News from the Sheriff's Office

Former Sheriff Junius Beverly “Jack” Dews, Jr. Obituary
Junius Beverly “Jack” Dews, Jr., age 85, passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 20, following a battle with cancer. He is the son of J.B. “Jack” Dews, Sr. and Mary Miller Dews, both of whom have also gone on to their rewards. Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years, Bonnie Marie Dews of Camden, and his brother, Joe “Cooter” Dews of Springhill, Louisiana; five children, Karen Breseman of Malvern, Anita Stafford of Camden, Mike Dews and Rhonda of Camden, Randy Stafford and Carmelita of Nashville, Tenn., and Mark Dews and Sharon of Marshall, Texas; seven grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews,and his side-kick, Shorty. He is predeceased by three siblings, Loraine Watson – sister, LaVonne Davis – sister, and Lawrence Edward “Mac” Dews. Mr. Dews was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Mount Holly, Arkansas. He entered the Naval Reserve in 1948 where he remained until 1957. He then served with the Camden Police Department for 20 years where he retired as a lieutenant. He entered public office when he ran for sheriff of Ouachita County, winning that election and continuing as sheriff for eight years. Jack is a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Camden. Funeral services will be at First Assembly of God Church on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Greg Sanders officiating. The family will receive friends at Proctor Funeral Home on Monday from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
Sheriff Speaks to HG Football Team
Sheriff David Norwood had the privilege of being a guest speaker this morning, delivering an inspirational speech to the Harmony Grove High School Football Team at their prayer breakfast.
Taser Training
This morning Captain Adam LaDuke is instructing a Taser Training Course for the Ouachita County Reserve Deputies. Be sure to check our Facebook page later today for videos of the training.
Hunting Accident in Bearden
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission responded to Ouachita 92 after receiving a call. Authorities found the body of 85-year-old Elvin Miller of Pulaski County. Ouachita County Sheriff Office Detective Nathan Greeley said that Miller’s death appeared to be “accidental,” and that evidence suggested that Miller fell out of a tree stand while hunting. “It’s being investigated as an accidental death,” Greeley stated. “The Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office went out there and took the initial report, but AGFC are going to be over the investigation because it's more of a Game and Fish related case.”
Arkansas Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, October 22, 2016 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM The Arkansas Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing or prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Come Visit Us At Two Locations: The Ouachita County Sheriff's Department Permanent Drop Box and Garden Oaks Pharmacy.
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Groundbreaking Ceremony
This morning elected county officials gathered at the Ouachita County Detention Complex for the groundbreaking ceremony of the court expansion. The court expansion will add a courtroom and office space for the Ouachita County District Court.
Harmony Grove School Alarm Call
This morning the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office received an alarm at the Harmony Grove School. Within minutes Law Enforcement was on scene and assessed the situation. The Sheriff's Office along with the Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State Police ,and the Camden Police Department responded to assist. Law enforcement found the school safe and secured.