Month: July 2016

Early morning crash kills Doniphan man

MAYNARD, Ark. – A traffic accident took the life of a Missouri man early Sunday just east of the Maynard city limits in rural Randolph County.

Clifford L. Summers, 63, of Doniphan, Mo., was killed when the 2015 GMC he was driving west on AR 328 ran off of the roadway while negotiating a curve, according to the Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash summary. Cpl. Gary Ladner with ASP reported the GMC left the road in rural Randolph County, striking a ditch. It began rolling, ejecting Summers, and finally stopped its movement facing northeast.

The area of highway the accident occurred on was east of Maynard, a small community northeast of Pocahontas, with many rolling hills. Heading westbound on AR 328, one would reach U.S. 115, a highway leading directly to Doniphan, Mo., the home of the driver.

Police noted conditions as being dry and clear at the time of the accident.

Burning box could mean jail for delinquent(s)

JONESBORO, Ark. — A woman’s Sunday started in a scary way when she opened the door to find someone had put her apartment at risk of catching on fire.

Jonesboro police responded to the arson report at about 8 a.m. Sunday at the 200-block of Cedar Street. The victim told police she had heard a noise outside her apartment door Sunday morning. When she opened the door, she found a cardboard box in flames.

Not the way anyone wants to begin their day.

The box fell into the victim’s apartment when she opened the door but a good samaritan helped her toss the burning box back out. A small amount of damage was done to the bottom of the door.

If you can help police find the perpetrator(s), it could mean cash for you. Call 935-STOP to report it to Crimestoppers. You may report crime anonymously.

Report: Missing drugs leads to armed robbery

JONESBORO, Ark. — When his friends couldn’t find their cocaine, suspicions set in and they accused the man of taking it – with intentions of him making it right.

The man told police on Saturday two suspects, 23 and 27-year-old white males, had been staying with him at his residence at the 600-block of Gladiolus Drive. He said they had demanded payment for their cocaine and said they would kill him if he didn’t make it right. He said he feared for his life due to guns being in the room and one of the suspects having a pistol.

According to a police report, the victim gave the suspects $150 out of his wallet hoping to calm them down and get them to leave him alone. One of the suspects said that amount wasn’t enough and they drove to the bank to withdraw $200 more.

Later that day the victim said both suspects started beating on his door saying he owed more money so he gave them his debit card hoping they would leave. The victim said one of the suspects knew his pin number and $250 was taken from his account before he cancelled the card.

Police have the names of the men and are investigating the incident.

Former Jonesboro COO files for Bono office

BONO, Ark. – The recently resigned chief operating officer for the City of Jonesboro wants to go to work for the City of Bono.

L.M. Duncan has filed for Bono city alderman, ward three, position one, according to information from Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday.

Duncan resigned his position as COO for the City of Jonesboro on July 21, almost one month after returning to the position. Duncan resigned the position earlier in the year, as well.

Other candidate filings as of July 29 are available below.


Source: County Clerk Kade Holliday

(Featured photo: L.M. Duncan (right) speaks with Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and another on Main Street in downtown Jonesboro, just a few days before his second resignation. By Stan Morris | NEA Report)

Woman sought for falsifying report

Press Release – Paul Holmes, JPD

Jonesboro police officers are seeking a Jonesboro woman on a felony charge of filing a false police report.

Detective Jason Simpkins on Thursday obtained a bench warrant for Whitney Mead, 25, of Jonesboro, in connection with a call to 911 Dispatch Wednesday that indicated a female had been sexually assaulted at 1751 West Nettleton and the perpetrator had fled.

Mead, Whitney
Mead. Source: JPD

Officers were given a description of a suspect in the purported crime which subsequently led to a foot pursuit of a man, but upon investigation, detectives determined that the claimed sexual assault did not occur.

Police have not been able to locate Mead. Anyone with information regarding Mead’s whereabouts may contact JPD at 935-5553 or Jonesboro Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (935-7867.)