The Izard County Sheriff's Department reported some alcohol related arrests Pioneer Day weekend, but Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the number of arrests were not that much greater than that of a regular weekend.
Patrick Davis, 24, of Melbourne was arrested May 3 after a deputy observed a truck parked at a Melbourne convenience store with the driver slumped over the steering wheel. The vehicle's engine was running and the driver was aroused, according to Sheriff Lawrence, after several attempts were made to awaken him. Davis was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Davis later posted bond in the amount of $1,055 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Also during the early morning hours of May 3, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the Zion community in reference to a physical dispute between a male and female. The male complained that the female was pointing a gun at him. Before reaching the residence, dispatch advised responding officers that the female had left the residence and was possibly traveling Bone Town Road. A vehicle matching a description of the vehicle in question was stopped and the driver, Laura Marlin, 33, of Oxford, was charged with driving while intoxicated. A male passenger in the vehicle identified as Michael Watt, 30, of Conway was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after he refused to stop interfering with officers. Marlin posted bond the following day in the amount of $1,055 and Watt posted bond in the amount of $410. Both were released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Around 5 p.m. Pioneer Day, deputies were dispatched to the Izard County Fairgrounds in response to a physical altercation between two adult males. Upon arrival and questions those present in the livestock barn, deputies observed two juvenile males behind a tent appearing suspicious. Deputies noticed a smell of intoxicants and marijuana. One of juveniles, 16, who gave an Evening Shade address was arrested for public intoxication and possession of a control substance. One juvenile, 17 of Poughkeepsie was charged with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance, and minor in possession of alcohol. In the meantime, an adult male was located in response to the original dispatch of two males fighting. Mark Olin Christopher, 24, of Batesville was charged with public intoxication.
According to Sheriff Lawrence, thee other males involved the physical altercation was not identified nor arrested. Christopher posted bond the following day in the amount of $205 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
In an unrelated incident, deputies were dispatched to Possum Trot Road in Melbourne at approximately 1:25 a.m. Sunday morning in response to a motorcycle accident. Upon their arrival, deputies observed an approaching motorcycle, made a traffic stop on the cycle and observed the driver to be bleeding as the result of injuries to the head. A strong smell of intoxicants was present. The driver, Stephen Townsend, 38, of Oxford was transported by ambulance to the White River Medical Center in Batesville where he refused a blood test. Townsend was charged with driving while intoxicated (second offense) and refusal to submit to a chemical tests. Townsend was given a court date.
A Melbourne man, Ronnie Womack, 47, was arrested early Friday night on charges that include driving while intoxicated-drugs, and careless driving. Womack later posted bond in the amount of $1,210 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Benjamin J. Hinds, 26, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested the night of May 3 on charges to include domestic battering third degree and endangering the welfare of a minor. Hinds remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.
Jimmy Lane Wicoff, 51, of Melbourne was arrested April 28 on charges of public intoxication and criminal trespass. Wicoff is accused of being on another person's yard rummaging thru their property. Wicoff posted bond April 30 in the amount of $810 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility;.
Weston Drew Pemberton, 19, of Paragould was arrested Sunday afternoon on a contempt of court warrant. Pemberton remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,070 bond.
In other activities, Matthew Owen Ivy, 45, of Highland was arrested April 29 on violation of Arkansas hot check law warrant. Ivy posted bond the following day in the amount of $352 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Anthonio Ronone McCuien, 37, of Maumelle was arrested May 1 on a child support enforcement warrant and is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $24,025 bond.
Derward Lee Rushing, 38, of Melbourne was arrested May 1 on a failure to appear warrant. Rushing was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting bond in the amount of $400.