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Brothers plead not guilty to drug charges

Two brothers pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court to drug charges.

Isaac Ruiz, 19, of Van Buren and his brother Erik Ruiz, 22, of Siloam Springs are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and Erik Ruiz has an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Both men were arrested July 2 in a friend’s apartment after it was searched by police. Isaac Ruiz also was arrested on a bench warrant out of Fort Smith.

Both men are accused of being in possession of glass pipes used for smoking methamphetamine, and Erik Ruiz of having a plastic baggy containing some of the drug.

The public defender’s office entered the not guilty plea for both Ruiz brothers and waived formal arraignment before Judge Gary R. Cottrell.

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Timothy Roark, 32, of Alma pleaded not guilty to possession of hydromorphone, possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual offender. Crawford County sheriff’s deputies allege they found burnt spoons and a drug-filled syringe belonging to Roark during a July 4 vehicle search.

• Lois Roling, 40, of Cedarville pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Roling was arrested by Cedarville police after a methamphetamine pipe was found in a vehicle left at the scene of an accident.

• Jerri Wheeler, 25, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Van Buren police searched Wheeler’s apartment and arrested her July 2 after neighbors reported stolen several prescription medications.

• Justin Turner, 40, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to third-degree domestic battery, second offense. Turner is accused of beating his 24-year-old girlfriend during a drunken argument June 28.

• Jeffrey Brasuell, 35, pleaded not guilty to commercial burglary, theft of property and habitual offender, and also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received on previous charges, alleging these were new offenses and that he failed to pay more than $770 in fines, fees and court costs. Brasuell is accused of stealing from the auto center at Walmart.

• Henry Harcrow, 41, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to first-degree forgery. Harcrow was arrested July 9 after it was reported that he used counterfeit money to pay for a Dominoes pizza.

• Talina Richmond, 35, of Muldrow, Okla. pleaded not guilty to theft of property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Richmond is accused of going to Walmart with a juvenile, taking a cookware set from the shelf and returning it to the customer service desk, where she received a $217.91 gift card.

• Christopher Gray, 19, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, and failure to appear for an arraignment hearing on two of those charges. Gray was arrested by Van Buren police on a bench warrant during a routine traffic stop.

• Jason Nybye, 34, of Clarksville pleaded not guilty to failure to appear on December 2012 and October 2013 charges of theft by deception.

• Jonathan Barrientos, 31, of Morrilton pleaded not guilty to failure to appear on charges of felony second-degree forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card from April 18, 2013.

• Ashley Meadows, 31, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear for a petition to revoke hearing in January, to revoke sentencing he received on multiple counts of domestic battery, breaking and entering and theft of property, criminal mischief and habitual offender.

• Roberto Granados, 30, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to failure to appear to a May 17 petition to revoke hearing for the original charges of failure to appear and overdraft.

• Jeffery Hutchison, 42, of Ozark pleaded not guilty to failure to appear on a petition to revoke hearing and resisted a petition to revoke sentencing he received on charges of possession of an instrument of crime, alleging he failed to pay fines, court costs and fees.

• Dewayne Gates, 50, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 26, 2013, alleging he committed new offences of felony burglary, felony theft of property and first-degree criminal mischief.

• Chancey Tyler, 22, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke sentences he received Feb. 1, 2012, Dec. 10, 2012 and May 7, 2014, alleging he committed traffic violations and failed to pay more than $2,800 in restitution, fines, fees and court costs.

• Thadeius Jones, 27, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Jan. 17, alleging he failed to comply with the terms of his community service by failing to pass a drug test.

• Roberto Torres, 34, of Hackett resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Aug. 30, 2012, alleging he failed to pay $3,240 in fines.

• Tessa Plum, 32, of Mulberry resisted a petition to revoke sentencing, alleging she failed to comply with the terms of his community service by failing to pass a drug test.

• Janella Whiddon, 43, of Cedarville resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Feb. 20, 2008, alleging she failed to pay $3,675 in fines, fees and court costs.

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