Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on Sunday, June 30, 27 year old Tami M. Hackler of Marshall was arrested and charged with two counts of delivery of meth or cocaine, Class C felony. He said Hackler was originally involved in the drug raids that took place on Thursday, June 27, in Marshall, but could not be located during the search.
Cassell said the arrest occurred after Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger learned that Hackler was at a residence at Cove Creek Apartments in Leslie. Baysinger drove to the residence and arrested Hackler without incident.
She was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where she was being held at the time of this press release. Her bond has been set at $15,000.00.
According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, a traffic stop that occurred on May 6, lead to the arrest of St. Joe resident, Michael Elliott, age 32.
Cassell stated that on May 6 Searcy County Deputy Billy Cordell noticed Elliott driving a motorcycle on Hwy. 65 that had a lens missing on one turn signal and decided to perform a traffic stop. During the stop, Elliott admitted he did not have a valid ID or a valid driver’s license.
During the stop with Elliott, Cordell allegedly found glass smoking device in his right front pocket and a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance in the left pocket. During a Nar-Tec field test both items tested positive. Cordell also noticed that Elliott appeared to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the arrest. When questioned, Elliott allegedly admitted he has smoked meth earlier in the day.
Elliott was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony; possession of meth, Class B felony; no motorcycle license; defective turn signal; and no driver’s license or expired license.
Two early morning simultaneous drug raids conducted by the Searcy County Sheriff's Department and assisted by members of the Marshall Police Department, Van Buren County Sheriff's Department, Stone County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force landed four Searcy County residents in jail.
According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, the raids took place on Thursday, June 27, at 6:00 a.m. at three different locations in and around Marshall. During the course of the investigation that led to the raid and arrests, several of the individuals arrested had recently sold illegal narcotics to a confidential informant (CI).
Arrested and charged were:
Jeffery Len Tanner, age 55, of Marshall was charged with possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver, Class A felony; possession of firearms by certain persons, Class D felony; possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale, Class D felony; use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture, Class B felony; offenses relating to records, maintaining premises refuse entry, Class C felony; manufacturing of scheduled VI controlled substance, Class D felony; manufacture of scheduled VI controlled substance, Class D felony; and battery II, Class D felony.
Tanner's bond was set at $80,000. He is scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on July 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Stephanie Diane Gates, age 31, of Marshall was charged with possession of meth of cocaine with purpose to deliver, Class C felony; use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture meth or cocaine, Class B felony; offenses relating to records, maintaining premises, refuse entry, Class C felony; possession with purpose to deliver controlled substance scheduled VI substance, Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor; and endangering the welfare of a minor, first degree, Class D felony.
Gates' bond was set at $50,000. She is scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on July 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Deunte Deon Brown, age 32, of Marshall was charged with possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver, Class C felony; use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture meth or cocaine, Class B felony; offenses related to records, maintaining premises, refuse entry, Class C felony; possession with purpose to deliver controlled substance schedule VI, Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor; and endangering the welfare of a minor, first degree, Class D felony.
Brown's bond was set at $40,000. He is scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on July 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Charles H. Barker, Jr., age 50, of Marshall was charged with possession of meth of cocaine with purpose to deliver, Class C felony. His bond was set at $15,000. He is scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on July 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Sheriff Cassell extends his thanks to each of the individuals/organizations who assisted in the operation and the arrest of these individuals. Cassell said, "These types of operations will keep all of the residents of Searcy County safer. We are thankful for the support of these organizations and their effort to protect and serve all Searcy County citizens."
On Wednesday, June 26, at approximately 1:30 p.m., members of the Searcy County Sheriff's Department assisted by members of the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas Department of Probation and Parole and Marshall Police Department went to the residences of Clinton Farrell Elliott and Michael Elliott on Hwy. 65N (Saint Joe) in Searcy County to serve a revocation of bond warrant on Michael Elliott.
According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, when law enforcement officials arrived at Clinton Farrell Elliott's resident, the Department of Probation and Parole conducted at home visit. During the visit and search of the residence, law enforcement officials found illegal narcotics.
Since that time, evidence was discovered that Farrell Elliott was also in possession of stolen property prior to this date. On June 13, Cassell and Searcy County Deputy Billy Cordell learned that Farrell Elliott had a lawn mower that had been stolen from the Gassville area and sold it to another person in the same area.
On June 14, Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce contacted the person who had purchased the stolen lawn mower. The person told Pierce he had given Farrell Elliott $2,000 for the mower. He also told Pierce that he purchased the mower from Elliott at Elliott's residence in St. Joe. The mower was seized and taken to the Searcy County Sheriff's Department.
It is unknown at this time if Farrell Elliott was directly responsible for the theft, but he was charged with theft by receiving, Class C felony, for selling the stolen mower to another person.
Both Clinton Farrell Elliott and Michael Elliott were arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center. Both are currently being held in the Searcy County Jail.
Clinton Farrell Elliott was charged with theft by receiving, Class C felony; and possession of a controlled substance scheduled I/II, meth or cocaine, Class C felony. His bond was set at $25,000. He is scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on July 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Michael Elliott was charged with bond revocation. He is currently being held without bond.
Celebrating the Fourth of July typically means travel plans for Arkansans and others who will be crisscrossing the state on every highway and many local streets. The holiday is also one of the deadliest because of drunk drivers who make the choice to get behind the wheel and drive.
Beginning Friday, June 28, law enforcement officers will devote additional time and resources patrolling to find and arrest drunk drivers. Their special assignments will continue through Sunday, July 7. The added patrol work is one part of a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over operation designed to spread the lifesaving message that drunk driving is unacceptable, deadly, and illegal behavior.
“There will be zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” said Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce. “We want to be very clear about the consequences of drunk driving; it’s illegal and incredibly deadly and it’s a risk we don’t want anyone to take”.
During the 2017 Fourth of July holiday period, 237 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. These deaths accounted for 39 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic crashes that occurred over the holiday period. The deaths also represent a 23 percent increase from 2016, during which time 192 people were killed during the same holiday period.
“The consequences are serious. If we catch you driving under the influence of alcohol, we will arrest you, and you’ll go to jail,” said Pierce.
On average, the cumulative costs of a DUI arrest can range upwards of $10,000 or more. Drunk drivers who are arrested face jail time, vehicle towing and impoundment fees, attorney fees, court costs and fines, and lost wages from employment. A conviction routinely leads to the loss of a driver’s license and higher vehicle insurance costs once driving privileges are restored.
For those individuals who may consider the idea of driving after consuming alcohol beverages, the Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office recommends these options:
It’s never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one intoxicating beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get to your destination safely.
If you’ve been drinking, call a taxi or someone who is sober to get you home.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.
If you know someone who is about to drive or operate a motorcycle or any other vehicle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.
Buckle up, always. Your seat belt is your best defense against the drunk driver.
More information about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign can be obtained at www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136. Information about Arkansas' ongoing "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign to eliminate preventable traffic deaths can be found at www.TZDarkansas.org.
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported that on Monday, June 24, members of his department were called upon to assist the Marshall Police Department with the investigation of an individual who resides in a house on the Landis side of Campbell Road.
Cassell stated when law enforcement arrived at the residence, they did not locate the individual in question, but located Susan Buck, age 64 of Marshall, who also resides at the residence. Cassell stated during a search of the residence, law enforcement officials found marijuana plants in their infant stage growing inside Buck’s home. They also found evidence of a hydroponic garden associated with marijuana growth.
Buck was arrested and taken to the Searcy County Detention Center where she was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported the gun and equipment auction held Saturday, June 22, which included over 250 long guns and handguns, a 35,000 watt generator and two vehicles, was a huge success and generated over $40,000. Cassell said the money raised from the auction along with grant funds would be used to purchase two vehicles for his department. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who assisted with the auction especially the members of the Assessor’s Office, Collector’s Office and Treasurer’s Office, the folks who came out to support the auction and to the auctioneers, Mike Ragland and Rocky Horton for their help in making this event a success.” Pictured are Rocky Horton (left) and Mike Ragland (right) conducting the gun and equipment auction.
During the heavy rains that occurred last Sunday in Searcy County and surrounding areas, five people from Texas were stranded at the Fallen Waters area of the Richland Creek Campground near Witts Springs. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, his office received a call Sunday afternoon stating that several young people were stranded due to the water rising so quickly. Cassell said with the assistance of the Pope County Swift Water Rescue Team, Newton County Sheriff’s Office, members of the National Park Service, and Constable Keith Karnes, those stranded were recovered and transported to a safe area. Cassell would like to thank everyone involved in rescuing these individuals. Pictured is Pope County Water Rescue.
Jeremy Scott, age 40, of Conway was arrested last Saturday, June 8, after leading law enforcement officials on a 20 plus mile high speed chase.
According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, the pursuit began after he encountered Scott driving an alleged stolen vehicle out of Van Buren County on Hwy. 27 near Morning Star. When Cassell attempted to make a traffic stop, Scott fled the scene.
Cassell followed Scott from Hwy. 27 to Hwy. 333 in Marshall. At that time other officers from the Marshall Police Department and Searcy County Sheriff's Office joined the chase that went from Marshall to St. Joe and on to Pindall where Scott exited his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., Scott was apprehended by Searcy County Reserve Deputy Devin Elliott and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center.
Scott has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, Class D felony; three counts of reckless driving, Class B misdemeanor; one count of fleeing in a vehicle causing danger, Class D felony; and an enhanced habitual offender charge. Other charges are pending from Van Buren County for theft of a motor vehicle.
Scott is expected to make his first appearance in the Searcy County Circuit Court on July 16. His bond has been set at $30,000. He is currently being held in the Searcy County Jail.
On Thursday morning, May 30, the Searcy County Sheriff’s Department responded to a stranded vehicle at Long Creek in Landis. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, a Stone County resident was driving through the area when she attempted to cross the slab at Long Creek and was quickly swept up in the creek’s swollen water. Cassell said the driver of the vehicle made it to the roof of her car where she waited patiently for members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Swift Water Rescue team to retrieve her from the fast flowing water. Cassell wants to remind everyone who encounters this type of situation to turn around and not attempt drive through these types of situations. Cassell would like to thank the members of his department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Swift Water Rescue team, Marshall Fire Department, Landis Fire Department, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center ambulance personnel for their efforts in this rescue. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and driven back to her residence in Stone County by Sheriff Cassell.