The Magnolia Police Department reports the arrest on Dec. 27 of Alisha Marie Johnson, 21, of Lewisville, on two counts theft by receiving.

According to Detective Bret McMahen, Johnson has been under investigation for a couple of months. McMahen stated she had  sold a firearm to a local business, that when checked returned as stolen out of Alabama. Authorities followed up with Alabama agencies and received a report. In the meantime, Johnson sold another firearm stolen in a burglary in Miller County. At that point, McMahen said the investigation was completed on the Alabama case and a warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest.

She was arrested in Stamps and transported to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, then brought to Magnolia. She is scheduled for a first appearance hearing on Jan. 2, 2014.

Following Johnson’s arrest, her boyfriend was also arrested by Stamps Police Department on an outstanding warrant. McMahen said further investigations on the burglaries are pending, mainly in Miller and Lafayette Counties.

In other news:

•Harry Lee Blakemore, 41, of Magnolia, arrested Dec. 26 for two counts domestic battering and endangering the welfare of a minor second degree.

According to Detective Colton Burks, in the early morning hours officers were dispatched to a residence on Dorothy St. Upon arrival, they discovered that Blakemore was involved in a  physical altercation with a family member. During the altercation, a small child was struck in the head with an object.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

•Maury Newton, 51, of McNeil, was arrested Dec. 24 for refusal to submit to arrest. According to the report, deputies responded to a residence in McNeil in reference to a disturbance. They found that Newton had a warrant out of Waldo.

•Ronny Duran, 27, of Taylor, was arrested Dec. 26 for failure to appear-misdemeanor and four counts battery third degree. When deputies arrived to a residence on Hwy. 371 South in Taylor, they found that Duran had caused minor injuries to four other people in the house.

•Paul Monk, 48, of McNeil, was arrested Dec. 27 for numerous misdemeanor charges from Howard County after deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on Columbia 36.

•Kimberly Sneed, 35, of Waldo, was arrested Dec. 30 for disorderly conduct and driving on suspended drivers license. According to the report, deputies were called to Dixie Mart in Emerson where Sneed was cursing at the clerk and customers.

Published: 12/31/2013