Woman receives jail time for second-degree forgery

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

EUREKA?SPRINGS -- A Joplin, Mo., woman pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree forgery Monday morning during circuit court action and was sentenced to six years in prison with two years suspended.

Heather Lee Hovarter, 28, was charged in two cases with three counts of second-degree forgery, involving more than $2,600 in bad checks written on another woman's account in September to Berryville area businesses.

The second count of the earliest case was dismissed, and the six-year sentence applies to each of the remaining two charges, running concurrently.

In addition, Hovarter is to pay $150 in court costs, a $250 DNA detection fee, a $20 booking fee, and a $1,000 fine, of which $500 is suspended. She is to also pay $220 in restitution to a Holiday Island grocery store.

Michael Bradley Riggs, 21, of Berryville, pleaded guilty to commercial burglary, and misdemeanor charges of theft of property, third-degree escape and second-degree assault.

His charges arise from events of mid-June in which he took cigarettes from a store on Ark. Hwy. 21, and after being apprehended, took off handcuffs and removed his seat belt to get out of a moving police vehicle at U.S. Hwy. 62 and Hailey Road.

He was placed on four years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay $150 in court costs, a $1,000 fine, $5127 in victim restitution, a $250 DNA?detection fee, $100 to the public defender, and an amount to be determined on Dec. 10 to the sheriff's office on the felony. On the misdemeanors he is to serve 150 days in the county jail.

Joshua "Josh" David Grunwald, 31, of Eureka Springs pleaded no contest to reduced charges of misdemeanor terroristic threatening and criminal mischief arising from a late March incident in which he threatened to burn down his father's house and broke various personal items throughout the home.

After consulting with attorneys, Judge Alan Epley pronounced guilt, and handed Grunwald a 270-day jail sentence with credit for 180 days served, and ordered him to pay $150 in court costs and a $1,000 fine, of which $750 is suspended.

Richard Dale Gregory III, 18, of Berryville pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and was handed a suspended 120-day jail sentenced with payment of $150 in court costs, $1,770.37 in victim restitution, $100 to the public defender, and a $1,000 fine of which $500 is suspended.

Gregory was arrested on Aug. 16 in connection with a July 31 incident at a residence on County Road 677 in which he drove a woman's pickup into a garage damaging the garage doors and a grill.

In a competency hearing, Lorie Ann?Tanner, 38, of Green Forest was determined to be suffering from mental disease, and was remanded to the sheriff's custody pending transport to the director of the Department of Human Services.

Tanner was facing charges of first-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a minor, having driven repeatedly into the trailer home of her mother, where her son was staying, on June 9. In doing so, witnesses stated she ran over yard furniture and a swing set. She also was reported to have thrown a .22 rifle at her 14-year-old son, wanting him to shoot her.

In revocation proceedings, Stacia Lea Elder, 34, of Ozark, Ark., pleaded true to allegations and was ordered to serve six months in a Regional Punishment Facility, running concurrently with a case in?Franklin County. She wrote checks, totaling $1,302.59 with fees to Wal-Mart Supercenter in Berryville in April 2005.

At the time of Elder's revocation action, emergency medical technicians responded to the back of the courtroom where Ricky E. Overton, 44, of Berryville, was apparently having a seizure.

Overton was to have been arraigned on charges of theft by receiving and possession a vehicle without a manufacturer's number, but that arraignment was continued due to his medical condition.

Also in revocation action, Edward Jacob Hunt, 27, hometown unknown, pleaded true to allegations and was continued on probation with six years in prison suspended conditioned with perfect compliance. Hunt was convicted in a 2005 case in which he entered the home of a rural Oak Grove man and beat him.

Also, Julia Ann (Akins) Blalock, 30, of Berryville and Harrison, admitted to the allegations of non-payment in a petition for revocation and was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail with $20 credit for each day served, and with credit for 33 days already served.

Blalock was convicted in a 2002 case involving delivery of marijuana and methamphetamine in early 2000.

The arraignment of Shawn Michael Adamson, 43, of Eureka Springs, was waived. He faces a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card, involving a wedding planner using his inn for an wedding.

Other arraignments included:

* Jeremy Thomas Shaw, 21, of Berryville, formerly of Harrison -- Theft of property. He allegedly took a debit card from a former girlfriend and withdrew $592 in two transactions in early August.

* Michael Shawn Carpenter, 21, of Berryville -- First-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree domestic battery, Class D felonies. In June he allegedly threatened to cut his pregnant girlfriend with a knife to her stomach and hit her with a tire iron.

* James Michael Mallett, 34, of Harrison -- Theft, a Class B felony. In late October he allegedly took a pickup, valued a $5,990, from?Berryville Auto.

* Omar Portillo, 30, of Berryville -- Second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony, and sexual indecency with a child, a Class D felony. His charges arise from two incidents, involving a juvenile family member and a girl residing on Bunch?Springs Road.

* Keith Owens, 39, of Blue Eye, Mo. -- Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges arise from a late October incident in which a deputy saw Owens pulled over to the side of County?Road 403, and found an ice chest containing marijuana and pipes. According to records, Owens is a registered sex offender.

* Bobby Clark Swofford, 33, of Blue Eye, Mo. -- First-degree terrorististc threatening, a Class D felony, Permanent detention, a Class D felony, and permanent detention, a Class b felony. Swofford allegedly held his infant son and his girlfriend's daughter in a locked house after threatening to take himself and his son "to heaven" on Oct. 11.

* Michael Scott Simpson, 40, of Fayetteville -- Fraudulent use of a credit card, a Class C felony/. He allegedly used a Fayetteville woman's credit card to make between $548.94 and $567.94 in purchases at various Eureka Springs businesses on Nov. 25, 2006.

Earlier court pleadings

Afternoon criminal court proceedings on Nov. 4 in Berryville included a plea of guilty to second-offense third-degree battery, a Class D felony, by Leslie Ann Estelle-Asbury, 43, of Eureka Springs.

In late June, she assaulted her husband with a hammer during an altercation involving car keys.

Estelle-Asbury was placed on one year of unsupervised probation with payment of $770 in fines, costs and fees. Acceptance of her plea was deferred.

A second case, in which she is charged with filing a false report to law enforcement, a Class D felony, was continued for six months.

Also, on Nov. 4 a charge of non-support, a Class D felony, against Milford Wayne Floyd, 48, of Huntsville, was dismissed.

In revocation proceedings, Anthony Neff Denney, 30, of Green Forest, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with work release and running concurrently with a second case, for contempt due to non-payment. His probation was also extended for two years. He was convicted on a September 2004 charge of second-degree domestic battery, a Class B felony.

The concurrent case dated to June 17 when Denney held a woman over the railing off a balcony at Smally Apartments, resulting in charges of aggravated assault and fleeing.

That case was reported in error earlier as being against Jeremy?Chad Powell, 27, of Berryville, who actually pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic battery resulting from a Sept. 6 incident in which he threw a pregnant woman across a couch, in the presence of a child, at a residence on?West Freeman Street.

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