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Storm Causes Kayak Accident Claims Life of United Kingdom Man

On Friday June 23 at approximately 2:36 pm, 911 received a call of a possible drowning near the boat launching ramp at Lake Norfork Dam and that CPR was being administered to the victim.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies, First Responders from Salesville Fire Dept. Rangers from Corps of Engineers along with ambulance personnel from Baxter Regional Medical Center responded. The victim, 71 year old Jim Colbert from the United Kingdom later died at the hospital.

From witness statements Jim Colbert and a family relative were in Kayaks on Lake Norfork while other family members were on shore nearby. When the storm hit the two tried to make it ashore but the wind caused Colbert’s kayak to overturn. Family members were able to get Mr. Colbert to shore but he was unresponsive. CPR was started and the 911 call was made It is believed that Colbert was sitting on a life jacket but not wearing it.  

The sudden storm produced high winds, heavy rain and caused trees to be uprooted and power outages across Baxter County. 

Sheriff John Montgomery

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Probationer Arrested and Charged With Arson of a Residence

Mitchell Teconchuk

Sunday, June 18th at approximately 1:41 pm, 911 received a call of a house on fire at 3215 Hwy 62 East, Mountain Home. Firefighters from Northeast Lakeside, Henderson and Hand Cove responded and were able to extinguish the blaze before the house was a total loss.  Fire Fighters were suspicious of the fire and Baxter County Sheriff’s Investigator Brad Hurst begin and investigation into the incident.  There were no injuries however an animal, a cat perished in the fire.

Sgt. Hurst determined the fire had been purposely set.  Three forged checks were recovered belonging to the home owners.  During the course of his investigation, a suspect was developed, the son-in-law of the home owners.  The suspect was interviewed but many of the suspect’s statements were later determined to be false.   

The suspect was interviewed a second time on Thursday and admitted to the Arson and other crimes. Based upon evidence collected, interviews of witnesses and statements by the suspect Investigators believe Mitchell Dylan Teconchuk knew the home owners were out of town that day and drove to their home, set it on fire, then drove back home, picked up his wife, daughter of the home owners, drove back to the home to make it look like they had discovered the fire. Teconchuk had his wife call 911 to report the fire.  Investigators believe the fire was set to cover up that Teconchuk had stolen items from the residence along with other crimes.

Mitchel Dylan Teconchuk, age 21 of rural Mountain Home was arrested and charged with:

Arson          Class Y Felony
Burglary, Residential                       Class B Felony
Filing a False Report                        Class D Felony
Forgery, 3 Counts                           Class C Felony
Theft of Property, 3 Counts             Class A Misdemeanor

Teconchuk, who has been booked into the Baxter County Jail 12 previous times, is also being held on a probation violation from previous felony convictions. Since 2014 Teconchuk has been arrested and charged with Parole Revocation 4 separate times Forgery, Felony Fleeing, Breaking or Entering, Shoplifting, Theft of Property, Contempt of Court, Hot Checks 3 separate times, and Felony Theft of Property.

Teconchuk is currently being held in the Baxter County Detention Center on $150,000 pending his appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on June 29.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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Parolee Arrested in Springfield MO With Stolen Truck From Baxter County

Christian Blake Sisk

On Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Approximately 9 am, Baxter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a local Marina for a report of multiple break-ins, and thefts including the theft of a 2015 Chevrolet High County truck. Cash and credit cards were also stolen. Other vehicles and buildings located on the property were also broken into with multiple items stolen.

Using electronics built into the truck, the owner located the vehicle in Springfield Missouri in the Bass Pro Parking Lot.  Springfield Police Department was on scene dealing with another issue when they were notified about the stolen vehicle. Police set up surveillance on the stolen truck. A short time later a man walked up to the vehicle and attempted to enter it.

Springfield Police took the suspect into custody and was held for Baxter County.  Tuesday morning the suspect was extradited back to Baxter County to face charges.

Christian Blake Sisk age, 25 of Mountain Home is charged with:

Breaking or Entering 5-39-202 (a) (1) (C) class D felony, 4 counts

Theft of Property 5-36-103 (a) (1) (4) (A) 5-36-103, class A misdemeanor, 4 counts

Theft of Property 5-36-103 (a) (1) (b) (1) (A) 5-36-103, class B Felony

Sisk was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and is being held on bond of $50,000. 

Christian Sisk is also being held on a Parole violation. Sisk is currently on parole after serving less than 2 years of sentences totaling 14 years. Sisk was convicted in June of 2013 for Burglary and Battery and sentenced to 10 years. Sisk served approximately 18 months. e was convicted again less than a year later for Breaking or Entering, theft and drug charges and was sentenced to 4 years. He served approximately 6 months and was paroled a second time before being convicted of a parole violation less than 30 days after he was released. 

Christian Blake Sisk has of history of being booked into the Baxter County Jail 19 previous times and has been to prison 3 times.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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NEW SEX OFFENDER REGISTERS WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE



Michael Andrew Salentine

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a new sex offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

NAME:                       MICHAEL ANDREW SALENTINE

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   07/17/1982

 

HOME ADDRESS:  177 Ravine Drive

                                    Lakeview, Arkansas 72642    

 

     The offender was arrested on June 29, 2015 on a Federal charge of Possession of Obscene Material and was prosecuted in the United States District Court.  Documentation concerning the particulars of this offense is not immediately available to the Sheriff’s Office.  The offender was recently released from Federal custody and is currently on supervised probation with the United States Probation Office for the Western District of Arkansas.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOCNA (Sex Offender Community Notification Assessment).

 

     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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WOMAN FACES FELONY CHARGE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT



Sarah Lynn Smith

    

      Sunday morning, June 18th, a 39 year old rural Mountain Home woman, SARAH LYNN SMITH, was arrested by Sheriff’s Corporal Kristofer Savino on a felony battery charge that occurred during an incident of domestic violence.

     Corporal Savino was dispatched at approximately 8:45 AM to an address on Elm Tree Lane on a complaint that a 73 year old woman had been assaulted and injured by another member of the family.  The offender was said to be SARAH LYNN SMITH.

     During the course of the investigation, Corporal Savino made contact with both the victim and with SARAH LYNN SMITH.  The investigation determined that the victim, who is wheelchair bound, was struck three times in the face by SARAH SMITH and sustained injuries.  Based upon the evidence, SARAH SMITH was arrested and taken into custody.  She was booked into the Detention Center on a felony charge of Domestic Battery in the Second Degree and is currently being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. SARAH SMITH will appear in Baxter County Circuit Court to answer the charge on June 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MAN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING U S ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS REPRESENTATIVE



James Michael Sloan

    

     A 73 year old man, JAMES MICHAEL SLOAN with a last known address of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office on charges from two separate incidents that had been reported and were under investigation.

     On May 26th, the Sheriff’s Office took a report that JAMES SLOAN had rented a cottage at an area resort the previous day.  The credit card he had given the resort employee was determined not to be valid. SLOAN had left the premises before the deputy arrived, and a report was taken for Theft of Services. 

     Two days later, on May 28th, the Sheriff’s Office took a report that a man was in the Robinson Point Park on Lake Norfork falsely identifying himself as a U. S. Army Corp of Engineers volunteer campground coordinator.  He was directing campers to evacuate the campground because of potential flooding.  When one of the campers challenged the statement, the suspect said “we will evacuate or die”.  The suspect was wearing a U. S. Army Corp of Engineers uniform cap.  He again left the area before the deputy arrived.

     JAMES MICHAEL SLOAN was arrested by the City of Mountain Home Police Department on May 30th on a separate charges unrelated to the two above incidents, and he was brought to the Detention Center for booking.  Sheriff’s Investigators were able to identify SLOAN as the suspect in the campground incident, and he was also then arrested on charges related to the two incidents under investigation.

     JAMES SLOAN remains in the Detention Center on charges of:

Criminal Impersonation – Misdemeanor
Theft – Misdemeanor
Disorderly Conduct – Misdemeanor
Criminal Trespass – Misdemeanor (Mountain Home PD charge)

    SLOAN made an appearance earlier today in Baxter County District Court.  He has a bond of $1,230 on all charges and will re-appear on June 8th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SEX OFFENDER MOVES FROM BAXTER COUNTY TO MARION COUNTY



Jayson A. Sherer

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a sex offender who had just recently moved into Baxter County from Wisconsin and registered with the Sheriff’s Office has now left Baxter County and moved to a residence in Bull Shoals in Marion County.

 

NAME:                       JAYSON A. SHERER

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   08/14/1973

 

OLD ADDRESS:      7108 Hwy 126 North #20

                                    Midway, Arkansas 72651

 

NEW ADDRESS:      806 Hollyhock Ln #3  
                                  Bull Shoals, Arkansas 72619                          

 

     The offender was convicted of sex crimes in the State of Wisconsin and ordered to register as a sex offender.  He was arrested in December, 1991 in Wisconsin for the offense of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree and arrested in May, 2000, also in Wisconsin, for the offense of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, which involved sexual contact with an underage female.  The offender was also arrested for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Marion County, Arkansas in August, 1997.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOCNA (Sex Offender Community Notification Assessment).

 

     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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PROPOSAL TO EXPAND DETENTION CENTER TO BE PRESENTED TO QUORUM COURT AND PUBLIC ON FRIDAY

 

     On May 1st, Baxter County Sheriff’s Office personnel met with the Building and Grounds Committee of the Baxter County Quorum Court to discuss the ever growing problem of lack of jail space at the Baxter County Detention Center.  The Detention Center has been operating at or near capacity for several years and has experienced extended periods of significant overcrowding on a regular basis.  In additional to general overcrowding, there exists the specific problem of lack of isolated or specialized bed space for high risk and other types of offenders who cannot safely be placed in the dormitory-type housing pods. 

     After discussing the issue and possible expansion of the jail, the Committee directed Sheriff Montgomery and Judge Pendergrass to meet with architects to discuss both the feasibility and cost to expand.  Judge Pendergrass, Sheriff Montgomery, and other key staff and personnel have been meeting with SouthBuild Team all this week to come up with plans, a proposal, and cost.  This proposal and suggested financing will be finalized and presented at a public meeting on Friday, June 2nd at 10:00 AM in the Second Floor Courtroom of the Baxter County Courthouse.  Public questions and comments will be welcomed at that time.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SEES DECREASE IN CALLS AND ARRESTS FROM LAST YEAR

 

     The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office experienced a relatively calm Memorial Day holiday weekend this year. There were 100 complaint calls or calls for service made to the Sheriff’s Office from Friday through Monday.  This represents a 16% decrease from last year during the same period.  There were 21 bookings made into the Baxter County Detention Center by all agencies during this time on various charges.  This represents a 23% decrease from last year.  Some of these bookings were for:

Driving While Intoxicated                               3
Boating While Intoxicated                              1
Possession of Drugs    or Drug Paraphernalia   4
Warrants Served                                           7

    In addition to the Detention Center bookings, Sheriff’s Deputies issued:

Citations for Traffic Violations or Misdemeanors    17  (35% decrease)
Warnings for Traffic Violations                             25  (31% increase)

     The Sheriff’s Office worked jointly with the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers Park Rangers patrolling public campgrounds and public use areas on the North Fork River, Norfork Lake, and Bull Shoals Lake that are within Baxter County.  No serious holiday-related incidents were reported in the unincorporated areas of Baxter County.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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NEWLY CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER HAS REGISTERED WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE



Joseph Michael Ybarra

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a newly convicted sex offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

NAME:                       JONATHAN MICHAEL YBARRA

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   06/24/1992

 

HOME ADDRESS:  1872 Hwy 178, Apt #2

                                    Midway, Arkansas 72651      

 

     The offender was convicted in Baxter County on May 19, 2017 of the offenses of Sexual Indecency with a Child and Indecent Exposure.  These crimes involved the offender exposing himself in a lewd manner to an 11 year old female inside a retail establishment in Mountain Home in January, 2016.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOCNA (Sex Offender Community Notification Assessment).

 

     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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