First Quarter Updates
The Sheriff’s office and Detention Center have been very busy since Sheriff Stephens took office on January 1, 2019. Having just finished our first quarter, we wanted to share some of the changes and statistics with you and be as transparent as possible.
But first we would like to apologize for the inmate roster being down on our website. We understand from the many calls, texts, and emails we received that this is a widely used resource. We are in the middle of a program transition, which you will read more about below. But we are working with our IT personnel and our website provider to get the roster back online as soon as possible.
We truly appreciate all your support and patience during all of our transitions. We look forward to providing quality services and protection to all of the citizens of Johnson County
Sheriff’s Office Updates:Our patrol division began working 12-hour shifts which gives us the ability to have 3 deputies on shift at all times. This allows for us to have more patrol units on the roads, get reports completed on time, and keep our comp time down. Patrol deputies began using the eCrash accident system. This electronic reporting program immediately sends the report to the Arkansas State Police. This also makes reports easily available to those involved in an accident to access their report online at their own convenience. The Auxiliary Deputies began supervising the 309 Inmates (Trustees) while they are helping communities clean up their cemeteries in the County. Working collaboratively with the Prosecutor’s Office, we have revamped our prosecution reports to decrease redundant work for both Deputies and PA office employees. Uniforms have not been changed in the Sheriff’s office for over a decade. New uniforms were ordered in March and should arrive within the next couple weeks. Statistical reporting in all departments has changed somewhat and is being reported monthly at Quorum Court and will be reported quarterly to the public. We reorganized the Troop Room for the Deputies. This created more space and created a better workflow area. As mentioned in the introduction, we are in the process of transitioning from one Data Management System to another. This affects all of our incident reporting, criminal investigations and jail inmate management systems. It is a large undertaking but we have all the experts working together to ensure a smooth transition. As of Feb 1, we also formed a Narcotics/Criminal Apprehension Task Force. This interdiction team consists of two deputies from the Patrol Division, along with a certified narcotics detection K-9. This team is charged with concentrating their efforts on identifying and apprehending those involved in narcotic and criminal activity in our community.
Detention Center Updates:Corrections officers (CO) began working 12-hour shifts to increase jail staff coverage and to decrease comp time. Three COs were promoted to Sergeant to better manage the supervisory workload. The inmate menu was changed to decrease budget costs while maintaining healthy meal plans. The Guardian RFID system was implemented to track inmate movements and medication administration within the jail. Jail Ministry, Narcotics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery and GED classes continue. Along with the Sheriff’s Administrative Office and Patrol, the jail is in the process of changing over to the new Inmate Management System from Relativity Public Safety Solution (RPS).
911/Dispatch Updates:The Dispatch center was modified and reorganized to better increase workflow. Dispatchers began using the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software program which has improved efficiency and speed of data entry, providing more information to dispatchers during routine and emergency calls.
Information Technology Updates:We reviewed all current systems and services to decrease budget expenses. Upgraded to a new secure email system that allows officers to receive data more efficiently in the field. Upgraded PC and laptops to increase speed and efficiency. Moved to a new gigabit fiber Internet connection through Clarksville Light & Water. Secured our network to meet FBI requirements. We are the second in the State to pass the Criminal Justice Information Systems audit in 2019. Only 12 of 120 passed in 2018.
Please find attached our quarterly statistics for five different divisions under the Sheriff’s Office purview: Patrol, 911/Dispatch, Court/Transport, Criminal Investigation, Jail/Detention Center. We want to be as open and transparent as possible.
It will be our daily goal to provide quality support and protection, to which all the citizens of Johnson County are entitled.
Once again, we sincerely appreciate your support, confidence and patience during our transitions. If you have comments, concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact our office, we are here to serve you.
Sheriff Jimmy Stephens
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.
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.
Johnson County Sheriff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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