From Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office reports

Woman injured in fire

A Damascus woman was injured during a house fire along Highway 65 on July 13.

Sheriff’s deputies and other first responders were called out around 9 a.m. July 13 to a home in the 120 block of Old Highway 65 regarding a structure fire. Once on scene, authorities learned a 70-year-old woman was injured.

According to an incident report, just as the woman realized a fire had ignited inside the home, it spread to a gas stove. The gas stove immediately blew up, “causing her to be knocked backwards.”

During the incident, the woman’s hair caught fire and she also suffered several other burns.

As first responders assessed the woman, firefighters with the Twin Groves, Damascus and Greenbrier fire departments extinguished the flames. Twin Groves firefighters were able to salvage a Cadillac Escalade from being heavily damaged by the fire.

The 70-year-old woman was taken to the Baptist Health Medical Center for treatment following the house fire, the report states.

Ex-husband accused of hitting ex-wife

A Conway woman called police after her ex-husband showed up at her house and punched her in the face.

According to an incident report, sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence along Dilbeck Road on July 13 after a woman said her ex-husband hit her.

The suspect allegedly showed up and began “taunting and yelling” at the 22-year-old woman from the roadway. When she walked over to talk to him, the 25-year-old suspect allegedly “hit her in the face.”

Deputy Joe Tillman noted in his report that the woman “had a swollen right cheek” following the incident.

Traffic stop leads to 2 arrests

Two Faulkner County residents were arrested July 13 after a sheriff’s deputy reportedly found a vape pen loaded with a THC cartridge in their vehicle.

According to an incident report, deputy Steve Sumner pulled over a red Ford F250 around 10 p.m. July 13 after noticing the vehicle was weaving in and out of its lane on Highway 286.

While speaking with Bryan Christopher Mathis of Vilonia, Sumner said he could smell marijuana in the vehicle. Before questioning the 20-year-old about whether there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Sumner asked Mathis why he was swerving as he drove.

The Vilonia resident told Sumner he was tired because “he had been doing manual labor all day” and admitted to having “drugs” in the vehicle.

According to the report, Mathis said the contraband was located in the middle console.

Before searching the vehicle, deputy Sumner also asked the passenger, Thomas Wayne Ruple, to step out with Mathis. Ruple “stared at me and did not speak,” when asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle, the report states.

Following the search, authorities seized a vape pen and four boxes filled with THC cartridges.

Mathis admitted the vape pen and cartridges were his.

According to the report, Sumner did not believe Mathis was under the influence when he began to swerve while driving but did suspect Ruple was “very intoxicated.”

“As I spoke with Mr. Mathis, he seemed tired but not intoxicated,” the report reads in part. “Mr. Mathis did not have any issues with balance or any issues speaking clearly and logically … Mr. Ruple appeared very intoxicated and could not communicate. Because Mr. Ruple lived in Wooster and could not tell my anyone that could come and get him, I placed Mr. Ruple under arrest for public intoxication.”

Mathis was ultimately charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, defective equipment and careless and prohibited driving following the traffic stop.