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Man pleads not guilty to burglary charge

A Van Buren man accused of burglarizing a Dollar General store pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Cody Dale Kirby, 26, is charged with two counts of commercial burglary, theft of property, first-degree criminal mischief and habitual offender.

It is alleged Kirby broke out the front window of the Dollar General at 4217 Kibler Road in Van Buren on Oct. 26 and Oct. 29.

In both burglaries, the suspect walked up to the front door, broke the glass door with a hammer and stole cigarettes, candy and other items from the store, according to police reports. The suspect was caught on video both times.

Store employees saw a man come into the store during regular business hours wearing the same clothing as the man in the video and called the police, reports states.

Investigators developed Kirby as a suspect and went to Kirby’s home where they found the clothing worn during the burglaries and some of the stolen items, police reported.

Kirby also entered not guilty pleas in two other cases charging him with residential burglary, four counts of theft of property - firearm, two counts of theft of property, breaking or entering, first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of habitual offender.

In one case, it is alleged Kirby stolen cooper from a residence Oct. 31 which he later sold.

In another, he and Michael Karl Robertson, 24, of Fort Smith are accused of taking firearms and other items in a residential break-in.

Robertson also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of residential burglary, four counts of theft of property - firearm and theft of property in an Oct. 6 break-in.

The public defender’s office represents both Kirby and Robertson.

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Judge Gary R. Cottrell were:

• Roy Eugene Black, 38, of Spiro pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Sept. 18 court date on a charge of second-degree battery.

• Dakota Lane Likens, 19, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to violation of a protective order. Likens is accused of texting and attempting to contact by phone Sept. 18-23 a woman who had obtained an order of no contact.

• Daniel Joseph Pruitt, 28, of Altus pleaded not guilty to five counts of second-degree forgery and habitual offender. Pruitt allegedly used another person’s account to charge gasoline and other items at Farmers Coop in May and July.

• Shawn Gregory Jahn, 25, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and obstructing governmental operations. Jahn was arrested Nov. 3 after Van Buren police attempted to serve a warrant at a local apartment. When told the woman was not at the residence, officers saw her flee through a back door, an arrest report states.

• Venus Michelle Frazier, 38, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and habitual offender. Frazier was arrested Nov. 2 following a traffic stop by a Van Buren police officer.

• Chad Richard Goff, 39, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to non-support, alleging he owes $18,286.49 in child-support.

• Jessie Marie Fuller, 27, of Alma pleaded not guilty to possession of oxycodone and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fuller was arrested Nov. 3 by a Van Buren police officer investigating a woman passed out in a vehicle at a local gas station.

• Franklin Eli Dozier, 37, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to violation of a protective order. Dozier allegedly texted his wife four times Oct. 29, the day a judge signed an order of no contact.

• Marcus Landon Owen, 22, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of oxycodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended or revoked. Owen was arrested Oct. 24 after being stopped by a Van Buren police officer for expired license tags. Owen also pleaded not guilty to failure to appear, alleging he failed to appear in court Nov. 6 for arraignment.

• Fawnia Jean Huerta, 42, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a June 21 status hearing on charges of two counts of delivery of hydrocodone.

• Roderick Andre Billingsley, 52, of Alma pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a March 7 petition to revoke hearing.

• Josh Allen Rotramel, 30, of Barling pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an Aug. 15 petition to revoke hearing.

• Charles Tyler Joslin, 22, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Aug. 7 for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine, alleging he violated terms of drug court.

• Andrew James Gray, 28, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 6, 2011, for possession of drug paraphernalia, residential burglary, theft of property, commercial burglary and criminal mischief, alleging he has failed to pay restitution and was arrested Oct. 1 for possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

• Josh Leon Lee, 36, of Paris resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 6, 2012, for failure to appear and theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay fines and court costs.

• Ryan James Whitson, 29, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Aug. 6, 2010, for breaking or entering and theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay fines, court costs and restitution.

• Thomas Larry Green, 43, of Dyer resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Oct. 21, 2009, for second-degree forgery, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

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