A drug arrest in Mountain Home March 30 led to the dismantling of a methamphetamine laboratory approximately 24 hours later in Izard County.
The events began with Scott Pennington, 29, of Calico Rock being arrested by Jeff Stone of the Arkansas State Police at the Mountain Home Wal-Mart March 30, just after midnight, said Cpl. Kevin Blucher of the Baxter County Sheriff's Office. Pennington was taken to Baxter County Jail afterwards.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Izard County authorities obtained a warrant to search Pennington's residence after Pennington informed them of possible illegal activity there.
Izard County deputies, led by Investigator James Humphrey, along with Arkansas State Police, secured the home of Pennington and his wife, Davinda Pennington, 28, which is located off Highway 5 in northern Izard County.
Davinda Pennington was home with the couple's two children, ages 6 and 9. Authorities said the residence was filled with heavy chemical vapors. Lawrence said the fumes could have worse long-term effects, such as respiratory issues, on a child than an adult because of their smaller bodies.
Davinda Pennington was charged with two counts of child endangerment. She is also charged with second degree terroristic threatening after verbally threatening a child welfare worker who took custody of the children. Davinda Pennington was transported to the Izard County Detention Facility shortly after. She posted bond in the amount of $1,050 and was released from the facility.
Scott Pennington remains on hold at Baxter County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond for possession of drug paraphernalia. When released from Baxter County Jail, he will be sent to Izard County, which has a hold on him, where he is charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class Y felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, a class C felony; commitment of a felony while in possession of a firearm, a class B felony; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, class A misdemeanors. Pennington will have a $20,000 bond when transported to the Izard County Detention Facility.
Lawrence said the charges keep with his policy of zero drug tolerance. He said Pennington has a previous criminal history, which include theft of property charges.
Izard County Deputies arrested three persons after being dispatched to the Lyons' residence south of the Stella Community in response to various complaints. Upon arrival, authorities determined that a fight had taken place and rocks had been thrown at passing cars, according to authorities.
Anthony Lyons, 18, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a scheduled narcotic, Xanax, at the scene. Lyons did not have a prescription for the drug, according to Lawrence. Lyons is also charged with public intoxication, assault of a family member, two counts of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and harassment. He remains at Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $7,450 bond.
Joseph Lyons, 21, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He posted bond in the amount of $1,000 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Michael Brandon Lyons, 23, was charged with disorderly conduct. He was released from the Izard County Detention facility after posting a $145 bond.