(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Baxter County man in connection with an incident that occurred Friday, June 26, involving shots being fired at vehicle with three occupants inside.
An occupant of the vehicle called 911 around 4:18 PM saying she and others in the vehicle was being followed and chased in the Rodney area by suspects in a red Dodge pickup truck and were being shot at. The victims continued driving down to Highway 177 and turned south toward Izard County. They pulled into the County Line Liquor Store at 8443 Highway 177 South, where the suspects in the Dodge truck rammed into the rear of the car the victims were in. The victims in the car were an adult male, an adult female, and a 6-year-old child.
Afterward, the adult male victim from the car got out and engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with the suspect who was driving the truck, who was later identified as 36-year-old Roger Peckenpaugh. Two other people inside the truck jumped out and fled into the woods before police arrived.
Police arrived and arrested Peckenpaugh, who allegedly told them that he had shot the vehicle to “mark it” and find it later on, and rammed the car to “see what was going on”.
After being hospitalized for a short time due to injuries sustained in the fight, Peckenpaugh was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on Tuesday, June 30 on three felony counts of aggravated assault and a felony count of unlawful discharge of a firearm.
He was released after posting $100,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on July 2.
Sheriff John Montgomery says additional arrests may be made in connection with this incident.
(Mountain Home) – A 44-year-old Mountain Home woman faces a variety of charges after a physical altercation on June 29.
44-year-old Susan Boyd was arrested after 3 PM and charged with felony terroristic threatening, felony domestic battery, two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a call before 3 PM June 29 of a physical domestic located on Westridge Road west of Mountain Home. While deputies were responding, 911 advised that they lost a connection with the caller several times during the conversation because of what sounded like a physical altercation.
Officers arrived at the residence and could hear screaming coming from the back yard. The suspect was being held by three individuals. A 12 inch knife was located nearby. Police say the suspect fought with officers and continued to resist arrest even after being handcuffed.
According to witness statements and physical evidence at the scene, the suspect fought with and struck three victims and attempted to stab one of the victims but the other two were able to wrestle the knife away from her. Threats were also allegedly made by the suspect to burn the home of one of the victims.
Boyd was booked into the Baxter County Jail on $25,000 bond pending her appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on July 2 at 9 AM.
(Fort Smith) – A physician who practiced in West Plains and in the Arkansas listening area has pleaded guilty to attempting to have sex with a child.
Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced Tuesday that 68-year-old Donald Wayne Lamoureaux of Ash Flat pleaded guilty to the charge of coercion and enticement of a minor.
Lamoureaux previously practiced family medicine in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas and Dexter, Missouri and was also employed at the VA Medical facility in West Plains, Missouri.
According to court records, officers with the Fort Smith Police Department began an undercover online investigation on January 4, 2015 searching for people who were using the internet to target minors for illegal sexual activity. During the operation, an undercover officer made contact with Lamoureaux and posed as a woman offering her four-year-old daughter for sex in exchange for money. The officer and Lamoureaux scheduled a meeting for February 6, 2015 at a hotel in West Plains so he could sexually abuse the child. He was arrested upon arrival.
Sentencing will be held on a later date. Lamoureaux faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, up to a life sentence, not more than $250,000 fine, or both, and a term of supervised release of not less than five years which begins after release from prison.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Fort Smith Police Department, the West Plains Police Department, and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts is prosecuting the case for the United States.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld two constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to farm and the right to bear arms, but also said voters could go to court to challenge the summaries of ballot issues even after they’ve been approved by voters.
Judges could have voided the election results if they determined that the descriptions summarizing the two proposals on ballots last year were misleading. Instead, judges decided the voter-approved amendments will stay in place.
The court also ruled that residents can challenge ballot language after an election, potentially opening the door for questionable summaries to be disputed in later cases.
Lawyers from the Attorney General’s Office urged judges to dismiss the cases by arguing that critics were too late in filing their lawsuits. But judges said the current tight deadlines to challenge ballot summaries before an election, especially when proposed late in an election year by the Legislature, could make it difficult to challenge a measure before it hits the ballot.
Farmers, gun-control activists and other groups had sued the state over the two measures, saying the amendment summaries printed on ballots misled voters and didn’t delve into possible unintended consequences.
But the Supreme Court ruled that the summaries adequately hit the core of proposed changes.
The opinion on the firearms measure, known as Amendment 5, was rooted in part on the argument that it was intended to ensure rights already guaranteed to citizens by the U.S. Constitution.
Attorneys for opponents of the farming measure were not immediately available to comment Tuesday. In the past, they’ve argued that the amendment summary misled voters to believe that all Missouri residents – not just farmers and ranchers – would have the right to farm. The judges said the language was fair because the term “citizens,” which was used in the summary, also includes farmers.
The court’s ruling could give future critics of ballot summaries more time to challenge them in court.
(Houston) – A Raymondville resident suffered moderate injuries Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle he was driving ran off-road and overturned.
29-year-old William Goetz was taken from the scene of the accident to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The accident happened at 1:47 PM Tuesday on Highway 17, about 3 miles south of Houston.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – A new Missouri measure aims to help families financially support those with disabilities.
The bill signed Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon would allow someone with a disability or their family to open a tax-exempt savings account to pay for related expenses.
The measure also allows for others to give tax-deductible donations of as much as $8,000 to the program, which then would be invested. Married couples could give as much as $16,000.
Any money in someone’s savings account through the program wouldn’t count toward total assets when determining a person’s eligibility for Medicaid or other benefits.
A new board led by the state treasurer will be in charge of the savings account program.
The measure was sponsored by Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt of Glendale. He’s running for treasurer in 2016.
(West Plains) – Street crews in West Plains are busy working on Walker Street this week, according to city clerk Mallory Hawkins:
City hall and other non-essential city offices will be closed Friday for the observation of the Independence Day holiday on Saturday.
(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator in downtown West Plains will once again be holding a QuickBooks class this month, according to Incubator executive director Heather Fisher:
More information on the class and other Incubator services can be found at www.ozsbi.com.
(West Plains) – The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area started their summer lunch program, called “Meet Up and Eat Up”, on Monday, and Club executive director Amber Adamson told Ozark Radio News that the Club is also providing activities for children who want a free lunch during the week:
Lunches are given to children at the People’s Park Pavilion in West Plains from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Adults may purchase a lunch for $3.
(Mountain Home) – The Friends of the Baxter County Library has announced the recipients of the 2015 Friends of the Library Scholarships.
Mackenzie Mohler is awarded the top honor and receives a $2,725 Friends of the Library Scholarship. Mohler will attend the University of Arkansas and plans to study pharmacy.
A last minute donation made it possible for the Friends of the Library to award two second place scholarships as well. Hannah Lundry, who will attend the University of Arkansas and plans to study engineering, received a $500 Friends of the Library Scholarship, and Kaylee Nelson received a $500 Friends of the Library Scholarship. Nelson will attend the University of Arkansas, studying in the medical field.
Scholarships were awarded based on submitted essays and an interview process.