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

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

SCAM ALERT To: Citizens of Hempstead County From: Sheriff James A. Singleton SCAM: Female posing as A Civil Process Server for the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office Making Calls in reference to Civil Papers. BEWARE of a female or male posing as Civil Process Servers for the Hempstead County Sheriff’s office. Our 870-777-6727 number to the Sheriff’s Office Shows up on the Caller ID they are calling from. THIS IS NOT ANYONE FROM OUR OFFICE. The caller tells the person that they have a civil paper for a certain amount and they will accept a lesser payment if given a Credit Card Number to settle the account. THIS IS A SCAM the Sheriff’s Office does not engage in accepting credit cards for civil papers nor do we have the authority to reduce any amount of a civil judgement. If receive a call from the 870-777-6727 number please call the sheriff’s office back and ask to speak with our civil Clerk Joycelyn Trotter or our Civil Deputy Rebeca Billings. DO NOT GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO ANYONE!!!!!!!!!

Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Christi McQueen of the 8th North Judicial District to Form Task Force 8th North Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin, Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson, and Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers are combining forces to establish the 8th North Task Force. The new task force will be made up of sheriff’s deputies and police officers in the 8th North Judicial District, which is made up of Hempstead and Nevada Counties. The unit will focus on the distribution, sale and transportation of illegal narcotics in and through the 8th North Judicial District. “Not only will large scale dealers be targeted, but also what I call “street-corner dealers” who are such a bane and disgust to our communities,” said Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen. The Task Force will also work together on major crimes committed within the district. Part of the funding for the Task Force will come from monies seized by officers during drug arrests and forfeited by court order to the Eighth North Judicial District Drug Control Fund administered by the Prosecutor’s office. “It is fitting that drug criminals are financing our fight against drugs,” said McQueen. The local agencies had been a part of the South-Central Drug Task Force for the last 15-20 years. The SCDTF included Howard, Sevier, Little River, Hempstead, and Nevada Counties until recently when the heads of Hempstead and Nevada County Law Enforcement and 8th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen met and decided that their resources could be better used, and the citizens of Hempstead and Nevada Counties better served, by establishing a Task Force to work in the 8th North District. The decision was not made lightly, as all local agencies have had a great working relationship with the SCDTF. However, over the past several years, federal funding has been reduced each year, leaving the funding of the SCDTF in question. For the past several years, there has only been one supervisor and two agents covering five counties and two judicial districts. The newly formed 8th North Task Force will have a director and four agents to cover one judicial district and two counties. This will not involve any new hires as each of the four law enforcement agencies will assign one officer to serve as an agent to the Task Force. All officers assigned to the Task Force are very well-trained veterans of law enforcement. The 8th North Task force will be governed by a board of directors consisting of Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Nevada County Sheriff Danny Martin, Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers, and Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson. The board will appoint a director to oversee the daily operations of the Task Force. The board will also appoint a board chairman, from the heads of the agencies represented, to serve as chairman for one year to call and to conduct meetings of the Task Force. The 8th North Task Force met February 28, 2018, and appointed Captain Frank McJunkins, a 25-year veteran investigator of the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, to be the first Director of the 8th North Task Force. The board also appointed Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton as Chairman for one year, beginning March 15, 2018. In addition, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton and Nevada County Danny Martin Deputized members of the Hope Police S.W.A.T. team in each county to work in conjunction with the 8th North Task Force. The task force agents and members of the S.W.A.T. team were sworn in Monday afternoon by Circuit Judge Wm. Randall Wright. The Task Force is set to begin operations March 15, 2018.

Blevins 5th graders complete 10 week D.A.R.E. program. The D.A.R.E. program is presented by the 8th North Proseucting Attorney Christi McQueen and Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton. 32 5th graders received thier certificates from Sheriff Singleton and Prosecutor McQueen on Thursday March 8, 2018. The D.A.R.E. Course is taught by Hempstead County Deputy Sheriff Marla Barnhill

Garrett Memorial 5th Graders Graduate the Hempstead County Sheriff's and Prosecuting Attorneys D.A.R.E. program. On Thursday March 8, 2018 23 5th graders received thier D.A.R.E. Certificates from Sheriff James Singleton and Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen. The students attended the 10 week course which is taught by Deputy Marla Barnhill of the Hempstead County. The students also preformed a skit on the dangers of Bullying which is part of the D.A.R.E. lesson's.

Sheriff Singleton, Deputy Billings, Inv. Crane, Donna Newton and Raina Ghormley present Jessica Oller with $15,000.00 dollars that was raised on Friday February 9th. To help with medical costs. I would like to thank everyone who came out and bought a plate lunch, and stayed for the Auction. May God Bless each and everyone of you that helped cook, help with take out orders, served, and helped with the auction. Please continue to pray for Jessica and Her family.

Just A Reminder Please come by the Sheriff's Office on Friday February 9. 2018 between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM and help us help Jessica and her family. The live Auction will start 12:15 or 12:30 pm. We have lot's of items donated by citizens and business. The food will be served from 11:00 am - 1:00 PM in the sally port of the Sheriff's Office. I received a handmade Duck call made from 100 year old Bois Darc wood from the Red River. Mr. Bobby Taylor of Blevins donated this great duck call. Please Come and Support Jessica and her Family.

Please come out and help support our efforts to help this Law Enforcement Family.For those who may not know Jessica is the wife of Hope Police Sergeant Daniel Oller. Also please keep this family in your prayers. "IN GOD WE TRUST" Sheriff James Singleton

Please keep Hempstead County Deputy Josh Cingolani his wife Kacie, and Daughter Kadence in your prayers. This family lost a son and brother today. Wyatt Cingolani just over one month old, born November 26, 2017 went to be with the lord today to become one of God’s little Angels. Wyatt had been in Arkansas Children’s Hospital since his birth suffering from a variety of medical problems. Deputy Cingolani wife Kacie, sister Kadence, Aunts, Grandpa, Grandma and several of Deputy Cingolani’s fellow Law Enforcement Officer’s gathered at Children’s Hospital today not to say goodbye but to see a new angel take his place with our lord. In the short 50 day’s God allowed him to be on this earth he touched many lives and for this we thank you lord. Now please welcome him with loving arms, and we ask that you be with the family during this time of bereavement. I just pray that all children would be loved and cared for like Wyatt was during his time here. Again, please pray for Deputy Cingolani and his family. The Sheriff’s office will have a fundraiser for the family later this spring when the weather is better. “IN GOD WE TRUST” Sheriff James Singleton

Office of the Sheriff Hempstead County, Arkansas James A. Singleton, Sheriff Hempstead County Law Enforcement Center 312 South Washington Hope, Arkansas 71801 870-777-6727 sheriff@hempsteadcountysheriff.org The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff. Applications may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office between 8:00 am and 4:00; pm Monday thru Friday. Applications will be accepted from January 5, 2018 – February 1, 2018. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS; a. Be a citizen of the United States. b. Be at least 21 years of age c. Be fingerprinted and a search initiated of state and national fingerprint file be free of felony record. A felony record shall mean having entered a plea of guilty, been found guilty, or otherwise having been convicted of an offense, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state penitentiary. The fact that an individual has received a pardon, or their record has been expunged shall not release the individual from having a felony record for the purposes of this regulation. e. Be of good character as determined by a thorough background investigation as prescribed in the Background Investigation. f. Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development (GED) Test indicating high school graduation level. g. Be examined by a licensed physician and meet the physical requirements prescribed in h. Be interviewed personally prior to employment by the department head or his representative, or representatives, to determine such things as the applicant's motivation, appearance, demeanor, attitude and ability to communicate. Commission Form F-11, Qualifications Appraisal Guide, or other appropriate form may be used to record the interview. i. Be examined by an individual licensed to practice psychiatry or psychology and qualified to perform such evaluations in the State of Arkansas, who after the examination finds the officer to be competent and recommends the agency to hire the individual. j. Possess a valid driver's license. SPECIAL REQUIRMENTS: Must meet the requirements as set forth by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training as established by Arkansas Code 12-9-204.

Hempstead County Deputies & Jail Personnel to be Issued Naloxone Beginning in January 2018, Hempstead County Deputies and Jail personnel will be issued medication to help combat opioid overdoses. Deputies and jailers will be trained in the use of Naloxone, deputies will carry two doses of the medication with them in case they encounter someone who has overdosed on opioid’s or it can be used by the deputies if they are somehow exposed to the drug by accident. It will also be issued to supervisory personnel at the Hempstead County Detention Center. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications. During an opioid overdose, Narcan can be used by deputies to reverse the effects of the drugs. With the high addiction rate in Arkansas, it’s important that those who get on scene first have this life-saving medicine. “It may be 30 minutes or longer before they can get to a hospital so our deputies and jail personnel need to have the tools there to reverse the effects of the opioids and to keep people alive long enough that we can get them to a hospital to get them other treatment and hopefully save their life, said Sheriff James Singleton Combating the epidemic of opioid abuse—including prescription painkillers and, increasingly, heroin—requires a multi-pronged approach that involves reducing drug diversion, expanding delivery of existing treatments (including medication-assisted treatments), and development of new medications for pain that can augment our existing treatment arsenal. But another crucial component we must not forget is that people who abuse or are addicted to opioids need to be kept alive long enough that they can be treated successfully. In this, the drug naloxone has a large potential role to play. Over the last year we have responded to at least 20 calls’ involving intentional or accidental overdoses. The biggest majority of the time deputies were first on scene and all they could do is wait. We are pleased that we are going to be able to have this life saving medication for our deputies and jail personnel to use in case they encounter someone who may have overdosed.

On Friday December 22, 2017, Hempstead County Deputy Becky Billings and Deputy Michael Braddock made the trip to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock to deliver bicycles, Tricycles, Helmets and a Lighting McQueen power wheels car to be used by patients while being treated at ACH. The toys were made possible by the generous giving of Citizens of Hempstead County through the Sheriff’s OPERATION CHRISTMAS program. A special thanks to Gary Reece and his wife for their efforts in our program.

Deputy Michael Braddock Wins the 58" T.V. Donated by Pafford E.M.S. at our annual H.C.S.O. Christmas Dinner on December 16, 2017. Thank you Jamie and Ben for your kindness. Merry Christmas

While Shopping this morning for bikes for our Trip to Arkansas Childrens Hospital this kind gentelman Tony Ellis bought two trikes for us to take to Childrens. Thank you Mr. Ellis and may you have a very Merry Christmas.

Gary Reece of Reece’s Wrecker donates to Hempstead County’s Operation Christmas. On Thursday December 21, 2017. Sheriff James Singleton and two of his deputies, Cpl. Michael Braddock and Deputy Becky Billings went shopping at Walmart in Hope for bicycles, tricycles, helmets, wagons and other ride on toys to be given to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. T the bikes and trikes will be used by patients during their stay at ACH. I would like to thank Gary and his wife for this kind donation and help during Operation Christmas. I believe I can say with the Help of All who donated and took time out to come help take the kids shopping our MISSION was ACCOMPLISHED. Plans are already under way for the 2018 version of Operation Christmas. May God Bless, and Let’s Remember the REASON FOR THE SEASON, The Birth of the greatest gift of all Jesus. Merry Christmas Sheriff James Singleton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office Contact: Sheriff James Singleton For More Information: 870-777-6727 12/18/2017 Hope, ARKANSAS Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office Adds Alert Notification Feature to Website The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a new feature on our website, https://www.HempsteadCountySheriff.org. This new feature allows our community to sign up for alert notifications from the Sheriff’s Office – including offender notifications, press releases, messages from the Sheriff, most wanted updates, and inmate roster updates. Our community can receive this information via text or email by signing up on our “Sign Up for Alerts” page (https://www.hempsteadcountysheriff.org/alerts_signup.php). This new feature is also available on our mobile version for those who access our website from their mobile phone or tablet. According to Sheriff James Singleton of the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, “Our Website continues to grow in its popularity since we launched it in May 2015. We are pleased to add this alert notifications feature as yet another way to help our community get the information they need.” MostWantedGovernmentWebsites.com by Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, Inc. of Mountain Home, Arkansas, developed the Website. The firm specializes in Website solutions for law enforcement and government offices. For more information about the Website please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727 or visit https://www.HempsteadCountySheriff.org.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Hempstead County for allowing me to serve as your Sheriff and Collector for the past 7 years it continues to be an honor to serve as your Sheriff and Collector. Today I am announcing that I will be seeking a fifth term as Sheriff and Collector of Hempstead County. I thank you, the voters of Hempstead County for putting your trust in me during the past seven years and I want to ask you to continue to support me and my professional staff as we strive to serve the citizens of Hempstead County with Honest, Fair and Professionally trained Deputies and Detention Officers. I could not properly do the job if not for the men and women that have dedicated themselves to the law enforcement profession in Hempstead County. It is my promise that I will continue to provide the very best law enforcement services and assistance to the citizens of Hempstead County. And I once again humbly ask you for your support and vote. May God Bless!!! Sheriff James Singleton

I would like to thank everyone involved in helping with our first “OPERATION CHRISTMAS shop with a Cop. First of all, I would like to thank GOD for the greatest gift of all his Son, a gift that will outlast anything we will ever receive here on earth. All the businesses that bought ads in our 2018 desk planner, all the private citizens of Hempstead County, Troopers of the Arkansas State Police TROOP G, Officers of the Hope Police Department, Special Agent Darin Archer of the Union Pacific Railroad Police, Pafford EMS, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Enforcement Officers, Reece’s Wrecker service, Hope Fire Department and our Hempstead County Deputies. A special thanks to Walmart and their employees who went above and beyond in making the 2017 Operation Christmas A overwhelming success. In all we had 76 kids show up and shop for anything they wanted. Again, thanks to all, and MERRY CHRISTMAS. Sheriff James Singleton