Week in Review 12-9 to 12-15

Warrant served on woman 9 years after being issued

A bench warrant was served on a woman nearly nine years after it was issued. Twenty-seven-year-old Ashli Jenkins was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center last Friday evening on multiple drug charges and released the next day after posting $15,000 bond.

A Mountain Home Police investigator received information in May 2009 from a confidential informant stating she had been in contact with Jenkins. The CI alleged Jenkins had sold methamphetamine on previous occasions, and she had offered the drug to the CI on that day. An arrangement was made to purchase narcotics from Jenkins at a predetermined location with authorities providing the CI a body wire/transmitter and $100.

A Jeep arrived in the early afternoon with Jenkins exiting, and the vehicle left the location but remained in the area. An exchange of drugs was made nearly a minute later. The Jeep later returned, and Jenkins left in the vehicle. The CI later made contact with authorities and provided them with a "corner baggie" containing a white crystal substance allegedly sold as one gram of methamphetamine. The informant had previously identified Jenkins with the use of a photograph and stated she was the subject that received the $100 in buy funds. The purchase reportedly occurred near a Mountain Home church.

Jenkins faces felony counts of delivery of methamphetamine or cocaine, distribution of a controlled substance near certain facilities, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Missing woman found safe in Van Buren County

A Marion County woman reported missing Thursday by Marion County authorities has been located in Van Buren County and is reported safe.

Authorities appealed for the public's help in locating 23-year-old Tapanga Maxwell, after her mother reported her daughter missing Tuesday. Her mother advised her daughter has seizures, short-term memory loss, and the mentality of a 14-year-old. Authorities were also advised Maxwell had left her medications at home.

No details leading to the location of Maxwell were provided.

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Motorist following weaving vehicle takes matters into his own hands

A Mountain Home man, 37-year-old John Harvey, is being held without bond in Izard County following an incident in which motorists reported following his weaving vehicle as it ran others off the roadway. One of the motorists would later take matters into his own hands.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an Izard County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a business in Calico Rock Dec. 4th where Harvey had stopped.

A woman told the officer she had followed Harvey's vehicle from Mountain View. She said the "whole time he was all over the road" and ran several vehicles off the roadway.

A second witness told the officer he saw Harvey's vehicle almost hit several others, saying it got scary a few times. The man said once they arrived at the Calico Rock business, Harvey's vehicle stopped. Seizing the opportunity, the man said he jumped out of his truck and got Harvey's keys to keep him from driving off.

The deputy reported when he spoke with Harvey, he seemed extremely distant and had a thousand-yard stare to him. He said Harvey was whispering so low it was difficult to hear him. He told the officer he was just tired and was falling asleep at the wheel. He said it had been a few days since he had used any drugs, and that was why he was tired.

A check with the state and national crime information center databases indicated Harvey is a probationer, with a search waiver on file in Baxter County.

When he emptied the contents of his pockets on the trunk of his car, he pulled out a baggie containing a white crystalline substance, sighed, and said, "Sir, I did not know that was in there."

Harvey has been charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

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7 new business licenses issued in MH in November

Business licenses for a dental office, a medical billing service and a retail party store were among seven issued by the City of Mountain Home in November, according to Roberta Pack from the City of Mountain Home.

Records indicate new licenses were issued to Dover Family Dentistry, a dental office, located at 400 South College Street, #4; Monarch Medical Billing Associates, LLC, a medical billing service, located at 978 Coley Drive, Suite A; and Bibbidi Boppidi Boo, a retail party store, located at 690 US Highway 62 East.

Licenses were also issued to Island Enterprises, a retail sales and manufacturing business, located at 307 South Main Street, Suite #25, in the Ozark Shopping Center; Sandi Reese, LCSW, a counseling business, located at 911 South Baker Street; a new owner at Arby's fast food restaurant, located at 2811 US Highway 62 East; and AEM Cleaning Service, a homebased cleaning service.

Total licensing revenue for November was $8,416, including alcohol tax and licenses, occupational licenses, pet licenses, and garage sales.

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Police vehicle struck on Cotter Bridge Thursday evening

Only minor injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening on the Cotter Bridge involving a law enforcement vehicle.

Arkansas State Police Trooper Paul Robson says 27-year-old Joel Richardson, a member of the Cotter Police Department, was attempting a U-turn when his vehicle was struck by an SUV traveling in the same direction. The SUV was driven by 68-year-old James Kouns of Gassville. Both vehicles were traveling west.

Trooper Robson says it was his understanding Richardson attempted the U-turn in an attempt to aid a disabled motorist.

He says the accident occurred shortly before 6:00 on the Marion County side of the bridge.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Any citations will be determined by 14th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge.

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