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DEPUTY MAKES TWO ARRESTS ON WEAPONS CHARGES AFTER RESPONDING TO COMPLAINT



Adam Tyler McMackins


Karen Beth Harned

 

     Two persons were arrested by the Sheriff’s Office early Sunday morning, December 4th, during an investigation into a suspicious person and suspicious vehicle complaint call on Baxter CR 30.  Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell responded to the area.  The caller indicated there was a man walking in the woods with a flashlight and that he shined it on the caller when the caller drove by.  A description and license plate number of a vehicle that was driving down CR 30 at a slow speed in the same location was also provided to dispatchers.

     Corporal Morrell observed the vehicle on CR 30 and followed.  He initiated a stop on the driver of the vehicle for not using a turn signal at the intersection of CR 30 and U. S. Hwy 62 E.   As  Corporal Morrell approached the male driver, he observed a small shotgun sitting on top of the rear seating area wrapped in cloth.  There was a female passenger inside the vehicle as well.  The male driver admitted to having been in the woods with a flashlight.

     Corporal Morrell removed the shotgun from the vehicle for further examination and observed it to be a .20 gauge with the barrel sawed off to a length of 16 inches.  The shotgun appeared to have grind marks and paint on it.  The serial number, make, or model could not be found.  Ammunition for the shotgun was found, including expended cartridges.

     A further search of the vehicle uncovered a canister in the console area that contained methamphetamine residue. 

     The driver of the vehicle, identified as 31 year old ADAM TYLER MCMACKINS of rural Mountain Home, was arrested and charged with:

Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapon (possess sawed-off shotgun) – Felony
Possession of a Defaced Firearm – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Failure to Use Turn Signal – Misdemeanor

     He was booked into the detention center and released later the same morning after posting $7,500 bond.  He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on December 8th.

     The passenger, identified as 41 year old KAREN BETH HARNED of Mountain Home, was arrested and charged with:

Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapon (possess sawed-off shotgun) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony

     She was booked into the detention center and also released later the same morning after posting $7,500 bond.  She also has a court date in Circuit Court for December 8th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH THREE BREAK-INS



Rebecca Rene Bryniarski

 

     The Sheriff’s Office arrested a rural Mountain Home woman, 36 year old REBECCA RENE BRYNIARSKI, on December 1st in connection with a series of break-ins and thefts in Baxter County.    The charges came about as a result of an investigation into break-ins at three separate locations.

     On November 6th, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a break-in and theft at a shop building at 174 Crawford Drive.  One of the items stolen was a new 5000 lb winch with a cable breaking system.  Suspects were later developed in this case.  It was ultimately revealed through the LeadsOnline system that the winch in question had been pawned on November 8th by REBECCA BRYNIARSKI. 

     On November 15th, the Mountain Home Police Department (MHPD) took a report of a break-in and theft at a building used for storage at 2169 Hwy 62 West.  Various items were stolen.

     A third break-in and theft had earlier been reported to MHPD from 2471 Hwy 62 West.  Items stolen from this location included an antique metal car and a Chinese checker board.

     On December 1st, REBECCA BRYNIARSKI was interviewed by investigators, and she admitted her involvement to varying degrees in each of these break-ins.  She was arrested and incarcerated in the Detention Center on charges of:

Breaking or Entering (2 counts) - Felonies
Theft of Property – Misdemeanor
Theft by Receiving - Misdemeanor

     BRYNIARSKI was released from custody after posting $10,000 bond.  She will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on December 8th.

     Similar charges are expected to be filed later against a second suspect as well.

     In addition to these cases, the investigation continues into the various break-ins of mini storage units and other buildings reported last week that resulted in the recovery of a large cache of stolen property and the arrest of DWAYNE ALLEN THOMPSON.  Property remains to be claimed by its rightful owners.  Anyone seeking to examine or lay claim to any of these stolen items can contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division to schedule an appointment to view them where they are currently stored.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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LARGE CACHE OF STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED; ONE ARREST MADE



Dwayne Allen Thompson

     A rural Mountain Home man has been arrested on several charges in connection with caches of stolen property that investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain Home Police Department uncovered Tuesday evening.

     A confidential information (CI) told investigators of mini storage units around Mountain Home that contained stolen property.  Investigators obtained two search warrants for mini storage units at D & D Storage at the intersection of E. Hwy 62 B at CR 28 and at the Triple AAA Storage on State Highway 5 North.  The CI also named a suspect, and he was located and arrested during a traffic stop on College Street in Mountain Home Tuesday afternoon.

     Investigators seized approximately five (5) trailer loads of stolen property that was found at these mini storage units.  The stolen property has been taken to a temporary storage location at the Baxter County Fairgrounds.  The stolen property was taken from break-ins at other mini storages and vacant homes.  Some of this property has been connected with incident/offense reports already on file with law enforcement.  Other articles have not been connected yet with open cases, and the owners of the property may not realize yet that their property has been stolen.

     DWAYNE ALLEN THOMPSON, 41 years of age, is incarcerated in the Detention Center on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Breaking or Entering – Felony
Theft of Property (2 counts) – Felonies

    He currently has a bond of $50,000 and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer during December.  He is expected to be charged with other similar crimes by both the Sheriff’s Office and City Police as the investigation continues.  

     On Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, investigators will be on hand and available at the Baxter County Fairgrounds – Building C3 to assist people with identifying and claiming property that belongs to them.  Entry to the fairgrounds will be possible through the West gate. 

     The investigation remains open and active. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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ARRESTEE FROM WEEKEND VEHICLE THEFT IS IDENTIFIED



Daryl Matthew Krueger

 

     A rural Mountain Home man was arrested Sunday afternoon, November 20th, after an investigation into a residential burglary and theft of a motor vehicle that occurred the day before.  The incident was reported on Saturday, November 19th, and Sheriff’s Corporal Kristofer Savino responded to the complaint call at a residence on State Highway 5 South of Mountain Home.  The victim reported that someone had entered into his home and that checkbooks, keys to the residence, and other articles were missing.  The victim’s vehicle, a 2013 GMC Sierra Crew Cab truck valued at approximately $30,000, was also missing. 

     When the victim discovered his vehicle missing, he contacted OnStar to see if the location of the vehicle could be determined.  OnStar advised the vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Walmart Store in Mountain Home.  OnStar remotely disabled the vehicle so it could not be started, and officers responded to Walmart. 

     During the course of the investigation, it was learned that a credit card belonging to the victim had been used at the Pioneer Express convenience store on U. S. Hwy 62/412 Bypass at Buzzard Roost Road at approximately 1:49 PM Saturday, prior to the vehicle being tracked to Walmart.  The stolen credit card was also used to make a purchase inside Walmart.  Sheriff’s Investigators contacted Walmart Asset Protection Management, and they were able to provide video and photographic evidence of a male suspect who had used the stolen credit card inside the store.  Evidence also showed that the suspect had left the premises on foot after discovering the vehicle he had stolen was disabled.  A photograph of the suspect was put out to the public Saturday evening in hopes that the suspect could be identified or spotted in the area.

     The next day, Sunday November 20th, the Sheriff’s Office received a citizen tip reporting that a man matching the description of the suspect in question was walking along U. S. Highway 62 B in Mountain Home.  Corporal Savino responded and made contact with the suspect, who was wearing the same clothing as in the photograph.  The suspect was taken into custody.  During a search of the suspect, Corporal Savino found credit cards and jewelry belonging to the victim on the suspect’s person. 

     The suspect, identified as 30 year old DARYL MATTHEW KRUEGER of rural Mountain Home, was incarcerated in the Detention Center on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property – Felony
Theft of Credit Card (2 counts) – Felonies
Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (2 counts) – Misdemeanors
Theft of Property – Misdemeanor

     DARYL MATTHEW KRUEGER remains in the Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on December 1, 2016.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE OFFERS TIPS AFTER RASH OF STORAGE UNIT BREAK-INS

 

     The Sheriff’s Office has taken reports of a rash of break-ins of some of the storage unit facilities in Baxter County during the past several days. This seems to happen a couple of times per year.  Storage units are often tempting targets for would be thieves.  Many of the commercial facilities are large with dozens or even hundreds of units.  It is not unusual for renters of storage units to be coming and going throughout the day and evening.  Someone with ill intent who does not belong on the premises would likely not be distinguished by passersby from actual renters having legitimate business there.  Such thefts are sometimes not discovered for quite a long time after they have occurred.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following tips that people may want to consider when renting and storing personal property in one of the commercial storage unit facilities:

Consider the physical location of the commercial storage unit facility. A well-lit and higher traffic area would normally be preferable.  Also, does the facility have gates, fencing, and/or recorded video surveillance equipment in place and in use?

Choose a high quality lock of the type and style that is specifically designed to secure storage units.

It is not recommended that any items having a high dollar value be left unattended in a storage unit.

Any items of value stored in the unit should be well documented, including the recording of serial numbers and any special identifying markings that may be present.

Any items of value should be photographed before being placed into the storage unit. Such photographs and the recording of serial numbers may be instrumental in allowing investigators to identify and recover any articles that might be stolen from the unit.

Persons renting storage units should personally check their units and the contents of the unit on a regular basis. Not only should visual observation be made to confirm that the lock is still in place, but also open the unit and examine the contents. Thieves have been known to replace locks after stealing contents of the unit in order to give the outward appearance that the unit is still secure. Frequent checking of the units will help provide a timeline for investigators should thefts occur.

Any suspicious activities noted should be immediately reported to law enforcement. We will be glad to respond and investigate.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

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PROBATION/PAROLE HOME VISIT NETS TWO ARRESTS



Christopher Alfred Knapp


Rebekah Lynn Knapp

    

      A rural Mountain Home couple were arrested on drug charges Monday afternoon, November 14th, after Sheriff’s Investigators and officers with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections conducted a probation/parole home visit at 4952 Hwy 62 West. 

     During this probation/parole visit, officers conducted a search of the residence and an outbuilding.  The search uncovered approximately 16.9 grams of liquid methamphetamine, approximately .5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and various articles of drug paraphernalia including smoking pipes and spoons. 

     Both of the persons residing at the residence were arrested and taken into custody.  The male also had a small amount of marijuana on his person when he was searched.  Both were transported to the Detention Center and booked on the following charges:

CHRISTOPHER ALFRED KNAPP, 51 years of age, charged with:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance (marijuana) – Misdemeanor
Parole Violation – Felony

     CHRISTOPHER KNAPP has a bond of $15,000 on the new drug charges and a no bond hold for the Parole Violation.  He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on November 17th.

REBEKAH LYNN KNAPP, 40 years of age, charged with:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Forgery – Outstanding Felony Bench Warrant
Theft of Property – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant
Violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant

     The Forgery and Theft warrant had been issued on November 7th following an investigation by the Sheriff's Office into the fraudulent use of another person's checking account information by REBEKAH KNAPP.  She had used this account information to make ten (10) unauthorized online purchases and payments for her own use and benefit.

     REBEKAH KNAPP has a bond of $18,843.15 and will also appear before the Circuit Court to answer on November 17th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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HOMELESS SEX OFFENDER LIVING IN BAXTER COUNTY



Chris Alan Gladney

    

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

 

NAME:                       CHRIS ALAN GLADNEY

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   05/05/1960

 

HOME ADDRESS:  HOMELESS

                                    Baxter County, Arkansas

 

     The offender is homeless.  He has been placed on an ankle monitor for tracking purposes and is required to personally report to the Sheriff’s Office to check in once per week.            

 

     The offender was convicted of Sexual Indecency With a Child (2 counts) on June 24, 2010.  The offenses involved Gladney exposing himself to a number of other people outside of their homes.

 

     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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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING SUICIDE

    

     The Sheriff’s Office was called to an unattended death from a gunshot wound this morning at 494 CR 995.  The 911 Center received a call at approximately 5:29 AM from a man reporting that when he arrived home at that address this morning, he found a house guest to be deceased on the floor from an apparent gunshot wound. 

     When deputies arrived on scene, they found a man lying in the living room floor who was deceased from a gunshot wound to his head.  Investigators found a .45 caliber pistol on the floor next to the victim, who is being identified as 31 year old MICHAEL JONES of Mountain Home. 

     Sheriff’s Investigators believe the gunshot to be self-inflicted and are investigating the matter as a suicide.  The body of the deceased is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy.  The case remains open pending those results.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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DRUG DEALER ARRESTED THIS AFTERNOON



Steven Michael Taylor

    

      A rural Mountain Home man, 37 year old STEVEN MICHAEL TAYLOR, was arrested and taken to the Detention Center this afternoon after being served with a Warrant of Arrest for numerous drug offenses.

     A warrant for the arrest of STEVEN TAYLOR was obtained by Sheriff’s Investigators on November 2nd after a series of 5 controlled buys of methamphetamine were made from TAYLOR by a cooperating individual (CI).  These controlled buys took place between September 15, 2016 and October 26, 2016 and involved approximately 11 grams of methamphetamine being sold by TAYLOR for $600. 

     TAYLOR utilized a cellular phone on each of these occasions to facilitate the transactions, each of which was monitored by Investigators.  One transaction took place within 1000 feet of a local church, while another transaction took place within 1000 feet of a designated school bus stop, with a small child being present in the vehicle with TAYLOR when that deal was made.

     STEVEN MICHAEL TAYLOR is being held in the Detention Center on charges of:

Delivery of Methamphetamine (5 counts) – Felonies
Unlawful Use of Communications Device (5 counts) – Felonies
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the Third Degree – Misdemeanor
Proximity to Certain Facilities (2 counts) – Penalty Enhancement

     TAYLOR is being held in lieu of $40,000 bond and will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on November 10th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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ANOTHER SEX OFFENDER REGISTERS WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE



Fredrick John Scott

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Promise Land area man has registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in this County. 

 

NAME:                       FREDRICK JOHN SCOTT

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   08/11/1936

 

HOME ADDRESS:  126 Ripple Rock Rd. (Promise Land Area)

                                    Mountain Home, AR 72653                          

 

     The offender was arrested for Child Molestation in the First Degree on June 10, 2010 in Harrison County, Missouri.  Information indicates he was convicted on February 24, 2011 of an amended charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree – Involving Sexual Conduct.  The offender is currently on active probation.  The details of the offense are not available from documentation obtained by the Sheriff’s Office at this time.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).

 

     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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