CRIME & SAFETY
Neighbor recalls boat explosion on Grand Lake
DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. — The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) said they're investigating an explosion on a boat that happened around 8 p.m. Saturday night, near Check-In Bay on Grand Lake. Check-In Bay is popular cove, lined with boat docks and houses. It's a place for people to drop...
ATV crash in Madison County leaves one dead
MADISON COUNTY, Ark. — A Siloam Springs woman is dead after an ATV crash in Madison County, the Arkansas Department of Public Safety reports. The crash took place on Friday, May 26 at around 7:15 p.m. according to the report. The report states that 21-year-old Destiny Smith was driving...
Grove Man Sentenced For Strangling Girlfriend
A Grove man was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for strangling a former girlfriend. 30-year-old Tyler Craig Mitchell was also ordered to participate in a drug abuse program and will serve three years probation after his release. Mitchell plead guilty in 2022 to assault by strangling and suffocating in Indian Country.
Woman's body found in Delaware County creek identified
The Grand River Damn Authority identified a woman who was found dead in Buffalo Creek Sunday morning. The body was found around 3:45 a.m. Sunday by people at the river.
Truck leaves Highway 59, crashes into home near Siloam Springs overnight
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — Overnight Arkansas State Police said a driver left Highway 59 and crashed into a home near Siloam Springs. Crews from surrounding regions responded to the scene where the truck hit a mobile home. The home had previously been abandoned and the driver wasn't hurt, according...
Oklahoma Driver Arrested after 72 lbs of Pot found in Bourbonnais
BOURBONNAIS, IL – A routine traffic stop Monday on Interstate 57 near Bourbonnais Parkway led to the arrest of an individual from Oklahoma. Illinois State Police District 21 pulled them over for a cracked windshield. Officers allegedly discovered approximately 72 pounds of marijuana allegedly hidden in their vehicle. The...
Delaware County Cold Case Unit
JAY, Okla. — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office continues its efforts to try and help bring closure to families. “I have to look at these families and these victims when they talk to me and it’s important to provide them some closure and show them that law enforcement cares,” said James Beck, Delaware County Sheriff.
Police Investigate Deadly Standoff Near Grove
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is investigating what led to a deadly standoff at a home outside of Grove. Investigators believe 55-year-old Gary Combs shot and killed himself after holding four people as hostages for a short time, and keeping law enforcement at bay for a nearly eight-hour standoff.
Man is sentenced to eight years in prison after killing neighbor's dog with a crossbow
ROGERS, Ark. — An affidavit by the Circuit Court of Benton County states that Charles Ferris shot a dog with a crossbow and "did not attempt to render aid" once the dog was hurt and bleeding in March of 2022. The document claims Ferris said he had never seen the dog before.
Grove hostage situation resolved; suspect dead
GROVE, Okla. – A Grove man with four protective order violations, who forced his way into a Grove residence discharging a handgun, died Monday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Delaware County Sheriff James Beck. Gary Combs, 55, arrived at the Grand Lake residence sometime after midnight. Beck...
Husband Of Missing Grove Woman Found Dead
A person of interest in the disappearance of an Oklahoma woman 25 years ago has taken his own life. Delaware County investigators say 79-year-old James Lee Sweeten died yesterday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been a person of interest in the disappearance of his first wife, Peggy Sweeten. Police in Weslaco, Texas say he called them and threatened to harm himself. When they arrived at his home, he was dead. Peggy Sweeten was 52 when she disappeared from her Grand Lake home. Her body was never found. Investigators say James Sweeten would not submit to a polygraph test or a property search.
James Sweeten, person of interest in the 1998 disappearance of wife, is dead
UPDATE | May 18, 2023 | 2:05 p.m.: It seems that a cold case from 1998 will continue to remain a mystery. James Sweeten was married to Peggy Sweeten, a special education teacher from Grove, Oklahoma when she vanished in 1998. James became a person of interest in the missing...
Husband And Last Known Witness To Peggy Sweeten's Vanishing Dies By Suicide
A person of interest in the disappearance of a Delaware County woman has died, according to the Delaware County Sheriff, James Beck. Jim Sweeten died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday morning, authorities said. Peggy Sweeten has been missing since January 1998, but her husband, Jim, was still a...
Suspect and person of interest kills himself as 1998 cold case gets new attention
GROVE, Okla. -- The Delaware County Sheriff's Office told FOX23 News James "Jim" Sweeten killed himself in his Weslaco, Texas home Wednesday night. Law enforcement in Weslaco told Delaware County investigators they found Sweeten dead with a single gunshot wound to the head. Sweeten has for years been the prime...
2 juveniles charged as adults in connection to armed robbery
PEA RIDGE, Ark. — On Wednesday, the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office filed adult charges against William “Otis” Arredondo, Jr, 17, of Rogers, and Ty Seger Myers, 16, of Garfield, for aggravated robbery, a class Y felony, and theft of property obtained by threat, a class B felony, as the result of an investigation conducted by the Pea Ridge Police Department which began on April 11, 2023.
Sunken 55-gallon drum comes up empty in search for missing Oklahoma woman
Authorities thought the disintegrating and rusted-out remains of a 55-gallon drum found at the bottom of a northeast Oklahoma lake last month was thought to hold clues to the disappearance of a woman missing since 1998.
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