White County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: White County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1600 East Booth, Searcy, 72143 AR
  • Chief:
Phone: 501-279-6279
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White County Sheriff's Office is located at 1600 East Booth, Searcy, 72143 AR. The White County Sheriff's Office phone number is 501-279-6279.

White County Sheriff's Office News

On June 19, 2018, the White County Sheriff’s Office followed up an investigation first started by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. It was reported that the Frito Lay warehouse located on Highway 167 had been unlawfully entered along with several of its trucks. A short time later, an Ipad that was stolen from the property was tracked by a White County Deputy to a location on Rocky Point Road. The residence was an address known to be occupied by a parolee who had an active search waiver on file. The White County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division was contacted and also responded to the location. Upon entering the home, several individual were located inside the residence along with several items linked to the Frito Lay warehouse as well as several reported thefts in White County. Those items included several electronics and tools. Throughout the investigation a truck was also recovered. Those individuals along with their charges were as follows: -Jordan Tarvin, 28, of Judsonia arrested for Theft By Receiving; parole violation -Jeremy Kennedy, 46, of Judsonia arrested for Theft By Receiving; also violated parole -Paul Speakman, 34, of Judsonia arrested for a parole violation and misdemeanor warrant for failure to pay fines; parole violation -Blake Edom, 21, of Judsonia arrested for Theft by Receiving and a misdemeanor warrant for failure to comply to a court order The total recovery was estimated at about 10,000.00.

Brad Davis, operations manager with Southern Pipeline Construction recently presented a check to Chief Deputy Phillip Miller to be used to purchase Narcan for White County patrol deputies to carry. Law enforcement agencies across the country are turning to Narcan as another tool in the fight against the opioid crisis. The use of Narcan has the potential to reverse the effects of an opioid-based overdose-which can lead to death. Deputies will receive training on the proper use and administration prior to implementing the use in the field.

***Update*** We are no longer searching for Mrs. Landers. She has been located. ***Original*** On Wednesday, 04/18/18 at about 4:00 pm, the White County Sheriff’s Office took a report in reference to a missing person. Deputies began an investigation by speaking with family members who were at the residence and learned the missing person is Tara Landers, 28, of Searcy. She is described as being 5’11, weighing 180 with “multi colored” hair and green eyes. She also has a piercing in her nose and multiple tattoos. Her last know clothing description is unknown. She may be in a 2003 Tan Trailblazer with license plate 035 XIY. The back glass also displays a sticker that reads TL Crafts and has a picture of a peacock on it. It is possible that she may be in Cleburne County. If you have seen Mrs. Landers, please notify the White County Sheriff’s Office at 501-279-6279, White County Dispatch Center at 501-279-6241or your local law enforcement agency.

***SCAM ALERT*** PSA: The White County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform you of a scam that is circulating. Unidentified men are calling the public within White County (from telephone number 501-239-5281) and telling them that they have a warrant for FAILURE TO APPEAR on a jury summons and will be arrested if money is not sent in a timely manner. They have even gone as far as identifying themselves as the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. This is a SCAM and the White County Sheriff’s Office does not conduct business in this manner. We would NEVER ask you for money and certainly not over the phone. If you encounter one of these phone calls, please do not hesitate to call the White County Sheriff’ Office if you want to report it. More importantly, never give anyone money over the phone. If it sounds ridiculous then it probably is. Please do not fall for this scam.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at about 11:08 pm, White County Sheriff’s Deputies generated a report for Terri Clark in reference to her juvenile daughter, Casey Hammons, 16, running away from home. Hammons is from the Beebe/Romance area of Arkansas and is described as being 5’5 and weighing 115 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Her last clothing appearance is unknown. She is believed to still be in the Beebe area. If you know the whereabouts of Hammons, please contact White County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Bokker at 501-279-6279, White County Dipatch at 501-279-6241 or your local law enforcement agency.

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** On April 6, 2018, White County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to Camp Wyldewood, 155 Riverside Park Road in Searcy, Arkansas to investigate a suspicious device found inside a cabin on the property. Upon further inspection, the device was determined to be a camera set to record video. During the investigation contact was made with the suspect, Camp Wyldewood Director Robert Powell, who confessed to concealing the camera in the tenant’s home with the intent to target an adult female. The victim disclosed she had no knowledge of the camera. Detectives then searched the entire camp and found no other recording devices. Mr. Powell was arrested and charged with one count of video voyeurism. Mr. Powell's bond was set at $2500.00 and he was given a Circuit Court date of June 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM. The Camp Wyldewood Board of Directors have been extremely cooperative during this investigation. This is believed to be a solitary incident but it is still an on-going investigation.

The White County Sheriff’s Office would like to say a special “Thank you” to McJester Baptist Church 5th and 6th grade class for the cookies and cards you brought in memory of Deputy Lynn Smith.

Funeral arrangements for Deputy Lynn Smith are as follows. Visitation will be held on Friday April 6, 2018 at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 7, 2018 at 2 P.M. at Riverview High School.

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of Deputy Lynn Smith. As you may know, Deputy Smith had to have emergency surgery last night due to complications from a surgical procedure earlier in the week. Unfortunately Deputy Smith never recovered and passed away on Sunday April 1, 2018 at 9:00 P.M. A prayer circle had been scheduled for Monday April 2, 2018 at 7:15 A.M. at the Riverview Flag Pole, where Lynn was currently the School Resource Officer. In light of the circumstances the Prayer Circle has been moved to the Riverview Football Stadium still to be held at 7:15 A.M. to honor Lynn and pray for comfort and healing for his family, his students who he loved and cared for so much, and his brothers and sisters of the White County Sheriff’s Department during this difficult time. No arrangements have been made at this point however we will update you with that information when it becomes available. Rest easy our brother, we love you and you will never be forgotten! End Of Watch: April 1, 2018

White County Sheriff's Deputy Lynn Smith, current School Resource Officer for Riverview, had surgery early last week. Unfortunately he had to have emergency surgery last night and is in critical condition. Monday, April 2, at 7:15 AM there will be a prayer circle at the flagpole at Riverview High School. Please join us if you can.

ATTENTION SEARCY, ARKANSAS AREA: Come join Law Enforcement wives, along with squad cars from the White County Sheriff's Office, Searcy Police Department, Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, Beebe Police Department and others while they ask the community to STUFF THE SQUAD CARS with items to benefit the White County Child Safety Center. Come out and help them help the kids! Hope to see you there!

***UPDATE- Eli Rollette was located and is safe. As always, THANK YOU all for your help. *** Original Story: On Sunday, 03/25/18 at about 1:00 AM, juvenile Eli Rollette, 17, was reported missing by his father. According to Eli’s father he was supposed to be at his grandmother’s home on Rodgers Road in Romance but left and had not returned. Eli is described as being 5’6 and weighing 150 pounds with brown hair. His eye color and clothing description is unknown at this time. He may still be around the Romance, Arkansas area. If you know the whereabouts of Eli Rollette, please contact the White County Sheriff’s Office at 501-279-6279 or the White County Communication Center at 501-279-6241. Note: Eli Rollette is pictured in the gray shirt but now has the sides of his head cut shorter.

White County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Bonds going above and beyond the call of duty by helping a citizen with a flat tire. Good Job Deputy Bonds!

***UPDATE*** Mr. Jason Osborne has been located safely! The White County Sheriff's Office appreciates all the help from the citizens, media, and other law enforcement agencies! _____________________________________________________________ Original Post ***MISSING PERSON*** March 22, 2018 Mr. Jason Osborne, 33 of McRae, was reported missing by his family. He was last seen in the Beebe area on Monday, March 19th. Mr. Osborne owns a faded, dark blue, 2002 Buick Le Sabre with a damaged front-end. If you have any information on Mr. Osborne’s whereabouts please contact the White County Sheriff’s Office at 501-279-6241.

Please keep the Independence County Sheriff's Office, their community, and several others across the state in your prayers. Chief Deputy Jeff Sims suddenly passed away last night. He will be missed by many.

It has come to our attention that some of the general public are ridiculing the White County Sheriff's Office because of some grammatical errors in some of our posts. We just want to remind everyone that the people who generate these posts to keep you informed of the things going on around you are also human. We have tendencies to make mistakes and they are not purposely we can assure you. Sometimes, we are so busy but want the information to get out to you that we do not have time to proof read our posts. What we do hope is that regardless of grammatical errors, you, the public, are well informed of the things that are going on around you. EVERYONE here at the White County Sheriff's Office works hard to keep you and your property safe and well informed and as always we greatly appreciate all of your help. Everyone have a safe and blessed day.

UPDATE: Emily Fields has been located and is safe! White County Sheriff's Office would like to say thank you for all of your help! Original Post: On Monday, 03/12/18 at about 3:11 pm, the White County Sheriff’s Office generated a report for a resident in the 100 block of Tree Lake Drive in Searcy. According to the resident, she has not seen or talked to her daughter, Emily Fields, 20, in a few days. Fields is also a student at the Beebe High School and has not been to school. Emily Fields is described as being 5’3 and weighing 195 pounds. She also has brown hair and blue eyes but her last known clothing description is unknown. It is believed that she could possibly be in the Vilonia or Conway, Arkansas area. If you know the whereabouts of Emily, please contact the White County Sheriff’s Office at 501-279-6279, the White County Communication Center at 501-279-6241 or your local law enforcement agency.

***Battery Thefts*** The two men pictured below are persons of interest in a rash of battery thefts from well pads throughout western White County. If you know the indentity of the men, please contact the White County Sheriff' s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 501-279-6279 or the White County Communication Center at 501-279-6241.

**** Sex Offender Community Notification**** The White County Sheriff’s Department is releasing information pursuant to section 13 of Act 989 of 1997. Known as the Sex and Child Offender Registration and Community Notification Guidelines, promulgated by the Commission on Abuse, this act authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s presence, when the release of such information will enhance public safety and protection. The named offender is not wanted by the police at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear. Rather, it is our belief that an informed public will be a safer public. Please do not take it upon yourself to notify anyone other than people, specified in this notice. This offender has advised the agency issuing this fact sheet that he will be living at the location given. It is the intention of this department to pursue every reasonable means to provide for the safety of the public. It is also our intention to do this in a responsible manner and attempt to avoid any unnecessary over reaction or fear. The White County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender lives. Unless court order restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but not until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act were law enforcement agencies informed of where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement agencies can now share this information with the public. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass offenders will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to share this information with the public. If notification ends, the only person who wins is the offender, since they derive power through secrecy. Four risk levels apply. Level One means an offender is considered to pose a low risk of re-offense to the community warranting minimal notice to the community (usually other law enforcement only). Level Two means an offender is considered to pose a moderate risk, warranting limited notice. Level Three means an offender is considered to pose a high risk, warranting the notification of all community members likely to encounter the offender. Level Four status is reserved for offenders who are deemed sexually violent predators. Information is now available through a state website maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center which can be found at www.acic.org. Please feel free to contact this department with any comments, suggestions or concerns. Offender: Hinds, George Richard Address: 500 BLK Highway 124 / Pangburn, AR DOB: 10/26/1971 Sex: Male Race: White Height: 66 Weight: 145 Employer: NONE ____________________________________________ Level: 3 Target: 7 years (females) Brief Description of Crime: Offender was charged and convicted for the rape of a 7 year old girl.

On February 20, 2018 White County Central School received information of possible threats being made towards the school. This information was investigated thoroughly by the White County Sheriff's Office and an arrest was made. The individual was charged with Death Threats Concerning School Employees or Students and Terroristic Threatening in the 1st Degree. This investigation is still ongoing.

We're looking for Reserve Deputy Candidates! The White County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for an upcoming reserve deputy academy. The cost of the academy will be $275.00 per person. Individuals interested in serving their community as a volunteer law enforcement officer may pick up an application at the White County Sheriff's Office, 1600 East Booth Road in Searcy, Arkansas. Applicants must pass a background investigation, physical and psychological examinations, and complete the reserve academy prior to selection as a reserve deputy sheriff for the White County Sheriff's Office. Classes will begin on Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 6 PM. The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6PM -10PM and Saturdays from 9AM - 5PM.

With all the rain that has fallen, it is making driving conditions unsafe. Please use caution if you are traveling on or near these roads. These are roads that have been reported to us as of 2/22/18 at 9:30 am. -GOAD ROAD IS NOT PASSABLE -ALBION RD AT THE BRIDGE IS NOT PASSABLE -BOSTIC RD IS PASSABLE BUT USE CAUTION DUE TO LOOSE GRAVEL -RICHARD LAUREN/MT PISGAH IS CLEAR BUT USE CAUTION DUE TO ROAD DAMAGE -WILBUR D MILLS/OLD RAILROAD RD NOT PASSABLE -MITCHELL ROAD IS CLEAR BUT USE CAUTION DUE TO CULVERTS BEING PARTIALLY WASHED OUT -SMITH RD- SEARCY AREA- NOT PASSABLE -600 BLK FOSTER CHAPEL- NOT PASSABLE -HWY 323 AT WEST POINT- PASSABLE BUT USE CAUTION DUE TO WATER OVER THE ROAD WAY -BAILEY ST IS NOT PASSABLE -HWY 11/SEARS ROEBUCK IS PASSABLE BUT USE CAUTION IN THE CURVE -HWY 11/FLETCHER ELLIS IS PASSABLE BUT USE CAUTION IN THE CURVE -GUMSPRINGS RD/LAMAR 267 IS NOT PASSABLE -200 BLK OF S BOOTH IS NOT PASSABLE -ROPER RD/HWY 13 IS NOT PASSABLE -HWY 13/COLEY RD IS NOT PASSABLE T-HURMAN WEIR/HWY 13 IS NOT PASSABLE -SCHOOL RD AT THE BRIDGE BEHIND ROSE BUD SCHOOL IS NOT PASSABLE -TURNER RD IS NOT PASSABLE -BLAKEMORE RD IS NOT PASSABLE -CEDAR CREEK IS NOT PASSABLE -HWY 13 AT 67/167 IS NOT PASSABLE -RG DAVIS/ROGERS RD IS NOT PASSABLE -GALLOWAY RD IS NOT PASSABLE -RONNIE LN IS NOT PASSABLE -HWY 13/OLD NURSERY LN IS NOT PASSABLE -S APPLE/HWY 367 IS NOT PASSABLE -SANDY FORD/BULL CREEK IS NOT PASSABLE -RAY MORRISON IS NOT PASSABLE -SWINGING BRIDGE AT THE BRIDGE IS NOT PASSABLE -NORTH VINITY IS NOT PASSABLE -13TH ST IN JUDSONIA IS NOT PASSABLE -8TH ST IN JUDSONIA IS NOT PASSABLE