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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY PRESS RELEASE November 23, 2020

 

STEPHEN MCCURLEY

 

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on November 20 Arkansas Game and Fish Officer Ryan Warner came across Stephen McCurley, age 48 of Wideman, who had been deer hunting and had a rifle with him. Warner learned McCurley did not have a hunting license and that he was a convicted felon who could not possess a firearm. McCurley was charged with possession of a firearm by certain persons, a class D felony. McCurley is currently out on bond out of the Izard County Circuit Court on previous felony charges. His conditions of bond also state that he cannot be in possession of any weapons. His bond on the previous case has been revoked and he is currently being held on no bond. McCurley is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on December 23.

On November 16, Probation/Parole Officer Hunter Boles arrested Michael Kelly, age 31 of Franklin, on a warrant for parole violations. Kelly is being held with no bond.

On November 17 Kerry Sager, age 39 of Gassville, was arrested on Jail Administrator Sherry Davidson on a warrant out of the Izard County Circuit Court for failure to appear. Sager is being held with no bond and a court date of December 23.

On November 17 William Malone, age 35 of Pineville, was arrested by Jail Administrator Sherry Davidson on a warrant out of the Izard County Circuit Court for failure to appear. Malone is being held with no bond and a court date of December 23.

On November 18 Russell Foley, age 52 of Horeshoe Bend, was arrested on a warrant for assault 1st degree and public intoxication. Foley is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on December 8.

On November 19 Ceclia Taylor, age 36 of Oxford, was arrested by Deputy Tyler Webb for violation of a protection order. Taylor is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on February 4, 2021.

On November 20 Steven Ashworth, age 24 of Melbourne, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and terroristic threatening. Ashworth is currently under supervision with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections. He is currently being held with no bond and a court date of January 7, 2021.

 

Photo of McCurley provided.

 

 

 

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY PRESS RELEASE November 15, 2020

KENNETH DUNCAN MICHAEL GILBREATH CHRISTOPHER POWELL

 

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on November 8 Deputy D.J. Tiernan was called to an apartment complex in Melbourne for a report of someone entering the apartment in the early morning hours. The victim in the case had video surveillance from inside the apartment. The video showed the neighbor of the adjoining apartment coming in the victim's apartment and unhooking the surveillance camera. Kenneth Duncan, age 37 of Melbourne, was arrested and charged with residential burglary; a class B felony, and criminal mischief 2nd degree; a class A misdemeanor. Duncan was also charged as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $30,000 professional with a court date in the Izard County Circuit Court of November 17.

On November 11 deputies were called to a residence off the Day Road just outside of Horseshoe bend for a reported domestic. During the investigation it was determined that Michael Gilbreath, age 46 of Ash Flat, had assaulted an 89-year-old victim. Deputies were also told that after Gilbreath had assaulted the victim he retrieved a knife and held it to the victim's throat and had threatened their life. There were minors present during this time. Gilbreath was arrested and charged with aggravated assault; a class C felony, domestic battery 2nd degree; a class C felony, terroristic threatening; a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor; a class A misdemeanor. Gilbreath is being held on a $20,000 cash bond with a court date in the Izard County Circuit Court of November 17.

On November 13 Christopher Powell, age 28 of Bee Branch, was arrested on a warrant after an investigation after an adult female reporting that when she was a minor that Powell had performed sex acts on her. Powell has been charged with rape; a class Y felony, and two counts of sexual assault in the second degree; a class B felony. Powell is being held on a $500,000 professional bond with a court date of November 17 in the Izard County Circuit Court.

On November 9 Christina Stenseth, age 44 of Mountain Home was arrested on probation violations. She is being held on no bond with a court date in the Izard County Circuit Court of November 17.

On November 10 Brian Gibson, age 54 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy J Barnes for disorderly conduct. Gibson is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on December 8.

On November 13 Andrew Macey, age 19 of Sage, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear out of the Izard County District Court. Macey is scheduled to appear in court on November 19.

On November 14 Richard Hayes, age 35 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy D.J. Tiernan for public intoxication. Hayes is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on November 19.

On November 15 Adam Cooper, age 28 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for DWI, refusal to submit to a chemical test. Cooper is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on December 10.

 

Photos of Duncan, Gilbreath, and Powell provided.

 

 

 

 

 

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SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

 
WILLIAM TAYLOR
  Level 3 William Taylor, white male, date of birth **/**/1971 Eyes: brown, Hair: brown, Height: 5'07", Weight: 190 lbs. Address: 2206 Red Lane Calico Rock, AR 72519 Description of crime: Taylor was convicted of two counts of rape. The Izard County Sheriff's Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Section 13 of Act 989 of 1997, the Act's amendments of 2006, the Sex and Child Offender Registration and the Community Notification Guidelines promulgated by the Commission on Abuse, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender's record. The release of such information will enhance public safety and protection. The individuals who appear on this website have been convicted of an offense that requires registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend. These offenders have advised the Izard County Sheriff's Department that they will be living at the locations listed in their individual information page. He/She is not wanted by the Law Enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. The Izard County Sheriff's Department has no legal authority to direct where a sexual offender lives. Unless court-ordered restrictions exist, these offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it wasn't until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you. THIS INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE, OR HARASS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS. CITIZEN ABUSE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. SUCH ABUSE COULD POTENTIALLY END LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO DO COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION.

 

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ARREST MADE IN THE REBEKAH GOULD HOMICIDE

WILLIAM ALMA MILLER

 

A Texas man visiting Izard County in 2004 has been arrested and charged with murder (1st) degree in connection with the death of Rebekah Christian Gould, whose body was discovered 16 years ago on a hillside off Arkansas Highway 9 south of Melbourne.  

William Alama Miller, 44, now a resident of Cottage Grove, Oregon was arrested Saturday night (November 7th) by a Special Agent of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division.  The arrest occurred in Lane County Oregon after the state police special agent assigned to the case learned Miller had returned to his home following an extended stay in the Philippines.

Miller will remain in the Lane County Jail in Eugene, Oregon pending an extradition hearing.

Ms. Gould was 22 years-old when she was murdered.  In the days leading up to the discovery of her body on September 27, 2004, family members had reported Ms. Gould missing, leading to a community-based search across Melbourne and much of Izard County.

Izard county law enforcement authorities handed-off the criminal investigation to Arkansas State Police immediately while the search was underway.  Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division have devoted hundreds of hours to the case which was never classified as a cold case.

 

 

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY November 9, 2020

 

 

BRAD EDMONSON BRANDY SMITH MICHAEL LISCOMB MICHAEL KELLY

 

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on November 1 Trooper Lively made a traffic stop on a vehicle on the Old Dolph Road in Calico Rock for expired tags. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Brad Edmonston, age 49 of Pineville. During the stop Lively was given consent to search the vehicle. Lively also asked Edmonston if he could search his pockets. Edmonston stated he would empty them. One of the items that Edmonston pulled out of his pocket was a plastic baggie that contained a white crystalline substance. Lively then attempted to place Edmonston into custody. Edmonston started resisting by holding onto the side of the truck. Edmonston then attempted to get back into the vehicle. Lively was able to gain control of Edmonston and place hand restraints on him. While Edmonston was being placed into the patrol car he kicked Lively in the legs. The substance in the baggie field tested positive for methamphetamine. Edmonston was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to store methamphetamine; a class D felony, and resisting arrest; a class A misdemeanor. Edmonston's bond was set at $10,000 professional. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on November 17.

On November 3 Brandy Smith, age 40 of Melbourne, was arrested by deputies on a warrant for possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance; a class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to analyze methamphetamine; a class B felony, possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to ingest methamphetamine; a class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to store methamphetamine; a class D felony. The charges stem from a one vehicle accident on October 7 on State Hwy 69 near the Independence County Line. While working the accident Trooper Johnson located numerous items of drug paraphernalia, some of which had residue that tested positive for methamphetamine. Also located in the vehicle were several hydrocodone pills. On these charges, Smith's bond was set at $5,000 professional with a court date of November 17 in the Izard County Circuit Court. Smith was also charged with obstruction of governmental operations during her arrest on the felony warrant after deputies located Michael Liscomb, age 38 of Melbourne, hiding in the HVAC air return inside the residence. Liscomb had a pick-up order out of the Izard County Circuit Court for bond violations. Liscomb is being held on no bond with a court date of November 17. 

On November 5 Deputy Brent Engles observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed through Horseshoe Bend on State HWY 289 traveling toward Franklin. At the intersection of State HWY 289 and State HWY 56 the vehicle turned west, going toward the middle of Franklin. Deputy Engles caught up to the vehicle and made a traffic stop. The driver, Michael Kelly age 31 of Franklin, got out of the truck and started to approach Deputy Engles. Deputy Engles spoke to Kelly and noted that his speech was slurred. Kelly was given a field sobriety test in which the finding indicated that he had been driving under the influence. Kelly is currently under supervision with the Arkansas Community Corrections. Kelly's vehicle was searched. During the search, drug paraphernalia and a small bag with a powder substance was located. The powder field tested positive for heroin. Kelly was charged in the Izard County District Court with driving while intoxicated. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on January 21, 2021 for that charge. Kelly was also charged with possession of a controlled substance; a class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to ingest heroin; a class D felony. Kelly's bond was set at $10,000 professional with court date of November 17. He also has a no bond hold from the Arkansas Community Corrections.

On November 4 Misty Sitzmann, age 36 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested for disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of instrument of crime. Sitzman is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on December 8.

On November 5 Amber Smith, age 31 of Mountain View, was arrested for bond violations. She also has a hold by Probation/Parole. She is being held with no bond and is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on November 17.

On November 5 Gregeory Woolsey, age 43 of Franklin, was arrested on a warrant for harassing communications. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on December 10.

On November 5 Darrell Massey, age 37 of Batesville, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on the original charges of theft by deception. Massey is being held on no bond with a court date of November 17.

 

Photos of  Brandy Smith, Michael Liscomb, and Michael Kelly provided.

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY November 1, 2020

      JAMES BRINK         DUSTIN BROWN

 

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on October 26, Deputy J Barnes made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Rolling Lane in Horseshoe Bend. The driver of the vehicle was identified as James Brink, age 36 of Hardy. During the stop a firearm was located that was reported stolen out of Louisiana. It was also learned that Brink had been convicted of a felony out of Sharp County for theft of property on September 30, 2020. Brink was charged with possession of firearms by certain person; a class D felony, and theft by receiving; a class D felony. Brink's bond was set at $10,000 professional Brink appeared in the Izard County Circuit Court on October 28.

On October 28, Dustin Brown, age 44 of Mount Pleasant, was arrested on probation violations. Once in jail, Brown had pills on his person. Brown was charged with furnishing prohibited articles; a class B felony, and as a habitual offender. Brown's bond was set at $20,000 professional with a court date in the Izard County Circuit Court of November 17.

On October 27, David Smart, age 54 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Probation/Parole for parole violations and bond violations. Smart appeared in the Izard County Circuit Court on October 28.

 

Photo of Brink and Brown provided.

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY OCTOBER 30,2020

 

MATTHEW GARNER

 

On Friday October 30th ,2020 officers of the Izard County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police took Matthew P. Garner age 32 into custody at his residence in Sage, Arkansas. Charges of Attempted Capital Murder a class Y Felony and Battery in the First Degree a class B Felony were brought by Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hance of the 16th Judicial District after an extensive investigation. The charges arise out of an incident on October 28,2019 at an address on the Knob Creek Road in Melbourne, Arkansas. Kyle Cantrell of that address was shot three times from ambush in the early morning hours as he was leaving to go to work. Cantrell was the Manager of the local Sonic and Garner had been employed there before being dismissed by Cantrell. 

 

Photo of Garner provided. 

 

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

On October 24 the Izard County Sheriff's Department participated in the Arkansas Prescription Drug Take Back program. This gave the citizens the opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or otherwise unwanted prescription medications in a safe way.  

Approximately 295 pounds of unused medications was collected in Izard County to be properly disposed of.  

You may drop off any unused prescription medications anytime at the drop boxes located at the Sheriff's Department or at the Sheriff's Department Sub-Station at Horseshoe bend. 

Syringes, needles or other sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, mercury thermometers, and iodine-containing medications are not allowed in the drop boxes. 

Submitted by Chief Deputy Charley Melton. 

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IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on October 20 Transport Deputy Dennis Hutchins transported Nicholas Greenwood, age 40 of Jonesboro, to the Izard County Jail on a warrant for failure to pay child support. Greenwood is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on October 27. 

On October 20 Trooper Woods arrested Sarah Loosey, age 30 of Melbourne, for speeding, fleeing in a vehicle, and no seat belt. Loosey is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on December 10. 

On October 21 Deputy Tyler Webb arrested Caitlin Pagel, age 27 of Batesville, on a warrant for failure to appear. Pagel is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on November 5. 

On October 21 Deputy Jason Jordan arrested Zachary Felton, age 23 of Melbourne, for careless/prohibited driving and DWI. Felton is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on November 5. 

On October 23 Deputy Sean Tomlinson arrested Jesse May, age 37 of Calico, for tampering with interlock device, DWI, and open alcohol container. May is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on November 19. 

On October 25 Trooper Lively arrested Amanda Hatfield, age 32 of Calico, for driving on a suspended driver's license. Hatfield is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on December 10. 

IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF, JACK YANCEY

The Izard County Sheriff's Department is currently accepting applications for a Patrol Officer. Job duties include, but is not limited to:

Patrolling the County

Watch for and respond to criminal activities

Make arrest

Typing reports

Conflict resolution

Deescalating situations

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

Must be over 21

Must possess a valid driver's license

Must be able to work any shift

Must be able to pass drug screenings

Must be able to learn at a fast pace

Must be US Citizen

Must be able to pass a Criminal Background check

Must have High School Diploma or GED

Must be able to pass a physical examination

Must be able to pass a psychological assessment

Anyone who has a desire to serve their community, has the right temperament for a sheriff's deputy, and meets the minimum qualifications should apply. A successful applicant would undergo on the job training, and 13 weeks of training at a law enforcement training academy.

Full time employees are eligible for health insurance, sick time, and vacation benefits. Applications may be picked up at the Sheriff's Department, 300 Circle Drive in Melbourne. You may call and speak to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, 870-368-4203 ext. 7, to have an application emailed to you or for any questions that you may have about the job opening.

 

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