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Multiple investigations result in arrests

On December 20, 2016, the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a local doctor’s office regarding some fraudulent prescriptions.  It was reported that a nurse that was employed at the doctor’s office had been writing fraudulent prescriptions.  During the course of the investigation, Nikki Calhoun, a nurse in the doctor’s office, was identified as a suspect, and brought in for questioning on January 24, 2017.  On March 6, 2017, an affidavit for a warrant was completed, and Nikki was arrested, and charged with 23 counts of Prescription Fraud to Obtain a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

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

 

 

On March 4, 2017, Cleburne County Deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Miller Point Road in reference to a one-vehicle accident.  When deputies arrived, they were met by a man holding a knife, who was yelling and cursing.  After a brief interaction, the male put the knife down, and was taken into custody.  The male was identified as Charles Smith.  Charles was transported back to the accident scene by deputies, where the male complained about his handcuffs being too tight.  When deputies attempted to check the handcuffs, Charles became aggressive, and struck one of the deputies before attempting to flee.  Charles was apprehended a short distance away, and transported to the Cleburne County Jail.  He was charged with 2nd Degree Battery, 2nd Degree Escape, and Disorderly Conduct.

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

 

 

On February 18, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office received a report of battery at the Methodist Boys Home located just outside Heber Springs.  It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that one of the home parents, Dave Milner, had struck one of the juveniles living in the home.  On March 1, 2017, Cleburne County Detectives interviewed Dave.  As a result of the investigation, Dave was arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Domestic Battering, and Dave’s wife, Stephanie Milner, was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault on a Family or Household Member.

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

 

 

On March 1, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office received a report in regards to child pornography.  The report alleged that naked pictures of underage girls were being sent from one cell phone to another.  During the investigation, several photographs were obtained.  Jonathen Manek was developed as a suspect, and was subsequently arrested on March 15, 2017.  He was booked into the Cleburne County Jail on 11 counts of Distributing, Possessing, or Veiwing Matter Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving a Child.

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

 

 

On March 10, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, along with the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Heber Springs Police Department, executed a search warrant at a residence on Engler Lane in Heber Springs.  During a search of the residence, several drug related items, as well as firearms, were located.  One of the firearms recovered had previously been reported stolen in a burglary report from Ida.  Two individuals were arrested as a result of the investigation:

Randall Decker, was arrested and charged with Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons, Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Deliver, and Maintaining a Drug Premises.

Ryan Decker, was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule IV or V Drugs with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Schedule VI Drugs with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Drug Premises.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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

 

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Arrests for February 2017

During the month of February, 2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office Deputies made sixteen arrests. The charges are as follows:

DWI   (1)

Battery   (5)

Aggravated Assault   (2)

Resisting Arrest   (1)

Theft of Property   (1)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia   (2)

Possession of a Controlled Substance   (2)

Fleeing   (1)

Breaking and Entering   (1)

Also, for the months of January and February, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division turned in 29 case files to the prosecutor’s office for arrest warrants. They also recovered $8,260.00 worth of property that had been reported stolen.

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Man Arrested After Investigation of Wilburn Area Breaking and Entering

On February 2nd, 2017, Cleburne County deputies were dispatched to a residence in the area of Dry Mountain Road to take a breaking and entering report. The victim reported that an unknown suspect entered his property by cutting a lock on a gate and then forced entry into the residence by prying open the back door.  The victim also reported that the suspect(s) appeared to have spent the night in the residence.  Several items were reported stolen, in addition to some damage being done around the house.  Total loss was estimated at $1050.  During the investigation, Darren Knapp was developed as a suspect, and on February 27, 2017, he was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property, and Criminal Mischief.  Several of the stolen items were also recovered.

 

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

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

K9 Visits Elementary School

On February 28, 2017, Deputy Jeff McLain was invited to give a presentation to the Heber Springs Elementary School on the current Sheriff’s Office K9 program.  Deputy McLain spent time introducing K9 Zeke to our school kids, who were excited to meet an official police dog!  K9 Zeke is getting ready for retirement, and the Sheriff’s Office is currently fundraising for the purchase of a new K9.  Donations can be given at the Sheriff’s Office, made out to the “Cleburne County Drug Control Fund.”  Any questions can be directed to Deputy McLain or Sheriff Brown.

  Thank you Deputy McLain and K9 Zeke for all your hard work and dedication!

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Sheriff's Office Announces Hiring of New Deputy

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the recent hiring of Scott Miller, as a deputy for its patrol division. Miller is a resident of the Greers Ferry area and has 28 years of experience in law enforcement. He has worked for the El Dorado Police Department, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Little Rock Police Department. He has served in the patrol division, the judicial division, and narcotics division. He has spent many years working with the PAL program, the Ranger Program, the unmanned flight aviator program, and as a K9 handler. Scott said he looks forward to serving the citizens of Cleburne County in his new role as deputy.

 

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Sheriff's Office Takes "Polar Plunge" to raise money for Special Olympics

 

On February 25, 2017, members of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.  Each year, citizens from all walks of life gather together to jump in freezing cold water to help raise money for Special Olympics.  The Sheriff’s Office raised $250 to give toward Special Olympics this year, and we are looking forward to raising even more next year.  In May, members of the Sheriff’s Office will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, also to benefit Special Olympics.  Runners from all over the state will run legs that ultimately converge on Searcy, Arkansas, where the Special Olympic Games are held.  The Sheriff’s Office hopes to bring the Polar Plunge to Cleburne County next year, where citizens of our county can participate and get involved.  Thanks for your continued support!

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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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

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