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Mental evaluation sealed

A forensic evaluation that found Willam “Bo” Mingues fit to proceed was filed publicly on March 12. Mingues’ public defenders filed a motion Wednesday requesting that the evaluation be sealed immediately. An order to immediately seal the forensic evaluation was issued Thursday afternoon.

In the motion, Mingues’ attorneys state the potential jury pool “has been irreparably tainted by publication of these details from Mingues forensic evaluation. Further the public filing of this document violates Administrative Order 19 of the Arkansas Supreme in that it contains a significant amount of confidential information.”

Order 19 states that court records excluded from public access include the following:

Case records. The following information in case records is excluded from public access and is confidential absent a court order to the contrary; however, if the information is disclosed in open court and is part of a verbatim transcript of court proceedings or included in trial transcript source materials, the information is not excluded from public access:

(1) information that is excluded from public access pursuant to federal law;

(2) information that is excluded from public access pursuant to the Arkansas Code Annotated;

(3) information that is excluded from public access by order or rule of court;

(4) Social Security numbers;

(5) account numbers of specific assets, liabilities, accounts, credit cards, and personal identification numbers (PINs);

(6) information about cases expunged or sealed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §§ 16-90-901, et seq. (repealed 2013), and Ark. Code Ann. §§ 16-90-1401 et seq.;

(7) notes, communications, and deliberative materials regarding decisions of judges, jurors, court staff, and judicial agencies;

(8) all home and business addresses of petitioners who request anonymity when seeking a domestic order of protection.


Livestock at the Independence County Fair

ABOVE: A judge examines a goat at the Independence County Fair.


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30 facing drug charges in Izard County sweep
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Izard County authorities made a major drug bust on Thursday.

According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton of the Izard County Sheriff’s Department in a press release Thursday, an ongoing investigation by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force into illicit drug activity has culminated in charges being filed against 30 individuals in and around Izard County.

“Information developed from earlier arrests that resulted in the seizure of a collective amount of approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine and over $100,000 in drug proceeds aided in the current investigation,” the release stated. “Hundreds of man hours of investigative effort were exhausted by Izard County Deputies and agents with the 16th DTF in bringing these cases to fruition.”

“Although we recognize that total elimination of drug violations and their satellite crimes of domestic violence, property crimes, fraud, and vehicle accidents etc. are unlikely, it must remain our number one goal,” Melton’s release added.

Melton said he advises “that the operation is far from over, but much like casting a net on the pond, it was just time to empty the net.”

Melton said many names are on this list, but “at the same time many are not.”

“Those absent from the list should be aware that time is on our side and we will see you soon,” Melton said.

The following arrest warrants were issued for:

Dallas Lee Johnson, 31, of Melbourne is charged with deliver of a controlled substance, three counts, C felony; and proximity of certain facilities enhancements. Bond was set at $25,000.

Roger Wayne Langford, 63, of Melbourne is charged with two counts delivery of a controlled substance a C felony, maintaining a drug premise within a 1,000 feet of a drug free zone, a B felony, and proximity to certain facilities and habitual offender. Bond was set at $30,000

Dwayne Spangler, 56, of Melbourne is charged with two counts delivery of a controlled substance, A felony and habitual offender enhancement. Bond was set at $50,000.He will also face additional charges of possession of firearms by a certain person a D felony along with habitual offender enhancement.

Timothy Russell Greer, 49, of Melbourne is charged with maintaining a drug premise, C felony; three counts delivery of meth, B felony, unlawful use of a communication device, a C felony and habitual offender enhancement. Bond was set at $50,000

Matthew James Olson, 51, of Melbourne is charged with maintaining a drug premise, C felony, two counts delivery of meth, a C felony , and habitual offender enhancement. Bond was set at $20,000.

James Earl Jones, 53, of Calico Rock is charged with maintaining a drug premises within a 1,000 feet of a drug free zone, a B felony, two counts delivery of meth, a C felony, one count delivery of meth, a B felony, and proximity to certain facilities enhancement. Bond was set at $30,000

Kimberly Lynn Elkins, 28, of Melbourne is charged with maintaining a drug premises within a 1,000 feet of a drug free zone, three counts delivery of a Scheduled III controlled substance, one count delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, B felony and proximity to certain facilities enhancement and habitual offender. Bond was set at $50,000.

John F. Tunnicliff, 61, of Calico Rock is charged with two counts delivery of meth, B felony and habitual offender enhancement. Bond was set at $30,000

Blandon Dillion Elkins, 44, of Melbourne is charged with maintaining a drug premises within a 1,000 feet of a drug free zone, one count delivery of a controlled substance, a C felony and proximity to certain facilities enhancement. Bond was set at $30,000.

Roger Lee Johnson, 51, of Melbourne is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, B felony, proximity to certain facilities enhancement and habitual offender. Bond was set at $30,000.

Joseph Lynn Lyons, 36, of Batesville is charged with delivery of meth, a B felony and habitual offender. Bond was set at $20,000.

Steven Riffe, 60, of Oxford is charged with delivery of controlled substance, D felony, delivery of controlled substance, B felony, delivery of controlled substance, C felony, habitual offender enhancement. Bond was set at $30,000

Albert Fredrick Bartlett, 61, of Calico Rock is charged with two counts delivery of meth, C felony, one count delivery of meth, B felony, maintaining a drug premises within a 1,000 feet of a drug free zone, B felony, proximity to certain facilities enhancement and habitual offender. Bond was set at $50,000.

Sam Dalton Cox, 20, of Calico Rock is charged with maintaining a drug premises within a 1,000 feet of a drug free zone, B felony, delivery of a counterfeit substance, C felony, delivery of meth, a B felony and proximity to certain facilities enhancement. Bond was set at $50,000.

Tanya Leanne Stanton, 46, of Melbourne is charged with three counts delivery of a controlled substance, C felony, maintaining a drug premises within a 1,000 feet of a drug free zone, B felony, proximity to certain facilities enhancement and habitual offender enhancement. Bond was set at $30,000.

Cody Lee Stacy, 45, of Dolph is charged with two counts delivery of meth, a C felony and habitual offender. Bond was set at $15,000.

Larry Joe Herring, 42, of Horseshoe Bend is charged with maintaining a drug premises, C felony, delivery of meth, b felony, and habitual offender. Bond was set at $25,000.

As of Thursday afternoon the following individuals have not been arrested.

Joshua Allan Clark, 32, of Violet Hill is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance meth, B felony and proximity to certain facilities enhancement and habitual offender. Bond was set at $40,000.

Jessie Ray Bowman, 29, of Norfork is charged with delivery of meth, proximity to certain facilities and habitual offender. Bond was set at $30,000

Angela Marie Dickerson, 43, of Dolph is charged with delivery of meth, a B felony. Bond was set at $15,000.

Tena Renee Haynes, 51, of Calico Rock is charged with two counts delivery of meth, B felony, one count delivery of meth a C felony, maintaining a drug premises and habitual offender. Bond was set at $40,000.

Robert Palea Morales, 40, of Horseshoe Bend is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, C felony. Bond was set at $10,000 bond.

Kevin Darnell Higdon, 53, of Yellville is charged with delivery of meth, a B felony and habitual offender. Bond was set at $20,000.

William Dale Crock, 58, of Melbourne is charged with maintaining a drug premises, B felony, delivery of meth, a B felony and proximity to certain facilities enhancement and habitual offender. Bond was set at $50,000.

Brad Allen Edmonston, 49, of Pineville is charged with delivery of meth, B felony along with unlawful use of a communication device, a C felony. Bond was set at $20,000.

Shawn Dee Branscum, 46, of Batesville is charged with possession of meth, C felony, possession of controlled substance, D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, D felony, habitual offender enhancement. Bond was set at $30,000

Cynthia Ilene Skinner, 47, of Melbourne is charged with possession of meth, D felony and as a habitual offender. Bond was set at $15,000.

Ronald Austin Murphree, 38, Mountain View is charged with possession of meth, D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, D felony and habitual offender. Bond was set at $20,000.

Gary Allen Morrell II, 30, of Batesville is charged with delivery of meth, B felony and habitual offender. Bond was set at $20,000.

Jackie Dale Stevens, 55, of Horseshoe Bend is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, C felony and maintaining a drug premises. Bond was set at $15,000.

During the sweep additional individuals were also arrested and bond has not yet been set.

Crystal Thomas, 51, of Oxford, is charged face two charges of drug paraphernalia charges. One class D felony and one class B.

Bobby Gray, 55, of Oxford, is charged with two charges of drug paraphernalia, class D and B. He will also be charged with a felony charge of introduction of a controlled substance into a correction facility.

Kelly McClellan, 44, of Dolph is charged with possession of meth, a class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia with purpose to test or analyze, a B felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia with purpose to use meth, a class D felony.

Harold Winkle, 51, of Evening Shade, is charged with possession of meth, a class C felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class D felony

Joe Alexander, 46 of Oxford is charged with drug paraphernalia a class D felony.

Randal Lipford, 57, of Oxford, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Both are class D felonies.

“We want to thank the Arkansas State Police, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Stone County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, ADC Probation and Parole, the Department of Correction Dog Team and Arkansas Game and Fish who assisted Izard County with Operation Quarantine Blues,” Melton said.

“Our number one goal is to make Izard County safe for all citizens and that takes place by getting offenders off the street. At the same time, we want to help those who sincerely want to get their lives back on track, restore their families and become productive citizens. We see first-hand that the use of drugs leads to addiction, destruction of families and even death. The Izard County Sheriff’s Office currently has programs in place to help those candidates. Our Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program is actively helping people who are ready to make those changes with placement in facilities that will help them restructure their lives.”


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Rain dampens start of county fair

There’s a country saying that it always rains during county fair week and that was true this week for the Independence County Fair. On Tuesday, areas of the county received .10 inch of rain. On Wednesday the area saw 0.5 inch of rain. There was light rain on Wednesday, but Thursday and Friday were sunny with occasional clouds. Midway rides at the fair were provided by Miller Spectacular Shows out of Greenbrier. There were pageants, livestock shows, concessions, and veterans appreciation. Country music shows filled the night air with performances by Ronnie McDowell on Thursday, Colin Raye on Friday, and Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers is performing tonight at 8 p.m.


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