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Undercover Operation Results in Drug Arrest

BY MELANIE BUCK – “We are committed to arresting drug dealers in Polk County,” stated Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in a press release following the latest drug-related arrest from the department. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Sheriff’s Department and the 18th West Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) arrested John T. Pitchford, age 42 ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: May 15-21, 2017

May 15, 2017 Report from complainant on Heritage Lane near Hatfield that their fence had been cut. Deputy responded. Arrested was Richard B. Roper, 34, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. May 16, 2017 Traffic stop on Highway 246 East near Vandervoort led to the discovery of a suspicious item.  Investigation continues. May ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department Reports: May 8, 2017 – May 14, 2017

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of May 8, 2017 – May 14, 2017. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have ...

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Roberts Back in Court on 18th Anniversary of Murder

BY MELANIE BUCK – On the 18th anniversary of her death, Andi Brewer’s family found themselves back in Polk County Circuit Court watching a post-conviction relief hearing for her convicted rapist and murderer, Karl Roberts. Roberts’ defense team continues to seek relief for him arguing ‘ineffective counsel’ in the latest legal maneuvering that has spanned almost two decades and in ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: May 1-7, 2017

May 1, 2017 Report from complainant on Pate Lane near Board Camp of the theft of three tires & wheels and a grill, all valued at $900.00. Investigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 290 near Cove of the break-in and theft of a flashlight, valued at $20.00.  Investigation continues. Arrested was Aaron P. Whisenhunt, 25, of Mena, on a ...

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Polk County Sheriff Department – Protecting Polk County

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – They are the protectors of a community, the ones that ensure safety and bring justice. The needs of a community are almost always put above their own. Who are they? They are the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, a group of individuals who are always seeking the welfare of Polk County. It’s not just a job to ...

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Otto to Receive Ballistic Vest

BY MELANIE BUCK – Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer is pleased to announce that Otto, the county’s K-9 narcotics dog, will receive a ballistic vest thanks to the generous donations of two local Mason clubs. The Dallas Masonic Lodge #128, of Mena, and Mountain Meadow Lodge #218, of Hatfield, each pitched in $500 to donate towards the purchase of the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Authorities Identify Body Found in Cove

BY MELANIE BUCK The identity of a body found near Cove, Ark. has been confirmed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department as 43 year old Bethany Jo (Scarbrough) Wester, of Mena. The body was discovered on Tuesday, April 25 after the Sheriff’s Department received a call of a “suspicious object” in a creek southeast of Cove. The body was sent ...

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Polk County Sheriff’s Department: April 17-23, 2017

April 17, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 81 near Big Fork of the break-in and theft of two ATVs, a trailer and miscellaneous items. Investigation continues. April 18, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 19 near Cove of being scammed of $391.50 from an unknown person claiming to be PayPal. Arrested was Richard B. Roper, 34, of Cove, on ...

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Local Agencies Collaborate to Make Drug Arrest

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the 18th West Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Thursday, April 20, 2017, that was the result of a narcotic investigation conducted by the two agencies. The warrant resulted in the finding of drugs and paraphernalia and led to the arrest of Patrick R. Tosta, age 32, ...

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