Independence County Sheriff’s Department holiday weekend update

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The Independence County Sheriff’s Department answered four domestic violence calls over the holiday weekend.

The department noted in a release that two of the cases yielded arrests.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens said charges have now been filed in those two cases while the other two incidents are still under investigation.

Deputies also cited two subjects, in two separate incidents, with leaving the scene of an accident.

One incident occurred early Saturday morning, Nov. 30, in the 200 block of Brushy Road in Southside.

A Desha man, identified as Javier Cruz Hernandez, 53, was arrested and cited for leaving the scene of an accident involving damages to vehicles involved; public intoxication; no proof of liability insurance; careless driving; and driving on a suspended driver’s license, according to the incident report.

In the second incident, a Sulphur Rock man, identified by authorities as Charles Jason Knuckles, was charged with three violations after his vehicle left the roadway in the 100 block of Oak Bluff Road and took out a section of fencing on private property.

Knuckles was cited for leaving the scene of an accident without notifying the property owner of damages; driving on a suspended driver’s license; and careless driving, according to the incident report.

Knuckles was issued the citation, and released to the custody of his sister, the report noted.

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