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Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving


On 17 August 2017, Inv. Gary Dorman was patrolling the area of Hempstead 21 (Melrose Lane) and highway 278 west. The Police Dispatcher gave out a call over the radio that there was a silver Honda CRV that was traveling west on highway 278. The Dispatcher stated that the caller advised that the Honda passed them on a double yellow line.


Dorman observed a silver Honda turn onto Hempstead 21 and begin traveling south. he observed that the Honda was behind another vehicle for approximately one mile. The vehicle was following within, what appeared to have been just feet of the vehicle in front of it. Dorman then observed the Honda pass the vehicle that was in front of it. The Honda was passing the car in a no passing zone and through a railroad crossing. Dorman then got behind the vehicle and activated my emergency lights. The Honda pulled to the side of Hempstead 21 near the intersection of Hempstead 2.


Inv. Dorman made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Linda Daugherty. Linda still had her window rolled up and at first refused to lower it. Inv. Dorman advised Linda that he was just there to talk to her about her driving and after talking to her for a minute, she finally opened her door. He advised Linda who he was and why he had stopped her.


Dorman advised Linda that he was following her at one hundred miles per hour. Linda stated "It was more like a hundred and 10 miles an hour". Dorman advised Linda that he believed that and she stated "Good because that's the truth". During the time he spoke to Linda, she kept her hands up in the air and when Dorman told her that she didn't have to hold her hands up, she stated "I don't want you to shoot me".


Dorman asked Linda to step out of vehicle. Linda was reluctant at first to get out but eventually did so. Dorman knew that Linda had recently fled from Officers of the Nashville, Arkansas Police Department. The incident ended in Hempstead County after Officers deployed spike strips on her tires and had to break out a window to remove her from the vehicle.


Inv. Dorman asked Linda why she was driving like she was. Linda stated because someone was chasing her. Dorman advised Linda that he was following her and that no one was chasing her. Linda stated that the person chasing her must have kept going towards Hope on the highway.


Inv. Dorman placed Linda under arrest for reckless driving and made a phone call to her husband, to come and get her vehicle. He was in walking distance of the location where Dorman stopped Linda and the vehicle was released to him.





Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1st degree.

Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1st degree.


On August 17, 2017 at approximately 1933 hours, Deputy Brown was patrolling the 2000-3000 block of W. Ave B, when he observed a red 1997 Toyota Corolla bearing Arkansas license 314126, commit the traffic violation of no turn signal, in violation of Arkansas code 27-51-403, in Hope, Hempstead County, Arkansas.


Deputy Brown made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Ella Cottingham. Brown observed a bag in the backseat containing several cold Bud Light beer. Deputy Brown asked Ella to step out of the vehicle and speak with me, she complied. Deputy Brown asked Ella if there was anything illegal on her person and she stated no. Deputy Brown asked Ella if he could check to make sure and she advised he could.


Ella appeared to be very nervous. Ella stated she had some Xanax in her purse, but they were in a bottle. Deputy Brown asked Ella if he could see the medication and she asked the passenger and owner of the vehicle, Dean Picket to get it out of her purse. Dean got the medication out and showed officers. Deputy Brown asked Ella if there was anything else in her purse and she stated no. He asked Ella if he could check her purse to make sure. Ella shrugged her shoulder and said let's take a look, but there is nothing in there.


Ella took a Marlboro cigarette pack out of her purse, along with a little blue change purse. Deputy Brown asked Ella if there was guns or drugs in her purse. Ella stated she had a gun, then pulled a black revolver out of her purse and threw it on the ground. Deputy Brown got Ella away from the gun and secured it. While getting Ella away from the gun, he placed her cigarette's and blue change purse on top of the vehicle. Deputy Brown recovered the firearm and it had 5 unspent .38 special rounds in it.


Once the firearm was secured, he spoke with Ella again. and asked Ella if anything illegal was inside the vehicle and she stated not that she knows of, there should not be. While speaking with Ella she asked for her pack of cigarettes so she could smoke. Deputy Brown got her cigarette pack from on top of the vehicle, he observed a clear bag inside the cigarette pack containing suspected methamphetamine. Ella was placed under arrest at this time.


There was a one-year old child in the backseat and the mother was not present. Deputy Brown asked Ella where the mother was and she did not know, Ella stated she met the mother and got the baby to watch him for a little while.


The child was released to the passenger and owner of the vehicle, Dean Pickett who agreed to get the child to the mother. Deputy Brown provided DHS with all the information on the mother and incident DHS will investigate the matter in regards to the child.


Ella was transported to the HCDF where she was charged with Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1st degree. Ella was turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking process. She will be held for a 1st court appearance.

Residential Burglary

Residential Burglary


On August 17, 2017 at approximately 1539 hours, Deputy Malone was dispatched to 3825 Hempstead 2 regarding a residential burglary.


Upon arrival, he made contact with Carroll Byers. Carroll stated that he left his residence at approximately 1100 hours and arrived back at his residence at approximately 1530 hours. He stated that he locked the dead bolt and door knob to his front door.


Carroll stated that he walked into his residence and sat down. He stated that he then realized that his 42 Emerson flat screen TV was gone. Carroll stated that he then began looking around his residence to see if anything else was missing. Carroll stated that he then noticed that his dead bolt was unlocked and the screen cover to his window that was open had been removed.


Carroll stated that his TV, remote to the TV, and remote to his space heater were the only property that was stolen. Carrol stated that he values the TV and remote to the TV at 400.00 dollars, and the Remote for his space heater at 15.00 dollars. Carroll stated that his TV was sitting on top of his Television receiver that was sitting on top of his of his space heater in the front living room of his residence.


The incident is under investigation.

Scam Alert


From the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office





There have been calls made to Hempstead County Residents from a number that shows to be from the Hempstead County Tax Collector wanting to up-date Tax Records.


The Number is not from the Tax Collectors Office and the Tax Collector’s Office does not solicit personal information over the phone.

If you receive a call such as this please do not give any personal information over the phone. Please report all calls such as this to

The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office

@ 870-777-6727


Medical Emergency

Medical Emergency


On August 7, 2017 at approximately 1600 hours, Deputy Brown received a call from the police dispatcher regarding a medical emergency, located at 3283 Highway 355 S, in Fulton, Arkansas.


Upon arrival, Deputy Brown met with a 67-year-old female who stated she had taken a lot of medication and was going to heaven. The female did not know for sure what medications she took, but she was prescribed a lot of medication by doctors. The female was upset because her husband did not want to be with her anymore, so she wanted to go to heaven. The female stated she has lost everything and it would be better in heaven.


Pafford EMS was on scene and transported the 67-year-old female to St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.






Domestic Dispute

Domestic Dispute


On August 7, 2017 at approximately 1630 hours, Deputy Brown received a call from the police dispatcher regarding a verbal altercation, located at 742 Hempstead 55, in Emmet, Arkansas.


Upon arrival, he met with the caller, who stated his sister, was very intoxicated and trying to leave her residence driving. caller stated that he grabbed the keys from his sister and would not let her leave. caller stated his sister got mad and began arguing with him over him taking the keys. caller stated that his sister contacted the police department.


Deputy Brown made contact with the sister. and could smell a very strong odor of intoxicants coming from her person. The sister’s speech was very slurred and it appeared she urinated on herself. The sister was not making any sense while speaking with me. She kept yelling at her brother and verbally assaulting him. The sister stated she just wanted her keys and she would go inside and sleep. She also accused her brother of stealing her phone and not giving it back. The sister stated that her brother hit her in the face and was very mean to her.


Deputy Brown did not observe any injuries at all on the sister. Deputy Brown advised the sister to go inside and sleep off the alcohol.

Death Investigation

Death Investigation


On August 8, 2017 at approximately 1500 hours, Deputy Brown received a call from the police dispatcher regarding deceased male, in the 200 block of Hempstead 198, in Saratoga, Arkansas.


Upon arrival, he met with Pafford EMS workers who stated they were called to an unresponsive male laying in the middle of the road on this date at 1420 hours. When Pafford EMS arrived on scene it was determined the male was deceased.


Deputy Brown searched the male, located a driver's license and identified him as Thomas Cain who resided at 214 Hempstead 197, in Saratoga, Arkansas. Deputy Brown did not observe any visible injuries or anything that appeared to be out of place. Thomas appeared to have been walking with a stick and had his wallet, money and other property on his person.


Coroner Ben Brazzel arrived on scene and pronounced the time of death at 1545 hours

Possession of Controlled Substance

Possession of Controlled Substance


On August 8, 2017 at approximately 1630 hours, Debra Barr age 43, of Rosston, Arkansas was cited by Deputy Brown for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Debra was given a court date of 10/2/2017.


Sheriff puts Litter Crew to work

Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office has entered into an agreement with the Arkansas Department of Transportation for inmates to pick-up litter along state highways. The ARDOT pays the county two dollars an hour for each inmate that works. The inmates will also be used on County Roads to pick-up trash.




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Deputy Cingolani Graduates ALETA




Hempstead County Deputy Josh Cingolani, graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in East Camden, Arkansas on Friday August, 4, 2017 after 13 weeks of training. Deputy Cingolani will serve in the Patrol Division as a Patrol Deputy. Deputy Cingolani will begin his Field Training Monday August 7, 2017. Welcome aboard Deputy Cingolani.


Sheriff Singleton, Deputy Michel Braddock, and Chief Deputy Atkinson, attended Deputy Cingolani’s Graduation.


Deputy Braddock represented the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association Honor Guard who presented the colors for the Graduation.

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