IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The Izard County Sheriff's Department landed eight arrests after they looked for a suspect who was accused of stealing a truck in Melbourne.
According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, a deputy arrived at a home in Melbourne to ask about both 35-year-old Amber Wilson and 51-year-old Greg Stroud. Wilson had a warrant out for failing to appear and Stroud was suspected of stealing a truck inside city limits.
The owner of the residence, 41-year-old Holly Potter, was asked if she knew where Wilson was. According to the deputy, Potter asked if she could take Wilson to another residence in Zion where she might contact Greg Stroud.
While following Potter's vehicle, Deputy Phil Story says he lost sight of it. Arkansas State Trooper Jason Hooks and Deputy Story headed back to Potter's residence and searched her vehicle. Deputy Story says there were two men in the backyard, one of them looked like Stroud and when they saw the officer, they headed back into the house.
Deputy Story knocked on the door and a Clayton Lynch answered the door. While Lynch was being questioned, several people came out of the residence and onto the front porch.
Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley told Deputy Story he was on a traffic stop near the Baptist Church near Zion and had placed Holly Potter into custody. Blackley also said a man had fled on foot but was later located and arrested when it was confirmed to be Greg Stroud.
Stroud was arrested on charges of theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and criminal mischief. Wilson was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear.
According to Sheriff Lawrence, 28-year-old Joseph Lyons, 28-year-old Allen Wayne Kipfer, 25-year-old Clayton Lynch, 21-year-old Christina Williams, 37-year-old Shane Taylor were all charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and obstructing governmental operations.
Lynch was also placed on a hold through the Department of Community Correction without bond. The rest are in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of bond.
Stroud is being held on contempt of court charges as well. He tested positive for meth, oxycodone, marijuana, and opiates.
Williams tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, and meth. Potter tested positive for meth while Wilson tested positive for both meth and marijuana.
Taylor and Kipfer tested positive for opiates, marijuana, and meth.