Justice doesn't wait for good weather
Despite inclement weather, criminal court procedures were conducted Monday afternoon in circuit court action in Berryville.
Some 36 cases were continued, apparently due to the weather-related absence of various defense attorneys and defendants.
A hearing to set the trial date of Terese Meadows, charged with capital murder in the Nov. 7, 2001, death of Lorraine Pattison, near Green Forest, will be set this coming week. The 43-year-old woman is in custody at the Carroll County jail, and faces, with her estranged husband, Dale Allen Meadows, 42, both capital murder and arson charges.
In a status hearing in the capital murder and aggravated robbery case against Mark Allen Scallorn, 20, of Berryville, defense attorney Chad Mason foresees raising mental issues and requested 90 days to complete an independent evaluation. However, Judge Alan D. Epley set a hearing and ordered that an O-1 form be filed within 30 days.
Scallorn is accused of killing his uncle, Dale Jetton, 39, and taking $402 from his his wallet while on a camp-out on Kings River on Sept. 4, 2002.
Josh Grunwald, 27, of Eureka Springs, waiving his right to an attorney, admitted the allegations of a petition for revocation and agreed to voluntarily entering an 18-month Sober Living program.
Formal sentencing is set for Sept. 13, 2004, or 30 days after his release from the program. In recent years, Grunwald has faced several criminal charges, including alleged theft and threats of violence toward the mother of his child.
Danny Ray Collins, 46, of Harrison, pleaded guilty to a lone felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana), while all remaining charges against him were dropped.
He was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation, and ordered to pay $150 in court costs, a $500 fine and $500, recommended to the Green Forest Police Department drug fund.
The charge arose from a Sept. 25, 2002, Green Forest Police Department arrest, in which he was also found to be in possession of prescription medication. He is to sign a release absolving the City of Green Forest from civil action.
In a hearing on a petition to correct an illegal sentence, Kevin Joe Rogers, 37, of Green Forest was ordered to be released and discharged. Rogers had been convicted earlier in two 1996 cases involving drugs and a firearm.
In revocation proceedings against Billy Jo Gerlick, 22, of Berryville, the defendant was released to the custody of her parents pending the birth of her child, over the objections of special prosecutor Amy Driver.
Gerlick admitted allegations in a petition for revocation on the sentence she received for delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) in March 2001 at a Berryville apartment complex.
She is to be in the presence of at least one parent at all times during her release, and was sentenced to five years, with two years suspended, in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, with five days credit for time served in jail.
A charge of first-degree terroristic threatening against Michael E. O'Harris, 42, of Shell Knob, Mo., formerly of Eureka Springs, was dismissed on the motion of special prosecutor Steve Vowell.
The charge arose from a June 11, 2002 arrest of O'Harris on outstanding warrants from the Western District Court in Eureka Springs for failure to appear and failure to pay. O'Harris was reported to have threatened to kill the arresting officer when he got out of jail. The case has been ordered sealed.
An appeal of a DWI-related conviction in Alpena City Court was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Court records indicate that Timmy Clayton Cain, 43, of Alpena was arrested in November 2002 after testing for blood alcohol content of .14 percent, and driving left of center on a suspended driver's license. In January he pleaded guilty to a merged misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, completion of recommendations from Ozark Guidance Center, and payment of a $355 fine and $100 for a public defender.
Arraignments Monday included:
The appearance of two defendants was waived in two arraignments:
Harrison was arrested in November after an NCIC/ACIC check arising from a Sept. 11 traffic stop showed that he was a convicted sex offender, formerly of Harrison, who had allegedly not verified his place of residence with the state since February 1999.