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Two charged in Independence County as habitual offenders

Two men caught breaking the law this month in Independence County have now been charged in circuit court as habitual offenders.

In one case, after being stopped on a traffic violation by Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Bailey, Bryan Hugh Barber, 53, was found to have Hydrocodone and Zubsolv, a Schedule III controlled substance in his possession.

Barber was also found to be in possession of empty plastic baggies and digital scales.

Barber is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of Zubsolv, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

And having been previously convicted of four or more felonies, Barber is being charged as a habitual offender. His bond has been set at $30,000.

The second man being charged as a habitual offender is Daniel M. Walling, 37, of the Cave City area. Earlier this month Walling fled in his truck from Sheriff Shawn Stephens in a chase that exceeded 100 mph after the sheriff observed the truck being driven in a reckless manner, according to court documents.

Walling was eventually taken into custody and is charged with felony fleeing in a vehicle and reckless driving. Since Walling has been previously convicted of more than two felonies, he is being charged as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $50,000.

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