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MAN ARRESTED THIS AFTERNOON ON VEHICLE THEFT CHARGES

 

     A chance occurrence led to the arrest of a man late this afternoon on charges related to the theft of two motor vehicles and a boat and trailer from Baxter County.   

     This afternoon, a man who lives in Baxter County was driving along the highway in Izard County when he came up behind a truck that was pulling a trailer with a car on it.  After several minutes, this man realized that the car on the trailer, a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang that was being restored and valued at $38,000, was his car, which was supposed to be at a garage in Baxter County.  The owner placed a call to the Izard County Sheriff's Office in Melbourne for assistance.  The owner subsequently followed the truck and trailer to a location in Izard County where the driver stopped.  The owner confronted the driver of the truck about the car on the trailer and waited until the arrival of Izard County Sheriff's Deputies. 

     Once deputies arrived, the driver of the truck was identified as 58 year old DANNY AUBREY STURGIS with a Fayetteville address.  DANNY STURGIS originally told deputies that he had bought the vehicle from an unnamed person.  Upon further questioning, STURGIS admitted to having stolen the vehicle from a garage on Highway 201 North in Baxter County, as well has having previously stolen from the same location a 1969 Plymouth Satellite that was undergoing restoration and valued at $20,000, and the Celebrity boat and trailer valued at $10,000.  Deputies later found the Plymouth Satellite at the location where STURGIS had stopped, and the boat and trailer were found at another location in Izard County after further investigation.

    DANNY AUBREY STURGIS was later turned over into the custody of Baxter County Sheriff's Deputies and was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Theft of Property (1 count) - Class B Felony
Theft of Property (2 counts) - Class C Felonies
Breaking or Entering (3 counts) - Class D Felonies

     DANNY STURGIS is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond, and he will appear later this month in Circuit Court.  STURGIS was already out on bail awaiting trial on previous felony Theft by Receiving charges.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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SEX OFFENDER RECEIVES COMMUNITY RISK ASSESSMENT LEVEL


Alton Bruce Cooke, III

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a previously registered by unassessed sex offender has now received a risk assessment classification level from the State of Arkansas.  The following offender is now classified as Risk Level 3 (High Risk to Re-Offend). 

NAME:                       ALTON BRUCE COOKE, III

DATE OF BIRTH:   05/04/1991

HOME ADDRESS:  348 S. Johnson St.
                                    Gassville, Arkansas 72635 

     The offender was convicted in Marion County, Arkansas on September 5, 2013 of Computer Child Pornography.  This offense involved the then 21-year-old offender engaging in sexually explicit conversations via the internet with a 14-year-old female stranger during which he discussed meeting her for sex.  The offender was placed on ten years supervised probation. 

         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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Death Investigation of a 21-Year Old Male by the Sheriff and Coroner's Office

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive male at 415 Buzzard Roost Cutoff Road in Mountain Home.  Deputies found a 21 year old male, who lived at that residence, lying on the floor in the living room area. Sheriff’s Investigators were called to process the scene and interview witnesses. Baxter County Coroner, William Snow was called to the residence where he pronounced the victim, Andrew Scott Whitfield deceased.   

The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab to determine the cause and manner of death. There is no foul play suspected, however the investigation is continuing.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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SEX OFFENDER MOVES TO NEW ADDRESS


Jared James Householder

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 2 (moderate risk to re-offend with community notification justified) Registered Sex Offender has moved to a new address in Baxter County. 

NAME:                       JARED JAMES HOUSEHOLDER 

DATE OF BIRTH:   11/11/1985 

OLD ADDRESS:      714 Gray Street
                                   Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
 

NEW ADDRESS:     100 Fair View Lane
                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653 

     The offender was convicted of Carnal Knowledge on 10/08/2004.  This offense involved then then 19-year-old offender forcing a then 13-year-old female acquaintance to engage in sexual activity.  Community notification is justified due to the young age of the victim at the time the offense occurred. 

     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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SEX OFFENDER REGISTERS WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE


Jason Paul Hohn

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

NAME:                       JASON PAUL HOHN  

DATE OF BIRTH:   02/08/1981 

HOME ADDRESS:  3230 Highway 5 South
                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653 

     The offender was convicted of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree on May 28, 2003.  This offense involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with a 5 year old female. 

     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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TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF METH


Randall Scott Beard

     A Norfork area man was arrested early this morning on felony drug charges after he was stopped by a Sheriff’s Deputy for a traffic violation.  At approximately 4:08 AM, Deputy William Altazan pulled over 32 year old RANDALL SCOTT BEARD on State Highway 5 South of Mountain Home for a driving violation.  Upon inquiry, it was found that RANDALL BEARD had a suspended driver license.

     RANDALL BEARD was taken into custody.  During a search of the vehicle, deputies found approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including scales and a pipe.  BEARD was ultimately taken to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on charges of:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor
Driving Left of Center – Misdemeanor.

     RANDALL BEARD is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, and he will appear in Circuit Court to answer on April 3rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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FELONY DRUG CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO MTN. HOME RESIDENTS


Richard Charles Burger

Danyelle Nicole Astry

     Two Mountain Home residents have been arrested on felony drug charges after Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the Fourteenth Judicial Drug Task Force utilized an informant to make a controlled buy of morphine pills from them on January 23rd.

    Investigators arranged through the informant to purchase ten (10) 30 mg morphine pills for $200 from the offenders at their residence on 7th Street in Mountain Home.  The transaction was monitored and recorded by officers. 

     Arrangements for the drug sale were facilitated by use of a cellular phone, and the drug sale took place within 1,000 feet of the Eastside Baptist Church, which allows for an enhanced penalty.

     Officers with the Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Home Police Department went to the residence Wednesday afternoon, March 26th, and made two arrests.

     RICHARD CHARLES BURGER, 37 years old of Mountain Home, was arrested and charged with:

Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance (morphine) – Class C Felony
Unlawful Use of Communications Device – Class C Felony
Proximity to Certain Facilities (church) – Penalty Enhancement
Parole Violation – Felony

     RICHARD BURGER has a bond of $10,000 on the drug charges and a hold without bond on the parole violation.  He will appear in Circuit Court today, March 27th, to answer.

     DANYELLE NICOLE ASTRY, 33 years old of Mountain Home, was arrested and charged with:

Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance (morphine) – Class C Felony
Proximity to Certain Facilities (church) – Penalty Enhancement.

     DANYELLE ASTRY has a bond of $10,000 on those charges.  She will appear in Circuit Court today, March 27th, to answer.

 /s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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PROBATIONER ARRESTED ON NEW FELONY DRUG CHARGES


THOMAS EARNEST HARVEY

     Officers from the Sheriff's Office, Department of Community Corrections, and the Mountain Home Police Department made a probation home check on Baxter CR 57 this morning and made one arrest.  58 year old THOMAS EARNEST HARVEY was arrested after officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the residence.

     Approximately 1.3 grams of methamphetamine, syringes, and a set of digital scales were seized and taken into evidence.  THOMAS HARVEY was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center where he was booked on felony charges of:

POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE - Class C Felony
POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA - Class D Felony

     HARVEY was released from custody after posting $5,000 bail.  He will appear in Circuit Court in April.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING METH TO INFORMANT


Megan Marie Loe

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 31 year old rural Mountain Home woman on felony drug charges after a person cooperating with law enforcement made a controlled buy of methamphetamine from her.

     MEGAN MARIE LOE sold approximately ½ gram of methamphetamine to the informant for $100.00 in January, 2014.  The transaction was monitored and recorded by Sheriff’s Investigators.  MEGAN LOE used a cellular phone to facilitate the deal.

     Today, March 18th, Investigators went to the residence of MEGAN LOE to take her into custody.  Investigators made contact with LOE at the residence.  While there, they observed a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine residue.

     MEGAN LOE was transported to the Detention Center late this morning and booked on charges of:

Delivery of Methamphetamine – Class C Felony
Unlawful Use of Communications Device – Class C Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Class D Felony
Probation Violation – Felony

     MEGAN LOE has a bond of $5,000 on the drug charges and will appear in Circuit Court March 27th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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DATE SELECTED FOR RETIRED OFFICE FIREARMS QUALIFICATION

     The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a firearms qualification shoot for Retired Law Enforcement Officers on Friday, April 11, 2014 beginning at 9:00 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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