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St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release for Oct. 20-27, 2014

     St. Clair County Sheriff Office deputies took a variety of calls for service from Oct. 20-27. Sheriff Scott Keeler said deputies made warrant arrests, assisted in the search for a missing man, took reports of stealing, property damage and burglary.   

Property damage

     On Oct. 26, a St. Clair County deputy took a report of property damage from Shelly Wells on NE 1248 Road. Wells reported someone damaged her 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The deputy observed damage to the right front bumper of the car. The investigation is ongoing.

Search for missing man

Dale Miller with his dog.

     A search is continuing for a missing man from rural Appleton City. On Oct. 25, St. Clair County deputies responded to NW 400 Road in reference to Dale Miller, 78, Appleton City, wandering into the woods at 5:30 p.m. and not returning. Miller's black German shepherd dog was last seen with him.
    Miller has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and has a fractured vertebra. He has missed doses of his medication and may have an altered mental status and motor skills. Miller is described as a white male 5’ 10”, 158 lbs., gray hair, blue eyes, wearing glasses, a hunter orange baseball cap, blue shirt, blue jeans and boots. He reportedly walks hunched forward and shuffles his feet and his speech is whispered and mumbled.
    Family, friends and numerous volunteers joined area firefighters, Missouri State Highway Patrol, American Red Cross, and Missouri Search and Rescue in the search for Miller. The search continued Sunday and Monday.

Dale Miller


Burglary report

     On Oct. 24, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report from Edward Farnsworth. He reported the door to his hunting cabin off of E Highway was open and several items were missing.  Farnsworth reported a wallet, Ruger LCP 380 with laser sight, four to six boxes of 12-guage shotgun shells, a meat grinder, and a compact disc player. The estimated value of the items totaled $705. The investigation is ongoing.

Stolen truck

     On Oct. 23, a St. Clair County deputy responded to Pilot truck stop, Collins, in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. Jeanne Beales reported a white two wheel drive 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab stolen from the parking lot. Beales stated the paint on the truck is peeling and the tailgate was no on the truck.
     On Oct. 25, a St. Clair County deputy was notified the Henry County Sheriff's Office recovered the vehicle with no wheels and tires on it. The investigation is ongoing.

Burned vehicles

     On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy responded to NE 175 Road, Osceola, in reference to two burned vehicles. Dusty Kirk reported when he awoke in the morning, he noticed his two pickup trucks, a white 1992 Chevrolet and a white 1998 Chevrolet, had been burned. The investigation is ongoing.

Money vault reported stolen from Tally Bend Boat Ramp

     On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy took a report from the US Army Corps of Engineers, in reference to a stolen money vault from the Talley Bend Boat Ramp. The vault was discovered missing on Oct. 19. The vault was completely removed from the ground. Damage was estimated at $1,000. It was noted an estimated $20 was inside the vault. The investigation is ongoing.

Burglary reported at Old Plantation Motel

     On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report at the Old Plantation Motel, Osceola. John Maggard reported his son noticed a door was damaged and opened on Oct. 18. Maggard reported copper wire was cut and removed from the basement of the motel. He also reported a roll of #12 wire was missing from a shelf in the basement. The investigation is ongoing.

     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

Tractor battery located

     On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy received information in reference to an Oct. 18 report of a stolen tractor battery on SW 1051 Road, El Dorado Springs. Larry Roberts advised the battery was located.

Warrant arrest

Chris Treat

     On Oct. 24, Chris Treat, 43, Clinton, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class C felony of tampering with service of utility or institution in the first degree. The charge stems from an incident on Sept. 4 when a St. Clair County deputy took a report from a representative from Sac Osage Electric Cooperative in reference to property damage at Twin Oaks Harbor, Lowry City.  The representative stated they were out earlier the same day to hook up a service and noticed the tag on the meter box was missing. When the box was opened, it was noticed the meter lugs were burned out and melted to the base. Treat was released on an own recognizance bond pending further court proceedings on Nov. 21.

Vernon Wait

     On Oct. 23, Vernon Wait, 53, Osceola, was arrested in St. Clair County on a felony no bond parole violation warrant on an original charge of second degree murder. The warrant was issued on Oct. 22.

Rhannnon Rymer

     On Oct. 22, Rhannnon Rymer, 24, Springfield, was arrested on two St. Clair County misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of possessing marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from an incident in January with Missouri State Highway Patrol. Total bond was set at $2,000 cash or surety.

Deanna Younce

     On Oct. 21, Deanna Younce, 38, Leeton, was arrested at the St. Clair County Sheriff Office, Osceola, on two misdemeanor warrants, a St. Clair County warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of passing a bad check and a Hickory County for failing to appear on a charge of possessing marijuana. Total bond was set at $385.

Coffee with the Sheriff to be held in Appleton City Nov. 13

     Sheriff Scott Keeler will host “Coffee with the Sheriff” on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 7-10 a.m. at the Farmhouse Kitchen, Railroad Street, Appleton City . The sheriff urges citizens to attend with any questions or concerns and be a part of making a difference in the community.

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