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Carl B. Vannatter

     Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man with a Grand Rapids, MI address on Wednesday evening, April 3rd, after responding to and investing a disturbance call on Dupont Lane in the Whiteville area.

     At approximately 5:50 PM, a report was received that a man had kicked in the door of a residence on Dupont Lane and had then left the scene in a black Ford F150 pickup truck with out of state license plates.  Deputies arrived at the residence and spoke with the victim.  She alleged that a man by the name of Carl Vannatter had come to her residence.  An argument ensued.  Vannatter then kicked open the front door while she was on the phone with the 9-1-1 Center.  The victim stated that Vannatter was an absconder and had multiple outstanding warrants.

     Deputies confirmed that Vannatter was a parole absconder and alerted other officers and agencies to be on the lookout for him and his vehicle.  At approximately 6:43 PM, an Arkansas State Police Trooper reported he was following a vehicle matching the description given and that it was displaying Montana license plates.  The driver of this vehicle pulled into a gas station at the intersection of U. S. Hwy 62/412 Bypass and State Hwy 178 East and stopped.  The Trooper detained the suspect there.  Vannatter was subsequently arrested.  During the arrest, a handgun was observed in the driver's seat of the vehicle along with a bag containing what was believed to be methamphetamine.  This was later determined to be approximately 12 grams of meth.  Various articles of drug paraphernalia were also found.

     Carl Benjamin Vannatter was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on charges of:

Residential Burglary - Felony
Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver - Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Felony
Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons - Felony
Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms - Felony
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree - Misdemeanor
Possession of Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle - Misdemeanor
Parole Violation Absconder - Arkansas Division of Community Corrections
Probation Violation Absconder - United States Marshal Service

     Vannatter has a bond of $25,000 on the new charges and is being held without bond for violating parole.  He will appear before the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer on April 15th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff