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SHERIFF MIKE KNOEDL - WEEKLY UPDATE 10/27/23

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Good morning,


I hope everyone has had a good, productive week. Most of my week has been spent working on the budget for next year. Sitting in the office that long is not for me!


While I'm on the topic of budgeting, I'm happy to report that we have done numerous upgrades here in the jail this first year while spending a minimal amount. We have utilized a lot of inmate labor to do much of the maintenance on the inside, such as cleaning, painting, and general upkeep of the jail pods. This has saved the county thousands of dollars.


Hopefully, by this time next year, we will complete many upgrades that are seriously needed. As of the last quorum court meeting the jail has turned over $892,669.03 into the county general budget! The total income on housing receipts for the jail is $1,754,622.65, while year-to-date jail expenses were $861,953.62. I project that the total to be returned to the county general to exceed 1 million by the year's end. I have been and will continue to be very conservative with taxpayers' money! However, very minimal maintenance has been done on the jail in the last several years. This money is very important to our county and to fund the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office. I will be providing another total expense for the jail after the first of the year.


We are still working hard to provide those retirement plans and beans and cornbread meal plans for drug dealers!


Next, are the totals for the distracted driver campaign we recently participated in. These campaigns are funded through federal grants and assist in paying deputies overtime at no cost to the county.


Careless and Prohibited Driving - 2 Warnings

Fail to Use Seatbelt - 1 Warning

Driving ATV on Public Highway - 1 citation, 1 warning

Driving on Suspended License - 12 citations, 1 warning

Fail to Display Vehicle Registration - 1 citation, 1 warning

Fail to Present Insurance - 1 citation

Fail to Stop or Yield - 1 citation

Fictitious License Sticker - 2 citations

Fictitious Tags - 2 citations

Harassment - 2 citations

Improper Passing on Right - 1 citation

Inoperable Head Lights - 1 citation

No Child Passenger Restraint - 1 citation

No Driver's License or Expired - 2 citations

No Liability Insurance - 8 citations

No Seatbelt - 2 citations, 2 warnings

Open Container of Alcohol - 1 citation

Expired Tags - 8 citations, 8 warnings

Passing Authorized Vehicle on Highway - 2 citations, 2 warnings

Passing or Fail to Stop for School Bus - 1 warning

Permitting Unauthorized Person to Drive -1 warning

Possession of Controlled Substance Sched VI - 3 citations

Reckless Driving - 1 citation

Smoking/Use of Tobacco on School Property - 2 citations

Speeding 1-15 MPH Over Limit - 16 citations, 47 warnings

Speeding More than 15 MPH over limit - 15 citations, 23 warnings

Use of Handheld Wireless Device in Work Zone - 1 warning

Use of Wireless Device While Driving - 1 citation

Vehicle Lights/Defective or Improper -1 warning


There was a total of 87 citations and 93 warnings written during this campaign. I want to commend all deputies for their hard work and dedication to keep our highways safe!

Mr. Rucker and his crew worked Monday to get some county property ready for auction. These vehicles were stripped of all law enforcement markings and equipment. Trash pickup was completed on Highway 9 north to the county line. They are working at this time to complete trash pickup from Highway 8-9 junction to Highway 273. They cleaned up around the sign in front of Wal Mart that has the Rotary sign and different clubs represented in Fordyce.


I spoke at the Republican Party of Dallas County meeting at New Hope Church Tuesday night. I gave a quick overview of what we had accomplished at the Sheriff's Office in the past ten months. Major Mike Foster spoke at the Fordyce High School and introduced a guest speaker that gave a program on human trafficking. I want to let everyone know that we are currently working on a training program on preparing for some active shooter training at our school. I am working closely with Fordyce Police Department, Griffin Hubbell, Fordyce Fire Department, Pro Med Ambulance Service and the ALERT system for preparing in case of an emergency.


Now, moving onto Felony Friday


Brunston, Clarence, of Fordyce, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Blackmon, Peyton, of Fordyce, Possession of a Controlled Substance


Davenport, Andrew, of Louisiana, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Lacombe, Lauren, of Fordyce, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Brown, Webster, of Fordyce, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Stewart, Helen Diane, of Thornton, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Quarles, Carl, of Arkadelphia, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Hall, Dorothy, of Benton, Driving While License Cancelled or Suspended, and Possession of a Controlled Substance


Whittamore, Stephanie, of Hot Springs National Park, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Jordan, Michael, of Fordyce, FPD


Moore, Amanda, of Fordyce, Disorderly Conduct


Parker, Williams, of Hampton, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor


Harris, Ivie, of Fordyce, Battery in the First Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance


York, Terrence, of Warren, Domestic Battering


God Bless,

Sheriff Mike Knoedl


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