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City Arrests

• Lucas W. Smith, 27, of 3835 Hibanks Road, was arrested on Feb. 28 for aggravated assault on a family or household member, first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree domestic battery, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing auto, possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, speeding, reckless driving and disregarding a traffic control device. Smith’s wife reported that Smith grabbed her threw her over a stool during an argument inside a room at Flamingo Inn, 420 S. West Ave. She said he then threatened her with a gun and began stabbing the bedclothes with a knife, saying, “This is what I’m going to do to you.” A short time later, the woman told police that Smith began sending her photos of him holding a gun, saying that he was trying to locate her. According to a police report, officers spotted Smith’s car traveling north on North West Avenue near 13th Street, and they initiated a traffic stop. Police said Smith accelerated and cut through the parking lot of Mellor Park Mall before turning west on Griffin and back onto North West Avenue. Smith headed north, turned east on 19th and drove to Champagnolle, disregarding several stop signs along the way, police said. Officers said he then headed west on Champagnolle, reaching a speed of 55 miles per hour through a residential area, and turned south on South Jackson. Police said they chased Smith through downtown streets to Block, where he turned east and made his way east on Main, where he nearly struck a fence and a utility pole. Police said Smith threw items from his car near Ripley and Industrial roads. Officers said they were able to box in Smith’s car and guide it to a stop three miles outside city limits. After he was taken into custody, Smith told officers that he had consumed a large amount of methamphetamine, and he was transported to Medical Center of South Arkansas for treatment. Police said they recovered a large amount of methamphetamine just past Industrial Road, and inside Smith’s car, they found two bags of methamphetamine, a crystal meth rock, a bag containing what appeared to be a variety of crushed pills, two digital scales, a hypodermic needle and several small baggies.

• Shirlene Holmes, 66, of 1214 Roosevelt, and Janice L. Morris, 48, of 1600 Short. E. Hillsboro, were arrested on Feb. 28 for second-degree battery. Jonerio S. Ramey, 21, also 1214 Roosevelt, was arrested for third-degree battery. Police said Holmes, Morris and witnesses provided conflicting accounts of the incident in which Holmes and Morris sustained minor injuries. Holmes and Ramey’s mother said Ramey left the Roosevelt Street residence and walked west toward Detroit Avenue. They said Morris and her daughter, both of whom were at a residence nearby, followed Ramey in their vehicle, and a short time later, Morris and her daughter exited the vehicle and began arguing with Ramey at the intersection of Roosevelt and Detroit. Holmes and Ramey’s mother said they then walked to the scene to see what was going on, and Morris deployed a chemical spray and began swinging a knife at them, leaving Holmes with a minor cut to the chest. Morris and her daughter told police that Ramey approached their vehicle as they stopped at the intersection of Roosevelt and Detroit, with Morris noting that Ramey “has been confrontational” with her daughter on several occasions due to an ongoing dispute. Morris said Ramey began lobbing bricks at their vehicle, striking her in the upper right thigh and her daughter in the right knee. She said Holmes then charged at her with a “razor knife” in her right hand. Morris said she deployed the chemical spray in self-defense, and Holmes swung the knife at her, cutting her in the top of the head. Morris said she sustained a small laceration to the neck, and the left sleeve of her jacket was cut. Morris denied having a knife.

• Johnique A. Miller, 24, of Strong, was arrested on Feb. 27 for aggravated assault on a family or household member, domestic battery, third-degree, a penalty enhancement for offenses committed in the presence of a child, refusal to submit to arrest, obstruction of governmental operations and interference with emergency communications. Police responded to a residence in the 1300 block of West First in reference to multiple 911 hang-up calls with someone asking for help. A witness told police that Miller had “laid his hands” on a neighbor. Police said they went to the neighbor’s residence, and after several moments, a woman answered the door. Police said the woman was crying, had several red, swollen abrasions around her neck and would not initially would not tell them what happened. They said a man inside the residence, Miller, provided false names, and after a brief struggle with police, he was taken into custody for obstruction of governmental operations. Police said the woman then told them that Miller became angry when her phone rang, and she checked to see who was calling her. She said he punched her several times in the face and yelled obscenities at her. She said he wrapped a jacket around her neck and choked her with it, noting that her small child had walked into the room. The woman said she was on the phone with her mother at the time, but she was unable to speak. She said Miller released his grip on her neck and went outside, taking her cellphone and her child’s tablet computer with him. She said she followed Miller to retrieve the items, and he shoved her back inside the residence and struck her in the shoulder blade with his fist. She said she was finally able to use a cellphone to call police, telling officers that she could not immediately answer the door when they arrived because Miller was holding her down.

• Austin G. Thurmon, 22, of Junction City was arrested on Feb. 25 for domestic battery, third-degree, and aggravated assault on a family or household member. Thurman’s wife told police that Thurman attacked her after becoming enraged when she refused to allow him to drive her vehicle, noting that he had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. She said he threw her food out the front door and shoved her into the bathtub. She said Thurman then began choking her, and she punched him in the nose and freed herself from his grasp. She said Thurman then ordered her to leave the residence, and as she walked out the front door, he shoved her down a wheelchair ramp, causing her to fall on her face. She said she drove to her parents’ house, and her parents drove her to MCSA for treatment. The woman told police that she was pregnant, and she complained of pain in her back. Police said the woman had red marks on her face, neck and arms. Officers made contact with Thurman at MCSA. He corroborated the victim’s account of the incident. Police said Thurman’s nose appeared to be severely dislocated and his hands and knuckles were red with minor abrasions. Police contacted the Union County Sheriff’s Office, noting that the incident occurred at Thurman’s house in Junction City. Police said the UCSO was unable to respond at the time and requested that the El Dorado Police Department take Thurman into custody.

City Reports

• An employee of Brookshire’s, 2202 N. West Ave., reported on March 1 the theft of a wallet from a checkout station at the store. The wallet, which belonged to another employee, reportedly contained $160 cash and two credit cards. Police said the theft was captured on surveillance video. The suspect was described as a black woman in her late 40s, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, and wearing a blue T-shirt, white long-sleeve button up shirt, blue jeans and what appeared to be black tennis shoes.

• A Little Rock woman told police on Feb. 28 that at least one check was forged on her account. The woman discovered the forgery after El Dorado police contacted her about a warrant that had been issued for her arrest regarding a hot check that had been written on her account. The woman denied writing the check, saying she had not used a checking account “in a long time.” Police said the woman completed a forgery affidavit and identified a possible suspect. Police said the arrest warrant was withdrawn.

• On March 1, a man told police that someone entered his vehicle on the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter, 2730 N. West Ave., and stole a GPS unit and dashboard camera, a small cup of change, a camouflage jacket, and a pair of coveralls. The man said the vehicle was not locked at the time of the theft.

• An employee of Walmart Supercenter reported on March 1 that another employee had stolen a total of $2,431 by fraudulently loading money on pre-paid debit cards for customers. He said the amount could rise as the investigation progresses, and other employees may be involved in the theft.

• A man told police on March 1 that $3,000 cash was missing from his residence in the 1000 block of West Eighth. He said he realized the cash was missing on Feb. 27.

• A woman told police on Feb. 28 that someone broke into a house she owns in the 2100 block of North Newton and stole a window air conditioner, a hot water tank and all of the electrical wiring inside the residence. She also said all the windows were broken in the house. The woman said a witness reported seeing two men inside the residence on the night of Feb. 25.

• A woman reported on Feb. 26 that someone broke into her vehicle at her residence in the 300 block of Hargett. She said the vehicle was ransacked. No items were reported missing.

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