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Wanted fugitive arrested in Izard County

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Stephan Whaples
A wanted fugitive from Baxter County, Stephan Richard Whaples, 23, was arrested and taken into custody in Izard County, after officers from Izard and Baxter Counties checked a residence in Pineville, Ark., as part of the search for him..

Stephan Whaples was the object of a several hour manhunt on July 17 in Norfork, Ark., after he fled from the Norfork Police Chief at a private residence. Authorities had been following up on leads since July 17.

Baxter County Sheriff's Deputies first dealt with Whaples on Sept. 30, 2011, when he was arrested on numerous charges after a vehicle pursuit. Whaples was arrested a second time on Oct. 27, 2011 on charges that again included Fleeing from Police.

Whaples was arrested a third time on April 6, 2012 on multiple charges which again included a Fleeing offense. Each time following his arrest, Whaples managed to post bond and be released.

Both the Circuit Court and District Court issued bench warrants for the arrest of Stephan Whaples after he failed to appear in those courts for an arraignment or a trial. Baxter County Deputies had been searching for Whaples since May 5.

On the afternoon of July 30, the Izard County Sheriff's Office notified Baxter County that it would be checking one or more residences for Whaples. Baxter County Sheriff's Deputy Lieutenant Rick Lucy went into Izard County to offer assistance.

Officers checked the first residence and found Gearl Dale Adams, 23, who was wanted on a Baxter County felony warrant. Adams was taken into custody. From the arrest of Adams, officers developed another lead with respect to the location of Stephan Whaples.

Officers from Izard County Sheriff's Office, Baxter County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Canine Handlers from the Arkansas Department of Corrections -- North Central Unit found Whaples hiding in a camper behind a residence on Hickory Street in Pineville. Waples was surprised, and quickly taken into custody without resistance.

Whaples, aka Travis Shane Adams, again being held in the Baxter County Detention Center being held without bond. The original charges against Whaples included Fleeing (3 counts), Theft of Property (3 counts), Breaking or Entering, Criminal Trespass, and Reckless Driving. Whaples is also a suspect in Breaking or Entering and Theft of Property charges in Mountain Home and Baxter County, that occurred after he fled in Norfork on July 17. Additional charges are expected to be filed against him in connection with those incidents.

Whaples may also face a fourth Fleeing charge from the Norfork Police Chief from when he ran on July 17.

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