JPD Blotter: Break-ins, child endangerment among cases reported

JPD Blotter: Break-ins, child endangerment among cases reported
Kiara J. Walden (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Kiara J. Walden (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The following information was provided by the Jonesboro Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Drug Charges

Amy D. Stewart, 38, of Jonesboro was arrested on a charge of possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams after police stopped her at 12:21 a.m. Monday for driving without her lights on. During the traffic stop at the intersection of Union and Huntington the officer learned Stewart's license had been suspended and arrested her. During a strip search at the Craighead County Detention Center a female jailer reported finding a "white foreign object" inside Stewart but could not remove it. A detective later convinced Stewart to remove what she reportedly admitted during questioning was a bag of meth. When Stewart removed the bag it came untied and most of the drug was absorbed inside her body, the report stated. Stewart was taken to a local hospital to be medically evaluated then later discharged into police custody. At last report she was being held in lieu of a probable cause hearing. Stewart was also charged with driving while license suspended and driving without lights.

Leaving scene of accident

Leonie M. Burton, 32, of Jonesboro was cited with hazardous driving and leaving the scene of an accident Monday morning after police said his 2009 Chevy Trailblazer ran off the road and into a chain link fence around the Jonesboro Municipal Airport. Burton reportedly said he did not know he had hit the fence and did not call police because he was "scared" to do so. According to the report his wife called police "because she was mad at him."

Endangering the welfare of a minor

At 10:33 a.m. Monday an officer responded to 703 Gladiolus regarding a child neglect call. The apartment manager reported a 5-year-old boy, who appeared cold, was walking around the apartment complex unattended. A short time later the child's father, who reportedly seemed "genuinely concerned," came to the manager's office. The father told police he thought his son was watching television. He reportedly said a similar thing had happened earlier this year with his daughter. The officer took the man and his son back to their apartment then reported the incident to the Child Abuse Hotline.


Kimberly Dawn Gordon, 42, of Trumann was arrested Monday afternoon on a charge of shoplifting $1,000 or less at Target, 3000 E. Highland. According to the incident report, she pushed a shopping cart of unpaid merchandise, valued at $307.49, out of the store and into the mall. She was arrested and taken to the county jail where she was cited and given a court date of Nov. 26 with a surety bond of $770.

Criminal mischief

At 3:49 p.m. Monday an officer was dispatched to the 1200-block of Warner where a woman reported a named suspect dented the front driver side door of her vehicle.

Obstructing governmental operations

Kiara J. Walden, 25, of Sikeston was arrested at 3:52 p.m. Monday at Auto Zone, 1804 E. Highland, on a charge of obstructing governmental operations after police say she raised her voice and refused to comply with an offcer's repeated requests for her identification and name during a child custody case. Walden was taken to the CCDC where she was given a Nov. 26 court and surety bond of $525. She was also criminally banned from Auto Zone.

Commercial burglary

At 4:01 p.m. Monday officers responded to The Office Sports Grill, 1509 Marketplace, regarding an attempted break-in. According to the police report, someone tried to pry open the back door then pried the lock of the beer cooler located outside. No entry was made to either the business or the cooler and nothing was taken. The owner told police he would provide them with surveillance video.

Residential burglary

At 6:30 p.m. Monday a man reported someone attempted to break into his home in the 900-block of Olive by breaking the lock on the back screen door. Two screens were also pried off the windows using a broken rake handle. Detectives are reviewing the case.

At 9:20 p.m. Monday officers were dispatched to a residential burglary in the 900-block of Poplar. According to the report, the lock and frame of the back door were broken. The victim told police the suspects stole a PlayStation 3 and 2 controllers valued at $300.

At 10:20 p.m. Monday officers responded to a residential burglary in the 800-block of Park. The victims told police sometime between 6:30 and the time the called police, someone broke into their home and stole cash and jewelry. Police reported the wooden door had been forced open and the deadbolt was on the floor. Detectives are reviewing the case.

Theft $1,000 or less

At 11:49 p.m. Monday a Jonesboro woman reported her nephew stole an urn containing her sister's ashes from her home in the 2400-block of Dudley.

At 8:21 a.m. Tuesday a woman reported someone stole her 1-year-old golden retriever lab mix from her backyard, located in the 1700-block of Matthews.

Drunk, insane and disorderly

At 1:09 a.m. Tuesday officers were dispatched to the 300-block of Cedar Heights regarding a suspect who was yelling and cursing at his caretaker. When officers asked the suspect why he was being uncooperative, the suspect reportedly said "the devil just got in me." When the suspect refused to go willingly to the hospital, he was taken to the CCDC where he was charged with drunk, insane and disorderly conduct. He was given a court date of Nov. 26.

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