One adult male and two juvenile males are in custody following the theft of two vehicles Saturday night. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that twenty one year-old William Thomas Stanton of Horseshoe Bend in being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a criminal investigative hold while two unnamed Melbourne juveniles are being held in the White River Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville. One vehicle was taken from a residence in the Millcrest Addition of Melbourne while the other vehicle was taken at a residence on the Larkin Road. Sheriff Lawrence said the vehicle taken from Millcress apparently became stuck in the mud near the residence from which it was taken and did not appear to be damaged.. The other vehicle was recovered but did appear to be heavily intentionally damaged. These thefts remain under investigation by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department according to Sheriff Lawrence.
In other activity, Samantha Equitz was arrested Saturday night on the charges of driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Deputy Ed Sollock observed a vehicle traveling on Lacrosse Road and as Sollock was following the vehicle he further observed the vehicle cross the center line multiple times. The 34 year-old female driver and male passenger appeared to have consumed intoxicants. Equitz failed the roadside field sobriety test and was placed in custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Equitz posted bond the following morning in the amount of $1,000, released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date.
In other activates, three males were arrested as the result of a break-in at Quail Run Apartments in Melbourne on January 21. Witnesses reported that three males had broken the window of the apartment which was leased to one of the three and occupied by another of the three. One suspect was arrested following at they were fleeing the crime scene. The other two fleeing males were arrested the following day. The three; Nathan Allan Hughes, age 25 of Melbourne was charged with disorderly conduct, fleeing and public intoxication; Zachary Alan Kautz, age 23 of Melbourne; and Joseph O’Connor, age 19 of Melbourne was charged with disorderly conduct and fleeing. The three remain in the Izard County Detention Facility on a $1,000 cash bond.
Kenneth Lee Wright, age 46 of Batesville, a recently convicted felon on probation was arrested January 24 for violation of his probation. Wright remains in the Izard County Detention on a “no bond” status.
Joe Richard McGlothern, age 77 of Horseshoe Bend was arrested Tuesday night, January 21 on the charge of driving on a suspended license as the result of a recent DWI arrest, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and having no vehicle license. McGlothern appeared before District Judge David E. Miller the following day and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date.
Billy Joe Brumley, age 44 of Oxford was arrested Saturday on an Izard County failure to appear warrant. Brumley posted a $500 cash bond the day of his arrest and was released with a court date
Steve Gene Jarrett, age 52 of Cushman was arrested January 20 on two Izard County failure to pay fines warrants. Jarrett appeared in Izard County District Court on Thursday.
Brian Scott Wilson, age 33 of Batesville was arrest Saturday on a failure to appear warrant and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on a $2,000 cash bond.
Wesley Grant Bray, age 22 on Pineville was transported Friday to the Arkansas Department of Correction as the resulted drug court violations.
News Release, For Immediate Release, January 27, 2014, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203
Note: Pictures of Stanton and Equitz provided