Prescription Drug Box Collection
On January the 27th of this year the Clarksville Police Department installed a Prescription Drug Drop box for unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs. In 96 days the box has collected 134.2 pounds of pills that will be properly destroyed and out of the hands of children and others they are not intended for.
Infant Death Investigation
The Clarksville Police Department is currently conducting a death investigation of a six month old infant that occurred on February the 25th 2016 at an apartment on Shady Grove Road. The infant has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy to be done. An arrest has been made at this time of the infant’s father 28 year old Brandon Lavert Patton of Clarksville. Brandon Lavert Patton is currently being held at the Johnson County Detention Center on the charge of Battery 2nd Degree. The investigation is ongoing and charges could change as the results of the autopsy are not known at this time. Brandon Lavert Patton has had a bond hearing in front of Circuit Court Judge William “Bill” Pearson on February the 26th 2016. Circuit Court Judge William “Bill” Pearson set a bond of $500,000.00 Cash or Commercial.
** 03/30/2016 9:00 A.M. Release **
On 03/29/2016 Clarksville resident Valeria Irene Rivera was arrested on the charge of Permitting the Abuse of a Minor (Class B Felony). Mrs. Irene Valeria Rivera was charged as a result from the information obtained from the ongoing investigation into the death of her six month old baby on February 25th 2016. Valeria Irene Rivera had a bond hearing in front of Circuit Court Judge William “Bill” Pearson on 03/29/2016. Circuit Court Judge William “Bill” Pearson set a bond of $5,000.00 Cash or Commercial.
On 03/29/2016 Brandon Lavert Patton’s charge of Battery 2nd Degree was upgraded to Battery 1st Degree. Circuit Court Judge William “Bill” Pearson set a bond of $500,000.00 Cash or Commercial.
The final results of the autopsy are still pending at this time.
Prescription Drug Drop Box
The Clarksville Police Department would like to announce that we now have a prescription drug drop box placed in front of the building at 1008 West Main Street. The purpose of the drop box is to allow the community to properly dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs and keep them out of the hands of children and others that may come in contact with them. The facts and statistics about prescription drug abuse are staggering:
- Every day, 40 Americans die from an overdose caused by prescription painkiller abuse, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined.
- Two in five teenagers mistakenly believe prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs, according to the DEA, and three in 10 teens mistakenly believe prescription painkillers are not addictive.
- In the United States, every day 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the very first time, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
- The US Drug Enforcement Administration reports that prescription drugs, including opioids and antidepressants, are responsible for more overdose deaths than "street drugs" such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines.
- The number of American teenagers and adults who abuse prescription drugs is greater than those who use cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the US Department of Health and Senior Services.
Methamphetamine Drug Arrest
On 02/04/2016 Clarksville Police Department Narcotics Officer Todd Russell along with members of the Probation and Parole conducted a home visit of Parolee Kevin Kulp at the Stanton Street Apartments. Located during the home search was approximately 3 grams of suspected methamphetamine, two glass pipes, two digital scales and several other drug paraphernalia items. Suspect Kevin Kulp was taken into custody and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center. The Clarksville Police Department has taken a proactive stance with the war on drugs. This year the Clarksville Police Department created the position of Narcotics Officer which was filled by Patrolman Todd Russell and K9 Basha. K9 Basha is a 3 year old female Belgian Malinois certified by the State of Arkansas in narcotics detection. The Clarksville Police Department is actively working to keep drugs off the streets of our community.