Press Releases


Drug Arrest

On December 1, 2017, around 13:30, Columbia County deputies went to 1919 Columbia Road 45. While at the residence, deputies noticed what appeared to be a large marijuana manufacturing project. During the execution of a search warrant, deputies found Kevin Calvin and Jeffrey Belcastro in the residence, 17.5 oz. of cultivated marijuana, and various paraphernalia related to growing marijuana. Deputies also found 239 plants in a barn behind the residence. The plants were in various stages of growth and planted in containers of various sizes with growing lights and potting soil. The plants and marijuana were seized and taken to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and placed in evidence. Deputies arrested Kevin Calvin, 53 of McNeil, and Jeffrey Belcastro, 27 of Las Vegas, NV, and charged them with Manufacturing a Controlled Substance- Schedule VI (marijuana) and Possession of Controlled Substance – Schedule VI (marijuana). Both had first appearances on December 5, and bond was set at $100,000 for each suspect. The investigation is ongoing and possible suspects are being investigated.


Arson Arrests

UPDATED 07/07/2017 at 21:10

Two suspects were apprehended on Friday, July 7 in reference to the burglary and arson that occurred at Mount Superior Baptist Church on June 26.  

Montie King, 40, of Magnolia, and Tiffany Welch, 38, of Emerson, were arrested on Friday after the investigation indicated their involvement. Both are charged with commercial burgalary and arson with bonds set at $100,000. They are awaiting first appearance at the Columbia County Detention Facility.

Mount Superior Baptist Church is located at 901 Columbia Road 82 East in the Macedonia community of Columbia county. The church suffered a total loss.

Stolen items from the church were recovered.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is investigating with the assistance of Arkansas State Police Company C agents. The investigation is ongoing. 

Shane Groves, 45 of Magnolia, was arrested on July 7, Friday evening, and charged with commercial burglary and arson with a bond set at $150,000. He is awaiting first appearance and will be housed at the Columbia County Detention Facility.

New Release

On Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:05 a.m. Columbia County Central Dispatch received a call from the manager at the Korner Store in reference to a break in. When deputies arrived on scene the manager informed the deputies that when she arrived the front door was open. Deputies discovered the suspect had gained entry to the building though another door and that the safe had been removed and an ATM machine was destroyed. Deputies were able to obtain video surveillance. Later that day information came in that a truck matching the description of that on the surveillance video was at 616 Spring Street in Taylor. Columbia County Sheriff’s office contacted the Taylor Police Department to assist. Taylor Police went to the residence where they could see the truck and from the road could see the safe still in the back of the truck, Taylor Chief made contact with Robert W. Glass and discovered Glass had a felony warrant out of Potter County Texas and Glass was arrested for that warrant on scene. At that time Columbia County Detectives applied for and executed a search warrant on the residence of 616 Spring Street where they recovered items taken from the Korner Store. Glass was later interviewed and charges with commercial burglary, breaking and entering, theft of property over $5,000 and criminal mischief first degree. He is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center awaiting his first appearance.

News Release

The circumstances surrounding the J.D. Anderson murder have been under investigation for several years by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the Magnolia Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police. J.D. Anderson was found murdered at his business in McNeil, Arkansas, (J.D.'s Quick Stop) on April, 20, 2003.

On February 3, 2017, Kendrick C. Story, 36, was arrested and charged with first degree murder involving J.D. Anderson.

Investigators believe Kendrick Story acted alone in a botched aggravated robbery. Two other persons charged in the case are believed to have found J.D. Anderson in the store after he was shot three times by Kendrick Story. The other parties allegedly took money from the store after Story fled from the scene. 

After the arrest, a criminal information report was filed against Kendrick Story on the first degree murder charge, and the defendant's court date was set by the Columbia County Circuit Clerk before Judge David Talley on Thursday, February 9, 2017. 

Kendrick Story appeared with his attorney Ronald L. Davis, Jr. of Little Rock in front of Judge David Talley on February 9, 2017, entering a plea of guilty to first degree murder and aggravated robbery. Kendrick Story received a sentence of 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office Updates Text Alert System on Website

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
For More Information: 870-235-3744
Magnolia, ARKANSAS

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:

As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Special Alert title, in the above example) and a From address of Columbia Sheriff AR. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.

To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page: www.columbiacountysheriffar.org/alerts_signup.php

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form (www.columbiacountysheriffar.org/contact.php) or call us at 870-235-3744.

As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.

Sheriff Mike Loe

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Search Warrants Executed

On August 1, 2016, Investigators with the Arkansas State Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Magnolia Police Department executed search warrants at 1022 W. Calhoun and 101 Taylor Road. Investigators seized several firearms, large quantity of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.   Arrested were the following individuals and their charges:
Rakeem Parker, 27 of Magnolia   
Possession of Marijuana with the purpose to deliver
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Maintaining a drug premises
Bond set at $50,000

Rebeca Willis, 19 of Magnolia 
Possession of Marijuana with the purpose to deliver
Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms
Bond set at $50,000

Kenneth Messer, Jr., 30 of Magnolia  
3 counts delivery of a controlled substance (Marijuana)
Possession of Marijuana with the purpose to deliver
Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms
Bond set at $375,000

Murder Investigation

Columbia County Sheriff's Office with the assistance Magnolia Police Department is investigating a murder that occurred on July 19, 2016, around 3:15 pm at the location of 2289 Columbia Road 21 in Taylor, Arkansas. The victim has been identified Tami Benson, white female, age 47, of Taylor. The suspect has been identified as Glyndal Plumley, white male, age 75, of Taylor. Plumley was arrested yesterday and has been charged with Murder, 1st degree, and is currently incarcerated at the Columbia County Detention Facility. Plumley is currently awaiting first appearance. 

Church Burglaries Arrest

Deputy Brian Williams was checking area churches in the early morning hours of July 13, 2016, and found an individual at a church in the McNeil area of the county. The door to a building at the church was found open. The individual found at the church was identified as Lawezleon Davis, 44, of Magnolia, who has been to prison for breaking into churches.  He is also a suspect in the other church burglaries we have had in our area and the surrounding counties. Davis has been charged with Commercial Burglary and Theft of Property under $1,000. His first appearance will be done as soon as possible.

Church Burglaries

Updated 07/11/2016

There have been a rash of church burglaries reported to our office. The descriptions of items taken are small kitchen appliances such as coffee pots, toasters, microwaves, vacuums, etc. Please be sure to have your church secure when you leave and take notice if something looks out of place. 

We have had almost one burglary per night, and they have hit all over the county. They have also taken items like computer equipment, sound equipment, towels, food, art pieces, tools, plasticware, and drinks. Please be sure to check your church daily or as often as possible to verify that the burglars didn't hit your church. If you have any information pertaining to these burglaries, please contact Central Dispatch at 870-234-5655.

Missing Person

Tatayana Baker has been found in Texarkana and is on her way home. Thanks for everyone's information and concern. 

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