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09/14/2020

IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT SHERIFF JACK YANCEY

JAMES HESTER

JERRY BIERMAN

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on September 5, at approximately 12:55 a.m. Deputy Jason Jordan, was dispatched to an address in Baxter County. Dispatch advised Deputy Jordan that a female called in to state that she was assaulted by her boyfriend, James Hester, at a residence on Chessman Fery Road in Calico Rock. The victim stated Hester became upset all of the sudden and pushed her down, and then he slammed her head into the floor. The victim was able to get away from James, but he caught her, and started choking and slapping her. Deputy Jordan observed bruising and marks about the victim's person. As a result, a warrant was issued for James Hester, age 41 of Calico Rock, for aggravated assault, a class "D" felony, and domestic battery 3rd degree, a class "A" misdemeanor. He was arrested on September 8 with a bond of $5,000 cash. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on September 16. 

On September 11, at approximately 7:44 p.m. deputies were dispatched to Whispering Pines Road in Oxford in reference to a shooting call. One of the victims called the Sheriff's Department and stated he and two other people had a gun pointed at them and shots were fired. While deputies were on the way, Jerry Bierman called the Sheriff's Department and stated he had just shot at a guy because he damaged Bierman's truck mirror. Upon arrival by deputies they were met by the victims. Two of the victims stated they were in a truck pulling an ATV down the road to try and start it. While doing this an older man (later identified as Jerry Bierman) pulled up in a silver pickup and flagged him down. They stopped to see what the guy needed and Bierman pulled out a pistol and pointed it at one of the victims while talking to them. Bierman then discharged the pistol shooting over the cab of the truck. Deputies then went to speak with Bierman. Deputies noted there was no damage to Bierman's vehicle as he had told the dispatcher. As a result, Jerry Bierman, age 72 of Oxford, was formally charged on September 14 with two counts of aggravated assault, a class "D" felony, and resisting arrest, a class "B" misdemeanor. His bond was set at $10,000 with a court date of September 16 in the Izard County Circuit Court.  

On September 8, William Stanton, age 28 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Jail Administrator Sherry Davidson for probation violations.  

On September 13, Michael Gulliver, age 39 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy Brent Engles for domestic battery 3rd degree. Gulliver is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on November 3. 

 

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