Category: Jackson County

Decision on charges in murder of Newport officer expected next week

NEWPORT, Ark. – The prosecutor in the case of the murdered Newport police officer expects a decision on charges will “probably happen” next week.

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce told NEA Report on Friday, June 23, that his office hasn’t completed the investigation into the death of Lt. Patrick Weatherford and that’s normal, he said. Boyce said the last time a capital murder investigation occurred in Jackson County, charges weren’t filed until over a month after the crime took place.  Continue reading “Decision on charges in murder of Newport officer expected next week”

No formal charges filed against Newport suspect despite false TV report

NEWPORT, Ark. – As of 4 p.m. Thursday, no charges have been filed against Tyler Calamese, 18, of Newport, in the suspected capital murder of Newport Police Department Lt. Patrick Weatherford, the prosecutor in the case confirmed to The Jonesboro Sun.

This is contradictory to a report by local television station KAIT, who said in this story that, “According to District Court records released to Region 8 News, Tyler Jermale Calamese was officially charged on June 14 in a hearing before District Court Judge Barbara Griffin.”

This is wrong. Continue reading “No formal charges filed against Newport suspect despite false TV report”

Suspected cop killer moved to Craighead County

JONESBORO, Ark. – As a prosecutor asks the public for patience, the suspected killer of a beloved Newport police officer sits in Craighead County.

On Wednesday, investigators with the Arkansas State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department continued to review evidence and follow leads in the investigation of Tyler Calamese regarding the fatal shooting of Newport Police Department Lt. Patrick Weatherford, said Third Judicial District Prosecutor Henry Boyce.  Continue reading “Suspected cop killer moved to Craighead County”