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The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone who participated in the September 27th RX Take Back sponsored by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence County ATOD Coalition. 86 pounds of old meds will be turned into the DEA.














**Got RX Drugs that need to be disposed of?
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal on
Saturday, September 27th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, 315 W. Main • Walnut Ridge
All types of medications accepted.
Only you can make a difference in your community to get unwanted/expired drugs out of the hands of our youth.
Visit www.AR takeback.org for a location nearest you.
Help to keep our communities drug free and to keep our environment clean.

–Sheriff Dotson today released a list of 6 Sex Offenders that lived in Lawrence County that have failed to register. Offenders are required to register their address with the county they live in and check in with the sheriff’s office. The following people have not checked in and after failing to comply officers went to the last known addresses to do a home visit.

The offenders were not living at the addresses listed which is a violation of their conditions of release. Sheriff Dotson and investigators contacted a Judge and had Bench Warrants issued for the immediate arrest of the following persons. Dotson stated that releasing this information to the public will hopefully develop leads as to the whereabouts of the subjects with assistance of the public. If you have seen or know the whereabouts of any of these subjects, you are urged to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 870-886-2525 or tips@lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.com .
The warrants were issued for the following:

Benjamin John Brickey, DOB 7-21-1980 Last known to be in the Black Rock or possibly Walnut Ridge area.

Michael Wayne Cowart, DOB 7-17-1979 Last known to be in the Hoxie area but could also be in the Rockford Il. area.

Dustin Lee Jackson, DOB 8-21-1988 Last known to be in the Hoxie area.

Charles Eugene Meeker, DOB 1-21-1951 Last known to live in the Hoxie area.

Dennis L. Mullin, DOB 12-20-1947, Last known to live in the Hoxie area.

Charles Thomas Flanigan, DOB 1-31-1950, Last known to live in the Hoxie area.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 there will be an RX take back from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm with a drop off locations at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. All medications will be accepted and no questions asked.
We also have a permanent Rx drop box at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. 315 West Main Street, Walnut Ridge
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and ATOD Coalition of Lawrence County

atod-float-parade-WR16December 2013- The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and ATOD Coalition of Lawrence County participated in the Walnut Ridge Christmas Parade on December 3, 2013 with ATOD members ,Sheriff Jody Dotson and his wife Karla riding on the float and passing out candy to parade onlookers.

The ATOD/LCSO float took home 3rd place in the Walnut Ridge Christmas Parade.









IMG_3835November 20, 2013- The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the LCSO Treasure Hunt. The return of unclaimed bond money that is held by the Sheriff’s Office and will be returned to the rightful owner. The list of names will be available on local news site Imboden Live and The Times Dispatch newspaper each week.
Those listed are entitled to get 90 percent of the bond returned and the money may only be claimed by the named person,. The bonder will need to present a photo ID.
Please stay tuned for weekly releases by the Sheriff’s Office for more names.
Contact Debbie Burton with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
Between the hours of 8:00 am -4:00 pm, Monday – Friday only.





Drug Take Back Day- October 26th 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Drop boxes will be located at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence County Imboden Substation and Strawberry Community Center. The Walnut Ridge Police Department is also participating in this event and serving as a state partner with the Arkansas Department of Health. All types of medication accepted No questions asked.


October 2013- On Wednesday, Deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office  visited the Lawrence County Cooperative School in Portia to begin Red Ribbon  Week. Ribbons were delivered by ATOD Coordinator Debbie Burton earlier to all  schools in Lawrence County to be worn in observance of Red Ribbon Week, October  23rd through October 31st.
In addition to a program on drug awareness, school officials  requested a program on bullying. K9 Officer Kyle Craig spent time with the adult  students explaining the dangers of both drug use and bullying. The students were  very receptive and responded with lots of questions and comments.
 Also while on the campus, teachers with the younger students ask  Officer Craig if he’d take the time to show the children patrol cars. Officer  Craig took the time to show the children a patrol car and his K9 unit, including  lights and sirens.
 Officers will visit all the Lawrence County schools during Red  Ribbon Week. For more information on the Lawrence County ATOD visit www.lawrencecountyarkansas.com/atod-coalition-of-lawrence-county

September 4, 2013- Governor Mike Beebe recently  appointed Lawrence County Sheriff , Jody Dotson to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. Dotson was nominated  by the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association and will serve on the council until July of 2016.Tuesday , September 3, 2013  Sheriff Jody Dotson was sworn in by District Judge Jason Marshall in Walnut Ridge. Governor Beebe stated  that he appreciated Dotson’s  “willingness to serve the public” and that he counted on his “wise counsel and advice” in helping to build a better future for all Arkansans.

Battle of the Badges: Law Enforcement vs. Fire Department
Walnut Ridge Community Blood Drive
Monday, July 29th, 2013
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lawrence County Library- Community Room
115 West Walnut, Walnut Ridge, AR
Sponsored by Lawrence Memorial Hospital
American Red Cross- redcrossblood.org

308 lbs
Saturday April 27th- the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the ATOD Coalition of Lawrence County
partnered again for the 6th DEA National Rx Take Back Initiative. Take back sites where held at the
Sheriff’s Office in Walnut Ridge, the Imboden Substation and at the Strawberry Community Center.
Sheriff’s Deputies and ATOD members worked the take back sites. Even with the rainy weather each site
reported a good turnout. The Sheriff’s Office also has a permanent Rx drug drop box. Between the take
back event and the drop box 308 pounds of old medicine was collected for proper disposal with the
DEA. Not only was old Rx medicine turned in but also OTC medicines as well. I would like to thank
everyone who participated in this event. This is a record amount for the Rx take back here in Lawrence
County. Lawrence County has taken part in every take back event since it was started. Again thank you
to everyone who took time to make Lawrence County a safer place to live.

April 2nd, 2013- FREE Parenting Life Skills Class Sponsored by ATOD Coalition: CLICK HERE to download the flyer!


LCSO 2011 News

12-27-2011- The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is pleased to announce its newest NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner! The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office (Walnut Ridge, AR) has completed the required steps to become a NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner, demonstrating their commitment to protecting children. Through training and adoption of best practices …

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LCSO 2012 News

November 28th 2012-Shortly before the Thanksgiving break, students at the Pocahontas Middle School were given the opportunity to see the effects of driving under the influence. Sheriff Dotson provided goggles that simulate the effects of drugs and alcohol on the students vision, the students are then allowed to drive the Sheriff’s ATV around an obstacle …

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