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A northeast Arkansas man was sentenced to prison on Monday for his part in the kidnapping of a man and a woman who were swimming in a pond near Goobertown last year.

Jon Wayne Price, 42, of Brookland pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to five year in the Arkansas Department of Correction, according to court documents. He originally faced an additional charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, but those counts were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Another man, Jeffery Allen Johnston, 49, of Brookland, is scheduled for a jury trial, according to court records.

On July 6, a 43-year-old Trumann man told deputies with the Craighead County sheriff's office that he'd been beaten with a gun, threatened with death and held against his will, and he said his partner was still being kept by the kidnappers.

The man told deputies the couple had been skinny dipping in a pond behind a residence in the 600 Block of County Road 792. He said the assailants approached the couple in a truck before pointing guns at them and accusing them of stealing.

The two men ordered the couple out of the pond and forced them separately to return with them to a shop building on County Road 960, according to a probable cause affidavit. Deputies said the man, who was able to escape, had visible injuries.

Deputies said they went to the location and found several people, including Price, Johnston and the second victim, identified as a 36-year-old Brookland woman.

Both suspects initially tried to run from deputies toward the back of the shop before being ordered to stop at gunpoint, according to the affidavit.

The woman told deputies that one of the men pointed a gun at her and threatened to make her shoot her father in front of her mother.


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  • MaxCady
    February 12, 2019 at 12:19 p.m.

    Goobertown??!! Only in Arkansas.

  • Seitan
    February 12, 2019 at 12:46 p.m.

    I concur: Goobertown??!!

  • ZeebronZ
    February 12, 2019 at 12:52 p.m.

    I concur with the 2 previous posts.

  • AreThereAnyNamesLeft
    February 12, 2019 at 1:02 p.m.

    You’re surprised by Goobertown??? When I lived I Jonesboro I told people I was from south of Goobertown and north of Weiner. Only couple hour drive to Peckerwood Lake

  • Jfish
    February 12, 2019 at 1:22 p.m.

    If I am not mistaken, at one time when the Weiner School District was being forced to consolidate, they were considering some type of web-based consolidation with the Delight School District. I was very disappointed that the Weiner-Delight School District never formed.

  • GeneralMac
    February 12, 2019 at 2:42 p.m.

    Please read 2nd paragraph......."pleaded guilty to a felon being in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction"

    Where is that poster who tried to lecture me by stating this crime was only a MISDEMEANOR ?

  • GeneralMac
    February 12, 2019 at 2:45 p.m.

    Quite evident the first three posters don't get out much.

    I have only lived in Arkansas for 7 years, and in a different part of the state, but I have driven thru Goobertown many times.

    It is on a well travelled highway in NE Arkansas.

  • GandKW
    February 12, 2019 at 2:56 p.m.

    What and where did they think they hid what the Goobertown boys thought they'd stolen?

  • mrcharles
    February 12, 2019 at 4:31 p.m.

    Well we do have a bald knob.

    Small towns are great to drive through, stop and learn the history. A favorite pastime, cheap and fun and you can learn things, like dont go to ponds near goobertown.

    guess rural folks can be like city folks, stupid is as stupid does... kinda like NW arkansas looking down at us down here but they seem to be doing what all talking primates do, screw up.

  • RTT
    February 12, 2019 at 4:38 p.m.

    Goobertown Goober Slammed with Slammertime for Stupidly Sporting SemiAuto Squirrel Shooter & Snatching Skinnydippers