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26 Year Old Yellville Man Arrested For Sexual Assault in the 1st Degree

Charles Joseph Campbell Jr

May 22, 2015

A joint investigation by the Arkansas State Police and the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of a Yellville, Arkansas man, 26 year old Charles Joseph Campbell Jr. 

The investigation was initiated on May 20, 2015 after Sheriff’s investigators received information that Campbell had been engaging in deviant sexual activity with a female juvenile.  Evidence was collected from the reported scene of the crime. Subsequent interviews of witnesses and the victim were conducted by investigators. After further investigation Campbell was interviewed by investigators and during the interview Campbell admitted to the allegations.

Charles Joseph Campbell Jr. was charged with:

Sexual Assault in the 1st Degree      Class A Felony

Campbell was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and is currently being held on $100,000 bond pending his appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on May 28th at 9 am.

The investigation is continuing and no further information about this case will be released from the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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Midway Man Arrested For Theft of a Firearm

James Charles Lutz

May 22, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20th at approximately 1 pm, Baxter County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested 34 year old James Charles Lutz of Midway on charges of Theft of Property.  The arrest comes after a report was filed concerning a firearm that was taken from the victim’s home in Midway.  The Rossi .357 Magnum revolver was reported to be missing shortly after a relative had visited the victim’s home.

Lutz was developed as a suspect and brought in for questioning. Lutz admitted to investigators he had taken the gun from his relative’s home and the loaded firearm was retrieved by Sheriff’s Deputies from Lutz’s car.  Lutz was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and charged with:

Theft of Property, Firearm          Class D Felony.

Lutz is currently being held on $10,000 bond pending his appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on May 28 at 9 am.

Sheriff John Montgomery

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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER HAS MOVED




Theodore John Cheever

    

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

 

NAME:                       THEODORE JOHN CHEEVER                           

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   09/18/1988

 

OLD ADDRESS:      236 Garden Terrace, #2
                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

 

NEW ADDRESS:     1414 Benton Street
                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

 

     The offender was convicted of two counts of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree on 10/29/2008.  Documentation indicates these offenses involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with two 13 year old females.  Community notification is justified due to the young age of the victims 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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MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO MINI STORAGE UNITS



Chris Eugene Tisdale

 

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 44 year old Midway, Arkansas man, CHRIS EUGENE TISDALE, on charges related to his breaking into mini-storage units at the Stash and Dash storage facility near Gassville.  Deputies were dispatched to that location on May 17th at approximately 4:30 PM after the owner of the facility called the Sheriff’s Office to report she had found a man, identified as CHRIS TISDALE, on the premises, and that he was taking items of personal property out of a mini storage unit that was not rented to him.

     Sheriff’s Sergeant Brian Davis arrived on the scene and confronted TISDALE about the complaint.  TISDALE confirmed that he did not have a storage unit rented on the property.  TISDALE had a large amount of personal property items inside his car, which he said was his.  Sergeant Davis contacted the person who was the actual renter of the mini storage unit in question, and she came to the premises.  She identified boxes of property in the possession of control of TISDALE as belonging to her and as having been removed from her unit.

     CHRIS TISDALE was arrested and transported to the Detention Center.  He was later interviewed and subsequently admitted to breaking into more than one storage unit and removing contents therefrom.  He was booked on charges of:

Breaking or Entering (2 counts) – Felonies
Theft of Property – Felony
Theft of Property – Misdemeanor

     He was released from custody on May 18th after posting $15,000 bond and will appear in Circuit Court on May 28th.   He may also be facing similar charges in Marion County.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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CLICK IT OR TICKET ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM STARTS TODAY

    

     Once again, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to “Click It or Ticket.”  As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country, including the Sheriff’s Office, will be stepping up enforcement from May 18 through May 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

     As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in an accident, buckling up.

     According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in accidents in 2013 were unrestrained.  Participating agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt enforcement, issuing citations whenever a violation is observed.  Deputies will be out enforcing seat belt violations by means of the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant the Sheriff’s Office receives from the State to pay overtime for that purpose. 

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

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FELONY DRUG CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO BAXTER CO RESIDENTS



Eli Michael Weedman


Kayla Marie Alderman

    

      Two Baxter County residents were arrested yesterday, May 13th, on multiple felony charges after an investigator with the City of Mountain Home Police Department (MHPD) received information that a parole absconder, ELI MICHAEL WEEDMAN, could be found at an address on Baxter CR 903.

     Sheriff’s Investigators, MHPD Investigators, and Agents with the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force went to the residence to search for WEEDMAN.  They made contact at the door with a female identified as KAYLA MARIE ALDERMAN.  She told officers that WEEDMAN was not at the residence.  After being told that officers could hear a male voice inside, ALDERMAN granted entrance to the residence, and officers then found WEEDMAN and took him into custody.  While inside the residence, officers observed drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view.

     Investigators then obtained a search warrant for the residence.  During a subsequent search pursuant to the warrant, officers found approximately 21.4 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 6 ounces of marijuana, one morphine pill, and numerous articles of drug paraphernalia.  These included approximately 100 syringes, multiple pipes, spoons, scales, baggies, and other articles used to process and repackage both marijuana and methamphetamine.

     The residence was located within 1000 feet of the Midway Baptist Church.

     ELI MICHAEL WEEDMAN and KAYLA MARIE ALDERMAN were both taken into custody.  They were transported to the Detention Center. 

     WEEDMAN is charged with:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1 count) – Misdemeanor
Proximity to Certain Facilities – Penalty Enhancement
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement

     ALDERMAN is charged with:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose of Delivery – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1 count) – Misdemeanor
 Hindering Apprehension, Prosecution, Conviction, or Punishment – Felony
Proximity to Certain Facilities – Penalty Enhancement

     WEEDMAN and ALDERMAN are each being held in the Baxter County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bond on these charges.   They will appear in Circuit Court to answer on May 28th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS JURY VERDICT IN HANSON CASE



Tammy C. Hanson


EDNAH Compound

    

     Tammy Christine Hanson has lost the appeal she filed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit following her loss at a week long civil jury trial in U. S. District Court in Harrison on May 16, 2014. 

     Tammy Hanson had originally been arrested on multiple counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and other charges following the investigation into the EDNAH (Every Dog Needs A Home) compound that she operated in Baxter County in 2005 in what was deemed the largest animal cruelty case ever reported in the nation at that time.  Hundreds of dogs were seized, and the compound was put temporarily under the control of the Sheriff’s Office, which brought in elements of the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of North Central, Arkansas to care for the animals, along with a local veterinarian and other volunteers,  while the court case was pending.

     Tammy Hanson and her husband William Hanson were ultimately convicted in Baxter County District Court of 20 counts of cruelty to animals.  They were ordered to re-appear for sentencing on February 23, 2006, but fled the jurisdiction of the court prior to sentencing.  They remained fugitives from justice until their eventual apprehension in Caledonia County, Vermont after a citizen tip was received on July 15, 2009 as to their location.  After protracted extradition proceedings, Tammy Hanson was returned to Arkansas to finally be sentenced.  She received a sentence of one year in the Baxter County Jail, along with fines, court costs, and restitution. 

     While incarcerated in the Baxter County Jail, Tammy Hanson filed suit on March 8, 2010 in the U. S. District Court – Western District of Arkansas against Baxter County, the Sheriff, and many Sheriff’s Office employees alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged damages. 

     The case finally went to jury trial in May, 2014.  After deliberating for approximately three hours, the jury found that Tammy Hanson’s civil rights had not been violated and awarded her nothing on her lawsuit.    She subsequently filed an appeal of the jury’s decision to the Eighth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, MO.

     In an order issued May 12, 2015, the appeals court affirmed the jury’s decision against her.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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CONSIGNMENT STORE EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFT



Kristin N. Schlueter

   

     Following an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, 34 year old KRISTIN N. SCHLUETER of rural Mountain Home has been arrested on felony charges related to the theft of merchandise from her employer, the Fancy Flea consignment store in the Gassville area.

     The employer reported to the Sheriff’s Office on May 8th that he had discovered unusual activity on his video surveillance equipment on the part of one of his employees, identified as KRISTIN SCHLUETER.    She was observed on video from April 30th to be removing small gold colored boxes from the vendors’ area and placing them in a common work area in the store.  She then placed them in a larger box and handed them off to another person who carried them out of the store.

     Sheriff’s Investigators checked area pawn shop records and found that KRISTIN SCHLUETER had pawned jewelry items at two different pawn shops.  One of the vendor-victims kept a detailed catalog of all her jewelry on consignment, which included a photograph and description of each item.  The jewelry pawned by SCHLUETER matched those catalogued by the victim. 

     Sheriff's Investigator Sgt. Brad Hurst interviewed SCHLUETER, but she denied having stolen items from her place of employment.  A search warrant was executed at SCHLUETER’s residence on May 13th.  During the search of the residence, investigators found numerous pieces of jewelry and sale tags from her place of employment.  Those tags are routinely removed from items when they are purchased by customers for accounting purposes.  The vendor-victim later identified many of these items as hers.  A second vendor later came to the Sheriff’s Office and also identified some of the jewelry as hers.

     The value of the stolen items is estimated to be approximately $3,000.

     KRISTIN N. SCHLUETER was arrested and booked into the Detention Center on May 13th at approximately 7:00 PM on charges of:

Breaking or Entering – Felony
Theft of Property – Felony
Theft of Property – Misdemeanor

     She is being held in lieu of $13,000 bond and will appear in Circuit Court on May 28th

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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MAN ARRESTED FOR METH POSSESSION DURING TRAFFIC STOP



Shon David Thurman

 

     The Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mountain Home man, 20 year old SHON DAVID THURMAN, early Wednesday morning, May 13th.  Sheriff’s Deputy Rockie Morrell conducted a traffic stop for a minor equipment violation on a motor vehicle that SHON THURMAN was a passenger in.

     The operator of the vehicle gave consent to search the vehicle for contraband.  During the subsequent search, officers found approximately 0.8 grams of methamphetamine adjacent to where passenger SHON THURMAN had been seated, as well as material commonly used to package methamphetamine for distribution. 

     SHON THURMAN was arrested and transported to the Detention Center on charges of:

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

     Bond for THURMAN is $5,000, and he will appear in Circuit Court on June 28th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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DEPUTY ARRESTS MAN ON DRUG CHARGES AND WARRANTS



Lackey Gene Coplen

 

     A call to the Sheriff’s Office to check the welfare of a man reported to be passed out in a ditch resulted in his arrest on outstanding warrants and drug charges.  At approximately 2:18 PM on May 4th, Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Menschik responded to such a call on Tranquilla Place in the rural Mountain Home area.

     Upon arrival, he found a man identified as LACKEY GENE COPLEN on the side of the roadway and made contact with him.  A Mountain Home Police Officer had already arrived and searched COPLEN.  The Mountain Home Officer found on COPLEN a syringe loaded with methamphetamine, Hydrocodone pills, and Clonazepam tablets. Deputy Menschik found that COPLEN had outstanding arrest warrants for probation violation and non-payment of fines.  He was arrested and taken into custody. 

     LACKEY GENE COPLEN was transported to the Detention Center and booked on charges of:

Possession of Methamphetamine – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone) – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (Clonazepam) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Probation Violation – Misdemeanor Non-Payment of Fines – Misdemeanor

    COPLEN remains in jail in lieu of $4,500 bond, and he will appear in Circuit Court to answer to drug charges on May 7th. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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