CCSD Investigates Fatal Crash, Discovery of Body
The past week was a busy one for area law enforcement, with several arrests, a fatal crash and the discovery of a body in the Black River.
The names of the two victims of Saturday afternoon's firey crash near Nimmons had still not been released as of last report. According to Sheriff Terry Miller, the crash was reported to Clay County 911 at 2:28 p.m. Saturday, July 16. The caller advised there had been a one-vehicle rollover crash on Clay County Road 534, near Nimmons. The caller advised the dispatcher that the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, and they believed the vehicle was still occupied.
Deputies responded to the scene, with assistance from the Arkansas State Police, Piggott Community Hospital ambulance service and the Piggott Fire Department.
"When I turned onto 139 from Highway 62 I could see the smoke," Miller noted later.
Apparently the car was eastbound at the time, and went out of control. The vehicle impacted the south bridge abutement, which catapulted it into the air and it landed upside down trapping the occupants inside. Witnesses at the scene indicated it burst into flame moments later.
Personnel with the PFD were able to extinguish the blaze shortly after arrival, but Miller reported the two occupants were deceased when first-responders arrived on the scene.
Identification of the occupants was withheld pending their positive identification, and the bodies were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab on Monday. At last report the investigation had been turned over to the ASP.
"I'd like to offer my thanks to the Piggott Fire Department, Arkansas State Police, Piggott Ambulance and the Nimmons constable for their fast response, and efforts, during this tragic event," Miller surmised.
Miller also reports the body of a Corning-area man was recovered from the Black River Saturday evening, at the landing on Count Road 228. At this time authorities do not suspect foul play.
Body Found in River
Miller indicated Clay County Dispatch received a call at 6:47 p.m. Saturday, July 16, from a person who advised he had been boating, and had noticed what appeared to be a body in the river near the CR 228 landing.
Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene, assisted by personnel from the Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Together they recovered the body.
While interviewing citizens in the area, deputies were informed one of the residents of Holland's Lodge, Dennis Franks, 60, had not been seen since since Thursday, July 14.
Later, authorities determined the body was that of Franks, and it was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the cause of death. As of last report the investigation continued pending the report.
Bradley McDaniel, 44, of Rector was arrested Friday, July 10, at his home on charges of burglary and theft.
According to Clay County Sheriff Dept. reports, dispatch received a call of a break-in on Clay County Road 417 the previous Saturday. The caller reported a four-wheeler and .22 caliber rifle stolen. After speaking with area residents, deputies were advised that a four-wheeler matching the description had been seen driven by McDaniel.
A parole search was executed Sunday at McDaniel's residence, where numerous stolen articles were found, including the four-wheeler and firearms. Deputies also located drug paraphernalia.
McDaniel was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Detention Center, where he was charged with felony residential burglary, felony theft of property, misdemeanor criminal trespassing, possession of a firearm by a certain person and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
A Piggott man was arrested following a brief pursuit on Thursday, July 14, according to reports from Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller. Reports from the CCSD indicated the pursuit began around 5 p.m. in Greenway, as they attempted to stop a motorcycle being ridden by Daniel Hall, 24, of Piggott.
Noting Hall was riding the motorcycle hazardously, deputies attempted to pull him over and he attempted to evade the pursuit. A short time later he stopped on First Street, in Greenway, and was taken into custody.
Hall was transported from the scene to the Clay County Detention Center on a charge of driving on a suspended license. Once in custody, jailers alerted deputies about a canister found on his person, which contained several pills, later identified as Xanax.
Clay County Deputies then contacted the Campbell Police Department's K-9 for a perimeter check of Hall's motorcycle. The report indicated the K-9 alerted on several compartments on the motorcycle, and a search warrant was obtained to check for illegal narcotics.
During the search the deputies located three small bags containing three grams of suspected methamphetamine.
At last report Hall remained lodged in the Clay County Detention Center facing charges of driving on a suspended license, no proof of liability insurance, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, furnishing prohibited articles, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $25,000.
Miller offered his thanks to Campbell Police Chief Tony Burke and K-9 Titus, as well as the Piggott Police Department, for their assistance in the investigation and arrest.