Izard County
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Melbourne, Arkansas
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Dwain Tom Ketron

Peter Eugene Pierce 

Izard County Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders responded Thursday afternoon to 1808 Boswell Road in answer to a domestic violence call. Upon arrival Deputy Sanders interviewed the fifteen year old son of Dwain Tom Ketron who stated that he and his father were working on a trailer and got into an argument. The son further stated that his father hit him three of four times in the face. The juvenile had swelling and bruising around his left eye. The son, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, said his father asked the son to lie to police about what had happened. Ketron, age 64 was charged with domestic battering third degree. Ketron was released from the Izard County Detention Facility on Saturday after posting bond in the amount of $500 and was given a court date.

In an unrelated matter, Peter Eugene Pierce was arrested Thursday on the campus of Melbourne High School and was charged with criminal trespass. School resource officer Deputy Matt Churchwell arrested Pierce after he returned to the campus after being removed the previous day from the campus and being told not to return. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said there appears to be a dispute over the custody of a student attending the school. Pierce, age 56 of Melbourne was released from the Izard County Detention Facility on Saturday, given a court date, and posted a $500 cash bond.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence received complaints August 22 that William R. Webb had made verbal threats against at least one individual and possibly more. When Deputy Mark Simino initiated a traffic stop against Webb near the intersection of state highways 289 and 56 in Franklin, Webb accelerated ignoring the deputy and proceeded to his home near Franklin. Webb was arrested and charged with fleeing and placed in the Izard County Detention Facility where he was later transferred to a Batesville medical facility.

Scott Abernathy, age 52 of Calico Rock was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of driving while intoxicated and careless/prohibited driving. Abernathy was released later that day for medical reasons and given a court date.

Adam David Hoskins, age 26 of Melbourne was arrested late Saturday night and charged with driving while intoxicated. Hoskins posted bond the following morning in the amount of $1000, given a court date, and released.

Deanna Louise Jordan, age 73 of Eureka Springs was arrested August 24 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Jordan was released from the Izard County Detention after making an initial appearance before Izard County District Judge David Miller.

Thomas Ray Drake, age 35 of Melbourne was arrested Saturday on an Izard County failure to pay fines warrant. Thomas remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $735 cash bond.

Joseph Brandon Blythe, age 25 of Conway was arrested August 23 on a failure to pay fines warrant following an earlier conviction of violating Arkansas hot check law. Blythe remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $450 cash bond.

POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence


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