SCSO Makes Arrest in Coal Mine Case


The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest of one adult and two juveniles in the Hartford mine vandalism case.

Captain Phillip Pevehouse said “thanks to the tips of citizens, SCSO investigators were not only able to identify three individuals in the case, but also were able to gather evidence resulting in the arrest of the three.”

​The adult arrested was Christian Cates, 18, of Hartford.  He was charged with two counts of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Also arrested two males, a 17 year old and a 16 year old. Both were charged with unlawful burning, a felony, and criminal mischief, a felony.  

On March 15, a caretaker discovered vandals had visited the closed coal mine in Hartford.  The vandals did over $5,000 in damage to equipment, which was in the mine, as well as set fire to an area near the mine entrance.

According to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, the last time the caretaker was at the mine was the previous day. Additionally, that ​a neighbor saw the two around the property the day before. Game cameras captured photos of the young men.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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