Springtime often brings warmer temperatures and new growth. There is no feeling like enjoying the many festivities with family and friends in the outdoors. As Winter comes to a close and we embark on Spring, spring break and graduation draws near for many students. We at the Monroe County Sheriff Department are very excited about some of the things we hope to accomplish with the dawning of Spring 2018 as we celebrate in our community
We here at the Sheriff Department have an open door policy and if our officers including myself or Reserve Officers can ever assist you with anything please do not hesitate to contact us.
We also want to remind you that with the warm weather, children may be playing near our county roads. Please take extra caution and slow down when driving through residential neighborhoods. Remember they are our future. If you are traveling with a child, please model good behavior and driving habits. Some of which includes:
-WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT.
-OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT.
-PLEASE SLOW DOWN NEAR SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS.
-DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE.
-MAKE SURE CHILDREN ARE IN THE APPROPRIATE CAR SEAT.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Sheriff, and we look forward to the great time Spring will bring!!
SHERIFF, MICHAEL K. NEAL
We are currently talking with school leaders about deputizing a select few teachers that will become Certified Auxiliary Deputies!!
These selected few individuals will go through a comprehensive 120 hours training course this summer and receiving extensive fire arms and medical training. These Deputy Teachers will have the best training, just like our deputies patrolling the streets. Their responsibility will be the education of our children and keeping them safe. BUT in the event that there is a crisis at one of our schools, at that time... and only at that time, they will analyze the situation and take the necessary action.
This plan of action is one of the first in our state and in our country!!. We are excited about this idea as we think outside of the box to help protect and save our children. I am also scheduing a free active shooter class for all law enforcement in Monroe County this summer! Time and date to be announced.
Thank you for your support of all local law enforcement.
Sheriff, Michael K. Neal
On Saturday August 19, 2017, Deputy Burrow with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department took a report of a stolen 2008 Ford F450 utility truck from Carroll's Farm on Hwy 238, and a stolen 2008 Honda 420 Rancher from McBride's Fish Farm in Fargo.
The two incidents were initially thought not to be related and both vehicles were quickly entered into ACIC as stolen. On Sunday August 20th, 2017, Deputy Burrow received a call from Lee County Deputy Caraway advising that the truck had been recovered. Later that afternoon, Deputy Burrow received a call from a residence in Fargo stating that a green Honda ATV was parked in the tree line on one of his fields. The ATV was confirmed by Deputy Burrow as being the stolen 2008 Honda Rancher from McBride Fish Farms.
Both vehicles have been returned to the owners.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office along with the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish, DTF, Brinkley Police Department, Clarendon Police, and the FBI served 7 arrest warrants in Brinkley and Clarendon this morning at 7:30am.
These individuals are now being held at the Monroe County Detention Center below are their charges:
1. Delivery of Methamphetamine x2. Use of Communication Device x6. Delivery of Methamphetamine to certain facilities x5. Class Y, and D Felonies. Bond was set at $200,000.
2.Class Y Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine bond set at $50,000.
3. Class C-F felonies Delivery of Methamphetamine bond set at $35,000.
4. Class C-Y Felonies simultaneous possession of drugs and Firearm. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond set at $25.000.
5. Delivery of Methamphetamine Class C Felony. Bond set at $15,000.
6. Class C-F Felonies Delivery of Cocaine and Methamphetamine x-2. Bond set at $20,000.
We would like to say thank you to the citizens of Monroe County for their patience while we conduct these operations.
Above is the new Clarendon School Resource Officer vehicle. Special thanks to the city of Clarendon and Mayor Jim Stinson III for donating this car to our school system. Without their help this would not have happened.
Sheriff, Michael Neal
MANY AMERICANS ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL DURING THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY WEEKEND. TRAVELOCITY STATED THAT NEARLY 80% OF ADULTS WHO SAID THEY PLAN TO TRAVEL ON MEMORIAL DAY, PLANS TO TRAVEL BY CAR. AAA STATES THAT DUE TO LOW GAS PRICES WE HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR, MORE THAN A THIRD OF AMERICANS PLANS TO TAKE A FAMILY VACATION OF 50 MILES OR MORE FROM HOME THIS YEAR.
THE FOLLOWING ARE GOOD REMINDERS AS YOU PREPARE TO TAKE TO THE ROAD THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND:
-BUCKLE YOUR SAFETY BELT-IT IS THE BEST WAY TO STAY SAFE IN A VEHICLE AND REMEMBER, THE NATIONAL CLICK IT OR TICKET PROGRAM IS IN FULL SWING OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
-PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONE-NEARLY 10 PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND OVER 1.000 INJURED EVERY DAY IN CRASHES INVOLVING DISTRACTED DRIVERS-DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE.
-DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE-EVEN ONE ALCOHOLIC DRINK CAN REDUCE YOUR ABILITIES AND IMPAIR YOUR JUDGEMENT.
-BE PREPARED-TAKE A MAP,ATLAS OR GPS DEVICE; MAKE SURE YOUR SPARE TIRE IS INFLATED AND YOU KNOW HOW TO CHANGE IT; HAVE YOUR CAR SERVICED BEFORE HEADING OUT ; INCLUDE AN EMERGENCY KIT WITH WATER AND SNACKS IN CASE YOU'RE STRANDED FOR MORE THAN A FEW HOURS; REFUEL BEFORE YOUR GAS WARNING INDICATOR DISPLAYS.
-TURN DOWN THE MUSIC-HEARING SIRENS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES IS AN IMPORTANT WARNING TO SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY- YOU MAY BE APPROACHING AN ACCIDENT SCENE.
- KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD AND HANDS ON THE WHEEL-EATING, LOOKING FOR CD'S AND DIGGING FOR THINGS IN THE FLOORBOARD OR BACK SEAT CAN LEAD TO TROUBLE.
-GET PLENTY OF REST-MAKE SURE YOU ARE WELL RESTED BEFORE GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL, ROTATE DRIVING DUTIES WITH OTHERS IN THE CAR TO AVOID BECOMING TOO SLEEPY OR DISTRACTED.
-TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS-STOP, GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND STRETCH YOUR LEGS OFTEN.
-BE COURTEOUS-BECAUSE OF THE VOLUME OF VEHICLES ON THE ROAD, YOU ARE BOUND TO RUN INTO A FEW TRAFFIC JAMS, BE CUT OFF, OR BE FORCED TO STOP SHORT-REMAIN CALM AND COOURTEOUS-DON'T LET OTHER DRIVERS RUIN YOUR HOLIDAY.
TRAVEL SAFELY AND ENJOY YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
SHERIFF, MICHAEL NEAL
THREE SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED THIS WEEK IN MONROE COUNTY 1 FEMALE AND 2 MALES, ONE OF THE SUBJECTS WAS ARRESTED ON FEDERAL WARRANTS. DRUGS AND NARCOTICS WERE RECOVERED. THE SUBJECT ARRESTED ON FEDERAL WARRANT CHARGES, IS BEING HELD AT THE MONROE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER ON 5 COUNTS WHICH IS A CLASS Y FELONY AND A $500,000 CASH BOND ONLY.
THE SECOND OPERATION THAT TOOK PLACE IS A JOINT OPERATION OF MONROE, PRAIRIE AND ARKANSAS COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT FIFTEEN DEPUTIES WERE INVOLVED. ITEMS RECOVERED WERE:
-TWO POLARIS SIDE BY SIDES
-SCORES OF HUNTING MATERIALS
THESE ITEMS STOLEN OUT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY AND RECOVERED IN MONROE COUNTY.
Terry Cruthis, one of our part time Auxiliary Deputies passed away this morning. He was a longtime member of the Monroe County Sheriff Department Family.
DTF AUCTION WILL BE HELD SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19,2016 AT 10AM
THE AMERICAN LEGION HUT
110 NO MAIN ST.
CLARENDON, AR 72029
THERE WILL BE SEVERAL VEHICLES WHICH INCLUDES:
3. F 350 PICK UP TRUCK
4. CADILLAC SRX
AND SEVERAL OTHERS. SEE COMPLETE LIST OF VEHICLES ON THE DTF FACEBOOK PAGE.