Independence County Circuit Court action: six charged in various cases


Six people have recently been charged in Independence County Circuit Court, with three in jail and warrants issued for the other three individuals.

Miranda L. Dunegan

One of the three currently in custody is Miranda L Dunegan (pictured), 40, of Little Rock. She was charged in June with two felonies: second-degree domestic battery and interference with emergency communications. Dunegan then failed to appear in court to answer those charges, according to authorities. She is also charged with one Class A misdemeanor — fraudulent use of a credit card. The court documents said Dunegan will not be allowed to bond.

Steven K. Winkle 29 Oil Trough

Stephen Winkle (pictured), 30, is charged with entering a residence in January and stealing property. Along with those two felonies, he is also charged with failure to appear in court in August to answer to those two charges. Winkle was taken into custody early Wednesday afternoon. He will not be allowed to bond out of jail, the court documents note.

Bobby Joe Baskins 34 Newark

The other person in custody and charged is Bobby Joe Baskins (pictured), 34, of Newark. He had been put on probation for possession of a controlled substance and then was found again to be in possession of meth, according to the court documents. Baskins is charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and the state is asking for his probation to be revoked. His bond is $25,000.

Warrants have been issued for the arrests of the other three individuals charged in court.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Jennifer Hartness, 44. She entered a negotiated plea of guilty to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 60 months probation, but the court documents say she violated several conditions of the probation sentence. The court information also says she tested positive for marijuana on one occasion and meth and other amphetamines on another occasion. She is also accused of not reporting as directed for office visits with her parole officer and moving without prior approval from her supervising officer. Hartness was also discharged from her court-ordered drug program for non-compliance with program rules. In addition to being behind on paying fees and fines that were ordered by the court, authorities note she also has not completed any of the 100 hours of community service as had been ordered by the circuit judge. She now faces probation revocation as well as the Class D felony charges. A bond is also not being allowed in her case.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Brooke Goodman, 29. Goodman entered a negotiated plea of guilty on two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and was sentenced to 60 months of probation. Then, according to the court records, she violated the conditions of that probation in eight areas. Some of those areas included testing positive for opiates, confessing to smoking marijuana, failing to report for office visits, failing to complete a court-ordered drug program, and more. She now goes back to court for the two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor as well as probation revocation. Her bond was set at $25,000.

The final arrest warrant was issued for Sonia Marie Young, 34. Young had been charged with possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of meth. She was sentenced to 12 months confinement in jail followed by a total of 60 months probation with various conditions. The court information said there were several instances in which she failed to meet those conditions. Young now has to face in court her original three felony charges plus probation revocation. The court said she will not be allowed to bond out of jail.

Images via Indpendence County Detention Facility

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