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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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, 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.