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Warrants issued for pair

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

BENTON - Warrants were issued for an Arkansas couple in connection with the July 28 theft of a tractor-trailer pulling a tank trailer loaded with 7,500 gallons of anhydrous ammonia.

According to Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell, the vehicle was recovered in Pocahontas, Ark., more than a week after the theft.

Reportedly this was one of two tractor-trailers pulling anhydrous tanks stolen from Breeden Transportation in Miner. The first tractor trailer was stolen June 5 and recovered the following day at a truck stop in Cardwell, near the Arkansas state line.

Richard L. Holeman, 37, of Jonesboro, Ark., and Johnnie R. Morrissette, 26, of Monette, Ark., are charged with receiving stolen property, felony stealing, attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of chemicals. Bond is set at $250,000 each.

The charges were filed against the couple last week by Paul Boyd, Assistant Scott County Prosecuting Attorney.

Ferrell said the couple was also charged regarding a stolen vehicle from Salem, Ill. The car was recovered Aug. 11 in Miner.

When investigators processed the car, numerous articles of stolen property from the second tractor-trailer, including the key to the tractor-trailer, were located. Articles used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine and articles used to steal anhydrous ammonia were also located in the car.

Sgt. Jerry Bledsoe of the Scott County Sheriff's Department, who worked closely with the Arkansas State Police and numerous law enforcement agencies, describe the investigation as very time consuming and praised the cooperation of all agencies.

The couple is also suspected of being involved in the first tractor-trailer theft along with other thefts of large tanks of anhydrous ammonia.

Information gathered during the investigation was that the couple was transporting the anhydrous ammonia back to Arkansas where they were selling it for approximately $200 a gallon.

Morrissette is being held in an Arkansas jail on drug-related charges.

Holeman is a fugitive, wanted on felony charges in both Arkansas and Missouri.

The investigation is continuing with additional charges and more arrest possible.