In separate incidents, deputies and police have arrested three men on felony charges.
In the first incident, a Tyronza man is in the Greene County Detention Center in connection with the theft of a Polaris side-by-side. Deputies arrested Jay Michael Blansett, 21, on a charge of one count of theft of property valued at more than $25,000, a Class B felony. Blansett also faces misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Lt. Ashley Worcester of the department, the arrest took place after deputies had responded to a report of a theft of a 2020 Polaris RZR Side by Side at 116 Greene 716 Road.
According to the affidavit, Jay Blansett took the property, and admitted as much through spontaneous utterance to the deputies. Blansett then reportedly began to flee on foot as deputies were attempting to place him under arrest. Blansett reportedly fled into nearby woods where he began resisting arrest again until he was placed into wrist restraints and transported to the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC).
He remains there on a $25,000 bond.
In the second incident, police arrested Zachary Lee Leisure, 18, of Paragould, on charges of one count each of first-degree false imprisonment, a Class C felony; and third-degree domestic battery (against a pregnant woman), a Class D felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Robert Sexton of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the arrest occurred as a result of officers taking a report on Sept. 7 regarding false imprisonment and battering. At that time they learned that the victim, a pregnant 16-year-old girl, had been held in a bathroom against her will. Officers also learned that the victim had been struck hard on the side of her head and kicked while she was on the ground allegedly by Leisure.
Officers noted visible physical injury and discovered that the victim’s eardrum had been ruptured.
Officers took Leisure into custody, and interviewed him. He remains in the GCDC on a $10,000 cash-only bond, conditioned on his having no contact with the victim.
In the third incident, officers arrested Toby Kieth Rowe, 45, of Paragould, on a charge of one count of third-degree domestic battery (second or subsequent offense within five years), a Class D felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Paragould Police Detective Cpl. Tron Beesley of CID, the arrest took place Sept. 5 after officers responded to 1407 E. Lake St. in reference to a domestic disturbance.
Upon arrival officers noted redness to the left side of the victim’s face that extended down to their neck. Officers also noted that the victim had scratches down their chest. Officers contacted Toby Rowe regarding the incident and placed him under arrest for domestic battery. The officers later discovered that Rowe had a previous charge of domestic battery on May 5, 2017.