On July 8, 2023, at approximately 3:55 a.m. officers with the Sevier County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to 113 Sweet Home Lane in De Queen, Arkansas for a reported domestic disturbance in which a shooting was reported to have occurred. Upon arrival, the responding officer was met with gunfire. His patrol unit was hit with multiple rounds. As additional officers arrived on scene, the suspect, Kenneth Lee Smith, a 37-year-old white male with a De Queen, Arkansas address, fled the scene on a motorcycle.
Officers with the Sevier County Sheriff's Department and De Queen City Police Department pursued Mr. Smith who fled on a motorcycle at a high rate of speed. During such pursuit, Mr. Smith fired multiple rounds at law enforcement while he was traveling south on Highway 41. The pursuit began in Sevier County, Arkansas and ended in Little River County, Arkansas when officers disabled Mr. Smith's motorcycle after Mr. Smith reached speeds of over ninety miles per hour and was traveling south on Highway 41 S in the northbound lane endangering the lives of not only law enforcement who were in pursuit but also other motorists. During such pursuit, Mr. Smith fired shots that struck a Sevier County Deputy Sheriff's patrol unit as well as a De Queen Police Department patrol unit. Lieutenant Chad Bradshaw with the De Queen Police Department was shot in the right shoulder. Lieutenant Bradshaw was transported to the Sevier County Medical Center for treatment and has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Officers from the Arkansas State Police, Sevier County Sheriff's Department, De Queen Police Department, 9W Judicial District Drug Task Force, Little River Sheriff's Department, Arkansas Highway Police, and the Arkansas Department of Corrections apprehended Mr. Kenneth Lee Smith following a manhunt that lasted several hours. Sheriff Robert Gentry and Chief Scott Simmons want to sincerely thank the Arkansas State Police for the sending their helicopter equipped with f.l.i.r. and the Arkansas Department of Correction Canine Tracking Team for bringing their dogs and horses to help locate and apprehend Mr. Smith.
This incident is being investigated by the Arkansas State Police and remains on-going.
On February 5, 2023, deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Sevier County in reference to a 57-year-old female being treated for a gunshot wound to the head. After further investigation, search warrants were applied for and granted for the victim's residence located in Horatio, AR. Special Agents with the Arkansas State Police along with deputies and investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office executed the search warrants. Evidence was collected and the investigation is still ongoing. The suspect wanted for questioning in regard to this incident is 28-year-old Kaylee Cornet.
On November 7th, 2022, deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office took a report regarding a baby being born at a home in Lockesburg. After further investigation, it was discovered that the baby did not live and was disposed of. Deputies and Investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office located the male baby in a nearby dumpster. The mother of the baby boy is a 17-year-old female juvenile and the male subject that is believed to be involved and believed to be the father was identified as Matthew Hallmark. Both juvenile and Hallmark are currently being held for Abuse of a corpse pending autopsy at the Arkansas State Crime Lab and further investigation.
Runaway Suicidal Juvenile
BOLO for Isaiah Roberts white male Date of Birth 06/17/2004 approximately 5'7" 140lbs Dark Brown Shoulder length hair Brown eyes Last seen in Razorback Hoodie Black letter jacket and work boots. Subject left on foot sometime between 2pm and 3pm on February 28, 2021 from Andrew Lane in Horatio.
He is Bipolar and schizophrenic and has not taken his medication. He has been known to be very aggressive. He left a note implying suicide by cop.
IF YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH ISAIAH ROBERTS PLEASE CALL 870-642-2125 EXT 2 OR 911 IMMEDATELY!
Sevier County Sheriff's Department
Monthly Report for November 2020
Sevier County Sheriff's Department monthly totals for November
Total hours deputies were on duty: 1,633 Total miles driven while on duty: 17,975 Total fuel used: 1,243 Total calls taken by deputies: 158 Total motor vehicle accidents: 13 Total traffic stops: 73 Total citations issued: 5 Total warnings issued: 73 Total arrest made: 13 Total civil papers served: 59 Total building checks: 852
Investigators: Opened 2 sexual assault cases, Closed a theft case & recovered stolen property.
Monday, November 30, 2020 members of the South Central Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, and Sevier County Sheriff's Department executed a Search Warrant. The Search Warrant was executed at 598 Williamson Loop in Horatio. Residence of 35-Year-old Charlotte Dennis. Upon entry into the residence Officer's located illegal narcotics and stolen firearms. Charlotte Dennis face possible charges of Possession with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine (Class C Felony), Possession of Schedule VI Narcotic (Class A Misdemeanor), Possession of Drugs and Firearms (Class Y Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class D Felony), Maintaining Drugs on Premises (Cass C Felony), and Theft by Receiving (Class D Felony). Charlotte Dennis is currently being held in Sevier County Jail awaiting bond to be set.
Charges will be reviewed by Deputy Prosecutor Erin Hunter.
PRESS RELEASE - August 17, 2020
Sunday, August 16, 2020 Deputy Philamlee was patrolling North of De Queen on Hwy 71. Deputy Philamlee got behind a Silver 4 door Chevrolet car and noticed the vehicle cross the double yellow lines several times. Deputy Philamlee initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and came in contact with 34 yr. old Ronald Drinker from Queen City, Texas. Deputy Philamlee advised Ronald on why he stopped him. At this time Deputy Philamlee noticed that Ronald Drinker was slurring his words. Deputy Philamlee asked Ronald Drinker to step out of the vehicle at this time. When Ronald Drinker exited the vehicle, he was staggering and having to hold on the side of the car to keep balance. Field Sobriety was performed on Ronald Drinker at this time. Ronald Failed Field Sobriety and was arrested for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated/Drugs. Deputy Prosecutor Erin Hunter will review the case.
PRESS RELEASE - August 17, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020 Sgt Gentry and Deputy Stubbs were patrolling on HWY 71 North of De Queen. Deputies noticed a Beige Ford Taurus traveling North on HWY 71 being driven by Barry Talley of De Queen. Deputies knew that Barry had felony warrants out for his arrest. Deputies followed Barry for a short distance and noticed the Ford Taurus also had a brake light out. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on Barry. After making contact with Barry. Deputies asked permission to search the vehicle. Consent was given by Barry. Deputies found a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe that also contained a white melted substance in it believed to be Methamphetamine. Barry was arrested for the outstanding warrant for breaking or entering and theft of property. Barry was also arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Both Class D Felonies. Deputy Prosecutor Erin Hunter will be reviewing the case.
Friday, August 14, 2020 Deputy Cross was working stationary radar on HWY 71 South of Lockesburg. Deputy Cross clocked a vehicle running 80-mph in a 55-mph speed zone. Deputy Cross initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and came into contact with the driver of the vehicle Wesley Schooley of Horatio. Deputy Cross explained the reason for the stop. Deputy Cross could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. At this time Deputy Cross asked Schooley for permission to search the vehicle. Wesley gave consent and Deputy Cross and Deputy Alvarado conducted a search. Upon searching the vehicle Deputy Cross located 61.2 grams of marijuana rolled up in individual cigarettes in separate containers. Wesley denied the marijuana being his but his passenger, Kenneth Hoffman of Lockesburg stated to the deputies that the marijuana was his. Deputy Cross issued Schooley a ticket for speeding and Kenneth was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Class D Felony. Deputy Prosecutor Erin Hunter will be reviewing the case.
Press Release - August 13, 2020
Sunday August 2, 2020 Deputy Stubbs and Deputy Alvin Philamlee responded to 108 Lincoln Drive in Horatio in regard to trespassing, disorderly conduct, residential burglary and attempted theft. The reporting party called and stated that a white female had just entered their home on North Cemetery Road in Horatio uninvited. Once the female was confronted by the home owner/reporting party she ran out of the house and up highway 41. The reporting party got into their vehicle and followed the female subject. The reporting party followed the female into the Horatio home sites. The reporting party witnessed the white female find a residence with the garage door open and walks into the garage and then makes entry into the residence. The residence belonged to Chief Deputy Chad Dowdle with the Sevier County Sherriff's Department; the white female was confronted by the Chief Deputy upon entry into his residence and then removed while other deputies were in route. The white female was Ashley Ayers. Deputy Prosecutor Erin Hunter will review the case and decide if she will continue to charge Ashley with trespassing, disorderly conduct, attempted theft, and residential burglary.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Chief Deputy chad Dowdle, Sgt Justin Gentry, and DTF Agent Greg Harper were on patrol North west of De Queen. Deputies were attempting to locate a Christie Yandell who was involved in a possible homicide in Sebastian County, Arkansas. Deputies had gathered information on where Christie lived in Sevier County and obtained a search warrant for her residence and also had an active felony warrant for her out of Sebastian County. Deputies had done surveillance on the residence located at 422 Rink Road for several days in attempt to catch Christie at home. On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 deputies went by the residence and seen a white female inside a vehicle parked in the yard and the vehicle had not been at the residence. Deputies pulled into the drive way and confronted the female. The female was Ginger Skinner from Howe, OK. Deputies asked Ginger if Christie Yandell was at the residence and she stated no. Deputies then approached the residence and 25-year-old Jake Ollie from Howe, OK answered the door. Jake was asked if Christie was at the residence and he stated no. Jake was explained that deputies had an active search warrant for the residence to look for Christie. Deputies entered the residence and were unable to locate Christie. Deputies did find in plain sight syringes, scales, and methamphetamine. Deputies then secured the residence and got a search warrant for the residence to search it for narcotics and other illegal substances. Once inside deputies located methamphetamine, guns, drugs paraphernalia, pills, and scales. Jack Ollie who is the son of Christie Yandell was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with purpose to deliver. Deputy Prosecutor Erin Hunter will be reviewing the case.
In the early morning hours of June 20, 2020 deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Williamson St. and Doggett Circle in Horatio. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered that the vehicle occupants had fled. While investigating the collision, deputies discovered that the wrecked vehicle was stolen out of the Horatio area. On Monday June 22, 2020 deputies also received several calls about vehicles that had been gone through and reports of items being taken. Inv. Brian Hankins and Sgt. Greg Davignon with the help of Horatio City Officer Wes Tudor and other members of the Sevier County Sheriff's Officer were able to develop several possible juvenile suspects in the vehicle break-ins. During the course of the investigation, deputies were able to develop further suspects possibly involved in the theft of the stolen vehicle that had been wrecked over the weekend. Deputies also discovered that these same suspects were involved in several other cases where mailboxes and street signs were destroyed over the weekend. An adult suspect identified as Jake Miller and four juvenile suspects were arrested in the cases involving the stolen vehicle, thefts, and vandalism. All suspects in these cases are pending charges per the prosecutor. On Wednesday June 24, 2020 deputies received a call about a residence that had been broken into and vandalized on Doggett Circle in Horatio over the weekend. Inv. Brian Hankins, Stg. Greg Davignon and Officer Tudor were able to identify the suspect in this case as being one of the same juveniles responsible for the vehicle theft and vandalisms in the Horatio area over prosecutor. The investigation continues in the residence that was damaged to see what if any involvement other suspects might have had in the incident.