Counterfeit money leads to arrest

A Jefferson County man was arrested July 8 after a sheriff’s deputy found counterfeit cash in the man’s wallet.

Joshua Motsinger, 37, allegedly told the deputy that a man at White Hall had given him the cash when he bought pills from the man, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Investigator Camisha Marks said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court on July 10.

According to the affidavit, Deputy Dante Nicholson was sent to Sulphur Springs Park to check the welfare of a man who appeared to be asleep in a truck for an hour and-a-half with the motor running.

Motsinger was arrested on misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; when Nicholson searched Motsigner’s wallet, he found three $20 bills that were of a different texture and felt like paper. Nicholson also noticed that the green in the bills appeared to be washed off. Motsinger said he found out that the bills were phony when he stopped at a service station in Watson Chapel and said he did not call the man he got the bills from back because he did not know the man’s number.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Motsinger after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with forgery. The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Motsinger.

Bond set in alleged stabbing incident

A $15,000 bond was set July 10 for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly stabbed another man in June.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Nelson Battles, 28, with second-degree domestic battery.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Ryan Moheb, police were sent to the Heritage Apartments at 2800 W. 31st Ave. on June 1, where they found the 44-year-old victim on the parking lot covered with blood. The victim also suffered stab wounds to his head, neck and to the left side of his rib cage. When questioned, the man said Battles was the person who stabbed him.

Police located Battles Friday after he was involved in a separate incident at 400 E. Harding Ave., and Battles fled in a vehicle before he was caught and taken into custody in the 1900 block of West 34th Avenue.

On July 8, Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Kaylon McDaniel questioned Battles at the adult detention center; after he waived his right to an attorney, Battles said he knew the alleged victim because they were related by marriage but he had no knowledge of the stabbing incident and was not involved.

Battles was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Battles.

Police arrest 2 in business burglary

A reported burglary in progress at a convenience store on South Olive Street July 12 resulted in the arrest of two men who were found inside the building.

Dontray Jefferson, 29, and Marlon Kellon, 27, were taken into custody after police were sent to Fast Lane at 2310 S. Olive Street at 10:53 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Marvin Cawthom, Officer Donald Griffin was the first to arrive at the store and saw a male wearing a ski mask duck under a counter when he saw police. A second male who was at the back of the store fled into the woods and was able to escape.

Cawthom reported that entry to the business was gained through a window at the back. Griffin and Lt. Marcus Smith, who had also responded, held their positions until other officers and the owners arrived to open the door.

When they were interviewed, Jefferson and Kellon allegedly said they had broken in to steal cigarettes, marijuana, cash and other products. The report also said there was damage to a large segment of the ceiling tiles.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Jefferson, who had no prior convictions or pending charges, and a $25,000 bond for Kellon, who is on parole, after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with commercial burglary.

Police arrest 2 after reported burglary at tobacco store

Police responding to an alarm at a tobacco store in the Dollarway area in the early morning hours on July 13 arrested two people after finding a vehicle containing cartons of cigarettes in a ditch behind the store.

Latia Hall, 25, allegedly told police she had been driving the truck while her boyfriend, Hosia Rochelle, 24, and another person went in the store and took the cigarettes, Pine Bluff Police Detective Steve Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court on July 14.

According to the affidavit, when police arrived at Paul’s Tobacco at 5902 Dollarway Road, they found the door open; store video showed two men wearing masks, with one of them wearing white socks on his hands taking cigarettes and cash.

While searching the area, officers found cartons of cigarettes in a field behind the store, along with the truck, which had cartons of cigarettes and white socks in plain sight.

Rucker reported that while officers were searching the truck, Hall approached them and said she had been sitting in it with her boyfriend talking, but when she started to leave, he drove into the ditch. Officers at the scene were notified that while they were talking to Hall, Rochelle contacted police and tried to report the truck had been stolen.

Later when Rochelle was questioned, he allegedly said he had gone into the store and had taken cigarettes but dropped them when he was fleeing.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Hall and Rochelle after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with commercial burglary.

Bond set in alleged domestic battery

A $5,000 bond was set on July 14 for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly pushed his grandmother down and threatened to kill her.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Demarcus Kye, 25, with second-degree domestic battery.

Police interviewed the 81-year-old woman the emergency room at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where she said Kye came to her house and threatened her, then took her walker away and pushed her to the floor. She said he also threatened to burn her house down.

The report said the woman had no visible injuries but said she was in pain and it was hard to move.

Kye was ordered to have no contact with her until the case is settled.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by a White Hall police officer on July 12 resulted in the arrest of a man on drug and weapons charges.

D’Arrion Johnson, 18, was a passenger in a car that White Hall Police Officer Celena Harbison stopped on Dollarway Road at Dogwood Lane; when Harbison approached the car, she reported a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Harbison told the occupants of the car she was going to search it. Johnson then allegedly grabbed a backpack from the back passenger seat and tried to flee. He was handcuffed after fighting with officers, the affidavit said.

Harbison reported that the backpack contained approximately 40 ounces of suspected marijuana in two Mason jars and individual packets, a 9-millimeter handgun, digital scales and cash.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Johnson on July 14 after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Former employee linked to robbery at tobacco store

A former employee of the Tobacco Superstore at 1620 Brentwood Drive was arrested July 12 after an investigation into a reported robbery of the business on July 3.

Joshua Washington, 18, allegedly entered the store armed with a handgun, put the gun to the head of the store manager and demanded money, Pine Bluff Police Detective Marcia Oliver said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court on July 14.

According to the affidavit, two red bank bags containing an undisclosed amount of cash were taken from the store by the suspect, who was identified as Washington based on his voice on video surveillance at the business.

On July 11, Washington posted a picture of himself on his Facebook page holding two guns, one in each hand, and a video showing him dancing and throwing money to the floor.

Detectives made contact with Washington Wednesday, and when they entered his house on Belmoor Drive, saw a handgun in plain sight on a bed. After obtaining a search warrant, detectives found a second handgun, two red bank bags and other items.

Oliver reported that Washington was not questioned after he asked for an attorney.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Washington after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Two arrested after high speed chase

A high speed chase Saturday involving a vehicle that had been reported stolen led to the arrest of two men, one for driving the car and the second after a stolen gun was found in the vehicle.

Demaria Banks, 19, who was allegedly driving the car, told police he did not know the vehicle was stolen, did not know who owned the car and did not tell officers how he got the car, Pine Bluff Police Detective Ryan Moheb said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Monday.

Martavius Riley, 19, who was a passenger in the car where the gun, a 9-millimeter handgun with a value of $300, was found, told police the gun was his, while two other occupants denied ownership.

According to the affidavit, officers were flagged down in front of WalMart by a woman who said her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu had been stolen from the parking lot of the Big Red at 2401 E 6th Ave. She said she saw the vehicle in the turning lane in front of the store.

Moheb reported that Banks, who was driving the car, put it in reverse and struck a vehicle behind him, then fled down Olive Street to South Main at speeds up to 90 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone. There were several near collisions with the vehicle and other traffic before it hit a utility pole at 39th Avenue and Olive Street. Banks fled on foot.

Riley and two other passengers were still in the car, and officers saw in plain sight the handgun, which had been reported stolen May 1, in the rear passenger seat.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Riley Monday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving a firearm. A $10,000 cash-only bond was set for Banks on probable cause of theft by receiving the vehicle and felony fleeing.

Records at the prosecutors’ office showed that Banks had a pending charge of theft by receiving as firearm stemming from an arrest earlier this year.

Riley and Banks said they would hire their own attorneys.

Man on parole arrested after drugs, gun found

A Pine Bluff man currently on parole was arrested Friday after police found a vehicle they had been chasing in the yard of a house on East 52nd Avenue. They also found a handgun in the vehicle, along with a backpack containing suspected marijuana nearby.

Shaquarius Age, 22, was arrested after he came around the house and told police he had only been a passenger in the car at the time of the pursuit.

A probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Detective Richard McCorvy said that McCorvy and Sgt. Jason Howard were in the area of East Harding Avenue and Ohio Street when they saw a red Chevrolet Camaro with window tint that appeared too dark.

He said they turned around and caught up with the Camaro at West Harding Avenue and Olive Street; when they attempted a traffic stop, the driver fled, turning south onto Olive Street and driving at 70 to 75 miles per hour before running the stop sign at 46th Avenue and Olive Street, turning east.

McCorvy reported that they had discontinued the pursuit because of the speed and lost sight of the Camaro when it turned onto Fourth Avenue. While searching in the immediate area, they found the car in yard at 221 E. 52nd Avenue and detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana from inside the vehicle. A .357-caliber Glock handgun with one round in the chamber and 13 in the magazine was in plain sight on the passenger side floorboard.

After about 10 minutes, Pine Bluff Police Detective Kevin Kirk and Sgt. Brett Talley arrived to assist in the search. Age came out from the west side of the house and was searched. Officers reported finding half a Xanax bar and two pink pills that were identified as Oxycodone in Age’s pocket.

When police walked around the house in the direction Age had come from, they found a backpack with a plastic bag containing 30 grams of suspected marijuana and a set of digital scales.

McCorvy reported that the ground and surrounding area was slightly wet and damp because it had rained earlier but the backpack was dry.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Age Monday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Age said he would hire his own attorney.

Two arrested after guns found at nightclub

Pine Bluff police working off-duty security on the parking lot of PJ’s Nightclub in the early morning hours Sunday arrested two men after finding guns in their vehicle.

Damon Morton, 43, and Melchsadek Rice, 37, were taken into custody after a reported disturbance inside the club that sent them and others to the parking lot, Pine Bluff Police Detective Richard McCovy said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Monday.

According to the affidavit, McCorvy and two other officers were on the parking lot to make sure there were no fights and heard yelling on the back parking lot near a fence separating PJ’s and the Elk’s Club.

Morton, who was bleeding from the lip, Rice and several females were yelling and were told to leave. They got into a vehicle and then got back out. McCorvy walked to the vehicle, where he reported a strong odor of marijuana inside it, and saw a green container with suspected marijuana near the gear shift.

McCorvy reported that when Morton and Rice had exited the vehicle, he saw a .40-caliber handgun with nine rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber in plain view in the seat where Morton had been sitting. A .38-caliber handgun with five rounds in it was found in a pants holster that was in the console of the vehicle.

A records check showed that both Morton and Rice were convicted felons, Morton in 2009 and Rice in 2012, both on drug-related charges.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set $10,000 bonds for Morton and Rice after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with being felons in possession of firearms. Morton was also cited for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Morton and Rice said they would hire their own attorneys.

Bond set for woman who allegedly cashed missing check

A $2,500 bond was set Monday for a woman who cashed two paychecks after telling her employer she had not received one of them.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Valerie Sanders, 60, with forgery.

A probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Detective Keith Banks said that officers were sent to Trinity Village Nursing Home at 6400 Trinity Drive on June 22 where the director of nursing said that a check had been to Sanders in May and was placed in a locked drawer of a portable cart because Sanders was not at work that day. Sanders later told officials at the nursing home that she had not received the check, so a second check was written. A stop payment was also placed on the first check.

Banks reported that on May 25, WalMart security video showed Sanders cashing the first check, which was for $543.18 and was the check she said she did not receive. The second check, for an equal amount, was cashed May 30.

Sanders turned herself in July 14 and said she did cash two checks, one which she said was supposed to have paid her for three days of work, the second which was supposed to be for one day’s work. She also said she did not intentionally steal the checks.