MOUNTAIN HOME — An old-fashioned law enforcement tool helped authorities catch William and Tammy Hanson, who officials said were on the run for more than three years in a notorious animal cruelty case in Baxter County.
Tipsters turned them in, officials said Wednesday.
Tammy Hanson was arrested in Caledonia County, Vt., in July after a caller contacted law enforcement officers and alerted them to her whereabouts, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said.
Her husband was picked up Sept. 22 in Missouri, based on information provided by two callers.
The Humane Society of the United States paid rewards of $1,250 each to the pair who tipped deputies to William Hanson’s location, said Desiree Bender, the society’s Arkansas director.
The organization tried to pay a reward to the Vermont tipster, too. But the person wouldn’t give a name, and the Humane Society couldn’t cut a reward check without a name, Bender said.
The tipster wanted to give the reward money to the Caledonia County sheriff’s department, she said. But the sheriff’s office couldn’t legally accept such a payment directly from the Humane Society...." More
William Hanson captured in Mo.; faces new animal cruelty charges
Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said Hanson, 44, formerly of Gamaliel, was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant from Baxter County for failure to appear for sentencing after his conviction in district court in 2006 on several counts of cruelty to animals.
He's the husband of Tammy C. Hanson, who also was convicted of animal cruelty and other charges in the Baxter County case that had garnered national attention. Both had been fugitives until Tammy Hanson was arrested July 18 in Caledonia County, Vt. She has been in custody there since then while fighting extradition to Arkansas, Montgomery said.
William Hanson had failed to appear for his Sept. 14 court date in Caledonia County on charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty concerning four dogs locked in his residence without food or water and in unsanitary conditions, and Vermont authorities also found another 30 dogs in the residence.
A Vermont warrant was issued for Hanson's arrest with a $25,000 cash bond ordered, Montgomery said, when Hanson, all of the dogs, and a motor home went missing from the premises.
Authorities in both Baxter County and Vermont began receiving citizen tips indicating that William Hanson had fled to Missouri, Montgomery said. Acting on those tips, the Baxter County Sheriff's off-ice worked with law enforcement officials in Johnson County, Mo., to determine a course of action.
The Johnson County Sheriff's office took Hanson into custody without incident on the outstanding Baxter County warrant Tuesday morning in a rural area near Holden.
Hanson is to appear in court in Johnson County today to determine whether he will waive extradition to Baxter County on the warrant. Missouri authorities are attempting to place the dogs in William Hanson's custody with the local Humane Society, according to Montgomery..." More