A third suspect has been arrested in three May burglaries and one attempted burglary of businesses in Calico Rock.
Arrested Thursday was Jeff Shankle, 22, of Batesville who was wanted for questioning shortly after the crimes occurred. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Shankle, at the time of these crimes, was wanted on a Department of Correction absconder warrant and was located in Missouri. When interviewed by Investigator Charles Melton of the Izard County Sheriff's Department, Shankle admitted involvement in crimes.
Shankel was charged with three counts of commercial burglary, three counts of theft of property, one count of criminal attempt to commit burglary and charged as an habitually offender. He had recently been released from prison on similar charges. Shankle is incarcerated on a department of correction hold and an Izard County bond in the amount of $25,000.
The Izard County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the recent burglary of a Calico Rock area home. Sheriff Lawrence said that several guns and numerous other items were taken from the Thompson home off Arkansas Highway 5, north of Calico Rock. Lawrence said suspects and persons of interest have been identified. Anyone having information about this burglary and theft is asked to contact Investigator Melton at 879-36-4203.
Also being investigated by the Izard County Sheriff's Department is the theft of a purse that was taken from a vehicle parked at the food room in Calico Rock. The theft occurred June 18 and a considerable amount of money was taken from the purse which was recovered Sunday. Sheriff Lawrence said that a suspect has been named.
Richard Crouch III, 38, of Melbourne was arrested June 18 on an Izard County warrant charging him with felony possession of narcotic drugs outside a container, possession of Xanax, also a felony; and possession of Subozone, a misdemeanor. Crouch remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $20,000 bond.
In other sheriff's department activities, a Franklin man was arrested June 16 on the charge of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. According to reports, Michael Kelly II, 20, is accused of shooting a .22 caliber rifle from the carport of his home on Highway 56 in Franklin at traffic signs across the highway from his house. The signs were in close proximity to other homes. Kelly posted bond in the amount of $1,310 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Michael Robert Benert, 19, of Pineville was arrested June 18 on the charge of domestic battery third degree. Benert appeared before District Judge David Miller and was given a court date.
Danny Lee Turner, 36, of Mountain View was arrested June 19 on the charge of driving while intoxicated. According to reports, Tuner was stopped in the Melbourne city limits for a vehicle faulty equipment violation. Deputy Ed Sollock smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle. After failing several field sobriety tests, Turner was transported to the Izard County Sheriff's Department where he tested .272, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08 on the BAC
Howard Delbert Dickey II, 21, of Melbourne was arrested June 19 on charges of driving on a suspended license, operating a vehicle without insurance and operating a vehicle without license plates. Dickey appeared before District Judge David Miller for a bond hearing and was given a court date.
David Michael Fiss, 19, of Mountain Home was arrested June 18 on an Izard County failure to appear warrant. Fiss remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,105 bond.