On May 29th, 2019, at 5:00am The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department responded to the area of Oak Hollow Place in reference to suspicious circumstances where the 911 caller advised he observed a group of males walking around looking in vehicles parked in the area. The 911 caller additionally gave dispatchers a description of the vehicle associated with the group of males. TAPD Corporal John Gibbert located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Ramble Wood and Trinity Blvd. During this incident TAPD began to receive several 911 calls of vehicle burglary and theft from the area of where the incident began in the Woodline Addition. The investigation subsequently led to the arrest of 5 juvenile males, ages 15-17, all charged with 8 counts of vehicle burglary and property theft.
In every one of these cases the vehicles were left unlocked. We are asking that all of our citizens become persistent in locking their vehicles. Ensuring all valuable items are not located inside the vehicle in plain sight. And remember if you see something, say something! Call 911 immediately if you hear any type of activity that sounds suspicious or unusual in anyway. Continue Reading →
On Saturday, April 27th, 2019 the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, Miller County Sheriff Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Miller County Prosecutor’s Office participated in the April Drug Take Back Day. We would like to share with you that over 80 pounds of prescription medication was collected from that event alone. In combination with the medications collected since the October 2018 Drug Take Back and with the new local drop off box locations, this brings our medication collection total to over 320 pounds in 6 months’ time. That is a phenomenal accomplishment when comparing this number to the previous amount of 342 pounds collected in the entire years’ time before the new local drop off box locations were available. We have collected twice the amount of medications in much less time.
Keep it up Texarkana! Bring your medications for disposal to any of our three drop off box locations; Bi-State Justice building (100 North State Line Avenue), Miller County Sheriff Office (2300 East Street), Texarkana Emergency Center (4646 Cowhorn Creek)
It is important to know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications and over the counter drugs from the homes of our citizens. It matters not whose name is on the prescription, by whom it was prescribed, where it was prescribed, or where you reside. We stress that it makes no difference if you live in Texas or Arkansas. Continue Reading →
Sadly, the victim in this case was pronounced dead at 5:10pm, yesterday evening at Arkansas children’s hospital. Currently, TAPD Detectives are at the Arkansas State Crime lab awaiting autopsy results. The course of this investigation led Detectives to an overwhelming amount of abuse of not only the deceased but also of her 2-year-old brother. At this time, McKenna Cawley has been charged with Capital Murder and Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree. Everette Cawley has been charged with 2 counts of permitting the abuse of a minor. TAPD will continue working with the Prosecutor on any additional charges. The Arkansas Department of Child Protective Services have been working diligently to ensure the safety of the toddler and infant.
The month of April is Child abuse awareness month. We encourage you to wear blue on Friday, April 10th, in honor of this deceased child and all other children who have suffered abuse. Miller County currently has only 4 foster parent homes. Continue Reading →
Congratulations to Sergeant Devin Warner for receiving the Criminal Investigation Division Bulldog of the Year Award. Sgt. Warner was selected after being nominated by peers, subordinates, and supervisors alike for the leadership role he has taken since assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in 2010. During his tenure, Sgt. Warner has worked on a myriad of cases, from the simplest misdemeanor theft, to the most severe felony offenses. Continue Reading →
On the 18th day of March 2019, at 0840 hours, a citizen at the Bi-State Justice Center (100 North Stateline Ave.) observed what they believed to be a suspicious package on the northeast corner of the Bi-State Jail. They immediately reported the package at which time the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department responded. Upon arrival, officers located a small package with three glass cylinders inside. The cylinders had unknown writing or symbols written on the outside and an unknown substance was inside with what appeared to be wires extending from the base. The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department immediately secured the area, and issued an evacuation notice for the Bi-State Justice Building, as well as, surrounding businesses. Continue Reading →
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Two officers. Sergeant Scott Megason has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Megason began his career with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in March of 1992. During his years in Law Enforcement Lt. Megason has been assigned as an officer and supervisor in the Patrol Division, Services Division, Special Operations Section, and the Criminal Investigation Division.
Lt. Megason served as a Field Training Officer, member of the Advisory Board, Coordinator for the Explorer Program, as well as the Public Information Officer for the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. Additionally, Lt. Megason serves as a coordinator for the Hostage Negotiation Team for TAPD SWAT team. Lt. Megason holds a Senior Law Enforcement Certificate and has received numerous letters of accommodation and appreciation. Including recipient of the Life Saving Award. His promotion date is as follows; promoted to Lieutenant (effective) 12/30/18. Continue Reading →
Between 12-13-18 and 12-14-18 there was a major theft from a ranch in the Bassett area, west of Simms, TX. The following items were stolen:
2017 Circle K 20’ gooseneck trailer, 2014 Big Tex 32’ gooseneck trailer, a 2019 Polaris HiLifter Ranger 1000 ATV, a 2016 camo Polaris Ranger 900cc ATV, a yellow 2006 Honda Foreman 4 wheeler, an orange Kubota 9960 m5-091 tractor, an orange Kubota 7060 tractor , an orange Kubota SVL 90 skid steer, a Weatherby .270 rifle with Swarovski scope, an FN .308 cal rifle with IRMK 3x 35 thermal scope, a Benelli M-2 shotgun, and multiple implements for above tractors and skid steer (2 augers, boom mower, tree sheer, pallet forks, grapple, 2 mower attachment ) . If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Investigator David Biggar or Investigator Chad Ford at the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office. Continue Reading →
Early Friday morning, on December 14th, 2018, TAPD Officers Richard Conkleton and Dylan McCrary were traveling from Texarkana to the Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) in Camden, Arkansas, for graduation after 13 weeks of training.
On their journey, at 6:30am, as the Officers entered Ouachita County on HWY 278 West, they observed a small vehicle off the roadway in a large culvert. Due to the weather conditions, heavy downpour rains and flooding, it was extremely difficult to see the vehicle from the roadway. Officers approached the vehicle and determined a female was trapped inside, unable to get out from mud and water pushing on the doors. While Officer McCrary worked on getting the woman out of the vehicle, Officer Conkleton drove down the road to search for cell phone service to call 911 for assistance. Eventually officers were able to get the woman out the vehicle safely, where she was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.
Due to the officers attention to detail by observing a barely visible vehicle in a ditch with rising water off the roadway and in the pouring rain, they were able to assist a female that without there help may have been a grave situation.
Once Ouachita County Sherriff arrived on scene, the officers continued their journey to ALETA, where they were able to clean up and graduate on time. Continue Reading →
Bowie County: Jeffrey K. Neal, Chief Deputy of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 82 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. The program concluded on September 28, 2018 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University. Continue Reading →
Bowie County, TX: The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the launch of our new public access portal for jail records. This portal allows the public to view jail records including, charges, bonds and mug shots from any computer where they can access the internet. Links to our new portal have been added to Bowie County’s website under the Sheriff’s tab as well as the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office App. A computer has also been placed just outside of the front window of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office on the third floor of the Bi-State Building where any citizen can access these records. We hope this upgrade in technology serves our citizens well. Continue Reading →