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SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECOVERS STOLEN VEHICLE AND MAKES ARREST



Lennie Verl Swink

    

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Elizabeth, Arkansas man, 56 year old LENNIE VERL SWINK, for stealing a motor vehicle over the weekend.  On Saturday, June 25th, a man reported that a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck had been stolen from his driveway between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM that morning and named LENNIE SWINK as the suspect.  The owner of the vehicle had seen SWINK in the yard of the residence in question earlier and actually saw SWINK driving off in the truck.  Deputies were alerted to watch for the stolen vehicle.

     Later in the morning, the truck owner’s brother saw the stolen vehicle on U. S. Hwy 62 East of Mountain Home and alerted the Sheriff’s Office.   Sheriff’s Corporal Robert Recktenwald found the vehicle and pulled the driver over in Mountain Home. LENNIE SWINK was found to be the driver.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where he was booked on the following charges:

Theft of property – Felony Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor

     SWINK remains incarcerated with bond set at $10,000.  He will make an appearance in Circuit Court on June 30th.  The value of the stolen vehicle was approximately $5,000.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED ON VEHICLE THEFT CHARGE



Brandon M. Mays

    

     A 31 year old Mountain Vernon, Missouri man, BRANDON MONTGOMERY MAYS, was arrested and booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on June 10th on charges related to the theft of a motor vehicle and other items that was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on May 15th.

     The vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Charger, was stolen from a residence on Baxter CR 276 in the Lakeview area.  There was a lock box inside the vehicle containing a gold piece and gold jewelry valued at approximately $4,000, as well as prescription medications belonging to the victim.

    A suspect was developed after Sheriff’s Investigators learned that some of the jewelry had been pawned at a pawn shop in Springfield, Missouri on May 16th, and a bench warrant was then obtained. BRANDON MAYS was later arrested in Lawrence County, Missouri and extradited to Baxter County on June 10th.  The stolen 2012 Dodge Charger has not been found as of this time.

     BRANDON MAYS is charged with:

Theft of Property (2 counts) – Felonies
Controlled Substances – Fraudulent Practices – Felony

     He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, and he will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on June 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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ONE MAN DIES AND ANOTHER MAN INJURED IN DIVING INCIDENT

    

     One man has died and another was injured during a diving incident this morning on Lake Norfork near the Quarry Marina.  The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 10:51 AM that an unresponsive diver, who was not breathing, was being taken by boat to the shore for help.  Sheriff’s Deputies, Arkansas Game and Fish Officers, and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.

     During the investigation, officers learned that a group of divers had been undergoing training with a diving instructor, 37 year old TODD REED of Jonesboro, Arkansas.  The group had gone down to approximately 100 feet when one of their number, identified as 46 year old BRIAN MALONE , also of Jonesboro, Arkansas, became confused and began swimming toward the bottom of the lake.  The instructor took off after MALONE.  The instructor, TODD REED, went down to 177 feet to retrieve MALONE and bring him to the surface. 

     Upon arrival at the shore, CPR was begun on MALONE, while REED was airlifted to a facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas to be placed in a decompression chamber.  MALONE was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home but did not survive.  He was pronounced deceased by the Baxter County Coroner at 11:58 AM. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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PROBATION HOME VISIT NETS THREE ARRESTS



Jessie Darlene Langston


Joshua James Langston


Jackie Dale Stacy

    

   Three people were arrested Thursday morning on drug or drug paraphernalia charges when officers conducted a probation/parole home visit at a house on Baxter CR 714.  During a search of the premises, officers found a small amount of methamphetamine and various items of drug paraphernalia.  This included syringes, spoons, baggies, and other items used to consume or process methamphetamine. 

     Those arrested and their charges are:

JESSIE DARLENE LANGSTON, 50 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Failure to Appear – Misdemeanor warrant
Parole Violation – Felony

Her bond is $1,940 on the new charges, and she will appear in Circuit Court to answer on June 23rd.  She is currently being held without bond on the parole violation.

JOSHUA JAMES LANGSTON, 31 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Controlled Substance (Meth) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Parole Violation – Felony

His bond on the new charges is $2,500, and he will appear in Circuit Court to answer on June 23rd.  He is currently being held without bond on the parole violation.

JACKIE DALE STACY, 44 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony

His bond on this charge is $1,500, and he will appear to answer in Circuit Court also on June 23rd.

     Agencies involved in the arrests were the Sheriff’s Office, 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Mountain Home Police Dept.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SEX OFFENDER MOVES OUT OF STATE



James D. Storz

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 2 (Moderate Risk to Re-Offend with community notification justified) Registered Sex Offender has changed addressed and moved out of state.

 

NAME:                       JAMES DANIEL STORZ

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   08/18/1946

 

OLD ADDRESS:      4975 Hwy 101 N
                                    Gamaliel, AR 72537

 

NEW ADDRESS:    1101 Yeager St.
                                    West Plains, MO

 

     The offender was convicted of Statutory Rape – Second Degree on 08/27/2012 in Jefferson County, Missouri.  The offense involved the then 53-year-old offender engaging in ongoing sexual contact with a 12 – 16 year old female acquaintance.  Community notification is justified due to the young age of the victim when the crimes occurred.

 

     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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SEX OFFENDER CHANGES ADDRESSES; MOVES TO LAKEVIEW AREA



Jason P. Hohn

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 (High Risk to Re-Offend) Registered Sex Offender has again changed addresses and moved to a new location in Baxter County.

 

NAME:                       JASON PAUL HOHN

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   02/08/1981

 

OLD ADDRESS:      3230 Hwy 5 South

                                    Mountain Home, AR 72653  

 

NEW ADDRESS:     184 Elizabeth Drive
                                  Lakeview, Arkansas 72642                

 

     The offender was convicted of Sexual Assault 2nd Degree on May 28, 2003.  This offense involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with a 5-year-old female.

 

     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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SEX OFFENDER HAS BEEN ASSESSED AS LEVEL 3 (HIGH RISK TO RE-OFFEND)



Alfred John Bell

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Gamaliel area man who has previously registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office has now been assigned a community risk assessment level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).  The offender has been assessed as Level 3 (high risk to re-offend).

 

NAME:                       ALFRED JOHN BELL

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   10/28/1979

 

HOME ADDRESS:  1126 Red Bank Rd.

                                    Gamaliel, Arkansas 72537                             

 

     The offender was convicted in the State of California of multiple crimes, including several counts of indecent exposure, child molestation, assault with intent to rape, and sexual battery.  His most recent conviction was in 2009.  Documentation available at this time indicates there were multiple female victims, ages 16 and above.

  

     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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SEX OFFENDER HAS MOVED ONCE AGAIN



Frank Quintana

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 2 Registered Sex Offender (moderate risk to re-offend with community notification justified) has moved and changed addresses.

 

NAME:                       FRANK ANTHONY QUINTANA

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   10/10/1977

 

OLD ADDRESS:      230 Buzzard Roost Cutoff

                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653  
          

NEW ADDRESS:   208 Buzzard Roost Cutoff   (next door to prior address)                                   Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653                    

 

     The offender was convicted in Hardin County, Texas on 02/13/2009 of Indecency with a Child – Sexual Contact.  The victim was a 10 year old female.  Community notification is justified due to the young age of the victim at the time the crime occurred.

 

          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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SECOND ARREST MADE IN STOLEN FIREARMS AND DRUG CASE



Logan Walters

 

UPDATE JUNE 7, 2016:

     A second arrest has been made in connection with the cache of firearms and drugs seized during the service of a search warrant on June 1st on Baxter CR 715 that was reported last week.

     During a follow-up investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators found it possible to bring charges against a second suspect.   LOGAN WADE WALTERS, a 20 year old Midway area resident already on probation for felony charges, is being charged with additional felony crimes related to this seizure.

     On June 6th, a Baxter County man identified eight (8) of the firearms seized as having been stolen from his house. Three (3) additional firearms belonging to the victim remain unaccounted for. A large amount of cash was also stolen from the residence.  

     LOGAN WALTERS, already incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on a probation violation, admitted Monday to Sheriff’s Investigators that he and a juvenile went into the victim’s residence through a downstairs window and stole the items in question. They split the cash, which has since been spent.

     LOGAN WALTERS is being charged additionally with:

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

     WALTERS will have a bond of $50,000 on these new charges, and he will appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer on June 23rd.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE JUNE 3, 2016:

The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 17 year old male juvenile on drug and stolen weapons charges after serving a search warrant Wednesday evening, June 1st.

     A citizen tip was received at the Sheriff’s Office indicating that there were stolen guns and marijuana at a residence on Baxter CR 715 in the Gassville area.  Additional information was developed that allowed investigators to obtain a warrant to search the residence, and the warrant was subsequently executed.

    During the search, authorities found ten (10) various types of firearms, approximately 336 grams of marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia.  At least one of the firearms was confirmed as having been stolen from a burglary in the Clarkridge area.  The drugs were packaged for delivery.  A large assortment of knives was also found.

     The 17 year old juvenile was turned over to the custody of Baxter County Juvenile Services with felony charges of Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver and with Theft by Receiving.  He was subsequently placed in a juvenile detention facility.

     The investigation is continuing.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MOUNTAIN HOME MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED SATURDAY EVENING AFTER JUMPING FROM MOVING VEHICLE

    

     A Mountain Home man, 19 year old SHANE LEE THOMAS, was seriously injured after apparently jumping out of a moving vehicle on State Highway 5 South In the Briarcliff area Saturday evening, June 4th.

     The Sheriff’s Office had received a report of a disturbance on Scenic Drive in Salesville.  Before deputies arrived, one of the parties involved in the disturbance had left as a passenger in a vehicle.  A short time later, a call was placed to the 911 Center reporting that a man had jumped from a moving vehicle and was lying in the road unresponsive.  This was later determined to be SHANE LEE THOMAS.

     Other persons inside the vehicle told deputies that the vehicle was going approximately 30 miles per hour when THOMAS jumped out.  Another person inside the vehicle also jumped out to assist THOMAS after the vehicle had further slowed down.  This second person was not injured.

     Deputies and emergency medical responders arrived on scene.  An air ambulance responded and ultimately airlifted THOMAS to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri in critical condition. 

     The incident was investigated by Sergeant Lee Sanders of the Sheriff’s Office.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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