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Mountainburg man charged with child pornography

A Mountainburg man who allegedly solicited sex from someone he thought was an 11-year-old girl but actually was a Van Buren police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Nicholas Dalton Wilbanks, 19, is charged with computer child pornography.

Detective Donald Eversole was pretending to be the 11-year-old after the girl’s mother contacted police about a 19-year-old messaging her daughter.

After Eversole began posing as the 11-year-old, Wilbanks send a nude picture and suggested a meeting in Van Buren for sex. Police arrested Wilbanks at the pre-arranged location.

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

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• David Eugene Lloyd, 49, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to second-degree battery, resisting arrest, first-degree criminal mischief and habitual offender. Lloyd was arrested June 7 after sheriff’s deputies were called to a disturbance at a residence in the 5600 block of U.S. 64.

• David Wayne Adkins, 42, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to non-support, alleging he owes more than $11,000 in child-support payments.

• Joe Hughie Bell, 49, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing in a vehicle, possession of marijuana, fleeing on foot and habitual offender. Bell was arrested June 15 after sheriff’s deputies attempting to stop a vehicle for speeding on Shibley Road.

• Christopher Scott Gregory, 42, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of methadone with purpose to deliver. Gregory was arrested on the drug charge June 17 when being taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. He also pleaded not guilty to felon in possession of a firearm, alleging he pawned a derringer and two rifles.

• Gary Lee Freeman, 47, of Cedarville pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and habitual offender. Freeman was arrested June 14 by Cedarville police after allegedly hitting a man in the chest with a hammer.

• Franklin Logan Ray Bowlin, 19, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Bowlin was arrested June 13 after Van Buren police stopped a vehicle for a seat belt violation.

• Michael Paul Turner, 34, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to fraudulent use of a credit or debit card and theft of property - credit or debit card. Turner allegedly used his mother’s debit card April 3-4.

• Lawrence Wayne Dunbar, 53, of Mulberry pleaded not guilty to breaking or entering and theft of property. Dunbar allegedly took tools and a satellite radio from a vehicle Nov. 26, 2011. Dunbar also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 7, 2010, for residential burglary and felon in possession of a firearm, based on the new charges.

• Reba Pauline Mullens, 79, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, second-degree battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Mullens was arrested May 25 after sheriff’s deputies were called to a disturbance in the 6000 block of Dogwood Heights. Mullens allegedly choked her daughter-in-law, kicked a deputy and resisted arrest.

• Daniel Ray Hurst Jr., 29, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Hurst was arrested after sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate an abandoned vehicle on Collum Lane May 21.

• Tiffany Lacola Ervin, 31, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to delivery of oxycodone. Ervin allegedly sold oxycodone to a confidential informant for the drug task force Nov. 22, 2013.

• Scotty Ray Langley, 29, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received April 13, 2011, for delivery of marijuana, residential burglary and theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay restitution.

• Daniel James Chester, 28, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 30, 2010, for delivery of Roxicodone, alleging he was arrested May 29 for residential burglary, criminal mischief, interference with communications, theft of property and endangering the welfare of a minor.

• Billy Joe Nelson, 33, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 12, 2008, for delivery of methamphetamine, forgery and theft of property, alleging he was arrested May 13 for battery.

• Anthony Argus Hignite, 42, of Stilwell resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received May 9, 2005, for nonsupport, alleging he has failed to pay court costs.

• Roy Dale McDonner Jr., 41, of Ozark resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Dec. 9, 2002, for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to possess drug paraphernalia, alleging he was arrested March 13 for rape and habitual offender.

• Tommy Mathew Landers Jr., 39, of Griffinville, Ark., resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Jan. 17, 1992, for theft by receiving and Oct. 20, 1999, for forgery and theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay restitution.

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