Report of drug use around children leads to weapons charge

Photo: John L. Morris

An investigation of reported drug use around children and neglect has led to the arrest of a Norfork man who reportedly pointed a firearm at a Department of Human Services (DHS) officer.

According to the probable cause affidavit, 34-year-old John L. Morris, also known as Jacob McCarthy, has been charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and possession of firearms by certain persons, meaning he is a convicted felon.

The arrest and charges follow the DHS officer going to a residence along Havner Road in Norfork Nov. 16 to investigate an Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline case.

After knocking on the door of the residence, the officer said he was met by Morris who brandished a handgun and pointed it at him.

According to the DHS officer, after he identified himself, Morris chambered a round in the handgun and ordered him off the property.

Morris’ girlfriend who was present at the time of the incident confirmed the actions. She said the gun was taken back inside the residence and hidden.

A review of Morris’ criminal history reveals he has multiple felony convictions. His convictions include felon in possession of a firearm.

Morris’ bond was set at $20,000.

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