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Arrest warrant issued for kidnapping, burglary reports taken and warrant arrest

Arrest warrant issued for kidnapping

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Joseph Daughtery

     On May 29, a St. Clair County arrest warrant was issued for Joseph Daugherty, 33, Clinton, charging him with three felony charges stemming from an incident on May 26. Daugherty is charged with a class A felony of kidnapping, a class B felony charge of burglary-first degree, and a class D felony of resisting arrest by fleeing.

     In the early morning hours of May 26, St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to a residence on E Highway in reference to a domestic assault in progress. As deputies were responding to the scene, information was received the suspect had left driving a white Cadillac. An attempt was made to stop the vehicle, but it was able to elude the deputies.

     At the scene it was reported Daugherty, was an ex-live-in-boyfriend of a female living at the residence. He allegedly entered the residence carrying a hand gun, threatened to shoot the family members, and attempted to abduct a female.

     Additional charges are pending on Daugherty following incidents on May 29 when a St. Clair County deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle driving down E Highway. The driver attempted to elude deputies and ended up crashing the vehicle on SW 101 Road and fled into the woods. Evidence was located inside the vehicle that identified Daugherty as the driver.

     Information was received Daugherty was seen riding an ATV in the area. Later the same day, an ATV was recovered near the junction of B and E highway. The investigation discovered the ATV was stolen from a garage on SW 101 Road, Osceola.

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

Burglary reports taken

     On May 30, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report on SE 1200 Road, Collins. William Duncan reported entry was made into a home he is caretaking for a family member. Several African artifacts were reported missing from inside the residence. Duncan said a hydraulic log splitter was also missing from the property.

     On May 29, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary complaint at Appleton City Equipment on NE Highway 52. An employee, Lewis Morgan, reported the front door was open and $150 cash and $30 in change was missing from the cash drawer. He stated the office was rummaged through, but nothing else was missing. Damage to the door are estimated at $700. Evidence was located and collected at the scene.

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

Warrant arrest

James Gueltzau

     On May 28, James Gueltzau, 60, Osceola, was arrested in St. Clair County on a Linn County, Kansas, warrant on an original felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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