Press Releases



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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Bryan Keith Sutterfield

     A rural Mountain Home resident, already out of prison on parole, 31 year old BRYAN KEITHSUTTERFIELD, was arrested this morning by Sheriff’s Corporal Kristofer Savino on additional felony charges.

     The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 9:45 AM by the 911 Call Center that a caller on Baxter CR 69 near Maple Hollow Ln. had caught a man burglarizing his mother’s home.  The caller told dispatchers that was holding the suspect at gunpoint in the front yard of the residence.

     Corporal Savino arrived at approximately 9:56 AM and immediately took the suspect into custody, who was identified as BRYAN KEITH SUTTERFIELD.  Evidence indicated that SUTTERFIELD had pulled off a screen and gained entrance to the residence through a window.  The caller caught SUTTERFIELD inside the home carrying a box of jewelry and subsequently detained him while calling 911.

     BRYAN KEITH SUTTERFIELD was transported to the Detention Center where he is currently being held on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property – Felony

     SUTTERFIELD will have a $50,000 bond on those charges while awaiting an appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court.

     The Arkansas Department of Community Corrections has also placed a no bond hold on SUTTERFIELD for a Parole Violation.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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Tina Louise Amaral

     The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32 year old TINA LOUISE AMARAL of Mountain Home at approximately 11:45 AM this morning after responding to a complaint call regarding the unauthorized use of a vehicle.  The vehicle owner told Sheriff’s Corporal Doug Meurer that he had loaned his vehicle to TINA AMARAL on September 24th for her to use for a couple of hours.  She never returned the vehicle, but he provided Corporal Meurer with her possible location, which he said would be on U. S. Army Corp of Engineers property in the Mallard Point area.

     Corporal Meurer and a Corp Ranger went to the area, which was at the end of Baypoint Drive.  The Corp Ranger arrived first and found a campsite set up there, from which some people fled on foot when he pulled up.

     Additional deputies and rangers responded.  They eventually located and detained a woman who provided a name and birthdate when asked.  Deputies were unable to confirm the identity of this woman and suspected she had given a false name and birthdate.  An Arkansas State Police Trooper was asked to come to the scene.  The Trooper has equipment in his patrol vehicle that interfaces with the state’s fingerprint database system.  This equipment provides a mechanism whereby a fingerprint can be taken at the scene of a stop or an incident, then electronically submitted to the database to determine if a match can be made with a print already on file.

     In this particular incident, a fingerprint was obtained from the woman being detained.  A match returned from the database indicating her to be one TINA LOUISE AMARAL, although she had given a completely different name.  TINA AMARAL was then run through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for outstanding wants or warrants.  Deputies then learned that TINA AMARAL was a fugitive from Ozark County, Missouri, which holds an outstanding Warrant of Arrest for Failure to Appear in Court on an original felony charge of Arson.  Further inquiry found that the original Arson charge had been  filed against TINA AMARAL in Ozark County in connection with the burning of the home of the Prosecuting Attorney  Tom Cline of Ozark County  in February, 2009.

     After confirming her identity and after verifying the validity of the felony warrant, TINA AMARAL was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.  She was booked for a hold on the Ozark County Warrant and for misdemeanor Obstruction of Governmental Operations for providing a false name and information to deputies.  TINA LOUISE AMARAL will be extradited to Missouri to face her charges there.  The warrant indicates she will have a bond of $25,000 once she is returned to Ozark County.

The other person or persons who fled from the Corp Ranger when he drove up were not located or detained.

/s/ Sheriff John Montgomery

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Restitution checks
ready to be mailed.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is very pleased to announce that the collection of court-ordered restitution in felony criminal cases from Circuit Court  has now topped the two million dollar mark since current collection methods began to be utilized in 2005.  The Sheriff’s Office is given responsibility by county ordinance to serve as the collection agent for all county fines, court costs, and victim restitution.

     Beginning in 2005, the Sheriff’s Office began aggressively using all methods available under the law to collect restitution that is owed to victims of crimes.  This includes restitution in burglary, breaking or entering, theft, forgery, and criminal mischief cases.  The methods used include utilizing the Arkansas State Income Tax Set-Off Program, whereby income tax refunds that would otherwise be sent to persons who are delinquent on payment of restitution are garnished and paid over to the victims instead, through the Sheriff’s Office.  The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is one of the first in the state to ever utilize the tax set-off program.

     Another method that has proven particularly useful is the suspension of driver licenses of persons delinquent in paying restitution.  This action alone has prompted numerous people to begin paying or to bring delinquent payments up to date. 

     In addition to these two methods, the Sheriff’s Office also coordinates with the Prosecuting Attorney to bring Contempt of Court charges against persons who have become delinquent in paying restitution to their victims. 

     Utilizing these collection methods has resulted in restitution being collected on cases going back to the early 1990s, cases that had been long forgotten prior to current collection procedures being undertaken.  The Sheriff’s Office mails out dozens of checks each month to crime victims for restitution that has been collected.

A collection break-down by year is:

2005       $123,001.03

2006       $153,217.57

2007       $157,780.72

2008       $207,800.17

2009       $212,500.82

2010       $295,197.80

2011       $154,865.89

2012       $202,017.07

2013       $276,248.58

2014       $235,469.43  Year to Date

TOTAL:   $2,018,099.08 as of 09/24/2014

     If any member of the public is due restitution in a felony criminal case from Baxter County Circuit Court and has not received that restitution or has received only partial payments with a current delinquency, they may contact the Sheriff’s Administration Office for information and assistance with their case. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office may have invalid victim addresses in some of the older cases that need to be updated and corrected.

     The Sheriff’s Office will continue to exercise its responsibilities regarding restitution collection and will continue using all current collection methods as well as any new ones that may later be authorized by law.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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      The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Baxter County Coroner'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, September 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Take Back Event will be held at the BAXTER COUNTY LIBRARY, which is located 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.

     Research has shown that Arkansas has one of the worst teen prescription pain reliever abuse problem in the entire United States. Arkansas has consistently ranked among the top ten states with the highest rate of non-medical use of pain relievers by 12 to 2 year old persons since 2002. Arkansas’ sixth graders have been shown to abuse prescription drugs more than any other substances except alcohol and cigarettes. Many of those children between 12 to 17 years of age reported they obtained prescription pain relievers and stimulants from friends or relatives 71% of the time, often stolen from medicine cabinets. It is vitally important for the safety of our youth that unused and unneeded prescription medications be properly disposed of.

     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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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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