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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release April 8-15, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release April 8-15, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made eight arrests and took a stealing report during the week of April 8-15, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

David Hill

David Hill- On April 14, David Hill, 48, Osceola, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class E felony domestic assault in the third degree. Hill was placed on a 24 hour hold pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a residence on Highway WW in reference to domestic assault. The victim stated that she and Hill had got into a verbal argument. She also stated Hill pushed her onto a bed and pressed a cell phone charger cord onto her neck.

Juliette Smith (file photo)

Juliette Smith- On April 12, Juliette Smith, 49, El Dorado Springs, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on a class A misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, involving an accident and a class D misdemeanor no insurance. Total bond is set at $300 cash only.

The original charges stem from the Missouri State Highway Patrol on April 19, 2018.

Cody McGraw

Cody McGraw- On April 11, Cody McGraw, 33, Warrensburg, was arrested on a probation violation on four original class C felonies passing bad checks. Bond is set at $1,500 cash only.

The original charges stem from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation in November of 2013.

 

Lesley Ingalsbe

Lesley Ingalsbe- On April 10, Lesley Ingalsbe, 26, Ava, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a probation violation on an original charge of resisting/interfering with arrest/detention/stop. Bond is set at $504.75 cash only.

The original charge stems from a traffic stop on May 3, 2018 when the vehicle Ingalsbe was a passenger in, failed to yield to a deputy. After the car she was riding in stopped, Ingalsbe and the driver fled on foot. A search of the area resulted in finding her and the driver trying to hide in the creek.

Michael Mullen, Jr.

Michael Mullen, Jr.- On April 10, Michael Mullen, Jr., 39, Urich, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a probation violation on original charges of a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $2,500 cash only.

The original charges stem from an incident on May 2, 2017 when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Mullen was a passenger in on Highway D and North Center Road, Lowry City. During the investigation cellophane from a cigarette wrapper containing a crystalline residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine was located.  Mullen made admissions the residue belonged to him and also produced an unused syringe from his sock.

Paul Reaves

Paul Reaves- On April 10, Paul Reaves, 55, Collins, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Reaves was booked and released pending formal charges.

The charge comes after the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team assisted the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force with a search warrant on Reaves’ residence. During the search a bag of marijuana, marijuana pipe, glass methamphetamine pipe, short plastic straw, and syringes were located. The straw and glass pipe did field test positive for methamphetamine. 

Jonathan Carpenter

Jonathan Carpenter- On April 9, Jonathan Carpenter, 30, Houston, TX, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-prior drug offense. Total bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a suspicious car blocking the roadway on Highway 82 near Tiffin. The deputy arrived on scene and tried to wake the driver, Carpenter, who was asleep in the driver’s seat.

Carpenter finally woke up and the deputy advised him why he was there. After speaking with Carpenter, the deputy asked for consent to search the vehicle. Carpenter refused. The deputy called for a K9 unit to his location. The K9 did an exterior sniff test of the vehicle and did alert to the presence of narcotics. During the search of the vehicle, a plastic straw and a plastic bag of white crystal like substance was located in the vehicle.

Joshua Young

Joshua Young- On April 8, Joshua Young, 34, Appleton City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia-prior drug offense. Total bond is set $10,000 cash or surety.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that Young was driving, for a traffic violation. The deputy made contact with Young and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Young gave consent for the deputy to search the vehicle. During the search, a glass pipe with a white residue was located.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Stealing in Collins

On April 14, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the Pilot Travel Center in Collins in reference to shoplifting.

Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with a store employee. The employee stated a white female with blonde hair, wearing a blue or black jacket entered the store with a juvenile child. The employee stated the female was in the last aisle next to the door. The female walked out the door telling the juvenile to come on. The female had an arm full of bags of chips and a case of Bud Light beer in her hand. The employee stated the female and juvenile got into a newer model charcoal grey Cadillac. The female backed into another vehicle before leaving the parking lot.

Estimated loss value is $29.36.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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Drug Take Back April 27, 2019

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 27

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office will be taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 27 at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola, MO – On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 360 Chestnut, Osceola, MO, 64776. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

If you cannot make it to this event, don't worry! The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office will take your unwanted prescription pills or patches every day of the year! You can drop them off at the Sheriff’s Office or hand them to a deputy, so we can properly dispose of them.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows, year after year, that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com

 

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release April 1-8, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release April 1-8, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made nine arrests and took a stealing report during the week of April 1-8, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Johnathon Foster

Johnathon Foster- On April 7, Johnathon Foster, 21, Deepwater, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D misdemeanor possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Foster also has a warrant out of Henry County for a class C felony delivery of a controlled substance. Total bond is set at $4,500 cash or surety.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to Highway 13 in reference to a driver operating their vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner. After observing the driver, the deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. When the deputy made contact with the driver, later identified as Foster, he could smell the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, a grinder, and a glass pipe.

Jessica Kraft

Jessica Kraft- On April 6, Jessica Kraft, 28, Collins, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class A misdemeanor resisting or interfering with arrest/detention/stop and a class A misdemeanor domestic assault in the fourth degree. Kraft was placed on a 24 hour hold pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to a domestic dispute at a residence on SE 551 Road in Collins. During the investigation, it was discovered Kraft had pushed the victim and then she tried to push past the deputies to try and get her child.

Carol Wright

Carol Wright- On April 6, Carol Wright, 72, Independence, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Bates County warrant for a class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The arrest comes after St. Clair County deputies were called to a residence on SE 551 Road in Collins in regards to a domestic dispute. A record check revealed Wright has a warrant out of Bates County.

Brandon Shirley

Brandon Shirley- On April 4, Brandon Shirley, 35, Bonner Springs, KS, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class A felony assault in the second degree. Shirley was placed on a 24 hour hold pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after the victim reported the assault to a deputy and filled out a request for prosecution.

Rebekah Yarbrough

Rebekah Yarbrough- On April 3, Rebekah Yarbrough, 20, unknown, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Greene County warrant for failure to appear in court and a Pulaski County warrant for failure to appear in court. Total bond is set at $2,500 cash or surety.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that Yarbrough was a passenger in. A record check revealed Yarbrough had the two warrants.

Steven Everett

Steven Everett- On April 2, Steven Everett, 42, Kansas City, KS, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class A misdemeanor failure to yield to an emergency vehicle sounding sirens and displaying red/blue lights, a class B misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, and a class D misdemeanor driving while revoked/suspended. Everett was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched about a sport motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 13. The deputy pulled in behind the motorcycle and the driver, later identified as Everett, failed to yield to the deputy and took off at a high rate of speed. Everett pulled into Casey’s General Store in Osceola and was taken into custody.

Heather Willmore

Heather Willmore- On April 2, Heather Willmore, 32, El Dorado Springs, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on two Cedar County warrants for probation violations. These are no bond warrants.

Travis Davis

Travis Davis- On April 1, Travis Davis, 32, Kansas City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The warrant comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle, that Davis was a passenger in, for a moving violation on Sept. 19, 2018. When the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, the driver stated there was a marijuana pipe in the console. The deputy was given consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the deputy recovered the marijuana pipe and also found a metal container that contained a white crystal like residue. The residue did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Brent Thomas

Brent Thomas- On April 1, Brent Thomas, 45, Osceola, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy for transport to the Missouri Department of Corrections. Thomas was sentenced on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to nine years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Stealing in Osceola

On April 5, St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highway WW in reference to stealing. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with Vernon Putnam. Putnam stated his wife had seen a suspicious white pickup pull into their driveway. She told her husband about it and Putnam took his vehicle down to see what was going on. Putnam got of his vehicle and could not see anyone. While Putnam was walking back to his vehicle, he noticed the door to the pickup was opened. Putnam got into his vehicle and pulled forward a little. Putnam stated the pickup backed up and swerved around his vehicle striking an antique car parked on his property. Putnam stated the pickup continued south on Highway WW.

Putnam stated he was sure things were stolen, but did not know exactly what at the time.

The deputy took photographs and collected evidence from the scene.  

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release March 25-April 1, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release March 25-April 1, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made one arrest and took three stealing reports during the week of March 25-April 1, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Ronald Hines

Ronald Hines- On March 26, Ronald Hines, 33, Branson, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The warrant comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle that Hines was driving for a moving violation. After initial contact, the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Hines gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle and then revoked it before the deputy could grab his gloves. A K9 unit was called to the scene. The K9 performed an exterior sniff test of the vehicle and did alert to the odor of narcotics. During the search of the vehicle, a broken glass pipe was recovered with a white crystal like residue in it. Also located were five hide-a-cans. Inside two of the cans were plastic zip lock bags containing a white crystal like substance. The evidence did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Stealing in Osceola

On March 30, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the Osceola RV Park in reference to stolen snagging poles.

Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with Shannon Lawrence. Lawrence stated when he went to bed; he left his three new snagging poles in the rod holders on the back of his boat. When he woke in the morning, the poles were gone. Lawrence described the poles as two were yellow and one was black. Two had Shakespeare reels and one had a Penn 309 reel. Total estimated loss value is $400.

Stolen Fuel in Appleton City

On March 29, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a residence on NW 901 Road in reference to stolen fuel. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with John Rodick. He stated that sometime during the night between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., someone came onto his property and siphoned gas out of two of his farm trucks. Rodick estimated 25 gallons of fuel were stolen. Estimated loss value is $62.00.

Evidence was collected from the scene and a request for prosecution was signed.

Stealing in Appleton City

On March 27, a St. Clair County deputy took a report at the Sheriff’s Office in regards to stealing. Tisha Jackson reported some farm equipment was stolen from her deceased father’s property between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, 2019.

Jackson stated her father had passed on Feb. 26. She stated while going through an inventory of her father’s equipment, she noticed several items missing. Items missing are a 5ft.x 8ft. pull behind 300 gallon smoker, one Boss 25 ton log splitter, one Husqvarna 24in. chainsaw, and one Husqvarna 22in. walk behind weeder. Total value of loss items is not known at this time. A suspect has been named.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release March 18-25, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release March 18-25, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made four arrests and took multiple reports during the week of March 18-25, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Makenzi Murphy

Makenzi Murphy- On March 21, Makenzi Murphy, 18, Lowry City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class D felony stealing and a class E felony fraudulent use of a credit/debit device. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The original charges stem from an Osceola Police Department investigation in March of 2019.

 

Connie Brakebill

Connie Brakebill- On March 20, Connie Brakebill, 49, unknown, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a misdemeanor A failure to yield to an emergency vehicle sounding siren and displaying red/blue lights. Brakebill was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County tried to calm down Brakebill down during a keep the peace. Brakebill got upset and left the scene in her vehicle, refusing to stop for the deputy. Brakebill ran multiple stop signs and continued speeding southbound Highway 13. Brakebill finally stopped her vehicle when she noticed a spike strip deployed by a Polk County deputy.

Brandon Wood

Brandon Wood- On March 20, Brandon Wood, 26, Osceola, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Wood was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy stopped to check on a stranded motorist. After making contact with the driver and passenger, the deputy had the passenger, Wood, stand in front of the vehicle. When the deputy went to check Wood for weapons, the deputy observed Wood drop a glass pipe into the engine compartment on the vehicle.  

Joseph Howery

Joseph Howery- On March 18, Joseph Howery, 20, Appleton City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a probation violation on an original class A misdemeanor domestic assault in the third degree. Bond is set at $10,000 cash only.

The charge stems from an incident on March 7, 2016, when a St. Clair County deputy took a report on West 6th Street, Appleton City, in reference to Howery allegedly holding a knife to a juvenile’s throat.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Dog Attack in Schell City

On March 24, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a residence on SW 200 Road in reference to an animal complaint. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with Raymond Evans. Evans stated that his neighbor’s dogs had attacked and killed one of his dogs.

Evans stated two days ago he had discovered one of his Border Collie dogs had been attacked and was bleeding from the mouth and neck. Evans stated he went to the Veterinarian and picked up some antibiotics, hoping his dog would pull through. Evans found his dog dead the morning of March 24.

Evans stated he has also had five of his sheep killed over the last few months. He also stated he did not witness any of the attacks, but did see one of the neighbor’s dogs eating one of the dead sheep.

Evans filled out a request for prosecution. Evans’ estimated loss from the dog and sheep is $3,000.

The deputy made contact with the neighbor, Brian Hearting. Hearting stated he did not know his dogs had got into a fight with one of Evans’ dogs, but did notice some blood and cuts on one of the dogs’ face.                                                      

Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Osceola

On March 22, St. Clair County deputies recovered a stolen vehicle out of Kansas. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol of a possible stolen vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 13 coming through St. Clair County.

St. Clair County dispatch notified all units of the vehicle description. While staged at Highway 13 and Highway 82, a unit observed a vehicle matching the given description with a Kansas registration, traveling southbound Highway13.

The deputy activated his lights and sirens and the suspect vehicle pulled to the right side of the highway. Back up units arrived on scene. The driver and passenger were ordered out of the vehicle. A record check was performed on the driver and passenger.

During the investigation, it was determined that the driver’s daughter had told her parents to take the rented vehicle. The vehicle was originally rented by the daughter’s boyfriend, and never returned to the rental agent.

Property Damage in Monegaw Springs

On March 21, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a property on NW 40 Road in reference to some hay bales that had burned. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with fire department personnel who showed the deputy a set of tire tracks at the bales and what appeared to be a tire burn out mark.

The deputy spoke with the owner of the hay bales, Clint Dutcher. Dutcher named a person of interest. Dutcher stated approximately 38 hay bales burned and estimated the total loss at $4,000.

The deputy collected witness statements and made contact with the person of interest. The investigation is ongoing.

Stolen Cattle Out of Osceola

On March 19, a St. Clair County deputy took a report of stolen cattle. James Naylor came into the Sheriff’s Office to report he has six cattle missing from his pasture off of SE 140 Road. Naylor stated that between, Feb. 16 and March 19, he counted the herd multiple times and only came up with 30 cattle instead of the 36 he should have. Naylor also stated that he had walked the fence lines and they were in good condition.

Estimated loss value of the cattle is $5,400.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release March 11-18, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release March 11-18, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 6 arrests and took a property damage report and started an investigation into dead cattle during the week of March 11-18, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Stephen Cutbirth

Stephen Cutbirth- On March 17, Stephen Cutbith, 58, Bolivar, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Cutbirth was booked and released after a 12 hour detox.

The arrest comes after a citizen called into the Sheriff’s Office to report a careless and imprudent driver. The deputy located the vehicle and tried to get the driver to pull over. The driver did not immediately pull the car over and stop for the deputy. Once stopped the driver, Cutbirth, tired to exit the vehicle. The deputy assisted Cutbirth to the side of the vehicle and checked him for weapons. The deputy did find a revolver pistol inside his jacket. While doing the pat down the deputy could smell the strong odor of intoxicants coming from Cutbirth.

Cutbirth was asked to perform a field sobriety test. Cutbirth failed. Once at the jail, the deputy performed a breathalyzer test. The results indicated Cutbirth had a blood alcohol content of .105%.

Ana Ayala

Ana Ayala- On March 16, Ana Ayala, 37, St. Joseph, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Buchanan County warrant for a class C misdemeanor violation of education requirement for a child. Bond is set at $250 cash only.

The warrant comes from Buchanan County in August of 2018.

Garrett Murphy

Garrett Murphy- On March 16, Garrett Murphy, 24, Strafford, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance, a class E felony unlawful use of a weapon-possess a weapon and a felony controlled substance, and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Murphy was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Murphy was driving for multiple equipment violations. After making contact with the driver, the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Murphy did state he had a pistol on his person. The deputy had Murphy step out of the vehicle so that he could retrieve the weapon and secure for safety reasons. The deputy asked for and was denied consent to search the vehicle. The deputy informed Murphy he was going to have a K9 unit come to the scene. Murphy then handed the deputy a glass pipe from his jacket along with a zip lock bag with a crystal like substance.

Murphy then gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle the deputy recovered the marijuana, two syringes, another zip lock bag with a crystal like substance, a camouflage plastic container with a crystal like substance, and multiple rounds of ammo for the weapon.  The glass pipe did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Randee Thomas

Randee Thomas- On March 11, Randee Thomas, 48, Appleton City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class C felony stealing-$25,000 or more. Bond is set at $15,000 cash or surety.

The warrant comes after a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation into an embezzlement claim. During the investigation, it was found that Thomas had paid for personal finances out of a business account.

Terri Woods

Terri Woods- On March 11, Terri Woods, 51, Branson, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Woods was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County was checking a suspicious vehicle parked at the Pilot Travel Center. The deputy made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, Woods, the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Woods stated there was a methamphetamine pipe in her purse. Woods was asked to empty her pockets with negative findings. The deputy asked for and was granted consent to search the vehicle by Woods. During the search, the glass pipe was recovered from where Woods said it would be. The continued search resulted in negative findings. The residue in the glass pipe did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Janice Davis

Janice Davis- On March 11, Janice Davis, 63, Branson, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Davis was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy was checking on a suspicious vehicle parked at the Pilot Travel Center. The deputy made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. After speaking with the driver, the deputy spoke with the passenger, Davis. The deputy asked for consent to search Davis’ personal belongings. Davis did give consent. She was also asked to empty her pockets. After removing her hand from her pocket, the deputy observed a cellophane wrapper, Davis was trying to hide. When asked what was in her hand, she stated nothing, and threw it to the ground. The deputy recovered the wrapper that contained a crystal like substance. The substance did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Property Damage in Osceola

On March 16, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a residence on NW100 Road in reference to property damage by fire.

Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with Nina Wilson. Wilson advised, Victor Garret, owns the property and the shed where she resides. She stated when she moved in she was allowed to put some of her belongings into the shed. Wilson stated she saw the shed on fire and Garret was standing next to it. Wilson stated she had a stove, dryer, four wheeler, television and decorations inside the shed when it was set on fire. Wilson estimated the total loss value of her belongings is $1,800.

Contact was made with Victor Garret. Garret advised he owns the shed. He stated he advised Wilson multiple times to remove her belongings from the shed because he wanted to get rid of the shed. Garret advised Wilson refused to remove her belongings.

Cattle Found Dead in Collins

On March 13, St. Clair County deputies were dispatched near the 8600 block of SE 750 Road in reference to dead cattle.

Upon arrival the deputies located an abandoned house on the property. The deputies observed three dead cattle inside the house and one just outside the sliding glass door. The deputies located three more dead cattle inside the barn on the property.

A deputy made contact with the property owner by phone. The property owner stated that the last person that was taking care of his cows was not doing an adequate job. When the deputy asked about the dead cows, the property owner stated that the person that is buying the property was going to take care of them.

Photographs were taken to document the findings.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release March 4-11, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release March 4-11, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made seven arrests and took a burglary and a fraud report during the week of March 4-11, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Andrea Dinger

Andrea Dinger- On March 9, Andrea Dinger, 28, Republic, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Miller County warrant for a class A misdemeanor driving while revoked /suspended. Bond is set at $4,000 cash or surety.

The warrant stems from a traffic stop by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in August of 2018.

Jason Aery

Jason Aery- On March 8, Jason Aery, 40, Clinton, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class C felony delivery of a controlled substance. Aery was booked and released pending formal charges.

Aery was the driver of a vehicle that was pulled over for a traffic violation. The passenger had handed the deputy a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance and a glass pipe. During a search of the vehicle, a cigarette pack was located under the driver’s seat that contained two plastic baggies of a white crystal like substance.  During a post Miranda interview, Aery stated the methamphetamine was his and that he was delivering it to a friend of his.

Shawna Brzuchalski

Shawna Brzuchalski- On March 8, Shawna Brzuchalski, 37, Clinton, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Brzuchalski was booked and released pending formal charges.

Brzuchalski was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a traffic violation. While speaking with the deputy, Brzuchalski reached into her purse and removed a plastic zip lock bag and a leather pouch and placed it next to her leg. The deputy advised Brzuchalski not to be reaching into her purse. Brzuchalski handed the plastic bag and leather bag to the deputy. The plastic bag contained a white crystal like substance and the leather bag contained a glass pipe.

Steven Collins

Steven Collins- On March 8, Steven Collins, 32, Lowry City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failure to appear in court on an original class E felony driving while revoked/suspended. Bond is set at $3,500 cash only.

The original charge comes from a Lowry City Police Department traffic stop in September of 2018.

Stephanie Gilbert

Stephanie Gilbert- On March 6, Stephanie Gilbert, 52, Springfield, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class C felony receiving stolen property. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

On Oct. 28, 2017, a St. Clair County deputy pulled Gilbert over for careless and imprudent driving. The deputy made contact with Gilbert and seen that she was upset and crying. She stated that people were trying to run her off the road. The deputy asked if Gilbert would step out of the vehicle and speak with him. As she stepped out of the vehicle, she stated that there was a loaded pistol in her backpack. The deputy asked for consent to search her vehicle and to check the firearm to make sure it was legal. Gilbert gave consent, but didn’t know if the gun was legal, because she had bought it from an individual.

A record check of the firearm showed that it was stolen out of Springfield, MO.

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson- On March 5, Andrea Johnson, 40, Lexington, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on an original class D felony possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-prior drug offense, and a class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less-prior drug offense. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The arrest comes after a concerned citizen approached a St. Clair County deputy while he was sitting at Shelby’s Truck Stop in Lowry City on Aug. 12, 2018. The citizen informed the deputy that there was a female sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle that looked to be deceased.

The deputy proceeded to the location of the vehicle and observed a female sitting in the passenger seat with a leg hanging out of the car. The deputy observed the female breathing and woke her up.

After making sure she was okay, the deputy did a record check on Johnson and found that she has an active felony warrant out of Lafayette County. The deputy asked if she had anything illegal in her belongings. Johnson gave the deputy consent to search her things. During the search of Johnson’s purse a used glass pipe with a crystal like residue was found, along with a marijuana cigarette, and a small amount of marijuana. The pipe field tested positive for methamphetamine.

James Sprinkle

James Sprinkle- On March 5, James Sprinkle, 29, Springfield, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a class A misdemeanor non-support. Bond is set at $1,500.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

                              Burglary in Osceola

On March 6, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report from Randy Higgs. Higgs stated he had left his residence on NE 251 Road around 9:00 a.m. He was notified by a friend that someone had broken into his house and taken his X-Box One along with two controllers, one game, and a four terabyte external hard drive. Total estimated loss value is $687.55.

Higgs stated his front door was unlocked and there was no damage. He stated, at the time of this report, the gaming system with hard drive is the only thing missing. Higgs filled out a request for prosecution.

Fraud Investigation in Osceola

On March 5, a St. Clair County deputy took a fraud report from Glenn Mohr, Richard Reed, and Robert Dines. Mohr stated all three are members of the American Legion Post 618 in Osceola. Mohr stated he received a phone call from the bank stating the American Legion account was overdrawn. Mohr stated he went to the bank and got copies of the checks and bank statements. Mohr stated there has been at least $12,000 taken out of the account since August of 2018. Mohr also stated that most of the checks written have a forged signature on them. Mohr advised they require two signatures on all checks.

The deputy spoke with Reed, who stated his name is forged on multiple checks. He stated he did not sign them or give anyone else permission to use his name on the checks.

Mohr stated there have not been any meetings and they have not voted to spend any money. A suspect was named.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release Feb. 25-March 4, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release Feb. 25-March 4, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made two arrests and took two stealing reports during the week of Feb. 25-March 4, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Douglas Dozler

Douglas Dozler- On March 1, Douglas Dozler, 53, El Dorado Springs, was arrested on a probation violation on an original class C felony theft/stealing. Bond is set at $5,000 cash only.

The original charge comes from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation on Sept. 25, 2012. Dozler was convicted of stealing from a construction site.

Lissa Heartling

Lissa Heartling- On Feb. 26, Lissa Heartling, 35, Bolivar, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class D felony non-support, total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under order of support. Bond is set at $5,000 cash surety.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Attempted Stealing from Collins

On March 3, a St. Clair County deputy made contact with Mike Garlett from Mike’s Wrecker Service in regards to stealing. Garlett stated one of his drivers had pulled a vehicle from a ditch in the early hours of March 3. After getting the vehicle unstuck, the driver of the vehicle drove off without paying.

Garlett stated the tow truck driver followed the vehicle into Polk County, where the vehicle slid into a ditch again. The passenger of the vehicle fled on foot into the woods. The driver stayed in the vehicle along with a juvenile. Garlett stated the tow truck driver had called Polk County and they refused to come to the scene. The tow truck driver loaded the vehicle onto the tow truck. Someone did come and picked up the driver and juvenile and the vehicle was transported to their lot. 

Stealing in Osceola

On Feb. 28, a St. Clair County deputy took a report of stealing from a residence on SE 1251 Road. Paul Evans came into the Sheriff’s Office to file the report. Evans stated he is renting the property out. Evans also stated he went to the property to retrieve his tools from the shed. While in the shed he noticed his Milwaukee Sawzall was missing. Evans stated the tenant has used it in the past and told Evans he had put it back into the shed.

Estimated lost value is $150. Evans filled out a request for prosecution.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release Feb. 18-25, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release Feb. 18-25, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made seven arrests and took a stealing report during the week of Feb. 18-25, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Abigail Hovey

Abigail Hovey- On Feb. 24, Abigail Hovey, 19, Bolivar, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Polk County warrant for failure to appear in court on an original infraction charge for failure to display plates on a motor vehicle. Bond is set at $300 cash only.

The original charge comes from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in October 2018.

Haylee Sielman

Haylee Sielman- On Feb. 23, Haylee Sielman, 18, Archie, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Henry County warrant for failure to appear in court on an unclassified misdemeanor for shoplifting. Bond is set at $500 cash or surety.

The original charge come from a Clinton Police Department investigation.

Matthew Saunders

Matthew Saunders- On Feb. 21, Matthew Saunders, 20, Willard, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less-prior drug offense, and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Saunders was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Saunders was a passenger in for a traffic violation. The deputy made contact with the driver and a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. The driver and passengers were asked to exit the vehicle. The deputy conducted a search of the vehicle and found a backpack that Saunders admitted to being his. Inside the backpack, the deputy located a glass marijuana bong and a plastic baggie with a powdery substance inside of it. Saunders stated the powder was Ketamine.

While being searched inside the jail, the Correctional Staff found a smoking device on Saunders’ person. Saunders advised the liquid inside the device was THC oil.

Kyle O’Neil

Kyle O’Neil- On Feb. 21, Kyle O’Neil, 26, Springfield, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less-prior drug offense. O’Neil was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that O’Neil was a passenger in for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver and other occupants, a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. The driver and passengers were asked to exit the vehicle. O’Neil advised the deputy he had a marijuana grinder in his pocket and handed it to the deputy.

The deputy did a pat search of O’Neil before being placed into the patrol car and noticed an extremely strong smell of marijuana. He was advised if he brought anything illegal into the jail, it would result into more charges. O’Neil advised he did have a bag of marijuana in his pants. O’Neil turned the bag over to the deputy.

Brandon Cook

Brandon Cook- On Feb. 21, Brandon Cook, 29, Highlandville, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Christian County warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on an original class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $400 cash only.

The original charge comes from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office in September 2017.

Russell Moore

Russell Moore- On Feb. 21, Russell Moore, 60, Humansville, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with failure to appear in court for failure to pay fines on original charges of a class A misdemeanor stealing and a class B misdemeanor trespass in the first degree. Bond is set at $641.50 cash only.

The original charges come from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a stolen property report on March 24, 2018. Norman Botwink filed a report that someone came onto his property and stole a spinner target. During the investigation, and combing over the evidence, it was revealed that Moore had stolen the property. The stolen spinner target was removed from Moore’s property and returned to Mr. Botwink.

Lonnie Nall, Sr.

Lonnie Nall, Sr.- On Feb. 20, Lonnie Nall, Sr., 57, Warsaw, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a probation violation on an original class C felony theft/stealing. Bond is set at $5,000 cash or surety.

The original charge stems from a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office investigation in October 2012. Nall had made arrangements to buy a refrigerated trailer with Dean Alexander. Nall had picked up the trailer and stopped making payments. Numerous attempts were made to contact Nall, with negative results.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Stealing and Property Damage in Collins

On Feb. 24, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the Bullseye Gas Station in Collins in reference to stealing and property damage.

The deputy made contact with Leland Smith. Smith stated sometime during the past 48 hours, someone took two overhead light fixtures from the canopy. He also stated that while they were stealing the light fixtures, the canopy was damaged.

Total estimated loss is $2,600. The deputy photographed the scene and searched for evidence.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office  News Release Feb. 11-18, 2019

The complete St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
 News Release Feb. 11-18, 2019

            Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made six arrests and took a stolen property report during the week of Feb. 11-18, 2019.

Warrant Arrests

Robert Arduser

Robert Arduser- On Feb. 18, Robert Arduser, 42, Walker, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class D felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree and a class D felony receiving stolen property. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The original charges come from an Osceola Police Department investigation in May 2018.

Richard Chambers

Richard Chambers- On Feb. 17, Richard Chambers, 60, Mountain Home, AR, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Chambers was booked and released pending formal charges.

The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Chambers was driving for a traffic violation. While talking with Chambers, he consented to a search of the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle a glass pipe with a crystal like residue was located along with a plastic container. The glass pipe did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Wendy Gruber

Wendy Gruber- On Feb. 15, Wendy Gruber, 38, El Dorado Springs, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a Cedar County warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on an original ordinance charge of utility tampering. Bond is set at $677 cash or surety.

The original charge comes from the El Dorado Police Department.

Clinton Oehring

Clinton Oehring- On Feb. 14, Clinton Oehring, 27, Montrose, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class E felony non-support, total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under order of support. Bond is set at $1,500 cash only.

Steven Minor

Steven Minor- On Feb. 12, Steven Minor, 24, Humansville, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class C felony delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid and a class E felony resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing-creating a substancial risk of serious injury/death to any person. Bond is set at $50,000 cash only.

The warrant comes after a St. Clair County deputy tried to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle Minor was driving for being careless and imprudent. Minor tried to flee from the deputy. Minor did finally stop for the deputy after his vehicle gave out on him. The deputy made contact with Minor and received consent to search the vehicle. During the search, a box was located with a glass pipe sticking out of it. Also located was a digital scale, marijuana, small zip lock bags, two plastic bags of a crystal like substance, and a syringe. The crystal like substance did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Keva Riedel

Keva Riedel- On Feb. 12, Keva Riedel, 38, Tonganoxie, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $7,500 cash or surety.

The warrant comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Reidel was driving for an equipment violation. After making contact with the driver, the deputy requested a K9 unit to the scene. The K9 performed an exterior sniff test of the vehicle. The K9 did alert to the presence of narcotics. Reidel then stated she had a marijuana pipe in the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle the marijuana pipe was located along with a different glass pipe, two plastic baggies with a white crystal like residue, torch lighter, and a plastic straw. The glass pipe did field test positive for methamphetamine.

Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Stolen Horse Out of Osceola

On Feb. 17, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a residence on NE Highway 13 in reference to a stolen horse. The deputy made contact with Rick Weaver. Weaver stated that he last seen the horse on Feb. 15 and noticed it missing on Feb. 16. Weaver advised he had checked the perimeter of the fence and could not see where the horse would have gotten out. Weaver believed someone had stolen the horse.

A request for prosecution was filled out. 

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.

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