A number of Pine Bluff police officers were recognized for their job performance Tuesday morning during the Coffee with the Chiefs program sponsored by Interested Citizens for Voter Registration.
Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said there were no awards presented at the previous meeting in August and he got together with the department supervisors who came up with a number of individuals who needed to be recognized.
First on the list were the bike officers, who according to Capt. Kelvin Hadley had made 44 arrests since their inception about three weeks ago.
Hadley said in a memo to Hubanks and others that the bike officers had identified many drug houses and noticed marijuana plants in yards, and rolled up on drug transactions taking place “with the suspects never noticing the officer on the bike until the officer is right there on them.”
Offices Kevin Patterson, Henry Hudspeth and Scott Norton were recognized for their work in following up on a stolen auto report in early July. While the officers were questioning a suspect, the suspect fled on foot and Patterson was able to follow the directions given by Hudspeth and Norton and chase down the suspect after jumping over a fence.
On July 7, Officer Ryan Edwards was dispatched to a burglar alarm at Greenville School at 2501 W. 10th Ave. and while searching the building, located and arrested a suspect.
The same day, officers Rick Bunting, Nate Smith and Derek Harris arrested a burglary suspect and located several stolen trailers, four-wheelers, a safe and other items.
Also on July 7, Officer Ryan Moheb responded to a breaking and entering at 4900 Dollarway Road (Dane’s Magic Lube) and arrested two people who allegedly had broken into several vehicles.
On July 11, Moheb and Edwards responded to a reported burglary in progress at 5525 Sulphur Springs Road (Morris TV) and after receiving a description of a possible suspect vehicle, Edwards stopped the vehicle and located several televisions and four people, who were ultimately arrested.
On July 12, Officers Tamina Smith and Phillip Meachem responded to a terroristic act call at 1211 S. Hickory St., and were able to get a description of the suspect and vehicle. When Smith saw the vehicle, she alerted Meachem who got into his patrol unit and was able to locate the vehicle and stop it at Sixth Avenue and Georgia Street. A weapon used in the crime was also located.
On July 26, Officer Gary Dominick was conducting a security check at the Jefferson Court Place Apartments at 2100 W. 40th Ave., when he saw two males run east on the parking lot and get into a vehicle. While questioning the two males, Dominick saw a checkbook and other items and confirmed that those items had been stolen from a vehicle.
On Aug. 11, a report of shots fired at Saracen Landing resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the finding of a gun after Officer Joe Anderson, who was off duty, got a call giving him information on the alleged shooter and the vehicle he was in. Anderson relayed that information to officers on the scene who located the vehicle.
On Aug. 13, Officers Rick Bunting and Nate Smith assisted State Trooper Dustin Thompson, who had stopping a vehicle on Camden Road. A passenger allegedly was giving Thompson false information and Bunting and Nate Smith asked Officer Tamina Smith to come to the scene to see if she could identify the man. Tamina Smith identified the man as Leonard Earl Walters, who was wanted for first-degree battery and as a parole absconder. Detective Richard McCorvy said Walters had fled from vice detectives several weeks before.
On Aug. 20, Officers Dexter Lunsford and Danny Brock located a stolen vehicle that was being tracked on GPS. The vehicle turned north on Humac Street and as the officers approached, it cut across a parking lot and crashed into an electric pole. Two passengers in the car were arrested and the alleged driver, who ran into an apartment, was arrested a short time later.
On Aug. 24, Brock located another stolen car that had been taken from a person who stopped for gas at 800 N. Bryant St. Brock saw the vehicle as it was traveling in the Dollarway area, then pulled it over and arrested the driver.