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Business for the Izard County Sheriff’s Department started relatively early Friday morning. Around 7:00 a.m. dispatch received a call from a Calico Rock Elementary School staff member stating there was a naked man in the school. It was later learned that a staff member had arrived at the school shortly before 7:00 a.m. and heard multiple loud moaning coming from a hallway and that a class room door was partially open and the lights were on. The staff member said she knew no one should be in the building. The member further stated that when she looked in the class room door she saw a man with short dark brown and a beard sitting in a teacher’s chair holding a pair of scissors and that he was completely naked.

The man later identified as Adam Rush, age 36 of the area dropped the scissors when commanded to do so by the responding deputies but refused to comply past that point. Rush refused to submit to arrest or follow orders and was tased multiple times, many without any effect, and finally subdued after several minutes and four deputies to bring him under control and handcuffed.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Superintendent Jerry Skidmore estimated that damages were at least $15,000 and could be much higher.  Sheriff Lawrence also stated the school reacted as most appropriate manner by directing incoming elementary students to the gymnasium keeping them away from possible danger and avoiding them seeing the mass destruction to their school.

After the incident, students were returned home and teachers and staff began cleaning up the debris

Adams was charged with commercial burglary, a class “c” felony; criminal mischief 1Stdegree, a felony, resisting arrest, a class “a” misdemeanor and after being placed in the Izard County Detention Facility was further charged with disorderly conduct from destroying a security camera. Adams remains in the Izard County Detention on a $30,000 cash bond with a December 12 circuit court date.


News Release, For Immediate Release, November 19, 2016, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203


Note: Picture Rush provided and picture of damaged class room

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