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Viola man charged with sex crime

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Staff Writer

A Viola man has been charged with two counts of sexual indecency with a child, class D felonies, after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with an underage female.

Arkansas State Police special agent Becky Vacco said Timothy R. Lee, 19, engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on two separate occasions in October.

Vacco said the underage female willingly engaged in sexual activity with Lee.

Bond for Lee was set at $2,500. He posted bond Jan. 5. Lee is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court in February.

Viola native Richard Neal Holstine, 31, was sentenced to 90 years in state prison Jan. 5 after he pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges in Fulton County Circuit Court.

Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Holstine to three 30-year sentences for simultaneous possession of drugs and guns and two charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Weaver suspended 10 years of each sentence. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Holstine will spend 24 years or less in prison.

Holstine was arrested on three separate occasions last year in Fulton County for methamphetamine solicitation.

A Thayer man who stole a van and led law enforcement officials on a high speed chase from Thayer to Hardy in September was sentenced to 16 years in prison by Judge Weaver.

Michael A. Klem, 20, was found guilty of aggravated assault, theft of property and criminal mischief in the first degree. Each count carries a four-year sentence. The sentences will run concurrently.

Klem was also ordered to pay $1,930.96 in restitution to the Hardy Police Department for damages he caused during the chase. Weaver said Klem will be ordered to pay for damages to the van as well.

An Ash Flat accountant has been charged with theft after his stepdaughter allegedly moved equipment from a Glencoe convenience store and placed it in an Ash Flat convenience store.

James Bruce Morris Jr., 59, was charged Jan. 5 with theft of leased property, a class B felony.

Morris, a former IRS accountant, denies the allegation.

"This is a bogus charge," Morris said. "This should be a civil case and I will contest this in court."

Sixteenth Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said a number of items were taken from the Glencoe Junction Convenience Store last year. The convenience store and the items taken were leased to Morris in 2002.

Those items include a refrigerator merchandiser, a Manitouk spacesaver ice maker, gas deep fryer, chest type freezer and other appliances valued at $13,338.

According to an affidavit released by the Fulton County Clerk's Office, the agreement between Mike Martin and Morris was terminated in November of 2004.

After the lease was terminated, Morris was ordered by authorities to return the missing items within five working days.

Russell said the missing items are currently being used in a convenience store located near the intersection of U.S. 62/412 and 67 in Ash Flat.

The Ash Flat convenience store is operated by Morris' stepdaughter Angela Wiles.

Charges were filed against Morris because he signed the lease agreement and has refused to return Martin's property, Russell said.

Morris' bond was set at $5,000. He posted bond Jan. 5. Morris is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court in February.

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