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STOLEN TRAILER LEADS TO ARREST OF MH MAN


Joshua Craig Thompson

     A Mountain Home man, 25 year old JOSHUA CRAIG THOMPSON, has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into the theft of 16 foot trailer containing twenty (20) mobile home axles from Jackson Mobile Home Service that was reported October 9th. 

     A suspect was named by the victim and the suspect was located later the same day in Yellville, Arkansas in possession of the stolen trailer.  The stolen axles were not found.  The value of the trailer was approximately $1,000, while the axles were valued at $500.

     Sheriff’s Investigators applied for an arrest warrant for JOSHUA CRAIG THOMPSON.  He was incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center Tuesday evening, October 14th, on charges of:

Theft of Property – Felony
Criminal Trespass – Misdemeanor

     THOMPSON is currently being held in lieu of $2,500 bond, and he will appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court on October 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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FRAUD ALERT!! TELEPHONE SCAMMERS TARGETING NAEC CUSTOMERS

     The Sheriff’s Office was notified of a telephone scam that is now active in the area.  Someone is telephoning customers of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative (NAEC) from a number in the Dallas, Texas area having the area code 915.

     The caller informs the NAEC customer that their account is past due and will be disconnected unless the customer pays over the phone by credit card. 

     The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the local NAEC office that these calls are scams and attempts to defraud.  NAEC does not make calls asking customers to settle accounts over the phone by credit card. 

    Any person receiving a telephone call of this kind is strongly encouraged not to verify any information or release any credit card information or other personal identifying information over the telephone.  NAEC customers may call the Mountain Home NAEC Office at (870) 425-2141 to make inquiries about their account if they have any questions.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MAN ASSAULTS ANOTHER MAN WITH BASEBALL BAT AND IS ARRESTED


Timmy Wayne Gann

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 45 year old TIMMY WAYNE GANN of rural Mountain Home on a felony charge of Aggravated Assault after deputies responded to a disturbance call early Sunday evening.

     At approximately 5:30 PM Sunday, Sheriff’s Corporal Kristofer Savino was dispatched to 41 Glenbriar Place for a 911 call reporting a man being assaulted by another man with a baseball bat. 

     Upon arrival at the scene, Corporal Savino found a bloodied male victim and called for an ambulance and emergency medical personnel.  An eyewitness told Corporal Savino that a suspect, found to be TIMMY WAYNE GANN, had pulled up at the victim’s residence in a blue Ford Ranger pickup, then go out with a baseball bat, approached the victim, and then began fighting with the victim, including striking him with the bat.  The victim was alert but had sustained injuries to his head and upper body.  The victim was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

     Corporal Savino took TIMMY GANN into custody at the scene.  The baseball bat was found near GANN’s vehicle and taken into evidence.  Statements from various parties indicated the dispute between GANN and his victim had something to do with the outcome of a football game. 

     TIMMY WAYNE GANN was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.  He was booked on one felony charge of Aggravated Assault.  He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond, and he will appear in Circuit Court to answer on October 16th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Jail

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TWO ARREST MADE IN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE CONTRABAND INTO THE JAIL


Jason Biddle

Cheri Roberson
 

     Two persons were arrested this afternoon on charges related to an attempt to smuggle controlled substances into the Baxter County Detention Center.

     Earlier this week, the Sheriff’s Office received intelligence information indicating that drugs and contraband would be dropped at a location in Mountain Home where jail inmates would be taken to perform community service type work.  Jail staff later found recorded calls between a jail inmate and a female on the outside that spoke of the plans to drop the contraband at the work site.

     On October 9th, surveillance video cameras were set up by the Sheriff’s Office at the anticipated drop location.  This morning, investigators went to the location and found three separate packages that had been concealed in rubber gloves and hidden behind shelving outside of the work location.  At approximately 11:35 AM today, the jail inmate work crew of three inmates arrived at the work location.  Jail Inmate JASON BIDDLE was observed to reach down and pick up the concealed items and place them in his jacket.  At this point, investigators approached BIDDLE and placed him under arrest.

     Investigators recovered the three packages.  They were found to contain tobacco, a lighter, approximately 2 grams of marijuana, and five Diazepam pills. 

     Following the arrest of JASON BIDDLE, investigators located the female who made the drop on camera, who was identified as CHERI ROBERSON. 

     CHERI ROBERSON, 41 years old of rural Mountain Home, and Jail inmate JASON MICHAEL BIDDLE, 28 years old of rural Mountain Home, who was already incarcerated on a parole violation, are facing additional charges of:

Furnishing Prohibited Articles – Class B Felony
Unlawful Use of Communication Device – Class C Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuan) – Class A Misdemeanor
Possession of Controlled Substance (Diazepam) – Class A Misdemeanor

     Bond on these new charges is $25,000 each, and both will appear in Circuit Court to answer later this month.  BIDDLE also remains in custody without bond on the prior parole violation.

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

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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NORFORK AREA MAN REGISTERS AS SEX OFFENDER


Shawn Michael Partee

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 (high risk to re-offend) Sex Offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office and is residing in Baxter County. 

NAME:                       SHAWN MICHAEL PARTEE

DATE OF BIRTH:   02/28/1979 

ADDRESS:                568 CR 204
                                    Norfork, Arkansas 72658
 

     The offender was convicted of Sexual Indecency with a Child and Unlawful Use of a Communication Device on 11/13/2013.  These offenses involved the offender meeting a 14 year old female at a basketball game, after which he began texting her sexually explicit messages and arranged to meet her for sexual activity.

     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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SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES UNATTENDED DEATH

     The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an unattended death on Thursday, October 2nd at 10:41 AM at 201 Jade Lane in rural Mountain Home.  Emergency medical personnel were also dispatched.

     The report came through the 911 Center when the caller reported she had returned home to find her husband deceased.  The victim was identified as 39 year old CHESTER J. SHEPHERD of that address.

     Sheriff’s Investigators and the County Coroner conducted an investigation.  No apparent cause of death could be determined a the scene.  The body of the deceased is being sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to determine cause and manner of death. 

     There is no suspicion of foul play, however the case will remain open pending the results of the autopsy.

John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR VEHICLE THEFT


Jessica R. Whitson

     A Mountain Home woman, 25 year old JESSICA RUTH WHITSON, was arrested for motor vehicle theft Wednesday evening after Sheriff’s Deputies recovered a stolen vehicle in her possession. 

     The vehicle, a 1994 GMC pickup truck, was first reported stolen by the owner at 7:59 AM October 1st.  He named a suspect in the theft, being JESSICA WHITSON. 

     Later Wednesday evening at approximately 6:20 PM, the Sheriff’s Office received information that the stolen vehicle was at a location near Baxter CR 989.  Sheriff’s Sergeant Brian Davis went to the location and located the vehicle.  While walking around the area, he encountered JESSICA WHITSON, who was hiding, and she was subsequently taken into custody.

     JESSICA WHITSON was transported to the Detention Center and booked on charges of:

Theft of Property – Felony
Failure to Appear in Court (3 counts) – Misdemeanor Warrants
Probation Violation

     WHITSON has a bond of $5,000 on the felony vehicle theft charge and is being held without bond on the Probation Violation.  She will appear in Circuit Court on October 30th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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MAN ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WEDNESDAY EVENING


Michael L. Watson

    A Norfork man, 63 year old MICHAEL LYNN WATSON, was arrested Wednesday evening, October 1st, after deputies responded to a complaint call at 5:51 PM on Highway 5 South in Norfork from a man who reported that WATSON had pointed and fired a long gun in his direction as he was driving by.

    Deputies responded to conduct an investigation.  It was determined that there is a history of animus between WATSON and the other party that likely prompted the incident. 

     Following the investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested MICHAEL WATSON on a felony charge of Aggravated Assault.  The firearm in question, being a 20 gauge shotgun, was taken into evidence.  WATSON was transported to the Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on October 9th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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CLEBURNE COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY WARRANT


Mandy Lee Butkovich

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 37 year old MANDY LEE BUTKOVICH of Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas (Cleburne County) after she turned herself in at the Detention Center on September 30th at 3:00 PM on an outstanding felony bench warrant.

     Sheriff’s Investigators had obtained the bench warrant on May 16, 2014 following an investigation into a burglary that was reported at 85 Plane Tree Ln. on April 21st.  The victim told investigators that he had allowed a friend to use this vacation home on April 7th.  When the victim returned to the residence on April 21st, he found the home had been burglarized and numerous items stolen.  The items stolen included a phone, clothing, tackle box, binoculars, and alcohol.  These items were collectively valued at approximately $735.00.

     The victim had become aware that his friend’s ex-wife, MANDY LEE BUTKOVICH, had also been at the residence on April 7th.  Investigators found that MANDY BUTKOVICH had pawned several of the stolen items at a pawn shop in Heber Springs.  Based upon these facts, investigators obtained the bench warrant for the arrest of BUTKOVICH, which has been outstanding since May 16th. 

     MANDY LEE BUTKOVICH was released from custody after posting bond in the amount of $15,000 on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property – Felony

     She will appear in Baxter County Circuit Court to answer on October 2nd.  She also posted $821.00 bond on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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2014 Fall National Drug Take Back Event Largest Ever For Baxter County

The fall National Drug Take Back Event was by far the largest take back event ever for Baxter County.  For the four hour event, 124 cars came through the parking lot of the Donald W Reynolds Library and dropped old medications.   Sheriff Investigators Lt. Terry Johnson and Sgt. Brad Hurst along with Coroner Elect, Brad Hays and HRA Region 2 Prevention Representative Bambi Bowden were on hand to greet people as they came through.

The totals for the event are:

1231 Pounds of Prescription Drugs to be turned into the DEA for disposal

We would like to thank everyone for their participation and their continued support. Together we can make in difference.

Sheriff John Montgomery

 

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