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Rabid Animal Reports

We've spoken with the Ark. Dept. of Health and the State Veterinarian and they indicated that there is no need to submit an animal for rabies testing unless it has bitten or exposed a human or a domestic animal. Because of recent publicity there have been a lot of calls requesting testing of animals which have not bitten or exposed anyone, which isn't necessary and itself poses a risk of exposing humans to the virus.

It is recommended that animals which are believed to be rabid, but have NOT bitten or exposed humans or domestic animals, be put down and buried if possible, therefore minimizing the risk of exposure. If a suspicious animal HAS bitten someone or a pet then it should be sent for testing.

We've attached a copy of the press release the A.D.H. sent out this week which provides more details and tips on this subject.

Arkansas Dept. of Health Rabies Press Release - April 2, 2014


MILO System is up and running

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced today that his agency has obtained a MILO Range Classic Mobile Training Simulator to enhance the training capabilities of the Sheriff’s Department and other local agencies. The funding for the system was provided through the United States Department of Homeland Security/FEMA and administered through the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management under the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities Grant.

According to Chief Deputy John Foster the MILO Range Classic system uses dry-fire laser equipped simulation weapons to allow instructors to put officers into interactive audio-visual scenarios to simulate real world scenarios and gauge officer performance and identify areas where additional training is needed. Officers are able to experience realistic situations which can include dealing with active shooter incidents, suicide bombers and armed infiltrators, as well as routine traffic stops, domestic situations and other situations officers are placed in daily according to Foster.

Sheriff Gilkey indicated that his agency will soon be making contact with other area law enforcement agencies to make the system and instructors available in order for those agencies to utilize the system as well. Gilkey said that he felt that this system will be a tremendous asset to area law enforcement agencies and the citizens of Yell County through helping to provide better trained officers to serve the needs of the citizens.


Arrest Made in Stabbing Incident

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced December 13, 2011, that his agency has made an arrest following a reported stabbing in Havana last week. Officers were called following an alleged altercation at the Mike Smith residence on Taylor Street in Havana in the late hours of December 7, 2011. A male subject was treated at Chambers Memorial Hospital and then transferred to UAMS in Little Rock for injuries he reportedly suffered during the incident.

The altercation was alleged to have occurred after two male subjects began arguing over something that was said by they suspect to the alleged victim's wife over the phone. Witnesses had indicated that before the suspect left the residence they saw the two fighting, and the victim alleged that during the struggle the suspect stabbed or cut him with a knife.

The suspect, Robert Ray Chambers, 27, of Waveland, was taken into custody at his residence later in the evening after a brief stand-off where officers allege Chambers barricaded himself in his residence and refused to surrender.

Chambers appeared on Monday, December 12, 2011, before Judge Jerry Don Ramey for a bond hearing where his bond was set at $100,000. Chambers faces the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum of Danville, which are anticipated to include Battery 1st Degree and Resisting Arrest. The victim has since been released from the hospital and is reportedly recovering.


Employee of the Year

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced that last week that the 2011 Employee of the Year was Carolyn Barefield. Carolyn works in the Dardanelle Office and is a jail supervisor. Congratulations Carolyn and thank you for the hard work that you put in for your community!


Deputies Team Up With Other Agencies to Check Registered Sex Offenders

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced that last week his agency conducted a large scale joint operation with the United States Marshals Service, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Department of Community Correction, Dardanelle Police Department and Danville Police Department. The operation was designed to verify that each registered sex offender residing in Yell County was in compliance with the reporting requirements of the sex offender registration act.

Officers from these agencies spread across the county in six teams on June 29-30 and attempted to make contact with each of the 57 sex offenders registered in Yell County. Officers checked to verify that offenders had provided accurate information in the registration process and were residing at the address to which they were registered, as well as verify that the offenders were not violating other laws.

During the compliance checks officers arrested one offender for possession of child pornography, two for possession of firearms by certain persons, and one for possession of controlled substances. Over the weekend Sheriff’s Deputies followed up on the operation and arrested another offender for failure to comply with the reporting requirements for failing to report a change of address, an offense which was discovered during the compliance checks.

Ten firearms were seized during the operation and two offenders may face charges of possession of firearms by certain persons stemming from information obtained during the compliance checks in addition to the two already taken into custody on the same charge.

Officers also called the DHS Division of Child and Family Services to two of the residences due to alleged environmental neglect within the homes, each of which had small children residing inside. Four children were removed from one of the homes by DCFS due to the alleged extreme environmental conditions within the home.

Officers indicated that the agencies plan to repeat the operation soon to ensure that the offenders remain in compliance with the reporting requirements.


Oklahoma Fugitive Caught Near Centerville

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced today the arrest of an Oklahoma fugitive in Centerville on May 17, 2011. Sheriff's Deputies were contacted to assist the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force after they had developed information that Jerome Lands, an escapee from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, may be in the area.

Sheriff Gilkey and officers from the Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division met with officers from the Task Force that afternoon to assist in the investigation. Later that evening officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Yell County Sheriff's Dept., Arkansas State Police, and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement approached a residence near Centerville where Lands was believed to be hiding.

Lands was taken into custody at the residence after he was discovered hiding in a bathroom cabinet. Lands now faces extradition back to Oklahoma where he had been serving a 10-year sentence for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, as well as any new charges related to his escape.

Several other individuals found at the residence were questioned and later released.


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Residential Burglary String Solved

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced today that his agency has made an arrest in a string of recent residential burglaries. Nicholas Paul Norman (19), formerly of West Fork, Arkansas, was apprehended near Havana by Det./Sgt. Scott Moore on October 5, 2010, after an area resident was alleged to have discovered Norman coming out of their residence near Waveland. That resident then called the Sheriff's Office with the suspect's description and license plate number. This information was then given to officers who were already working in the area looking for suspicious activity.

According to Lt. John Foster, Chief Deputy, this was the second home Norman was alleged to have tried to enter that same day where a resident interrupted the burglary. Deputies had responded earlier that same afternoon to a residence on State Highway 154 where a man tried to enter a home and had fled when the homeowner came to the door and saw the individual. According to Foster, that homeowner did not see the suspect's vehicle, but described the individual as having been wearing clothing that matched the description of the clothing Norman was alleged to have been wearing when he was captured later.

Foster indicated that after Norman's arrest investigators were allegedly able to connect him to fourteen burglaries in Yell County between September 20 and October 5. Foster said that the alleged related burglaries stretched from Dardanelle to Waveland, with most focused in the Western Yell County area. Norman had just moved into Yell County to stay with a girlfriend shortly before the burglaries began according to Foster. Foster indicated that individuals such as this are very difficult to apprehend since authorities may be completely unaware of their presence in the community.

Foster indicated that Norman had very few connections to the community, and he is alleged to have told officers that he acted alone without anyone else knowing about his activities.

Sheriff Gilkey indicated that he wished to express his thanks to the officers and staff that worked so hard on the burglary cases, and also to the members of the public that were watching out for suspicious activity and forwarding that information to his office. Gilkey said that almost every member of the department, both patrol and CID, volunteered to spend extra time working on these cases. He indicated that his office received many helpful tips from the public during the investigation, and he was pleased that his officers were able to quickly apprehend the suspect once the break in the case came.

Foster indicated that Norman could face up tofourteen counts of residential burglary, each a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Norman's bond was set at $50,000 by Judge David McCormick, and he awaits the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, of Danville, and subsequent appearances in Yell County Circuit Court before Judge Jerry Don Ramey.




Homicide Suspect Under Arrest

Edward Youngblood (21), of Dardanelle, was taken into custody without incident by authorities in Morrilton at the request of Yell County Sheriff's investigators on June 28, 2010, shortly after the discovery of the body of Christina Pitts (37), also of Dardanelle, in her bedroom. Youngblood and the victim were reported to be cousins and resided in the same home.

Pitts is believed to have suffered from a gunshot wound to the head earlier that same morning. Her body was submitted to Arkansas State Medical Examiner for autopsy. Further details of the case are still under investigation.

Youngblood appeared before Yell County Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey on June 30, 2010, where his bond was set at $250,000 on the anticipated charge of Murder in the First Degree. The Sheriff's Department anticipates the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, of Danville upon completion of the investigation.




YCSO Seeking Public's Assistance in Locating Counterfeit Check Suspects

The Yell County Sheriff�s Department is seeking the public�s assistance in locating two individuals responsible for passing counterfeit payroll checks in west, central and southern Yell County, as well as nearby and surrounding counties including Logan, Scott, Montgomery and Polk Counties over the last four months.

Two black males are believed to be involved, one was posing as a Waste Management trash truck driver and is described as being in his 40�s to 50�s, approximately 5�8� tall and 230-250lbs., clean shaven with short hair who was wearing work clothes and a baseball cap.

The other suspect appears to be younger with a more athletic build, clean shaven and either bald or with very short hair, who poses as a car salesman and dresses in slacks with dress shirts and ties, and wears sunglasses on top of his head.

Area merchants are asked to advise their clerks to be especially cautious of persons attempting to cash out of town payroll checks, since both subjects are believed to be using false and/or stolen identification in order to cash the checks.

If anyone has information regarding these subjects they are asked to contact the Yell County Sheriff�s Department at 479-495-2811.




Seizure of Large Alleged Meth Lab

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced November 16, 2009, the arrest of Robert Dunn (33), of Dardanelle, in connection with an ongoing investigation into the alleged clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine on a large scale in the Centerville area.

On Friday night (11/13/09), officers from the Yell County Sheriff�s Department�s Specialized Response Team, Criminal Investigation Division, and agents of the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force (DTF) executed a search warrant at a business near Centerville where Dunn was taken into custody, and an alleged clandestine methamphetamine lab was discovered.

Sheriff Gilkey said that what officers are alleged to have found was actually one of the largest clandestine methamphetamine labs ever seized in Yell County. According to Det./Sgt. Gary Morrison, who led the investigation, officers seized large amounts of chemicals and paraphernalia associated with the production of methamphetamine from the business as well as numerous firearms. Morrison indicated that he and Det. Heath Tate have been working for several weeks on this investigation.

Joe Patterson, the Director of the 15th Judicial District DTF, reported that investigators seized 31 alleged Hydrogen Chloride (HCl) generators associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Patterson indicated that, for comparison, on a typical clandestine meth lab seizure officers may find one or two HCl generators.

Dunn was taken for a bond hearing Monday where his bond was set at $5,000 by Circuit Judge David McCormick. He awaits the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, of Danville, and a later appearance in Yell County Circuit Court before Judge Jerry Don Ramey.




Dardanelle Man Arrested In Child Sexual Assault Case

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced November 2, 2009, the arrest of a Dardanelle man in connection with an alleged sexual assault of an eleven year old female in the Dardanelle area in August 2009.

Monroe Reed Hodges (52) of Dardanelle, was taken into custody following an investigation led by Det./Sgt. Scott Moore of the agency�s Criminal Investigation Division. According to Lt. John Foster, also of the Criminal Investigation Division, the alleged victim disclosed to investigators that Hodges had engaged in sexual contact with her at a residence near Dardanelle a few days after the alleged incident.

Moore took Hodges into custody in Dardanelle following an interview with him on October 27. The Sheriff�s Department anticipates that Hodges will face a charge of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, a class B felony.

Hodges was released from custody on $5,000 bond following a bond hearing at Dardanelle on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. He awaits the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, and a later appearance before Judge Jerry Don Ramey in Yell County Circuit Court.




Brothers Arrested In Child Rape Case

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced October 20, 2009, the arrest of two brothers, Jimmy Carrell (35), of Russellville, and Joey Carrell (33), of Conway, following an investigation into allegations of sexual assault made against them by a 14 year old female from the Dardanelle area.

According to Lt. John Foster of Criminal Investigation Division, the child made allegations that the pair had engaged in sexual contact with her two years ago during an interview conducted with the child by Foster and Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Investigator Christy Jackson on Friday, October 16. Foster said that the two were alleged to have acted separately against the victim and that the contact is alleged to have occurred on several different occasions.

Foster said that the two were taken into custody later the same day after Foster and Det./Sgt. Scott Moore, also of the Criminal Investigation Division, took separate statements from the brothers. Foster said that the Sheriff�s Department anticipates the filing of charges of Rape against both brothers by 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, of Danville.

The pair have been released on $10,000 bond each, which was set by Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey at a hearing in Dardanelle on October 19, 2009. They await the filing of formal charges and subsequent appearances in Yell County Circuit Court.




Arrest In Child Murder Case

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced May 5, 2009, the arrest of an Ola man in connection with the death of a three year old girl, Ivy Curtis, in August 2008. Danny Joe Furr (32), was served with an arrest warrant on Friday, May 1, 2009, charging him with one count of Murder in the First Degree, and one count of Arson. The arrest came at the end of an eight month investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff�s Department.

Sheriff�s investigators responded on the morning of August 15, 2008, to the scene of a house fire near Belleville, Arkansas, where the body of Curtis was found in a back room. Investigators from the Sheriff�s Department and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Arkansas State Police then executed a search warrant on the residence and collected several items of evidence which were later submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

According to Lt. John Foster, of the Sheriff�s Department, investigators obtained statements from both Holly Curtis (30), the child�s mother, and Danny Joe Furr, the mother�s boyfriend at the time, soon after the fire. Foster indicated that both Furr and Curtis were home at the time of the fire, but the investigation had led to charges against Furr after a thorough review of the evidence and several inconsistencies were uncovered in statements Furr had made to investigators.

According to reports from the Arkansas State Medical examiner, the child had died prior to the fire, and the cause of death was due to a condition resulting from illicit drug ingestion. Additional reports from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory indicated that evidence of the presence of accelerants was discovered in the room where the child�s body was recovered.




Ola Man Arrested For Attempted Murder, Woman Arrested For Hindering Apprehension

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced April 21, 2009, the arrests of Michael Vess (22), of Ola, on one count of Battery in the 1st Degree, which was later amended to Attempted Murder, and Samantha McDaniel (20), also of Ola, on one count of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, following an incident near Birta that occurred in the early morning hours of April 16, 2009.

Det./Sgt. Gary Morrison and Deputy Rick Shadden of the Sheriff�s Department responded to the residence after Yell County 911 Dispatch received a call about a fight between two male subjects. Prior to the officer�s arrival the alleged victim, Robert Bly (37), of Birta, escaped the residence seeking medical attention and summoned help from a family member who lived nearby.

Bly and the family member were met by Yell County EMS between Ola and Danville, where Bly was moved to an ambulance and transported to Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville. Bly was later flown by AirEvac to UAMS where he is currently being treated for severe injuries to his neck he is alleged to have suffered in the incident.

Det./Sgt. Morrison was able to make contact with Vess and McDaniel, who are alleged to have fled the residence into a nearby wooded area prior to the officer�s arrival. Morrison was able to negotiate the surrender of the two shortly after the incident, and they were taken into custody without further incident.

Lt. John Foster, of the Criminal Investigation Division, obtained a search warrant for the residence later the same day, and officers seized several items which will be submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination. According to Lt. Foster, alcohol was alleged to be a significant factor in the incident.

Vess and McDaniel were taken before Judge Terry Sullivan on April 17, 2009, and bond was set at $150,000 on Vess and $5,000 on McDaniel. The pair await the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, of Danville, followed by appearances in Yell County Circuit Court before Judge Jerry Don Ramey.




Ola Man And Juvenile Arrested For Battery/Aggravated Robbery

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced April 6, 2009, the arrest of an Ola man and a Dardanelle juvenile male in connection with the alleged battery and robbery of another Ola man that occurred on Friday night, April 3, 2009, in downtown Ola.

Officers from the Ola Police Department and Yell County EMS were called to an area behind the Ola Cola Dairy Bar where the victim, Charles Lee Burfield (62), was found with severe head injuries. The victim was transported by Yell County EMS to Chambers Memorial Hospital and was later transported to UAMS in Little Rock via helicopter.

Jerry V. Davis (19), of Ola, along with a 17 year old juvenile male were taken into custody in Dardanelle a few hours after the incident by Yell County Sheriff�s Deputies and the officers from the Dardanelle Police Department. According to Lt. John Foster, of the Criminal Investigation Division, Det./Sgt. Gary Morrison, and Det. Heath Tate were able to obtain statements from several individuals after the incident that led them to a location off Epperson Street in Dardanelle where the two suspects were eventually discovered.

Foster said that charges of Battery in the 1st Degree and Aggravated Robbery are anticipated against Davis and the juvenile. Additional charges of Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution are anticipated against two other individuals stemming from alleged false statements given to law enforcement and a third suspect for allegedly hiding evidence related to the incident according to Foster.

Both Davis and the juvenile are being held in Yell County detention facilities on $500,000 cash bond which was set by Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey at a hearing on Monday, April 6, 2009. All suspects await the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, of Danville, followed by appearances in Yell County Circuit Court.




Level 4 Sexually Violent Predator Notice

Please follow the link for a .pdf file containing information on a Level 4 Sexually Violent Predator that is now living in Yell County.

LEVEL 4 SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR - 10300 Block of Mountain Loop, Dardanelle, Arkansas



Arrest Made in Manslaughter Case

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced on December 19, 2008, the arrest of an Ola man in connection with the death earlier this week of Larry George (56), also of Ola.

George�s son, Shaun George (33), was initially taken into custody on unrelated charges after sheriff�s deputies responded on December 16, 2008, to an address on Hill Street in Ola, where the body of the elder George was found lying on the floor. According to Lt. John Foster of the Criminal Investigation Division a preliminary report from the Arkansas State Medical Examiner, combined with evidence collected by investigators provided law enforcement with sufficient cause to arrest the younger George on the charge of manslaughter.

Foster indicated that investigators allege that the elder George died from injuries suffered during an altercation with his son, and that alcohol was a significant factor in the incident. Foster also said that he wished to commend the officers working on the case for the Sheriff�s Department, Det./Sgt. Scott Moore, Det./Sgt. Gary Morrison, Detective Michael Barefield, Lt. Kevin Williams and Deputy Kenneth Poore, for their efforts which led to a quick resolution of the case, as well as the Ola Police Department for their assistance at the crime scene.

Shaun George is currently being held at the Dardanelle Jail after his bond was set at $25,000. He awaits filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, of Danville, followed by an appearance in Yell County Circuit Court.




Suspect Arrested in Local Employee Theft Case

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced on September 25, 2008, the arrest of Amber N. Potter (28) of Aly, in connection with the alleged theft of funds from her former employer. According to Det./Sgt. John Foster, of the Criminal Investigation Division, the allegations surfaced when managers of the Uni-Stor at Danville reported that funds were missing from cash registers in the store in late August, 2008.

Foster said that in-store video surveillance was crucial to the quick identification and apprehension of the suspect in the case. Potter had been employed at the Uni-Stor for only a few weeks prior to the theft, and according to Foster had left work early the day of the theft and did not return.

Potter was formally charged with theft of property, a class C felony by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II, of Danville, and faced an October 6, 2008, court date in Yell County Circuit Court at Danville before Judge Elizabeth Danielson.




Law Enforcement Handgun Competition 2008

Law enforcement officers in Yell County recently competed in a handgun competition that was hosted at the Peeler Gap Shooting Range by the Yell County Sheriff's Department. The event was reported to be a success and the weather was a little cool but otherwise perfect for a day shooting outdoors.

Events included in the competition were the Handgun Qualification (Speed & Accuracy) Course, Draw & Fire, Prone Shooting, Combat Reloading, Man vs. Man, Distance Shooting and Stress & Decision Making. Taking home the Speed & Accuracy award for 2008 was Robert Dowling, Jr., of the Danville Police Department. Wayne Shewmake of the Sheriff's Department took the Draw & Fire award for the third time in a row, and Doug Fuller of the Sheriff's Department took the Stress & Decision Making award.

John Foster of the Criminal Investigation Division took home the awards for Combat Reloading and Man vs. Man comptetion, and Yell County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Rick Shadden took the honors for Distance Shooting, Prone Shooting and the Top Gun award for leading the entire event in points.

Handgun Competition photos courtesy of Wayne Shewmake
4.29.08 Update


Burglary Arrests Made in Western Yell County

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with a recent burglary in the Waveland area, following last week�s arrest of a Booneville man on similar charges stemming from other burglaries in the same area.

Benny Jack Moore and Betty Holland of Belleville are being held on $50,000 bond each and are awaiting the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum of Danville. Authorities first began looking for the pair when Det. Gary Morrison of the Criminal Investigation Division began conducting an investigation into the fraudulent use of a stolen credit card in Danville and again in Dardanelle. The card was originally reported stolen from a car on Mount Magazine on March 30, 2008. Morrison was able to follow the trail of the suspects into Yell County through the purchases they attempted with the card.

Sheriff�s Investigators were then able to obtain video surveillance footage from at least two of the locations where the card was used. The description of the two suspects and their vehicle was later matched to a burglary at the L. C. Jones residence in Waveland after the residents and a neighbor spotted the suspects and the vehicle just after the burglary was alleged to have been committed. Det. Scott Moore and Det. John Foster of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene to assist Deputy Rick Shadden in collecting physical evidence.

According to Foster, still frames from the surveillance videos were dispersed to area law enforcement along with descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle. Foster said that the major break in the case came on April 15, 2008, when a local citizen provided information about a possible location of the vehicle that later proved to be correct. Foster said that after officers arrived at the location they were quickly able to match the suspects and their vehicle to the video surveillance footage and the two were taken into custody.

Foster was then able to obtain a search warrant for the couple�s residence and officers executed the search warrant later that same day. Numerous items including a computer, cameras and jewelry that were alleged to have been stolen from the Jones� residence were recovered during the search.

Foster said that the other officers that assisted in this investigation and/or apprehension of the suspects included Sheriff Bill Gilkey, Capt. David Kimball, Lt. Kevin Williams, Det. Hollis Shadden, Det. Michael Barefield, Det. Lora Beasley and Deputy Dolan Sharp of the Sheriff�s Department, Sgt. Kenneth Jackson of the Danville Police Department and State Trooper Nick Gault.

Foster said that many other officers across the Arkansas River Valley had been helping by watching for the suspects, but according to Foster the most thanks in this case is due to the citizens involved who were keeping a watchful eye for suspicious circumstances and then provided that information to law enforcement, as well as the local merchants who assisted by providing surveillance footage that was critical in identifying these suspects.

4.29.08 Update


Investigators Ask Public For Help

Investigators from the Yell County Sheriff's Dept. CID are asking the public for help in locating the suspects responsible for illegal dumping at the Petit Jean River on Walnut Grove Road south of Havana this month.

Items apparently from a remodeling project including rolls of older green and newer beige carpet, as well as numerous pieces of white vinyl home siding were discarded into the scenic public waterway. Investigators asked that anyone with information please contact them at 479-495-2811 or 479-229-4175 and all information given will be kept confidential.

6.15.07 Update


Fugitive Captured After Three Years

Yell County Sheriff's Deputies returned fugitive Angel Flores back to Yell County after he waived extradition in Brownsville, Texas. He appeared in Yell County Circuit Court and was ordered held on $750,000.00 bond in order to ensure his appearance before Judge Frank Arey to answer drug and probation violation charges against him dating back to 2004.


6.15.07 Update


National Police Week Memorials

Yell County Sheriff's Deputies, City Police and Arkansas State Police helped commemorate National Police Week at several memorial ceremonies across the county this week. Ola, Danville and Dardanelle were once again the sites of observances honoring law enforcement officers across the nation that have given their lives, as well as those who continue to serve their communities.

The honor guard from the Sheriff's Department was present at each ceremony and fired salutes to the fallen officers as "Taps" filled the air. City police officers along with deputies posted the colors and lowered the flags to half-staff as leaders and members of the community looked on.

City mayors and Yell County Judge Brad Wear read proclamations and various others spoke to commemorate the occasion and honor the service of local law enforcement officers. Sheriff Bill Gilkey led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance at the Dardanelle memorial, while Chief Montie Sims of the Dardanelle Police Department and Chief Rick Padgett of the Danville Police Department introduced speakers and kept things moving at their respective events.

5.18.07 Update


Financial Scam Warning

There have been several instances of attempted financial scams involving letters originating in Canada and arriving in the mailboxes of Yell County residents. The letters which usually contain a check for a large sum, and a letter explaining what the recipient of the check is supposed to do, according to Det. John Foster, Jr., of the Sheriff�s Criminal Investigation Division.

Foster indicated that sometimes the letters purport to be from representatives of a lottery and promise the recipient very large sums of cash. The letters often explain that the check is to cover a �tax and clearance fee�. The recipients of the letters are told to cash the check and then to contact some �agent� who will usually instruct the recipient to wire transfer all or a large portion of the cash to some other location.

The problem arises some time later when the check is discovered to be counterfeit, usually after it�s assumed to have �cleared� the bank. The bank will then contact the recipient and demand the repayment of the entire amount, which has by that time usually been sent overseas via wire transfer making it out of reach for the victim, and the suspects out of reach for law enforcement.

Foster warned that residents should not become involved in any situation in which they are asked to cash checks and then send large amounts to another party, especially if it involves a wire transfer, or overseas connections. Scam artists usually have the victim give them enough information about wire transfers that the scammer can pick up the money anywhere in the world, regardless of where the transfer was supposed to go. Foster indicated that once the money is sent it is usually unrecoverable, even for federal authorities, and the victim is held responsible for the full amount.

Another scam that is similar and very popular is the �work-at-home� scam in which someone applies for a work-at-home job, usually online, and is then sent checks to cash. The �job� is simply to go cash the checks, which later turn out to be counterfeit and worthless, and then wire the money somewhere else. The victim is told to keep a percentage, usually very small, as their pay. Det. Foster indicated that no legitimate business operates their finances that way, but many people continue to become victims of this type of scam every year.


Washington Pleads to 40 Years

Terrance Washington entered a plea of guilty and received a sentence of 30 years for the 1998 robbery of the Bank of Dardanelle and an additional 10 years for his escape which occurred after he was initially apprehended. Washington agreed to the plea offer from Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II after jury selection had been completed and a jury trial was about to commence in Dardanelle on these charges.

Washington has been returned to the custody of the Ohio Department of Corrections where he will serve the remainder of his time on unrelated charges. After serving the remainder of his time in Ohio, he will be returned to Arkansas to begin serving his new sentence.




15th Judicial District Drug Coalition Formed in Yell County

Yell County law enforcement is combining efforts with other organizations and members of the community to combat substance abuse problems using a multi-faceted approach. The newly formed organization has authorized a new webpage to make members of the public more aware of the problems facing our community, as well as providing an easy way to report suspicious activity. Click the banner below to find out more!



15th Judicial District Drug Coalition



Don't Drink and Drive on Prom Night

Members of the Yell County Sheriff's Department, Dardanelle Police Department, Yell County Mounted Patrol - Rescue Unit, Yell County EMS, Yell County Coroner's Office, Air Evac Lifeteam, and selected students from Dardanelle High School staged a mock accident scene in Dardanelle on May 2, 2006.

The new technology will be used to assist in solving various types of crimes, including burglaries, thefts and arson. It will also help the department to build stronger criminal cases in many types of crimes, even drug cases, in which latent impressions found on evidence could now be compared and potentially matched to suspects already in custody.

Gilkey indicated that the system was obtained for the county with a $35,000.00 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security. This system was obtained at no cost to the taxpayers of Yell County, and will greatly enhance the abilities of the Sheriff�s Criminal Investigation Division, according to Gilkey.

Det. Lora Beasley, who went through intensive training to operate the system, said that she was confident that this system would solve cases locally. Sheriff Gilkey, Beasley and Capt. Sammie Johnson had traveled to Forrest City to observe a similar system in action prior to making the purchase for Yell County. Capt. Johnson said that authorities in Forrest City have been �extremely successful� in clearing cases with this system.


AFIX Tracker Obtained With $35,000.00 Grant

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced March 17, 2006, that a new high-tech crime-fighting tool has been installed at the Sheriff�s Department. The AFIX Tracker V.4.5 Automated Fingerprint & Palm Print Identification was installed this month and brings with it the ability to use technology to match even partial fingerprints recovered at crime scenes with suspect fingerprints entered into a database.

The new technology will be used to assist in solving various types of crimes, including burglaries, thefts and arson. It will also help the department to build stronger criminal cases in many types of crimes, even drug cases, in which latent impressions found on evidence could now be compared and potentially matched to suspects already in custody.

Gilkey indicated that the system was obtained for the county with a $35,000.00 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security. This system was obtained at no cost to the taxpayers of Yell County, and will greatly enhance the abilities of the Sheriff�s Criminal Investigation Division, according to Gilkey.

Det. Lora Beasley, who went through intensive training to operate the system, said that she was confident that this system would solve cases locally. Sheriff Gilkey, Beasley and Capt. Sammie Johnson had traveled to Forrest City to observe a similar system in action prior to making the purchase for Yell County. Capt. Johnson said that authorities in Forrest City have been �extremely successful� in clearing cases with this system.


New SRT Unit Operational

Sheriff Bill Gilkey and Yell County EMS Director Sidney Ward announced today that the Yell County Sheriff�s Department and Yell County EMS have joined together in a combined effort to provide a service to the citizens of Yell County that is very unique in the nation for communities the size of Yell County. The Yell County Sheriff�s Specialized Response Team was formed in an effort to provide law enforcement and EMS the opportunity to better respond to critical incidents, especially those that might occur within schools.

Sheriff�s Deputies and Yell County EMS Paramedics who also hold certifications as part-time officers now train together on how to respond and deal with incidents such as school shootings, hostage situations, barricaded suspect situations, and high risk warrant service. The unit has been training together for over eight months. Members of the S.R.T. unit are required to demonstrate a higher level of proficiency with weapons and tactics than most officers throughout the State.

Gilkey said that an important aspect of the training these officers are going through is the familiarization with the buildings in each school district in the county. Officers regularly conduct practical training exercises in schools across the county. This enables them to not only learn the special tactics needed to deal with potentially deadly situations, but to become familiar with the campuses so that if required to respond to such an event, officers will not be going into an area they are unfamiliar with.

Another vitally important aspect of the training and organization, according to Sheriff Gilkey, is the ability to put fully certified and equipped paramedics actually into hostile situations to treat and recover injured persons as quickly as possible. Traditional EMS procedures require that medical personnel wait until the scene is rendered �safe� by law enforcement before they begin treating victims.

Lessons learned in the Columbine High School tragedy in Colorado have struck a chord with local EMS and law enforcement personnel. Gilkey said that he feels that although this type of operation is very demanding on the personnel training for these incidents, �we can�t afford to not do this.� Gilkey explained that if such an incident were to happen here, he wants to be able to get medical attention to victims and apprehend suspects as quickly and safely as possible, something which can�t be accomplished with the traditional model of law enforcement and emergency medical care.


Captured Fugitive's Bond Set at $2,000,000

Terrance Washington, 30, who was wanted for escape and bank robbery in connection with a robbery at the Bank of Dardanelle in 1998 was extradited from Ohio back to Yell County last week by Sheriff Bill Gilkey, Lt. David Kimball, and Sgt. Lance Davis. Washington appeared before Judge Paul Danielson who set bond at $2,000,000 after hearing a recommendation from Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II.

Washington is alleged to have escaped several times in various locations over the course of the last eight years since the robbery in Dardanelle. Judges in Arkansas have to consider various factors when setting bond for defendants, including their connections to the area, probability of conviction, and flight risk.


Dardanelle Courthouse Annex Site Being Prepared

Downtown Dardanelle is a little noisy this week as crews work to prepare the site of the future Dardanelle Courthouse Annex. The foundation of the Old Armory is being removed as a first step in process to get construction underway on a new courthouse annex. The much needed annex will provide modern court facilities to the citizens of Yell County, and was made possible when the voters approved a bond issue in a recent election.


Sex Offender Arrested for Failure to Register

A white male was arrested January 25, 2006, in the Haney Hollow area for failure to register as a sex offender after Sheriff's CID Investigators discover his record includes a charge of Rape by force/threat from the State of California. The suspect offered no resistance and is being held on $50,000 bond at the Dardanelle Jail where he awaits formal charges being filed by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II.


Two Fatalities in Chickalah Mountain Fire

Marilyn Jones and her son, William "Boy" Jones, of Chickalah Mountain perished in a fire that destroyed their home on Chickalah Mountain in January. The Sheriff's Office wishes to extend it's condolences to their family.


Chambers Bank - Havana Branch Robbed - Suspects Apprehended

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced that two persons were taken into custody in connected with the January robbery of the Havana Branch of Chambers Bank. A male and female were stopped with a roadblock in Logan County after a lengthy pursuit by officers of the Dardanelle Police Department and Arkansas State Police.

Lt. David Kimball was able to ascertain information leading to the identification of the suspects who were then spotted by Dardanelle Officer Jesse Flores. Officer Flores was then assisted by Cpl. Chris Thompson who joined Flores in attempting to stop the suspects. The suspects are alleged to have then fled into Logan County, throwing a weapon used in the robbery from the vehicle near Wildcat Hollow.

An extensive search of that area yielded a firearm believed to have been used in the commission of the robbery.

The suspects are being held to answer formal charges filed by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II, and are scheduled for an appearance before Circuit Judge Paul Danielson.


Ola Church Burglary Solved - Property Recovered

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced that Yell County Sheriff's CID Investigators responded to assist the Ola Police Department in investigating a burglary that was discovered at the Ola Freewill Baptist Church on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005.

According to Det. John Foster an arrest was made the next day after musical instruments taken during the burglary were recovered from a residence near the church in Ola. Foster reported that an 18 year old male residing at the residence was taken into custody at the scene by officers of the Yell County Sheriff's CID Unit, Ola Police Department and Arkansas State Police.

The suspect is being held on bond pending formal charges being filed by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II, and a subsequent appearance before Circuit Judge Paul Danielson.


Murder Charges Filed

Billy Ray Scott, 68, formerly of Paris, Arkansas, has been formally charged with murder in the second degree by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II, after an incident that occurred southwest of Havana on June 22,2005.

Scott was taken into custody by deputies of the Yell County Sheriff's Department without incident after he was alleged to have contacted Yell County e-911 dispatch and reported that he had shot his neighbor, Charles Watts, 62, in his yard.

According to Sheriff's investigators, Scott was cooperative with them. Scott was released on $50,000 bond pending upcoming court dates before Judge Paul Danielson in Yell County Circuit Court at Danville.


Large Quantity of Drugs/Cash Confiscated

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Three persons from Yell County have been arrested in recent drug arrests after a joint investigation by the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Yell County Sheriff�s Office. In one of the arrests, the Ola Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

A large amount of drugs and cash was confiscated in a drug raid on June 11th in Carden Bottoms, at which time two persons were arrested. One arrest occurred in May on Belleville Ridge about three miles Northwest of Danville.

Arrested in the Joint Task Force-Sheriff�s Office-Ola Police operation on June 11th were Gary Wayne Thompson, 49, and Josie M. Thompson, 44, his wife, after a search warrant was initiated at a residence on Sweet Home Lane, East of Centerville in the Carden Bottoms area, according to the information received from the Task Force.

Items seized included three firearms, $2,356 in cash, and approximately 2.7 pounds of marijuana, as well as various packaging devices and paraphernalia scales, papers, and pipes, shown in the accompanying photo.

The Thompson�s will be facing possible charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C felony, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony.

In May the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force along with the Yell County Sheriff�s Office initiated a search warrant on a house on Belleville road. Arrested was Ryan Wilson, 23, of Belleville Ridge Road.

Approximately 3.5 ounces of a substance suspected to be marijuana and one marijuana plant was seized. Wilson will be facing possible charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C felony, and manufacturing marijuana, a class C felony.


Another Internet Predator Nabbed

This arrest came after a 29 year old Russellville man, Shawn David Douthit, is alleged to have traveled to Dardanelle to meet what he thought was a 13 year old female to engage in sexual activity. Officers of the Yell County Sheriff's Department and the 15th Judicial District DTF took the man into custody without incident around 12:00 noon on Friday, May 20, 2005.

Detective John Foster of the Criminal Investigation Division said that the remarkable thing about this arrest was the narrow time frame in which the operation was conducted. Foster indicated that at approximately 10:58 AM on Friday undercover officers posing as a child began chatting with a subject who inquired how close the child was to Russellville. Officers allege that the subject then indicated that he wished to engage in sexual activity with the child and agreed to meet the child at a remote location inside Dardanelle. Foster indicated that Douthit was taken into custody at that location just over an hour after the initial contact with undercover officers.

Detectives said that this arrest underscores the fact that individuals willing to engage in this kind of activity do not always travel from far away. Officers indicated that the use of the Internet makes it easier for these individuals to meet children that might present them with an opportunity, which can become especially dangerous if the child lives nearby. Foster indicated that the trend in actual cases shows that individuals living close to potential victims are more likely to arrange a meeting with a child quickly, simply because a child living close is more easily accessible.

Detective Foster said that with the approval of Sheriff Bill Gilkey, the Sheriff�s Department has recently conducted some presentations for both parents and children to make them aware of some of the dangers that children face on the Internet. Foster said that he was encouraged by a recent presentation he made to a group of sixth graders. He said that while it is disturbing to see the number of these kids that are online with very little supervision or even direction, it was encouraging to see the interest the kids showed in learning what the dangers are and how to avoid them. He said that he felt it was important to reach out directly to the kids, because so many of them know more about computers than their parents, while knowing very little about the dangers or how to avoid them.

Foster said that he wanted to thank Lt. David Kimball, Deputy Hollis Shadden, Deputy Mike Knuckols, and DTF Agent Kevin Williams for their rapid response and assistance with the arrest, as well as the Russellville Police Department and especially Sgt. John Waid and Detective Michael Hemmer for their assistance in serving a search warrant at the suspect�s residence in which one computer was recovered.




Agency's Second Arrest In Internet Sting

Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced March 18, 2005, that the Criminal Investigation Division of the Yell County Sheriff�s Department has made another arrest in an ongoing Internet sting operation designed to combat predators traveling into Yell County to engage in sexual activity with children.

The agency�s second arrest came on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, when Sheriff�s CID members along with members of the Danville Police Department set up surveillance at the Danville City Park where the suspect is alleged to have arranged to meet with a person he believed to be a thirteen year old girl from Danville for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with her. According to lead investigator Det. John Foster, Jr., the suspect arrived at the park at approximately 11:45 AM Tuesday morning and was taken into custody without incident.

Daniel Isaac Klotz, 21, of Licking, Missouri, is alleged to have traveled approximately five hours to meet with what he thought would be a thirteen year old female to engage in sexual activity. Det. Foster indicated that Klotz is alleged to have engaged in several chats with undercover officers beginning in December 2004, and continuing through the early morning hours before he was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Klotz will face charges in Yell County Circuit Court including attempted rape, computer child pornography and engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print medium, all of which are felonies in the State of Arkansas. Klotz was taken before Judge Paul Danielson for a first appearance and bond determination on Friday, March 18, 2005, where bond was set at $50,000.00.

Detective Foster reported that since the agency�s first arrest last year, which resulted in a fifteen-year prison sentence, the department has also been responsible for investigating similar incidents that have occurred in Yell County involving real children. Foster said that those cases are much more difficult to investigate because very often there is very little retrievable evidence, and often the children themselves will not necessarily cooperate with the investigation.

The sting operation was put into operation at the suggestion of Tom Tatum II, Prosecuting Attorney for the 15th Judicial District, as a means to deter individuals from traveling to Yell County to meet with children. Investigators said that both the Sheriff�s Office and the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney hope that as this operation continues to be successful, predators who might be considering traveling to Yell County to meet with real children might learn of these arrests and be deterred from making the trip by the fear that they might have actually been talking with an undercover detective. Investigators also pointed out that even engaging in such a conversation with a child over the Internet is a crime, regardless of whether or not the suspect actually arrives to meet with the child.




Employee's Recognized by Sheriff

Jackey Broadstock and Chasity Gault were both honored Friday, February 25, 2005, at a surprise luncheon held in their honor at Danville. Sheriff Bill Gilkey presented each with a plaque recognizing their service and expressing the department's appreciation for the work that they have done over the years.

Sheriff Gilkey also announced that Jackey Broadstock has been officially named as the Assistant Supervisor of the YCSO and Yell County E-911 Center located in Danville. The Sheriff thanked each of them for their outstanding job performance and dedication.

Chasity Gault is the daughter of Patrol Sgt. Mickey Barefield and Communications Supervisor Carolyn Barefield who works in the Dardanelle District office. She is married to Trooper Robert (Nick) Gault of the Arkansas State Police, and they have two children, Ryan and John Michael Gault, all of Danville.


Jackey Broadstock is the son of Lee Broadstock, who is an EMT with the Yell County EMS and a part-time dispatcher for Yell County E-911, and Nina and Jack McKnight.




Sheriff Gilkey Appointed to State Board

Arkansas Governer Mike Huckabee recently announced the appointment of Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey to the Arkansas State Crime Lab Board. Gilkey will serve a five year term on the board which is responsible for overseeing the administration of Arkansas' Crime Laboratory in Little Rock.

The Crime Lab handles forensic evidence for the entire State of Arkansas, and has recently been expanding its operations in DNA and trace evidence. The lab is now responsible for handling DNA submissions from all persons convicted of felony crimes in the state. According to a recent report, this averages approximately 1,500 submissions per month for analysis and inclusion in the state's DNA database. This has led to a backlog which is one of the many challenges that will face the board in future.

Congratulations to Sheriff Gilkey on his appointment.


NIBRS System Update to Provide More Accurate Crime Reporting

In January 2003, the YCSO went on-line with a new crime reporting system called RPS from Relativity, Inc. in Northeast Arkansas. Relativity won the contract with the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) to provide the system cheaply for the State of Arkansas. Approximately 170 agencies signed up to use the system initially.

The system has been in a constant state of developement since its initial launch date, and the most recent update (November 2004) is now allowing the Sheriff's Department to better utilize the information that has been collected from officers as they take reports from citizens and make arrests.

Det. Lora Beasley is responsible for making sure that the officer's reports contain the necessary information, and then entering them into the system. The system then automatically reports NIBRS information (crime statistics) to comply with FBI crime reporting requirements.

The new updates allow Sheriff's Deputies to easily review their cases so that they can check whether or not arrests have been made, and verify that those arrests have been reported so that the arrests will be reflected in the FBI's crime statistics. More importantly, it will assist officers in keeping track of the cases and help minimize the number of solvable crimes being "lost in the shuffle." Future updates should assist the officers in analyzing crime trends, as well as managing information about stolen property and suspects more efficiently.

Every crime is important to the victim, and that's something that the Sheriff's Department tries to stay focused on. However, it can be difficult to not lose track of a case when new ones demanding more immediate attention come in. Hopefully as the kinks get worked out the new system will help keep that from happening.


Capt. Sammie Johnson Receives Award

Capt. Sammie Johnson was recently awarded the Officer Year 2004-District 2 Award by Arkansas' Attorney General Mike Bebee. The award is presented annually to the four districts in Arkansas, with one over-all officer also recognized.

Johnson received the award for his efforts during the rescue of a woman who had fallen from the Arkansas River Bridge into the Arkansas River, and her husband who had gone into the water after her.

Capt. Johnson was the first officer on the scene and went into the water himself to assist the couple in making it to the shore despite the cool temperatures and rapid current.

Congratulations to Capt. Johnson for a job well done.


Burglary Suspects Captured

Yell County Sheriff's Investigators followed up on information obtained by a Danville PD Patrol Officer on February 17, 2004, which led to the arrest of two Dardanelle men in connection with several burglaries in the Danville, Belleville, and Havana area since January this year.

CID officers along with Danville Police Chief Rick Padgett were able to connect mutliple incidents to the suspects, who are now facing multiple felony counts of commercial burglary. The suspects are also facing potential charges in the City of Dardanelle, Russellville, and Pope County.

According to investigators the arrests have cleared several open burglary cases including recent burglaries at the Sonic restaurant in Danville and at the Western Yell County Schools in both Belleville and Havana. The suspects were allegedly in the act of committing one burglary when the Danville patrol officer made contact with one suspect who was waiting in a parked car near one of the businesses. According to Sheriff Bill Gilkey the officer's attentiveness played a vital role in solving the cases. Without that officer obtaining the identification of this particular suspect, investigators might still be following other leads in vain. Gilkey indicated that after the business and the school discovered the burglaries the next morning, investigators were able to focus their investigation on the suspect that had been identified earlier in what had appeared to the officer to be merely a simple case of loitering.

Investigators reported that they were relieved to be able to recover several stolen items due to the speed with which the more recent cases were cleared. Officers reported that the morning began with the taking of the burglary reports shortly before 8:00 am, and ended with both suspects in custody and numerous items recovered shortly after nightfall.


Charges Filed in Child Abuse Case

Yell County Sheriff's Investigators obtained and served an arrest warrant for Battery in the first degree on a Briggsville man in connection with a child abuse case reported to the YCSO by a concerned citizen. Investigators indicated that the six year old child had allegedly suffered two fractures to his arm during an incident that had occurred at the home recently.

Investigators reported that the suspect and the child's mother are alleged to have taken the child for medical treatment, but mislead the attending physician and hospital staff about the origin of the injuries. YCSO Investigators also placed the child's mother under arrest for hindering apprehension after she allegedly lied to investigators about the whereabouts of the suspect and her contact with him after the incident.

The suspect's surrender to authorities had to be negotiated through the suspect's attorney according to investigators, and when the suspect arrived at the Dardanelle Courthouse, he was also taken into custody on one felony count of theft by receiving when investigators discovered the car he had been driving had been reported stolen in Hot Springs. The suspect has posted bond and is awaiting his appearance in both Danville and Dardanelle Circuit Court.


Internet Sting Kicks Off With Arrest

Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, and Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced in January 2004, that a joint operation conducted by the Yell County Sheriff�s Department Criminal Investigation Division and the 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney�s Office has been initiated intercept pedophiles using the Internet to lure children from our area for sexual activity. The operation began in January when detectives with the Yell County Sheriff�s Department created online profiles that allowed them to go online posing as underage children.

On Monday, January 19, 2004, the operation gained it�s first success with the arrest of a 50 year old white male from the Harrison, Arkansas area when he arrived in Dardanelle at a pre-arranged location and met with an undercover decoy posing as the 13 year old female he believed he had met online. Detectives alleged that the man had arranged to meet the girl at the location and that he intended to take her to another location to have sex. Officers from the Yell County Sheriff�s Department and the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force took the man into custody at the scene without incident. Officers indicated that the man was armed with a .22 caliber handgun at the time of the arrest.

Detectives obtained two search warrants, one for the suspect�s vehicle, and one for his residence in Newton County. The search warrants were executed on the same day, and officers confiscated a handgun and a personal computer, along with various other items. Detectives reported that the man had purported to be a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle organization. Officers indicated that they found items both in his vehicle and at the residence that appeared to confirm that he may have been affiliated with the organization.

The man was released from the Danville Jail after posting a $75,000 bond and appearing in Yell County Circuit Court before Judge Paul Danielson for a probable cause hearing. Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum, II, indicated that the formal filing of charges including the crimes of attempted rape and computer child pornography were completed soon after the arrest.


YCSO and DTF bust large methamphetamine operation

In a joint operation between the Yell County Sheriff's Department and agents of the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force a large methamphetamine production laboratory has been shut down. Deputies and agents descended on a residence in rural Western Yell County on the morning of August 13, 2003 and served a search warrant on the premises.

Officers discovered a working methamphetamine laboratory as well as a significant quantity of finished methamphetamine, cash, a firearm and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II has filed five class "Y" felony counts against a white male taken into custody at the scene, and he is currently being held on $150,000 bond at the Danville Jail.

Officers reported that they believe this arrest will put a severe bite on the methamphetamine supply in the Western Yell County area, and are looking forward possible additional arrests in connection with this investigation.

Shown with some of the items seized are Lt. David Kimball, Sgt. Michael Barefield, and Det./Sgt. Gary Morrison of the Yell County Sheriff's Department.


YCSO asks for help in solving Mt. George Burglary

Sheriff Bill Gilkey asked for citizens of Yell County to be watching for any documents or items that may have been taken in a burglary July 9, 2003, at the Allene Shockley residence west of Mt. George.

Lt. David Kimball has located some documents that were taken in the burglary and then apparently discarded along Highway 154 and then also along Highway 27 between the SH 27 & SH 154 intersection and Dardanelle.

Anyone locating items with the name "Miller" or "Shockley" on them along the roadside, or anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at either 479-495-2811 or 479-495-3333.


LARGEST CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE SEIZURE IN YELL COUNTY HISTORY

Yell County Sheriff's Investigators working in conjunction with agents of the 15th Judicial District DTF, Arkansas State Police and Danville Police Department seized the largest amount of "Ice" in the county's history. "Ice" is a base form of methamphetamine that is in a very pure and highly concentrated state, and prior to this incident had rarely been seen in quantity in Yell County.

Investigators served two search warrants in the Belleville area simultaneously late June 4, 2003, and discovered a total of approximately 206 grams (0.45 lbs.) of crystal methamphetimine with an estimated street value of over $40,000.00. Officers also seized several vehicles, several hundred dollars in cash and a 9mm handgun. Forefeiture proceedings have been initiated against additional property connected to the sale and distribution of methamphetimine in this case.

Officers took 2 Asian males, 1 Black male, and 1 Asian female into custody as a result of the items seized during the execution of these search warrants. The four are expected to face felony charges in the Danville District of Yell County Circuit Court.


APRIL 2003 - STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERY - THEFT RING INVESTIGATION

Yell County Sheriff's Investigators have been very active in the last month, participating in search warrants and recovering stolen property. Investigators have been working closely with agents of the 15th Judicial District DTF and the combined efforts will ultimately clear numerous theft/burglary cases, as well as bringing several area illegal drug operations to a close.


YCSO/DTF Officers in action

It's still a dangerous job, and these pictures prove it. Officers recently disarmed a suspect during the execution of a search warrant. Illegal drugs and stolen property were recovered during the execution of a search warrant at the suspect's residence. Several firearms will be seized as well as cash that is believed to have been the proceeds of illegal drug sales.

Officers discovered marijuana seeds being germinated in anticipation of planting season, and also recovered some stolen jewelry.