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On Monday, Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley said that he had terminated the employment of two employees, who were later arrested by the Arkansas State Police for the offense of release/disclosure to an unauthorized person, a felony offense.
The employees were identified as former Investigator Steve Morgan, and administrative assistant Misty Morgan. The Morgans are married.
The arrest followed a complaint received by the sheriff’s office, Cabot Chief of Police Jackie Davis, and Lonoke County prosecuting attorney Chuck Graham. The complaint, involving claims of improper procedures concerning an investigation, was investigated by the Arkansas State Police. As a result of the investigation arrest warrants were obtained and served for the offense on three counts of Release/Disclosure to an unauthorized person, a felony offense.
In an unrelated incident, at about 1 p.m., July 1, the Cabot Police Department was notified of a shoplifter fleeing the Cabot Walmart. Lonoke County Sheriff’s deputies saw a car matching the report that was southbound on Rockwood Drive. The car turned around, and then sped north on Rockwood Drive.
The deputies, as well as Cabot officers, pursued the car, which continued northbound, crossing West Main Street to North Rockwood Drive.
The car again turned around and was traveling south on North Rockwood Drive when deputies saw the driver throw out two plastic bags.
The car then turned eastbound on West Main Street, and traveled to the intersection of South Second Street (Arkansas Highway 367) where it struck one vehicle causing it to strike another vehicle.
The driver was identified as Ashley Michelle Leslie, 28, of Cabot, who was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries. Other persons involved in the accident suffered minor injuries but were not transported.
Investigators found the plastic bags, which contained an estimated seven grams of methamphetamine in the form of “ice.”
Leslie will face charges in the shoplifting, controlled substances and fleeing, in to traffic violations.
Leslie is currently on parole and was named in arrest warrants from the Arkansas Board of Parole and the Lonoke County sheriff’s office for failure to appear.