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St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release for Oct. 5-12, 2015

     St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler said deputies made three warrant arrests, took a theft report, and a burglary report during the week of Oct. 5-12.

Theft report in Lowry City

     On Oct. 11, a St. Clair County deputy took a theft report on West Seventh Street, Lowry City. Clayton Barker reported three pair of combat boots (two brown, one black) and a triangle shaped Casco speaker was taken from a shed located on the side of his residence. The value of the items was estimated at $80. The case was forwarded to Lowry City Police Department for further investigation.

Whitlow arrested on felony warrant,
additional charges being sought

James Whitlow

     On Oct. 9, James Whitlow, 47, Deepwater, was arrested on a “no bond” parole violation warrant and a St. Clair County warrant charging him with class C felony possession of a controlled substance, class D felony resisting arrest by fleeing, and class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The St. Clair County warrant was issued on Sept. 11 and stems from a Missouri Department of Conservation investigation on Sept. 6. Bond on those charges is set at $25,000 cash or surety.

     Prior to his arrest, Whitlow fled from a deputy at a high rate of speed on NE 1270 Road when an attempt to make contact was made regarding a tail light being out. Deputies followed Whitlow for approximately 16 miles in the north part of St. Clair County. Speeds reached over 75 miles per hour on some of the gravel roads. He drove through four stop signs and was spinning tires, sliding around corners, and driving on the wrong side of the road.

     The vehicle wrecked on F Highway and Whitlow was taken into custody. Deputies located a clear glass pipe with burnt residue inside and a small plastic bag with a white powdery substance on his person. Both items field tested positive for methamphetamine. Several formal charges are pending from this incident.

Warrant arrest

Chris Treat

     On Oct. 9, Chris Treat, 44, Lowry City, was arrested on a probation revocation warrant on an original class C felony charge of tampering with service of utility or institution in the first degree. The warrant was issued on Oct. 8. Bond is set at $1,500.00 cash only.

     The original 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.   

Clemons facing additional felony charges

     On Oct. 9, a St. Clair County warrant was issued for Kory Clemons, 20, Rockville, charging him with class A felony assault on a law enforcement officer and a class D felony of resisting arrest. Bond on these charges is set at $100,000 cash only.

     The charges stem from an incident in the early morning hours on Oct. 7, when St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to the Appleton City area in reference to a sighting of a stolen vehicle. Corporal Jason Matter located the vehicle traveling on Highway 52 in Appleton City. The vehicle stopped in the parking lot of the Appleton City School and Deputy Dale Roberts arrived on scene to assist Matter. The deputies ordered Clemons out of the vehicle. Clemons brandished a firearm and deputies ordered him to drop the firearm several times. Clemons refused, raised the firearm and fired at deputies. The deputies returned fire, striking him multiple times.

     The deputies were not injured in the incident and are on paid administrative leave. Clemons was transported to a Kansas City hospital. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control were called into to conduct the investigation on the incident.  

     On Oct. 8, a warrant was issued charging Clemons with class C felony stealing a motor vehicle and stealing of a firearm. Bond on these charges is set at $50,000 cash or surety. These charges stem from an incident on Oct. 6, when a St. Clair County deputy took a report on SW 76 Road in reference to a stolen vehicle and firearm. David Oehring stated Clemons, a guest at his residence, stole a 1992 blue Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck from his driveway and a .22 caliber semi-auto rifle from a closet in the residence.

Burglary report taken

     On Oct. 8, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report on NE 310 Private Road, Osceola. Michael Gonder reported someone broke into his house and stole several items from inside. He stated the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, the cedar chest and a metal cabinet in the main room had all been pilfered through.  Gonder reported some medicine, a Sony flat screen television, Magnavox DVD/VCR combo player, several DVD's, karaoke machine, hunting boots, 20 lb Rhino Blue propane bottle, Stihl chainsaw, tool basket with tools, several rods and reels, and a black hunting knife, hunting clothes, hats, several board and dice games, a game camera, and a half bottle of whiskey were stolen from the residence.

     The investigations is ongoing. Sheriff Keeler stated those with any related information should contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Carneal charged with felony drug possession

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Pauline Carneal

     On Oct. 6, Pauline Carneal, 42, Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with class C felony possession of a controlled substance and a class A misdemeanor of passion of marijuana. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety. Carneal was also arrested on a “no bond” parole violation warrant issued the same day.

     The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 5 when a traffic stop was conducted on CC Highway. Carneal was a passenger in the vehicle. During the investigation St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office deputies and members of the Mid Missouri Multi Jurisdiction Drug Task Force located a glass pipe and plastic bags with a white substance inside. The items field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

     Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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