4 arrested during parolee home visit

Photo: Tiffany Anne McGough 

Four Baxter County residents were arrested Wednesday morning at a residence on Mockingbird Lane after officers from several agencies conducted a probation and parole home visit on the known address of an absconder.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, as officers approached the residence, an 8-year-old child exited the front door and officers could see multiple people inside the home. Two people, later identified as 32-year-old Gavin Reed of Midway and 21-year-old Kara Casey of Norfork, attempted to climb out the back window of the residence and flee but were intercepted and detained. Another person , identified as parolee 30-year-old Joshua Callaway of Lakeview, was told to come outside but instead barricaded himself inside a bedroom and had to be extracted.

A search of the residence uncovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in both bedrooms. These included numerous meth pipes, meth bongs, used syringes, baggies, concealment devices and digital scales. Officers found a hole between the wall and the ceiling of one of the bedrooms concealing a bag holding approximately 5.9 grams of a substance testing positive for both methamphetamine and fentanyl.

There was a small camper on the property. Inside the camper officers found multiple items of additional drug paraphernalia. Parked outside was a vehicle reported stolen to the Mountain Home Police Department on Nov. 8, and personal items belonging to Reed were found inside.

It was also determined two small children had spent the prior night at the residence. The residence had no running water, and the only electricity was provided by an outside generator. There was also filth, rotting food and clutter found throughout the residence.   The children were subsequently released to the custody of their mother, who had not been present.

All four adults present were arrested and taken to the Baxter County Detention Center where they were booked and charged as follows:

Reed is charged with

• Possession of methamphetamine with purpose of delivery – felony
• Possession of fentanyl with purpose of delivery – felony • Possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts) – felonies
• Theft by receiving – felony
• Endangering the welfare of a minor – misdemeanor
• Resisting arrest – misdemeanor
• Habitual offender – penalty enhancement
• Failure to appear in court – 3 outstanding misdemeanor warrants

Reed is being held on $25,000 bond on the new charges and without bond on the fail to appear warrants.

Casey is charged with

• Possession of methamphetamine with purpose of delivery – felony
• Possession of fentanyl with purpose of delivery – felony
• Possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts) – felonies
• Endangering the welfare of a minor – misdemeanor
• Resisting arrest – misdemeanor

Casey is being held on $20,000 bond.

Thirty-five-year-old Tiffany Anne McGough of Mountain Home is charged with:

• Possession of methamphetamine with purpose of delivery – felony
• Possession of fentanyl with purpose of delivery – felony
•Possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts) – felonies
• Endangering the welfare of a minor – misdemeanor
• Habitual offender – penalty enhancement

McGough is being held on $20,000 bond.

Callaway is charged with

• Possession of methamphetamine with purpose of delivery – felony
• Possession of fentanyl with purpose of delivery – felony
• Possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts) – felony
• Endangering the welfare of a minor – misdemeanor
• Resisting arrest – misdemeanor
• Habitual offender – penalty enhancement

Callaway is being held on $20,000 bond.

Photo: Kara Casey 

Photo: Gavin Reed

Photo: Joshua Callaway

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