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  The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is once again participating in the “National Take-Back Day” in an effort to removed unwanted, unused, and potentially dangerous controlled substances and over the counter medications from our medicine cabinets. This event will be held this Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Take Back Event will be held at the BAXTER COUNTY LIBRARY, which is located at the intersection of South College Street and the Hwy 62/412 Bypass in Mountain Home.  Personnel will be available at the library to assist citizens with their drop-offs. 

     The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to children and to public health and safety. This event is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

          In the past, flushing medications and drugs seemed to be a safe and responsible method of disposal. We now realize that the drugs do not completely disintegrate and are contaminating our waterways. Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are not generally designed to treat pharmaceutical waste. The risk to the health of our waters is significant when we contribute to pollution by what we pour down our drains. This ends up in our creeks, rivers, and lakes, and it places our drinking water supply at unnecessary risk.

     The National Take-Back Day program is FREE and “No Questions Asked”. The drop off location will accept pills and medications in the bottle or in a bag or other disposable container. People may remove any or all labels from the bottles or containers if they wish. The process is very easy…..simply drive up and drop them off. 

     In addition to this specific event, people may use the secure drop box at 206 West 8th Street that is accessible at all times. This lock box is under 24 hour recorded video surveillance for security purposes.

     All pills and pharmaceuticals collected will later be destroyed using our drug incinerator equipment. Anyone having questions about The National Take-Back Day or drop off procedures may contact the Sheriff’s Office for information.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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Convicted Felon Charged with Terroristic Threatening and Battery

Chad Allen McDaniel

April 26, 2017


On Tuesday, April 25th at approximately 9:18 pm, Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Hwy 62 East of Mountain Home to a report of a man with a gun threatening to kill family members.

When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived they encountered one of the victims running down the road towards them. The victim told Sheriff’s Deputies that the suspect had a pistol and had threatened to kill her and another family member.

Deputies were able to locate and safely secure two small children at the residence.  Deputies searched an RV on the property and the immediate area, locating the suspect behind a shed at the rear of the residence.  Deputies also located a loaded Sig Saur 380 pistol that was defaced.

The suspect, 25 year old Chad Allen McDaniel, was arrested and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.  McDaniel was charged with:

Domestic Battery 3rd Degree       Terroristic Threatening Possession of a Firearm by a Felon Possession of a Defaced Firearm

Chad McDaniel was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on $20,000 bond pending his court appearance on April 27th at 1 pm

Sheriff John Montgomery

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Connie Renee Williams


     CONNIE RENEE WILLIAMS, 32 years old of Midway, Arkansas, was arrested early this morning on drug possession charges after being pulled over for expired vehicle license.

     Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell stopped WILLIAMS on Highway 5 North after observing that the dealer tags on the 2005 Ford Focus she was driving had expired. WILLIAMS could not produce a driver license, and Corporal Morrell subsequently learned that WILLIAMS was suspended and also had outstanding arrest warrants for Failure to Appear.

     CONNIE WILLIAMS was arrested and taken into custody.  During a search of the vehicle, Corporal Morrell found approximately 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, 25 acetaminophen/propoxyphene tablets, and various items of drug paraphernalia.

   CONNIE RENEE WILLIAMS was transported to the Detention Center and booked in at 3:30 AM on charges of:

Failure to Appear – 2 outstanding warrants
Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) - Felony
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor
Expired Vehicle License – Misdemeanor

     WILLIAMS remains in custody in lieu of $6,220 bond.  She will appear in Circuit Court to answer on April 27th and in District Court on May 25th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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      The firearms qualification shoot for retired law enforcement officers that was scheduled for this morning has been POSTPONED due to inclement weather.

     The new date for the qualification shoot is next Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM at the same location.

Baxter County Sheriff's Office


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Jimmy L. Bohannan, Jr.


     An Escape charge has now been filed against 49 year old Baxter County Jail Inmate JIMMY LEON BOHANNAN, JR. who walked away from an inmate work crew that was working at the Food Basket in Mountain Home last Friday afternoon, April 7th at approximately 1:15 PM.

     BOHANNAN left the building to take the trash outside.  After he did not return, the deputy with the work crew notified the Sheriff’s Office that BOHANNAN could not be located.  A short time later, BOHANNAN’s striped jail uniform was found inside the building.  An investigation was initiated, and a manhunt was organized.  Officers with the Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Home Police Department, and Arkansas State Police converged on the area to search for BOHANNAN. 

     At approximately 2:11 PM, a man who resided nearby the Food Basket told officers patrolling the area that he had earlier been approached by a man asking to be given a ride.  The suspect information he provided matched the description of BOHANNAN.  The man told officers he gave the other man (BOHANNAN) a ride to a residence on Kingswood Drive off State Highway 201 North and dropped him off at a house there.

     The search steered toward the Kingswood area as additional details became available.  Sheriff’s Investigators made their way to the residence and were eventually able to make contact with the owner.  After a period of time, the woman residing at the house admitted to investigators that BOHANNAN, who she knew, had been dropped off there. BOHANNAN was in underwear and sock feet.  She provided him with other clothing, and he left on foot.  Investigators do not believe this contact was pre-planned or pre-arranged.

     Officers from multiple agencies combed the area, and the Sheriff’s Office helicopter as well as the canine tracking team with the Arkansas Department of Corrections – North Central Unit were utilized in the search.

     At approximately 10:00 PM, an Arkansas State Police Trooper in the area was approached by a woman reporting that she had seen a man she did not know sitting on the tailgate of a truck behind her residence.  State Trooper Stinnett responded, located BOHANNAN, and was able to take him back into custody and return him to the Detention Center.

     JIMMY LEON BOHANNAN, JR. is now charged additionally with Escape in the Second Degree – Class B Felony.  He now has an additional bond of $75,000 on this charge and scheduled to appear in Circuit Court today, April 13th.  He was being held in custody awaiting trial in Circuit Court on other prior charges.

     The woman who provided the clothing change and assistance to BOHANNAN may also face charges once the investigation is completed.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff



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Bobby Dean Holt


     On Wednesday, April 12th at approximately 2:09 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call from 292 CR 508 on a complaint that a man had been hit in the head with a baseball bat and was injured. 

     Upon arrival at the scene, Sheriff’s Corporal Kristofer Savino made contact with the victim.  The victim was observed to have a laceration on the back of his head, and blood had flowed down the left side of his head to his neck.  A damaged and disabled vehicle was also there.

     The victim alleged to Corporal Savino that he had met BOBBY DEAN HOLT at a gas station and was asked to follow HOLT back to his residence for the purpose of retrieving a BMX bike.  When the victim followed HOLT into HOLT’s driveway, HOLT allegedly turned his vehicle around in the opposite direction and moved toward the victim at a fast speed, intentionally ramming the front of the victim’s vehicle.  The victim then alleges he stepped out of his vehicle and was hit in the head by HOLT with a baseball bat.  A neighbor heard the commotion and called 911.

     An ambulance from Baxter Regional Medical Center was summoned to the scene to tend to the victim. He was treated on the scene, but he declined to be taken to the hospital.

     After speaking with the victim, deputies made contact with the suspect, BOBBY DEAN HOLT. HOLT gave a varying description of the event, but he did say he struck the victim in the head with a flashlight because he felt the victim was acting in a threatening manner.  The flashlight had been disposed of before deputies arrived.  Neither a baseball bat nor a flashlight was recovered by deputies.

     At the conclusion of the on-scene investigation, 32 year old BOBBY DEAN HOLT of CR 508 was arrested and transported to the detention center.  He has been incarcerated on charges of:

Battery in the Second Degree – Felony
Criminal Mischief in the First Degree – Felony

     HOLT is being held on $20,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on April 27th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Jail Inmate Escapes From Work Detail

Jimmy Leon Bohannan

April 7, 2017

A Baxter County Sheriff’s jail inmate has walked off from an inmate work detail in Mountain Home.  The inmate, 49 year old Jimmy Leon Bohannan was on an inmate work detail at the Mountain Home Food Basket, 1341 Eastside Center Court.   Bohannan was last seen approximately 1:05 pm when the Deputy noticed him missing. His black and white jail uniform was found outside near a dumpster.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies and helicopter, Arkansas State Police, Mountain Home Police and the K-9 Tracking Dog Team from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Calico Rock are assisting in the search.

Description:        6 ft, 205 pounds, short brown hair. Unknown clothing description

Jimmy Bohannan was booked into the Baxter County Jail on January 13 on a variety of charges including shoplifting, failure to appear, burglary, theft of property and other charges. At this time he is not considered armed or dangerous.

Anyone who observes or has information on Bohannan should contact the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office at 425-7000 or call 911.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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Samuel M. Chase


     A Parolee, 42 year old SAMUEL MICKEY CHASE of Oakland, Arkansas was arrested on an outstanding felony bench warrant yesterday, April 5th, on a theft of property charge.

     Sheriff’s investigators obtained the warrant following an investigation into the theft of two inoperable vehicles and some other items that was reported on February 28, 2017.  These items  had been stolen from an address on U. S. Highway 62 East.  One of these inoperable vehicles and four rims were disposed of by SAMUEL CHASE and another person at a recycling center near Mountain Home. CHASE and the other person involved in the transaction at the recycling center were then identified as suspects.  The second inoperable vehicle has not yet been found. 

     On March 9th, the victim reported that an additional theft of a trailer had occurred from the same address on U. S. Hwy 62 East.  Witnesses identified SAMUEL CHASE and another man as having been on the premises and removed the trailer by hooking it to a vehicle and towing it away.

     A warrant was obtained for the arrest of SAMUEL CHASE, as well as a separate warrant for the arrest of the second person involved. CHASE surrendered himself to the Detention Center yesterday and has been incarcerated on charges of:

Theft of Property – Class D Felony Parole Violation – Felony

     CHASE has a bond of $5,000 on the theft charge and is being held without bond for the parole violation.  He has a court date in Circuit Court of April 27th.

     The arrest of the second suspect is anticipated.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Steven Bruce Hutton


     An arrest has been made in connection with a residential burglary that was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on December 21, 2016 on Baxter CR 577.

     Entry into the residence was made by a 2 x 4 board that had been thrown through the living room window, and the door leading in from the garage had been kicked open.

     The homeowner reported the theft of five Glock pistols from the residence, as well as numerous medications.  The serial numbers of the stolen firearms were entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and were also later checked through the LeadsOnline reporting system used by pawn shops and pawn brokers.

     The LeadsOnline system found where two of the stolen firearms had been pawned by STEVEN BRUCE HUTTON at a jewelry and pawn shop in Springfield, Missouri on the same day that the burglary occurred.  Additional items were pawned on December 24, 2016 at a pawn shop in Daytona Beach, Florida by the same person.

     The victim advised investigators that he knew STEVEN HUTTON, who had been in his home in the past.  Investigators obtained a bench warrant for the arrest of STEVEN BRUCE HUTTON, and the warrant was entered into NCIC. HUTTON, 56 years old with an address in Halfway, Missouri,  was arrested on March 29th in Bolivar, Missouri (Polk County) on the outstanding Baxter County warrant.  He was extradited on the warrant yesterday, April 3rd, and has been incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property (7 counts) – Felonies

     HUTTON is being held in lieu of $35,000 bond, and he will appear in Circuit Court to answer on April 13th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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Jesse Aaron Avant


     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Sex Offender has newly registered with the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in Baxter County.


NAME:                       JESSE AARON AVANT               


DATE OF BIRTH:   01/25/1990


ADDRESS:                130 CR 804  
                                   Gamaliel, AR 72537


     The offender was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault on a child on 02/29/2012.  The victim was a 13 year old female.  The offender moved here from Texas. 


     This offender has not yet been assigned a community risk assessment level by the State of Arkansas.


     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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