Chief Deputy Mickey Atkinson was honored by the Arkansas House of Representatives pursuant to a motion of State Representative Danny Watson for his fifty years of service as an Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer.
Representative Watson presented the Citation to Chief Atkinson Friday afternoon at the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office.
Thank you, Representative Watson, for your support of our Law Enforcement Officers.
Sheriff James Singleton
On October 7 2017, at approximately 1324 hours, Deputy Josh Cingolani was dispatched to Wadley Medical Center in Hope in reference to a five-year-old with a gunshot wound.
Upon arrival Deputy Cingolani made contact with the grandfather of the five-year-old. Who said he was putting the magazine in a handgun when it went off and struck his granddaughter in the leg. The grandfather picked his granddaughter up and rushed her to Wadley Medical Center in Hope.
The five-year-old was transported to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock by helicopter. She was listed in good condition. The five-year-old has since been released from the hospital and is home expected to make a full recovery.
POSSESSION WITH PURPOSE TO DELIVER (METHAMPHETAMINE), POSSESSION WITH PURPOSE TO DELIVER NEAR (CERTAIN FACILITY), POSSESSION OF (DRUG PARAPHERNALIA), POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (MARIJUANA).
On Sunday, October 8, 2017 at approximately 2102 hours, Deputy Reyn Brown officers with the Hope Police Department and went to 304 N. Margaret Street, in reference to a felony warrant service on Gary Williams who resides at the residence. Gary has an active warrant with the Arkansas Board of Parole. Prior to this, officers received information that there were narcotics inside Gary's residence.
Deputies were aware both Johnny Turner and Gary Williams were on active supervision with the probation/parole office. Deputies contacted the supervisor with the Arkansas Community Corrections Probation/Parole. And advised him of the situation and what officers were advised regarding narcotic activity prior to our arrival. The supervisor advised that both Johnny Turner and Gary Williams have a warrantless search waiver on file and to conduct a search of their property based on that waiver, but an officer would come out as well. Deputies contacted Probation/Parole officer Mallory Evans and advised her of the situation. She advised to begin searching the residence and she would be there shortly.
Deputies observed a clear bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine sitting on the living room table. There was also a black digital scale with what appeared to be methamphetamine residue on it, three clear bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and a few loose pieces of what appeared to be methamphetamine sitting on the living room table. Two other people Johnny Lee Turner age 53 of Hope, and Elijah Smith age 38 were in the residence.
Gary Williams, Johnny Lee Turner and Lijiah Smith were transported to the HCDF where they were charged with POSSESSION WITH PURPOSE TO DELIVER (METHAMPHETAMINE), POSSESSION WITH PURPOSE TO DELIVER NEAR (CERTAIN FACILITY), POSSESSION OF (DRUG PARAPHERNALIA), POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (MARIJUANA). They were turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking. They will be held for 1st court appearance.
Theft of property, carrying a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Sunday, October 8, 2017 at approximately 0100 hours, Deputy Reyn Brown received a call from Sgt. Oller with the Hope Police Department in reference to him seeing a subject, Aaran Daniel's, who had a felony warrant from the Hempstead County Sheriff's office Sgt. Oller advised he was making contact with Aaran at 706 E. Short 6th Street, in Hope, Arkansas.
Deputy Brown arrived shortly after Sgt. Oller made contact with Aaran. Deputy Brown confirmed the active warrant and Aaran was placed under arrest for a felony theft of property warrant. After placing Aaran in hand restraints, Deputy Brown began to search his person for weapons and contraband. In his left pants pocket Deputy Brown located a clear bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana.
Sgt. Oller walked over to the driver's side window of Aaran's vehicle and observed a handgun sticking out from under the driver's seat. Sgt. Oller knew Aaran was only 18 years old as well. Sgt. Oller immediately took possession of the weapon. The handgun was a SCCY CPX2TTSB 9MM pistol with a stainless-steel slide and turquoise colored frame. The handgun had 14 unspent 9MM rounds inside the magazine and one unspent round inside the chamber and ready to fire. Once the handgun was safe, Sgt. Oller had the police dispatcher conduct a query on the handgun and it revealed that the handgun was stolen. During a search of the vehicle, Sgt. Oller located a pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana. Deputies determined that the handgun was stolen from a burglary on Hempstead 15 on September 22, 2017.
Aaran asked if he could go inside the residence and turn the stove off, because the girl he was staying with left some food cooking for him. Deputy Brown took Aaran inside the residence and the stove was not on and nothing was cooking. While walking back toward the door, Deputy Brown observed a black digital scale sitting on a small table with what appeared to be marijuana residue on it. Aaran stated it was his for personal use. The scale was confiscated at that time.
Aaran was transported to the HCDF where he was charged with theft of property, carrying a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was turned over to the on-duty jail staff for booking. He will be held for 1st court appearance.
On 6 October 2017, Investigator Dorman attempted to stop a vehicle pulling a small utility trailer. that was being operated by Dirk Milburn.
Inv. Dorman had recently obtained a warrant with two felony charges for Dirk's arrest. One of the charges was for a firearms violation. It was suspected that Dirk was possibly in possession of one or more firearms. Dorman attempted to stop Dirk at the intersection of east 23rd street and Bill Clinton bypass. Dirk slowed and almost came to a stop, then sped away.
Dirk reached speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour on east 23rd street. As Dirk approached highway 32 east, he almost lost control attempting to make the turn. Dirk's tires were smoking as his brakes locked up. Dirk regained control of the vehicle and continued to travel east on highway 32. Dirk was traveling in the middle of the highway, straddling the yellow lines.
As Dirk came into Shover Springs, he came over a blind hill and there was a vehicle turning east onto highway 32 from Hempstead 52. Dirk nearly rear-ended the vehicle and was forced to overtake the vehicle in a curve. As he did so, he almost caused a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle, forcing it onto the shoulder. Dirk continued traveling east on highway 32 straddling the yellow lines and traveling in the opposing lane. The pursuit went into Nevada County.
At the intersection of highway 32 east and highway 53 Dirk again failed to slow at a reasonable speed and nearly lost control of this vehicle again. Dirk regained control of the vehicle and began traveling south on highway 53. After a short distance Dirk Slammed on his breaks as Inv. Dorman attempted to go around Dirk to get in front of him and block the road. Dirk then swerved his vehicle over and caused the trailer he was pulling to hit Inv. Dorman’s vehicle near the front driver's side wheel. Dirk then travelled to the intersection of Nevada 3 and turned west.
Dirk nearly lost control as he turned onto Nevada 3 but regained control and continued traveling west. Dirk was operating his vehicle at speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour. Dirk went through the intersection of Nevada 3 and Nevada 5 without stopping. Dirk continued to travel on Nevada 3 until he got to the intersection of highway 355 east. Dirk again nearly lost control of his vehicle and did not stop making this turn. Dirk then turned onto highway 355 and began traveling east. Dirk again was traveling at a high rate of speed in the middle of the highway.
Dirk turned back north on Nevada 5 and accelerated back to a high rate of speed through the narrow curves, Dirk continued to travel on Nevada 5 until it turns into Hempstead 126. Chief Deputy Larry Miller of Nevada County had responded to assist Chief Miller was at the intersection of Hempstead 126 and highway 32 East.
Chief Miller observed Dirk turn onto highway 32 east, traveling west. Inv. Dorman remained the primary vehicle in the pursuit as Dirk continued west for approximately 3.5 miles. Dirk was traveling in his respective lane near the intersection of Hempstead 123 when he met Deputy James Braddock. Who was in a marked patrol unit with emergency lights and siren on.
Dirk veered his vehicle into Deputy Braddock's lane of travel, running Deputy Braddock into the ditch. Dirk then gave a signal as if he were going to stop his vehicle. Dirk's vehicle slowed to approximately 20 miles per hour Inv. Dorman sped around him and guided his vehicle over to the shoulder. At that time Dirk's vehicle accelerated slightly as it hit the rear of Dorman’s vehicle.
Inv. Dorman noticed that there was another police unit behind Dirk's vehicle Dorman stopped his vehicle and exited with his patrol rifle. Inv. Dorman ordered Dirk out of the vehicle several times but he refused to exit. Inv. Dorman assisted Dirk out of the vehicle onto the pavement with the assistance of Investigator Justin Crane. Deputies did find one firearm inside his vehicle.
Dirk continued resist arrest, Chief Deputy Miller and Inv. Crane attempted place handcuffs on Dirk. Dirk continued to resist the Deputies and Inv. Crane and Chief Miller had to physically place Dirk's hands behind his back to get him into custody. Dirk was transported to the HCDF where he is facing charges of Felony Fleeing, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement officer and possession of Firearms by Certain Persons.
The above incident was in connection to a call investigators received earlier in the day about Dirk, being involved in the drug trade, but also using methamphetamine by means of injecting it with a diabetic needle.
Investigators were concerned for the safety of the reporting party because investigators had been receiving information about Dirk selling narcotics, mainly methamphetamine and that he was also using it. Investigators had received information about Dirk being in possession of some firearms and explained to the calling party that Dirk was a convicted felon, so he couldn't possess any firearms.
The reporting party then requested that law enforcement officers search her residence and shop building for anything illegal. Inv. Crane then obtained a consent to search form and followed the reporting party to her residence.
Inv. Crane along with Investigators Gary Dorman, Investigator Jeremy McBride, then went to a residence on Rosston Road where they met with the reporting party. Inv. Crane read aloud the consent form to the reporting party who was in charge of the home. The reporting party signed the form granting consent to search the property. The reporting party unlocked the residence and let the investigators inside.
Investigators located a nickel plated 32. caliber Cobra derringer handgun in the top drawer of the bedside table. The gun was loaded with two live rounds of ammunition.
Investigators proceeded to the shop building located behind the residence that the reporting party had access to. The reporting party unlocked the master lock, opened the lock hasp and then opened the door allowing investigators to accompany them inside. Once inside the shop Inv. Crane could see part of a gun stock exposed behind a wooden truss above the shop door. Inv. Crane then removed it and determined it was a Taurus Circuit Judge 45. caliber rifle. The rifle was loaded with five live rounds of ammunition. Inv. Crane also noticed a white plastic bag exposed above the doorway. The bag contained six empty diabetic needles and one diabetic needle containing an unknown clear liquid.
Investigators obtained a warrant of arrest for Dirk Milburn on Two Felony Counts of Possession of Firearms by Certain persons. When Inv. Dorman tried to Stop Dirk that’s when he fled resulting in the above pursuit.
On Monday, October 2, 2017 at approximately 1700 hours, Deputy Reyn Brown received a call from the police dispatcher in reference to a rape that already occurred, located in Hempstead County, Arkansas.
Upon arrival he met with the mother of the male victim who was at the time of the incident 13 years old. During the course of the investigation the juvenile disclosed that he been over at 43-year-old Bobby Bailey’s home. The juvenile stated that during the time he was at Bailey’s home, Bailey gave him Methamphetamine by way of snorting, smoking and injecting it into his body.
The juvenile disclosed that during the time he was he was under the influence of the Methamphetamine Bailey would have the juvenile preform sex acts. The juvenile stated that on one occasion Bailey videotaped the sex acts with a cell phone.
Investigators confiscated a Cell phone and obtained a search warrant to examine the cell phone for evidence of a crime.
Bailey has been in custody at the Hempstead County Detention since July 19, 2017 on a unrelated charge of failure to appear. Investigators have charged Bailey with SEXUAL INDENCY WITH CHILD, SEXUAL ASSAULT 2ND DEGREE, RAPE, and INTRODUCING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE INTO ANOTHER’S BODY.
He is being held for a first appearance on the new charges.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Recognizes Hempstead County Chief Deputy Sheriff T.P. “Mickey” Atkinson for his fifty (50) years of dedicated Law Enforcement Service to the State of Arkansas.
Chief Atkinson was recognized at the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit held at Camp Robinson Tuesday October 3, 2017. He was named Law Enforcement of the Year for Hempstead County by Attorney General Rutledge.
T.P. “Mickey” Atkinson began his career in February of 1967... as a Deputy Sheriff for Desha County Sheriff Robert Moore until the Sheriff’s death in a 1974 motor vehicle accident. Atkinson then served as City Marshall for Arkansas City, Arkansas until 1977.
Atkinson was hired as a patrol officer for the City of McGehee, Arkansas in 1977, where he served in various positions including Chief of Police. Atkinson accepted a position from Sheriff Jerry Crane in 1993 as an Investigator for the Hempstead County Sheriff’s office where he served until December 31, 2010.
Sheriff James Singleton appointed Atkinson as his Chief Deputy on January 1, 2011 and he remains in that position at this time.
Chief Atkinson is a shining example as to what a dedicated Law Enforcement Officer strives to be during their career. Most officers are looking forward to just putting in enough time to get a retirement and then move on to other things, Not Chief Atkinson, he remains dedicated to not only the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office but to the entire Law Enforcement Profession.
Congratulations, Chief Atkinson,
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
“IN GOD WE TRUST”
Prostitution, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Solicitation, False Imprisonment 1st Degree
On September 26, 2017 at approximately 0320 hours, Deputy Loe was dispatched to the 300 block of Hempstead 36 in reference to reports of a female shooting at a male.
Upon arrival, Deputy Aaron and Loe stopped at the Spring Hill Store due to a vehicle being parked on the property that was more than likely related to the incident. Upon investigating the vehicle, an individual was discovered sleeping in the back of the vehicle. I then made contact with the person who stated that he had given his friend Bailey Gibbs a ride from Texarkana to that location in order for her to meet with a friend.
The Person stated that he had been waiting for her to return for approximately 3 hours, and did not know where she went. The person stated that Bailey had gotten into a white truck with an unknown individual and headed down Hempstead 36 and that was the last time he had seen or heard from her.
Deputies continued down Hempstead 36 in order to make contact with the caller, Chad Bunnell. Deputies located Chad in the 300 block of Hempstead 36 holding a flashlight. Chad stated that he was supposed to hang out with Bailey at his house, and that after she got there, she stole $600 from him and was trying to get away.
Chad stated that she was running down Hempstead 36 while he was following her, and she began to shoot at him. Chad stated that Bailey fired between 5 and 6 shots at him, some of the rounds striking the pavement causing shrapnel to hit his hand and arm. Chad stated that at that time, he lost sight of Bailey after she went up to a residence knocking on the door. Chad stated that Bailey was still in there at that time.
Deputies proceeded to a residence on Hempstead 36. Upon arrival, Deputy Loe was met at the door by Bailey, Deputy Loe asked Bailey if she had any weapons on her and she advised that she did not and that the gun was in the kitchen on the table. Deputy Loe then followed Bailey inside the house where he then took possession of a Silver/Red SCCY CPX-1 9mm semi-automatic handgun two additional live rounds that were inside her bag, and six $100 bills that were inside Bailey's sock.
Deputy Loe asked Bailey what was happening and she advised that she had met Chad online and that she was supposed to meet him tonight at the Spring Hill Store in order for her to go home with him and have sexual intercourse with him for money. Bailey stated that when entered Chad's truck, he handed her $600 as payment for the sex. Bailey stated that they then went to his house and had sexual intercourse.
Bailey stated that at that time, she wanted to go back to her friend and go home, but Chad insisted that he had paid for her to stay the whole evening. Bailey stated that Chad let her in his vehicle, but that he wouldn't take her back to her friend's vehicle. Bailey stated that multiple times he would act like he was headed back, only to quickly turn around. Bailey stated that one of the times he was turning around, she jumped out of the vehicle and started running.
Bailey stated that she initially hid behind a car trying to wait for him to pass, but then she realized she was at the house right next door to his. Bailey then stated that she then tried to sneak past Chad, but he saw her and began to chase her. Bailey said that she yelled at him to leave her alone and that she didn't know him like that, but that Chad kept chasing her. Bailey stated that she then produced her firearm and began to fire it at Chad. Bailey stated that she then made it to the residence she was currently in and began knocking on the door trying to get someone to answer.
Deputy Loe made contact with the homeowner who stated that she was asleep when she heard very loud banging on her door. She stated that she saw that it was a young female who appeared to be alone, so she opened the door. The homeowner stated that while Bailey was sitting at the kitchen table, she took some sort of pill.
Deputy Loe placed Bailey Gibbs under arrest for Prostitution and Aggravated Assault, Deputy Aaron the placed Chad Bunnell under arrest for Sexual Solicitation and False Imprisonment 1st. Both were taken to HCDF to await a first court appearance.
On September 19, 2017, Investigators arrested Ashley Dickerson age 28 of Hope, Arkansas for Residential Burglary, Theft of Property, and Breaking and Entering. She was transported to the HCDF and is awaiting a first Court Appearance.
Arrest for Residential Burglary/Possession of Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
On September 18, 2017 at approximately 1830 hours, Cody McMorris age 28 of Hope, Arkansas was arrested on a felony warrant for Residential Burglary.
While placing Cody under arrest, Deputies observed a clear zip lock bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana sitting right beside where Cody's phone was. The marijuana was seized at this time.
Deputies conducted a search of Cody's person. During the search deputies located what appeared to be a homemade marijuana pipe in his front right pocket.
Cody was transported to the HCDF where he was charged with Residential Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cody will be held for 1st court appearance.