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Sheriff Montgomery cleared of all wrongdoing as former jailer drops final complaint against county, reaches settlement former Sergeant

The legal battle between former Baxter County Jailer Tabitha King, Baxter County and Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery and his former Sergeant is over. In a press release issued Thursday, legal council for Sheriff John Montgomery and the county revealed that all six claims against the Sheriff in his individual capacity were dismissed with prejudice…

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Settlement agreement reached in former jailer’s suit against Baxter County, Sheriff, and former sergeant accused of sexual assault

The lawsuit against Baxter County, Sheriff John Montgomery, and former Baxter County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Steven Goode by former BCSO Jailer Tabitha King is over following Judge Mark Ford’s announcement yesterday that all parties had reached a settlement that resolved all of King’s claims. The settlement comes after Judge Ford granted a mixed summary judgment…

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Yellville man sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for online sexual enticement of a minor

Isaac James Melder, age 42, of Yellville was sentenced on February 13, 2024, to 360 months in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of communicating with a minor through the internet to entice the minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.  The Honorable Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing…

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As new bail reforms go into effect, Sheriff Montgomery says county jail not at risk for overcrowding

It’s a new year and that means a fresh new set of laws are now official. While most laws going into effect won’t have a major impact on the day-to-day lives of Baxter County residents, the state’s recent changes to how bail works have some local citizens concerned about potential overcrowding in Baxter County’s jail.…

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King breaks silence over Sheriff Montgomery, seeks rape charge against former Sergeant Goode

The lawsuit against Baxter County and its popular Sheriff has seen some movement over the past few months, with a new trial date being set for Sept. 25 following revelations that former Baxter County jailer Tabitha King was attempting to have rape charges filed against former Baxter County Sergeant Steven Goode. King’s court case has…

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