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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments

This week the following people were arraigned in Polk County Circuit Court. All information is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Marlena Parnell, age 49, was arraigned on one count of Possession of a schedule II Controlled Substance. On or about March 9, 2019, the said defendent, unlawfully possessed Methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in an amount of two grams or more but less than 10 grams, constituting a Class ‘C’ felony.

Melton Ray Cannon, age 52, was arraigned on one count of domestic battery in the third degree. On or about March 11, the said defendent caused physical injury to Gloria May, having previously been convicted of the same offense on January 11, 2019. The county is a Clss ‘D’ felony.

Malcom R. Wells, age 31, was arraigned on three counts: one count of refusal to submit to arrest, one county of fleeing, and one count of endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree. On or about March 10, 2019, the said defendant did refuse to submit to arrest by knowingly resisting a person known by him to be a law enforcement officer effecting an arrest, constituing a Class ‘B’ misdemeanor. The said defendant knowing that his immediate arrest or detention was being attempted by aduly authorized law enforcement officer, did flee by means of any vehicle or conveyance, manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, which is a Class ‘D’ felony. And, the said defendant did being a parent, guardian, or person legally charged with care or custody of a minor purposefully engage in conduct creating a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to a minor, constituting a  Class ‘D’ felony.

Mitzie M. French, age 44, was arraigned on two counts. Count one was Possession of a schedule I controlled substance and count two of possession of drug paraphernalia. On or about March 11, 2019, the said defendant, unlawfully possessed Methamphetaamine a schedule II controlled substance in an amount less than two grams, constituting a class ‘D’ felony. The said defendant also did use or possess with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia to, store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance that is methamphetamine or cocaine, constituting a class ‘D’ felony.


  1. I have to question all these felony paraphernalia charges Riner keeps filing, especially considering the extremely loose definition of what constitutes “paraphernalia”. It’s normal for prosecutors to over-charge someone so they have bargaining chips in forcing a plea deal, but this local hotshot seems to think everything is a felony and if he can’t find a statute that fits he’ll re-interpret an old one and create a new class of “offense”. We don’t need a sanctimonious twit deciding who goes to jail and who doesn’t.

    • Does it really matter what constitutes “paraphernalia”? Either way, if you are in possession, it is against the law and should be dealt with accordingly. I personally am glad to see Mena cracking down on known users in this small rural town. It has to be done for the safety of all law abiding citizens.

      • Of course it matters. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a criminal offense that can be charged essentially at will, like the old spitting-on-the-sidewalk ordnances. “If we want you, we got you”.

        I will say that from what I’ve seen, our local departments are good people who still act like members of the community – but I’m used to big-city cops who can’t be trusted, and I do know that there have been corrupt cops in previous Polk County departments.

        Our current Prosecuting Attorney has demonstrated that he will attempt to legislate new law from the prosecutor’s table in an atttempt to force his alt-right fundamentalist nonsense on the rest of us.

        Coupled with his constant overfiling paraphernalia charges as felonies, it is obvious that his professional judgement is the product of his political agenda rather than honestly attempting to reduce harm to the community.

        “safety of all law abiding citizens”? That is paranoid nonsense. The unconstitutional abuses of the drug war have been repeatedly proven ineffective at reducing drug use, and every negative associated with drug use is already illegal. Every time some fool claims he will “keep me safe”, I know that he will expect me to pay for it and allow my “protectors” to run my life and ignore my rights as a law-abiding citizen. Somewhere in that process actually protecting my rights and wellbeing always seems to get lost.

        I am not nearly as afraid of drug users as I am of power-tripping wanna-be dictators who will destroy the Constitutional Republic that should protect all our rights.

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