Updated: Oct 1
I hope everyone is staying cool this week. It wasn't that long ago I was complaining about the rain and wet weather. I'm no meteorologist but I think that's going to change quickly. Please remember to stay hydrated if you're working out in this heat.
On a somber note, please keep the Wynne family in your prayers as they mourn the loss of a loved one. Supreme Court Justice Robin Wynne passed away yesterday. Robin was my prosecutor when I moved to Dallas County, and we quickly became friends. He was a community leader here and touched many lives in Fordyce and Dallas County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wynne family from the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.
On a positive note, Game Warden Gary Don Stell is retiring from the Arkansas Game & Fish today. Gary was my partner for many years and a close friend. Anyone that knows him is aware that he was always willing to help anyone, anytime. Stand by for more information about Gary Don and his future after retirement. If you see Gary Don, please thank him for his years of service to our community.
I can tell you we had an extremely busy week here at the Sheriff's Office that started last Saturday. A severe thunderstorm with straight-line winds moved through our county doing considerable damage. Many residents were without power for multiple days including myself. I was called out around 2:30 AM Saturday morning to assist with traffic control with trees down around the county. The day ended with a standoff here in Fordyce that lasted over three hours. Fordyce Police Department and Dallas County deputies worked closely to end this situation peacefully and take the suspect into custody. I want to recognize my deputies for all of the long hours worked this last week beginning with the storm.
Now, let's get into felony Friday! Jeremiah Glasper, of Fordyce, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine
Edward Jackson, of Camden, Failure to Appear
Johnathan Michael Griffin, of Fordyce, 7 counts of Terroristic Threatening
Malcolm Morris, of Pine Bluff, Violation of conditions of Probation
David Slyman, of Fordyce, Disorderly Conduct
Kaeley Gandy, of Bearden, Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Orlanzo Meldon, of Fordyce, Failure to Appear
Staneko Smith, of Fordyce, Failure to Appear
Shaketha Whisenhunt, of Camden, Failure to Appear
Ritchard L. Reed, of Dallas County, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender or Report Address Change
Larry Moore, of Bearden, Failure to Appear
Jonathan Hawkins, of Camden, Failure to Appear
We had Circuit Court on Wednesday, June 21 and the following sentences were handed down:
April Lorraine Mitchell, pled guilty to 2 counts of Forgery, sentenced to 3 years in the ADC and 3 years of SIS
James Fountain, pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, sentenced to 3 years in the ADC and 3 years of SIS
Brian D. Talley, pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, sentenced to the ASP program
In the interest of an open door policy, I will be posting a listing of all felony Circuit cases that have been filed each month. So far for the month of June, the following cases have been filed in Dallas County Circuit Court:
Dermain Terry, charged with Rape, a Class Y felony and as a Habitual Offender
Tyrone Harris, charged with 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all Class D felonies
Frederick Rainey, charged with Fleeing with serious physical injury, a Class B felony and as a Habitual Offender
Esic Brunston, charged with Battery 2nd, a Class D felony, Assault 1st, a Class A misdemeanor, and as a Habitual Offender
Amelia Chambers, charged with Filing a False Report with a law enforcement agency, a Class D felony and Fleeing, a Class A misdemeanor
Michael D. Jordan, charged with Battery 1st, a Class B felony with enhancements
Eddie Chriswell, charged with Failure to Register as Sex Offender or Address Change, a Class C felony, and as a Habitual Offender
I want to commend my deputies and the other law enforcement agencies involved for their continued efforts.
Also, as the July 4th holiday approaches, let me remind you all to drive safely. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department will be participating in the Arkansas State Police-sponsored July 4th DWI Mobilization program. This event will be from June 28-July 4. We will be having increased saturation patrols and checkpoints in an effort to increase your safety while driving on our roads in Dallas County. If you drink, please don't drive.
I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend. Remember to stay hydrated, check on your elderly loved ones and keep fresh water for your pets.