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VB man pleads not guilty to rape charges

A Van Buren man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court to two counts of rape.

James Anthony Ramsey, 20, is accused of having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl on two occasions during the Christmas holiday, according to reports in the prosecuting attorney’s office.

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

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Ellis Lee Brisher, 48, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest and fleeing on foot. Brisher was arrested Jan. 6 by a Van Buren police officer who was responding to a physical disturbance at 802 Quail Creek.

• Christopher Paul Ford, 19, of Alma pleaded not guilty to second-degree battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Ford was arrested Jan. 7 by a Van Buren police officer who was responding to a physical disturbance on North 13th Street.

• Louis Lee Napier III, 25, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to violation of a protective order. Napier is accused of texting and making numerous attempts to contact an individual who has an order of protection from Nov. 18 to Dec. 4.

• Jacob Dan Curry, 23, of Cedarville pleaded not guilty to theft by receiving. Curry allegedly pawned guns which were loaned to him in October.

• Melissa Sue Johnson, 28, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, delivery of methamphetamine, maintaining premises for drug sales, delivery of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson allegedly sold meth and marijuana to a confidential informant for the drug task force Dec. 3.

• Jessica Danae Malone, 25, of Ratliff City, Okla., pleaded not guilty to first-degree forgery and shoplifting. Malone is accused of using a false name when she was arrested Aug. 20, 2012, for shoplifting at Walmart.

• Jason Steven Nybye, 33, of Clarksville pleaded not guilty to theft of property by deception. Nybye was allegedly paid $1,004 to do some painting for an individual in October which he did not do.

• Thomas Dell McKenzie, 55, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an Aug. 23 inquiry to counsel on charges of possession of oxycodone and carrying a weapon.

• Joshua Keith Frazier, 19, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an Oct. 7 plea or trial request on charges of residential burglary and theft of property.

• Timothy Oscar Oliver, 28, of Mulberry pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an Aug. 12 plea or trial request on a charge of first-degree criminal mischief.

• Shane Lawrence McCormick, 27, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to counts of failure to appear, alleging he failed to appear at a pre-trial scheduling conference Nov. 25 on separate cases - one on charges of forgery, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and another on charges of theft of property, breaking or entering and criminal trespass.

• Bobby Wayne Tanner, 49, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received March 15, 2013, for failure to appear, possession of oxycodone and forgery, alleging he has failed to pay fines, costs and fees.

• Barry Lee Arvin Durham Jr., 43, of Ozark resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received April 13, 2012, for false imprisonment, and second offense domestic battery, alleging he violated parole and has failed to pay fines and costs.

• Crystal Dawn Adams-Ritchie, 30, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received June 3, 2011, for second-degree forgery, alleging she has failed to pay restitution and fees.

• Joshua Dale Roberts, 25, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received April 11, 2013, for theft of property, forgery and delivery of a controlled substance, alleging he has failed to pay restitution and fees.

• Thomas Wayne Jones Jr., 41, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 6, 2011, for nonsupport, alleging he has failed to do community service.

• Bobby Neil Zornes, 36, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Feb. 12, 1996, for commercial burglary and theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay restitution.

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