The Van Buren County sheriff’s office with the assistance of the Arkansas Game and Fish is conducting an investigation involving the killing of a mule in the Highway 254 area.

A resident in the 1400 block of Highway 254 reported that some time after midnight on Oct. 16, 2013, a person fired one shot from the highway into his pasture. When the reporting party was awakened by the shot, he saw what looked to be a flatbed truck with lights to the rear and toward the cab traveling west on Highway 254. The person(s) continued to shine a bright light into the field on the opposite side of the road.

The next morning, the owner noticed that his mule, valued at $2,000, did not come up with the others horses and mules. He found his mule dead about 200 yards from the highway.

Van Buren County investigators and AGFC officers processed the scene and developed items of evidence. The mule had been shot one time in its rear end.

Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to call 745-3838. All leads will remain confidential.

Another case being worked by the sheriff’s office is the theft of scrap metal from property in Scotland.

On Oct. 17, 2013, the sheriff’s received a call from a resident off of Low Gap Road in Scotland. The call came in that there were persons believed to be taking scrap metal from their property. Deputies responded with the help of an Arkansas Game and Fish Officer who was in the area.

The responding deputies learned that the suspects, one of which had given a false name, had taken scrap metal from the property, according to a news release.

Troy Arnold 24, of Clinton and Shannon Wigington, 38, of Fairfield Bay were arrested at the scene and have been charged with theft of property and criminal trespassing. Wigington posted a bond for release. Arnold is being held at the Van Buren County Detention Center on outstanding warrants.