Mulberry man enters not guilty plea to assault, battery charges

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A Mulberry man accused of hiding from police in an attic and threatening his wife pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Mac Dale Pennington, 41, is charged with aggravated assault on a family or household member, first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and third-degree domestic battery.

According to Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory, Pennington and his wife got into a heated argument before using a hammer to break out the windows of the couple’s truck, sending broken glass onto two children.

Gregory said Pennington then locked himself in a house on East Seventh Street and used a crawl space in the living room to get into the attic where he remained until police threatened to release gas into the attic.

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

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• James Darryl Redding, 46, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Xanax and habitual offender. Redding was arrested April 8 when the drug task force executed a search warrant at a residence in the 800 block of North 24th Street.

• Jesse Dewayne Phenis, 25, of Alma pleaded not guilty to fourth offense driving while intoxicated and disorderly conduct. Phenis was arrested April 6 after sheriff’s deputies were called to a convenience store to investigate an apparent intoxicated person.

• Tessa Jane Harris, 31, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by deception. Harris is accused of using a business account to charge more than $4,000 in merchandise at a local hardware store. When arrested on a warrant April 28, she allegedly had a pipe.

• Mark Aaron Thomas, 30, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to residential burglary, theft of property and first-degree criminal mischief. Thomas allegedly broke into a house in the 300 block of North 15th Street in March, damaged furniture and stole an electric saw.

• Bryan Douglas Baggett, 26, of Cedarville pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Baggett was arrested April 27 following a traffic stop for a sheriff’s deputy. He pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Nov. 13, 2013, arraignment on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 14, 2012, for driving while intoxicated, alleging he has failed to pay fines and court costs.

• Christopher Lee Gray, 19, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to theft by receiving. Gray was arrested in connection with jewelry taken April 20-25 from a residence in the 300 block of South 42nd Street.

• Alex Randall Wolfe, 27, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to theft by receiving - firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of lorazepam and possession of tramadol. Wolfe allegedly stole a firearm from a Dora Road residence and was arrested April 28 after police were called to investigate a suspicious individual at a Kibler Road convenience store.

• Anthony Harrell Flanagan, 23, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to theft of property, first-degree criminal mischief and habitual offender. Flanagan is accused of stealing an inactive power line from property near the entrance to Lee Creek Park.

• Terry Lee Stephens, 38, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree criminal mischief, four counts of theft of property and habitual offender. Stephens is accused of taking air condition and heating units from local businesses April 6-24.

• Jason Wade Parr, 38, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to interference with custody, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and two counts of habitual offender. Parr allegedly harbored a 16-year-old runaway from Sept. 13 to Jan. 4 and sold meth to a confidential informant for the drug task force Sept. 12 and 27.

• Thomas Wesley Hurst, 48, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 14 plea or trial request on charges of possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest and habitual offender.

• Kyra Lynn Phillips, 20, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Feb. 10 plea or trial request on charges of residential burglary and theft of property. She also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Dec. 23, 2012, for theft of property, alleging she has failed to pay fines and court costs and was arrested March 10 for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Amber Renee King, 23, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to absconding and failure to appear. King allegedly left the county to avoid a March 17 case call on charges of forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

• Kyle Alexander Dustman, 21, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Oct. 9, 2012, for theft of property, alleging he failed to pay restitution and violated terms of probation.

• Brian Keith Blount, 34, of Muldrow resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Feb. 8, 2013, for theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Kayla Robbins, 27, of Mountainburg resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received May 14, 2012, for failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of hydrocodone, alleging she has failed probation and parole.

• Gabriel Alex Palacious, 26, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a March 13 petition to revoke hearing.

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