Bad tail light leads to arrest of woman on warrant

JONESBORO, Ark. – An early morning drive for a woman resulted in her going to jail over an out of town warrant.

Melissa M. Morries, 37, of Jonesboro, was stopped at 2:15 AM in Jonesboro on Tuesday, July 16 for driving a vehicle without a tail light. Officer Trayce Williams stopped the black 2007 GMC Yukon and made contact with Morries, who said the vehicle was her bosses’ and that she was being allowed to borrow it.


However, after checking her license, the officer learned Morries had a failure to appear in court warrant out of Brookland. She was placed into custody and transported to Craighead County Detention Center where another officer served her on the warrant.

Later Tuesday morning, another woman was arrested in Jonesboro but on a felony warrant.

The call began as a welfare check at 203 East Nettleton. At 5:45 AM, Officer Tanner Huff made contact with Jennifer Lynn Rucker, 38, while she was “messing with a couch” outside in a parking lot. He could tell she was under the influence of narcotics, he reported. When he got Rucker’s name, she asked for him not to run it. Sure enough, she had a felony warrant through Craighead County. Rucker said she wasn’t sure if she had anything illegal on her. Nine pills, Clonazepam, were found in her pocket.

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She was arrested and taken to Craighead County Detention Center, where she remains as of this publication.

A 17-year-old male was the suspect of a theft after meeting up with someone to buy an Apple Watch through Facebook.

Police took the report at 9:32 PM Monday night. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, said she met up with the potential buyer through a conversation on Facebook Marketplace. After agreeing to sell it to him, they met as planned. When the suspect asked to look at the watch, she handed it to him. He took off running down Caraway Road after this.

Two men walked out the front door of a business being investigated for possible theft and were arrested by a waiting officer Monday in Jonesboro.

Kenneth Moody, 39, and John Spiker, 51, walked out the door of an empty home at the 700-block of West Monroe around noon on Monday. Another officer was checking the scene with his K9 unit about a call of two white males allegedly breaking into the home and stealing copper wire.


Both Moody and Spiker were taken to jail with each also having failure to appear warrants for their arrest.

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