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St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release for March 23-30, 2015

     St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler said deputies took three reports of stealing, a property damage report, and made three warrant arrests during the week of March 23-30.

14 cows reported stolen near Blackjack

     On March 28, a St. Clair County deputy took a report from Lincoln Hughes in reference to someone stealing his cows. Hughes reported 14 head of cows missing from property near SW 101 and SW 1300 south of the Blackjack area. Hughes was unsure how many cows have a calf at side or how many have not calved at this time. The total estimated value of the cows was $42,000. He said if the calves are born and with the cows, the calves could be valued at approximately $1,200 each.

Stealing report

     On March 23, a St. Clair County deputy took a report on Four Winds Drive in Twin Oaks Harbor, Lowry City, regarding copper being cut from a propane tank. A representative from MFA Oil, Clinton, had an order to pick up a propane tank and noticed copper pipe was cut and missing. It was noted the tank was empty, but had approximately 72-percent in it when it was last checked. It was estimated 25 feet of copper was missing between the propane tank and the house. Copper was also cut and missing from the outside air conditioning unit. Information was obtained the owner of the property is deceased. The investigation is ongoing.

Property damage at Brush Creek Access

     On March 23, a St. Clair County deputy took a property damage report at the Brush Creek Access on NE 250 Road. Friends of Brush Creek Vice President James Terry reported trash was scattered in the access area and several ruts made in the grass. Evidence was collected from the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

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Boat reported stolen

     On March 23, a St. Clair County deputy took a stealing complaint at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. Camp Ranger BJ Straw said he received a registration notice for a 14-foot 1985 Lowe flat bottom boat owned by the Heart of America Council. He attempted to find the boat and was unable to locate it on the property. The boat is green and has no motor. The investigation is ongoing.

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

Warrant arrests

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Zachary Harper

     On March 26, Zachary Harper, 26, of Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County felony warrant at a residence on NE 450 Road, Osceola. The warrant was issued in May 2014 and charges Harper with class C felony theft/stealing. The charge stems from an incident in April 2014 when Jack Foster reported scrap metal stolen from his property on SE V Highway. Harper’s bond is set at $10,000 cash/surety.

Melissa Veach

     On March 25, Melissa Veach, 45, Kansas City, was arrested on three St. Clair County warrants for failing to appear in court on misdemeanor charges of no insurance, driving while revoked/suspended, and failing to drive in a single lane. The warrants were issued in September 2014 and stem from an incident in January 2011. Total bond is set at $3,000 cash only.

James Bedford

     On March 24, James Bedford, 51, of Harrisonville, was arrested in St. Clair County on a probation/parole violation warrant on original class D felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution. The warrant was issued on Feb. 6 and stems from an incident in February 2011.

Darrel Unruh

On March 24, Darrel Unruh, 41, of Collins, was arrested on a no bond capias Polk County warrant for a probation/parole violation on an original class C felony of domestic assault-second degree. The warrant was issued March 19 and stems from an incident in November 2014. 

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