Deen declines to prosecute woman in alleged ‘murder for hire’ case

  A Drew County woman who is alleged to have attempted to hire someone to murder a former employee and her former son-in-law will not be prosecuted, according to 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen. Deen said he found that 70-year-old Mary Maloney had voluntarily renounced her criminal purpose and interrupted the planning and commission of the murders she had solicited. In a February 12 letter from Deen to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator … Continued

$500K bond set for Dumas murder suspect

Circuit Judge Don Glover on Monday set a $500,000 bond for a man suspected in the Saturday night shooting death of a Dumas teen and the serious injury of another.   Todd Thompson, 21, of Dumas was arrested Sunday after making arrangements to turn himself in to State Police. He is alleged to have fired gunshots, one striking 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan and another striking 18-year-old Kace Nelson, following a verbal altercation. “A group of young … Continued

Ward Davis has a story to tell

Editor's note: Ward Davis, a Nashville singer and songwriter, is a Drew County native. His new CD "15 Years in a 10-Year Town" will be released on May 12. It will feature eight of Davis' original songs including "Unfair Weather Friend", a song Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard cut, and the Ed Bruce classic, "Old Worn Out Cowboys," which is a duet with a very special guest artist. The following story, written by Davis, reveals the … Continued

Dumas teen killed, another seriously injured in Saturday night shooting

A 21-year-old Dumas man has been arrested in connection with a Saturday night shooting in Dumas that left one teen dead and another critically injured, according to State Police spokesman Bill Sadler. Todd Thompson is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan, of Dumas, and a first-degree battery charge in the serious injury of 18-year-old Kace Nelson, also of Dumas. Sadler said Dumas police were notified Saturday at 9:35 p.m. … Continued

McGehee man killed in head-on collision

A Desha County man was killed Thursday in head-on collision on Highway 165 south of Dermott. James Daniel French, 66, of McGehee was traveling north on Highway 165 when his 2014 Dodge crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2014 Kenworth head-on, according to a State Police report. French died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Kenworth, Quevedo Anibal, 44, of Los Angeles, was not injured. The weather was clear … Continued

Parolee gets 50 years for possessing child pornography

    A parolee who was sentenced in 2013 to six years in prison for growing psilocybin mushrooms in the Dumas home where he lived with his parents will be going back to prison. Christopher S. Gentry, 41, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for possession of child pornography. While investigating the drug crime in 2013, 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force Agents seized Gentry’s computer. A report on the analysis of the … Continued

Mom arrested for smoking meth with 14-year-old daughter

Editor’s note: the name of the suspect is being withheld by Seark Today to protect the identity of her minor children.   A 32-year-old Drew County woman was arrested Thursday for endangering her 14-year-old daughter by allowing her to smoke methamphetamine and marijuana, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. The girl and her three siblings were removed from the home and the woman was arrested for allegedly … Continued

Carson Owens murder trial postponed

The first-degree murder trial of a 21-year-old Crossett man has been postponed and he has been recommitted to the State Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Richard Carson Owens, who is charged in the April 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Jacob Stockstill, was initially declared unfit to stand trial in February 2013 and committed to the State Hospital. The following year, in January 2014, Owens was deemed competent to proceed with the murder trial. Now, a … Continued

Caregiver pleads guilty to spraying bleach in client’s face

A residential care technician at the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for spraying bleach into the face of a developmentally disabled client, causing chemical burns and blistering but no permanent injuries. Tristan S. Gill, 23, of Warren pleaded guilty to adult abuse and criminal use of property. Adult abuse is a Class D felony and criminal use of property is a Class B felony. The … Continued

Monticello man gets probation for manslaughter

  Harold Goffin, III, 19, of Monticello, was convicted this week of manslaughter and aggravated assault in the death of 20-year-old DeAngelo Martin, also of Monticello. Goffin, who was arrested in June 2014 for what appeared to police to have been a reckless, but unintentional accident, received three years probation. Martin was shot once in the head on June 2, 2014 at a residence on Lincoln Court in Monticello. He died the following day at … Continued