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Arrest made in Break-in and theft case

On August 20, 2021, Investigators Michael Tharp and Justin Meeks investigated a break-in and vandalism at a residence on Highway 66 in Stone County.  A gun, alcohol, and other hunting equipment was taken from an outside storage building and tires on an ATV were slashed.  After further investigation, a search warrant was obtained on a suspect located in Searcy County.  Officers with Stone and Searcy Counties executed a search warrant on Tall Tail Lane in Searcy County and located the stolen property.  Charity HOWARD, age 50, of Marshall, AR was arrested and charged with Breaking or Entering Theft of a Firearm, and First Degree Criminal Mischief which are Class "D" Felonies and a misdemeanor for theft of property.  Bond was set at $15,000.00.     

Arrest made in Rape case

 

Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton released that over the past couple of months, Investigators with the Stone County Sheriff's Department and Searcy County Sheriff's Department conducted an investigation with a Searcy County man involving sexual activity with a minor less than 14 years of age.  The sex crimes took place in Searcy and Stone Counties.  After further investigation, Investigators learned that Devin WILLIAMS, age 30, of Marshall, AR, engaged in sexual activity on three different occasions with the minor in Stone County within the past year. 

On September 7, 2021, an arrest warrant was obtained by Stone County Investigator Justin Meeks for one count of rape and two counts of Sexual Assault in the second degree.  Bond was set at $300,000.  WILLIAMS is currently incarcerated in the Searcy County Jail with three pending rape charges on the same victim.  The Searcy County Bond is set at $250,000.00.  WILLIAMS is awaiting an appearance in court.         

 

 

"Operation Short Changed"

According to Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton

On Friday, September 3, 2021, at approximately 1:00 P.M., Officers with the Stone County Sheriff's Department, Mountain View Police Department, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas Highway Police, and Alcohol Beverage Control executed a search warrant at the Circle K Convenience Store located at 611 East Main Street in Mountain View.  This search warrant was a result of a multi-county operation, named "Operation Short-Changed".  This operation targeted illegal gambling and money laundering.  The operation began back in the early part of 2020, agents began working a Gambling Operation.  The operation spread to two other counties.  Searcy County and White County participated in the operation.  Officers executed search warrants in two stores and a bait shop in Searcy, a store in El Paso, a store in Marshall, and the Mountain View Store.  All locations were hit simultaneously by the many jurisdictions.  The case is currently under investigation and other facts will be released at a later time.       

Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton released that the Sheriff's Department and 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force was busy in Stone County on Wednesday August 18, 2021

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Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton released that the Sheriff's Department and 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force was busy in Stone County on Wednesday August 18, 2021.  A joint narcotic operation between the two agencies landed several individuals in jail. 

Chief Deputy McGilton and Deputy Trevor Leonard stopped a 2011 Nissan Armada in the Marcella area of Stone County for traveling outside the traffic lane and illegal window tint.  The driver was identified as Rachel SOLIS, age 32, of Batesville, AR.  Deputies learned that SOLIS was on parole and had an active search waiver on file.  After further investigation, Chief Deputy McGilton located a Ziploc bag containing approximately 112.5 grams, (One Quarter of a Pound), of Crystal Meth hidden in the vehicle.  SOLIS was arrested and transported to the Stone County Detention Center where she is being held on the charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance Crystal Meth over 10 grams but less than 200 grams.  This is an "A" Felony which if convicted carries a sentence of 10-30 years.  SOLIS admitted that she was delivering the Crystal Meth to a residence in Stone County. 

Another traffic stop case by Deputies McGilton and Leonard revealed another large amount of Crystal Meth.  The deputies stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Pickup for a busted windshield in the Melrose area of Stone County.  The driver was identified as Kelby Shane EPPERSON, age 26, of Newport, AR.  Upon making the stop, Chief Deputy McGilton recognized EPPERSON as being a source of supply of meth from previous drug investigations throughout the 16th district.  Consent to search was given by EPPERSON and a large amount of Crystal Meth was located in a hidden void of the vehicle.  Deputies recovered approximately 136.8 grams, (just over a quarter of a pound), of Crystal Meth.  EPPERSON was arrested and transported to the Stone County Detention Center.  EPPERSON admitted that he has been dealing large amounts of meth and has been distributing in Stone County.  EPPERSON is being charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Crystal Methamphetamine, with the Purpose to Deliver, over 10 but less than 200 grams.  This is an "A" Felony which if convicted carries a sentence of 10-30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.  EPPERSON is also out on Federal Release for Trafficking Crystal Meth pending Federal Drug Charges. 

 

Members of the Sheriff's Department and 16th District Drug Task Force also executed a search warrant on Luber Cutoff Road in Stone County.  Crystal Meth, drug paraphernalia, firearms, and a stolen car was seized from the location.  The car was reported stolen out of Texas.  Three people were arrested at the location.   

Braxton-Joe JOHNSTONE, age 21, of Mountain View was arrested for possession of crystal meth less than 2 grams, maintaining a drug premises, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is charged with a "C" Felony, "D" Felony, and an "A" Misdemeanor. 

Emily L. TRAMMELL, age 31, of Stone County was arrested on a Felony Charge for Theft by Receiving.  She admitted to stealing the vehicle in Texas and may possibly have pending charges out of Texas.  She is charged with a Class "C" Felony.    

Jim Wayne DAYBERRY, age 35, of Mountain View was arrested for Parole absconding.  He was also in possession of approximately 18 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine.  He is being charged with Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine over 10 but less than 200 grams with the Purpose to Deliver and being a habitual offender.  That is a Class "A" Felony.

Summary of Wednesday:

The total amount of Crystal Meth that was taken off the street in Stone County on Wednesday was approximately 268 grams, (Over a Half Pound of Crystal Meth).  Street value of the meth if separated and sold by the gram is valued at $26,800.  Deputies also seized firearms, two vehicles, and approximately $2,667 in cash of profits and proceeds from the sale of crystal meth.  The 16th Drug Task Force and prosecuting attorney's office is assisting in the confiscation procedure.  Investigators also recovered a stolen 2009 BMW Sedan.  The vehicle is being returned to the owner in Fort Worth Texas.  "I'd say, it was a good day in Stone County", stated Chief Deputy McGilton.  He would like to thank the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force for their hard work and dedication to this community.       

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From the desk of Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton

From the Desk of Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton

On August 12, 2021, Investigators with the Stone County Sheriff's Department and Parole Agents with Arkansas Community Correction executed Felony Arrest Warrants at a residence on Webb Acres.  Two people were arrested.  Phillip "Travis" BAUGH, age 42 of Mountain View and Brianna R. EVERSOLL, age 30, of Mountain View were arrested on Felony Bench Warrants for Failure to Appear in Circuit Court after both had jumped bail on drug charges.  They remain in custody at the Stone County Jail with NO BOND.   

 

On August 14, 2021, deputies were dispatched to Highway 5 North in the Optimus area in reference to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm.  Upon arrival, the suspect had left the location.  After further investigation, deputies and investigators learned that the suspect was Earl Walker FREEMAN, age 56, of Calico Rock.  FREEMAN was located early Sunday morning and was taken into custody for Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member which is a felony and Felony Terroristic Threatening.  He is currently incarcerated in the Stone County Jail pending official charges in Circuit Court.  

 

On August 16, 2021, Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton and Lieutenant Tony Trammell went to a residence on Younger Access Road and arrested Kayla L. GREENHAW on a Felony Failure to Appear Warrant out of Circuit Court.  GREENHAW failed to appear in Circuit Court on drug related charges.  

 

Chief Deputy McGilton would also like to remind citizens that School is back in session.  He and his deputies will be working the School Zones and bus stops throughout the county.  Please pay attention to these areas.  If you are caught passing a school bus loading or unloading children you will be ticketed.  There will be Zero Tolerance concerning bus stops.       

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Investigations results in arrests

 

According to Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton, he and his department has been conducting narcotic investigations in the Blue Sky and QMC area of Stone County.  Chief Deputy McGilton stated that on Monday morning, members of the Stone County Sheriff's Department, 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Mountain View Police Department, and Arkansas Community Corrections Parole Agents executed a narcotic search warrant at the residence of Philip Travis BAUGH located at 839 Sawmill Road. 

Upon execution of the warrant, investigators located approximately seven grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, digital scales, baggies, and other drug paraphernalia in the residence.  Investigators arrested three individuals in the home and transported them to the Stone County Detention Center.  Street value of the drugs is Seven Hundred Dollars.  

Philip Travis BAUGH, age 42, of Mountain View was charged with Possession of Crystal Meth 2-10 grams with the Purpose to Deliver, a Class B Felony which if convicted carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine not to exceed $15, 000.00.  He was also charged with Maintaining a Drug Premises, a Class C Felony, which if convicted carries a sentence of 3 to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine not to exceed $10,000.00.  BAUGH'S bond was set at $10,000.00.   

Briana R. EVERSOLL, age 30, of Mountain View was charged with Possession of Crystal Meth 2-10 grams with the Purpose to Deliver, (B Felony), Maintaining a Drug Premises, (C Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Use Meth after having at least one conviction, (Class D Felony).  EVERSOLL'S bond was set at $10,000.00. 

Alva Leon BAUGH, age 39, of Mountain View was arrested for Possession of an Instrument of a Crime which is a Misdemeanor.  He was released from jail on a citation to appear in district court.

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Charges were filed on Elliot Gene GILBERT, age 45, of Cabot, Arkansas.  He is charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a Class C Felony.  He is a level 2 Offender.  This charge stems from an investigation, where GILBERT moved to Stone County and failed to register with the City/County Sex Offender Coordinator.  As of this press release, GILBERT has not been located.  Chief Deputy McGilton asked the citizens if you know the location of GILBERT, please contact him at the Stone County Sheriff's Department or Officer Liz Parsons with the Mountain View Police Department.  All help is appreciated.   His bond is set at $50,000.00. 

Charges were filed on Brian HOOKS, age 44, of Timbo, Arkansas for Possession of Crystal Meth, DWI-Drugs, and Careless driving.  The charges stem from a traffic accident that occurred on July 31, 2021, when Deputy Bryan Rose responded to Happy Hollow Road for a one vehicle accident.  Meth was located in the vehicle.  The possession of meth is a "D" Felony and the other charges were misdemeanors.  His bond was set at $7,500.00.    

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Charges were filed on Candice M. MCELROY for possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.  This charge stems from a consensual encounter on Highway 14 in Saint James.  Deputies Trevor Leonard and Bryan Rose were approached by the individual, who was under the influence of meth and gave them a false name.  After further investigation, Deputies located a methamphetamine smoking device and a baggie containing less than two grams of meth.  She is charged with a Class "D" Felony and a Class "A" Misdemeanor.  Her bond was set at $5,000.00.

On July 31, 2021, Deputy Trevor Leonard attempted to stop a Chevrolet pickup on Highway 14 near Saint James.  The truck was being driven by Mark A. PINKSTON, age 54, of Batesville.  Deputy Leonard recognized PINKSTON and knew that he had a warrant for failure to appear with the Stone County District Court.  When Deputy Leonard attempted to initiate a traffic stop, PINKSTON fled in a vehicle and turned onto Mount Joy Cemetery Road.  After a short pursuit, PINKSTON wrecked out and struck a tree.  PINKSTON then exited his vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area.  He was captured by Deputy Leonard and taken into custody.  Crystal Meth was located on the ground near where PINKSTON was apprehended.  The meth weighed less than two grams.  PINKSTON was charged with Possession of Crystal Meth less than two grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, fleeing in a Vehicle, fleeing on foot, and Reckless Driving.  His bond was set at $25,000.00. 

On July 31, 2021, Deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance involving firearms on Glenn Lane in the Herpel Road area.  Upon arrival, deputies were informed of an intoxicated man waving a firearm around near his family members.  Joey PRICE, age 50, of Mountain View was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication and First-Degree Assault on a Family Member.  He was transported to the Stone County Jail.  Both are misdemeanors charges and he was later released with a court date to appear in the Stone County District Court.            

              

 

 

New Release

Attorney General Alert: Immediately Delete Vulgar Text Messages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2021

Contact: Amanda Priest
Amanda Priest, (501) 414-2223
Amanda.Priest@ArkansasAG.gov


Attorney General Alert: Immediately Delete Vulgar Text Messages

LITTLE ROCK - Scammers have resorted to new lows in an age-old scheme to steal consumers' personal information. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is once again warning Arkansans of phishing schemes where scam artists will send a link through text or email hoping the cell phone users will allow access to information on the phone. The updated scam adds additional shock value because scammers have added vulgar and sexual messages in anticipation that users will click that link. This scam is an attempt to surprise users while gaining access to personal information stored on their device.

"Scam artists are disgusting and have reinvented an old scam in a vulgar way to steal from Arkansans," said Attorney General Rutledge. "If you receive a fake text message that you did not sign up for, do not click on anything in the message and delete the message immediately."

Attorney General Rutledge recommends the following tips if you receive this group text scam:

Do NOT answer or engage with the text message. These scams are attempting to get a response from group members to steal personal information off the phone. Block the calling or texting number on your phone and delete the texts. If the calling number is the spoofed contact of someone you know unblock the number after a few hours or days; otherwise, the person with that number will not be able to reach you. Cell phone users may have an option to filter and block messages from their phones directly. Users can filter and block messages on an iPhone and block a phone number on an Android phone. iPhone and Android users also have the ability to report spam and junk messages that are sent to their phones. iPhone users can find additional information here while Android users can find information here. Any cell phone user can also report text messages by copying the message and forwarding it to 7726 (SPAM) and reporting the message to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

For more information and tips on how to avoid a scam, call the Arkansas Attorney General's Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on November 4, 2014, and sworn in on January 13, 2015, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected as Attorney General. She was resoundingly re-elected on November 6, 2018. Since taking office, she has significantly increased the number of arrests and convictions against online predators who exploit children and con artists who steal taxpayer money through Social Security Disability and Medicaid fraud. Further, she has held Rutledge Roundtable meetings and Mobile Office hours in every county of the State each year, and launched a Military and Veterans Initiative. She has led efforts to roll back government regulations that hurt job creators, fight the opioid epidemic, teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge serves as co-chairs of the National Association of Attorneys General Veterans Affairs Committee, re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture and was the former Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. As the former Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, she remains active on the Executive Board.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for former Governor Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have one daughter. The family has a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.

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New Scam Alert from Attorney General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2021

Contact: Amanda Priest
Amanda Priest, (501) 414-2223
Amanda.Priest@ArkansasAG.gov


Attorney General Alert: Sweepstakes Scammers Steal from Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansans who receive a notification that they have won a large sum of money or a luxury prize from sweepstakes they do not remember entering should immediately realize that this is a scam. Scammers will claim consumers have to respond quickly or risk missing out on the prize. Then, the scam artists will continue to urge consumers to keep their winnings confidential to 'maintain security or stop other people from getting the prize by mistake. Scammers, of course, do this to prevent consumers from seeking further information or advice from family, friends, and law enforcement.  

"My best friend's mother lost her life savings when she shared her personal information with someone online," said Attorney General Rutledge. "I do not want anyone else to go through this horrible situation."

Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to help consumers spot one of these scams:

Consumers should not try to collect winnings from sweepstakes they do not remember entering. Never give out personal financial information. Do not pay money upfront in an attempt to claim a prize. Always remember that if it looks or seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Scammers often use the name of legitimate businesses, like Publishers Clearinghouse, or a similar name to trick consumers into turning over their information.

Consumers should ignore all unsolicited sweepstakes prizes and immediately contact the Attorney General's Office to report the call or email. When money is wired, especially to a foreign country, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get it returned.

For more information and tips on how to avoid a scam, call the Arkansas Attorney General's Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on November 4, 2014, and sworn in on January 13, 2015, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected as Attorney General. She was resoundingly re-elected on November 6, 2018. Since taking office, she has significantly increased the number of arrests and convictions against online predators who exploit children and con artists who steal taxpayer money through Social Security Disability and Medicaid fraud. Further, she has held Rutledge Roundtable meetings and Mobile Office hours in every county of the State each year and launched a Military and Veterans Initiative. She has led efforts to roll back government regulations that hurt job creators, fight the opioid epidemic, teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge serves as co-chairs of the National Association of Attorneys General Veterans Affairs Committee, re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture, and was the former Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. As the former Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, she remains active on the Executive Board.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for former Governor Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County, and was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have one daughter. The family has a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.

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