On May 15, 2013 the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office along with the Arkansas State Police and Black
Rock Police arrested Jerry Smith,age 52, from Potosi, MO on a felony warrant from Washington County, MO
for failure to register as a sex offender.
The warrant carried a $250,000 bond. The arrest came from a concerned citizen calling in a tip that
Smith was a registered sex offender that was wanted out of State and was staying at a residence in Portia.
Officers ran a check of Smith and found out the warrant was valid.
The check also revealed that Smith had been convicted of Rape of a minor child. The warrant also
stated that Smith had violent tendencies and to use caution. The officers went to the residence in Portia
and Smith was placed under arrest without incident.
Smith was transported to the Lawrence County Jail to await extradition back to MO.