In separate incidents, police have arrested two Paragould men on felony charges.
In the first incident, they arrested Roger Heath Harmon, 40, on charges of two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D felony, as well as numerous misdemeanor charges and traffic violations.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Robert Sexton of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the arrest took place Aug. 28 following a motor vehicle accident that disabled his vehicle. According to witnesses at the scene, Harmon was driving erratically and swerved into oncoming traffic before jerking his vehicle back into his own lane. At that point, according to the affidavit, Harmon lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch in the 1800 block of East Lake Street.
A witness on the scene said he ran to the vehicle and observed two small children thrown into the dashboard area of the vehicle. Emergency medical personnel transported all occupants of the vehicle directly from the accident scene to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
In the course of the accident investigation, officers determined that although the two children were in the car safety seats, neither seat had been secured inside the vehicle. Upon impact, therefore, both seats were thrown forward. In addition, as the vehicle skidded off the road and into the ditch, it destroyed multiple mailboxes.
Detectives went to the hospital to take initial statements from Harmon. As they did so, they reportedly noted that Harmon smelled strongly of intoxicants, and that his eyes were glazed and bloodshot, the affidavit states. Also according to the affidavit, Harmon told both hospital staff and the detectives he had consumed a fifth of liquor.
Harmon was held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond, conditioned upon his having no contact with the victims, witnesses or anyone else involved in the matter for which he was arrested.
In the second incident, police arrested Harvey Benjamin Knuckles, 48, on a charge of one count of third-degree domestic battery (second and subsequent offense within five years). According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Tron Beesley of CID, the arrest took place on Sept. 1 as the result of investigation of a walk-in report of a domestic battery received at the police station.
The victim told officers Knuckles had pushed her to the ground, resulting in her striking her head to cause a laceration to the back of her head. So, having noted the laceration, the officers developed probable cause to arrest Knuckles on the indicated charge. Further investigation revealed Knuckles had had several domestic battery charges in the past, including a June 3, 2019 arrest (and subsequent guilty plea, as previously reported) for aggravated assault on a family member.
Knuckles was held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond, conditioned upon his not possessing any weapons and having no contact with the victim.