The Van Buren County sheriff’s office has had a busy month. Sheriff Scott Bradley told the Quorum Court last week that summer is a busy time for his department.
Here are some of the cases the sheriff’s office has been working:
• On July 15, the sheriff’s office received a report of a break in at 389 Brown Road in Shirley. Investigators found evidence that the property stolen was taken to the neighbor’s house. Investigators made contact with the resident at 381 Brown Road. Investigators discovered inside the home the property that had been stolen in the original report, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Kimberly Davidson, 22, of Shirley was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Dana Giles, 31, of Greenbrier was arrested at the scene on an outstanding warrant, and charges of possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Jeremy Dunnigan, 32, of Higden was arrested on possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia charges. He also faces additional theft charges.
All suspects were transported to the Van Buren County Detention Center pending bond hearings.
• On July 6, the sheriff’s department received a call of a welfare check on a stalled vehicle in the Sugar Loaf area. The responding deputy arrived to find an unresponsive driver in the vehicle with suspected drugs in plain view in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
Johnny Hunt, 28, of Higden was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail where he was charged with felony drug possession. He was released on a $3,000 bond.
• On July 18, deputies responded to a shoplifting call at the Bee Branch Flash Market. The store attendant observed the suspect try to conceal merchandise and leave the store with it, according to the news release. When confronted, the suspect returned to the store to give back items, the report said.
Rebecca Hardy was arrested at the scene for shoplifting and was transported by an assisting Clinton Police officer who had responded to assist the sheriff’s department. While en route to the detention center, Hardy claimed she was sick, according to the news release. When she was taken out of the vehicle at the jail a clear plastic bag containing white residue was found on the floorboard, according to the report. The responding deputy contacted the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force for assistance with the drug charge. Hardy was booked at the Van Buren County Detention Center on shoplifting and felony drug charges. She is being held on a $2,500 bond.
• On July 16, the sheriff’s office responded to take a report of a stolen Kawasaki Mule from the residence of 1428 Banner Mountain Road. About an hour after leaving the scene, a neighbor called in to report that they had just seen the stolen ATV go by the Pleasant Valley Church. The responding deputy returned to the area to find that the caller had located the Mule, but the driver had fled into the woods, according to the news release.
As the deputy was speaking to the witness, he observed a white male walking down the road that fit the description of the suspect. The witness identified him as the person who was on the Mule at the time of the original call, the release states. When questioned by the responding deputy, the suspect said he was the one driving the Mule and that he had bought it from someone else, the sheriff’s office said. Closer inspection of the stolen Mule revealed that it had been recently painted. The owner was then called to the scene of where he positively identified the Mule as the one that was stolen from him.
Daniel McCarver was transported to the Van Buren County Detention Center where he faces charges of felony theft by receiving. He is being held on a $7,500 bond.d