Izard County
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Melbourne, Arkansas
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Izard County deputies were dispatched to a Park Street address in Oxford on July 3 in reference to a possible domestic.  The female compliant said that James Filchak, her fiancé had a drinking problem and would resort to drinking mouth was at times. The victim said after confronting him about his abusive drinking, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Filchak is accused of making threatening remarks to the victim and then fled the residence on foot. Filchak was located walking through a yard on Earl Street and when deputies made contact with him, he had slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet, and smelled heavily of intoxicants. Filchak was arrested on the charge of public intoxication and taken to the Izard County Detention Facility.  Filchak posted bond the following day in the amount of $205, given a court date, and released.

Josha Chad Pickren, age 29 of Mount Pleasant was arrested July 2 on the charge of domestic battering third degree. The charges stem from an earlier incident with a female complainant. Pickren is being held also a warrant from Sharp and Independence counties.

Andrew Jacob Schwarz, age 25 of Salem was arrested July 1 on charges of possession of a scheduled IV drug, possessing an instrument of crime, and driving on a suspended license. Schwarz posted bond the day of his arrest in the amount of $2,715, given a court date and released from the Izard County Detention Facility.

Responding to a possible break-in in Calico Rock where the individual was being detained by off duty Senior Deputy Gabe Sander, Deputy Acyl Beebe’s K-9 Partner Hugo  alerted on the suspect, Kenton Max Johnson’ s vehicle where marijuana joint, and burnt marijuana roach, and approximately two grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was discovered. It was determined that a break-in had not occurred but the property owner said that Johnson did not have permission to be on the property. Johnson, age 50 of Pineville was charged with criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance.  Johnson is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on these charges and a Boone County hold.

On July 6 around midnight, Deputies Story and Beebe were dispatched to 185 Oak Lane in the Mt. Olive community regarding an irate and out of control male destroying property.  Joshua Michael Eckart, age 23, who is accused of threatening his father, said that he had rather go to jail than stay the night with his dad. Deputies obliged and took him to the Izard County Detention Facility on the charge of disorderly conduct. Eckart, who gave an address of Lakeview, Arkansas, was released the next day with a court date after posting a $205 bond.

A domestic situation July 5 between two male juveniles in the southern part of Izard County resulted in the arrest of a 17 year old male. The situation had escalated from a rock throwing incident to one of males ransacked the house, throwing laundry out in the front yard, and breaking the windows out of the family minivan. Due to the extreme violent behavior of the one juvenile, he was charged with domestic battery third and transported to the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville.

Timothy Lee Little, age 43 of 156 Duckson Lane, Melbourne was arrested July 1 by Izard County deputies at the request of Independence County authorities. According to information provided Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Little became upset at the state employment office when he was told he did not qualify for unemployment benefits and then started making threatening remarks to the employees at that office. Little was later picked up from the Izard County Detention Facility by Independence County deputies.

Ricky Ray Lake, age 34 of Melbourne was picked up from Oklahoma authorities on July 4 on a bench warrant from Izard County. Lake remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $10,000 bond pending a scheduled court date in Izard County Circuit Court.

Rebecca D. Dockins, age 41 of Melbourne was arrested July 5 on an order from the Izard County Drug Court. Dockins remains jailed on a no-bond status.

Following a couple of calls with a couple of days to a residence in the Zion community, Joan Elizabeth Dean was placed in protective custody the night of July 6. Sheriff Lawrence said Dean is scheduled for a mental evaluation as soon as possible.


News Release, For Immediate Release, July 8, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203