A Heavener man who is accused of hitting the driver of a car in which he was a passenger on Interstate 40 pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.
Billy Gene Thompson, 65, is charged with aggravated assault on a family or household member, third-degree battery and three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.
According to an affidavit, Thompson was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his daughter-in-law when he began to repeatedly hit her in the face and head, causing cuts and abrasions.
After the woman was able to pull over, she called her husband, Thompson’s son. When the son arrived, Thompson pressed a gun into his ribs and told him it was none of his business, the affidavit states.
Three children were in the vehicle, the affidavit states, and Thompson struck one child when the child tried to exit the vehicle.
Van Buren Attorney Lucas Gramlich entered the not guilty plea for Thompson and waived formal arraignment before Judge Gary R. Cottrell.
Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:
• Monica Nicole Morse, 26, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault on a family or household member. Morse is accused of hitting and choking her ex-girlfriend June 21, 2013.
•Debra Sue Stephens, 51, of Alma pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual offender. Stephens was arrested July 24 by a Van Buren police officer who was serving a felony warrant.
• Stevie Lee Bruce, 24, and Tiana Danielle Durham, 19, both of Van Buren, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree forgery. Bruce and Durham allegedly passed counterfeit $20 bills in July.
• Joshua Wade Russell, 30, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to breaking or entering and theft of property. Russell is accused of taking property from a vacant house in the 2800 block of Richmond Road.
• James Aaron Irvan, 30, of Mulberry pleaded not guilty to second-degree battery and failure to appear. Irvan is accused of hitting his sister’s husband in the face July 2 and failing to appear for arraignment July 23.
• Jeffery Walden Hughes, 48, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to test, careless and prohibited driving and failure to appear. Hughes was arrested July 11 following a vehicle accident and allegedly failed to appear in court July 23.
• Zachary Don Hooten, 34, of Mulberry pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a July 9 plea or trial request on charges of breaking or entering and attempted theft of property.
• Tiffany Christian Scott, 18, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a plea or trial request on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Joshua Lincoln Altstatt, 29, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 30 petition to revoke hearing.
• Thomas Joseph Seftner, 35, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an Aug.15, 2013, petition to revoke hearing.
• Mitchell Powell Davis, 45, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Dec. 11, 2006, hearing on charges of domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance.
• Ryan Scott Breeze, 41, of Alma resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received March 29, 2013, for theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay fines.
• Trista Kay Tindle, 29, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Jan. 8, 2007, for residential burglary and theft of property, alleging she has failed to pay restitution.
• Cody Allen Hardin, 29, of Lamar resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Jan. 12, 2013, for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, alleging he has failed to pay fines and was arrested Jan. 5 for driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance.
• Jimmy Dale Frahm, 43, of Sidney, Neb., resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received July 23, 2013, for nonsupport, alleging he has failed to make child-support payments.
• James Jacob Phelan, 32, of Fayetteville resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Feb. 8, 2008, for theft of property, alleging he has failed to pay fines, court costs and fee for DNA sampling.
• Robin Lynn Osborne, 44, of Sand Springs, Okla., resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received March 3, 2003, for residential burglary and theft of property, alleging she has failed to pay fines and court costs.