Pictured is Searcy County Deputy David Williams escorting Justin Echols from a residence in Leslie, after being arrested on alleged burglary, theft and narcotic charges.
According to Sheriff Kenny Cassell on July 28, Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce was contacted by a Leslie resident concerning a burglary at their residence on Yorkshire Road in Searcy County. After arriving on scene, the homeowner told Pierce that someone had entered his home and removed property without his permission. During the investigation, Pierce suggested the homeowner install cameras around the property for identification and security purposes.
During the week of August 26, the homeowner contacted law enforcement concerning another burglary and theft at the same address. This time, the homeowner's cameras captured images of two individuals as well as a vehicle. The two individuals captured on camera are seen walking to and from the residence carrying property owned by the homeowner, which was inside the residence at the time of the burglary. The cameras captured this twice on two separate occasions.
The cameras show a vehicle backed into the property and stolen property is being placed into the vehicle by the two people. After identifying the vehicle, deputies traced it back to Justin Echols of Leslie, who is currently on felony probation in the State of Arkansas.
On September 4, Pierce applied and received a search warrant through Searcy County Circuit Court. On September 9, he and two other deputies and a agent with Arkansas Community Corrections executed the search warrant at a residence on Fifth Street in Leslie, Arkansas. During the search, deputies came in contact with a female unrelated to the burglary and theft. The female was detained, but released later during the search.
After entering the residence, Echols was located and read his rights and the search warrant was served. While standing in the living room of the residence, deputies saw a large wood frame that contained a quilt with eagles on it, which was one of the items stolen from the residence on Yorkshire Lane in Searcy County.
Echols was placed in custody and escorted from the residence. He was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was booked and processed for two counts of residential burglary and theft of property.
As the search of the residence continued, numerous property items were located that belonged to the homeowner. Also located by deputies and ACC agents, was packaged methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, cash money, plastic baggies, marijuana, marijuana seeds, smoking devices, and a crossbow.
In an interview that occurred on September 9, Echols admitted to entering the residence in question, and stealing property from within.
Echols is currently in custody awaiting criminal charges in Searcy County Circuit Court. Arkansas Community Corrections has also placed a probation hold on Echols.
Echols was charged with two counts of residential burglary; theft of property; possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver; possession to ingest meth/cocaine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of LT 4 oz scheduled VI narcotic.
Another suspect is being sought in connection with this crime.
Leslie site of holiday checkpoint
Searcy County Deputy Lt. Billy Cordell, Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce and Deputy Sgt. Kevin Trammell conducted a sobriety checkpoint in Leslie on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. The checkpoint was held in connection with the state sponsored "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to remind individuals about the dangers of drinking and driving. During the checkpoint, Pierce said the operation was a success and hundreds of contacts were made.
On August 22, Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported that a car carrying two people was stopped by a Searcy County deputy at the Shell Station in Marshall due to an equipment malfunction. Cassell stated the car was carrying the driver, 51 year old Bonnie Lee Bradberry of Austin, AR, and her passenger, 51 year old Carlton Daniel Perkins of Romance, AR.
Cassell explained when the deputy approached the vehicle, he asked Bradberry for her driver's license and proof of insurance. He also asked the passenger for his license. While running their information through the crime information computer, the deputy learned Perkins had a valid arrest warrant.
The deputy placed Perkins under arrested and when he returned to the vehicle to talk with Bradberry, he noticed she appeared nervous and her hands were shaking. He asked Bradberry if she had anything illegal in her vehicle and asked permission to search the vehicle.
With assistance from the Marshall Police Department and their K-9, the deputy searched Bradberry's vehicle.
During the search, law enforcement found a bag that contained glass light bulb and straws. Inside the bulb, officers found a crystal like substance. There was another bag located that contained a metal container that held two plastic bags that held a crystal like substance.
The crystal like substance tested positive for crystal methamphetamine.
Perkins admitted to law enforcement that everything found in the vehicle belonged to him. Bradberry admitted to law enforcement that she had a container that held marijuana and a blue pill identified as a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Perkins was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was charged with felony possession of meth or cocaine LT 2GM and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bradberry was charged with misdemeanor possession of a Scheduled VI LT 4 ounces and misdemeanor possession of Scheduled IV or V LT 28 GM. Bradberry also received citations for her traffic violations.
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on the morning of August 30, a Searcy County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car bearing New Mexico license plates on Hwy. 65 near Leslie.
After making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Robert David Lee Spackeen, age 33, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the deputy noticed he appeared nervous.
After the deputy explained the reason for the stop, he asked for identification for the driver and the driver advised he did not have a license. The deputy also asked the passenger for identification but was told he had none. The deputy also noticed a car seat in the back seat that held a child around the age of one year. The deputy saw a plastic baggie in the front driver's side floor board by Spackeen's feet that looked to contain methamphetamine.
The deputy asked Spackeen to step out of the vehicle and when he did not, the deputy opened the door to offer assistance. Spackeen then grabbed the door and began to fight with the deputy to shut it. At that time, Spackeen began driving away. The deputy immediately advised dispatch that Spackeen was fleeing the scene and began to pursue Spackeen's vehicle.
The pursuit headed south on Hwy. 65 towards Van Buren County traveling at speeds up to 90 mph. When the pursuit entered Van Buren County, Spackeen turned onto a road and stuck his vehicle.
At this time, the passenger, who was later identified as William Fay, age 32, of Los Lunas, New Mexico, left the vehicle and ran away on foot. The deputy asked Spackeen to step out of the vehicle, but instead Spackeen held up the young infant as a shield from law enforcement. Spackeen again left the scene in his vehicle driving at speeds up to 90 mph again.
After passing Hwy. 110 in Van Buren County Spackeen's vehicle stalled on him, so he jumped out of the car. When the deputy instructed him to get on the ground, Spackeen grabbed the child using him as a shield once again. Spackeen ran into the woods and the deputy secured the scene and awaited backup.
Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce arrived on scene and contacted the Arkansas Department of Corrections dog team and asked for assistance in apprehending the individuals.
When the K-9 team arrived, they successfully located Spackeen and they also found the crystal like substance that the deputy had seen earlier on the floorboard of the vehicle. The K-9 team then went to the location where the passenger left the vehicle and entered the woods.
While the deputy was transporting Spackeen to the Searcy County Detention Center, he was notified that the passenger, William Fay, had been apprehended.
While waiting for the K-9 team, Pierce and the deputy a search of the vehicle and inside they located a glass smoking pipe with suspected meth residue. In the back seat by the baby seat there was .380 pistol with a round in the chamber and in the passenger floorboard there was a metal box and inside there were several needles one of which was loaded with liquid that field tested positive for heroine. Law enforcement also found a glass smoking pipe and two pair of hand cuffs and a black pair of leg shackles along with two pistol magazines that where loaded. Two digital scales were also located along with a green leafy substance that looked to be marijuana, a smoking bong device, two more digital scales and another needle.
The infant was transported to an area hospital and then released to the Department of Human Services.
On August 31, the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force received print outs of the individuals involved in this incident. After looking at photos of the two individuals it was noticed that one of the suspects was claiming to be a Lawrence David Casados with the date of birth 8/26/1966. From the booking photos it was determined that the man incarcerated looked to be in his late twenty's to early thirty's. Both Spackeen and Casados (Fay) were fingerprinted and the return on Casados returned as William Fay with the date of birth of 9/28/1988. Both Spackeen and Fay have felony criminal history and are not to be in possession of a firearm.
Spackeen was charged with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; possession of SCH VI with purpose to deliver; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of drug paraphernalia; felony fleeing; first degree endangering the welfare of a minor; reckless driving; defective equipment; driving on suspended license; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of SCH1 not meth or coke.
Fay was charged with possession of firearm by certain person; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; possession of SCH VI with purpose to deliver; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; felony fleeing; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of SCH1 not meth or coke.
Circuit Court Judge H.G. Foster found probable cause to bound both arrestees over to Circuit Court. Each received a bond of $500,000. Both are being held in the Searcy County Jail.
On Monday morning, August 22, Marshall Police Department Officer Sam Holliman conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan traveling northbound on Hwy. 65 in the area of Bank OZK. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, when the Marshall officer approached the driver of the vehicle there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from inside the car.
After law enforcement asked for the driver's license, he was given an ID from Mexico that identified the driver as 35 year old Isidro Julio Gonzalez. The car also contained another male and two male juveniles. At that time, the Marshall officer requested the assistance of Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce, who was currently working a state DWI program.
When Gonzales and his passengers were asked to exit the vehicle, law enforcement noticed there were open containers of alcohol. They also saw a plastic bag that contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
During a conversation between Gonzalez and Pierce, Gonzalez admitted he had consumed three beers prior to being stopped, so a field sobriety test was administered. Following the sobriety test, and during a Post Miranda interview with the chief deputy, Gonzalez admitted he was in possession of cocaine and was in the United State illegally.
Gonzalez was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was charged with possession of meth or cocaine LT 2 GM and citied for having an open container and no driver's license.
After being in custody, law enforcement learned that Gonzalez's name and ID number were a possible match for an individual who has a warrant from the State of Washington Department of Corrections for escaping from one on their facilities.
The investigation into Gonzalez's immigration status has been turned over to the U.S. Naturalization and Immigration Service. Cassell applauds the working relationship between Chief Lang Holland's agency and the Searcy County Sheriff's Office.
While on patrol on the morning of August 15, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger conducted a traffic stop on a black Honda traveling south on Hwy. 65 occupied by multiple individuals. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell the Honda held five passengers and was being followed closely by another vehicle that stopped near the Honda, so Baysinger radioed for assistance.
When Baysinger approached the vehicle to ask for the driver's license and vehicle registration, he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the car. While Baysinger was speaking with the driver of the other vehicle Searcy County Deputy Dustin Rosenberger arrived on scene and began a conversation with the occupants of the black Honda. Rosenberger also noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When he asked the occupants of the car about the odor, they turned over a bottle that contained a green leafy substance.
After asking the occupants to exit the car, the driver, Brenton Allen Miller, age 18, of Mayflower became angry and the other occupants in the vehicle had to calm him down. At this time, law enforcement conducted a search of the vehicle and found a marijuana cigarette, brass knuckles, bong used from smoking marijuana, a glass pipe and a container that had held alcohol.
Again, Miller began to get angry and was given the option to either calm down, take his citation and go or be arrested. When Miller refused to calm down, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing.
Miller was charged with possession of a scheduled VI narcotic LT 4 OZ and possession of drug paraphernalia. Passenger Joshua Nels Sellers, age 18, of Mayflower was charged with possession of a scheduled VI narcotic LT 4 OZ. Passenger Mandy Renee Bevins, age 21, was charged with possession of a scheduled VI narcotic LT 4 OZ.
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on the evening of August 20, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger stopped a vehicle on Hwy. 65 after he noticed the vehicle driving erratically. Cassell said the vehicle was occupied by the driver, 36 year old Tiffany Shepherd of Mountain View and passenger, 45 year old Franklin Turner of Mountain View.
After running their driver's licenses through the crime information computer, Baysinger learned that Shepherd was driving on a suspended license and was on probation with a search waiver on file. Baysinger also learned Turner was on probation.
After asking the couple to step out of the vehicle, he conducted a search of the vehicle and found a pill on the console that was identified as Clonazepam, which is a scheduled four controlled substance. Since neither had a prescription for the drug, Baysinger contacted Arkansas Community Corrections Agent Cody Cassell and placed both under arrest.
Both were taking to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing and booking. Shepherd was charged with possession of a Scheduled IV narcotic LT 28GM, driving on a suspended license and driving left of center. Turner was charged with driving on a suspended license.
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported 36 year old Billy Joe Bass of Harrison was arrested on the evening of August 20 at the Searcy County Detention Center. Cassell explained that Bass drove to the detention center to pick up a check for another individual. After Bass requested the check, an employee of the center asked for Bass' identification, since that is procedure.
After running the ID through the crime information computer, law enforcement learned Bass was driving on a suspended license. At that time, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger asked Bass if he knew the status of his driver's license and Bass stated he did not know the license was expired.
Baysinger went out to Bass' vehicle where he found three adults and a young child approximately 5-10 years old. Since Bass' vehicle was on property belonging to the Searcy County Sheriff's Office and subject to search, Baysinger had his K-9 partner, Vader, do a free air sniff of the vehicle. During the search, Vader alerted on the driver's side door of the car.
During a search of the vehicle, Baysinger found a box that contained a bag with a crystal like substance inside, a pipe with a crystal like substance in it, another pipe that contained a green leafy substance and a clear glass pipe that contained black ash residue. After testing the crystal like substance, it tested positive for amphetamine.
Bass was arrested and charged with felony counts of possession of meth or cocaine LT 2GM and possession of drug paraphernalia; and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; driving on a suspended license; and endangering the welfare of a minor, 2nd degree. He was also charged with being an habitual offender, since his record showed he had been found guilty of five felonies.
The evidence in this matter was turned over to an agent with the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force.
As Arkansans prepare to celebrate the final warm weather holiday of the year, law enforcement officers across the state are also making plans to be vigilant and on the lookout for drivers who choose to drink and drive.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is joining with law enforcement agencies nationwide to remind everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Leading up to the coming Labor Day weekend holiday, NHTSA and Arkansas law enforcement agencies will be spreading the word about impaired driving dangers. However, beginning August 21 and continuing through September 7 local and state law enforcement officers on patrol will hold the line with zero tolerance for drunk driving.
The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, will include increased state and national educational messaging about the consequences for drivers who choose to ignore drunk driving laws coupled with an increased presence of local officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers prepared to arrest drunk drivers.
"We want to see Labor Day celebrated, but celebrated safely," said Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce. "We must work together to keep our streets and highways clear of the dangers caused by drunk drivers."
During the 2019 Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. August 31 - 5:59 a.m. September 4), there were 439 traffic fatalities nationwide. Forty-three percent of the fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC (blood alcohol concentration). More than one-third (38%) of the fatalities involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC), and nearly one-fourth (24%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC). Additionally, data indicates age is a particularly risky factor. Among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2018, 47% of those drivers were drunk, with BAC's of .08 or higher.
Pierce said the goal of the operation, "Is to work together and put an end to drunk driving, with zero tolerance, thereby saving lives. Simply stated, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office recommends the following:Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely. Promptly contact law enforcement to report drunk drivers you see on the roadways Always wear your seat belt If you're on a motorcycle, use protective safety equipment.
For more information on the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, visit TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136. For more on the ongoing "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign, visit TZDarkansas.org.
According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell two separate incidents occurring in Searcy County led to the arrest of 50 year old Marshall resident, Arlis W. Sutterfield.
Cassell said the first incident involving Sutterfield occurred on July 24 when Arkansas Probation and Parole Officer Cody Cassell noticed Sutterfield parked near a cemetery at the end of Jiffy Road. Cassell conducted a welfare check on Sutterfield and immediately noticed that Sutterfield was acting nervous.
Cassell asked Sutterfield if he had anything illegal on him and Sutterfield stated that he did not. After some pointed questions by Cassell, Sutterfield gave Cassell a small nylon case that contained a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. Eventually, Sutterfield admitted to Cassell the substance in the case was amphetamine.
Sutterfield was charged with felony possession of meth or cocaine LT 2GM.
On August 16, Sutterfield's ex-wife, contacted the Searcy County Sheriff's Office and stated that her ex-husband, Arlis W. Sutterfield, had been harassing her through phone calls and text messages. Law enforcement knew there was currently an Order of Protection in place against Sutterfield in connection with his ex-wife.
On August 18, Sheriff Cassell saw Sutterfield driving north on Hwy. 27 near the Hwy. 74 intersection and attempted to make a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, Sutterfield fled from the Sheriff. During the pursuit, Sutterfield was driving recklessly to avoid being stopped. When Sheriff Cassell lost sight of Sutterfield, he terminated the pursuit.
After the pursuit, and several hours later, Sutterfield contacted Officer Cody Cassell via cell phone and turned himself into Searcy County deputies on S. Maumee Road.
Sutterfield was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center for processing and during the booking procedure became combative with jail staff. During the altercation, Searcy County Detention Officer Caleb Horn sustained an injury to his neck.
Sutterfield was charged with felony fleeing, felony 2nd degree battery, injury to correctional officer in the line of duty and violating a protection order, which is a misdemeanor.
Sutterfield was transported to Stone County Detention Center for holding until his next court date. Officers assisting Sheriff Cassell and Officer Cassell included Deputy Bill Cordell, Deputy Troy Dye, Deputy Justin Flint and Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce.