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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Domestic call leads to two arrests

  • On July 31, 2013, a felony warrant was issued by the Jackson County Circuit Court for Naoma Francis, a 38 year old white female from Newport, for the felony offense of Failure to Comply with Registration and Reporting Requirements (a class C felony).
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  • Francis was convicted of the felony offense of Carnal Abuse in the Third Degree in 1997 and was ordered to register as a sex offender. In March 2013, Francis came to the Newport Police Department and registered her address as 3500 Johnson Street, Apt. 2 in Newport. On July 23 and 24, 2013, Newport Police Department officers participated in Operation Safe Playgrounds, a joint operation between the Newport Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, US Marshall Service and other Jackson County law enforcement agencies. On those dates, NPD investigators attempted to verify Francis' address but were unsuccessful. Investigation determined that Francis had moved from the residence approximately two weeks earlier. As a result of her changing addresses without notifying the Newport Police Department, as required by state law, a warrant was issued for Francis' arrest. On July 31, Newport Police Department officers were dispatched to an address on Park Place in Newport in reference to a disturbance. Upon the arrival of officers, they discovered that Naoma Francis was the victim of domestic violence. Francis reported that her boyfriend, Tony Summers, had struck her in the head with brass knuckles while at a residence in Jacksonport. They then left the residence in a vehicle and he put the brass knuckles back on his hand as if he was going to strike her again. She then opened the passenger door and jumped out of the moving vehicle. Francis was found to have an injury to her head consistent with being struck with metal knuckles and also had abrasions consistent with jumping out of the moving vehicle. Summers then left in the vehicle and headed out of town. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department located the vehicle on Highway 145 near the Remmel Community. The vehicle became disabled and Summers fled on foot across a rice field. He was captured and later booked into the Jackson County Detention Center. During a search of his vehicle, officers recovered the metal knuckles used in this incident. Francis was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and then she was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center for the felony warrant. Both subjects appeared in Newport District Court on July 31. Summers' bond was set at $25,000 and Francis' bond was set at $50,000. They were both ordered to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on August 7.
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