Week in Review 1-13 to 1-19

Lakeview man found slumped over steering wheel in middle of highway

A Baxter County man, 27-year-old Zachary Hawthorne of Lakeview, was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center Monday afternoon and released less than an hour later, after being charged with two felony drug offenses and posting a $10,000 bond.

Hawthorne’s charges follow an incident in mid December when a Baxter County Sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by several bystanders on the corner of Main and Sixth streets in Mountain Home.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the deputy advised dispatch of a possible accident at the intersection. Upon further inspection, he found Hawthorne unconscious behind the wheel, his foot on the brake, with the vehicle still in drive. In the Lakeview man’s lap was a lighter and straw, with an unknown amount of cash money observed in the cup holder. The amount of seized cash was later determined to be $1,724.

Attempts to wake Hawthorne by pounding on the windows of the locked vehicle were unsuccessful. Using a tire tool from a bystander, the deputy was successful in breaking the window and placing the vehicle in park.

Mountain Home Police and emergency medical personnel arrived, and according to the probable cause affidavit, Hawthorne was still unresponsive until a dose of NARCAN was administered in the ambulance.

Hawthorne has been charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, fentanyl, and possession of drug paraphernalia for use of ingestion of fentanyl, along with one misdemeanor drug offense and driving while intoxicated.


Salem man held on 50 counts involving sexually explicit images

A Fulton County man, 49-year-old Raymond B. Naumann of Salem, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 50 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a special agent with the Arkansas State Police received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Nov. 2nd, 2018. The tip led to Internet protocol address and email addresses.

Working with the Salem Police Department, a search warrant was executed at an apartment along North Walnut in Salem in early December where numerous electronic devices were seized.

Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork says Naumann is being held on a $100,000 bond.


Lakeview man charged with breaking into medication pump in hospital OB room

A Baxter County man, 35-year-old Timothy Strain of Lakeview, has been charged in connection with an incident in which he allegedly broke into a medication pump in an OB room at Baxter Regional Medical Center where his girlfriend had just given birth to their child.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Mountain Home Police officers responded to a call from BRMC Thursday for a report of damage caused by a patient’s boyfriend.

Hospital security advised Strain had been in his girlfriend’s rooom after the birth of their child and had broken into an epidural pump.

Strain told officers he had accidentally knocked the pump over and was trying to put it back together.

He was banned from the hospital property unless it was a medical emergency.

Thursday afternoon, hospital staff noticed a second pump broken and the sharp container entered. They also found needles wrapped in a towel and vials of prescription medication in another towel from the locked container.

Strain, who has a suspended driver’s license, had since left the hospital in another person’s vehicle. The vehicle owner told officers the Lakeview man went to a friend’s house on First Street.

Officers found the vehicle Strain had been driving at the Mountain Home residence. Contact was made with Strain, who attempted to exit a side door being watched by an additional officer.

Strain consented to a search of the vehicle he had been driving, where officers discovered parts from a medication pump.

Strain has been charged with felony counts of criminal mischief and breaking or entering. His bond was set at $25,000.


2 arrested following aerial drug eradication operation

Two Cotter residents, 74-year-old John Lewis Jones and 53-year-old Angela Tuhacek, were booked into the Baxter County Detention Center Wednesday on drug-related and weapons charges following an aerial drug eradication effort conducted last August.

According to the probable cause affidavits, multiple law enforcement agencies were participating in the eradication operation when what appeared to be marijuana plants were detected from the air growing along Denton Ferry Road.

Law enforcement units were dispatched the address, and the plants were confirmed as marijuana.

Officers contacted the owners of the property who voluntarily handed over multiple firearms and several ounces of processed marijuana.

The unprocessed marijuana, after removed from its stalks, weighed approximately 42 pounds.

Jones and Tuhacek were each charged with felony counts of manufacture of a Schedule VI controlled substance and simultaneous possession of weapons and drugs.

Their bonds were set at $10,000 each.


Norfork woman whose vehicle struck teens waiting for school bus facing charges

A Norfork woman, 57-year-old Carol Boviall, is facing charges in connection with an incident in November in which her vehicle struck two teens waiting for a school bus.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says deputies responded to the intersection of Third and Main streets in Norfork after receiving a call on the morning of Nov. 18th advising a vehicle backing up had hit some children causing injuries.

Upon arrival, officers found two teenagers, a 15-year-old male and a 13-year-old female, had been struck by an SUV driven by Boviall. Both children required emergency medical care.

According to a witness, Boviall had been involved in some kind of argument at a nearby house. The witness said Boviall got into her vehicle and backed out quickly from the driveway onto Main Street, striking the two children who were waiting at a bus stop.

Evidence indicated the vehicle had traveled backward almost 53 feet before striking the children. A third child ran up to the window of Boviall’s vehicle urgently telling her to pull up because she had run over the other children and stopped, pinning the teens under the SUV.

Boviall consented to a blood draw to determine whether there were any controlled substances in her system. The blood draw was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock. The results indicated Boviall tested positive for methamphetamine in her system on the date of the incident.

The Norfork woman has been charged with two felony counts of first-degree battery, as well as a misdemeanor offense of driving while intoxicated, drugs, and a carless and prohibited driving violation.

Boviall was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center Thursday afternoon on a $20,000 bond and is set to appear in circuit court later this month.

The Norfork Police Department assisted Baxter County Sheriff’s officers with the arrest.

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