Man Arrested for Violating Burn Ban 

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by Shannon Cay


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A man is arrested for violating a county-wide burn ban in Baxter County this week.

The sheriff’s department and the Tracy Volunteer Fire Department were called to the six-thousand block of County Road 55 with a report of an out of control fire, quickly spreading to neighboring land. Authorities arrived on scene and made contact with 36-year-old Joseph Young.

According to the report, Young tells authorities he was burning boxes and the fire got away from him and began to spread. The Deputy on scene left young to assist firefighters and when he came back Young had fled the scene.

A check of Arkansas Crime Investigation Center showed that Young had an outstanding warrant out of the Gassville Police Department and his driver’s license was suspended.  Phone contact was made with Young and he drove back to the scene, according to the report.

He was then arrested and is now facing charges of Violation of County Burn Ban Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree Driving on a Suspended License, and a failure to appear out of Gassville.

Young is currently being held on 2,535 dollar bond pending his appearance in Baxter County District Court on January 18th, 2018.