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INVESTIGATORS RECOVER PROPERTY FROM SEVERAL REPORTED THEFTS


Darren Lee Newcomb

William Joshua Lewis

Stolen Kawasaki RTV
being recovered by
Inv. Scott Thrasher

     Acting on a citizen tip received through its anonymous email tip contact feature on the Sheriff’s Office website, Sheriff’s Investigators were able to recover several articles of stolen property last Friday afternoon, December 12th  at approximately 1:30 PM, at a private residence at 3824 Highway 126 North of Gassville.

     Investigators went to the residence to speak with the property owner or resident.  While at the residence, Investigators did not initially find the owner but instead spoke with another person there, identified as 28 year old WILLIAM JOSHUA LEWIS.  During and after interaction with WILLIAM LEWIS, Investigators observed articles of property that matched the description of property reported stolen since December 1st.

     On December 1st, it was reported from 23 CR 15 that a 2000 Tracker Pop-Up Camper valued at $1,200 had been stolen from that address.

     On December 8th, it was reported from a job site across from 745 Buford Road that an 18 ft flat bed utility trailer valued at $2,000.00 had been stolen from that location.

     On December 10th, it was reported from 12722 Hwy 201 South that a 2011 Kawasaki Mule RTV valued at $12,000.00 had been stolen from that address.

     While still at the residence Friday afternoon, Investigators observed the person residing at the residence drive up on the stolen Kawasaki Mule.  He was identified as 39 year old DARREN LEE NEWCOMB.  In addition to the stolen Kawasaki RTV, the stolen camper and stolen utility trailer were also found on the premises and recovered for the victims.

     DARREN LEE NEWCOMB was charged with:

Theft by Receiving – Felony

     He was transported to the Detention Center for booking and was later released at approximately 6:30 PM after posting $30,000.00 bond.  DARREN NEWCOMB will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on December 18th.

     WILLIAM JOSHUA LEWIS was determined to be in violation of a previous court-ordered probation and was also taken into custody.  He remains in the Detention Center without bond pending a court appearance at a later time.

     The recovered property is being returned to the victims.  The investigation is continuing.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff
 

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ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF MOUNTAIN HOME MAN

     The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one vehicle traffic accident that was reported at approximately 7:22 AM this morning that claimed the life of a 28 year old Mountain Home man.

     A river guide on the Norfork River called 911 this morning to report he had found where a truck had run off County Road 63 at Norfork and was overturned in the water.  The caller reported there appeared to be someone underneath the vehicle.

     Sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical/rescue personnel were dispatched.  They found that a 2001 Green Chevrolet pickup truck had run off the county road and was upside down in the river.  Rescue workers found a body, later identified as BRANDON WOLF, under the vehicle.  It appeared the vehicle had been heading West bound on CR 63, left the roadway on the right, went down an embankment, and then overturned.  The Baxter County Coroner’s Office was summoned to the scene.  Rescue personnel recovered the body of BRANDON WOLF, which was removed from the scene by a Deputy Coroner.  

     The accident is being investigated by Sergeant Brian Davis of the Sheriff’s Office.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION


Sarah C. Moad

     The Sheriff’s Office this afternoon arrested 31 year old SARAH CATHLEEN MOAD of rural Mountain Home on drug charges after deputies were called to her residence on Mallard Point Road by another member of the household.

     The complaining party told the deputy that a package had been delivered to the house by the postal service that was addressed to SARAH MOAD.  The package was opened, and suspected illegal drugs were found inside.  The deputy confiscated the articles and later had them field tested.  The substances tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.

     SARAH MOAD was later contacted and asked to come to the Sheriff’s Office for a follow-up investigation, which she did.  Afterwards, she was arrested and taken to the Detention Center on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) – Misdemeanor
Unlawful Use of Communication Device – Felony

     SARAH MOAD remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bond.  She is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court to answer on December 11th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

 

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LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER MOVES TO NEW ADDRESS


Michael Anthony Boutwell

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 Registered Sex Offender has moved and is now residing at a different address in Baxter County. 

NAME:                       MICHAEL ANTHONY BOUTWELL 

DATE OF BIRTH:   01/06/1959

OLD ADDRESS:      3551 Highway 62 W, Apt. B
                                    Mountain Home, AR 72653 

NEW ADDRESS:      7630 Highway 5 North
                                   Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
 

     The offender was convicted of Sexual Assault – Child Under 13 – First Degree on December 7, 1998.  This offense involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with a 12 year old female who was babysitting children at his home. 

     This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.  This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.  This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders.  Citizen abuse will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.                                             

 

     /s/ John F. Montgomery
    Baxter County Sheriff

    

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COTTER MAN ARRESTED AFTER SERVICE OF SEARCH WARRANT


Dennis Ryan White

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 31 year old DENNIS RYAN WHITE of Cotter, Arkansas on charges related to an attempt to break-in to a change machine and ice dispenser machine at the Midway Car Wash.  Damage to the equipment was estimated to be approximately $1,470.00.   The incident was reported by the owner on November 20th,  after which time he obtained a suspect description and vehicle description from his video surveillance system.

     The next day, November 21st, the owner reported he had seen the suspect vehicle again in the Midway area and gave chase to it, following it to the Cotter area where he lost it.  He provided officers with a license plate number and described the vehicle as a white 2001 GMC SUV.

     On November 24th, the owner provided video surveillance footage of the initial incident, which provided investigators with an image of the suspect.  The suspect was believed to be residing in Cotter.  The Cotter Police Chief was shown the video and immediately recognized the suspect as DENNIS RYAN WHITE. 

     Investigators obtained search warrants, which were served at WHITE’s residence in Cotter on December 4th.  Evidence of the crime (a jack handle used to attempt to pry open the vending machines) was obtained during the search, and DENNIS RYANWHITE was arrested.  He was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on charges of:

Criminal Mischief – First Degree – Felony
Criminal Attempt to Commit Breaking or Entering – Misdemeanor

     WHITE was later released the same day after posting $4,000 bond.  He is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on December 11th to answer.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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SEX OFFENDER REGISTERS WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE


Jeremy Thomas Farrier

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 (high risk to re-offend) Sex Offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office and is residing in Baxter County. 

NAME:                       JEREMY THOMAS FARRIER

DATE OF BIRTH:   04/01/1985

ADDRESS:                4714 Old Military Road
                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
 

     The offender was convicted of four (4) counts of Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree on September 28, 2011.  These offenses involved the then 26-year-old offender engaging in sexual contact with two minor female acquaintances who were 14-15 years of age, which occurred on separate dates. 

     This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.  This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.  This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders.  Citizen abuse will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.                     

 

     /s/ John F. Montgomery
    Baxter County Sheriff

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER BREAKING INTO A RESORT CABIN AT LAKEVIEW


Michelle Lynn Wickser

Roger Frederick Wickser

     A Mountain Home couple, 55 year old MICHELLE LYNN WICKSER and 54 year old ROGER FREDERICK WICKSER, were arrested this afternoon by Sheriff’s Investigators on felony charges following the investigation into a complaint made on October 29, 2014 by the owners of the Bull Shoals Lake Resort in Lakeview.

      According to the resort owners, who are the victims, they had been out of town for several days.  Upon returning home to their resort, they discovered two people living in one of their resort cabins.  The victims did not know this couple, nor did they authorize them to be there.  According to the victims, this couple had been living in the cabin for three days.  The cabin was damaged, and wax had been poured down the kitchen sink.  The amount of rent and damage was estimated to be $1,000.  The victims were given three (3) different credit cards by the couple, each of which were declined. 

     The couple left, and a report was made to the Sheriff’s Office. 

     MICHELLE WICKSER and ROGER WICKSER were arrested by bench warrant and have each been charged with:

Commercial Burglary – Felony
Criminal Mischief in the First Degree – Misdemeanor.

     They were both booked into the Baxter County Detention Center this afternoon and were released from custody after posting $5,000 bond each.  They are scheduled to appear before the Circuit Court on December 4th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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YELLVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING GUN AND MEDICATIONS


Jesse Glenn Zurcher

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 19 year old Yellville man in connection with the theft of a handgun, ammunition, and some prescription pills from a residence on Baxter CR 139 that was reported on November 18th.

     The victim told deputies that a work crew was at his residence to install flooring.  The victim noticed that one of the workers was acting suspiciously, including making several trips to the bathroom where the prescription medications were kept and adjacent to the bedroom where the handgun and ammunition were kept. 

     After the work crew left, the victim discovered the firearm, a Glock Model 22 .40 caliber handgun, to be missing from the bedroom and the prescriptions missing from the bathroom. 

     The victim contacted the owner of the business, who questioned members of the work crew.  Afterwards, the stolen handgun was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office, however the prescription medication and ammunition have not been recovered.

     The suspect, JESSE GLENN ZURCHER, was brought to the Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed about the thefts, after which he was booked into the Detention Center this morning on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor
Theft of Property – Felony
Theft of Property – Misdemeanor

     JESSE GLENN ZURCHER is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear before the Baxter County Circuit Court on December 4th to answer the charges.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER PROBATION HOME VISIT


Thomas Earnest Harvey

Jeremy Lee Thorgensen

Bethany Nicole Williams

     Three people were arrested this morning when authorities conducted a probation home visit and search at 699 CR 56, the residence of THOMAS EARNEST HARVEY, at approximately 8:00 AM.

     During this search, officers found methamphetamine (approximately 1.2 grams), drug paraphernalia (syringes and smoking pipes), and firearms, all of which were seized and taken into evidence.  As a result of this search, officers arrested the following persons and transported them to the Baxter County Detention Center.

THOMAS EARNEST HARVEY, 58 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Possession of Defaced Firearm – Felony
Probation Violation – Felony

     Bond for THOMAS HARVEY is $50,000, and he will appear in Circuit Court on December 4th.

JEREMY LEE THORGENSEN, 36 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Controlled Substance – Felony

     Bond for JEREMY THORGENSEN is $5,000, and he will appear in Circuit Court on December 4th.

BETHANY NICOLE WILLIAMS, 25 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Probation Violation – Felony

     Bond for BETHANY WILLIAMS is $2,500, and she will also appear in Circuit Court on December 4th.  In addition to the drug paraphernalia found during the search of the residence, BETHANY WILLIAMS was also found to be in possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe when searched at the detention center.

     Agencies participating in the search and arrests were the Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Home Police, and Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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RURAL MOUNTAIN HOME MAN ARRESTED FOR PAWNING AND POSSESSING STOLEN PROPERTY


Amos Joseph Duquette

     A rural Mountain Home man, 52 year old AMOS JOSEPH DUQUETTE, has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office on charges related a burglary reported on October 26, 2014 at a residence in rural Mountain Home.

     During this burglary, numerous items were stolen including a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, 50 feet of copper wire, a 42 inch Panasonic television, and a wooden jewelry box containing assorted jewelry, among other items.

     Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Terry Johnson made an inquiry into the Leads On Line database to check for pawnshop entries matching any of these items.  He found through this investigative tool that the 42 inch Panasonic TV, valued at $1,000, had been pawned by AMOS JOSEPH DUQUETTE.  DUQUETTE was asked to come to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning.   AMOS DUQUETTE gave conflicting accounts of how he had come into possession of the stolen television, eventually telling Sheriff’s Investigators that he bought the television and some tools from an unknown man for $300.  He also admitted he knew the items were stolen at the time he purchased them.

     A search warrant was obtained to search DUQUETTE’s residence.  During the search, Sheriff’s Investigators also found a 1995 Polaris 40 Magnum all- terrain vehicle, valued at $1,500, that was stolen from a business in Marion County approximately two weeks ago.

     AMOS JOSEPH DUQUETT was arrested on November 19th and booked into the Detention Center.  He is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of:

Theft by Receiving (2 counts) – Felonies

He has also been charged as an Habitual Offender due to his past criminal convictions, which would provide for an enhanced penalty if he is convicted of these new charges.

     DUQUETT will appear in Circuit Court at a later date.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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