Cpt. Justin Rolland and Cpl Jeania Byrd of the Craighead County Sheriff's Office
On Friday January 26, 2018, Cpt. Justin Rolland and Cpl. Jeania Byrd visited Riverside High School to speak to over three hundred 7-12th graders about the pitfalls of social media and their future employment. Just last week, a Little Rock Police Department recruit was terminated after the administration found a racial slur on her private Facebook account. This was in the form of a “share” of rap lyrics from nine years ago, but the administration felt this behavior was not becoming of an officer. The recruit was one week away from graduating the academy.
There are pages of stories, just like this, from posts coming back the past to haunt people, often years later. More than 70% of employers use social media to screen potential job candidates. Nearly the same amount also use a search engine to further vet their applicants. What are they looking for? According to a Business News Daily article, these are the top eleven negative behaviors employers believe make for them to pass on hiring someone.Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos, or information. Candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs. Candidate had discriminatory comments related to race, gender, or religion. Candidate bad-mouth their previous company or fellow employees. Candidate lied about qualifications. Candidate had poor communication skills. Candidate was linked to criminal behavior. Candidate shared confidential information from previous employers. Candidate’s screen name was unprofessional. Candidate lied about an absence. Candidate posted too frequently.
Don’t drop your guard once you have the job. Most employers are now ever vigilant about making sure their employees’ posts reflect the values of the company. Nearly every agency has a social media policy now, requiring employees to sign upon accepting employment. If you have any question as to if your post is in violation of your company’s policy, check with your Human Resource Department. Don’t tank your future for followers.
Yesterday, The Arkansas Health Department held a flu shot clinic at the Craighead County Detention Center. The clinic was open to all adult inmates, and thirty-one took advantage of the opportunity. Another clinic is scheduled for October 2018, the start of the flu season.
It seems the flu season has hit Arkansas especially hard this year, and according to the Arkansas Health Department website, it's widespread. In the latest newsletter released January 12, 2018, there have been 22,000 reported cases of the flu within 73 counties. The highest rates of flu cases are within the counties of Benton, Craighead, Faulkner, Pulaski, Washington, White, Sebastian, Jefferson, Independence, Crawford, Yell, Saline, Franklin, Pope, Greene, Baxter, and Lonoke. There have been 49 flu-related fatalities just since the start of the flu season, and 41 facilities have reported outbreaks of influenza, 32 of those being nursing homes including one here in Jonesboro.
This is why it is so important to get your flu shot. It won’t prevent the flu in everyone, but it usually isn’t as bad. To help prevent the spread of the flu, wash your hands often throughout the day, and always before eating or drinking. If you’re sick, STAY HOME! You’re not being a hero if you spread your illness to everyone else at work. If you’re running a fever, go to the doctor.
For more tips and information regarding the influenza season, visit the Arkansas Department of Health website at http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/influenza
Sheriff Marty Boyd and all those who work in the Sheriff's Office and Detention Center would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. The Sheriff's Office will be closed on Monday December 25th and Tuesday December 26th in observance of Christmas. Our deputies will still be patrolling the county and answering calls, keeping you safe. The Detention Center will operate on a normal schedule, as well. Offices will open at 8:00 am on Wednesday December 27, 2017. Once again, Merry Christmas!
Brad Hyde of Crimestoppers presnts the award to Sheriff Marty Boyd
The Crimestopper board unanimously voted Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd as their 2017 Crimestopper Person of the Year. This is the first time the board was of one mind when choosing their award recipient. Their criteria is typically the citizen who embodies the mission statement of the organization: reducing crime and making the county a safer place to live.
Sheriff Boyd has been committed to the residents of Craighead County. Most recently, he has been working to find a long-term solution for those suffering with mental illness, one that keeps them out of jail and gets them the help they so desperately are needing.
The County Judge's Office was the site of the ceremony, with dozens crowding in the conference room to witness the achievement. Sheriff Boyd was humbled by the accolades, and will continue to work for the citizens of Craighead County with the same commitment and dedication we have come to expect from the Craighead County's Sheriff's Office.
Riverside Elementary held its DARE graduation today, December 8, 2017. Riverside school district is unique in they have not only a dual campus, but their elementary is also located in two schools: East (Caraway) and West (Lake City). Their awards are also given by both East and West for the 5th graders. The DARE Program began as “Just Say No”, as the acronym implies: Drug Awareness and Resistance Education. It took a few years to realize that, while the idea was great, the structure was lacking. So they revamped the program and changed the focus. Instead of teaching the kids drugs are bad, Officer Jamey teaches the kids about making good decisions. He also teaches them there are consequences for making the wrong decision. The students have to write an essay at the end of the semester, and take a test prior to graduation. The test is worth 100 points, with a 5 point bonus question. The class with the highest test average is awarded the class trophy. The best essay from each class is awarded a medal. From the pool of the best essays, a winner is selected to receive the iPod shuffle.
The essay winners are:
Ms. Hurst- Emma Jones
Overall and iPod winner West- Emma Jones
Ms. McAnally- Thatcher Durham
Ms. Lauren- Layla Adams
Overall and iPod winner East-Layla Adams
Class Trophy East- Ms. Hurst with an average of 101.84
Class Trophy East- 101.84 Ms. Dunigan
Riverside Average-102.47, highest average since Officer Jamey has been teaching DARE
Outstanding DARE student for DAREN East- Heidi Holt
Outstanding DARE student for DAREN West-Madison Hood
Bike West-Emma Jones Bike East- Kyli Bushong
The students and teachers wanted to thank Officer Jamey for all the hard work he puts into teaching DARE. They wrote him letters, gave him a gift card, and some Dallas Cowboy ornaments!
A special thank you to the following sponsors: Sodas and ice cream- DARE Cake- Walmart on Parker Rd Shirts- Medic One Pizza- Lake City Mayor John Milligan
We couldn’t have the level of success with the DARE program without your support and donations. Thank you!
Today marks the 76th anniversary of the invasion of the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. December 7, 1941, at 7:55 am until 9:00 am, six waves of attacks of 353 Japanese aircraft on the US Naval base shocked the world, and made our entry into WWII inevitable. 2,403 US sailors, soldiers, and civilians died during the surprise attack, and 1,178 were wounded. Twenty-one ships were sunk or damaged, 188 aircraft were destroyed, and another 159 aircraft were damaged. Most of the planes had not even left the tarmac, as an attack on the base from the air was given little merit.
The invasion united a divided America, and galvanized the will to win the war against the Axis powers. Of the 21 ships that were sunk or run aground, all but three were repaired and returned to service. The USS Oklahoma and the USS Utah were deemed obsolete. The USS Arizona was too damaged to be salvaged, and instead serves as a memorial to the lives lost on the "date which will live in infamy..."
In honor of those who were lost and those who served, the US and state flag will fly at half staff until sunset of the 7th.
Buffalo Island Central Elementary School held its annual 5th grade DARE Graduation on Friday, December 1, 2017. Each graduation, an essay is selected from each class, and also an overall winner of the essay contest. The class winners receive a medal and a DARE bracelet, and the overall winner receives an iPod. A student is selected by their teachers that best personifies DARE, and that student wins a DAREN the Lion. At the end of the year, Officer Jamey Carter gives the students a test, and the class with the highest average wins the class trophy. At the end of the ceremony, Officer Carter asks one of the dignitaries to pick a number, and that number corresponds to the list of students' names. That is how the winner of the bike is picked.
The winners are:
Ms. Turner's Class: John Qualls
Ms. Walker's Class: Isabella Gasho
DAREN the Lion Winner
Ms. Clester's Class- Jesalynn Talavera
And the Class Trophy goes to....
Ms. Walker's Class, with an average of 92.63!
Congratulations to all of the students. The lessons learned in DARE will take you through the rest of your days. Remember, it's all about choices. Make good ones!
Thank you to our sponsors:
Walmart on Parker Rd for the cake
Medic One for all the shirts
DARE donations for the ice cream and sodas
Craighead County Sheriff's Office is wanting your help. Look closely at the photos below and see if you recognize either of the two who are persons of interest in a vehicle theft and fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.
The truck, a white 1998 GMC Sierra extended cab, was stolen on November 15th, sometime after 6:00 pm. It is missing a running board on the passenger side, and none of the rear lights on the driver's side are working. The keys, as well as the owner's wallet were in the truck. The license plate is 526 TZG.
The first suspect was seen at the Trumann Walmart driving the truck and using the victim's card. He was also seen at the Brookland Kum & Go, using the victim's card and driving the truck. This was when the second suspect was seen on video. The debit and credit cards were used at other locations, as well.
Take good look. If you have seen these two, the truck, or you have any information about the theft, please contact the investigator, Sgt. Ron Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 870-933-4551.
We bring you an old scam with a new twist. The would-be thieves call the potential victim and tell them they have a failure to report for jury duty warrant. They reassure them it's really easy to take care of this by paying for this using the kiosk in the lobby of the Craighead County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center. They are also asking for the victims to go to a store and get a prepaid card. What lends a bit of credibility to the call is your caller ID tells you the call is originating from the Sheriff's Office, 870-933-4551. However, the thief is using one of the many spoofing tools to make it appear the number they are calling from is actually a different number.
This is how it works when you have jury duty. You will first receive a letter from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office notifying you of when you are to report, and the length of your duty. If you fail to report, the Sheriff's Office will receive a list of those who missed jury duty, and we will call. That's where the similarities end. We will NEVER as for money over the phone. Any fines or fees will be paid in person at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. We would NEVER ask for a pre-paid card. We would NEVER ask for you to put money on a kiosk. The kiosk in our lobby are for adding money to inmate commissary accounts, inmate phone accounts, and to Pay Before Release.
Remember, never give personal information over the phone. If the call sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts. If you don't think you have a warrant, call the Sheriff's Office. We get calls all the time asking that same question, and we are glad to do it. Call 870-933-4526, and select 0, ask for the Sheriff's Office.
If you have a case of fraud to report, you can call our office or email email@example.com and let us know.