Week in Review 8-5 to 8-11

One killed, three hurt in Lake Norfork boating accident

A Missouri woman is dead and three other Missouri residents were injured in a boating accident on Lake Norfork last Sunday afternoon. The victim was identified as 71-year-old Carolyn Lee Davis of Maryland Heights. The names of the three injured people have not been released. One was flown to a Springfield hospital while the other two were transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center.

All of the victims were transported from the accident scene by boat to Bidwell Point swim beach where emergency medical personnel were waiting. The injured include the husband of the woman killed in the accident and two people from Kirksville.

Sergeant Brad Hurst from the Baxter County Sheriff's office, who is assisting the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officers Doug Small and Jeff Cowan with the investigation of the accident, says the accident happened when an 18-foot ski boat with four passengers ran aground between Bidwell Point and the 101 Boat Dock, overturning. The woman who was killed was pinned under the vessel.

The accident happened about 12:05 p.m.


Man says not guilty of stabbing woman

Tony Griffin of Mountain Home, who faces charges of stabbing a woman earlier this month, appeared during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday and entered a not guilty plea. The 47-year-old Griffin is charged with first-degree criminal attempt to commit murder and third-degree battery. He is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center.

Griffin was arrested after police were dispatched to a Mountain Home motel and reported finding two individuals covered in blood. Griffin is alleged to have admitted stabbing the victim.

According a report from the Mountain Home Police Department, Griffin and the woman were heard arguing, and he was said to have grabbed the victim by the throat, pulled her from the bicycle she was on and stabbed her a number of times.

Griffin is alleged to have told officers the woman owed him money and had threatened to have him "taken care of." He is said to have demonstrated to police officers how he had grabbed the victim and stabbed her.

When the woman was interviewed at Baxter Regional Medical Center, she said she had been staying in Griffin's motel room for nearly two weeks. She said on the day of the altercation, she had gone to the motel to return Griffin's room key. She told police she was trying to end the relationship with her attacker.

The victim said Griffin had grabbed and stabbed her and was attempting to pull her into his room when others arrived to assist, after they heard the woman's cries for help.


Henderson man accused of threatening mother

A Henderson man is in the Baxter County Detention Center accused of threatening to kill his mother. According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, 38-year-old Timothy Lively was booked last Saturday morning on a felony count of first-degree terroristic threatening.

A deputy received a report from Lively's mother last Friday evening alleging he and his girlfriend were at her residence, and her son repeatedly cursed at her and began threatening her. The victim stated Lively threw a sleeping bag under her car and told her he was going to light it on fire. He then allegedly said he was going to kill his mother and burn her house down.

Lively's mother said the couple eventually left, but he reportedly sent her a text message later Friday evening threatening to have someone assault her. The victim advised she was seeking a protective order because she's afraid of her son.

Lively was reportedly located at his girlfriend's residence hiding in a bedroom. While on the scene, a sheriff's sergeant was informed by the girlfriend she allegedly witnessed the threats to Lively's mother.

Lively is also facing two misdemeanor counts of non-payment of fines. His bond is set at $27,520.


Minor traffic violation leads to high-speed pursuit

What began as a minor traffic violation stop Wednesday evening led to a high-speed pursuit in excess of 90 miles per hour through Mountain Home city streets. The pursuit ended when the fleeing driver, 43-year-old Michael Leverton of Mountain Home, pulled into his driveway on Buzzard Roost Road.

According to the probable cause affidavit, during the pursuit, Leverton is alleged to have slammed on his vehicle brakes twice, causing Sergeant Kevin Burns' patrol unit to strike his in the rear in an attempt to wreck the law enforcement car.

The pursuit continued until Leverton arrived at his residence, where he was ordered out of the vehicle and on the ground. A small plastic baggie was located beside the Mountain Home man, with a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine.

Leverton's driver's license is suspended, he has no insurance on the vehicle, and the tags expired in 2014.

He has been charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and fleeing, as well as three misdemeanor vehicle violations. His bond was set at $25,000, and he is set to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

In April, Leverton and 24-year-old Jessica Sullins of Gassville were arrested after it was determined they were unwanted guests at a Mountain Home residence.

According to the probable cause affidavit in that case, Mountain Home Police officers responded to the residence on Hallmark Circle where three individuals were reportedly attempting to gain entry. As officers approached the three, Leverton reportedly walked to the edge of the house and placed something in a front basket on a bicycle.

The individuals advised the officers they came to the residence to drop off some items, and Sullins stated the house belongs to her mother. A plastic baggie of a crystal substance weighing 4/10 of a gram was found in the bicycle basket, and Leverton was taken into custody and charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.


MH school approves new pre-school for district employees

The Mountain Home School Board approved a new pre-school during a special meeting Monday night. The program is called Flight Academy and will serve three and four-year-old children of all district employees. Flight Academy is scheduled to open next week when classes begin in Mountain Home and it will be housed in the kindergarten building.

School district superintendent Dr. Jake Long says the program came about as an employee incentive.



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The pre-school will be offered to school district employees at a discounted rate of $45 per week.

Long says the district has been working on ways to find incentives for employees other than just raises which, with the large number of employees the district has, can be a huge chunk of the budget.



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Long says the Flight Academy is an expansion of the after school program which started in January and has been very successful.



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The after school program is open to the public and is for kindergarten, first and second graders.

In other business Monday night, the Mountain Home School board approved expenditures of $87,512 for site preparation and construction of the concrete slab for the green house. The board voted in May to purchase the green house with start up funds from the state. The green house allows Mountain Home schools to begin a new course in plant science. Dr. Long says the project should be operational by late September or early October.

The board also hired several employees.

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