A call to the office of Gov. Asa Hutchinson has resulted in the caller’s arrest on felony charges.
Greene County sheriff’s deputies have arrested James Eugene Ward, 63, of Paragould, on a charge of one count of terroristic threatening, a Class D felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Capt. Tony Williams of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the arrest occurred as a result of a Sept. 29 referral to the department of a phone message that was called into the Governor’s office allegedly by Ward.
In the course of the message, the caller said that he was tired of being harassed by his neighbor, adding that police would not do anything about the harassment. Toward the end of the conversation, he reportedly said that when the individual that set him up to be a registered sex offender gets out of prison, he will be lucky if he (i.e. Ward) doesn’t kill him. Ward also asked that he receive a call back from the Governor’s office.
According to offenderradar.com and the Arkansas State Sex Offender Registry, Ward is listed as a Level 3 sex offender. According to the Greene County Detention Center, he was booked into that facility on Oct. 1. Ward remains there on a $10,000 cash-only bond.