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Public Release – YELL COUNTY SHERIFF’s DEPARTMENT
$20,000 WORTH OF ANIMALS SHOT
Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced the arrest of four men in connection with the November 2019 shootings of several cattle in the Centerville area. Harley Stuffelebean (18), of Altus, Darren Steele (18), of Delaware, Dalton Henry (18) and Kaleb Kirchoff (18) both of Dardanelle, have been formally charged with Criminal Mischief in the 1st degree and Cruelty to Animals, according to Chief Deputy John Foster.
Foster said that deputies responded to several reports of cattle having been shot near Centerville in late November, and that the follow-up investigation by the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from investigators with the Arkansas State Livestock and Poultry Commission resulted in the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum.
Foster said that alleged damages exceeded $20,000 for local cattle farmers, and that if convicted the four could be held responsible for restitution in addition to any fines or jail time. All four have been served with arrest warrants and await appearances in Yell County Circuit Court to answer the charges.