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Around nine o’clock Friday morning, Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders and Deputy Mark Simino responded to an altercation at 86 Cedar Street in Pineville involving Kenton Johnson and a female victim.  Advised that Johnson had an active felony warrant   while enroute,  Deputy Simino immediately placed Johnson in custody upon arrival. 

According to the victim, she and Johnson had gotten into her vehicle to go to Melbourne when , while attempting to place some items in the glove compartment, the compartment door failed to properly close causing Johnson to become upset. An agitated Johnson quickly took hold of some the items and threw them out of vehicle.  When the victim told Johnson that she was not leaving with him, he said that he was going to break all the windows out of her vehicle and while she was calling 911 Johnson thrusts a large knife into the ground and then placed the damaged knife on the floor board of her vehicle.  Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Jonson is also alleged to have cut the phone residential phone line while she was talking to the sheriff’s office. The victim provided deputies with several recorded phone message of Johnson making threats of property damage and verbal harassment. Johnson, age 50 of that address was charged terroristic threatening second degree which is a class “a’ misdemeanor.   District Judge David E. Miller set bond for Johnson at $1,000   cash. Johnson remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.

Late Friday night, Deputy Richard William responded to a Brockwell residence to a reported domestic altercation.  The female victim said that while she was asleep with her two children, that Brad Skidmore woke up her and the children and started hitting her with a belt and that he continued to hit her until the deputies arrived.  The alleged hitting took place in the presence of tow children, age 3 and 6.

Skidmore, age 35 was arrested and charged with domestic battery third degree and endangering the welfare of a minor-two count.  Skidmore remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bond.  Sheriff Lawrence said that Skidmore had been arrested numerous times for domestic battery type offenses.

Nathaniel Allen Lee Speak, age 29 of Calico Rock was arrested Thursday afternoon on felony failure to appear warrant out of Izard County.  When attempting to make the arrest, Speak fled on foot from the deputies but was later apprehended, arrested, and taken to the Izard County Detention Facility where he remains on a no bond status.

Richard Thomas, age 54 of Pineville was arrested Friday night at a safety check point on the charge of driving while intoxicated-third offense, factious tags, hazardous driving, no proof of insurance, and driving on a suspended license.  Thomas remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bond.  Sheriff Lawrence said that Brown has had numerous encounters with law enforcement.

Adrienne Zoe Morris, age 29 of Calico Rock was arrested Thursday evening on a Mountain Home Police Department warrant.  Morris was transferred to the Baxter County jail the day of her arrest.

Sheriff Lawrence reported that the Izard County Detention Facility’s population for most of the past week has been 39 inmates.


News Release, For Immediate Release, April 8, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203



Note: Picture of Johnson and Skidmore provided



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