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ARREST MADE AFTER DEPUTIES RESPOND TO DISTURBANCE



Ian Michael Tice

    

      A Mountain Home man, 35 year old IAN MICHAEL TICE, has been arrested and charged with several offenses after deputies responded to a disturbance Wednesday morning, August 24th, at 4271 Buzzard Roost Road.

     A 911 call was received from that location at approximately 3:51 AM from a man who was reporting that his girlfriend had been assaulted by a man living next door.  The complainant stated that as he was approaching his girlfriend’s residence he heard her screaming inside.  When he went inside, he saw IAN TICE on top of her, and the complainant and TICE then began fighting. TICE allegedly had a pistol in his hand.  After the struggle, TICE returned to his own residence.  Deputies later made contact with him there.

     TICE was observed by deputies to have injuries to his face and neck when they spoke with him.  He denied the accusations made by the complainant and by the female victim.  When deputies were speaking with TICE, they observed drug paraphernalia (smoking pipes) in his residence.  They also found a pistol and holster there.

     Sheriff’s Investigators conducted a follow-up inquiry. IAN MICHAEL TICE was ultimately arrested and booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Aggravated Assault – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor

     TICE was given a bond of $75,000 on these charges by the Circuit Judge who issued the arrest warrant, but he is also being held without bond for a probation revocation charge. TICE will appear in the Circuit Court later today to answer these charges.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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FORGERY CHARGES FILED AGAINST RURAL MOUNTAIN HOME WOMAN



Carrie A. Toth

    

     Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested 38 year old CARRIE A. TOTH of rural Mountain Home on five felony forgery counts following an investigation into the fraudulent use of another person’s credit and debit card information for personal gain. 

     On August 13, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office took a complaint of forgery from a Baxter County resident.  This person reported that CARRIE A. TOTH had obtained the number of a debit card that is tied to the victim’s account and had used the card numbers to make purchases that she had no standing or permission to make.  The complainant/victim had also found and discovered a defaced credit card of hers in TOTH’s possession.  TOTH had been a caregiver living in a residence with family members of the victim’s.

     During the course of the investigation, which involved the examination of bank records, it was determined that CARRIE A. TOTH had used the debit and credit card information she had stolen to make at least five fraudulent purchases since May 17, 2016.  These totaled $1,265.35. 

     Investigators obtained a bench warrant for the arrest of CARRIE A. TOTH.  She was arrested and incarcerated in the Detention Center Thursday afternoon, August 18th on five counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, which are Class C Felonies.  She was released after posting $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer on August 25th.

   The investigation into this matter is continuing.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MIDWAY MAN FACING BURGLARY AND THEFT CHARGES

 



Christopher R. Jorsch
(prior booking photo)

 

     Charges are being filed against 37 year old CHRISTOPHER RICHARD JORSCH of Midway following the burglary of a car dealership and theft of a vehicle this past weekend.

     On the morning of Sunday, August 14th, a commercial burglary alarm was received by the Sheriff’s Office from Car Mart at 2077 Hwy 62 E in Mountain Home.  The alarm reported motion in the lobby and cash room.  A nearby Arkansas State Police Trooper arrived moments later, joined by Sheriff’s Deputies.  The Trooper discovered that entry into the building had been made through a glass door on the North side.  The door had been shattered with a piece of cinder block. 

     A set of keys appeared to be missing from a lock box.  It was later determined that a 2009 Dodge Avenger sedan was missing from the car lot, and also that three electrical boxes on the rear of the building had been tampered with and damaged. 

     Security video from the business gave officers footage of the suspect and the incident.  The suspect was identified by deputies as CHRISTOPHER JORSCH, a person well known to them.  The Sheriff’s Office broadcast an alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies to watch for the stolen Dodge Avenger.  Not long thereafter, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that the suspect and stolen vehicle had been found in neighboring Fulton County. CHRISTOPHER JORSCH had been taken into custody by Fulton County authorities and taken to the county jail in Salem.

     Baxter County Sheriff’s Investigators are obtaining a bench warrant today charging CHRISTOPHER JORSCH with:

Commercial Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property – Felony
Breaking or Entering (3 counts) – Felonies
Criminal Mischief in the First Degree – Misdemeanor

     JORSCH will be brought to Baxter County to answer these charges once he has been released from the Fulton County Jail.  Fulton County is also said to have charges against JORSCH.  Bond on the Baxter County warrant will be $30,000.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Marijuana Poll Surprises Many

August 15, 2016

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office added a Poll to the homepage of its website a few months ago. Several topics have been listed and it has proven to be a popular feature. The latest Sheriff’s On-Line Poll had the most response to any of the polls to date.  2039 unique persons responded to this Poll and were asked the question: What percentage of people in Arkansas Prisons are there because of being convicted of Marijuana?  

Respondents were giving 9 choices ranging from more than 50% to less than 1 %.  (See attached photo for percentage breakdown)  Most Polls are strictly opinion however this particular Poll was based upon factual data. After the respondent made their choice, the correct answer was displayed.

Of the 2039 respondents the top three answers were:

26.5% thought more than 50% were in prison for a Marijuana conviction 13.6% thought 40% 13.4% thought 30%

The results were actually not surprising. With the prison and jail overcrowding issues that have faced Arkansas over the past couple of years, many people have commented and complained about bed space being taken up by those that had been arrested and convicted for Marijuana.  Proponents to legalize Marijuana have used the argument of prison overcrowding as one of their reasons. This Poll, while not scientific certainly shows the misconception by people of those who are in prison and their conviction.  

The correct answer is that less than 1/10th of 1% are in prison for Marijuana Convictions.

The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank all of those who responded to this educational Poll.  We welcome questions and comments.

 

Sheriff John Montgomery

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A DEATH ON LAKE NORFORK IS BEING INVESTIGATED

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death on Lake Norfork that was reported earlier this morning. At approximately 6:32 AM, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that a man’s body had been found floating in the water near Point 6B on Lake Norfork.  He was said to be clinging to a life jacket.  The caller came across the body after leaving from a private dock in the area to go out fishing.

     Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Medical Personnel responded to the area by vehicle and by boat.  The floating body was located and recovered from the water at approximately 8:15 AM near Point 6B, which is in the area where Bennett’s River empties into the lake.  The decedent has been identified as 76 year old SAMUEL A. BALSANO, JR., who resides in the Gamaliel area of Baxter County.

     According to the decedent’s wife, MR. BALSANO had left his residence Thursday evening around 7:30 PM to go fishing.  His boat was stored at the Fout Boat Dock. MR. BALSANO was seen leaving the boat dock in his boat between 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM. MR. BALSANO was in a 1976 Hydrasport boat with an 85 hp Johnson outboard motor.  This boat has not been found as of this time.

     There was no sign of injury or trauma to the body. MR. BALSANO was said to have health issues.  The body is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.  Officers are continuing to look for the boat, and the incident remains under investigation.

     Agencies assisting with the recovery and/or investigation are the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, Baxter County Coroner’s Office, and the Gamaliel-101 Fire Department.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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INVESTIGATORS MAKE TWO ARRESTS ON DRUG CHARGES AND WARRANTS



William Joshua Lewis


Sarah Marie Lynn

 

     Two Baxter County residents were arrested Wednesday, August 10th, on several charges while Sheriff’s Investigators were searching for 30 year old WILLIAM JOSHUA LEWIS of Gassville because of an outstanding felony drug warrant for his arrest.  The outstanding warrant had been obtained by the City of Norfork Police Department after it discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside a vehicle he had been a passenger in during a vehicle stop that occurred in Norfork during the past few weeks.

     Authorities went to an address in the Jordan area on August 8th while looking for WILLIAM LEWIS and encountered 30 year old SARAH MARIE LYNN at the residence.  She denied that WILLIAM LEWIS was at the residence and stated she had not seen him in several weeks.

    Two days later on August 10th, authorities returned to the same address and again encountered SARAH LYNN.  She once again informed authorities that WILLIAM LEWIS was not there.  On this occasion, an officer with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections entered into the residence on a probation home search and found WILLIAM LEWIS in the bathroom.  He was in the process of flushing controlled substances down the sink.

     Both WILLIAM LEWIS and SARAH LYNN were taken into custody at this point.  During a search of the residence, officers found 15 pills that were deemed to be a combination of acetaminophen and codeine phosphate, a schedule II controlled substance.  They also found various articles of drug paraphernalia, including multiple smoking devices containing methamphetamine residue, multiple butane and propane touches, and a used syringe.  In addition, a 9mm handgun was found. 

     WILLIAM LEWIS and SARAH LYNN were both transported to the Detention Center and booked as follows:

WILLIAM LEWIS, charged with:

Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) – Felony
Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Weapons Possession During Controlled Substance Offense – Felony
Parole or Probation Violation - Felony
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement

     He is currently being held in the Detention Center without bond and will appear in Circuit Court to answer on August 25th.

SARAH MARIE LYNN, charged with:

Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Weapons Possession During Controlled Substance Offense – Felony
Hindering Apprehension, Prosecution, Conviction, or Punishment of Another (2 counts) – Misdemeanors
Failure to Appear - Felony
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement

     She is being held in the Detention Center also without bond and will appear in Circuit Court to answer on August 25th.

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

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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MOUNTAIN HOME MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY DRUG CHARGES



Dennis James Amaral

 

     A Mountain Home man, 40 year old DENNIS JAMES AMARAL, was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on Wednesday, August 3rd , on multiple felony charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine in this area.

     The Sheriff’s Office had made three controlled buys of methamphetamine from DENNIS JAMES AMARAL on three separate occasions since June 8, 2016 using a confidential informant.   In total, approximately 20.7 grams of methamphetamine was purchased for $1,000 during these controlled buys, each of which was monitored and recorded by investigators. 

     AMARAL used a cellular phone to facilitate these transactions, which is also a crime under Arkansas law.  In addition, one of these transactions took place within 1,000 feet of a church.

     Sheriff’s Investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of DENNIS JAMES AMARAL, which was served yesterday.  He was charged by warrant with:

Delivery of Methamphetamine (3 counts) – Felonies
Unlawful Use of a Communications Device (3 counts) – Felonies
Proximity to Certain Facilities – church  (1 count) – Felony

     The bond for these charges is $50,000, with an appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court scheduled for August 25th. 

     In addition to these charges, Detention Center booking records indicate that DENNIS JAMES AMARAL has been charged additionally and separately by other law enforcement agencies with:

Possession of Methamphetamine With Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Defaced Firearm – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Distribution of Controlled Substance – Felony

     AMARAL has an additional bond of $150,000 on these charges, which were made following AMARAL’S arrest yesterday and a subsequent search of the location he was arrested at in Mountain Home.

     Records indicate that the agencies involved in these arrests and searches were the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Mountain Home Police Department.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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HENDERSON MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH AND RESISTING ARREST

 



James Thomas Weeks

 

    A Henderson man, 33 year old JAMES THOMAS WEEKS, was arrested on July 28th on several charges during a probation home visit on CR 508 in the Midway area.

     Sheriff’s Investigators and officers with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections and Arkansas State Police arrived at the residence on CR 508 at approximately 2:30 PM.  They arrived at the same time that a gold colored passenger car, which was being driven by JAMES THOMAS WEEKS, pulled into the driveway.  As officers made contact with WEEKS, he immediately became uncooperative and refused to comply with instructions. WEEKS actively resisted officers as they moved to restrain him. 

     Once WEEKS was restrained, officers searched his person and found methamphetamine (approximately .6 grams) and a glass smoking pipe. WEEKS was subsequently transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and incarcerated on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Resisting Arrest – Misdemeanor
Disorderly Conduct – Misdemeanor

     He was released later the same day after posting $5,000 bond and will appear to answer in the Circuit Court on August 4th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER



Chris Alan Gladney

 

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 56 year old CHRIS ALAN GLADNEY on a charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and he was booked into the Detention Center on July 28th.

     CHRIS GLADNEY was released from the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) on June 23, 2016 and advised ADC he would be residing at a residence in Baxter County. CHRIS GLADNEY is a sex offender and is required by law to register with the appropriate law enforcement agency within ten (10) days of his release from prison. GLADNEY did not register with the Sheriff’s Office within the time allowed by law.

     GLADNEY gave ADC a false address of where he would be residing upon his release, being 230 CR 648.  Sheriff’s Deputies were not able to locate or make contact with GLADNEY at that address, but later found he was living at 345 CR 628.  A warrant was obtained for his arrest on July 18th.

     CHRIS GLADNEY had been convicted in Baxter County Circuit Court in June, 2010 of two counts of Sexual Indecency With A Child and sentenced to 72 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.  These offenses involved GLADNEY exposing himself and masturbating in public in front of children on two separate occasions. 

   GLADNEY is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, and he will appear in Circuit Court to answer on August 4th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MOUNTAIN HOME MAN ARRESTED ON FORGERY WARRANT



Lawrence M. Jones

 

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 29 year old Mountain Home man, LAWRENCE MARSHALL JONES, on a felony charge of Forgery following an investigation into a fraudulent check he cashed at a Mountain Home Pawn Shop.

     On June 9th, a representative of the pawn shop came to the Sheriff’s Office to report that LAWRENCE JONES had brought in a check in the amount of $2,200 that he wanted to cash.  The check was on a business from Houston, Texas, and JONES stated the check was for proceeds from stock transactions.

     The check was subsequently found to be fraudulent and a forgery, and it was subsequently returned unpaid.

     A warrant of arrest was obtained by LAWRENCE JONES, and he was arrested yesterday, July 27th, and booked into the Detention Center.  He was released after posting $5,000 bond through a bail bond company.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer today.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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