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PRESS RELEASE FROM SHERIFF LARRY JONES

PRESS RELEASE FROM SHERIFF LARRY JONES

 

On Friday August 11, 2017 around 9:25p.m., the JCSO received a call of a possible missing person. The individual in question was identified as Andres Perez-Arce and his wife was concerned because he had not returned from a fishing outing.

Mr. Perez-Arce's vehicle was located in the area of the Hartman bridge. A search of the area was conducted and some of Mr. Perez-Arce's fishing items were located by the creek by the JCSO K-9 Unit. With the findings from the K-9,  the JCSO dive team was contacted and confirmed to respond at daylight.

JCSO Auxiliary officers, including the K9 unit, were asked to stay on scene until the arrival of the dive team. At approx. 4:25 a.m., Cpl. Chris Brownlow and Auxiliary Commander Rick Casey performed another search of the area and located Mr. Perez-Arce body in the water. JCSO personnel, JCSO dive team personnel, and the Johnson County Coroner’s office recovered the body from the creek. The Johnson Co. Coroner’s office sent the body to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy, at this time no foul play is suspected.

 

Sheriff Larry Jones

Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF SHERIFF LARRY JONES

 

On July 24, 2017, at approx. 4:03p.m. the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s office received a call of an accident south of Hartman in the western part of Johnson Co.

Upon arrival of deputies it was discovered that there was also an altercation that had occurred and that a person had reportedly been stabbed.

Further investigation determined that the individual that had been stabbed was currently at the Johnson County Regional Medical Center. The victim was subsequently treated and released from JRMC.

This is an ongoing investigation. J.D. Gifford II and Kayla Gifford are currently being held in the Johnson County Detention Center on preliminary charges of Aggravated Assault. Jacob Gifford is a person of interest in this case and is being sought for questioning.

 

Sheriff Larry Jones

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF LARRY JONES

 

On July 9, 2017 at approximately 5:21p.m., the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s dispatch received a call of a possible drowning at the Oark bridge area of the Mulberry River.

Upon arrival of emergency personnel it was discovered that a 10 year old female had drowned. This incident occurred while there were families at the site having a family gathering. There were other juveniles of the families that were also at the creek when this incident happened. Three of these juveniles were transported to medical facilities with two of them being airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and one being transported via ambulance to Johnson Regional Medical Center. The mother of the drowning victim, Paw Moo, was also transported via ambulance to Johnson Regional Medical Center.

The two juveniles that were transported to ACH have been treated and released. The mother, Paw Moo, has also been treated and released from JRMC. The other juvenile is still hospitalized at JRMC with non-life threatening injuries.

I ask that you say a prayer for the families involved in this tragedy, as well as all of the first responders that were dealing with this incident.

Sheriff Larry Jones

Death Investigation

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Clarksville man after he was found deceased at his residence at 235 PR 3555 Clarksville.

 

     At approximately 12:51AM Friday, May 26, the Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a shooting at 235 PR3555 Clarksville. On arrival, Sheriff’s deputies found 38 year old Donald Skidmore deceased outside his home.

 

     Sheriff’s Investigators and the Johnson County Coroner were summoned to initiate an investigation. The body of the deceased is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for an autopsy.

 

     The suspect, Billy Martin, was arrested and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center.

 

   The investigation remains open pending the preliminary autopsy results.

 

Sheriff Larry Jones

Johnson County Deputy Resigns

PRESS RELEASE FROM JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF LARRY JONES

 

IN REFERENCE TO THE INVESTIGATION OF AN EMPLOYEE OF THE JOHNSON CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN CONCLUDED BY THE ARKANSAS STATE POLICE AND WAS SUBMITTED TO THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY FOR REVIEW. THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY HAS DECLINED TO PURSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES.

 

LT. JEFF WOOD RESIGNED HIS POSITION WITH THE JOHNSON CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE ON APRIL 28, 2017.

 

SHERIFF LARRY JONES

New Release

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has suspended a deputy with pay pending the outcome of an Arkansas State Police investigation.

We will not have any further comment on this at this time in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

 

Sheriff Larry Jones    

Missing Children Update

At approximately 6:04 pm on 03/23/17 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department along with the US Park Rangers located Mr. Larry Childress and the three missing children from Johnson County.  Mr. Childress was taken into custody and is being held at the Johnson County Detention Center for kidnapping.

Seven year old Kaydence, two year old Damon, and one year old Elijah were reunited with their mother and are safe.  The investigation is on going at this time.

Missing Children Located

The three children that were missing from Johnson County have been located.  The children and their grandfather were located on the Buffalo River in the Ponca area.  The children are ok, and have been returned to their mother.  The grandfather is being transported to the Johnson County Detention Center on kidnapping charges.  This is an ongoing investigation.

Missing Children

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is currently asking for the community’s help in locating 7 year female Kaydance, 2 year old male Damon, and 1 year old male Elijah.  The children are reported to be with their maternal grandfather, Mr. Larry Childress, who picked them up in Johnson County on Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017 and was supposed to return them home Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

At this time authorities are not under the impression that the children are in any direct danger. Information has been obtained that the children and Mr. Childress are possibly camping along the Buffalo River. If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of the children and their grandfather, please call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office  at 479-754-2200 or your local authorities.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF SHERIFF LARRY JONES

 

 

On 12-5-2016 mid-afternoon the Johnson Co. Dispatch center received a call with vague information of a possible hostage situation in the Knoxville area of eastern Johnson County. Deputies responded to the area and checked several residences without success. Later in the evening we received information that Russellville officers were following a vehicle that could possibly be involved in the earlier reported incident. This vehicle ultimately got off of the interstate at Knoxville. Upon an attempt by officers to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle fled with shots being fired from the fleeing vehicle. Officers lost sight of the vehicle at this point and it was later found abandoned in the Knoxville area. A search for the suspects in the area led to the arrest of three subjects who are currently in the Johnson County Detention Center. This case is still an active investigation with our investigators and deputies following up tip and leads. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s office.

 

Thank you,

Larry Jones

Johnson Co. Sheriff

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