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VB man enters not guilty plea

A Van Buren man accused of slapping women on the buttocks at Walmart pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Christopher Allen White, 48, is charged with two counts of sexual assault in the second degree.

Two women told Van Buren police Jan. 17 they were shopping at Walmart when a male in an electric scooter rode by them and grabbed their buttocks.

Detective Donald Eversole said one assault was captured on video and the second offense was witnessed by another person.

White refused to speak to police about the alleged incidents, Eversole said.

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

Also Wednesday, Christopher Lynn Schwartz, 33, of Van Buren, the father of a child who ingested amphetamine, pleaded not guilty to first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

The mother of the child, Tara Raeann Stover, 31, also of Van Buren, pleaded not guilty to the same charge Jan. 22.

According to an affidavit on file in the prosecuting attorney’s office, the then 10-month-old child was life-flighted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where doctors determined the baby had ingested the amphetamine.

Schwartz, Stover and another person living at the residence told detectives they had ingested methamphetamine two weeks prior to the child being air-lifted to Little Rock, the affidavit states.

It further states police officers found items of drug paraphernalia and a baggie containing meth residue at the residence. The baggie was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock.

The public defender’s office represents both Schwartz and Stover.

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Andy Wayne Flaherty, 26, and Brittany Nicole Priest, 20, both of Van Buren, pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Flaherty and Priest were arrested Jan. 15 by a Van Buren police officer investigating a theft in the 400 block of South Fourth Street.

• Jacob Caldwell Russell, 26, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to breaking or entering and theft of property. Russell is accused of breaking into a storage building at a residence in the 2800 block of Richmond Road Aug. 7.

• Sampson Bennett, 28, of Shawnee, Okla., pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and criminal trespass. Bennett was arrested Jan. 18 by a Van Buren police officer investigating a report of a trespasser in the 2300 block of Amy Court.

• Michael Wayne Morris, 48, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to register as a sex offender and habitual offender. Morris allegedly registered as a sex offender in Fort Smith but had been living in Van Buren since November.

• Jason Sean Blockburger, 41, of Rogers pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault in the second degree and habitual offender. Blockburger is accused of sexual misconduct with a 5-year-old boy from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 1.

• Charles Carter III, 28, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to theft of a controlled substance and theft of property. Carter allegedly took cash and prescription pills from a residence in the 2200 block of Rena Valley Circle May 10, 2013.

• William Thomas Cragg, 22, of Greenwood pleaded not guilty to theft of property. Gragg is accused of taking a cell phone from Casino Pawn Oct. 24.

• Cody Dale Kirby, 26, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Jan. 10 status hearing on charges of commercial burglary, residential burglary, criminal mischief, theft of property and habitual offender.

• Andrew Williams Downs, 29, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Jan. 13 mandatory hearing on charges of driving while intoxicated, careless driving, driving while license suspended and no liability insurance.

• Muktar Ali Abdul-Khaliq, 30, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Jan. 10 status hearing on a charge of voyeurism.

• Kevin Leroy Gilliam, 36, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Nov. 9, 2009, for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and felon in possession of a firearm, alleging he has violated terms of probation and parole and was convicted Aug. 28 of theft by receiving.

• Aimee Jean Marley, 23, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Dec. 20 for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, alleging she violated terms of drug court.

• Kendall Wayne Murphy, 26, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 25 for residential burglary, theft of property, commercial burglary, breaking or entering and assault in the first degree, alleging he violated terms of drug court.

• Brian Keith Conley, 43, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received July 24, 2013, for delivery of methamphetamine, failure to appear and habitual offender, alleging he violated terms of drug court.

• Tammie Dawn Locklear, 36, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Jan. 25, 2012, for forgery and theft of property, alleging she has failed to pay fines and court costs.

• Troy Dewayne Ball, 38, of Mulberry resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received May 10, 2012, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding, alleging he has failed to pay fines and court costs and violated terms of probation.

• Stephanie Renee Langley, 32, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Oct. 5, 2012, for hindering apprehension, alleging she has failed to pay fines and fees.

• Larissa Jeanne Garner, 25, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Feb. 22, 2012, for fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of a controlled substance, alleging she violated terms of probation and failed to pay fines and fees.

• Christopher Lee Sells, 30, of Siloam Springs resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Nov. 4, 2011, for conspiracy to possess Roxicodone with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by receiving, alleging he failed to do community service.

• Roy Dustin Taylor, 23, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received April 6, 2011, for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, alleging he has failed to pay fines, court costs and fees.

• Darlene Michelle Fitzgerald, 35, of Dardanelle resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received April 18, 2008, for theft of property and forgery, alleging she has failed to pay restitution.

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