Additional Izard County charges have been filed on a pair of young males who have been on a thieving spree in Izard and Sharp counties. The most recent charges involve the theft of property from a residence in Melbourne. Chase A. Hussung, 18, of Hardy and Joshua Spangler, 17, who currently has an Ash Flat address and previously lived in Melbourne, have been charged as adults with residential burglary and theft of property, both class "B" felonies. Bond in the amount of $2,500 has been set for Hussung, who is in custody in Sharp County on previous charges, while Spangler continues on house arrest in Ash Flat. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Hussung and Spangler are facing many similar charges, all of which involve theft activity. The investigation against the two is continuing according to Sheriff Lawrence.
Thomas Smith, 19, of Salem was arrested Sept. 10 for violating his terms of probation relating to his earlier conviction of stealing a truck from a residence in Melbourne. Smith is accused of failing to pay restitution as ordered along with fines, court costs and other fees. Smith also faces charges in Fulton County relating to this arrest and his subsequent escape and fleeing from authorities. Smith remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $25,000 bond.
James A West, 19, of Mountain Home was arrested Sept. 7 on a warrant for violating his terms of probation. West was earlier convicted of theft related charges involving businesses in Calico Rock. West remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $35,000 bond.
An early morning traffic stop south of Oxford resulted in the arrest of Jerry Lynn Springer of the J Bar J Community near Melbourne. Springer was charged with driving while intoxicated (drugs) and possessing an instrument of crime. Deputy Mark Simino's report said that Springer's vehicle interior smelled heavily of intoxicants and the odor of marijuana and that Springer failed field sobriety tests conducted on site. Springer admitted to using marijuana in the smoking pipe discovered in the vehicle. Sheriff Lawrence said that Springer tested positive for marijuana and opiates when booked into the Izard County Detention Facility where he remains on a $2,340 bond.
David Sidney Younger, 47, of Melbourne was arrested Sept. 8 on the charge of domestic battery third degree. The charges stem from a physical altercation with a female. Younger was transferred from the Izard County Detention Facility to a rehabilitation facility.
Following a traffic stop Sept. 5, Steven William Chute, 21, of Dolph was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor; and Kevin Keith Chute, 39, of Pineville was charged with drinking in public and littering the roadway. The younger Chute posted bond in the amount of $635 the following day, while Kevin Chute posted bond in the amount of $660. Both were released from the Izard County Detention Facility.
Samuel Jonathan Dashner, 40, of Melbourne was arrested Sept. 8 on the charge of public intoxication. Dashner was released from the Izard County Detention Facility after posting a $205 bond.
Amy C. Conley, 34, of Ward was arrested Sept. 11 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Conley is being held in lieu of a $4,692 bond.
A Dolph couple face multiple charges after attempting to fraudulently purchase prescription drugs. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Amanda M. Thomas, 25, of Dolph called in a prescription order to the Corner Drug Store and Mark's Pharmacy in Melbourne for a fictitious person and that she used the name "Amy" as being from Dr. Beth Knight's office. Sheriff Lawrence also said that Bryan Lane Thomas, husband of Amanda and using the fictitious name, attempted to purchase the drugs at Corner Drug.
Amanda Thomas has been charged with two counts of fraud in providing false information or prescription to obtain a controlled substance, a class "C" felony. Bryan Lane Thomas has been charged with possession of a controlled substance-Hydrocodone, a class "A" misdemeanor; and fraud in providing false information or prescription to obtain a controlled substance, a class "C" felony.
Bryan Thomas posted a $10,000 bond and has been released from the Izard County Detention Facility while his wife, Amanda Thomas, has not yet been arrested. Izard County Investigator Charles Melton and members of the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.