Parsons Arrested, Accused Of Cutting Tree

Posted: May 29, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Jim Parsons, chairman of the Bella Vista Patriots, was arrested Tuesday in connection with two misdemeanor charges.

This story is only available from our archives.

....why only arrest Parson's? If the police believed Parson's that he was one of many who cut the tree down, then why were the others not arrested.

....was this a misdemeanor as the story claims? If so how do the police arrest Parson's without a warrant? Unless the police were there and watch the tree fall.

I do wonder, did the fallen tree make any noise?

Posted by: MANofFEWwords

May 29, 2013 at 6:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I wonder if it was a cherry tree.

Posted by: KimAgee

May 29, 2013 at 6:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

If Parsons had listened to his lawyer he would have kept his mouth shut and maybe not have been arrested.... Oh wait, he is his own lawyer.

Posted by: WSClark

May 29, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Our nation has a long-standing, fundamental belief that rapine and plunder of the environment is patriotic. With the possible exception of treading on snakes.

Posted by: AlphaCat

May 29, 2013 at 12:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sorry, Parsons is not like you and doesn't need a professional liar (lawyer) to get him out of his own situation.

Unlike you, Parsons freely admits his wrong doing and will take full responsibility for his actions.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 12:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Perhaps the tree consented.

Posted by: cdawg

May 29, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

To my understanding of the wrongdoing, the standing tree that met the fate of Parsons' saw was without a doubt, already dead.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

This story just made my day!!! Finally, a chicken has come home to roost and Parsons has drawn the short straw.

This is a perfect example of what goes around comes around. Kudos to the BV police department and one ticked off neighbor.

Posted by: PedalPusher

May 29, 2013 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

One more thing, Parsons voluntarily turned himself in at the Bella Vista Police department by driving his auto to the police station and then walking through the police station doorway.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

To my understanding, the tree was dead and his neighbor was out-of-state.

Parsons got tired of looking at the dead tree. He also reported the dead tree to authorities who apparently did nothing about it.

Parsons then took the matter in his own hands and cut the dead tree down.

It does not matter that the tree was dead. Parsons trespassed and cut the dead tree down without the land owners permission.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

So what??? That does now make what he did OK?

Furthermore, he's not accepting responsibility for what he did, he's blaming the ACC.

But don't worry, he'll find plenty of people to sue in this situation. Judge John Scott doesn't have enough to do, all he needs is 3 or 4 frivolous lawsuits by Parsons to deal with.

Posted by: PedalPusher

May 29, 2013 at 1:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I never said what Parsons did was OK.

He trespassed and cut down a dead tree without the land owners permission.

One thing Parsons is not and that is a weasel.

He admits he did it.

Parsons phone number is not unlisted and is in the local phone book. Feel free to call him. I did.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 1:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Vigilante tree-justice, Bella Vista style! Way to go, Jimbo!

Although, perhaps you should ask first, rather than seeking forgiveness later. Or, just take 'em to court in the first place ... that's always worked out well for you, hasn't it Jim?

Posted by: CaptainQuint

May 29, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It is my understanding that Teabaggers are staunch supporters of private property rights. Yet here's a Teabagger living in Bella Vista, homely hamlet of truncated private property rights, violating the private property rights of a neighbor.

And, like most Teabaggers, he'd rather eviscerate the government (the POA) and law (bylaws) than work with the existing government (well, the POA) and laws (well, the bylaws) to make them more functional.

Oh, well-- at least some people consider him to not be a weasel.

Posted by: AlphaCat

May 29, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Work within the existing "dysfunctional" governing bodies, the city and POA? What a joke!

Parsons was involved when the POA rigged a POA board election. He collected monies to take the POA to court.-- The POA and developer lost that battle in court and both were told and forewarned by a county judge to follow their own rules in the future.

Parsons was involved when the city hired a contractor without a contractors license (The POA) to repair city roads. The POA broke state law and the city acted unaware.

Parson was involved with the matter of the Bella Vista POA not inspecting our fire hydrants for over 12 years of which the city was aware and looked the other way while residents were at risk.

Parsons got involved when the city waived the competitive bidding process for hiring a contractor (the POA) to repair city roads for work under contract that exceeded $20K. (By the way, the POA kept no records of road work it completed for the city while they were paid millions of tax dollars under contract and the POA performed said work without a contractors license.)

In apparent POA retaliation, Parsons was formerly countersued by the POA for harassment. The POA lost in court costing the association over $50K.

At the age of 80, Parsons volunteers his personal time and coordinates all aspects of the annual 4th of July parade held in Bella Vista, that gets bigger each year. He is working on that this week.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 3:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Approaching the government (well, the POA) in a predictably overtly antagonistic way is, obviously, not productive. Yet you scoff at working with the government. Maybe he would have better luck if he went to them with proposals for amending the bylaws concerning maintenance of properties by absent owners, rather than taking it upon himself to do so.

At least he coordinates the annual Fourth of July parade. There's nothing weaselly about that, even though the Declaration of Independence was written in response to, for all practical purposes, having our trees cut down by somebody else.

Posted by: AlphaCat

May 29, 2013 at 4:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parsons addresses most of his concerns before the BV governing bodies first, sometime too much to the point of when he does not know when to quit; hence, the POA countersuing him for harassment.

At that time, the POA had their own staff attorney but hired a big gun legal team out of Little Rock in an attempt to run up the legal bill to teach Parsons a lesson.

The legal bill that the POA tried to recover from Parsons was over $50K. A jury listened to all the POAs allegations of Parsons' POA harassment.

The POA ruled in favor of Parsons but Parsons had to hire his own lawyer and still paid from his personal pocket very dearly.

Despite Parsons' shortcomings, Bella Vistans elected Parsons to the POA board two tor three years ago. Residents were tired of the secrets and wanted transparency and accountability in the POA process. When elected, Parsons refused to sign the POAs secrecy pledge that he did not know at the time existed when he was a board candidate.

The status quo POA board booted him off the board for not signing the POA's secrecy pledge.

The POA now makes sure all candidates are aware of the secrecy pledge and they only had 2 property owners seek a board seat in 2013 with 3 open seats available. The 2 just walked on board and another was appointed to fill the third seat.

Parsons is not perfect but he is a good man.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Despite my distaste for his political philosophy (as I understand it, anyway), I have nothing against the character of Mr. Parsons. Challengers are almost always interesting. I was glad to see that he ran for a position on the POA, and I recall the secrecy pledge incident. That was a nice, if brief, respite from the confrontation/lawsuit approach. And I have seen enough posts here from various Bella Vistans to gather that there is ample contention regarding various issues to sate the inclinations of every citizen of their fair enclave.

I do, however, find this recent incident to be incongruous, in light of the typical directness of his approach and of the principles he supposedly espouses.

Posted by: AlphaCat

May 29, 2013 at 5:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The original developer of the "Village" (Cooper) put an Architectural Control Committee in-place with protective covenants.

In 2006, Bella Vista became a city. The city passes ordinances and has a city code enforcement officer.

If you build a home in BV, the ACC sends out the inspectors.

Resolving property issues in BV can feel like a game of ping pong.

To my understanding, at least one public record exists over Parsons' concern on this dead tree.

I don't agree what he did but I believe he became frustrated with the BV system comprised of the city and the ACC.

I have no doubt Parsons will man-up to this incident with restitution.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 29, 2013 at 6 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You know I have supported Mr. Parsons on his efforts to clean up the POA and its secret society, but I got to tell you this is a stretch, I will admit I do not know all the facts but, I don't see any way Mr. Parsons actions in the matter can be justified or legal. If it is the case that Mr. Parsons was unable to get the POA, the city, the ACC, or the city Code officer to do their job he should have filed a civil action against the property owner of the tree. I don't know if there was a danger of property damage to Mr. Parsons property if the tree fell. What I don't understand is why all the enities in Bella Vista ignored Mr. Parsons, oh I can speculate on this but it doesn't justify ignoring his complaint because of animosity towards Mr. Parsons and I suspect this to be the case.

Why didn't the code officer simply send a certified violation notice to the out of state property owner and give him a specific amount of time to remove the tree, then back it up if the owner din't comply, simple.
Even if the tree didn't pose a hazard to other property it still remained as a eye sore and all of Bella Vistas agencies should have responded and done their jobs. I am sure there are all kinds of city ordinances, code, covenants, which covers dead trees. The answer to why nothing was done is because it was Mr. Parsons who made the complaint plain and simple. If this is the way the cities agencies will respond or not respond because of their dislike for a citizen then all the people in Bella Vista need to make a change in who runs the city and who works for it.


Posted by: rummy

May 30, 2013 at 5:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Bella Vista City has ordinances that they enforce through a code enforcement officer and a city police department.

But, the ACC's protective covenants are still in effect despite the existence of the city since 2006, but if you look at the news article above, "Police told Parsons they don't enforce Architectural Control Committee rules."

In another matter, when it was discovered that the POA who owns the water utility did not inspect the fire hydrants for over 12 years (after a fire burned down a home killing one person and the fire was extinguished by pumping water out of a nearby lake) the POA got into the blame game with the inspection process since the city fireman actually use the hydrants while the POA owns and runs the water dept.
While other concerned residents were seeking divine intervention, Parsons got tired of the BS between the city and the POA and filed a formal complaint with the Arkansas Attorney General's Office. This complaint is public record. Don't believe me, contact the state attorney general' s office and they can mail you a copy of Parsons' formal complaint.

The weekly newspaper also got involved as a big stick to get the city and POA to do their jobs. Newspaper excerpts:

"Playing a game of Ping-Pong isn’t beneficial to the residents. When public safety is the main concern, it’s hoped that the two sides can get their heads together and work out an agreement to mutually assist each other to test the hydrants on an annual basis."

"It shouldn’t take a larger toll of death and destruction before everyone agrees that annual testing should be the norm."

"Let’s set the bar high when it comes to public safety."

Here is a city issue:

I know of a man who repeatedly contacted the city through various venues in an attempt to get the city to clean up an environmental issue near his home. The city did nothing over time, so the resident got totally fed up and contacted the state, the ADEQ, who sent a state inspector and the inspector mailed this letter to Mayor Frank Anderson:


"Dear Mayor Anderson:

On October 6, 2009, I performed an investigation of property located on Gosforth Lane in Bella Vista, in Benton County. This investigation was in response to a complaint alleging illegal dumping of solid waste. My investigation revealed that you are in violation of the Arkansas Solid Waste Management Act, A.C.A. ' 8-6-205. Specifically, I found the following violation(s):"

"You should immediately cease the activity described above and undertake measures to correct the violation. You should notify me in writing at the address below or call (XXX) XXX-XXXX ext. XX within 20 days of the date of this letter with a plan of action for correcting the violation."

"Please be advised that failure to make contact with me in regard to this notification may warrant formal enforcement. Your cooperation is appreciated."

Posted by: Hammer1

May 30, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Bella Vista resident's complaint of public record to the ADEQ seeking state intervention of a city matter:

"I live in Bella Vista, AR, and for nearly a year now have diligently tried to convince the city to pick up abandoned refuse which has been routinely littered along our roadway (couches, lumber, television, etc.). I am an Earth-Keeper and care about the environment immensely, however, the City does not seem to share this joy. The trash is located in a low-water area very near a protected cave (Bear Hollow) containing endangered specimen. We also have six lakes, multiple streams, and some nice waterfalls which I fear the city is jeopardizing. I have written numerous e-mails with photos and even attended a city counsel meeting where the mayor (again) vowed to take care of it. Another idle promise with little chance of manifesting. There are several other illegal dump sites which have also been ignored by our self-serving local government. I and many others have grown quite tired of dealing with a city who apparently does not consider the environment to be a precious commodity. While they state that it is in fact their responsibility to clean up such areas, they absolutely refuse to make good on their promises, hence neglecting the very love and beauty this place has to offer. I am formally requesting intervention from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to delegate this matter, and will gladly assist by providing all dialogue (public record) which has transpired between me and the irresponsible individuals who have denied their legal oaths to serve the people and lands that are Bella Vista. Together, let's keep Arkansas beautiful and a sincere thank you for your help."

Posted by: Hammer1

May 30, 2013 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another Publicity Stunt by Parsons. Shocker!

Posted by: new423a

May 30, 2013 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yep, another publicity stunt just like when Parsons represented and stood tall and right next to the all the Hiwasse residents when big bully City of Bella Vista attempted to annex Hiwasee (land grab) against the Hiwasse residents' will. Parsons exercised his public right to file a formal complaint with the Arkansas Attorney General's Office on that issue too instead of sitting on his derriere.

The City of Bella Vista didn't have their legal facts straight when they flexed city muscle and the Bella Vista Bully left that public fight with a black eye and a bloody nose.

Later, after the fight, Hiwasse residents then gave Bella Vista City "The Finger" and voluntarily annexed to Gravette.

Thanks Jim Parsons for standing up to a bully!

Posted by: Hammer1

May 30, 2013 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Parsons got tired of looking at the dead tree. He also reported the dead tree to authorities who apparently did nothing about it."

Reported the dead tree to authorities!? This is absolutely hilarious! You just can't make this stuff up.

I don't live in Bella Vista. But I'm pretty sure that if I shot out my neighbors (in)security light, the one that shines brightly all night in the country, destroying the darkness of a night sky and shining into my living room window at night, I'd be arrested too. Would that be shame? Would I be standing up to a bully? From my point of view, yes I would be. But the fact remains...the rest of our society doesn't see it that way. Will just have to work with the rest of society to understand why a neighbor should have a right to request light shields be installed at the light owner's expense if the light spills into another person's property. If you gotta control intrusive animals and too much noise after hours, you should control intrusive outdoor lighting. Light pollution is more of a real problem than are dead trees. PLEASE let me get away with shooting it out, please please please! :-)

Posted by: SPA

May 30, 2013 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In Bella Vista, we have two governing bodies, the city and the POA. If you elected a governing by the local people who then pass an ordinance or rule that said no resident can have a "security light", then they can take that right away from you.

If you still want a security light, than it is the responsibility of the electorate to elect a governing body that remove the existing ordinance or rule that does not allow a security light.

You can pass a plethora of rules and regulations, but if you don't or are not willing to enforce them, the rules and regulations are not worth the paper they are printed on.

If a rules exists on matters of unsightliness or dead trees, then it is the responsibility of the governing bodies to enforce the rules fairly across the spectrum.

In Bella Vista with the systemic bureaucracy existing with two governing bodies, it can get very frustrating by watching them play ping pong with each other over and over.

Parsons pays his city taxes and his POA assessments and apparently expects a level of service for the monies he pays into both governing bodies, who at times, serve themselves instead of people they should be serving.

Posted by: Hammer1

May 30, 2013 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

" I didn't surrender, but they took my horse and made him surrender. They got him pulling a wagon up in Kansas I bet. "


Posted by: rummy

May 30, 2013 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cutting a tree without a license, My My, reminds me of the time I was arrested in San Fran for operating a pharmacy without a license. Narrow minded government officials is what they are.

Posted by: JailBird

May 31, 2013 at 4:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


What's brown and sticky,
a stick.

I wooden know,
leaf me alone.


Posted by: rummy

June 1, 2013 at 5:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dead trees--snag trees--good home for woodpeckers.

Posted by: Coralie

June 1, 2013 at 2:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Mr. Spock, do you know the difference between an live plant and a dead one?" said Captain Kirk

"No sir, I don't, said Mr. Spock, but I think one could eat either, dead or alive"

"So there is no difference is there Spock?" questioned Kirk.

Posted by: JailBird

June 1, 2013 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Here ya go, the latest Bella Vista POA Board draft minutes addressing property concerns with the two Bella Vista governing bodies (City & POA); although sometimes the Bella Vista left hand does not talk to the Bella Vista right hand ! :




"BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Chairperson Ed "Morgan, Vice Chairperson David Allen,
Directors Mike Erixon, Randall Gnant, David Houk, Tim Hull, Kelli Russell, and Charlie Teal".


"OTHERS PRESENT: General Manager Tommy Bailey, Director of Finance & Administration Dwain Mitchell, Staff Attorney Chastity Fittro, and Corporate Secretary Kathy Ferguson."


Chairperson Morgan called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. There were 15members in attendance, as well as two media representatives."

Chairperson Morgan asked to add an item to the agenda and said he needs three votes to do this. He said he would like to address the condition of some of the homes and yards in code violation which aren’t being enforced necessarily by the City or the ACC. The Chair said neighbors and realtors who are members of the association have difficulty with this."

"Vice Chairperson Allen and Directors Erixon and Houk agreed to add this item to the agenda."

"Chairperson Morgan said he would like to direct the General Manager to get aggressive and get the City, ACC, and POA together to find a way to improve the quality of life of neighbors that have to put up with homes in disrepair and unhealthy conditions. He said it is a quality of life issue for many of our people and a business issue for many of our realtors. The Chair said he would like to ask the Board for a motion to direct Mr. Bailey to form that committee and get the ACC, City code enforcement, and POA together."

"Vice Chairperson Allen made the motion, seconded by Director Houk. The motion passed 6 to 0. Director Gnant abstained from voting. "

Posted by: Hammer1

June 1, 2013 at 6:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


Why do you think Grant abstained from voting, sounds kind of coward if you ask me. Why wouldn't anyone vote to improve the appearence of the city ?

Just a thought but, why does employees hired to do a job have to be told to do the job.


Posted by: rummy

June 2, 2013 at 6:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


First, Mr. Gnant is not a newcomer to politics:

See Wikipedia:

"Randall Erich Gnant (born 1945) is an American politician. He served as President of the Arizona Senate.[1] He filed for a run for Governor of Arizona.[2] Gnant is a Republican and served District 28. He was succeeded by Carolyn Allen."

Second, if you want to really know why Mr. Gnant abstained, I'd suggest you ask Mr, Gnant personally. His phone number and e-mail address are publically posted on the POA website.

What I can do is only speculate why Mr. Gnant abstained:

Sometimes abstentions are made to completely avoid the political ramifications of making a decision in support of or not in support of a decision.

Sometimes abstentions are made because the person making the abstention does not really agree with what is going on either way.

If I were on the POA board, I would have abstained too. And, not because I don't desire to improve the appearance of the city. The reason being is that since Bella Vista is now incorporated as a city, this should now be the city responsibility totally and involving the ACC/ POA should end for I see it as redundancy, complication, and bureaucracy

Posted by: Hammer1

June 3, 2013 at 4:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )