Confession results in charges


    A confession made in the Howard County Jail solved an investigation in Pike County that began in August.
    A felony charge of breaking or entering (class D) and a misdemeanor charge of theft of property (class A) were filed against 47-year-old Janet Louise York of Hot Springs on January 14 after she confessed to breaking into a vehicle parked at the Glenwood Country Club.
    According to the affidavit of arrest, on the evening of August 25, 2015 Glenwood Police Officer Josh Allen was dispatched to the Glenwood Country Club where Kennedy Dodson stated that the window of her car had been broken out while she was playing golf. Her sister, Delanie Dodson, stated that a backpack containing approximately $10, some school supplies and her driver’s license was missing from the vehicle.
    Johnny Plyler, the owner of the property, was contacted in order for law enforcement to check the video surveillance from the security cameras. HughCo Alarms was contacted and arrangements were made for the company to enhance the video for identification purposes.
    A break in the case came before any of the footage was returned. York, who was incarcerated in the Howard County Jail, confessed to the crime on September 2, 2015 during an interview with Investigator Larry Marion on September 2, 2015.
    According to the affidavit of arrest, York stated that she had taken a purse or a bag that had nothing of value to her from Dodson’s vehicle in August and that she threw the bag out the window while driving. A audio and video recording of the interview containing the confession was made.
    The Glenwood Police Department obtained a copy of the video evidence in December 2015 from Investigator David Shelton with the Prosecutor’s Office. Charges were filed January 14 in the Pike County Circuit Clerk’s Office and a $10,000 bond was set by Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan.