The Izard County Sheriff's Department continues to work on cemetery headstones that disappeared some weeks ago from a cemetery near Knob Creek. The Pauper's Cemetery was cleaned and headstones were constructed and put up in this small cemetery by the local cemetery association. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the association has worked many cemeteries in the county and the work includes identifying unmarked graves, casting the headstones and erecting the stones. Sheriff Lawrence said that shortly after the headstones were erected, the stones disappeared. Anyone having knowledge about these headstones are asked to contact Investigator Charles Melton of the Izard County Sheriff's Department at 368-4203.
A disturbance at a residence in the Corinth area has resulted in the Feb. 10 arrest of Philip Keith White, 45, of Melbourne. White was arrested on charges that include criminal trespass and public intoxication. White posted bond the following day and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Barbara Jean Minyard, 31, of Oxford, was arrested Feb. 13 on a violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law warrant. Minyard posted bond the same day in the amount of $621 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Jennifer Denise Raub, 35, of Brockwell, was arrested Feb. 10 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Raub was released later that day from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting bond in the amount of $582.
Michael Duane Watts, of Cabot, was arrested Feb. 12 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Watts posted bond in the amount of $1,095 and was released.
A call the night of Feb. 18 to a disturbance at a home in the Belview North community in Melbourne resulted in the arrest of Kenneth Wayne Smith Jr., 33, of Melbourne. Deputies reported that Smith became violent and verbally abusive toward the home's occupant, Rhonda Smith. Kenneth Smith reportedly struck her in the face in front of her minor children. Smith was charged with criminal trespass, domestic battering in the third degree and endangerment to a minor. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that at the time of his arrest, Smith tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. Smith, who was out of jail on bond awaiting trial on previous felony drug charges of March 2008, had his bond revoked and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility. Smith is scheduled to appear in Izard County Circuit Court March 19.
Formal charges have been brought against Dustin Baird, 21, of Melbourne who was arrested Feb. 21. Baird is charged with theft of property in the taking of a handgun from an apartment in Melbourne. Bond for Baird has been set at $10,000. Baird remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of bond.
The gun Baird is accused of stealing was recovered in a house occupied by Larry Langston of Melbourne. Formal charges of theft by receiving and a felon in possession of a firearm have been brought against Langston. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Langston remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $15,000 bond.
Shortly after midnight Feb. 21, deputies were dispatched to Boswell Road in response to an erratic driver. Deputy Jason Jordon stopped a gray extended cab truck and ordered the driver, later identified as Joshua Cagle, to exit the vehicle. Cagle was uncooperative when taken into custody. At the sheriff's department, Cagle failed three sobriety field tests and refused to take a chemical test. Cagle continued to be belligerent while being booked into the detention facility. An 18-year-old in the Cagle's vehicle was transported to her home in Calico Rock. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Cagle, 23, of Calico Rock was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, obstructing governmental operations (two counts), operating an unsafe vehicle and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Cagle remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $7,560 bond.
Responding to the sound of several gunshots in the Franklin area, deputies observed a drunken individual walking the road. The person, later identified as Timothy Augustus Evans, 27, of Ash Flat appeared to have abrasions and lacerations on and about his face and head. It was later learned that Evans had been involved in an altercation at a nearby residence and the shots were fired in an attempt to persuade Evans to leave the residence. Evans was charged with public intoxication and transported to the Izard County Detention Facility where he remains in lieu of a $205 bond.
Following a February traffic stop in the Millcrest addition of Melbourne, Andrea Dawn Neevel, 30, of Melbourne was charged with having no driver's license, failure to stop/yield and disorderly conduct. Neevel was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting bond in the amount of $740.
Bobby Boo Wells, 36 of Melbourne was arrested Feb. 21 for driving on a suspended license. Wells remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $605 bond.
Eric Chad Fuller, 35 of Mount Pleasant was arrested Feb. 19 on a criminal contempt of court warrant. Fuller remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $470 bond and a hold has been placed on him by Sharp County authorities.
While investigating a theft at a Wiseman residence on Feb. 22, a suspect was questioned who gave deputies a false name and filed a written report also giving false information. Curtis Richard Stetson, 67, of Violet Hill had numerous warrants out of Baxter County and also Missouri warrants. Stetson was charged with obstructing governmental operations and filing a false report with a law enforcement agency. Stetson remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,105 bond and a hold from Baxter County.
Trisha Nichole Pinkston, 24, of Pineville was arrested Feb. 23 on a failure to appear warrant. Pinkston later posted bond in the amount of $1,310 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Adan Ramiro Monroy, 26, of Searcy was arrested Feb. 22 on driving without a drivers license. Monroy was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting bond in the amount of $605.
Three parents/guardians were found to be in contempt of Izard County Juvenile Court after appearing Feb. 20 and testing positive for a controlled substance. Sentenced to 30 days in the Izard County Detention Facility were Sharie Lynn Kipfer, 42, of Melbourne; April Lynne Sanders, 44, of Dolph; and Stacy Lynn Reed, 32, of Brockwell.
Ricky R. Lake, 30, of Melbourne was arrested the night of Feb. 21 on drug related charges. Lake was found to have more than a quarter pound of marijuana in a bag concealed in his underwear and drug instruments appearing to have meth residue were found inside his vehicle. Pending felony charges for Lake include felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Lake is also charged with resisting arrest. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that at the time of booking into the Izard County Detention Facility, Lake tested positive for opiates, marijuana and amphetamines. Lake remains in the Izard County Detention Facility. Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders was the arresting officer.