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Two arrested in Franklin auto theft

Thursday, March 2, 2006

A Concord man and a juvenile from Pleasant Plains were arrested in Franklin after a manhunt involving dogs.

A 1999 Chevrolet Suburban which was parked outside of Franklin Baptist Church was stolen Feb. 23 during the church's midweek services. It was reported stolen after Pastor Robert Norton and his family returned to the parking lot after services were through.

A search for the vehicle began immediately and the vehicle was found early the next morning. The vehicle was found in the parking lot of Taylor Feed Store.

The vehicle was covered in mud and the inside of the vehicle had been damaged ,according to authorities. The vehicle had also been driven several hundred miles, deputies said.

Police identified a suspect and obtained information that the suspect had left a Franklin residence on foot along with another male. After a brief search of the wooded area near the house, the sheriff's office asked for assistance from the Department of Correction's dog team.

The two men were captured within minutes of the dog team's arrival.

Justin Smith, 19, of Concord and a juvenile male, 17, of Pleasant Plains were placed in custody and transported to the Izard County Detention Facility.

Two DVD players, which were missing from the vehicle, were recovered at a Franklin residence.

Smith remains in the Izard County Detention Facility, and the juvenile, who was charged as an adult, was transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville. Smith was also charged with possession of an instrument of crime.

Bond for each was set at $25,000.

Nicole Cleveland, 25, of Pineville was charged with felony assault Feb. 24 after allegedly ramming another vehicle with her own on purpose.

Deputy Gabe Sanders, who headed the investigation, said Cleveland purposely engaged in conduct that created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to the driver of the other vehicle under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Cleveland was also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, second degree, reckless driving and violation of child protection law.

Cleveland has a lengthy criminal history and has previous felony convictions. Cleveland remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Ricky Lee Schiltz, 44, of Guion was arrested by warrant Feb. 23 on charges of theft by receiving and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Authorities say an investigation revealed that one or more guns stolen in connection with a vehicle theft earlier in the year ended up in the hands of Schiltz who gave the stolen item or items to a third party.

Authorities said Schiltz had alluded them after having knowledge that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Schiltz, who has a lengthy history of charges and convictions ranging from petty theft to manufacturing illegal drugs, is a convicted felon.

Schiltz sometimes resides in Zion, Guion or Mountain Home, authorities said.

Hector L. Vazquez, 43, and Teresa Vazquez, 45, of Jordan were arrested at a sobriety checkpoint Feb. 24.

According to authorities, the couple was stopped after attempting to avoid the checkpoint.

Authorities said a search of the vehicle revealed two large bags of a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana.

Hector Vazquez was charged with driving while intoxicated, and Teresa Vazquez was charged with public intoxication. Both of them were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

A felony bond was set in the amount of $10,000 for each. They remain in the Izard County Detention Facility.

Mark Daniel Wheeler, 38, of Brockwell was arrested Feb. 26 on numerous charges which include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated-drugs, speeding and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Wheeler remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of bond.

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