Deer season is in full swing, and I've seen a lot of nice deer harvested so far. Unfortunately, I've not been one of the harvesters. Hopefully, I'll get to spend a little more time in the woods during the upcoming holidays.
It's been a bittersweet week for me, yesterday was the date I lost one of my former officers in the line of duty 15 years ago. I've had to make that visit three times in my career. There is NOTHING more difficult in law enforcement than to make that notification. I pray every day I have to never make that notification again. This is why I frequently ask for everyone's prayers for all law enforcement personnel, firefighters, soldiers, detention officers, and all involved in keeping us out of harm's way. These brave men and women face what most people fear. Evil can only prevail when good men do nothing!
We have been busy here at the Sheriff's Office completing a few more renovations, utilizing inmate labor. Things are looking much better here and more professional. Mr. Rucker and his crew assisted Bradley County with their inmates to do some work for Sheriff Tillman. Monday afternoon they picked up trash starting at the Sonic to Fourth Street, on Tuesday inmates laid new carpet in some offices here at the Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday they began trash pickup on Highway 9 and 48 to Carthage, they completed pickup east from Carthage to Highway 167. I want to thank Mr. Rucker for his hard work and dedication to keeping our county looking good!
Just a reminder, the National Seat Belt Mobilization begins November 20 through November 26. Law enforcement efforts will be stepped up to keep us all safe while traveling for the holidays.
I can't help but remind everyone to think of people who may be less fortunate during the holidays. Sometimes we take for granted the food we have on our tables or the roofs over our heads. If possible, please donate or help someone if possible. We are looking at a program I have been involved in for several years called "Shop with a Cop". We will be trying to raise money to take some kids or parents shopping to buy Christmas gifts for children who may be unable to buy them. There is an account set up at Fordyce Bank and Trust that was opened to assist the injured officers at Fordyce Police Department. This same account will be utilized for this program. The account is under Mike Knoedl donation account. I will provide a detailed record of money deposited and spent. If you would like to make a donation, simply visit FBT and mention the "Shop with a Cop" program. Remember, every little bit helps and together we can make a positive difference in some children's lives.
We had our monthly Circuit Court this past Wednesday and the following cases were completed:
Ray, Brian, pled true to Revocation, sentenced to 5 years ADC, fines and fees
Williams, Eliza, pled guilty, to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, sentenced to 3 years Probation, fines and fees
Jenkins, Patrick, pled guilty, to Possession of a Firearm by a Certain Person, sentenced to 6 years SIS, fines, costs and fees
Morales, Gustavo Jr., pled guilty to DWI 1st, sentenced to fines, costs, fees, interlock device and suspended driver's license
Chambers, Amelia, pled guilty to Filing a False Report, sentenced to 40 hours community service, fines and fees
Stewart, William David, pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, sentenced to 5 years ADC, costs and fees
Sheldahl, Lindsey, pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, sentenced to 3 years ADC, costs and fees
Patterson, Kevin, pled true to Revocation, sentenced to 6 years ADC, costs and fees On to Felony Friday!
Langley, Derek, of Fordyce, Failure to Register, Failure to Comply with Reporting Requirements
Lewis, Lamar, of Fordyce, Driving While Suspended
Gilmore, Keontrae, of El Dorado, FPD, Failure to Appear
Keeton, Madeline, of Fordyce, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Simmons, Kentrell, of Fordyce, Contempt Failure to Pay
Mann, Logan, of Warren, Fleeing
Fuell, Mellonie, of Sheridan, Driving While Intoxicated
Keeton, Doralee, of Fordyce, Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
God Bless, Sheriff Mike Knoedl