was open and the hasp for the lock was pried off the office door.  The items stolen from the office included a six pack of Mountain Dew, a six pack of Pepsi and two sets of keys.  (12/29/17)

FIREARM THEFT REPORTED ON FAIRVIEW ROAD
Franklin County Corporal Dustin Adair was dispatched to Fairview Road near Mulberry in reference to a theft of property on December 20th, to the home of Tony Dunn.   Dunn advised that during the previous night someone had broken into a camper through a rear window and had taken a Montgomery Ward brand 22 caliber bolt action rifle and a bottle of prescription Valium pills.   The stolen rifle had a wood stock and black barrel.   The value of the gun was listed at $200.  (12/29/17)

VEHICLE VANDALIZED IN ALTUS
On December 21st, Jonathan Trotter filed a report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department after discovering the sidewall of the rear driver’s side tire on his 2008 Scion had been cut.   Trotter advised that he had not driven the vehicle for about 2 weeks and that it could have happened anytime during that 2 week period.  (12/29/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY 
Patrolman Ibonn Roman-Murillo was dispatched to the Quality Inn Room #224 on December 15th for a theft report.  Appalonia Sims advised that someone had taken the Dealer Tag from her 2014 Red Honda Pilot.   The report indicated there was a possible person of interest, but they could not be located at the time of the report.  (12/29/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
Kelsey Pruitt of Clarksville reported that her vehicle was broken into and her purse stolen while she was doing a photo shoot at the Bona Dea Trail in Russellville on December 16th.  It was then later learned that a credit card from her purse had been used at Casey’s General Store in Clarksville for a $15 purchase.   The purchase was for motor fuel and was paid for at the pump, the suspect never entered the store .   (12/29/17)
  
  
REPORT OF FIGHT AT LOVES IN OZARK
On Wednesday 12-20-17 at approximately 1730 Officer Warren was dispatched to Love’s Store to the area of the diesel pumps for a physical altercation between two truck drivers.  One of the drivers said the other driver cut in front of him to get diesel.  The two drivers got into a fight.  Both drivers were cited for battery 3rd and release.  Both drivers were treated for minor injuries by Franklin County EMS and Ozark first Responders.  (12/28/17)

2 MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP
Franklin County authorities report the arrest of 23 year old Robert Ratcliff of Ozark and 46 year old John Soto of Altus on drug related charges following a traffic stop at 3rd and Yates in Ozark on Tuesday December 19th.   Ratcliff was the driver of the vehicle and his driver’s license was suspended and he was also had an active warrant out for his arrest.  A search of the vehicle resulted in a small white round pill being found in the passenger side door compartment; both occupants denied ownership of the pill.    Both Soto and Ratcliff were arrested, Ratcliff for defective equipment, possession of controlled substance and driving while license suspended, Soto was arrested for possession of controlled substance and permitting unauthorized person to drive.   Both were transported to the Franklin County Detention Center.  (12/28/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
On December 13th, Johnson County Deputy Aaron Einert was dispatched to the 6000 block of Highway 352 in reference to a theft of property.    Scott Brown reported the theft of a Dewalt cordless drill from a shed on his property.   No dollar amount was given for the value of the drill.  (12/28/17)

VEHICLE FIRE
Scotty Keene contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on December 19th to file a report after finding his vehicle had caught fire.   Keene reported that the had left his 2007 Dodge pickup parked at the intersection of Highway 315 and CR1671 on December 19th about 7:30am to go to Russellville.   When he returned about 3pm he discovered that the truck had caught fire and burnt the dash area and cracked the windshield.   The fire was out when he arrived back at his vehicle.  (12/28/17)

HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT ON AZALEA DRIVE
Kendra Baugus who lives in the 1400 block of Azalea Drive reported that her vehicle had been hit and the passenger side mirror knocked off sometime during the night.  The vehicle was a 2006 Pontiac Grand Am.  (12/28/17)
IDENTITY THEFT   Maria Torres of Clarksville filed a report with Clarksville Police on December 15th after finding her identity was being used by a subject in Georgia.  Ms. Torres found the problem when attempting to receive unemployment after she was laid off from Hanes Brand.  (12/28/17)

INMATE TRANSPORTED TO JRMC
An inmate in the detox cell of the Johnson County Detention Center was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center on December 16th after stabbing himself in the wrist with a metal object.  The inmate, Jesse McCarver, was transported by EMS to the hospital for treatment and then released back to the detention center.  (12/28/17)
  
  
ATTENTION LOGAN COUNTY CITIZENS:
The Logan County Sheriff's Office will be out in force again this New Year's Eve in an effort to help keep the public safe!
The Sheriff’s Office will be conducting "Operation Home Safe" again this year assisting anyone who finds themselves in no condition to drive, and needing a safe way home!
“We had much rather assist you in getting home safely by providing you a ride, than having to arrest you, write you tickets, or work an accident and have to notify your next of kin” according to Sheriff Boyd Hicks! Please don't drink and drive!
If you find yourself needing a ride home on New Year's Eve call 479-963-3271for the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.
If you would like to assist in this endeavor and are a licensed driver who will not be drinking on New Years Eve, please contact the Sheriff’s Department with your name, location and phone number to add to the list. This list of volunteers will be given to Deputies and Dispatchers to help get folks home safely.
Male and female drivers who need to be available from 9:00 pm on December 31st to noon on January 1st, 2018. “We have successfully provided rides home the past few years and possibly saved lives! Thank you in advance for assisting us in "Operation Home Safe". Together we can make a difference!”  - Sheriff Hicks
  



STRUCTURE FIRE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Several Rural Fire Departments were called to a structure fire on Highway 23 south near Council Road in Franklin County this morning (Wednesday 12/27) at 4:00am. The structure was a shopbuilding containing two vehicles, a boat, tools and other items. Reports from the scene indicated that at least one of the vehicles had exploded in the fire. South Ozark, Oak Bend Etna and Ratcliff Fire Departments were among those on the scene along with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. No one was reported to be injured and there was no information available as to who the owner of the property was as of this morning. The address of the fire was 9328 South Highway 23.  Cause of the fire is unkown.   (12/28/17)
  
THEFT OF PROPERTY NEAR OZONE
Johnson County authorities were contacted by Robert Kyzer of Conway who owns property off of CR5560 near Ozone in reference to a theft of property report.   Mr. Kyzer reported that sometime between Nov. 7th and Dec. 8th, someone had cut the lock on the gate leading into the property and had stolen two game camera’s.   The total value of the camera’s was listed at $300.  (12/28/17)

FIREARM THEFT
Brent Brown Jr. filed a report with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on December 13th of the theft of a firearm.   Brown reported that he had accidentally left the firearm in the Spadra Bottoms and when he realized that he had left the gun a few days later he went back to get it and it was gone.   The gun was a Stoeger P-3500 12 gauge shotgun valued at $369.  (12/28/17)

FC WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER REPORT OF A FIRE
On December 13th, Franklin County Deputy Travis Ball responded to the area of Shelby Lane in reference to someone illegally burning, a burn ban was in effect at the time.   Deputy ball arrived at the property and saw smoke coming from around the top of a shop building with a female subject standing at the door looking inside.  When the female saw Deputy Ball she shut the door and quickly ran into a nearby camper.   Deputy Ball had the fire department dispatched to the scene and then went to the camper to make contact with the female later identified as Janeen Mansion.   Mansion exited the camper and began yelling at Deputy Ball and appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants.   Deputy Bball informed Mansion that she could not burn due to a burn ban that was in effect.  Mansion continued to yell at Deputy Ball and would not cooperate, Deputy Ball then attempted to arrest Mansion but she resisted and at one point drew back as though to hit Deputy Ball.   Mansion was taken into custody and transported to the Franklin County Detention Center for reckless burning, a felony charge, along with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental operations.   The report shows that the fire was located towards the back of the inside of a shop building.  There were several propane tanks and a vehicle inside the building.  It was learned that the owner of the property was the late David Smith, his son Joshua Smith said that his father had allowed Ms. Mansion to stay at the property before his death.  (12/28/17)

SHOPLIFTING AT HARPS
Harps in Clarksville contacted the Clarksville Police Department to advise of a shoplifter that had been in the store.   Video showed a Gayland Holman take a small container of milk and conceal it in is jacket, he then filled up a fountain drink and drank it while walking around the store and did not pay for either before exiting the store.  Holman was confronted by Sgt. Arron Arnold and was banned from the store.  (12/28/17)

MAILBOX DAMAGED ON HIGHWAY 352
Bill Townsend filed a report with the Clarksville Police Department on December 18th after someone had damaged his mailbox in the 2600 block of Highway 352.   It appeared the mailbox had been hit with a blunt object.  Damage was estimated at $50.  (12/28/17)
  

NEW PROVOST NAMED AT UofO
University of the Ozarks President Richard Dunsworth announced the appointment of Alyson A. Gill as the university’s new provost Friday.
Currently the associate provost for instructional innovation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Gill will begin her new duties at UofO on Feb. 1. She replaces Travis Feezell, who left UofO in 2017 to accept the presidency at Hastings College in Nebraska.
As the chief academic officer at UofO, Gill will oversee all academic functions of the university, including the four divisions, the Jones Learning Center and Student Support Services. She will also provide senior leadership in the areas of accreditation and assessment.
The six-month, nationwide search drew 76 applicants, according to Steve Oatis, dean of the Division of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication and chair of the search committee. The committee narrowed the pool of candidates to eight for video interviews and three finalists were chosen for on-campus interviews.  (12/28/17)
  
MORE DETAIL RELEASED IN DEATH OF 2 YEAR OLD
The man arrested on suspicion of the death of a 2-year-old boy and an explosion at a Paris residence told Arkansas State Police that the child died inside the residence before the explosion took place.
Ricky Carter, 27, of Logan County told State Police investigators that he ignited the gas explosion in the residence, 1704 S. Elm St., to cover up the death of Ryatt Reese. Carter said Reese died inside the residence between 12:30 and 12:40 a.m. The fire that stemmed from the gas explosion was called in at 4:26 a.m. — nearly four hours after Reese’s death.
Carter, remained in custody in the Logan County Jail on a of $1 million.  Carter reportedly grabbed Reese by his ankles and pulled him toward a bed he was sitting on after Reese threw up twice in his room. Carter told State Police that Reese “fell back onto his head and began to shake” after he was pulled.
The doctor performing Reese’s autopsy at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory told investigators that Reese’s death was a homicide caused by traumatic abdomen and head injuries.
Carter told State Police that he attempted CPR on Reese “for a long time.” He said he “did not know what to do” and decided to place Reese on the bed and turn on the gas at the rear of the residence, Carter said he let the gas run for about 45 minutes and then ignited his lighter in the residence’s kitchen the subsequent fire was called in as a loud noise in the South Elm Street area, Carter and a Paris police officer carried Reese and three other children out of the residence. Reese was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Reese and the Paris officer also transported three other children from the residence without injury.  (12/27/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON HIGHWAY 288
Kim Brahler contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday December 16th after discovering a home she owns on Highway 288 had been broken into.   Someone had gained access to the home and had broken a lamp and damaged a Christmas tree and other items.   The report estimated the damage at between $100 and $200.   It also showed there is a possible suspect.  (12/27/17)

TRAILER STOLEN FROM JC BUSINESS RECOVERED
2 16’ dual axle utility trailers that were stolen from A2B Trailers were recovered in Flat Rock.   The trailers were stolen from Josh and Aimee Peterson on Saturday morning December 23rd.   The trailers were recovered on Monday, the investigation is ongoing into the theft and the search also continues for the suspect who is believed to be responsible.    (12/26/17)

VEHICLE REPORTED DAMAGED IN THE WALMART PARKING LOT
Joseph Snowman contacted the Clarksville Police Department on December 18th to file a report of his vehicle being damaged.   Mr. Snowman stated that the vehicle was parked in the east parking lot by the garden center on 12/17 between 2pm and 5pm and when he returned to the vehicle there as a long scratch on the trunk of the vehicle.  (12/27/17)
  
ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF 2 YEAR OLD IN PARIS
Ricky Carter, 27, of Logan County has been arrested and is being held at the Logan County Detention Center on charges of 1st degree murder and arson in connection with an investigation being lead by Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.
   The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division was requested to investigate the death of a two year old child, after the Paris Police Department responded to a loud noise complaint that occurred yesterday morning (December 21st) in the area of South Elm Street, in the Paris city limits. 
   When officers arrived in the area, they noticed a residence, 1704 South Elm Street, on fire. 
   A Paris Police Officer entered the residence and assisted Ricky Carter, who was staying at the residence,  with carrying four minor children out of the burning home. Carter, along with three of the children were not injured. 
   The two year old child was transported to a local hospital, and pronounced deceased. The body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine manner and cause of death. 
   Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting the investigation with assistance from the ASP Fire Marshal’s Section, the ASP Crimes against Children Division (CACD), the Paris Police Department and the Paris Fire Department.  
   The investigation is continuing.   (12/22/17)

  
SUSPECT FLEES FC DEPUTY
Franklin County Deputy David Nichols reported that he was on routine patrol in the area of Jennie Road on Saturday December 16th about 10:43pm when he observed a motorcycle emerge from the tree line on the east side of the road.   The motorcycle crossed Jennie Road and pulled into a residence.  Deputy Nichols pulled into the driveway and activated his emergency lights.  The operator of the motorcycle was seen to be a Robert Krachey who went into the resdince.   Deputy Nichols jogged around to the back of the home to find the door open, Deputy Nichols announced himself and asked if anyone was inside.  The owner of the property, Bobby Jean presented himself but said that no one had entered the home.   When asked again he admitted that Krachey had run through the home and exited through the back door.   Deputy Nichols searched the area but could not locate Krachey.   The motorcycle, a black Suzuki Savage, was towed from the scene.   As Deputy Nichols left the scene he was notified that Krachey was calling the Sheriff’s Office wanting to speak to Deputy Nichols.   The report shows that Deputy Nichols talked with Krachey on the phone and that he was belligerent with slurred vulgar speech.  (12/22/17)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
A 34 year old Lonnie J Banhkead was arrested on Wednesday July 20th for aggravated assault of a family or household member after Clarksville Police were contacted by Johnson Regional Medical Center EMS in reference to an unresponsive female that was being transported to the hospital.  The 34 year old white female was found lying on the ground at Bright Harvest by an employee arriving for work.   The employee said they saw a vehicle pull away from the parking lot and then saw the female laying on the ground.  The driver of the vehicle was determined to be Lonnie Banhkead.   Bankead was located by law enforcement and questioned in regards to the female.  Bankhead claimed she had drank a large amount of alcohol that morning before going to work and that she was sitting up when he dropped her off at work.  Video surveillance showed Bankhead arrive at the parking lot and walk around to the passenger side of the vehicle and pull the female from the vehicle by her arm and neck and drop her in the parking lot and then leave.   It appeared the female was unconscious at the time.   The incident occurred on the 19th.  (12/22/27)
  
BABY DIES IN HOME EXPLOSION
A 2 year old boy is reported to have died after an explosion occurred at the house he was in about 4:20am Thursday morning in the 1700 block of South Elm Street in Paris.  Authorities report that 5 people were in the house at the time of the explosion, possible caused by a gas leak.  The adult male and the three other children were pulled from the home uninjured, but the 2 year old male was died after being transported to a local hospital.   The identity of those involved has not been released.  The adult male was said to be a boyfriend of the mother of the children who was at work at the time.   The Arkansas State Police is handling the investigation.  (12/22/17)

  BREAKING OR ENTERING AND THEFT
Franklin County authorities were called to South Roseville Street in Altus on December 6th to report of a break-in and theft.   Martha Moore reported the incident and said that she had been renting the property to a male and female subject and that on December 2nd they had been served an eviction notice.   On the 6th when Ms. Moore went to the property she found that two conex containers that were located in front of the home and had been locked were no longer locked but had been broken into and several items taken.   Among some of the items stolen included a 6’ tall man of armor, 14 McCoy cookie jars and a container of reloaded ammo.   Total value of the stolen property was in excess of $5,600.   The report shows there are two possible suspects.   (12/21/17)

HARTMAN MAN ARRESTED PASSED OUT IN VEHICLE
Deputy Corey Yarbrough of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at 3am on December 9th of an unresponsive male subject slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle on Highway 109.   The subject was identified as Adrian Pina.  Several field sobriety test were conducted with Pina leading Deputy Yarbrough to believe he was under the influence of an intoxicant.   The vehicle was towed from the scene and Pina was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for Public Intoxication.  (12/21/17)
  
  
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN MULBERRY TUESDAY
Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated an officer involved shooting in Mulberry on Tuesday morning.   The incident occurred at around 11:30am when a Mulberry Police Officer responded to the area in regards to a call from the Sunoco gas station of a theft..   The Mulberry Officer went to the apartments a block from the gas station at 100 Reynolds Street and encountered the suspect who pulled a weapon and did not comply with the officer’s orders.   The officer radioed in that he had been involved in a shooting at 11:30am.   The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been turned over the Prosecuting Attorney.   Identity of those involved has not been released and according the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, will not be released until next week.   The officer involved has been placed on administrative duties.  (12/20/17)

ABANDONED VEHICLE ON I-40
On December 6th Deputy Nathan Warren of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report at the 50 mile marker of I-40 of a female attempting to flag down passing vehicles.   As Deputy Warren was responding he noticed a passenger car and a tractor trailer on the side of the road both with their flashers on.   Deputy Warren proceeded to the next area to turn around and proceeded to where the vehicle’s had been seen.   When he arrived, the tractor trailer was gone and the passenger car was still their with it’s lights still on but no one around the vehicle which was locked.   Deputy Warren could see some open alcohol cans inside the vehicle which returned to a Venus Johnson out of Little Rock.  The vehicle was parked in an unsafe position and was towed from the scene and impounded until a driver could be identified and located.  (12/20/17)