| JAIMEE BRANSCUM
A woman who parked her car in the Izard County Sheriff’s parking lot to appear in District Court on Thursday found herself additionally charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor. Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders ran his K-9 partner around all the cars in the parking lot on this court date. The narcotics dog alerted to a vehicle belonging and driven by Jaimee Renae Branscum. Another deputy went into the court room and asked Branscum to return to her car at which time her car was searched. When asked if she had anything illegal in the vehicle, Branscum stated that a smoking pipe was in the front seat and when retrieving it stated that she had a little marijuana in the driver’s door side pocket. During the search another smoking pipe with residue in it was located inside a black and white bag. The residue field tested positive for methamphetamine. Branscum, age 21 of Mountain Home was charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Branscum was returned, not to the court room, but to a cell in the Izard County Detention Facility, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, where she remains in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
In another drug related arrest, a male juvenile was charged Monday with possession of drug paraphernalia after a smoking device, whose residue field tested for marijuana, was found in his vehicle that was parked in the parking lot of a vacant gas station in Melbourne. Also found in the vehicle was two bags of a substance the juvenile said was cat nip he used to stimulate the activity of his cat. When the juvenile’s mother was summoned to the sheriff office she stated that they did not own any cats. The substance, suspected to be a k-2 type product which is synthetic marijuana, has been sent to the state crime lab for testing and additional charges may be filed against the juvenile if warranted. The juvenile was placed in the custody of his mother.
During a routine traffic stop on Wednesday, the driver and passenger were charged with drug related crimes. The driver, Jennifer Dawn Elliot, age 35 of Dolph was charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs and passenger, thirty nine year-old Christopher Shane Elliot of Dolph was charged with public intoxication –drugs. Both made provisions for bond later in the day of their arrest, given a court date, and released.
In yet another drug arrest, Kevin Michael Geake of Horseshoe Bend was arrested in Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday on charge of possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, public intoxication. Twenty nine year- old Gaeke remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $2,540 bond.
A traffic stop near Mt. Pleasant resulted in the arrest of the driver and two occupants of the vehicle. The driver, identified as thirty eight year-old Rodney Medling and occupants, identified as Lindsey Michelle Carter, age 20 of Melbourne and Amber Dawn Wilson, age 35 of Melbourne were all arrested after Deputy Ace Beebe and his K-9 partner discovered drugs in the vehicle. Found in the vehicle were a bag full of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a bag containing a white crystalline substance believe to be methamphetamine. All three were charged with felony possession with the intent to deliver-methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver-marijuana. Carter was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. All three remain in the Izard County Detention Facility.
Jerry L. Lewis, age 21, of Whitman was arrested Tuesday for probation/parole violations relating to , breaking or entering, and theft of property. Lewis waits for trial in the Izard County Detention Facility on a no-bond status.
William Chad Hardin, age 40 of Brookland, Arkansas was arrested Wednesday on a contempt of court charge and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of an $16,008 cash bond..
Steven Duane Hood, Jr., age 26 of Pineville was arrested Wednesday on a contempt of court charge. Hood remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,835 bond.
Three individuals, two males and one female, were arrested on failure to pay fines warrants. Ronnie Hayden Womack, age 52 of Melbourne was arrested Wednesday, appeared before District Judge David E. Miller the following day and was released by the court. Dominic Nelson, age 40 of Mountain View was arrested Wednesday, posted bond on Friday in the amount of $200, and was released from jail. Melissa Jean Cox, age 41 of Melbourne was arrested Wednesday, posted bond the day of her arrest in the amount of $370, and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Mais Markayan, age 26 of Cherokee Village was arrested September 23 on the charge of failure to appear. Markayan posted bond the day of his arrest in the amount of $500 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Harry Daniel Henry, age 43 of Marshall was jailed Thursday to serve a 17 day commitment order by District Judge David E. Miller. Henry’s commitment was the result of court action involving an earlier driving while intoxicated charge.
News Release, For Immediate Release, September 30, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203
Note to print media: Pictures of Branscum, Medlling, Wilson, and Carter provided