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A tractor trailer rig was stolen most likely late Sunday night or early Monday morning from a location in Calico Rock. The tractor owned by Mark Hayes and the trailer owned by Raymond Branscum was located after a BOLO was disseminated to surrounding counties. Trooper Hooks of the Arkansas State Police stopped the vehicle Mondaynear Mountain Home and detained the driver and the equipment was returned to the rightful owners. The drive, Lewis Elmer Branscum, age 28 O Hummingbird Lane in Calico Rock was charged by Izard County authorities with theft of property, a class “b” felony relating to the tractor and a class “c” felony relating to the trailer. Branscum having been previously convicted of four or more felonies was also charged as a habitual offender, an unclassified felony carrying an enhanced penalty. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Banscum, who has a lengthy criminal history and out on bond for recent felony charge, remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.

  A Salem man was arrested in Horseshoe Bend March 27 resulting from a minor traffic stop and formally charged with two felonies. Deputy Smith, when conducting a search of vehicle driven by Jeremy Neiderbrach of Salem, located a controlled substance for which there was no prescription. Neiderbach, who is on active probation and currently in drug court, was also charged as a habitual offender having been previously convicted of four or more felonies. Niederbrach remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $30,000 bond.

A Melbourne was arrested March 25 following a traffic stop by Trooper Pickers of the Arkansas State Police. Jeana Marie Johnson, age 44 of Red Lane in Melbourne was formally charged with two class “d” felonies for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine. Originally stopped for having broken tail light and fictitious license plates, a methamphetamine smoking pipe was found hidden in a shoe. Izard County Sgt. Acy Beebe, along with his canine partner, Hugho was called to assist. Hugho alerted on alerted on the vehicle and a small rock like substance, identified as meth was located inside the passenger compartment of the Dodge Durango. Upon Johnson’s arrest, she admitted to having additional more meth in her bra and a marihuana pipe in her coat pocket. Female Deputy/Jailer responded to the scene and retrieved the small baggy of meth from Johnson’ bra and a snort straw from her pocket. Johnson remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $10,000 bond set by District Judge David E. Miller. A passenger in the vehicle, Brain Manuel Wells, age 41 of Melbourne was arrested on an outstanding failure to pay fines warrant. Circuit Judge Tim Weave revoked Wells’ previous felony bond and he remains the Izard County Detention Facility. Sheriff Lawrence said the arrest and charges are the result of a cooperative effort between the Arkansas State Police, the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.

Responding late night March 26 to a domestic situation at Terrance Apartments in Calico Rock, Deputy Phil Story arrested Justin Louis Hale domestic battering third degree, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, two counts of possessing a controlled substance and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.  According to statements taken on the scene, Hale slapped his wife several time, punched her in the back, tried to take their three year old daughter from her arms and in the process slapped her again. The wife had marks and bruises to support the compliant. As Deputy Story and Sgt. Beebe questioned Hale he kept looking to the floor and toward a cabinet in the living room. Hale later stated to deputies that there was marijuana in the apartment. Deputies located marijuana in in the cabinet along with pills. A smoking device was located in the bedroom underneath a chest of drawers. Another schedule narcotic was located In the Kitchen. Hale remains in the Izard County Detention pending an appearance before District Judge David E. Miller.


News Release, For Immediate Release, March 31, 204, POC: Sheriff Lawrence, 8703684203

Note: Picture of Branscum provided











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