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Deputy sworn in

Searcy County’s newest deputy, 21 year old Joey Baysinger, was sworn in on Thursday, April 11, at the Searcy County Courthouse.

Baysinger, who will assume his duties as a deputy immediately, is a lifelong resident of Searcy County. He is a former employee of the Arkansas Highway Department and has a criminal justice degree from North Arkansas College in Harrison.

He is the son of Mark and Lucinda Baysinger of Marshall. Pictured with Baysinger is Searcy County Clerk Debbie Loggins.

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Multiple fires in Searcy County

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on Tuesday, April 16, a truck pulling a load of charcoal dust left Oxley at approximately 4:00 p.m. At the time, the driver of the truck was unaware that there were hot spots in the charcoal dust.

As the driver proceeded along Hwy. 65 on the 35 mile route from Leslie to Western Grove, the charcoal dust scattered along the highway creating 35-40 small fires. Cassell said that every fire department in the county was engaged in controlling the fires. He added that most of the fires were small but a few were gaining in strength and may need further attention throughout the night.  At the this time, no structures have been effected by the fires.

Cassell extends his sincere thanks to all personnel involved in controlling these fires and protecting the citizens of Searcy County.

Oxley burglary update

On May, 1, 2018, the Searcy County Sheriff's Department received a call from the Hwy. 66 Country Mart in regarding the burglary of the business. After arriving, officers observed the front window of the business was broken and there was a hole large enough for a person to gain entry.

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell stated while reviewing the surveillance cameras, a vehicle was seen passing the store, slowing down and stopping approximately a few yards from the business. A short time later, the surveillance camera shows two people attempting to gain entry into the business through the front door.

After unsuccessful attempts to pry the door open, one of the individuals breaks the window and gains entry and the other individual walks back to the vehicle and stays as the other individual allegedly steals property from inside the business.

On the same day as the burglary, items from the burglary were taken to Harrison, Harmon and Yellville. While one of the individuals was seen on surveillance cameras in these locations, he appeared extremely nervous and left the store. This person was identified as Jessie E. Fletcher, who is also known as Jessie Sears of Hot Springs. Although Fletcher/Sears has a Hot Springs address, he is originally from this area and known by law enforcement.

On Friday, April 5, Fletcher/Sears was arrested and charged with commercial burglary, Class C Felony; theft of property, Class D Felony; and being a habitual offender. During his interview with local law enforcement officials, he provided details of the events that occurred during the burglary in question.

On April 9, Cassell reported that the second suspect in the Oxley burglary had been identified and arrested. The second suspect, William Moppin, III of Hot Springs, was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for an interview and warrant service.

During the interview with Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce and Searcy County Deputy Billy Cordell, Moppin confessed and relayed the events that took place during of the early morning hours of May 1, when the Hwy. 66 Country Mart in Oxley was burglarized.

Moppin was charged with commercial burglary, Class C Felony; and theft of property, Class D Felony.

UPDATE: On April 11, bond was set $5,000 each. Both are scheduled to appear in Searcy County Circuit Court on April 22.

New deputy sworn in

Searcy County’s newest deputy, 21 year old Joey Baysinger, was sworn in on Thursday, April 11, at the Searcy County Courthouse. Baysinger, who will assume his duties as a deputy immediately, is a lifelong resident of Searcy County. He is a former employee of the Arkansas Highway Department and has a criminal justice degree from North Arkansas College in Harrison. He is the son of Mark and Lucinda Baysinger. Pictured with Baysinger is Searcy County Clerk Debbie Loggins.

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Second Hwy. 66 suspect arrested

 

According to Sheriff Kenny Cassell, as of April 9, 2019, both suspects have been identified and arrested.  The second suspect, William Moppin III of Hot Springs was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for an interview and warrant service.Sheriff Kenny Cassell states that on May 1, 2018, the Searcy County Sheriff's Department received a call from the Hwy. 66 Country Mart in regard to a Commercial Burglary of the business.  After arriving, officers observed the front window of the business broken, with a hole big enough for an average person to gain entry.  After confirming the business was not occupied by anyone, it was discovered that certain property had been stolen from within the business.

During the interview with Chief Deputy D. Pierce and Deputy Billy Cordell, Moppin confessed, and  laid out  the events of the early morning hours of May 1st, 2018, when the Hwy. 66 Country Mart (Oxley, Arkansas) was burglarized.

William Moppin III and Jessie Fletcher (AKA: Jessie Sears) have been arrested by Searcy County authorities, and charged by Carol Crews, Prosecuting Attorney of the Twentieth Judicial District, with the crimes of Commercial Burglary and Theft of Property.

Both remain in custody awaiting a bond and court date.

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Violation leads to bond revocation

After violating the conditions of his bond, a Harriet man finds himself back in jail. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, on Friday, April 5, while in court on a pretrial date, Circuit Judge H. G. Foster revoked bond for Kenneth “Kenny” Harris, age 64.

At the time, Harris was out on bond and awaiting trial for drug offenses. Harris was originally charged in February for multiple felony and misdemeanor drug counts. While on bond, Harris was not to ingest or be in possession of any illegal narcotics.

Cassell stated that Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf requested that Harris be drug tested while in court for a pretrial date. After the results of the drug test were revealed, Harris showed to be positive for an illegal substance.

Harris was returned to the Searcy County Detention Center where he will be held until his trial date, which has not been set at this time.

 

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Burglary suspect arrested

Sheriff Kenny Cassell states that on May 1, 2018, the Searcy County Sheriff's Department received a call from the Hwy. 66 Country Mart in regard to a Commercial Burglary of the business.  After arriving, officers observed the front window of the business broken, with a hole big enough for an average person to gain entry.  After confirming the business was not occupied by anyone, it was discovered that certain property had been stolen.

While reviewing the surveillance cameras, a vehicle can be seen passing the store, slowing down and stopping approximately 60 yards from the business and shutting off its lights.  This location is not a residence.   At 2:42 AM, two individuals enter the surveillance camera frame, and can be seen attempting to gain entry into the business through the front door. 

After unsuccessful attempts to pry open the door, one of the individuals breaks the window and gains entry.  The other individual walks to a vehicle and remains in the vehicle as the other individual steals property from inside the business.

On May 1, 2018, the same date as the burglary, it was confirmed that property from the burglary was transported to Harrison, AR, Harmon, AR and Yellville, AR.  While one of the individuals was seen on surveillance cameras in these locations, he appeared extremely nervous and left the store.  This individual was identified as Jessie E. Fletcher (AKA Jessie Sears) of Hot Springs, AR.  Although Fletcher / Sears has an address of Hot Springs, he is originally from this area and is known by law enforcement. 

Fletcher is seen on video with another individual identified by law enforcement.  The other individual will not be named at this time, due to investigation purposes however, the second individual can be positively identified as the person who entered into Hwy. 66 Country Mart on the night in question.  He too, is in possession of stolen property from the business, while in the company of Jessie Fletcher, AKA: Jessie Sears.

Jessie Fletcher / Sears has been charged with Commercial Burglary, a Class C Felony, Theft of Property, a Class D Felony and being a Habitual Offender.  No court date or bond has been set at this time.

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Burglary suspect arrested

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on April 3 that 19 year old Leslie resident, Dylan Wilson, was arrested on multiple counts of commercial burglary and theft of property. He stated Wilson had been a suspect in several commercial burglaries and theft cases in Marshall going back to late 2018, but was not identified until March 2019, by his department.

 

Cassell said that the arrest occurred when Wilson came to the Searcy County Detention Center for a visit with his probation officer. When he arrived, he was met and interviewed by Chief Deputy D. Pierce and Deputy B. Cordell.  During the interview, Wilson admitted that he had entered Roten's Furniture twice with the intention of committing theft. While inside, he took money that he later spent on drug paraphernalia and other merchandise.  Wilson also admitted he unlawfully entered Daniel's Hardware and took firearms and other property from the business.

 

Following the interview, Wilson was arrested, jailed and charged with being an habitual offender; three counts of commercial burglary, Class C felony; four counts of theft of property (firearms), Class C felony; and two counts of misdemeanor theft of property, Class A misdemeanor.

 

Dylan Wilson is currently on probation for unrelated felony crimes that he has pleaded guilty to.   No bail amount or court date has been set at this time.

 

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Davison Arrest update

At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, a Harriet man, Hal Davidson, was arrested after it was reported that he was firing a weapon on Hwy. 14.

According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, the arrested occurred after he and Searcy County deputies responded to the call that Davidson was firing shots at a passing vehicle on Hwy. 14W near Harriet.

After arriving on scene, law enforcement officers found Davidson standing in the road holding a handgun. When Davidson saw officers, he immediately dropped the weapon.

Davidson was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing. He was charged with Aggravated Assault, Class D felony, and Terroristic Act, Class B felony. Davidson is currently undergoing court ordered assessment at a mental health facility.

Armed Harriet man arrested

On March 26, 2019 at approximately 6:45PM, Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell  and deputies responded to Hwy. 14 west (Harriet) in regard to an individual firing shots at a passing vehicle.

After arriving on scene, officers made contact with an individual known as Hal Davidson of Harriet, Arkansas.  When contacted, Davidson was standing in the roadway holding a handgun.  When Davidson saw officers, he dropped the handgun.

Davidson was immediately arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing.  Davidson is expected to be charged with Aggravated Assault, a Class D Felony.  No bond has been set.

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