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Assault — Jonathan Daniel Rudder, 37, of 1120 Damron Road, Yuma, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and domestic assault following an August 20 incident at this home.
According to the report by Deputy Cody Walker, deputies went to Rudder’s residence to a call from Rudder’s wife, Stacie Rudder, who said that her husband had locked her out of the house and was “tearing up stuff” inside the residence. Deputies spoke with Mr. Rudder, who said that he and his wife were arguing and that there had been no physical contact. Deputies left but returned a few minutes later when Mrs. Rudder called and said that her husband had choked her and then left in a red Honda. Authorities later found and arrested Mr. Rudder at a convenience store in Parker’s Crossroads.
Stolen Property — Billy Cruse, 48, of Sugar Tree was recently arrested on various charges, including motor vehicle theft.
According to the report by Sgt. Scotty Davis, he and Lt. Ricky Pafford with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department went to a residence on Moore Creek Road in Buena Vista on August 13 to investigate a case of property stolen from Benton County. The officers spoke with the property owner, who said that Cruse had brought several items to his house and left them. While looking through the articles for stolen property, officers identified a stolen whiskey still, took possession of it, and took it back to the owner. Around that time the property owner discovered that Cruse had taken a green Chrysler PT Cruiser from his auto repair shop without his consent. Davis noted that Cruse used that vehicle to flee from police in Decatur County, but he was later arrested and the vehicle was recovered.
Theft, Vandalism — On August 26, Amber Griffin called the Sheriff’s Department, stating sometime over the past couple of days someone came onto her property at 2521 Maytown Road, broke down the gates across the driveway, broke into a storage building, and took two leather saddles and bridles valued at $200. Damage to the gate and door was estimated at $125.
Unlawful Firearm — Michael Wayne Hilliard, 33, of 125 Holcomb Road, Hollow Rock, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during an August 23 traffic stop in Hollow Rock.
According to the report by Deputy Cody Walker, he pulled over a pickup truck driven by Hilliard after observing the vehicle run a stop sign. Hilliard was behaving nervously, and when asked if he had anything illegal in the vehicle, he said “no,” but then denied Walker’s request to search the vehicle. K-9 Officer Michael Krause was already at the scene with his dog, and the dog indicated on the truck. While searching the vehicle, officers found a 22-caliber Ruger handgun under the backseat. Due to previous felony convictions prohibiting Hilliard from possessing a firearm, Walker placed Hilliard under arrest and transported him to the Carroll County Jail.
Drug Violations — Jonathan Palmer Hill, 40, of 77 May Street, McKenzie, was arrested August 24 for drug/narcotics violations.
According to the report by Deputy Michael Krause, deputies went to 12415 Highway 70 in Cedar Grove to serve an arrest warrant and found Hill sitting on the front porch. Deputies noticed Hill holding something in his hand, which turned out to be the kind of glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine. When asked, Hill permitted deputies to search his bags, and during that search, deputies found two plastic bags containing a substance that field-tested positive for meth.