Izard County Senior Deputy J.T. Baker conducted a traffic stop March 28 resulting in multiple charges against a teacher from the Cedar Ridge School District.
Donna Been-Walker, 40, was stopped for speeding but after a computer check spotlighted a duo of warrants for her arrest. The first warrant was for assault in the third degree, while the second was for disorderly conduct, both class C misdemeanors.
The misdemeanors arose from allegations that on March 14 Walker approached a male juvenile as he was getting into his vehicle at the Melbourne Baseball Complex. Allegedly she then made derogatory comments about his ability to play baseball. According to reports, Walker told the juvenile that he was a disgrace to his team. It is also alleged Walker spit into his face.
During the stop for speeding, Baker conducted a search of her vehicle and discovered a white crystal type substance which field tested to be methamphetamine along with a snorting device used to ingest meth into the body. Residue found inside the device also field-tested to be meth.
A drug test was administered to Walker during processing into the Izard County Jail and she tested positive for meth. She also told authorities she had been using the drug.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Walker is being charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use. Each charge is a class C felony.
Walker posted bond for the felony charges at $25,000 and $1,000 on the two misdemeanor charges. She is slated to appear before the Izard County District Court and the Izard County Circuit Court.
In an unrelated matter, Izard County Deputies responded March 27 to a domestic violence call.
William Booth was arrested on battery charges only after being beat himself.
Shawn Mickle attempted to flee from Booth by running to the home of a neighbor, only to be pursued. Upon Mickle's entry into the home, the neighbor refused to allow Booth to follow.
Booth attempted entry in to the home but was repelled by the neighbor identified as Joshua Robinson. Robinson used physical force to prevent booth's entry and Booth then had to seek medical attention.
Booth was charged with domestic battering in the third degree, false imprisonment in the second degree, public intoxication and criminal trespassing. According to Sheriff Lawrence, Robinson was not charged. Booth was released after posting a $1,000 bond.