Police call 2nd group of violent offenders to public meeting

Pine Bluff police have selected a new group of people on probation or parole who will receive special attention from the department’s Violent Crime Task Force. Eight individuals have to a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in city council chambers at city hall.

In January, the department held its first public meeting to introduce the new program, which is patterned after a successful program in High Point, N. C. The program identifies people who have been convicted of violent felonies in the past and are on probation or parole. At that January session, nine individuals were selected for attention and four of them came to the meeting. Three others were locked up and two did not appear.

This time, the department has selected eight people, including one, Leroy White Jr., 48, who was on the initial list but was incarcerated at the time.

The list also includes a female for the first time — Brittney Nelson, 29.

Others named for the meeting Thursday are:

• Cory Deshazier, 34

• Kenneth Moore, 28

• Calvin Honorable, 24

• Christopher Kitchens, 31

• Ricky Whittaker, 38

• Torrall Stocker, 28

Those attending the meeting Thursday first will be offered help from a variety of groups and individuals, then representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will tell them that if they do not change their behavior, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Only one member of the January group — Ben Creggett, 37, who did not attend the call-in meeting — has been arrested. As he said he would, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter was in court for a probable-cause hearing on Creggett’s charge of felony domestic battery.

Hunter had previously said that if a person on the list was arrested, he would be notified, regardless of the time of day or night, and would seek a high bond when that person went to court. Bond for Creggett was set at $25,000 cash-only.