Judge Epley rejects bond reduction plea in stabbing case

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

BERRYVILLE -- Joe Scott Delmarco remains in the Carroll County?Detention Center after Circuit Judge Alan D. Epley rejected a motion for a reduction of his $100,000 bond by his attorney, Cindy Baker.

Delmarco, 46, of Berryville, is charged with first-degree battery for allegedly stabbing a man with a pocket knife during an alcohol-enhanced argument at a Potter Street apartment on March 4.

The man, Billy Langley, 38, of Berryville, suffered a collapsed lung, according to court records, and was airlifted to a Springfield,?Mo., hospital for treatment.

Langley had apparently been visiting Delmarco's female roommate at the apartment, and the two men got into a fight. Delmarco was ordered to have no contact with three persons involved in the case.

According to Devon Closser, deputy prosecutor, Delmarco has a previous criminal history out of Texas which includes a violent offense. An omnibus hearing in Delmarco's case is scheduled for May 7.

During plea agreements Monday morning, Katrina Lynn Kelley, 27, of Crane, Mo., was placed on three years of supervised probation after she pleaded guilty to theft by receiving, a Class C felony, and fleeing, a Class D felony.

Kelley was arrested in late October after she was clocked speeding at 90 miles per hour around the Kings River Bridge on U.S. Hwy. 62 in a pickup with Missouri tags. She was stopped with a spike strip set up at Onyx Cave Road, and the pickup she was driving was found to have an altered vehicle identification number and had been stolen from?Ozark, Mo.

In addition to probation, Kelley is to pay $1,500 in fines, costs, and fees.

A charge of residential burglary against John?Robert Tallent, 20, of Green Forest, was dismissed, and he pleaded guilty to theft of property, to be placed on three years of supervised probation.

The residential burglary charged was dismissed due to issues indicating he had a right to be in the residence of Randy Rob, on U.S. Hwy. 62 East, where he took a pistol valued at $550 in July 2006.

In addition to probation, Tallent is to take and complete an anger management program within six months and pay a total of $1,500 in fines, costs and fees.

Dennis George Kurczek, 65, of Eureka Springs, pleaded guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana), a Class C felony, and was handed a deferred sentence of 180 days in the county jail, suspended conditioned with no further criminal offenses. He is to also pay $1,000 in fines, fees and costs.

Kurczek was arrested on July 20 after a law enforcement flyover of his residence, following a tip from a person looking at neighboring property.

Investigators found 52 plants being raised in buckets which were apparently being hand-watered. Two vehicles were also found which belonged to Kurczek.

Robyn Lea Davis, 20, of Green Forest, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft of property and was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence.

Davis was arrested in mid-August after being caught on videotape taking cash at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Berryville, where she was employed.

Davis admitted to Berryville police that she took $40 on Aug. 14, but Wal-Mart estimated that she took between $2,000 and $3,000 between June and August of last year.

The charge was reduced from a felony due to issues regarding how much money was taken, according to?Closser.

In addition to the suspended jail sentence, Davis is to pay $150 in court costs, $800 in restitution to Wal-Mart, $100 to the public defender, and a $1,000 fine, with $500 suspended.

Carol Ann Dertinger, 47, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor terroristic threatening after a charge of retaliation against a witness was dismissed.

The charges arose from a Sept. 5 incident at the county courthouse when Dertinger threatened to kill her nephew who was a witness in a child custody case involving her grandchild.

She was handed a 30-day jail sentence and ordered to pay $750 in costs, fees and restitution to the county.

The retaliation charge was dismissed due to lack of a basis for such action.

Jimmy Emmanuel Sanchez was continued on probation on his 2005 forgery conviction after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor terroristic threatening and third-degree battery charges arising from a Sept. 4 incident at a Doxey Street apartment in Berryville.

In the later case, he was handed a suspended 120-day jail sentence along with 30 hours of community service. He is to also pay $1,000 in fines, costs and fees.

Sanchez' probation officer, Suzanne Villines, reported that Sanchez is doing well on probation and has completed an anger management course since his September arrest.

The September incident centered around a man who Sanchez struck because his former girlfriend liked the man.

Michael Grant Lewis, 26, of Green Forest, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor terroristic threatening and one count of misdemeanor harassing communications, and was handed a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay $750.

Lewis was also ordered to have no contact with his victims.

The charges arose from a series of events between May and October 2006, in which he threatened a man and a woman.

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