Fire and police personnel are currently on the scene of a possible drowning in Bauxite.
Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 3:20 pm, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was dispatched to an area off Mount Olive Road, known as the Blue Hole, for a possible drowning. Fire department personnel also responded and immediately began a surface, as well as an underwater search. That operation was suspended yesterday evening but resumed again this morning shortly after sunrise.
Currently, units from the SCSO, Saline County Office of Emergency Management, Arkansas Game and Fish, Bryant Fire Department, Salem Fire Department, Sardis Fire Department, Hot Springs Fire Department, Grant County Underwater Rescue, Medtran and the American Red Cross are at the location. Efforts are currently underway by underwater divers to locate the victim.
This morning, a SOund Navigation And Ranging (SONAR) unit was provided by the Hot Springs Fire Department to help assist rescue personnel with the search. That unit emits an acoustic signal or pulse which bounces off objects and returns an echo.
Detectives from the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division are currently on scene and are following up on any information which may assist in this investigation.
Early afternoon on Monday, June 5, 2017, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) patrol deputies were dispatched to an address in the 24000 block of North Sardis Road for a disturbance. A short time later, Central Communications dispatched information that a possible gunshot wound victim was enroute to the Bauxite Fire Department in a personally owned vehicle.
A victim did arrive at the Bauxite Fire Department. His wounds were treated and he was quickly transported to an area hospital. As of the writing of this press release, his condition is critical.
Detectives from the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID) responded to both the Bauxite Fire Department as well as the address on North Sardis Road.
Several leads were followed-up by CID detectives and an arrest warrant was obtained for Joseph Allen TAYLOR.
Working closely with local law enforcement agencies, as well as the United States Marshal Service, TAYLOR was arrested without incident on Thursday evening in Pulaski County. In addition to the charges filed by the SCSO, TAYLOR was found to have three additional active warrants for his arrest. TAYLOR was charged with the following:
Charge: 3182 FAILURE TO APPEAR-FELONY
Charge: 5-54-120 FAILURE TO APPEAR
Charge: 3182 FAILURE TO APPEAR-FELONY
Charge: 2323 BATTERY - 1ST DEGREE
Charge: 1889 POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CERTAIN PERSONS
Charge: 2532 TERRORISTIC ACT
Sheriff Rodney Wright complimented the Patrol Division for their actions at both scenes. Additionally, Sheriff Wright praised the Criminal Investigation Division for working around-the-clock and quickly obtaining an arrest warrant TAYLOR. Finally, the United States Marshal Service put in very long hours in making the arrest of TAYLOR.
Without question, the citizens of Saline County played a very active role in this investigation. Sheriff Wright would like to express his sincere thanks to all the people who contacted the SCSO from Monday afternoon until TAYLOR was arrested on Thursday evening.
This investigation continues to remain open and is still actively being investigated.
At approximately 8:30 am on Sunday, May 28, 2017, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a call for shots fired in the 18000 block of Highway 70, Lonsdale, Arkansas.
Responding deputies found an unresponsive subject on the property. That subject was found to be deceased.
The area was cordoned-off by Patrol Division deputies and detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) were called to the scene.
The incident was deemed a homicide and CID detectives have been actively working the investigation since Sunday morning.
The victim has been identified as James Lamere, 35 years of age, with an address in Benton, Arkansas. Next of kin have been notified.
Anyone with information pertaining to this active investigation are urged to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 501-303-5609 or 501-303-5744.
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.
SALINE COUNTY GAME ROOMS RAIDED
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.