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by Melody Pettit, KSPR News and mpettit@kspr.com | October 28, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- Baxter County sheriff's deputies are investigating a fight between two brothers that left one of them hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the face on Saturday night. It happened just after midnight. Officers say the brothers were drinking heavily, got into an argument and were wrestling over control of a shotgun. Witnesses say the gun discharged several times during the struggle before a bullet struck one of the men.  The victim's brother was taken into custody for questioning but was not charged, as of Sunday.
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By Larry Burkum and KSPR News Producer | September 9, 2012
BIG FLAT, Arkansas -- A Baxter County, Arkansas man is dead after a logging truck tire exploded while he was changing it. The Baxter County sheriff says Jackie Ray Nash, 31, of Big Flat died Saturday as he was helping another man with the tire. The sheriff says Rick Freeman, 58, was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries. Investigators say the rim blew apart as the two men were changing the tire. They say the blast threw both men to the ground, killing Nash instantly.
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Edited News Release and from Baxter Co., AR Sheriff | August 10, 2012
Two Baxter County, Arkansas men are in jail facing felony charges after a resident caught them burglarizing his home. Henry Nielsen, 23, and Eric H. Guynes, 36, are charged with residential burglary. theft of property and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. They're being held on $100,000 bond each. Investigators sai Friday evening the resident of a home at 721 Robinson Point Road reported finding two unknown men at his house when he arrived home. The men fled the scene in a white pickup truck.
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By Larry Burkum and KSPR News Producer | August 9, 2012
For the second time, an Arkansas jury could not make up its mind in a sexual assault trial in Baxter County. Jeffrey Askeland, 54, of Mountain Home is accused of two felony sexual assault charges involving two 11-year-old girls. The jury deadlocked after three hours of deliberations and the judge declared a mistrial. Another jury also failed to reach a verdict in a September 2011 trial. The prosecutor says he will decide whether to retry the case after talking with the victims and their families.
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Lauren Matter and Anchor/Reporter | July 30, 2012
LAKEVIEW, Ark. - No one was injured following a small plane crash at Gaston's Resort along the White River in Baxter County. The light plane crashed Sunday afternoon at the air strip at the resort. The Baxter County Sheriff says the pilot was attempting to take off from Gaston's when the plane encountered difficulties. The wings struck some trees before coming to a stop. The plane sustained heavy damage but the two passengers and pilot on board were not injured. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.
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Leigh Moody and Anchor | July 18, 2012
The search continues in northwest Arkansas for a man wanted on several outstanding warrants after he ran away from the Norfork Police Chief. Officers are looking for 23 year old Stephan Whaples who also uses the alias Travis Adams. He has multiple prior arrests for burglaries, thefts, and fleeing. Yesterday authorities formally charged a Norfork woman who played a role in helping Whaples escape. Twenty-six-year-old Sarah Lynn was chargd with hindering apprehension, providing false information and parole violation.
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Lauren Matter and Anchor/Reporter | July 15, 2012
BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. - A northwest Arkansas couple is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a house. Baxter County authorities say Jason King and Heather Hodges broke into the same residence twice Saturday night. The second time, deputies say they caught them hiding in the corner of a detached garage. Both are charged with breaking and entering. Hodges is also charged for possession of a controlled substance.
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by Joe Daues | July 10, 2012
The BBB scam of the week warns of an old scam where someone sends you a check for more than they owe you and asks for you to send them the difference.  Plus the Baxter county, AR sheriff is warning of a phone scam from a Jamaican phone number.
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by Joe Daues KSPR News | June 15, 2012
The Baxter county Arkansas sheriff didn't agree but the county has settled a lawsuit by a former prisoner who claims jailers stood by while he was beaten in jail. Howard Johnson of Mountain Home, AR filed the suit in 2010.    He said jailers did not protect him when he was attacked by another inmate.   Johnson suffered a broken jaw in the attack.  Phillip Rasmussen was later convicted of battery for that attack and ordered to pay Johnson's medical bills. Johnson named the Baxter county sheriff and the jail administrator in the lawsuit.   He was seeking $250,000 but agreed to a $20,000 settlement.
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Reporter: Lauren Matter, Photographer: Jason Crow and lmatter@kspr.com, jcrow@kspr.com | May 25, 2012
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - A popular biking and hiking trail in Baxter County, Arkansas is seeing an uptick in vandalism. But it's not your typical vandalism. The Baxter County Sheriff says whoever is doing this wants to harm others, especially bikers. The trails bring in dozens of people a day including Arkansas native Paul Beck. "It's just nice to get out there in the peacefulness and it's calm and it's just soothing," Beck explains. If he's not swimming laps in Lake Norfork, he's hitting the trails at Pigeon Creek Park.
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