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DETAINEE FOUND DEAD IN JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL

Pictured Above: Robert Jones, 49

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

DETAINEE FOUND DEAD IN JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL: Jefferson County, Arkansas - December 13, 2017 – A detainee at Jefferson County’s adult jail, the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center (DBDC) was found dead in his cell just after 9 o’clock this morning.

 

Robert Jones, 49, of Pine Bluff was found unresponsive in his cell during a routine security check of the single person cell occupied by Jones.

 

Detention center medical staff accompanied by deputy jailers entered the cell and found that Jones was unresponsive. Paramedics were dispatched and arrived a short time later in order to assess the welfare of Jones.

 

The cause of death was not immediately apparent and remains under investigation by our Criminal Investigation Division (CID), said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

 

Jones has been housed at the DBDC since Saturday, December 9, 2017 and was being held on felony probable cause for aggravated assault.

 

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelly and Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher arrived at the DBDC, where Kelly pronounced Jones dead. An official request by the JCSO-CID to send Jones’ body to the State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy to be performed by the State Medical Examiner to determine cause and manner of death has been made.

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JEFF. CO. SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN "NO-SHAVE NOVEMBER"

Pictured Above: Jeff. Co. Sheriff’s deputies taking a break from shaving this month to

support the fight against men’s cancer issues are Investigator Terry Wingard, Investigator Jonathan Powell, Lieutenant Andy Hoots, Deputy Glen Barnes, Jr., Chief Deputy Stanley James, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr, Corporal Christopher Grider and Deputy Charles White.

 

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN "NO-SHAVE NOVEMBER": Jefferson County, Arkansas - November 22, 2017 – You may have noticed some deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office sporting some extra facial hair this month, and they are doing so for a good cause to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.

 

During October of each year, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office supports breast cancer awareness by incorporating a hint of pink in its daily operations. Deputies that participated in October’s breast cancer awareness program donning pink handcuffs while on duty we invited to forgo shaving and the normally stringent policy on facial hair for the entire month of November.

 

"Raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer is especially important because the prognosis for these diseases is comparatively good if caught early," said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

 

No-Shave November is a unique and fun way to raise awareness, as well as funding for cancer research. Additionally, "No-Shave November" serves as a moral booster.  According to the American Cancer Society, “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”

 

All monies collected during the "No-Shave November" campaign will be donated to the Cancer Support Home in Fayetteville, AR in honor of the late Teresa Lake, a former Jefferson County Tax Collector employee who loss her battle with cancer in 2016.

 

 

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BOY, 12, KILLED BY BROTHER IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

BOY, 12, KILLED BY BROTHER IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING: Jefferson County, Arkansas - October 27, 2017 – A 12-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the neck late Thursday evening after he and his 13-year-old brother wrestled over a rifle.

 

The shooting occurred just before seven o’clock p.m. in the 700 block of Short Front Street in Altheimer, AR, said Maj. Lafayette Woods, Jr., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Operations Commander and Spokesman.

 

“Our deputies and investigators were originally called to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room to investigate the report of what hospital officials first thought was a case of child abuse. Further medical examination discovered evidence that the 12-year-old victim had sustained a gunshot wound to the neck,” said Maj. Woods.”

 

JCSO investigators traveled to the victim’s residence, where they processed the scene for evidence. Inside the residence, investigators discovered a .22 caliber rifle and a single spent shell casing, which were both photographed and collected as evidence.

 

Meanwhile, investigators conducted an interview of Derick Shelton, father of the victim along with his 13-year-old son, whose name is not being released due to his status as a minor. Through those interviews, investigators learned that Shelton had left the residence for a brief moment and during that time his two sons wrestled with a rifle Shelton kept inside the residence. While wrestling with the rifle, the weapon discharged and the younger Shelton was shot in the neck by his brother.

 

Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the victim to the emergency room; however, the victim had already succumbed to his injury.

 

“It was a tragic accident,” Woods said. “Moving forward, we want to find ways to prevent tragic accidents like this from occurring because no mother or father should have to bury their child; especially so premature.”

 

Woods said that the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is a Project Childsafe partner and has been since before he began his law enforcement career well over a decade ago.

 

"Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Foundation to promote firearm safety and education. The program and its partners are committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and FREE firearm safety kits that include gun safety locks. Those kits are available at our administrative office within suite 112 of the Jefferson County Circuit Courthouse located at 101 E. Barraque Street here in Pine Bluff, AR during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri, said Major Woods.”

 

No charges are being sought against the victim’s 13-year-old brother or father in this shooting death.

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE TEAMS WITH VICTIMS WITNESS OFFICE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS

Pictured Above: Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson standing

at podium in Jeff. Co. Circuit Courthouse rotunda addressing crowd

during a domestic violence observance ceremony.

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

SHERIFF’S OFFICE TEAMS WITH VICTIMS WITNESS OFFICE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS: Jefferson County, Arkansas - October 23, 2017 – Each year during the month of October, the Victim's Witness Office under the leadership of Eleventh Judicial West Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter, hosts a ceremony and balloon release in observance of victims of domestic violence.

 

This year, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office joined the observance with Sheriff Gerald Robinson addressing the crowd in the rotunda of the Jefferson County Circuit Courthouse Monday morning. “Domestic violence is a serious issue but not one that we can’t continue work towards correcting, said Sheriff Gerald Robinson.” “For many years, our office has been active in the issue of advocating against domestic violence. In 2015, as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and board member for CASA Women’s Shelter, my agencies operations commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr., represented our agencies interest in advocating against domestic violence during several visits to our State's Capitol. Major Woods’ participation was part of a task force comprised of Arkansas State Representatives Charlotte Douglas (R-Alma), Bob Ballinger (R-Hindsville), and other advocates against domestic violence.”

 

“The task force worked tirelessly to help create Arkansas Act 873, also known as “Laura’s Card” that law enforcement now utilizes to give victims in domestic violence cases to ensure they’re aware of resources available to them,” he said. “Also created was Act 952 requiring Arkansas schools to include domestic and dating-violence in health curricula, Act 876 that allows for victimless prosecution of domestic violence cases and Act 877 known as “Laura’s Law”, a law requiring all law enforcement officers in the State of Arkansas to conduct a lethality assessment that involves officers asking victims a set of questions to assess their level of risk of being killed by domestic violence.”

 

Before closing, Sheriff Robinson added, “it takes each and everyone of us to make an investment into eliminating domestic violence. If we all work hard on this issue then we can do it.”

 

Participants then concluded the observance with a balloon release that included purple colored balloons, the domestic violence awareness color.

 

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE PARTNERS WITH WALGREENS TO OFFER FREE FLU VACCINATIONS

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

SHERIFF’S OFFICE PARTNERS WITH WALGREENS TO OFFER FREE FLU VACCINATIONS: Jefferson County, Arkansas - October 23, 2017 – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced free flu shots will be offered October 24th at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center.

 

The flu shots will be offered between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Tuesday and are available for any Jefferson County employee. No appointment is needed; however, employees are required to present their medical insurance card.

 

The free flu shots are offered in partnership with Walgreens, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center. 

“Influenza is a serious disease that can make even healthy people very sick,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.” "With every flu season being different, getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and spreading it to others.”

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MAN WHO EVADED THREE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES NOW IN CUSTODY

Paul Michael Weeks: Accused of multiple felony crimes and evading arrest

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

MAN WHO EVADED THREE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES NOW IN CUSTODY: Jefferson County, Arkansas - October 5, 2017 – Investigators arrested a man this evening, who managed to evade at least three (3) law enforcement jurisdictions to include the Pine Bluff Police, Arkansas Community Correction (ACC) SRT Fugitive Task Force and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).

 

23-year-old Paul Weeks was originally being sought by JCSO in connection with multiple counts of felony theft of property, felony fleeing, and theft by receiving, stemming from incident on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  

 

Weeks was spotted near Hazel Street/Ridgway Road in Pine Bluff, Arkansas by investigators driving a pickup truck just after 9 o’clock this morning. Investigators gave chase; however, Weeks was again able to evade law enforcement. Weeks abandoned the truck at Skyline Drive. ACC K-9’s were requested by JCSO and arrived on scene. K-9’s tracked Weeks to a nearby wooded area but Weeks managed to evade law enforcement again. Weeks then entered onto the property of a residence on Ryburn Road, where he was witnessed stealing the residents tractor. After a brief chase, Weeks abandoned the tractor and again fled on foot.

 

Arkansas State Police helicopter "Air 4" arrived to assist with an aerial search. Meanwhile, authorities contacted the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association (MECA) to request a reverse 911 for area residents to be on the lookout for Weeks. A phone call received by MECA from a citizen led authorities to an area near Oak Ridge Road, where Weeks was spotted by Air 4. Air 4's pilot hovered over, while Weeks was taken into custody by authorities on the ground.

 

Week was transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, where he is currently being held on probable cause for multiple felony charges in addition to a warrant issued by ACC for absconder.

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WOODS NAMED 2017 JEFFERSON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Pictured Above: Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. (left), Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (right)

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Gerald Robinson

Sheriff

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Email: sheriff.grobinson@jeffcoso.org

WOODS NAMED 2017 JEFFERSON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Jefferson County, Arkansas - October 4, 2017 – Over 600 law enforcement officers gathered at Camp Robinson in Little Rock for the 2017 Law Enforcement Summit on Tuesday. As a part of the event, one officer from each county in the state was honored by Attorney General Rutledge as Law Enforcement Office of the Year with Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. selected for Jefferson County.

 

“It is my honor to recognize many of our brave members of law enforcement today and thank them for their sacrifice,” said Rutledge.

 

Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson nominated Woods for the award, who he describes as a talented, hard-working and knowledgeable law enforcement professional respected by both his peers and community.

 

“I nominated Major Woods for the 2017 Jefferson County Officer of the Year Award, because Major Woods has a rare blend of community involvement and technical proficiency that is evident by his outstanding law enforcement career,” said Robinson. “He has proven himself to be extremely responsible, trustworthy, and dedicated to the law enforcement profession and the Jefferson County community.”

 

The other Regional Officers of the Year included central region’s Sergeant Ronald Davidson of the Benton Police Department for his work to confront a masked gunman at a local bank; northeast region’s Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts for his efforts to take down a meth lab; southeast region’s Trooper Christopher Aaron of the Arkansas State Police who helped save the life of an accidental shooting victim in Almyra; and southwest region’s Garland County Undersheriff Jason Lawrence who helped save a civilian contractor from exposure to carbon monoxide.

 

"I'm humbled, thankful and more than anything, grateful to have been honorably mentioned with the rest of my fellow law enforcement professionals across the State of Arkansas. However, what I am most proud of is having the ability to do a job that I know and love.  Jefferson County is my home and I absolutely love the people I serve," said Major Woods.  

 

During the summit, Rutledge presented VALOR tributes to those who lost their lives while in the line of duty this past year. Tributes were presented to the families of Drew County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Braden, Yell County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart, Miller County Sheriff’s Detention Deputy Lisa Mauldin and Newport Police Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford. She also gave special recognition to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, who died in April.

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SHERIFF: DEATH OF MAN RULED DROWNING AFTER BODY FOUND IN POND

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

SHERIFF: DEATH OF MAN RULED DROWNING AFTER BODY FOUND IN POND: Jefferson County, Arkansas - September 21, 2017 – Investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their investigation after Shawn Miller, 29, was found dead in a pond at his Jefferson County, Arkansas home on last Tuesday.

 

Jefferson County Coroner, Chad Kelley pronounced Miller dead at the scene and Miller’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

 

The cause and manner of Miller’s death has been determined to be drowning by natural death, as autopsy findings supported the diagnosis of drowning.

 

“The reason why our investigators began this investigation as a homicide investigation is that we understand that the determination of a drowning as a cause of death for a body that is found in water is imperative in forensic investigation because becoming submerged in water may be a secondary rather than primary event,” said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr., spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Our office is waiting on other relevant reports from the medical examiner.  Until we obtain those reports and conclude our investigation, the investigation will remain on-going.”

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JCSO: MAN FOUND IN POND, CAUSE OF DEATH UNKNOWN

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JCSO: MAN FOUND IN POND, CAUSE OF DEATH UNKNOWN: Jefferson County, Arkansas - September 19, 2017 – Just after ten o’clock this morning, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators were dispatched to the 3200 block of Wheeler Chapel Road in Jefferson County, Arkansas to the report of a unresponsive male lying in a pond.

 

Upon arrival, deputies and investigators discovered the body of 29-year-old Shawn Miller.

 

“While speaking with family members, none knew of anyone that would want to harm Miller. There is reason to treat this as a homicide investigation in lieu of a traditional death investigation. However, I am not at liberty to disclose those details at this stage of the investigation,” said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr., spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “There are certainly more questions than answers right now, but with the help of our state’s medical examiner, our team of investigators are up for the task of determining the cause and manner in which Mr. Miller died.”

 

Investigators spent the morning and early afternoon combing the property of Miller for clues that could be used to assist them in better determining what happened to Miller in his final hours.

 

Although there were no immediate signs of visible injuries, investigators aren’t ruling anything out until they’re able to determine a true cause and manner of death.

 

Jefferson County Coroner, Chad Kelley arrived on scene, where he pronounced Miller dead. As part of this investigation, Miller’s body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock, where the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.  

 

 

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