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On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at approximately 9:10 pm, deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were dispatched to an address in the 7000 block of Myrtle Drive, Mabelvale, for a shooting. 

Upon arrival, a male was found unresponsive in the driveway of that residence.  The victim was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.

The area was cordoned-off as a crime scene by Patrol Division deputies and detectives from the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID) responded to the area.

Throughout the course of this investigation, the victim of this homicide has been identified.  Due to the victim’s age, his identity will not be released.  Next of kin has been notified.

This is an ongoing investigation.  The SCSO has been working closely with the Little Rock Police Department.  There appears to be a connection with the incident that occurred in Saline County on Saturday evening and a double homicide, along with a separate suicide, that is currently being investigated by the Little Rock Police Department.

It is too early in the investigation to draw conclusions or to release any additional information.  However, the SCSO wants to quash any fears that citizens may have regarding the person responsible for the homicide which occurred in Mabelvale.  The SCSO is confident that the person responsible for that act is no longer a threat.  



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On Monday, May 8, 2017, four (4) search and seizure warrants were executed at various gaming rooms in Saline County.  The locations were:

Chicot Game Room             14124 Chicot Road

Just for Fun Game Room     14014 Chicot Road

Penny Place Game Room     19630 Arch Street

Teana’s Game Room           14305 Chicot Road

Evidence pertaining to Arkansas Code, Title 5 – Criminal Offenses, Subchapter 6 – Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, or Welfare, Chapter 66 Gambling was recovered.  United States currency, numerous documents and several gaming machines were seized during this operation.

The issuance of the search and seizure warrants was a result of a collaborative investigation conducted by the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Little Rock Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Sheriff Rodney Wright’s commented, “This type of gaming is considered illegal in the State of Arkansas and after fielding several complaints from local residents, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office acted accordingly.  The Sheriff’s Office will continue to follow up on all citizen complaints to keep our community safe.”

This investigation is ongoing.




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On Sunday afternoon, April 30, 2017, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was dispatched to Lake Winona for a possible drowning.

It appears that several kayakers were in the area of the spillway when one of them experienced difficulty.  The other kayakers attempted to aid their friend, but the high water made it impossible.

Fire department personnel, Grant County Swift Water Rescue, Game and Fish and Arkansas State Police also responded to the scene.  After several hours, the kayakers who attempted to aid their friend were rescued. 

Fire department personnel, officers from Game and Fish as well as members of the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID), remained on the scene overnight.  Due to the fast running water, rescue units were unable to safely reach the location where the kayaker was last seen.

This morning the location of the kayaker was reached and his body was recovered by rescue workers. 





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The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) recently learned that accounts were opened at Home Depot and Target after suspect(s) obtained an innocent victim’s identity.

The suspects have charged over $2,200 worth of merchandise from: Home Depot (North Little Rock); Home Depot (Benton); Target (Bryant); and Target (North Little Rock).

The purchases were on:

Saturday              4/1/17                  8:55 am                Target (Bryant)

Saturday              4/1/17                  11:00 pm              Target (North Little Rock)

Monday               4/3/17                   10:00 pm              Home Depot (North Little Rock)

Tuesday               4/4/17                  10:00 pm              Home Depot (Benton)

The attached photographs were captured at the Home Depot (Benton) and Target (Benton).

If anyone has information pertaining to the identity of these two individuals, they are urged to contact the SCSO via Facebook, the SCSO Crime Tip Hotline (501-303-5744) or via the SCSO website (www.scsosherifff.org).  During working hours, information can also be passed to the Criminal Investigation Division at 501-303-5609.  




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The Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is asking for the community's help with any information that could help locate Kelly Ann Stigar.

Family and friends of Ms. Stigar are very concerned for her welfare.

Citizens are urged to contact Detective Michael Bowden at 501-303-5608 or 501-303-5647 should they have any information.  Callers can remain anonymous if they so choose.






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Americans take 233 billion trips in cars each year. Of those, about one out of every two thousand trips are taken by those who are driving under the influence of alcohol.  Yet, almost one out of every three traffic deaths involve drunk driving.

“A proportionally tiny amount of bad behavior is one of the major causes of death and injury on our roadways,” stated Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright. 

On average, every 53 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash.  Every two minutes, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime. 

In an effort to reduce traffic fatalities, beginning this weekend and continuing through March, April and May, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) will be stepping up traffic patrols and DWI checkpoints.  The SCSO will collaborate with the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish, Benton PD, Bryant PD and Camack Village PD.   

Particularly over the Memorial Day weekend, the SCSO will be increasing their presence on roads with the aid of grants to help pay for overtime.

The SCSO Patrol Division lieutenant stated, "We're giving Saline County drivers a clear warning.  Enforcement during this campaign will be strong and if you're caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be arrested.  Make a commitment now, while you're sober, to avoid getting behind the wheel if you're impaired.  It's simply not worth the risk."


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Shortly after 7:00 pm last night, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was notified of a possible wanted subject inside of a home in the 4800 block of Highway 5.

When deputies arrived, Joseph Ioup refused to open the front door and began cursing.  Mr. Ioup did have an active warrant for Failure to Appear (FTA) on a felony charge.

For over 40 minutes, the SCSO Patrol Division sergeant attempted to speak to Mr. Ioup.  Mr. Ioup refused to exit the dwelling and began throwing items through windows in the direction of the SCSO deputies.  At one point, Mr. Ioup threatened to burn the house down.

The sergeant on duty contacted the Fire Department to have them stand-by in the event that Mr. Ioup followed through with his threats.  Shortly after the units from Crows Station Fire Department arrived, smoke and flames could be seen. 

The dwelling was fully involved and Crows Station and Salem Fire Department units took steps to extinguish the blaze.  Mr. Ioup dropped a Yellow Labrador Retriever out of the rear window and then lowered himself from that window to the ground.

Mr. Ioup was treated for minor injuries at the scene by the SCSO deputies and EMS personnel.  He was later transported to Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH).  Mr. Ioup was released from SMH and transported to the Saline County Detention Center.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) responded to the scene.  The CID detectives collected evidence and the investigation is ongoing.  In addition to the felony FTA warrant, Mr. Ioup was charged with Arson, a Class A Felony.

SCSO Deputy Jack Campbell took custody of “Gunter” the 2 year old Yellow Lab.  “Gunter” was examined and appears to be healthy.  “Gunter” is in good hands and is expected to be released to either a relative or friend in the next few days.   

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On Sunday, December 4, 2016, just before 8:00 PM, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies were dispatched to the Pizza Hut on Arch Street for a robbery that had just occurred.


Upon arrival, Patrol Division deputies were able to determine that three black male subjects, two of which were armed with handguns, had robbed the store of an undetermined amount of money. The suspects fled the scene in a white 2007-2009 Chevrolet Impala. The tag number could not be obtained however witnesses believe it may have had a paper tag (temporary registration).


Detectives from the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division are pursuing leads which may link the suspects and vehicle to other recent robberies in Cabot, Benton, Hot Springs and possibly Little Rock.


Anyone with information are urged to dial 911. Citizens can also call 501-303-5744, the SCSO Crime Tip Line and leave information an anonymously. DO NOT TAKE ACTION ON YOUR OWN AS WE BELIEVE THESE SUSPECTS TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS!


The description of the suspects is as follows:


Suspect 1:  Black/Male, approximately 5’7 – 5’9, medium build, wearing a bluish colored jacket with (2) white strips down the back, blue jeans, white shoes, grey work style gloves and camo mask. Armed with a semi-automatic pistol, with extended magazine and forward hand grip taped on the gun.


Suspect 2:  Black/Male, approximately 6’0, medium build, wearing a light blue colored, quilted jacket, dark jeans, white shoes, no gloves, white and gray camo colored mask.


Suspect 3:  Black/Male, approximately 6’0, slender build, wearing a light gray hooded sweat shirt (full zip), light gray sweat pants, black shoes, blue bandana across face, no gloves. Armed with a black revolver.





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Shortly before 8:00 PM on November 27, 2016, deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were dispatched to an address in the 8100 block of Russwood Lane West, Mabelvale, for a shooting.

Upon the arrival of deputies, it could not be determined how many victims were involved or if anyone was physically injured.

The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) was notified and responded to the scene.  Based on the collaborative investigation conducted by Patrol Division deputies and CID detectives, three (3) arrests were made in connection with this incident.

Zachary Mitchell was arrested and charged with the following:

1.  Criminal attempt to commit capital murder (2 counts)
2.  Possession of a firearm by certain person
3.  Aggravated assault on a family members
4.  Criminal mischief – first degree
5.  Possession of controlled substance
5.  Possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts)
6.  Disorderly conduct

Geraldine Clements was arrested and charged with the following:

1.  Hindering an apprehension
2.  Tampering with physical evidence

Season Robinson was arrested and charged with the following:

1.  Possession of controlled substance
2.  Possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts)

The victims in this investigation are juveniles and no information will be provided as to their identities.  One victim did suffer physical injuries as a result of the shooting.  That victim was treated and released from an undisclosed hospital.

Zachary Mitchell attended a bond hearing this morning in District Court and a $100,000 Sheriff’s Bond was issued.

Geraldine Clements attended a bond hearing this morning in District Court and a $10,000 Signature Bond was issued.

Season Robinson attended a bond hearing this morning in District Court and a $20,000 Sheriff’s Bond was issued.




Geraldine CLEMENTS







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Saline County Sheriff’s Office Develops Informational Traffic Stop Videos to Educate the Public

Saline County, AR – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has developed two (2) informational videos regarding traffic stop procedures.  

Understanding that traffic stops are anything but routine for law enforcement and can be unnerving for the driver and passengers as well, the videos portray a traffic stop from the perspective of a deputy and a driver. The videos review procedures and actions of a deputy during the course of the traffic stop and also discuss the expectations of a driver during the stop.

The attached video follows the procedures during a traffic stop where the driver is a concealed carry permit holder. 

In an attempt to make such an encounter with a SCSO deputy conducting a traffic less stressful, Sheriff Rodney Wright has narrated these videos.  The SCSO hopes that you find this instructional video informative and helpful.

Both videos can be viewed on the Saline County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page which is easily accessible through the SCSO website, www.scsosheriff.org.  







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