Kolby Harper was sworn in as deputy prosecutor for Hempstead and Nevada Counties by Circuit Judge Duncan Culpepper on Wednesday January 3rd in the Nevada County Courtroom. She will serve under Christi McQueen, Prosecuting Attorney for the Eight North Judicial District. Harper is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. She worked in the Clark County Prosecutor's office before joining McQueen's office. She is also a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where she majored in Political Science and Spainish with a minor n French. After graduating from OBU, she was an Ambassadorial Rotary Scholar in Mendoza Argentina for six months. While there she became fluent in Spanish. Harper, 31, is a native of Gurdon.
Four Adults One Juvenile Arrested on Drug and Weapon Charges
At approximately 1:00 am, Monday January 1, 2018, Deputy Reyn Brown conducted a traffic stop on a ford pick-up occupied by four adults and one juvenile.
As the vehicle came to a stop, a passenger exited the vehicle as if he was about to flee on foot. Deputy Brown exited his patrol unit and ran to the passenger side of the vehicle and the male turned around and jumped back in the vehicle as he approached.
Deputy Brown made contact with the male and identified him as a 17-year-old Male Juvenile. Deputy Brown smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Deputy Brown made contact with the driver of the vehicle and identified him as Clifton Henry. Deputy Brown located 2 small clear bags containing a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana on Henry’s person. Deputy Brown asked Clifton if that was all he had on him and he stated no, he had some shorts on under his jeans and has some inside there. Deputy Brown searched Clifton's pants and did not locate anything. Deputy Brown began to shake Clifton’s pants leg and 3 small clear bags containing suspected marijuana fell out and hit the ground. Deputy Brown also located $123.00. Clifton was placed under arrest.
Deputy Brown went back to speak with the 17-year-old male juvenile. While speaking with him Deputy Brown observed what appeared to be suspected marijuana in the cup holder of the vehicle. The 17-year-old was placed under arrest. Deputy Brown asked a back-seat passenger later identified as Khaliya Box to step out of the vehicle and he did not want to cooperate with officers. He finally exited the vehicle. Deputy Brown asked Khaliya if there was anything illegal on his person that he needed to know about. Khaliya was very uncooperative and attempted to pull away from officers during a search of his person. During the search of his person, Deputy Brown located a silver .22 pistol with a black handle in his right pants pocket. The pistol had 11 unspent .22 bullets loaded in a magazine and 1 unspent bullet in the chamber ready to fire.
Deputy Brown asked another backseat passenger later identified as Charles Horton to exit the vehicle and he was very uncooperative as well and attempted to pull away from officers. During a search of his person Deputy Brown located a black .9mm pistol with 9 unspent rounds in the magazine and 1 unspent round in the chamber ready to fire. Deputy Brown asked the last passenger, Bernard MacArthur to exit the vehicle and he did. All 5 occupants were placed under arrest for the marijuana located in the vehicle and the two firearms. Deputy Brown conducted a search of the vehicle and located a black bag containing 9 clear individually packaged bags containing suspected marijuana and a set of digital scales commonly used for weighing narcotics with marijuana residue on it. Also during a search of the vehicle Deputy Brown located another clear bag containing suspected marijuana inside the glove box.
Deputy Brown had the police dispatcher conduct an ACIC/NCIC query on the serial numbers from the firearms. The query revealed that the silver .22 pistol was stolen from Hope, Arkansas and was linked to an HPD case. Deputy Brown notified HPD that the .22 pistol had been recovered
The 17-year-old juvenile, Clifton Henry, Khaliya Box, Bernard McArthur, and Charles Horton were all transported to the HCDF.
Clifton Henry age 18 of Hope was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (marijuana near certain facilities because the stop was right beside a school), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on suspended driver's license, and no registration plate light.
Khaliya Box age 18 of Hope, was charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (marijuana near certain facilities), possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a weapon, and theft by receiving.
Charles Horton age 19 of Hope, was charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (marijuana near certain facilities), possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a weapon.
Bernard Mc Arthur age 20, of Hope, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (marijuana near certain facilities), possession of drug paraphernalia. Brian was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (marijuana near certain facilities) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Clifton, Khaliya, Charles and Bernard were turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking process. They will be held for 1st court appearance.
Deputy Brown contacted the juvenile intake officer and advised her of the situation with the 17-year-old. She asked if there was room to house him at the HCDF and there was no room. She advised Deputy Brown to contact his mother and release him to her, and give them a court date of February 1, 2018. Deputy Brown made contact with the 17-year old’s mother, had her come to the police department and he was released to her.
Arrest for Methamphetamine, Careless Driving
On Sunday, December 31, 2017 at approximately 2030 hours, Deputy Brown was patrolling the 3500 block of Highway 355 S, when I observed a 2007 white Chevrolet commit the traffic violation of careless and prohibited driving, in violation of Arkansas code 27-51-104, in Hempstead County, Arkansas.
Deputy Brown made contact with the driver of the vehicle and identified him as J.L Stinson. Deputy Brown had the police dispatcher conduct an ACIC/NCIC query on J.L. The query revealed that he had a suspended driver's license and previous arrest for narcotic violations. J.L appeared to be very nervous and could not sit still.
Deputy Brown asked J.L to step out of the vehicle and speak with him, Once out of the vehicle Deputy Brown asked J.L if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle and he stated no. Deputy Brown asked J.L if he could search the vehicle real quick to make sure nothing illegal was in there. He stated go ahead. Deputy Brown conducted a search on the inside of the vehicle and located a clear bag containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine stuffed between the driver's and middle seat cushion. J.L was placed under arrest at this time.
Stinson was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), careless and prohibited driving and driving on suspended driver's license. J.L will be held for 1st court appearance. He was turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking process.
On December 29, 2017 at approximately 0304 hours, Deputy Malone was dispatched to 4259 Highway 67 West regarding a domestic disturbance.
Deputy Malone made contact with the female victim who stated that she and her Ex-husband moved back in together, and have been living with each other for approximately 30 days. She stated that they were both intoxicated and things got heated and they began to argue.
Female Victim stated that she just wanted The Hempstead County Sheriff's Office to be aware of the incident, and did not want a Deputy to make contact with her at her residence.
Recovery of Stolen Vehicle
On December 29, 2017 at approximately 1127 hours, Deputy Malone was patrolling the area of Highway 371 East and Oak Street in Blevins, Arkansas. Deputy Malone was searching for a vehicle that was reported stolen from Hope, Arkansas. The vehicle reported stolen was a 2003 white Toyota Tundra bearing Arkansas license plate number 250RJX. Officer Charlie Featherston of the Hope Police Department advised that Braydon Whitney was the suspect in the case.
While patrolling the area Deputy Malone observed a white Toyota Tundra backed into the yard at 110 Oak Street. Deputy Malone observed that there were two white male occupants in the vehicle. Malone made contact with them and confirmed that the vehicle was the vehicle that was reported stolen.
Deputy Malone made contact with the male occupant sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle. Malone then identified that male occupant as Braydon Whitney. Deputy Malone detained Braydon, and identified the other male occupant seated in the passenger seat, who lives at that residence.
Deputy Malone was then informed by Sergeant Casey Singleton of the Hope Police Department to take Braydon into custody. Upon searching incident to arrest Deputy Malone located the key to the vehicle in Braydon's left front pants pocket. Deputy Malone took possession of the key.
Deputy Malone made contact with the owner of the vehicle and advised him of where his vehicle was located. Sergeant Singleton advised that the vehicle could be released to the
Deputy Malone transported Braydon Whitney to the Hempstead County Detention Center, and released him to the on-duty jail staff.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
The great escape.
Charles Lollis, 46, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Quinshay Muldrew, 32, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Brittany Tucker, 18, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Christopher Evans, 47, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
Willie Chambers, 57, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Billy Sharp, 29, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Glen Cole, 25, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Stephanie George, 19, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
Porcha Muldrew, 24, of Texarkana, AR Failure to Comply
1611 hours in the 1600 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
1203 hours in the 1600 block of N. Hervey St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
1440 hours in the 100 block of Commerce Blvd 2 vehicle
1644 hours in the 1300 block of E. 3rd St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
1446 hours in the 900 block of S. Main St. 2 vehicle
2041 hours in the 1000 block of W. Mack St.
S – Kimberly Bohon, 50, of Hope, AR
Ms. Bohon was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and expired tags.
1045 hours in the 600 block of S. Johnson St.
S – Kimberly Wingfield, 34, of Hope, AR
Ms. Wingfield was charged with cruelty to animals.
1500 hours in the 200 block of N. Hervey St. (Cricket)
S – Dedra Pittman, 53, of Emmet, AR
Ms. Pittman was arrested and charged with theft of property.
1037 hours in the 100 block of S. Fulton St.
S – Juvenile, Male, 16, of Hope, AR
The juvenile was charged with terroristic threatening in the first degree, obstructing government operations, and carrying a weapon.
S – Rodney Hill, 49, of Hope, AR
Mr. Hill was charged with criminal mischief in the first degree, criminal trespass, and battery in the third degree. The original incident occurred on December 19th, 2017 in the 600 block of W. 16th St at 0657 hours.
Beginning in January 2018, Hempstead County Deputies and Jail personnel will be issued medication to help combat opioid overdoses.
Deputies and jailers will be trained in the use of Naloxone, deputies will carry two doses of the medication with them in case they encounter someone who has overdosed on opioid’s or it can be used by the deputies if they are somehow exposed to the drug by accident. It will also be issued to supervisory personnel at the Hempstead County Detention Center.
Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
During an opioid overdose, Narcan can be used by deputies to reverse the effects of the drugs.
With the high addiction rate in Arkansas, it’s important that those who get on scene first have this life-saving medicine.
“It may be 30 minutes or longer before they can get to a hospital so our deputies and jail personnel need to have the tools there to reverse the effects of the opioids and to keep people alive long enough that we can get them to a hospital to get them other treatment and hopefully save their life, said Sheriff James Singleton
Combating the epidemic of opioid abuse—including prescription painkillers and, increasingly, heroin—requires a multi-pronged approach that involves reducing drug diversion, expanding delivery of existing treatments (including medication-assisted treatments), and development of new medications for pain that can augment our existing treatment arsenal. But another crucial component we must not forget is that people who abuse or are addicted to opioids need to be kept alive long enough that they can be treated successfully. In this, the drug naloxone has a large potential role to play.
Over the last year we have responded to at least 20 calls’ involving intentional or accidental overdoses. The biggest majority of the time deputies were first on scene and all they could do is wait. We are pleased that we are going to be able to have this life saving medication for our deputies and jail personnel to use in case they encounter someone who may have overdosed.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
HPD is requesting the public’s vigilance and assistance in identifying a suspect in a series of recent offenses that include robbery, burglary and assaults over the past few weeks. All offenses have occurred east of N. Hazel Street within a couple of blocks of East Third Street and west of Bonner Street. We are asking all residents to take particular caution in and around these areas and call 911 if anyone suspicious is noticed. Suspect is a black male approximately 6 foot tall, slender, typically wears dark clothing and something over his face. Age is unknown. The suspect has stolen approximately $1000 over a few week period. Anyone with any possible information should contact Detective Green at 870-722-2563 or email email@example.com. If an emergency or suspicious activity exists call 911.
Lee Kohen, 48, of Atlanta, TX Failure to Appear
Corrie Faris, 21, of Hope, AR Failure to Comply
1437 hours in the 200 block of W. 3rd St. 2 vehicle
1332 hours in the 900 block of N. Hervey St. (Super 1 Foods)
S – Myrtle Gallegos, 57, of Hope, AR
Ms. Gallegos was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.
1607 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. (Wal-Mart)
S – Brandy Owens, 37, of Texarkana, TX
Ms. Owens was arrested and charged with public intoxication, theft of property, and criminal trespass.
0201 hours in the 600 block of W. Ave A
S – Juvenile, Male, 14, of Hope, AR
The juvenile was charged with curfew violations.
0400 hours in the 400 block of N. Elm St.
S – Juvenile, Female, 16, of Hope, AR
The juvenile was charged with curfew violations.
2355 hours in the 1200 block of N. Hervey St. (Valero)
S – Travis Box, 33, of Hope, AR
Mr. Box was arrested and charged with tinted windows, no headlights, driving on a suspended driver’s license, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), refusal to submit, and driving while intoxicated (drugs).
1203 hours in the 1000 block of W. Park Dr.
S – James Simmons, 19, of Hope, AR
S – Maci Stout, 20, of Hope, AR
Both subjects were arrested and charged with domestic battery in the third degree.
0300 hours in the 300 block of S. Shover St.
S – Tevis Maxwell, 18, of Hope, AR
S – Juvenile, Male, 15, of Hope, AR
Mr. Maxwell was arrested and charged with fleeing on foot. The juvenile was charged with fleeing on foot, obstructing government operations, and curfew violations.
0041 hours in the 500 block of N. Elm St.
S – Jesus Gomez, 20, of Hope, AR
Mr. Gomez was arrested and charged with domestic battery in the third degree.
S – Denyell Murphy, 42, of Hope, AR
Mr. Murphy was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. The original incident occurred on May 12th, 2017 in the 200 block of N. Hazel St. at 1434 hours.
Mr. Murphy was charged with battery in the third degree. The original incident occurred on May 12th, 2017 in the 1400 block of N. Spruce St. (Hopewell Loop) at 1615 hours.
A 56 year old Mineral Springs woman died in a three vehicle accident shortly before 6pm on December 26th. According to the Arkansas State Police, a 2007 Ford Ranger was traveling north on US 67 in Miller County near the 17 mile marker when it slowed to make a turn. This vehicle was driven by 56 year old Jacque D. Tollett. The Tollett vehicle was struck from behind by a 2002 Ford Explorer whose driver was not identified in the police report. The Tollett vehicle overturned and traveled into the southbound lane where it was struck by a 2016 Dodge Ram which whose driver was not identified. Tollett was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County
Coroner Josh Hawkins. The road was dry at the time of the accident. The drivers of the other vehicles were uninjured. The accident was investigated by Corporal Christina Bussey of Troop G of the Arkansas State Police.
Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement officer
At approximately 1943 hours on 12/24/17 Sgt. Jim Bush was dispatched to 206 Columbus Street in reference to a suspicious person. Dispatch advised that the caller reported that the subject in a white Mercury Mountaineer pulled up to the front of the residence, then began going through someone's trash in the area, and then left. The caller then called back and reported that he pulled up and exited the vehicle and came onto their property. They stated that the white male then got back into the SUV and began driving down Little River Street.
Upon arrival in the area, Sgt. Bush made contact with the caller Tony Kruger. Tony advised Sgt. Bush that when the subject got out of the vehicle he approached him and threatened him. Kruger stated that he then got back in his vehicle and drove down Little River Street. Kruger pointed him out parked at the Fulton Post Office at 303 Little River Street.
Sgt. Bush drove to where the suspect later identified as Joshua Schmeltzer age 31 of Newark Ohio was and observed him messing with some trash. Sgt. Bush exited his patrol vehicle The Suspect began reaching towards his pocket. Bush ordered the suspect not to reach in his pockets, the suspect continued to reach for his pockets again, Sgt. Bush again ordered the suspect and the suspect complied. Sgt. Bush asked the suspect to face his patrol vehicle and advised the suspect that he was going to pat him down for weapons since he kept reaching for his pockets. Sgt. Bush did not locate any weapons.
Sgt. Bush noticed that suspect was sweating and it was around 35 degrees Fahrenheit outside at the time Bush made contact with him. This in addition to his abnormal behavior lead Sgt. Bush to believe that he was under the influence of narcotics. Sgt. Bush asked him what he was doing and he said that god told him to stop here and he was picking up trash. He then turned and stated that he had somewhere to be and attempted to walk away. Sgt. Bush advised him that he still needed to speak with him and to stop. He continued to attempt to walk away Sgt. Bush then took control of his left arm and told him to place his hands behind his back.
He refused to comply and at first passively resisted by not letting me get his other hand behind his back. Bush then ordered him again to place his other hand behind his back he refused and pulled away Bush then attempted to take him down to the ground and in doing so; Bush fell at the same time as the suspect landed on his right side. The Suspect was able to get back up to his knees and Bush pushed him back to the ground this time with him on his back. Bush pinned him to the ground and attempted to call for back up but was unable to get out on his portable radio. During this time, he attempted to push me off him causing a scratch on the left side of Sgt. Bush’s’ face. Bush was able to get him on his stomach and Summoned the callers who were parked in their truck at the end of the road.
Sgt. Bush got control of Joshua's right wrist and was able to get a handcuff on. Tony Kruger, John Pettit, and David Akin then assisted me in getting control of the other hand and getting it cuffed. Sgt Bush then double locked the cuffs and checked for proper fit. I also searched Joshua. I then placed him into my patrol unit with his hands cuffed behind him and placed a seatbelt on him.
Sgt. Bush began an impound log and had dispatch get the next wrecker on rotation in route. While getting the impound log from my truck Joshua complained that it was hot, in an attempt to keep the suspect calm Sgt. Bush turned the air conditioner on. Bush then went back to doing the inventory for the impound log. During this time, Sgt. Bush heard the passenger side door of my patrol unit come open and observed the suspect now with the cuffs in front of him walking towards me. Sgt. Bush took the suspect by the arm and then walked him back to the patrol unit. Sgt. Bush ordered him to get in and he refused Sgt. Bush assisted the suspect into the truck. Before Sgt. Bush could get back to the other side of the truck to figure out why door didn’t lock The suspect opened it and began to run away from Sgt. Bush towards the other side of the road.
Sgt. Bush pursued the suspect on foot as he turned heading back towards his vehicle which still had the key in it and was still running and Sgt. Bush Deployed his department issued X-26 Taser with both prongs going into his jacket near his right shoulder. The Suspect made it into the driver's seat of the vehicle. He was reaching for the shifter as Sgt. Bush reached in and turned the key off. The suspect then bit the middle of Sgt. Bush’s left forearm. Sgt. Bush deployed his taser and then pulled him from the vehicle and placed him face down on the street. Sgt. Bush held The suspect and had Jim West with West Wrecker call 911 to get a couple Hope Police Officers in route.
Officer Justin Dean, Cpl. Scott Hurd, and Officer Jose Camacho of the Hope Police Department responded. Upon their arrival, Sgt. Bush had them assist me and removing the handcuffs and placing them behind his back again. Sgt. Bush then requested that Officer Camacho transport the suspect to the Hempstead County Detention Center.
Sgt. Bush finished the Impound log and turned the vehicle over to West Wrecker.
Sgt. Bush suffered a Bite mark on his left forearm, and scratches to his face.
The Suspect Joshua SCHMELZER age 31, of Newark Ohio was booked for Battery 2nd degree on a law enforcement officer, Aggravated Assault on a law enforcement officer, Escape 3rd Degree, Fleeing, Resisting Arrest, and Terroristic Threatening.
At approximately 0600 hours on December 24, 2017 Deputy Luke Sorensen was dispatched to the 100 block of Hempstead 48 in reference to a vehicle blocking the roadway.
Upon arrival at approximately 6:24 am Deputy Sorensen observed a tan Lincoln Town car parked across the road, blocking any traffic coming through the road. Deputy Sorensen exited his patrol car and observed that the vehicle, was not running and appeared to have someone inside. Deputy Sorensen knocked on the driver’s door window but the subject, sitting in the driver’s seat, inside the vehicle did not move.
Deputy Sorensen finally got a response from the subject in the vehicle. Deputy Sorensen recognized the subject to be Wendell Witherspoon, who he had spoken to on past incidents. When Wendell opened the door to the vehicle Deputy Sorensen could smell a strong odor of intoxicating beverages coming from him when he spoke. The Deputy also observed an open "natural Light" beer can in the cup holder, a box of Natural Light beer cans, and a half gallon of vodka in the passenger floorboard of the car.
Deputy Sorensen asked Wendell what he was doing and he stated that he was "just sleeping". Wendell was slurring his words while as he was speaking with the deputy at that time. The Deputy asked Wendell to step out of the vehicle and also asked him how much he had to drink today. He stated that it had been a few hours since he drank anything but that he had been drinking. When Wendell exited the vehicle, The Deputy observed that the keys were in the ignition and the vehicle was still in drive, even though the motor was not running. Deputy Sorensen asked Wendell if he would perform a few tests for him to determine if he was impaired, he stated that he would. At this time Sorensen observed that the license plate on the vehicle was expired and asked Wendell why he was driving with expired tags. Wendell stated that he bought the car a few months ago from Morris Auction and hadn't been able to get it registered in his name yet. I observed a Morris Auction sticker on the car at this time.
Sorensen attempted to instruct Wendell on the test he needed him to perform, but he started arguing that he was in his driveway and not on the road. Deputy Sorensen advised him that he was parked in the middle of the road and not in his driveway. Deputy Sorensen asked Wendell to stand in front of him so he could perform the tests. Wendell then took a step away from the deputy and again stated that he was in his driveway. Deputy Sorensen then advised Wendell to turn around and place his hands behind his back. Deputy Sorensen advised Wendell that since he would not comply with taking the test he was being placed under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The Deputy placed Wendell in handcuffs, checking for proper fit and double locking.
Sorensen booked Wendell WITHERSPOON age 37 of Hope, Arkansas for driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, and failing to pay registration. He was issued citation #200655 with a court date of January 29, 2018. Wendell was then turned over to the on-duty jail staff to be booked in on his aforementioned charges.
At approximately 2230 hours on 12/22/17 Sgt. Jim Bush was dispatched to 3815 Highway 278 W. in reference to a suspicious person. Dispatch advised that the subject was attempting to get into the caller’s house. Hope Police Officers Justin Dean and Scott Hurd were requested to assist.
Upon Sgt. Bush’s arrival Officer Dean had already detained the subject later identified as Jeffery Knorr. Jeffery stated that he was walking from a friend's house and needed a ride so he knocked on the door and was trying to get them to let him in so he could use their phone. Jeffery was unable to tell me where his friend's house was or who they were. He was fidgeting as we were speaking with him. Officer Dean asked him when the last time he used Methamphetamines was. He did not answer the question. Sgt. Bush asked him and he told Sgt. Bush that he has been on it off and on over the past few weeks. Sgt. Bush noticed that Jeffery's eyes were blood shot and his pupils were dilated. Sgt. Bush then walked Jeffery back to his patrol unit and advised him that he was under arrest for Public Intoxication.
Sgt. Bush transported Jeffery to the Hempstead County Detention Center for Public Intoxication. I issued citation number 200590 to Jeffery for the same charge with a court date of January 29, 2018.
One year Old Shot with B.B. Gun
On December 21, 2017 at approximately 1310 hours, Deputy Kyle Malone was contacted by dispatch regarding a 1-year old boy being shot in the neck by his 3-year-old brother with a BB gun.
Deputy Malone made contact with the mother who stated that she was getting ready for work this morning, the mother stated that her one-year old son and three-year-old son were in the living room playing. The mother stated that she heard a BB gun go off, and then heard her one-year old scream.
The mother stated that she went into the living room and realized that the younger son had been shot in the neck with the BB gun apparently by the older brother. The mother stated that she grabbed her children and rushed to Howard Memorial Hospital.
The mother stated that once she reached Howard Memorial they transported him to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. The mother told Deputy Malone that the BB nicked the one-year old’s carotid artery on the left side of his neck, but did not damage it. She stated that they are keeping the child at Children's for observation at this time.
According to the mother the incident occurred at approximately at 5:30 am, However the Sheriff’s office was not notified until 1:10 P.M.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff