Press Releases


Dale Williams Arraignment

January 24, 2019

Dale Williams was formally arraigned this morning in Johnson County Circuit Court on the charge of manslaughter in death of Jane Rust. He was booked into Johnson County Detention Center after court and released on his own recognizance while awaiting his next scheduled court date of March 8, 2019.       

Two Arrested on 1st Degree Murder Charges

On January 16, 2019, Alan Kody Rice and James Trey Holt, both residents of Clarksville were arrested for 1st Degree Murder charges. Mr. Rice and Mr. Holt were taken into custody without incident by law enforcement personnel from the Criminal Investigation Divisions of the Arkansas State Police, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Clarksville Police Department.  Both subjects are being held at the Johnson County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Due to the affidavit being sealed, no additional information will be released at this time.


Jimmy Stephens

Johnson County Sheriff

Deer Hunting Fatality

A 72 year old female was shot and killed by a deer hunter in the Yale community of northern Johnson County on Sunday November 11, 2018. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call on this tragedy at approx 1:43 p.m. and arrived on scene at 2:15 p.m. The body has been sent to the Arkansas state crime lab for autopsy.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney for review of any possible criminal charges.

No further information will be released until the conclusion of the investigation.

Victim Identified

The homicide victim found in Knoxville on Monday, Sept 24, has been identified as 20-year-old Noah Hampton of Newton County. The investigation continues into his death. If you have any information you think might be pertinent, please contact Detective Johnny Gonzales at 479-754-7810.

Detective Sustains Stab Wounds

At 7:39am Johnson County 911 dispatchers took a call regarding a naked man walking along the highway near the area of Hwys 352 & 164 north of Coal Hill. When deputies responded, Detective Buddy Beavers sustained stab wounds while attempting to arrest Mitchell Salito. Detective Beavers was treated and released at Johnson Regional Medical Center. He is back on duty. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Death Investigation

At approximately 7:30am today, the Johnson County 911 received a call of a possible body in the yard at the residence, on the corner of Ash and Highway 64 in Knoxville. Deputies responded and found a deceased male subject in the yard. The Arkansas State Police and Johnson County Sheriff’s office are currently working on the investigation. Foul play is suspected. The male has not yet been identified. No other details are available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.

We are working only ONE death investigation. No other bodies have been reported today.

The shots fired in Knoxville this afternoon were the result of someone discharging their firearm at their residence. Although multiple officers and agencies responded, no foul play was suspected.

Death Investigation

On Sunday July 29, 2018 at approximately 9:12 p.m. the Johnson County Sheriff's Department received a call of a stabbing at 192 Line Street Hartman, Ar. Upon arrival of deputies, EMS and First Responders it was determined that there was a 50 year old male victim that had been stabbed. Before the male was able to be transported he succumbed to his injuries. The Johnson County Coroner's Office was notified. The victim has been identified as Craig Evans. The suspect in the stabbing has been identified as Ambra Evans, the victim’s wife. Mrs. Evans is currently being held in the Johnson County Detention Center and will have a first appearance and bond hearing within 48 hours.

The body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory for an autopsy. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone that may have seen or heard anything in the area is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Department at 479-754-2200.

Working together pays off

Over the past several days the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Department has solved 7 burglaries. These cases are being solved for two reasons. First and foremost is because of community involvement, and secondly is because of the hard work of the men and women of the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Department.

We are thankful for your support, and for you calling us and letting us know when something just doesn’t look right. Law enforcement cannot do it alone, and neither can our community. It takes a concerted effort from each of us to make our communities safer.

As your Sheriff, I applaud you and ask that you keep those tips coming, as it is obvious that they are paying off.

I am also grateful to each of our officers who are working long hours to try and get your property recovered.

Sheriff Larry Jones

Welcome Spring – Message from the Sheriff

As winter comes to a close and we welcome spring, we at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office remember that spring is a great time in our community – a new baseball season begins, spring break is approaching, and graduation draws near for our students. We enjoy celebrating these good times in our community.


We also want to remind you that with the warmer weather, children may be playing near our county roads. Please take extra caution and slow down when driving through residential neighborhoods. And remember, children learn by watching us. If you're traveling with a child, please model good driving habits, including:


Wear your seat belt. Obey the speed limit. Slow near schools and neighborhoods (and explain why this is important) Do not text while driving. Make sure children are in the correct car seat.


For many more driving safety tips, please visit the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration at: www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety.


Thank you for keeping our roads and our citizens safe, and we look forward to the great times that spring will bring!


Sheriff Larry Jones

Press Release from the Office of Sheriff Larry Jones

For almost the past month we have been investigating a missing person case which sadly turned into a homicide case. There have been countless hours spent gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, doing surveillance and ultimately arresting suspects. None of these things happen quickly enough for law enforcement, or for family and friends of victims.

While the case is still under investigation at this time, I feel it is important to thank those that have worked tirelessly in the pursuit of justice. The Johnson County Sheriff’s office and investigators, the Arkansas State Police and investigators, Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Yell County Sheriff’s Department, Arkansas Community Correction officers and their fugitive apprehension team, the Clarksville Police Department, Coal Hill Police Department, Lamar Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Auxiliary and so many support staff from different agencies.

More and more we see that law enforcement sometimes gets cast in a non-favorable light. What I have seen and continue to see in this case is the utmost professionalism and dogged determination for the truth.

While each of us wishes that this tragedy had never occurred, I am thankful for each of you that have had a hand in the solving of this crime.

As I stated earlier, this case is still being worked on hourly. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Johnson County Sheriff at 479-754-2200.

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