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Nashville man charged with defrauding bank


A Nashville man has been charged in Pike County Circuit Court with felony defrauding a secured creditor.

Stanley Ray Rucker, 42, formerly of Royal, was charged on Nov. 19 after an Arkansas State Police investigation that began in March, 2014.

The charge alleges that Rucker borrowed “a large sum of money” from First State Bank of Pike County for the purchase of numerous items which included a boat and camper trailer. A bank official reportedly had been notified Rucker had sold “all the security and made no payment to the bank.”

Rucker allegedly admitted to selling the items and the bank official’s numerous attempts to recoup the money had failed, according to case documents.

Rucker reportedly turned himself in to Pike County authorities Friday. He has since been released on $15,000 bond.

Kirby couple

charged with forgery

Joy Lynn Sewell-Burk and Kay Luenet Burk, both of Kirby, have been charged in Pike County with forgery. The couple is accused of being involved in the forging and cashing of checks totaling $2,780 at various Bear State Bank locations.

The checks were reportedly forged on the closed account of Sewell-Burk’s deceased mother in September.

M’boro man charged

for drugs in jail

A Murfreesboro man already jailed on burglary charges is now facing a charge involving drugs in the Pike County Jail.

Andrew Carl Pipkins, 26, was charged Nov. 12 with furnishing, possessing or using prohibited articles after returning to the jail from a dentist appointment allegedly under the influence of drugs and hiding a glass bottle containing prescription drugs in his rectum.

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