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White Supremacist Group Leader Arrested At Camp

May 31, 1985 GMT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) _ The second-in-command of the white supremacist group the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord was arrested Friday on weapons charges, and four reputed members were arrested in Missouri, authorities said.

The five were arrested on charges in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Fort Smith. The panel also indicted the leader of the CSA, Jim Ellison, who surrendered to police last month after a four-day siege at the CSA encampment.

CSA Elder Kerry Noble peacefully left the group’s compound on the Arkansas- Missouri border with officers early Friday, said Bill Bueford, a federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent in Little Rock.

FBI agent Jack Knox took Noble from Mountain Home, Ark., to Fort Smith for a court appearance.

The indictment accused Noble of illegal possession of weapons and interstate transportation of stolen property, said U.S. Attorney Asa Hutchinson. A 20-count indictment accused Noble of weapons violations, conspiracy and receiving stolen property, Knox said.

Ellison, who was jailed on arson charges after the standoff at the CSA camp on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake, was indicted Thursday on two counts of conspiracy, 19 of weapons violations, one of possession of an anti-tank rocket and one of receiving stolen property.

Knox said the stolen property came from a pawn shop in Texarkana. Richard Wayne Snell of Muse, Okla., an avowed survivalist convicted of killing an Arkansas state trooper in June 1984, was charged with capital murder in the November 1983 death of the owner of the shop, Bill Stumpp.

Steve Scott, another CSA member, was charged May 7 with capital murder in Stumpp’s death. Scott was indicted Thursday in Fort Smith on charges of receiving stolen property from the pawn shop.

Arrested near Ozark, Mo., were Gary Richard Stone, 36, Timothy Wayne Russell, 22, Rudy Loewen, 25, and David Giles, 39, the FBI said.

Stone was charged with one count of conspiracy and 18 weapons violations, Knox said. Russell, Loewen and Giles each were charged with one count of conspiracy. The four were together doing construction work on a house and they offered no resistance, the FBI said. U.S. Magistrate James England expected the four to be arraigned in Springfield later Friday.

Ellison and four members of The Order, a neo-Nazi group, were arrested at the heavily armed compound April 22. After the arrests officers searched the compond and found homemade grenades, automatic weapons, an anti-tank gun and an exploded mine field.