A Melbourne man and an Oxford man were arrested Dec. 11 in connection with the burglary of a Melbourne convenience store. Ben G. Fitzsimmons, 18, of Melbourne and David K. Crider, 21, of Oxford are accused of breaking a front window at Giefer's Possum Trot with a rock, then entering and taking more than $3,000 worth of cigarettes. Formal charges are pending. Many of the stolen cigarettes have been recovered according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence.
A traffic stop Dec. 12 on Moser Street near the Quail Run Apartments in Melbourne resulted in the arrest of the driver and passenger. Matthew Melton, 24, of Cushman, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with driving while intoxicated (third offense) and two counts of carrying a weapon. Melton was carrying brass knuckles in his right boot at the time of his arrest and a 9- millimeter pistol was in the center console of the vehicle. Melton tested positive for marijuana, meth, opiates and amphetamines. Melton remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu or $7,515 bond. The vehicle passenger, Matthew Thomas Martin, 18, of Batesville was charged with public intoxication-drugs, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia, including two glass smoking pipes, tweezers, scissors and a razor blade. Martin tested positive for marijuana, meth, opiates and amphetamines. Martin remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $2,540 bond.
Following a report that a vehicle had crashed through the gate of a Calico Rock mobile home business, it was determined that a Calico Rock man had taken two vehicles from the business, damaged the vehicles in addition to the gate and was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Jared Rotramel, 34. was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle-two counts, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and possession of firearm by a certain person. Rotramel remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $4,625 bond.
Deputies entered the apartment of a Melbourne woman on Dec. 12 when she reported that, upon returning to her apartment after being away for a short period of time, the lights had been turned off and the door had been locked. Upon entering the apartment, deputies discovered a male, who the apartment occupant did not know. Elliot Jake Crider, 19, of Oxford was arrested and charged in criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication drugs. Crider remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,515 bond.
Kenneth Neal Wayne, 48, of Brockwell was arrested Nov. 28 on charges of driving while intoxicated and having no driver's license. Wayne posted bond later that day and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Ricky Landon Brown, 54, of Pineville was arrested Nov. 25 on charges of driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving, resisting arrest, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Brown posted bond the following day in the amount of $2,365 and was released from jail.
Tonya Marie Hendrix, 22, of Melbourne was charged Sunday with terrorist threatening second degree. Hendrix remains in the Izard County Detention Facility pending a court appearance.
Charlie William Feher, 18, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested Dec. 2 on the charge of possessing a controlled substance-marijuana. Feher posted bond in the amount of $1,230 and was released from jail.
Scott Alen Vest, 31, of Morgan Road in Oxford was arrested Nov. 29 on charges of fleeing-two counts, driving on a suspended license, and careless and prohibited driving. Vest posted bond the same day in the amount of $2,970 and was released with a court date.
Ashley Sheree Henries, of Quail Run Apartments in Melbourne, was arrested Nov. 26 on charges of domestic battering third degree and terrorist threatening second degree. Henries appeared before District Judge David E. Miller the following day and was released.
Dale Shane Taylor, 34, of Melbourne was arrested Nov. 23 on charges of hindering apprehension and fleeing. Taylor remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on an Arkansas Department of Correction hold.
Bobby Ray Eddy, 43, of Melbourne was arrested Nov. 23 on violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law warrant from Independence County. Eddy was transported Independence County.
Several individuals were arrested with the past few days on warrants charging failure to pay fines. Those arrested include Thomas Ray Drake, 35. of Melbourne; Bobby Joe Gray, 44. of Calico Rock; Emily Anne Crider, 18, of Guion; Melissa Jean Casey, 30, of Mountain View; James Sterling Montague, 22, of Calico Rock; and Marcos W. Sanchez, 23, of Mount Pleasant.