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Alma woman accused of custody interference

An Alma mother accused of failing to return her child to the custodial father pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit.

Vanessa Rachelle Walton, 20, of Alma is charged with interference with custody.

According to an affidavit, the child’s father was granted custody April 29 while the mother was awarded standard visitation.

Walton had the child over Mother’s Day weekend but failed to return the child to the custodial parent, taking the child to Oklahoma, the sheriff’s department affidavit states.

Fort Smith Attorney Kenny Goza entered the not guilty plea for Walton, who is free on a signature bond, and waived formal arraignment before Judge Gary R. Cottrell.

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• William Tournay, 25, and Kayla Dawn Fox, 18, both of Ozark pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and no seat belt. Tournay and Fox were arrested May 17 by a Van Buren police officer following a traffic stop for no seat belt.

• Thomas Edward Garcia, 32, of Paris pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Garcia was arrested May 12 by a Van Buren police officer who was checking a suspicious vehicle at a car wash.

• Shawna Marie Ryan, 35, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of forgery in the second degree. Ryan is accused of forging 10 checks totaling $675.27 on her stepfather’s account between March 19 and April 21.

• Ashley Renee Starts, 37, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 14 plea or trial request on a charge of violation of a protection order. Starts also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Jan. 10 for aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a minor and violation of a protection order, alleging she violated terms of probation and failed to pay fines and court costs.

• Kyra Lynn Phillips, 20, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a May 12 pre-trial hearing on charges of residential burglary and theft of property.

• Robert Lloyd Lewis, 48, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 30 petition to revoke hearing, alleging he failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs on a Sept. 9, 2011, conviction for overdraft.

• Brett Floyd Walters, 24, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Oct. 25, 2013, for possession of hydrocodone and possession of marijuana, alleging he failed to pay fines and court costs.

• Glennell Delain Brasuell, 42, of Rudy resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received May 3, 2013, for commercial burglary and theft of property, alleging she violated terms of probation.

• George Washington Brown, 40, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Oct. 23, 2013, for theft of services and failure to appear, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Anthony Harrell Flanagan, 23, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 20, 2013, for delivery of oxycodone and possession of oxycodone, alleging he was arrested April 25 for theft of property and criminal mischief.

• Kathlene Marie Reed, 36, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Aug. 20, 2012, for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, alleging she violated terms of probation and was arrested May 12 for endangering the welfare of a minor.

• Jody Nicholas Jowers, 35, of Lexington, Tenn., resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received March 20, 2009, for forgery, alleging he has failed to pay restitution.

• Jamie Dewayne Jerrell, 39, of Natural Dam resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Feb. 10, 2009, for delivery of Roxicodone and delivery of oxycodone, alleging he was arrested Nov. 19, 2013, in Sebastian County for refusal to submit to arrest and a parole violation.

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