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All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Sergeant Kellar noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Highway 70 West near Wal-Mart NM. He alerted his deputies that a suspicious vehicle was traveling towards Hot Springs.
Approximately 1 minute later, GCSO Deputy Crow spotted the vehicle, found probable cause to stop it and a traffic stop was conducted at Chesswood Plaza on Highway 70 West.
Deputies made contact with Sheena Christeen Schenkel, 33 of parts unknown. She was initially confused as to who exactly she was, but Sgt. Kellar was able to set her straight on her identity. She was ultimately found to be wanted out of Garland County. She was arrested and searched.
Somewhere during this process, a meth pipe was allegedly located in the vehicle. A small amount of meth was also allegedly located. The other occupant of the vehicle, Jason Lee Speers, 41 of Garland County, was then arrested.
Lots of bags were inside the vehicle. Deputies searched through all the bags, boxes and other containers. Deputy Crow found an item that he backed away from. He also had GCSO Deputy Helms step away from the suspect vehicle. There was some concern that the item, about the size of a roll of breath mints, and had what deputies believed to be a fuse sticking out of it.
The item was determined to be a type of homemade explosive.
Mr. Speers is charged with Felony Criminal Use Of Prohibited Weapon, Felony Possession Of Meth and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond totaling $10,000.
Ms. Schenkel is charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure To Appear with a bond totaling $5,000.
2017 Arkansas Code
Title 5 – Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 6 – Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, or Welfare
Chapter 73 – Weapons
Subchapter 1 – Possession and Use Generally
§ 5-73-104. Criminal use of prohibited weapons
- (a) A person commits the offense of criminal use of prohibited weapons if, except as authorized by law, he or she uses, possesses, makes, repairs, sells, or otherwise deals in any:
- (1) Bomb;
- (2) Machine gun;
- (3) Sawed-off shotgun or rifle;
- (4) Firearm specially made or specially adapted for silent discharge;
- (5) Metal knuckles; or
- (6) Other implement for the infliction of serious physical injury or death.
- (b) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:
- (1) The defendant was a law enforcement officer, prosecuting attorney, deputy prosecuting attorney, prison guard, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of his or her duty at the time he or she used or possessed the prohibited weapon; or
- (2) The defendant used, possessed, made, repaired, sold, or otherwise dealt in any article enumerated in subsection (a) of this section under circumstances negating any likelihood that the weapon could be used as a weapon.
- (1) Criminal use of prohibited weapons is a Class B felony if the weapon is a bomb, machine gun, or firearm specially made or specially adapted for silent discharge.
- (2) Criminal use of prohibited weapons is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is possession of metal knuckles.
- (3) Otherwise, criminal use of prohibited weapons is a Class D felony.