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Two Arrested After Lengthy Pursuit That Started In Tontitown; 1 Officer Receives Minor Injuries

TONTITOWN (KFSM) — Two people were arrested Thursday night after a 30-minute police chase that ended in Washington County just south of Savoy.

Capt. Corey Jenison with the Tontitown Police said the pursuit began at 9:53 p.m. Thursday when officers tried to stop a vehicle for traffic violations.

The vehicle fled, and Tontitown officers pursued it for more than half an hour through the city, then into Washington County. The pursuit was joined by officers from Farmington and Elm Springs, as well as Arkansas State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies.

During the pursuit, Jenison said, a woman began throwing items out of the vehicle. Those items were later recovered and included 29.42 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and stolen property.

“It was miscellaneous items,” Jenison said of the stolen property. “It may be a while before we figure out where it all came from.”

The officers finally used a Precision Intervention Technique, or PIT, maneuver to bring the chase to an end at Viney Grove Road and Goose Creek Road in Washington County. The man and woman inside the vehicle were then arrested.

The man was identified as Frankie Deckard, 38, of Bentonville, and the woman was identified as Rachael High, 42, of Jonesboro.

They each face charges of felony fleeing, second-degree battery, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and financial identity fraud. Both are being booked into the Washington County Detention Center, Jenison said.

One injury was reported from the chase, when a Tontitown officer was involved in a collision and received minor injuries, Jenison said. The officer was cleared by EMS  workers who responded to the scene.

“He was given the night off to go home, because he’ll be sore,” Jenison said. He said the “minor injuries” were from the airbag deployment, but since it was the officer’s “Friday,” he’ll be off his standard two days and return to duty as normal.

President Approves Request For Major Disaster Declaration For State of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Facebook post from Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that President Trump approved a request for a major disaster declaration for the state.

Hutchinson said that he submitted his request Friday (June 7) and received the approval today (June 8).

The post continued that the quick action would allow FEMA to provide assistance to affected communities.

“This is the 1st step in our recovery,” he wrote.

UPDATE | President Trump approves major disaster declaration for Arkansas

Governor Hutchinson announced on Twitter that President Donald Trump approved the Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Arkansas after the Arkansas River flooding. 

The Governor tweeted,” Very quick action which allows FEMA to provide individual and public infrastructure assistance in the impacted counties.” 

 More than 857 homes suffered major damage or were destroyed in the counties affected by flooding. 

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CEO Linked To Failed Wind Farm Indicted On Federal Wire Fraud, Money Laundering Charges

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The former CEO of a Texas-based company that sought to build a wind farm in Elm Springs has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday (June 5).

Jody Douglas Davis and Phillip Vincent Ridings are both charged in U.S. District Court with multiple counts of wire fraud and aiding and abetting; laundering of monetary instruments; and engaging in monetary transaction in property derived from specified unlawful activity and aiding and abetting.

Davis was CEO of Dragonfly Industries International, LLC, which sought to build a wind farm on 300 acres near in Elm Springs for electric power generation in 2015.

The city voted to annex the land for the project, but later repealed it when learning of Davis’ past criminal history.

According to the Associated Press, Davis had a history of fraudulent transactions and misleading investors.

The AP reported in 206 that Arkansas officials said Dragonfly sold three investment contracts that were not registered; that Davis failed to tell investors he was convicted in 2009 in Oklahoma of wire fraud and money laundering; and that he told investors a $10 million federal grant was imminent when the U.S. Department of Energy had previously said the project was unlikely to receive the grant.

One of the other men linked to the project, Cody Fell, has pleaded guilty to similar charges. A sentencing hearing is set for September.

Davis and Ridings are free on $5,000 bonds. Their trial is set for July 10.

The City of Conway says that the Fire Department and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended the evacuation of all residents in the Lollie Bottoms area.

Conway reminds residents that the evacuation is only for residents in the Lollie Bottoms area.