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The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a firearms qualification shoot for Retired Law Enforcement Officers on Friday, October 3, 2014 beginning at 8:00 AM.  This will be held at the firing range on Baxter CR 782 off State Highway 201 North. 

     The cost for this process is Ten Dollars ($10.00), payable in advance.  The retired officer must furnish his or her own firearm and ammunition (certain restrictions apply).  Any retired law enforcement officers interested in participating in the firearms qualifications shoot will need to come to the Sheriff’s Office to register in advance by filling out a written application and sign a release and waiver of liability form. 

    The qualification course has been developed and selected by certified firearms instructors of the Sheriff’s Office.  Those officers who successfully pass the course will be issued an official card from the Sheriff’s Office attesting to their having satisfactorily completed the course.   Retired officers will not be issued a qualification card from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, as the Sheriff’s Office does not participate in that process.   

     Firing range rules and other limitations will apply.  Contact the Sheriff’s Office for further details (870) 425-7000. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery
    Baxter County Sheriff

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Dennis Paul Lawton

     A rural Baxter County man who is on parole was arrested Tuesday, September 9th at a residence at 765 CR 215 in the Jordan area after authorities conducted a search of the house and found contraband.

     DENNIS PAUL LAWTON, 49 years old of Wideman, Arkansas, was taken into custody when officers found approximately 2.2 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 2.1 grams of MDMD Ecstasy (which LAWTON believed to be heroin), and various drug paraphernalia, including syringes and smoking pipes, during the search.

     All of these items, as well as $200 in cash, were seized and taken into evidence.  DENNIS LAWTON was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked at 6:44 PM on charges of:

Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance (Ecstasy) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor

     Bond on these charges was set at $25,000, and LAWTON will also be held without bond in a parole violation.  He will appear in the Circuit Court on September 11th.

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

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Andi Danielle Rush

     The Sheriff’s Office is filing felony charges against a current female inmate of the Baxter County Jail after investigators determined she had smuggled controlled substance into the facility which led to the overdose of another female inmate.

     ANDI DANIELLE RUSH, 22 years old from Wideman, Arkansas, is being charged with several felony crimes in the incident, which occurred on Monday, September 8th.  On that date, inmates notified Jailers that a female inmate in the female housing unit was unconscious and barely breathing.  Jailers responded and immediately summoned an ambulance to the jail for the inmate.  The inmate was subsequently transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center for treatment and was admitted overnight.  Investigators learned the inmate had overdosed on a controlled substance that she had snorted, possibly heroin, that had been smuggled into the jail.

     During the investigation, it was learned that an unspecified amount of a controlled substance had been smuggled into the jail by ANDI DANIELLE RUSH when she was booked in on September 8th at 12:40 PM to serve a sentence of incarceration previously ordered by the District Court.  Although ANDI DANIELLE RUSH was closely searched by a Jailer/Matron, it was revealed in the course of the investigation that she had hidden and concealed the controlled substance in a body orifice where the Jailer/Matron was not allowed to search or look.  The substance ultimately ended up going into the female housing unit with RUSH when she was placed there.

     RUSH admitted to investigators that she smuggled the substance into the jail, admitted giving some of it to the victim to consume, and then admitted flushing the remainder down the toilet when she realized the victim had overdosed and a criminal investigation would follow.  Investigators believe the substance in question may have actually been MDMA “Ecstasy”, although RUSH believed that she had smuggled heroin into the jail.  This belief is based upon results of a substance that investigators field tested during a home search on September 9th at a residence in Baxter County where the controlled substance that was smuggled into the jail originated from.

     As a result of this incident, ANDI DANIELLE RUSH is being charged with:

Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance – Felony
Furnishing, Possessing, or Using Prohibited Articles – Felony
Impairing the Operation of a Vital Public Facility – Felony

     She will be held on $25,000 bond with an appearance in Circuit Court set for later this month.

     The inmate who was the victim of the overdose may also face charges at a later time.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Nathaniel Walter Kurowicki

     The Sheriff’s Office arrested 28 year old NATHANIEL WALTER KUROWICKI of Mountain Home this morning on charges of possession of a stolen motorcycle and driving while intoxicated.

     At approximately 9:05 AM, Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Menschik came across a man slumped over a motorcycle in the area of State Highway 201 South and County Road 69.  Deputy Menschik stopped to check on the welfare and status of this man.  Upon making contact, Deputy Menschik had to rouse the man out of his stupor and detected an odor of alcoholic beverage.

     While investigating further with respect to the suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Deputy Menschik ran an inquiry on the license plate and vehicle identification number of the motorcycle, a 2011 Kawasaki, and learned it was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system as stolen from Jefferson County, Missouri on the morning of September 8th.  During questioning, NATHANIEL KUROWICKI admitted to having stolen the motorcycle in Missouri.

     NATHANIEL KUROWICKI was subsequently arrested and taken to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Theft by Receiving – Felony
Driving While Intoxicated – 2nd
Offense – Misdemeanor
Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor
No Motorcycle Endorsement – Misdemeanor
No Liability Insurance – Misdemeanor

     He is currently being held in lieu of $17,000 bond and will appear in the Baxter Circuit Court to answer later this month. 

     The Sheriff’s Office will be coordinating with authorities in Jefferson County, Missouri to determine if they will have charges as well.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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     The Sheriff’s Office has been called twice in the past week because a 4 year old child has wandered away from his home at 7108 Hwy 126 North in the Midway area in the middle of the night and found himself in potential danger. 

     The first incident occurred on August 27th at 1:37 AM when Sheriff’s Corporal William Altazan responded to the Triangle Citgo Store in Midway because an unattended small child wearing only a diaper had wandered in there.   On arrival, the deputy recognized this child as the same one who had wandered away during the night in the past.  The child is non-communicative and requires close supervision.    On this occasion, the child was ultimately returned to his residence by the deputy, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services – Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was contacted to conduct a follow-up.

     The second incident of the same nature occurred early this morning September 2nd at 3:08 AM when this same child, again wearing only a diaper, was found running down the middle of State Highway 5 between Mountain Home and Midway near the Ideal RV Center, which is approximately two miles from the child’s home.  Sheriff’s Deputies brought the child to the Sheriff’s Office and again contacted DCFS.  The child was not harmed.  The child’s mother was eventually notified by deputies at her residence.  She was unaware the child was not in the home.  It was noted that the doors of the residence apparently cannot be secured to the extent necessary to keep the child inside and require repairs or modification.

     The Sheriff’s Office will continue working with the parent and DCFS to ensure thesafety of the child in question.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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     Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies experienced a relatively calm Labor Day holiday weekend this year. 

     Although complaint calls were up from the last holiday weekend, Independence Day, arrests and jail bookings were down.  There were 116 complaint calls or calls for service made to the Sheriff’s Office from Friday through Monday.  There were 21 bookings made at the Baxter County Detention Center by all agencies during this time covering 41 separate criminal charges.  Bookings for alcohol-related offenses were:

1 Driving While Intoxicated
2 Boating While Intoxicated
1 Minor in Possession of Alcohol

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

18 Citations for Traffic Violations or Criminal Misdemeanors
3   Warnings for Traffic Violations

     Deputies took 29 incident/offense reports, although there were no major or serious incidents reported over the holiday.

     The Sheriff’s Office worked jointly with U. S. Army Corp of Engineers Park Rangers in patrolling public campgrounds and public use areas on Norfork Lake and Bull Shoals Lake.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Elderly Man Found Safe After 3 Hour Search

Helicopter Searching
For Elderly Man

August 18, 2014

At approximately 9:07 am, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a missing elderly man.  A caregiver went to the elderly man’s residence on Wintergreen Lane in the Norfork area and discovered his dog was locked in a bedroom and the man gone.   The last contact with the 82 year old was at 7 pm the night before when the caregiver left the home.

Sheriff’s Deputies, the K-9 tracking team from Calico Rock Prison and the Sheriff’s Helicopter all were involved in the search. At approximately 12:03 pm a woman called 911 to report seeing an elderly man matching the description near her home.  Deputies responded and found the man unharmed but confused. The man was checked out by medical personnel from Baxter Regional Medical Center after he was returned home.  

The woman told deputies she saw a Facebook post about the missing man and realized it was close to her home. She got into her vehicle and started looking for him. A short time later she spotted him and called 911. The man was located approximately approx. ½ mile from his residence in a wooded are.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone who assisted in the search and the safe return of the man.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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Brandi Michelle Vanamberg

 UPDATE:  Sunday, 08/17/2014 at 5:30 PM:

    The woman who escaped from Sheriff's custody Saturday afternoon, BRANDI MICHELLE VANAMBERG, surrendered herself to the Baxter County Detention Center this afternoon on her outstanding arrest warrants.  She is now in custody on charges of:

Revocation of Suspended Sentence - Felony Bench Warrant
Contempt of Court - Misdemeanor Warrant

     Sheriff's Investigators will seek the filing of an Escape from Custody charge on Monday.  BRANDI VANAMBERG is currently being held without bond pending an appearance before the Circuit Court.



      The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of 42 year old BRANDI MICHELLE VANAMBERG who escaped from Sheriff’s Office custody this afternoon in the Whiteville area.

     A Sheriff’s Deputy made contact with a woman who identified herself as BRANDI VANAMBERG at approximately 1:00 PM today on State Highway 126 near Carson Creek.  After determining her identity, the deputy learned that BRANDI VANAMBERG had outstanding arrest warrants through the Sheriff’s Office.  One warrant was for felony revocation of a suspended sentence and the second was for misdemeanor contempt of court.

     The deputy arrested VANAMBERG on the warrants, placed her in hand-cuff restraints, and then placed her into the back of the patrol car.  VANAMBERG told the deputy that she had some personal property stored underneath the bridge over the creek and asked him to retrieve it for her.  The deputy agreed to do so and walked under the bridge to locate the items.  While he did so, VANAMBERG was able to roll down the back window of the patrol car and climb out, still in cuffs. As the deputy returned to the vehicle, he saw that VANAMBERG was gone.  Deputies believe she entered a wooded area to the West of the roadway.

     Several deputies and officers from other agencies responded to the area in an attempt to re-locate BRANDI VANAMBERG.  After searching for some time, a witness who lived nearby told deputies that he had observed a woman matching VANAMBERG’s description emerge from the woods and climb on the back of a motorcycle that had stopped to pick her up.  The motorcycle then went North on State Highway 126. 

     Deputies went on to check several residences where information indicated that VANAMBERG might have gone, but she has not been located.

     BRANDI VANAMBERG is a white female, approximately 5ft 5in tall, approximately 125 pounds, with dark hair.  She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, white t-shirt, and grey tennis shoes, with her hair pulled back in a pony tail.  VANAMBERG is believed to be under the influence of controlled substance, but she is not known to pose a danger to anyone else.

     If anyone in the public has information as to the whereabouts of BRANDI VANAMBERG, the Sheriff’s Office would appreciate a call with the information.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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Ryan James Lindsey

     The Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection with a residential burglary that was reported to have occurred between August 1st and August 3rd at 5762 Highway 201 South of Mountain Home.

     Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the residence on August 3rd and found that both the front door and the back door to the residence had been forced open and entry made into the home.  The victim reported several items stolen, including an Apple MacBook laptop computer. The stolen items were collectively valued at approximately $5,000. 

     During the investigation, the victim found a receipt from the Harps Supermarket in Mountain Home that had apparently been dropped or left behind by the burglar(s).  Investigators later examined video security camera footage from Harps for the date and time shown on the receipt.  From this footage, some still photographs of the persons at the store were captured and shown to the victim.  The victim identified both of the persons from her personal knowledge of them.

     On August 11th, Sheriff’s Investigators interviewed one of the suspects, a female, who admitted that she and RYAN JAMES LINDSEY had broken into the victim’s residence for the purpose of burglarizing it.  The stolen items were loaded into a GMC Yukon and transported to a residence at 1150 CR 27 in Mountain Home where they were unloaded and stored. 

     Sheriff’s Investigators and an officer with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections went to the address on CR 27 on August 12th in an attempt to locate RYAN LINDSEY, who is on parole.  LINDSEY was found there, and officers also recovered the stolen laptop computer and other stolen items that were inside the residence. 

     RYAN JAMES LINDSEY, 21 years old of Mountain Home, was arrested and taken to the Detention Center where he was booked on the following charges:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property – Felony
Parole Violation – Felony

     LINDSEY is being held without bond on the Parole Violation and has a bond of $25,000 on the new charges.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on August 28th.

     Sheriff’s Investigators are currently in the process of obtaining a bench warrant for the arrest of the second suspect in the burglary.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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James Cody Buchanan

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 30 year old JAMES CODY BUCHANAN of rural Mountain Home after investigating a report filed on August 3rd about an incident that occurred at 3331 Highway 5 North.

     On that date, it was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that JAMES BUCHANAN had gone to the residence of his ex-girlfriend and entered the premises without invitation for the purpose of engaging in a confrontation with her.  While inside, he assaulted her, causing injury, and he also attacked a man who was inside with her.

     When the homeowner stated she was calling the police, JAMES BUCHANAN fled from the scene.  Sheriff’s Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for BUCHANAN, and he was booked into the Detention Center on the afternoon of August 6th on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Domestic Battery 3rd
Degree – Misdemeanor
Battery in the 3rd Degree – Misdemeanor

     He is held on $20,000 bond pending an appearance in Circuit Court on August 21st.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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