I hope everyone has had a great Fourth of July Holiday and was able to spend some quality time with family and friends.
First, I want to recognize the Fordyce Fire Department this week for their hard work and dedication to our city. As most of you are aware we experienced a major fire this week in one of our local businesses. The Mav and Me Boutique on Main Street caught on fire in the early morning hours of July 4th around 5:00 AM. The fire department responded along with local and county law enforcement. I watched these firefighters work for several hours in brutal heat to contain the fire from spreading to other buildings connected to the original fire scene. Please take the time to thank these first responders for volunteering their time to protect lives and property. On that same note, there have been other fires this past couple of weeks that are suspicious in nature. If you see any suspicious activity around vacant buildings/homes, please be sure to report it immediately to law enforcement.
Our weekend started off with deputies assisting the Arkansas State Police with a fatality accident outside of Carthage. I want to thank Grant County Sheriff Pete Roberts, along with his Chief Deputy Sam Shepard for their assistance working this accident scene. On that same note, I want to let everyone know that we share a great working relationship with all agencies surrounding our county. We were contacted by Calhoun County Sheriff Vernon Morris to assist in a vehicle pursuit where a suspect had fled into the woods with a backpack. After arriving on the scene, I was able to convince the suspect to surrender to law enforcement after advising him that a dog was being sent into the woods to welcome him to South Arkansas! He immediately revealed his location to us and was immediately taken into custody. Dallas County Captain Keith Axsom located the backpack which contained two semi-automatic pistols and drugs. This is a great example of teamwork between agencies to keep our communities safe.
I want to report an incident that took place here in our detention facility. A jailer that has worked here for a little over four months was arrested for introducing contraband into a jail/detention facility and charged with a felony. Through investigation and video surveillance, we were able to catch this immediately. He was paid by an inmate to meet a female from Little Rock and deliver marijuana to her boyfriend here in custody. We are in the process of obtaining arrest warrants for the female involved in this incident. The inmate that received the contraband will be charged as well. I'm happy to report the jailer is still resting comfortably in our jail for his stupidity!
Now, it's time for felony Friday! I appreciate everyone's positive feedback on these reports. It's important to us here at the Sheriff's Department to keep you informed of our commitment to keeping our county safe!
Roger Boswell, of New Edinburg, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Brooke Smith, of Fordyce, Battery in the Third Degree
Ronnie Morehead, of Sparkman, Theft by Receiving
Avalos Manuel, of Little Rock, Driving While Intoxicated
Brooke Smith, of Fordyce, 2nd arrest this week, Criminal Trespass, Resisting Arrest, Refusal to Submit
Sunshine Castillo, of Fordyce, by FPD, Theft of Property (2 counts), Assault in the Third Degree
Diane Tilson, of Hot Springs, surrendered bond on Manufacture of Controlled Substance
Cobie Stanfield, of Warren, Failure to Appear
Javon Curry, of Fordyce, Furnishing, Possessing, or Using Prohibited Articles
Matthew Daniel, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Artina Beall, of Fordyce, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Cecil Zeigler, of Carthage, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Gregory Lee, of Bonnerdale, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Willie Russell, of Fordyce, FPD, Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Thank you for your continued support!
Sheriff Mike Knoedl