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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

870.541.5351-OFFICE

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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Sheriff's Office Issues Labor Day Weekend Enforcement Advisory

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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 ISSUES LABOR DAY WEEKEND ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY: Jefferson County, Arkansas - September 2, 2017 - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and hundreds of local police and sheriff’s offices across Arkansas are reminding motorists that they will be out in force this Labor Day weekend, the culmination of enforcement actions taken against impaired drivers. The enforcement campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” was coined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

According the statistics by the NHTSA, drunk driving accounts for the lives more than 10,000 people each year, on average. “The purpose of this enforcement campaign is to deter drunk drivers and prevent fatalities by increasing enforcement and maximizing awareness in an effort to save lives,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander/Spokesman, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

 

Jefferson County roads continue to be much safer than they were years ago. Motorists are buckling up at a higher rate than ever before, thanks to Arkansas’ primary seatbelt law, Act 308 that was passed during the 2009 regular session of Arkansas’ 87th General Assembly that requires drivers and front seat passengers to be buckled up at all times. Prior to its passage, law makers noted an alarming amount of deaths as a result of motor vehicle collisions where occupants were not wearing a seatbelt. Motor vehicle collisions are down. However, despite these improvements, drunk or impaired drivers still play a role in deaths on city streets, county roads, and state highways.

 

“We are encouraged by the improvements in the statistics related impaired driving and some that resulted in the loss of life on Jefferson County roads in recent years, but we cannot be complacent,” said Major Woods. “The fact that one person loses his or her life at the hands of a drunk or impaired motorist is one too many. The message we have is that if you drive impaired or drunk then we’re going to provide you with at least one night in jail at a rate of $58.75 per day under our pay-for-stay program in addition to the fines and fees incurred for the charge of driving while intoxicated or under the influence.”

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SHERIFF; DRUG RAID NETS TRAFFICKERS, CRACK COCAINE, ILLEGAL WEAPONS FOR TRI-COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE

Sheriff display illegal drugs, assault rifles, firearms, and currency seized in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County

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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; DRUG RAID NETS TRAFFICKERS, CRACK COCAINE, ILLEGAL WEAPONS FOR TRI-COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE: Jefferson County, Arkansas - September 2, 2017 - A multi-agency drug bust in Pine Bluff wrapped up late Friday, and so far, 8 people are behind bars.

The raid involved dozens of law enforcement officers from the Tri-County Drug Task Force, Pine Bluff Vice & Narcotics Unit, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Pine Bluff Police Department following several weeks of undercover investigations led by Acting Tri-County Drug Task Force Commander, Lieutenant Yohance Brunson.

During the raid conducted at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Friday evening, investigators descended upon 2100 block of West 23rd Avenue and 2300 block of Spruce Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team along with Pine Bluff Vice & Narcotics Unit executed two search warrants simultaneously. During the searches, investigators located approximately 8 grams of suspected crack cocaine. Investigators estimated the total street value of the illegal substances to be worth approximately $800.00. Also located during the search were 2 pistols, 1 stolen revolver, 2 assault rifles, and $2,610.00 in cash.

Arrested were Kedrick Johnson, 35; Ashton Jackson, 32; Kendall Moore, 30; Andre Heard, 40; Hasheem Packard, 24; Trekenya Marshall, 34; Jackie Gibson, 50 and Tia O’Neal, 23, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. They were arrested and charged with 1 count of possession of a controlled substance; 1 count of possession of a controlled substance; 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with purpose; possession of firearm by certain person and theft by receiving; simultaneous of drugs and firearms, 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with purpose, active felony warrant arrest; misdemeanor warrant arrest; possession of firearm by certain person, 1 count of possession of a controlled substance; misdemeanor warrant arrest respectively.

"We all know that the drug epidemic here in our city and county is a serious one but one that we all remain committed to fighting. We as a law enforcement agency also recognize that we are a long way from winning the war on drugs but its winning fights like this that result in multiple arrests and the seizure of illegal weapons that keep us fighting to rid this community of illegal drugs and the individuals that distribute them," said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander & Spokesman Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

All 8 people arrested were transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center and held until their initial appearance or until a bond can be set.

 

 

 

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ILLEGAL GAMBLING: FELONY ARRESTS MADE DURING SIMULTANEOUS ILLEGAL GAMBLING OPERATION RAIDS EXECUTED IN PINE BLUFF/JEFFERSON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

 

 

Zachery Smith

 

Henry Gipson

Joyce Moore

 Frankie Jemal Shaw

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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

ILLEGAL GAMBLING: FELONY ARRESTS MADE DURING SIMULTANEOUS ILLEGAL GAMBLING OPERATION RAIDS EXECUTED IN PINE BLUFF/JEFFERSON COUNTY, ARKANSAS: Jefferson County, Arkansas - August 30, 2017 - $4,756.00 USC and more than 77 motherboards removed from gambling devices said to be illegal have been seized at multiple locations as part of a joint enforcement operation conducted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-County Drug Task Force, and Pine Bluff Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics Division late Tuesday.

 

For the last two weeks, the sheriff’s office along with the Tri-County Drug Task Force and Pine Bluff Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics Division have been investigating illegal gambling operations throughout the county in conjunction with Prosecutor Kyle Hunter and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Juneau of the 11th Judicial West Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

 

Intelligence received led to the execution of two at the following locations:

 

8213 Highway 63 South, Jefferson County, Arkansas

3510 W. 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

 

The sheriff’s office along with partnering law enforcement officers from the Pine Bluff Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics Division conducted an investigation of this nature in 2013, where between the two agencies 600 machines were seized from 15 separate locations. The execution of search warrants at these locations resulted in the arrest of 24 individuals and the seizure of an estimated $500,000.00 USC. However, hoping to make an even greater enforcement impact on the illegal establishments, authorities on this occasion citied 20 patrons. Patrons at both locations were cited for violation of Arkansas Code Annotated A.C.A. § 5-66-106. Gaming devices – Betting, a Class A misdemeanor criminal offense. Additionally, authorities arrested 28-year-old Zachery Smith for violation of A.C.A. 5-66-103. Keeping a gambling house, a Class D felony criminal offense punishable by a prison term of zero to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.00. Smith was determined to be the sole operator of 8213 Highway 63 South, Jefferson County, Arkansas.

 

Meanwhile, 69-year-old Henry Gipson, 57-year-old Joyce Moore, and 35-year-old Frankie Jemal Shaw, individuals determined to be the joint operators of 3510 W. 6th Avenue in Pine Bluff, Arkansas were also arrested for “keeping a gambling house”. Those arrested were all transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center and held on felony probable cause.

 

“We don’t make laws, we enforce them and according to Arkansas law these establishments have been operating illegally. Not only is it illegal but more importantly, these type of establishments continue to negatively affect our community and its image by taking needed resources for personal gain. Since legalizing gambling, our society has become addicted in one form or another,” said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. “Gambling addiction is a silent addiction and the negative affects are never felt in the short run.”

 

"Other establishments said to be operating will soon be visited, as these investigations are on-going and we will not stop until the message that gambling is illegal is clear to all those who dare try. We remain vigilant of every location operating in this fashion and want operators of these establishments to understand that there are no workarounds in order to break the law or justify illegal actions. The law is clear and we are here to enforce it," Major Woods added.

 

 

 

 

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UPDATE: MISSING, ENDANGERED JEFF CO. WOMAN LOCATED

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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

UPDATE: MISSING, ENDANGERED JEFF. CO. WOMAN LOCATED: Jefferson County, Arkansas - August 25, 2017- 36-year-old Tarsha D. Woods, who went missing on August 13, 2017 has been located. She was located in the State of Georgia by a relative and is currently back in Jefferson County, Arkansas. 

 

"We thank everyone who called out of concern and those who prayed for the safe return of our loved one, " a family member said, adding that we're happy that we found her safe and unharmed.      

 

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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN HOLIDAY DRIVE THEFT; ARREST MADE

Pictured Above: Martin Maness, 57, arrested on felony theft charges 

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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

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN HOLIDAY DRIVE THEFT; ARREST MADE: Jefferson County, Arkansas - August 15, 2017- The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested 57-year-old Martin Maness of Pine Bluff, Arkansas in connection with the theft from a residence located within the 3200 block of Holiday Drive in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

 

On or about March 23, 2017, the victim of the theft discovered that Maness, unidentified at the time of the theft had entered onto his property and removed several items. Maness loaded the bed or cargo area of his truck with the stolen items and fled from the area. The theft was captured on video surveillance, which was then published on Jefferson County Sheriff's Office webpage www.jeffcoso.org as well as the agencies Facebook social media government page to the general public with the offering of a reward up to $1,000.00.

 

Shortly after being published, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office CID received information that led investigators to Maness, who was arrested without incident. Maness waived his right to counsel and admitted to investigators of committing the theft. Maness was transported to the W.C. "Dub" Brassell Adult Detention Center and held on probable cause for felony theft of property.    

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEEKING MISSING ENDANGERED WOMAN

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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 SEEKING MISSING ENDANGERED WOMAN: Jefferson County, Arkansas - August 14, 2017-

 

 

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