According to Prosecuting Attorney Thomas D. Deen, the first appearance of Jonathan Woods (of Warren), the suspect in the March 14 homicide in Monticello, will be conducted this afternoon before Circuit Judge Don Glover at the Desha County Courthouse in Arkansas City, via video link from Woods’ hospital room.
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According to sources, around 7:40 PM Friday night, near the Save-a-lot food store, at the corner of North Hyatt and West Trotter, a domestic dispute led to shots being fired, which in turn led to an officer involved shooting.
Two individuals were injured and transported to Drew Memorial for treatment by SEEMS and MASI ambulance services. One was pronounced dead; the other was transferred north for further care.
A witness told MLive that the man and woman were both from the same vehicle, which was towed right before law enforcement left the area.
MLive has confirmed that the deceased victim was a female; the injured victim was male; and both were not from Monticello or Drew County.
Monticello Police Department, Drew County Sheriffs Deputies, and Arkansas State Police (the investigators of the incident) responded to the call.
The Arkansas State Police confirmed the fatality this morning, but did not release the names of the victims, pending notification of next of kin.
According to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, Deputy James Slaughter is currently on administrative leave from the department, until he’s cleared, pending investigation of the incident. Gober told MLive, “Deputy Slaughter did an excellent job performing his duties, protecting the lives of other law enforcement officers.” Gober added, “The investigation and leave are mandatory in any officer involved shooting.”
MLive will post updates when they become available.
The following comment was posted by MPD chief Eddy Deaton:
“To begin with, I want to thank all the witnesses that came forward last night. You spent many hours at the police department waiting to be interviewed by investigators. Your time and patience is greatly appreciated. Without your willingness to get involved this may have turned out to be an even more tragic event than it was. To the officers who responded to the call, you all handled the incident in a safe and professional manner. Actions taken by the officers kept a very bad situation from escalating to an even more serious incident. To Deputy James Slaughter, you were the only officer at that moment that could have done what had to be done due to crossfire and background. You made a safe and accurate decision that brought the incident to a stop. To all the responding emergency personnel , EMS from both services were on scene in just a few seconds after the call was given for them to come. The 911 dispatch center kept the situation under control by directing personnel to the scene, calling for ambulances, medical choppers, gathering information from the public and making and receiving many phone calls and radio request. To the Monticello Fire Department, thank you for helping with traffic and assisting with security. To the Arkansas State Police, Troopers Knight, Norris and Cross, thank you for your quick response to the scene and assisting with whatever we needed. To the State Police Company B investigators, Thank you guys for all you did and will continue to do in this matter. You guys are top notch when it comes to investigations. I am sure I have forgot to mention someone, so please forgive me if I did. Monticello should be proud of their emergency personnel and the way they all responded. This is a fantastic group of men and women that did an outstanding job. Thank You All !!!!!”
Fee is $50. They can register online at www.monticellobaseball.net, or by picking up form at Ryburn Ford (see Ben Philley). If need more info, call Bill Evans at 870-723-2630.
As you know, open enrollment for healthcare insurance ends March 31. UA-Partners will be hosting an enrollment event March 28 from 9 am until 2 pm at Drew Memorial Hospital, Conference Room B. It is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. If you are a consumer with questions, or you need to sign up, this event is for you.
Please bring information about family or individual income, social security number for every household member, and birth dates.
You may qualify for private option insurance if you are between 19 and 64, you are unemployed, or have limited income.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lawrence at 501-218-4253
Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church of Wilmar will host its second Brother to Brother Fellowship Program on the fifth Sunday afternoon, March 30, at 3 p.m., according to Pastor Shay Gillespie.
“This is a fellowship program that we have been anticipating for quite some time,” said Gillespie. “We are excited about all of our guests, but ever since I personally met this young man and his wife, I have been anxiously awaiting their first official visit to The Mount. They are very down-to-earth people and that’s how I described them to Mount Tabor. Since then, there has been a great air of excitement and anticipation as we await the arrival of Pastor Alonzo Redic, III and his lovely family. Not only is he a respectable person within his new church community, but his great reputation and programs have followed him throughout his journey.”
Special guests for the program will be Pastor Redic and his Greater Shady Grove A.M.E. Church of Wilmar. Pastor Redic will deliver the fellowship message and will be accompanied by his choir and church family. Mount Tabor and Greater Shady Grove are located only a couple of blocks apart and have friends, family and associates common to both churches.
“Most assuredly, God has His hands on this fellowship,” said Gillespie. “When we first met and talked, I was only supposed to be meeting him, but before we realized, time had gotten away from us and we had chattered for about an hour. In just general conversation, we found that that we had some wonderful friends in common through the years. He has been great for the church and the community and together, I’m sure that we can ALL make a difference.”
During the afternoon program, Mount Tabor Choirs will also be on hand to perform.
“We are looking to have a great time in the Lord,” concluded Gillespie. “We can hardly wait for the date to come. I join my wife, officers and members of Mount Tabor in inviting you, the public to attend.”
For the week of: March 17-22, 2014
Monday, March 17 –
Baseball @ Star City 7/5 5 p.m.
Softball @ Star City 7/5 4:30 p.m.
7th/8th Track @ Crossett 3:30/4:30 p.m.
Soccer vs Hamburg 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18 –
JV Baseball @ Hamburg 1 game 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
Jr Track @ Crossett 3:30/4:30
Wednesday, March 19
Thursday, March 20 –
Baseball vs Dewitt 7/5 5:00 p.m.
JV Baseball @ Woodlawn 7/5 4:30 p.m.
Softball vs Dewitt 7/5 4:30 p.m.
Soccer vs Hermitage 5:30 p.m.
Sr. Track @ Crossett 3:30 – 4:30
Friday, March 21 –
Baseball @ Star City
Los Toritos Invitational Tourney – TBA
Saturday, March 22
Baseball @ Star City TBA
*Monday, March 24
Finals of Tournament @ Star City – TBA
March 24- March 28, 2014 “SPRING BREAK”
Both Monticello and Drew Central school districts will have to schedule “snow day” make up days, to replace Wednesday on the school calendar.
Listed below are the current plans that school administrators will use to make up for the lost education day.
Drew Central Superintendent Billy Williams told MLive that Drew Central Schools will make-up their day for students and staff on Monday, February 17th, which had been scheduled for Presidents’ Day holiday.
Monticello school superintendent Bobby Harper told us that Monticello will likely make up their lost school day at the end of the school year
Drew Central Schools will return to their normal class schedule on Thursday.
Parent – teacher meetings will be held following class from 3:30 til 7:30 PM
The Monticello school district will resume normal schedule, Thursday morning.
The City of Monticello Water Department hereby lifts the boil order.
It is no longer necessary to heat the water before drinking or using it for cooking purposes. (the area that was affected was all of Spring Branch Subdivision and from that point going West down Highway 278)
The Department of Health has released the “Boil Water” Notice confirmed on 2/6/2014 9:38:21 AM by Tony Beard for the Approximately 100 customers located on Hwy 278 West from Spring Branch Subdivision to Hwy 530. This order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of complete loss in normal system pressure.
Bacteriological samples taken on Monday, February 10, 2014 were found to be free of bacterial contamination and a satisfactory disinfectant level has been established throughout the distribution system. The water is therefore considered “Safe” for human consumption and the “Boil Water” notice is hereby lifted.
Jack Gregg Jr.
Pollution Control Inspector
Updated closings are listed below
Pauline Baptist Church Wednesday night services and activities have been cancelled due to the icy conditions
Immanuel Baptist Church has cancelled services, tonight.
There will be no Wednesday night services at Calvary Baptist a Church,
First Baptist Church has cancelled Wednesday evening services
There will be no Wednesday night services at Second Baptist Church.
Northside Baptist church services are canceled for tonight.
Cominto Baptist Church will not be having services
No Wednesday night services tonight at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Faith Missionary Baptist church services are canceled for tonight.
St. Mark’s Catholic Church will cancel Religious Education classes (CCD) on Wednesday night due to the weather.
HWY 425 South is totally blocked and impassable.
Any travel throughout the city or county will be slick, icy, and hazardous.
County authorities recommend staying off of the roadways unless emergencies arise.
Monticello and Drew Central schools will both be closed Wednesday due to the ice storm.
All 3 UAM campuses will, also, be closed Wednesday, due to the weather.
Other weather-related closings are posted in the article below and will be updated throughout the night and into the day, as we are notified.