Suspect: Gun is a video prop
JONESBORO – A teen on felony probation for threatening a Nettleton student on Snapchat now claims a gun associated with him is a prop.
An Arkansas State University student told campus police Tuesday that Mason Mullis, 18, of Jonesboro, questioned her about reporting him to police and displayed a gun toward a friend, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“He then made comments as to … a (criminal) history of this,” it read.
Mullis pleaded guilty to first-degree threatening in March and was sentenced to three years of probation, court records show. He was also barred from contacting the 16-year-old girl and ordered to stay away from Nettleton campuses.
An A-State officer reviewed Mullis’ social media accounts and found a post from Sept. 7, in which the suspect had a 9mm handgun, the affidavit read. Surveillance footage from Sept. 9 showed Mullis pull the gun from his jacket pocket while on an elevator in Kays Hall with another person.
“The gun was a prop for a music video, just so you know,” Mullis told District Court Judge David Boling.
The judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge Mullis with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm on school property. Boling set at $150,000 cash or surety bond.
As part of his pretrial release, Mullis would be required to wear an ankle monitor if he bonds out. His next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.
The judge also found probable cause for charges and set bonds for the following:
Bianca Bell, 30, of Trumann, felony suspended imposition of sentence revocation, nonpayment of fines; $1,500 cash or surety bond and $100 pay-before-release set.
Brandon Burchfield, 26, of Trumann, felony failure to appear; bond set at $10,000, cash or surety.
Twilla Cooper, 43, of Jonesboro, felony and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; bond set at $3,000, cash or surety.
Edward Garland, 64, of Memphis, second-degree forgery, theft of property valued less than $5,000 but more than $1,000; bond set at $10,000, cash or surety.
Bodey Hanley, 35, of Jonesboro, possession of meth more than 10 grams but less than 200 grams, driving on a suspended license, misdemeanor probation revocation; bond set at $30,000, cash or surety.
Jordan Marshall, 39, of Jonesboro, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of terroristic threatening; bond set at $50,000, cash only.
Robert Yerbey, 30, of Dyess, theft by receiving property valued at less than $25,000 but more than $5,000, commercial burglary, criminal mischief causing property damage valued over $1,000, theft of debit/credit cards, theft of property valued at $1,000 or less, criminal mischief causing property damage valued at $1,000 or less; bond set at $35,000, cash or surety.
Two injured in disturbance
JONESBORO – Police are investigating a domestic disturbance in which two people were injured Tuesday in the 300 block of West Cherry Avenue.
According to the incident report, a woman broke into the home and hit a man with a weapon. The weapons code indicates that a “personal weapon” was used.
Officers observed a red mark and a “very red” ear on the man, 35, the incident report read. A female victim, 32, had redness to the right shoulder, neck and face.
The report suggests that the 30-year-old suspect was not arrested or on the scene when officers arrived. The victims were not hospitalized for their minor injuries.
If apprehended, the woman faces charges of residential burglary, third-degree domestic battering causing injury and third-degree battery causing injury.
1200 block of Craighead 534, Leachville, theft of property valued at $5,000 or less but more than $1,000.
900 block of Links Circle, breaking or entering a white 2011 BMW, breaking or entering a black 2016 Dodge Ram 1500, theft of property valued at $1,000 or less.
Ryder, 4704 Access Road, breaking or entering a building or structure, theft of property valued at $1,000 or less from a building.
2500 block of Taylor McQueen Place, first-degree terroristic threatening.
3100 block of Parker Annex Road, financial identity fraud.
4100 block of Sandra Lane, financial identity fraud.
One died, 5 injured in Newport crash
NEWPORT – A Jackson County woman died Monday and five others were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Arkansas 384, according to state police.
Amanda Chapman, 41, of Newport, initially collided with a pickup truck, the preliminary crash summary states. Chapman’s 2017 Chevrolet Traverse and a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 were “stationary crossways” in both traffic lanes.
Doyle Ballard, traveling west in a 2014 GMC Sierra, hit the front end of Chapman’s truck and the driver’s side of the SUV. Chapman perished in the accident.
Ballard, as well as Chapman’s passengers – Blake Pretty, 31, of Newport, and a female minor – were injured. James London, the 81-year-old Grubbs driver of the Ram 1500, and his passenger Donna London, 71, were also hurt.
The injured parties were transported to Unity Health, Methodist University Hospital, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center and St. Bernards Medical Center, the summary read.