Monday was a busy day in Faulkner County Circuit Court, with 60 pages in the court schedule and about 165 cases lined up for hearings at the county’s Criminal Justice Center. Appearing before Judge Charles E. Clawson Jr., defendants and their attorneys addressed pretrial proceedings, plea deals and sentencing procedures.
Cases on the docket for Monday included:
• Deborah Montgomery-Bland, 55, who is charged with negligent homicide, a Class B felony.
The Log Cabin Democrat previously reported that Montgomery-Bland left the scene of an accident last June that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old resident, Mattie Reynolds.
Montgomery-Bland’s vehicle crossed into the victim’s lane and struck her vehicle. Reynolds was driving eastbound on Highway 64 near Liberty Road when Montgomery-Bland, who was driving west on Highway 64, struck the victim head on. Montgomery-Bland has a new pretrial hearing set for April 20 at 9 a.m.
• Chase Anthony Norton, 24, who is charged with second-degree battery. According to a Faulkner County Circuit Court affidavit, Norton allegedly punched a male victim in the jaw during a party at South Mitchell Street in Conway. The victim’s injuries required surgery after his jaw was broken in three places. Norton was not present at the justice building and a new hearing is set for June 15 at 9 a.m.
• Nathaniel Brian Clark, 23, who is charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts.
The counts include simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, a Class Y felony; possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, a Class C felony; theft by receiving, a Class D felony; possession of a handgun on public school property, a Class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; driving while license to operate a vehicle is canceled, suspended or revoked, a Class U misdemeanor; failure to present motor vehicle insurance coverage proof, a Class U misdemeanor; and violation of a city noise ordinance. According to an affidavit, police heard loud music coming from his Toyota Camry last October, which instigated a traffic stop at Marion Ross and Emma Rasor on the University of Central Arkansas campus. Police noticed the smell of marijuana coming from Clark’s car. A car search followed and a 9mm handgun was found in the car on university property. A pretrial hearing is set for June 15 at 9 a.m.
• Rolandis Larenzo Chatmon, 26, who is charged with three counts aggravated residential burglary and one count of rape — Class Y felonies — as well as theft of property obtained by threat of serious injury and possession of firearms by certain persons, Class B felonies.
The incidents occurred in early May 2012, according to Arkansas CourtConnect.
According to the Log Cabin, jurors found Chatmon guilty in 2013 on three counts of aggravated robbery and theft of property as part of a separate incident May 15, 2012. He received three life sentences on all three counts of aggravated robbery.
A pretrial hearing is set for June 15 at 9 a.m. A comprehensive listing of circuit course cases on the docket in Faulkner County, as well as other Arkansas counties, can be found on the Arkansas CourtConnect website, caseinfo.aoc.arkansas.gov.
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