AMBER GOODWIN JESSE HOPE STEPHEN McCURLEY
According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, On January 31, Sgt. Mike Smith and Deputy Jason Jordan were called to a farm near Melbourne for a report of someone breaking into a barn and stealing meat out of a freezer. The victim in the case had live feed video surveillance and witnessed the crime take place. The suspects left and were stopped a few miles from the scene of the crime with over 50 pounds of meat in the vehicle. It was also learned that while leaving the scene the suspects had also thrown some of the meat out of the window of the vehicle. As a result, Stephen Scott McCurley, age 47 of Wideman, and Amber Louise Goodwin, age 36 of Wideman, were arrested and later formally charged with breaking or entering, a class "D" felony, theft of property, and tampering with evidence. McCurley was also charged with fictitious license plate and no proof of insurance. McCurley was also served with a parole/probation violation warrant. Goodwin's bond was set at $5,000 professional with a court date of February 18 in the Izard County Circuit Court. McCurley is currently being held with no bond and a court date of February 18 in the Izard County Circuit Court on the felony charges and March 4 in the Izard County District Court on the traffic offenses.
On February 4, Deputy Rusty Ford was contacted by officers in Sharp County about a victim whom was at the emergency room in Cherokee Village with stab wounds. Deputy Ford was advised the incident had taken place on the Zion Road in Izard County. It was learned that several individuals, including the victim and Jesse Hope, were traveling in a vehicle and had stopped in the road when the incident occurred. As a result, Hope, age 20 of Ash Flat, was taken into custody and charged with battery 1st degree, a class "B" felony with a bond of $20,000 professional with a court date of February 18 in the Izard County Circuit Court.
On February 3, Sam Cox, age 19 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Jason Jordan for careless driving, no driver's license, DWI, and possession of a controlled substance. Cox's bond was set $2,435 professional with a court date of March 19 in the Izard County District Court.
On February 4, Jeffrey McKinney, age 31 of Melbourne, was arrested by Probation/Parole Officer Josh Morehead on a probation/parole violation. He is being held with no bond.
On February 5, Jamie Stapleton, age 40 of Wideman, was arrested by Deputy Toby Smith for driving on a suspended driver's license. Stapleton's bond was set at $365 professional with a court date of April 23 in the Izard County District Court.
Photos of McCurley, Goodwin, and Hope provided
P.O.C. Chief Deputy Charley Melton