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Travis Darrell Rhodes


     A Gainesville, Missouri area man, 30 year old TRAVIS DARRELL RHODES, was arrested Wednesday evening, April 22nd, for drug offenses after a vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over for an equipment violation.  Sheriff’s Deputy Rockie Morrell initiated the stop on U. S. Highway 62 East at approximately 10:18 PM. 

     Deputy Morrell obtained consent to search the vehicle, which was owned by relatives of RHODES.  During this search, the deputy found two rocks of suspected methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia, including scales, packaging, acetone, and a large quantity of matches, all of which was seized and taken into evidence.

     TRAVIS DARRELL RHODES was transported to the Detention Center and booked on charges of:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony

     He was released the next day on $5,000 bond with an appearance in Circuit Court set for May 7th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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Suspect - Jaycob Luke Anderson


     The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a disturbance that occurred Thursday evening, April 23rd, at 156 Cochran Drive that involved a man being slightly injured from a gunshot wound.

     At approximately 11:20 PM, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 911 call made from that residence reporting the incident.  Deputies arrived a short time later.  They found that a 30 year old man whose left arm had been grazed by a bullet fired at him by a suspect who had fled from the scene.  An ambulance was called for, but the victim refused medical attention. 

     Deputies were told that the suspect had come to the victim’s residence for the purpose of retrieving personal property belonging to a third party.  A physical struggle ensued, with the suspect apparently shooting a firearm at the victim.

     The victim identified his assailant as JAYCOB LUKE ANDERSON, 30 years of age with a last known address in Bexar, Arkansas.  He was last seen leaving the residence in a blue SUV, either a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon, with partial Arkansas License “WII”.

     Anyone having information as to the current whereabouts of JAYCOB LUKE ANDERSON, who is believed to be armed, is asked to notify the Sheriff’s Office. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff


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Robert Ernest Camilli

     The Sheriff's Office is notifying the public that Level 3 Sex Offender ROBERT ERNEST CAMILLI, who was previously registered with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, has been released from the Arkansas Department of Corrections and has moved to Arizona.

     ROBERT CAMILLI had been required to register following his conviction on 04/06/2006 in Baxter County for Sexual Indecency with a Child.  After registering, he left Baxter County without notifying law enforcement and without registering elsewhere.  A bench warrant was issued in May, 2012 charging him with Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements.  He was arrested out of state in early 2014 and returned to Baxter County to face that charge.  CAMILLI was sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Corrections in September, 2014 and taken there on November 11, 2014. 

     ROBERT CAMILLI has since been released and left the state without further obligation here.

/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, April 25th 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 Sheriff’s Office responded to an apparent suicide Tuesday evening, April 21st, at 4284 CR 69, South of Mountain Home.  Sheriff’s deputies were notified at approximately 7:40 PM that a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound had been reported at that address by way of a 911 call.  The victim was discovered by his wife, who had been away from the residence for about an hour.

     Deputies and Emergency Medical Personnel were dispatched immediately.  Upon arrival the victim was identified as 53 year old TOBBY LEE HAUGHT of that residence.  He was still alive, and emergency medical care was provided. He was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home and was later transferred by air ambulance to Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.  He was later pronounced dead there.

     Deputies found a small caliber handgun that the victim had used. There was no indication of foul play.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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John Leroy Lewis


      A fugitive from justice, 48 year old JOHN LEROY LEWIS of Briarcliff, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by Sheriff’s Deputies on outstanding arrest warrants after a citizen provided a tip as to his location.

     The Briarcliff City Marshal’s Office received a citizen tip indicating that JOHN LEROY LEWIS was at a residence on Baxter CR 614 in the Shady Grove area.  Sheriff’s deputies responded to that residence and apprehended LEWIS there at approximately 5:15 PM.  He was taken into custody without incident.  Deputies had received other tips as to the location of LEWIS during the past several weeks, but he had not been found.

     JOHN LEROY LEWIS was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and incarcerated on charges of:

Failure to Appear (original charge Delivery of Methamphetamine) – Felony
Failure to Appear (original charge Possession of Controlled Substance) – Felony
Failure to Appear (original charge probation violation and Theft) – Misdemeanor

     JOHN LEWIS is being held without bond on the felony warrants and will appear in Circuit Court to answer on May 7th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Violet Leclercq-Herman


     VIOLET LECLERCQ-HERMAN, 21 years old of Terre Haute, Indiana, was arrested Tuesday evening, April 14th, by Sheriff’s Deputy Rockie Morrell on drug charges after pulling her over on State Highway 5, South of Mountain Home.

     Deputy Morrell stopped LECLERCQ-HERMAN for driving left of the center of the roadway.  After making contact with her, Deputy Morrell smelled the odor of burned marijuana in the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle was conducted.  The deputy found approximately 92.4 grams of marijuana inside a mason jar in the vehicle, which had been pre-packaged into smaller amounts for distribution.  A marijuana smoking device was also found.

     VIOLET LECLERCQ-HERMAN was arrested and transported to the Detention Center on charges of:

Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Drove Left of Center – Misdemeanor

     She is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond, and she will appear in Circuit Court on April 16th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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    The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies across the state and country, will be participating in NHTSA’s Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign from April 13th  to April 19th.

     During this period of time, deputies will be specifically watching for indications that people are driving their vehicles on the public roadways while texting or using other electronic devices to send or receive messages and other data.

     Since Act 181 of 2009 was passed in Arkansas, it has been a violation of the law to text or send emails from a cell phone or electronic device while driving a vehicle except in cases of a legitimate emergency.  This is a primary offense for which a driver may be pulled over.  There is a minimum $100 fine plus court costs for violating this law.

     Act 197 of 2009 made it unlawful for drivers 17 years old and under to use a cell phone at all when driving.  Drivers aged 18, 19, and 20 are only permitted to speak on a cell phone while driving if they are using a hands-free device.

     Statistics indicted that at any given daylight moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving.  Five seconds is the average amount of time a driver’s eyes are off the roadway when sending or reading a text message.

     In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents because of distracted driving.    

    The primary objective of this campaign is deterrence through education and awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, but deputies will be issuing citations to drivers they observe violating these laws.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

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Steven Ray Warren

Kelli Warren



     Two rural Mountain Home people were arrested this morning at approximately 10 AM at 46 Sweet Fern Ln after Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections conducted a home visit on a parolee.

     During the home visit, officers found drug paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine including a straw and baggie with methamphetamine residue. 

     STEVEN RAY WARREN, 37 years of age, and KELLI WARREN, 32 years of age, were both arrested and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.

     STEVEN RAY WARREN was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Felony) and Parole Violation.  He is being held on a $2,500 bond on the paraphernalia charge and without bond on the Parole Violation.  He will appear in Circuit Court on April 16, 2015. 

     KELLI WARREN was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Felony), and she also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failure to pay fines.  Bond on the paraphernalia charge is $2,500 and bond for the misdemeanor warrant is $930.  She will also appear in Circuit Court on April 16, 2015.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Rebecca M. Martin

Dean H. Thompson

Dale Martin
(file photo)


     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 50 year old REBECCA MARIE MARTIN of rural Mountain Home on felony drug charges and two others as a result of an investigation into drug trafficking.  Sheriff’s Investigators obtained a warrant for her arrest on April 1, 2015 after serving a search warrant at her residence at 502 CR 30 on the morning of March 25, 2015. 

     Officers had been investigating reports of drug trafficking from the residence for many months and were able to obtain a warrant to search the residence from a judge. REBECCA MARTIN was not present at the residence when the search warrant was served, however officers did find another person, 58 year old DEAN HERMAN THOMPSON of Mountain Home at the residence.  During the search of the residence, officers found a duffle bag in the bedroom containing approximately 17.6 ounces of methamphetamine in plastic baggies.  The methamphetamine was pre-packaged in several different quantities varying from approximately 1 gram to approximately ¼ pound.  In addition, approximately ½ gram of the methamphetamine was found inside a dresser drawer.  Syringes and pipes used to inject or smoke methamphetamine were also found.  All items were seized and taken into evidence.  This represents one of the largest, if not the largest, individual seizures of methamphetamine in this jurisdiction.

     DEAN HERMAN THOMPSON was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Detention Center following the search.  THOMPSON had over $4,000 in combined cash and a money order on his person, which was seized.   He was booked on charges of:

Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Probation Hold – U. S. Marshals

     He remains incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on $150,000 bond.

     Following the search, Sheriff’s Investigators obtained information that REBECCA MARTIN had left Arkansas in a motorhome and may be found in Ozark County, Missouri.  Investigators sought assistance from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.  The motorhome was located in Ozark County on April 2, 2015, but REBECCA MARTIN was not inside.  However, officers did find another fugitive from justice in the course of the investigation in Missouri,  43 year old DALE MARTIN of rural Mountain Home.  DALE MARTIN was wanted on four outstanding warrants from Baxter County, including warrants for Delivery of Methamphetamine, Failure to Appear, and Contempt of Court.  DALE MARTIN remains in custody in Missouri awaiting extradition to Baxter County.

     REBECCA MARTIN turned herself in at the Baxter County Detention Center on April 6th at approximately 2:15 PM on the outstanding warrant charging her with:

Trafficking Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) - Felonies

    She was booked and then released after posting bond in the amount of $150,000.  MARTIN is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court to answer the charges on April 16, 2015.

     Agencies involved in the search of the residence, the follow-up search for REBECCA MARTIN, and the apprehension of DALE MARTIN  were the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 14th Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas Department of Corrections Canine Team, Ozark County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Drug Task Force, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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