I hope everyone had a great week and enjoyed some of this much-needed sunshine.
We've had three deputies attending training this week. The training is required by the FAA to operate a drone that was recently purchased by the Sheriff's Office. This drone is equipped with thermal imaging, along with several other features. The drone will be utilized for search and rescue, specifically looking for lost or injured people in dense areas. It can also be used for surveillance missions involving any kind of criminal investigation as well. This training is very intensive and similar to what beginning pilots go through. After completion, we will have three deputies certified to operate this invaluable piece of equipment.
We assisted the U.S. Marshals Service in executing an arrest warrant from the state of Alabama on Toni Johnson for failure to appear on the charges of (Murder - Reckless, DUI). This incident involved an accident where a victim was killed in an automobile accident. She is currently being held in the Dallas County Detention Center pending an extradition hearing to be returned to Alabama. The arrest went off without incident.
Dallas County Circuit Court was held on Tuesday of this week where deputies provided courtroom security. This is just one of the many responsibilities the Sheriff's Office is responsible for each month for all courts held in Dallas County.
We had several offenders enter guilty pleas in this month's Circuit Court:
Turner, Tyrone: Revocation, Extended Probation
Williams, John Jr.: Revocation, 5 years ADC
Richard, Christopher: POCS, 6 years Probation
Terry, Dermain: FTA Felony and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Person, 10 years ADC
Quarles, Bradley: POCS (2 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, ASP Program
Wilson, Henry: POCS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, ASP Program
Russell, Melissa: Furnishing Prohibited Articles, ASP Program
Alsobrook, Kyle: Possession of Firearm by Certain Person and POCS, 10 years ADC
Hall, Mario: POCS, Fine and Probation
Mr. Rucker was a busy man as always, this week. He and his crew picked up trash on Highway 273 to Highway 9. They completed trash pickup on Highway 229 beginning at Highway 8. County roads 236, 208, and 245, and county line road at Dalark were cleared of trash. Once again, I'm asking for everyone to properly dispose of your trash. DO NOT litter our Highways! I am always proud of the work that Mr. Rucker and his crew do to keep our county looking good.
Now, onto Felony Friday!
Moore, Amanda, of Fordyce, Contempt Failure to Pay
Brunston, Damien, of Bearden, Violation of Conditions of Parole
Harris, Shannon, of Camden, FPD Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Shepherd, James Adam, of Fordyce, FPD Endangering Welfare of Minor
Coleman, Monikea, of Fordyce, FPD Failure to Appear Misdemeanor
Beavers, Bobby, of Camden, Absconding, Driving While License Cancelled, Suspended, or
Revoked, Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test, Public Intoxication, Drinking in Public
Jackson, Mary, of Camden, FPD Filing False Report
Johnson, Toni, of Fordyce, Violate Conditions of Parole
Glasper, Jeremiah, of Fordyce, Bond Revocation
Lewis, Lamar, of Fordyce, Bond Revocation
Weatherly, Christopher, FPD Harassing Communications, Criminal Trespass, Unlawful Act Regarding a Computer
Mitchell, Kevin, of Arkadelphia, Contempt Failure to Pay
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Stay safe and God Bless You!
Sheriff Mike Knoedl