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by Chris Replogle and creplogle@schurz.com | January 12, 2013
CLARKRIDGE, Ark. -- Baxter County authorities recovered the body of a man whose vehicle  was submerged in Lake Norfork.  The sheriff's department received a tip Saturday morning that the car was 10 to 12 feet under murky water near the Calamity Beach boat launch area near Clarkridge.  A diver with the sheriff's department found the body of the man inside the vehicle. Investigators say the vehicle is registered to someone reported missing from outside of Baxter County in October 2012.  The body was sent to the state's crime lab in Little Rock to try to determine the cause of death and the identity of the man who died.
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by Ky3 News | May 29, 2011
ARKANSAS -- About 20 homes along the White River from Bull Shoals Dam to Norfork have been evacuated this weekend because of flooding. Baxter County officials say there could be many more homes that will have to be evacuated. The flooding has also effected some businesses, including Gaston's Resort, where a commercial dock was destroyed. Officials say with each dry day, conditions are improving.
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by Ethan Forhetz and Cliff Erwin, KY3 News and cerwin@ky3.com | July 20, 2011
YELLVILLE, Ark. -- It is a brutal statistic: the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the United States has more than 14 million people unemployed, 9.2 percent of Americans who want to have a paying job. Now, some good, local news on the jobs front. An Ozarks-based company is expanding and creating jobs right here at home. "We've grown a lot in 27 years; we're planning to keep growing," said Steve Luelf, president of American Stitchco. The Mountain Home-based company is seeing success, even through these tough economic times.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | September 22, 2013
BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. -- Deputies in Baxter County arrested a man they say plowed his car through the back of a home just northwest of Mountain Home on Sunday morning. According to the sheriff's office, Brian Merrifield was traveling northbound on County Road 27 when he missed a stop sign, kept going through a yard, hit a hot tub and struck the back of the home. The impact wiped out two walls of the home and pushed a couch across a family room striking a 13-year-old boy who was watching television.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | May 30, 2013
GASSVILLE, Ark.-- A tornado siren sits silent in a north Arkansas town hit by a tornado in recent history.  Mother Nature has silenced one of Gassville's two sirens. It's been just over five years since Gassville was hit.  One person was killed, and now, folks take tornadoes very serious.  The February 2008 tornado took a direct hit on a mobile home park and destroyed several businesses. "The city's really rebuilt and come a long way since then," says Gassville Mayor Jeff Braim.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 2, 2011
MIDWAY, Ark. -- A man from Midway is charged with indecent exposure because Baxter County detectives believe Richard Lepage, 57, stood in the doorway of his mobile home and exposed himself to five teens, ages 14 to 17.  A Mountain Home school bus driver made a complaint against Lepage on Oct. 12. The driver said Lepage was standing naked in the doorway at the Midway Oaks Trailer Park as the bus pulled in.  At least one child said he saw the...
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | December 6, 2012
MIDWAY, Ark. -- Special crime scene investigators in Baxter County are looking for answers in the death of a 20-year-old man.   Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says Roy Hogans was stabbed several times in a house near Midway.  First responders went to the house on Arkansas 178 on the northwest side of Midway after a relative of someone who lives there called 911.  Hogans was already dead. Steven Mosel says he knew something bad had happened when he saw the crime tape at his neighbor's house.  "I didn't hear no yelling or nothing like that," Mosel said Thursday.
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Doug Owen, KY3 News | July 16, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark.  --  A man from rural Baxter County, Ark. faces charges of assault and child endangerment, accused of trying to choke a ten-year-old girl. Deputies with the Baxter Co. Sheriff's Department took Billy Joe Sanford, 30, into custody on Sunday after being called to a domestic disturbance at 127 Sandstone Circle near Mountain Home.  A woman claiming to be Sanford's girlfriend said he had assaulted her daughter and tried to choke her. Deputies and an officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission talked Sanford out of the house and took away a shotgun he had in his possession.
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by Doug Owen, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | May 10, 2012
CLARKRIDGE, Ark. -- After a night on the lam, Buddy the kangaroo is back where he busted out in Baxter County.  Buddy hatched his escape on Wednesday afternoon from a licensed wildlife refuge south of Clarkridge.  With his owners tracking him down through the night, Buddy's fugitive trail took him at least three miles north from home, about a mile short of the Arkansas-Missouri border. The hunt for Buddy finally came to an end on Thursday morning.  He was apprehended by Cpl. Lyndle Crownover, a wildlife officer for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with several local landowners who called for help and formed a posse after watching a four-foot-tall kangaroo hop down Possum Walk Road.
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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | September 24, 2013
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- A man from Cotter who is accused of molesting a girl over a period of several years was the subject of a feature story on KY3 News three years ago.   The story on April 15, 2010, was about how Leon Bardin and his wife, Robin, had 21 children -- five by birth and 16 by adoption. Leon Bardin, 62, is charged with raping a girl under age 14.  The girl, who is now a woman over age 18, told investigators that Bardin first sexually abused her when she was 5 or 6 years old and continued to do so for several years.  The woman is a relative of Bardin.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | October 29, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- A fight between two brothers ended with one shot in the face.  The Baxter County Sheriff's Department says the two were drunk and got into an argument on Sunday morning.              Witnesses say several shots were fired as the men fought over a handgun.  That's when a bullet hit one brother in the face.  His condition wasn't known as of late Monday morning.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | September 9, 2012
BAXTER COUNTY, Ark -- The Baxter County sheriff credits the quick thinking of two of his officers in preventing a Mountain Home woman from jumping off a bridge around midnight. According to the sheriff, deputy William Altazan and Corporal Scott Thrasher were  east of Mountain Home when they saw a vehicle traveling toward Henderson. Deputy Altazan had stopped the vehicle earlier on the 62 East Henderson bridge.  Altazan stated the woman in the car was making statements that made him concerned for her safety; however, the woman assured him she was fine and was going to her home in Northern Hills.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | September 9, 2012
BIG FLAT, Ark -- A man from Baxter County died on Saturday while he and another man were changing a tire on a logging truck.  Jackie Nash and Rick Freeman were changing a tire when it blew up, according to the Baxter County Sheriff's Department. The incident happened at Freeman's house on County Road 121 in the Big Flat Community. The preliminary investigation indicates that, as the two men were putting the new tire on the truck, the tire/rim blew apart, causing both men to be thrown backwards to the ground.  All indications are Nash, 31, was killed upon impact.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | August 19, 2012
BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. -- The cause of a deadly 2010 plane crash in northern Arkansas has be ruled as pilot error, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Robert Ross, 62, and his son, Michael, 32, were killed in the accident near Buffalo City in Baxter County.      Investigators said the pilot knowingly flew into heavy rain and lost control of the plane.      The probable cause statement states it's unclear who was piloting the plane.
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Doug Owen, KY3 News | July 16, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark.  --  A man from rural Baxter County, Ark. faces charges of assault and child endangerment, accused of trying to choke a ten-year-old girl. Deputies with the Baxter Co. Sheriff's Department took Billy Joe Sanford, 30, into custody on Sunday after being called to a domestic disturbance at 127 Sandstone Circle near Mountain Home.  A woman claiming to be Sanford's girlfriend said he had assaulted her daughter and tried to choke her. Deputies and an officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission talked Sanford out of the house and took away a shotgun he had in his possession.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor | July 13, 2012
BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. - Two female inmates in the Baxter County, Ark., Jail were hospitalized for a time after ingesting bleach, the Baxter County Sheriff's Office said in a press release. Haley M. Sullivan, 26, of Salesville, Ark., and Brandy M. Qualls, 23, of Lone Rock, were treated at Baxter Regional Medical Center after jail officials learned the two intentionally swallowed bleach, the sheriff's office said. The two got access to the bleach after a cleaning cart had been taken into their housing pod to allow inmates to clean their housing area.
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June 15, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- Authorities in Baxter County have settled a lawsuit filed by a former prisoner who claimed jailers stood by as he was assaulted in the county jail. Howard Johnson of Mountain Home filed the suit in January 2010 against Sheriff John Montgomery and the jail's administrator. The suit claims that jailers--referred to as 'John Does' in the lawsuit--failed to protect Johnson as another inmate attacked him, breaking his jaw. Johnson initially sought $250,000 in punitive damages but agreed to a $20,000 settlement.
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by Doug Owen, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | May 10, 2012
CLARKRIDGE, Ark. -- After a night on the lam, Buddy the kangaroo is back where he busted out in Baxter County.  Buddy hatched his escape on Wednesday afternoon from a licensed wildlife refuge south of Clarkridge.  With his owners tracking him down through the night, Buddy's fugitive trail took him at least three miles north from home, about a mile short of the Arkansas-Missouri border. The hunt for Buddy finally came to an end on Thursday morning.  He was apprehended by Cpl. Lyndle Crownover, a wildlife officer for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with several local landowners who called for help and formed a posse after watching a four-foot-tall kangaroo hop down Possum Walk Road.
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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 4, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- The Baxter County sheriff is campaigning for a quarter cent sales tax increase to help compensate increased jail costs, a bigger population and a decrease in tax money coming in. Sheriff John Montgomery says the tax would generate $1.4 million dollars to help the department hire more jailers and cover the higher price of medicines and meals. Some citizens started circulating the petition yesterday to get the proposal on November's ballot. The sheriff needs about 1,750 signatures to do that.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | May 3, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. --  It's a combination of increased jail costs and population versus a decrease in tax revenue.  It's the "perfect storm," according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery. Montgomery is looking to the voters and a proposed tax increase that would improve the department.  At the root of the issue, the Baxter County Jail is flirting with capacity and, thanks to increased costs of food and medicine among other things, the sheriff's department has already used two-thirds of 2012's budget to pay for 2011's shortfall.
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