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Multiple arrests for drug and weapons charges

On January 1, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office took a theft report in Drasco, where several pieces of logging equipment were taken.  The value of the stolen property was approximately $5,700.  Cleburne County Detectives gained information that Wesley Armstrong was in possession of several of the stolen items.  On February 16, 2017, Detectives served a search warrant at a Hopewell residence, and recovered several of the stolen items.  Donald Moore and Sharon Moore, of Hopewell, were both arrested during the search warrant, and charged with Theft by Receiving.  Armstrong was later arrested with more of the stolen items, and also charged with Theft by Receiving.

The case is still ongoing.


On February 15, 2017, Investigators from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force conducted an undercover operation to apprehend Jeremy Lattin on drug and weapons charges, after receiving information that he was in possession of certain items.  Investigators arranged a staged meeting with Jeremy in between Heber Springs and Quitman, and conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle just prior to the arranged meeting.   Jeremy was taken into custody without incident, and investigators located several items in the vehicle.  Jeremy was booked into the Cleburne County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Communication Device, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


On February 14, 2017, Cleburne County Deputies responded to a domestic in the McJester Road area.  Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with the involved parties.  The victim alleged that the suspect, Patricia Shipley, threatened him with a gun, which was followed by a brief physical altercation.  During the investigation, deputies gained information that there were drugs in the house.  Detectives were notified, and a search warrant was served on the residence.  Patricia Shipley was arrested and booked into the Cleburne County Jail on charges of Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member, Terroristic Threatening, Manufacturing, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Sheriff Chris Brown

Calendar Project Underway!

The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of putting together a Calendar Project for 2018. During this week, your business may get a call from a man Andy, asking you if you would like to advertise in our upcoming calendar. It is a legitimate program, and Andy will be at the Sheriff's Office this week making those calls. The proceeds will be used for drug education, awareness, prevention, and to help us purchase a new K9 (our K9 Zeke is getting close to retirement). Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, and we sincerely appreciate your support!

-Sheriff Chris Brown

False report of active shooter at Heber Springs Middle School

Around 12:10 p.m., Heber Springs dispatch received a phone call reporting an active shooter at the middle school. Several deputies and officers responded, and the school was locked down. Upon arrival, it was determined to have been a false report, no shooter was located, and no injuries were sustained. Heber Springs police are in the process of questioning several people regarding the incident.

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Deputy's employment terminated following ethics violation

On February 2, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that one of its deputies had driven a patrol car past a school bus while it was stopped and in the process of letting children off at their designated stop. Witness statements of the incident, along with the deputy’s statement, were gathered and an investigation ensued. The deputy in question was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. Through the course of investigation, it was discovered that the deputy had indeed committed the traffic violation. The deputy was issued a citation of the offense of passing a stopped school bus.

During the course of the internal investigation, it was discovered that the deputy violated the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics by providing contradicting stories of the above incident.  Consistent with holding our own to the high standard of the Code of Ethics, and based on the totality of the investigation, the deputy’s employment was terminated for the ethics violation.  The above incident, though leading to the discovery of the Code of Ethics violation, was not a determining factor in the employment status of the deputy.  The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office sincerely believes that integrity is the basis for community trust. Any time an ethics violation occurs, it will be investigated, and proper and fair action will be taken. We believe that transparency is vital to a thriving and productive relationship with the citizens we serve.



-Sheriff Chris Brown

Man arrested following traffic stop, fight with deputies

On 2-6-2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies observed a traffic violation on Heber Springs Road South.  Deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle. The deputies made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. The deputies recognized one of the passenger’s as a wanted person out of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office.  The deputies then attempted to effect an arrest on the person, who in turn attempted to flee the scene. The wanted person then fought with deputies as they were taking him into custody. One of the deputies deployed pepper spray onto the subject, which lead to the subject’s compliance. The subject was then taken into custody and processed into the jail on an outstanding warrant and was also charged with resisting arrest.


All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Superbowl weekend results in arrests

On 2-5-2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Firehouse Road for an injured person call. A female was found at the scene with a wound to her neck. The female subject said she had been injured by a male subject who was also found in the area. The female subject was taken by ambulance to the emergency room for treatment. While at the emergency room, the female said she had injured herself with the intent of blaming the male subject. After receiving treatment for her injury, the female was released from the emergency room. Deputies told the female she would be facing charges for filing a false report. The female subject then became belligerent and started cursing the deputies. She was then placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. During the arrest, the female subject began resisting arrest by physically striking the deputies. She was taken into custody and processed into the jail for the offenses of filing a false report, disorderly conduct, battery, and resisting arrest.



Also on 2-5-2017, a Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle committing a traffic violation. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Through the course of investigation, the deputy determined that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of an intoxicant. The driver was arrested and booked into the jail for the offense of DWI. 



All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Sheriff's Office helps host 4th grade school tour

The Sheriff's Office helped host a tour for the entire Heber Springs 4th grade school class yesterday. Judge Lee Harrod, Judge Maureen Harrod, Circuit Clerk Heather Smith, Sheriff Chris Brown, and other Sheriff's Office staff discussed different branches of government, and the functions of the court, the jail, and the Sheriff's Office. We had a blast showing the kids around, and handing out stickers!

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Arrests for January 2017

During the month of January, 2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies made 19 arrests. The charges in the arrests are as follows:

Violation of probation (1)

Possession of a controlled substance (4)

Battery (1)

Driving While Intoxicated (4)

Fleeing (1)

Residential burglary (1)

Aggravated assault (1)

Breaking and entering (1)

Assault on a family member (1)

Possession of drug paraphernalia (3)

Communicating a false alarm (1)

Sheriff’s Deputies were able to make contact with several individuals through the monitoring of traffic in various locations throughout the county, and while conducting security checks while on patrol. Some of these contacts resulted in citations being issued for violations. The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies work hard protecting and serving, and these results are a testament to that.


Keith Hays

Chief Deputy

Absconder leads deputies on foot chase, arrested

On Saturday, January 28th, 2017 Cleburne County Deputies received information on the whereabouts of Eric Odom, a Felony Absconder wanted by the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Probation and Parole Office. Acting on that information, deputies began searching for Odom. Odom was subsequently located in a pick-up parked at Gateway Grocery just outside Heber Springs. Upon observing the pick-up and Odom inside, deputies approached the vehicle to place him under arrest. Odom exited the truck and fled, leading deputies on a short foot pursuit. Odom was apprehended and transported to the Cleburne County Jail.

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Suspect arrested, caught while burglarizing house

On 1-21-2017, Cleburne County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the Armstrong Road area. The caller stated that upon returning home, two male subjects were discovered inside the house. When deputies arrived, they located one of the subjects that had been seen inside the residence. After further investigation, the subject was arrested for residential burglary. The other subject fled on foot. Deputies were able to identify the subject who fled and formal charges are pending.


Keith Hays

Chief Deputy

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