*Monday, February 3, 2020 Deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff's Department took a report from 31-year-old Casey Parker from Nashville, AR. The report was in regard to her being pulled over by someone impersonating an officer. Casey advised deputies that the incident took place East of the Dierk's Junction on HWY 70 East. Casey stated that a black male had pulled her over in a white Chevrolet Impala or Malibu for a tun signal violation. Sevier County Deputies, De Queen Police Department, 9th West Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, Howard County Sheriff's Department, and Little River County Sheriff's Department were all involved in the investigation of this incident. Notifications to the public were made through local media, Sevier County Sheriff's Department website, the Sevier County Sheriff's Department Facebook page and BOLOS were sent out over the department terminal to other agencies to assist us in looking for this subject. Officer's spent hours investigating the case and attempting to locate this subject who was impersonating an officer.
*On Tuesday, February 4, 2020 after Sevier County Deputies had spent numerous hours investigating this incident, deputies got information that Casey had made the story up as a prank. On Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Casey was arrested and charged with "Class D Felony Filling a False Police Report" Casey is currently incarcerated in the Sevier County Jail and waiting on Bond to be set.
***The Sevier County Sheriff's Department would like to let everyone know that we take every call that comes in seriously and to let the public know we are here to take care of all the citizens of Sevier County to the best of our ability. We would like to let everyone know that anyone who calls in a false complaint will be dealt with accordingly.
*Sheriff Robert Gentry would like to thank everyone who shared our report we put on the Sheriff's Department webpage and Facebook page.
On Monday, February 3, 2020 at approximately 7:50 pm a black male driving a white Chevrolet Impala or white Chevrolet Malibu stopped a car on HWY 70 East of Dierk's Junction. The female that the person pulled over stated that she seen blue lights come on and she pulled to the shoulder. The white Chevrolet car pulled in behind her and turned the blue lights off. The reporting party then stated that a black male approximately 5 foot 7 inch and 200lbs, medium build got out of the white Chevrolet and approached her car. The reporting party stated that the black male knocked on her window and she rolled her window down. The black male stated that he pulled her over for a turn signal violation. The reporting party stated that she responded by telling the black male that she would contact her family member that works at a Police Department and see if she did anything wrong. The reporting party stated that the black male then told her "no do not call anyone and have a nice night" and that the black male returned to his vehicle and left. The reporting party stated she did not see any markings on the car.
*** If anyone comes in contact with this car or has any information in regard to the person operating this vehicle please contact the Sevier County Sheriff's Department. If someone in a vehicle like was described being driven by a black male attempts to pull you over do not stop. Call 911 immediately and get somewhere as soon as you can with other people around.***
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 12:19am the Sevier County Sheriff's Department received a call of a shooting that just occurred at 138 Saline Bluff Road in Lockesburg. Deputies responded and assisted SouthWest EMS in loading the shooting victim. The shooting victim was then transported to St. Michaels Hospital in Texarkana, TX. Sevier County Deputies, Arkansas State Police Investigators, and 9th West Drug Task Force Officer's worked the scene and did interviews. The suspected shooter has been interviewed and no cause for alarm. The investigation is still ongoing and we will keep you updated as we can.
Chad Dowdle, S2
Sevier County residents were recently informed that the county will be paying off the construction bonds for the county jail this year, which is five years sooner than anticipated. That means, a quarter cent sales tax will be sun-setting, which means the county will no longer collect that quarter cent sales tax.
However, county officials would like for county residents to approve a quarter cent sales tax that would be used to operate and maintain the county jail.
Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry reported the county jail has a budget of $1.5 million dollars. He said $660,000 of that amount comes from a three-eights sales tax. He said the rest of his budget consists of funds from the County General along with anticipated revenue from the City of De Queen, the Arkansas Department of Corrections and Little River County.
Gentry said the quarter cent sales tax that was designated for the jail's construction bonds, generates about $540,000 a year.
Gentry said if county residents allowed the county to continue collecting that quarter cent sales tax, but use it for the operation and maintenance of the jail, it would free up about $500,000 a year in the County General fund.
County Judge Greg Ray stated he's not sure what the county will do if the county residents don't approve this quarter cent sales tax for the jail.
Ray said Sheriff Gentry is doing everything he can to keep expenses down, including offering new programs, like a GPS employment program that allows inmates to stay at home with their families while working off their fines.
When the jail was built, the budget was about $800,000 and the three-eights sales tax provided about 83 percent of the jails budget. Now, it provides less than 50 percent. If county residents vote to allow the county to collect the remaining quarter cent for the jail's budget, it would provide about 80 percent of the jail's budget and provide relief to the county's General fund.
Ray also reported there will be several town hall meetings beginning in July to discuss the matter with the residents of Sevier County.
Sevier County Deputy Chet Stubbs and Sgt. Greg Davignon were presenting a Drug Education program during the Arbor Day program for 5th graders at Herman Dierks Park in De Queen Thursday, May 10th, when a female subject pulled up. The officers noticed that she was smoking with two teenagers in the vehicle and seat belts were not in use. When asked for her driver’s license, Misty McKenzie of Little Rock stated that it had been suspended. Probable Cause was developed and a search of the vehicle revealed a syringe loaded with methamphetamine.
While the search was being conducted, a male subject approached the vehicle and asked what was going on. Sgt. Davignon noticed that the subject, Nathaniel Wright of Benton, had a hunting knife on his hip and asked if he was carrying any other weapons. He admitted that he also had a handgun concealed on his person, but did not have a concealed weapons permit. Probable Cause was developed to search his motorcycle. Items discovered included 2 bags of methamphetamine, scales, a glass smoking pipe, several spoons, 20 syringes-including some used ones, a stun gun, and other drug paraphernalia.
Both Misty McKenzie and Nathaniel Wright are currently guests at the Sevier County Jail. McKenzie’s two children were released to a family member.
Saturday morning at 11:56 a.m., agents with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office, the De Queen Police Department, the South Central Drug Task Force, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Forestry Agency, the U.S. Wildlife Service, and Homeland Security executed a search and seizure warrant on Whistlestop Road and booked a total of 137 people into the Sevier County jail.
Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry reported the investigation started about 18-months ago when his department received some calls from agencies in Texas and North Arkansas about a rooster fighting ring in the county. Gentry said other agencies learned about the illegal activity while conducting interviews with subjects who had been arrested for drugs.
Gentry said 86 suspects were charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful animal fighting, which carries a possible $2,500 fine. Thirty-four suspects will be charged with felony counts of unlawful animal fighting.
Gentry said suspects were from as far away as New Jersey. He said others were from Mount Pleasant, Pittsburgh and San Antonio, Texas; Westen and Tulsa, Oklahoma; as well as, Fort Smith, Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Alma, Arkansas.
About 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th, deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office and Officer J.J. Lopez and his K9 partner, Kilo of the De Queen Police Department conducted random vehicle sniffs in the parking lot of the Horatio High School.
While sniffing around a black Mustang, Kilo hit on suspected drugs.
The vehicles owner, 18-year-old Jonathon Gonzalez of Horatio was retrieved from a classroom and escorted to the parking lot by a school employee and questioned about the K9's alert.
Gonzalez allegedly stated he had smoked marijuana in his car that morning and that was probably the reason the dog hit on his vehicle.
Deputies then searched the vehicle and discovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana along with several small Ziplock bags and an E-vape smoking devise with THC oil in it.
Gonzalez was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver
March 6th, Sevier County Investigator Jeff Wahls and Lieutenant Chad Bradshaw of the De Queen Police Department assisted agents with Homeland Security with a federal search and seizure warrant for a residence on Mercer Street in Horatio.
Officers executed the warrant about 1 p.m. and located one suspect, 27-year-old Yayserh Navarette in the house.
Officers located a loaded AR-15 rifle, a loaded Glock 9mm pistol, parts for an AR-15, ammunition and about a pound of suspected methamphetamine and about an ounce of suspected cocaine. Officers also confiscated packaging material, a tire and wheel that appeared to have been used to transport contraband and numerous cell phones.
Navarette reportedly told agent Jermy Ridenour of Homeland Security that he would travel to Dallas once or twice a month to pick up meth and cocaine. He allegedly said he put the drugs in the dash of his truck, but once he picked up a tire that contained drugs.
Navarette also allegedly confessed to selling drugs to people in Sevier County and Oklahoma.
Navarette has been charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, trafficking a controlled substance, possession of meth or cocaine with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On March 2nd, Sevier County Deputy Matt Webb was patrolling in Lockesburg when he witnessed a suspect with an active warrant sitting on the front porch of a residence on East Main Street.
Webb pulled into the driveway, but the suspect, 36-year-old Curtis Ayers of Lockesburg ran into the house. Webb knocked on the door, but Ayers would not come to the door.
Webb contacted the sheriff's office and Chief Deputy Chad Dowdle obtained a search warrant for the residence. Other deputies were dispatched to the house to ensure the suspect did not flee.
At 10:40 a.m., Dowdle arrived with the warrant and deputies executed the warrant by knocking the door down after no one would open the door. Inside the house, deputies made contact with Ashley Ayers who was taken into custody and charged for hindering apprehension.
Curtis Ayers was found in the bedroom and was taken into custody without any further incident. Curtis Ayers was arrested on the active warrant and then charged with fleeing #2.
After his arrest, a hold was put on Ayers by the Howard County Sheriff's Office for an outstanding warrant in their county.