LOCAL NEWS​​

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)
  
CLARKSVILLE OFFICER INVOLVED IN FATAL SHOOTING
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at approximately 6:36 this evening, (Saturday, November 04, 2017) in the city of Clarksville, Johnson County.
    Nyung Kyee, 56, has been identified as the individual who died after he reportedly brandished a knife at a local law enforcement officer. 
    A Clarksville Police Officer was attempting to make a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by Kyee at the intersection of Taylor Street and Cline Road in Clarksville. According to initial statements, upon Kyee coming to a stop he immediately stepped out of the vehicle and brandished the weapon. The officer fired their weapon striking Kyee, who was pronounced dead on scene.  The body will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination.
  No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident. Upon completion of the investigation, state police special agents will submit an investigative file to the Johnson County prosecuting attorney for consideration to determine whether use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was justified as defined by state laws.  (11/6/17)
  
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
On September 24th Johnson County Deputy Joel Ostendorf received a report from in the 300 block of CR4021 of a theft.  Linda Carter stated that while she was mowing her mother’s yard she noticed the window to the laundry room was broken.  Deputy Ostendorf entered the home with Carter and nothing was found to be missing.   2 other windows appeared to have been tampered with too.  (11/3/17)

GAS DRIVE OFF AT WEBB CITY CONOCO
Franklin County Deputy Johnathan Anderson was dispatched to the Webb City Conoco on Highway 23 south of Ozark on Saturday October 28th 5:33pm to report of a gas drive off.   The attendant said that on Friday the 27th a male subject in a 2001 Ford Mustang pulled to a fuel pump and began fueling, then entered the store and purchased items from inside the store.  The subject then left the store getting back into his vehicle and left without paying for $40 of fuel he had pumped into his vehicle.  (11/3/17)

LICENSE PLATE REPORTED STOLEN
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Dennis Pledger on October 26th in reference to the theft of a license plate from his vehicle which was parked at his home on Lee Point Road.   Pledger also stated that a few days earlier someone had broken into his mother’s house but nothing was missing from the house. (11/3/17)

DEPUTIES RESPOND TO REPORTS OF SHOTS BEING FIRED
On Wednesday October 25th at 6pm, the Franklin County Sheirff’s Office received a report of 3 people saying they had been shot at.   When Deputies arrived on the scene at Highway 23 south and Highway 96 they made contact with the reported victims.  Billy Stein stated that he was at his sister’s residence when a Jody White told him he was tired of hearing his mouth and began firing at him, his wife and step daughter and also at his truck.   No one was injured but one of the front tire’s of Stein’s vehicle had been shot.   White was located at his mother’s house and questioned.   White admitted to firing a shot at the truck and striking the tire but said that he did not fire any shots at Stein or his family.  No charges were filed and no one was arrested at the time of the report.  (11/3/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON CRAVENS STREET
Cpl. Jacob Boen took a report on Oct. 23rd of a theft of property in the 200 block of Cravens Street.   Brandon Gragg reported that a blue carry handle Kobalt tool kit valued at $100.  Gragg reported that he had been working on a Jeep in his backyard, that’s where the theft occurred.  (11/3/17)

ITEMS STOLEN FROM VEHICLES ON OAKLAND STREET
Clarksville Police Officer Corey Ostendor responded to the 900 block of Oakland Street October 19th for a theft report.   Gregario Almarez, Gustavo Almarez and Juan Almarez all advised that sometime the night before someone had broken into their vehicle and had taken tools for their job.     Juan reported that his Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, $100 cash, 3 20V drills and an air hose had been taken from his vehicle.   Gustavo had a tool box taken from his vehicle and Gregario had a Rigid cordless power drill, framing gun and roofing gun taken from his vehicle.  The total value of the stolen property was listed at about $1,200.  (11/3/17)

THEFT REPORTED AT IMPOUND YARD ON HIGHWAY 64 IN CLARKSVILLE
Officer Tyler Holt of the Clarksville Police Department responded to the Sparkmans Impound lot on West Highway 64 October 20th due to a possible vehicle break-in..   The vehicle was a 2002 Dodge pickup owned by Zeo Phillpotts.   The report shows that some tools had been stolen from the bed of the truck.  There was no sign of forced entry to the impound lot.  (11/3/17)
  
  
POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ON NORTH JACKSON STREET
On October 9th, Clarksville Police was contacted in reference to a possible break-in at the home of Angel Ramirez.   Ramirez son was at home alone when he said he noticed an Hispanic male looking through the glass on the front door.  The subject then walked to the garage and entered the garage before leaving.  It did not appear that anything was missing from the garage.  (11/2/17)

VEHICLE VANDALIZED
A Cody Tabler of Clarksville contacted the Clarksville Police Department October 12th in reference to his vehicle being damaged.  Tabler reported that the driver side window of his 2013 GMC Sierra was busted out while the vehicle was parked at Tyson.  The vehicle was parked at 4:40pm on the 11th, when he returned to the vehicle after work at 5am the next morning is when he found that damage.  It also appeared the vehicle had been rummaged through but nothing was missing. (11/2/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Cpl. Jacob Boen of the Clarksville Police Department was dispatched to the 700 block of Louise Street in reference to a criminal mischief report.   Valerie Hardesty stated that she went out to her vehicle on the morning of October 12th to find both rear tires had been slashed and were flat.  The vehicle was a 2012 Nissan Altima.  (11/2/17)

ALTUS WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES
42 year old Lee Ann Wilson of Altus was arrested on Saturday October 21st for public intoxication by Altus Police.   After being brought to the Detention Center Wilson was complaining of an injury to her foot.   She was taken to Mercy Ozark for examination.  While at the hospital, Wilson told law enforcement that she had drugs in her purse but that they did not belong to her.   When they returned to the detention center her purse was checked and two bottles of prescription medication were found in her purse, for which she did not have a prescription.  She was charged with 2 counts of felony possession of controlled substance.  (11/2/17)

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE
On Oct. 23rd about 6pm Brent Scott with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a possible stolen vehicle.  Tyler Huie of Clarksville was the complainant who advised that his girlfriend had taken his vehicle and that he believed she was in Texas.  The vehicle was a blue 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT.  Huie had given his girlfriend, Alyssa Klasen, permission to use the vehicle to go to Texas to pick up er children on Friday the 20th, with the understanding she would return the next day.  As of the time of the report, Huie had not been able to make contact with Klasen.  (11/2/17)
  

HARTMAN VICTIM IDENTIFIED
The identity of the 75 year old female found dead in the driveway of her home in on Private Road 2227 Monday afternoon has been determined to be Sharon Lindemann.   Lindemann’s body was found by her sister when her sister arrived home from work at 4:11pm Monday.   Lindemann had visible deep gashes to her arms and legs.   There is speculation that she was attacked by vicious dogs!   Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones said the body has been sent to the crime lab to determine the cause of death and until the results are received there would be no statements about the cause of death.   The Sheriff did say that the department has received calls in the Hartman area of vicious dogs recently.  Lindemann’s sister had left for work Monday morning at 8am and when she returned home from work at 4pm is when she found her sister unresponsive in the driveway and called 911. (11/1/17)
  
2 ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN PARIS TUESDAY
Paris Police report that two suspects were arrested on drug charges when the Department assisted probation and parole on an in-home compliance check Tuesday October 31st.   During the visit officers found and seized numerous drug paraphernalia items.  Two subjects were arrested and transported to the detention center with felony and misdemeanor charge pending.    Logan County Detention arrests records show that 38 year old Tara Vaughn and 32 year old Mequel Mason were both arrested October 31st on multiple counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  (11/1/17)
  
  
LAMAR RESIDENT INJURED IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Clarksville Police report that a William Gray of Lamar was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by ambulance following a two vehicle accident on Tuesday October 24th at 9:56am on Rogers Street.   Gray was driving a 2014 Ford pickup and facing south on Rogers, stopped in traffic when a 2010 Toyota Corolla driven by Janene Justice of Clarksville ran into the rear of his vehicle.   Damage was estimated at $5,000 to the Justice vehicle and $2,000 to the Gray vehicle.  (11/1/17)

RUSSELLVILLE RESIDENT INJURED IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CLARKSVILLE
On Thursday Oct. 26 at 10:55am, Clarksville Police received a report of a motor vehicle accident with injury.   James Weaver of Clarksville was driving a 1998 Dodge pickup and was traveling westbound on Main near Hudson Springs Road when his vehicle was hit by a 2013 Honda Accord driven by Lee Hopkins of Russellville which was traveling westbound at the time.  When Weaver pulled onto the shoulder of the road, the Hopkins vehicle continued westbound leaving the roadway and hitting a street sign before re-entering the roadway crossing over both lanes and entering the brush on the south side of the road hitting a Black Hills Energy gas meter.  The vehicle then traveled through the Kings Towing parking lot striking a sign belonging to Eddie King, the vehicle then crossed the roadway to the north side of the road and crossed back over again to the south side of the road coming to rest in the driveway at 2429 West Main.   Lee Hopkins, the driver of the vehicle, was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.  (11/1/17)

OZARK WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a call on October 21st of a subject walking on Highway 23 possibly with a large knife.   Deputy Levi White located the female subject on Highway 23 standing in the middle of the southbound lane.   The female was identified as Melinda Johns 25 of Ozark.   Deputy White asked Johns what she was doing which she responded by threatening to kill Deputy White.   White attempted to restrain Johns to check her for weapons.  Johns resisted but was ultimately restrained.   Some drug paraphernalia and marijuana was found in Johns Possession and she was transported to the Franklin County Detention Center for booking.   During the booking process she continued to resist to the point she had to be restrained.    Johns was cited for terroristic threatening, resisting arrest x 2, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance and disorderly conduct.  (11/1/17)
  
  
HARTMAN WOMAN FOUND DEAD MONDAY
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an unresponsive person in the Hartman area about 4:11pm on Monday afternoon October 30th.   Sheriff Larry Jones said that a 75 year old female was found dead at her own property on PR2227.  The female had deep gashes in her arms and legs but authorities do not think it is a homicide or suspicious.   Her body was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy.  Sheriff Jones said that the identity of the female was being withheld until all of the family has been notified.   The victim lived with her sister near Hartman west of Clarksville, her sister had left for work Monday morning at 8am and returned home at 4pm to find her sister dead in the middle of the driveway.  There have been reports of stray dogs in the area and True Country has received reports of vicious dogs in the area that may have been the cause of death.  But again the Sheriff’s Department is not confirming or denying a dog attack as the cause at this time.  (10/31/17)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL TRESPASSING
A 27 year old Heath Ingram was arrested by Clarksville Police on October 15th after a call of a subject beating on a glass door of a residence on Hill Crest and breaking the door.  When police arrived they searched the home where the glass door had been broke but no one was located in the house and nothing was missing.   As police continued to search the area a when they located 27 year old Ingram hiding in the bushes in his underwear and socks.   Ingram admitted to having done some drugs earlier in the day.   He said they he ran from the house when police arrived because he said that he was scared and wasn’t supposed to be at the house.   EMS was dispatched to the area to check Ingram for minor cuts.  He was treated and released at the scene and then arrested for criminal mischief for damaging the door and 3 counts of criminal trespassing.  (10/31/17)
CREDIT CARD FRAUD...Clarksville Police were contacted by Frances Cohrs of Clarksville in mid September in reference to two transactions on her checking account that she did not make.   One was in the amount of $95 in July the other for $184 in September.  Both were payments to AT&T.  (10/31/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY REPORTED TO FCSD
2 A/C units were reported stolen from a property in Franklin County on October 13th.   The report was filed by Crystal Hughes who had just sold the property to a couple from CA.  The couple had not yet arrived at the home when Hughes discovered that a window unit A/C and a stand along A/C had been taken from the house.  The total value of the stolen A/C units was listed at $250.   The report did not give the location of the property. (10/31/17)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ON CR1723
Deputy Steve Osuch and Corporal Chris Brownlow were dispatched to the 1400 block of CR 1723 for a report of criminal trespassing on Thursday October 19th.   The two arrived on scene about 10:45pm and made contact with Paul Merlin who stated that around 7:30pm a Billy Nobles drove a Jeep onto his property which is posted no trespassing, and struck his dog with the vehicle.  When Merlin came out of the house to confront Nobles, Nobles left the scene in the Jeep.  The report has been turned over to the criminal investigation for further review.  (10/31/17)
  
  
UPDATE ON FALL FROM BLUFF IN OZARK THURSDAY
    Ozark Police Chief Devin Bramlett tells True Country News that Kevin Millican was the 19 year old Ozark resident who fell from the bluff at Ozark on Thursday.  Bramlett said that Millican was taking pictures and lost his phone at the bluff area during his lunch break on Thursday afternoon.  He went back after work about 4pm to try and find it and that’s when he fell off the bluff.  Someone in the area heard Millican yelling for help about 9pm and that’s when authorities were notified and responded to the area finding Millican.   He was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.   The fall was estimated to be about 60’.  (10/30/17)

ISO RATING IMPROVES FOR CLARKSVILLE
    The Clarksville Fire Department announced last week that the ISO Inspection this past summer has resulted in the City of Clarksville receiving a fire property protection class of 3 effective Feb. 1 2018.   The City of Clarksville is currently a class 4, the drop to class 3 should mean a savings of structure insurance for Clarksville residents according to the Fire Department.  (10/30/17)
  
  
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON CARBON PLANT ROAD   Emergency responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Carbon Plant Road on Friday Night October 27th about 10:30pm.  When authorities arrived they found a pickup truck that had left the roadway, hit a gas meter, a utility pole guide wire, a parked vehicle and then a tree before hitting an unoccupied mobile home.   No injuries were reported and no other information was currently available about the driver of the vehicle.   The accident was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.  (10/30/17)
  
  
FRANKLIN COUNTY WOMAN SHOT THURSDAY NIGHT
A Franklin County woman was hospitalized after she was shot late Thursday night.   True Country has learned that Shawna Sturdivant was shot in the leg about 11:30pm Thursday night in the parking lot of the Weiderkehr Bistro off I-40 at Exit 41.  Sturdivant was taken by private vehicle to Mercy Ozark and then airlifted to Mercy Fort Smith for further treatment.  Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen tells True Country that a small silver car pulled into the parking lot of the Bistro and boxed in the vehicle that Sturdivant was in and that a suspect then got out of the vehicle and shot at the car Sturdivant was in with a shotgun.  The suspect then got back into the vehicle and left the scene.   (10/27/17)

OZARK TEEN INJURED IN FALL FROM BLUFF THURSDAY
A 19 year old Ozark male was airlifted to UAMS for treatment of injuries sustained when he fell from the bluff in Ozark.  The 19 year old had posted a pic on social media commenting on the beautiful spot he was having lunch at, it was in the area on the bluff of the Arkansas River west of the River Bridge on the north side of the Arkansas River in Ozark.   The 19 year old was on his lunch break at the time of the posting.  The 19 year old did not return to work.   About 9pm, Ozark Police were notified by a resident who live’s on the bluff that they could hear someone hollering for help.  Ozark Police responded to the area and the 19 year old was found below.  The teen was airlifted to UAMS for treatment and was reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.  The fall was estimated to be about 60’.  (10/27/17)

LOUISIANA MAN INJURED IN FALL FROM DEER STAND NORTH OF OZARK
Emergency responders were called to an area off of Redding Road about 7pm Thursday night where a James Woods of Vivian Louisiana age 67 had fallen from a deer tree stand and injured his back.  Woods was flown to a northwest Arkansas hospital for treatment. Woods was climbing into his buddy ladder stand when the third step from the top broke as he stepped on it.   No climbing harness was used.   The AGF said that the majority of all tree-stand accidents happen when climbing up or down from the tree stand.  The use of climbing harness would prevent these and the AGF encourages all hunters using an elevated tree-stand to use a climbing harness. (10/27/17)

IDENTITY THEFT REPORTED TO FCSD
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Marilyn Holeman of Altus October 10th to file a report of identity theft.   Holeman reported that someone had used her husbands’ identity to open a Dish Network and a Century Link account.   Mr. Holeman was incarcerated during the time of the incident.   The report lists a possible suspect.   The total amount of money involved was $364.  (10/27/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY ON FAIRVIEW ROAD IN FC
Sgt. Mason Berry with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Fairview Road near Mulberry on October 10th for a theft report.  Rocko Campell advised that about 1:30am he hear a loud noise, he looked outside with a flashlight but didn’t see anything.   When he woke up later that morning he noticed the camper door was pried open and that a 22 caliber pistol, 32” Vizio TV and two Coleman LED lanterns were missing from the camper.   The total value of the stolen property was listed at $800.  (10/27/17)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP
Sgt. Arron Arnold conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for a traffic violation on October 16th on Cherry Street.   When Sgt. Arnold approached the vehicle he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and obtained consent to search the vehicle.   Inside the vehicle a baggie of marijuana was located in the console of the vehicle and under the passenger seat a red smoking device with marijuana residue was located.  22 year old Roger Dale Kropf of Clarksville was arrested and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for possession of controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime.  (10/27/17)
  
  
TEXAS MAN ARRESTED IN THEFT CASE
Ozark Police arrested 47 year old Jimmy Lee Via of Lamesa Texas on Tuesday October 24th in connection with an investigation into the theft of several batteries from Exit 37 Truck Services.   Police had a description for a suspect vehicle in the case, the vehicle was located by a patrolman with the Police Department.   Via was found sleeping in the truck, when he got out of the vehicle a ½ gram of meth was found in his possession and a box full of cleats was found in the bed of the truck.  It was learned that the cleats had been stolen from a barn near I-40 owned by Fred Mullens of Ozark.  Via was also questioned in the theft of the batteries to which he admitted he had stolen and sold for scrap metal.   Via was arrested for possession of controlled substance and theft charges.  (10/27/17)
  
  
HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT REPORT
Austin Purdion filed a report of a hit and run accident October 18th.  Purdion reported that he left his 2010 Chevy Camaro at Anytime Fitness on Saturday Oct. 7th to go out of town.  The next day Purdion returned to get the car and noticed that someone had struck the vehicle.  The report did not indicate the amount of damage.  Also on the 18th, Basillia Ramirez contacted Clarksville Police to file a report of her 2003 Dodge truck being damaged while it was parked at El Palenque.  The report indicates the damage was on the back side of the vehicle.  (10/26/17)

FIRE INVESTIGATION
   On Saturday October 21st, Franklin County Deputy Levi White was advised of a possible structure fire on Jenny Road in Alix.  When authorities arrived they found that the fire was reported to be a controlled burn of an abandoned trailer.   The owner of the trailer was not present but was out of town at the time.   The individual on the scene said that the owner had asked him to burn the abandoned trailer.   The report showed the owner was Roy Day.   The trailer was completely destroyed in the fire.  (10/26/17)

ARSON FIRE REPORT
   The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department reported investigation a fire being ruled arson with an arrest warrant being sought for the individual responsible.   On October 17 at 2pm, Corporal Dustin Adair was dispatched to Fern Springs Road to a possible arson that had occurred.  At the scene Anthony Morse reported that two motorcycles had been burned at the property.  A 1995 Suzuki Savage owned by Morse and a 1976 Honda Goldwing owned by Weston Bailey.   The report shows that Bailey is accused of starting the fire that destroyed both.  Mr. Morse advised that he and Bailey were trading motorcycles with each other and that Bailey was working on the Suzuki in an attempt to get it running.   The report shows that a misdemeanor warrant for arson is being sought for Weston Bailey.  (10/26/17)
    
CLARKSVILLE WOMAN CITED FOR LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT
Clarksville Police were contacted by a 17 year old female juvenile about someone hitting her 2010 Ford Fusion while it was parked at the Clarksville High School parking lot.  Video footage was reviewed and showed the suspect vehicle back into the 17 year olds vehicle, then get out of the vehicle two times and look at the damage, then pull away and leave the scene.   Police were able to identify the driver of the suspect vehicle who was interviewed at the Police Department and admitted to hitting the victims vehicle.   Korina Mila was cited for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
  
  
TRACTOR FIRE WEDNESDAY
A 2009 John Deere tractor was destroyed by fire on Wednesday afternoon.   Todd Durning, the tractor owner, was brush hogging when debris collected under the hood and against the exhaust manifold catching fire.   The tractor was a total loss, no injuries were reported.   The Altus Rural Fire Department responded at 3:36pm Wednesday with two trucks and five fire fighters along with assistance from the Ozark Fire Department.   The fire was located on Horsehoe Loop in Ozark Country Estates.  (10/26/17)
  
  
THEFT OF PROPERTY
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the 8200 block of Highway 164 for a theft report on October 16th.  The report shows that authorities had been at the property the week before for a report too.   Chris Elder told authorities that someone took a Murray push mower, a Tru Temper wheel barrow, a set of hand tools in a blue plastic case and a camo bag containing black powder muzzle loading supplies.  Most of the items in the yard but one was in a shed that had been broken into.  (10/25/17)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
Franklin County Deputy Travis Ball responded to a report of a residential burglary on October 8th.  The occupant of the property, Johnathan McKenzie, reported that when they arrived at the home they found a threatening note on the staircase in the home.   Nothing appeared to be missing from the residence.  The report indicates there is a possible suspect.  (10/25/17)

OZARK WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Franklin County authorities responded to a home on Gordon Drive October 8th in reference to a locating a wanted female.   When Deputy Travis Ball arrived, a female and two young children came to the door.   There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the home and the deputy questioned the female as to marijuana use.  The female, Reba Cain age 25 of Ozark, at first denied anyone smoking marijuana at the residence.  The odor was strong enough that Deputy Ball had Cain and the two children exit the home.   Ultimately Deputy Ball located a glass smoking device and several baggies of marijuana, a grinder and a container with marijuana residue.   Cain was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.   The children were taken by DHS.   DHS conducted a test of Cain while at the scene, she tested positive for marijuana usage.  (10/25/17)

THEFT REPORTED AT HARPS
A report from the Clarksville Police Department shows that a male and female came into the store and took a package of cigarette lighters and a flashlight, removed the barcodes and took the merchandise without paying.   The male subject, Jimmy Edwards, was questioned about the incident and admitted that he and the female, Cynthia Edwards, had taken the items and removed the barcodes with intention of taking the items but then decided not to and left the items in the store.   The female involved could not be located at the time of the report for questioning.   The report was turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney for possible charges.  The actual incident occurred on September 26th.  (10/25/17)

THEFT REPORT
Clarksville Police were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Main Street to Dani’s Bargain Palace in reference to a theft report.   Danielle Flack reported that a pair of Muck boots, a ring, two buckets, $25 cash from a coin machine, 3 knives, $25 cash from the register and about $50 quarters.  The report shows there is a suspect and that the owner of the property did not wish to press charges at the time of the report.  (10/25/17)
  
  
ONE KILLED, ONE INJURED AND ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER AN MVA MONDAY NIGHT  
Emergency responders were called to the 25 mile marker of I-40 Monday night at 8:20pm to report of a motor vehicle accident.  When authorities arrived they found both vehicles in the ditch and one of the driver’s walking from the scene.   The individual walking from the scene was identified as David Ray Thomason age 31 of Bradford Arkansas.   Thomason was driving a 2005 Pontiac van traveling westbound on I-40 in the fast lane when he crossed over into the slow lane and struck a 2017 GMC truck that was pulling a camper trailer, causing both vehicles to run off the right side of the roadway where they came to rest.   Thomason’s van overturned, the driver of the truck had to be freed by the Jaws of Life after being trapped in his truck.   The preliminary report shows the driver of the truck, Gary Holden age 68 of Chouteau OK, died from injuries sustained in the accident.   A passenger in the truck, Patsy Holden age 68 of Chouteau OK, was transported to Sparks Hospital for treatment of injuries, her condition is unknown.  David Thomason was arrested and booked into the Franklin County Detention Center and is facing possible charges of 1st degree murder, aggravated assault, fleeing, DWI, reckless driving and theft by receiving.   The theft by receiving charge stems from the vehicle he was driving reportedly being stolen from the Searcy area.   Thomason was also involved in another accident just before striking the truck and camper, when Thomason forced a vehicle off the interstate and then continued westbound hitting the truck and trailer.  There were reports that one person from the first accident was also transported to the hospital for treatment, no other details are available at this time about the first accident.   The accidents were investigated by the Arkansas State Police with assistance from several local agencies.  (10/24/17)
  
  
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT VEHICLE CRAHSES DURING PURSUIT
  Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones tells True Country news that a Sheriff Deputy was involved in an motor vehicle accident during a pursuit in the early morning hours of Saturday October 21st.   Sheriff Jones said that just after midnight Deputy Corey Yarbrough was on patrol in the Hartman Bottoms when he observed a dark colored SUV traveling in the opposite direction of the Deputy.  Deputy Yarbrough turned around and initiated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, when he did, the suspect vehicle accelerated and sped away.  Deputy Yarbrough pursued the SUV to County Road 2030 in the Hartman area when the Deputy lost control of his unit in a curve and ran off the roadway.  Sheriff Jones said that the suspect was able to get away and that Deputy Yarbrough was uninjured.   The unit he was driving was damaged and was towed from the scene but according to Sheriff Jones, the unit will be repaired and put back into service.   The investigation is continuing.  (10/24/17)

CLARKSVILLE RESIDENT INJURED AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT SUNDAY IN OZARK 
  Julissa Felix Meza age 19 of Clarksville was injured in a single vehicle accident Sunday night in Ozark about 8:30pm on Peach Orchard Lane.  Felix Meza was driving a 2005 Chevy Malibu traveling west on Peach Orchard Lane and was unable to negotiate the curve turning left onto Barcliff Lane and continued straight off the roadway hitting a tree causing the vehicle to bound back in a reverse direction coming rest point off the roadway on the east side of Bar Cliff Lane.   Felix Meza was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by Franklin County EMS for treatment of possible injuries, the vehicle was believed to have been totaled.  The accident was investigated by the Ozark Police Department.  (10/24/17)
  
  
BREAKING OR ENTERING ON HERITAGE ROAD
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows that authorities were dispatched to Heritage Road on Monday Oct. 9th to report of a break-in.   It was learned that the occupants of the property found a note on the front door that had “Next” written on it.   The report shows that law enforcement had been to the location previously to reports of a trespasser.   It was determined that whoever left the note had possibly entered the home sometime in the process.   Law enforcement has responded to other reports of criminal mischief and prowlers in the area.  Nothing was missing from the property.  (10/23/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
Johnson County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a possible break-in on Highway 164 north of Lamar.  Brent Scott arrived on the scene and made contact with the caretaker of the property who had been informed of criminal mischief of the house and a theft.   The caretaker arrived on the afternoon of October 9th after getting a call of a suspicious vehicle at the property.  When the caretaker arrived the key would not work on the lock due to the lock being tampered with.  A ceramic eagle had been taken from a shelf near the front door.   The report did not identify the owner of the property.  (10/23/17)
  
OZARK POLICE ASSIST IN CHILD PORN INVESTIGATION
The Ozark Police Department recently was involved in an investigation that resulted in the arrest of  Missouri man on Child Porn Charges.  Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former St. Joseph, Mo., Boy Scout leader has been charged in federal court with distributing child pornography over the Internet.   Michael R. Goeller, 45, of St. Joseph, was charged in a criminal complaint filed under seal in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2017. The complaint was unsealed and made public following Goeller’s arrest on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Goeller remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.  According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, the investigation began on Feb. 15, 2017, when a law enforcement officer in Arkansas downloaded a video file that contained child pornography through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network that was later linked to Goeller’s computer.  On Sept. 20, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Goeller’s apartment and seized a laptop computer and other digital electronic devices and digital media storage devices. A full forensic digital examination of the devices seized from Goeller is pending, the affidavit says, but a digital forensic preview tool was utilized on the laptop and indicated at least 10 images of child pornography and other files names with terms associated with child pornography.  After the completion of the search warrant, the affidavit says, investigators learned that Goeller had made contact with a local priest to confess to child pornography having been found on his computer. Goeller also immediately resigned as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America due to his interaction with this criminal investigation.  This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."  (10/23/17)
    
CHARLESTON MAN SENTENCED TO 90 MONTHS IN CHILD PORN CASE
Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Danny Paul Cummings, age 47, of Charleston, was sentenced today to 90 months in federal prison followed by ten years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Child Pornography. The Honorable Chief Judge P. K. Holmes, III presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith. According to court records, in April of 2016, the Fort Smith Arkansas Crimes Against Children Taskforce identified a Twitter user who was using a computer with a known I.P. address to upload images and videos depicting child pornography to the internet. A subsequent subpoena return from the suspect’s internet provider returned to the residence of Danny Paul Cummings. On or about April 28, 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Cummings residence at which time he admitted to using his computer to distribute, trade, and download images and videos depicting child pornography through Twitter and a KIK account. Agents seized an I-Phone, cell phone, laptop computer, and a hard drive from the residence. A subsequent forensic examination of the devices yielded 565 pictures and 131 videos depicting child pornography. One of the videos depicted an adult male having vaginal sex with a female child approximately four-to-six years of age. The video was over a minute long, and records obtained reflect the video was distributed to others through the internet using Cumming’s KIK account.
            “Protecting our nation remains a top priority for Homeland Security Investigations,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nicholas C. Nelson. “In this case, we worked jointly with our partners at the Greenwood Police Department and Ozark Police Department to successfully remove a violator from our local community.” Nelson is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations with responsibility for Arkansas.  Cummings was named in a federal indictment in August of 2016 and pleaded guilty in November of 2016.  This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Greenwood Police Department and Ozark Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Denis Dean prosecuted the case for the United States.  (10/23/17)
  
CLARKSVILLE MAN INJURED IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Raymond Gregory of Clarksville age 82 was reported to be injured in a single vehicle accident on Thursday October 12th at 7:18pm.    Gregory was driving a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner and was pulling northbound into #10 Fitzgerald Street when he attempted to apply the brakes causing the vehicle to collide with the front porch post and the garage door of the structure, after impact the vehicle continued into the garage area.   EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported Mr. Gregory to Johnson Regional Medical Center for treatment of possible injuries.   Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000 with $5,000 damage to the structure owned by Debra Lynn Gotautas.   (10/19/17)

SEVERAL DOGS STOLEN IN THE LONE PINE AREA
It has been reported to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office that there have been a few dogs go missing all close to the same area. The three dogs that were stolen were Boston Terriers. One was in Hunt town, one near HWY 103 and the third in the Lone Pine Area. The one on Hwy 103 was brought back and kicked out of a tan car a few hours after it had gone missing. One was taken from a fenced area. If you see suspicious vehicles or activity in your community please call the Sheriff's Office at 479-754-2200.  (10/19/17)

IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO BLISS RIDGE ROAD
Motorists traveling to Shores Lake and White Rock Mountain will soon have smoother sailing according to Ozark-St. Francis National Forest officials.  The Bliss Ridge Road, which provides access into the popular recreation areas, will undergo road improvement work beginning October 23.  The work will include resurfacing a paved section of road leading in to the lake, and repairing a section of gravel road between Shores Lake and White Rock damaged in a 2015 flood event.
The overall project will be accomplished through two contracts, with the first one funded by the Federal Lands Transportation Program that focuses on improving access into recreation areas across the nation.  The second project contract is funded through the Federal Highway’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program. 
The first contract will commence October 23rdwhen contractors begin preparing to resurface a little more than one mile of the road between Arkansas Hwy 215 and Shores Lake.  Motorists should expect delays of no more than one hour when driving through the construction area. 
Upon completion of the resurfacing work, reconstruction will begin on a 2.4 mile section of the gravel road located between Shores Lake and White Rock Mountain.   Expected to commence in 
late winter, this second contract includes road grading, ditch repair and culvert replacement. Traffic delays during this phase should be somewhat shorter.  (10/19/17)
  
CLARKSVILLE MAN ADMITTED TO ICU AFTER INCIDENT ON JOHNSON STREET
On October 7th, Clarksville Police were called to the 700 block of Johnson Street to report of an unresponsive male subject.   At the scene it was learned that 36 year old Daniel Yaw of Clarksville was chewing on a Fentanyl patch when he fell to the floor and starting turning blue.  The subject was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center wher he was admitted to ICU.  (10/20/17)

MISSING PERSON REPORT
Clarksville Police were contacted by Eh Ri Dah on October 6th in reference to not being able to locate his wife.   He said she had left the house the night before and had not returned home since.   She picked up their two children from school on the 6th and had not been seen or heard from since.  (10/20/17)

FIRE INVESTIGATION
On Monday October 9th, Franklin County Deputy Levi White was dispatched to Heritage Road in reference to a trailer fire at 3:05am.  When Deputy White arrived, the fire had completely destroyed the Channel Master gooseneck camper trailer.  Rick McKinney reported that he was inside the home when he noticed the light outside and went outside to discover the camper engulfed in flames.   McKinney reported that he had restored power to the camper the day  before.   The report shows the fire was likely started from an electrical issue.  (10/20/17)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ON HERITAGE ROAD
Franklin County Deputy Johnathan Anderson was dispatched to Heritage Road in reference to a trespassing.  The home occupants said they arrived to see a subject in the field southwest of the residence.  The home occupants chased the subject but eventually lost sight of him.   Nothing appeared to be missing, authorities checked with neighbors who reported they have been having the same problem.   Nothing was reported missing from the property.   The report did not indicate who the owner of the property was.   (10/20/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Franklin County Corporal Dustin Adair responded to report of several head of cattle out near the Altus Dollar General on Friday October 6th.  The cattle were located and returned to the pasture from where they came by Deputy Adair without incident.  It was discovered that the fence had been cut.  The owner of the cattle, Kenneth Warden, was contacted and it was learned that the property was being leased by Warden for the last 3 years and during that time there have been multiple instances of the fence being cut and other criminal mischief.   (10/20/17)

STOLEN LICENSE PLATE RECOVERED
A report from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department shows that a stolen license plate was recovered on Saturday October 7th when Franklin County authorities responded to an Alarm Call at a home on Highway 64 between Ozark and Altus.   When authorities arrived at the scene they did not find any sign of forced entry and nothing appeared to be missing.   There was a vehicle sitting in the yard and authorities ran the tag to find the license plate was reported stolen out of the Ozark Police Department.   The license plate was recovered and the owner of the vehicle was questioned.   The investigation continues as to who placed the license plate on the vehicle.  (10/20/17)

MOUNTAIN BIKE STOLEN AT UofO
Katelyn Bradley of Russellville filed a theft report with the Clarksville Police Department on October 10thd after discovering her Mountain Bike had been stolen while parked at the UofO campus.  The mountain bike was valued at $300.  (10/20/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY
Brittany Meeler contacted the Clarksville Police Department on September 28th to file a theft report.   Meeler reported that her cell phone had been stolen from her oustide window seal where she had left it on accident.  When she realized she left the phone there, she went back to retrieve the phone but it was gone.  (10/20/17)

LOGAN COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Approximately 1/2 gram of Methamphetamine, 3 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was seized in the recent arrest of a Logan County woman who now faces the charges of Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); Possession of a Schedule VI drug and felony and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  (10/19/17)  
TWO FIRE CALLS IN ALTUS TUESDAY
Altus Fire Department responded to two separate calls on Tuesday Oct. 17th.   The first call came in at 12:30pm of a grass fire located at 411 East Main in Altus.   The Fire Department arrived to find the ditch on the north side of the roadway on fire.  The fire was quickly extinguished with no structures damaged.  One truck and 2 firefighters responded to that call.   Then at 5:50pm Altus Fire Department received a report of a structure fire on West Denning Street in Denning.  When the Fire Department arrived they found a small abandoned shed fully involved in flames.   The shed was a total loss.   A cause could not be determined and an owner could not be located.   There were no utilities to the building.   3 trucks and 9 firefighters were on the scene about an hour.   The report from Altus Fire Chief Jonathan Kinsworthy.  (10/18/17)
  
    
RUSSELLVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER MARIJUANA FOUND IN VEHICLE…Clarksville Police report of a traffic stop on October 12th on South Rogers Street of a vehicle with a headlight out.   The driver was Brandon Adams of Russellville who said he was aware of the problem and had been working on it.   The officer noticed several bullets and a couple of boxes of ammo in the passenger side of the vehicle.   Adams was asked for consent to search the vehicle which he granted.   During the search two clear baggies were located between the driver and passenger seats, one containing marijuana and the other marijuana residue.   Adams was arrested for possession of controlled substance.  (10/18/17)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY…A report from the Clarksville Police Department shows that police were called to the 500 block of Shady Grove to the apartment complex for a report.   Ruth Frazier reported that someone had been getting into her residence and that she had found food missing and the cover of one of her windows removed.  (10/18/17)

BREAKING OR ENTERING AND THEFT OF PROPERTY…On Friday Oct. 6th, Franklin County authorities were contacted by Ryan Harris in reference to a theft of property on White Oak Road.   Harris reported that on the 5th he was contacted by his ex-father-in-law reporting that there were people on Harris’s property.   Mr. Harris arrived and made contact with two men claiming to be with the bank telling Harris the property had been foreclosed on and that they had changed the locks.   The next day, Mr. Harris contacted his mortgage company and was informed that he was in good standing and that they had not sent anyone to the property.   Harris went back to the property and found that a 16’ black trailer with a mesh floor had been taken from the property.   The back door of the home had been forced open and the interior of the home was in disarray but nothing was missing.   The listed value of the trailer was $400.  (10/18/17)

VANDALISM REPORTED AT HOME ON BARNES ROAD…Franklin County Deputy Levi White responded to the Madelyn Carter residence on Barnes Road Friday October 6th to take a report of vandalism.   Carter stated that she and her children returned to her home on Friday evening to find her bedroom window broken out and a rock lying on the bedroom floor.   Damage was estimated at $200, the report indicates a there is a possible suspect.  (10/18/17)

CLARKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER CALL OF INTOXICATED MALE…On October 13th, Clarksville Police Officer Tyler Holt was dispatched to 32 Cypress Avenue due to an intoxicated male subject out of control.   The caller was a relative of the suspect who was reported to be extremely intoxicated and off his medication.   The subject was identified as Dusty Brewer age 22.   While officers were looking for Brewer they received a call from the 200 block of Griffith Loop of a male subject trying to kick in the back door of a residence and then he ran screaming and yelling into the woods.   Brewer was ultimately located in the middle of Skaggs Road at its intersection with Cypress Avenue and taken into custody without incident.  Brewer was transported to the Johnson County Detention Center for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.  (10/17/17)

FRANKLIN COUNTY WOMAN REPORTS BEING RAPED…Investigator Jeff Wood with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reports that an investigation was launched on October 9th into a rape allegation.   A 34 year old white female reported to a supervisor at her place of employment that she had been raped over the weekend.   The supervisor in turn contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.   The victim reported that she was walking on Highway 64 near the Scenic View area when two male subjects pulled up to her and raped her.   The victim said she woke up unclothed and walked home after the assault took place on Saturday but did not report it until Monday at work.   A rape kit was administered and the female victim was taken to the Crisis Intervention Center in Fort Smith.   The investigation is ongoing.   (10/17/17)

SUBJECT SOUGHT AFTER FLEEING FROM SHERIFF ON FRIDAY…Franklin County authorities are looking for a Jessie Blackburn for questioning following an incident that occurred on Friday Oct. 13th on Highway 96 in the parking lot of the Corinth Baptist Church.    Sheriff Anthony Boen conducted a stop of the vehicle Friday morning and made contact with the passenger, Bubba Pledger of Ozark and the driver, believed to be Jessie Blackburn.  Pledger was outside of the vehicle but the driver refused to get out of the vehicle despite being instructed to do so.   At some point the driver sped away in the Chevy pickup leaving Pledger at the scene.   Pledger was arrested for obstructing governmental operations and failure to obey an officer.   Authorities searched for the truck and the driver Friday in Franklin and Johnson County but were not able to locate either.   Although, Investigator Jeff Wood said that the Department received a call from the vehicle’s owner that the vehicle was back at the owner’s home.   The investigation is ongoing as authorities continue to search for Blackburn.  (10/17/17)

FRANKLIN COUNTY MAN STILL MISSING…Investigator Jeff Wood tells True Country News that a Franklin County man reported missing by his family has not yet been located.   Jay Alston was reported missing by his brother Darin on September 9th.   Darin reported Jay had not been seen since September 1st at his farm west of Ozark.  Alston is a 54 year old white male of Ozark about 5’10” tall with green eyes and blonde hair.   Anyone with information is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 667-4127.  (10/17/17)
  
  
RUSSELLVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN PARIS SUNDAY…Paris PD Officers arrested a male subject from Russellville following an investigation of a suspicious vehicle. The driver was initially arrested on a minor traffic violation as officers were then able to obtain probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search officers located 3 grams of suspected marijuana in the front cab area. Officers then located a bag containing approximately 33 grams of suspected marijuana and digital scales in the trunk. Officers believed the subject possibly had contraband hidden on his person. Subsequently the subject was searched further at the detention center where a detention officer located a Schedule IV controlled substance. The subject was then booked into the detention center on misdemeanor and felony charges.  (10/17/17)
  
BREAKING OR ENTERING ON HERITAGE ROAD…Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a call of shots fired on Tuesday Oct. 3rd at 12:35am on Heritage Road.    Deputy Levi White arrived and met with the victim, a 17 year old juvenile male, who said he was at home in the living room watching a movie when he heard what sounded like a footsteps outside the backdoor and his dog began barking.   The 17 year old retrieved a 12 gauge shotgun and walked towards the kitchen when he saw a subject wearing mask standing outside the back door attempting to gain entrance into the home.  The 17 year old stepped back behind the wall, unseen by the intruder.  At that time the 17 year old heard the door swing open, the 17 year old stepped around the corner and fired a shot in the direction of the intruder.   The 17 year old said that he closed his eyes just before firing the gun and did not know if he hit the intruder.    Authorities search of the area for evidence of injury but none was found.   (10/16/17)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING…Franklin County authorities were called to Pond Creek Road on October 3rd in reference to a trespassing report.   A white Dodge truck was found parked at an abandoned house owned by Chris Nichols.   The vehicle returned to the Eva Patton Living Trust.   It was believed the truck may have been parked at the location by someone hunting in the area.   The property owner had the vehicle towed.  (10/16/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF…Linda McCoy reported that when she was driving her Dodge Ram pickup on October 3rd, she noticed a strange noise coming from the front of the vehicle.   She stopped in Webb City and had her daughter come check the vehicle.   It was determined that some bolts had been removed from the vehicle.   McCoy reported that she had recently had trouble with a relative coming onto her property messing with her belongings.   No permanent damage was noted to the vehicle.  (10/13/17)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ON SONNY DRIVE
…Franklin County Deputy Lianna Pell responded to a report of criminal trespassing on Sonny Drive Sept. 29th at the home of Sharon Bowman.  Bowman reported that about 11pm she heard music and thought she left her TV on.  The then noticed a small light outside similar to a cell phone.   She called her son-in-law to come to the home which he did but no one was located.   Nothing was missing from the property.  (10/13/17)

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY ON EAST HIGHWAY 64 IN ALTUS…Franklin County Deputy Johnathan Anderson was dispatched to the home of Ronda Milligan on October 5th about 8:50pm to report of someone on her property.   Milligan said she was sitting in her living room when she heard a strange noise in the back of her house.   Milligan then called some friends to come to the house, when they did they checked the yard and noticed a subject run from the area of a shed on Milligans property.   The subject went across the fence and ran across the field toward the lock and dam.  When the three returned to the house and were sitting on the porch they heard some noise coming from behind the house and discovered that the subject was back, the three chased the subject from the yard again.   Authorities had been to the house the day before for a possible prowler.   Some evidence was collected at the scene.  (10/13/17)

MARIJUANA PIPE FOUND IN VEHICLE DURING TRAFFIC STOP…A traffic stop on Friday October 6th resulted in a marijuana pipe being located in a vehicle and two people being cited.   It occurred when Johnson County Deputy Corey Yarbrough stopped the vehicle in the Hartman area on CR2250.  The driver, Jimmy Johnson, was asked for consent to search the vehicle which he granted.   There was a passenger in the vehicle that had a backpack in the passenger side floor board.  The passenger, Sarah Woodall, also granted consent to search her bag.  She then admitted to having a marijuana pipe in the bag.  A pipe was located in the bag; the pipe had a burned leafy substance on it and smelled like marijuana.  Woodall was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia while Johnson was cited for failure to register vehicle, no DL and no Insurance.  (10/12/17)

VEHICLE VANDALIZED AT HIGHWAY 219 & HIGHWAY 352
…On September 29th, Sgt. Mason Berry with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the intersection of highway 219 and Highway 352 to take a report of a vehicle being vandalized.  Isaac Montgomery reported that someone had written the words “I’m Back” with a permanent marker on the right front door fender of a Saturn vehicle.   The damage was estimated at $300.  (10/12/17)

PROPERTY STOLEN FROM CABIN ON MILLER ROAD…Wanda Kenney of Mulberry filed a report with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on October 4th after discovering that someone had stolen several items from her cabin.   The items taken from the cabin included a black Fisher brand stove, freeze proof water hydrant, a stainless sink and the aluminum wire from the electric meter.   Total value of the stolen property was listed at $900.  (10/12/17)

LICENSE PLATE STOLEN FROM CLARKSVILLE DEALERSHIP…A report from the Clarksville Police Department shows that a license plate was stolen from a vehicle parked at Johnson Chevrolet.   The 2007 Chevy Impala was owned by Johnson Chevrolet and had been sitting at the location for over 2 months.  The theft was noticed on the morning of September 11th.  (10/12/17)

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON CR2301…On Friday October 6th, Johnson County Deputy Corey Yarbrough was dispatched to the 1000 block of CR2301 in reference to an aggravated assault report.   At the scene, Deputy Yarbrough made contact with the caller and victim, Terry Cooper.  He advised that about 5:15am he went outside his front door and found a black Ford Mustang sitting in his driveway, the driver advised that his car overheated and he needed some water for his car.   Cooper went back inside the residence and retrieved his pistol and then came back outside.   He asked the driver and passenger for their I.D., both occupants started moving around in the vehicle like they were looking for something at which time, Cooper asked the driver to exit the car.   At that time, the driver backed up towards Cooper at a high rate of speed forcing him to jump out of the way or be struck by the vehicle.  The vehicle then sped away.  Authorities were able to locate the vehicle parked in the driveway of another residence where they were seen getting into another vehicle and leaving the scene.   The Ford Mustang was towed and impounded until an owner could be identified.  (10/11/17)

37 YEAR OLD PARIS MAN ARRESTED AFTER REPORT OF MAN LYING ON HIGHWAY
…Franklin County Deputy Levi White responded to a report on September 29th of a male subject lying in the westbound lane of Highway 22.   Deputy White made contact with the subject who was a 37 year old white male of Paris.   The man was saying he wanted to kill himself and was acting erratically.   The man was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken into protective custody.  (10/11/17)

CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ON EAST HIGHWAY 64…Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mason Berry responded to the 4000 block of Highway 64 on October 4th to report of a possible break in.   Ronda Milligan reported that she was at her home the night before sitting in her living room when she saw a man looking in her kitchen window.  Milligan called friends over to check everything out but no one was located and nothing was missing.  (10/11/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF ON WHITE DRIVE…Clarksville Police were contacted by Breonna Hogue on September 17th in reference to her ex-boyfriend breaking into her house, causing damage and stealing her car keys and phone.   The report shows that the boyfriend, Felix Herrera, was questioned and denied breaking into the home of stealing anything.    When Police contacted Herrera a second time at a later date, he would not agree to meet with police at the Police Department.  The case was turned over to the PA for possible charges.  (10/11/17)

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF REPORTED AT STORAGE UNIT…Tomas Nepivoda reported that his storage unit at 2207 W. Main Street had the lock cut on it but nothing was missing.  The last time he had checked the unit was on August 16th.   No other units were damaged.   The storage units are owned by Ken Stall.  (10/10/17)

THEFT OF PROPERTY…Fannie Timmons of Clarksville filed a theft report on September 23rd after discovering someone had stolen the license plate from her vehicle.  The theft was noticed about 4am on the 23rd while the vehicle was parked at her home on Oakland Street.  (10/10/17)

HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT…On September 15th, Clarksville Police responded to the area of the Wal-Mart parking lot to a hit and run accident.   Anna Langdon was still in her vehicle when police arrived and advised that she was attempting to make a left turn onto Market Street from the Wal-Mart parking lot when her vehicle was hit by a green Chevy S10.   She advised the vehicle never stopped and continued east on Market Street.  Langdon was taken to Johnson Regional Medical Center due to possible injuries, she was transported by EMS and later released from the hospital.  The report shows that a Glenn Warren was questioned in connection with the accident and admitted to being the driver and that he left the scene because he had been drinking and did not want to get arrested.  The vehicle was located behind his residence on CR3436 where he had hid it.  The investigation was submitted to the PA for possible charges.  (10/10/17)

2 HOMES BROKEN INTO ON HIGHWAY 352…On September 27th, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Jesse Mason in reference to a break-in and theft at a home owned by his mother.  Mr. Mason advised the home belonged to his mother and that he had last been there about a week earlier.  When he arrived on this date, he found the home broken into.  Deputies checked the house and no one was located, it was obvious someone had been inside the property and gone through the house with several items missing.  A Toro lawn mower, twin size bed and a table frame were among the items taken.   While authorities were investigation it was also learned that the property next door had also been broken into.  That property was owned by a Glenna Nicklas subject of Lowell.  It was determined that a window unit A/C had been pushed out to gain access to the home.   Items taken included several figurines, yard tools, air compressor, kitchen and bathroom items, quilts and bedding, mirrors, wall clock, antique end tables, Element 32” flat screen television, dining room chairs.   The total value of the stolen property was about $3,000.  (10/10/17)

MARIJUANA SEIZED DURING TRAFFIC STOP…Deputy Corey Yarbrough with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was on routine patrol on October 7th when he observed a white Expedition that failed to stop at the stop sign next to the Valero Gas Station on Rogers.   Deputy Yarbrough initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver seated in the vehicle.  An odor of marijuana was coming from the inside of the vehicle.  The driver, Steve Pippin, was questioned as to the odor and if he had any marijuana in the vehicle, he replied no.  When Pippin was asked to step out of the vehicle so a search could be conducted he admitted to having a small baggie of marijuana in the center console cup holder.    A search of the vehicle did reveal a small baggie in the console and a rolled marijuana cigarette.   Pippen was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and possession of a controlled substance.  (10/10/17)

CLARKSVILLE MAN REPORTS BEING ATTACKED…Officer Tyler Holt of the Clarksville Police Department was flagged down on September 16th in the area of North Rogers Street by a female saying that there was a male subject lying in the Catholic Church parking lot bleeding.   Eliezer Ocasio was located in the parking lot bleeding from his left eye and nose.  He claimed he was jumped to by subjects at the apartment complex on North Rogers Street.   The Clarksville Fire Department responded to check Mr. Ocasio’s injuries, he refused to go to the ER at that time.   Officer Holt went to the apartment complex and made contact with both subjects who said that Oscasio had made a sexual gesture to one of the male subjects and then grabbed his crotch, at which time the subject struck Mr. Oscasio knocking him to the ground.   The male subject then went into his apartment; the other stayed outside and watched Oscasio who was walking around.   The 2nd male subject then tried to assit Mr. Oscasio and said that Ocasio swung at him 3 times, after which he struck Mr. Oscasio once and left.   Oscasio was taken to the ER by Officer Holt and dropped off there.  The report was turned over to the prosecutor for possible charges.  (10/9/17)

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST…Cpl. Kenneth Kennedy of the Clarksville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Highway 109 on August 29th for a seatbelt violation.   The driver Byrone Zeiler gave consent to search the vehicle after a strong odor of marijuana was observed coming from the vehicle.    During the search authorities confiscated 2 plastic baggies with marijuana inside, a small plastic bag with meth inside, a set of digital scales and a glass pipe with meth residue.   Mr. Zeiler was also found to have over $4,000 cash in his possession.  Zeiler was arrested for felony possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance along with possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, a misdemeanor charge.  He was also cited for no seat belt, driving while dl expired and no proof insurance.  (10/9/17)

POSSIBLE PROWLER ON HERITAGE ROAD…On September 20th, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department took a 911 call of a possible prowler.   Authorities arrived at the home and met with the caller who advised that he was at the home with his baby niece and heard someone open the door to the foyer at his home.  The suspect reportedly went outside and opened the door to the caller’s vehicle.   The caller advised that he could see the suspect outside the home on a cell phone.    When deputies arrived, no one was located in the area and nothing had been taken.  (10/9/17)

BURGLARY ON PECAN STREET IN ALTUS…Investigator Curtis Bishop was called to the home of Christopher Doman on Pecan Street in Altus on October 2nd.   Mr. Doman reported that he and his wife had returned from being out of town for several weeks to find their home broken into.  Entrance was gained through the back door of the trailer house where the door breached.  Items taken from the home were a pellet gun, Black and Decker battery operated saw, Stanley ratchet set, knife and a clear plastic tote.  Total value of the stolen property was a little over $400.  (10/9/17)

ATV IMPOUNDED FOLLOWING CALL OF GUNSHOTS…The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the area of CR3411 in Clarksville On Saturday Sept. 6th to report of a four wheeler and gunshots in the area at 3am.   Corporal Chris Brownlow and Arkansas Game & Fish responded to the area.  A four wheeler was located outside a residence in the 2500 block of CR3411 with the garage door open and a subject in the garage working on a vehicle.   Contact was made with the subject in the garage who denied knowing anything about the ATV.  When the motor was checked it was still hot to the touch.   Authorities questioned everyone at the location but no one claimed to have knowledge about the ATV.   The ATV was checked and showed to have been stolen from Oklahoma several years ago.   The ATV was seized and impounded until an owner could be determined.   A Mike Williams was arrested at the scene on an unrelated warrant out of Franklin County.  The report shows that the next day two different people contacted the Sheriff’s Department claiming ownership of the ATV.   The investigation is still ongoing to determine the actual owner.  (10/6/17)

JOHNSON COUNTY KILLER DENIED CLEMENCY…The Arkansas Parole Board unanimously denied clemency to convicted killer Jack Greene on Thursday.   Greene is scheduled to be executed on November 9th.  He was convicted of capital murder for killing Johnson County resident Sidney Jethro Burnett in 1991.  He was also a person of interest in the murder of his brother in North Carolina at the time.  The grisly nature of the murder was cited as the reason for denying clemency saying that the sentence was not excessive.   Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced in August of this year that Greene had exhausted all of his appeals and requested Governor Asa Hutchison set an execution date.  (10/6/17)

OZARK WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING POLICE TRAPS…Ozark Police arrested Teresa Marie Putney age 44 of Ozark Thursday after she stole 3 cat traps that were owned by the Ozark Police Department.   The traps had been set out at a furniture store on Commercial Street in Ozark to catch feral cats at the request of the business.   Putney is accused of stealing the traps and releasing the cats.   Police said that Putney has been feeding the feral cats.  Putney was arrested for criminal trespassing, theft of property, obstructing governmental operations and criminal mischief.  (10/6/17)

FELONY AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND BATTERY INVESTIGATGED…A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows that a 54 year old Richard McConnell of Ozark was seriously injured by a 46 year old Stacy Raines of Ozark during an incident that occurred at Mr. McConnell’s home on Heritage Road September 28th about 10:30pm.   The report shows that Mr. Raines, Mr. McConnell and a female were at Mr. McConnell’s home when McConnell asked Mr. Raines and his girlfriend to leave multiple times but they did not.   At one point, Mr. McConnell retrieved a 9mm handgun from his vehicle and told Raines again to leave.  Raines then attacked McConnell striking him in the head seriously injuring McConnell before Raines and his girlfriend left the scene with the handgun.   McConnell was taken to Mercy Ozark and then on to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment of a serious head injury and to his ear.   The report shows that the gun had not been located at the time of the report and no charges had been filed yet at the time the report was released.  (10/6/17)

CLARKSVILLE MAN INJURED IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
…Kenneth Knight of Clarksville age 62 was injured in a single vehicle accident on Monday afternoon at 1:15pm at the Exit 58 of I-40.   Knight was driving a 1987 Chevy pickup northbound on the off ramp Exit 58 I-40 when the vehicle ran off the road crossing the median and entered the southbound on ramp of I-40 before striking a post and culvert.   Kenneth Knight and a passenger in the vehicle, 32 year old Joshua Knight of Clarksville, were both transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center by Johnson County EMS for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.  Damage to the truck was estimated at $2,000.  (10/6/17)


CLARKSVILLE MAN TREATED FOR DOG BITE…Ptl. Chris Curtis of the Clarksville Police Department responded to Johnson Regional Medical Center Emergency Room on September 21st to take a report of a dog bite.   Ricky Lee of Clarksville was the victim, he reported he was sitting on the porch when a stray dog walked up into his yard.  Lee said that he tried to pet the dog and it bit his finger, biting about an inch of his finer off.  No owner of the dog could be determined and the dog could not be located.  (10/6/17)

DAMAGE REPORTED TO STREET LIGHTS ON UofO CAMPUS…Clarksville Police were contacted by UofO after someone damaged the street light flag holders in the middle of the road on North College Avenue.  It appeared the holders had been damaged by a vehicle, a total of 10 had been damaged on the night of September 20th.  (10/6/17)

CLARKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG WARRANT
…Clarksville Police report that a 19 year old Khamree Cowell of Clarksville turned herself in on a felony warrant for delivery of controlled substance on September 21st.   The report shows that on March 29th, Cowell sold approximately 1.4 grams of meth to an informant of the Clarksville Police Department.   The investigation lead to the arrest of Cowell on the 21st.  (10/6/17)