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Number of arrests in Greene County murder rises to 5

Number of arrests in Greene County murder rises to 5

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PARAGOULD — Four people are now in custody in connection with the murder of a man earlier this week in Greene County.

According to a media release from Greene County Sheriff Steve Franks, Daniel Mangrum, 41, Benjamin Davis, 33, Ashley Hamilton, 39, all of Jonesboro and Brittany Goodman, 34, of Paragould were all arrested Thursday in connection with the homicide.

Mangrum and Davis were arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, while Hamilton and Goodman were arrested on suspicion of hindering apprehension in the case.

Mangrum and Davis were being held Thursday without bond, while a $100,000 cash bond was set for Hamilton and Goodman in the case.

All four people are expected to appear in Greene County Circuit Court Feb. 19. Franks said Greene County deputies and special agents with the Arkansas State Police are investigating the case.

Greene County deputies went to a home at 302 Greene 702 Monday evening after getting a call about a possible murder.

The body of Michael Dewayne Nix, 33, was found at the home. Authorities have also arrested Kevin Dale Brady, 54, of Jonesboro on suspicion of first-degree murder in the case.

Nix’s body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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LITTLE ROCK — The FBI Little Rock, FBI Dallas, FBI Oklahoma City along with Benton Police Department and Conway Police Department conducted a joint investigation that led to the arrest of four Texas me Thursday

on federal charges stolen money as well as conspiring to transport stolen money, said a press release from the Office of United Attorney of Eastern District of Arkansas.

Antonio Denard Few, 34, Christopher Landelle Burns, 31, James Darron Miller, Jr., 32, and Steven Jadon Williams, 39, were charged by a grand jury in an indictment handed down on Jan.7.

Authorities say the indictment stems from a scheme in which the defendants targeted ATMs located in Walmart Neighborhood Market Stores in Conway and Benton, as well as locations in Oklahoma including Edmond, Oklahoma City, and Broken Arrow.

The indictment alleges that from December 2018 through January 2019, the men rented vehicles to drive from Dallas to Oklahoma and Arkansas in order to break into Walmart Neighborhood Market stores to steal or break into ATMs. The defendants allegedly utilized tools and bought gloves and clothing to conceal their identity while they conducted the break-ins, and they communicated by cell phone to orchestrate the robberies.

The men are charged with two counts of transporting $5,000 or more of stolen money, approximately $15,000 cash and a currency counter, and multiple crowbars, bolt cutters, and heavy gauge cables with hooks.

Officials say in the release that the penalty for transporting stolen money is not more than ten years’ imprisonment, and the penalty for conspiracy to transport stolen money is not more than five years’ imprisonment.

The charges carry potential penalties of not more than three years of supervised release and not more than a $250,000 fine. ***

Jonesboro K-9 officer passes away

JONESBORO— The Jonesboro Police Department announced today that one of their K-9 officers ‘Gabo’ has passed away.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of JPD K-9 Gabo this evening,” said the JPD in a release. “Gabo served the Jonesboro Police Department for seven years, since 2012, and was assigned to his handler Inv Erik Johnson the entire time.”

Gabo and Johnson specialized in narcotics detection, patrol work, tracking, building search, handler protection and suspect apprehension.

Most notably, Gabo assisted in a SWAT callout on Dec. 11, 2018 where he was shot five times at point-blank range. A bullet- and stab-proof vest presented to him by Vested Interest in K9s stopped the bullet that would have been fatal. Gabo returned to duty just two months later and didn’t skip a beat in working alongside his partner.”

Gabo was awarded a Medal of Valor for his courageous service and actions.

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