Press Releases



Roger William Peckenpaugh


     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Baxter County man in connection with an incident that occurred in the Rodney area Friday evening, June 26th, involving shots being fired at vehicle with three persons inside.

     An occupant of the vehicle placed a call to the 911 Call Center at approximately 4:18 PM saying she and others in the vehicle was being followed and chased down Rodney Road by persons in a red Dodge pickup truck and were being shot at.  The victims, while still online with the 911 Center, observe one of the suspects in the truck throw out the firearm into the ditch.  This was later determined to be a shotgun when found and taken into evidence.  The victims continued driving down Rodney Rd to State Highway 177 and turned South toward Izard County.  They pulled into the County Line Liquor Store at 8443 Highway 177 South where the suspects in the Dodge truck rammed into the rear of the car the victims were in.  The victims in the car were an adult male, an adult female, and a 6 year old child.

     Once the crash occurred, the adult male victim from the car got out and engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with the suspect who was driving the truck.  This suspect was identified as 36 year old ROGER WILLIAM PECKENPAUGH of Baxter CR 217, and he was identified as the person who had been shooting the shotgun.  The two other persons inside the truck jumped out and fled into the woods well before responding officers arrived on scene. 

     During the fight between PECKENPAUGH and the adult male victim in the car, PECKENPAUGH sustained injuries to the extent he required hospitalization.  Sheriff’s Investigators extracted approximately forty (40) shotgun pellets from the rear of the vehicle the victims were occupying.

     PECKENPAUGH told investigators that the persons in the car came to his residence asking to see another person there.  An altercation ensued between PECKENPAUGH and the adult male in the car.  PECKENPAUGH said he shot at the car in order to “mark it” so it could be identified later and that he rammed the car so he could “see what was going on.”

     ROGER WILLIAM PECKENPAUGH was booked into the Detention Center Tuesday afternoon at approximately 4:00 PM on charges of:

Aggravated Assault (3 counts) – Felonies
Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm from a Vehicle – Felony

     He was released after posting $100,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on July 2nd.

     The Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission assisted in responding to the call and recovering evidence.  Additional arrests may be made in connection with this incident.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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44 Year Old Mountain Home Woman Arrested for Felony Domestic Battery

Susan Kay Boyd

On June 29, 2015, at approximately 2:55 PM, 911 received a call of a physical domestic located on Westridge Road west of Mountain Home. While Baxter County Deputies were responding, 911 advised that they lost a connection with the caller several times during the conversation because of what sounded like a physical altercation.

Arkansas State Trooper Jackie Stinnett and Deputy, Corporal Kris Savino arrived at the residence and could hear screaming coming from the back yard. The suspect was being held on the by three individuals. A 12 inch serrated knife was located nearby. The suspect fought with officers and continued to resist arrest even after being handcuffed.

According to witness statements and physical evidence at the scene, the suspect fought with and struck three victims. The suspect attempted to stab one of the victims but the other two involved were able to wrestle the knife away from her. Threats were also made by the suspect to burn the home of one of the victims.

Susan Kay Boyd, age 44 of Mountain Home was charged with:

Terroristic threatening in the First Degree - Class D felony

Domestic Battery in the Second Degree - Class C felony (Enhanced due to victim being over age of 60)

Domestic Battery in the Third Degree - Class A misdemeanor (2counts)

Resisting, Refusal to Submit to, Arrest - Class A misdemeanor

Boyd was booked into the Baxter County Jail on $25,000 bond pending her appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on July 2 at 9 am.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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     The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays.  Families and friends gather to celebrate our nation with food, parades, parties, picnics, and fireworks.  For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday can quickly go from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.  From 2009 to 2013, nearly 40% of ALL traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July holiday period involved alcohol-impaired drivers, making the Independence Day holiday the most dangerous holiday of the year.

     In 2013 alone, there were 199 people killed nationwide in alcohol-impaired accidents on the roadways during the Fourth of July holiday period.  To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will be aggressively searching for those impaired drivers who put lives in danger.  For everyone’s sake, don’t drink and drive.  If you are pulled over and found to be impaired, then you will be arrested.  The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving – no excuses.

     In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, yet people continue to break the law and drive drunk.  For minors who drink and drive, the legal limit is much lower.  A DWI arrest means a trip to jail, having to pay bail to be released, loss of driving privileges, possibly a jail sentence, and steep financial expenses. 

     The Sheriff’s Office recommends following these simple steps to prevent drunk driving:

Plan a safe way home before the fun begins. Before drinking, designate a sober driver who will not consume any alcohol. If you’re impaired, use a taxi or call a sober friend or family member. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired or ride with someone who is driving while impaired, take steps to help the person find other transportation arrangements.

     If you happen to see a suspected drunk driver, don’t hesitate to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 870-425-7000 or your local law enforcement agency.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office


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Michael Waldon McQueen


     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Salesville man, 46 year old MICHAEL WALDON McQUEEN, on theft by receiving charges after learning that he had traded drugs in exchange for stolen firearms taken during a rash of recent vehicle break-ins in Gassville, Salesville, and Mountain Home.

     McQUEEN was determined to be on active supervised probation with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.  Authorities went to McQUEEN’S residence on Winterberry Drive in Salesville Wednesday evening for the purpose of a probation home visit.  During this visit, McQUEEN admitted to investigators that he had received several firearms and knives from two men in exchange for drugs.  Two of the firearms were later traded by McQUEEN to another man for more drugs, while a third was sold outright to yet another person. 

     Investigators also found drug paraphernalia at the residence, including used syringes.

     MICHAEL WALDON McQUEEN was transported to the Detention Center and booked in at approximately 10:00 PM Wednesday evening.  He is being held on charges of:

Theft by Receiving – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony

     Bond on these charges has been set at $15,000, and he was scheduled to make an appearance in Circuit Court today to answer the charges.  The investigation into these incidents is continuing.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Kelsie Nicole Bliss


     A Henderson woman, 19 year old KELSIE NICOLE BLISS, has been charged with several drug-related offenses after she was arrested early this morning on outstanding arrest warrants.

     Sheriff’s Deputy Rockie Morrell arrested KELSIE BLISS at approximately 2:27 AM on those warrants.  During a post arrest search of her purse, several items of contraband were found.  These included approximately 1.1 grams of methamphetamine, 2 morphine tablets, 27 carisoprodol tablets, 23 clonazepam tablets, 5 zolpidem tartrate tablets.  These were packaged in small plastic zipper style baggies that are commonly used to facility delivery and distribution.

    KELSIE NICOLE BLISS was incarcerated in the Detention Center on charges of:

Revocation – Bench Warrant – Felony
Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement

     She is being held without bond on the Revocation Bench Warrant and in lieu of $20,000 bond on the new charges.  She will appear in Circuit Court to answer on June 25th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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     As has already been reported in the local press, the Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion incident that was reported at approximately 2:02 AM this morning from 155 Family Lane, which is just outside of Mountain Home off Baxter CR 53. 

     The caller told a 911 operator that she had found two men inside her home.  One of them shoved her causing her to hit her head as they fled from the residence.  The victim’s young daughter was also inside the residence.  According to the victim, the suspects were wearing ski masks and dark clothing.  She described one of them as being approximately 5-9 to 6 feet in height and weighing about 180 pounds. 

     While the victim was still on the line with the 911 operator, she looked outside and saw her vehicle burning.  Sheriff’s Deputies arrived within four minutes of the call, and fire department personnel were also dispatched. 

     Tracking dogs from the Arkansas Department of Corrections – North Central Unit were subsequently called to the scene, and the Sheriff’s Office launched its helicopter at approximately 3:45 AM to assist with searching for the suspects.  Deputies also had road blocks set up in the area.  Several articles of property that were stolen from the residence were found discarded about 50 yard from where the vehicle was burning.  These included jewelry, a purse, and a laptop computer.  These items were recovered and taken into evidence for forensic processing.

     Although an initial track was developed by the canine team, tracking in a Northerly direction to a heavily wooded area, the search for the suspects did not prove successful.  They may have made it to the highway and been picked up.  They were not located, and the tracking search was called off later in the morning.  Approximately twelve (12) deputies were involved in responding to the call and subsequent search, as were some Mountain Home Police Department officers.

     As of this time, the investigation into the incident is continuing.  The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide any additional identifying information on the suspects at this time.  As a proactive and precautionary measure, the Sheriff’s Office is advising everyone that it would be prudent to keep their doors and windows locked on their homes, as well as locking vehicles and removing keys and valuables from them.  Any prowlers or suspicious persons seen on or about their property should be reported to law enforcement.

     If anyone has any information concerning this incident or the identification or location of the suspects, they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 870-425-7000.

Baxter County Sheriff's Office

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Patrick Wayne Brennan


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


NAME:                       PATRICK WAYNE BRENNAN


DATE OF BIRTH:   04/10/1970


HOME ADDRESS:  767 Chriswood Dr.

                                    Clarkridge, Arkansas 72623                          


     The offender was convicted in 1988 in the State of Washington of the offense of rape of a young child.  Additional information is not available 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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Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Launches New Website Feature to Help Crime Victims

June 16, 2015

Mountain Home, Arkansas 

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Launches New Website Feature to Help Crime Victims 

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office launched our website in 2007 and added the inmate roster in 2009. Many other features have been added over the years to increase transparency and to assist and keep the public informed.  Our website has been extremely successful with over 2-million visits last year. 

We are pleased to announce that we have now added a button with a direct link to the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), known as VINELink, on each inmate’s profile. We invite the community to visit our inmate roster at www.BaxterCountySheriff.com/roster.php, choose an inmate to view then click on the ‘view profile’ button located by the inmates photo.  This new feature will automatically fill in key data in the form based upon that inmate’s personal information. 

The Baxter County jail inmate roster online allows the public to view photos and booking details for individuals in the detention center as well as those released within the last 48 hours. This additional VINELink feature gives the public the ability to keep track of any changes in an inmate’s custody status. Crime victims can find information about the criminal cases of these offenders at any time. The public can sign up for alerts on inmates through VINELink via text message, email, or phone, in addition to looking at the website. 

Our Website – www.baxtercountysheriff.com – provides details on all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office. One of our goals when developing the new Website was to provide a centralized location for current information such as press releases, emergency alerts, all active warrants, people who have child support warrants, most wanted criminals and where sex offenders are living in the county. 

The Website was developed by MostWantedGovernmentWebsites.com by Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, Inc. of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Brooks Jeffrey specializes in the production of law enforcement and government Website solutions.  This partnership not only gave us a web presence, but has created a working website that has yielded proven results time and again. 

For more information about the Website please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 870-425-7000 or visit www.BaxterCountySheriff.com

Sheriff John Montgomery

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Joseph Allen Bermingham

Patrick L. Bass


     Two current Baxter County Jail inmates are facing additional charges after an investigation was conducted into their attempts to obtain drugs and contraband to be smuggled inside the jail.

     On June 10th, Sheriff’s personnel intercepted a detailed communication indicating that one of the two inmates, while out on a work crew, would attempt to obtain contraband from a third party and then later smuggle it back inside the jail for the use of himself and a second inmate.  The contraband being sought included marijuana, prescription pharmaceuticals, and tobacco.

     The effort was thwarted after investigators followed-up on the communication.

     Jail Inmates PATRICK L. BASS, 33 years old, and JOSEPH ALLEN BERMINGHAM, 39 years old, are now each charged additionally with:

Criminal Attempt – Furnishing, Possessing, or Using Prohibited Articles – Felony
Conspiracy – Felony

     Bond is $15,000 for each on these new charges, and they inmates will appear in Circuit Court to answer later this month.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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     The Sheriff’s Office responded to and is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred at 1091 CR 46 in Henderson on June 8th.  The call came to the 911 center at approximately 5:17 PM reporting a deceased female at the residence.

     Deputies arrived on scene and found 42 year old Shonna Lee Dunaway of the residence deceased inside the home from what evidence indicated to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

     The Baxter County Coroner’s Office took possession of the decedent.  The decedent is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy.

    No foul play is suspected, however the case will remain open until the autopsy results are available for investigative review.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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