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News Release Nov. 19-26, 2013

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office
News Release for Nov. 19-26, 2013

Deputies from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office made two felony arrests for crimes that occurred during the week of Nov. 19-26. St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler stated reports taken by deputies included domestic assault, burglary, property damage, vandalism and theft. There were two people arrested on outstanding felony warrants and three arrested on misdemeanor warrants. 

Osceola man facing five felony charges
including assaulting a law enforcement officer

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Donald Hardy, 65, Osceola, was arrested on several felony charges following an investigation of alleged domestic assault that occurred on Nov. 22. On Monday, Nov. 25, an arrest warrant was obtained charging Hardy with class A felony of assault/attempt assault of a law enforcement officer, two unclassified felonies of armed criminal action, class C felony second degree domestic assault and class C felony possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. 
The charges stem from an incident on Nov. 23 when deputies took an assault report from a female who stated Hardy assaulted her with a homemade cedar club the night before at their residence on SE 356 Private Road off of T Highway, Osceola. She said Hardy took her phone and would not allow her to leave their residence at that time. Deputies searched the residence for Hardy and did not locate him. The cedar club allegedly used in the assault was seized as evidence. After seeking medical treatment, the female met deputies at the sheriff’s office to fill out paperwork for an order of protection. The female explained she needed some items from the residence and was aware Hardy was home at that time.
Deputies arrived at the residence and made contact with Hardy through a closed door. After several minutes Hardy opened the door with a machete knife in his hand, raised it over his head and started to swing it at a deputy. Hardy was tased and attempted to throw the knife at the deputy. No ijuries were sustained and Hardy was placed into custody and transported to the St. Clair County Jail. While processing the crime scene, deputies located a tube containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamines.
When the incident occurred, Hardy was out of jail on $25,000 bond after being arrested on Oct. 2 for distributing a controlled substance-methamphetamine, a class B felony. The charge came after a search warrant served at his residence revealed methamphetamine and items related to the sales of methamphetamine. 
After Hardy’s initial arrest on the new charges, Associate Court Judge Michael Dawson revoked his bond from the incident in October. During court proceedings on Nov. 25, Hardy’s total bond on the new charges was set at $100,000 cash or surety and bond on the charge from October was reset at $50,000 cash or surety.

Arrest made for burglary at Assembly of God

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, James Walker, 47, Kansas City, was arrested in connection with a burglary at the Assembly of God, 3845 Old Highway 13, Osceola. On Thursday, Nov. 21, an arrest warrant was obtained charging Walker with class C felony burglary in the second degree, class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree and class D felony property damage in the first degree. Walker’s bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.
On Nov. 20 information was received from the Clinton Police Department (CPD) concerning a possible burglary at the church building. A St. Clair County deputy responded to the building and observed an open door that had pry marks on it. An investigation revealed a van was missing from the property along with several food items that were recently purchased for families in the area to have Thanksgiving dinner. Tents were reported missing from a closet in one of the classrooms and there was damage to a window in the sanctuary. Other damage was reported throughout the church building.
The church’s van was recovered in Clinton and many of the food items were located inside of a residence in Clinton. Walker was taken into custody by the CPD and turned over to a St. Clair County deputy who transported him to the St. Clair County Jail. Walker was interviewed and a confession was obtained. It was noted it appeared all of the food was returned, but an inventory had not been completed.

Property damage to Osceola Station

On Nov. 22, a deputy responded to Osceola Station, 3650 NE Old Highway 13, Osceola, regarding property damage. Marylyn Williams reported on Nov. 20, she noticed a door had been pried on and an overhead garage door window broken out. Damage was estimated at $330 and a request for prosecution was signed. The investigation revealed the same suspect who burglarized the Assembly of God, James Walker, also caused the damage to the Osceola Station. During an interview with Walker, a confession was obtained. Formal charges are pending.

Juveniles admit to vandalism

On Nov. 20, a deputy took a vandalism report on NE 1289 Road, Osceola. Chad Martin reported he noticed damage to a residence along with several cars, buses, vans, and trucks located at property owned by his in-laws. Martin stated the last time he checked on the property was Nov. 8. A total of 22 vehicles had the front windshield broken out or damaged, 57 side windows of vehicles broken out and 15 back windows on vehicles broken out. There were also several taillights, headlights, mirrors, and turn signal lights with damage as well as several windows broken out of the residence.
Inside the residence, several appliances and pieces of furniture were also damaged.
Evidence was obtained at the scene. The investigation led to admissions to the crime made by two 12-year-old male juveniles. The case was turned over to the juvenile office. 

Jewelry reported stolen 

On Nov. 20, a deputy made contact with Kim Schussler, Appleton City, in reference to a theft. Schussler reported she is missing a diamond ring and her husband Kirk, is missing his Montrose High School class ring. Schussler gave information to the deputy regarding a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

Property damage to lawn ornament in Collins

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, a deputy took a property damage report on De La Porte Street, Collins. Loyal "Riley" Harris reported damage to a deer lawn ornament. The deputy noticed evidence the damage was done intentionally in an attempt to vandalize or steal the item. Harris signed a request for prosecution and the investigation is continuing.
Citizens with information concerning any of the cases are urged to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, 417-646-2565.

Other felony warrant arrests

On Nov. 20, Brian Mathiesen, 45, Weaubleau, was arrested in St. Clair County on a Cedar County felony warrant for child neglect. A deputy observed a red Chevrolet pickup traveling on Highway 54 from Business Highway 13 and a stop was initiated for a traffic offense.
The vehicle was stopped near Highway MM on Highway 54. The warrant was discovered when the deputy conducted a check of Mathiesen’s driver status. He was taken into custody and booked into the St. Clair County Jail. Bond was set at $2,500 cash or surety and was posted later the same day.
On Nov. 19, William Bailey, 52, Lowry City, was arrested on a class D felony warrant for driving while intoxicated-alcohol persistent offender. The warrant was issued on Nov. 7 and stemmed from an incident involving the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Nov. 5. Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety and was posted the same day. 

Misdemeanor warrant arrests

On Nov. 21, Darren Phillips, 35, Weaubleau, was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear on a St. Clair County misdemeanor charge of passing bad checks. Bond was set at $400 cash only. Bond was posted and he was released. He had another warrant for failing to appear on a Hickory County misdemeanor charge of passing bad checks. He was arrested on that charge and booked into the St. Clair County Jail. Bond was set at $400 and posted the same day.
On Nov. 19, Clayton G. Barker, 50, Lowry City, was arrested on several outstanding misdemeanor warrants from cities in Polk County. He had four warrants from the Humansville Police Department. The warrants included driving while suspended, no insurance and two warrants for failing to register a motor vehicle. Barker also had a warrant from Bolivar Police Department for driving while revoked. The bonds totaled $573. Barker was transferred to the Polk County Jail the same day.
On Nov. 19, Dean Breshears, 42, Weaubleau, was arrested on a St. Clair County misdemeanor warrant for passing bad checks. Bond was set at $266.60 cash only. He appeared in court on Nov. 20 and pled guilty to the charge. He was released on his own recognizance. 
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.

Coffee with the Sheriff to be held Dec. 5

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler will host “Coffee with the Sheriff” on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 7-10 a.m. at Smith’s Restaurant, Collins. 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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