Sheriff Danny Hickman announced that charges have been filed against a Newton County man in connection with a drive-by shooting incident in Boone County.

Sheriff Danny Hickman

Sheriff Danny Hickman said Ernest Bischoff, 47, of Marble Falls was being held at the Boone County Jail after his arrest on charges of committing a Terroristic Act and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons.

Ernest Bischoff

Hickman said deputies responded to a residence on Highway 7 South on May 7th after a woman reported a man in a truck was driving by her house shooting a shotgun.  Deputies found marks on the side of the house that were consistent with damage from a shotgun.  Bischoff was suspected but could not immediately be located.  According to an affidavit filed by Sergeant Marc Arnold, Bischoff said he shot at the house because the people in the house had insulted his girlfriend.  Bischoff is being held on $50,000 bond.

Sgt. Marc Arnold

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Sheriff Keith Slape

Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape stated that deputies responded to a domestic call in the late evening of 5/15/2012 in the Marble Falls area. Deputies found suspected marijuana growing outside the residence upon arrival.

A search warrant was executed. Deputies found additional marijuana plants, bags of marijuana and marijuana seeds, drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Ernest Bishcoff, 47 was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, manufacturing a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of firearms by certain persons.

The firearm was believed to have possibly been used in an earlier incident in Boone County. Boone County was notified and additional charges will come out of their agency.

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Tanner Crook

Boone County Sheriff Danny Hickman announced his department has made an arrest in connection with a string of residential burglaries in Boone County.

Sheriff Danny Hickman

Sgt. Richard Pemberton responded to a burglary in progress on Highway 14 in Omaha and during the investigation he identified Tanner Crook, 19, of Batavia as a suspect. Crook was taken into custody on unrelated charges by Pemberton at that time.

Sgt. Richard Pemberton

Using information gathered during an interview with Crook and using evidence gathered from a number of burglaries, investigators were able to determine Crook was responsible for three recent burglaries. Sheriff Hickman said Crook has been charged with Residential Burglary, Theft of Property and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and was being held on $50,000 bond at the Boone County Jail.

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Coy Cook

Sheriff Danny Hickman reports that 20 year old, Coy Joseph Cook of Lead Hill was arrested Monday afternoon on a case that was initiated by the Newton County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Danny Hickman

A Newton County resident reported to the Newton County Sheriff’s Dept. that a check book was stolen from their residence. A number of those stolen checks were found to have been written to businesses in Boone and Baxter County.

The investigation led officers to the discovery that Cook was responsible for passing the stolen checks. Cook was arrested from his residence in Lead Hill, where a portion of those stolen checks were found to still be in his possession.

Cook remains in custody at the Boone County Jail with no bond for multiple counts of forgery 2nd degree with additional charges from other agencies anticipated.

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Authorities are investigating the death of a 3 month old male infant from early this morning at 71 Mill Road.  Sheriff’s deputies were notified of a 911 call about an unresponsive child at that address at approximately 12:44 AM this morning.

Sgt. Michael Holland

Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Holland arrived on scene at 12:53 AM and began to administer CPR.  Fire department first responders and an ambulance from Baxter Regional Medical Center were also sent to the scene.

The child, Trakker Seats, was transported to BRMC Emergency Room by ambulance.  The child was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The parents of the child indicated he was put to bed at approximately 10:00 PM Sunday evening.  The mother awoke, found the child not breathing, and called the 911 center for help at 12:44 AM this morning.

The Baxter County Coroner’s Office took custody of the body, which is being sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy to determine the cause of death.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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Trakker Wayne Seats, 3 months

A Graveside Service for Trakker Wayne Seats of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, with Reverend Chris Okeke officiating.

Trakker passed away May 14, 2012, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 3 months. He was born February 8, 2012, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, the son of Sean Seats and Heather Watson.

Trakker is survived by his parents, Sean Seats and Heather Watson of Mountain Home, AR; brother, Hunter Seats; paternal grandfather, Dennis (Deana) Seats of Mountain Home, AR; paternal grandmother, Karen Seats of Mountain Home, AR; maternal grandparents, Joe and Carla Frego of Elizabeth, AR; maternal great-grandmother, Rita Prichard of Elizabeth, AR; paternal great-grandmother, Gertrud Bohn; aunt, Kelly Seats of Mountain Home, AR and 2 uncles, Colby (Tiffany) Black of Mountain Home, AR and Christopher Black of Austin, TX.

He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents, Juanita and Jack Giboney, paternal great-grandfather, Gerhard Bohn and maternal great-grandfather, Larry Watson.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at

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On Thursday May 3rd, 2012, Clinton City Police Officers responded to a disturbance at the Black Dog Bar and Grill owned by Clinton lawyer and restaurant owner Brett Blakney.  Officer reported that Blakney and a male, (who was later identified as 27 year old Rosendo Ross Meek of Clinton and who had previously been banned from the restaurant), was involved in an altercation at the restaurant.

Officer report says Meek struck Blakney causing, Blakney to hit his head on the pavement.  Blakney was transported to Ozark Health Medical Center where he later died, from injuries to his head. After and investigation by the Arkansas State Police and assisted by Van Buren County investigators, obtained an arrest warrant for Rosendo Ross Meek for Manslaughter.

On Saturday May 5th 2012, Meeks was apprehended in Crawford County near his father’s home and was transported back to Van Buren County to face charges. Meek’s was charged with manslaughter, a Class A felony, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and is being held in the Van Buren County Detention Center on $300,000 bond.

Rosendo Ross Meek

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A traffic stop on County Road 2301 led to the arrest of a Clarksville resident on drug and weapons charges.

On Tuesday, May 15 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Cpl. Glenda Morrison stopped a vehicle on County Road 2301 for a traffic violation.

Deputy Glenda Morrison

Upon approaching the vehicle, Cpl. Morrison noticed a rifle laying in the passenger seat of the car.  A check on the driver, , age 45, revealed that she had a previous felony conviction.

Tracey Dougan

Deputy Todd Russell arrived on the scene, secured the rifle and Dougan was placed under arrest.

During an inventory of the vehicle, a syringe containing suspected methamphetamine was discovered in a bag in the vehicle.  While being booked in at the Johnson County Detention Center, pills were also discovered on Dougan’s person.

Deputy Todd Russell

Dougan is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Prescription Drug w/o a Prescription, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of a Firearm By Certain Persons (Felon In Possession), Driving Left Of Center and No Seat Belt.

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