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Cleburne County deputies searching for escapee

Cleburne County deputies searching for escapee
On the evening of Sunday, January 14, 2018, deputies observed a green Ford Thunderbird traveling in the Hopewell area. Deputies recognized one of the occupants as Ronald Long Jr., who has multiple felony warrants for his arrest. Deputies conducted a traffic stop, during which Long and the other occupant were taken into custody. While deputies were searching the vehicle, Long managed to escape from the backseat of the patrol car where he was being held, fleeing on foot.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Long, you are encouraged to immediately contact the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office at (501)362-8143.

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Sheriff’s Office “Operation Lake Ice” nets 21 arrests, closes out year-long meth dealer investigation

Sheriff’s Office “Operation Lake Ice” nets 21 arrests, closes out year-long meth dealer investigation

 

In January of 2017, I authorized our Criminal Investigations Division to conduct a long-term investigation – called “Operation Lake Ice” – specifically targeting methamphetamine dealers in Cleburne County.  Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and Heber Springs Police Department, began conducting their investigation.  While some parts of this investigation remain ongoing, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies conducted a large-scale round-up on January 9, 2018 as a result of the initial phase of this operation.  Members of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Heber Springs Police Department, Quitman Police Department, Greers Ferry Police Department, Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, Probation/Parole, and the Independence County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve arrest warrants on 19 individuals that were issued as a result of Operation Lake Ice.

Out of the 19 issued warrants, 15 suspects were arrested for warrants as a direct result of Operation Lake Ice.  Those individuals are:

-Dennis Allender, 44, of Concord – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises

-Latasha Ashabranner, 26, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device

-Michael Brawley, 51, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Maintaining a Drug Premises

-John Brown, 51, of Drasco – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams

-Jessica Cook, 37, of Wilburn (Currently incarcerated in ADC) – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device, Maintaining a Drug Premises

-Johnathan Haward,35, of Heber Springs (Currently incarcerated in ADC) – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Habitual Offender

-William Heffington, 45, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Use of a Communication Device

-Russell Holliday, 46, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Parole Hold

-Dustin Khoury, 36, of Drasco – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Habitual Offender

-Daniel Mahoney, 32, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Failure to Appear

-John Sparks, 61, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Habitual Offender

-Andrew Uphoff, 53, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises

-James Walton, 30, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device, Parole Hold

-Amber Wheat, 33, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises

-Kimberly Wright, 45, of the Cove Creek Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine)

 

The suspects that were not located during this morning’s round up have been placed on the “Most Wanted” section of the Sheriff’s Office website, and anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (501)362-8143.  Those individuals are:

-Deana Mathias, 48, of Wilburn – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 10 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Use of a Communication Device

-Coby Howell, 39, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device

-Bobby Defoor, 36, of Quitman – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Use of a Communication Device

-Misty Barker, 36, of Heber Springs –  Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams

 

There were also a number of individuals that law enforcement made contact with during the round up.  Several were brought to jail on warrants or probable cause charges, and several more were issued citations and released.  Those individuals brought to jail are:

-Karen Adams, 47, of Pangburn – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

-Joshua Balentine, 37, of Quitman – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine

-John Davis, 46, of Heber Springs – Possession of Marijuana less than 4 ounces

-Connie Frazier, 44, of Heber Springs – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Governmental Operations, Resisting Arrest

-Kenneth Kendrick, 59, of Heber Springs – Failure to Appear

-Amanda Kiser, 40, of Heber Springs – Out of Town Warrant Assist

-Anthony Riddle, 27, of Heber Springs – Failure to Appear, Parole Hold

-Jacqueline Rose, 49, of Heber Springs – Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, and each of these other agencies are committed to fighting the meth problem in Cleburne County, and in their respective cities and jurisdictions.  More arrests are expected as this operation continues.  During the year of 2017, the Sheriff’s Office seized approximately $960,000 worth of methamphetamine, and approximately $208,000 worth of marijuana.  We also recovered approximately $428,000 worth of stolen property.  Let this operation send a message to the meth dealers in Cleburne County; Stop dealing meth and poisoning our community, leave Cleburne County, or be prepared to go to jail.  We are looking for you, and we will be relentless in pursuing you and bringing you to justice.

 

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

 

Sheriff's Office names Detention Officer Johnathon Woodson as the Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Quarter

Please join me in congratulating Detention Officer Johnathon Woodson as the Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Quarter!

Johnathon has been with the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, assigned to the Jail, since March of 2017.  Since being hired, Johnathon has proved himself to be a very dependable employee, always striving to improve in all aspects of his job.  He has been commended on how he deals with the public, and the inmates, and has been quick to volunteer for needed assignments both on-duty and off-duty.  Johnathon has done a great job over this quarter, and we are pleased to recognize him as our Deputy of the Quarter for October through December of 2017.  Congratulations Johnathon!

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Sheriff's Office warns of possible police impersonator

Sheriff's Office warns of possible police impersonator


The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office has received a couple of reports in the last couple of weeks of a vehicle attempting to pull over vehicles in the Hopewell area. Complaints say that the possible suspect vehicle is a light-colored 4-door passenger car with two blue lights in the front grill, and described the suspect as a male.

At this time, we have not been able to confirm that the vehicle was an unmarked police car. Because of that, we are cautioning residents to take extra care if an unmarked car attempts to stop them. If you are uncertain if the vehicle is a real police car, please immediately call 911, and relay the information to the dispatcher while continuing to drive to a safe location, such as an open business or law enforcement building.

If you have any information about the suspect or his whereabouts, you are encouraged to immediately contact the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office at (501)362-8143 or by using the tip line on our website, cleburnecountysheriff.com

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office Announces Mobile App Available for Download

Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office Announces Mobile App Available for Download

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce a new mobile App that is available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store now. The App is free for users to download on both Android and iOS mobile devices. To download, visit https://www.CleburneCountySheriff.com/app or go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and type “Cleburne County Sheriff” in the search bar.

The mobile App allows easy access to the most important features of the website: Contact Us, Submit a Crime Tip, Press Releases, Most Wanted fugitives, and the Offender map.

The App user can select which push notifications they would like to subscribe to through the App. The new mobile App will serve as an additional information resource for the public and will assist with community policing efforts.

The App is an additional way to provide transparency for the Sheriff’s Office and encourage the public to take an active role in community policing efforts. We would love for every County resident or visitor to download our App and sign up for our push notifications. We believe our App will be a huge benefit to the Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Cleburne County as well. 

Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, Inc., a national Website, App, and marketing company headquartered in Mountain Home, Arkansas, developed the new mobile App for Cleburne County Sheriff's Office. Brooks Jeffrey, founded in 1984, develops Websites, Apps, and integrated marketing solutions for law enforcement, government offices, organizations, and businesses throughout the United States.

For more information about the new mobile App, please contact the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office at 501-362-8143 or visit https://www.CleburneCountySheriff.com.

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Sheriff's Office fundraiser proceeds donated to local non-profits

Sheriff’s Office fundraiser proceeds donated to local non-profits

 

The Sheriff’s Office participated in No-Shave November this year to raise money for two local non-profit organizations, The Other Side and The Call.  During the month of November, deputies, jailers, and employees were allowed to grow a beard in exchange for a $20 donation.  At the end of the month, the money was totaled up to be split between the two organizations.  On January 4th, 2018, representatives from The Other Side and The Call came to the Sheriff’s Office and were each presented with their half of the proceeds.  The total raised was $120, so each organization was given $60. 

Even though we didn’t raise much money this year, we are hopeful that this fundraiser will continue to grow in the coming years.  We are grateful for what The Other Side and The Call do for our community, and are excited about the opportunity to support them in any way we can. 

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Sheriff's Office seeking help in identifying burglary suspects

On 12-27-17 around 1730 hours, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a Residential Burglary in which a red, 2011 Polaris Ranger 800 ATV, blue Kobalt air compressor, orange Echo weed eater, and an orange Stihl MS250 18" chainsaw were stolen from the garage of a residence on Ridge Circle in Quitman.  The suspect vehicle is believed to be a White Chevrolet Avalanche with unknown registration, occupied by an unidentified white male and white female.

The male subject was seen driving away in the ATV, with the female driving the Avalanche, last seen driving west bound on Cove Creek Road.  Total loss is estimated around $10,000.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking information from the public as to the identity of the individuals involved in this incident, and the location of the stolen items.  If you have any information, please contact Detective Angelo Aldrighetti at the Sheriff's Office at (501)362-8143, or by submitting an anonymous tip to the Tips hotline on our website, cleburnecountysheriff.com

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

Sheriff's Office names Deputy of the Year, and Jailer of the Year

Sheriff’s Office names Deputy of the Year, and Jailer of the Year

 

During the month of December, deputies, jailers, and Sheriff’s Office staff had the opportunity to vote on who they thought deserved the titles of Deputy of the Year and Jailer of the year.  There were several people from both the jail and the Sheriff’s Office that garnered many votes, which is indicative of just how hard these men and women work on a daily basis protecting and serving Cleburne County.  The two recipients were presented with a plaque, a canvas painting from “No Greater Love Art” and a handmade wreath.  We are very grateful for the hard work that all of our deputies, jailers, and staff put out on a daily basis, and proud to announce this year’s recipients.

Deputy of the Year: Lt. Bryon Rushing

Jailer of the Year: Cpl. Tracy Hazelwood.

 

Thank you for a great year, and we look forward to continuing serving Cleburne County in 2018.

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Sheriff's Office issues life-saving first aid kits to all deputies

 

Sheriff’s Office issues life-saving first aid kits to all deputies

 

This week, the Sheriff’s Office began issuing IFAKs (Individual First Aid Kits) to all deputies.  Each deputy will carry on them some vital, life-saving items, that can be used in the event of an emergency.  Among the items issued to each deputy was a CAT tourniquet, Quick-Clot Combat Gauze, an emergency pressure bandage (also known as an Israeli bandage), a chest seal, and a heavy wool blanket.  These kits come after a trauma care training class put on by the Sheriff’s Office in September, where deputies learned how to use each of the above items.  The Sheriff’s Office also assembled a box of medical items for deputies to practice with to become familiar and be able to use those items quickly in an emergency.  An IFAK is an invaluable tool in an emergency when seconds count, and we are excited to be able to equip our deputies with tools to help them succeed, and to help keep our community safer.

 

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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Juvenile arrested and charged after threatening to commit school shooting

On December 14, 2017 Sheriff’s Office deputies received information that a Heber Springs School student had made comments about carrying out a shooting attack at the school on December 15.  On the morning of December 15, deputies, with the assistance of the Heber Springs Police Department, took a juvenile male into custody to be interviewed regarding the threats.  At the conclusion of the interview, the juvenile was turned over to Juvenile Intake Officers and transported to White River Juvenile Detention Center.  He was charged with one count of Terroristic Threatening.

 

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

 

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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