A $10,000 cash-only bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly had drugs and a gun in his possession Thursday.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Clifton Lancastere, 32, with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Detective Jarrell Johnson, vice and narcotics officers and members of the Violent Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at 3:57 p.m. at No. 11 Beverly in the Dollarway area and detained Lancaster and a female while the search was conducted.
Johnson reported that Lancaster was found in a bedroom next to a table that had cash, synthetic marijuana K-2, suspected marijuana, codeine, suspected cocaine, digital scales and sandwich bags on it.
A jar containing suspected marijuana was found in another room, as were four baggies of a white powder substance, along with two packages of K-2. Four additional packages of K-2 were found in the kitchen, and a nine-millimeter handgun was found in the living room.
Johnson reported that the suspected marijuana weighed 39 grams, the suspected cocaine weighed seven grams, and there were six packages of K-2 that weighed a total of 60 grams.
He also reported that police seized $1,249 in cash from Lancaster, who has multiple prior felony convictions on drug-related offenses.
Star City man arrested on burglary charges
A Star City man was arrested in the early morning hours Thursday after he allegedly broke into the office of a car lot on East Harding Avenue and tried to enter a second on Main Street.
Mark Davis, 28, was seen walking away from Rhodes Auto Sales at 1401 S. Main St. at 2:56 a.m., and when Pine Bluff Police Officer Rick Bunting checked the business, he found that a window had been broken.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Detective Steve Rucker, officers responded to a reported alarm at Car Mart at 2600 E. Harding Ave. at 1:36 a.m. and found a broken window and the back door opened from the inside. Security video showed a man walking through the offices, then leaving. Police also found blood near the broken window.
Police reported that Davis had a bandage on his arm and a fresh cut, and when he was questioned, he allegedly admitted breaking the window at Car Mart and said he could not find anything to steal; he said he broke the window at Rhodes Auto Sales but could not get in the window.
On Friday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Davis after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary and attempted commercial burglary.
Davis, who has prior convictions dating back to 2008, said he would hire his own attorney.
Cash-only bond set after man found with stolen property
A $10,000 cash-only bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who was in possession of property that had been reported stolen from a farm at Altheimer.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Ronnie Scott, 26, with theft by receiving.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. John Bean, Scott had worked in maintenance at the residence at 400 West Elm Plantation Road, where several buildings were broken into on May 31.
The owner of the property contacted deputies on Monday to report that Scott had posted photos of two chain saws on a social media page that were among the items reportedly taken during the burglary.
Investigators located Scott Tuesday; when he was interviewed, he said that he had sold the chain saws. Police then took him to his residence in the 2100 block of East Pullen Street for further investigation.
Because Scott is currently on probation, he had signed a waiver allowing investigators to search his residence without a warrant. During the search, a flat screen television, laptop computer, computer case, boxes of ammunition of various calibers, two chain saws and a window air conditioner were located.
Bean reported that Scott admitted working at the plantation and said he had nothing to do with a burglary. He said he bought the items deputies found from an Hispanic man he knew only as Juan for $600.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Scott has charges of second offense third-degree battery pending from an arrest in 2016. In court on Thursday, Scott said that case has been disposed of.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Scott.
Woman back in court on new forgery allegation
A Pine Bluff woman who was in court Wednesday on allegations of forgery and theft was back in court Thursday to face a new allegation.
Carla Talley, 39, allegedly cashed a $100 check that a White Hall woman had written to a relative in Tennessee, put the check in a birthday card and placed the card in her mailbox.
White Hall Police Officer Celena Harbison said in a probable cause affidavit that the woman contacted police after learning that the check had been cashed at Simmons Bank and that the relative had not received the check.
When Talley was interviewed, she allegedly admitted removing the card from the mailbox and cashing the check.
On Wednesday, Talley was accused of cashing three checks that had been written to a student for his graduation that were taken from a mailbox, as well as a counter check on the account of the mother of the student. She also attempted to cash a second check but that was unsuccessful. Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Talley after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge her with forgery, theft of property and attempted forgery.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 cash only bond for Talley Thurday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge her with forgery and theft of property.
White Hall Police have asked that anyone who believes that mail, particularly if they were expecting checks or had made out checks and put them in their mailbox and the checks had been stolen to contact the police department.
Police arrest man, recover gun stolen in robbery
An investigation into a series of robberies at liquor stores in Pine Bluff during May led to the arrest of a man who was in possession of a handgun that had been taken from one of the stores.
Eric Brown, 30, was seen driving a vehicle that fit the description of one that was allegedly used by a suspect who robbed Hazel’s Bottle Shop on Hazel Street, Pine Bluff Police Detective Sgt. Jason Howard said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Thursday.
According to the affidavit, Howard and Lt. Marcus Smith of the Violent Crimes Task Force were in the area of Belmoor Drive and Brentwood Drive tracking a cell phone that had been stolen during a robbery at Miramar Wine and Spirits when they saw the car driven by Brown and conducted a traffic stop.
Howard reported that Brown was asked for a driver’s license and said he did not have one. He said he had left his identification card at home; he was also unable to produce paperwork showing he had insurance on the vehicle.
Brown was given an opportunity to try and call his girlfriend to come and pick up the car but was unable to reach her; when police conducted an inventory of the contents of the vehicle before it was towed, they found a .45-caliber handgun in the front passenger seat pocket.
A records check indicated that Brown was a convicted felon, and he was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had previously been convicted of breaking or entering in 2004 and aggravated robbery in 2005.
On Thursday, Sgt. Brett Talley reported that a check of the serial number of the gun showed that it had been reported stolen during the robbery at Hazel’s Bottle Shop on May 27.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Brown after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and theft by receiving.
Brown said he would hire his own attorney.
Man accused of failure to update sex offender registration
A $10,000 cash-only bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man who was accused of failing to comply with registration requirements as a sex offender.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond for Kedrick Spears, 36, who was convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 2000.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Detective Marcia Oliver, Spears had listed an address in the 2300 block of Gilbert Street as his residence but when Oliver and Sex Offenders Coordinator Stephany Toney went to the house, the owner said Spears did not live there.
The home owner said Spears is a cousin and while he comes by the house from time to time, he did not live there and had never lived there.
When Spears was questioned Monday, he said he did live at the house but had not been staying there due to the fact that the house had no electricity or water.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Spears had previously been charged twice with failure to register or comply with registration requirements.
Report of domestic disturbance leads to arrest
A reported domestic disturbance at a house in White Hall Friday resulted in the arrest of two women, one of whom will face a felony allegation because of a prior conviction.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Camesha Marks said in a probable cause affidavit that deputies arrested Shamya Gulley, 23, and her girlfriend for misdemeanor domestic battery after they were sent to the 1600 block of Dixon Lane.
On Monday, Brooke Staton, Chief Deputy Clerk for Division One of District Court, reported that Gulley had previously been convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery and she should be charged with a second offense which is a felony.
Marks reported that when Gulley was arrested, she said she and her girlfriend had been involved in an argument and she went into another room, where she stayed 20-to-30 minutes before the girlfriend came into the room and “snatched her by the neck and put her in a choke hold.”
Gulley said she started swinging with a closed fist and hit the girlfriend twice in the nose and eye and stopped swinging when she saw blood. She also told investigators she had been arrested in March after a domestic incident involving her wife.
When the alleged victim was interviewed, she said she did not want to make a statement because Gulley was “her fiancee and she wanted to continue the relationship.”
On Tuesday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Gulley after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge her with second offense third-degree domestic battery.
Gulley was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Gulley.
Cash-only bond set in domestic incident
A $10,000 cash-only bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff woman who allegedly hit her boyfriend with a stick but told police she blacked out during the incident.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Jessica Guy, 30, with second-degree domestic battery.
Guy, who is currently on probation, was out on bond after being arrested Saturday stemming from a prior incident involving the same victim, Pine Bluff Detective Kaylon Mcaniel said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Tuesday.
According to the affidavit, police were sent to the 3200 block of West 35th Avenue Sunday, where they found the man sitting on the ground with blood running down his face. He said that Guy and a man he didn’t know had jumped on him.
Police reported seeing a broken piece of wood and a broken beer bottle beside the man.
The previous incident occurred in the 5700 block of West Short Third Avenue; in that incident, he said Guy hit him with an unknown object and kicked him in the midsection.
Police reported that on Sunday, the man had lacerations to his face and blood on his face and clothing.
Guy was ordered to have no contact with the man until the case is settled.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Guy.