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Prison bound

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Samuel Noakes
After a busy meeting of the Fulton County District Court on Columbus Day, three men will soon be heading to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Oct. 8 Samuel Noakes, Ronald Schumaker and Prentis Rupert were sentenced to serve time at the state prison in Calico Rock.

Noakes, 25, of Mammoth Spring will being serving time for multiple drug convictions involving meth and drug paraphernalia.

Aug. 16, 2006, Noakes was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver after he sold the drug to an undercover agent with the Drug Task Force at Mammoth Spring State Park.

About seven months later, on March 8, 2007, Noakes was again charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, as well as felony intent to manufacture methamphetamine, felony possession of several ingredients used in the manufacture of meth and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis, officers witnessed Noakes, along with another man and woman, smoking meth at Noakes' residence. "When we arrived at Noakes home we observed Noakes, (Jesse) Garner and (Autumn) Manes in the kitchen area of the home. They appeared to be smoking meth from a glass light bulb that was on the kitchen counter," Davis said at the time of the arrest.

Once officers were inside the residence, Davis said they saw a bag of a leafy green substance that appeared to be marijuana and a plate with pills on it, a razor blade and a packet of white powder that appeared to be meth.

Officers also found a black bag on the kitchen counter that contained scales, two bags of assorted pills, a hypodermic needle, three bags of a white powdery substance, a small bag of residue, one torch lighter, one small vile and one black bottle with residue.

While securing Noakes, Mammoth Spring Officer Jamie Turnbough found a metal tin that contained three bags of a meth-like substance, one bag of red phosphorous and one bag of suspected marijuana.

Numerous other items used in the production of methamphetamine were found throughout the residence.

Though Noakes bonded out of that arrest after posting a $40,000 bond, trouble soon found him -- again.

Eleven days later on March 19, Noakes was arrested at his home.

In an interview following this third arrest, Davis said his office received information from the Thayer Police Department that Noakes was seen many times throughout the day purchasing items that are used in the production of methamphetamine from the Thayer Wal-Mart.

Noakes' suspicious purchases allowed for the search of his home, he said.

Davis said several items necessary to make meth such as Coleman camp fuel and acetone as well as a hypodermic needle and meth-like substance were found.

During his Oct. 8 hearing, Noakes negotiated a no contest plea for each of the four meth related charges.

He was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison to be followed by 10 years probation.

Ronald Schumaker, 41, of Camp was sentenced to serve eight years after negotiating a no contest plea to second degree sexual assault in connection to his January 2007 charge of rape.

Jan. 12 Schumaker was charged after providing Fulton County authorities with a written confession.

In his statement Schumaker admitted to engaging in sexual activities with a minor female at the child's home while she was left in his care Nov. 28, 2006.

During an interview with the 5-year-old victim Dec. 4, 2006, Arkansas State Police Special Agent Becky Vacco said the child described sex acts Schumaker had performed on her.

After further investigation, Schumaker gave authorities a written confession describing the incident. "I'm very sorry for this, and I want help... (I also) want (victim) to get the help she needs to make her life better for the mistake I?have made," Schumaker said in his confession.

Prentis Rupert, 39, of Turrell will spend three years in the state prison for his dealings with meth.

Aug. 19, 2006 Rupert was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to use.

Rupert was pulled over by then Fulton County Deputy Kevin Burns after he was seen driving too slow along Highway 62 east of Salem.

When Burns stopped the vehicle and asked Rupert, who was driving, for identification he told the officer two different names before revealing his true identity, according to authorities.

Burns said he and an accompanying deputy searched the vehicle and found seven plastic baggies containing ice methamphetamine -- a purer form of the drug with a more expensive street value.

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