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JAIL INMATE CHARGED WITH CHILD RAPE FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION



Edward Lee Vanscoy III

    

      A Baxter County Jail Inmate, 19 year old EDWARD LEE VANSCOY III of rural Mountain Home, who has been incarcerated since September 30, 2016 on a Bond Revocation related to charges filed in 2015 for Sexual Indecency With A Child and Sexual Assault, is now facing an additional charge of Rape.

     On June 23, 2016, Sheriff’s Investigators were contacted by the Arkansas Crimes Against Children Division (CACD) stating they had received a complaint that a 12 year old child alleged she had been raped by EDWARD VANSCOY III approximately three weeks prior.   The rape was alleged to have occurred in VANSCOY’s home.  The child and VANSCOY were acquaintances.

     A physical examination was subsequently performed on the child at an appropriate facility.  An undergarment of the child had also been preserved by the parent, which was taken into evidence.  Evidence was submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.  DNA evidence was later found by the laboratory to be present on the garment when it was analyzed. 

     On September 16, 2016, Investigators obtained a search warrant to collect a sample of VANSCOY’s DNA for comparative analysis.  This sample was taken and submitted to the crime laboratory.  Today, Sheriff’s Investigators were notified by the crime laboratory that there was a match between the DNA evidence found on the child’s undergarment and VANSCOY’s DNA that had been obtained pursuant to the search warrant.

     Charges have been filed against EDWARD VANSCOY III for Rape, a Class Y Felony. VANSCOY made an initial appearance this morning in Baxter County Circuit Court on this charge and will appear again for formal arraignment on January 26th.  The Circuit Judge set bond at $100,000 on this Rape charge.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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WOMEN FOUND DECEASED IN HOUSE FIRE CAN NOW BE NAMED

 

UPDATE: 01/16/2017 1:40 PM, Deceased Identified:

The next of kin have now been notified, and the name of the women found in the debris of the house fire at 78 CR 496 can now be provided. All indications are that the deceased woman is 56 year old DONNA LOU ROLLINS of the residence. The fire remains under investigation.

ORIGINAL RELEASE 01/16/2017:

The body of a woman was found inside a home that burned Sunday evening, January 15th, at 78 CR 496.  The 911 Center received a call at 11:14 PM stating that there was a residential structure fire at that address. 

     The Mountain Home Fire Department and assisting Fire Departments from Midway and Clarkridge, as well as Sheriff’s deputies, were dispatched to the address.  A subsequent telephone report at approximately 11:21 PM indicated that the house was nearly burned down and that the homeowner’s car was there.

     Firemen subsequently found the body of a woman inside the burned structure.  Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the Baxter County Coroner were summoned.  The body was removed by the County Coroner and is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to confirm cause and manner of death. 

     All indications are that the deceased is the woman who resided alone at the residence.  Her identity will not be released until the next of kin have been notified.

     The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and the fire is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Home Fire Department. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO A DEATH IN GAMALIEL AREA

    

     The Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on Ramblewood Lane in Gamaliel Sunday evening, January 15th, because of a death that occurred in the home. 

     The 911 Call Center notified the Sheriff’s Office at approximately 8:16 PM that emergency medical personnel were enroute to the address, and a Sheriff’s Deputy was requested to respond as well.  Emergency responders found the person in question to be deceased inside the residence.  He was identified as 55 year old RICKY L. JONES.

     The decedent was removed from the residence by the Baxter County Coroner.  Since the cause of death was not apparent, the body of the deceased will be sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.  This is standard procedure when a cause of death is unknown for someone of this age.

     No foul play is suspected.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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WOMAN'S BODY FOUND IN DEBRIS OF HOUSE FIRE

 

     The body of a woman was found inside a home that burned Sunday evening, January 15th, at 78 CR 496.  The 911 Center received a call at 11:14 PM stating that there was a residential structure fire at that address. 

     The Mountain Home Fire Department and assisting Fire Departments from Midway and Clarkridge, as well as Sheriff’s deputies, were dispatched to the address.  A subsequent telephone report at approximately 11:21 PM indicated that the house was nearly burned down and that the homeowner’s car was there.

     Firemen subsequently found the body of a woman inside the burned structure.  Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the Baxter County Coroner were summoned.  The body was removed by the County Coroner and is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock for autopsy to confirm cause and manner of death. 

     All indications are that the deceased is the woman who resided alone at the residence.  Her identity will not be released until the next of kin have been notified.

     The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and the fire is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Home Fire Department. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER FIGHTING WITH DEPUTY



Felisha Ann Jones

    

      The Sheriff’s Office responded to a trespassing call this morning and arrested 50 year old FELISHA ANN JONES of rural Mountain Home on several charges.

     A complaint call was received at approximately 4:51 AM today from 313 Hicks Road reporting that FELISHA JONES was beating on the door of the residence trying to get in. JONES had previously been advised and warned to stay away from that residence.

     Deputy Craig Gates responded, but JONES was not to be found upon his arrival.  A second call at 5:05 AM came in indicating that JONES had returned.  This time Deputy Gates found JONES on the property and told her she was under arrest.  As Deputy Gates attempted to take JONES into custody, she pulled away and began fighting with the deputy. FELISHA JONES punched the deputy in the head, bit his arm, and spit in his face.  She was eventually subdued and transported to the Detention Center.  Deputy Gates did not require any medical attention.

     FELISHA JONES was booked on charges of:

Battery in the Second Degree – Felony
Resisting Arrest – Misdemeanor
Criminal Trespass – Misdemeanor

     She is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on January 26, 2017.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Suspect Sought After Search Warrant Executed in Gamaliel

Dennis Roam

Stolen Weapons Seized

Handgun Used in Robbery

During the investigation of the Armed Robbery of Bayman Beverage in Cotter, Arkansas information was developed by Investigators resulting in probable cause for a search warrant at a residence in Gamaliel, Arkansas. 

On Thursday evening, January 12, at approximately 7:45 pm, a search warrant was executed at 133 Scouts Dr in rural Gamaliel Arkansas by officers from the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Cotter Police and Baxter County Sheriff’s Office. This is the known address of Dennis Roam. This search warrant was the concluding result of a multifaceted investigation where Roam was involved in the sales and distribution of illegal drugs and firearms. One of these firearms obtained from Roam was used in an armed robbery at the Bayman Liquor store in Cotter Arkansas on 1-11-2017. 

During this search of the residence and outbuildings, numerous firearms were discovered. There were several syringes, scales, baggies, and pipes all used in the ingestion, and/ or distribution of methamphetamine. Of these syringes at least one of them was pre-loaded with a liquid substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Also found was a plastic bag containing approximately 2.2 oz. of marijuana. Numerous items including tools, firearms, car titles, and other items believed to have been used as payments for contraband of illegal items were found. 

A car title of a vehicle, registered to Alexandria Rodriguez that was used in the armed robbery, was found in a lock box inside the Roam residence. Approximately 5.2 grams of methamphetamine was found in this vehicle following the execution of a separate search warrant of the vehicle, prior to the search at the Roam residence. During the post arrest interview of the robbery suspects, Alexandria Rodriguez and Joshua Cooper, it was learned the methamphetamine was purchased from Dennis Roam.

 A search of Dennis Roam’s criminal history revealed a lengthy criminal history including burglary and at least one conviction of three (3) counts of aggravated assault in 2007 for which he was sentenced to 1 year of incarceration.

 Dennis Roam’s property shares a property line with the Biker church located in Gamaliel, thus the charge of Proximity to Certain Facilities. 

The firearms recovered at the Roam residence is believed to stolen during a burglary at a residence in Mountain Home, That investigation is still continuing by the Mountain Home Police Department with additional charges likely to be filed in the future. 

A warrant of arrest has been issued for Dennis Theodore Roam, age 47 of Gamaliel and authorities are actively in search of him. The arrest warrant for Roam contains charges of:

 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia --------Class D Felony

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia -Scales… --- Class B Felony

Possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver --- Class C Felony

Possession of Marijuana with purpose to deliver --- Class D Felony

Felon in Possession of a firearm Class B Felony

Weapons offences during controlled substance offense --- Class Y felony Furnishing a deadly weapon to a felon --- Class B Felony

Proximity to certain facilities

Habitual Offender

 The bond on the warrant has been set at $100,000.

Anyone who sees or comes in contact with Roam or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office at 870-425-7000 or call 911.

 Sheriff John Montgomery

 

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Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested - Joint Release

Joshua Travis Cooper

Alexandria Marie Rodriguez

9mm Handgun

 

2003 Mitsubishi

Joint Press Release

Cotter Police Department
Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

       On Wednesday, January 11, 2016, at approximately 9:34 PM, 911 received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Bayman Beverage Store on Hwy 62 Business in Cotter, Arkansas. The store clerk told 911 that a male subject had walked into the store brandishing a handgun, demanded money and cigarettes and then fled the store on foot heading south from the store.

     Cotter Police Officer Justin Martin arrived 2 minutes later, at 9:36 pm and secured the scene and area.  Officers from Gassville Police Department and the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office arrive shortly thereafter and began securing the area.  It was determined that approximately $600 in cash and several packs of cigarettes were taken. Video surveillance footage was obtained from the store and later reviewed.

     Investigators and off duty officers from Baxter County and were called in to assist.  Marion County deputies also responded to the area. The Tracking Dog Team from Calico Rock Prison was also brought to the scene to assist.  Perimeters were set up in the area on both side of Hwy 62 West and Business Hwy 62 and a search of area began. While indications at the scene were that the suspect had fled the area prior to secondary officers arriving, searches were continued of the area.  After a final search of the Cotter School, grounds and area surrounding it, the search was called off at approximately 2:15 AM.

     Today, Thursday Investigators from Cotter, Gassville, Marion and Baxter Counties followed up on numerous tips and leads. Evidence later found near the scene, along with video surveillance footage helped investigators develop a possible suspect vehicle.   At approximately 2:05 pm, the vehicle, a gray 2003 Mitsubishi was spotted in the Gamaliel area on Hwy 101 North and a traffic stop was initiated by Baxter County Investigators on the vehicle after the vehicle turned onto County Road 806.  Two persons from the vehicle were taken into custody and the vehicle was seized for processing.

     At approximately 4:30 PM, a search warrant was obtained and executed on the vehicle in question and numerous items were recovered that investigators believe are related to the Robbery.  A quantity of Methamphetamine, cigarettes matching the brand and tax stamps of the store’s,  Clothing believed to be matching what the suspect was wearing during the robbery,  cash and a chrome plated, 9 mm Handgun were recovered.  The handgun was recovered from the female suspect’s purse.

Alexandria Marie Rodriguez, age 25 of Gassville was charged with:

Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver – Class Y Felony Simultaneous Possess of Drugs and Firearms – Class Y Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Class D Felony

Rodriguez was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and is being held on $60,000 Bond pending her appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on January 19, at 1 pm.

Joshua Travis Cooper, age 34 of Gassville was charged with:

Aggravated Robbery – Class Y Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver – Class Y Felony Simultaneous Possession of Controlled Substance and Firearms – Class Y Felony Felon in Possession of a Firearm – Class B Felony Probation Violation Warrant from Larimer County, Colorado

Cooper was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and is being held on $250,000 Bond pending his appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on January 19, at 1 pm.

The investigation is continuing and more charges related to other crimes are probable.

Joint release:

Cotter Police Chief Clint Tilton
Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery

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MOUNTAIN HOME MAN JAILED ON FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE



Jonathan Michael Ybarra

    

     The Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mountain Home man, 24 year old JONATHAN MICHAEL YBARRA, on charges related to domestic violence that was reported on January 7, 2017.

     Sheriff’s Corporal Robert Recktenwald was dispatched to 1872 Hwy 178 West at approximately 10:24 AM January 7th for a physical domestic violence call.  Prior to his arrival, the male involved in the incident left the scene in a grey Nissan Versa.  The victim was injured, and an ambulance was dispatched to the residence.

     The victim informed Corporal Recktenwald that her ex-husband, JONATHAN YBARRA, had assaulted her.  Specifically, he was alleged to have pushed her down the floor, choked her, and punched her in the face.  The victim escaped temporarily and locked herself in a room inside the residence.  The victim is pregnant. YBARRA then kicked the door open, took the phone away from her while she attempted to call for help, and continued his assault.  The victim had injuries consistent with her report, and a one year old child was present at the residence as well when the violence took place.  The victim was subsequently transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center by ambulance to have her injuries tended to. 

     YBARRA left the residence in the victim’s vehicle.  Deputies began searching for YBARRA, and Corporal Recktenwald found the vehicle and YBARRA about an hour later at the Triangle Citgo Station in Midway. YBARRA was taken into custody and transported to the Detention Center. YBARRA admitted to being aware that the victim as pregnant. 

     JONATHAN MICHAEL YBARRA was booked on charges of Felony Domestic Battery in the Second Degree and misdemeanor charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. YBARRA remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bond and will appear to answer in the Circuit Court on January 26, 2017.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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FOUR PERSONS ARRESTED EARLY THIS MORNING ON DRUG CHARGES AND/OR OUTSTANDING WARRANTS



Brandy Brian Barnes


Amy Carol Wilson


Chantel Aree Biggers


Nathan Eric McDonagh

 

     The Sheriff’s Office arrested four people early this morning on various charges after a deputy stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle that pulled behind a building at 34 Baxter CR 25 in rural Mountain Home at approximately 2:00 AM.

     The building housed a business at one time, but appeared to be vacant.  Corporal Rockie Morrell made contact with the driver of the vehicle, who was subsequently identified as 40 year old AMY CAROL WILSON of Mountain Home. AMY WILSON was found to have several outstanding warrants for her arrest and was taken into custody. WILSON provided an explanation as to why she had driven behind the building, indicating she was there to drop off a heater. WILSON asked Corporal Morrell if he could try to contact a person said to be inside the building to see if that person could take possession of WILSON’s vehicle without having to tow it. 

     Sergeant Dwight Duch went to the door of the building to try and make contact with someone.  Entry into the building was subsequently made, and several other persons were found to be inside.  One of these persons was 26 year old CHANTEL AREE BIGGERS of Ash Flat, Arkansas.  It was determined that BIGGERS was on probation with a search waiver on file. BIGGERS gave officers conflicting stories and false information as to the identity of other people inside the building.  Officers next encountered a man who refused to identify himself.  A small child was with this man, and officers also observed a handgun protruding from between mattresses on a bed.  This man was ultimately identified as 36 year old BRANDY BRIAN BARNES of Mountain Home, and it was also determined that there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. BARNES was taken into custody.

     Yet another person with an outstanding warrant was encountered in the building.  This man was identified as 34 year old NATHAN ERIC MCDONAGH of rural Mountain Home. 

   Officers also found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the building, including approximately 24.2 grams of marijuana, hydrocodone and alprazolam pills, approximately 3.9 grams of methamphetamine,  a scale, grinder, rolling papers, and pipes.  All of these items were seized and taken into evidence. 

     At the conclusion of the investigation, all four of these persons were transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on charges as indicated:

BRANDY BRIAN BARNES, charged with:

Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (3 counts) – Felonies
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms – Felony
Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons (a convicted felon) – Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor – Misdemeanor
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant
Violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant
Hold for Other Agency

     BARNES has a bond of $36,760 on these charges, and he is set to appear in Circuit Court to answer on January 26, 2017. 

     CHANTEL AREE BIGGERS, charged with:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Possession of Controlled Substance – Misdemeanor
Hindering Apprehension – Felony

     BIGGERS has a bond of $2,500 on these charges, and she will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on January 26, 2017.

     NATHAN ERIC MCDONAGH, charged with:

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
Non-Payment of Fines – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant

     MCDONAGH has a bond of $2,660 on these charges, and he will appear in Circuit Court to answer on January 26, 2017.

     AMY CAROL WILSON was arrested only for the outstanding warrants for her arrest, which included a felony bench warrant for Delivery of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor warrants for Failure to Appear in Court, Contempt of Court, and Probation Violations.  She will also appear in Circuit Court on January 26, 2017 on the felony warrant.

     The child was turned over to the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services.

/s/s John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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PAROLEE ARRESTED AFTER STEALING A VEHICLE FROM A PRIVATE RESIDENCE



Taylor D. George

    

     A parolee was arrested Tuesday afternoon, January 3rd, after he stole a motor vehicle from 71 Bayside Terrace in the rural Mountain Home area.

     The owner of the vehicle reported to the Sheriff’s Office that her black 2010 Mazda 6 was stolen from the driveway of her home at approximately 1:15 PM.  Sheriff’s dispatchers broadcast a description of the stolen vehicle.  A short time later, at approximately 1:40 PM, an Arkansas State Trooper found the stolen vehicle in the same area of the county and arrested the occupant, 27 year old TAYLOR DANIEL GEORGE of rural Mountain, currently on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections. 

     The vehicle, valued at approximately $9,000, was returned to the owner, while TAYLOR GEORGE was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on a charge of felony Theft of Property and a Parole Violation.  He is being held on a bond of $7,500 on the vehicle theft charge and a no bond hold on the parole violation. GEORGE is expected to appear in the Circuit Court to answer on January 12, 2017. 

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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