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Memorial Day no holiday for area law enforcement

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Memorial Day 2011 is history for most of us, except for those who ran afoul of the law during the long holiday weekend.

This week's Fulton County arrest report shows 45 arrests between Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30.

"That is not all of them," said Sheriff Buck Foley. "That is just the ones we had tickets for."

According to Foley, two of his deputies joined Game and Fish officers who were policing activity on the Spring River.

In addition, Arkansas State Police operated several roadblocks looking for drunk drivers and other offenders.

Most of those arrested were not area residents. Many came from Mississippi, Tennessee and elsewhere in Arkansas, usually to float the Spring River.

Fulton County Jail records show 16 arrests for DWI, three for DWI Drugs, 12 for Possession of a Controlled Substance and 10 for Public Intoxication or other alcohol violations.

"We had everyone working the entire weekend," said Foley. "We would fill the jail with 15 to 25 people and, when they would bond out, it would fill up again."

Because most of the offenses were misdemeanors, bond was pre-determined by the charge and offenders did not have to wait to see a judge.

They will have to return, however, to resolve their cases in District Court.

For details on the many arrests, see the Records on page 19A.

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