The Hempstead County Courthouse Architectural Committee met Wednesday August 29th at Farmers Bank & Trust. The committee met with the architectural firm of Allison & Partners of Little Rock. Pictured are Committee Member Cherry Stewart, Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse, Chris Hartsfield of Allison, and Katie Bruhl of Allison. Chris Hartsfield has ties to Hope. His grandfather is Herbert Hartsfield of Hope.
On August 28, 2018, at approximately 730pm, Hope Police Officer Justin Dean and his K-9 partner, Rojo received a call to assist the Arkansas State Police on Interstate 30 near the 31 mile marker, in Hope, Arkansas.
Upon arrival, Officer Dean made contact with an Arkansas State Trooper who requested that K9 Rojo conduct a free air sniff around a Dodge pickup truck. While conducting the free air sniff, Rojo alerted to the odor of narcotics near the passenger door of the vehicle.
A subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately 64 pounds of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, resulting in the arrest of two Hispanic male suspects. Several of the packages were coated in a red substance believed to grease, commonly used to attempt to mask the odor of narcotics.
Okay Community Baptist Church will have its 72nd Anniversary Sunday, September 9th. The church meets at 301 Okay Road near Saratoga, off Highway 355.
The church was organized September 8, 1946 in the meeting hall of the Okay Company Store in the village of Okay, and moved into its current building in 1948. That time period was in the heyday of Ideal Cement Company’s Okay plant and company village. At its peak, Okay had a school, post office, company store, apartments and two …boulevards of employee housing. The village was phased out by the 1960s, while production continued until December 1992 before the plant closed.
The anniversary service will be an opportunity for the community to meet the “new” pastor, Brother Charles Jones of the Hope-Guernsey area. Brother Jones first pastored at Okay 59 years ago, 1959-62, making him the 7th and 17th pastor, the first to serve the church twice in that office, and the youngest and oldest to be pastor. Through the years, Brother Jones has pastored around the region. He also taught school and coached at Saratoga High School. During his time as coach, his senior boys basketball team won back-to-back Class B Basketball State Championships in the mid 1990s. Jones is currently teaching in the Hope School system.
On September 9th, services start at 10 am with Sunday School followed at 11 am with Brother Jones speaking. The church will host a noon dinner. Dale Gathright, Jr. of the church says “everyone is invited to meet or renew their friendship with Brother Jones and the church and enjoy our anniversary dinner.” For information, call 870-388-9200 during the day or through the Facebook page at “Okay Community Baptist Church.”
special thanks to Saratoga Ark Digest
HOPE – The five inaugural honorees to be inducted into the Hope Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame here Friday night represent educational service spanning more than a century, and providing diverse educational opportunities which have been a hallmark of the Hope Public Schools.
Troy W. Buck, Earl Downs, Will V. Rutherford, Mary Nell Turner and Henry Clay Yerger gave some 150 years of combined service to the history of public education in Hope and Hempstead County.
Buck guided the vocational-agriculture program at Hope High School for some 21 years, while Downs, also significantly influential in the vocational-agriculture program, established the counseling office at HHS during 32 years of service.
Rutherford guided important transitions of the original Shover Street School established by Yerger and brought the school into the Hope Public Schools from its days as Yerger High School in a career that spanned 20 years as principal of the school.
Mrs. Turner established an award-winning journalism program at HHS and mentored countless HHS students during her 28 years in the classroom.
And, Yerger pioneered Black education in Arkansas with the establishment of the Shover Street School in 1886, serving it and educational progress in Hope for 50 years.
The five educators will be honored, first, with a public reception Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas-Hope campus. The public is encouraged to attend.
Induction ceremonies for the five honorees will be held at 7:10 p.m. on the 50-yard line at Hammons Stadium on the HHS campus prior to the Hope-Nashville football game.
The events Friday mark part of the Hope Public Schools’ participation in the Hempstead County Bicentennial year, which concludes in December
Caleb Coulter has been named Facilities Manager of the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center near Columbus. I interview Caleb most Friday mornings on KXAR and we congratulate him on his new position…here is a statement from him released on the Grandview Facebook page…
Over the past 4 years I have been given the opportunity to do and see so many amazing things working for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. It has made me a better educator, father, husband and just a better person along the way. My next opportunity has arrived and it is not an animal to hold or event to attend but a promotion to continue what I love to do. I am OFFICIALLY the Education Facility Manager at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center! As most of you know I have a love of the area, passion for the job and an AMAZING staff that will help me take Grandview to the next level for the people of Southwest Arkansas!
On August 22, 2018 at approximately 5pm, officers of the Hope Police
Department served Barry Jones, 37, of Hope with a warrant for Aggravated
Assault of a Family Member. The warrant was the result of an investigation into
an incident that took place on August 20, 2018, at approximately 5am in the 1300
block of South Main Street, in Hope. During that incident, the victim alleges that
Jones pushed her and choked her causing obstruction of breathing. Jones was
transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he was held for 1st
LaQuan Haynes, 19, of Hope, AR Failure to Appear
1004 hours in the 500 block of W. 3rd
St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
1228 hours in the 900 block of W. 3
St. 2 vehicle (Private Property)
(Paradise Quick Stop)
1300 hours in the 2500 block of S. Main St. 2 vehicle (Hit and Run/ Private Property)
1659 hours in the 2400 block of N. Hervey St. (Wal-Mart)
S – Ardisdueay Dafney, 30, of Hope, AR
Mr. Dafney was charged with fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.
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Hempstead County Sheriff Incident Log
Thursday August 16, 2018 – Sunday August 19, 2018
On Thursday August 16,2018 at 11:36 A.M. HCSO deputies responded to a reported domestic violence call at 5954 highway 29 South.
Upon investigation 27-year-old Joseph Fortenberry was arrested for Domestic Battery in the third Degree. Fortenberry also had a failure to appear warrant from the City Of Hope. He was transported to the HCDF where he was booked on the charges of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree, and Failure to Appear.
On August 16, 2018 at approximately 1630 hours, HCSO Deputies were dispatched to 4400 block of Hempstead 2 in reference to a domestic disturbance involving a minor.
Upon arrival, Deputies contacted the father of a 12-year-old, who stated that his son tried to his wife and mother of the child.
Incident referred to Juvenile Officer.
Warrant Service/ Possession of Controlled Substance
On 08/16/18 at approximately 2043 hours, HCSO Deputies observed a gray vehicle with no license plates on the vehicle. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on that vehicle at the Saratoga School.
Upon investigation it was discovered that the driver 25-year-old Donishia Stanton of Hope had a Failure to Comply Warrant. Deputies also discovered a clear baggie with what appeared to be marijuana inside her vehicle.
Deputies transported Donishia Stanton to the Hempstead County Jail where she was charged for possession of marijuana. Deputies also served the FTC warrant Stanton. was given a court date of 11/5/18 at 0900 hours.
Suspicious Vehicle/ Accident
On 8/17/18 at approximately 0052 hours, HCSO Deputies were dispatched to 3431 Hwy 32 North, in reference to a suspicious vehicle in his driveway.
Upon arrival Deputies observed a silver Chevrolet Trax in the drive way of the residence.
Deputies contacted Lennon Davis who stated that he was the driver Lennon stated he was driving to work and he hit something that was in the roadway causing him to drive his vehicle off the road and into the fence of the property.
Deputies requested an ASP Trooper come to the location to work the accident. Due to it being on a State Highway. An ASP Trooper was dispatched and worked the accident.
Domestic Battery 3rd
At approximately 0601 hours on August 17th, 2018 HCSO deputies were dispatched to the 4800 block of Highway 67 East in reference to a domestic disturbance.
I arrived on scene and contacted the victim a 41-year-old female who advised that her boyfriend Roger Stockslager, had assaulted her and she had flagged a passing motorist down to call 911.
Upon investigation Deputies arrested, 47-year-old Roger Stockslager for Domestic Battery 3rd charge, Terroristic Threating 2nd, and False Imprisonment charges.
Unlawful Distribution of Sexual Images
At approximately 1315 hours on August 17, 2018 HCSO deputies were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office in reference to Unlawful Distribution of Sexual Images.
Upon arrival, Deputies contacted a 45-year-old male who stated that a female added him on Facebook several weeks ago. The 45-year-old stated that they began talking back and forth and eventually began exchanging elicit pictures via text message.
The 45-year-old stated that today he had two random numbers start calling him demanding one hundred dollars. The unknown subjects that called wanted him to send the money to South Africa. The 45-year-old stated the callers advised if he did not send them the money that they would post his elicit pictures and videos on the internet.
The 45-year-old stated that they had already begun sending the pictures and videos to his family. The 45-year-old stated that just wanted a report at this time in case anything happened.
Civil Stand By
On 8-17-2018 at approximately 1209 hrs. HCSO Deputies received a call from dispatch about a civil standby in the 1400 block of 28th St.
Upon arriving deputies stood by while the caller conducted her business. There were no incidents. Deputies cleared the scene.
At approximately 1700 hours on Friday August 17, 2018 HCSO Deputies were given a name and number to call in reference to possible water theft from the city well.
Deputies called and spoke with a person who represented of the City of Washington, who stated that approximately 1640 hours all of the City of Washington was without water.
The caller stated that her husband went to check on the pumps at the well and noticed a 3-4000-gallon tanker truck turning onto Highway 195 South from Highway 278 approximately 400 yards from the well.
The caller stated that she noticed the truck pass her house but did not get a description of the truck other than it has a silver tank with a platform on top. she stated that a white 1-ton pickup was with the truck also.
The caller requested that Deputies attempt to locate the truck to see if they were getting the water from the well. Deputies advised the caller that they would attempt to locate the vehicle.
Deputies drove from Washington to Fulton on Highway 195 South on Highway 73 from the intersection of Highway 278 to Hempstead 14, and were unable to locate the vehicle.
Possession of controlled substance misdemeanor, driving on suspended, no proof of insurance, and a failure to comply
At approximately 1105 hours on August 18th, 2018 HCSO Deputies observed a grey Chevrolet truck commit a traffic violation of improper use of turn signal, in the 500 block of rail road street in Blevins. Deputies conducted a traffic on the vehicle driven by 34-year-old Jonathan Vires of Blevins.
During the traffic stop deputies discovered a substance believed to be marijuana in the vehicle.
The 34-year-old Vires was charged with possession of controlled substance misdemeanor, driving on suspended, no proof of insurance, and a failure to comply.
Theft of Property
On 8-18-18 at approximately 1124 hrs. HCSO Deputies received a call from dispatch to respond to 104 Hempstead 108 in reference to a theft.
Upon arriving at the Deputies contacted Jacob Reynolds who identified himself as the caller.
He stated that someone had stolen and damaged some property. He stated that a person that had been working for him up until a couple of days ago when he told the person that if he couldn't pass a drug test that he could no longer work with him and kicked the person off of his property.
Victim He stated that sometime during the night of 8-17-2018 while he was gone his cousin saw the same person leaving Jacobs property in a red older model dually truck.
Victim stated that a red craftsman tool box topper with misc. tools, a black and decker tool box with misc. tools, a small red tool box with misc. tools, a black Bushnell flashlight, a black Bushnell spotlight were stolen. Suspect (s) damaged a white window AC unit.
The victim provided deputies with the former employee’s name Deputies are investigating.
On August 18, 2018 at approximately 1404 hours HCSO Deputies were contacted by dispatch and advised that an anonymous caller contacted them and advised that a white truck drove down to Dennis Sutton and Melinda Osborn's mobile home that recently burned.
Upon arrival at 3395 Highway 278 East As deputies were half way down the driveway They observed a white male look at the patrol unit and run into the woods.
Deputies searched the area but did not locate the subject. Deputies have obtained a name of the possible suspect and are investigating.
At approximately 1400 hours on August 18, 2018 HCSO Deputies were dispatched to a call-in reference to a disturbance.
Deputies arrived on scene and spoke to a Kawana Jones in reference to a individual being on her property. Kawana stated that the individual had pulled up to see his son
Deputies spoke with the 18-year-old son, who stated that he did not wish to see the individual. Deputies issued a warning advised the individual that if he came back on to Kawana's property that he would be charged with Criminal Trespassing. The individual advised that he understood and he left the property at that time.
On 08/17/18 at approximately 2010 hours, HCSO Orlando Dennis was stationary on Hwy 29 North just north of Hempstead 24 facing southbound. When he observed a beige Buick that was traveling northbound make a right turn onto Hempstead 24 failing to use its signal as it turned.
Deputy Dennis conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Hempstead 24.
Deputy Dennis approached the driver side of the vehicle and contacted the driver later known to be Jeffery Moore I observed a white male in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Deputy Dennis asked Jeffery for his driver's license, registration, and insurance. Deputy Dennis also asked the passenger later known to be Ian Moore for his identification. Both subjects provided him with the information requested. As Deputy Dennis was walking back to his patrol unit, he looked into the back seat of the vehicle and observed a white female later known to be Brandy Stanhouse crouched down on the back floorboard of the vehicle. Deputy Dennis asked the Stanhouse what was she doing, and she stated nothing.
As deputy Dennis went back to his patrol unit to check Jeffery’s by D.L. number through Central Dispatch. Dennis observed Stanhouse open the driver side back passenger door, get out of the vehicle, and start running.
Deputy Dennis exited his patrol unit and chased after Stanhouse Dennis observed Stanhouse cross a barbed wire fence on the north side of the roadway. Deputy Dennis continued to pursue Brandy northbound on foot through brush, and woods. Dennis observed Stanhouse run directly into another barbed wire fence, causing her to fall on her back.
Stanhouse got up off the ground, and went through the fence and continued running north. Deputy Dennis ordered Stanhouse to stop several times before deploying his Taser. Deputy Dennis observed the taser proms contact Stanhouse causing her to fall to the ground. Stanhouse was told to place her hands behind her back.
Stanhouse snatched the wire from the taser prongs causing them to lose connection. Stanhouse again got up and continue to run. Deputy Dennis caught up to Stanhouse and assisted her to the ground. Stanhouse was told again to place her hands behind her back. Stanhouse would not comply and would not place her hands behind her back.
Deputy Dennis warned Stanhouse if she did not comply and cease to resist he would deploy his Taser again. Stanhouse continued to resist arrest and not place her hands behind her back. Deputy Dennis placed his Taser to Stanhouse’s back and stunned her. Stanhouse then complied with Deputy Dennis. Stanhouse placed her hands behind her back, taken into custody.
Deputy Dennis Checked Brandy, Jeffery, and Ian through Central Dispatch who advised that Brandy Stanhouse had an FTC warrant for $2,610.00 with the City of Hope. Dispatch advised that Jeffery was clear of city and county warrants. Dispatch then advised that Ian have an FTA for $1,500.00 out of Clark County for violation of probation and they wanted him.
Ian Moore Arrested on the warrant from Clark County he was transported to the HCDF by Deputy Derrick Bunn. Deputy Dennis transported Stanhouse to the HCDF, and booked in for fleeing, and criminal mischief 2nd. Clark County came and picked up Ian Moore.
At approximately 1146 hours on Saturday August 18, 2018 HCSO Deputies were dispatched to 207 Highway 299 in reference to a welfare check. Dispatch advised to meet the caller at the gas station in Emmett.
Upon arrival Deputies made contact with the caller Who stated that she needed to check on her son, The caller stated that her son had someone living with him that would take his phone and not let him have it. The caller stated that she has not heard from her son in a few days. Deputies advised the caller that they would go to the residence and attempt to contact her son.
Deputies were able to find out that the son was at work and notified the caller.
Assault on A Family or Household Member
At approximately 0015 hours on Sunday August 19, 2018 HCSO Deputies were dispatched to 507 South Orleans Street in reference to threatening and fighting.
Upon arrival Deputies contacted Sendia Bullock. Sendia stated that her boyfriend, Greg Walker, and her got into an argument about her 28-year-old son, not helping around the house. Sendia stated that Greg got mad and pushed her several times. Sendia stated that when Greg pushed her, at that time the 28-year-old son came out of his room and told Greg to stop. Sendia stated that Greg told her son that he needed to get back in his room or he was going to kill him. Sendia stated that Greg continued to argue and push her.
Deputies placed Greg Walker under arrest for Assault on a Family or Household Member, and Terroristic Threatening. He was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where he was booked in.
At approximately 0330 hours on August 19, 2018 HCSO Deputies were dispatched to 3000 West Avenue B to the area near apartment 64 in reference to a possible disturbance. Dispatch advised me that an anonymous caller stated that there were several people standing outside near apartment 64 and they appeared to be fighting.
Upon arrival, Deputies observed two subjects, sitting outside apartment 64. Deputies spoke with both subjects and they stated that there had not been any sort of altercation; the subjects stated that she and several of her friends got off work at the same time and all met at her apartment. She stated that they might have gotten a little loud while they were talking and joking outside but no one argued or fought.
Deputies did not observe any marks on either of the subjects or any evidence that there had been any physical altercation near that apartment at this time.
No Further action was taken
Theft of Property
On 08/19/18 at approximately 1850 hours, HCSO Deputies was dispatched to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office in reference to a theft.
Upon arrival, Deputies contacted Charlie Scoggins. Charlie stated someone stole his Smoker Grill from his residence at 267 Hempstead 116. Charlie stated he last saw his grill on last Sunday 8/12/18. Charlie stated he noticed his grill missing on 8/17/18, but he did not think anything of it because he thought his friend might have used it.
Charlie stated he spoke with his friend today at church on 8/19/18 and his friend told him that he did not get the grill. Charlie stated his grill is solid black with a big firebox on the back of the grill, and has a smoke stack on the same side as the firebox. Charlie stated his grill is made out of a two-hundred-and-fifty-gallon butane tank, and two axles and you will need a truck with a two-inch ball to pull it. Charlie stated he do not know who stole his property, and it his worth $3,000.00.
Anyone having information please contact the Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 0705 hours on August 19th, 2018 HCSO Deputies were dispatched to Highway 67 in reference to a motor vehicle accident.
Upon arrival Deputies contacted Arkansas State Trooper 1st Class Christina Busse and assisted her directing traffic while she worked the accident.
Livestock Running at Large
On 8-19-2018 at approximately 1242 HCSO Deputies received a call from dispatch for a herd of sheep in the middle of the road a couple of miles outside of Shover Springs on Hwy 32.
Deputies searched the area of Hwy 32 off of 278 E and drove down 32 until they encountered the Nevada county line where we turned around and made their way back to 278 E. They were unable to locate the sheep.
On 8-19-2018 at approximately 1324 HCSO Deputies received a call from dispatch for a possible domestic disturbance at 3208 Hwy 355 S. Dispatch advised there were injuries and the victim was bleeding.
Upon arriving at 3208 Hwy 355 S Deputies contacted Theresa Eskew who identified herself as a witness to the incident. The suspect Damon Moten had already left the property.
Deputies contacted Dennis Moten who identified himself as the victim. Dennis had an obvious cut over the bridge of his nose that was bleeding and his right hand, he was visibly shaken and upset. Dennis stated that he had walked outside to confront Damon who was hollering and in the face of his girlfriend Theresa.
When Dennis confronted Damon, he asked him what he was doing yelling at his old lady. Dennis stated that Damon turned to him and said this is what I'm doing and proceeded to punch him in the face. Dennis stated after the first punch Damon pushed him down into a corner of the porch and kept punching him.
Theresa stated that Damon had gotten upset over something that she couldn't remember and when she said something to him he got in her face and started spitting in her face and yelling at her. She stated that she was scared he was going to hit her so she picked up a bar to protect herself. She stated she tried to walk away from him around the house but that he followed her. Theresa stated that when Dennis came out of the house to try to stand up for her Damon started punching Dennis and pushed him into a corner and kept punching him. She said that at that time she tried to break the fight up and jumped on Damons back. She stated that right after that Damon stopped punching Dennis and left in a black and white Toyota FJ Cruiser.
EMS arrived on scene and checked the injury of Dennis. They did not transport.
Damon Moten left the residence in a 2007 black and white Toyota FJ Cruiser lic-296846. Deputies searched the area for Damon and the vehicle but were unable to locate him.
The incident is under investigation.
At approximately 1945 hours on Sunday August 19, 2018 HCSO Deputies were dispatched to the 2100 Block of Highway 73 West in reference to a 1 vehicle accident to assist the Arkansas State Police due to power lines being down across the roadway.
Upon arrival Deputies assisted with diverting traffic until the power company arrived to clear the downed lines. Once the lines were removed from the roadway Deputies assisted with traffic until the vehicle was removed from the ditch.
2018 DRUNK-DRIVING AWARENESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2018
CONTACT: Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin
This Labor Day, and Every Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Each year, Americans mark the end of summer with the Labor Day holiday weekend, a time to
celebrate the hard work and many accomplishments of our country. Friends and families eagerly
await pool parties, backyard barbecues, and other occasions to enjoy the last days of summer
sunshine. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday has also become one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers
endangering themselves and others on their way home from these holiday festivities. This year,
the Hope Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help
save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,
runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018. During this period, local law enforcement will
show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased State and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.
Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving.
According to NHTSA, 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016. On average,
10,000 people were killed each year from 2012 to 2016—one person killed every 50 minutes in
2016. This is why the Hope Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that
drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day
festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing
problem on our nation’s roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they
should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The
bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI.
“We need our community to understand: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive
sober—Labor Day, and every day,” said Assistant Chief Tomlin. “Drunk driving is a huge
problem in our country, and the numbers are rising, little by little. This isn’t about a ticketing
campaign. This is about a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it
takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior,” she said.
“Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Tomlin. “It is essential to plan a sober ride
home before you ever leave for the party. That’s why, during the Labor Day holiday, we will
make zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses,” she said.
The Hope Police Department recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one
alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a
ride sharing service to get home safely.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Hope Police Department
Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make
arrangements to get your friend home safely.
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit