A Dodge truck traveling through Melbourne on Friday at an extremely slow rate of speed and with a broken tail light was stopped by Cpl Richard Williams and the driver was determined to be intoxicated. The driver, Sand Ronald Litt, age 54 of Melbourne was administered a portable breath test and based on the results was arrested on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. At the Izard Detention Facility, Lit was administered a BAC and tested at the level of .177 and booked on the charged of driving while intoxicated. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that .177 is more than twice the legal illegal limit on driving while intoxicated. Litt appeared before District Judge David Miller the following day and was released with a May 5 court date.
Also on Friday, Sgt. Mark Simino initiated a traffic stop in Melbourne for a damaged tail light and an unidentified wire hanging from the vehicle. During the course of the stop, the vehicle was searched and two smoking pipe instruments with an electronic smoking device, a small clear bag containing a green leafy substance suspected of being marijuana was located near where one of the three vehicle occupants was standing. Richard J. Crouch, age 44 of Melbourne was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Crouch was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting a $1,335 bond and given a Mary 7 court date. Sgt. Simino was assisted in the search and arrest by Deputy Jason Jordan.
Clayton Carter, age 53 of Melbourne was arrested April 1 on charges of driving while intoxicated-drugs, having no vehicle registration, and having no liability insurance. Carter later posted bond in the amount of $1,415, given a Mary 7 court date, and released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Scarlett Ann Massingill, age54 of Elizabeth was arrested April 1 on charges of pubic intoxication and fleeing in a vehicle. Massingill later posted bond in the amount of $1,310, given a Mary 7 court date, and released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
On Saturday as Deputy Jaden Whitfield arrived at a Calico Rock residence on possible break-in call, he observed a van exiting the driveway. When Whitfiled stopped the vehicle he noted a strong smell of marijuana and asked the driver, Anthony Seranno, age 47 of Hesperia, California was asked if he had dope in the vehicle and stated that he had a short marijuana cigarette. Seranno was arrested on the charges of possessing a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license. Seranno said that he had appeared at the home to say good bye to the occupants as he was headed to California. The occupants confirmed they were friends of Seranno. Seranno remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,580 bond.
Penny Lee Price, age 36 of Marcella was arrested April 2 on a petition to revoke probation/parole and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on no bond status.
News Release, For Immediate Release, Aril 6, 2015, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203
Note: Picture of Crouch provided