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          DAVID HUFF         JAMES DAVIS 

Izard County deputies were dispatched early Tuesday night, July 9 to the Loft in Horseshoe Bend after David Huff complained that he had been assaulted and that Horseshoe Bend Police were refusing to take action.

When Deputy Phil Story and Investigator Charles Melton arrived at the private club where a pool tournament had been underway, it was learned that Huff and Horseshoe Bend Councilman James Davis had been in argument and that Davis had struck Huff in the face with his fist.  Davis said he did so because Huff “got into my face ” while Huff alleges that he did not get into Davis’ face. Davis and Huff gave officers conflicting statements. The on duty Horseshoe Bend Police officer, Shane Boles who was also on the scene indicated to sheriff’s deputies that he would take statements and turn the statements over to the prosecutor. At a discussion with Investigator Melton, Boles issued citations for disorderly conduct to Huff and Davis, and the deputies transported both to the Izard County Detention Facility.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the incident is likely fallout from Monday night’s meeting of the Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee where several people were present to discuss the abolishment of the police department and contracting with the Izard County Sheriff’s Department for public safety services. Davis, once a Horseshoe policeman, appeared to be in favor of maintaining the police department during the meeting while Huff complained about the lack of effort in the police department’s fight against drugs and that the sheriff’s department would go after the drug scene and they should start with Davis who is involved and was a crooked cop.

Davis and Huff were released from the Izard County Detention Facility after a brief appearance before District Judge David E. Miller. Huff indicated during his incarceration that he intended to file battery charges against Davis.

In unrelated activity, Kenneth David Pittman, Jr., age 45 of Violet Hill was arrested July 7 on the charge of public intoxication. Pittman posted bond the following day in the amount of $205 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility. Jerry T. Dickerson, age 43 of Dolph was arrested July 11 on theft of property charges and was released the day of his arrest after posting a $250 bond.

Brian Manuel Wells, age 40 of Melbourne was arrested Saturday on a felony warrant from California. Wells is being held in the Izard County Detention pending extradition to California


News Release, For Immediate Release, July 20, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203


Note: Picture of Davis and Huff provided

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