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07/26/2013

Sheriff's Office Conducts Operation Safe Playground

In a continuing effort to keep the children and citizens of Jackson County safe, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted Operation Safe Playground on Wednesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 25th..

During Operation Safe Playground, Officers of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office along with the United States Marshal’s Office, Newport, Diaz, and Swifton Police Departments traveled County wide making contact with the registered sex offenders in the county. The purpose was to ensure that all of the sex offenders were in compliance with the registration laws of the State. The Officers also searched for individuals with outstanding warrants.

The Sheriff’s Office also partnered with Nimbus, a private entity that furnished the Sheriff’s Office with computer software called File Cop Live, at no cost to the County.

File Cop Live is a program that scans the files of a computer on scene and immediately detects if there are any pictures or downloads suspected of being child pornography, shortening the time it takes to prove an Internet crime has been committed. Officers’ can put File Cop Live on the computer and in minutes know if the computer needs to be seized for further analysis.

During the two day operation Officers made nineteen (19) arrests that consisted of twelve (12) Felony arrests and seven (7) Misdemeanor arrest. They also seized nine (9) firearms and one computer for further analysis.

Of the nineteen arrests there were seven (7) sex offenders that were arrested for Failure to comply with the registration requirements, and twelve (12) individuals were arrested on outstanding warrants.

All of the offenders appeared before Judge Barbara A. Griffin in the Newport District Court for arraignment and bond. They were all ordered to appear in the Jackson County Circuit Court on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

Those arrested were: 

1.      Clayton Barnett, age 56, of Swifton, charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a Class D felony. Was admitted to the Hospital and will be arraigned at a later date.

2.      James Thomas, age 66, of Swifton, charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a Class D felony. Bond was set at $75,000.00.

3.      Josh Tidwell, age 29, of Newport, charged with a Parole Violation.

4.      Eddrick Crump, age 32, of Newport, picked up on Order for revocation of Suspended Imposition of Sentence. Bond was set at $200,000.00.

5.      Latesha Bailey, age 30 of Newport, charged with Failure to Appear in Circuit Court, a Class D Felony. Bond was set at $5,000.00 cash.

6.      Michael Leonard, age 38, of Newport, charged with Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements, a Class C Felony. Bond was set at $75,000.00.

7.      Edwin Nagel, age 48, of Tuckerman, charged with Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements and Felon in Possession of a Firearm, both being Class C Felonies. Bond was set at $40,000.00.

8.      William Cody Knight, age 24, of Newport, charged with being an Absconder from Parole.

9.      James L. Williford, age 47, of Newport, charged with Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements, a Class D Felony. Bond was set at $100,000.00.

10.  Robert Moore, age 52, of Bradford, charged with Felon in possession of a Firearm, a Class B Felony. Bond was set at $40,000.00.

11.  Joey Smith, age 38, of Amagon, charged with Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements, a Class C Felony. Bond was set at $75,000.00.

12.  Eddie Permenter, age 50, of Newport, charged with Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements, a Class C Felony. Bond was set at $100,000.00.

13.  Gilbert Doyle, age 57, of Newport, charged with a Petition for Revocation of Probation. Bond was set at $25,000.00.

Six other individuals were arrested on Misdemeanor violations.