In separate incidents, Paragould police have arrested three men on felony charges.
In the first incident, they arrested Jack Daniel “J.D.” Miller, 31, of Paragould, on a charge of one count of second-degree battery, a Class C felony; plus misdemeanor charges. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jacob Higdon of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the arrest took place on Jan. 8 after officers responded to a report of a broken-down door and a man hitting a woman with an “iron tool.”
As the officers arrived, they reportedly learned the two adults had been in an altercation over phone activity (unspecified in the affidavit). The officers further learned that the woman had then retreated into her daughter’s room, at which point Miller allegedly broke the door to the room off its hinges.
Miller then (according to Higdon’s affidavit) began swinging a metal pipe, striking the woman in the face. She attempted to hide beneath the bed in the room, the officers learned. Miller allegedly began jabbing at her with the weapon. A 10-year-old child was in the room at the time, and according to Higdon’s affidavit, corroborated the victim’s story. The officers noted that the victim had a laceration on her shin, a severely swollen jaw and a laceration inside her cheek. In addition, the officers noted the door to the bedroom was broken off its hinges.
Jack Miller was held in the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC) on a $10,000 cash-only bond, conditioned on his having no contact with the victim, witnesses or anyone else involved in the incident. He is also prohibited from possessing any weapon as a further condition of his bond.
In the second incident (also on Jan. 8), officers arrested Joshua David Coulter, 31, of Paragould, on a charge of one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D felony; plus misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Tron Beesley of CID, the arrest occurred as the result of officers responding to a report of a man crawling across Highway 49 North in the company of a three-year-old girl. As they made contact with the subject of the report (identified as Coulter), the officers reportedly observed him to be badly impaired. So they arrested him for public intoxication. During a search, the officers report that they discovered a small bag of an unknown pink powder in his pocket. They collected the powder to send it to the State Crime Lab for identification. They also contacted representatives of the Department of Human Services to take custody of the little girl, and transported Coulter to the GCDC.
He was held on a $10,000 cash-only bond, conditioned on having no contact with the victim, witnesses or anyone else involved in the incident.
Officers also arrested Joshua Dwayne Henson, 32, of Ash Flat, on a charge of one count of second-degree forgery, a Class C felony; plus misdemeanor charges. According to another affidavit sworn by Beesley, the arrest took place Jan. 11 as the result of an investigation into an Oct. 8 incident in which surveillance video reportedly showed him cashing a check stolen from a victim in Walnut Ridge at a local bank. The check, for $480, was reportedly made out to him. The victim, when contacted, confirmed the transaction had not been authorized, according to Beesley’s affidavit.
Henson was held in the GCDC on a $1,056.50 bond on misdemeanor charges pending a bond hearing on the forgery and other misdemeanor charges in Greene County District Court.