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Thursday, July 13, 2006

The man who authorities said they had to bring down with Tazer guns pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and terroristic threatening at Fulton County Circuit Court in the Fulton County Courthouse July 7.

Steven McMahill, 29, of Oxford requested a trial by jury. Sixteenth Circuit Judge Tim Weaver scheduled McMahill's pre-trial hearing for Nov. 9, with the jury trial set for Nov. 13-16 at the Fulton County Courthouse.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office received a tip that McMahill had stolen guns from an Izard County residence and was heading to Salem. When authorities found McMahill he was at a Salem residence belonging to Donnie Paul Cunningham. McMahill refused to allow Cunningham to leave the residence and told the officers at the scene that he had an AR15 rifle, according to authorities.

McMahill started breaking out the windows of the mobile home and propped furniture against the door as Cunningham pleaded with him to let him leave the trailer, authorities said.

The standoff came to an end after Cunningham sneaked out of a window of the trailer. With Cunningham out Salem Police Chief Albert Roork sprayed pepper spray into the residence causing McMahill to say he wanted to come out, authorities said.

When authorities entered the residence, McMahill continued to be aggressive and threaten officers, authorities said. Fulton County Deputy Kevin Burns used a stungun to bring down McMahill when he did not comply and continued to remain aggressive, Roork said.

McMahill is charged with first degree terroristic threatening, a class D felony; kidnapping, a class Y felony; theft by receiving, a class C felony; possession of a firearm by certain persons, a class B felony; and first degree criminal mischief, a class C felony.

There was no reduction in McMahill's bond which is set at $50,000.

Douglas Scott Crabtree, 34, entered a plea of not guilty to charges he distributed methamphetamine in Salem. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9, with a jury trial Nov. 13-16.

Texas County, Mo., authorities arrested Crabtree on Fulton County warrants June 20. Crabtree lived in Cabool, Mo., when the Fulton County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for him May 2.

Authorities said Crabtree sold methamphetamine at the Meadows Apartments in Salem on Sept. 9, 2004. Crabtree sold a quarter gram of methamphetamine at his sister's apartment, authorities said.

Crabtree is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class Y felony; and distribution near a certain facility, a housing complex, an unclassified felony which can add 10 years to a sentence.

Weaver reduced Crabtree's bond to $5,000, down from an original bond of $25,000.

Billy Joe Hines, 27, of Salem also saw his bond reduced to $5,000. Hines faces marijuana related charges stemming from a May 11 incident.

Authorities said they picked up a man while he was on the way to make a marijuana delivery for Hines.

On a search of Hines' home, officers allegedly found a green backpack with a blue Sentry lock box. Hines told officers that was all he had. Authorities said they found several items of drug paraphernalia and a gallon-size zip-lock baggie containing compressed green vegetable material. The weight of the material was 4.1 ounces. Drug Task Force agent John Scarbrough found the material to be consistent with marijuana.

Hines is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, marijuana, a class C felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C felony.

Jeffrey Kolthoff, 23, of Scott City, Kan., entered a negotiated plea of guilty to charges of failing to register as a sex offender.

Fulton County sought Kolthoff since an arrest affidavit was issued Feb. 13. Kolthoff has not reported to the sheriff's office to verify his whereabouts since April 4, 2003.

Kolthoff was convicted of statutory rape in Kansas. Kolthoff said the incident involved the woman who eventually become his wife and with whom he has two children.

Fulton County Deputy James Cantrell picked up Kolthoff from Finney County Detention Center in Garden City, Kan., June 24. Kolthoff was keeping Kansas authorities updated of his whereabouts as required by sex offender laws.

Kolthoff will spend the next three years on probation and is required to register as a sex offender. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Eric Ray Hutson, 22, of Viola entered a negotiated plea of guilty to theft and burglary charges stemming from his June 11 arrest. Weaver placed Hutson on five-year probation. Weaver also ordered him to pay $1,000 in fines.

Hutson admitted to breaking into several places and taking items from around Boggie Point area near Kerley Point. Hutson wrote and signed a confession to his criminal activity over the past year.

Hutson is convicted of one count of residential burglary, a class B felony; one count of theft of property, a class A misdemeanor; and one count of criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor.

The minor who is accused of stealing sheet metal and a pellet gun from a Viola residence pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The minor, who has been in the juvenile detention facility in Batesville since his arrest, will appear for pre-trial hearing Nov. 9 and jury trial Nov. 13-16. The court released him to the custody of his father.

The minor is charged with residential burglary, a class B felony, and theft of property, a class A misdemeanor. He will be charged as an adult.

The minor is accused of being an accomplice of Gregory Guy Smoot, 19, of Byron who authorities said confessed to being a look-out man for the minor and another suspect when items were stolen from a residence April 19.

Donald Brit, 51, of Salem pleaded guilty to charges of failing to register as a sex offender. Britt was placed on two-year probation and ordered to pay $500 in fines. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and keep authorities updated on his whereabouts.

He turned himself into the Fulton County Sheriff's Office June 30 after learning the sheriff's office had issued an arrest warrant for him. Britt last registered on Nov. 18, 2003. He has failed to report or verify his address since May 18, 2003, according to authorities.

Rade Vasilijevich of Cherokee Village failed to appear for court. Weaver issued a bench warrant for a failure to appear. Vasilijevich is charged with driving while intoxicated, 4th offense, an unclassified felony; operation of a motor vehicle during period of license suspension of revocation, an unclassified misdemeanor; no proof of insurance, an unclassified misdemeanor; driving left of center, an unclassified misdemeanor; and operation of a vehicle without a license plate, an unclassified misdemeanor. Vasilijevich has been convicted of driving while intoxicated on three separate occasions over the last five years, according to authorities.

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