Memorial Day Travel Safety
Many Americans are planning to travel during the upcoming holiday weekend. A recent survey by Travelocity stated that nearly 80% of surveyed adults who said they plan to travel on Memorial Day, plan to travel by car. 2 An article by AAA states that due to the low gas prices we have seen this year, more than a third of Americans plans to take a family vacation of 50 miles or more from home this year.1
The following are good reminders as you prepare to take to the road during the Memorial Day travel weekend.
§ Buckle your safety belt – it’s the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekend
§ Put down the cell phone – nearly 10 people are killed and over 1,000 injured every day in crashes involving distracted drivers – don’t text and drive! 3
§ Don’t drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment
§ Be prepared – take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you’re stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays
§ Turn down the music – hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene
§ Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, looking for CDs, and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble
§ Get plenty of rest – make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel, rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted
§ Take frequent breaks – stop, get out of the vehicle, and stretch your legs often
§ Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you’re bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don’t let other drivers ruin your holiday
Travel safely and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Sheriff Lance Bonds
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on May 13, 2017, Investigators with the Stone County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Forest Service approached three individuals at the Gunner Pool Campground, after the three had been seen smoking Crystal Methamphetamine.
During the onsite investigation, officers located and confiscated a baggie containing Crystal Meth and a baggie containing marijuana. Also located were two pipes. One used for smoking marijuana and one used for smoking Crystal Meth. While conducting interviews, John Vernon Webb of Stone County, stated that the narcotics belonged to him.
Webb has been charged by 16th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer with (1)Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crystal Meth) Class D Felony (2) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Use Crystal Meth (Class D Felony) and (3) Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) (Class A Misdemeanor).
Webb is scheduled for Stone County Circuit Court in June. He is currently being held in the Stone County Detention Center with a $2,500.00 bond.
By Directive of the Sheriff: Hayden Heights at JoJos Restaurant is closed to through traffic according to Sheriff Bonds. Residents are preparing for the rising waters and are having difficulty due to the traffic. If you do not live on Hayden Heights, please stay clear of that area.
Sheriff Lance Bonds wants to make everyone aware of the potential danger of rising waters along the White River and streams in Stone County. Depending on the amount of water released from the lakes, the level could get as high as the floods in 2008. Please be aware of the pending dangers and act accordingly.
STONE COUNTY SHERIFF LANCE BONDS IS TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APRIL 29 AT THE STONE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
STONE COUNTY, ARKANSAS – On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Stone County Sheriff's Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the sheriff's department at 1009 Sheriff's Drive Mountain View, Arkansas. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Stone County Sheriff's Department at 870-269-3825.
According to Sheriff Lance Bonds, on Sunday April 16th, 2017, an adult female victim reported her Red 2000 Honda Rancher ATV been stolen from her residence on Sunny Fox Rd. The victim said that the four-wheeler had been parked near the east side of her residence.
Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage from a store in the area in an attempt to locate a possible suspect.. The footage clearly shows Brent Whitman on a Red Honda ATV pull into the parking lot to get gas. According to an adult female witness, Brent Whitman entered the store, and was identified by her.
The victim was able to identify her ATV in the video footage by various accessories and damage. The victim also positively identified Brent Whitman as the driver of her ATV in the video footage.
It is of note that Whitman has theft charges pending in Stone County Circuit Court regarding a 1933 Ford Coupe and a Honda Trail 70 Motorcycle.
Whitman was contacted and interviewed post Mirada Warning on 04/23/2017, During the interview, Whitman admitted to Investigator Justin Meeks that he was the person responsible for stealing the ATV. Whitman has been arrested and charged with Theft of Property, a class D Felony.
Sheriff Lance Bonds
Sheriff Lance Bonds announced that on April 25, 2017, the Stone County Sheriff's Department, Sixteenth Judicial Drug Task Force and the Mountain View Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence of Benjamin R. Smith in Mountain View.
The Sheriff states that the search warrant came after receiving numerous complaints about the high volume of traffic and the dealing of Marijuana within one thousand feet of a church, as well as being in a neighborhood where children are frequently present.
During the execution of the warrant, investigators located approximately one pound of marijuana, a firearm and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Smith has been arrested and charged with (1)Maintaining a Drug Premises within One Thousand feet of a Church (2) Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms (3) Possession of Marijuana over 4 ounces with purpose to deliver (4) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Smith's has a Circuit Court date of May, 2017
Sheriff Lance Bonds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheriff Lance Bonds states that with just over a month until Mother’s Day, the Stone County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a child support warrant roundup for individuals failing to pay child support.
Operation Mother’s Day, will involve Investigators and deputies from the Stone County Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol, and criminal investigation division.
"Our deputies and investigators will make a concentrated effort directed at orders of child support body attachments for this endeavor."
“With the continuation of operations such as “Operation Mother’s Day”, we recognize all parents who support their children, and encourage all parents to assume responsibility for improving the economic and social well-being of their children.”
We urge individuals on our "RADAR" to contact the Sheriff's Office and make arrangements to rectify their current situation.
To avoid arrest and jail, those who have fallen behind or defaulted on their child support payments, but do not have warrants for their arrest should contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement to arrange payments. Parents with child support warrants, who remain non-compliant through Saturday, May 13, 2017 can surrender themselves to the Stone County Detention Center or risk being arrested at a later date.
Listed below are individuals with current arrest warrants/body attachments for child support:
Bobby Joe Hines
David Wilson, Jr.
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!
Sheriff Lance bonds