FAYETTEVILLE — Theft of assets rates versus Ray Dotson, a former Springdale alderman, had been dropped previously this calendar year just after he authorized a former tenant of his recreational motor vehicle park to retrieve her property.
Dotson, 62, of 3900 Shorts Lane in Springdale, was arrested after he refused to make it possible for a woman to retrieve many automobiles from the Rivers Edge RV Park at 20751 Blue Springs Road, which is about 4 miles east of Springdale off U.S. 412. Dotson reported he was owed hire.
Dotson was billed Jan. 5 the costs were being dropped May perhaps 3. Dotson experienced previously been assigned a court day currently.
Deputy prosecutor Denis Dean stated the settlement worked out among the point out and the defense was Dotson agreed to return the seized assets and the lady was glad justice was served and agreed the criminal scenario must be dropped. Dean reported he failed to know whether any back rent was paid out.
A Washington County deputy was despatched to the RV park Sept. 24 just after two 911 calls have been been given, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant. Just one call, produced by Dotson, was about a trespassing in progress. The 2nd connect with was produced by Catina Pickle, who explained Dotson was “irate and aggressive” when she entered the RV park to receive her and her deceased husband’s home. Pickle stated some of the property was in her identify and some was in her husband’s identify. Pickle explained to the deputy her partner died Sept. 20.
Dotson explained to the deputy Pickle wanted to fork out hire he was owed, and he wouldn’t allow her to take away the assets until finally the financial debt was compensated, according to the affidavit. Dotson explained to the deputy the RV park was personal house and “an impound garden” and he could put a lien on the residence himself if the hire wasn’t paid.
Dotson hadn’t received a court order authorizing a lien on the assets and ongoing to refuse to make it possible for Pickle to retrieve the property, according to the affidavit. The affidavit claimed Dotson moved some of the assets to a storage facility and refused to tell Pickle its area. The residence integrated a camper valued at $4,500, a boat valued at $3,000, a Ford Bronco valued at $2,000 and a Ford pickup valued at $1,000.
Dotson was charged with theft of house, according to details filed in Washington County Circuit Court docket. Under Arkansas regulation, theft of assets is a Class C felony when the residence is valued at far more than $5,000 but a lot less than $25,000.
Dotson served on Springdale’s Town Council from 1992 to 1994 and from 2004 to 2008. He was defeated in a bid for a council seat in 2018.