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ARREST MADE IN EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP



Joseph Alexander Waugh

 

     A Caulfield, Missouri man was arrested early this morning, February 16th, on multiple charges after he was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Gates for traffic violations.

     At approximately 1:13 AM, Deputy Gates observed a silver sedan travelling South on Buford Road.  While following this vehicle, the deputy witnessed a traffic violation and initiated a stop in a driveway of the 4300 block of Buford Road.

     When the deputy made contact with the driver, the driver stated he did not have a driver license and gave a false name to the deputy.  The correct identity of the driver was later determined to be 21 year old JOSEPH ALEXANDER WAUGH, who was found to have an active felony bench warrant from the Baxter County Circuit Court for Revocation of Suspended Sentence.

     Deputy Gates advised WAUGH he was under arrest, but WAUGH actively resisted when the arrest was initiated.  Pepper spray was deployed by the deputy to assist in taking WAUGH into custody.  During a search of WAUGH, the deputy found and seized a pair of brass knuckles.  A search of the vehicle uncovered drug paraphernalia, specifically a digital scale and syringes.  A mobile hand-held computer belonging to Walmart was also found in the car.

     JOSEPH ALEXANDER WAUGH was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on the following charges:

Revocation Bench Warrant – Felony
Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapon - Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Resisting Arrest – Misdemeanor
Obstructing Governmental Operations – Misdemeanor
Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor
No Liability Insurance – Misdemeanor
Failure to Register Vehicle – Misdemeanor
Theft by Receiving – Misdemeanor
Failure to Transfer Vehicle License – Misdemeanor

     WAUGH has a bond of $7,500 on the criminal charges and is being held without bond on the revocation warrant.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer the charges on February 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL LEADS TO ARREST FOR FELONY ASSAULT



Christopher Wilson Packley

    

     A Lakeview area man was arrested Tuesday evening, February 14th, when deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 804 Hickory Flats Lane in Lakeview involving shots being fired.

     Deputies responded to a 911 call there at 9:06 PM and first made contact with a female.  She told deputies that she and her boyfriend, 34 year old CHRISTOPHER WILSON PACKLEY, had been arguing during the evening and that he had become very belligerent.  The argument resulted in violence.  In particular, the woman alleged that PACKLEY threatened her, choked her, and held her down on the floor for a period of time.  The female was holding her son while this was taking place.

     The female was eventually able to escape from PACKLEY and fled on foot from the residence.  As she was running, she alleged that PACKLEY fired three rifle gunshots in her direction.

     Deputies then made contact with CHRISTOPHER PACKLEY.  He admitted firing three rounds from the rifle, but stated he fired up in the air and not in the direction of the female.  Deputies found and seized a Sig Sauer AR-10 rifle at the scene. 

     CHRISTOPHER PACKLEY was ultimately arrested and taken to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Aggravated Assault on Family or Household Member – Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor – Misdemeanor

   PACKLEY is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond and will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on February 23, 2017.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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TWO ARRESTS MADE THIS MORNING WHEN OFFICER SERVE WARRANTS NEAR GASSVILLE



Vernard Deatherage


Rabonna Ann Jones

 

     Two rural Gassville residents were arrested this morning when the Sheriff’s Office and assisting agencies served a search warrant and outstanding arrest warrants at 830 Buford Cutoff near Gassville.

     The investigation that resulted in obtaining the warrants came about as a result of an animal theft complaint the Sheriff’s Office received on February 2, 2017.  The complaint involved the theft of some cats in which the two arrestees were named as suspects by the complaining party. 

     As investigators looked into the complaint, the found that one of the suspects, 46 year old VERNARD DEATHERAGE, was a sex offender who has not registered with the Sheriff’s Office and also a parole absconder.  The second suspect, 40 year old RABONNA ANN JONES, who resided with DEATHERAGE, did not cooperate with officers during the investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office obtained bench warrants for the arrest of both DEATHERAGE and JONES, as well as a search warrant for the residence.  Those warrants were served at approximately 10:30 AM today. DEATHERAGE and JONES were both arrested and taken into custody without incident. 

     VERNARD DEATHERAGE had been convicted of statutory rape and sodomy in Douglas County, Missouri in February, 2002 involving two 9 year old girls.  Information indicates that he was released from the prison on September 15, 2016 on other, unrelated charges, but had not registered with law enforcement following his release as the law mandates. 

     During the search of the residence, officers found a .22 cal. Remington rifle, suspected marijuana, and paraphernalia. DEATHERAGE and JONES are both convicted felons and are prohibited from possessing firearms.

     VERNARD DEATHERAGE was booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Failure to Register as Sex Offender – Baxter County Felony Warrant
Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance (marijuana) – Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Failure to Register as Sex Offender - Ozark County, Missouri Felony Warrant
Parole Violation – State of Missouri
Parole Absconder – State of Arkansas

     He has a bond of $15,000 on the Baxter County criminal charges and is being held without bond on the parole violation charges.  He will be given a date to appear in Circuit Court to answer.

     RABONNA JONES was booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance (marijuana) – Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Obstructing Governmental Operations – Baxter County Misdemeanor Warrant

     She has a bond of $5,000 on her charges, and she will be given dates to appear in both District Court and Circuit Court to answer her charges.

     Agencies involved in serving the warrants and in the arrests were the Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Department of Community Corrections, Arkansas Department of Corrections – Canine Team, and the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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EARLY MORNING DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE RESULTS IN ONE ARREST


Tom A. Turner

 

     The Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance this morning at 899 Blue Wing Road and made one arrest.

     At approximately 7:54 AM, a call was received from a woman stating that her husband had threatened to kill her and then kill himself.  The woman was able to leave the residence on her own accord and awaited the arrival of deputies a short distance away.

     The suspect was said to be armed with a handgun and had locked himself inside the residence.  Deputies were on scene for approximately one hour before being able to coax the suspect to come to the door and be taken into custody.

     TOM A. TURNER, 61 years of age, was subsequently arrested at the residence and then transported to the Detention Center.  He was booked a misdemeanor charge of Assault on a Family or Household Member in the Third Degree and served with a No Contact Order prohibiting him from having further contact with the victim. TURNER has a bond of $500 and will appear in the District Court to answer on March 30th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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WOMAN FACING DRUG CHARGE FROM TRAFFIC STOP ARREST



Johnna Lee Speirs

    

     A rural Mountain Home woman, 31 year old JOHNNA LEE SPEIRS, was arrested Sunday evening, February 12th, for felony drug possession.

     Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell conducted a vehicle stop in Midway, Arkansas at approximately 8:29 PM.  During the course of the stop, JOHNNA SPEIRS was found to be in possession of twenty (20) hydrocodone pills for which she had no valid prescription.

     SPEIRS was taken into custody and transported to the Detention Center where she was incarcerated on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance – Felony
Probation Violation – Felony

     She has a bond of $3,500 on the drug charge but is being held without bond on the probation violation. SPEIRS will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on February 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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MISSISSIPPI MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES THIS AFTERNOON



Thomas Moore Swindol

    

     Charges are pending against a 29 year old Cleveland, Mississippi man, THOMAS MOORE SWINDOL, in connection with an arrest made this afternoon by the Sheriff’s Office.

     The Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 2:12 PM today about a reckless driver heading East on U. S. Hwy 62/412 in the Henderson area.  The driver of the vehicle was reported to have almost caused a head-on accident. 

   A Wildlife Officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) was in the area and was able to get behind the suspect vehicle, a blue sedan.  After witnessing a violation of the traffic code, the AGFC officer initiated a vehicle stop at the intersection of U. S. Hwy 62/412 and Florence Drive.  Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Menschik arrived as the stop was being made, and both officers approached the driver.

     Officers observed suspected marijuana in plain view inside the vehicle.  Upon questioning, SWINDOL stated that other drugs were inside the vehicle as well. 

    During a search of the vehicle, officers found and seized the following:

Apx 1.5 grams of methamphetamine
Apx 54.8 grams of marijuana
Apx 14.7 grams of cocaine
Multiple controlled substance pills, including Suboxone, Xanax, Alprazolam, Oxycontin, Ecstasy, Clonazepam, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone, and amphetamine salts.

     Drug paraphernalia was also found and seized. 

     THOMAS MOORE SWINDOL was arrested and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.  He is expected to be formally charged on Monday with a multitude of drug offenses after the Sheriff’s Office submits an affidavit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  He will have a preliminary bond of $50,000 and will be given a date to appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MAN SURRENDERS HIMSELF ON FELONY ASSAULT WARRANT



Derrick Hadley Calvert

    

     DERRICK HADLEY CALVERT, 31 years old of Norfork, surrendered himself to the Baxter County Detention Center on February 9th because of an outstanding felony bench warrant.

     Sheriff’s Investigators had obtained the warrant to arrest CALVERT following an investigation into two separate domestic violence incidents that occurred on Blevins Street in Norfork.

     The first incident occurred on December 17, 2016. CALVERT’s wife told investigators that he had been abusive toward her over the past couple of days.  On this date, he fired a handgun in her direction, striking the wall four times. CALVERT then took her cell phone and destroyed it so she could not call for help.

     The next day, December 18th, CALVERT grabbed a baseball bat and began smashing the televisions and walls of the home.  In addition to the wife, there were two children also present during this time.  One of the children was able to call 911 for help.  By the time officers arrived, CALVERT had already fled from the scene.  Officers found a Taurus 9mm handgun in the front yard of the residence, which was seized and taken into evidence.

     A bench warrant was obtained from the Circuit Court in January, 2017 for the arrest of DERRICK CALVERT.  He was booked into the Detention Center yesterday on charges of:

Aggravated Assault on Family or Household Member – Felony
Interference With Emergency Communication First Degree – Misdemeanor

     CALVERT was released from custody after posting $10,000 bond and was ordered to have no contact with the victims.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on February 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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BATTERY CHARGE FILED IN CASE INVOLVING INJURIES TO AN INFANT


Zachary Tyler McCollum

    

     A felony charge of Battery in the First Degree has been filed against a Midway man, 23 year old ZACHARY TYLER MCCOLLUM, following an investigation into serious injuries sustained by a three month old baby last year.

     Baxter County authorities received a report from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas indicating that on April 9, 2016 an almost three month old baby had been brought in with multiple rib fractures and a femur fracture that were in the process of healing.

     The baby’s father, ZACHARY TYLER MCCOLLUM, was interviewed by the Arkansas State Police on February 7, 2017 about the injuries. MCCOLLUM gave incriminating statements to the investigator.  It was determined that the incident that resulted in the injuries to the child had taken place in Midway, Arkansas in Baxter County prior to MCCOLLUM moving to Royce City, Texas with the child. 

     The Arkansas State Police investigator obtained a bench warrant from Baxter County Circuit Court charging ZACHARY TYLER MCCOLLUM with one count of Battery in the First Degree, a Class Y Felony.   MCCOLLUM is currently being held in the Marion County Jail in Yellville on other charges unrelated to this case. MCCOLLUM will have a bond of $100,000 on this charge and will be brought before the Circuit Court at a later date to answer.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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FLIPPIN MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION

 


Kelly Joe Hancock

     

      A Flippin man, 38 year old KELLY JOE HANCOCK, was arrested on drug charges late Tuesday evening  during a traffic stop in Mountain Home.

     Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell stopped the vehicle HANCOCK was a passenger in for an equipment violation.  The deputy observed the violation on U. S. Highway 62 B in Mountain Home and conducted the stop.  The driver pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot.  There were two occupants in the vehicle.  The passenger was KELLY JOE HANCOCK.  A firearm was observed in open view inside the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle was on active supervised probation.  Deputies decided to conduct a search.

     A subsequent search of KELLY JOE HANCOCK by Sgt. Dwight Duch uncovered a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine from HANCOCK’s right front pocket.  This was later weighed out at approximately 3.2 grams. HANCOCK was also found to be in possession of metal knuckles, which are prohibited by law to possess.

     KELLY JOE HANCOCK was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) – Felony
Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapon – Misdemeanor

     HANCOCK was released on $15,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer these charges on February 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery
Baxter County Sheriff

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MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN ON OUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANTS



Justin Randall Watson

 

     An 18 year old rural Mountain Home man, 18 year old JUSTIN RANDALL WATSON, turned himself in Monday afternoon, January 30, 2017, at the Baxter County Detention Center on outstanding arrest warrants for burglary and other charges.

     The charges against WATSON came about as a result of an investigation initiated on or about June 1, 2016 when the Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 599 CR 715 for the purpose of locating narcotics and stolen guns.  The warrant was obtained based upon citizen tips and information that had been received indicating those items to be present at the residence.

     During the search, ten (10) firearms and approximately 336 grams of marijuana were found.  Drug paraphernalia was found as well.  On June 6th, some of the stolen firearms were identified by their owner.  They had been stolen from his residence on Hwy 201 South, as was a significant quantity of cash. JUSTIN WATSON was ultimately developed as one of the suspects in the burglary and theft, and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. 

     JUSTIN RANDALL WATSON was charged by the warrant and information with:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property (12 counts) – Felonies
Theft by Receiving – Felony
Breaking or Entering – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose of Delivery – Felony

  
    WATSON was released from custody by order of the court and will appear in Circuit Court on February 2nd to answer the charges.

     The second suspect, identified as LOGAN WALTERS, had also been charged, and his case has already been adjudicated. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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