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Baxter County Sheriff’s Office faces lawsuit over alleged inmate-on-inmate assault

With the Tabitha King court case looming over the horizon, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has found itself at the center of a second lawsuit following a filing by a former Baxter County inmate alleging that the Sheriff’s Office failed to protect him from an inmate-on-inmate assault. Steven Ray Gauger, 31, of Mountain Home, alleges…

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Baxter County Sheriff’s Department to face claims of sexual harassment, retaliation in federal court

Baxter County and the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department are headed to federal court after a former employee filed a complaint with the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas alleging instances of sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation and negligence. Tabitha L. King, a former jailer and reserve deputy with the Baxter…

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Baxter County Quorum Court to revisit Sheriff’s Office new personnel policy in meeting tonight

The Baxter County Quorum Court will take another look at the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office new personnel policy after Baxter County Justice Ty Chapman and Dennis Frank put forth an eleventh-hour amendment to the court's agenda. Ordinance 2021-35, which separated the BCSO’s personnel policy from the county, would be repealed if passed. “There is a…

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