A theft report made to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of the accused around noon on that day. Deputies responded to Safe Passage on East Main in Melbourne and determined that the old hospital building housing Safe Passage and offices of the North Arkansas Development Council had been broken into and that a television had been taken. Evidence gathered at the scene of the crime led Chief Investigator Charles Melton to Patrick McNealy who was “interviewed” and during the course of the “interview” admitted to his involvement. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that McNealy, age 21 of Melbourne is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a criminal investigative hold pending formal charges.
Following an April 30 report by a concerned resident of Alpine Street in Melbourne that a strange acting person had emerged from the woods near his house, contact was made with an individual matching the description given to Deputy Carl Russell. During the course of questioning the individual identified as Bruce Wayne Keener, age 32 of Wauconda, Illinois, ran into a wooded area near Drip Spring Road and alluded authorities for a time before being arrested on Knob Creek Road. Keener was charged with public intoxication and fleeing from authorities. Keener also had an arrest warrant out of Illinois; however, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Illinois authorities would not extradite. Keener appeared before District Judge David E. Miller and was released on strict conditions of bond and given a court date.
In the case of another out of state fugitive, Joseph Matthew Kennedy, age 34, who had been in the Melbourne and Oxford communities for the past few days but from the St. Louis, Missouri area was arrested Friday. Kennedy was wanted on parole violations resulting from possession of controlled substance charges from St. Genevieve, Missouri. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that extradition proceedings have begun and Kennedy is expected to be extradited to Missouri within the next few days. Meanwhile, Kennedy remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.
A Melbourne was woman was arrested around noon Saturday following a shoplifting incident at Hometown Market in Melbourne. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Rhonda Lynn Todd, of Arnold Springs Road was attempting to steal medicine related items from the store. Todd was charged with shoplifting and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility pending an initial appearance before District Judge David E. Miller.
Matthew Shawn Hawkins, age 33 of Melbourne was arrested the morning of April 30 on the charge of domestic battering third degree. The arrest was the result of an incident involving his mother. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Hawkins was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting a cash bond set by District Judge David E. Miller.
A motor vehicle accident early morning of May 2 on Highland Street in Calico Rock resulted in the arrest of Elissa Lynn Barger, age 33 of Calico Rock on the charge of driving while intoxicated-second offense. Deputy Carl Russell was dispatched to Highland Street in response to a report that someone had hit a tree. Acceding to Russell, Barger initially left the accident scene but returned a short time later. Barger failed all field sobriety tests and was taken to the Izard County Detention Facility where she registered .189 on the BAC test, more than two times the legal limit of .08. Barger was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting a bond in the amount of $2,805.
Deputy Chris Marshall initiated a traffic stop on state highway 9 north around midnight April 30 after observing a vehicle weaving and crossing the center line several times. After smelling intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle, the driver identified as Ronald Lucy, age 51 of Batesville was asked to exit the vehicle and submit to a field sobriety test. After failing the test, Lucy was transported to Izard County Detention where he blew a .15 on the BAC machine. Sheriff Lawrence said the legal limit is .08.Lucy was charged with driving left of center and driving while intoxicated. Lucy posted bond the following day in the amount of $1,130, given a court date, and released.
Scott Alen Vest, age 33 of Oxford was arrested Thursday night following a traffic stop on Morgan Road near Oxford and charged with driving on a suspended license, operating a motorcycle without insurance, operating a vehicle without license plates, and a warrant from Baxter County. Scott was released from the Izard County Detention after posting bond in the amount of $390 for the Baxter County charge and was given a court date for the traffic violations.
Terry Lynn Sweeney , age 29 of Larkin Road, Melbourne was arrested May 1 on a failure to pay fines warrant resulting a previous DWI charge. Sweeney posted bond the day of her walk-in arrest in the amount of $1,280 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Jessica Lynn Northern, age 26 of Evening Shade was arrested May 1 on failure to pay warrant. Northern posted bond May 4 in the amount of $800 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date .
Dallas Lee Johnson, age 22 of Batesville was arrested Friday on a Faulkner County warrant and later transported by Conway authorities.
Michael Kenneth Donahue, age 19 of Melbourne was arrested April 30 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Donahue posted bond the following day in the amount of $150, given a court date, and released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
John Robert Green, age 76 of Moody, Missouri who was being held in the Izard County Detention Facility for Fulton County and awaiting bed space in prison was transported May 2 to the Arkansas Department of Correction.
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2012
POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence
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