On November 29th at approximately 5:30, a twenty one year old Cleburne County woman (while out of her vehicle in the area of Sanders Lane off of Hwy 337) was approached by an unknown white male and sexually assaulted. The victim was placed in the suspect’s vehicle and became disoriented. The victim was able to escape the suspect’s vehicle (believed to be a 4 door mid-sized car) in an unknown area of Hwy 25 By-Pass on the south side of Heber Springs. If you have any information of witnessed any suspicious or unusual activity on the above date in the area of Hwy 337 or the Hwy 25 By-Pass, please call the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office at 501-362-8143.
Recently there have been a number of calls made to the Sheriff’s Office concerning the condition of a horse on Libby Route. The situation was investigated by the Sheriff’s Office and it was determined that the individuals, who are in possession of the horse, took the animal in on October 10th in an effort to save the horse. Their goal was to feed the mare and get her back into good condition. Prior to October 10th the horse was loose in a pasture with other younger horses and competing for food. Since being taken in it has been provided a diet of oats, grain, and hay and was wormed on the same day the horse was obtained. On November 26th, the horse, which is over twenty-five years old, was examined by a local veterinarian at the request of the Sheriff’s Office. The veterinarian determined that in addition to the horses advanced age it has several molars missing and its incisors are very short. At this point it is very hard for her to eat and digest hay and grass. If the horse is able to gain weight over the next thirty days on a special “Senior Feed” diet there may be a chance to save her. If the mare is not able to gain weight, it was recommended by the veterinarian that she be euthanized.
The appearance of the horse is disturbing, but after a thorough investigation and conferring with a veterinarian who examined the mare, there is no evidence to support the allegations of abuse or neglect. We believe every reasonable effort is being made to improve the mare’s quality of life.
Left to Right: Steven Watkins, Jennifer Heinrich, Kimberly Wright
On Friday, November, 15th, Narcotics and Criminal Investigators with the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, Agents with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and Officers with the Heber Springs Police Department, executed a search warrant at a residence located at 1152 Chandelle Drive in Heber Springs.
During the execution of the search warrant three individuals, forty-one year old Kimberly Wright of Heber Springs, forty-five year-old Steven Watkins of Tupelo Ar., and thirty-three year-old Stephanie Heinrich of Heber Springs, were all taken into custody and transported to the Cleburne County Detention Center. Charges filed against the three include, Possession of a Firearm by a Certain Person, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Watkins and Heinrich were also arrested on outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions.
On November 8th 2013 Detectives and Narcotics and Investigators with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at #50 Black Lane in Higden. During the execution of the search warrant officers located numerous items of suspect methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia, an amount of substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine and an amount of substance the field tested positive for marijuana. Officers also located a firearm during the search of the property. John Black of Higden was arrested and booked into the Cleburne County Jail on numerous Felony and Misdemeanor charges including Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Maintaining a Drug Premise, and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms. John Black's bond was set at 40,000.00 .
In May of this year while investigating a Residential Burglary which occurred on McJester Road Investigators and Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate and arrest 24 year-old Gerald Shane Baugh. Baugh fled on foot after being located at a trailer on McJester Road and managed to evade both the Officers and tracking dogs from the Department of Corrections. Since that incident the Sheriff’s Office has worked to locate Baugh and serve outstanding warrants for Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons a class ‘D’ Felony, Non-payment of fines a Misdemeanor and Fleeing a misdemeanor.
On November 6th, Cleburne County Investigators developed information that Baugh was staying at a residence near Judsonia. Authorities in White County were contacted and early in the morning on November 7, Cleburne County Investigators, along with officers from the Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, Arkansas Community Corrections, Arkansas Department of Corrections, White County Sheriff’s Office, and Judsonia Police Department went to the Patricia Newman residence at 244 Highway 385 North, Judsonia, in an attempt to locate Baugh. Patricia Newman lived on McJester Road prior to moving to Judsonia and is Baugh’s mother. A search of the Newman residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 11.8 grams of suspected methamphetamine (Ice), approximately 180.5 grams of suspected marijuana, a pistol, $1,260.00 of US currency, and items of drug paraphernalia. Newman, 48, and Anthony Miles, 47, of Judsonia, AR were arrested for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance With Purpose to Deliver, namely methamphetamine, a class “B” felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a class “B” felony, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, a class “Y” felony, and Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class “D” felony. Newman was incarcerated in the White County Detention Center on $25,000.00 bond and Miles was incarcerated on $10,000.00 bond.
Officers subsequently developed information that Baugh was at a Bald Knob, AR motel and proceeded to the motel where Baugh, 24, of Pangburn and Jacob James, 23, of Heber Springs attempted to flee. When apprehended Baugh was found to be in possession of approximately 71.1 grams of suspected methamphetamine, approximately 11.5 grams of suspected marijuana, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, and $600.00 US currency. Baugh was arrested on the Cleburne County warrants, and transported to the Cleburne County Detention Center, where he is currently being held. Additional drug and firearms charges are pending federally. James was arrested for fleeing, a misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a class “B” felony. James was transported to the White County Detention Center where he was found to be in possession of approximately .1 gram of suspected methamphetamine, and arrested for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance namely Methamphetamine, a class “D” felony and Furnishing Prohibited Articles, a class “C” felony. James is incarcerated in the White County Detention Center on $25,000.00 bond.
Photos, Left To Right, Michaela Samuels, Matthew Verser, Tawny Noggle, Forrest Noggle.
On Monday, 28 October, Cleburne County Narcotics Investigators, Officers with the Heber Sprigs Police Department, along with Investigators from the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 712 East Clinton Place in Heber Springs. In the process of executing the warrant Investigators located numerous items of drug paraphernalia as well as a small amount of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Twenty-five year-old Michaela Samuels of Heber Springs, eighteen year-old Forrest Noggle of Rosebud, twenty-two year-old Tawny Noggle of Rosebud and twenty-two year-old Matthew Verser of Tumbling Shoals were taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Cleburne County Detention Center. One additional suspect, a juvenile, was also taken into custody..
Charges on the five include Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Drug Premis
Sheriff Marty Moss and his deputies collected 350 lbs. of medications from the prescription drug drop box at the Cleburne County Detention Center, along with medications collected during the Arkansas Drug Enforcement Administration’s 7th National Prescription Drug Take Back Event held Saturday, October 26, 2013.
If you missed Saturday’s event and have medications you wish to dispose of, you may drop them off at your convenience in the drop box located in the lobby of the jail. Citizens are encouraged to remove the labels or mark over them before dropping them in the drop box. Prescription and over the counter medications, including pills, creams, inhalants, and syrups can be placed in the drop box, however needles cannot be disposed of in this drop box.
All medications collected will be transported to the Arkansas State Police where they will be received by Arkansas Drug Enforcement Administration Agents, then transported to Covanta Energy in Huntsville, AL for destruction.
According to the Arkansas Drug Enforcement Administration, before September 2010, which was the state’s first coordinated prescription drug take back event, there was no regular system of prescription drug disposal. Prescription drug drop boxes have risen from 3 in 2010 to more than 130 in 2013 and before Saturday’s take back event over 32 tons of drugs had been collected and safely destroyed, keeping them from being stolen from medicine cabinets and hitting the streets. Arkansas is the per capita 4th best performing state in DEA sponsored drug take back events, which shows Arkansas’ dedication to preventing prescription drug abuse and crime.
On Monday October 24th, 2013 the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office pursuant to A.C.A.5-62-106 seized two horses which had been abandoned in the area of Price Ford Rd, in Cleburne County Arkansas. The horses are more specifically described as one mare and one colt. The animals are currently being maintained in a safe location by the CCSO. If you are the rightful owner of these animals, or if you have knowledge of the rightful owner please contact Sheriff Marty Moss or Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office. In the event that no owner is able to demonstrate ownership of these animals a Petition will be filed in the District Court of Cleburne County for the disposition of the animals according to state law.
Cleburne County Sheriff.
On October 16 2013 Narcotics Investigators with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop for driving left of center. During the traffic stop officers located numerous items of drug paraphernalia as well as an amount of a crystal like substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine. Narcotic Investigators arrested Dionne Duncan, age 47, of Wilburn for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, Duncan was transported to and booked into the Cleburne County Detention Center with a 25,000.00 bond.
Shortly before 3:00 AM, Thursday, October 10th, Prim Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 2680 Prim Road. Deputies were dispatched shortly after that to assist in locating and identifying the owner and possible residents of the house. It was confirmed that the owner of the property, Sandy Canard was not present at the time of the fire and was safe. Later in the morning, the remains of 48 year-old Randy Adcock were recovered from inside the house. While at this time there is no indication of foul play, the incident is still under investigation in an effort to determine the cause of the fire.