Mountain Home, AR — A law enforcement website shut down by hackers is back on-line and catching wanted criminals and "deadbeat parents." Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says the site that includes pictures draws thousands of visits each month.
In July when the website shut down for maintenance due to a security breach, tips slowed but the sheriff says they are streaming in again. Montgomery says many people in Baxter County routinely check the website including three elderly men he met at a local McDonald’s. “They all had papers. They called me over and when I looked at them they had printed off the pictures of our most wanted and they were waiting to see if the people came in,” Montgomery said. “On one hand that's humorous but on the other hand it shows how people are partnering with us to try and catch these people."
Montgomery says with a population of about 40,000 the Baxter County website gets 130,000 visits a month. He says the two popular links are the list of warrants and the “deadbeat dad and mom” section for parents not paying child support. "Just in the last week alone we've had more than a dozen turn themselves in," Montgomery said.