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Local man arrested on weapons charge

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on January 30 that a Searcy County man, 25 year old Levi Cole of Marshall, was arrested following a traffic stop by Searcy County Deputies. Cassel said that during the stop, it was learned that Cole's driver's license had been suspended.

During a conversation with officers, Cole appeared nervous. When asked by law enforcement if there was anything illegal inside his vehicle, he stated there was not, and gave law enforcement permission to conduct a search.

During the search of the vehicle, a small bag containing a white residue that appeared to be crystal methamphetamine was located. A field narcotics test of the substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Also located inside the vehicle was an altered shotgun.

Cole was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where Searcy County Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf filed charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, Class D felony.

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Marshall man arrested on drug charges

According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, 42 year old James Tilley of Marshall was arrested in the Red Oak Road area of Searcy County by Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger.

Cassell stated that the arrest occurred after Baysinger noticed Tilley, who was wanted on a failure to appear warrant, walking down the road. Baysinger stopped his vehicle and asked Tilley if he was aware of the a warrant and also asked if he had anything illegal in his possession.

At that point, Tilley began to empty his pockets which included a plastic bag that he immediately dropped to the ground. Baysinger retrieved the bag and noticed it contained white residue.

Tilley was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing. After arriving at the center, a narcotic's field test was conducted on the bag taken from Tilley and it tested positive for meth.

Searcy County Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf filed charges against Tilley for possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony and possession of a controlled substance, Class D felony.

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SC man charged with Aggravated Assault / Terroristic Threatening

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on January 31, an Everton man was arrested for Aggravated Assault and Threatening his family. Cassell said the caller told 911 that Richard Poyner, age 49, was intoxicated and had become violent towards his family. She also said Poyner had armed himself with firearms and had pointed them at a juvenile female. According to the caller, Poyner stated that he would shoot officers if they arrived at the residence.  While speaking with the caller, 911 dispatch was advised that Poyner had went outside the residence with a firearms. 

Sheriff Cassell and Searcy County Deputies were dispatched to the scene and on the way learned that Poyner's family had gone to the house next door and that Poyner was still threatening to shoot law enforcement if they showed up.  At the scene, Searcy County deputies met with Newton County officers, who had arrived to assist. After a short period of time, the victims were escorted from the residence, while not being detected by Poyner. 

On January 31, Poyner surrendered himself to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell and Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce.  He was arrested without incident, and charged with AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, Class D felony and TERRORISTIC THREATENING, Class D felony.

Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf formally charged Poyner with AGGRAVATED ASSAULT and TERRORISTIC THREATENING.  He remained in custody until posting a $5,000.00 bond on February 4, 2020.  His Circuit Court date is scheduled for later this month.

Sheriff Cassell praises the assistance of Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler and his deputies during this incident.

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Displaying firearm leads to arrest / Saint Joe

When Cassell, Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce, Sgt. Kevin Trammel and Deputy Joey Baysinger arrived at the scene they saw Horton on the east side of Woolum Road removing a revolver from his clothing. Cassell stated Horton threw the gun into the area off of the road and was immediately arrested at gun point by law enforcement.According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, James Clyde Horton, age 28, of St. Joe was arrested after displaying a firearm. According to Cassell, the arrest occurred after his office received an anonymous call concerning a man displaying a gun on the side of the road in St Joe.

After retrieving the handgun, office learned it was loaded with one round missing. While at the scene, a neighbor told the officers that she had seen Horton with the handgun prior to their arrival.

Horton was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was processed for possession of a firearm by certain persons, Class B felony and enhanced penalty since he is an habitual offender.

He is currently being held in the Searcy County Jail awaiting his first appearance in the Searcy County Circuit Court.

The law enforcement body cam captured Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell (left) and Sgt. Kevin Trammell handcuffing Horton while Deputy Baysinger searches the roadway for additional evidence.

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Absconder arrested in Searcy County

According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, on January 29 Probation and Parole officers Agent Cody Cassell and Officer Jimmy Carter with the Arkansas Department of Community Service received information on the location of Mandy Watts, who had an active probation revocation warrant for absconding issued by the Searcy County Circuit Court.

Cassell stated Agent Cassell, Carter, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger and Marshall Police Officer Sam Holliman and his K9 partner went to Marshall Manor where they believed Watts was residing. When officers entered the residence, they asked the female present if Watts resided at the apartment and began a search to locate her. Officers immediately noticed a set of digital scales in plain view on the table.

Officers found Watts in the restroom and when they entered they noticed she was attempting to light a cigarette and appeared very nervous. After placing Watts in custody, they began a search of the area and noticed a glass smoking object similar to ones used for smoking methamphetamine.

The other female present in the apartment gave officers permission to bring in the K9 and conduct a search.  She also told officers that she and Watts had smoked meth together earlier in the day.

During a conversation with Watts, she admitted she was hiding drugs from the officers. When officers searched the area where Watts said the drugs were hidden, they found two small bags containing meth and one containing marijuana.

Along with the bags of meth and marijuana, officer also seized a glass smoking device containing residue, set of digital scales with crystalline residue and some notebook paper that appeared to the names and figures to be paid or owed to other individuals.

Watts was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Jail for booking. This investigation was a joint effort between the Searcy County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Department of Community Services Probation and Parole and the Marshall Police Department. Cassell extends his thanks and appreciation to all of the officers involved in this investigation.

 

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Harriet woman arrested on drug charge

According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, a Harriet woman was arrested on January 16 following routine traffic stop. Cassell said 22 year old Kayla Haro was arrested after the vehicle which she was riding in was stopped for defective equipment.

Cassell stated that Searcy County Deputy Sgt. Kevin Trammell conducted the stop and asked the driver, Jordan Wallis, for his license and information. Wallis told Trammell his license had been suspended. Trammell then asked the passengers for their information and learned the front seat passenger was Kayla Haro.

After running their information through the computer, Trammell learned that all three had prior narcotics histories.

Trammell, who asked Marshall K9 Officer Sam Holliman for assistance, asked the trio to exit the vehicle and a free air sniff was conducted. Holliman told Trammell his K9 showed a positive alert on the vehicle. During a vehicle search, officers located two bags containing white residue. Haro admitted to the officers that the bags containing the residue belonged to her.

Haro was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony.

Stolen U-Haul located in Searcy County

On January 17, the Searcy County Sheriff's Department received information concerning a 2011 U-Haul truck stolen from Conroe, Texas and driven to Marshall, Arkansas. Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell said his department also learned a couple from Conroe, Texas, Jessica Jean Phillips, age 35, and Benjamin Evans, age 46, may be connected to the theft.

The stolen U-Haul was located at a business on Hwy. 27 in Searcy County on January 17 and contact was made with Phillips and Evans. In an interview with Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce and Marshall Police Chief Lang Holland, Phillips and Evans admitted knowing the truck had been stolen by someone other than themselves prior to driving the truck to Marshall.

Evans told law enforcement that a friend gave them the truck when he learned they were moving to Marshall. Evans also stated that he gave his friend money to use the truck, but received no paperwork to use the vehicle.

The vehicle was impounded by law enforcement and Phillips and Evans were arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center. 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf charged both with theft by receiving, Class C felony.

Their bond was set a $5,000 each. Both are currently being held in the Searcy County Detention Center awaiting their first appearance in Searcy County Circuit Court.

Local couple arrested on drug charges

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported multiple drug arrests recently in Searcy County. Cassell stated on Wednesday, January 15, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger arrested Latisha Dawn Crumley, age 33, of Marshall and James McKinney, age 34, of Marshall after he noticed Crumley's vehicle driving down the middle of Zack Road.

When Baysinger approached the vehicle, he saw the driver, Crumley, and McKinney in the front seat and Crumley's young son in the back seat. He also noticed Crumley appeared very nervous.

Marshall K9 Officer Sam Holliman arrived to provide backup for Baysinger. At this time, Baysinger approached McKinney, a parolee with a search waiver on file, and asked if McKinney was aware of the waiver. McKinney admitted he was aware of the waiver on file which means he has given up his right to searches. McKinney told Baysinger he was unaware of anything illegal in the car.

When Crumley asked if she could get out of the car and buckle up her son who was in the backseat, Baysinger asked Crumley if she was aware of McKinney's search waiver. Crumley stated she was unaware of the waiver but gave consent for the officers to search her vehicle stating there was nothing illegal in the vehicle.

During the search, officers located a bag containing a crystal looking rock that resembled meth in the floor behind the driver's seat and a similar shard of the stone in the front floorboard of the car. A Nartec field test of the items tested positive for meth.

Crumley and McKinney were arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing. After an inventory of the vehicle, the child and the vehicle were released to Crumley's parents.

The 20th Judicial Drug Task Force conducted an interview with McKinney who stated he did not know where the meth came from in Crumley's vehicle and had not used drugs since last year.

During an interview with Crumley, she stated the meth found in the car was not hers. 

20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews charged Crumley with possession of a controlled substance, Schedule I/II, meth or cocaine, Class C felony and first degree endangering the welfare of a minor, Class D felony. McKinney was charged with possession of a controlled substance, Schedule I/II, meth or cocaine, Class C felony.

Their bond was set at $5,000 each, which they posted. Both are scheduled to appear in the Searcy County Circuit Court on February 14 to answer the charges filed against them.

Reckless driving leads to arrest

According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell an out of state couple was arrested on January 16 after a vehicle was seen traveling on the wrong side road of Hwy. 65 near Stiles Metal. According to Cassell, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger made the stop on the vehicle driven by 30 year old Stephanie Cain of Independence, Missouri and her passenger, 32 year old Daniel Roberto Villalobos of Pleasant Valley, Missouri.

When Baysinger approached the vehicle and asked Cane for her license and information, she stated she did not have her license in the car, but told him her name was Bobbi Jo Gumm and gave a date of birth. However, when the information was checked through the computer it came back without a match. While talking with her, he noticed her eyes were very blood shot and she was acting very nervous. She did give consent for officers to search the vehicle.

Marshall K9 Officer Sam Holliman arrived on the scene to assist Baysinger with the search. During the search, Holliman found an ID belonging to the driver. When they ran the name through the computer, they learned she was Stephanie Cain wanted by the U.S. Marshals, who told Searcy County they wanted her taken into custody. Baysinger then placed Cain under arrest.

While searching the vehicle, law enforcement located a broken glass pipe under Villalobos' seat similar to those used for smoking meth. After the pipe tested positive for meth, Villalobos was placed under arrest.

During a more thorough search of the vehicle, law enforcement located pills and shards of a crystal-like substance which resembled meth were found near Cain in the back of the patrol unit where she was being held. When tested, it also tested positive for meth. When removed from the back of the car, Baysinger found more shards where Cain had been sitting.

When he removed Cain from the patrol unit, she became sick and began shaking and attempting to vomit. After admitting she had ingested some of the substance, Baysinger called for an ambulance.

Baysinger made Villalobos aware of the situation and he told Baysinger that Cain had a pipe for smoking meth lodged in her body. When Baysinger made EMTs aware of the situation they removed the pipe while on the scene and transported Cain to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) for further evaluation. While at NARMC, two sacks of meth were removed from Cain's body.

Cain was charged with possession of meth or cocaine, 10 GM but less than 200GM, Class C felony; felony possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a scheduled IV or V narcotic, Class A misdemeanor; obstructing governmental operations, Class A misdemeanor; and tampering with physical evidence, Class B felony.

Villalobos is currently being held in the Searcy County Detention Center on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony and possession of a control substance scheduled IV, V, Class A misdemeanor.

Villalobos' bond was set at $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in Searcy County Circuit Court on February 14 to answer the charges filed against him.

 

Scams

Utilities Scam

Scams are again circulating in Searcy County.  Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell says that on more than occasion recently, unknown persons have contacted citizens and told them that their electric bill had not been paid, and their electricity was about to be shut off.

The scammers told the citizens that the only way their electricity would not be turned off, is if the customer would go to a local store and purchase a gift card.  After purchasing the gift card, the customer was to text, email or send the gift card information through electronic means in order to prevent the action.

Sheriff Cassell assures you that utility companies will not use these means to collect their payments.  If you fall victim to these scammers, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Publisher's Clearing House SCAM

Cassell also states that another scam circulating is Publisher's Clearing House.  These individuals will contact you via telephone or email and claim you have won an undisclosed amount of money.  They too will demand you to purchase gift cards and send them the information.  Cassell says " Don't fall for it." Contact law enforcement.

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