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What began May 11 as a request from a property owner in Oxford to check her property resulted in multiple arrests and charges over the next few days. Upon checking the property, three individuals were inside the residence or in a nearby shed and were there without permission. Stephen Townsend, age 26 of Oxford and Amy Smith, age 37 of Oxford  were arrested for trespassing while the third person, who had earlier identified himself as Chad Miller but later determined to be Timothy Derrickson,  was carrying a rifle  but threw it down when ordered to do so then bolted from authorities. The rifle had been previously reported as stolen.

On May 23 deputies responded to a reported domestic at a nearby residence and when a vehicle was stopped to determine if the subject was in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle identified himself as Chad, but was actually Timothy Derrickson, stated that he didn’t have any identifying documents but could get one  if the deputy would follow him to his house. When they arrived at the house, Derrickson ran into the house but was heard leaving through a back door. A shot gun was found in the truck driven by Derrickson.

According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the North Central dog team was called to assist in locating Derrickson who was located a short time later and was arrested and was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing, and theft by receiving all related to the May 11 events. As to the May 23 events, Derrickson was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and fleeing. Derrickson was taken to the Izard County Detention Facility where he remains in lieu of two bond amounts, $10,000 cash or professional on the May 11 charges and $5,000 cash bond on the May 23 charges. Derrickson, age 27 of Larkin Road, Melbourne is also being held without bond on a parole/probation revocation. 


News Release, For Immediate Release, May 27, 206, POC; Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203


Note: Picture of Derrickson provided


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