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ARREST MADE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT



Stephen Wayne Nothwehr

    

     A Mountain Home man was arrested Saturday evening on several charges following the investigation into two separate but connected 9-1-1 calls.

     The two 9-1-1 calls were received almost simultaneously at approximately 7:16 PM.  The first call was requesting a welfare check on a juvenile involving the juvenile’s father and a firearm.  The second call was from a complainant on State Highway 5 North reporting a passenger shooting a firearm out the window of a moving vehicle, said to be a green Chevrolet Blazer.

     Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of the Ideal RV Center on State Highway 5 North to search for the vehicle and speak with the caller.  Prior to deputies arriving, the caller had located and collected two cartridge casings from the roadway.  They were .32 caliber cartridge casings and were turned over to deputies. 

     In the meantime, Mountain Home Police department officers had gone to a residence on Spring Lake Ln. in Mountain Home to speak with the other caller concerning the welfare check.  From this caller, officers learned that two juvenile children had been with their father, identified as 39 year old STEPHEN WAYNE NOTHWEHR, when they arrived back at their home.  A 12 year old juvenile was dropped off, but STEPHEN NOTHWEHR and his 16 year old son had left that residence saying they were heading to an address on Ramona Street in Mountain Home where NOTHWEHR has been staying.  While officers were still at the residence on Spring Lake Ln, the 16 year old returned home and told officers what had happened.

     The 16 year old informed officers that NOTHWEHR had called him earlier and asked him to pick him up. NOTHWEHR was said to have been drinking and has an interlock device that would not allow his vehicle to start.  The 16 year old, along with the 12 year old, picked up NOTHWEHR and drove to different places in and around Mountain Home. NOTHWEHR had the 16 year old stop at a liquor store so NOTHWEHR could purchase more alcohol.  Afterwards, an argument ensued in the vehicle, and NOTHWEHR allegedly pointed a pistol at the 16 year old and held it there for some time while the vehicle was being driven down the roadway.  They next went to a residence on Baxter CR 13, where NOTHWEHR was said to have fired one round from the pistol into the air when they arrived there.  After leaving the CR 13 residence, NOTHWEHR again fired a round out the window and the gun jammed. NOTHWEHR cleared the jam, then was said to have fired several rounds out the window on State Highway 5 North in the area of the IDEAL RV Center, just as the 9-1-1 caller had stated.

     Officers then went to 1021 Ramona Street and located NOTHWEHR there.  He was arrested and taken into custody there.  The firearm was also found in the house and taken into evidence. STEPHEN WAYNE NOTHWEHR was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and incarcerated on charges of:

Aggravated Assault on Family or Household Member – Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the First Degree – Felony
Carrying A Weapon – Misdemeanor

     NOTHWEHR was released from custody today after posting $25,000 surety bond.  He is scheduled to appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer on October 6th.  He was also issued a No Contact Order prohibiting him from having contact with the two juveniles.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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DEPUTY MAKES ARREST FOR METHAMPHETAMINE POSSESSION



Jamie Lee Southard

 

     JAMIE LEE SOUTHARD, 24 years old of Calico Rock, Arkansas, was arrested Saturday evening, September 24th, by Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell on drug charges during a vehicle stop.

     Corporal Morrell stopped SOUTHARD at approximately 10:14 PM on U. S. Highway 62 West for an equipment violation.  After making contact with and speaking with SOUTHARD for a period of time, Corporal Morrell was able to conduct a search of the vehicle after having SOUTHARD step out.  During the course of the search, approximately 2.2 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located in the vehicle together with glass smoking pipes and plastic baggies contained residue. 

     JAMIE LEE SOUTHARD was taken into custody and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance ( Methamphetamine) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Defective Equipment – Misdemeanor
No Liability Insurance – Misdemeanor
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement

     SOUTHARD is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on October 6th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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ARSON CHARGE FILED AGAINST RURAL GASSVILLE MAN



Scott G. Willett

 

     A rural Gassville man has been charged with arson following an investigation into a residential structure fire that was reported at 11:49 AM on September 5, 2016 at 2497 Wildcat Shoals Road.

     The fire had suspicious elements, including numerous items from inside that home that had been strewn about the yard, and Sheriff’s investigators were called to the scene.  Investigators spoke at the scene with SCOTT G. WILLETT, who resided at the home but is not the owner. WILLETT initially told investigators that he arrived back at the home and found fire department personnel on scene.  He told investigators that he did not know how the fire would have started.  Investigators found a small propane torch lying in debris in the master bedroom, which was taken into evidence.

     A neighbor provided investigators with information indicating that WILLETT had been observed on the property during the morning the fire had occurred.  This neighbor had video surveillance cameras.  This video footage was viewed by investigators and helped to establish a time line and chain of events during the morning of the fire. SCOTT WILLETT was observed on camera leaving the residence at approximately 11:36 AM in a vehicle.  Just 30 seconds later, the video footage revealed smoke coming from the back side of the home near the master bedroom.

     SCOTT WILLETT was interviewed by Sheriff’s investigators on September 20th.  When WILLETT was confronted with the video evidence, he immediately confessed to having set fire to the home, which is owned by his mother.  When asked why he had set the fire, WILLETT said, “God told me to.”

     SCOTT G. WILLETT, 25 years old of rural Gassville, has been arrested and charged with one count of Arson, a Class A Felony.  He is currently incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center with a bond of $75,000.  He is scheduled to appear in the Circuit Court to answer on September 22.  At the time he was charged with this crime, WILLETT was already in custody at the Detention Center on misdemeanor charges unrelated to the arson.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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DATE SET FOR NEXT RETIRED OFFICER QUALIFICATION SHOOT

    The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a firearms qualification shoot for Retired Law Enforcement Officers on Friday, October 28, 2016 beginning at 8:30 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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GASSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE



Michael Joseph Pedry

    

      The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 52 year old MICHAEL JOSEPH PEDRY of Gassville on an outstanding felony bench warrant for theft of property.

     The warrant was obtained following an investigation into the theft of a motor vehicle that had been reported to the Sheriff’s Office on July 11, 2016.  The owner of the vehicle reported that his 2004 Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck and a chainsaw in the truck, valued cumulatively at $8,450.00, had been stolen. 

     On the morning of July 12, 2016, the stolen vehicle was found on the parking lot of Harps Food Store #194, Highway 62 W, Mountain Home.  During the investigation, images were discovered on the store’s security camera video system clearly showing a suspect, who was positively identified as MICHAEL JOSEPH PEDRY.  The video showed PEDRY driving the stolen truck on the lot, parking it, and then walking away.

     Investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of PEDRY for Theft of Property, Class C Felony, and he was found and taken into custody this morning.  He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on September 22.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS



Alton B. Cooke

    

     A local registered sex offender was incarcerated today in the Baxter County Detention Center for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration requirements after being arrested by the Gassville Police Department and the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections. 

     ALTON BRUCE COOKE, 25 years old and registered as residing  at 348 South Johnson Street in Gassville, was found instead to have been staying at a residence on Kelley Lane in Gassville.  This address is located in close proximity to the Gassville City Park, and a sex offender is prohibited by law from residing at such a residence.  He was located at the address by Gassville Officers and taken into custody.

     ALTON COOKE is being held in the Detention Center on charges of:

Failure to Register – Felony
Parole Violation – Felony
Failure to Appear – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant

     He has a bond of $15,000 on the Failure to Register charge, but is being held without bond on the parole violation.  COOKE is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court to answer on September 22.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG OFFENSES



Scott L. Froit


Michael G. Scudder


Jana J. Brigman

    

     Three people were arrested Wednesday morning, September 7th, when Sheriff’s Investigators and other officers conducted a search of a residence at 4271 Buzzard Roost Rd. where a parolee was said to be staying.  The actual owner of the residence, IAN TICE, is an inmate in the Baxter County Detention Center.  It was reported to investigators that parolee MICHAEL SCUDDER and two other people have been staying at the residence without the permission of the owner.  In addition to being a parolee, SCUDDER had an outstanding drug warrant for his arrest.

     Investigators arrived at the residence at 11:00 AM, located SCUDDER, and immediately took him into custody.  On SCUDDER’s person, investigators found approximately .7 grams of methamphetamine.  A search of his living area uncovered two handguns, ammunition, and various drug paraphernalia including syringes, scales, spoons, and baggies. 

     Also located on the property in a camper trailer were SCOTT FROIT and JANA BRIGMAN.  After a brief standoff, both of them surrendered and were taken into custody.  Investigators found 41 Clonazepam pills and various drug paraphernalia inside this camper trailer.

     During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the electricity had been shut off to the property, however the camper had power.  North Arkansas Electric Coop was contacted and sent a technician to the property.  It was discovered that the meter and wiring had been tampered with, and electricity to the property was being obtained illegally.

     Investigators made arrests on the following charges:

MICHAEL SCUDDER, 41 year old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts) – Felonies
Weapons Possession During Controlled Substance Offense – Felony
Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Damaging Wires and Fixtures of Utility Providers – Felony
Theft of Services – Misdemeanor
Criminal Trespass – Misdemeanor
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement
Parole Violation – Felony
Outstanding Felony Bench Warrant – Drug Offenses

     SCUDDER is being held in lieu of $35,000 bond on the new charges and the bench warrant, but with no bond on the parole violation hold.  He will appear in Circuit Court to answer on September 22.

SCOTT LYNN FROIT, 46 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Damaging Wires and Fixtures of Utility Providers – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Theft of Services – Misdemeanor

     FROIT was released from custody after posting $3,500 bond.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on September 22.

JANA JEAN BRIGMAN, 49 years old of rural Mountain Home, charged with:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Damaging Wires and Fixtures of Utility Providers – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Theft of Services – Misdemeanor
Failure to Appear – Outstanding Warrant

     She was released from custody after posting $4,040 bond, and she will also appear in Circuit Court to answer on September 22.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SEX OFFENDER HAS MOVED TO NEW ADDRESS



David Love

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a registered Sex Offender has changed addresses and moved to a new location in Baxter County.  

 

NAME:                       DAVID WAYNE LOVE

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   08/07/1979

 

OLD ADDRESS:      1410 CR 153

                                    Elizabeth, AR 72531

 

NEW ADDRESS:  3028 Hwy 178 West
                                Lakeview, AR 72642                 

 

     The offender has been convicted in the State of Texas in 2004 for Possession of Child Pornography.

 

     (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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ARREST MADE AFTER DEPUTIES RESPOND TO DISTURBANCE



Ian Michael Tice

    

      A Mountain Home man, 35 year old IAN MICHAEL TICE, has been arrested and charged with several offenses after deputies responded to a disturbance Wednesday morning, August 24th, at 4271 Buzzard Roost Road.

     A 911 call was received from that location at approximately 3:51 AM from a man who was reporting that his girlfriend had been assaulted by a man living next door.  The complainant stated that as he was approaching his girlfriend’s residence he heard her screaming inside.  When he went inside, he saw IAN TICE on top of her, and the complainant and TICE then began fighting. TICE allegedly had a pistol in his hand.  After the struggle, TICE returned to his own residence.  Deputies later made contact with him there.

     TICE was observed by deputies to have injuries to his face and neck when they spoke with him.  He denied the accusations made by the complainant and by the female victim.  When deputies were speaking with TICE, they observed drug paraphernalia (smoking pipes) in his residence.  They also found a pistol and holster there.

     Sheriff’s Investigators conducted a follow-up inquiry. IAN MICHAEL TICE was ultimately arrested and booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Aggravated Assault – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor

     TICE was given a bond of $75,000 on these charges by the Circuit Judge who issued the arrest warrant, but he is also being held without bond for a probation revocation charge. TICE will appear in the Circuit Court later today to answer these charges.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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FORGERY CHARGES FILED AGAINST RURAL MOUNTAIN HOME WOMAN



Carrie A. Toth

    

     Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested 38 year old CARRIE A. TOTH of rural Mountain Home on five felony forgery counts following an investigation into the fraudulent use of another person’s credit and debit card information for personal gain. 

     On August 13, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office took a complaint of forgery from a Baxter County resident.  This person reported that CARRIE A. TOTH had obtained the number of a debit card that is tied to the victim’s account and had used the card numbers to make purchases that she had no standing or permission to make.  The complainant/victim had also found and discovered a defaced credit card of hers in TOTH’s possession.  TOTH had been a caregiver living in a residence with family members of the victim’s.

     During the course of the investigation, which involved the examination of bank records, it was determined that CARRIE A. TOTH had used the debit and credit card information she had stolen to make at least five fraudulent purchases since May 17, 2016.  These totaled $1,265.35. 

     Investigators obtained a bench warrant for the arrest of CARRIE A. TOTH.  She was arrested and incarcerated in the Detention Center Thursday afternoon, August 18th on five counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, which are Class C Felonies.  She was released after posting $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer on August 25th.

   The investigation into this matter is continuing.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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