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Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Searcy PD investigating drug store burglary

Searcy PD investigating drug store burglary

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – Officers with the Searcy Police Department responded to an alarm call from Stott’s Drug Store at West Arch St. on early Monday morning.

According to Sergeant Steve Hernandez of the SPD, the call came in to police at approximately 1:38 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they observed that a rear door to the business had been forced open.

Level 3 sex offender arrested

Level 3 sex offender arrested

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A level 3 sex offender was taken into custody Tuesday, after failing to tell officials his change of address. 

Robert Long, 47, moved from the city of Searcy to the city of Kensett as well as changed his phone number and vehicle without informing a detective. After further questioning, Long was transported to the White County Law Enforcement Center.

He was given a $20,000 bond for the charge of Failure to Comply with Registration and Reporting Requirements of the Sex Offender Act of 1997. 

 

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old who ran away from his home Thursday, April 23.

Christopher Bennett left his home Thursday, and according to reports, has not been seen from his parents since. 

Bennett is described as being a white male standing at approximately 5'6" tall and weighing at around 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to still be in the central Arkansas area. 

Police stated that any person who knowingly harbors a runaway could face charges. 

Anyone with information about Bennett's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.

 

Owner of stolen truck asking for help

Owner of stolen truck asking for help

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - The owner of a stolen truck is asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible. 

According to owner Pete Drennan, his 2013 black Chevy Silverado was stolen from him around 4 a.m. Thursday from Beebe, Ark. 

The LTZ model truck also has an eight-inch lift on it. 

If anyone has any information on this stolen vehicle, please call the Beebe Police Department at (501) 882- 6295. 

Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting April 13, Jacksonville law enforcement will be raising awareness to the dangers behind texting and driving. 

The Jacksonville Police Department will be taking part in a national campaign called U Drive. U Text. U Pay. This campaign will combine harsher enforcement along with increased advertising and media outreach. 

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible. People who break our State’s texting law will be stopped and fined. If you drive and text, you will pay,” said April Kiser.  “For those who say that driving and texting is an epidemic, we believe enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure.”

All drivers are banned from sending text messages while driving (Arkansas Criminal Statue 27-51-1504).  The fine for texting and driving in Jacksonville is $175.00.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov.

Man arrested for rape claims demons affected his memory

Man arrested for rape claims demons affected his memory

STRAWBERRY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said a Strawberry man arrested for rape claimed demons had affected his memory.

Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division said 18-year-old Krystopher Johnson was charged with rape following an investigation of abuse to a 7-year-old.