Recent Felony Adjudications from White County Circuit Court Involving Beebe Police Department

Sep 13th, 2017 | By | Category: News and Features

Beebe Police Chief Wayne Ballew released the following information regarding recent felony adjudications, from the White County Circuit Court, involving the Beebe Police Department. In August 6, 2016, at approximately 2:50 a.m. Beebe Police Department received several calls of hearing gunshots in the 2100 block of Kmak Drive in Beebe.  Officers responded and found a home in the neighborhood had been burglarized.  The homeowner, Albert K. Hughey (65), did not make the call to the police department, but when officers arrived he reported that masked men had busted through his front door and had stolen a few things, and then fired several shots as they were leaving the residence.  Detectives working the incident believed there was more to the case than what Mr. Hughey was reporting.  Neighbors reported there was a lot of traffic coming to the home and detectives later learned that Mr. Hughey was selling drugs out of the house.  On September 29, 2016 Beebe Police Department Detectives obtained a Search Warrant for the residence and on September 30, 2016, the Search Warrant was executed at the Hughey residence.  Once Beebe Police Officers made entry into the residence they encountered Hughey, who was armed with a 12 gauge shotgun.  Hughey pointed the shot gun at officers at which time a Beebe Police Officer fired his duty weapon striking Hughey multiple times.  Hughey was transported to the hospital and was later released.  Arkansas State Police Special Agents handled the investigation of the officer involved shooting.  Hughey was later charged with Aggravated Assault by the Arkansas State Police.  On August 3, 2017 Hughey entered a guilty plea in the White County Circuit Court to the felony charges of: Simultaneous Possession of drugs and firearms (120 Months ADC);  Possession of drug paraphernalia (120 Months ADC); Possession of drug paraphernalia (72 Months ADC); Possession of schedule VI controlled substance with purpose to deliver (72 Months ADC); Possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver (120 Months ADC); Possession of cocaine with purpose to deliver (120 Months ADC); Aggravated Assault (72 Months ADC).  Hughey also entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge of Possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver.  On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, officers responded to 1001 North Cypress Street in reference to a possible Residential Burglary. Upon arrival, they spoke with the home owner who stated he had been out of town and had just returned home.  He stated that when he got home, he found his bedroom had been ransacked and many items were missing.  He confronted his roommate, Brian R. Pearce (35), about the condition of his bedroom and the theft.  Pearce reported to him that someone had broken into the house during the night and had stolen the items.       During the investigation, the officers found Pearce was on active supervised felony parole and had a Warrantless Search Waiver on file.  A search was conducted of Pearce’s bedroom and his person and officers found many of the items that had been reported stolen.  Officers also found drug paraphernalia in his bedroom.  Recently, Brian R. Pearce was convicted of Theft of Property, Filing a False Police Report and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Inject.  He was sentenced to 30 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and was fined $510.