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Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Salem man has been charged with breaking and entering, a class D felony, and theft of property, a class B felony, after taking more than $40,000 worth of tools from a Mammoth Spring residence.

John Allen Carson, 53, was arrested by Sgt. David Henry and Fulton County Deputy Lance Gray after Carson admitted in a post miranda statement that he and another male had taken tools and other equipment from the residence of Michael Brindley of Mammoth Spring on Feb. 15.

Carson told authorities they planned to sell the equipment over the Internet and on E-bay.

Some of the items were recovered after Brindley located some of his property at Stiles Recycling where they had been sold for scrap. Brindley learned the name of the man who had sold the items to Stiles and contacted the Fulton County Sheriff's Office with the information. Five other items were recovered from a pawn shop in Horseshoe Bend, the report said.

Timothy L. Helms, 23, of Mammoth Spring was arrested on charges of forgery, first degree, a class B felony, after he allegedly forged the name on a check made out to Adam Wallers. The affidavit for arrest says that on Feb. 4, Helms wrote a note and gave both the note and the check to his mother who took the check to the Mammoth Spring Bank to try and cash it. Susie D. Helms, 53, of Mammoth Spring was also arrested for forgery first degree, a class B felony, for attempting to cash the forged check. Jamie Turnbough was the arresting officer.

Justin M. Wilkerson, 22, has been charged with a class A misdemeanor, a class C felony and a class U felony. According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Feb. 5, Salem Police Officer Johnny Byler contacted 16th Judicial Drug Task Force Investigator James Humphries concerning the arrest of Wilkerson on Locust Street in Salem. Officer Byler advised Inv. Humphrey that he was dispatched to this area regarding a report of an intoxicated subject walking on the street. Upon reaching the area, Officer Byler found a male subject who identified himself as Wilkerson staggering on the side of the street. Officer Byler reported that as he approached Wilkerson, Wilkerson began pulling things from his pocket and eating them. Officer Byler arrested Wilkerson on the charge of public intoxication.

The report says that during a search of the subject, Officer Byler located a used syringe and a concealment device which appeared to be a car lighter containing a blue granular subject. During the search of Wilkerson's backpack, another syringe and a metal spoon burned on the bottom with heavy powder residue was located.

In a post-miranda statement, Wilkerson admitted that the items found were his and that he had used the syringes to inject prescription pills and identified the blue granular substance as Klonopin for which he said he did not have a prescription.

All items were turned over to Inv. Humphrey.

What began as a domestic call from a family member stating that another family member was pointing a gun with a laser on it at a mother and her two daughters, ended with the arrest of four individuals charged with 10 felonies and two misdemeanors.

According to the affidavit of probable cause for arrest, on Feb. 20, Minnie Pearl Cain Johnson and her daughters contacted the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and said that Dewey Johnson, husband of Minnie Johnson, was threatening to kill them and pointing a laser at them. They also informed Officer David Rothgeb by phone that Johnson was cooking meth at the residence. They said when Johnson found out the police had been called, he started taking all the things used to cook meth and hid them in a wooded area behind the residence, threatening to shoot anyone who came to the house.

Officers took Johnson into custody upon arriving at the residence and after being advised of his miranda rights, was held by Sharp County Deputy Gerald Traw until 16th Drug Task Force Investigator James Humphries arrived. Johnson told officers he was not the one cooking meth, that the girls were.

Fulton County Investigator Terry Walker obtained a written consent to search the property and residence from Minnie Pearl Johnson. During the search of the wooded area, yard and storage buildings, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and components used in the manufacture of meth were found.

Also at this time, officers received a complaint that a female, Alonda Holt, was found at a nearby residence acting strange. Holt was advised of her miranda rights and questioned about what was occurring at the Johnson residence. Holt said that she had come with two other individuals to Dewey Johnson's residence to sell him a generator and some fertilizer to cook dope with. She told authorities there was another man she identified as "Mack" that lived in a camper trailer up the road and this is where she heard them talking about using the "shake and bake" method to cook meth. Holt gave her consent for a search of her personal property where Officer Byler found a white envelope with 99 hydrocodone pills. Holt told Inv. Humphrey that she had gotten the pills from Pearl Johnson because she had forgotten her own prescription.

Minnie Pearl Johnson said that one of her prescriptions for hydrocodone was missing from a safe in her house. She said her husband of four years, Dewey "Glen" Johnson, had threatened to leave her if she did not purchase ephedrine pills for him.

Brenda Holaday reported that she had gotten into a fight with her step-father, Dewey "Glen" Johnson over allowing a strange woman to stay in her mother's house. Holaday stated that he had came after her with a splitting maul and told her he was going to kill her. She also stated that he had pointed a gun at her and her sister, Ava, from the kitchen window and had told her he would kill her or put her in jail.

Ava Davis said she saw Glen Johnson come at her sister Brenda with a sledge hammer and tell her he was going to kill her. Davis also said that Glen Johnson told her if he got arrested, when he got out, she would be dead.

On Feb. 21, working off some of this information, officers with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department, 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant at the Mack A. Weaver residence on Nine Mile Ridge Road. During the search authorities identified numerous items used in the manufacturing of meth. They also located small plastic zip-lock bags of which one contained a white powdery matter suspected as being meth.

Weaver admitted in a post-miranda statement that he was somewhat familiar with how to manufacture meth and he had been present when others had cooked meth. Weaver said he had spoken to Billy Rosewell during the morning hours of Feb. 20 and that Rosewell told him he had all the other components necessary to cook meth. Weaver also stated that over the last few months he had bought meth from Glen Johnson after he had watched him manufacture meth.

Charges against Dewey Glendon Johnson Jr., 63, include: Manufacture of a controlled substance, three counts, methamphetamine, a class Y felony; use of possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture meth, a class B felony; possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance-meth, a class A felony; and aggravated assault on a family or household member, a class D felony.

Charges against Billy Ray Rosewell, 52, include: Conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance-meth, a class A felony.

Charges against Alonda Gay Holt, 41, include: Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-hydrocodone, a schedule III drug, a class C felony; possession of a prescribed narcotic drug outside of the container it was dispensed in, a class U felony; and theft, a class A misdemeanor.

Charges against Mack A. Weaver, 59, include: Conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance-meth, a class A felony; possession of a controlled substance-meth, a class C felony; and use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony.

The affidavit for the arrest for Johnson, Rosewell, Holt and Weaver were filed by 16th Judicial Drug Task Force Investigator James Humphries.



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