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Multiple area law enforcement agencies participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, along with several other area law enforcement agencies, had the opportunity to participate in a leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 23, 2017.  It was a HUGE success and we were proud to be a part of the first Cleburne County Torch Run leg! Special Olympics is such a wonderful cause, and we are proud to participate and show our support for these wonderful athletes. A special thanks to Quitman PD, Heber Springs PD, Fairfield Bay PD, and Searcy PD for helping us make today great! And another special thanks to Centennial Bank for providing food! Our Cleburne County communities were very supportive today as well, clapping and cheering as we ran past. We're looking forward to participating in the rest of the events this week!

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Sheriff's Office announces recent new hires

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the recent hiring of the following individuals:

Derek Durrance, hired 3/5/17

Kendall Samuel, hired 3/19/17

Breezie Kaufman, hired 4/2/17

Jacob Teel, hired 5/1/17

 

Derek Durrance is a resident of the Heber Springs area and has been a certified law enforcement officer since 2014. Derek has previous law enforcement experience from working for the Heber Springs Police Department, where he served in the patrol division.   

 

Kendall Samuel is from Searcy Arkansas. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Harding University and has served 10 years with the Arkansas Army National Guard. Kendall became a certified law enforcement officer for the state of Arkansas in 2009 and comes to the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office with eight years of experience as an officer.

 

Breezie Kaufman is from Clinton Arkansas. She has an Associate Degree from Arkansas Tech University, where she double majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has previous law enforcement related experience from working for the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher, a jailer, and a reserve deputy.

 

Jacob Teel is from the Damascus area. Jacob has prior law enforcement related experience from working for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer and a transport deputy. During his time at the jail he reached the position of Sergeant and served six years on their special response team.

 

We are proud to welcome these folks to our team.  They will, and have already been making a positive impact in our county, and will serve with professionalism, respect, and courtesy.

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Little Red River claims first drowning victim of 2017 in Cleburne County

On May 5, 2017, around 2100 hours, Cleburne County Deputies responded to a report of a missing kayaker from JFK park, just north of Heber Springs.  The caller reported that Lendon Brewer, 54, of Scott, Arkansas, had gone out on a kayak around 1800 hours, but had not returned.  Rescue crews from the Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, Wilburn Fire, Tumbling Shoals/Ida Fire, and Northstar EMS responded to the scene, and recovered Lendon’s body a short time later.  The incident is still under investigation, however, his death is presumed to have been accidental.  This marks the first drowning death of 2017 in Cleburne County.

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Arrests for April 2017

During the month of April, 2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies made 20 arrests. The charges in the arrests are as follows:

Breaking and Entering (2)

Aggravated Assault (2)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2)

Assault on a Family Member (1)

Possession of a Controlled Substance (4)

Endangering the welfare of a minor (1)

DWI (2)

Battery (1)

Domestic Battery (3)

Disorderly Conduct (1)

Theft of Property (1)

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Sheriff's Office to Host LE Memorial Ceremony

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Law Enforcement Memorial Day, and set aside that week to be recognized as National Police Week.  This year, Police Week runs from May 14th through May 20th.  In cities all across the country, Law Enforcement Agencies will conduct ceremonies during Police Week to honor those officers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  In keeping with that tradition, and in honor of all those brave men and women that died in the line of duty, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office will hold its first Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on May 15, 2017, at 12pm.  The ceremony will be held on the North lawn of the Old Courthouse in Heber Springs.  As of today, there have been 38 Line-of-Duty-Deaths in 2017.  We are grateful to every one of these officers for their brave service and sacrifice; may they rest in peace, and may we continue in their absence.

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

 

 

What: Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
When: May 15th, 12pm
Where: Old Courthouse, Downtown Heber Springs

Several arrests made on investigations

On April 6, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious vehicle seen next to the gas pumps at a gas station in Drasco.  The Sheriff’s Office has received several reports where credit card numbers have been stolen as a result of using their cards at gas stations.  On April 7, 2017, deputies located what they believed to be the same truck, at the gas pumps at the same gas station from the report taken the day before.  Deputies identified the occupants, but didn’t have enough evidence for any charges at that time, and they were released.  Through further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office contacted Conway PD, and asked for their assistance in apprehending the men who were then in Conway.  A search warrant was served on their hotel room, and the three individuals were arrested. Maikys Perez-Sobrado, 35, of Las Vegas, Luis Martinez, 29, of Houston, and Yasel Yedra, 34, of Miami, were all booked into the Cleburne County Jail for Breaking and Entering, and Criminal Trespass. 

The investigation continues.

 

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

 

 

 

On April 11, 2017, members of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant.  When deputies arrived at the house, they made contact with the male subject who had the warrant, and advised him of the warrant.  While speaking with him, detectives also noticed items of contraband, which were seized.  Brian Duke, 46, of Edgemont, was arrested and booked into jail for the warrant, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

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

 

 

 

On January 6, 2017, a complainant came to the Sheriff’s Office to file a theft report.  The victim stated that her debit card had been used to purchase several items without her permission, and provided the name of a person the victim believed to be the suspect.  As a result of the investigation, Stashia Martin, 18, of Drasco, was arrested and booked into the Cleburne County Jail on one count of Fraudulent Use of  Credit or Debit Card.

 

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

 

 

On January 12, 2017, and then again on March 16, 2017, Cleburne County Deputies took burglary reports from an address on Richwood Mountain Road.  It was reported that over $1300 worth of property had been taken from the residence during the second burglary.  During the course of the investigation, a suspect was developed, and subsequently arrested.  Ronald Smith, 54, of Ida, was booked into the Cleburne County Jail on two counts of Breaking or Entering, and two counts of Theft of Property.

 

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

 

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Lt. Bryon Rushing named Deputy of the Quarter

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Lieutenant Bryon Rushing has been named Deputy of the Quarter for the months of January through March of 2017. Lieutenant Rushing is a 24 year veteran of law enforcement and has served the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. Lieutenant Rushing plays a vital role in the day to day operation of the sheriff’s department. He is a proven leader who works hard at protecting and serving the people of Cleburne County. Lieutenant Rushing is dedicated to his job and is always dependable in carrying out his duties as the Lieutenant of our patrol division. We appreciate Lieutenant Rushing and we are thankful for his service to the department and for his service to the citizens of Cleburne County.

 

Congratulations Lieutenant Rushing!!!

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Arrests for March 2017

During the month of March, 2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies made 17 arrests. The charges in the arrests are as follows:

Battery (1)

Theft of Property (1)

Assault on a Family Member (3)

DWI (2)

Possession of a controlled Substance (1)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2)

Domestic Battery (3)

Felony Warrant (2)

Hindering Apprehension (2)

The Sheriff's Office remains committed to making Cleburne County a safer place for our citizens and visitors.

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Heber Springs Community Based Instruction Class takes tour

We had a great time this morning giving a tour to the Heber Springs Community Based Instruction class! The class got to tour the inside of the Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigation Division, Patrol Division, and part of the Jail, as well as a marked patrol car. Thanks to everyone who came out and spent time with us, we had a blast showing everyone around!

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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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

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