Forrest City Police Department

  • Agency: Forrest City Police Department
  • Address: 225 North Rosser, Forrest City, 72335 AR
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)

Forrest City Police Department is located at 225 North Rosser, Forrest City, 72335 AR. The Forrest City Police Department phone number is 870-633-3434.

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#Mindful_Monday Today's post is a very important post on this great holiday. First, we would like to thank all of our veterans that paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we are able to enjoy our freedoms in this great country. Second, we know that a lot of people use this day to relax and have a good time. Many will include alcohol in their festivities. However, we would like to remind you that it is never acceptable to drive after you have consumed alcoholic beverages. 5-65-103 - Driving or boating while intoxicated. (a) (1) It is unlawful and punishable as provided in this chapter for a person who is intoxicated to operate or be in actual physical control of a motorboat on the waters of this state or a motor vehicle. (2) It is unlawful and punishable as provided in this chapter for a person to operate or be in actual physical control of a motorboat on the waters of this state or a motor vehicle if at that time the alcohol concentration in the person's breath or blood was eight-hundredths (0.08) or more based upon the definition of alcohol concentration in § 5-65-204. (b) The consumption of alcohol or the possession of an open container of alcohol aboard a motorboat does not in and of itself constitute probable cause that the person committed the offense of boating while intoxicated. (c) An alcohol-related offense under this section is a strict liability offense.

We apologize for not having much content on the page lately due to a very busy week and other uncontrollable circumstances. However, we are preparing to continue #Mindful_Monday this upcoming week and sharing some videos from out in the public. If there are any questions or spotlighted areas you would like to see addressed feel free to send us a message. Also, we are trying to gauge interest in a ride-along program. If you are interested please send us a message and the same goes for a Citizens Police Academy. As always, stay safe out there and don't hesitate to call us for service.

From 05/18/2018 to 05/25/2018 There were 743 calls for service 29 Official reports filed 35 Field contacts filed 158 Neighborhood park and walks/business checks 14 Accident reports filed 42 Arrest and booking reports filed 97 Traffic citations issued from 05/18/2018 to 05/24/2018

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: May 25, 2018 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 #Felony_Friday *Aggravated Assault Arrest* On April 27th, 2018 at approximately 0224 hours officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of 905 N. Division Street. Lieutenant Maralyn Reynolds reported that the victim was standing next to a red vehicle with what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver side door and multiple other bullet holes. The victim stated that she was picking up her three year old daughter from a location in the Beech Grove area when she observed Tiara Terry waiving a gun and making threatening remarks. The victim stated that she attempted to drive away when she heard a loud boom and her glass shattered. The victim stated that she then immediately drove to a relative’s house and called the police. After this incident was investigated, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Tiara Terry out of the First Judicial District Circuit Court System. The warrant was for aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, terroristic threatening, and criminal mischief. On May 25th, 2018 Lieutenant Darren Smith was working Click-it-or-ticket and observed Tiara terry in the area of Water Street. Having previous knowledge of the felony warrant, Lieutenant Smith attempted to stop Ms. Terry but she fled the area and turned into a local business on Broadway Avenue. However, Lieutenant Smith was able to pursue Ms. Terry inside the business and affect the arrest without further incident. IN CUSTODY NO PICTURE AVAILABLE JAIL WEBSITE DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE Chief Lee “I would like to thank the victim for allowing us to work this case instead of seeking street justice. I would like to thank Lieutenant Reynolds for her work on this case and following it through the warrant stages. I would also like to recognize Lieutenant Smith for his keen eye in identifying Ms. Tiara Terry and taking her into custody so that she can face the justice system for her actions.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: May 25, 2018 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 #Felony_Friday *Forgery Arrest* On May 23rd, 2018 at approximately 1433 hours, officers responded to the First National Bank of Wynne in reference to a forgery report. Upon their arrival, they were advised that a white male had attempted to cash a stolen check from a local business out of Colt, Arkansas. After a description of the suspect was given, Officer Robert Thomas was able to locate a John Teeter (28 years old of Dyersburg Tennessee) in the area attempting to walk back inside the bank. After confirming that the check was stolen and that Mr. Teeter had signed the check in the amount of $2,840.00 he was taken into custody for forgery. IN CUSTODY NO PICTURE AVAILABLE JAIL WEBSITE DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE Chief Lee “I would like to recognize Officer R. Thomas for staying on the scene and getting Mr. John Teeter in custody. I would also like to thank the bank tellers for being able to recognize this forgery before Mr. Teeter was able to get money out of the bank account. Mr. Teeter will now have to answer for his actions before the courts.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: May 25, 2018 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 #Felony_Friday *Aggravated Assault Arrest* On May 21st, 2018 at approximately 2008 hours officers were dispatched to 513 Murray Street in reference to a shooting. Officer Callahan and his shift were able to make contact with multiple eye witnesses to this crime and positively identify the suspect as Tracy Cottrell. All of the witnesses observed Mr. Cottrell walk up to the residence, pull out a silver revolver, and start firing toward the occupants of the house and vehicles. The residence was occupied by adults and small children. Based on information received at the scene, a warrant for the arrest of Tracy Cottrell was approved by the First Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and A First Judicial District Judge. On May 22nd officers received a tip that Mr. Cottrell was hiding out at 430 Laughrun Drive. After this information was confirmed, the officers entered the residence and retrieved Mr. Cottrell along with a .32 caliber revolver. Mr. Cottrell was subsequently charged with aggravated assault, committing a terroristic act, endangering the welfare of minors, carrying a weapon, and criminal mischief in the first degree. Chief Lee “I would like to thank the patrol shift and Officer Callahan for quickly getting Mr. Tracy Cottrell off the streets before he could have potentially ended someone’s life. Regardless, of Mr. Cottrell’s motives there is no reason for him to have expressed his anger in this manner. I am thankful that the small children were not injured in this senseless act of aggression. Our intentions are to now see that Mr. Cottrell is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for his actions. Our young people need to learn that there are stiff punishments for this egregious behavior.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: May 25, 2018 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 #Felony_Friday *Narcotic Arrest * On May 18th, 2018 at approximately 0843 hours the Forrest City Police Department was dispatched to 318 Roosevelt Street for a disturbance. Upon Officers Robert Thomas and Justin Dowdy’s arrival they came into contact with Natasha Johnson. During that interaction, it was apparent to officers that she was under the influence of narcotics based on their training and experience. As Ms. Johnson became disorderly and it became more apparent that she was a danger to herself and others she was taken into custody. During a search, incident to arrest, at the Forrest City Police Department it was discovered that Ms. Johnson was in possession of .9 grams of methamphetamine and 1.25 grams of cocaine that were balled up inside money within her purse. After the narcotics field tested positive, Ms. Johnson was charged with possession of a schedule I and II controlled substance. Chief Lee “I would like to recognize the quick response to the disturbance on Roosevelt Street by Officers Robert Thomas and Justin Dowdy. These officers were able to quickly determine that Natasha Johnson was not in her right state of mind and needed to be taken into custody before she harmed herself or our citizens. These are terrible narcotics that have the propensity to make its victims lash out with violence. I am grateful that no one was hurt in this incident. We will now focus our efforts on the individual that is supplying Ms. Johnson with these mind-altering narcotics.

From 05/11/2018 to 05/18/2018 There were 518 calls for service 41 Official reports filed 21 Field contacts filed 119 Neighborhood park and walk/business checks 14 Accident reports filed 50 Arrest and booking reports filed 59 Traffic citation filed from 05/01/2018 to 05/17/2018

From 05/11/2018 to 05/18/2018 There were 518 calls for service 41 Official reports filed 21 Field contacts filed 119 Neighborhood park and walk/business checks 14 Accident reports filed 50 Arrest and booking reports filed 59 Traffic citation filed from 05/01/2018 to 05/17/2018

From 05/11/2018 to 05/18/2018 There were 518 calls for service 41 Official reports filed 21 Field contacts filed 119 Neighborhood park and walk/business checks 14 Accident reports filed 50 Arrest and booking reports filed 59 Traffic citation filed from 05/01/2018 to 05/17/2018

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: May 18th, 2018 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 #Felony_Friday “Narcotic & Weapon Arrest On May 15th, 2018 at approximately 1509 hours Officer Deborah Dowdy was working the area of the Forrest City High School as they were releasing for the day. Officer Dowdy’s attention was drawn to a male that appeared to be angry, and walking toward the campus from Traylor Street. Officer Dowdy caught up with the male, later identified as Kendrick Black, at the corner of Graham and Cherry Street. As officer Dowdy attempted to identify the male that came onto campus, he became more aggressive and retrieved a metal screwdriver from his pants acting as though he was going to stab the officer. As back-up was arriving, Kendrick Black fled on foot behind a nearby residence. Officer Nico Lewis and Officer Dowdy were able to catch up to Kendrick Black and take him into custody without further incident. After retrieving the screwdriver, Kendrick Black asked the officers to pick up a piece of paper that belonged to him near the area of the arrest. As officers checked the paper, it was discovered that it contained a clear hard substance that would later field test positive as methamphetamine. Chief Lee “This is an example of great police work on behalf of Officer Deborah Dowdy and Officer Nico Lewis. The officers were able to identify a hostile situation and possibly prevent a more grave incident from occurring. I am happy that Mr. Black was able to be taken into custody without further incident. Especially considering Mr. Blacks history with the Forrest City Police Department, this includes an arrest and conviction for murder.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: May 18, 2018 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 #Felony_Friday *Narcotic Arrest* On May 15th, 2018 at approximately 0713 hours, Officer Robert Thomas responded to a report of an unknown male asleep inside of another person’s apartment at 790 S. Washington Street. Once officers made contact with the individual, he was immediately identified as Aaron Hendrix. On the couch, where Mr. Hendrix was sleeping, officers discovered multiple bags of a green leafy substance that later field tested positive as marijuana. All together the narcotics had an aggregate weight of 113.5 grams. There were also baggies and scales that were collected as evidence. Mr. Hendrix stated that he was let in by the female’s ex-boyfriend. The victim stated that he nor the ex-boyfriend had permission to be in the apartment. Chief Lee “I would like to thank the citizen that called us to the residence for assistance with Aaron Hendrix. Mr. Hendrix has a lengthy history of narcotic arrests with the Forrest City Police Department and is not showing any indication of leaving that lifestyle. Good job Officer Thomas and keep up the good work.”

PRESS RELEASE Forrest City Police Department * 225 North Rosser St * Forrest City, Arkansas 72335 For Immediate Release Date: May 18, 2018 Contact: Lt. Eric C. Varner Phone: (870) 633-3434 #Felony_Friday *Narcotic & Weapon Arrest* On May 11th 2018 at approximately 2100 hours Officer Jeremy Criss made a traffic stop on a Ford Fusion at the corner of Arkansas and Division Street. After further investigation, it was determined that the passenger, Shannon Parchman had warrants with the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office. As he was taken into custody a small amount of a green leafy substance was located on his person by Officer Fleming, that field tested positive as marijuana. The driver, Freshawn Dosty, was in possession of 8.7 grams of a white rock like substance that field tested positive as crack cocaine. Inside the vehicle, officers also located a loaded Glock 19 handgun and a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun. Chief Lee “I would like to commend Officer Jeremy Criss and Officer David Flemming for their hard work and dedication to the citizens of Forrest City. This was a potentially dangerous situation that had a peaceful conclusion. It is my hope that these young men turn away from this lifestyle and become productive members of our community.”

We would like to congratulate the Forrest City High School Class of 2018!!! Go out into the world and make us proud!!!

The Forrest City Police Department will be leaving out together to attend the funeral service for Officer Oliver Johnson Jr. We will be leaving from the Police Department located at 225 N. Rosser Street Forrest City, Arkansas at 10am. all other police/first responders are welcome to join our convoy at that time.

Visitation for Officer Johnson will be from 6pm to 8pm on Friday May 11th, 2018 at 128 South 7th Street in West memphis. There will also be a visitation from 11pm to 12pm on Saturday May 12th, 2018 at the First Baptist Church located at 200 N. Missouri St. in West Memphis The funeral service will begin at 12pm on May 12th, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in West Memphis.

The Forrest City Police Department will be hosting a concealed carry course tomorrow morning Saturday May 5th, 2018 at 9am. Instructor ID 11-734

#Mindful_Monday Did you know that a driver under the age of 18 is not permitted to use a cellphone while driving a motor vehicle? Also, did you know that a driver under the age of 21 but at least 18 years of age may only use a cellphone by way of a hands free device? The statutes below outline the use of mobile devices by drivers under 21 years of age. 27-51-1603. Restrictions on drivers under 18 years of age. (a) Except as provided under subsection (b) of this section, a driver of a motor vehicle who is under eighteen (18) years of age shall not use a wireless telephone for wireless interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle. (b) A driver of a motor vehicle who is under eighteen (18) years of age may use a wireless telephone for wireless interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle for an emergency purpose only. 27-51-1604. Restrictions on drivers at least 18 but under 21 years of age. (a) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the driver of a motor vehicle who is at least eighteen (18) but under twenty-one (21) years of age shall not use a handheld wireless telephone for wireless interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle. (2) The driver of a motor vehicle who is at least eighteen (18) but under twenty-one (21) years of age may use a hands-free wireless telephone or device for wireless interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle. (b) A driver of a motor vehicle who is at least eighteen (18) but under twenty-one (21) years of age may use a handheld wireless telephone for wireless interactive communication while operating a motor vehicle for an emergency purpose only.

Support for Fallen Officer. Please tap to donate- gf.me/u/iaxqfm Please help support his young family.

Unfortunately, it is with a heavy heart that we must cancel tonight's events due to unforseen circumstances. We will reschedule soon, thank you to everyone that was involved.

PLEASE SHARE Kendrick Watson has been reported missing out of St. Francis County. The family is requesting your help in locating him. If you know his whereabouts or have any other information please contact the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office at 8706332611 or the Forrest City Police Department at 8706333434.

#CANCELLED 😔 Come on out to the Sports Complex tomorrow around 5:30pm and support this very noble cause. We have got it approved to set up a bounce house and other games for the kids. At 8pm police departments from the surrounding areas will perform a Sea of Blue in honor of our beloved children with autism. Can't wait to see you there!!!