On Monday, Oct. 12 Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders made a felony traffic stop with assistance from the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish officers, and other Izard County deputies on Arkansas Highway 177 in anticipation that a wanted felon would be in the vehicle. After the driver and front seat passenger exited the vehicle upon order, officers observed movement in the rear seat area and determined that the wanted person, Jared Jay Holland, was in fact in the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Holland opened the rear door with a chrome colored pistol and started waving it around. Holland did not comply to drop the weapon orders but instead began running away from the officers. A foot chase ended when Holland was taken down to the ground several hundred feet from the initial encounter and was placed under arrest for felony failure to appear a 9 millimeter pistol was recovered along with a holster and two knives. Additional charges to include aggravated assault and a felon in possession of a firearm have been filed against Holland, 28, of Norfolk, who remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $110,000 bond. From a previous arrest, Holland faces felony charges relating to theft. Holland was convicted on aggravated assault charges in 2005. Statements made by Holland at the time of his arrest and his previous behavior with the pistol strongly indicate that Holland was wanting to be killed. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that he commended all officers involved in the arrest and their exercise of restraint.
In an unrelated incident, Deputy Ed Sollock responded to Lunenburg Road near Melbourne shortly before 10 p.m., Saturday following a report of a vehicle in the ditch. The driver of the vehicle identified as David Scott Finely, 41, of Batesville was passed out in the vehicle and the vehicle's engine was still running. During the course of the investigation, Finley became angry and started yelling obscenities at Deputy Sollock and Deputy Mark Simino who had arrived to assist. Finley has been charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs (second offense), refusal to submit to a drug test, driving on a suspended license (DWI), and disorderly conduct. Finley is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a bond in the amount of $4,113.
A Dolph male juvenile was arrested Friday and charged with theft of aerosol computer cleaner from Knowles Hardware in Calico Rock. Two persons of interest in the theft have been identified and more arrests are likely. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that 8 to10 cans of the chemical were stolen and that he understands the propellant in this product along with propellant in other products such a cream whip is sniffed for the chemical high effects. Sheriff Lawrence said there have been reported deaths in various places of the United States due to teenagers sniffing such products.
Charges are pending against one male juvenile and two adult males in connection with recent destruction of mail boxes in the Dolph, Pineville and Calico Rock areas.
Two juveniles who were among several at King Park in Calico Rock Friday night were charged with public intoxication. The two, a 13-year-old female and a 13-year-old male were transported to the emergency room of a Calico Rock hospital for possible alcohol poisoning. Both were released to their parents and given a court date.
A Saturday incident resulted in the arrest of Kimberly Ann Collins, 38, of Melbourne on charges of drinking in public. Collins later posted bond in the amount $205 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
A Highland man, Matthew Owen Ivy, 45, was arrested Oct. 15 on charges to include driving while intoxicated, speeding, operating a vehicle without insurance and fleeing. Ivy later posted bond in the amount $2,595 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Aaron B. Laxton, 19, of Marian, Ark., was arrested Oct. 19 on a theft of property warrant. Laxton posted bond in the amount of $2,500, given a court date, and released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Joseph Christopher McCoy, 43, of Melbourne was arrested Saturday on the charge of drinking in public. McCoy posted bond in the amount of $205 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Kenneth Allen Otte, 49, was arrested the night of Oct. 13 on charges of driving while intoxicated-second offense and careless driving. Otte was released the following day after posting bond in the amount of $2,960.
Jennifer Destefano, who was awaiting bed space at the Arkansas Department of Correction, who was transported Sunday to prison. Destefano was living at Violet Hill at the time of her arrest was sentenced on charges of possessing narcotics with the intent to deliver.