Press Releases


Male dies after fight with deputies, attempts to save him unsuccessful

On September 16, 2017, Cleburne County Deputies were dispatched to 502 Heber Springs Road West to assist Northstar EMS.  It was reported by Northstar that they were on a medical call, and another male in the vicinity was acting disorderly.  When deputies arrived, they attempted to talk to the male, but the male became unruly and combative, and attempted to fight the deputies.  A very intense physical altercation lasted for several minutes before the male was finally taken into custody.  Deputies then discovered that the male was in medical distress.  Some deputies began CPR while another ran back to where Northstar was to ask for their assistance.  The male was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The deputies were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  The investigation was turned over to the State Police.  No names have yet been released pending notifying the male’s family.   


-Sheriff Chris Brown




September 18, 2017:  The male was identified as Heath Allen Snowden, 34, of Heber Springs.  The Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident, and all information will be turned over to the 16th Judicial Prosecutor's Office to be reviewed upon completion.  Any media requests should be forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Hopewell man arrested after altercation with deputies

On September 10, 2017 around 12pm, Cleburne County deputies responded to Firehouse Road in Hopewell for a complaint of someone actively damaging property.  When deputies arrived, they encountered a male who matched the suspect’s description.  The suspect, later identified as Bobby Brown, 54, of Hopewell, attempted to flee the area and then engaged in a fight with deputies.  Bobby was eventually taken into custody, and transported to the Cleburne County Jail.  Two deputies were transported by ambulance to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  One Sheriff’s Office car was also damaged in the altercation.  Bobby is currently being held with no bond on charges including Terroristic Threatening, Assault 2nd, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing, and Battery 2nd.


All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


The Sheriff's Office would also like to thank the Heber Springs Police Department, who's officers responded to the scene to assist, and also took calls in the county while the deputies were being treated at the hospital.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Arrests for August, 2017

During the month of August, 2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies made 20 arrests. The charges are as follows:

Public Intoxication (5)

Criminal Trespass (2)

Driving While Intoxicated (1)

 Illegal Drug Possession (4)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2)

Domestic Battery (1)

Disorderly Conduct (3)

Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (2)


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Deceased Person Call Leads to Homicide Investigation

On 8-31-2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Batesville Police Department in reference to a deceased person call. Investigators from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office responded, and through the course of investigation determined that the person, later identified as Brittany Marshall, was possibly the victim of a homicide. Her husband, Terry Marshall, was taken into custody and formal charges are pending. This case is still under investigation.


All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


~Sheriff Chris Brown




September 15, 2017: The Sheriff’s Office has fielded several inquiries into the specific manner of death in this case.  There have been several claims circulated which have caused a great deal of alarm and concern, which we would like to address.  While we are still waiting for the finalized autopsy report, we have spoken to the Medical Examiner who has advised us that the only visible injuries to Mrs. Marshall’s body were a single gunshot wound to the head, and a few small bruises.  The Sheriff’s Office wishes to express our condolences to the family, and give reassurance to our community as a whole that we will continue to work tirelessly investigating every aspect of this case until it’s conclusion. 


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Sheriff's Office participates in Active Shooter Drill

On August 8, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office participated in an Active Shooter Drill at Concord High School.  The drill, completed in partnership with D2 Security Solutions out of Searcy, aimed at improving communication and working relations with Concord School staff, as well as preparation for an active shooter situation.  Law enforcement agencies typically train on active shooter scenarios at least one time per year, in addition to any cross training with area schools or businesses.  The Sheriff's Office strives to be as prepared as possible for the widest variety of scenarios, in order to better serve our county and it's citizens.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Sheriff's Office warns against scams

With the wide availability of new and ever-changing technology, criminals are constantly coming up with new ways to scam people out of money.  The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office is doing everything we can to crack down on these scammers, but most of the time, those responsible are located outside the state, or more often, outside the country.  Because there is little to no recourse against someone for committing these crimes, the Sheriff’s Office wants to share some helpful tips to avoid getting scammed out of your hard-earned money.

Wiring money is like giving cash away. If you wire money, there is no protection for you if you later learn that the recipient is not who they claimed to be. Never give out personal or banking information in response to a phone, email or mail inquiry. Contact the entity requesting the information directly through a different method to verify that it is a reputable company with which you have an existing relationship. Never send money to someone who you do not know and have not met in person. When purchasing items or services online, make sure you research the seller and know their physical location. If you are giving to charity, especially in the wake of a natural disaster, give to an organization that has a strong history in providing relief. Instead of paying in cash, make a check or money order payable to the charitable organization, not an individual. Reputable companies will never ask you to pay using Walmart Gift Cards or the like. And Sweepstakes companies like Publisher’s Clearinghouse will not ask you to send money in order to receive your winnings. Most importantly, if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Investigate the offer before accepting or paying any money.

If you are contacted by someone you believe to be a scammer, call your local law enforcement agency before you send money.  You can also contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division for additional assistance.  (Tips listed above were taken from the AG’s website arkansasag.gov)


-Sheriff Chris Brown



Arrests for July 2017

During the month of July, 2017, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies made 21 arrests. The charges are as follows:

Aggravated Assault (1)

Illegal Drug Possession (6)

Drug Trafficking (2)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (6)

Driving While Intoxicated (2)

Domestic Battery (1)

Public Intoxication (1)

Criminal Trespass (1)

Obstructing Governmental Operations (1)


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Wilburn area search warrant results in large seizure of drugs, money, and a firearm

In June of 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into an individual suspected of trafficking large amounts of Methamphetamine into Cleburne County. During the course of the investigation, Deana Winter Mathias, 48, from Tulare, California was developed as the main suspect, believed to be trafficking large amounts of Methamphetamine from California and into Cleburne County for distribution. Investigators with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on July 31, 2017 at Mathias’ residence in the McJester Road area near Wilburn.  During a search of the residence, Investigators located one firearm, and approximately 470 Grams (just over 1 pound) of Crystal Methamphetamine, with an approximate street value of $47,000.00.  Investigators also located $2,889.00 cash, believed to have been acquired from the proceeds of Methamphetamine sales, and over Five ounces of Marijuana. Mathias is currently being held in the Cleburne County Jail on no bond.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sheriff Chris Brown

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Little Red River Claims Fourth Drowning Victim for Cleburne County in 2017

On 7-26-2017, at approximately 1:00 pm, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a call of a possible drowning on the Little Red River at JFK Park. When deputies arrived at the scene, emergency service personnel were performing CPR on a white male, later identified as 18 year old Toby Tyler of West Memphis, Arkansas. Mr. Tyler was transported to Baptist Health in Heber Springs, and later transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Mr. Tyler was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:45 pm at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A witness said that he had seen Mr. Tyler fishing from the bank of the river prior to being found in the water. This incident is under investigation.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

Search warrant results in arrest, seizure of drugs and cash

During the month of June, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office received information about two individuals selling large amounts of Crystal Methamphetamine throughout Cleburne County. After receiving the information an investigation was opened to identify the suspects and their illicit drug dealing. The investigation was concluded on Tuesday, July 25th 2017 when Investigators with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, Heber Springs Police Department and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a Search Warrant at the suspects residence.  Upon execution of the warrant approximately 234 Grams of Crystal Methamphetamine carrying an approximate street value of $23,000.00 was recovered along with $2,440.00 cash. Two suspects were arrested were identified as Shannon Kay Mamagona, 30, of Heber Springs, and Jonathan Allen Haward, 35, of Heber Springs.


All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

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