Mayor Mike Robertson released the following White County Circuit Court Sentencing Orders pertaining to felony cases that were submitted by Officers and Detectives of the Beebe Police Department.
On May 29, 2017, officers responded to a call of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor that occurred at 101 Arkansas Street Apartment D. Upon arrival, officers discovered a lady in a back bedroom of the residence conducting CPR on a seven week old infant child. They observed the infant would take a breath then stop breathing for several seconds. North Star Paramedic Service arrived on scene and took the infant from the scene to receive medical treatment. During the investigation by the officers it was discovered that the mother of the child, Salandriea Steel, (age 25) of Beebe, had gotten into a verbal altercation with her husband and had sprayed O.C. Spray at him while he was holding the infant. She was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Domestic Battery on both the man and the child. Salandriea Steel was recently sentenced to 36 months’ probation for the endangering charge. The domestic battery charges were Nolle Prossed. She was fined $1360.
On Saturday, February 4, 2017, officers were dispatched to the Beebe Wal-Mart in reference to a theft. Upon arrival they spoke with WalMart Asset Protection Officers that stated they had stopped two African American males and one African American female who were leaving the store without paying for items valued at $1316. While attempting to stop the subjects the younger male, made the statement that he was going to shoot the WalMart employees and stuck his hand in his jacket pocket. The officer recognized the older male as being Brian Walker of North Little Rock. The female was later identified as Patricia Martin (Age 36) from Little Rock. Martin was recently convicted of Theft of Property and sentenced to 72 months’ probation. She was also required to pay restitution to WalMart and fined $1510.
On February 10, 2017, officers were dispatched to the area of Highway 31 South and South Apple Street for a "Leaving Scene of an Accident" call. Upon arrival, they made contact with Brian Clark who had been riding a motorcycle and had been hit by pickup truck. He had sustained numerous injuries and was transported to the hospital. The occupants of the truck had fled the area and had left the truck at the scene, as it was inoperable due to leaving the roadway and hitting a tree, after hitting the motorcycle. The following morning, Lisa Self came into the police department and reported that she had been driving the pickup truck when the accident occurred. However, during questioning it was discovered she was not being truthful and had been asked by her son, John Self (age 32) of Beebe, to lie and report that she was driving the vehicle, when in fact Mr. Self was driving at the time of the accident. He recently was convicted of Leaving the Scene of Accident with Personal Injury. He was sentenced to 72 months’ probation and fined $2010. His mother, Lisa Self, was convicted of misdemeanor charges of Hindering Apprehension and Filing a False Report.
On Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, officers were dispatched to the Valero Station at 102 South Main Street in reference to a subject attempting to purchase fuel with counterfeit money. Officers arrived at the business and made contact with the store manager and a suspect, Christopher Hatfield (age 31) of Beebe. The manager provided officers with two counterfeit $10.00 bills that Hatfield had passed at the store. Hatfield stated he had acquired the bills at a bank and had attempted to use them at a gas station in Little Rock. He stated that the station employee told him the bills were counterfeit and would not let him use them so he came to Beebe and attempted to pass the bills again. Christopher Hatfield was sentenced to 60 months’ probation, was fined $1510 and was required to pay restitution of $20 to the business.
On March 11, 2017, officers were dispatched to the Budget Inn (2110 West Dewitt Henry) due to a mother of a juvenile reporting her daughter and a friend, April Wise (age 20) of Beebe, had been held hostage in a motel room and forced by a male staying in the room to strip down to their underclothing while he took photographs and later forced the juvenile to participate in a sexual act. An Emergency Response Team was deployed and entrance was made into the motel room by the officers. The male in the room was detained and brought to the police station for questioning. During his questioning it was discovered that he had retained text messages he had with April Wise and the juvenile, where they had propositioned him and agreed to come to his room and have sex in exchange for money. It was later discovered that he did not hold the women hostage and that he had no knowledge that the younger girl was a juvenile. He was later cleared of all charges except solicitation. April Wise was recently convicted of Filing a False Police Report and Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree. She was sentenced to 72 months’ probation and fined $1610. The juvenile involved in this case has not yet been adjudicated.
On December 25, 2017, at approximately 5:50AM, Beebe Police Officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling on the roadway before sunrise without its headlights on. Upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle the officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The officer asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. While interacting with the driver the officer observed the passenger, Daniel Howell (age 23) of Beebe, began to move around inside the vehicle as if to attempt to hide something from the officers view. Because of Howell’s actions, he was asked to exit the vehicle. Because of the odor of burnt marijuana, the officer began to search the vehicle. Because of Howell’s actions while sitting in the vehicle, the officer began the search on the passenger side of the vehicle. He located a blue bandana under the passenger seat that contained a small clear glass smoking device that is commonly used to smoke methamphetamines. During an examination of the pipe, the officer discovered a small amount of residue inside. Also during the search of the vehicle, a backpack was found that contained a metal grinder, a small digital scale, and a large amount of plastic baggies. The backpack also contained what looked to be a broken clear glass smoking device. Both suspects were read their Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with the officer. Howell confessed that all of the found drug related items were his. He stated that he uses the baggies, scale, and grinder to buy, package, and sell marijuana. Daniel Howell pled guilty to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia to Inhale Meth and was sentenced to 48 months’ probation. He was also fined $1635.
Weston Mullins (age 34) of Beebe recently pled guilty to Delivery of Schedule II drug (morphine) and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and was sentenced to 60 months’ probation. The delivery charges stem from an undercover drug purchase conducted by the Special Investigations Unit and Beebe Police Detectives. The Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card charge stems from Mullins finding a lost wallet and using a credit card in the wallet on four different occasions. Mullins was also fined $1895.
Junior Carrier (age 63) of Beebe recently pled guilty to Maintaining a Drug Premise, Delivery of Methamphetamines and Possession of Methamphetamines. He was sentenced to 48 months incarceration in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The charges stem from an undercover drug purchase conducted by the Special Investigations Unit and Beebe Police Detectives. Carrier was also fined $1020.
Brent Allen Shifley
On April 4th, 2018, Brent Allen Shifley appeared in the White County Circuit Court and plead guilty to one count of "Rape" before Circuit Judge Robert Edwards. Shifley was arrested on December 28th, 2017, after an investigation by the Beebe Police Department and Cabot Police Department. Shifley was sentenced to 324 months or the equivalent of 27 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Shifley is expected to serve 70% or an estimated 18-19 years of incarceration before being eligible for parole. At the time of his arrest, Shifley was employed by Harding University as an IT Analyst in the Admissions Department. Shifley is charged in Lonoke County Circuit Court with a similar offense. He is currently awaiting a court appearance in that case.
Justin D. Varnadore
On April 24, 2018, Justin D. Varnadore appeared in the White County Circuit Court and plead guilty to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia To Inhale Meth and Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons. On November 16, 2018, Beebe Police Officers received a tip that Varnadore, who had an absconder warrant out of the Arkansas State Parole Board, was staying at a residence on South Cypress Street. Varnadore was arrested and a search of the residence produced the drug paraphernalia and firearm. Varnadore was sentenced to 18 months incarceration in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and fined $595.
Ricky Lee Sipes Jr.
On April 3, 2018, Ricky Lee Sipes Jr. appeared in the White County Circuit Court and plead guilty to Theft of Property. On June 10, 2017, WalMart Store in Beebe reported a theft of over $1200 worth of merchandise. The store provided the Beebe Police Department with images of the suspects involved. Detectives shared the images on the departments Facebook page and with the assistance of the citizens in the community they were able to identify one of the suspects as Sipes. He was also found to have an absconder warrant out of the Arkansas State Parole Board. Ricky Sipes was sentenced to 36 months incarceration in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and fined $1510.