Three separate traffic stops have resulted in arrests this month.
About 5:18 a.m. Sept. 23, Deputy David Merriott of the Van Buren County sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle that was driving left of center and almost hit his patrol car, according to a news release.
Brian Richard Reynolds, 35, of Clinton was driving the car, and the deputy discovered Reynolds’ license was suspended, the the sheriff’s office said. Merriott noted that Reynolds was behaving strangely so the deputy asked for permission to search the vehicle, the report states.
Reynolds agreed, the report states, and Merriott found suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the glove box. Reynolds was charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies. Reynolds was released from the Van Buren County Detention Center after posting a $7,500 bond.
Two days earlier, on Sept. 21 about 8:44 p.m., an Arkansas State Police trooper assisted by sheriff’s deputies arrested Jason Brock after a traffic stop in Alread. According to a news release, drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle. Brock was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class D felony, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. He has been released on $1,500 bond, the sheriff’s office said.
On Sept. 26, 2013, at approximately 4:08 p.m., a deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Travis Divall, 33, of Harrison. The deputy reported that the vehicle, a dark grey Nissan Altima, was traveling over the speed limit and had a fictitious tag. He stopped the car near Ozark Health Medical Center on Highway 65.
The deputy received consent to search the vehicle and during a pat down of Divall, the deputy found Divall to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the news release.
Clinton Police Officer Jay Murdock, 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force personnel and the Arkansas State Police assisted in the vehicle search where more paraphernalia was found, the release states. Divall was arrested on felony possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $3,000.
The sheriff’s office also has been busy in recent weeks with several reports of break-ins in the county.
One of the incidents was at a cabin on Brock Road in Alread. The reporting party said several items were missing from the cabin including food, ammunition and various household goods.
The sheriff’s office also received a call of break-in at the Alread School. The incident involved a broken window but nothing of significant value was reported missing, according to a news release.
On Sept. 2, 2013, Cassell’s Mini Storage reported that several units had been broken into. They were in the process of contacting the owners of each of the units to document what was stolen.
The investigation into all of these incidents has led Van Buren County investigators to at least four juvenile suspects and several items have been recovered. These suspects will be charged as juveniles, the sheriff’s office said. The investigation is still under way.