LOCAL NEWS​​

  
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)
  
  
MISSING PERSON REPORT
On Sunday December 17th, Franklin County Deputy Dustin Adair took a report of a missing person.   Michael A Dunn of Charleston reported that his son Michael A Dunn of Charleston had taken his 2012 red Nissan Sentra on Friday December 15th about 9am and has not been heard from since.  Mr. Dunn stated that his son said he would be right back before he left the residence near Charleston.  The report indicates that Michael A Dunn could be in the Booneville area but at the time of the report had not yet been located.   Anyone with information is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 667-4127.   (12/19/17)
  

BURN BANS LIFTED FOR JOHNSON,  LOGAN, CRAWFORD. SCOTT, YELL, SEBASTIAN AND FRANKLIN COUNTY

  
STOLEN ATV RECOVERED FOLLOWING PURSUIT
A three wheel ATV reported stolen out of Ozark was recovered by Johnson County authorities on December 14th following a pursuit.   Corporal Chris Brownlow was on patrol when he noticed an ATV traveling south on Highway 103 impeding the flow of traffic.  Corporal Brownlow initiated his lights and siren to conduct a stop but the ATV driver did not notice, the Corporal Brownlow sounded his air horn at which time the driver looked back and then accelerated turning into a drive way at the corner of Ray Road and Highway 103 traveling through the yard of several residence.   Corporal Brownlow pursued in his vehicle to the edge of a wooded area in the 800 block of Ray Road where the subject jumped from the ATV and fled on foot into the woods.  While fleeing, the suspect tripped and fell and then tried to hide behind a tree, Corporal Brownlow ordered the suspect to show his hands but the suspect refused to follow instructions resulting in Corporal Brownlow discharging his tazer striking the suspect who fell to the ground and was then taken into custody.   The subject had a book bag that contained two bottles of prescription medications that were not labeled, a metal grinding device and a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.   The VIN for the ATV was checked and it was found to be stolen out of Ozark.  The subject was identified as Brian White who also had warrants for his arrest out of Coal Hill and Clarksville Police Departments.   White was transported back to the Johnson County Detention Center where he was booked in on multiple charges including driving on suspended, careless driving, no proof insurance, impeding the flow of traffic, fleeing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of prescription medication without a prescription.   Brian White is a 21 year old white male of Clarksville.   (12/18/17)
  
  
SUBJECT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
Paris Police conducted a traffic stop over the weekend for a minor traffic violation that lead to a felony drug arrest.   During the traffic investigation, the officer was able to gain consent to search the vehicle resulting in the seizure of over 2 grams of suspected meth and about 5 grams of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia.   The subject was arrested and is facing felony charges, the subject was booked into the Logan County Detention Center.   Arrests records from the Logan County Detention Center show that a 30 year old Brennan Burks was arrested on Friday for possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  (12/18/17)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ON HIGHWAY 41 NEAR CHARLESTON
On Thursday December 14th, Franklin County Deputy Johnathan Anderson was dispatched to the 7700 block of Highway 41 North near Charleston in reference to a prowler.   Michael Law reported that about 5:30am his mother contacted him due to someone ringing her doorbell.  As Mr. Law was leaving his residence he noticed the interior light of his vehicle fading as though someone had been inside the vehicle.    He checked the area but did not locate anyone.  Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.   (12/18/17)
  



FIRE CALL ON THURSDAY
Altus Rural Fire Department was dispatched to report of a fire at 12:06p on Thursday December 14th at 822 East Denning in Denning.   The Fire Department arrived to find about an acre of grass on fire.   The occupant of the property, Mark Chesley, had been burning trash in a barrel when the fire spread to the brush around it.  No structures were lost and the Altus Rural Fire Department was on scene about an hour.   The landowner was Jeri Butler.   As authorities were leaving that location another resident at 503 Cherry Street was observed burning trash in a barrel.   Resident’s of the River Valley are reminded that a Burn Ban is in effect for the entire listening area.   (12/15/17)
  
  
THEFT REPORT
On December 11th, Kevin Olinger contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to file a theft report.   Olinger reported that the Arkansas License plate had been stolen from his 1998 Ford Mustang.   Mr. Olinger’s home is located in the 2400 block of Highway 64.  (12/15/17)

CLARKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT CHARGES
Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted just after 10pm on December 11th after Altus Police spotted what they suspected was a narcotic transaction  at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altus.    A female identified as Jessica Cowan of Clarksville.    Cowan was questioned as to what she was doing at the overlook that time of night and she advised she was just enjoying the view.   It was found that she had an active warrant out of the Ozark Police Department.    A wrecker was called and Cowan’s vehicle was inventoried.   A backpack was located in the back floor board that contained four packages of medication baring the name of an individual in the Clarksville Retirement Center.   Sheriff’s Department contacted the retirement center to see the status of the name on the bottle.   It was determined that Cowan did not have any reason to have possession of the bottle.  Cowan was transported to the Franklin County Detention Center for driving while license suspended, theft by receiving and felony fraud.  (12/15/17)

MOTOR FUEL THEFT FROM CASEY’S GENERAL STORE
Clarksville Police were dispatched to Casey’s General Store to take a report of a motor fuel theft.   An unknown vehicle pulled up to the fuel pump and took $10 of fuel and then drove off.   No other info was available in regards to the suspect vehicle.  (12/15/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
Clarksville Police were contacted on December 12th to take a theft report.   Alexander Chenowith of Clarksville reported that his Playstatino 4 was stolen from his house in the 800 block of Vine Street.   Chenowith advised that he was in Russellville at the time of the incident.   The report shows that the Playstation 4 was owned by Aarons and being rented by Chenowith.  He was also renting a TV and games, none of which were taken in the theft.   The property where the theft is reported to have occurred is located in the 800 block of Vine Street.  (12/15/17)
  
FRANKLIN COUNTY WOMAN KILLED IN FIRE
A 30 year old Franklin County woman died in a structure fire north of Charleston Friday morning December 8th.   The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a call just after 7:30am of a trailer house on fire and that there were still people inside.   The caller was one of the occupants of the home, a male subject, who escaped the burning home and ran to a relative’s house to call 911.   Another female inside the home was also able to escape, but one other female was found dead inside the home.    The male subject was airlifted to UAMS in Little Rock for treatment including treatment for smoke inhalation.   The female was also transported by ambulance to an area hospital   The cause of the fire is not known, the investigation into the fire is ongoing and the identity of those involved is not being released at this time.  (12/8/17)
  FIRE CALL IN OZONE​​
On December 3rd, Johnson County Deputy Corey Yarbrough was dispatched to a possible arson investigation in the 7000 block of CR 4490 in Ozone at 1:30am.   When Deputy Yarbrough arrived he observed several fire units already on scene.   Herla Mullins of Ozone told Deputy Yarbrough that he heard what he thought was a gun shot outside his residence, when he looked outside he noticed a fire on the west side of the residence and also noticed his vehicle was on fire. There were three vehicles damaged a Ford F150 pickup, a Dodge Dakota and a Mercy Mesquite.   All three owned by Mullins who had full coverage on two of the three vehicles.   A cause of the fire was not determined.  (12/8/17)

SHOPLIFTER AT WALMART
On November 25th Clarksville Cpl. Kenneth Kennedy was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting incident.  One person was arrested and two were ban from the store after a Leah Tyler of Van Buren age 25 was caught by security attempting to steal several items from the store.   Tyler was accompanied by a 27 year old Logan Dougan of Clarksville.   Both were ban from the store and Tyler was arrested for criminal trespassing and shoplifting.  The items she had taken included 2 sets of earbuds, 2 Aux cables, some clothing and a radio.   Total value of the stolen property was $164.  (12/8/27)

OZARK MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHORT PURSUIT
On Saturday December 2nd Deputy Travis Ball with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an intoxicated male driver in a silver sports car that had an accident and was traveling south on 7th Street.   Deputy Ball was traveling across the Arkansas River Bridge southbound when he spotted the suspect vehicle southbound on Highway 23, the vehicle made a U turn in the highway and started back northbound.  As the vehicle approached Balls vehicle, the driver swerved toward’s Ball’s vehicle forcing Ball onto the shoulder to avoid contact.   Ball then pursued the vehicle north across the bridge where the vehicle pulled onto Main and ran off the road.  The driver, Jacob Eversole age 37 of Ozark was arrested at the scene and transported to the Franklin County Detention Center for disorderly conduct, DWI, aggravated assault, refusal to submit, reckless driving, failure to stop for emergency vehicle and 3rd degree assault.   It was learned after the arrest that Eversole had grabbed the arm of a car hop at Sonic and tried to pull her into the car with him.    While at the Detention Center Eversole refused to cooperate urinating in the floor of the booking room, he flooded the cell he was in by flushing his jail uniform down the toilet.  The flooding affected other cells and the kitchen area.   Eversole had to be restrained by jailers. Eversole was charged with a felony of impairing the operation of a vital public facility. (12/8/17)
  
  
HARTMAN MAN ADMITS TO SHOOTING FC WOMAN
Franklin County Investigator Jeff Wood tells True Country News that 22 year old Johnathan James Beavers of Hartman admitted Wednesday to shooting a Franklin County Woman back on Oct. 26th.   As was earlier reported here on KLYR / KDYN, a Shawna Sturdivant was shot in the leg while sitting in the passenger seat of a car in the parking lot of the Wiederkher Bistro off of I-40 at the 41 mile marker.    Beavers is being held in the Johnson County Detention Center on unrelated charges and was questioned by Wood on Wednesday.   Beavers admitted to shooting at the vehicle that Sturdivant was in.   Sturdivant was transported to the hospital in Ozark by Franklin County EMS and then airlifted to Mercy Fort Smith for further treatment.   Wood said that the shooting stemmed from a drug related incident and that Sturdivant was a passenger in the vehicle  of one of the subjects believed involved.   Beavers is facing charges of aggravated assault and 1st degree battery, both felonies.  (12/7/17)
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CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND TRESPASSING REPROTED ON WEST CREEK ROAD
Tammy Stafford filed a report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday December 3rd after finding someone had broken into and vandalized property she owns on West Creek Road.   It appeared the back door to the structure had been kicked open to gain access.   Nothing appeared to be missing but someone had gone through the rooms going through items and breaking windows.   No one had lived in the property for over 15 years.  The damage to the structure was estimated at $150.  The incident occurred sometime between Thanksgiving and December 3rd.  (12/7/17)
  
  



SILVER ALERT ISSUED BY CLARKSVILLE POLICE
Clarksville Police issued a Silver Alert on Wednesday December 6th for Rolinda Charlene McNeil, a white female 5’6” tall 150 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.  McNeil was last seen in Clarksville on December 4th at 1am at the Clarksville Retirement Center.   Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Jeb Clark with the Clarksville Police Department at 754-8100.  (12/7/17)
  
  
CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED
Clarksville Police confirm that Jesse Earl McCarver was arrested on December 2nd for failing to register as a sex offender – felony.   Clarksville Police had requested the public’s help in locating McCarver after he failed to register.  (12/5/17)

VEHICLE ABANDONED AFTER ACCIDENT
On Saturday November 25th  Cpl. Jacob Boen of the Clarksville Police Department responded to report of a possible motor vehicle accident near the intersection of AR103 and CR3411.   At the scene a 2000 Ford Expedition was located abandoned with the interior light on and the door partially open.   The vehicle had heavy front end damage and it appeared the license plate was removed.  The VIN showed the vehicle belonged to a Soribel Baza of Waldron.   The vehicle was towed and impounded until an owner could be located.   The next day Attorney Whit Hyman contacted Police in reference to the accident and the report shows that the vehicle was then released.   No other details were released.   (12/5/17)

DOMESTIC BATTERY REPORTED ON HICKORY RIDGE ROAD
On Wednesday November 29th, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a domestic battery that occurred on Hickory Ridge Road.   Deputies arrived at the scene and made contact with the victim, Julie Wyers of Mulberry who reported that her husband Jason Wyers had been hitting her.   Jason was still inside the house and was taken into custody without incident for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.    Julie Wyers reported that two got into an argument Monday night and that he had hit her for hours and that she went to the hospital for a concussion.  Another incident occurred on the morning of the 29th which was phoned in to 911.    (12/5/17)

FELONY DRUG ARREST
Franklin County authorities report that 34 year old Racheal Lanee Miller of Ozark was arrested on December 1st on a felony warrant.   Miller was arrested on a felony Bench Warrant for two counts of delivery of meth or cocaine and transported to the Franklin County Detention Center.  The arrest occurred at a residence in the 1700 block of Upper Jethro Road.   (12/5/17)

  
TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST
On December 3rd a Paris PD officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor violation. During the traffic investigation, the officer conducted a search of the vehicle given the driver showed to be on parole with a search waiver on file.
During the search of the vehicle the officer located a bag containing a crystal substance weighing 66.3 grams. The officer also located a set of digital scales and packing bags. There was also a sum of money seized pending a civil forfeiture. The male subject was transported to the Logan County Jail on several felony charges.   Arrests record show that a Thaibiti Bradley age 37 was arrested for possession of prohibited weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal use of communication device, habitual offender and enhancement near certain facility.   (12/5/17)
  
  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CALL ON JENNIE ROAD
Franklin County Deputies responded to a report of a physical domestic disturbance on Jennie Road near Ozark on November 23rd about 4:30pm.  The altercation was reported to be between a father and son.  While deputies were responding they learned that the victim was now in Ozark at a residence and no longer at the scene.    A Deputy then went to the residence in Ozark and met with the victim, Michael Harris Jr. , who stated that he went to his fathers home on Jennie Road for Thanksgiving and that while he was there he and his father got into an argument during which his father used a metal pipe to strike him and his vehicle.   Jones was hit in the leg with the pipe.   Jones said that he did not wish to pursue charges.   Jones’s Father Michael Jones was also questioned and said that no battery had taken place, only a verbal argument.   No pipe could be located at the scene.    (12/4/17)

VEHICLE VANDALIZED ON NORTH COLLEGE
Clarksville Police Officer Trenton Wood was dispatched to a report in the 1100 block of North College on Wednesday November 29th.   Stacey Rivas reported that the back window of her 2012 Ford Fusion had been busted out.  She was at a friend’s house on North College when the damage occurred.  (12/4/17)

VEHICLE VANDALIZED ON LUCAS STREET
Slade Middleton contacted the Clarksville Police Department on Tuesday November 28th after discovering that the front window of his 1989 Chevy truck had been busted out.   The damage was estimated at $200.   The truck was parked in the 400 block of Lucas Street at the time of the incident.  (12/4/17)
  THEFT OF PROPERTY
Ray Dezafra of Clarksville filed a theft report on November 17th with Clarksville Police.   Dezafra said that he had connected his phone to charge outside the building by the Johnson County Senior Activity Center on Oakland Street and had been away from the area for a moment and that when he came back the phone was gone.   The phone was a black and white  Alcatel phone value at $65.  (12/1/17)

MARIJUANA FOUND IN VEHICLE AT ACCIDENT SCENE
Clarksville Police were on scene of a non-injury accident on November 16th when a strong odor of marijuana was noticed coming from inside the vehicle.   The driver, Humberto Lopez of Clarksville questioned and admitted to having a small amount of marijuana which was located under the floor mat in on the driver’s side floor board of the vehicle.   Lopez was cited for possession of controlled substance. (12/1/17)

BARLING MAN INJURED IN MVA IN CLARKSVILLE
Deaven Weaver of Barling age 24 was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup traveling north on Crawford Street on Thursday November 23rd about 2:30pm when he lost control of his vehicle leaving the road on the right side, Weaver then over corrected crossing the roadway causing the vehicle to overturn coming to rest on it’s side on the west side of the roadway in a field.   Weaver was transported by Johnson County ambulance to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of possible injuries.  Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000.   Weaver was cited for DWI and failure to maintain control of vehicle.   (12/1/17)

DRONE STOLEN
Ryan Alston filed a report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Friday November 24th to file a theft report.  Alston advised that a drone valued at $500 had been stolen from his father’s house.  The Drone belonged to Alston and he had last seen it about a month ago.  The report shows there are a couple of possible suspects.  (12/1/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF IN ALTUS
Charles Turner filed a report of criminal mischief with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on November 20th in reference to a Bobcat and truck being vandalized.   Charles stated that the fuel line, battery cables and hydraulic lines had been cut on the Bob Cat and that the driver’s side window had been busted on a truck at the same location.  No dollar amount was given for the damage but the report indicates there is a possible suspect.  (12/1/17)

FENCE DAMAGE IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Franklin County authorities were called to property on Highway 41 owned by Joe Burton to take a report of a fence being damaged from a vehicle accident.   On Thursday November 16th Burton reported discovering that his fence had been damaged.   A neighbor reported hearing the crash the night before and looked out to see a vehicle driving through Burton’s pasture in an attempt to get back to the road.   Some evidence was gathered at the scene.  (12/1/17)







BURN BANS IN EFFECT FOR:   Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison and Yell County here in the River Valley until further notice.
  
CLARKSVILLE RESIDENT INJURED IN MVA
Clarksville Police responded to a two vehicle injury accident on Friday Nov. 24th at 6:13pm at the intersection of Rogers and Jamestown Roads in Clarksville.   Karena Moores of Coal Hill age 33 was driving a 2009 Pontiac G8 traveling south on Rogers Street and waiting for her turn to turn into Market Street when she started to turn and failed to yield to a 1999 Lexus LS driven by Vanessa Gaitskell of Clarksville age 43 that was traveling north on Rogers causing the two vehicles to collide.   Gaitskell was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of incapacitating injuries.   Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the Gaitskell vehicle and $2,000 to the Morres vehicle.  (11/30/17)

POSSIBLE ARSON FIRE ON KIRK ROAD IN ALTUS
Authorities were called to a large grassland fire on Kirk Road near the Arkansas River Monday November 27th at 3pm.  Altus Rural and the Forestry Commission were on scene when Franklin County Sheriff’s Department personnel arrived on the scene.  The Fire Department reported that the believed cause of the fire was arson.  The report shows that a dark colored SUV was seen coming from the area where the fire started, it also includes the identity of a possible suspect.  There was no report of any structures being damaged.  The fire showed to be on property owned by the US Army Corp of Engineers.  (11/30/17)

MISSING PERSON REPORT
On Sunday November 26th the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Vickie Perry of Texas who wanted to file a report of her brother missing.  The missing person was identified as Johnny Tye age 58 of Branch, Tye is 5’9” 145lbs with Hazel eyes and a slender build with straight gray hair.  Perry advised the Tyes had come to her house unexpectedly on Saturday Nov. 25th and said he was looking for his son.   Tye was only there for about an hour and then left.  Perry advised that she had not been able to get in contact with him since and that he might be driving a 2000 dodge Caravan white in color.  Tye is suffering from stage 3 chest and lung cancer and had been having some issue’s with his mental health from the chemo therapy.  (11/30/17)
  
CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE
Clarksville Police Officer Trenton Wood responded to a report of a male subject passed out in a black Dodge Dakota pickup in the parking lot of the Holy Redeemer Church on November 20th.   Officer Wood arrived and found William Bowman age 22 of Clarksville passed out in the vehicle.   Officer Wood knocked on the window and Mr. Bowman came to, it was noticed he had a glass smoking device with white residue in his hand.  He was asked to exit the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.   He was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for felony possession of drug paraphernalia.  (11/29/17)
THEFT OF PROPERTY AT WALMART IN CLARKSVILLE
Clarksville Officer Corey Ostendorf was dispatched to Walmart in reference to an employee theft.   Upon arrival he met with store security who reported that a customer had accidentally left a $20 bill on one of the self checkout registers and left the store.  A few moments later, Shyrl Freeman, a Walmart employee was in the self checkout area and took the money then placed it on her register.   Later, Freeman took the money and stuck it in her front pocket continued her shift and after her shift left the store without turning the money into a manager.  The incident was caught on video surveillance.   Freeman agreed to meet with police at the Police Station where she admitted to taking the money but said she had meant to give it to a supervisor but forgot.   The report has been turned over to the prosecuting attorney for possible charges.  (11/29/17)

GRASS FIRE ON WIRE ROAD TUESDAY
Authorities were called to a brush fire on Tuesday afternoon during the lunch hour.   The fire was located on Wire Road near Lone Oak Road and burned approximately 32 acres.   No structures were burned how ever the fire did burn up to a couple of homes but all were saved.  No injuries were reported.    Several fire crews also responded to a large wild fire on Fort Chaffee property on Tuesday afternoon and continued to fight the fire into the night.  (11/29/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
On Saturday November 25th, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Renee Patterson of Gentry who wanted to file a theft report.   Patterson reported that she had left her IPhone 7 Plus and her wallet in the bathroom at Turner’s Bend, when she returned to get it the phone was gone.   The report shows that she was able to get the phone back after calling it several times someone answered the phone and returned it to her.  (11/29/17)

IDENTITY FRAUD
Mary Jones of Mulberry contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday November 21st to file a report of possible identity fraud.   Jones reported she received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Social Security Office advising her that they needed some updated information from her.    Ms. Jones gave the caller her information, then after hanging up from the call became uncomfortable and called her bank and credit card companies to change her account info.   Nothing was taken from her accounts.  (11/29/17)
  
9 YEAR OLD BITTEN BY DOG
Clarksville Police received a report on November 19th from Johnson Regional Medical Center of a 9 year old juvenile male being treated at the hospital emergency room for a dog bite.  Investigator Larry Boggs arrived and made contact with the father of the 9 year old, Dustin Guthrie, who advised that his son was playing down the road when he was bit by a pit bull.  The 9 year old had been bitten on the right ear, he was treated and released from the hospital.   The owner of the dog, Sean Ward, was contacted and provided police with the necessary information to send to the Department of Health.  (11/28/17)

CREDIT CARD FRAUD
Brandon Brown of Waldron contacted the Clarksville Police Department on November 20th to file a report of his debit card being compromised at Walmart in Clarksville.   Mr. Brown was at his bank in Mansfield when he called and advised that on Sunday the card was used at the Clarksville Walmart for a $305 transaction that he did not authorize.  (11/28/17)

INJURY ACCIDENT SATURDAY IN OZARK
Ozark Police were called to an injury accident Saturday November 25th at 1:30pm on North 3rd Street at the I-40 Off Ramp.  Dana Bailey age 55 of Little Rock was driving a 2016 Chevy Tahoe and was stopped at the intersection from the Exit 37 Off Ramp when her vehicle was hit from behind by a 2012 Ford pickup driven by Robert Moore of Clarksville age 66.  After impact both vehicles travelled across both lanes of 3rd street and came to rest on the east side of 3rd street.  Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $1,000 to both vehicles, 3 people were reported to be injured.  Moore was transported to Mercy Ozark by Franklin County EMS with non-incapacitating injuries while 2 passengers in the Bailey vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment; 28 year old Jordan Bailey of Little Rock and Sarah Stone age 27 of Little Rock were taken by Ozark Ambulance to Mercy Ozark with non-incapacitating injuries.   (11/28/17)

STALKING REPORT
On November 17th the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Shawn Tyler who lives on Wren Loop near the White Oak Bridge on Highway 64 in reference to a suspicious vehicle.   Mr. Tyler reported that the vehicle had been parked there off and on for about the past 3 weeks.  The vehicle had followed his daughter and wife to town after dark with it’s lights off and on another occasion followed Mr. Tyler to work in Fort Smith.   Mr. Tyler approached the subject to ask what he was doing when he was parked near the bridge and he advised he was monitoring a deer he had released in the area.   The tag given to authorities by Tyler returned to a subject out of Hot Springs.  (11/28/17)
  
THEFT REPORT UPDATED
Back in June of this year, Franklin County authorities were called to the home of Charlie Walker on Highway 23 South to take a theft report.   Mr. Walker was out of town at the time and the report was filed by his relative.   On November 17th, Walker completed a list of the stolen property from his home which included an Airsoft rifle, pressure washer, air compressor, Stihl weed trimmer, Bose sound system, 15 cases of shotgun shells, 30 Nintendo Wii games, 5 Xbox one games, a Nintendo Wii gaming system, Xbox one gaming system, 12 gauge shotgun and a TeeJet matrix guidance system.  The total value of the stolen property was over $6,000.  The property is located in the 3000 block of Highway 23 south.  (11/27/17)
  




ALTUS FIRE DEPARTMENT DISPATCHED TO FIRE CALL FRIDAY
Altus Rural Fire Department was paged out on Friday Nov. 24th at 3:33 pm to 817 Cedar St.in Altus to a fire call.  The Fire Dept. arrived on the scene to half acre grass fire along with a semi-trailer being used for storage on fire.  The fire was contained within a few minutes and fire fighters remained on the scene for an hour.  The owner, David Roberts reported he was burning a trash pile and fire spread quickly into the dry grass that caught the semi trailer on fire. No injuries to report.  The Fire Department had 4 trucks,10 firefighters along with Altus PD and FCEMS. (11/27/17)
  
  
THEFT ANDRESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON BROOK LANE
Joseph Cloos filed a report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on November 13th in reference to a stolen firearm.   Closs advised that a firearm had been stolen from his vehicle and also from his residence.   The property is located in the 1000 block of Brook Lane, Mr. Cloos said he parked the truck at the residence and left it unlocked.   A 40 caliber Smith & Wesson hand gun had been stolen out of the vehicle.   A Marlin model 917 HMR had also been taken from the residence, the rifle was a bolt action with a black synthetic stock and a Nikkon scope.  (11/24/17)

ONE PERSON INJURED IN REPORT OF A FIGHT IN CHARLESTON
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows that authorities took a report on Sunday November 12th in regards to an altercation that occurred the night before at property on Highway 22 West of Charleston.  A 19 year old William Godfrey of Charleston was shown to have sustained a broken nose and broken sinus socket when he was punched by a juvenile male subject of Charleston at a party on Highway 22.   Godfrey was taken by private vehicle to the hospital in Fort Smith where he was treated and released.    The report indicates that there were conflicting reports as to what had occurred and that the investigation was ongoing.   No arrests had been made and no charges filed at the time of the report.   (11/24/17)
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF HIGHWAY 60 & HIGHWAY 217  Franklin County Deputy Levi White responded to a call of vandalism to a telephone electric box.   A witness reported seeing a white passenger car at the intersection with three male subjects standing around it when one of the three ran over and kicked the telephone box over, the three then got into the vehicle and left the scene southbound on Highway 217.   A car fitting the description of the suspect vehicle was stopped by Charleston Police and the three occupants were questioned, all denied knowing anything about the damage.   The telephone equipment was owned by Suddenlink and damage was estimated at $500.   The report was filed on Saturday November 18th.  (11/24/17)

CLARKSVILLE RESIDENT CITED FOR PASSING A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS
The Clarksville School District contacted the Clarksville Police Department on November 14th in reference to a vehicle passing a stopped school bus at the intersection of Lucas and Elm Street at 7:15am.    The School District provided a tag number and vehicle description.  Officer Jeremy Hatchett went to the address that the vehicle returned to and was unable to located a vehicle at the address matching the description.    The video showed the bus coming to a stop, the bus was stopped for several seconds and several children had loaded when the suspect vehicle passed by.   The day after the report was filed, Officer Hatchett went back to the address and located the suspect vehicle in the driveway.   A Juana Calcaterra was questioned about the incident and said that she had passed the school bus but didn’t realize what she had done at the time.   She was cited for passing a stopped school bus.   (11/24/17)

THEFT REPORTED AT KINGS TOWING AND RECOVERY
Clarksville Police were contacted on October 17th by Kings Towing and Recovery in regards to a theft of property that had occurred at the business on Highway 64 West.    Zachary King reported that a Husqvarna chain saw, 20 ton bottle jack, Snap-on hand tools, 4 stream light flashlights, Impact driver and a large break over bar.  The total value of the stolen property totaled just over $2,200.   The report shows that an employee that had been fire within the last month had been seen with some of the stolen property.  The employee, Spenser Tuai, was questioned by Police and admitted to having the items but claimed they had been given to him by King and that he was going to return them but didn’t think he should be around Mr. King after he was fired.   Mr. Tuai admitted to selling the saw and most of the other property was located in Mr. Tuai’s vehicle.   The individual who had purchased the saw was contacted about the saw and the entire report turned over to the prosecutor for charges.  (11/24/17)
LAMAR WOMAN CHARGED WITH FELONY IN DRUG INVESTIGATION
The Clarksville Police Department served a 22 year old Olivia Gifford with a felony warrant for Delivery of Controlled Substance on November 16th.   Gifford was involved in a controlled buy of meth by informants of the Clarksville Police Department back in March.   The informant met Gifford and two other subjects at the Oakland Cemetery and the informant purchased 4 bags of meth from Gifford.  (11/24/17)






SUBJECT BEING SOUGHT FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER  Clarksville Police are looking for Jesse Earl McCarver age 57 for failing to register as a convicted sex offender, a felony charge.   McCarver is a white male 5’5” tall with blue eyes and brown hair.   Anyone with information on his where abouts is asked to notify the Clarksville Police Department at 754-8100.  
  



ALIX MAN ARRESTED ON RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES
Investigator Jeff Wood with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department arrested 40 year old Amos Jerome Carter of Alix on Monday morning for rape and 2nd degree sexual assault.   The arrest comes as part of an investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct involving two female juveniles ages 13 and 11, one of which is related to Carter.   Carter is accused of sexual assaulting the two beginning in July of 2016 and continuing for over a year.    Carter is denying the allegations and is in custody in the Franklin County Detention Center.  According to Wood the investigation is ongoing.  (11/22/17)
  
  
SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTED BY JUVENILE FEMALE
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows that on November 8th a 17 year old female juvenile had reported to police in California that she had been sexually assaulted while living in Branch Arkansas.  The victim alleged that it occurred on two separate occasions while she was living with a relative and that the suspect was the husband of the juvenile’s step grandmother.   The suspect was contacted interviewed by Franklin County Investigator Jeff Wood on November 16th and denied all allegations made against him.   The report shows that the alleged assaults occurred in January of this year and in November of 2016.   The suspect interviewed by authorities had been arrested in early 2017 on child pornography charges.   The victim had moved back to California in June of this year.    No charges had been filed at the time of the report.   The suspected was identified as a Raymond Patrick Henley age 70 of Branch.  (11/22/17)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON PLAINVIEW ROAD
Franklin County authorities were called to a residential burglary November 10th.   Rosemary Owens reported that her refrigerator was stolen and several other small items.   Owens stated that the suspect entered through the back door.   Some evidence was collected at the scene.  Items taken included the Kenmore refrigerator, an antique tea set and an antique candy dish.   Total value of the stolen property was valued at $335.   There was some evidence collected at the scene.  (11/22/17)

MARIJUANA SEIZED FROM VEHICLE AFTER DISTURBANCE CALL
Clarksville Police Officer Trenton Wood responded to a call of a possible domestic disturbance in the 700 block of Johnson Street with the report of a female being forced into a white Chevy Trailblazer.   Officer Wood arrived and observed the vehicle in parked at the location called in.  No one was around the vehicle which returned to a Laura Zalar of Oark.  A male subject was located in the back yard of the home where the vehicle was parked, he advised that he was asleep inside the house when he heard something going on outside but when he looked out everyone was gone.   He then went outside to see if he could see anything.   Officer Wood attempted knocked on the door but no one would come to the door, the male subject also tried but no one would respond to him either.  Officer Wood then noticed a clear plastic bag of marijuana in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  The door was unlocked and Officer Wood seized the marijuana.   No one else was ever located at the scene.   The call occurred on Wednesday November 15th.  (11/22/17)

FIREARM THEFT
William Jones filed a report with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department on October 24th in reference to the theft of a 270 rifle with scope.  The theft occurred around Oct. 1st, the report shows there is a possible suspect and that the gun has allegedly been seen by a relative of Jone’s at a home in Johnson County. (11/22/17)

CLARKSVILLE POLICE CALLED TO EXECUTIVE INN NOVEMBER
On November 5th, Clarksville Police received a call from the Executive Inn with the manager reporting that a male subject had pulled a knife on him when the manager told the subject he would have to leave.   Authorities arrived and made contact with the subject, John Wesley Robinson.   Robinson was not the renter of the room but was acquainted with the renter.   A pocket knife was found in the room but no other weapons.    The report shows that there were several items of drug paraphernalia also located in the room and in Mr. Robinson’s truck.   Robinson was arrested at the scene for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.   Robinson denied pulling a knife on the manager.   No one was injured in the incident.  (11/21/17)


ATTEMPTED RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
A report of an attempted residential burglary was taken by Franklin County authorities on November 8th at the home of Brandy Aguilar in the 1400 block of Highway 23 South.   Aguilar reported she was spraying the residence for bugs when she noticed pry marks on the window of the home.   It did not appear that entrance had been gained, but there was evidence that an individual and vehicle had been near the home.  (11/21/17)


IDENTITY FRAUD REPORTED BY JC RESIDENT
Drew Shriver of Lamar came to the Johnson County Detention Center on October 31st to file a report a case of possible identity fraud.   He advised that he discovered there was an account with T Mobile in CA that was in his name.  The company claimed that he owed them $800 total.  He advised that he did not establish the account and knew nothing about it.  (11/21/17)

  
HUNTERS BODY PULLED FROM ARKANSAS RIVER IN JOHNSON COUNTY
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reports that the body of Chase Evan Standridge was recovered from the Arkansas River on Sunday evening by the AG&F Dive Team.  Standridge drowned when his boat capsized on rough waters Saturday on the Arkansas River near Cabin Creek Park.   Standridge was hunting with friends when his boat capsized.   Standridge’s boat and dog were recovered on Saturday but Standridge’s body was not located until Sunday evening.   The search started at 2pm on Saturday but was called off at dark Saturday night, then resumed Sunday morning.  (11/20/17)

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR PART OF OZARK WATER SYSTEM
The Ozark Water Department issued a boil order on Sunday November 20th after a line break left several customers without water.   The area covered by the boil order includes Faith Addition, River Heights Addition and Pleasant Homes.  Customers may experience some dirty water and air in the lines for a short period of time.  (11/20/17)

HIGH SPEED PURSUIT EARLY TUESDAY MORNING
Deputy Levi White with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was involved in a high speed pursuit about 4am on the morning of Tuesday November 14th.  Deputy White observed a white single cab pickup near Branch traveling on Highway 22 without any taillights.   Deputy White attempted to stop the vehicle which accelerated in an attempt to get away from Deputy White.   The pursuit traveled through Branch and into Ratcliff and at one point continued through a residential area of Ratcliff through the yard of a home in Ratcliff.  The pursuit continued into Logan County when the fleeing vehicle traveled down an old rail road bed.   Speeds in excess of 100 mph were reached during the pursuit with the fleeing vehicle running cars off the roadway and almost losing control multiple times.   When the vehicle did stop, the driver and a white female passenger both jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.   A nearby home was searched but the two occupants were not located.   Authorities did find evidence in the vehicle as to who the occupants were and a warrant is being sought for William Pettigrew on felony fleeing and other traffic violations.   The report also indicated that drug paraphernalia was located in the abandoned vehicle.  (11/20/17)

HOUSE HIT WITH GUN FIRE ON HIGHWAY 64 IN HARTMAN
Deputy Nathan Warren of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the 6700 block of Highway 64 in Hartman on November 1st to report of a home being hit with 3 or 4 gun shot rounds.   Deputy Warren arrived and made contact with the renter of the property, Adrian Pina, who advised that no one was hurt.  The home was occupied at the time but no one had been hit by the gun fire.   There were what appeared to be 4 bullet holes found at the home.   The report shows the damage to be $2,500.  (11/20/17)

THEFT REPORTED FROM OFFICE AT TYSON IN CLARKSVILLE
On October 23rd, Ptl. Jason Bradley with the Clarksville Police Department responded to a report of a theft at Tyson.  Neil Sunderman advised that he arrived at his office and placed his phone and computer on his desk and then entered the plant.   When he returned about an hour and a half later, the phone was gone.   The phone was an IPhone 4 valued at $200.   From video surveillance, authorities were able to identify Kevin Gregg as the suspect, he had been terminated for job abandonment.   Gregg was in custody on unrelated charges at the Johnson County Detention Center where he was interviewed and admitted to the theft and said he had sold the phone to another subject.   The report showed that theft charges were being pursued through the prosecutor.  (11/20/17)
  
DOZER VANDALIZED IN FLAT ROCK
Deputy Joel Ostendorf and Aux. Deputy Joe Jackson were dispatched to a vandalism report on CR179 on November 3rd at 1:30pm.   Benjamin Qualls was the caller advising of possible vandalism to his D4G Caterpillar Dozer.   Qualls advised that someone had cut the oil line on his company Dozer.  The dozer operator had not noticed the vandalism until the dozer started making odd noises and smelling of oil.  No dollar amount was given for the damage.  (11/17/17)

HORSE ATTACKED AND KILLED BY DOGS IN HARTMAN AREA
Vernon Harris contacted the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department about 8am on November 5th in reference to two pit bulls attacking and killing his horse in his pasture.   Mr. Harris advised that he saw the dogs in the pasture and grabbed his 22 caliber rifle and ran to the field.   When he arrived at the field, one of the dogs charged at him and he shot the dog which ran towards the pond, then the second dog charged him and he shot it too, that dog ran around behind a barn and died.   The report shows that a possible owner was contacted but the female advised that the dogs were not her’s and that someone had broken into her house a few days prior and left the dogs.   A report had been taken at the home of Madison Evans on October 31st in which she reported that when she arrived home from work on October 31st she found two pit bull dogs in her house that someone had left.  She also noticed the kitchen light on.   No one was in the home and nothing was missing.  (11/17/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED AT HOME ON ARKIE AVENUE
A report from the Clarksville Police Department shows that Officer Tyler Holt and Officer Jason Bradley were dispatched to Arkie Avenue October 28th to report of the front door of an abandoned home standing open.   The Officer’s arrived and found the door opened, it appeared to have been kicked open and could not be closed due to damage.   No one was found at the location and the property was empty.  A sign was located indicating the property may be owned by a Mortgage Contracting Company but no one could be contacted at the number on the sign.  (11/17/17)

SHOPLIFTING REPORTED AT HARPS IN CLARKSVILLE
Clarksville Police were contacted by Harps back on October 12th about a shoplifting.   The manager advised that employees discovered two empty boxes of medicine in the store.   Video surveillance was reviewed and showed a female take and conceal the medicine in her pocket and then leave without paying.  Paula Rogers of Clarksville was identified as the suspect and was located and questioned about the theft.   Rogers admitted to stealing the medicine totaling about $14 worth of product.   (11/17/17)

ARIZONA WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP
Franklin County Deputy Dalton Lewis was out on routine patrol on the night of October 27th about 11:15pm when he noticed a vehicle traveling at a slow rate of speed with it’s flashers on at Highway 352 and Sutherland Crossroads.   Deputy Lewis got out with the vehicle which was occupied by a female later identified as Angela Culp of Arizona.   It was learned that her license was suspended for aggravated manslaughter from an accident she was involved in, in Arizona.   Culp was arrested and during inventory of the vehicle a black pouch containing a glass pipe, syringe and rolling papers was located inside the driver’s door.   Then authorities found a metal tin with several smoking device’s in Culps purse.   She was transported to the detention center for driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia.  (11/17/17)  

THEFT OF PROPERTY AT WALMART IN CLARKSVILLE
Clarksville Police were contacted by Walmart on October 29th in reference to the theft of at least $395 in groceries from the store.  A former employee Kimberley Martin was seen loading groceries into the basket and then pass the last point of sale and exit the store without paying for the items.  The observations were made while reviewing video surveillance.   On November 2nd, Kimberly Martin was interviewed by police and advised that she was at Walmart that day but did not remember the incident and that she was suffering from low blood sugar at the time.    Martin was place on the ban list for the store and released.
  
EMS CALLED TO SCENE OF DOMESTIC DISTRUBANCE ON PR3210
Johnson County authorities responded to the 100 block of Private Road to report of a domestic disturbance in progress.   The caller, Richard Stewart, was out of the residence and standing next to the road when deputies arrived.   Stewart had a large cut above his eye, he said that he was awaken by the sound of the window unit A/C hitting the floor next to the bed.   Stewart said that Sonya Yates had pushed the A/C out of the window and the two got into an argument.  Stewart said that he sustained the injury when she pushed him into the wall.  EMS was dispatched to the scene and checked Stewart’s injury, he refused transport despite being advised by EMS that he needed stitches.   Stewart advised that Yates was still inside the house, so deputies approached the house and knocked on the door announcing their presence.   At first there was no answer but it sounded like someone was moving around inside.   Stewart advised that Yates was inside and that the deputies had permission to enter, the deputies announced again for the occupant to come out at which time the door slowly opened and Yates was standing in the doorway.  Yates refused to come out and was taken into custody after resisting.   Yates sustained a cut to her arm that needed stitches and she was transported to the hospital by ambulance, treated and released.   Both Yates and Stewart was arrested for domestic battery 3rd degree.  (11/16/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON HAPPY LANE NEAR OZARK
Franklin County Deputy Dustin Adair was dispatched to Happy Lane near Ozark on October 31st for a criminal mischief report.   Bettie Ruston reported that it appeared someone had tried to steal a Gravely zero turn mower from her property.   There were drag marks where the mower had been dragged about 10’, where it was left.   (11/16/17)

TWO JUVENILES FOUND IN POSSESSION OF DRUGS
Ptl. Lance Clubb was on patrol on the evening of October 31st when he observed a vehicle sitting on the north side of the cemetery on Bean Street. The vehicle was occupied by two juvenile females.  Ptl. Clubb asked for consent to search the vehicle but was denied consent.   The K9 unit was called to the scene and conducted an open air loop around the vehicle, and alerted on the car for drugs.  The two occupants were notified that the K9 had alerted on the vehicle and that a search would be conduct, they were asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle.   At that time the passenger stepped forward and gave Ptl. Clubb a bag of a green leafy substance she had in her possession.   A search was then conducted of the vehicle.   During the search, a Mountain Dew bottle was found that had been modified into a smoking device with marijuana residue.  A brown cloth bag containing an orange container with a green leafy substance was located in the console.   The two juvenile females were instructed to contact their parents and have them meet at the police department.  The two were turned over to their parents at the PD.  (11/16/17)

  



POSSIBLE ARSON FIRE ON HIGHWAY 219 NORTH OF OZARK
On the morning of November 2nd, Franklin County Deputy Johnathan Anderson was dispatched to a structure fire on Highway 219 north of Ozark.   Watalula Fire Department arrived on the scene to find the home engulfed in flames.   The home was owned by a Ricky Faldon and Shirley Jones.  The home had just been purchased in August and was in the process of being renovated.   There was electric active at the home but only one breaker was on due to poor wiring in the home.   The estimated value of the home was listed at $50,000.   The owner’s said they did not have insurance on the structure.   There was some evidence collected at the scene and authorities considered the cause to be possible arson.   (11/16/17)
  
  
POSSIBLE METH FOUND IN WALMART RESTROOM
Clarksville Police received a call from Walmart on November 2nd in reference to a white powdery substance found in a bag in the trash in the men’s restroom.   The bag contained about 1 gram of possible meth and was confiscated by police.  (11/15/17)
SHOPLIFTING REPORTED AT DOLLAR TREE IN CLARKSVILLE   On November 11th, Ptl. Lance Clubb responded to Dollar Tree on Market Street for report of a subject shoplifting.   The suspect was described as a white male wearing a black hoodie.   A subject matching the description of the suspect was located across from the Arby’s parking lot.  The suspect was 27 year old Michael Famer of Lamar who was found to be in possession of an energy drink he had taken from the Dollar Tree, he admitted to the theft and was transported to the JCDC for shoplifting and ban from the store.  (11/15/17)

$18,000 WORTH OF EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM PLEASANT VIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dustin Adair was dispatched to the Pleasant View Fire Station Number 2 on Locke Road in Fern on October 30th to take a theft report.  Fire Chief Ruby Robinson reported that she arrived to take care of some maintenance on one of the fire trucks the morning of the 27th and discovered the doors open on the truck and several items missing.   All exterior doors were locked and no windows had been broken to gain access.   Items taken from the truck included 3 SCBA units, 6 sections of fire hose, 2 nozzles, 1 halligan tool, 1 pike pole, 1 fire axe, 1 large fire extinguisher and 1 county analog radio.   Total value of the stolen property was $18,743.  (11/15/17)

SCRAP METAL THEFT IN ALTUS
Patricia Covert of Altus filed a theft report with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department on October 30th.   Covert reported that she had rental property on Locust Street and that one of the residence had some copper wiring stolen.  Someone had pulled the wire from the breaker box on the utility pole and had pulled the wire from the breaker box inside the home.  The suspect also removed the copper wiring from the breaker box inside the residence, the air condition unit inside the residence and the stove.  The report listed the value of the stolen wire at $200.  (11/15/17)

TWO SUBJECTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AT GAS WELL SITE
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Steve Osuch was contacted by an citizen about a white passenger car that had drove into a gas well station on CR3411, stopped and shut out it’s lights about 1 am Saturday morning November 4th.   Deputy Osuch and Deputy Chris Brownlow responded to the scene and located the vehicle occupied by two subjects, Yailynn Lopez and Jose Rubio.   The two exited the vehicle and a strong smell of intoxicants was noticed immediately.   The two were arrested for criminal trespassing as they did not have permission to be on the property.   A search of the vehicle resulted in  a grey plastic wrapper with marijuana being found in the back seat weighing 3.2 grams.   The two were transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing.  (11/15/17)
  
CHECK FORGERY REPORTED TO FRANKLIN COUNTY AUTHORITIES
On October 27th, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Rusty Taylor of Hartman in reference to a forged check.   Mr. Taylor reported that he had purchased a vehicle from a Jessica Gibson in Denning for $150 and paid for the vehicle with a check.   When he got the check back from the bank he found that it had been altered and cashed at Tommy Deans in Altus for $450.  The report was passed on to CID.  (11/14/17)

RUSSELLVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
A traffic stop by Officer Tyler Holt of the Clarksville Police Department on November 2nd resulted in a drug arrest.   Officer Holt observed a Toyota Camry at the intersection of I-40 and Rogers Street failing to yield at a traffic light.   A traffic stop was conducted and as Officer Holt approached the vehicle he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The vehicle was occupied by three subjects, all were removed from the vehicle and the vehicle was searched resulting in a cigar package being found in the front passenger floor containing rolled marijuana cigarettes and loose marijuana.    In the console two IPhone boxes were found containing marijuana, a pipe, a lighter and a couple of dryer sheets.   The passenger, Steven Reed was cited and released for possession of controlled substance.   The driver, 19-year-old Cole Sanders of Russellville, was arrested for failure to yield, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  (11/14/17)
  


TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST
Saturday evening Paris PD initiated a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation. The officers were able to gain consent to search the vehicle. During the search officers located suspected methamphetamine and felony drug paraphernalia. The passenger was arrested on the felony charges. The driver was also arrested on traffic violations. Both subjects were transported to the Logan County jail.  Logan County Detention Center arrest records show the arrest of a Jennifer Rister 47 for improper use of registration and a Joshua Bradley 22 possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Saturday evening.  (11/14/17)
  
  
BREAKING OR ENTERING ON CR2342
Johnson County Deputy Aaron Einert responded to a report of a theft on October 22nd in the 200 block of CR2342.    Garry “Jake”Hill said that on the 22nd his renter was leaving and saw the door to his camper open and notified him.   He arrived and found that a blue tent, a Coleman camp stove and a Coleman lantern were missing.   The screen on the back window was cut and the window unlocked.   There was also a bundle of hunting arrows and two glass bottles of Coca Cola laying on the ground outside by the window.  (11/13/17)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY AND THEFT ON LEE POINT ROAD
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department reports of a residential burglary and theft on Lee Point Road from back on October 24th at the home of Esther Pledger.   Pledger advised that she arrived home on the 24th of October to find that someone had broken into the office in her home and that two safe’s that were in the office were missing.  The original report also shows that a 22 caliber pistol, a 357 magnum pistol, several bank bags and a video recording system had been taken from the home office.  Jesse Blackburn was identified as a possible suspect, he was an employee of Pledger’s but had not been at work for the last week. Blackburn was arrested in Johnson County in connection with a stolen vehicle recovery.  Blackburn was questioned by Franklin County authorities on November 1st and admitted to stealing a license plate but said he did not break into Pledger’s home, although the stolen vehicle he was in possession of did have a bank bag in it that had been stolen from Pledger’s home.   There were some stolen tools located in the vehicle that had been stolen from Dennis Pledger.   Franklin County authorities are pursuing charges of theft against Blackburn.   The truck that Blackburn was in that was stolen, also had a license plate in the cab that had been stolen from Pledger on October 26th.  (11/13/17)

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST
Clarksville Police Cpl. Kenneth Kennedy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Main Street November 5th for a traffic violation.   As Cpl. Kennedy approached the vehicle he could see the driver moving around and getting into the console of the vehicle.   Cpl. Kennedy ordered the driver out of the vehicle, as the subject was approached a strong odor of intoxicants was noticed.  The driver was identified as Javier Ramirez age 22 of Clarksville, he said that his ID was in the console and gave Cpl. Kennedy permission to get it.  Inside the vehicle a bottle of Tequila and a yellow pill bottle were seen in plain view in the driver side floor board.  When Cpl. Kennedy opened the console to get the ID, a pipe with marijuana residue was found in the console.  After failing several field sobriety tests, Ramirez was arrested for DWI, no DL, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  (11/13/17)
  
  






TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING ACCIDENT CALL
Paris Police report arresting two subjects on felony charges Thursday November 9th after responding to a call of a vehicle accident.   During the investigation one of the subjects admitted that there were drugs in the vehicle.   Officers conducted a search and located meth, prescription medications and drug paraphernalia.  Arrests records from the Logan County Detention Center show the arrest of a Donald Jennings age 56 for possession of controlled substance, possession of meth or cocaine with intent to deliver and public intoxication; and Flora Jennings age 41 for DWI, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth or cocaine and motor vehicle accident.
  INJURY ACCIDENT ON I-40
Clarksville Police responded to an injury accident on I-40 near the 58 mile marker on Monday October 30th at 10:47pm.  Paul Standard of Tulsa OK age 70 was driving a 2017 Toyota Camry traveling west on I-40 when a deer entered the roadway from the south.   Standard struck the deer and then the vehicle traveled into the median where it came to rest.    Standard was transported by ambulance to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.   Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000.  (10/10/17)

JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEEKING THE PUBLICS HELP
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public to gather information what they calling “a suspicious death” that occurred on Monday October 30th on Private Road 2227 in Hartman.   As we have reported here on True Country, Sharon Lindemann was found dead in the driveway of her home by her sister.   Lindemann had several deep gashes on her body and there had been speculation that vicious dog’s may have attacked Lindemann.   The preliminary autopsy report shows blunt force trauma and penetrating injuries as the cause of death.   Detective Charles Rowe is the lead investigator on the case and the Sheriff’s Department is asking that anyone with information in the case contact him at 754-7810.  (10/10/17)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL TRESPASSING
Clarksville Police responded to Walmart on November 6th to report of personnel having trouble with a female subject at the Service Desk.   When Det. Jeb Clark arrived the woman in question had left the store and was in the parking lot.   The female was located and appeared to be under the influence of some form of narcotic.  It was determined she tried to return some items in the store that someone else had given her, but she did not have a receipt.  She was then escorted to the vehicle she arrived in and a Kevin Gregg was found in the vehicle.   Gregg had been ban from Walmart 2 days earlier to attempting to return questionable items and he was arrested for criminal trespassing and transported to the JCDC.  (10/10/17)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ARREST AT VALERO
On November 5th, Clarksville Police Officer Corey Ostendorf was dispatched to Valero on Rogers Street in reference to a suspicious male hanging around the store.   Officer Ostendorf arrived and made contact with 27 year old Michael Farmer of Lamar on the north side of the store.   While speaking with Farmer it was learned that he had been banned from the store on an earlier date, he was arrested without incident for criminal trespassing and transported to the JCDC.  (10/10/17)

FC QUORUM COURT APPROVES 2018 BUDGET
The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin County Quorum Court was held Thursday night in front of a packed court room, the reason for the crowd – a report that the county was considering pulling funding of the Veterans Affairs office for the County.   There were several veterans on hand to share their opinions on the matter and this was the top of discussion for the majority of the meeting.   The concern was prompted after an email was sent to the Judge and Clerk with a list of departments that had budget funds that had not been used for several years with a note at the bottom pointing out that the listed line item adjustments were for discussion.    The only additional cuts approved to the budget Thursday night came from the County Coroner, Circuit Court, Chancery Court and Juvenile Court office totaling $5,750.   When it was all said and done the QC approved the budget with a $6,500 surplus.   The approved budget included a $1 per hour pay raise for Road Department employees and an increase to elected officials that fell below the state’s minimum pay requirement – a total increase of $1,000 per official that was under the limit.  (10/11/17)
  
HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT AT MAIN AND CHERRY STREET
Clarksville Police Officer Corey Ostendorf was dispatched to East Main and East Cherry Street to report of a motor vehicle accident on October 28th.   At the scene, Jeremy Pelts advised that a dark green or black extended cab Dodge pickup was southbound on Millwood and continued through the intersection hitting his vehicle which was eastbound on Cherry at the time.  The Dodge didn’t stop and headed East on Main Street.  A vehicle with front end damage matching the description of the one involved in the accident was located by the State Police in the parking lot of the Kountry Kitchen.  The driver of the Dodge was Daniel Haven Jr. who was inside the restaurant, he advised that he was not involved in an accident.  But after he was presented with evidence from the scene he admitted to being the driver.   Haven was found to have a suspended driver’s license and was cited for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and driver’s license suspended.  (11/9/17)

CLARKSIVLLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING AT WALMART
Clarksville Police Tyler Holt was dispatched to Walmart October 27th to report of a female in the store that had previously been banned.  Christina George age 32 of Clarksville was located in the Ladies Department and was taken into custody without incident for criminal trespassing, due to the fact that she had been ban from the store.  (11/9/17)

HIT AND RUN ACCIDENTS
Austin Purdion of Clarksville contacted the Clarksville Police Department on October 25th to file a report of a mailbox being knocked down and damaged at the Clarksville Cinema on Clark Road.   The damage was estimated at $200.   Also on October 25th, Barbara Devoe of Hartman came to the Clarksville Police Department to report her 2013 Dodge pickup being damaged.  She advised that she parked the vehicle in the Harps parking lot the day before about 9pm, and that while it was parked there someone hit the left rear of the vehicle causing damage to the vehicle.  (11/9/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY AT RUSSELL CELLULAR IN CLARKSVILLE
Clarksville Police were called to Russell Cellular on Oct. 7th to take a report of a theft.  The store manage advised that 2 males and a female entered the store and one of the males asked about setting up an account.   While she was talking with the male subject, the other male and female were walking around the store and then asked to access their account.   The female and the other male then started to walk around the store and at one point said they were going outside to smoke.  The male at the counter left shorty there after.  That’s when the manager realized that an ipdad and some paperwork had been taken from the store.  The report shows that there is a possible identity for the suspect.    (11/9/17)
  
  
STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED IN CLARKSVILLE
Ozark Police report that a Chevy truck that had been stolen recently from E and E Auto Sales in Ozark was recovered in Clarksville on Thursday November 2nd.    A 32 year old Jessy Blackburn was arrested by Clarksville Police at the Tiger Mart in Clarksville, he was inside the convenience store and was identified as the driver of the stolen vehicle.   Ozark Police report that a warrant has been obtained for Blackburn on theft charges and that he is currently being held in the Johnson County Detention Center.   Detective Jon Little said that the vehicle had a dent on the front end, but otherwise was undamaged when recovered.   Blackburn is also facing charges out of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.  (11/8/17)

SHOPLIFTER ARRESTED AT WALMART IN CLARKSVILLE
On October 30th, Clarksville Officer Trenton Wood was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting suspect being detained.   A Twyla Tucker age 54 of Clarksville was the suspect and had been observed taking makeup from the cosmetics department which she concealed in her purse.  She then continued to shop and proceeded to check out without paying for the make-up.   Tucker was transported to Johnson County Detention Center and cited for shoplifting, she was also banned from the store.  (11/8/17)

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA LOCATED DURING HOME VISIT
Probation and Parole conducted a home visit October 27th on a probationer Kevin Gregg on Poplar Street.   During the home visit some drug paraphernalia was found in the home including two smoking devices, digital scales and clear plastic baggies.   Gregg was taken into custody and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.  (11/8/17)

FRANKLIN COUNTY BUDGET MEETING
7 of the 9 Franklin County Justices were present for meeting Tuesday night at the Franklin County Courthouse in Ozark to discuss the 2018 Budget.    In the regular monthly meeting of the Quorum Court last month the court was informed that the county was over $100,000 over budget and that cuts would have to be made.  The meeting started with Judge Bowman announcing that the elected officials had met last week and were able to cut a little over $67,000 from the budget, this with additional revenue cut the deficit to about $6,500.   The Judge recommended that the JP’s cut there monthly pay by $60 per month which would then balance the budget.   JP’s are paid $260 per month, this would reduce that amount to $200 per month.   The JP’s agreed to do this and also to forfeit the $50 pay for the special meeting last night.    With that there were a couple other budgets that the JP’s notice unused funds in and have requested the Judge meet with representatives of those budgets, including the Coroner and Court Judges.   Two other topics drew considerable discussion including the county digging graves at no expense to resident’s, a cost to the county of $47,000 annually; and a request from Judge Bowman to give Road Department employee’s a $1 per hour raise.   The Judge pointed out that he had the money in his budget to cover the increase.   No decision was reached by the court on the either issue at the Tuesday night meeting.   The QC’s regular monthly meeting is Thursday night, the budget is on the agenda for consideration in the meeting.  (11/8/17)
  
PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY REPORT RECEIVED IN HARTMAN DEATH
Monday November 6, 2017 the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department received a report from the Arkansas State Medical Examiner in regard to the death investigation concerning the incident that occurred in the Hartman area of Johnson County on Monday October 30, 2017.
The female has been positively identified as Sharon Lindemann a white female, age 75 of Johnson County.
The cause of death has been determined to be multiple blunt force trauma and penetrating injuries.
This is still an ongoing investigation and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s office at 479-754-2200.  (11/7/17)

FATALITY ACCIDENT IN SEBASTIAN COUNTY FRIDAY
A 62 year old James P Hicks of Waldron was killed in a 3 vehicle accident Friday night at 7:20pm on State Highway 10 at Hester Cut Off.   Hicks was driving a 1996 Chevrolet traveling east on Highway 10 when he crossed the center line hitting a 2000 Ford and a 2014 Ford that were both west bound.  The 2014 Ford was driven by Darlene Brownfield age 70 of Greenwood.    Brownfield was transported to Mercy Fort Smith for treatment of injuries.    (11/7/17)

2 ALTUS RESIDENCE ARRESTED AFTER REPORT CALL ON HIGHWAY 64
A call came in to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday October 24th on Highway 64 East in Altus of a female’s boyfriend chasing her with a machete.   Law Enforcement responded to a residence on Highway 64 and made contact with Shawn Crabtree age 31 of Altus who advised that he and Desiree Mason had gotten into an argument earlier in the night and that Ms. Mason attacked him with a small pocket knife leaving a small scratch on his arm, the pocket knife was located in the kitchen and confiscated.   Desiree Mason was also located and brought back to the scene and questioned and claiming that she and Mr. Mason had got into an argument and that he had chased her with the machete, she had no visible injuries.   A machete was located in the bedroom of the home and confiscated.   While law enforcement was in the house they also located what appeared to be some smoked marijuana cigarettes and pills in the bedroom.   The report indicates the home was littered with trash and animal feces with two children present in the home, a 3 year old and 1 year old.   DHS was called to the scene and took custody of the two children and the two adults were arrested.   Shawn Crabtree age 31 of Ozark was arrested for domestic battery 3rd degree and 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.   Desiree Mason was arrested domestic battery 3rd degree and 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.  (11/7/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON POPLAR STREET
On October 18th, Officer William Farley of the Clarksville Police Department responded to a theft of property report in the 100 block of Poplar Street.  The property owner Eva Bryan stated that she had left the property for about 3 hours that morning and when she returned home discovered someone had been in her house and several belongings had been stolen.  Pearl earrings, purses, clothing, make-up, misc. jewelry, Christmas box with 50 vintage brooches, keys, Asian medallion 30” gold chain and a vintage multi strand pearl necklace.  The report indicates the value of the stolen property at over $6,000.  (11/7/17)

VEHICLE VANDALIZED AT NORTH ROGERS STREET APARTMENTS
Michael Bonacich contacted Clarksville Police on October 5th to file a report of the windshield on his 2003 Gray Nissan Frontier truck being busted.  The report shows that a Michael Thomas was questioned and admitted to busting out the windshield after he was told that Bonacich had admitted to breaking Thomas’s window a few weeks earlier.  The report shows that the information has been turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney.  (11/7/17)

CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATION REPORTED TO CPD
Clarksville Police report that back in mid September the Department was contacted about a possible child abuse incident involving a 1 year old child.   The report alleges that the child had bruises to his eye and cheek and bite marks on his arm and buttocks.    In addition, a 5 month old and 1 month old were severely gaulded where they had been left in dirty diapers.  The report shows that the accused suspect was the father of the children who was watching them while the mother was at work.  The suspect was scheduled to meet with law enforcement but did not show up for the interview.  The CPD has closed the case as DHS has an active investigation that is still ongoing.  (11/7/17)