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SUSPECT FROM MANHUNT ON SUNDAY ARRESTED THIS EVENING

 

Smith being taken into custody


Travis Wayde Smith
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     This evening 35 year old TRAVIS WAYDE SMITH, the subject of a manhunt this past Sunday, February 19th, was arrested and taken into custody following a second manhunt that took place in the Midway area.

     Sheriff’s Investigators obtained leads this afternoon indicating that TRAVIS WAYDE SMITH was at a private residence on Foster Drive in Midway.  Officers went to the residence at approximately 4:30 PM today. After officers arrived, TRAVIS SMITH fled out the back door and ran into the woods behind the home.  Officers from several agencies responded to the vicinity to contain SMITH until tracking dogs could arrive. 

     After its arrival, the canine tracking team from the Arkansas Department of Corrections – North Central Unit tracked SMITH through the woods for approximately one hour and was able to apprehend him near Capewood Lane at approximately 6:36 PM.

     TRAVIS SMITH had been wanted in connection with the burglary of Fred’s Fish House and the J. & J. Convenience Store in Baxter County.  On Tuesday, a District Judge signed a probable cause affidavit for the issuance of a felony arrest warrant charging SMITH with:

Commercial Burglary (2 counts)
Theft of Property (2 counts)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of Instruments of Crime (burglary tools)
Criminal Use of a Prohibited Weapon
Fleeing on Foot from a law enforcement officer

     TRAVIS SMITH will be taken to the Baxter County Detention Center to be held in custody.  He will face an additional charge of Fleeing from the manhunt this afternoon, and he will also be facing holds from Fulton County, Arkansas, Ozark County, Missouri, and from the State of Oklahoma for other crimes.

     Agencies involved in this evening’s manhunt and arrest were the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office (10 deputies), Arkansas Department of Corrections Canine Team, Arkansas State Police, Lakeview Police Department, Ozark County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office, and Mountain Home Police Department.

     The investigation into SMITH’s criminality is continuing. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH A BURGLARY AND THE THEFT OF AN XBOX DEVICE



Aaron Ray Ashworth

 

     Following an investigation into a burglary that was reported from 11 Hunt Club Drive on January 8, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested 26 year old AARON RAY ASHWORTH of rural Mountain Home on charges related to that incident.

     The victim from the burglary reported to the Sheriff’s Office that his child’s Xbox 1 gaming device was discovered missing from a downstairs bedroom.  When examining the victim’s room, a dirty footprint and dirt debris was observed in the floor, just inside the doorway leading to a common area. 

     Deputies took the report, including the serial number of the gaming device that was stolen.  The Xbox 1 device was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database as a stolen article.  On February 16, 2017, the Xbox device was pawned at a local pawn shop, and notice of that transaction was sent to the Sheriff’s Office.   The pawn shop indicated that the man who pawned the device was accompanied by AARON RAY ASHWORTH and had asked the pawn shop to allow ASHWORTH to redeem the Xbox device for him at a later date.

     Investigators later interviewed another person who was believed to have knowledge of the incident.  This person told investigators that ASHWORTH had entered into the victim’s home and stole the Xbox device approximately four days before the victim had reported it to be missing. ASHWORTH was also interviewed by investigators, but he refused to answer questions.

     AARON RAY ASHWORTH was arrested and booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property – Misdemeanor

    An initial bond of $25,000 was set for these charges, and ASHWORTH was scheduled to make an appearance today in Baxter County Circuit Court.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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TWO ARRESTED WEDNESDAY DURING HOME SEARCH OF A PROBATIONER



Mikel B. Short


Cynthia M. Piatt

    

     The Sheriff’s Office arrested two people Wednesday afternoon when, in conjunction with officers from the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections, they conducted a probation compliance check at 631 CR 508 near Midway, the residence of probationer 45 year old MIKEL BLAINE SHORT. 

     During a search of the residence and the surrounding area, approximately 5.6 grams of methamphetamine and some Diazepam pills were found.  In addition, a glass smoking device used to consume methamphetamine was found, as was a set of scales and a metal spoon containing pieces of a crystal substance. 

     CYNTHIA MARIE PIATT, 28 years of age, also resides at the residence. SHORT and PIATT were both arrested and transported to the Detention Center to be booked.  A child (age not indicated) lives at the residence as well and had access to the areas containing the drugs and paraphernalia.

     MIKEL BLAINE SHORT was booked on charges of:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Exposure of Child to Methamphetamine – Felony

   SHORT was released after posting $50,000 bond.  He was scheduled to make an initial appearance today in Baxter County Circuit Court.

     CYNTHIA MARIE PIATT was also booked on charges of:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Exposure of Child to Methamphetamine - Felony

  She was also released from custody after posting $50,000 bond.  She, as well, was scheduled to make an initial appearance today in Baxter County Circuit Court. 

    Investigators with the Mountain Home Police, Arkansas State Police, and the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force also participated in the search and arrests.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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ARREST MADE IN EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP



Joseph Alexander Waugh

 

     A Caulfield, Missouri man was arrested early this morning, February 16th, on multiple charges after he was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Gates for traffic violations.

     At approximately 1:13 AM, Deputy Gates observed a silver sedan travelling South on Buford Road.  While following this vehicle, the deputy witnessed a traffic violation and initiated a stop in a driveway of the 4300 block of Buford Road.

     When the deputy made contact with the driver, the driver stated he did not have a driver license and gave a false name to the deputy.  The correct identity of the driver was later determined to be 21 year old JOSEPH ALEXANDER WAUGH, who was found to have an active felony bench warrant from the Baxter County Circuit Court for Revocation of Suspended Sentence.

     Deputy Gates advised WAUGH he was under arrest, but WAUGH actively resisted when the arrest was initiated.  Pepper spray was deployed by the deputy to assist in taking WAUGH into custody.  During a search of WAUGH, the deputy found and seized a pair of brass knuckles.  A search of the vehicle uncovered drug paraphernalia, specifically a digital scale and syringes.  A mobile hand-held computer belonging to Walmart was also found in the car.

     JOSEPH ALEXANDER WAUGH was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on the following charges:

Revocation Bench Warrant – Felony
Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapon - Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Resisting Arrest – Misdemeanor
Obstructing Governmental Operations – Misdemeanor
Driving While License Suspended – Misdemeanor
No Liability Insurance – Misdemeanor
Failure to Register Vehicle – Misdemeanor
Theft by Receiving – Misdemeanor
Failure to Transfer Vehicle License – Misdemeanor

     WAUGH has a bond of $7,500 on the criminal charges and is being held without bond on the revocation warrant.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer the charges on February 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL LEADS TO ARREST FOR FELONY ASSAULT



Christopher Wilson Packley

    

     A Lakeview area man was arrested Tuesday evening, February 14th, when deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 804 Hickory Flats Lane in Lakeview involving shots being fired.

     Deputies responded to a 911 call there at 9:06 PM and first made contact with a female.  She told deputies that she and her boyfriend, 34 year old CHRISTOPHER WILSON PACKLEY, had been arguing during the evening and that he had become very belligerent.  The argument resulted in violence.  In particular, the woman alleged that PACKLEY threatened her, choked her, and held her down on the floor for a period of time.  The female was holding her son while this was taking place.

     The female was eventually able to escape from PACKLEY and fled on foot from the residence.  As she was running, she alleged that PACKLEY fired three rifle gunshots in her direction.

     Deputies then made contact with CHRISTOPHER PACKLEY.  He admitted firing three rounds from the rifle, but stated he fired up in the air and not in the direction of the female.  Deputies found and seized a Sig Sauer AR-10 rifle at the scene. 

     CHRISTOPHER PACKLEY was ultimately arrested and taken to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Aggravated Assault on Family or Household Member – Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor – Misdemeanor

   PACKLEY is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond and will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on February 23, 2017.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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TWO ARRESTS MADE THIS MORNING WHEN OFFICER SERVE WARRANTS NEAR GASSVILLE



Vernard Deatherage


Rabonna Ann Jones

 

     Two rural Gassville residents were arrested this morning when the Sheriff’s Office and assisting agencies served a search warrant and outstanding arrest warrants at 830 Buford Cutoff near Gassville.

     The investigation that resulted in obtaining the warrants came about as a result of an animal theft complaint the Sheriff’s Office received on February 2, 2017.  The complaint involved the theft of some cats in which the two arrestees were named as suspects by the complaining party. 

     As investigators looked into the complaint, the found that one of the suspects, 46 year old VERNARD DEATHERAGE, was a sex offender who has not registered with the Sheriff’s Office and also a parole absconder.  The second suspect, 40 year old RABONNA ANN JONES, who resided with DEATHERAGE, did not cooperate with officers during the investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office obtained bench warrants for the arrest of both DEATHERAGE and JONES, as well as a search warrant for the residence.  Those warrants were served at approximately 10:30 AM today. DEATHERAGE and JONES were both arrested and taken into custody without incident. 

     VERNARD DEATHERAGE had been convicted of statutory rape and sodomy in Douglas County, Missouri in February, 2002 involving two 9 year old girls.  Information indicates that he was released from the prison on September 15, 2016 on other, unrelated charges, but had not registered with law enforcement following his release as the law mandates. 

     During the search of the residence, officers found a .22 cal. Remington rifle, suspected marijuana, and paraphernalia. DEATHERAGE and JONES are both convicted felons and are prohibited from possessing firearms.

     VERNARD DEATHERAGE was booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Failure to Register as Sex Offender – Baxter County Felony Warrant
Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance (marijuana) – Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Failure to Register as Sex Offender - Ozark County, Missouri Felony Warrant
Parole Violation – State of Missouri
Parole Absconder – State of Arkansas

     He has a bond of $15,000 on the Baxter County criminal charges and is being held without bond on the parole violation charges.  He will be given a date to appear in Circuit Court to answer.

     RABONNA JONES was booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (convicted felon) – Felony
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance (marijuana) – Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Obstructing Governmental Operations – Baxter County Misdemeanor Warrant

     She has a bond of $5,000 on her charges, and she will be given dates to appear in both District Court and Circuit Court to answer her charges.

     Agencies involved in serving the warrants and in the arrests were the Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Department of Community Corrections, Arkansas Department of Corrections – Canine Team, and the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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EARLY MORNING DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE RESULTS IN ONE ARREST


Tom A. Turner

 

     The Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance this morning at 899 Blue Wing Road and made one arrest.

     At approximately 7:54 AM, a call was received from a woman stating that her husband had threatened to kill her and then kill himself.  The woman was able to leave the residence on her own accord and awaited the arrival of deputies a short distance away.

     The suspect was said to be armed with a handgun and had locked himself inside the residence.  Deputies were on scene for approximately one hour before being able to coax the suspect to come to the door and be taken into custody.

     TOM A. TURNER, 61 years of age, was subsequently arrested at the residence and then transported to the Detention Center.  He was booked a misdemeanor charge of Assault on a Family or Household Member in the Third Degree and served with a No Contact Order prohibiting him from having further contact with the victim. TURNER has a bond of $500 and will appear in the District Court to answer on March 30th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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WOMAN FACING DRUG CHARGE FROM TRAFFIC STOP ARREST



Johnna Lee Speirs

    

     A rural Mountain Home woman, 31 year old JOHNNA LEE SPEIRS, was arrested Sunday evening, February 12th, for felony drug possession.

     Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell conducted a vehicle stop in Midway, Arkansas at approximately 8:29 PM.  During the course of the stop, JOHNNA SPEIRS was found to be in possession of twenty (20) hydrocodone pills for which she had no valid prescription.

     SPEIRS was taken into custody and transported to the Detention Center where she was incarcerated on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance – Felony
Probation Violation – Felony

     She has a bond of $3,500 on the drug charge but is being held without bond on the probation violation. SPEIRS will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on February 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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MISSISSIPPI MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES THIS AFTERNOON



Thomas Moore Swindol

    

     Charges are pending against a 29 year old Cleveland, Mississippi man, THOMAS MOORE SWINDOL, in connection with an arrest made this afternoon by the Sheriff’s Office.

     The Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 2:12 PM today about a reckless driver heading East on U. S. Hwy 62/412 in the Henderson area.  The driver of the vehicle was reported to have almost caused a head-on accident. 

   A Wildlife Officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) was in the area and was able to get behind the suspect vehicle, a blue sedan.  After witnessing a violation of the traffic code, the AGFC officer initiated a vehicle stop at the intersection of U. S. Hwy 62/412 and Florence Drive.  Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Menschik arrived as the stop was being made, and both officers approached the driver.

     Officers observed suspected marijuana in plain view inside the vehicle.  Upon questioning, SWINDOL stated that other drugs were inside the vehicle as well. 

    During a search of the vehicle, officers found and seized the following:

Apx 1.5 grams of methamphetamine
Apx 54.8 grams of marijuana
Apx 14.7 grams of cocaine
Multiple controlled substance pills, including Suboxone, Xanax, Alprazolam, Oxycontin, Ecstasy, Clonazepam, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone, and amphetamine salts.

     Drug paraphernalia was also found and seized. 

     THOMAS MOORE SWINDOL was arrested and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.  He is expected to be formally charged on Monday with a multitude of drug offenses after the Sheriff’s Office submits an affidavit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  He will have a preliminary bond of $50,000 and will be given a date to appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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MAN SURRENDERS HIMSELF ON FELONY ASSAULT WARRANT



Derrick Hadley Calvert

    

     DERRICK HADLEY CALVERT, 31 years old of Norfork, surrendered himself to the Baxter County Detention Center on February 9th because of an outstanding felony bench warrant.

     Sheriff’s Investigators had obtained the warrant to arrest CALVERT following an investigation into two separate domestic violence incidents that occurred on Blevins Street in Norfork.

     The first incident occurred on December 17, 2016. CALVERT’s wife told investigators that he had been abusive toward her over the past couple of days.  On this date, he fired a handgun in her direction, striking the wall four times. CALVERT then took her cell phone and destroyed it so she could not call for help.

     The next day, December 18th, CALVERT grabbed a baseball bat and began smashing the televisions and walls of the home.  In addition to the wife, there were two children also present during this time.  One of the children was able to call 911 for help.  By the time officers arrived, CALVERT had already fled from the scene.  Officers found a Taurus 9mm handgun in the front yard of the residence, which was seized and taken into evidence.

     A bench warrant was obtained from the Circuit Court in January, 2017 for the arrest of DERRICK CALVERT.  He was booked into the Detention Center yesterday on charges of:

Aggravated Assault on Family or Household Member – Felony
Interference With Emergency Communication First Degree – Misdemeanor

     CALVERT was released from custody after posting $10,000 bond and was ordered to have no contact with the victims.  He will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on February 23rd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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