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Man threatens officers with chainsaw

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Sharp County man put a whole new meaning to "Chain Saw Massacre."

At approximately 9 p.m. March 18, a resident called dispatch to report a suspicious person on his property. The resident reported that when he got out of the shower his dogs were barking. He looked outside and there was a man dressed in black waving a gun around.

Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell, along with Cherokee Village Officer Wendell Lane and Hardy Officer Ashton Hester responded. According to the report, when the officers arrived the suspect had already fled the scene.

Mitchell stated in the report that he and officer Lane proceeded to patrol the area, shining their spotlights trying to locate anyone walking in the area. When they spotted a truck pulling off the roadway and through a gate the officers stopped to make contact with the occupants of the vehicle.

Mitchell and Lane explained to the two men in the truck, Daniel and John Collins, what had happened just up the road from there. According to the report, the men responded by getting belligerent and telling the officers to stop shinning their spotlights on their property.

After trying to explain the situation to the men again, the officers asked the men for identification. According to the report, using profanity, Daniel told the officers he didn't have to show his I.D. card.

Daniel got into his truck and took off, spinning his tires through the field, making his way to his house. Once at the house, Mitchell stated in the report that Daniel started up a chainsaw and ran back toward where he and Officer Lane were standing with John.

Daniel got within 15 feet of the officers waving the running chainsaw in front of himself and over his head. According to the report Daniel was ordered to drop the chainsaw several times, never doing so.

At this time, Officer Hester showed up at the scene. According to the report, Officers Lane and Hester drew their weapons and directed them at Daniel. John told the officers if Daniel got shot he would blow their heads off.

While the other officers held their guns on Daniel, Officer Mitchell tased him. According to the report, Daniel fell to the ground with the chainsaw still in his hands. Once on the ground he proceeded to wave and throttle the chainsaw causing officers to tase him two more times before he cut the taser wires with the chainsaw.

Once the chainsaw was free of his hands, Mitchell and Lane attempted to handcuff Daniel. According to the report Daniel resisted arrest and started fighting with the officers, latching on to Officer Mitchell's leg.

Because Daniel would not let loose of Mitchell's leg and stop resisting, Mitchell drew his baton, striking Daniel in the upper arm, according to the report, a couple of times.

Daniel still would not let loose of Mitchell's leg so Mitchell took another course of action and drive stunned Daniel (tased him directly with the gun, no cartridge). Officers were finally able to take Daniel into custody.

Mitchell stated in his report that while he and Officer Lane were fighting with Daniel, Officer Hester was containing John. He also stated that both suspects smelled of intoxicants.

John and Daniel Collins were both transported to the Sharp County Jail. John was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Charges are still pending on Daniel.

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Wow again. Animal shelter or more police officers? No brainer again.

-- Posted by troutman on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 12:08 PM

I enjoyed reading this piece of CV-Hardy news...

Can we film a reinactment?

-- Posted by conventional1 on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 9:37 PM

Imagine how the "man dressed in black waving the gun around" enjoyed this scene from his safe haven in the woods....or was he even real?

-- Posted by flabbergasted on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 1:28 AM

I know both men,there is alot more to this story than was printed. After being released,daniel had to be taken to the hospital. Why wasn't this done before being taken to jail? Why was a cherokee police officer there anyway?

-- Posted by local rez on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 2:04 PM

I know both of these men and let me tell you they might have been drinking but I assure you they werent the "man dressed in black" Daniel or John have never in the entirity of my life worn all black, except for maybe boots.

Police officers in this area of Sharp County are not above spotlighting deer and thats probably what the Collin's thought was going down. Is it right no..but the real criminal..if any man truly exhisted..got away free as a bird to do whatever he wanted.

-- Posted by Spacetrinity on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 6:18 PM

In the fifty-something years I have known the Collins family of Wirth, I have never known of them having trouble like this. It would have been extremely far-fetched to have thought the Collins would be peeking in someone's window waving a gun around!

-- Posted by flabbergasted on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 9:33 PM

i just read the story and i have a couple of questions here , 1. where did this happen? was it Hardy or Wirth or Cherokee Village ? come on here if we tell the story , let's tell the facts. 2.why was john arrested for disorderly conduct amd resisting arrest ? the story didn't say he controled by the officer with a drawn gun on him. sounds more like a bunch of cops was wanting to put someone in jail at any risk ,, think about it ,, it can happen to you too for no darn good reason ,, don't we have the right to protect our property as land and home owners. anytime you disagree with the police, they want to see your id,,, is that right ? does that give them the right to taser you ? cop do provoke alot of resistants to arrest. it is their on the job high!

-- Posted by sum1islooking@u on Sat, Apr 4, 2009, at 11:36 PM

Just tell me one thing all else aside. Since when is it ok to come at a Police officer with a chainsaw. He's lucky he didn't get shot.I don't care how nice of a guy he or they are!

-- Posted by danimal7264 on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 6:46 PM

I have known these two men my entire life. I have been to their home many times since I was an infant. I have also attended Church with their family. I have witnessed them stop to help anyone in need on the side of the road. It never mattered that they would be late or that they might get dirty. They always helped those in need. I can't imagine the local police not knowing who they are and needing an id. They have lived in the same place since 1967. Why would you need an id in your own front yard. If they wanted to know who they were the police could have ran the tags and found that out. I agree it would have been simple to just show your id and it may have been over. But maybe not. The police sometimes get an ego and go on a power trip. I know the Collins family recently lost their family home and all their belongings inside. They are going through a hard time right now. Please pray for them and their family as they go through this difficult time. Just remember that these two men have very soft hearts and caring and are very loving to their family and friends. I can't imagine how John felt as the police tased his son and had their guns ready to fire. As a parent I would have said the same thing. If anyone ever hurt my child, no matter what age it was I would do whatever I had to do to save their life.

-- Posted by purecountry on Tue, Apr 7, 2009, at 2:25 PM

The thugs in this article that call their selves police officers should be put in the pin. I am glad these officers are under surveillance for their evil deeds toward the too nice law abiding citizens. The Lames boys are the worst Nazis in the world; thugs in the true sense of the word; little Hitlers, according to the news paper's article this is. The people know now what you are; thugs. They are egg sucking thieves that need to go sweep the jail cells in Sharp County in their true colors; stripes with of coarse we have your numbers each and everyone of them. For one thing the Lame boys detained these law abiding tax payers without probable cause because somebody said? That's right somebody said over a phone? What kind of people are you? That's no proof or good reason to terrorize the streets of their county and the people. So this is what you call probable cause? According to the article the Lame boys and their cronies are harassing people day and night. Do you let this kind of stuff go on around there? The chump police are extremely lucky it ended up this way instead of them old boys blowing their heads off. I have seen this type of police tactics in the past back in the 20s' and 30s'. We called the no gooders (rat fink COPS) and they were never killed because we always gave them type of Nazis life to think about their evil deeds. Killing is too good for these thugs. It has become a police state again because you do not understand the law and this is why the judges allow these types of acts because they to do not know the law. Here is what is going on in your state. The police are so arrogant to the point they believe they can just lie to the judge and he will take it line, hook and sinker; other words it is a kangaroo court. The people of Arkansas should run these types out of their state better yet out of this country; maybe Iraq.

Answer this question: Who invited these policemen on to these men's property in the first place? See this is where the first act of reckless endangerment began; the 4th amendment. Were their blue lights on? What was the cops' first question? There have been so many laws broken according to this story. The person that called about this man in black with a chainsaw in the first place must be charged too for reckless endangerment of the men doing no harm because the law said he did.

Beware of the video camera fellows it just might back fire on you punk cops your next cruel and inhumane moment. Haven't any one ever heard of the 4th amendment? This is just one of the rights and law the little boys with guns did not know about yet. My advice to all you good citizens are to go to the state attorney general's office in Little Rock than file a formal report against these men with their Nazi ways. You are lucky it was not in the 20s' or 30s' men; your guns would have been where the sun doesn't shine. I vote these police thugs should be put on trial by the tens of thousands of tax payers on the county's expense. They are careless and easy to prosecute. For shame on these men!

A Real American

-- Posted by arealamerican on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 2:12 PM

If it is not too much trouble since it is public record we would like you to post the police report that I can almost bet it is a page and a half so we can get a better picture on the alleged charges just below this mean and petty act on behalf of the police officers on duty this night. Like the President said we must make it transparent. Just keeping them honest.

-- Posted by arealamerican on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 3:19 PM

I think they are related to the McCoys of Kentucky

-- Posted by conventional1 on Thu, Apr 9, 2009, at 10:03 AM

Or the Hatfields--one of 'em

-- Posted by conventional1 on Thu, Apr 9, 2009, at 10:04 AM

The Hatfields and McCoys made up after years of feuding because they were real men that had stronger virtues than that of these loosers in uniforms they call themselves police officers do not warrant the merit to wear them that were made for real men to serve the community.

These thug cops there in Cherokee Villages Arkansas do not know the meaning of the word. A blind New York lawyer would have them for lunch. I am glad finally the whole county can have good reason to show at their arraignment. I feel sorry for them. Life is not all about striking it rich from extortion the tax payers but by going after criminals. Only bad will come of these officers.

-- Posted by arealamerican on Thu, Apr 9, 2009, at 2:32 PM

Is there even a record of the 911 call of the man in black? Who was the neighbor that called in about the man in black lurking around? So far no neighbor has came forward to say they saw anyone lurking around.

I just hope that the local police get in trouble for their actions.

-- Posted by purecountry on Mon, Apr 13, 2009, at 12:47 PM

To answer some of your questions Cherokee Village and Hardy police had no business being at the "Collins Residence" and yes that is where this happened. About fifty yards off the highways right of way. My question is where was Ozark Acres finest Jesse Wells? This sounds more on the lines of something he would pull. Wendall, Ashton and Gary is this what name you want in the community? Are you three guys on the same power trip Jesse is on? You make $8.00 an hour! Get real. The way I understand is that the newspaper, on other stories, has had to contact the county for these stories but on this particular story a police officer contacted the newspaper. That is what I would do personally as a "cover-up" if I lost my cool and commited such a crime as these officers did. Would'nt it seem that during training, if they have any, this officer would have learned to back away from such a confrontation instead of getting mad and creating all this? The charges against these men are clearly false. The first officer there was obviously in the wrong and the other two should'nt sacrifice their families welfare just to cover for him. In the reports they made it is evident that they lined their stories before writing them.

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Tue, Apr 14, 2009, at 11:35 AM

I am sure that they are real nice folks, but how nice they are has nothing to do with trying to cut a police officers head off with a chainsaw. And I cant imagine why they would lie about their report when they almost got their head cut off that should be enough to arrest him. And when a person takes off like that they have to presue it cause they could be hiding something ( not that they was.) If that was a kidnapper and they had your daughter or son in there and they took off like they did what the cops should have just went back to the station or should they go after them and see why the fled? I agree with danamil7264 Sorry yall but the cops did the right thing they were the ones put in danger!!!!I just have one more thing to say they are very lucky to have not been shot.

-- Posted by pinkangel2be on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 4:13 PM

LMAFO! That's right keep talking thugs, cause you know that's what you all are. The only thing smart you have done here is withhold your identity.

-- Posted by PoPo on Mon, Apr 20, 2009, at 4:55 AM

Well big bad popo, maybe your attitude and temper displayed here is what got you into this. Your job is to protect and serve is'nt it? Maybe you thought it was to offend and make an ass of yourself.

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 12:12 AM

I know those "good old boy" police officers. If their IQ was one point lower they would be vegetables. Their actions in this situation doesn't surprise me at all. Maybe the new Chief of Police of Cherokee will put an end to it all.

-- Posted by truthhurts on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 9:08 PM

The three stooges was really staying on track during this situation. Besides spotlighting deer and getting numerous reprimands for his heroic police actions, Wendell Lane should be given another award for this incident. The police in Cherokee are the laughing stock in the county with the exception of Ash Flat.

-- Posted by truthhurts on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 9:12 PM

Well Wendall. You're newly aquired DWI makes you a thug does'nt it? It also seems to me that you are under another investigation. Do you want to tell us about it?

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Sun, May 17, 2009, at 9:53 AM

Lawyerman1 you sound to me like a thug in disguise,lol. Get your facts straight. Btw You don't talk like a lawyer.

-- Posted by PoPo on Mon, May 25, 2009, at 4:04 AM

Oh wendall, go wreck you wifes car at the ambulance station and leave people alone.

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Tue, May 26, 2009, at 4:40 PM

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-- Posted by jgoff on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 10:07 AM

You don't talk like a cop either "Diphlit"

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 10:59 PM

Oh man! I have mondays off and I was hoping my little buddy wendall would have been on. He seems to think we need to tell him who we are while hiding behind the username popo. Love you buddy. See you at work.

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Mon, Jun 1, 2009, at 1:41 PM

Where oh where did my wendall go where oh where did my wendall go where oh where did my wendall go oh where could he be.

-- Posted by Lawyerman1 on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 1:51 PM

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