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Police pursuit leads to wreck on Hwy. 86

Arkansas man facing 13 charges after head-on collision

A Berryville, Ark., man was arrested Monday following a head-on collision at 10:52 a.m. on Highay 86 at Farm Road 1247.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, James Harp, 34, of Berryville, Ark., was driving a 1978 Chevrolet 1500 eastbound hen his vehicle pulled into the path of a westbound 2006 Nissan Murano, being driven by Scott Stottle, 50, of Washburn, hitting the vehicle head-on.
Stottle and a passenger in his vehicle, Vickie Resz, 51, of Seligman, both suffered serious injuries and were flown to Cox South Hospital. Harp was not injured.
Resz was wearing a safety device, and Stottle and Harp were not. Both vehicles were totaled.
According to a Patrol arrest report, Harp was arrested at 11:49 a.m. on 13 charges: resisting arrest by fleeing, resisting arrest for a felony, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, armed criminal action, felony probation violation, two counts of felony second-degree assault, two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, driving while suspended, no insurance, no seat belt and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, public information and education officer, said the patrol was informed Carroll County, Ark., deputies were chasing Harp and had entered Barry County and continued the pursuit. Patrol troopers were not involved in the chase, but called in after the collision.

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Arkansas man found guilty of 2017 stabbing death of man in Golden

The Holiday Island, Ark., man accused of murdering a man from Golden in the victim's home in December 2017 was found guilty by jury last week. According to court records, the jury returned guilty verdicts on both counts Matthew Jackson, 41, was charged with, murder in the first degree and armed criminal action.
Jackson's first trial ended in a mistrial on October 29, 2018. At the time, Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Boxx said the mistrial was declared because of an accidental contact between the jury pool and a state witness testifying in the case. After the mistrial, it was rescheduled.
Jackson was found guilty to murdering a man from Golden in his home after an argument on December 4, 2017. The victim, Steven Chupp, was stabbed several times, according to affidavits of probable cause. Chupp died on the way to the hospital, according to affidavits.
When the murder was first reported, Major Leonard Collins, with the Barry County Sheriff's Department, said the two men were coworkers and had been in arguments prior to the stabbing, as well. The cause of the argument that led to the stabbing was unknown at the time of Jackson's arrest.
When officers made contact with Jackson, he allegedly told them he had stabbed Chupp. Jackson was taken into police custody without incident and held in the Barry County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 cash-only bond.
Jackson's trial lasted three days, beginning March 26. A verdict was found  on March 8.
Jackson is scheduled for sentencing in front of the honorable Jack Goodman on Monday, June 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. Jackson remains in custody in the Barry County Jail while he waits for sentencing.

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Three searches yield 115 grams of meth

Three separate Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team investigation yielded a significant amount of methamphetamine seizure last week. The team, along with the Barry County Sheriff's Department and Cassville Police Department, served three search warrants at residences in Purdy, the Mineral Springs area and in Cassville on March 19.
According to a press release by commander Chad Allison, of ODET, the three investigations were separate and the cases were not related. In total, officers seized approximately 115 grams of methamphetamine along with marijuana and various prescription narcotics.
The search warrants were served at residences on Farm Road 1065 in Purdy, Farm Road 1170 in the Mineral Springs area, and on east 10th Street in Cassville.
Allison's release notes that one suspect was arrested during the search warrant execution for a felony parole violation warrant. His name has not been released at this time. The cases are still under current investigation and charges should be filed as the investigation wraps up.

Monett woman jailed on burglary, elderly abuse

A 35 year old woman from Monett was jailed after allegedly breaking into a rural Purdy home in January and assaulting the elderly woman inside.
Bernice White, 35, of Monett, is charged with one count of felony burglary in the first degree, one count of misdemeanor abuse of an elderly person, and one count of misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree.
According to affidavits of probable cause, White went into a residence on a private road in Purdy on January 21. White allegedly went in unwelcome and unannounced and began assaulting a victim inside the home.
White allegedly paused one victim into a wall while cussing. Officers reported White attempted to kick one victim and hit another by mistake.
Then, White allegedly shoved a 77 year old victim into a table, causing pain in her right arm and shoulder.
White was taken into custody and booked into the Barry County Jail on Sunday, March 17. The arrest warrant was issued on February 5.
White is currently being held in lieu of a $30,000 cash-only bond.

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Bad driving leads to arrest of area residents

Collision with pole prompts discovery of stolen truck, drugs

A collision with a light pole at the Highway 37-60 intersection in Monett on Wednesday led to the arrest of the driver and his passenger on unrelated charges.
According to Monett Police, Joshua Rust, 35, of Pierce City, was driving north on Highway 37 when he reached the intersection at Highway 60 and turned east in a Chevrolet pickup. Rust lost control and collided with a steel pole holding a light to illuminate the intersection, knocking it to the ground.
Witnesses in the intersection reported Rust left the scene. They followed him calling in the collision to the Monett dispatch center. Rust pulled off the road at the Pizza Hut restaurant, east of the bridge over Waldensian Road, as did the witnesses who waited for officers.
Upon arrival, officers determined the pickup truck had been stolen from Adrian, in Bates County. Rust's passenger, Larissa Wise, 22, of Verona, was wanted on a Barry County warrant for failure to appear in court.
Rust was arrested for first degree tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
Wise was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant, plus unlawful use of a weapon for having a firearm in the vehicle, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and second degree tampering.
Lt. Greg Bandsma, with Monett police, said the disposition of the pickup had not been resolved at press time and additional charges may be pending. He expected the subjects would be transferred to the Barry county jail.
"It was helpful that the witnesses at the intersection called us and monitored where the pickup went," Brandsma said. "You never know what can happen when you have someone in a stolen vehicle with a gun."

Monett man allegedly ran second vehicle off of road

A Monett man is facing multiple charges after allegedly trying to hit another vehicle while h is pregnant girlfriend was in the car.
Tyler Tuell, 22, of Monett, is charged with felony assault in the second degree, misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree and misdemeanor property damage in the second degree.
According to affidavits of probable cause by Monett Police Department officer Chris Miller, Tuell was driving a vehicle on February 18 in Monett. Tuell allegedly tired to hit another vehicle deliberately. Officer reported Tuell's pregnant girlfriend was in the vehicle while he tried to hit the other vehicle, putting her at a substantial risk for injury.
During the incident, officers reported Tuell damaged a street sign by forcing the victim's vehicle off the road.
Tuell is currently held in the Barry County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond.

Monett man charged with multiple check forgeries

A Monett man was charged with multiple check forgeries throughout Barry County during February. Christopher David Blair, 29, of Monett, is charged with nine charges of forgery.
Charges against Blair were filed by the Monett Police Department during the month of February. According to detective David Haskins, Blair stole checks from multiple people, including from at least one person's mailbox, and wrote them for various expenses and bills. When Blkair was arrested, officers found checks on his person and in his vehicle. Some checks were written to Blair's apartment owner and to himself. According to officers, Blair wrote multiple checks in amounts that varied between $70 and $400.
Blair is currently being held in the Barry County Jail in lieu of a 40,000 cash-only bond on eight of the charges and $5,000 cash, corp surety or 10 percent on the remaining charge.

Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers profiles most wanted persons

Local felons wanted on separate charges

The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crimes Stoppers has profiled two suspects wanted by law enforcement officials for a slew of charges.
The first, Theodore Ray Peterson, 6, of Exeter, is wanted on two counts of felony non-support in excess of 12 months in arrears, Class D felonies, and is a person of interest in several ongoing criminal investigations.
Monica Lynnell Wallace, also known as Monica L. Henrickson, 52, of Exeter, is wanted on three counts of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid, Class D felonies.
Colby Ray Johnson, 27, of Washburn is wanted for second degree burglary, a Class D felony, and  stealing $750 or more, also a Class D felony.
The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes. Tips may be submitted by calling 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Body of missing Eagle Rock woman found

Missing person Angelia Burns has been located.


Angelia Burns' body was recovered from Table Rock Lake on Sunday, March 3, 2019 less than a half mile from where her personal belongings were located on the lake shore on February 10, 2019. Burns was last seen walking out of her home in the Golden area. Several items of personal property, including her cell phone and cash, were found on the bank of Table Rock Lake.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office has been investigating her disappearance with assistance from Missouri State Highway Patrol as a Missing Person case. No evidence of foul play has been discovered.

An autopsy was performed Monday evening and preliminary results do not indicate any evidence of foul play.

Shots fired during robbery

Suspect sought by police after attempted robbery Thursday
by Kyle Troutman

A man allegedly shot at the vehicles of the owner and employee of the Peking Restaurant Thursday during an attempted armed robbery.
On Thursday at about 9:06 p.m., Monett Lawrence County Communications received a 911 call in reference to an attempted robbery, involving shots being fired, at Peking Restaurant, located at 535 E. Cleveland in Monett, MO.
The owner of the restaurant and an employee had closed the business and were leaving in separate vehicles.
The owner was approached by a tall, thin white male, clean shaven, wearing a black stocking cap, black coat and gloves. The suspect came up to the driver's side of the vehicle and demanded money. The employee also saw the subject at the owner's van.
When both vehicles attempted to leave, the subject shot at them, hitting one of the vehicles twice and the other vehicle once. Several shell casings were located at the scene.
No one was injured during the attempted robbery, and the suspect remains at large.
If anyone has any information concerning the identity of the suspect, they should contact the Monett Police Department at 417-235-4241, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-635-8477.

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