MAMMOTH SPRING -- Officers with the Mammoth Spring Police Department and Fulton County Sheriff's Department got more than they bargained for when they served a non-payment of child support with a body attachment at the Jon Stewart residence just south of Mammoth Spring on Highway 63. Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis said when a body attachment order is attached to a warrant it means the subject to whom the warrant is being served must be picked up.
Davis, along with Fulton County deputies David Henry and Tom Hanselman, went to the Stewart home to serve the court ordered body attachment order on Stewart.
Davis said when they arrived at the Stewart residence a black extended cab truck was parked in the driveway. He said as he walked past the truck he noticed the window was down and saw a handgun and cartridge belt with ammunition in it, as well as a large knife attached to the cartridge belt belt. Davis said he also saw a large pill bottle lying in the back seat of the truck.
The deputies went to the front door of the residence and were invited inside by Stewart. They said, in an incident report supplied by the Mammoth Spring Police Department, that Cheryl Campbell, Stewart's girlfriend, and Travis James, 51, of Wirth Road, were inside the residence. Davis said James is a convicted felon and had gone to prison in Missouri on drug related charges.
Officers learned the truck in the drive belonged to James. Officers checked James for warrants and found he had warrants for his arrest in Clay County, Ark., on a misdemeanor traffic violation. James was then placed into custody.
Davis said in a post Miranda statement James said the truck and firearms were his. "We then performed a custodial search of James, and during the search located a syringe and needle containing a liquid substance, and a metal spoon in his boot," the chief said. He said they also found two knives on James, a plastic bag containing a green vegetable material and two smoking devices.
Davis said he secured the pistol and learned it was loaded. He said he unloaded it in the presence of James who said, "I really should not be carrying it, but it is a family heirloom." Davis said James said the pill bottle was his but the prescription was not in his name.
Stewart said he did not want the vehicle left on his property and requested it be towed before the officers left the residence.
Davis said he conducted an inventory of the vehicle before the truck was towed. He found a black travel shaving kit bag and inside the bag was a small zip-lock bag containing a crystalline substance, numerous plastic bags with a power residue, numerous small baggies and assorted paraphernalia.
James was transported to the Fulton County Jail where he has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, felony possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and a felon in possession of a firearm. He is in the Fulton County Jail with a $25,000 bond set.
Stewart was also transported to the Fulton County Jail on the non child support warrant. Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said Stewart could not bond out of jail. "The only way he will be released is if he pays $11,010 in back child support," the sheriff said.
The sheriff said Oct. 29 that Stewart posted a $50 bond and was released from jail because his ex-wife wanted the charges dropped.
Davis said the incident is still under investigation and other charges may be pending.