Busy Week for Area Law Enforcement

Thursday, April 9, 2015
The two vehicle accident at the corner of Castleberry and North Garfield Avenue in Piggott on Wednesday, April 1, resulted in damage to the city-owned home located at the corner of the intersection. Luckily, there were no injuries to the residents.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Local and regional law enforcement officials have had a busy week, investigating a fatal crash and a number of incidents.

Fatal Crash

A Knobel woman is dead, and a Corning man in custody, as the result of a two vehicle crash which occurred Sunday, April 5, on Highway 135 near Corning. According to reports from Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, and the Arkansas State Police, Shirley Luttrell, 73, of Knobel died from injuries sustained when her vehicle was struck head-on by a pickup being driven by Calvin Yancey, 53, of Corning.

Authorities were summoned to the accident scene, just south of the Corning "Y" just before 5 p.m. on Sunday. According to the accident report from ASP Trooper Andy Metcalf, Luttrell was northbound at the time of the crash while the Yancey vehicle was southbound.

According to the report, Yancey's pickup apparently went left of center and collided with the Luttrell SUV, although conditions were clear and the roadway was dry at the time.

When authorities arrived on the scene Luttrell was trapped in her vehicle, and members of the Corning Fire and Rescue Squad were summoned. After she was extricated she was transported by air-evac helicopter to The Med in Memphis, where she later died from the injuries.

Yancey was transported from the scene of the crash to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould by their ambulance service, but was later released. According to Miller, he was then taken into custody pending the outcome of the ASP investigation, and at last report was still being lodged in the Clay County Detention Center in Piggott.

Piggott Traffic Accident

The Piggott Police Department investigated a two-vehicle crash Wednesday, April 1, at the intersection of Castleberry and North Garfield Avenue in the city. The mishap left two local teenagers injured, heavily damaged both vehicles and resulted in damage to the city-owned home located at 488 North Garfield.

According to reports by Patrolman Zach Robertson, of the Piggott PD, the crash occurred just after 5 p.m. as a car westbound on Castleberry ran the stop sign at the corner of Garfield Avenue and struck a southbound pickup truck. The driver of the car was identified as Bryan Samples, 17, of Piggott while the pickup was being driven by Hunter Jackson, 17, also of Piggott.

The police report indicated the two vehicles collided, with the Samples car traveling into the yard on the southwest corner of the intersection, impacting the front of the home at that location. Meanwhile, the Jackson pickup, which was pulling a trailer containing a four-wheeler at the time, spun around 180 degrees and came to rest partially in the ditch with the trailer blocking the roadway.

The force of the impact also forced the trailer, and its contents, into the back of the pickup. And, Robertson also noted in his report that Jackson was ejected from the truck through the shattered back window of the vehicle.

Samples was transported from the scene to Piggott Community Hospital for treatment, and was later released. Meanwhile, Jackson refused treatment at the scene but was strongly urged by authorities to be checked-out by a physician.

Robertson further reported Samples was cited for failure to yield and for not having a valid driver's license in connection with the accident.

As of last report no estimate on the damage to the home was immediately available.

Greenway Arrest

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller reports deputies with his department responded to a residence on State Street in Greenway on Friday, April 3, in reference to a complaint about theft of services. In turn, the investigation netted an arrest on drug-related charges.

The report indicated upon arrival at the location deputies spoke with the complainant, and were advised the suspect, Richard Easley, 47, was outside of his residence next door.

Deputies then made contact with Easley, who admitted he had run an extension cord from the complainant's residence to his without their permission.

The report further indicated at the time contact was made with Easley he was placing items into the backseat of his car, at which time he consented to having the vehicle searched. It further noted, during the search two small baggies containing a crystal substance were located in the vehicle.

Easley was then taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Detention Center in Piggott, where he was charged with misdemeanor theft of services and felony possession of methamphetamine.

At last report, Easley was being held in lieu of $35,000 bond, as well as a probation and parole detainer.

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