Hempstead County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 312 S Washington St, Hope, 71801 AR
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Hempstead County Sheriff's Office is located at 312 S Washington St, Hope, 71801 AR. The Hempstead County Sheriff's Office phone number is 870-777-6727.

Hempstead County Sheriff's Office News

Come on out to our 2nd annual Ranch Rodeo and help us raise funds for our 2018 Operation Christmas. Admission $5.00 Kids under 12 free. Thursday September 27the at 7:30. Southwest District Fair

Come on out to our 2nd annual Ranch Rodeo and help us raise funds for our 2018 Operation Christmas. Admission $5.00 Kids under 12 free. Thursday September 27the at 7:30. Southwest District Fair

Deputy Deputy Becky Billings taught her first D.A.R.E. Class at Springhill this Week. She also taught her first Class at Blevins and GMCS.

IN CUSTODY 08/28/2018 56-year-old John Lyndell Hill of Blevins, Arkansas wanted for Attempted Murder has been taken into custody. Hill was arrested in Granite City Illinois shortly after 12:00 A.M. Tuesday August 28, 2018 by Granite City Police. Granite City Police made a traffic stop and identified Hill and took him into custody. According to Granite City Police Hill had in his possession 2 rifles, a handgun and a Hand grenade. Hill is being held by Granite City Police pending extradition back to Hempstead County.

Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton and Hope Police Sergeant Casey Singleton visited Ms. Willis's K-4 Class at GMCS on Monday. The students got to sit in the Police car and Sheriff's Truck received patches from Sgt. Singleton, and Sheriff Singleton. Every one got to talk on the Sheriff's P.A. System and the Favorite thing was blowing the siren. On behalf of the Hempstead County Sheriff's Office and Hope Police we would like to thank Ms. Willis for having us out.

Training for Softball

Thank You Pafford Air -1 For comming to our National Night Out

National Night Out 2018

I would like to thank everyone who came out and made our National Night Out a huge success. The citizens of Hempstead County know how to pitch in and make an event a success. See Yall Next Year Sheriff James Singleton

Deputies Eric Garner, Josh Pendergrass and Austin Reed completed the 13 week Basic Police Training Course on Friday August 3, 2018. Deputy Josh Pendergrass placed second overall in the firearms training and was presented a plaque by ALETA for his accomplishment.

Sheriff Provides Teachers and Staff a Free Concealed Carry Handgun Course. Spring Hill School Teachers and Staff receive free Concealed Handgun Training courtesy of the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office. In March of this year Sheriff James Singleton invited Teachers and Staff of the Blevins and Spring Hill School Districts to attend at no cost a Concealed Carry Course. Approximately 25 Teachers and staff of the Spring Hill School District took advantage of the Sheriff’s offer. On July 14th and 21st of this year The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office sponsored approximately 25 Teachers and staff of the Spring Hill School District in a concealed Carry Handgun Class taught by a Certified Arkansas State Police Concealed Carry Instructor. Retired Police Chief and 25-year law enforcement veteran Jimmy Singleton and brother of Sheriff James Singleton volunteered his time at no charge to all who attended. Several members of various church security teams also attended in all 35 persons completed the Concealed Carry Handgun course over the two day’s it was offered. Sheriff Singleton waived the $10.00 fingerprint fee normally charged for fingerprinting for all who attended. It will be up to each individual School Board to authorize those teachers to have a handgun on campus. A course will be scheduled in the near future for those Teachers and Staff in the Blevins School District who are interested in obtaining a Concealed Carry Permit. Sheriff Singleton recently met with the new Superintendent of The Blevins School District to discuss security and safety plans for that district. We are trying to be innovative in how we deal with school safety and security in the Blevins and Spring Hill school Districts. As Sheriff I would like to see Certified Deputies (School Resource Officers) in each of the school’s However, until we secure funding there are others things we can do to provide some immediate security and safety measures that do not cost. We plan to incorporate some of those measures in the 2018-2019 school year. The Sheriff’s Office wants to maintain an active group of civic-minded individuals who may serve as volunteers to assist deputies in providing for the public-safety and welfare of the students and teachers of the Blevins and Spring Hill School District. The Sheriff will utilize volunteers in a capacity that diminishes risk to the volunteers and does not place the volunteer in a law enforcement function. The volunteers will not be armed, unless they are Certified Law Enforcement Officers Certified by the State of Arkansas. There have been several certified law enforcement officers that have children in the respective schools who have expressed an interest to volunteer every so often. The sheriff’s Office has developed a guideline to where those citizens who wish to volunteer may do so after passing a background check and undergoing Active Shooter Response training. Expectations of Volunteers: Volunteers, like any member of Sheriff’s Office, will be expected to maintain the ethical standard of conduct demanded by the Sheriff’s Office. In all conduct relating to the Sheriff’s Office, volunteers are expected to act professionally and courteously to the public as well as to school officials. The role of a police volunteer does not include the duty to investigate crimes, pursue, apprehend or prosecute law breakers. Volunteers will not go beyond an “observe and report” function. The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing the students and Facility of Blevins and Spring Hill with the most effective security measures that are available. The sheriff has sent three of his deputies to training to deal with these type situations and the deputies will conduct Active Shooter classes to both school districts throughout the upcoming school year. For more information on the Volunteer program you may contact the Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727 and ask for an application for either the Spring Hill School District which will be Called The “Bear Patrol”, The Blevins School District Volunteer Program will be Called the “Hornet” Patrol. The Sheriff and some of his deputies will attend each open House and be available to answer questions on our plan to secure our schools. “In God We Trust” Sheriff James Singleton.

On Friday July 20, 2018, Agents from the 8th North Task Force and Deputies from the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Kacey Allen Bunnell and 47-year-old Chad Hamm of Hope, For Trafficking Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Bunnell was also charged with possession of a weapon by certain persons. Agents and Deputies seized 342 grams (12.9 oz) of methamphetamines valued at approximately $30,000 dollars, scales, approximately $362.00 dollars in currency and a 9mm semi-auto handgun. Both were transported to the HCDF where they will be held pending a First Court Appearance.

Well it’s getting that time of year when we kick off our OPERATION CHRISTMAS/ Shop with a Deputy Program for 2018. In the next few weeks Deputy Rebecca Billings will be contacting our Business and citizens that contributed to Operation Christmas by purchasing ads in our 2018-day planner. We hope our 2019 Day- Planner will also be a huge success. The 2018 planner was a huge success and helped us raise nearly $10,000.00 to purchase Christmas gifts and take over 85 Hempstead County Children shopping at Wal- Mart. And Contribute bicycles and tricycles to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I would like to thank all the business’s that place an ad in our day-planner. Our goal this year is to raise $15,000.00 and help at least 125-150 kids have a better Christmas. We also have several other fund-raising events through out the year such as a Ranch Rodeo during the District Fair, operating concession stands at the District fair and various other events that help us raise the funds needed. If you as a private citizen want to donate to our 2nd Annual Operation Christmas You can send a check made out to HCSO Operation Christmas, to Hempstead County Sheriff Operation Christmas 312 South Washington, Hope, Arkansas 71801. Again, if you can help us help our kids who may not have as much as other kids to have a better Christmas in 2018 please do so. “IN GOD WE TRUST” Sheriff James A. Singleton

Our Jail and Inmate Roster is back up and running

The Inmate Roster on our web-site is down, it is undergoing maintance sorry for the inconvience. should have it up back up sometimes this week. Thank You, James Singleton, Sheriff

Congratulations to Deputy Kyle Malone and Haylee welcome to the family GARRETT LEE.

Hempstead County Deputy Becky Billings has completed two weeks of D.A.R.E. Instructor training with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Cookville, Tennessee. Deputy Billings will be bringing the D.A.R.E. Program to the County Schools in 2018-2019. Congratulations Deputy Billings

June 10, 2018 Once again, I wish to remind everyone that we still have three missing persons from Hempstead County, I want to make an appeal to anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of these three Hempstead County Citizens. Please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office or your local Law Enforcement agencies. We have received numerous leads from the community however all have not produced much results. Someone out there knows or has information as to the whereabouts of these citizens, please if you have any information that would help us reunite the three with their families please contact us. All information will be kept confidential. The Below Listed Persons have been reported missing over the past six years from Hempstead County, The Hempstead County Sheriff’s office is investigating the disappearance of then 31-year-old Casey Clark now 36 of Fulton, Arkansas, 58-year-old Joseph Christopher Cowart of Hope, Arkansas. And Most recently Madeline R. Tomlin age 24 at the time of her disappearance in May of 2015. Casey Clark and Joseph Cowart was reported missing to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office in March and May of 2012. Madeline R. Tomlin was reported missing in May of 2015. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and Detectives from the Hope Police Department continue to work on the cases chasing down leads without much results and Sharing information on all three cases. Casey Clark is described as approximately 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds, Black Hair, Brown Hair. Dark complexioned African American Male. It is unknown the type clothes Casey was Wearing or his direction of travel On Friday March 30, at approximately 1400 hours Melvin Clark reported his 31-year-old son Casey Clark missing. Melvin stated that no one had heard or seen Casey Tuesday March 27, 2012. Mr. Clark stated that Casey was staying with a friend at Amandex Apartments and left in that car which was later found at the Boll Weevil Liquor store in Fulton (Miller County). Mr. Clark stated that Melvin also left his wallet in the friend’s apartment. Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Casey Clark is encouraged to call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727. Hempstead County Investigators are seeking any information on the whereabouts of 58-year-old Joseph Christopher Cowart of Hope who has not been seen or heard of since Tuesday May 15, 2012. On 05/20/12 Deputies were dispatched to 3096 Highway 174 south in reference to Cowarts uncle not being able to make contact with his nephew, Joseph Christopher Cowart. Who is described as a white male, 6’ tall, 195 lbs., brown hair, and brown eyes. Unknown clothing. Upon arrival Deputies met with Cowarts uncle. Who stated that he hasn't talked to his nephew, Joseph Christopher Cowart since Tuesday, 05/15/2012. The uncle said that he went to his residence located at 3096 highways 174 south around 1730 hours, knocked on his door and got no answer. He said that he left the residence and returned home to attempt to contact Christopher by telephone. The uncle said that Christopher's truck was still parked under the carport. And the doors to the house and truck were locked. The uncle entered the house and observed that Christopher was not in it. And they walked around the yard and checked the buildings around the house but he was nowhere to be found. The uncle said that he talks to Christopher daily and it was not like him not to call him back when he called. Christopher Cowart has been entered in NCIC/ACIC as a missing person. As of March 28, 2017, The Hempstead County Sheriff’s office has not received any further information on Mr. Cowart’s whereabouts. Anyone having information to the whereabouts of Mr. Cowart please call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office. @ 870-777-6727 Madeline R. Tomlin is described as being 5-5, weighing 115 pounds, with brownish red hair and green eyes. She was last seen in the Hope, Arkansas area on the evening of Wednesday, May 20, 2015 She was possibly wearing light blue cotton pants and a white or cream colored top. Tomlin is now thinner than she appears in the photo above. She has a butterfly tattoo on her foot, the name “Cash” on her ankle, and a horseshoe on her shoulder. Anyone who may have information regarding the current whereabouts of Madeline Tomlin is urged to contact the Hope Police Department at 870-777-3434, 870-703-3481, Detective Coronado at 870-722-2561, or The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office.

Ft. Smith- Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association Executive Board during the Associations summer conference held at Ft. Smith, Arkansas June 3rd -6th. Sheriff Singleton has served on the board for the past three years serving as Sergeant at Arms and most recently as Financial Chair of the Association. Pictured from Left to Right – Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown, Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones, Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright, Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd, Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck (President), Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith and Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay.

Missing Person From Hempstead County; Anyone having information as to the wherabouts of Crystal Ainsley Rosenthal Age 41 5'10" 130 lbs, Blond Hair DOB 12/28/1977 Please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff's Office or your local law enforcement agency. Crystal was last seen approximately 10:00 PM Friday May 26, 2018. She was at a residence on Hempstead County Road 30 near the Nevada County Line. Last seen wearing a tank top, blue jeans and possibily tennis shoes. She left the residence without taking any clothes, vehicle, medication. Unknown direction of travel.

8th North Task Force On March 15, 2018, the 8th North Task Force began operations in Hempstead and Nevada Counties under the guidance of 8th North Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin, Hope Police J.R. Wilson, and Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers, who have assigned officers from their agencies to work together to combat the sale, distribution, and transportation of illegal narcotics in the 8th North Judicial District have made an impact in the first 56 days of operations. The 8th North agents have opened 25 cases, made 24 arrest, with 4 arrests pending. Agents have confiscated approximately $43,484.00 in U.S. Currency, Stolen firearms, Drug Paraphernalia to include Grow Lights, an Irrigation system to irrigate a Marijuana Grow Operation and a Surveillance system. The agents have seized Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Powder Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Pills and Liquid Codeine. We would like to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to your local Law Enforcement Agency. All agencies are working well together in this endeavor and will strive to continue to seek out the persons who chose to make, transport, and sell this poison to our citizens in the 8th Judicial District. 8th North Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers

Arkansas State FFA President Brady Gentry from Spring Hill presents Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton with an Honorary State FFA Degree at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Tuesday April 24, 2018. At the State FFA Convention. Sheriff Singleton was nominated by FFA Chapters in Spring Hill and Hope for his work and help with both the Hope FFA Rodeo and Spring Hill FFA Rodeo. Sheriff Singleton serves a Rodeo Announcer for both Schools during the annual FFA Rodeo’s. Sheriff Singleton and his family also supplies horses to the students who do not own them so they can compete in the Rodeo’s. Sheriff Singleton and his family have been involved one way or another for the past 29 years with the FFA programs in Hope and Spring Hill. Sheriff Singleton said “It is an Honor to receive this award and a very special honor to have Brady Gentry present it”, I have known Brady all His life and had the opportunity to watch him compete in showing cattle at the County, District and State Fair. He has grown into an exceptional young man and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes during his College years and beyond. Thanks to all the students and FFA Advisers who put my name up for nomination and may God Bless each and every one. Sheriff James Singleton