Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Militia Member Can Post Bond if He Agrees to Judge's Conditions

FORT SMITH -- A Fayetteville militia member will have the chance to post bond after being arrested last week for possession of illegal guns, but only if he agrees to some strict conditions set up by a federal court judge Monday.

The conditions include giving up any weapons, posting the deed of the man's property to the court, electronic monitoring, no attending militia meetings and moving from his residence to his daughter's home in Elkins until the trial is over.

Hollis "Wayne" Fincher, 60, of 16085 E. Black Oak Road, a lieutenant commander of the Militia of Washington County, didn't accept or deny the conditions of U.S. Magistrate Beverly Stites Jones.

Fincher was arrested Wednesday by teams of special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and other federal and state agencies and local police in connection with charges of possessing illegal firearms. Officials said there were 14 search warrants executed in Fort Smith and Fayetteville. Fincher is the only person arrested so far in the ongoing investigation.

David Dunagin, Fincher's attorney in Fort Smith, said after the detention hearing he didn't know whether Fincher would agree to post the $250,000 bond with its conditions.

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