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Sheriff and P.C. Visit County Schools

Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office

Media Release

November 13, 2012


The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association teamed up Monday and Tuesday to bring P.C. the talking Patrol Car to Students of the Garrett Memorial Christian School, Spring Hill, and Blevins School’s. The program is designed for K-3 and 4th, 5th, and Sixth Graders, P.C. the Robot Patrol car uses his sense of humor to bring a message on the dangers of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs to the Students.  P.C. the Patrol Car and the Project A.R.K. lecturers travel throughout Arkansas presenting programs to kindergarten through third grade students. P.C. speaks to over 100,000 children each year.

If your school, church or organization is interested in having the team do a program please contact Sheriff James Singleton to arrange a date and time. The Arkansas Sheriff’s Association also has the following programs.


K-3RD GRADE (At Risk Kids)

 Project A.R.K. is a program utilized by the ASA to teach children about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs of abuse.  


4 - 6th Grade (Positive Outlook with Educational Resources)

 P.O.W.E.R. is a special educational program designed especially for individuals in grades four through six. This information focuses on educating these people about the effects and consequences of drug use.


160 Pounds of Marijuana Found inside Bar B Que Smoker on I-30 in Hempstead County

On Tuesday July 10, 2012, at approximately 12:32 P.M. 40 year old JENARO ZUNIGA of Dallas, Texas and 40 year old JOSE DEJESUS DUARTE of Duncanville, Texas were booked into the Hempstead County Detention on charges of Possession with Purpose to deliver after approximately 160 pounds of marijuana was found in a Bar B Que Smoker being pulled by 1999 Ford F-350 Dually occupied by the two near the 23 Mile marker Eastbound on I -30.


A.S.P. Trooper Adam Pinner conducted a traffic stop at approximately 9:00 A.M. on the 1999 Ford F-350 and called deputies to assist. Inv. Gary Dorman and Captain Frank Mc Junkins responded to Pinners location.


After being advised by Pinner of his discovery Inv. Dorman and Mc Junkins drove the truck back to the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Sallyport where it could be inventoried.


After the marijuana was inventoried it was taken by Inv. Dorman and Trooper Pinner to the Crime Lab at the UACCH campus.   


The truck and smoker were seized and stored in the Sheriff’s Impound Yard at the Detention Center.  


Both Zungia and Duarte are being held at the HCDC pending a First Court Appearance

Sheriff Puts New Rescue Boat into Service



Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton put the County’s new Rescue boat into service last week. The 2012, 17 ½ foot aluminum boat was custom built for Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office by Legend Craft and designed and purchased from Rothwell Marine of Hope, Arkansas.

It Is equipped with a 60 horse power Mercury outboard motor a Hummingbird side scan sonar, GPS, front, rear, and side LED observation spot lights, PA System, Siren, Emergency lights, 17 ½ foot Diamond trailer, two pontoons in the rear for easy access from the water and a soft top.

The boat was paid for with a $17,775.00   grant from Homeland Security through the Office of Emergency Services.  

The boat will be used for search and rescue and patrolling the 13.9 miles of Lake Millwood that is in Hempstead County.

Another $18,000.00 dollar grant will pay to train and certify several divers. The Divers all volunteers will be made up of Firemen from several of the rural fire departments in the county, Fulltime and Reserve Deputies, and a couple of Hope Police Officers. Upon completion of the Dive Training they will be certified as Rescue Divers.

The Boat has a state of the art sonar system and GPS, the side scan sonar will enable Deputies to not only see what is directly beneath them it will also enable them to see underwater on each side and to the rear of the boat. The GPS will let the Deputies plot coordinates and mark areas to be search and areas already searched. The lights in the front, rear, and side are LED so they will not pull as much power

 From the battery allowing for longer lighting at night.  The boat will also be equipped with county and AWIN radios to allow communication with other agencies.

This project has been in the works for about two years and would not have been possible without the help of our County OES Coordinator Jessica Hardin who helped us apply and get the Grants for this equipment and training.  This will be a valuable asset to the County for a long time to come.

Along with the Boat we applied to the Defense Reutilization Program and received a 1987 Military HUMVEE to be used in Search and Rescue operations. The Sheriff’s office was able to obtain the vehicle at a cost of $292.00 (Two Hundred Ninety Two Dollars). It will also be used to tow the boat. 



Hempstead County Investigators are seeking any information on the whereabouts of 58 year old Joseph Christopher Cowart of Hope who has not been seen or heard of since Tuesday May 15, 2012.  

On 05/20/12 Deputies were dispatched to 3096 Highway 174 south in reference to Cowarts uncle not being able to make contact with his nephew,  Joseph Christopher Cowart.  Who is described as a white male, 6’ Tall, 195 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes. Unknown clothing.

Upon arrival Deputies met with Cowarts uncle. Who stated that he hasn't talked to his nephew, Joseph Christopher Cowart since Tuesday, 05/15/2012.

The uncle said that he went to his residence located at 3096 highway 174 south around 1730 hours, knocked on his door and got no answer. He said that he left the residence and returned home to attempt to contact Christopher by telephone.  .

The uncle said that Christopher's truck was still parked under the carport. And the doors to the house and truck were locked. The uncle entered the house and observed that Christopher was not in it. And they walked around the yard and checked the buildings around the house but he was nowhere to be found. The uncle said that he talks to Christopher daily and it was not like him not to call him back when he called.  

Christopher Cowart has been entered in NCIC/ACIC as a missing person.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Cowart is asked to contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727.


The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information on the whereabouts of 31 year old Casey Clark; Clark of Fulton, Arkansas has not been seen or heard from since March 27, 2012.

Below is the original BOLO. Anyone having information or that has been in contact with Casey Clark is asked to call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division @ 870-777-6727 or contact the Sheriff’s e-mail at


 On Friday March 30, at approximately 1400 hours Melvin Clark reported his 31 year old son Casey Clark missing. Melvin stated that no one had heard or seen Casey Tuesday March 27, 2012. Mr. Clark stated that Casey was staying with a friend at Amandex Apartments and left in that car which was later found at the Boll Weevil Liquor store in Fulton (Miller County). Mr. Clark stated that Melvin also let his wallet in the friend’s apartment.


Casey Clark is described as approximately 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds, Black Hair, Brown Hair. Dark complexioned African American Male. It is unknown the type clothes Casey was Wearing or his direction of travel.


Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Casey Clark is encouraged to call the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727.