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Mammoth Spring man sentenced for methamphetamine conviction

Thursday, February 16, 2006

MAMMOTH SPRING -- A Mammoth Spring man, John Stewart, was sentenced to 30 days in the Fulton County Jail by 16th Judicial District Circuit Judge Tim Weaver Feb. 2 for testing positive for methamphetamine.

According to the Fulton County Sheriff's and Clerk's offices, Stewart, 48, was in court to answer felony drug, theft, burglary and firearm charges. The charges result from incidents at the Saddle Store and at Southfork Resort last July. Stewart was arrested on the charges in September and posted a $100,000 bond.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said if a convicted felon is out on bond, the presiding judge has the authority to order the felon be drug tested. Dillinger said the judge ordered a test on Stewart and he failed the test, testing positive for methamphetamine.

Stewart is scheduled to be arraigned in Fulton County Circuit Court May 8.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger transported Edwin D. Washam of Mammoth Spring to a Regional Correctional facility Feb. 8.

Washam, 48, appeared before Judge Weaver in Fulton County Circuit Court Jan. 17.

Washam was convicted with two felony counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. The first conviction of possession of drug paraphernalia stems from an incident at the Marty Wooldridge residence south of Mammoth Spring March 12, 2005.

Washam showed up at Wooldridge's cabin and asked if he could lie down on his couch for a couple of hours, saying his parents had thrown him out. Wooldridge said he felt sorry for the man; they had grown up together. Wooldridge left the residence but came back the next day and discovered what he thought was illegal drug activity at the cabin.

Wooldridge contacted Mammoth Spring Police Officers Michael Davis and Jamie Turnbough who alerted the Drug Task Force. The officers searched the residence and recovered numerous items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including hundreds of boxes of matches, a jar with red sludge (phosphorus iodine and pseudoephedrine), empty containers of HEET and brake cleaner, a soda bottle containing a clear liquid and other items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The two other charges against Washam occurred May 18, 2005. Turnbough discovered a 1992 Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen April 1, 2005, from a business south of Mammoth Spring. Turnbough said the Jeep was parked at the rear of a residence located at Sixth and Main Streets in the city.

Turnbough arrested Washam and upon searching the vehicle found items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. A field test on some items found in the jeep tested positive for methamphetamine.

Judge Weaver sentenced Washam to 10 years on each of the three charges, with all but two years on each charge suspended. Washam was also charged with unlawful use of another person's property to facilitate certain crimes, a class B felony, but those charges were dropped.

In other court rulings, two Mammoth Spring men were sentenced to prison by Judge Weaver Feb. 2.

Joseph R. Sacra, 27, was sentenced to two years, one year suspended, after being found guilty of second degree battery, first degree criminal mischief, aggravated assault on a household member, resisting arrest and first degree terroristic threatening.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at Sacra's mobile home in Mammoth Spring where he attacked Turnbough and another incident where he threatened Fulton County law enforcement officers during a traffic stop and threatened them again outside the Fulton County Sheriff's Office last year.

Roger L. Bamber, 47, also of Mammoth Spring, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being found guilty of third degree battery. Bamber was charged with hitting his ex wife, Vicki Bamber, at her home south of Mammoth Spring March 4, 2005.

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