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Lavaca Elementary School Incident Follow Up

Investigation into the incident at the Lavaca Elementary School in reference to a subject with a gun on the school property has resulted in an additional arrest.

            Vanessa Barrett, 26 years of age, of Fort Smith was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the 12th/21st Drug Task Force.  Ms. Barrett was the female subject in the car with Esteban Arreola at the Lavaca Elementary School on 3-14-2013.  Ms. Barrett is the mother of the children who the two were in line waiting to pick up the children.  She was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center. 

            Lavaca Police, Fort Smith Police, 12th/21st Drug Task Force, and the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office jointly participated in the investigation. 

            “The Lavaca School District did a wonderful job of identifying a potential threat and immediately contacted local law enforcement to ensure the safety of the students and staff.  This case is a great example of teamwork by law enforcement and educators for the common goal of safe campuses.”---Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck.         


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