Press Releases


Little Red River claims third drowning victim in Cleburne County in 2017

On July 13, 2017 at 6:27pm, Cleburne County Deputies were dispatched to a possible drowning on the Little Red River below Heber Springs.  A witness stated that he heard a female yell for help, and saw two people floating in the river.  The witness was able to assist both people to a nearby boat dock, where they began CPR on one of the subjects.  Attempts to resuscitate the male were unsuccessful.  Raymond Myers, 54, of Lake Charles, Louisiana was pronounced dead at the scene.  He marks the second river drowning (and third total) this year in Cleburne County.


The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the river can be very dangerous, especially when the dam is generating.  Make sure to always use caution when in or around the water, make sure you tell someone when you are leaving, where you are going, and what time you should be back, wear a life jacket, and take sufficient supplies to make your trip a safe success.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Quarterly Arrests for CID: April-June 2017

During the second quarter of 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division made 41 arrests. The charges are as follows:

Breaking and Entering (9)

Theft of Property (7)

Battery (2)

Illegal Drug Possession (6)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (6)

Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (1)

Filing a False Police Report (1)

Failure to Comply for Sex Offenders (3)

Violation of a Protection Order (1)

Sexual Assault (2)

Distributing Child Pornography (1)

Manslaughter (2)


During the second quarter of 2017, the department’s Criminal Investigation Division also recovered $260,301.00 worth of stolen property.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Arrests for June 2017

During the month of June, 2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies made 30 arrests. The charges in the arrests are as follows:

Harassment (1)

Public Intoxication (2)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1)

Violation of Protection Order (2)

Possession of a Controlled Substance (9)

Terroristic Threatening (1)

DWI (2)

Domestic Battery (5)

Disorderly Conduct (1)

Theft of Property (5)

Criminal Mischief (1)


-Sheriff Chris Brown




Corporal Tracy Hazlewood named deputy of the quarter!

Please join me in congratulating Corporal Tracy Hazlewood as the Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Quarter!

Corporal Hazlewood has been with the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, assigned to the jail, since August of 2016, where she has served in the capacity of Shift Corporal.  Corporal Hazlewood is responsible for training shift employees, and overseeing shift operations of the jail that include not only 

department employees, but inmates housed in the facility as well.  

During the Jail Administrator's recent absence, Corporal Hazlewood accepted the challenge of overseeing the day to day operations of the facility, in addition to her normal shift duties.  Corporal Hazlewood has exhibited a willingness to help other employees learn and excel at their jobs, and step in to greater job duties when required.  Great job Corporal Hazlewood!!


-Sheriff Chris Brown

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4th of July weekend a huge success for local law enforcement

As the 4th of July holiday weekend events come to a close, most law enforcement agencies around the country will post stats for how many arrests they made, how many tickets they wrote, how many DWI cases were made, how many traffic accidents were worked, etc. And that’s a wonderful thing for the community to see that their law enforcement is out working, and proactively seeking to keep their community safe.  However, I want to give a different type of press release for our weekend.  Specifically, I want to highlight Saturday, July 1st, at Dam Site Park, where well over 1500 cars congregated to watch a spectacular fireworks display.  Most of those 1500+ cars were carrying multiple people, which means there was probably well over 5,000 people in the park for our fireworks show.  At the conclusion of the show, deputies assisted people leaving the park by directing constant flowing traffic for two hours.  Under normal circumstances, this would have led to fights, traffic accidents, and other alcohol-related events.  The Sheriff’s Office had 14 deputies in the park, along with the Boy Scouts, and the Corps of Engineers Rangers.  I am proud to announce our stats for Saturday, July 1 2017:

0 arrests

0 tickets written

0 accidents worked

0 alcohol-related incidents

0 calls for service

I want to take a few moments and compliment all of those people that came out to the park to enjoy the fireworks.  Thank you for choosing Cleburne County, thank you for choosing to spend your time with us.  Thank you coming out in full force, not only to watch the fireworks, but to spend time with family, and to celebrate a defining moment in our Nation’s history.  Most of all, thank you for being courteous, respectful, and patient with those around you, and with those that served in the park Saturday, making sure that everyone had a successful, and wonderful 4th of July celebration.  The fact that zero enforcement action had to be taken when so many people were confined in one place, is truly a testament to our community, and those that chose to visit this year.  Happy 4th, and God Bless America!


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Man accused of inappropriate door-to-door solicitation arrested

On June 20, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office received several complaints about a male subject doing door to door solicitation.  It was reported to deputies that a male, identified as Jeffery Hergert, had gone to several residences, and also contacted several people by phone, claiming that they had won prizes to be delivered to their houses.  Late in the evening, a deputy spotted Jeffrey driving on the Bypass in Heber Springs, and conducted a traffic stop.  As a result of the investigation, Jeffery was arrested and transported to the Cleburne County Jail.  He is being held on charges for harassment, harassing communications, and disorderly conduct.


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


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Two arrests made in connection with string of June vehicle break-ins

During the week of June 12, 2017 Detectives with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a series of vehicle break-ins occurring in the area of the Ridgecrest and Pangburn Road communities. During the course of the investigation Detectives investigated approximately 50 vehicle break-ins where numerous various items ranging from firearms to loose change had been stolen. As the investigation continued Detectives were able to link all break-ins together and subsequently arrested two individuals identified as Aaron Isaac Cannon, 19 years old, and Megan Renae Androff, 24 years old. Searches of their known residences yielded the recovery of multiple various items of stolen property. Cannon and Androff have been charged with multiple breaking or entering and theft charges with all cases still being investigated. More Felony charges are following pending the conclusion of the investigations.


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


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Lake claims drowning victim

On June 17, 2017 around 11am, Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to Sandy Beach Swim Area in Heber Springs for a possible drowning.  Deputies learned that a small group of people had been attempting to swim to a fixed object near the beach when one member went under the water.  According to witnesses, several people attempted to locate and rescue the male, but were unsuccessful in their attempts.  The body of 23-year-old Darryl Sullins of Searcy was recovered from the water a short time later.  The investigation is ongoing.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Arrests for May 2017

During the month of May, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies made 22 arrests. The charges in the arrests are as follows:

Battery (1)

Illegal Drug Possession (7)

Aggravated Assault (2)

Theft of Property (1)

DWI (1)

Public Intoxication (4)

Disorderly Conduct (3)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1)

Criminal Mischief (1)

Domestic Battery (1)


-Sheriff Chris Brown

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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