When are we going to get a break in this weather? We really didn't need the transition from snow/ice to a monsoon. Several State Highways and some county roads are slowly becoming open again after the torrential rainfall we received. Please be careful if you find yourself in flooded road conditions. Many people have no idea how powerful water can be at times. Turn around and don't drown!
As reported last week, we have made two arrests on a theft involving skidder parts. We are currently working with Ouachita County involving this same case which involves more stolen property. Two of our deputies have been in training this week and completed their course at the Criminal Justice Institute. I will remain committed to continued training to keep our personnel as well-trained and equipped as possible. Speaking of equipment, we received a grant for $60,000 to replace our body-worn cameras and Tasers. This year alone we have been awarded $133,000.00 in grants for equipment and overtime for our deputies. I want to recognize Major Mike Foster for his hard work in obtaining these grants. These grants ultimately save our taxpayers money.
I want to recognize our jail staff at this time for helping implement changes that have been beneficial to our county general funds as well. As of my December report to the quorum court, we have turned over $1,059,007.00 to the county general fund this year. There were many money-saving changes made to be able to reach these numbers. Returning over a million dollars to our county helps tremendously at the end of the day.
Mr. Rucker has been busy again this week despite the bad weather conditions. He completed the cleanup around all the dumpsters in town. He then moved on to cleaning around dumpsters in Holly Springs, Pine Grove, and Sparkman. He picked up all the trash in the city park as well as the Senior Citizens Center. Once again, I can't say enough about all of the work Mr. Rucker does for our county. With that said, I am begging people to NOT throw out their trash around the dumpsters if they are full. I know the regular trash pickup was interrupted during the ice/snow. When you do this, animals end up tearing the trash bags open and we have to pick it up. We will be placing cameras on some of the dumpsters where this is a continuing problem. If you discard your trash outside the dumpster, you may receive a ticket for littering. Hold onto it or find a dumpster where it can be discarded. Take some pride and responsibility for keeping our county as clean as we can.
Now on to Felony Friday:
Barner, Joshawah, of Fordyce, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
Ortega, Jesus, of Fordyce, FPD Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Zavala, Luis, of North Little Rock, FPD Improper Use of Evidences of Registration
Mathews, Douglas Jr, of Fordyce, FPD Harassing Communications, Violation of Order of Protection
Brunston, Damien, of Bearden, FPD Possession With Purpose to Deliver
Green, Bruce Jr., of Dermott, Contempt Failure to Pay
Thomas, Jemmerio, of Warren, FPD Contempt Failure to Pay
Word, Shawn, of Bearden, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
Arce, Ramon, of Miami Beach, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Temple, Anthony, of Camden, FPD Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Burdine, William, of Bearden, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Wright, Jarur, of Searcy, Endangering Welfare of Incompetent Person, Domestic Battering
Tibbs, Lonnie, of El Dorado, Violation Conditions of Parole
Gray, Deandre, of Sparkman, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass in or on Vehicle or Structure, Resisting Arrest, Refusal to Submit, Aggravated Assault on Certified Law
Green, Rosie, of Fordyce, Terroristic Threatening
Grover, Quiana, of Camden, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Sheriff Mike Knoedl