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Have You Seen Kelly Evans???

Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans

Please keep a look out for 54 year old Kelly Evans.  Ms. Evans has been missing since 10/14/17 and was last seen wearing a white tank top and white athletic shorts in the area of White Oak Rd. in Enola.

FCSO received a tip mid-week during the week of 10/22 reporting Ms. Evans may have been walking on Hwy 225E towards Greenbrier wearing blue jeans and a hat, carrying a black/white zebra stripe purse.

Please call law enforcement (FCSO - 501-328-5906) if you see someone matching Ms. Evans' description.  You can also leave an anonymous tip at www.fcso.ar.gov.

Our apologies for using a booking photograph but these are the photographs we have at our disposal.

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***UPDATE*** Queens Manor Apartment Fire



During the early afternoon hours on Monday, 10/16/17, FCSO Investigators arrested 23 year old Carlon Ricks, (believed to live at the apartment complex) in relation to the Queens Manor Apartment complex fire on 10/14/17. Y Felony Arson charges are pending. This case is still considered under investigation.


(ORIGINAL STORY)  On Saturday evening, 10/14/17, at approximately 6:20 pm. FCSO 911 received a call regarding a fire at Queens Manor Apartment complex in Mayflower. Building A was fully involved by the time deputies and other first responders arrived on scene.


There were a total of 16 units completely destroyed from the fire. Investigators are investigating this as a possible arson event.  There is no suspect information available at this time.


The American Red Cross and Mayflower Elementary School was contacted for displaced resident assistance. This is considered an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to leave an anonymous tip at www.fcso.ar.gov and click on the Crime Tips Email tab at the top of the page. 

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Internet Stalking of a Child Arrest

On 10/4/2017 at approximately 3:20 p.m. 51 year old David Ethan Dilks, of Locust Grove, Arkansas was arrested and charged with one count of Internet Stalking of a Child, a class Y Felony.

Undercover FCSO investigators began communicating with the suspect after locating an online solicitation allegedly placed by Dilks and communicated with Dilks from 10/2/2017 until his arrest on 10/4/2017. During those communications, Dilks is alleged to have made arrangements to engage in illegal sexual contact with an underage male. When Dilks arrived at a predetermined location in Guy, Arkansas he was contacted by FCSO personnel and placed under arrest. At the time of this contact, Dilks was found in possession of condoms, a cellular device, a pornographic DVD, and lubricant.

This incident is considered under investigation.  The court date and bond amount are pending at the time of this press release.

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FCSO Investigator Receives AG Award

On Tuesday, 10/3/17, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge hosted the 15th Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit. There were many speakers and activities throughout the event, one of which was the recognition of the 2017 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers of the Year for each of the 75 counties in Arkansas. 


Sheriff Tim Ryals is proud to announce that the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Faulkner County is Faulkner County Sheriff Investigator Chad Meli. Investigator Meli demonstrates what a professional, service-oriented Law Enforcement Officer looks like on a daily basis.  The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Faulkner County are blessed to have such a talented investigator among the ranks.  Investigator Meli said "I'm honored and was proud to represent Faulkner County at the Summit."


It is the vision of the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Faulkner County by providing professional Law Enforcement services to the citizens of Faulkner County through effective and proactive police service in this county.


"The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office operates with a fantastic group of men and women who are dedicated to Faulkner County. I am proud of Investigator Meli for being a humble public servant." - Sheriff Tim Ryals.


Thank you for the continued support. Congratulations, Investigator Meli!

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***Updated - Persons of Interest Located***Early Monring Shooting, One Deceased

Subjects were located and arrested by Arkansas State Police on I-40 near Alma, Arkansas.


On Monday morning, 10.2.17, at approximately 3:00 am, Faulkner County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding a shots heard call. Deputies responded to 721 Hwy 365, Mayflower and located a subject who had been shot.  The subject was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Investigators are looking for persons of interest:


 Rahzel Tennant, 18 years old,  B/M, 5'11", 150 pounds


Phalon Tennant, 23 years old, B/M, 6'1", 220 pounds


Suspect vehicle may possible be a white Buick sedan (possible a LeSabre) with rear-end damage and has bungee cords holding the bumper on the car.


Citizens are urged to call Faulkner County Sheriff's Office at 501-328-5906 if you locate the vehicle matching this description or the subjects listed in this press release. You may also leave an anonymous tip at www.fcso.ar.gov and click on the "CRIMETIPS E-MAIL" tab. 


This incident is considered under active investigation at the time of this release.

(Not the actual car involved, Shown as an example)

Phalon Tennant

Rahzel Tennant

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Suspected Drug Activiy Leads to Investigation

On Friday, 9/22/17, at approximately 7:00 pm., deputies were dispatched to 283 Hwy 365 for a possible narcotics deal in the parking lot at this address.  The responding deputy noticed two vehicles matching the description from what was reported to FCSO Communications.  The first deputy on scene made contact with the drivers of the vehicles and noticed what appeared to be drug paraphernalia sitting in the lap of one of the subjects.

Soon after contact was made, the driver of the vehicle in possession of the apparent drug paraphernalia fled the scene, dragging the deputy with the moving vehicle.  The deputy, fearing for his life, discharged one round into the vehicle, missing the driver and passenger.  The driver sped away eventually crashing into parked vehicles where he was then taken into custody without further incident. 

There were no injuries sustained during this incident.  Per FCSO policy and procedure, the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave.  This incident is considered under investigation.  Charges are pending.

Cyber Crimes Arrest


On 9/19/2017 at approximately 8:00pm, 43 year old Kristopher Dale Thomas of Gulfport, Mississippi was arrested and charged with one count of Internet Stalking of a Child, a class A felony.


FCSO Investigators began communicating with Thomas after conversing with him in an online chat room related to incest. During those communications, which occurred between 7/25/2017 and 9/19/2017, Thomas allegedly made arrangements to travel from Mississippi to Arkansas to engage in sexual intercourse with underage persons. When Thomas arrived at the previously arranged location in Conway, AR he was contacted by FCSO personnel and placed under arrest.


At the time of this contact, Thomas was found in possession of a cellular device. Faulkner County Sheriff's Office considers this an on-going investigation.  Thomas remains at the FCSO Unit 2 on a $50,000 bond.  His court date is set for 10/16/17.


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Fair Parade Day!

It's Faulkner County Parade Day! FCSO will shut down roads on the west side of the railroad tracks in the downtown Conway area beginning at 1:00 today. Please see map to be able to navigate around the staging area. I also included a map of the parade route. New this year: Robinson Ave will be closed from Ash to Locust once the parade begins. This will allow parade participants to safely return to the staging area. Safety and security are of the upmost importance. Thank you for your attention to this. In the past, motorists have shown slight irritation over the inconvenience of navigating around the staging/parade route area. Plan ahead accordingly. See you at the parade. Be sure to say hi and get a photograph with one of our awesome deputies. Tag us in your social media post!  Parade begins at 5:00 today, 9/19/17

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Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore, the Faulkner County Coroner of 28 1/2 years passed away on Monday, 9/4/17 and laid to rest on Friday, 9/8/17.  The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office mourns the loss of Pat.  He was the best, and we will miss him dearly.  Watch and share this tribute to Pat.  Our hearts and prayers to the Moore family, that they may mourn well!  We love you all.



Sex Offender Community Notification



The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Section 13 of Act 989 of 1997, the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act and the community notification guidelines promulgated by the Commission on Abuse, which authorizes Law Enforcement Agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release.  Such information will enhance public safety and protection.


The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of an offense that requires registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center.  Further, his/her previous criminal history places him/her in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend.


This Offender has advised the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department that he/she will be living in the location listed in this report.  HE/SHE IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE.  THE NOTIFICTION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC.


The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a Sex Offender lives.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this Offender is free to live where he/she chooses.


Sex Offenders have always lived in our communities, but it wasn’t until this passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living.  In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you.  CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  Further, abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.  We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the Offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.


For additional information go to our website www.fcso.ar.gov then click on the link for sex offender registry or the Arkansas Crime Information Center’s website at www.acic.org then click on the link for sex offender registry.




Based on historical data and information obtained from the risk assessment process, offenders are assigned to the following levels of risk to the general public:


LOW RISK-1: Usually these are individuals with no prior history of sexual acting out, and no strong antisocial tendencies, sexual compulsions or psychological factors impairing judgment.


MODERATE RISK-2: Usually these are individuals with limited or circumscribed prior history of sexual acting out, possess some antisocial personality characteristics, predatory tendencies, or deviant sexual interest or behavioral patterns that increase the general level of risk these offenders pose.  They may have mild or well-controlled mental disorders, and/or developmental disabilities.


HIGH RISK-3: These individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending, and/or strong antisocial, violent or predatory personality characteristics.  Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. The offense patterns of these individuals reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or a risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur.


SEXUALLY DANGEROUS PERSON-4: These are individuals with impaired judgment or control who have sexual or violent compulsions that they lack the ability to control.  This may be due to pedophilia or other disorder of sexual attraction, mental illness or personality disorder that distorts thinking, interferes with behavioral control, and predisposes the person to acts of predatory sexual violence.


Name: Joshua D Willoughby    

DOB: 3/5/79

Race: White

Sex: Male

Height: 605

Weight: 215

Hair: Blonde

Eye: Blue

Address: 727 Hwy 365 Apt. F6 Mayflower, AR 72106


Charge(s): Sexual Assault-Third Degree on 5-18-17


ADC SOSRA Risk Level: 3 High assessed on 8/3/17


Description of Crime: This offender was convicted of Sexual Assault-Third Degree on 5-18-17. The offense involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with the 6-year-old daughter of a female acquaintance.


Call Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Registered Sex Offender Coordinator Vanda Phillips at 501-450-4917 with any questions regarding sex offender laws, compliance checks or if someone is aware of a sex offender not living at their registered address.

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