A Calico Rock man was arrested Saturday with charges pending relating to the theft of guns from multiple residences. Lewie Elmer Branscum, age 24, is accused of stealing guns and pawning them at area pawn shops. At the time of his arrest, Branscum tested positive for amphetamines and meth. Branscum is also on a hold from the Department of Correction and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that charges unrelated to the gun thefts are also being investigated.
Another Calico Rock man was arrested Feb. 11 on a drug related charge. Jessie Ray Brock, age 28, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Brock appeared before District Judge David Miller and given a court date.
Donnie Ray Woodcock, age 29 of Calico Rock was arrested Feb. 9 on a Baxter County warrant. Woodcock was released to Baxter County authorities.
James Earl Jones, age 42, of Calico Rock was arrested February 8 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication. Jones posted bond later that day in the amount of $1,435 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Three Calico Rock juvenile males, two age 11 and one age 13, were cited Friday on the charge of criminal mischief. The three are accused of destroying gravesite ornaments at the Roselawn Cemetery. The three were given a court date.
Charles Fred Wade, age 36 of Sidney was arrested Feb. 8 on changes of public intoxication, operating a vehicle without license plates, operating a vehicle without insurance, and driving on a suspended license. Wade posted bond the same day in the amount of $1,245 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Christopher Ray Chandler was arrested Feb. 11 on a Stone County warrant. Chandler was transferred from the Izard County Detention Facility to Stone County.
Jennifer Estalee Steward of Salem is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a Benton County, Mo., probation violation warrant. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Steward is awaiting extradition proceedings.
Ledell Strickland Jr. of Batesville was arrested Feb. 10 on charges of driving while intoxicated, unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving without a license and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Strickland appeared in Izard County District Court the following day, fined and released.
Released Feb. 8
Following a week long investigation by members of the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Arkansas State Police, and the Izard County Sheriff's Department, a woman residing in the Oxford area was arrested on drug charges. Heather Lynn Mikel, also known as Heather Basham, age 31 of Mountain Grove, Mo., was arrested Feb. 2 on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class "B" felony. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Mikel remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $20,000 bond.
A Thursday call to deputies regarding a physical altercation at a Calico Rock residence resulted in the arrest of one female. At the Joyce Farmer residence on Highway 56, Sara Loosely, age 21 was charged with battery third degree and with possessing a controlled substance. Loosely posted bond Saturday and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Deputies were dispatched in the early morning hours Saturday to the Forty Four community in response to a compliant by a mother that her 16-year-old daughter had not returned home. Upon arrival at the Millard Bowden residence, deputies observed several underage persons, drinking alcoholic beverages. After locating all the participants except one who fled the scene, deputies arrested Millard Dodd Bowden, age 19, on the charge of five counts of social host violations; Austin Lee Burrow, age 20 of Guion on the charge of public intoxication.
Amber Elaine Gorian, age 18, of Dolph on the charge of public intoxication; and Robert Stowers, age 18, of Dolph on the charge of public intoxication. All posted bond the following day and were released from the Izard County Detention Facility. Two juveniles, one male and one female were also charged with public intoxication and released to their parents. Charges are pending against the one who fled the scene.
In an unrelated arrest, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Jaden Ross Whitfield, age 18, was arrested Friday night on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving left of center. Whitfield posted bond and was released to the custody of family.
Deputies responded Sunday to a domestic violence call and arrested Amber L. Mix, age 22, on the charge of domestic battery third degree. Mix is accused of biting the hand and ear of her mother and attempting to kick her in the face. Mix remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.
Jermyn Michael Eppes, age 33, of Horseshoe Bend was transported Monday to began serving time in the Arkansas Department of Correction.