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JAIL INMATE FACES NEW CHARGES FOR CONCEALING DRUGS


Theresa Marie Pate

    

      A Baxter County Jail Inmate, 52 years old THERESA MARIE PATE of Mountain Home, was charged today with three additional felony crimes after a Jail Matron found controlled substance hidden on THERESA PATE during a strip search.

     THERESA PATE was initially arrested by the Mountain Home Police Department on January 23rd on misdemeanor warrants for non-payment of fines and probation violation.  She was transported to the Detention Center for booking. 

     As part of the booking process, prior to being incarcerated in the housing unit, PATE was subjected to a strip search for weapons and contraband by a Jail Matron.  During this search, the Jail Matron suspected PATE to be concealing contraband within her body because she refused to satisfactorily following instructions being given to her in the course of the search. 

     Eventually, the Jail Matron observed a small metal object drop to the floor that PATE had been concealing.  This was seen to be an “Altoids” mint box.  Contained inside were two pills determined to be morphine, a schedule II controlled substance.

     THERESA MARIE PATE today was charged additionally by bench warrant as follows:

Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance – Felony Furnishing Prohibited Articles – Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony

     Bond for these charges has not yet been set, but she continues to be held without bond on the previous probation violation hold and has a bond of $4,535.00 on the non-payment of fines charge.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE FILED FROM JANUARY 21ST INCIDENT


Mark W. Bailey

    

A Clarkridge man, 43 year old MARK W. BAILEY, already an inmate at the Detention Center since January 25th on non-payment of child support body attachments, has now been charged additionally with a felony domestic violence charge following investigation into an incident reported to the Sheriff’s Office.

     On January 23, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office took a complaint report from the wife of MARK BAILEY.  She told Investigators that on January 21st, her husband MARK BAILEY brandished a firearm in their household and discharged the firearm three times, twice in her direction, narrowly missing her.

     The incident began when the victim heard a firearm discharge in the bedroom of the house.  On investigation, the victim found that MARK BAILEY had shot a 9mm handgun into the ceiling of the bedroom.  He then shoved her to the floor.  A short struggle ensued.  When she got back up, she said that MARK BAILEY discharged the firearm again, with the round passing by the left side of her head.  MARK BAILEY then discharged the firearm a third time, with the third round passing between the victim’s left arm and her left side.  This incident was not reported to law enforcement until two days later.  The victim noted that her 11 year old son was at the residence when the incident occurred. 

     On January 26th, Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Thrasher went to the residence to view the crime scene.  He found evidence that a firearm had been discharged inside the home to corroborate the allegations of the victim. 

     On January 27th, Investigator Thrasher interviewed jail inmate MARK BAILEY about the complaint.  During the interview, MARK BAILEY admitted to engaging in the conduct as described by the victim on the date in question.

     MARK W. BAILEY has been charged additionally by bench warrant with:

Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member – Felony

     Bond for this charge is $10,000, and he will appear in Circuit Court at a later time.  He continues to be held in custody for non-payment of child support.  He has also been served with an Order of Protection.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE CALLED TO UNATTENDED DEATH AT RESIDENCE IN JORDAN AREA

    

The Sheriff’s Office was called to 4188 Hwy 177 S. in the Jordan community at approximately 9:39 AM Sunday for an unattended death.

     The callers stated they had found their son, 28 year old MASON M. SEAY, deceased in his bedroom from unknown causes.  Sheriff’s Investigators and the County Coroner responded to the residence to investigate. 

    There is no indication of foul play.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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ANOTHER SEX OFFENDER REGISTERS WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE


Frank Anthony Quintana

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a rural Mountain Home man has registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in this County. 

 

NAME:                       FRANK ANTHONY QUINTANA

 

DATE OF BIRTH:     10/10/1977

 

HOME ADDRESS:   208 Buzzard Roost Cutoff

                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653                               

 

     The offender was convicted in Hardin County, Texas on 02/13/2009 of Indecency with a Child – Sexual Contact.  The victim was a 10 year old female.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).

 

     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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GASSVILLE AREA MAN REGISTERS AS SEX OFFENDER


Timothy Ray Lee

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a rural Gassville man has registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in this County. 

 

NAME:                       TIMOTHY RAY LEE

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   03/29/1985

 

HOME ADDRESS:  6819 Hwy 62 West

                                    Gassville, Arkansas 72635                             

 

     The offender was convicted in Fulton County, Arkansas on 11/07/2005 of 2 counts of sexual solicitation/indecency with a child.  The victim was a 14 year old female.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).

 

     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


Stephen Rey Groat

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a rural Mountain Home man has registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in this County. 

 

NAME:                       STEPHEN REY GROAT

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   12/15/1970

 

HOME ADDRESS:  58 Woodsong Terrace

                               Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653                             

 

     The offender was convicted on August 8, 1992 of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault in Lake County, Illinois.  The victim was under 18 years of age.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).

 

     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 LEADS TO DRUG POSSESSION ARREST



John Leroy Lewis

   

 

      A rural Mountain Home man, 48 year old JOHN LEROY LEWIS, was arrested on drug charges after being pulled over Tuesday evening by Sheriff’s Deputy Rockie Morell for a traffic complaint.

     Deputy Morrell was patrolling on State Highway 5 South of Mountain Home and pulled over a 1999 GMC pickup truck on a reckless driving complaint that had been called in to the Sheriff’s Office around 9:00 PM.

     The driver of the vehicle was JOHN LEROY LEWIS.  He was found to have a suspended driver license.  During the initial inquiry, JOHN LEWIS became disorderly, hostile, and began yelling at officers.  JOHN LEWIS was taken into custody.  During a search of his clothing and person, deputies found two syringes, one of which contained a clear liquid substance suspected to be methamphetamine.  Deputies also found approximately 0.3 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine in a small plastic bag in LEWIS’ pocket.

     JOHN LEROY LEWIS was subsequently transported to the Detention Center and booked on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor
Disorderly Conduct – Misdemeanor

     He will appear in the Circuit Court on January 22nd to answer, and is currently being held in custody in lieu of $10,000 bond.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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UNATTENDED DEATH BEING INVESTIGATED BY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

 

    The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 55 year old Gamaliel resident, GARY DON MCALISTER, after being called to Castaways Resort at 7624 Hwy 101 North at approximately 9:36 this morning for a welfare check.

     The resort manager indicated that GARY MCALISTER, a resident at the resort, had not been heard from or seen since Sunday, January 11th.  Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Munson was given access to the locked apartment by the manager.  When Deputy Munson made entry into the room, he found GARY MCALISTER deceased on the recliner with evidence that he had sustained a chest injury from a knife.

     Investigators and the County Coroner were called to the scene to investigate further.  A suicide note was found that outlined the manner in which GARY MCALISTER stated he intended to kill himself, which was consistent with the evidence found.  The note also made requests regarding handling and disposition of the body and what notifications to make.  There were also several empty prescription medication bottles belonging to MCALISTER that indicates he may have overdosed.

     The body of the deceased is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.  The investigation will remain open pending the results of the autopsy.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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DEPUTY ARRESTS FUGITIVE FROM MISSISSIPPI ON MURDER CHARGE


Dennis Tyrell Miller

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a fugitive from the State of Mississippi who was wanted on an outstanding felony bench warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on an original charge of Murder in the First Degree.

     This morning, January 15th, at approximately 1:48 AM, Sheriff’s Deputy Rockie Morrell made a stop on a vehicle in Mountain Home with Mississippi license plates because of a broken out tail lamp.  The vehicle was occupied by two persons, including 38 year old DENNIS TYRELL MILLER.    An inquiry into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database indicated that DENNIS TYRELL MILLER was a fugitive from justice from Neshoba County, Mississippi, with an active bench warrant that was just issued on January 12, 2015. 

     DENNIS TYRELL MILLER is currently incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center without bond awaiting extradition back to the State of Mississippi to face his charges there.  The Mountain Home Police Department assisted with the stop and arrest.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Baxter County Sheriff's Website Tops 2-Million Visits in 2014

Home Page

Alert Sign Up Page

 

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office website continues to be a popular part of the Sheriff’s Office.  The website was launched in November 2007 and has proven to be an effective law enforcement tool. The website allows people from the community to interact with the Sheriff’s Office and allows them to get involved by helping us keep our community safe.  It was created with the concept of not just having  web presence but a working website and it has far exceeded our expectations. 

The Baxter County Sheriff’s website also allows people to sign up to receive alerts by email or text message when things are published. The person signing up has a choice to receive alerts for sex offender’s notifications, press releases, Sheriff’s newsletters, most wanted, employment postings and more.  Several thousand people have currently signed up to receive these notifications with that number growing each month.

The website also features an alert system which flashes the alert for such things as missing children or any other emergency situation. The crime tip module allows people to submit crime tips and photos and remain anonymous. Most of the features and tabs on the website are automated and update automatically saving time and money for our employees. After launching the inmate roster online a few years ago, jail staff noticed a decrease in phone calls by approximately 50%.  Over a thousand arrests have been made from our most wanted as well as many suspects being identified and arrested from the posting of surveillance photos. The total number of outstanding warrants dropped by over 900 after just two short years with tips coming in from other states resulting in warrants be served that were issued as far back as 1999.

The inmate roster continues to be the most viewed web page on the website. The inmate roster shows who is currently in jail as well as those who have been released in the past 48 hours. It too is automated, updating automatically every 15 minutes.  Several thousand people have also  have signed up to receive the inmate roster alert, receiving one email every morning at 6 am with the list of everyone that has been booked in the Baxter County Detention Center in the past 24 hours.

The top three most viewed pages in 2014 are:

Inmate Roster 

Most Wanted 

Warrants

The numbers of visits to our website are staggering for a county our size, roughly 42,000 population. Last year, 2014 the total number of visits topped the two million. The numbers for 2014 are as follows:

Visits                                          2,001,039

Unique Visitors                             403,855

Highest month, July                     181,274

Lowest month, February              154,200

The most viewed day of the week is Monday and with the most viewed time frame of the day is between 8-9 am.

We want to thank the public for their continued support. We are blessed to live in a community where the public and law enforcement  work together to keep Baxter County the great place it is to live and raise and family.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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