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News Release Feb. 4-11, 2014

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office

News Release for Feb. 4-11, 2014 

Tip from a post on Facebook page leads to arrest

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler said a tip received from a post on the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page led to the arrest of an individual in connection to crimes committed in Appleton City. He stated other arrests in the case are expected to come later this week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Tiffany Walker, 28, Appleton City, was initially arrested for the crimes. On Feb. 5, she was formally charged with two class C felonies, second degree burglary and possession of controlled substance. The total bond on the charges is set at $20,000 cash or surety.  

The charges stem from an incident on Sunday, Feb. 2, when a deputy was dispatched to the Linda Buckley residence on South Beech Street, Appleton City, in reference to a theft. Buckley reported two bottles of prescription drugs were missing from her purse. Buckley said the bottles contained a month’s supply of Oxycontin and Xanax. A bank card and some cash were also reported missing.

The same day, another deputy responded to Brittany Turner’s residence on East Third Street, Appleton City, in reference to a burglary. Turner advised she received a phone call stating a female was seen in her shed going through items and stacking them by the door. Turner stated when she arrived at her the residence the female was gone and the shed doors were open.

A pile of Turner’s items from the shed was located by the door along with a bag full of clothes and other items that did not belong to her. A prescription for Oxycontin with Buckley’s name on it was located inside the bag. The bag also contained an eyeglass case with credit cards and insurance cards belonging to Buckley. Other items found included several DVDs and a cell phone. The investigation revealed the cell phone belonged to Lyle Roland, West Third Street.

Contact was made with Roland who stated he returned from the store and found a female in his house. Roland gave a description of the female and said when she left he could not find his phone to call the police. Lyle identified the cell phone and several of the DVDs found as what he was missing from his residence.


The investigation also led to the arrest of John Pliler, 27, Joplin, on two outstanding felony warrants from other counties. On Feb. 4, Pliler was arrested on a probation violation warrant from Jackson County with no bond and a warrant for driving while revoked from Henry County with a bond set at $4,500 cash or surety.  

Burglary reported on SE 250 Road, Osceola

An investigation of a burglary that occurred on SE 250 Road, Osceola, is continuing. On Friday Feb. 7, James Terry reported a water heater and landscaping bricks were missing from a residence owned by Randall Chapman. It was noted a family member drove by the property on Feb. 6 at approximately 5 p.m. and there were no tire tracks leading onto the property at that time. 

Abandoned vehicle located

On Feb. 7 at 7:25 a.m. a deputy responded to a call of an abandoned vehicle with the windows knocked out at the junction of SE 600 Road and Old Highway 13. Upon arrival a blue extended cab pickup was located setting in the middle of the intersection. The vehicle had damage to all the windows, front fenders, hood, grill, driver’s side door, and driver’s side rear section of the bed. An attempt to contact the registered owners was made without success. The vehicle was towed by the on call tow service.

Arrest warrant issued


On Monday, Feb. 10, a St. Clair County arrest warrant was issued for Gary Michael Higgins, 49, Kansas City, for failing to appear in court on a class D felony charge of driving while revoked/suspended. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Sheriff Keeler urges those with any information on any ongoing cases or those wanted on warrants to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, 417-646-5832, or email to

Coffee with the Sheriff to be held Feb. 20

Sheriff Keeler will host “Coffee with the Sheriff” on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7-10 a.m. at the Landmark Restaurant, Lowry City. The sheriff urges citizens to attend with any questions or concerns and be a part of making a difference in the community.

Citizens are urged to like the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and visit the website, Updates are made throughout the week.

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