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VB woman faces multiple charges

A Van Buren woman accused in four separate incidents of theft and fraud pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Tessa Jane Harris, 31, is charged with five counts of second-degree forgery, alleging she cashed stolen checks May 5. In another case, she is charged with two counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, alleging she used a stolen debit card May 6.

In a third case, Harris is charged with theft of property - credit/debit card. She is accused of charging $1,489 in merchandise at Mulberry Lumber Co. April 30, using the account of Basham Construction.

Harris also is charged with non-financial identity fraud, theft of property and two counts of second-degree forgery, alleging she forged checks May 8.

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

Harris is being held in the Crawford County Detention Center on $36,000 bond.

Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Benjamin Thomas Berard, 24, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to residential burglary and theft of property. Berard is accused of taking prescription medicine from a residence on Mountain Grove Road on May 15.

• Zachary Wood Paschael, 20, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to possession of oxycodone, possession of carisoprodol, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and driving while license suspended. Paschael was arrested May 17 following a traffic stop by a Van Buren police officer for no brake lights.

• Jerry Edward Camp, 49, of Harrando, Miss., pleaded not guilty to possession of methadone. Camp was arrested May 13 during a motor carrier inspection by Arkansas Highway Police.

• George Edward Jones III, 25, of Alma pleaded not guilty to possession of oxycodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Jones was arrested May 15 after a vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped by a Van Buren police officer for careless driving.

• Julia Faye Jordan, 23, of Mulberry pleaded not guilty to theft of a controlled substance. Jordan is accused of taking her grandmother’s lock-box containing prescription medicine Feb. 16.

• Robert Joseph Tinkle Jr., 46, of Kansas, Okla., pleaded not guilty to residential burglary and theft of property. Tinkle allegedly broke into a cabin in Crawford County, taking a new oven/range, air conditioning unit and ladder.

• Crystal Dawn Ross, 26, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to filing a false police report. It is alleged she falsely told police Sept. 4, 2013, her boyfriend threatened to rape her and leave her in a ditch.

• John Thomas Bell, 40, of Paris pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Bell was arrested May 12 by a Van Buren police officer investigating a suspicious vehicle parked at a car wash.

• Tonya Sue McCully, 44, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. McCully was arrested May 13 by a Van Buren police officer who stopped a vehicle for speeding.

• Cody Van Cooper, 18, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Cooper was arrested May 6 after a Van Buren police officer stopped a vehicle for driving left of center.

• Brad Jefferson Phillips, 36, of Rudy pleaded not guilty to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Phillips is accused of filling a prescription for his father without his father’s permission.

• Steven Allen Yancey, 35, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to failing to register as a sex offender. Yancey allegedly moved from a Mulberry residence without notifying authorities.

• Leon Eugene McAnelly, 49, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death and careless and prohibited driving. McAnelly allegedly flipped a Jeep on Mote Road in Mountainburg Sept. 22, 2012, and left the scene after a passenger was injured.

• Joshua Bert Bolin, 35, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and theft of property. Bolin is accused of shoplifting at Walmart and allegedly had meth and drug paraphernalia in his possession when police went to arrest him May 12.

• Alex Cooper Ervin, 33, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to delivery of oxycodone, alleging he sold oxycodone to a confidential informant for the drug task force on July 17, 2012. Ervin also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received July 17, 2012, for residential burglary and theft of property, alleging he was arrested Oct. 17, 2013, in Springdale for theft of property.

• Michelle Nicole Craig, 28, of Spiro pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Dec. 17 plea or trial request on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Travis Dean Roberts, 25, of Uniontown pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 30 petition to revoke hearing.

• Joseph Alan Jester, 34, of Hot Springs pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 8, 2013, plea or trial request on charges of commercial burglary, theft of property and habitual offender.

• Amber Lynn Gray, 26, of Alma pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a May 7 plea or trial request on a charge of possession of an instrument of crime.

• Billy Joe Beard, 39, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a May 8 petition to revoke hearing.

• Thomas Dewayne Grace, 26, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Feb. 8, 2013, for theft of property, terroristic threatening, driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Michelle Alexandra Vincent, 30, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Sept. 9, 2009, for fraudulent use of a credit card, alleging she has failed to pay restitution. Vincent also pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a March 26 arraignment on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card.

• Keana Renea Robins, 20, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Jan. 13 for forgery, breaking or entering and theft of property, alleging she has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Joshua Martin Gregory, 24, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Nov. 15, 2013, for criminal mischief, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs and was arrested Feb. 4 for residential burglary.

• Delancy Shay Knight, 28, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Dec. 12, 2011, for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving while intoxicated and unauthorized use of a vehicle, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Dane Frederick Johns, 23, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Nov. 14, 2012, for possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault on a family or household member and resisting arrest, alleging he has failed to pay fines and court costs.

• Justin David Garrett, 37, of Mountainburg resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Dec. 28, 2012, for theft by receiving, alleging he has failed to do community service.

• Crystal Dawn Ritchie-Adams, 30, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received June 3, 2011, for forgery, alleging she failed to do community service.

• Joseph David Cowan, 24, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Feb. 7, 2011, for theft of property, violation of a protection order, fleeing, alleging he has failed to pay restitution and was arrested Jan. 29 for breaking or entering and theft of property.

• Garland Ray Phillips, 56, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 20, 2005, for overdraft, alleging he has failed to pay restitution.

• John Patrick Elliott, 42, of Rudy resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Oct. 13, 2009, for furnishing prohibited articles, alleging he was arrested in April for reckless burning, arson and resisting arrest.

• Clyde Benjamin Thornton, 37, of Mableville resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received July 11, 2011, for forgery, alleging he has failed to pay restitution.

• Henry Marcell Stewart, 42, of Kibler resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Aug. 16, 1990, for theft by receiving, alleging he has failed to pay restitution.

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