From the past several months of stories, it looks like you all are going to have to start filtering your water better. This Alamo guy is a real tool.
Prisoner’s body found following Sunday shootings
Authorities: Beavers apparently shot 2 people and then himself while on furlough from prison
By Jim Williamson Texarkana Gazette
NASHVILLE, Ark.—After searching all night, law enforcement authorities Monday morning found the body of a 28-year-old state prisoner who apparently shot himself after he shot a woman and a man Sunday during an argument while he was on a prison furlough.
The body of Craig Beavers of Nashville was found about 8:30 a.m. Monday about 1/2-mile south of a residence at 3121 Arkansas Highway 371.
Beavers’ body was found by Arkansas Department of Correction officers searching on horseback, said Howard County Sheriff Butch Morris.
A .25-caliber pistol was found near Beavers, and Morris said it appears Beavers had been shot once in the head.
Beavers’ body will be taken today to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine whether the fatal wound was self-inflicted, Morris said.
During an argument Sunday, Beavers shot Terrill Johnson, 36, a female, and Tyreace Miller, 38, a male, after breaking into a house just before 3:30 p.m.
Johnson was shot once in the left arm while Miller was shot twice, once in the mouth and once in the groin. Johnson was treated and released from Howard County Memorial Hospital.
Miller was treated at the Nashville hospital and later transferred to UAMS in Little Rock where he was listed in stable condition.
Beavers had been released from the Arkansas Department of Correction on Friday on a furlough. Johnson had sponsored his release for the weekend from the state prison unit near Pine Bluff, said Morris.
A prisoner can be released from prison on a furlough based on good behavior and when the prisoner is considered nonviolent, Morris said. A person must sponsor the prisoner and is responsible for the prisoner to be returned to the state unit.
Beavers was staying in a Nashville motel and apparently someone gave him a ride to Johnson’s house about 6 miles west of Nashville on Saturday, Morris said. He reportedly broke out a windshield of a vehicle parked at the house Saturday. Johnson’s father reportedly convinced Beavers to leave. Morris said it’s unknown how Beavers arrived at the house Sunday or how he obtained a pistol.
After the shooting Sunday, Beavers ran south of the house.
Howard County sheriff’s deputies and Nashville Police contained the area until the ADC tracking dogs were brought to the scene to start a search.
The search continued all night and the state police helicopter was called to assist .
About 8:30 a.m. Monday, the horseback team found Beavers’ body about 1/2 mile from the house.
Beavers was serving a 13-year prison sentence for possession of drugs with intent to deliver.
He was sentenced Sept. 20, 2006, for the Howard County drug charges.
Beavers had been sentenced Aug. 7, 2002, for felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 60 months in prison.
His criminal history started in 1997 when he was convicted of aggravated assault in Hempstead County and drug charges in Hempstead County in 1998, 2000 and 2002, according to the A DC Inmate Information Search.
Beavers was participating in a work-release program at the Pine Bluff unit, which qualified him for a furlough.
Ministries target of child porn probe
By Jim Williamson Texarkana Gazette
FOUKE, Ark.—Federal and state authorities, prompted by allegations of child pornography being produced on site, executed search warrants Saturday evening at Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.
Shortly before 6 p.m., agents from the FBI, Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Department of Human Services converged on the multiresidential compound, which sits on the equivalent of a half- mile square. For about an hour, search teams were seen entering the church and several neighboring buildings belonging to the Alamo Ministries.
Allegations that children living at the Alamo facilities were being sexually and physically abused were central to the state investigation, said Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police.
“Every minor child residing inside the Alamo compound is being interviewed by law enforcement officers and state human services officials,” he said.
“If parents of these children can be located elsewhere on the premises, officers will strive to ensure a line of communication is maintained between the children and the parents. State and federal authorities are committed to reuniting the children who may have parents at the site as quickly as possible.”
No arrests were made Saturday. Alamo, interviewed via telephone Saturday night by CNN News, said he was in California.
The search warrants, which would provide information gathered during an investigation, are sealed because the investigation is ongoing, federal officials said.
A voice from a passing pickup truck on U.S. Highway 71 yelled “good job” to the Arkansas State Police troopers blocking the entrances to the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.
With the help of cell phones, news spread rapidly about a simultaneous federal and state raid at the compound about 15 miles southeast of Texarkana .
The federal investigation is based on possible violations of the Mann Act regarding the transportation of minors across state lines with intent to engage in criminal activity. State police had the compound under surveillance Friday night and throughout the day Saturday.
Jeanne Philyaw, who lives next to the ministries’ property, said the raid “was a long time coming.”
“I’m on the edge of tears. It’s both for joy and frustration,” she said. “How can people not know what was going on with Tony Alamo’s history? I’ve seen tractor-trailer trucks come and go during the day and night.”
Arkansas State Police Capt. Ron Stovall arrived at the road near Philyaw’s house north of the compound. When Philyaw saw Stovall, she walked over and hugged him. Law enforcement agencies were uncertain how many people were living on the compound.
But Fouke Fire Chief Charles Bennett said Alamo has about 30 water meters on the property that provide water to bungalows and mobile homes. He said about 20 duplexes are behind the main building.
Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis also watched the activity after the raid started.
“My fear was another Waco, but it appears to have gone smoothly. Praise the Lord,” he said.
The raid occurred 18 days after Leslie Ray “Buster” White, 58, pleaded to guilty to trafficking counterfeit Nikes and musical compact discs. White was once known as the associate pastor of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. However, Alamo referred to White in radio broadcasts as “just a member.”
As part of the plea bargain with federal authorities, White asked to be allowed to attend Alamo religious services.
When a person is convicted of a felony, federal criminal guidelines restrict association with a convicted felon, U.S. District Judge David Folsom of the Eastern District of Texas in Texarkana said during the court proceedings on Sept. 2.
White asked for the exception through his attorneys, David Botsford of Austin and Texarkana attorney Craig Henry, during the 20-minute court proceeding.
Alamo was sentenced to six years in federal prison in September 1994 after he was convicted in U.S. District Court in Memphis of willful failure to file an income tax return and of knowingly filing a false return.
He also was fined $210,000 and ordered to remain on probation for a year after his release, according to court documents.
Alamo ended his federal sentence in the Texarkana, Texas, Federal Correctional Institution and was released in December 1998.
White’s plea agreement asks for an exception to the rule and allowed White to “attend organized religious church services of Tony Alamo.”
The agreement also allowed White to “consult with his minister Tony Alamo.”
The eight-page plea agreement was signed by White’s attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Jackson. White pleaded innocent on Oct. 4, 2007, to federal charges of trafficking in 1,475 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes and 1,894 compact discs. Those charges were filed after a federal grand jury in Tyler, Texas, indicted White.
He was selling the counterfeit shoes and CDs from the Great American Outlet Mall on New Boston Road in Texarkana, Texas.
White told Folsom he had owned the outlet mall for about nine years.
Folsom told White that a guilty plea meant White waived his right to a jury trial.
The judge also asked why he was entering the plea. White said it was because he was guilty.
Folsom said the Probation Department will conduct a presentence check during the next 60 to 90 days. When the document is completed, White will return to court to be sentenced.
White could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
He could also be sentenced to three years of supervised probation after being released from federal prison.
The plea agreement also requires White pay restitution of $21,775.81 to the Record Industry of America for royalties he failed to pay by selling counterfeit CDs.
White will also be required to pay $6,224.19 to ISC, a private investigation firm used to determine the CD sales. He will forfeit $28,000 to the federal government.
The FBI, which conducted the investigation, confiscated about $109,185 in cash from a safe in the Great American Outlet Mall in Texarkana, Texas.
Jackson said the payments to the Record Industry of America, to ISC and the federal government will be paid from the money the FBI confiscated.
The federal government will return about $53,000 to White from the $109,185 originally confiscated.
Jackson said the shoes and CDs were forfeited and have been destroyed by federal authorities.
The investigation started from a “tip to the FBI,” Jackson said.
He was unable to answer questions about how White obtained the counterfeit shoes and CDs or how the merchandise was transported to the mall.
“These are questions that I’m not in a position to answer since that information has not been made public,” Jackson said.
White was released from federal custody on his own recognizance.