So much for it being so dry the fish have ticks on them in July. I know this helps the hay fields and gardens though. I'm not sure I've seen a July with this much rain, but I'm not complaining.
Once again, another busy week here at the Sheriff's Department. We had a jail inspection Wednesday that is conducted annually. I'm happy to report we received an A+ rating with no write-ups. I have to recognize all of my detention center staff for achieving this perfect score. This is a very difficult job they perform each day dealing with the day-to-day operations of a facility this large. On that same note, all detention officers will begin a certification class that consists of 56 hours in order for all to be certified. Thanks to Trooper Greg Roland for instructing these classes for us.
I want to take a moment and recognize our transport officers who are responsible for getting inmates to federal court, and state prison after sentencing. Sometimes it is easy to overlook this very important, dangerous position. I will not name each deputy for security reasons, but you know who you are! Thanks!
Major Mike Foster and Deputy Gary Don Stell recovered a stolen vehicle out of Pine Bluff yesterday. No arrests have been made but we have a suspect we are currently searching for. And yes, I'm happy to report Gary Don Stell will be working part-time for us since his retirement. I am proud to have him on our team. Gary Don served as Chief Deputy here at Dallas County Sheriff's Department before beginning his career with the Arkansas Game & Fish. For those of you that understand the term "frequent flyer", we use that term for repeat offenders we deal with in law enforcement. Mr. Bryan Reddin was arrested shortly after being released from the Dallas County Detention Facility for failing to report to his parole officer. He decided to make a run for it after being told to stop. He entered his home and hid under the bed where a taser was deployed urging him to come out! A firearm was found in close proximity to the suspect as well. He is not allowed to possess a firearm due to previous felony convictions. This was a potentially very dangerous situation where deputies and the suspect were fortunately unharmed.
Mr. Rucker and his crew completed trash pick-up along county roads 206, 407 at Carthage. The rest of the week was spent doing general maintenance around the Detention Facility.
Now it's time for felony Friday!
* Latoucha Allen - Contempt, Failure to pay fines, FTA Warrant
* Danselle Lawson - Failure to pay fines
* Christopher Lawson - Failure to appear (Felony)
* Bryson Marks - DWI
* Regina Pipkins - Failure to appear
* Royce Hall - Fleeing (Fordyce Police Department)
* Bryan Reddin - Possession of a firearm by certain persons
* Nicholas Ross - Disorderly conduct, battery III ( Fordyce PD)
In closing, we are currently working on investigations with the Arkansas State Police, and Fordyce Police Department that I will be reporting on in the future, Sergeant Jordan Ables and I have conducted several interviews on incidents that occurred prior to me becoming Sheriff. Please know we are committed to bringing closure to some serious cases that occurred prior to my election.
Thank you for your continued support!
Sheriff Mike Knoedl