Turbulent Week in Region 8 Draws to Close

JONESBORO, AR - Hopefully, it's not a sign of things to come for the summer ahead.

The first week of June marked a particularly turbulent week in Region 8, especially in the area of domestic violence and crime.

A week of turbulent incidents began Sunday afternoon with the discovery of three bodies in a home at Goobertown, where Craighead County sheriff's deputies say 23-year-old Treva Moss, 28-year-old Michael Cole, and 50-year-old Beverly Smith were all found dead of gunshot wounds.  Authorities are describing the crime as a double murder-suicide.

Monday evening, Jonesboro police responded to a domestic report at a home on Scott Street that turned into an overnight stand-off, and ended in bloodshed and the loss of two lives.  Police say 43-year-old James Rouse had barricaded himself inside his home with his ex-wife, 39-year-old Donna Rouse.  By 8:30 Tuesday morning, James Rouse had shot and killed both himself and his ex-wife.

Wednesday night, police in Paragould found the body of 30-year-old Tiffany Parker in her home on Linwood Drive.  Authorities say she was beaten to death by her ex-husband, who allegedly then left the home after kidnapping the couple's 2-year-old son.  State Police issued a Morgan Nick/Amber Alert for the boy, and by 7:45 Thursday morning, 33-year-old Kristopher Parker of Kennett had turned himself into Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston in Light.  Kristopher Parker faces charges of capital murder and kidnapping, and the couple's son is now safely in the custody of family members.

Thursday afternoon, a distraught Blytheville man identified as Tojaun Reed took his 2-year-old son hostage.  Reed was described as armed and believed to be under the influence of crack cocaine and other intoxicants.  The stand-off lasted more than two hours before finally ending peacefully when Reed released the child.  A short time later, he surrendered to police without further incident.  Reed was also wanted for a parole violation.