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Sheriff's stop leads to arrest

Thursday, February 9, 2006

An early morning traffic stop in Melbourne resulted in drug charges and an arrest on Feb. 1.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence stopped Ricky Ray Lake, 27, of Melbourne who had been driving on a suspended driver's license.

During a search of the vehicle by Izard County Deputy Chad Hobson, he found a quantity of individually wrapped packages of a leafy green substance, believed to be marijuana, along with a syringe and a spoon which showed signs of being used to heat illegal drugs, according to authorities.

Lake was arrested and charged with failure to stop at a sign, driving on a suspended license, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possessing an instrument of crime.

Lake was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Facility until the sheriff's office could obtain a felony warrant.

Lake posted bond the following day in the amount of $25,000 and was released with a circuit court date.

Lawrence said that Lake has a history of drug related arrests.

Herbert Dean Howell, 38, of Viola was arrested Jan. 31 during of a traffic stop by Deputy Jeff Shehan.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Howell was charged with driving while intoxicated (under the influence of marijuana) second offense; possessing a controlled substance, marijuana; possessing an instrument of crime; driving left of center; and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Howell posted bond the following day in the amount of $2,950 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.

The Izard County Sheriff's Department has spent several months upgrading its computer system.

The department is currently working on a Web site to be an informational resource that will be accessible to anyone with a computer and Internet access. Lawrence said it will include a list of outstanding warrants and various other items. Suggestions may be submitted to the sheriff's office at P.O. Box 377, Melbourne, AR 72556 or by calling Bonnie Rush at 368-4203.



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