In unrelated incidents, Paragould Police officers and Greene County deputies have recently arrested two Paragould men on felony firearms charges.

In the first incident, they arrested Gage Coren Kirby, 23, on charges of one count each of possession of a firearm by certain persons (i.e. a convicted felon) and theft of property (i.e. a firearm valued at less than $2,500). Both are Class D felonies.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the arrest took place July 1 after officers had been dispatched to the B Street Apartments in connection with an argument between a male and a female. As they arrived, they observed a man (identified as Kirby) start to walk away.

Ordering him to stop, the officers then began talking to him about the argument. In the course of the discussion, the officers noticed he was carrying a bag, and asked him if there was anything illegal in it. Upon reportedly receiving a negative reply, and being familiar with Kirby, his history of felony convictions and his active parole status, officers then began a search of his property.

Before they started, however, Kirby told them he had a handgun concealed in the front of the pants he was wearing, according to the affidavit. Upon checking the weapon’s serial number through the Arkansas Criminal Information Center, they determined it had been stolen the previous day.

Kirby remains in the Greene County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

In the second incident, Greene County deputies arrested Tommy Allen Ellington, 31, on a charge of one count of possession of a firearm by certain persons (i.e. a convicted felon), 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 July 20 after deputies were summoned to assist agents of the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections (ACC) in a parole visit to a residence where Ellington was reported to be. Once the deputies arrived, they and the ACC agent were allowed entry into the residence. A search reportedly yielded Ellington hiding behind a wall inside a closet. A parole search of a vehicle reported to be under the control of Ellington also produced a .22-caliber revolver, a Rossi .22-caliber/20-gauge Combo, two other firearm barrels and two black powder pistols inside a black gun case in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Ellington remains in the Greene County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

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