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Midway pair arrested on marijuana charges

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Police seize two bricks of marijuana and $3,000 in car at checkpoint

Arkansas State Police based in Izard County seized approximately 30 pounds of marijuana while conducting a sobriety checkpoint Oct. 27 on State Highway 58 in Izard County.

Corp. Todd Shaw and trooper Daniel Busch detected the smell of the drug coming from inside the vehicle and while searching the trunk of the vehicle found two large bricks of marijuana. Also seized was $3,000 from the vehicle and the vehicle occupants.

The occupants of the vehicle, Kevin Edward Neuhaus, 48, and Pamela Gail Wise, 53, both of Midway, Ark., were arrested and transported to the Izard County Detention Facility.

Following the arrest, Shaw and Busch, along with Izard County investigator James Humphrey, escorted Neuhaus to the couple's home in Midway and assisted Baxter County authorities in executing a search of the residence where additional marijuana was discovered. Neuhaus and Wise were formally charged in Izard and Baxter counties with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Bond was set at $140,000 for the pair.

William Leslie Dennison, 43, of Oxford was jailed Oct. 29 for violation of probation.

Dennison was convicted in Izard County of two counts of rape in December 2004. The victims were juvenile males, ages 14 and 16.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Dennison is awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections where he will serve a 10-year prison sentence.

David Lee Armstrong, 43, of Pleasant Grove was transported Oct. 28 to the Arkansas Department of Corrections after being convicted of crimes associated with his earlier escape from the Izard County Detention Facility.

In June 2004 while being held for Stone County authorities on theft of property charges, Armstrong escaped but was recaptured the next day.

Sheriff Lawrence said Armstrong has a history of escapes from various detention facilities.

Armstrong has a lengthy criminal history including charges and convictions in Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. Armstrong was sentenced to 15 years and is facing additional charges from Stone County.

Nickole Thornton, 29, of Melbourne was arrested Oct. 25 on theft of property warrant involving unaccounted funds of the Melbourne School District.

Thornton was a previous employee of the district and, according to school officials, restitution has been made to the school.

Thornton posted an appearance bond in the amount of $1,000 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.

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