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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on July 22, Lisa Johnson, age 41 of Mount Pleasant, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for public intoxication. Johnson is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 6. 

On July 25, Randy Clark, age 19 of Hardy, was arrested by Deputy Jim Davis for public intoxication and criminal trespass. Clark is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on September 1. 

On July 27, Chad Merriman, age 44 of Mountain Home, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on felony drug charges. Merriman is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on August 15. Merriman also has a hold out of Baxter County on pending charges.  

On July 28, John Battles, age 24 of Sidney, was arrested for violation of conditions of bond. Battles was currently out on bond for felony drug charges. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court August18. 

On July 29, Michael Liscomb, age 38 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Adam Zitzelberger on a warrant for domestic battery 3rd degree and terroristic threatening. At the time of this incident, Liscomb was out on bond for felony drug charges. As a result of the new charges, Liscomb's bond was revoked. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 20. 

On July 30, Paul Beaver, age 36 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy Nick Taylor for public intoxication. Beaver is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 4. 

On July 31, Teresa Lawrence, age 53 of  Norfork, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith on a warrant for probation violations. Lawrence is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Ciruit Court on August 18. 

IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on July 14, Aimee Arcoraci-Davies, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by deputy Austin Grayham for criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Aimee is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 4. 

On July 14, William Key, age 56 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy J Barnes for careless driving, driving left of center, DWI, and driving on a suspended driver's license for DWI. Key is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 4. 

On July 15, Billy Turner, age 48 of Melbourne, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for DWI, driving with a suspended driver's license for DWI, fictious license plate, and no proof of insurance. Turner is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 6. On July 17 as a result of an investigation from July 14, Turner was also charged with aggravated assault; a class "D" felony, terroristic threatening; a class "D" felony, and domestic battery 3rd degree; a class "A" misdemeanor. Turner is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on August 18. 

On July 15, Matthew Martin, age 28 of Batesville, was arrested by Jail Administrator Sherry Davidson on a warrant for failure to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court. Martin is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on August 18. 

On July 19, Ben Fitzsimmons, age 28 of Cave City, was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones on a warrant for failure to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court. Fitzsimmons is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on August 15. 

IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on July 16 during a traffic stop conducted in Pineville by Izard County Deputies, the Department's drug dog (Mendy) was deployed and approximately ½ pounds of Methamphetamine was seized along with $5,304 cash. As a result, the driver of the vehicle, Robert Carpenter, age 45 of Saffell, and the passenger, Amber Taylor, age 29 of Viola, were arrested and are facing charges in Izard County for Trafficking a Controlled Substance, To wit; Methamphetamine; more than 200 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with the purpose to analyze Methamphetamine. Carpenter is also facing a Habitual Offender enhancement.  Carpenter's bond was set at $50,000 (cash only) and Taylor's bond was set at $25,000 (cash or professional). Both are also on probation with Arkansas Community Corrections whom have a hold on them. 

Investigators with the 16th Judicial Drug Task force were called in for follow-up investigation. A search warrant was gained for the county of residence of Carpenter where more Methamphetamine and over $99,000 cash was seized. 

 

Photos of Carpenter and Taylor provided. 

 

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State issued an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Health to issue a public health directive requiring everyone in Arkansas to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) or more feet to practice physical distancing. However, there are exceptions to this mandate.

The following shall be exempt from wearing a face covering;

A. Persons younger than 10 years of age;

B. Persons with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;

C. Persons performing job duties where six (6) feet distance is not achievable, but a mask is
inhibitory to the ability to safely and effectively perform the job duty;

D. Persons participating in athletic activities where six (6) feet distance is not achievable,
but a mask is inhibitory to the activity;

E. Persons consuming food or drink;

F. Persons driving alone or with passengers from the driver's household;

G. Persons receiving services that require access to the face for security, surveillance, or
other purposes may temporarily remove a face covering while receiving those services;

H. Persons voting, assisting voters, serving as poll watchers, or actively performing election administration duties; however, face coverings are strongly encouraged;

I. Persons engaged in religious worship activities; however, face coverings are strongly encouraged;

J. Persons giving a speech or performance for broadcast or to an audience; however, those persons shall safely distance from nearby individuals;

K. Persons in counties where the Department of Health has certified that risk of community transmission of COVID-19 is low. To be considered low risk, the county must not have a newly identified case of COVID-19 for twenty-eight (28) consecutive days, assuming there has been adequate testing in the county.

The order states that people violating the mandate can be cited and fined from $100.00 up to $500.00. However, first time offenders shall receive a warning. Violators under 18 shall not be cited but only receive warnings.

Sheriff Jack Yancey's Statement: Most all credible medical people including our County Health Officer Doctor Adam Gray agree that the wearing of face coverings helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. The masks do not necessarily protect the person wearing it but does help protect other people.
I personally dislike wearing a face covering. They are uncomfortable and just generally disagreeable. However, I wear them, not because I think they protect me but out of respect and concern for my fellow citizens. If there is only a slight chance that my wearing a mask prevents someone from getting sick, I would consider my discomfort to be a small price. I very much hope that the people of Izard County show up Monday morning willing to make a small sacrifice, for the greater good. You may see people in public not wearing a mask that have a legitimate exempted reason not to. Please keep that in mind. We do not want to cite people for this mandate. I am hopeful that everyone cooperates with this effort to defeat COVID-19.

IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

As a result of an ongoing investigation of Izard County Sheriff's Department and the 16th Judicial DTF into drug trafficking in and around Izard County, information was developed that a drug delivery might take place in the area of Jordan's Convenience Store in Melbourne. On Tuesday morning the 14th of July the area was placed under surveillance by the Izard County Sheriff's Department and what was believed to be a delivery was observed. Officers with the Izard County Sheriff's converged on the scene and took into custody, one Hispanic male later identified as Ernesto Salas Berdejo age 43, with a Batesville, Arkansas address. The Department's drug dog (Hugo) was deployed and approximately 2.7 Pounds of Methamphetamine was seized, (estimated street value of $125,000). It was determined that Berdejo is currently on parole for a Negligent Homicide charge. Berdejo is facing Izard County charges of Trafficking a Controlled Substance, To wit; Methamphetamine, 200 grams or more as well as an enhancement due to proximity of Certain Facilities. Berdejo is currently being held on $100,000 dollar Bond and a parole hold of the Dept. Of Corrections. 

 

Photo of Berdejo provided 

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

K. FITZGERALD M. BERRY A. LEWIS
Z. HALEY

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on July 2, Sgt. Michael Smith responded to a call on Love Trail in the Zion area in reference to trespassing on her property. Upon arriving at the location Sgt. Smith stated the gate leading in to the residence was not on the hinge. When he got out at the residence, he observed two males and one female. One of the males took off running. Sgt. Smith stayed with the two persons still on scene. The male that didn't run off was identified as Marion Berry, age 64 of Melbourne. The female was identified as Amanda Lewis, age 37 of Pleasant Plains. The male that ran was later identified as Gary Lewis, age 50 of Floral. Deputy Tyler Webb arrived on scene and during the investigation it was learned items that belonged to the victim had been loaded into the vehicle. Amanda Lewis also gave false information as to the identity of Gary Lewis to begin with. As a result, all three are charged with breaking or entering; a class "D" felony, theft of property; a class "A" misdemeanor, criminal mischief second degree; a class "B" misdemeanor, and criminal trespass; a class "B" misdemeanor. Gary Lewis is also charged with fleeing; a class "B" misdemeanor. Berry and A. Lewis were arrested on the scene. They are scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on June 14. As of this release, G. Lewis has not been located. 

On July 2, Jail Administrator Sherry Davidson was conducting a drug screening on Kendra Fitzgerald, age 42 of Calico Rock, after she was arrested on probation violations. During this time Davidson observed a device to conceal clean urine that could be used for passing a drug test. While Davidson was trying to keep Fitzgerald from concealing the device and a brief struggle, urine spilled out of the cup, in Fitzgerald's hand, onto Davidson. As a result, Fitzgerald was charged with furnishing prohibited articles; a class "C" felony, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer; a class "D" felony, Fitzgerald is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on July 14.  

On May 5, Deputy Rusty Ford took a report from a victim where she stated her cell phone account had been used without her consent to order a new phone that she did not receive or gain benefit from. During investigation it was learned that Zachery Haley, age 34 of Melbourne, was a salesman at a local cell phone store and he was the person whom accessed the account to order a cell phone for another person who was not associated with the victim. As a result, on July 7, Haley was charged with non-financial identity fraud; a class "D" felony, and criminal attempt to commit theft of property during a state of emergency; a class "D" felony. Haley is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on July 14. 

On July 6, George Clark Jr., age 53 of Jordan, was arrested by Trooper Lively for DWI and defective equipment. Clark is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on September 17. 

On July 8, David Smart, age 53 of Horsehoe Bend, was arrested by Arkansas Community Correction for probation violations.  

On July, 13, Matthew Butts, age 32 of North Little Rock, was arrested by Deputy Brent Engles for DWI, careless/prohibited driving, fictitious license plate, failure to pay registration, and theft by receiving. Butts is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 20. 

 

P.O.C. Chief Deputy Charley Melton 

Photos of Berry, A. Lewis, Fitzgerald, and Haley provided.

 

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on June 28, Jim Byrd, age 42 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Tyler Webb for domestic battery 3rd degree. Byrd is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 6. 

On June 28, William Jones, age 25 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Tyler Webb for DWI and no driver's license. Jones is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 6. 

On June 29, Lee Harmon, age 47 of Franklin, was arrested by Deputy J Barnes for defective lights, DWI, and possession of a controlled substance. Harmon is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 4. 

On June 30, Aaron Brodt, age 28 of Oxford, was arrested by Deputy Jason Jordan for battery 3rd degree. Brodt is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 20. 

On July 1, Sebastian Buckley, age 32 of Mount Pleasant, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for domestic battery 3rd degree. Buckley is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 20. 

On July 1, Teresa Lawrence, age 53 of Norfork, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for probation violation. Lawrence is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on July 14. 

On July 2, Kendra Fitzgerald, age 42 of Calico Rock, and Jeremy Fitzgerald, age 49 of Calico Rock were both arrested on probation violations by Arkansas Probation/Parole. 

On July 3, Michelle Marshall, age 22 of Searcy, was arrested by Sgt. Steve Davidson on a warrant for failure to appear. Marshall is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 9. 

On July 4, Kaiden Withrow, age 18 of Calico Rock, was arrested by Deputy Jason Jordan for DWI. Withrow is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 23. 

 

P.O.C. Chief Deputy Charley Melton 

IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

Dylan Sanders         Brandon Oneal

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton on June 18, Deputy Tyler Webb made a traffic stop on a vehicle on HWY 69 in Melbourne. During the traffic stop it was learned that the driver of the vehicle and the passenger, identified as Brandon Oneal age 41 of Rector, was under current supervision of probation/parole. Both were searched as well at the vehicle. Oneal had numerous pills and marijuana on his person. As a result, Oneal was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance; a class "D" felony, and two counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Oneal is scheduled to be in the Izard County Circuit Court on July 14.

On June 20, Deputy Brent Engles was patrolling HWY 223 near Pineville when he met a vehicle on which Baxter County had put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) from earlier in the night regarding an incident involving a firearm. Deputy Engles made a traffic stop on the vehicle. It was driven by Dylan Sanders, age 28 of Pineville. During the stop Deputy Engles was granted permission to search the vehicle. Inside the vehicle a Glock pistol, methamphetamine, Oxycodone pills, and drug paraphernalia were located. A check of the serial number on the firearm showed it was stolen out of West Plains Missouri. Sanders was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; a class "D" felony, two counts of possession of a controlled substance; a class "C" felony, theft by receiving; a class "C" felony, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; a class "Y" felony. Sanders is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on July 14.

On June 23, Larry Horton, age 50 of Oxford, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith on a warrant for harassment. On June 24 Horton was also charged with terroristic threatening. Horton is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 9.

On June 23, Phil Cargal, age 41 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Brent Engles on a warrant for failure to pay fines. Cargal is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 9.

On June 23, Laci Taylor, age 28 of Sulpher Rock, turned herself into the Izard County Jail on charges of probation violations.

On June 24, Debbie Robinson, age 28 of Calico Rock, was arrested by Deputy Toby Smith on a felony child neglect warrant out of Mississippi County. Robinson was held until she was extradited to Mississippi County.

On June 24, Simon Ducker, age 41 of Springfield Mo., was arrested by Deputy Tyler Webb on a warrant for failure to pay fines. Ducker is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 9.

On June 25, Mark McComas, age 63 of Mammoth Springs, was arrested by Deputy D.J. Tiernan for violation of his conditions of bond out of the Izard County Circuit Court on the original charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threatening. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on July 14.

On June 26, Darrell Campbell, age 70 of Melbourne, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for domestic battery. Campbell is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 23.

On June 26, Pamela Campbell, age 62 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Jason Jordan for domestic battery. Campbell is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 23.

On June 27, Simon Ducker, age 41 of Springfield Mo., was arrested by Deputy Brent Engles for disorderly conduct. Ducker is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 9.

P.O.C. Chief Deputy Charley Melton

Photos of Oneal and Sanders provided

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

In the last several days we have taken multiple reports of individuals being the victim of identity fraud. In these cases, someone has filed for unemployment benefits using the victim's information to include their current place of employment. We encourage you to use caution when giving any of your personal information to anyone. 

The following is information from the Arkansas Attorney General's website on identity fraud. 

Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes ― most commonly to obtain access to credit in your name. For example, an identity thief may steal your Social Security number and open, or attempt to open, a credit account under your name. 

Personal information includes: 

Social Security number  Driver's license number  Bank account number  Credit card number  Personal identification numbers  Mother's maiden name, or other information used as a security screen  Passwords  Any other piece of key information that can be used to gain access to a person's financial resources or to assume a person's identity 

How does identity theft occur? 

Mail ― Looking for red flag up on mailboxes and bill payments  Trash ― Digging for discarded receipts, credit card and bank account statements, credit card applications, etc.  Wallet or purse ― One of the most common ways of obtaining personal information  Home ― Stealing important documents, such as credit card and bank account statements, checkbooks, Social Security cards, drivers' licenses and birth certificates  Relatives and friends ― A Better Business Bureau survey found you are as likely to have your identity stolen by a relative, friend or acquaintance as online.  Computers ― Illegally gaining access to computers to steal your personal information, such as following financial transactions  Businesses ― Bribing employees who have access to personal information at businesses  

Security or data breaches can occur by illegally accessing information on computers, theft from the business or from someone posing as a legitimate client or accidentally. 

Email phishing -- Posing as a legitimate company, emails request verification of personal information, which legitimate businesses will never do  Phone pretexting -- Calling and posing as a legitimate company, requesting you verify personal information, or they may contact an information source, posing as you, seeking personal information 

 https://arkansasag.gov/consumer-protection/identity/

IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on June 13, Justin Clements, age 34 of Forrest City, was arrested by Deputy Jason Jordan on a warrant for failure to appear. Clements is scheduled to be in the Izard County District Court on August 6.

On June 14, Maxwell Preston, age 19 of Melbourne, was arrested by Chief Deputy Charley Melton for domestic battery. Maxwell is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 6.

On June 16, Lisa Baggett, age 41 of Mount Pleasant, was arrested by Deputy Tyler Webb for disorderly conduct. Johnson is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 6.

On June 16, Logan Boyd, age 27 of Mountain View, was arrested by Deputy Jason Jordan on a warrant for terroristic threatening. Boyd is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 7.

On June 17, during Izard County Circuit Court, Judge Tim Weaver found William Stanton, age 28 of Melbourne, and Codi Stanton, age 27 of Horseshoe Bend, in contempt of court and ordered them to be held without bond until their trial. Both were out on bond for felony drug charges and both were positive for multiple controlled substances. Codi was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. As a result from an investigation on June 16, Codi was also charged with shoplifting. For the new charges, Codi is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 9.

On June 17, Kevin Chute, age 49 of Norfork, was arrested on a warrant for Probation/Parole absconding when he appeared in the Izard County Circuit Court. As a result, Judge Weaver revoked Chute's bond and ordered him held until his trial.

On June 17, Zion Montoya, age 18 of Horseshoe Bend was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith and Deputy Jim Davis for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, minor in possession of alcohol, and resisting arrest. Montoya is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on September 1.

On June 18, Eric Buczynski, age 50 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Tyler Webb for criminal mischief, battery, and disorderly conduct. Buczynski is scheduled to appear in the Izard Count District Court on July 23.

On June 18, John Battles, age 23 of Sidney, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for Parole/Probation violations. Battles was out on bond out of the Izard County Circuit Court for felony drug charges. As a result, Battles bond was revoked.

On June 19, Ricky Lake, age 41 of Horsehoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy J Barnes for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lake is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 4. Lake also has a hold for Parole/Probation.

On June 20, Marcus Alvarado, age 44 of Melbourne, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for domestic battery. Alvarado is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on July 9.

On June 21, Trebor Broyles, age 22 of Norfork, was arrested by Trooper Lively for fictitious license plate, no proof of insurance, and driving on a suspended driver's license. Broyles is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on August 20. Broyles also had a felony warrant out of Howell County Missouri. He is awaiting extradition to Missouri.

P.O.C. Chief Deputy Charley Melton

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