Helicopters brought in to find Viola teen-agers
Helicopters were brought in from Baxter County to help Fulton County deputies in the search for two runaway teen-agers from Viola suspected of stealing, then ditching, a car.
According to Fulton County Chief Deputy Paul Martin, the girls, 15 and 17, ran away from home Dec. 22 and stole a 2001 Monte Carlo from Philip Steed's residence just south of Gepp.
The girls were found Dec. 26 after they abandoned the stolen car on County Road 223 south of Viola, according to authorities.
Baxter County Sheriff's Office helicopters arrived on the scene after Fulton County deputies recovered the car. The girls were later found in the woods.
They are now in a juvenile detention facility.
Corporal Noah Shaw of the Arkansas State Police responded to the scene of an accident involving Diana Preacher, 23, of Smithville who was arrested after Shaw found what was believed to be marijuana residue lying in the seat of her vehicle.
After obtaining consent to search the vehicle he found a fully loaded Glock model 23 handgun and a white pill marked "M358" inside a camouflage bag, Shaw said.
While she was being transported to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Trooper Shad Overman of the Arkansas State Police said he observed Preacher reaching down the front of her pants.
At the sheriff's office Preacher was searched by deputy Rhonda Long. According to authorities, Long observed a plastic baggie protruding from Preacher's genital area. The baggie contained Seroquel, Xanax, Valium and numerous other pills along with suspected marijuana and 1/2 gram of methamphetamine, according to authorities.
Preacher has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession of a controlled substance, Xanax, a class C felony; and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony.
Joshua Sutherland, 23, of Salem was arrested when he drove away from an accident scene in a car he did not arrive in.
According to authorities, Cpl. Shaw pursued Sutherland and stopped him. Shaw discovered a rectangular box shoved down Sutherland's pants, and when asked what was in it, Sutherland hung his head and handed the box over, Shaw said.
Shaw said he opened the box which contained a hypodermic needle, a glass smoking device, suspected marijuana and a metal spoon like object. Shaw said he also found a wooden box in Sutherland's coatsleeve which contained a metal smoking device and two baggies of suspected methamphetamine.
When he searched the vehicle, Shaw said, he found paraphernalia.
Sutherland is charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class C felony; and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony.
Ginger R. Dungan, 39, of Viola was arrested Dec. 17 after Arkansas State Police Trooper Daniel Bush observed her driving her car in an evasive manner.
Bush stopped the vehicle for a defective tail light. Dungan was traveling with two companions. Bush noticed the odor of intoxicants and marijuana. Bush asked Dungan if she had been smoking or drinking and she stated that she had been doing both at a friend's house just prior to being stopped, Bush said.
Bush said he asked her to hand over any illegal substances. Dungan removed a sandwich bag of marijuana. After a vehicle search, additional marijuana, postage scales and a smoking device were discovered, Bush said.
During a Dec. 19 interview, Dungan stated that she got the marijuana at a friend's house to sell according to investigators. She said she was to return to pay for it after she sold it.
Cody Cordray, 21, of Salem was arrested Dec. 19 after police responded to information that there was drug activity taking place at his residence. Officers say that methamphetamine was discovered in Cordray's bedroom.
Johnny Schales, 22, of Salem was arrested Dec. 21 after he allegedly sold a large amount of marijuana from his residence.
According to authorities, Schales was not home, but his live-in girlfriend was home and she told officers that Schales had gone to Jonesboro with three guns. In a search of the residence officers found marijuana on the kitchen table, two sandwich bags containing green matter in the freezer, partial marijuana cigarettes, a set of digital scales and a large bong, authorities said.
Schales was later arrested in Lawrence County for DWI and felon in possession of a firearm.
Albert Alsup, 28, of Viola was arrested Dec. 15 after he allegedly stole a $27,800 John Deere garden tractor and $5,470 in other equipment from James Tharp's shop building on Oct. 11.