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Around four o’clock the morning of July 23, deputies were dispatched to domestic violence compliant at 25 Gin Road in Oxford.  Upon their arrival, Deputy Story said that he and Deputy Ed Sollock heard a lot yelling and cursing come from within the house. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Justin Hall went out of control and was attacking his brother, Josh Hall and his fiancé Aliyah Roth, after he caught them in a passionate posture.

As the situation escalated, Justin Hall began kneeing, kicking and punching both Josh Hall and Aliyah Roth, and on time during the ordeal pushed his mother. Justin Hall, age 26 was arrested on the scene on charges of domestic battery third degree- three counts and transported to the Izard County Detention Facility. Josh Hall, age 23 and Aliyah Roth, age 21 were also charged with one count of domestic battery third degree but were allowed to be transported by ambulance to the Fulton County Hospital.  

In other sheriff’s department activities, while investigating a theft report at Pines Apartments in Calico Rock a Pineville man was arrested on charges of fleeing. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Kenton Johnson, who answered to the door of the apartment was asked to remain in place while Deputy Mark Simino checked with dispatch to confirm a pickup order on him, exited the house through the rear door. When ordered to stop and failing to do so, Johnson was tased at which time he stopped and fell to the ground. Emergency medical person were summoned to remove the taser probes. Ambulance personnel transported  Johnson to the Calico Rock Medical Center for further medical services. Johnson, age 50 of 86 Cedar Street was arrested for fleeing and a warrant from Boone County. Johnson remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,105 bond and a Boone County hold.

Early evening of July 24, it was reported to Izard County Dispatch that a vehicle had wrecked on highway 56 near the Bandmill community and that no one was around the vehicle.  Deputy Acy Beebe determined that the vehicle was registered to Rebecca Wray and shortly thereafter Steven K. Wheeler presented himself and advised that he was Wray’s boyfriend and that she had called him advising him of her wreck and that she had gone to lake with Steven Wheeler’s brother and girlfriend. Wheeler specifically said that he was not in the vehicle when the accident occurred.  After further discussion and investigation, Sheriff Lawrence said it was determined that Steven Wheeler’s statements were all false and that Wheeler and Wray were both in the vehicle when the accident occurred.  Wray, age 27 of 36 Yancey Road, Oxford was charged with careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Steven Wheeler, age 42 was charged with obstructing governmental operations. Both were transported to the Izard County Detention Facility. Both appeared two days later before District Judge David E. Miller who released them and gave them an August 22 court date.

Caleb Gerald Blevins, age 21 of Oxford was arrested early Saturday morning after being observed sleeping in his car. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that when Blevins exited his vehicle when asked to do so, he apparently did not place the car in park and the vehicle rolled and ran into the front of the sheriff’s car. Several instruments of drug paraphernalia and an amount of marijuana were found in the vehicle along with numerous knives and guns many of which were likely recently purchased. Blevins remains in the Izard County Detention Facility pending formal and additional charges.

Sunday, Kayla Dawn Gilmer, age 20 of Batesville was arrested Sundayt  on charges of careless/prohibited driving, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and operating a vehicle without insurance. Gilmer remains in the Izard County  Detention Facility in lieu of $1,490 bond.

Husband and wife, Michael and Leann Harris were arrested July 24 on hot check charges. Husband was arrested on one count of violation of Arkansas hot check law and wife was arrested on four counts. Michael Harris, age 38 and Leann Harris, age 34 of Horseshoe Bend were later released from the Izard County Detention Facility and given a court date.

Bret Anthony Crick, age 22 of Batesville was arrested Sunday early morning on the charge of operating a motor vehicle while license suspended. Crick remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $390 bond.

Kimberly Dawn Sanders, age 38 of Paragould was arrested Saturday on a failure to pay fines warrant. Sanders remain in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $854 bond.

William Arbuthnot III, age 26 of Mountain Home was arrested July 22 on an Izard County failure to pay fines warrant. Arbuthnot was released the following day after posting bond.

Charles Daniel Boothe, age 30 of Calico Rock was arrested July 22 on a Baxter County failure to appear warrant. Booth was transported to Mountain Home the day of his arrest.

Virginia Ruth Burch, age 40 of Norfolk was arrested Friday on an Izard County felony failure to appear warrant and a Baxter County felony revocation. Burch remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on a “no bond” status.

Brian Lynn Latore, age 32 of Brownsville, Tn was paced on a probation hold Friday and arrested on a Baxter County warrant. Latore remains in the Izard County Detention Facilty.


News Release, For Immediate Release, July 28, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203


Note: Picture of Justin Hall provided


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