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Suspect Identified

 

Sheriff Shane Jones has released the name of the suspect in Wednesday night's explosion in Atkins as 66-year-old Jesse Lee McCurley. McCurley remains in custody at the Pope County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Capital Murder, Aggravated Assault, Arson, and Cruelty to Animals.

Injured Deputies

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at approximately 8:30pm, Pope County Sheriff's Deputies responded to assist Atkins and Pottsville Police Department officers for a reported domestic disturbance with a possible armed suspect in the 1600 block of Avenue 3NE in Atkins.

On their arrival, officers located the residence and reported shots being fired from inside the home. After a short time, officers on scene placed a male suspect into custody who exited the front of the home. While placing the suspect into custody, an explosion from inside the residence knocked officers to the ground and a fire ignited inside the residence. Thankfully, all officers involved received only minor injuries from the blast.

The suspect is being held in the Pope County Detention Center awaiting arraignment and formal charges.

Sheriff Jones stated, "The teamwork and cooperation of all officers and departments involved resulted in a positive outcome for an incident that could have proven much more dangerous or deadly."

Press Release: Holla Bend Death Investigation Update

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Pope County Sheriff's Office Investigators continue to seek information regarding the death of Savana Kathleen Elliot, who was located in the Holla Bend Federal Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 23, 2021

On October 23, 2021 at approximately 5:30am, Yell County Sheriff's Office received a report of human remains located in Holla Bend Refuge. On their arrival, it was determined that the remains were located in the Pope County portion of the refuge, and Pope County Sheriff's Investigators responded.

If you have any information concerning Savana Elliot, you can call Investigators at 479-968-2558.

Pope County Sheriff's Office Tip Line: 479-968-6545

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Missing Person Update: Shannon Collins

  

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     The Pope County Sheriff's Office is still seeking any information on the Missing Military Veteran Shannon Collins.  Collins mother, father, brother and sister are fully cooperating with the Pope County Sheriff's Office to find Shannon.  Those family members have asked for the public's help in locating Shannon.

     Tomorrow will mark one year since Shannon was last seen.  According to his wife, Shannon walked away from their home in Pottsville in the morning hours of March 12th, 2021.  Nine months later Shannon was reported missing by his brother who lives out of state. There have been no confirmed sightings of him since that date. 

     Due to suspicious circumstances surrounding this case, foul play has not yet been ruled out.  If you have any information on the disappearance of Shannon Collins you are asked to contact the Pope County Sheriff's Office at 479-968-2558.

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Structure Fire Victims Identified

Sheriff Shane Jones has released the name of the victims of a fatal structure fire on March 8, 2022 in Pope County as 69-year-old Herman Ahrens and 66-year-old Kathryn Ahrens of Lamar (in Pope County).

On March 8, 2022, Pope County Sheriff's Deputies responded with rural fire departments to a structure fire in the 400 block of Diamond Place. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a fully involved structure and were notified by family members on scene that 2 individuals were possibly inside the residence. After the responding fire departments extinguished the fire, it was discovered that the 2 individuals were deceased inside the home. Pope County Investigators responded to the scene to investigate the origin of the fire and notify family members. 

Sheriff Jones would like to offer his condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ahrens during this difficult time.

Structure Fire

 

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On 03-08-2022 at approximately 10:16 p.m. Pope County Deputies were notified by Pope County Dispatch of a structure fire in the 400 block of Diamond Place near Lamar (in Pope County). Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a fully involved structure and were notified by family members on scene that 2 individuals were possibly inside the residence.  After the responding fire departments extinguished the fire, it was discovered that the 2 individuals were deceased inside the home. Pope County Investigators responded to the scene to investigate the origin of the fire and notify family members.

Sheriff Shane Jones extends his deepest sympathy to the family affected by this tragedy.

Missing Person Update: Shannon Collins

Pope County Sheriff's Investigators continue to seek information on the whereabouts of Shannon Collins, 49 years of age, pictured here.

Collins is a military veteran who was reported missing by his brother in late November, 2021. Based on the investigation, it was learned that Collins was allegedly last seen by his wife on March 12, 2021 walking from his home in the Pottsville area. Investigators have been unable to confirm any sightings or contact with Collins after this date.  If you have spoken to Collins in the time since March 12, or have any information as to his whereabouts, please call the Pope County Sheriff's Office at 479-968-0911.

Structure Fire Victim Identified

Sheriff Shane Jones has released the name of the victim of a fatal structure fire on January 21, 2022 in Pope County as 69-year-old Harold Dean Hull of Dover. On January 21, 2022, Pope County Sheriff's Deputies responded with rural fire departments to a structure fire in the 1800 block of Pollard Cemetery Road. On initial responders arrival it was determined that there was one fatality associated with the structure fire. Pope County Sheriff's Investigators continue to process the scene, but no foul play is suspected at this time. Sheriff Jones would like to offer his condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Hull during this difficult time.

Structure Fire Fatality

On January 21, 2022, Pope County Sheriff's Deputies responded with rural fire departments to a structure fire in the 1800 block of Pollard Cemetery Road. On initial responders arrival it was determined that there was one fatality associated with the structure fire. Pope County Sheriff's Investigators continue to process the scene, but no foul play is suspected at this time. Sheriff Jones would like to thank all responding agencies for their quick response to this tragic event. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.

Missing Person: Shannon Collins

Pope County Sheriff's Investigators are seeking information on the whereabouts of Shannon Collins, 49 years of age, pictured here.

Collins is a military veteran who was reported missing by his brother. On deputies' initial investigation, it was learned that Collins was last reported to have been seen on March 12, 2021 walking from his home in the Pottsville area. If you have spoken to Collins in the time since March 12, or have any information as to his whereabouts, please call the Pope County Sheriff's Office at 479-968-0911.

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