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Charges reduced for pair arrested for rape

Charges reduced for pair arrested for rape

By Joe Phelps

CADDO VALLEY, Ark.  —  Clark County investigators are reducing charges against two Arkansas men initially arrested for rape Saturday on the Caddo River. Jonathan Phillips Swafford, of Cabot, and James Robert Fell, of El Dorado, now face felony charges of second-degree sexual assault, according to Sgt. Brian Daniel, CCSO investigator.

Two arrested in Butlerville

Two arrested in Butlerville

Friday around 10 am, iInvestigators were proceeding to a residence located on Black Jack Road in Butlerville in an attempt to locate 44 year old Shone Moore. 

While in the area, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a member of the Butlerville Crime Watch Group reporting a suspicious male subject on Butlerville Road.  As Sheriff Staley and the Investigators were attempting to locate the subject, a male subject observed the patrol vehicle, then fled on foot into a wooded area. 

The subject was located and identified as Christopher Hale, 39, of Butlerville.  Hale, who had outstanding arrest warrants from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Beebe Police Department, was arrested for loitering and fleeing.

Lonoke County most wanted

Lonoke County most wanted

Kenneth Wesley Davis is wanted on a warrant from the Arkansas Department of Correction for parole violation; Davis is also a person of interest in an investigation concerning a theft that occurred in Lonoke County.

Deputies: Woman escapes, gets recaptured

Deputies: Woman escapes, gets recaptured

LONOKE CO., Ark. -- On Dec. 16 around 2:20 pm, a Lonoke County Detention Officer transported an inmate 23 year old Alicia Dawn Ballard, aka Alicia Dawn Hall, to the Sherwood Urgent Care Unit in Lonoke.

Ballard was taken to the clinic after complaining of a medical problem.  While at the clinic, the Detention Officer removed the shackles in order for Ballard to be examined.  Ballard removed her pants then slammed the door in the officer’s face.  Ballard fled the building through another door. 

A search of the area was initiated by Deputies and Lonoke Police Officers.  Ballard ran to a residence in Lonoke wearing a T-shirt and underwear, where she asked the resident to use their phone because she had an emergency.  The resident allowed Ballard to use the phone and gave her some clothes to put on.  Ballard then left the residence while the resident was calling the Police Department. 

Lonoke County Circuit Court actions, Dec. 10 - 20, 2012

Lonoke County Circuit Court actions, Dec. 10 - 20, 2012

Charges filed by prosecuting attorney Chuck Graham:

Barger, Angela M., 30, Austin, CR12-484: second-degree battery (felony); disorderly conduct (misdemeanor); public intoxication (misdemeanor).

Booker, James Dillon, 20, Cabot, CR12-500: possession of controlled substance – schedule I/II – methamphetamine or cocaine (felony); possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale, etc. (felony).

Bouhamidi, Tarik, 34, Austin, CR12-491: possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale, etc. (felony); fleeing (felony); third-degree domestic battery (misdemeanor); resisting arrest (misdemeanor); second-degree criminal mischief (misdemeanor).

Deputy: LR man caught breaking into Lonoke Co. property

Deputy: LR man caught breaking into Lonoke Co. property

From the Lonoke County Sheriff's Department:

Tuesday around 10:30 a.m., Lonoke County officials received a report of a suspicious individual in the area of Monk Cemetery Road. Deputies responded to the area at which time they observed a male subject by a storage building.

The subject saw the deputies at which time he fled and climbed over a fence. He was later caught and identified as 23-year-old Cody Rae Blackwell of Little Rock Arkansas.  Initial investigation revealed Blackwell was attempting to pry open the front doors which were padlocked.

Blackwell was arrested for breaking and entering, first degree criminal mischief, and trespassing.  Blackwell was taken to the Lonoke County Detention Facility.    

Austin man arrested for alleged meth, marijuana possession

Austin man arrested for alleged meth, marijuana possession

On October 9, 2012 at approx 9 pm a joint narcotics operation conducted by the Austin and Ward Police Departments resulted in the arrest of 29-year-old Timothy Wayne Nesler Jr. of Austin for possession of suspected methamphetamine, possession of suspected Marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Plain-clothes officers overheard a conversation in the parking lot of a gas station on Highway 38 between two individuals.  One individual asked the other, "Hey can ya help me out and smoke a hit with me?"  Upon contact Nesler allegedly admitted that he had an active warrant for non-payment of child support and admitted that he had meth, marijuana and paraphernalia in his pocket.

Nesler was transported to the Lonoke County Detention Center and held in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

(Source: Austin Police Dept.)