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JEFF CO: MAN CAUGHT ON VIDEO HIDING CONTRABAND INSIDE WALLS OF JAIL

Photo's taken from video surveillance footage of suspect smuggling contraband inside Jeff Co. Jail through outside walls.

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

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870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFF CO: MAN CAUGHT ON VIDEO HIDING CONTRABAND INSIDE WALLS OF JAIL: Jefferson County, Arkansas - August 9, 2018 – Jail surveillance video captured a man stashing contraband in the exterior walls of the Jefferson County Jail (W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center).

 

“A review of video surveillance by jail staff revealed an unidentified man running along the sidewalk near the jail. The man was holding several unknown packages and what appeared to be a metal rod, which he used to carve out expansion foam between the concrete columns along the exterior walls of the jail” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. said.

 

Although recorded on video surveillance, the suspect’s moves went undetected by the jails main control operator.

 

“Contraband not only threatens the safety and security of our jail for staff but also other detainees. It causes an increased risk to our staff and detainees. When the contraband is illegal drugs, that risk is even higher and the security of our facility has the potential to be compromised. These items can also easily become the catalyst for violence when they are used for bartering or when they are stolen by other detainees,” Woods said.

 

Furnishing contraband including drugs, weapons, and cellular telephones inside a detention or correctional facility is strictly prohibited. Pursuant to Arkansas law, furnishing or providing a weapon, intoxicating beverage, controlled substance, moneys, a cellular telephone or other communication device, the components of a cellular telephone or other communication device, or any other items that would facilitate an escape is a Class B felony and carries a minimum sentence of five years, but no more than 20 years.

 

Woods said that the sheriff’s office and the jails administrative staff have worked extremely hard over the years to implement new security protocols and systems to combat the issue with contraband being introduced into their detention facility. “We also recognize that criminals have 24-hours a day to come up with ways to counter our efforts. We remain dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of our jail and those who sworn to oversee its daily operations.”

 

Woods was very vocal in saying that detainees and/or individuals caught possessing or furnishing any prohibited items will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest intent of the law.

 

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect shown in the jail video surveillance footage is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or 24/7 at (870) 541-5300. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case. 

 

 

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JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF HUSBAND SHOT BY WIFE

 

Patricia Hill, (left) and her husband, Frank Hill 

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF HUSBAND SHOT BY WIFE: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 28, 2018 – a Jefferson County woman has been charged with murder after her husband was found dead.

 

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. advised that 69-year-old Patricia Hill has been arrested and charged with capital murder after her husband, 65-year-old Frank Hill was found dead.

 

A dispatcher from Jefferson County’s Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association (MEAC) received a 911 call from Patricia Hill, who stated that she had shot her husband.

 

Deputies responded to 3801 Donaldson Lane in Jefferson County and found Patricia Hill standing in the front yard. Hill was immediately detained until investigators arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, the body of Frank Hill was located by deputies and investigators on the floor inside a utility shed on the property. Frank Hill had suffered at least two gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body.

 

Paramedics from the Emergency Ambulance Services, Incorporated (EASI) were notified and arrived on scene; however, Frank Hill was pronounced dead a short time later as a result of his injuries.

 

“Patricia Hill was transported by our criminal investigators to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, where a custodial interview was conducted after investigators advised Mrs. Hill of her constitutional rights. Mrs. Hill waived her rights and agreed to speak with investigators,” Major Woods said.

 

“During the interview, Mrs. Hill admitted to investigators that she arrived home and at some point walked to the utility shed on the property to confront her husband. Mrs. Hill told investigators that there had never been any physical altercations between her and her husband. However, Mrs. Hill stated that she disagreed with her husband’s purchase of video pornography via the television guide, which she cancelled upon discovering the purchase but Mr. Hill managed to place a subsequent order. Mrs. Hill stated that she entered the shed and asked her husband to leave but he refused. Mrs. Hill admitted that she then returned inside the residence, where she armed herself with a .22 caliber pistol. She went back to the shed a short time later, where she entered and shot her husband twice, striking him once in the leg and once in the head. Immediately following the shooting, Mrs. Hill stated that she returned inside the residence, where she returned the weapon and called 911 to report the shooting.”

Patricia Hill is currently being held at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center without bond on felony probable cause for capital murder in the shooting death of her husband. Hill will remain in custody pending the scheduling of her first court appearance.

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AMNESTY DAYS OFFERED BY COURT

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

AMNESTY DAYS OFFERED BY COURT: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 23, 2018 – Individuals that have unpaid fines can avoid a jail stay through a limited time offer by the Honorable Judge Kim Bridgforth, Jefferson County Division 1 District Judge through a program called "Amnesty Days".  It is estimated that there are hundreds of outstanding warrants for people who failed to appear for court dates, or have overdue fines and costs to pay for misdemeanor offenses in district court.

 

“Beginning Wednesday, July 25th – 27th 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., people will have yet another opportunity to resolve unpaid fines and costs without the fear of being arrested at work, home or during a traffic stop as a result of the issuance of a warrant,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. said.  "Our office is working in conjunction with Judge Bridgforth and her court staff as part of “Amnesty Days.”

 

Amnesty Days was last offered in 2017 and included the following:

Dismissal of misdemeanor arrest warrants Misdemeanor traffic violations Misdemeanor hot check violations Resetting of court proceedings associated with warrants for arrest to include failure to appear and failure to comply

The Amnesty Program allows anyone with ACTIVE WARRANTS to come and pay on their fines without being arrested. The bench warrant fee will be dismissed and a court date will be given to set up a payment plan.

 

“It's beneficial for the county to collect the fines and it's equally beneficial for those who owe money to pay up and work towards clearing their record.  The opportunity to come in without fear of being arrested and be given a second chance does not come often. I believe the judicial system recognizes that sometimes people simply forget about fulfilling their obligations to the courts or just don’t have the money to satisfy their fines. However, in either of those situations, it is best those who find themselves in one or the other to speak with the court directly instead of ignoring the issue. The longer it lingers, the more expensive it gets and it just doesn’t go away."

 

People who do not take advantage of the offer may be subject to additional criminal charges and additional fines and costs for failure to appear in court, failure to obey a court order and/or fines and costs when the warrant is served.

 

 

For questions or more information, please contact

Division 1-Jefferson County District Court

Call (870) 541-4646

223 E. 3rd Avenue

Pine Bluff, AR 71601

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SHERIFF: THIEF STEALS PACKAGE OFF FRONT PORCH, CAUGHT ON CAMERA

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

SHERIFF: THIEF STEALS PACKAGE OFF FRONT PORCH, CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 19, 2018 – A homeowner's security cameras caught a thief stealing a package off his front porch Thursday evening at his residence near W. 12th Avenue and S. Bois D Arc Street in Pine Bluff, AR.

 

Anticipating the delivery, the victim said that he had initially waited for the package to be delivered but have to leave his residence for a brief moment. He returned to his house a short time later and learned through a conversation with a neighbor that the package had been delivered but was picked up by an unknown black male.

 

The victim checked his home security cameras and verified that the package had been delivered by carrier. The camera footage also showed an unknown black male arrive at the residence in what is believed to be a brown early model Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). The thief exited the SUV and walked up to the front porch of the residence, where he proceeded to steal 50” Toshiba flat screen television in broad daylight.

"Some people make planned or targeted attacks in that they follow the delivery trucks to try to see what they are carrying and to see if anybody comes to the door," Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. said.  "We have also seen some random thefts where thieves either drive around various neighborhoods or simply travel on foot looking to capitalize on an opportunity. What is most important is to be on the lookout for your neighbors and watch your surroundings."

The sheriff’s office also said there are other ways to prevent package stealing.

"We recommend residents invest in a home surveillance video for the front of their home and even the rear," Major Woods said. "We also recommend that residents monitor online sales such as Ebay, Craigslist, and Facebook for potential stolen items. Its things like that that residents can do from home at their convenience to look for their items. Our agency and law enforcement agencies alike monitor these sites and other online platforms that offer goods for sale, but certainly the more eyes monitoring increasing the chances of recovery".

Anyone with information concerning this theft or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the non-emergency number (870) 541-5300 24/7 or directly to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Information can also be shared via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed.

 

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UPDATE: VEHICLE OF MURDERED FAULKNER COUNTY WOMEN LOCATED

Missing vehicle of Elvia Fragstein (Photo: KATV Channel 7 News)

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

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UPDATE: VEHICLE OF MURDERED FAULKNER COUNTY WOMEN LOCATED: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 17, 2018 –The missing vehicle belonging to 71-year-old homicide victim Elvia Fragstein has been found.

 

Fragstein’s body on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 was initially found by a motorist in a wooded area along Gibb Anderson Road in Jefferson County. However, Fragstein’s vehicle, a silver Honda CRV with Arkansas license plate 453 TGO was still missing.

 

18-year-old Tacori D Mackrel and a 16-year-old juvenile were both arrested and charged in connection with Fragstein’s disappearance. The juvenile was transported from Jefferson County to Faulkner County on yesterday, while Mackrel awaits transport. Both will likely face additional charges pending formal filing by the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office working with Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Conway Police Department, and Pine Bluff Police began an immediate search for Fragstein’s vehicle.

Sometime following Fragstein’s death, her vehicle was driven to the 300 block of North Elm Street in Pine Bluff, where it was located this morning.

Fragstein’s vehicle has been secured for forensic processing.

“We thank the community for supporting the all the agencies search efforts,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

“This investigation thus far is an example of multiple agencies working together for one common interest, which is to bring individuals to justice and provide a sense of closure for a grieving family. The tragic kidnapping and death of Mrs. Fragstein’s was senseless and although arrests have been made, there are no winners here. Mrs. Fragstein is dead and her family is hurting today and will be for some time to come. Meanwhile, at least two young men have ruined their lives as a direct result of their own individual actions.”

 

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UPDATE: TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DISAPPEARANCE OF FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

UPDATE: TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DISAPPEARANCE OF FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 16, 2018 – Today, two arrests were made in connection with the disappearance of Elvia Fragstein, 71.

 

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Fragstein’s body was discovered by a motorist while traveling along Gibb Anderson Road. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the scene, as did the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Fragstein’s body was sent to the state medical examiner, where an autopsy was performed and revealed that Fragstein died as a result of a homicide.

 

18-year-old Tacori D Mackrel and a 16-year-old juvenile were both arrested and charged with kidnapping and theft of property. The juvenile whose named is not disclosed will likely be charged as an adult pending a decision by the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

Custody of both suspects was transferred to Faulkner County by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, who has worked in conjunction with authorities from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and Conway Police Department during this investigation. Both suspects will remain in custody in Faulkner County pending a court appearance.

 

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office will now serve as the lead agency on the investigation. Meanwhile, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will offer investigative assistance.

 

Fragstein’s vehicle, a silver Honda CRV bearing Arkansas license plate no. 453 TGO was last seen on or about July 7, 2018; however, is still missing.

 

The investigation into the kidnaping and death of Fragstein is still ongoing.  Anyone with information concerning this case or the whereabouts of the vehicle description above is asked to contact one of the following agencies:

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department 501-450-4917

Conway Police Department 501-450-6120

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (Criminal Investigation Division) at (870) 329-5340 24/7 or (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed.

Tacori Mackrel , 18

 

 

 

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UPDATE: BODY FOUND IN JEFF CO. IDENTIFIED AS MISSING FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN

 

 

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

BODY FOUND IN JEFF CO. IDENTIFIED AS MISSING FAULKNER COUNTY WOMAN: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 13, 2018 – The body a Faulkner County woman who is believed to have been abducted from a T.J. Maxx store in Conway, AR was found in a wooded area along Gibb Anderson Road, just south of Grider Field Ladd Road in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

 

The body of 71-year-old Elvia Fragstein was discovered Wednesday by a motorist while traveling along Gibb Anderson Road. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the scene, as did the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Fragstein’s body was sent to the state medical examiner to determine identify along with how she died.

 

“An autopsy was performed and our agency has been provided with the results. However, all that we are able to confirm at this time is the manner (homicide) of Fragstein’s death,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. “Our investigators are still in the early stage of their investigation and it would be counter-productive to publicly discuss any further aspects of this case until we have exhausted all of our leads. Our agency is actively working Fragstein’s death as a homicide.”

 

Fragstein, who was driving a silver Honda CRV with Arkansas license plate no. 453 TGO was last seen on July 7, 2018 at T.J. Maxx store in Conway. Fragstein’s vehicle is still missing. 

 

Anyone with information concerning this case or the whereabouts of the vehicle description above is asked to contact Sergeant Terry Wingard of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 329-5340 24/7 or (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case.

Elvia Fragstein, 71

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JEFF CO. SHERIFFS OFFICE CONDUCTING DEATH INVESTIGATION AFTER BODY FOUND

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a death investigation along Gibb Anderson Road, just south of Grider Field Ladd Road in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

JEFF CO. SHERIFFS OFFICE CONDUCTING DEATH INVESTIGATION AFTER BODY FOUND: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 11, 2018 – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation along Gibb Anderson Road, just south of Grider Field Ladd Road in Jefferson County, Arkansas. The body of an unidentified female was found along the roadside at approximately 10:00 a.m.

 

“When investigators arrived, they did not find a source of identification. Therefore, there is very little information to go on at this time,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.  “Without an autopsy and forensics report from the State Medical Examiner’s Office, our investigators are left to comb through potential missing person’s cases to aid them in determining the identity of the body found."

 

Investigators are also seeking the circumstances of which the person died.  They hope that forensics can shed some light on the identity of the person that was found.

 

“An autopsy will be performed by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018,” said Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley.

 

Anyone with information concerning the possible identity of the person mentioned in this investigation or the circumstances surrounding their death is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or 24/7 at (870) 541-5300. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case. 

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UPDATE: FUGITIVE TASK FORCE, JEFF CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE APPREHEND SUSPECT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

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Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

UPDATE: FUGITIVE TASK FORCE, JEFF CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE APPREHEND SUSPECT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE: Jefferson County, Arkansas - June 27, 2018 – A man sought by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in the murder of two Little Rock men on June 23, 2018 along Highway 15 North in Tucker, AR has been taken into custody in Pine Bluff.

 

U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force along with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigators converged on a residence located within the 700 block of E. 27th Avenue in Pine Bluff just after ten o’clock.

 

27-year-old Joshua Lasley was located at the residence and arrested without incident. Lasley is accused in the shooting deaths of Rodney Scaife, 34 and Trevarland Smith, 34 of Little Rock, AR. The shooting occurred just after 9:00 p.m. on June 23, 2018. Deputies were dispatched to the report of a shooting along Highway 15 North in Tucker, just 30 miles southeast of Little Rock. When deputies and investigators arrived, they found Scaife behind the driver’s wheel and unresponsive. Sciafe had suffered from an apparent gunshot and died on scene.

 

Deputies and investigators also found Smith at the scene. Smith had also been shot and was transported by ambulance to the Jefferson County Regional Medical Center, but died while in transit.

 

Lasley was identified by witnesses as the shooting suspect but fled from the scene immediately following the shooting. He managed to evade authorities until his capture late this evening when U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and sheriff’s investigators conducted surveillance on several known associates of Lasley.

 

“Lasley’s arrest comes as a direct result of another collaborative effort between partnering law enforcement agencies who are all invested in this community and ensuring that those accused of committing crimes are apprehended and brought to justice,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Operations Commander, Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.  

 

Lasley is currently being held without bond at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center on felony probable cause for two counts of murder. Lasley will likely appear before a judge for a first appearance and arraignment hearing on June 28, 2018. 

Joshua LASLEY, 27

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UPDATE: SUSPECT, VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY DOUBLE MURDER

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Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Operation Commander/Public Information Officer

870.541.5351-OFFICE/870.329.5652-CELL

Email: lafayette.woods@jeffcoso.org

UPDATE: SUSPECT, VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY DOUBLE MURDER: Jefferson County, Arkansas - June 23, 2018-Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators have identified the suspect and victims in a double murder overnight Friday along a stretch of highway in Tucker, AR.

 

Just after 9:00 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the report of a shooting along Highway 15 North in Tucker, just 30 miles southeast of Little Rock, Arkansas. When deputies and investigators arrived, they found Rodney Scaife, 34, behind the driver’s wheel and unresponsive. Sciafe had suffered from an apparent gunshot and died on scene.

 

Deputies and investigators also found Trevarland, Smith, 34 at the scene. Smith had also been shot and was transported by ambulance to the Jefferson County Regional Medical Center, but died while in transit.

 

The shooting suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Joshua Lasley of Altheimer, Arkansas. Lasley fleed from the scene immediately following the shooting and is still at-large.  He is being sought by investigators for two counts of murder.  Lasley is considered armed and dangerous.     

 

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Joshua Lasley or this investigation is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or 24/7 at (870) 541-5300. Information can also be provided via email at tips@jeffcoso.org, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller's anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case. 

 

  

Joshua LASLEY, 27

 

Rodney SCIAFE, 34

 

Trevarland SMITH, 34

 

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