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NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE

*NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE*

 The Little River County Sheriff's Office is now accepting SEALED bids for the purchase of a certain police patrol vehicle retired from service. 

The vehicle is a 2003 Ford Crown Vic. Vin # 2FAFP71W53X198491.

Bids must be addressed as follows:

Little River County Collectors Office    

Bid for Patrol Unit      

351 N 2nd St. Suite # 2   

Ashdown, Ar. 71822                                                

 

Deadline for receiving bids will be at noon Friday, July 17th, 2020.

Bids will be opened at Little River County Court House on Monday, July 20th, 2020 at 10:00 A.M.

*The County of Little River reserves the right to reject all bids.*

 

 

Life Saving Award

Life Saving Award was issued to LR 12 Russell Hopkins for his actions on May 30th 2019.

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APD, LRSO announce amnesty program March 1-31

APD, LRSO announce amnesty program

 

The Ashdown Police Department along with the Little River County Sheriff’s Department has announced an amnesty program that will help everyone who owes old fines.

Qualification;

From March 1 until March 31,

*Anyone who has an outstanding warrant or is on a payment plan for fines and has fallen behind can contact the District Court Clerk to take advantage of this program.

*Anyone paying their old fines during this period will be eligible to have the warrant fees dropped.

*Anyone who is behind on payments or has neglected to pay a fine may contact the Court Clerk in the Little River County Courthouse and request of take advantage of this program.

Organizers with both departments said this program will help those who want to catch up on their fines and hopefully it will help both agencies to collect the fines without having to arrest them and hold them in jail.

For more information or to answer questions about the program, call the Court Clerk at (870) 898-7230

 

APD, LRSO announce amnesty program July 1 - July 31

**APD, LRSO announce amnesty program**

 

The Ashdown Police Department along with the Little River County Sheriff’s Department has announced an amnesty program that will help everyone who owes old fines.

Qualification;

From July 1 until July 31,

*Anyone who has an outstanding warrant or is on a payment plan for fines and has fallen behind can contact the District Court Clerk to take advantage of this program.

*Anyone paying their old fines during this period will be eligible to have the warrant fees dropped.

*Anyone who is behind on payments or has neglected to pay a fine may contact the Court Clerk in the Little River County Courthouse and request of take advantage of this program.

Organizers with both departments said this program will help those who want to catch up on their fines and hopefully it will help both agencies to collect the fines without having to arrest them and hold them in jail.

For more information or to answer questions about the program, call the Court Clerk at (870) 898-7230



Sheriff’s Office is searching for Arion D. WALKER

  

       Arion Walker 

 



 

Little River County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Arion D. WALKER of Texarkana for outstanding felony warrants. 

 WALKER is wanted for a Residential Burglary, Commercial Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property, and Criminal Mischief, all felony warrants out of Little River County.   

 If anyone has information please contact the Little River Sheriff’s Office at 1-870-898-5115.  WALKER maybe armed with a firearm and is considered armed and dangerous. 

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Little River County Sheriff’s Office gets new patrol cars

 

Little River County Sheriff Bobby Walraven (center) shakes hands and receives the keys of three ‘new’ patrol units from Ashdown Mayor James Sutton as Ashdown Police Chief Mark Ardwin looks on. The cars are former Ashdown Police Department patrol cars donated to the county to replace older cars.

“All three of these vehicles are 2007 models,” Walraven said. “They each have 100,000 miles on them and will replace three of our vehicles that have over 280,000 miles on them. Two of the new cars are Dodge Chargers. One will go to the school resource officer and the other to Foreman to patrol that end of the county. The other is a Chevy Trail Blazer. We are very thankful to Mayor Sutton, Chief Ardwin and the City of Ashdown for donating these cars. While they are not new, they are new to us and very much appreciated. We are grateful to have such a wonderful relationship with the City of Ashdown.”

*Courtesy of Quinton Bagley/Little River news*

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Foreman woman facing multiple charges

 

            Candice Alton

A Foreman woman is facing multiple charges after a traffic stop led to deputies uncovering two zip-lock bags containing meth.
According to affidavits filed with the Little River Circuit Court, Deputies with the Little River County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle where Candice Alton, 38 of Foreman, was a passenger after the vehicle was seen driving along the ditch of a County Road near Foreman. After stopping the vehicle Deputies discovered Candice Alton was wanted for multiple warrants by the City of Ashdown and Little River County. After taking her into custody on these warrants, Officers discovered two zip-lock bags containing methamphetamines in the driver’s compartment of her car, and a glass meth-pipe that contained residue suggesting recent usage.
In addition to the warrants, Alton now faces the additional charges of Possession of a controlled substance and Possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class D Felonies carrying with them the possibility of one to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Alton is currently out of jail on bond awaiting court appearances.

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Homicide Investigation

                                                   

        

                        Crystal Reed

 

 

 

Homicide Investigation

 

Courtesy of Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department.

 


 

   Tony Taylor

 

 On March 7th, 2017 around 4:00pm, Janice Reed reported to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department that her daughter, Crystal Reed, a 35 year old female was missing and the circumstances were that Crystal and her boyfriend, Tony Taylor, a 56 year old male, had been involved in an argument before she left her apartment.  Janice Reed said she had last talked to her daughter during the evening hours of 03/06/2017. Janice reported that Crystal had not showed up for work on 03/07/2017, and that she had not been answering her cell phone, which was irregular.

 

On 03/08/2017, Texarkana Arkansas Police Detectives began investigating the report of Crystal Reed’s disappearance. Almost immediately, detectives learned that Tony Taylor had left blankets, rubber boots, rubber gloves and a shovel at an acquaintance’s residence in Texarkana, Texas during the morning hours of 03/07/2017. Detectives made several attempts to contact Crystal Reed on her cell phone and at her place of employment, both without success. A search warrant was then obtained by detectives for the apartment in Texarkana, Arkansas where Crystal Reed resided, and where Crystal had reported to her mother, Janice, that she had been in an altercation with Tony Taylor. Evidence was found pursuant to that search warrant that led detectives to believe that foul play was involved in Crystal’s disappearance.

 

Tony Taylor was located at another residence near E 24th and Jefferson in Texarkana, Arkansas around 1:30pm on 03/08/2017. Taylor accompanied detectives to the Bi State Justice Building where he was interviewed concerning the whereabouts and welfare of Crystal Reed. During this interview, Tony Taylor confessed that there had been a physical altercation during the late evening hours of 03/06/2017, and that during this altercation, he had stabbed Crystal Reed in the chest with a knife, and that she died as a result of that injury. Taylor led police to a remote wooded area East of Ogden, Arkansas where he buried her body in a shallow grave. Taylor was returned to the B-State Justice Building and placed under arrest and charged with 1st degree Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 

Detectives sought several search warrants and recovered a large amount of evidence in the case.

           

            More interviews are anticipated in the case.

 

Crystal Reed’s body was sent to Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, Arkansas where Little River County Coroner Roddy Smith will maintain custody pending autopsy at the Arkansas State Crime Lab, Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Detectives from the Texarkana, Texas Police Department Crime Scene Unit, assisted the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department due to a number of different crime scene’s being processed simultaneously. Sheriff Bobby Walraven and the Little River County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the recovery of Crystal Reed.

 

 

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KCS Vandalism

Deputies with the Little River County Sheriff’s Office, working in cooperation with the Kansas City Southern Railway Police Department, arrested a Texarkana man after he allegedly disconnected several cars from a moving train in an apparent act of vandalism on Saturday, March 4.

Robert Foster, 31, of Texarkana, is being held at the Little River County Jail in Ashdown pending a bond hearing.  According to initial reports by the Little River County Sheriff’s Office, Foster climbed aboard a Kansas City Southern Freight Train in Texarkana and rode it 35 miles north to Alleene, Arkansas.  Just north of Alleene, Foster forced several connecters lose from the car he had climbed aboard, causing the train to separate in half, locking up the brakes on the train.  The disconnected section came to a halt approximately a mile north of Alleene, while the section containing the Locomotives and Foster continued to near Winthrop Arkansas, when a member of the railroad crew investigating the separation spotted Foster jumping off of the train.

A Little River County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to take Foster into custody near the KCS Railroad Crossing in Winthrop a short time after receiving the report.  Although he initially attempted to hide, Foster was arrested without further incident.

As of press time, it is unclear as to the total cost incurred by the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, although initial estimates place it well above $5000.  The train was traveling approximately 45 MPH when the cars were disconnected, and it remains unclear what, if any, freight was damaged in the incident. 

Foster is being held pending a first appearance in Little River District Court on March 7th.  Foster is being charged with Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. Due to the total cost of the damages, the charge is a Class C Felony carrying with it a sentence of three to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted.

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Commercial Burglary

A Winthrop Arkansas Man is behind bars after breaking into a local business and stealing almost $500 worth of change. 

According to documents from the Little River Circuit Court, Daniel Flores, 33, of Winthrop, was arrested on February 27th after trading in two jugs of change for $496.78 at a Coinstar Exchange Machine in Ashdown. 

Earlier that day, the Little River County Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone had broken into the Fawcett Car Wash near Crossroads and stolen a change machine out of the wall.  Deputies had stopped Mr. Flores prior to receiving the call and had observed two containers of quarters in the floorboard. Deputies relocated Mr. Flores at a Coinstar Exchange Machine in Ashdown and questioned him on the change.  Flores, a former employee of the Car Wash, gave conflicting stories on the origin of the change, leading to deputies arresting him on the incident.

After being arrested, Flores admitted to breaking into the Fawcett Car Wash in the middle of the night because he needed money.  He admitted to using a crowbar to take the full coin machine, and later hid the machine in the woods.  He then went to Ashdown with two one-gallon jugs to cash in.  Officers with the Arkansas State Police were able to retrieve receipts from Coinstar showing the exact amount of stolen change that was cashed in.  Deputies located the stolen change machine in the woods between Winthrop and Alleene later that day.

Flores has been charged with Commercial Burglary, a Class C Felony. If convicted, Flores faces three to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Flores remains incarcerated at the Little River County Jail on a $25,000 bond.  He is set to appear in Little River District Court on Tuesday, March 7th.

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