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Police Reports


* Dexter Benton, 21, of Little Rock, died in a one-vehicle accident on June 24 on I-40 in North Little Rock.

Benton was driving a 2008 Mercedes at 9:21 p.m. west on I-40 at White Oak Crossing at a high rate of speed. The vehicle went off the road on the left and hit a tree. The Pulaski County coroner pronounced Benton dead at the scene.

The weather was clear and the road was dry.


* A Jacksonville man, wanted for murder, died last week, in Texas, from a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Jacksonville Police obtained warrants on June 20 for Demarcus King Jr., 18, of Jacksonville, in connection to the murder of Anthony Cousette, 39, of Jacksonville, at Johnson Park on March 28. King had warrants for capital murder, two warrants for attempted capital murder and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

According to The Eagle, a newspaper in Bryan, Texas, a Franklin Police officer made a traffic stop on King, at 7:31 a.m. on June 22, for speeding. King gave a false name and sped off, while the officer conducted a record check.

Police pursued King and he lost control of his vehicle. He went off the road, before coming to a stop near Benchley (a small town northwest of College Station).

King exited the vehicle and shot himself in the head with a handgun. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries. A woman, who was a passenger in King’s vehicle, was not injured.

Jacksonville detectives were notified at 8:56 a.m. by the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, in Texas, that the Franklin Police Department was involved in a high speed pursuit with King.

The investigation of Cousette’s murder continues.


* Tony Whitehead, 30, of Pine Bluff, was arrested on June 21 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police were called at 11:23 a.m. about two people running from a vehicle on Kerr Station Road. Officers spoke with the suspects, Whitehead and his girlfriend. They were sweating and out of breath.

Whitehead was patted down and police felt an object in his left front pants pockets. He told police to retrieve the item. Police removed a broken green glass pipe with crystal residue. He was taken into custody.

* Jeff Gilbert, 49, of Lamar (Johnson County), was arrested on June 21 on drug and theft charges.

Police located a white Toyota Camry at 7:07 a.m., reported stolen out of Russellville, parked at America’s Best Value Inn motel, 1114 West Main St. in front of Room 111. Officers knocked on the door and when the door was opened, Gilbert was lying on one of the beds. He was taken into custody.

Police reviewed motel camera footage and Gilbert was seen driving the car and going into Room 111. Officers searched Gilbert and found a baggie with 3.3 grams of methamphetamine, a clear pipe with burned residue and $266.

In the motel room was a red Solo cup with two baggies containing 15.4 grams of meth. In the car was a bag of clean syringes and a digital scale.

Gilbert was charged with theft by receiving, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

* Michael Burge, 39, of Cabot, was arrested on June 20 on drug charges.

Police made a traffic stop at 8:07 a.m. at the intersection of North Second Street and Commerce Park Drive on a red 2010 Chevy Silverado truck crossing the center line.

Burge did not want officers to search his truck. A police K9 drug dog unit sniffed around the truck and made an alert. Police searched the truck and found a brown box in the center console. Inside was a clear smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue.

On the back seat was a mail bag with two clear baggies with meth residue inside. A counterfeit $20 was on top of a speaker box on the back seat.

Burge was taken into custody and searched. Officers found a baggie with 6.2 grams of meth in his pocket.

Burge was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and forgery.

* Philip Grimes, 27, of Ward, was arrested on June 18 on drug charges.

Police made a traffic stop at 2:42 p.m. on a silver 2014 Jeep Patriot at the laundromat parking lot on West Locust Street, for failure to use a turn signal.

Grimes was a passenger and had a search waiver on file.

When Grimes exited the SUV, officers saw he was sitting on a marijuana grinder.

Police searched Grimes and found a baggie of psilocybin mushrooms in his pocket.

Grimes said they were lawn clippings, then said it was mushrooms that he was going to use to celebrate a special occasion.

Grimes threw a zippered pouch on the seat when he exited the vehicle. Inside was a baggie of methamphetamine. Inside a backpack on the passenger floorboard was a glass smoking pipe and another baggie of mushrooms.

Grimes was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of psilocybin mushrooms and possession of drug paraphernalia.

* Samantha Scott, 29, of Cabot, was arrested on June 16 for allegedly stealing a truck.

Police responded at 12:24 p.m. to the Big Red gas station, 12410 Hwy. 5, for a vehicle theft.

The victim said he was getting gas and left his black Ford F-150 truck running. A woman got into the truck and drove north on Hwy. 5.

Police made a traffic stop on the truck on Hwy. 5 at Memory Lane.

Scott turned off the truck, moved to the passenger seat and was told to exit, where she was taken into custody. Scott refused to give her name.

Police took the victim to his truck, where it was released back to him.

Scott was charged with theft of vehicle valued at $25,000 or more, obstructing government operations and driving on a suspended license.

* Trevor Strickland, 29, of Lonoke, was arrested on June 15 and charged with false evidence of title or registration.

Police made a traffic stop at 3:54 p.m. on a white Ford F-150 truck for having unconfirmed insurance. The truck had an expiration date on the tag of March 2022. The license plate had a tab of May 2023. The tab was torn and had a glue-like substance on it that made it hard to read.

Strickland was taken into custody and the license plate was confiscated.

* Zebulun Clark, 42, of Searcy, was arrested on June 14 after breaking into his ex-wife’s apartment.

Police were called at 11:50 p.m. to 606 N. Fourth St., Apt. B for a residential burglary. The front door was off its hinges and open.

The victim said Clark arrived at her residence at 11:45 p.m. and text messaged her. She asked him to leave several times and he refused. Clark said he was going to kick down her door. The victim called police to ask them to ask Clark to leave.

Clark then kicked in the front door. He entered the apartment and started yelling at the woman. Clark grabbed a lamp and threw it across the living room. He went to the bedroom and kicked a box fan, then threw it across the room. The victim and her son left the apartment and entered her vehicle. Clark got into his truck and left.

While police were helping the victim secure her front door, Clark returned the apartment.

Police spoke with Clark, who said he was a random person, while standing outside the apartment. The victim confirmed Clark’s identity and he was taken into custody.

Clark was charged with residential burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.

* Charles Nelson, 41, of North Little Rock, was arrested on June 11 and charged with theft by receiving and driving on a suspended license.

Police were running radar at 2:45 a.m. on Hwy. 321 near Faith Missionary Baptist Church, when a beige 1999 GMC Sierra truck passed. The truck was reported stolen out of Little Rock. The truck turned into the Double B’s gas station and parked at the gas pump. Police spoke with Nelson while he was at the back of the truck and took him into custody.

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