Level three sex offender moves into Izard County

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A level three sex offender is currently living north of Larkin Road at the intersection of County Road 57 in Violet Hill, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Individuals assessed at risk level three usually have histories of repeat offending and/or violent or predatory personality characteristics, which is why the Izard County Sheriff's Department has hand delivered sex offender notifications to residents within the proximity of the house.

Robert Allen Butterfield, 55, was convicted of two counts of lewd acts with a child in December 1992.

Butterfield's offense involved engaging in sexual conduct with an 8-year-old female, according to Lawrence.

Butterfield is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall with gray hair, weighing about 185 pounds.

The Izard County Sheriff's Department stressed that Butterfield is not wanted at this time.

"This information is provided to the public in support of the idea that an informed community is a safer community," said Lawrence

Christopher David Beck, 32, of Horseshoe Bend and Angela Baker, 27, of Monette were arrested Oct. 10 after Hawgs convenience store in Melbourne contacted authorities when an unidentified male and female left the business in a van without paying for their fuel.

Once Izard County authorities stopped the van Beck and Baker were driving, they searched the vehicle. Within the van officers located Baker's purse that contained several narcotics.

Beck was charged with driving on a suspended license and theft of motor fuel. He was released from authorities after posting $150 bond.

Baker, however, was charged with theft of motor fuel, as well as criminal impersonation after showing authorities false identification and first degree forgery for using the false name on a check at Hawgs, authorities said.

Baker remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $50,000 bond.

The forgery may be connected to a forgery ring that will involve crimes in other counties and will likely implicate other people, according to Lawrence.

Two Ash Flat men and one Hardy man were arrested Oct. 10 after attempting to run from Izard County authorities.

According to Lawrence, Izard County Deputy Jeff Shehan clocked a vehicle traveling at 98 miles per hour on State Highway 56 near Franklin.

A pursuit ensued when the vehicle ignored the deputy's signal to stop. The vehicle continued to travel at excessive speeds before turning south onto County Road 66.

The chase continued for five to six more miles before the vehicle drove through the front yard of a private residence and came to rest at the back of the house in an apparent attempt to hide from Shehan.

The driver, John Wayne Madden, 32, of Ash Flat, was cited for speeding, driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit, fleeing in an automobile, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

One of the passengers, Edward Goodman, 19, also of Ash Flat, was charged with public intoxication. The third passenger, Tyler Christy, 18, of Hardy was charged with fleeing on foot after he tried to avoid authorities by running inside a storage shed at the private residence, authorities said.

All three were transported to the Izard County Detention Facility. Both Goodman and Christy were released Oct. 11 after posting their $150 and $175 bonds, respectively. Madden was released Oct. 12 after posting a $2,500 bond.

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