Proclamations by President Donald Trump and Governor Asa Hutchinson have ordered the United States flag and the Arkansas State flag to be flown at half-staff to honor those who perished in Las Vegas Sunday, October 1, 2017. The flags will be flown half-staff throughout the US and Territories until sunset on October 6, 2017. This tragedy has gripped the nation, and our collective thoughts and prayers are with all those who are affected.
According to flag protocol, all corporate flags are to be dipped lower than the state flag, which is also lower than the United States flag.
One early morning of January 2017, a suspect entered a convenience store in Bay, AR and shot the clerk while robbing the store. Bay Police Officer Timothy Burns was one of the first on the scene and began immediately rendering aid to the victim. Sgt. Dustin Norwood of the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department and Medic One relieved Burns and assisted the victim. Officer Logan Thomas, of Trumann Police Department, also was integral in the successful rescue. During the course of the investigation, two other suspects were identified and three were arrested in connection with the robbery and shooting. (This case is still pending in the court system.)
These three men put aside any apprehension and acted quickly to ensure this clerk was able to survive this harrowing ordeal. It is through their swift actions and selflessness that she is alive today. To save a life is the highest achievement in law enforcement, because to protect and serve is what they do. We are proud to know these three men are representing their departments with honor, dignity, and purpose. Congratulations to Officer TJ Burns, Sgt. Dustin Norwood, and Officer Logan Thomas for being selected as Officers of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Chiefs' of Police 2017 "For Courage Beyond Duty". You exemplify what it means to be in law enforcement and we are all very proud to work with you.
Sheriff Marty Boyd and Cpt. Justin Rolland grill for the graduates and their families.
In 2003, Craighead County established Drug Court, an opportunity for repeat offenders to work themselves out of the justice system. There are stringent criteria that must be met to even qualify for drug court, and once they have been accepted, the program requires strict adherence. This includes regular court appearances, supervision by ADCP, routine drug testing, counseling, and regular attendance in AA/NA meetings. This is a second chance at a normal life, and it takes commitment.
That is why Sheriff Marty Boyd has made it a tradition to include cooking dinner for the graduates and their families. Each year, he and other members of the Sheriff's Office grill-up burgers and hot dogs, to celebrate the hard work that went in to their recovery.
Congratulations, graduates. We are all very proud of the work you have done. It will continue to be a long road, but when it seems to be going uphill, look back and see how far you've come.
Deputy Josh Miller and his one month old daughter, Arabella Grace
Nearly a year ago, we brought you a batch of criminals pretending to be Craighead County Deputies. They've recycled that scam and they are trying to outsmart us all again. We're going to help you stay ahead of the curve and keep your hard earned money in your pocket!
The caller states there is a warrant, and he needs a specific amount of money. Somewhere in the conversation, he interrupts and says he has to go on an emergency call, but asks you to validate his call by calling him back. The call goes to voicemail, which says, "You have reached Deputy ________ with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department. If this call is an emergency, hang up and dial 9-1-1. Otherwise, leave a message and I will return your call. If you call back, he picks up and then instructs you how to pay.
For most, this seems legitimate. However, here are the facts.
We will NEVER ask you to pay your fine over the phone.
You will NEVER be served a warrant over the phone.
You should ALWAYS call the Sheriff's Office at 870-933-4551 to verify calls like this.
A spoofed call will seem as though it is originating from us, but in actuality, it is just a computer program that allows the number to just look like it is. We have already received a couple of calls, so if we share this information to everyone we know, we may be able to stop these deadbeats in their tracks. If you have any information regarding this or any other scams, please contact our offices at 870-933-4551.
We bring you another scam alert this afternoon. Once again, the criminal element is busy scheming up ways to help you and your cash part ways.
Our newest scam isn't very original, however. The call originates from an "UNKNOWN" caller, and the voice on the other end states they have in front of them a court summons for a civil law suit for the victim. The caller then provides an 866 (toll free) number to call and a court docket number with which to reference when calling. Almost sounds legitimate. Then they ask for the victim to forward them money in some way to take care of the summons.
Several red flags are flying on this one. First, court summons are served in person. Secondly, allow calls from UNKNOWN to go to voicemail. If the caller has legitimate business with you, he or she will leave a message. This will also allow you the opportunity to investigate the nature of the call.
We won't ask you for money over the phone. Ever. If you're being pressured or strong-armed into something over the phone, remember you have the right to hang up.
For more tips on how to avoid becoming a victim in phone, Internet, or other scams, visit the Arkansas Attorney General's Office website. The FBI Fraud Division is a good resource for information, as well.
Diesel, after retirement from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office
The relationship between an officer and partner is stronger than the ties with many families. This is truly evident in the bond between a K9 and his handler. These are not just dogs. They live with the officer, train extensively and constantly; they're rarely apart from each other. The handler knows that his partner will lay down his life for him.
Diesel was by all accounts a great K9. He was a larger than average Belgian Malinois, and during his eight year career with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office, he was credited with many narcotics arrests and suspect apprehensions. In total, Diesel had four handlers: Stan McFarlin, Donna Cromwell Stewart, David Bailey, and Jeff Franks. In 2012, it was decided that Diesel would retire because of the pain from hip issues, common with K9's. He started his retirement with Deputy Stewart, but finished out his retirement years with Lt. Bailey.
Diesel loved working, but he took to retirement well. He loved being around kids and Bailey's family. He will live on in the hearts of all those who knew him. EOW August 29, 2017.
Two Craighead County Detention Center detainees are working to cleanup an illegal dumpsite on County Road 611.
Last Thursday, Craighead County Sheriff's Department and Detention Center took on the not-so-small task of cleaning up some of Craighead County's illegal dumpsites. Environmental Officer, Deputy Randy Sharp, teamed up with Reserve Officer Richard Hollis to coordinate the efforts of our inmates in removing the garbage from ditches and roadsides. There were several sites that were cleaned up throughout the county, and plans are in the works for more clean-up as man-power and weather permits.
The statute in violation is 8-6-205 Title 8 Environmental Law, Disposal of Solid Wastes and Other Refuse.
(a) it shall be illegal for any person:
(3) To dispose of solid wastes at any disposal site or facility other than a disposal site or facility for which a permit has been issued by the department. However, no provision of this subchapter shall be construed so as to prevent an individual from disposing of solid wastes resulting from his or her own household activities on his or her own land if the disposal does not create a public or private nuisance or a hazard to health and does not violate a city ordinance or other law and does not involve the open dumping of garbage.
The criminal and civil penalties range from 1-5 years in jail and fines up to $50,000 per occurrence. The department is able to sue for civil damages with the proceeds to be deposited in the operating fund of the department to cover expenses incurred for cleanup.
"Keep Arkansas Beautiful" isn't just a slogan. This is our state; Craighead County is our county. It is comprised of a patchwork of cities and towns, all with their unique charm. We have to preserve the beauty, the ecology, and the vast resources Craighead has to offer. If you know of any illegal dumpsites, or have information regarding people dumping illegally, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and do your part to keep Craighead Beautiful!