Miller County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Miller County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 2300 East St, Texarkana, 71854 AR
  • Chief:
Phone: 870-774-3001
Fax: 880-778-7834

Miller County Sheriff's Office is located at 2300 East St, Texarkana, 71854 AR. The Miller County Sheriff's Office phone number is 870-774-3001.

Miller County Sheriff's Office News

MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Jackie Runion, Sheriff Date: 05-21-18 Re: Stolen Service Truck Recovery On Sunday, May 13 at 6pm, Deputy B. Tatom of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division responded to a vehicle theft call near mile marker 12 on Interstate 30. The reporting person stated that his 1998 service truck and equipment that he utilized to service tractors on his job sites had been stolen. The truck and equipment were valued at $50,000.00. On Thursday, May 17, Investigator Sam McJunkins of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began coordinating with the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and the Hope, Arkansas Police Department regarding the stolen property. The intact vehicle was subsequently located and recovered in Hope. Joseph Biddle, 28 of Miller County was identified as a suspect in the case. The case remains under investigation and Felony Theft Charges against Biddle are pending.

MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Jackie Runion, Sheriff Date: 05-17-18 Re: Miller County Arrests State Welcome Center Vandal On Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:30am Deputy Jeremy Cornett was dispatched to the Arkansas Welcome Center located on Hwy. 71 North in Miller County. The reporting person for the Welcome Center reported that in the early morning hours of April 30, unknown subjects had vandalized the center, causing damage to plumbing, sewer, electronics, and landscaping. After receiving the report, Miller County Investigator Sam McJunkins began reviewing surveillance video from the Welcome Center. The video captured a red Chevrolet pickup and two unidentified white males at the center. No LPN was available on the video, and investigator McJunkins issued an agency wide inquiry regarding the truck. Miller County Corporal Phillip Hardeman and Deputy Byron Bryant responded to Investigator McJunkins, recalling that they had encountered that truck on April 1 at a church on Hwy. 82 in Miller County. They provided Investigator McJunkins with the LPN on the vehicle. After coordinating with the Magnolia, Arkansas Police Department, Investigator McJunkins was able to positively identify the driver of the truck who was captured on the surveillance video as Dustin Wade Otwell, W/M 36 of Magnolia, Arkansas. A Felony Warrant for Criminal Mischief was issued for Otwell, and he was arrested in Columbia County, Arkansas on 05-17-18. Otwell was transferred to the Miller County Detention Center where he is being held on the felony charge. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are pending. Otwell, Dustin W. W/M 36

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A big THANK YOU to Leah McJunkins for the delivering the fabulous cookies!!!!

MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Jackie Runion, Sheriff Date: 05-16-18 Re: Miller County Horse Theft Arrests On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at approximately 8am, Miller County Deputies responded to Fouke in reference to the theft of three horses. While on scene, Deputies were advised that one of the horses had been sighted in a small field in Fouke. Deputies and the owner responded and the owner took possession of the horse. Later that day, at around 6:30pm, Miller County Deputies responded to the 800 block of Monster Expressway in Fouke where the two other horses had been sighted. The horses were identified and released to the owner. At approximately 11pm on that same day, Miller County Deputy Stephen Ward arrested 18 year old Bryson LeBlanc of Fouke, Arkansas on a charge of Obstructing Governmental Operations during the course of his investigation into the theft of the horses. On Wednesday May 3, Investigator Thomas Whitt of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office Began his follow up investigation and interviewed a juvenile suspect and Bryson LeBlanc. On Saturday, May 12, Felony Theft by Receiving warrants were issued for the juvenile and LeBlanc, and the two were arrested on May 15. The juvenile is being held at the Miller County Juvenile Detention Center, and LeBlanc is being held at the Miller County Detention Center pending arraignment.

2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Mark Lewis, Chief Deputy Date: 04-27-18 Re: Miller County Arson & Theft Arrest On Saturday, April 12 at approximately 7:15am Miller County Deputies responded to an address on Tennessee Road in reference to a burned camper. Deputies met with the property owner who stated that at 7am, he noted that his 26’ camper had been burned. The property owner further related that 1 week earlier, he noticed that a .380 caliber pistol and two hunting knives had been stolen from his residence. The property owner stated that he confronted a suspect in the case, identified as Rickey L. Carroll, W/M 29, of Miller County, who took the property owner to a location in Bowie County, Texas where he had disposed of the property. At approximately 7:40am, while a Miller County Deputy was on scene investigating the arson and pistol theft, the suspect, Rickey Carroll passed by the residence in a vehicle being driven by a female later identified as Jamie Hensley W/F 26. Deputy Jesse Mathis attempted to stop the vehicle, which fled at high speeds for several miles before coming to a stop. At that time, both suspects were identified and were arrested for Obstructing Governmental Operations, and Hensley was arrested for fleeing. Once booked into the Miller County Detention Center, Investigator Thomas Whitt interviewed Carroll, and subsequently charged him with Arson and Theft of Property in reference to the burned camper, stolen firearm, and knives. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are anticipated against Carroll.

MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Mark Lewis, Chief Deputy Date: 05-09-18 Re: Academy Graduation (Miller County Sheriff’s Office) The Miller County Sheriff’s Office graduated 9 students from a Basic Law Enforcement Academy Class that was held in Miller County. The nine participants that included officers from both the Miller County Sheriff’s Office and the Texarkana Police Department. The students attended class every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and most Saturday’s from March 1 thru May 8, 2018. The students received instruction in all areas of law enforcement, from firearms and defensive tactics to constitutional law and accident investigation. Following the final class last night, which featured guest instructor Carlton Jones, 8th Judicial District Circuit Judge, the students participated in the swearing in ceremony. Many of the graduates are employees of the Miller County Detention Center, and the certification as “Specialized Officers” will allow those Detention Center Officers to serve as Armed Transport Officers. Those officers are utilized to transport felony prisoners between detention facilities and for medical treatment. Traditionally, Patrol Deputies have to be reassigned to perform those duties, but now, those certified Detention Officers can perform those functions. The training was conducted by utilizing certified instructors from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, and a few volunteers, including Judge Jones for some specific course material. The certification of the detention officers will result in a savings to the citizens of Miller County since no Patrol Deputies will be required to transport prisoners, and by hosting the course in-house, there were no direct costs to the Sheriff’s Office or the Miller County. Others in the class will be certified as “Reserve Officers”, which means that they will work with Full-Time patrol deputies in the field.

MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Jackie Runion Date: 05-3-2018 Re: Miller County Arrest On April 21, 2018 Miller County Deputies responded to a residential burglary call in the Genoa/Fouke area on county road 258. The home owner notified a family member that the home intrusion alarm was activated; when the family member arrived he observed a broken window and a white male suspect behind the residence. The suspect fled on foot after being confronted by the family member who was armed. The family member provided deputies with a detailed description of the suspect. Deputies recovered evidence, including a cell phone dropped by the fleeing suspect. Miller County investigators obtained a search warrant for the phone and seized information which led to the identity of the suspect, 26 year old Michael Wade McBride of Texarkana, Arkansas. A felony warrant was issued for McBride on 4-26-2018. Miller County Deputies took McBride into custody in Texarkana, Arkansas on 5-1-2018 where he was booked into the Miller County Detention Center for residential burglary.

MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Mark Lewis, Chief Deputy Date: 04-30-18 Re: In-Custody Death On April 30, 2018 at approximately 2am, Miller County Detention Center Officers notified EMS of a prisoner in need of emergency medical attention. The prisoner, identified as Welton Watson, W/M 60 was being held on Possession of a Controlled Substance and Parole Violation charge, and had been suffering from an unrelated long term medical condition. Mr. Watson had been incarcerated in the Miller County Detention Center on similar charges in March, and had been released due to his serious medical condition. Mr. Watson was arrested on other agency charges again in April. Early this morning Mr. Watson began experiencing medical issues believed to be related to his pre-existing medical condition and was transported by ambulance to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana. Mr. Watson died while undergoing treatment at Wadley. The Miller County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an In-Custody Death investigation, and the Arkansas State Medical Examiner in Little Rock will conduct an autopsy to determine the precise nature and cause of death.

Morgan Nick Foundation , Speaker Genevieve Strickland, speaking to Fouke Schools and Genoa Schools , program presented today referenced Internet Safety and importance of information children share on social media from photographs to addresses

MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2300 EAST ST. TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS Jackie Runion Sheriff PRESS RELEASE To: MEDIA From: Mark Lewis, Chief Deputy Date: 04-27-18 Re: Miller County Drug Arrests On April 20, 2018 Miller County Deputies responded to a report of a white Nissan Altima driving recklessly on Highway 71 South in southern Miller County. Deputy Byron Bryant subsequently located the vehicle at approximately 9:45am pulled off onto the side of the highway. Deputy Bryant approached and identified the occupants of the vehicle as Dalton Radney, W/M 24 of Texarkana, Texas and Candice McElhiney, W/F 25 of Texarkana, Texas. Mr. Radney was found to be in possession of suspected Marihuana, and a subsequent search of the motor vehicle revealed two large glass jars with suspected Marihuana weighing approximately 4lbs. Also located in the vehicle was suspected Clonazepam pills and suspected Methamphetamine. Both subjects were arrested on charges of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Miller County Detention Center.

The Miller County collection box is on the parking lot near the front doors of the building and is marked and white.

Borrowed from Chris Pemberton Weather permitting, crews with Jensen Construction plan to close all eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 30 and U.S. Highway 67 on Monday, April 23 beginning at 6:30 a.m. for a blasting operation to remove steel beams. Interstate 30 westbound lanes will be closed at Mile Marker 18 in Hempstead County. Eastbound lanes will be closed at Mile Marker 16 in Miller County. Eastbound U.S. Highway 67 traffic will be stopped near Mile Marker 16, just west of the Boll Weevil Convenience Store. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the intersection of Highways 67 and 355 in Fulton, near Suny’s Food Mart & Deli. The closures should last for approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete the detonation.

On Monday Miller County Sherriff's Department and Detention Center will have a new phone system installed. We are expecting it to be a smooth transition with no problems.

There are shelters open at Union Elementary and Trice Elementary. The Miller County Courthouse will open if a tornado warning is issued.

Genoa Schools will close after lunch today due to the possible inclement weather.

How to navigate the automated phone system at Miller County Sheriff's Department and Detention Center: During normal business hours When the automated voice answers, if you know your party's extension, you may dial it or listen for prompts to get to the correct department. 1 is for the Detention Center (any inmate related questions) 2 is for District Court (tickets, fines, court dates) 3 is for Probation 4 is for Sheriff's Department Receptionist After hours and on weekends and holidays 1 is for the Detention Center 2 rings in to Dispatch