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Level 4 sex offender jailed

Thursday, May 18, 2006

A level 4 sex offender will spend the next year in jail after being sentenced in Fulton County Circuit Court May 8 on charges of failing to notify authorities of his whereabouts.

Fulton County Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver sentenced John Robert Green, 70, of Viola to one year in the Arkansas Department of Correction for failing to register as a sex offender, a class D felony.

Green failed to notify law enforcement when he was evicted from his residence Sept. 10, 2005. Green told his former landlord he resided around the Salem area. Fulton County Deputy Kevin Burns arrested Green, who Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said had been living in his car, when he showed up to see his probation officer.

Green has a criminal history which includes multiple convictions for sex crimes involving minor females in Jefferson County, Ind., going back to 1981. Green received two 15-year sentences for the rape of two girls, ages 5 and 6. He has also been convicted of child molesting and indecent exposure.

The Baxter County Listing of Registered Sex Offenders (found at baxtercountysheriff.com) states that Green disclosed to investigators that he has a deviant sexual interest in pre-pubescent/pubescent females and that he has had at least 25 victims and as many as 50 for which formal charges were never filed.

Charles T. James, 49, of Elizabeth was also convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, a class D felony. The court fined James $500.

John M. Stewart, 47, of Mammoth Spring was sentenced to seven years, four suspended, in the Arkansas Department of Correction after he was convicted of commercial burglary, a class C felony; two charges of theft of property, a class B felony; and residential burglary, a class B felony. He will also have to pay $2,500 in fines.

Stewart's charges stem from July 26 and Sept. 9, 2005, incidents.

Fulton County Deputy Paul Martin went to the scene after a citizen reported a burglary in progress at the Old Saddle Store on State Highway 289 in Saddle. Martin located witnesses who gave him a description of a suspicious vehicle that had been seen in the area.

Martin located a dark colored Jeep near the store and stopped the vehicle. Martin identified Stewart as well as his passengers, Rex Foster and Cheryl Campbell. While they talked, Stewart walked away from the vehicle and walked to the cabin he had been staying in at the Southfork Resort.

Stewart and Campbell began removing items from a cabin and were observed trying to conceal items that were identified as being taken from the Saddle Store. A witness said the trio broke into the store through a window. The witness said several items were taken from the store and hidden in the cabin. The witness said the trio had gone into the store twice when the officers arrived at the cabin.

James Tompkins, owner of the Saddle Store, identified several of the items and placed the value at approximately $5,000.

After gaining consent to search the cabin officers discovered items that were stolen in a residential burglary July 26. The items included a semi-automatic pistol as well as car titles and property deeds. The victim said the pistol had been in a bedroom in his residence and that the car titles and deeds had been kept inside a locked safe in the residence.

Officers also recovered an amount of methamphetamine and a handgun from inside the cabin. All three were taken into custody, where Stewart and Foster were charged with drug and firearms charges.

Foster, 38, of Camp has been sentenced to eight years, seven suspended, on charges of possessing methamphetamine amphetamine, a class C felony. Foster will serve time in a regional punishment facility. Foster was on unsupervised probation when authorities found him with Stewart. Charges from a past incident were brought up against him.

Foster's conviction stem from a March 10, 2004, incident which officers with the drug task force, Arkansas State Police, Fulton County Sheriffs Office and Salem Police Department searched a house in Salem. Authorities found Foster behind the residence and discovered a bag of methamphetamine on the ground near him. Foster gave a formal statement admitting the drugs were his and he threw the evidence on the ground in hopes that law enforcement would not discover it.

Campbell, 38, of Cherokee Village was placed on probation after pleading nolo contedere to charges. Her probation period will last four years and end May 8, 2010. She must also pay a fee of $25 each month for the services of her probation officer and submit to drug testing upon request.

Randy M. Price, 23, of Salem has been sentenced to 60 months of probation after pleading guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver, a class B felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B felony.

The charges stem from a July 29, 2005, traffic stop of Price and his wife, Rhealene Price, 29. Authorities said the Prices were returning to Salem after they purchased marijuana in Jacksonville to transport to Salem. Authorities stopped Price as he returned to Salem and searched the vehicle. Officers found two large ziplock bags containing green vegetable material, one set of postal scales, one homemade smoking device with residue, one pair of hemostats and one pack of J&B rolling papers.

Rhealene A. Price's charges were dropped after Randy Price, her co-defendant, said the items were his and pleaded guilty.

Bobby Dean Weaver, 52, received a eight years sentence, suspended, on charges of possessing pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class D felony; and possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture meth, a class D felony.

Weaver's charges stem from a July 17, 2005, traffic stop in which authorities found items consistent with a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, which former Fulton County Deputy Brian Sanderson said was in plain view from the outside of the vehicle. The items included a 50-pound bag of ammonia nitrate, plastic drinking pitchers, a 10-pound bag of salt, two bottles of Red Devil Lye and one can of lighter fluid. A search of the vehicle turned up two bags of dry ice, blister packs, lithium batteries, ground pill powders, one gallon of acetone, plastic tubing, one gallon of camp fuel, funnels, one pump sprayer and cotton balls.

Sanderson said Weaver admitted he had intended to cook methamphetamine. In an interview conducted at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office later, Weaver said he had been having financial difficulty and had intended to cook the methamphetamine in order to make money, Sanderson said.

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