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Fulton, Sharp police arrest 10 over weekend

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Staff Writer

A routine traffic stop, two long-term investigations and a one-vehicle accident led to 10 arrests on multiple drug charges over the weekend in Fulton and Sharp counties.

"We've been busy," said 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell.

Russell said the arrests stem from four separate incidents, Aug. 4-9.

In Fulton County, Richard Neil Holstine, 29, and Tina Heier of Viola were arrested Aug. 4 after a traffic stop north of Hardy.

As a result of the stop, Holstine and Heier are charged with possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class Y felony; possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony; and possession of pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class D felony.

Russell said Holstine and Heier were charged after officers from the Hardy Police Department discovered components allegedly used in the manufacture of methamphetamines in Holstines' vehicle.

Holstine and Heier were transported to the Sharp County jail. Russell said a jail matron found a quantity of marijuana in Heier's possession. He said Heier admitted that the marijuana was hers.

Heier was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, a class C felony.

Holstine was free on bond for drug charges in Fulton County. A $100,000 cash bond was set for Holstine by Circuit Court Tim Weaver.

Heier's bond was set at $10,000. The two are slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court in September.

In Viola, James P. Knott, 39, was arrested after he wrecked his truck and fled from the scene in a one-vehicle accident in Viola, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Knott has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class C felony.

Cpl. Ronnie Stewart of the state police said he searched Knott's vehicle and found a quantity of methamphetamine.

Stewart said he and 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Investigator Brian Sanderson went to Knott's residence and arrested him. He said during the arrest, officers watched as Steve Helmke, 39, of Viola attempted to discard a small plastic bag containing marijuana.

Helmke has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.

Stewart said Knott admitted to leaving the scene of the accident and to possession of the methamphetamine. Bond for Knot was set at $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court in September.

In Cherokee Village, Steven Wayne Bogard, 44, and his wife, Lola, were arrested after officers from the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Cherokee Village Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, conducted a raid on their residence.

Russell said methamphetamine, components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, marijuana, a stolen gun and other drug paraphernalia were found in the Bogards' home.

The Bogards have been charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class Y felony; possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony; possession of ephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class D felony; theft by receiving, a class C felony; and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

A third person, Kathy Pemberton, was taken into custody after the raid at the Bogards' house. Pemberton has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with the intent to deliver, a class Y felony; manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class Y felony; and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony.

Bond for the Bogards and Pemberton is set at $10,000 apiece.

Kalvin Richard Mullins, 42, and Lisa Mullins, 40, both of Cherokee Village were arrested after officers from the 3rd Judicial District Drug Task Force allegedly found quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana, firearms and other drug paraphernalia in their cabin north of Cherokee Village.

Both Richard and Lisa Mullins have been charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class Y felony; possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with the intent to deliver, a class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use, a class C felony; and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony.

Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said Connie R. Newsom, 38, of Jonesboro was arrested during the raid at the Mullinses' residence. He is being charged with possession of an instrument of crime, a class A misdemeanor. The Mullinses' bonds had not been set as of press time.

Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz said the slew of arrests shows that Drug Task Force and area law enforcement are doing a good job of containing the drug problem in the tri-county area.

"I am pleased with the amount of cooperation shown by all law enforcement in an effort to fight the drug problem. We are doing a good job with what we have to work with," said Martz.



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