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Full Report on Escape - Jonathan Ware

For Immediate Release

Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder or Captain Jeremy Lally

For More Information: (870) 578-5411, kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us, or jlally@poinsettcounty.us

(June 14, 2019, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

On June 13, 2019 at approximately 2:25 pm, Jonathan Ware, 32, of Harrisburg, along with other inmates, were outside during a required exercise yard call. The Detention Officer on duty stated the yard call was coming to an end when Ware took off running and managed to climb over 2 barbed wire fences and escape. The Officer immediately contacted our dispatch center and alerted them of the escape.

Deputies and Officers from surrounding agencies responded to the Detention Center and immediately started searching for Ware. Trumann PD, Harrisburg PD, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, and Local Constables assisted us with the search.

When Ware jumped the fence, he ran East towards Old Military Lane. He entered a home on Old Military Lane and changed clothes to elude detection. The owner of the house came home and noticed someone had broken in. He immediately called our dispatch center and reported the burglary. A search was conducted around the home.

At approximately 6:55 pm, we received calls from citizens who stated they saw Ware running in Harrisburg down Border Street. Deputies and Officers started chasing Ware. Ware ran inside a house on Elm Street. Officers were chasing him through the house when Ware dived head first through a closed window, which broke the glass and injured 2 officers. The officers caught Ware and he attacked them when they went to arrest him. He continued fighting the officers and attempted to break the glass on a patrol car. Ware was transported to the Poinsett County Detention Center.

Ware is charged with Third Degree Escape, 2 counts of Residential Burglary, 2 counts of Battery in the second degree (of a law enforcement officer), Fleeing on foot with property damage, and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief. Judge Ron Hunter set a $300,000 cash only bond during a Probable Cause Hearing.

Words cannot express how much I appreciate the assistance we received from the agencies that responded. I am also thankful for the citizens who called our dispatch center. I have no doubt that the assistance from the surrounding departments, tips from the community, and the media releases is the reason for our quick apprehension of Ware.

The Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office announced a new mobile App available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store on December 21, 2017. The App user can select which push notifications they would like to subscribe to through the App. For those who have the App and signed up for push notifications, they were able to receive real time information about the escape.

I would encourage anyone who has a smart phone to download the App so they can receive this type of important information. This is not Mobile Patrol. We do not use it. The inmate roster can be viewed on the App.

The App is free for users to download on both Android and iOS mobile devices. To download, visit https://www.PoinsettCountySheriff.org/app or go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and type “Poinsett County Sheriff” in the search bar. 

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Jonathan Ware - Escaped Inmate

***Update - 06/13/2019 @ 7:16 pm***

Jonathan Ware was arrested on Elm Street in Harrisburg. Ware will be charged with additional felonies. A full report will be released in the morning. I would like to thank the deputies with the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office, Officers with the Trumann PD, Harrisburg PD, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, and the local Constables. Their assistance was instrumental to the quick apprehension of Ware. A special thank you to the citizens who made the calls to help us locate him. 

Sheriff Kevin Molder 

 

***Update - 06/13/2019 @ 5:32 pm***

A Felony Escape in the 3rd Degree Warrant has been issued for Ware.

 

***06/13/2019 3:30 pm***

The Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, Harrisburg Police Department, Trumann Police Department, Arkansas State Police, and Arkansas Highway Police are currently searching for Jonathan Ware, 32, of Harrisburg. Ware escaped by jumping over 2 barbed wire fences at the Poinsett County Detention Center.  Detention Officer’s immediately contacted law enforcement.

Ware is charged with Battery in the 2nd degree and Fleeing. We are currently using every resource at our disposal to locate Ware.

If you see Ware, please contact the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office or local authorities. Please do not approach him.

More information will be provided when it is available. 

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Arkansas Drug Take Back Day Coincides with Launch of nARcansas App

For Immediate Release

Arkansas Drug Take Back Day Coincides with Launch of nARcansas App

With the launch of the nARcansas app coinciding with the 17th Arkansas Drug Take Back Day, the theme is “I can. You can. We can. Save a life with Narcan!”

“The main goal of every project, every act we participate in is to save lives,” said Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane. “The amount of lives saved with the semi-annual Arkansas Drug Take Back Day is countless. The amount of lives Arkansas first responders have saved with naloxone kits – 234! That number can only increase with the nARcansas app available to the public.”

The nARcansas app is a free opioid overdose resource containing tools that will help you administer the drug naloxone in the moment of an opioid overdose and provide steps on how to save a person’s life in the event of an opioid overdose. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid-induced overdose. Though it should be used in an emergency situation only, Naloxone has no effect on non-opioid overdoses.

The Arkansas Drug Take Back Day will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and will include more than 250 locations across the state. Hundreds of volunteers and first responders will be at those locations encouraging citizens to dispose of unused or expired medications and officers will not ask for any identification or other questions regarding the prescriptions being dropped off.

The prescription medications will later be counted for statistical purposes and destroyed at a facility in an environmentally safe manner. Prescription medicines are a toxic waste & pose a danger to people, pets, & the environment if they are not disposed of properly. Medicines flushed or poured down the drain end up in the waterways, affecting our drinking water.

Throwing medications in the trash, even if they are mixed with materials such as kitty litter or coffee grounds, will still make it to a landfill and seep through the soil and into ground water. There’s also a danger of people and/or pets finding medications in the trash - The Animal Poison Control Center said 17.5% (34,888) of pet poisoning calls in 2017 were attributed to prescription medications.

In Arkansas, there were 379 drug overdose deaths in 2016, which increased to 411 drug overdose deaths in 2017. Arkansas ranks second in the nation for per capita opioid prescriptions, at 107 per 100 residents; the national average is 58.7 prescriptions per 100 persons. In nearly a decade (since 2000) deaths involving opioids has increased by 200% in the U.S.

Two-thirds of teenagers & young adults who report abuse of prescription medications say they get the majority of the medications from friends, family & acquaintances. Where do they get them? From our homes.  Ask yourself if your medications are easily accessible by other people? Are they in a bathroom medicine cabinet, a drawer, or lying out on the counter? Do you keep medicines by your living room chair? Are your medications at risk of being pilfered through if you leave the room, even for just a few minutes?

    DON’T leave medication bottles or pill cases lying around     DON’T store medicines in an unsecured medicine cabinet or bathroom drawer     DON’T ignore warning signs (Ex: bottles tampered with, pills missing or drugged behavior of someone in your home)     DO lock up medications in a lock box or hide them in a safe place     DO keep track of medications – count pills, make marks on liquid containers     DO keep track of refills – refilling medicine more often than expected can indicate a problem     DO encourage relatives, friends & neighbors to monitor medications and participate in the Arkansas Drug Take Back Day.

The nARcansas app was created in a partnership with the Office of Arkansas Drug Director, Criminal Justice Institute, Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services and Team Si. Naloxone is available for purchase by the public at some pharmacies throughout Arkansas.

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Aggravated Cruelty to Dogs Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder or Captain Jeremy Lally

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us, jlally@poinsettcounty.us                                                                 

(12/31/2018, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

Aggravated Cruelty to Dogs Investigation 

On December 26, 2018, the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a person who witnessed a person on Highway 214 and Henderson Lane cutting the throats of several puppies and throwing them in to the ditch. Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office investigators immediately started investigating the incident. Based on evidence and a statement from the witness, it is determined that Jerry D. Miller, 58, of Trumann is the person the witness saw committing the act.

An Arrest Warrant for Jerry D. Miller, 58, of Trumann was issued for 5 Counts of Aggravated Cruelty to a Dog, one count for each puppy on December 27, 2019. Miller was located and arrested.

With the help of the Harrisburg Animal Shelter, Trumann Animal Shelter, and the North East Arkansas Humane Society, the puppies killed were properly buried and all dogs remaining at the Miller’s residence were removed.

Jerry D. Miller, 58, of Trumann, is charged with 5 Counts of Aggravated Cruelty to a Dog.

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Probation Search on N. Pine Street in Trumann Leads to 2 Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us

(12/11/2018, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

Probation Search on N. Pine Street in Trumann Leads to 2 Arrests 

On December 10, 2018, the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office and Trumann Police Department conducted a probation search was conducted at 346 N. Pine Street in Trumann AR. During the search of the residence, deputies located three used syringes in the bedroom along with drug paraphernalia containing what is believed to be methamphetamine. Both occupants of the residence were transported to the Poinsett County detention center.

Danny Floyd, 45, of Trumann, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Anna Barnett, 31, of Trumann, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Parole Search Leads to Arrest in Harrisburg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us

(12/12/2018, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

Parole Search Leads to Arrest in Harrisburg 

On December 10, 2018, deputies went to Redbud Street in Harrisburg to conduct a Parole search. While there, a Failure to Appear Warrant issued out of Harrisburg Disrtrict Court was served on Carson Clampit. He was arrested on site for the Warrant. Clampit had a black cloth case in his possession. Two used syringes, a baggie containing methamphetamine, and another baggie containing marijuana was in his possession.

Carson Clampit, 36, of Harrisburg is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth) With Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana), and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Probation Search on 1st Street in Trumann Leads to 2 Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us

(12/11/2018, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

Probation Search on 1st Street in Trumann Leads to 2 Arrests 

On December 10, 2018, a probation search was conducted by the Sheriff's Office and Trumann Police Department on 1212 1st Street in Trumann, AR. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies observed Joshua Kirkland standing on the front porch. A deputy approached Joshua Kirkland and notified him of the Probation search. The deputy searched him and recovered a used needle inside his right pocket. Joshua Kirkland was placed under arrest and deputies proceeded in to the residence to continue the search. Upon entry Rex Kirkland was observed asleep on the living room couch. Rex was awake but remained lying down. During the search, deputies instructed Rex to stand up and allow them to search the couch. As Rex Kirkland stood up, deputies observed him attempting to cover something in the blanket. When the blanket was removed, a used glass pipe containing what is believed to be crystal methamphetamine was recovered. Rex Kirkland was placed under arrest and the two individuals were transported to the Poinsett County Detention Center.

Rex Kirkland, 64, of Trumann is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Joshua Kirkland, 33, of Trumann is charged with Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Delivery Warrant Served

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Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us

(12/11/2018, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

Delivery Warrant Served

On December 10th 2018, a Felony Warrant obtained by drug investigators of the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office and Trumann Police Department was served on James Smith, 43, of Harrisburg. The Warrant was served at Bolivar Cemetery on Massengill Road where Smith was arrested. Smith had been under investigation for approximately two months due to him illegally distributing Methamphetamine. After being arrested on the Warrant, Smith handed investigators a white plastic cylinder that contained three (3) separate plastic bags. Two (2) plastic corner baggies contained a white shard crystallized substance weighing approximately 7.8 grams and one baggie contained white oblong prescription pills. The illegal drugs are believed to be Methamphetamine Ice and Hydrocodones. During a search of Smith’s vehicle, a black automatic handgun in a bag and two (2) separate clear plastic baggies containing green leafy buds were hidden in a glove. Smith was transported to the Poinsett County Detention Center.

James Smith, 43, of Harrisburg is charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Meth) With Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule 1 or 2 not Meth or Cocaine With Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) With Intent to Deliver, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Execution of Search Warrant in Pitts Nets 4 Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us

(11/08/2018, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

Execution of Search Warrant in Pitts Nets 4 Arrests

On November 8, 2018, a search warrant was executed by the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office and Trumann Police Department at 1024 Rich Road in Pitts, AR. During the search, Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia were found in the residence. Deputies also seized over six hundred dollars of US currency after the search. The following individuals were arrested and transported to the Poinsett County Detention Center to await a Probable Cause Hearing.

Michael Vann, 50, of Pitts is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) with Purpose to Deliver, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felony Child Endangerment.

Tasha Mckellar, 29, of Pitts is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) with Purpose to Deliver, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felony Child Endangerment.

Brian McKellar, 33, of Pitts is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) with Purpose to Deliver, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Anna McKellar, 42, of Pitts is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) with Purpose to Deliver, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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Execution of Search Warrant in Harrisburg Netted 2 Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or kevin.molder@poinsettcounty.us

(10/22/2018, Poinsett County, Arkansas)

Execution of Search Warrant in Harrisburg Netted 2 Arrests

On October 18, 2018, a Search Warrant was served at Danny and Julie Wheeler’s residence at 8810 Rolling Hills Lane in Harrisburg, AR. The warrant stemmed from an active drug delivery investigation by our investigators. 8 guns, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were seized from the residence. 2 of the guns seized were stolen and one of the guns is believed to be the gun used in the shooting at Tulot on October 2, 2018.

The following people were arrested and transported to the Poinsett County Detention Center.

Danny Wheeler, 48, of Harrisburg is charged with Furnishing a Handgun or a Prohibited Weapon to a Felon, Theft by Receiving, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, and Felony Drug Paraphernalia. A bond of $55,000 was set on October 19, 2018.

Julie Wheeler, 44, of Harrisburg is charged with Theft by Receiving, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, and Felony Drug Paraphernalia. A bond of $20,000 was set on October 19, 2018.

Sheriff Kevin Molder

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