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Western District of Arkansas

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  • February 14, 2014 - The U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Arthur James Dicken of Garfield, Arkansas on charges stemming from firearm violations. Dicken was wanted by the Carson City, Nevada Sheriff's Office for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony.

  • February 01, 2012 - Operation SAFE GATEWAY was a joint agency focus to validate the addresses provided by registered sex offenders. SAFE GATEWAY allowed law enforcement to validate information provided by sex offenders during the registration and periodic re-registration requirements under Arkansas State Law.

  • October 13, 2011 - Operation SAFE SCARE is a joint agency focus to validate the addresses provided by registered sex offenders. Halloween is a time when many children are on the streets going door-to-door trick-or-treating and are vulnerable to sexual predators. The aim of SAFE SCARE is to keep our kids safe so they can enjoy Halloween and being a kid. SAFE SCARE allows law enforcement to validate information provided by sex offenders during the registration and periodic re-registration requirements under Arkansas State Law.

  • February 28, 2011 - Long sought after fugitive Gary Wilson was arrested in Oklahoma on Friday, February 25, 2011, by local authorities. Wilson was arrested at a residence located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which is located in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. Members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Eastern Oklahoma U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Wilson. Wilson was wanted on rape charges stemming from an investigation conducted by the Arkansas State Police.

  • May 24, 2010 - The Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force announce the arrest of Jerome M. Porter, 41, who was wanted on three counts of rape and one count of Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree by Washington County, Arkansas. Porter had been on the run since September of 2005.

  • March 18, 2010 - A 17 year old juvenile, believed to be associated with a violent gang organization in the Northwest Arkansas area, was arrested in Springdale following an all night standoff. The Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force was asked to assist the Springdale Police Department, an active partner of the task force, in locating and apprehending the male juvenile. He was wanted for Aggravated Assault, Battery 3rd Degree, and Engaging in Violent Criminal Group Activity.

  • February 11, 2010 - This morning, a Deputy U. S. Marshal and several sworn Task Force Officers attached to the U. S. Marshals Service Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force were investigating a fugitive lead from the Gulf Coast region. Louis Elliott, age 33, died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head from a handgun. Elliott was wanted in Shelby County, Alabama for felony charges of failing to appear on the original charge of sexual solicitation of a child by computer.

  • December 18, 2009 - The U. S. Marshals Service and the Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force recently surpassed a monumental mark. “This month marks 1000 fugitive arrests for the task force,” said Deputy U. S. Marshal Dewaine Allen. The Task Force began its work in November 2007, with a grant of more than $500,000. The grant was written and is administered by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, but funding is close to an end.

  • October 02, 2009 - Troy Wayne Fletcher, a federal fugitive on the run for three years, was captured by U.S. Marshals Service. Fletcher was indicted on child pornography charges in the Western District of Arkansas in November of 2006. Fletcher was on a home detention monitor while awaiting trial. Fletcher cut the monitor off and went on the run in December of 2006.

  • October 02, 2009 - The Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force arrested Terry Hayes, 41, in the Gravette, Arkansas area this morning after an exhaustive man hunt. On September 28, 2009, a federal warrant was issued for Hayes’ arrest for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

  • September 21, 2009 - On September 17, 2009, Keith A. McGarry (41 years of age) and Jeremy Estes (37 years of age) were indicted in the Western District of Arkansas on federal charges related to the receipt and possession of sexually explicit materials involving children.

  • June 11, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals Service and the Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender & Violent Crime Task Force announce its new FUSION Center for sex offenders. In May 2009, the NWA Task Force relocated from its Springdale location to the new U. S. Marshals Service office located in the Federal Building at 35 E. Mountain Street, Fayetteville. The new location now offices the NWA Fugitive Task Force and the FUSION Center, which enables sex offenders throughout Northwest Arkansas to report to a central location for registration, address changes, and other updates.

  • April 22, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announce the arrest of Donna Wilson Hanna, age 47. Hanna was arrested on federal charges of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, which is directly associated with Hanna’s State charges of Interference with Custody, a class D Felony in Arkansas. At the time of arrest, Hanna’s daughter was placed in the custody of a court appointed attorney. Hanna had been on the run since March 29, 2009, when she fled Arkansas with her daughter.

  • April 21, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals Service, Western Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force, announce the arrest of Jason Foerster, age 34. On April 20, 2009, Investigators with the Task Force received a tip indicating Foerster, who was wanted for a Federal Parole Violation resulting in a recent arrest by the Fort Smith Police Department. On March 14, 2009 Foerster was arrested by the Fort Smith Police Department and charged with Robbery, Fleeing, Loitering and Carrying a Weapon.

  • April 17, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals Service, Western Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force, announce the arrest of Rex Ellis Allen, age 49. At approximately 7:30 p.m. on April 16, 2009, Investigators with the Task Force developed information indicating Allen, who was wanted for Parole Violations - Petition to Revoke his Suspended Sentence and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, was in Mountainburg, Arkansas.

  • April 11, 2009 - A major fugitive wanted on outstanding state charges for Child Abduction has been arrested by a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Kansas City, Missouri. Kathleen Mitchell was being sought on warrants issued in Crawford County, Arkansas charging her with Failure to Appear and a Body Attachment Order. In August of 2007, Mitchell was granted her first non-supervised weekend visit with her two children since they were placed into the custody of the State of Arkansas in June of 2006. At that time, Mitchell abducted the two children and left the area with the children and has been on the run since that time.

  • April 09, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals and Arkansas Department of Community Corrections, a member of the River Valley Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force, announce the arrest of Donald Dwyer, age 32.  At approximately 12:30 a.m. on April 8, 2009, the River Valley Task Force developed information indicating Dwyer, wanted for 2 counts of rape on a minor, was in Fort Smith.  B

  • April 06, 2009 - The U.S. Marshals and Benton County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force, announce the arrest of Jeremy Daniel Stewart, age 25. Stewart was arrested on April 2, 2009, in Bentonville, Arkansas just hours after the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a credible tip from Texas regarding Stewart’s whereabouts.

 
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