Sheriff Lance Bonds states that over the last two months, investigators with Stone County Sheriff's Department and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force were involved in an undercover narcotics operation involving Mark Wesley Whitfield of Mountain View. During the investigation, officers purchased narcotics from Whitfield at his residence on three separate occasions.
On March 14, 2017, the Stone County Sheriff's Department, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Mountain View Police Department executed a search at Whitfield's residence on Linn Avenue in Mountain View. During the search warrant, officers located and seized various narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Mark Whitfield was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Stone County Detention Center. His next scheduled court date is set for March 21, 2017.Maintaining a Drug Premises Class C Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia w/ Purpose to Analyze, Pack or contain Marijuana Class C Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule IV (XANAX) w / Purpose to Deliver Class D Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine less than 2 grams Class D Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia w / Purpose to Use Methamphetamine Class D Felony Possession of Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone) w/ Purpose to Deliver Class C Felony Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) w/ Purpose to Deliver, less than 14 grams Class A Misdemeanor Delivery of Controlled Substance Schedule VI (Marijuana) more than 14 grams but less than 4 ounces Class D Felony (3 Counts)
As winter comes to a close and we welcome spring, we at the Stone County Sheriff’s Office remember that spring is a great time in our community – a new baseball season begins, spring break is approaching, and graduation draws near for our students. We celebrate these good times in our community.
If our officers – including our reserve officers – can help with traffic control or security monitoring at special events, please call us well in advance of a scheduled event. If at all possible, we will help provide coverage for your special events.
We also want to remind you that with the warmer weather, children may be playing near our county roads. Please take extra caution and slow down when driving through residential neighborhoods. And remember, children learn by watching us. If you're traveling with a child, please model good driving habits, including:
Wear your seat belts.
Obey speed limits.
Teach them why it's important to slow near schools and neighborhoods.
Don't text while driving.
Make sure children are in the correct car seat.
For many more driving safety tips, please visit the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration at: www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety.
Thank you for keeping our roads and our citizens safe, and we look forward to the great times that spring will bring!
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Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on February 2, 2017, a female victim filed a report at the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, reporting that she had been battered by an individual known as Matthew Ming, (37 of Clarksville, Arkansas) the afternoon of February 2, 2017, at the Sylamore Creek Campground in Stone County, Arkansas. The victim reported that she went to the campground to speak with Ming and when she entered his camper she saw a video playing in the camper. The video depicted the victim unconscious while Ming performed sexual intercourse with the victim. The victim confronted Ming about the video showing her being raped while she was unconscious.
During the course of the investigation, several search warrants were executed relating to evidence pertinent to the case. After reviewing the evidence at hand, a determination was made to arrest Ming. On February 23, 2017, Matthew Ming was taken into custody without incident, at a camper trailer in the Sylamore Creek Campground.
At this time the investigation remains open, with other charges possible. Matthew Ming has been formally charged by Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer with numerous counts of RAPE, CRIME OF VIDEO VOYEURISM, SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE, INTRODUCTION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE INTO THE BODY OF ANOTHER PERSON and VIOLATION OF AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.
Matthew Ming is currently being held in the Stone County Detention Center on $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollar) bond. Sheriff Bonds states that cases like this will "Shake you to the core." "This case will remain open in the likelihood that more charges or victims may come to light."
Sheriff Bonds credits Investigators Blake Cruz and Jim Doss with the diligent work put in on this case.
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Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on February 19, 2017, deputies with the Stone County Sheriff's Department was contacted by the Cleburne County Sheriff's Department in regard to a car chase that was coming towards Stone County on Hwy. 5. Cleburne County stated that their deputy had attempted to stop a black Toyota Rav4 for a traffic violation, but the vehicle refused to stop.
According to a Cleburne County Deputy, while in pursuit of the vehicle, the vehicle would go into the opposite lane frequently and was also hitting on the brakes which was almost making him rear-end the suspect vehicle.
When the chase entered Stone County on Hwy. 5 South, Stone County deputies joined the pursuit and took lead. The pursuit continued on Hwy. 5 South, where at one point, the driver of the Toyota, later identified as Kristen Dannette Walls, drove into the south bound lane and attempted to hit responding deputy, Eric Payne head on. Deputy Payne took evasive action and narrowly avoided the collision.
Once the pursuit entered the city limits of Mountain View, Chief B.J. Day and MVPD officers took lead on the chase. Spike strips were deployed at the city limits on Hwy. 5, which disabled two of Walls' tires. Walls turned west on Hwy. 14 and continued into Mountain View in a reckless manner. Another set of spike strips were deployed by the MVPD inside the city, at which point the other two tires on Walls' vehicle were disabled however, the suspect vehicle did not stop.
After reaching the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 5 (Red Light), Walls turned right and drove into the KFC/Taco Bell parking lot in an attempt to elude officers. At this time the Stone County Sheriff's Department and the Mountain View Police Department were both pursuing Walls.
Actions were taken to disable the suspect vehicle, which resulted in Walls "RAMMING" several patrol units in an attempt to avoid capture. After "RAMMING and DISABLING" several police vehicles and destroying property belonging to KFC/Taco Bell, Walls drove over a retaining wall and drove back onto Hwy. 5, traveling north.
Deputy Justin Meeks and Deputy Sean Hickman stayed in pursuit until the suspect vehicle turned onto Country Charm and stopped at a residence there. Walls immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot until she was subdued by Deputy Hickman, several yards from the vehicle. During this time, it was discovered that a ten (10) year old child was also in the suspect vehicle during the chase. Deputy Meeks secured the child and confirmed the child was not injured, prior to turning the child over to a family member.
Walls was transported to the Stone County Detention Center where she awaits a probable cause hearing on several felony charges, including Multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Felony Fleeing and several traffic violations.
Sheriff Bonds commends the Mountain View Police Department and his Stone County Deputies for putting an end to this serious situation. Sheriff Bonds has assigned the case his Criminal Investigation Division, with Investigator Blake Cruz leading.
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on February 3, 2017, a citizen contacted his office and filed a complaint concerning a phone scam. According to the information, the scammer claimed to be an Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) agent.
The scammer began telling the individual that a WARRANT of ARREST had been issued for them, and they needed personal information. When the personal information was refused, the scammer then began inquiring about family members. Again, no information was given and the scammer became irate and hung up on the person, ending the call. This specific scam telephone number is: 844-747-0851.
Sheriff Bonds cautions everyone to be aware that once you personal information is released, there is no getting it back. He further states that you should never give out any information about yourselves or family members. If you have a concern, hang up and contact your law enforcement agency immediately.
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on January 25th, 2017 Deputy Justin Meeks was patrolling Highway 5 South. While patrolling, the deputy met a vehicle driven by Kevin Anthony of Stone County. The deputy realized that the displayed license plate on Anthony's vehicle was obstructed an could not be read. After seeing this, the deputy conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 5 south, near Cove Road.
After the deputy approached the vehicle, Anthony told Deputy Meeks he didn't have a valid driver's license. While conducting a roadside investigation, Meeks observed a rifle in the vehicle. It was later learned that the rifle was loaded. After checking Anthony through ACIC, the deputy learned that Anthony was a convicted felon and his driver's license was suspended.
During the investigation, Meeks also located in the vehicle, a narcotics smoking device and a baggie containing a green vegetable substance believed to be marijuana. Kevin Anthony was placed under arrest and transported to the Stone County Detention Center for processing.
Kevin Anthony has been formally charged by Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer with:Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons (Class D Felony) Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor) Driving on a Suspended Driver's License (Class C Misdemeanor) Kevin Anthony has a Stone County Circuit Court date of February 7, 2017.
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on February 1, 2017, Investigators with the Stone County Sheriff's Department and the Sixteenth Judicial Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence on Blue Ridge Drive in Mountain View.
The warrant came after a two month long joint investigation between the two agencies. Information was received that JOSHUA LEE of Mountain View was directly involved in the distribution of narcotics throughout the area of Mountain View and Stone County.
During the search, Investigators located and seized numerous items of evidence relating to this case. Lee has been formally charged in this investigation by Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer. Lee's bond has been set $50,000.00, with a Stone County Circuit Court Date of February 7, 2017.
PITTS, JONATHAN LEMAY, JESSE LAWSON, DAVID GLENN JR.
SNEATHERN, TONY HENRY, JOSHUA M.
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on January 25, 2017, deputies with the Stone County Sheriff's Department and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the 200 block of Blue Sky Road. The search warrant was based on information that was obtained from a break-in on Hwy. 14 East, where Investigators from the Stone County Sheriff's Department were able to obtain the search warrant and arrest warrants for the above listed individuals. During the execution of the search warrant, Investigators were successful in locating all listed items on the search warrant.
In all, five (5) individuals were incarcerated:Jonathan Pitts, age 27 of Mountain View was charged with Residential Burglary, a class "B" Felony, Theft of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose To Use Crystal Methamphetamine, a Class "D" Felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose To Analyze, Test Or Pack Crystal Methamphetamine. Jesse Tyler Lemay, age 29 of Mountain View was charged with Residential Burglary, a Class "B" Felony and Theft of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. David Glenn Lawson JR., age 20 of Mountain View was charged with Residential Burglary, a Class "B" Felony and Theft of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. Tony Sneathern (AKA: Opossum), age 38 of Mountain View was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a Class "D" Felony, Use or Possess with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony, Possession of a Prescribed Narcotic Outside of Container In Which It Was Dispensed and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia With The Intent To Conceal Controlled Substances, a Class "B" Felony. Joshua M. Henry, age 31 of Mountain View was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a Class "D" Felony, Use or Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony, Possession of a Prescribed Narcotic Outside of Container in Which It Was Dispensed and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia With Intent To Conceal Controlled Substances, a Class "B" Felony.
All suspects are awaiting a Stone County Circuit Court appearance on February 7, 2017.
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on January 12, 2017, his department received a tip that Tim Balentine, a wanted person, was at a residence on Highway 14 east in Stone County. After receiving the tip, Deputies Meeks, Payne and Trammell went to the residence in an attempt to locate Balentine.
After arriving and making contact with the home owner, it was determined that Balentine was inside. When the deputies entered a bedroom, Balentine was located attempting to go inside a closet to conceal himself. Balentine was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Stone County Detention Center, where he awaits a Stone County Circuit Court Date.
He is currently charged with Probation Violation / Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Use.
Sheriff Bonds thanks the public for their assistance in this capture.
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on the evening of January 12, 2017, an unknown individual contacted the Stone County Sheriff's Department, in regard to an individual (Michael Pringlemeir 29 years of age / Mountain View) wanted by Arkansas Community Corrections for felony Absconding.
According to Sheriff Bonds, on January 13, 2017, Chief Deputy Pierce, Investigator Blake Cruz and Deputy Brad Breeding located Pringlrmeir at a residence in the 6000 block of Hwy. 87. While searching a residence, Pringlemeir was located by officers, hiding underneath the kitchen sink. After "snaking" his way from around the pipes underneath the sink, Pringlemeir was taken into custody without incident.
Pringlemeir was transported to the Stone County Detention Center where he awaits a Circuit Court Hearing.
Lance Bonds, Sheriff