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Bi-State Task Force Makes Arrest

On
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at approximately 9:00 am, members of the Bi-State/8th
South Narcotics Task Force, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, Miller County
Sheriff’s Office, Lewisville Police Department and Arkansas State Police executed
a search warrant at a residence located in the 200 block of W 2nd
St, Lewisville, Arkansas. During the search, Investigators located
methamphetamine, ecstasy, morphine, hydrocodone and two firearms. Montreavian
Stevens (22; Lewisville) was arrested and transported to the Lafayette County
Jail. He was booked in on the following charges:

Possession of Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver Sch II-Methamphetamine

Possession of Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver Sch II-Hydrocodone

Possession of Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver Sch II-Morphine

Possession of Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver Sch I-Ecstasy

Simultaneous Possession of Firearms and Drugs

Drug Paraphernalia. 3 Warrants for Delivery of a Controlled Substance Sch II-Methamphetamine 3 Warrants for Use of a Communication Device. The Bi-State/8th South Narcotics Task
Force is made up of investigators from the Texarkana Arkansas Police
Department, Miller County Sherriff’s Office and 8th South Judicial
District Prosecutor’s Office

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Death Investigation at Bi-State Jail

Bowie County Chief Deputy Jeff Neal released the following statement regarding the death of an inmate on July 6, 2019:

On July 6, 2019 Bowie County Deputies Norman Alexander and Ed Steger were dispatched to the Bi-State Jail to assist Life Net personnel. When they arrived, they spoke with a corrections officer who informed them that another inmate had reported that inmate Michael Rodden was hanging in his cell. This corrections officer along with nursing staff entered the cell and administered CPR until Life Net personnel arrived. These attempts to revive Mr. Rodden were unsuccessful. There was nothing found during the initial investigation that indicates Mr. Rodden’s death was anything other than self-inflicted. Continue Reading →

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Vehicle Burglaries and Arrests

Texarkana Arkansas Police

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
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Drug Take Back Day Update

Texarkana Arkansas Police

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
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Update**Arrests Made in Child Abuse Case

Texarkana Arkansas Police

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
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Bulldog Award 2019

Texarkana Arkansas Police

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
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Bi-State Suspicious Package Report

Texarkana Arkansas Police

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
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Texarkana Arkansas Promotes Two Officers

Texarkana Arkansas Police

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
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Bowie County Sheriff Reports Major Tractor and ATV Theft

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 →

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TAPD Recruits Save a Life on the Way to Academy Graduation

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. 
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