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SILVER ALERT BEING ISSUED FOR MISSING BAXTER COUNTY MAN



David Mooney

     A Silver Alert is in the process of being issued by the Arkansas State Police at request of the Sheriff's Office for a missing Baxter County man.

     The Sheriff's Office was notified at 9:51 AM today that 71 year old DAVID MOONEY of rural Mountain Home had left his residence on Carnation Drive on foot and could not be located.  DAVID MOONEY is said to suffer from dementia and is unable to care for himself and provide for his safety.

     Sheriff's deputies and officers from assisting agencies searched the area for several hours but have not been able to locate DAVID MOONEY.  He is believed to be wearing a red flannel long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.  MOONEY is approximately 6 ft, 185 lbs, grey hair, blue eyes. 

     Anyone having contact with DAVID MOONEY or knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office or your local law enforcement agency.

Baxter County Sheriff's Office

 

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PROBATIONER AND ANOTHER ARRESTED FOR SELLING METH



Doyle Gene George


Kathleen Elaine Pieri
(prior booking photo)

  

     Two Baxter County residents, 44 year old DOYLE GENE GEORGE, a current probationer,  and 50 year old KATHLEEN ELAINE PIERI,  were arrested today and booked into the Detention Center on drug charges after having sold methamphetamine to an informant.

     The informant made three separate buys from KATHLEEN PIERI between March 13th and March 22nd of approximately 3.4 grams of methamphetamine in total. PIERI delivered the drugs on two dates, and DOYLE GEORGE delivered the drugs to the informant on the other date. PIERI utilized a cellular telephone to facilitate these drug deals.  Each of these transactions was monitored and recorded by Investigators.

     Arrest warrants were obtained for PIERI and GEORGE, and both were arrested and taken into custody today.  According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Investigators, DOYLE GEORGE has been booked into the Baxter County Jail at least 118 times since 1995.  He has been sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Corrections four separate times and has been on parole or probation five separate times for a total of approximately 15 years. 

     KATHLEEN ELAINE PIERI is charged with:

Delivery of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) – 3 counts – Felonies
Unlawful Use of a Communication Device – 3 counts – Felonies

   PIERI has a bond of $15,000 and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on May 25th.

     DOYLE GENE GEORGE is charged with:

Delivery of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) – 1 count – Felony
Probation Violation – Felony
Habitual Offender – Penalty Enhancement

     GEORGE has a bond of $15,000 on the drug charge but is being held without bond on the probation violation.   He will also appear in Circuit Court to answer on May 25th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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SEX OFFENDER REGISTERS WITH SHERIFF'S OFFICE



Jayson A. Sherer

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a sex offender has moved into Baxter County from Wisconsin and has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

NAME:                       JAYSON A. SHERER

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   08/14/1973

 

OLD ADDRESS:      N5430 State Rd 76

                                    Shiocton, Wisconsin 54170

 

NEW ADDRESS:      7108 Hwy 126 North #20
                                   Midway, Arkansas 72651                               

 

     The offender was convicted of sex crimes in the State of Wisconsin and ordered to register as a sex offender.  He was arrested in December, 1991 in Wisconsin for the offense of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree and arrested in May, 2000, also in Wisconsin, for the offense of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, which involved sexual contact with an underage female.  The offender was also arrested for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Marion County, Arkansas in August, 1997.

 

     (This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOCNA (Sex Offender Community Notification Assessment).

 

     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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SEX OFFENDER MOVES OUTSIDE MTN HOME CITY LIMITS



Peter Allen Tubbs

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 Sex Offender (high risk to re-offend) has moved out of Mountain Home city limits and has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

NAME:                       PETER ALLEN TUBBS                

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   07/10/1962

 

OLD ADDRESS:      213 Baxter Avenue
                                    Mountain Home, AR 72653

 

NEW ADDRESS:       51 Maitland Court (Midway area)
                                    Mountain Home, AR 72653

 

     The offender plead No Contest to two counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault on a Child on August 4, 1994.  These offenses involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with a then 13-year-old daughter of a female acquaintance.

 

     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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ARSON SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

  

UPDATE 05/15/2017 at 4:00 PM.

     The suspect in the two arson cases from this morning, 42 year old MARK MUCHA, is now in custody.  MARK MUCHA surrendered himself at the Ozark County Sheriff's Office in Gainesville, Missouri this afternoon.   MUCHA faces felony arson charges and will be extradited to Baxter County by way of the normal transfer and extradition process. 

     The Baxter County Sheriff's Offices wishes to extend its appreciation to all law enforcement agencies and officers who participated in the search for MARK MUCHA.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

     The Sheriff’s Office is investigating two residential structure fires that were reported early this morning.  Both fires are being investigated as arsons, and the Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect, who is the owner of both residences.

     The first fire was reported this morning at approximately 3:19 AM at 952 Hickory Flats Ln in Lakeview.  The second fire was reported at approximately 5:19 AM at 97 Buffalo Rapids Ln in the Buffalo City area.  Fire Departments responded, but both residences were destroyed.

     Law enforcement is searching for the owner of the residences, who is identified as 42 year old MARK MUCHA.  He is believed to be driving a 2010 Toyota Pickup Truck, greyish-brown in color, bearing Arkansas License Plate No. 395UWW.   MARK MUCHA is known to have engaged in violent and threatening behavior in the recent past, and he is believed to be armed.

    If anyone observes MUCHA or his vehicle, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office, but do not attempt to approach him.  He could pose a danger to anyone attempting to contact him.  We have been searching for him, but he has not yet been found.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

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AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR ARSON SUSPECT



Mark Mucha


97 Buffalo Rapids Ln


952 Hickory Flats Ln

    

      The Sheriff’s Office is investigating two residential structure fires that were reported early this morning.  Both fires are being investigated as arsons, and the Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect, who is the owner of both residences.

     The first fire was reported this morning at approximately 3:19 AM at 952 Hickory Flats Ln in Lakeview.  The second fire was reported at approximately 5:19 AM at 97 Buffalo Rapids Ln in the Buffalo City area.  Fire Departments responded, but both residences were destroyed.

     Law enforcement is searching for the owner of the residences, who is identified as 42 year old MARK MUCHA.  He is believed to be driving a 2010 Toyota Pickup Truck, greyish-brown in color, bearing Arkansas License Plate No. 395UWW.   MARK MUCHA is known to have engaged in violent and threatening behavior in the recent past, and he is believed to be armed.

    If anyone observes MUCHA or his vehicle, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office, but do not attempt to approach him.  He could pose a danger to anyone attempting to contact him.  We have been searching for him, but he has not yet been found.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

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ANOTHER SEX OFFENDER HAS MOVED TO A NEW ADDRESS



John Alfred Bell

    

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that Level 3 (high risk to re-offend) sex offender has moved to a new address

 

NAME:                       ALFRED JOHN BELL

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   10/28/1979

 

OLD ADDRESS:      1126 Red Bank Rd.

                                    Gamaliel, Arkansas 72537     

 

NEW ADDRESS:      427 RD 1417
                                    Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653 (Clarkridge area) 

 

     The offender has been convicted in the State of California of multiple crimes, including several counts of indecent exposure, child molestation, assault with intent to rape, and sexual battery.  His most recent conviction was in 2009.  Documentation available at this time indicates there were multiple female victims, ages 16 and above.

  

     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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SEX OFFENDER MOVES TO NEW ADDRESS



Michael Anthony Boutwell

 

     The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 2 (Moderate Risk to Re-offend) sex offender has changed addresses and moved to another location in Baxter County. 

 

NAME:                      MICHAEL ANTHONY BOUTWELL     

 

DATE OF BIRTH:   01/06/1959

 

OLD ADDRESS:      7630 Highway 5 North

                                    Mountain Home, AR 72653

 

NEW ADDRESS:       1185 CR 720
                                    Gassville, AR 72635

 

     The offender was convicted of Sexual Assault – Child Under 13 – First Degree on December 7, 1998.  This offense involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with a 12 year old female who was babysitting children at his home.

 

     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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FRAUDULENT SCAMS CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE IN THIS AREA

     The Sheriff’s Office continues each day to receive complaints of telephone and mail scams of the many varieties that re-appear from time to time. We have issued alert bulletins many times in the past in an effort to keep the public informed and warned to be extremely wary of these fraudulent schemes so as not to become  victims of them.

      Just as another friendly reminder, if you receive any phone calls, texts, emails, messages on social media, or delivered mail asking you to send money, transfer money, load money onto a pre-paid credit or debit card, or to provide any kind of verifying personal information whatsoever such as date of birth, social security number, maiden name, or address, please be extremely hesitant and cautious in proceeding.  Often times people will be told they have won a cash award, cash drawing, vacation trips, or high dollar prizes but before they can be delivered or claimed they have to pay “processing fees” in advance.  This is an instant red flag that indicates a probable scam.  If you wire money or load money onto a card for the caller, then you will have lost that money and receive nothing in return.  You will not be able to recover what you have lost.

     Other scammers pretend to be calling from governmental agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, accusing you of having not paid taxes and threatening seizures of bank accounts, property, and possible criminal charges unless you immediately wire money to settle the “debt”. 

     These are just two examples of fraudulent schemes and scams that are active in this area.  There are several others as well.    Scammers have the ability to “spoof” the telephone numbers that show up on your caller ID.  They can make it appear that you are receiving the call from a local number or a number for example in Washington, DC where federal government offices are located, even though the caller is in fact calling you from a foreign country overseas.  Scammers can be very aggressive, intimidating, and threatening.  The best thing to do is simply hang up the phone and not speak with them.

    The bottom line is this: DO NOT SEND OR TRANSFER MONEY IN ANY MANNER TO ANYONE OR ANY PLACE unless you are absolutely certain it is for a legitimate reason.  Once the money is sent or transferred, it is gone.  It is not like a check that you can turn around and stop payment on.  Your money will be gone, and you will not get it back.

     The Federal Government accepts citizen complaints and reports of all scams from all sources.  If you believe you have been contacted by scammers, please consider calling the following to report it:

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (all scams except IRS scams)

1-877-382-4357

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (for IRS scams only)

1-800-366-4484

     The Sheriff’s Office will continue to issue alert bulletins from time to time to keep the public mindful of these fraudulent activities.  We do not want anyone becoming a victim of one of these scams.

Baxter County Sheriff's Office

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DEPUTIES ARREST FELON FOR POSSESSING A FIREARM



Joshua Daniel Lane

 

     Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 36 year old JOSHUA DANIEL LANE Wednesday evening, May 10th, on a weapons charge after investigating a complaint in the Gamaliel area.

     A woman called the Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:10 PM wanting to meet a deputy at a residence to assist in retrieving articles of personal property from JOSHUA LANE.  The woman and another person had already gone to LANE’s residence in attempt to pick up her property.  She reported to Deputy Craig Gates that LANE had a handgun in his possession when they had met and refused to let her have the property. LANE then allegedly threw rocks at the woman and the other person accompanying her, and they left the residence.  The woman was able to take a photograph on her cell phone showing LANE in possession of the firearm.

     Deputies ran a check on JOSHUA LANE in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and found that he had previously been convicted of felony crimes in both Oregon County, Missouri and Ozark County, Missouri.  Those convictions would serve to prohibit him from possessing firearms in the State of Arkansas. 

     Deputy Gates and Corporal Rockie Morrell then drove to the residence where JOSHUA LANE was at.  As they were driving toward the house, they heard a gunshot.  On arrival, they gave commands to LANE to come out of the residence, which he did. LANE was taken into custody without further incident.  He showed deputies were the firearm was.  Deputies took a .45ACP caliber handgun into evidence. LANE stated he fired a round into the woods in the opposite direction from the deputies as a warning because he thought other persons were coming to residence to harm him. There was no evidence found to indicate he had actually fired in the direction of the deputies.

     JOSHUA LANE was transported to the Detention Center and booked on one charge of Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons (a convicted felon) – Felony.  He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer later today.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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