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Fulton County man charged with rape; Salem woman faces drug charges

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Fulton County man arrested on June 24 is facing charges of Rape and Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, after being accused of sexually abusing a family member.

A Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy was sent to the home of Joe Dison, after a family member called the department to report he had observed Dison involved in a sexual act with a mentally disabled woman who lives with him.

Dison initially fled the residence, but returned while the officer was still present. He was taken into custody without incident.

According to a statement of facts filed by Arkansas State Police Special Agent Todd Shaw, Dison admitted to having sexual contact with a family member for one and a half to two months. Dison acknowledged that he was engaged in sexual activity with the disabled woman, when another family member walked in and observed him.

According to the victim, the contact had been ongoing for approximately three years and the contact was not consensual.

Dison was released from the Fulton County Jail on June 29 on $25,000 bond.

New arrest in drug investigation

Kimberly Rose Wilks of Salem was arrested on drug charges, after police found a wanted man at her home on Highway 62 West, on June 29.

After a search warrant was executed at Wilks' residence, investigators found several plastic baggies containing suspected methamphetamine, at least two baggies containing suspected marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia including hypodermic needles, smoking devices, spoons and weighing scales.

Wilks was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Use.

An investigation focused on Wilks' home after local police received a report that Stephen William Johnson, who was wanted in a felony warrant in Ozark County, Missouri, was believed to be traveling to Salem.

Salem Police Chief Al Roork and Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley noticed a vehicle in a driveway matching the description of the vehicle Johnson was believed to be driving.

A man, later identified as Johnson, was seen coming from Wilks' home.

After Johnson was apprehended, Roork and Foley discovered suspected methamphetamine and marijuana in a purse belonging to a woman traveling with Johnson.

Johnson told police he had placed the drugs in the woman's purse without her knowledge.

Johnson, 55, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana, in addition to the outstanding Missouri felony warrant.

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