According to Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton with the Stone County Sheriff’s Department, on January 24, 2022, at approximately 1240a.m., Deputy Trevor Leonard attempted to stop a black Chevrolet Truck for speeding on Highway 14 near Saint James. The vehicle fled from Deputy Leonard West bound on Highway 14 to Cove Road. During the pursuit, Deputy Leonard recognized the driver to be Jim Wayne DAYBERRY, age 35, of Mountain View. Deputy Leonard had knowledge that DAYBERRY had felony warrants out of Independence County. The vehicle traveled across Cove Road and turned left onto Highway 5 South. DAYBERRY reached speeds of over 100 MPH. Deputy Bryan Rose joined in the pursuit on Highway 5 and the vehicles turned onto Misenheimer Road. Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton deployed spike strips on Misenheimer Road near Luber Road, deflating the front and rear left tires on the vehicle. The vehicle crossed Luber onto Hanover Road and traveled approximately two more miles before hitting a tree. DAYBERRY was taken into custody and transported by EMS to the Stone County Medical Center to be checked out. He was later released from the hospital and transported to the Stone County Detention Center. He was charged with felony fleeing, reckless driving, and parole violations. He is also being held on the felony failure to appear warrant out of Independence County. He has a no bond at this time.
On January 26, deputies with the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and members of the 16th District Drug Task Force went to a residence on QMC Road and arrested Johnathan ADAMS, age 40, of Mountain View for being a Parole Absconder. ADAMS was standing in the front yard and took off running, but officers were able to quickly apprehend him and take him into custody without incident. He is being held in the Stone County Detention Center on Parole Violations and absconding.
On January 26, deputies and task force agents went to a residence on Black Bear Bluff Road in Stone County in an attempt to serve an absconder warrant on Kevin DAY, age 40, of Mountain View. Upon arrival to the residence DAY was standing outside and ducked around a parked van. As officers pulled down the driveway, DAY had vanished. Deputies located a zipper pouch lying on the ground near the driver’s door of the van. The pouch contained approximately 4 grams of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia. DAY was found hiding inside the van. He was transported to the Stone County Detention Center and is being charged with absconding, parole violations, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and habitual offender. DAY is being held on a parole hold with no bond.
On January 28, Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton arrested James E. BALDRIDGE, age 51, of Pleasant Grove on a felony warrant for two counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree, stalking in the first degree, harassing communications, and violation of an order of protection 2nd offense. BALDRIDGE also faces probation violations and is being held on a $1,000,000.00 bond. BALDRIDGE has been stalking his ex-wife and her family as well as leaving threatening messages. The investigation continues.
On January 28, Stone County Deputies and DTF members went to the 800 block of North Ridgeview Drive and served a felony warrant on Freddie Gordon WHITTENBURG, age 55, of Lonoke Arkansas. WHITTENBURG was wanted on numerous failures to appears out of Lonoke County Circuit Court. He was transported back to Lonoke County.
On January 28, Stone County deputies and 16th DTF members executed a probation home visit and felony drug warrant in the 700 block of North Ridgeview Drive in Mountain View. Upon arrival, investigators arrested Donnie EDGIN, age 42, of Mountain View on a felony arrest warrant for possession of crystal meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators also located Melissa GREGORY, age 43, inside the residence. GREGORY is on probation with an active search waiver. A search was conducted on the residence and meth paraphernalia was located inside. The evidence was seized and the matter is currently under investigation. EDGIN was transported to the Stone County Detention Center.

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