On March 11, a Leslie man, 43 year old Van Allen Moore, was arrested after discharging his firearm in public. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, Searcy County Deputy Lt. Billy Cordell was dispatched to a call from a woman in Leslie stating Moore threatened her while walking her dog and fired two shots into the air.
When Cordell arrived on the scene, the woman who made the 911 call told him she had gone for a walk and her dog had gotten out of her yard and was following her. She said Moore, who appeared to be intoxicated, screamed at her and threatened to shoot both of them if the dog ever came in his yard again. She said Moore then fired two shots into the air and then returned home.
When Cordell went to Moore's residence he was met by a woman stating to be Moore's wife and told him that Moore only shot one time at the ground. She told Cordell that Moore was in the residence.
When Cordell entered the residence, he noticed a shotgun in plain view near Moore who was sitting on the couch talking on his phone. Cordell asked Moore to go outside with him so they could talk and noticed Moore stumbled leaving the house and his speech was slurred.
Once outside, Moore told Cordell that he had fired his gun. Since Moore was a felon, he was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was charged with felony possession of a firearm by certain persons, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and felony terroristic threatening.
Moore's bond was set at $7,500. He is scheduled to appear in Searcy County Circuit Court for an arraignment hearing on April 13.