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News Release for April 22-29, 2014

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office

News Release for April 22-29, 2014


During the weeks of April 22-29 deputies from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a variety of calls for service. Sheriff Scott Keeler said deputies took reports of domestic assault, property damage, trespassing, and fraud. The sheriff said three individuals were also arrested on felony warrants.

Felony warrant arrest

Kenneth Collins Jr.

On April 28, Kenneth Collins Jr., 30, Clinton, was arrested at the St. Clair County Jail on a Henry County warrant for failing to appear on a class D felony charge of driving while revoked or suspended. The warrant was issued on April 25. Bond was set at $1,500 cash only. The charge stems from an incident on July 25, 2013.

Briden arrested for felony domestic assault

Daniel Briden

On April 26, a St. Clair County deputy took a report of alleged domestic assault at a residence on NE 1200 Private Road, Osceola. A female victim stated Daniel Briden, 51, Osceola, assaulted her and during the altercation, she sustained injuries. The deputy observed and photographed the victim’s injuries and a request for prosecution was signed. Contact was made with Briden in the front yard of the residence and he was placed under arrest for domestic assault and transported to the St. Clair County Jail booking.

On April 27, St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney Joleene Simmons filed formal charges on Briden charging him with class C felony second degree domestic assault. An arrest warrant was obtained and served. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Property damage reported in Collins

On April 26, a St. Clair County deputy responded to the Betty Owens residence on Main Street, Collins regarding property damage. Owens reported someone broke out her rear passenger side window on her  2003 Ford van when it was parked in front of her residence. A request for prosecution was signed and damage was estimated at $400.

Lesmeister arrested for felony burglary

Terry Lesmeister

On April 24, Terry Lesmeister, 22, Montrose, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class B felony burglary in the first degree, class C felony stealing, and class D felony property damage. Bond is set at $20,000 cash or surety.

The charges stem from a burglary that occurred at Dains Fish Farm on Highway H, Schell City, on April 12. Ammunition, cash from register, several rolls of change, and a computer and monitor for the surveillance system was stolen from the store. Damage was also reported to the front and rear doors and estimated the total damage and loss at $5,240. Michael Phillips, 31, El Dorado Springs, is also charged in the case.


On April 22, a St. Clair County deputy took a trespassing report from Geraldine Wilkinson. She reported an individual trespassed on her property in Ninnescah Park in the northeast part of St. Clair County on April 16. Wilkinson reported the individual drives a four-wheeler across her property to get to Corps of Engineers property. A suspect was identified and the investigation is ongoing.

Report of fraud

On April 21, a St. Clair County deputy took a report of fraud from Brandy Matter. She reported receiving an email from an individual wanting to purchase items from her Pampered Chef business. Matter advised an order was placed and a check was received for more than the amount of the order. She said contact was made with the individual and she was advised someone else sent the money for the order and asked if she could return the unused amount of money.

Matter said the check was deposited into her business account and she waited for it to clear. She explained after several days the bank told her the check was good. Matter said she withdrew the extra $1,500 to return it to the customer and  purchased a Green Dot Money Pak for $500 and sent the information for the card by text message to the customer. Matter said a few minutes later the bank called her and told her the check did not clear and her account was overdrawn. She checked the card balance and the $500 was taken off the card.

Matter said contact was made with the customer and they were advised their check was returned by the bank. She said the customer stated she would have to send the rest of the money before the check would clear. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any information concerning ongoing investigations to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Drug take back event a success

On Saturday, April 26, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office hosted a free prescription drug take back event. Sheriff Scott Keeler explained the event allowed the public to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications. He estimated over 25-pounds of unwanted prescription medications were turned in from county residents. The sheriff said his office will have another prescription drug take back event in the fall.


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