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St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release for Aug. 18-24, 2014

    St. Clair County Sheriff Office deputies were busy with a variety of calls during the week of Aug. 18-24. Sheriff Scott Keeler said deputies took reports of stealing, damage to a campaign sign and a threat made related to a gun. Deputies made an arrest for unlawful use of a weapon and third degree assault and issued summons’ for theft of a utility and animal neglect for failing to maintain control of goats. Two individuals were also arrested on St. Clair County warrants during the week.

Stolen gas

    On Aug. 22, a St. Clair County deputy responded to a residence on C Highway, Osceola, in reference to a theft and tampering with a motor vehicle. Nicola Tucker reported her husband, Shannon Tucker, had 10-15 gallons of gas stolen from his Dodge Ram truck that was near C Highway behind the Iconium Store. Tucker said someone cut the gas filler tube and stole gas out of the truck. The investigation is continuing.

Stealing reported on WW Highway, Osceola

    On Aug. 21, a St. Clair County deputy took a stealing complaint from James Naylor on WW Highway, Osceola. Naylor reported Adrian Parsons arrived at the property and observed multiple items missing and electrical wires to some electronics inside the building were cut.
    Items owned by Naylor reported stolen included: four 25-foot extension cords valued at $160, One 50-foot extension cord valued at $50, one battery operated black Craftsman 19.2 volt drill along with two batteries and charger valued at $200, and one 12-foot to 14-foot piece of 3/4 inch copper tubing valued at $50. Naylor also reported the power wires were cut from his air compressor and bench grinder. Damage was estimated at $50.
    Naylor also reported an ARC welder owned by Vernon Putnam was stolen from the building. Putnum was contacted and estimated the value of the welder at $500.
    Items owned by Parson’s reported stolen include: a light and homemade extension cord rack with two extension cord reels, one containing 25-foot of cord and the other containing 30-foot of cord. Estimated value of the items was $75. Evidence was located at the scene and a request for prosecution was signed by all parties.
    On Aug.22, Parsons contacted the sheriff’s office and reported additional items stolen and damaged. He reported a power cord from the back of his MIG welder was cut. Damage was estimated at $250. Parson said a toolbox and a white extension cord reel with cord were also missing. The estimated value of the items totaled $150. The investigation is ongoing.

Damage to campaign sign

    On Aug. 21, a St. Clair County deputy was responding to a call for service in Appleton City and noticed a campaign sign for Joleene Simmons appeared to have been painted on. After clearing from the call, the deputy returned to the location of the sign along A Highway and observed it was spray painted with black paint and it appeared to have been shot with a shotgun. Contact was made with Simmons who stated she noticed the damage on Aug. 18. In June, Simmons also reported damage to signs located in Lowry City area. The investigation is ongoing.           

Arrest made for unlawful use of a weapon

Donald Wareham

    On Aug. 20, St. Clair County deputies responded to Appleton City in reference to a report of a man pulling a gun on a woman and her son. Sheila Prater reported Donald Wareham was yelling at her son and pointed a shotgun at him. Prater explained she walked over to tell Wareham to put it away and he pulled the shotgun on her. A request for prosecution was signed.
    Contact was made with Wareham on West Burbank Street, Appleton City. During the investigation a loaded shotgun matching the description was located and seized from Wareham. Wareham, 56, was arrested and placed into custody for unlawful use of a weapon and third degree assault. Total bond was set at $6,000 cash or surety and a court date of Oct. 3 was issued. Formal charges are pending and the investigation is continuing.

Threat reported

    On Aug. 19, a St. Clair County deputy responded to a private road in the northeast section of the county in reference to a threat made regarding a gun. Lanny Landreth reported a man was over at his residence and was drunk. Landreth said the individual was told to go home and not return. Landreth stated prior to the individual leaving, he said he was coming back with a bullet.  A suspect was named. Landreth signed a request for prosecution and the investigation is ongoing.

Summons issued for theft of a utility

    On Aug. 18, a St. Clair County deputy responded to Twin Oaks Harbor, Lowry City, to take a report of theft of a utility. A lineman with Sac Osage Electric Cooperative explained electricity to a piece of property was disconnected on Aug. 12. The lineman stated he was driving by and noticed that a meter was in the base upside down. A check with his office revealed the electricity had not been turned back on. It was learned the meter was from another location in Twin Oaks Harbor. Chris Treat, Clinton, was issued a summons for theft of a utility with a court date of Sept. 19.

Summons issued for failing to maintain goats

    On Aug. 18, a St. Clair County deputy responded to SW 200 Road, Shell City, in reference to a complaint concerning a neighbor’s goats getting out and wandering on private property. A neighbor advised while napping they were awakened by a loud commotion outside and observed goats on the porch area of their residence. Photos of the incident were obtained. Justin Shouse was issued a summons for animal neglect, failure to maintain control of the goats based on the complaint. A court date of Sept. 19 was issued.

    Sheriff Keeler urges those with any information on these or any other cases to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Warrant arrests

Lissa Hearting

On Aug. 20, Lissa Hearting, 30, Boliver, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court on a probation violation for an original charge of non support, a class A misdemeanor. The warrant was issued in August 2013. Bond was set at $1,500 cash only.

Dallas Cox

    On Aug. 20, Dallas Cox, 18, Independence, was arrested on two St. Clair County warrants failing to appear in court on misdemeanor charges of possession of liquor by minor and an activities violation in a non-designated conservation area. The warrants were issued on Aug. 18. A total bond of $1,000 was set on the charges.

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