FROM COURT AND POLICE
On Thursday Jan. 27, Fulton County Sheriff Joe Boshears, Probation and Parole Agent Steve Simers, and Deputy Blair Ables arrived at a residence in the 600 block of South Sixth Street in Mammoth Spring. Boshears had received information that Matthew Brinkley, an absconder and registered level two sex offender, was staying at the residence. Brinkley had cut off his GPS ankle monitoring device from probation and parole and disposed of it near the Mammoth Spring State Park.
Brinkley had not registered his address as required by law and had been living at the residence for over a month. Matthew also had an active search waiver on file.
Sheriff Boshears and Agent Simers spoke to a female at the front door, identified as Nicole Travis, Brinkley’s wife. She stated multiple times that Brinkley did not live at the residence and denied knowing where he was living. Sheriff Boshears asked Nicole multiple times and she continued to say he was not at the residence. Nicole was advised officers were aware he was at the residence and that the water bill for the residence was even in Brinkley’s name. Sheriff Boshears and Agent Simers entered the residence and found Brinkley in the bedroom. Three young children were in the residence along with thecouple.
A search of the bedroom revealed a black 9 mm HighPoint firearm hidden behind the bed, drug paraphernalia for inhaling and using methamphetamine, a set of digital scales, multiple smoking devices with burned residue inside and an Altoids tin containing several different pills all hidden beside the bed.
Brinkley confirmed the children had resided in the residence with him for over a month, while the drugs and paraphernalia had only been there a week. Brinkley made a spontaneous utterance that he would fail a drug test for “dope” and marijuana. The suspected drugs and paraphernalia were easily accessible for the children, laying in plain view in the bedroom.
The drugs, paraphernalia, and gun were seized due to Brinkley being a convicted felon. Brinkley’s bond from a previous case was revoked due to violating his conditions of bond on that case.
At a later time, Ables used a NARTEC field test kit on the smoking device full of clear liquid. The clear liquid inside produced a positive result for methamphetamine.
Brinkley was charged with Possession of Firearms by a Certain Person, a Class B Felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with purpose to inhale, ingest or inject methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or fentanyl, a Class D Felony; First Degree Criminal Mischief, a Class D Felony; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Last June, Brinkley also had a failure to register as a sex offender charge in Washington County, Ark. Brinkley also has a list of previous felonies, including theft and drug related charges dating back to 2019. Brinkley’s is being held with no bond.
Nicole Travis was charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Class D Felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with purpose to inhale, ingest or inject methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or fentanyl, a Class D Felony; three counts of First Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, a Class D Felony; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor. Travis’ bond was set at $5,000.