,Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies arrested four people over the course of two days.
On Aug. 18, 2014, Deputy David Merriott stopped Cody Lee Davis, 24, of Shirley. Merriott reported Davis appeared nervous. He gave Merriott permission to search his vehicle, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. During the search, Merriott found in a empty cigarette package with suspected methamphetamine. The 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force is assisting in the investigation. Davis is being charged with felony simple possession of a controlled substance. He is currently incarcerated at the Van Buren County Detention Center.
On Aug. 17, 2014, Deputy Tim Adams stopped a vehicle for driving left of center and fictitious tags, the news release states. Jennifer Brightwell, 31, of Lonoke was a passenger in a vehicle. Adams reported he spoke with the male driver who gave him a fictitious name that had warrants. Adams said when he tried to arrest man, the man fled on foot. During an impound of the vehicle, before it was towed, Adams reported finding a small cylinder on the passenger floor board containing illegal drugs. The 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation. Brightwell is being charged with felony possession of drugs (methamphetamine) with purpose to deliver and felony possession of drugs ( prescription narcotics ) with purpose to deliver. She is at the Van Buren County jail awaiting a first appearance.
On Aug. 17, 2014, deputies Greg Mix and Everett Young responded to a incident of a boy being struck by a vehicle on Holley Mountain Road. After arriving on scene, Mix and Young spoke with the parties involved and identified the suspect as 47-year-old Robert Author Gibson of Clinton, according to the news release. After investigating the incident, Gibson was arrested and is being charged with felony aggravated assault and felony battery in the 2nd degree. He is being held at the detention center.
Also that day, the two deputies responded to a disturbance call in Bee Branch. The call was of a man who was drunk and violating a no-contact order, the news release states. Mix and Young made contact with James Shelby Saunders, 27, of Bee Branch. Mix reported when they arrived Saunders was outside the residence screaming and beating on his vehicle. Saunders was arrested at the residence and is currently incarcerated at the Van Buren County Detention Center.