Independence County Deputies investigate two domestic disturbances


Independence County Deputies were called to two domestic disturbances over the weekend.

Friday night, the call was to Gainer Ferry Road at Desha. The suspect, Roy Ash, 43, is accused of pulling the victim, Natalie Dale, 34, off the couch, and onto the floor, striking her with his hand on the left cheek. Dale told police Ash then rolled her out of the residence. She said she got up and grabbed her 16-month-old child and went to his mother’s house next door to call 911.

Deputy Kyle Tucker said Ash was given a citation and a court date of Feb. 7 in Independence County District Court. Dale was taken to the battered women’s shelter and given the Laura’s Law packet with an explanation of domestic battery and what a victim can do.

The second domestic disturbance was a call for assistance with the caller, Sheila Rhodes, 34, telling police she was being held captive in a pickup truck at the Exxon on Ramsey Mountain. The suspect, Bobby Kyle Hill, 39, was pulled over by deputies and taken into custody as Deputy Jeremy Richardson investigated at the scene. The victim said she had tried two or three times to get out of the truck as Hill was driving around, but Hill kept grabbing her by her pants and pulling her back. Rhodes accused Hill of threatening, belittling and bullying her. Hill was taken to the Independence County jail, given a citation and booked into jail.

Rhodes was given a Laura’s Law pack with an explanation of the information it contained about domestic violence.

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