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James Henry Howell
Still at large after 6-hour manhunt

A Fulton County man, James Henry Howell, is still being sought after fleeing from authorities July 24.

Arkansas State Trooper Ronnie Stewart initiated a traffic stop at 7:45 p.m. on Highway 395 South near Bexar. According to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, the vehicle, driven by Kurtis Neal of Viola, did not stop but turned onto a dirt road toward Bexar. Stewart then drove to an intersection of Byron and Bexar where he was able to stop the vehicle.

Neal was placed under arrest and charged with interfering with government operations. He was later released.

The passenger in the vehicle, James Henry Howell fled the scene on foot. According to Dillinger, Stewart called the Department of Corrections at Calico Rock and asked for their dog team to help with the search. A helicopter from Baxter County also assisted the State Police and Fulton County officers.

Dillinger said they believe Howell ran from the scene to his brother's house near Viola. Dillinger said Howell asked his brother to let him in the house for a drink of water but his brother told Howell he could not enter the home and to get his drink from an outside faucet. His brother told Howell he needed to turn himself in.

Dillinger said Howell continued running north where dogs tracked him to Don Newberry's property near Viola. "The Newberry place has several horses," Dillinger said. "The horses got spooked by the helicopter and dogs and that's where the dogs lost Howell's scent. We had to end the search around 12:30 a.m."

"Howell knows this area real well," Dillinger said. "He's going back to prison when he's caught so he's going to stay hidden for a while. But, we'll catch him."

"People need to be careful, he could be pretty dangerous," Dillinger said. "Ronnie (Stewart) thinks he may have had a weapon with him when he ran. He's not going to want to be caught, so if you see him call the sheriff's office right away."

Howell was wanted for parole violations in both Missouri and Arkansas. He could now face several felony charges.

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