Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 10 arrests and took multiple reports during the week of June 23 through 30, 2020.
Candice Danner- On June 29, Candice Danner, 36, Osceola, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs in the first degree-first offense. Danner was booked and released pending formal charges.
The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy assisted a case worker from the Children’s Division. While speaking with Danner, the deputy observed a pipe sitting on the living room table, when the door was opened. The homeowner was called to the scene and they gave the deputy consent to search the residence. During the search a bag with a green leafy material was located along with two glass pipes and a glass bong.
James Murray- On June 29, James Murray, 46, Humansville, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a probation violation on an original class E felony resisting/interfering with an arrest for a felony. Bond is set at $1,500 cash only.
The original charge stems from a traffic stop by a St. Clair County deputy in November of 2018. The deputy had Murray step out of the vehicle and lean on the hood of the vehicle. Murray couldn’t stand still. When the deputy was going to his patrol vehicle, Murray took off running on foot. The deputy was able to catch up to Murray and take him into custody.
Darrell Warner- On June 29, Darrell Warner, 38, Sugar Creek, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a probation violation on an original class D felony non-support, total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under order of support. Bond is set at $1,000 cash only.
Veronica Wright- On June 29, Veronica Wright, 41, Kansas City, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance. Wright was booked and released pending formal charges.
The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Wright was driving for a moving violation. While one deputy was performing a record check of Wright, another deputy stayed at the vehicle with Wright and her passenger. During their conversation, the deputy received consent to search the vehicle from Wright.
During the search, a small scale with a residue on it was located. The residue field tested positive for heroin. Wright admitted she got the scale from a family member.
Patty Davidson- On June 28, Patty Davidson, 41, Lowry City, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class D felony possession of a controlled substance and a class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Davidson was booked and released pending formal charges.
The arrest comes after St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to Casey’s General Store in regards to stealing. It was reported a male had stolen a bottle of alcohol and left the store in a maroon Chevrolet Impala driven by a female subject.
Deputies searched the area and found the maroon Chevrolet Impala at the Shelby’s Gas Station in Lowry City. The deputies made contact with the female driver, later identified as Davidson, and asked where the male subject was. Davidson advised he was in the store. Deputies were able to make contact with the male subject and take him into custody for stealing.
While speaking with Davidson, Davidson did admit to having a methamphetamine pipe in the vehicle but did not want her child to see the deputies searching the vehicle. Davidson and her child were taken behind a patrol vehicle, so the child could not see the search. The deputies recovered the glass pipe from the vehicle that contained a crystal like residue and a straw with a crystal like residue. The pipe and straw did field test positive for methamphetamine.
The child was picked up by his grandfather.
Gary Schoonover, Jr.- On June 28, Gary Schoonover, 39, Lowry City, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class A misdemeanor stealing. Schoonover was placed on a 24 hour hold pending formal charges.
The arrest comes after St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to Casey’s General Store in Osceola in regard to stealing. It was reported that a male subject had stolen a bottle of alcohol and left in a maroon Chevrolet Impala with a female driver.
The deputies searched the area and observed a maroon Chevrolet Impala at the Shelby’s Gas Station in Lowry City. One deputy made contact with the female driver and asked where Schoonover was. The driver stated he was in the store. The deputies made contact with Schoonover as he was leaving the store. A deputy asked if Schoonover had gotten a bottle of alcohol from Casey’s; Schoonover stated he did. A deputy asked if he had paid for the alcohol; Schoonover stated he did not.
Jonathon Ward- On June 28, Jonathon Ward, 37, Independence, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class B felony assault in the second degree-special victim, a class D felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, a class D felony possession of a controlled substance, a class E felony resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing-creating a substantial risk of injury/death to any person, and a class A misdemeanor driving while revoked/suspended-second or third offense. Total bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.
The warrant comes after St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to the area of Highway 13 in reference to a stolen vehicle out of Henry County in May of 2020. A deputy made contact with the vehicle and the driver, later identified as Ward, refused to stop for the deputy. Ward failed to yield to deputies and continued northbound on Highway 13 into Henry County. St. Clair County Deputies along with Henry County deputies, Clinton Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol finally got the vehicle stopped at Highway 13 and Highway 7 in Clinton.
Ward was taken into custody without further incident. While Ward was being searched he stated there were syringes and marijuana in the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and the marijuana and four syringes were recovered. One of the syringes did field test positive for methamphetamine.
Lacy Gunter- On June 25, Lacy Gunter, 33, Schell City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with three class A misdemeanors for passing bad checks. Bond is set at $500 cash only.
Edward Zachary- On June 24, Edward Zachary, 53. Gerster, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy on a class A misdemeanor domestic assault in the fourth degree. Zachary was booked and released pending formal charges.
The arrest comes after a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the Osceola square in regards to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, the deputy observed a vehicle beginning to leave the scene. The deputy was able to stop the vehicle from leaving. The deputy spoke with the female driver. The female stated she and Zachary had gotten into an argument while leaving a friend’s house. The deputy asked if the argument had gotten physical. The female showed the deputy her wrist, which had a couple of cuts and marks on it.
The deputy spoke with the passenger, Zachary. While speaking with Zachary, the deputy asked if he had grabbed the female’s wrist. Zachary admitted he had. The deputy asked him if he had pushed the female to the ground, Zachary admitted he may have. The deputy observed Zachary had an odor of alcohol on his person.
A witness to the incident filled out a statement.
Ashley Kelly- On June 23, Ashley Kelly, 28, Birch Tree, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with a class A felony trafficking drugs or attempt-first degree-over statutory amount. Bond is set at $25,000 cash or surety.
The warrant comes after a St. Clair County deputy performed a traffic stop on the vehicle Kelly was driving for an equipment violation. During conversation with Kelly, the deputy asked for and was granted consent to search the vehicle. During the search, a marijuana grinder and a jar containing marijuana was located. Upon further searching, a bag was recovered that had a substantial amount of a crystal like substance.
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.
Church Burglary in St. Clair County
On June 29, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to the River View Bible Church in St. Clair County in regards to a burglary. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with the church pastor, Mike Norval. Norval stated he received a phone call from a passerby who noticed the door was open on the church. Norval went to the church and noticed the front door had been forced open. The doorjamb had been damaged. Norval stated the intruder(s) had rummaged through all the drawers and cabinets in the church; taking multiple items.
The deputy photographed the church and damage. Evidence was collected from the scene. Unknown estimated loss at time of this report.
Stolen Property in Collins
On June 28, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a residence on S 17th Street in reference to stolen property. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with Keith Von Elling. Von Elling stated when he arrived back home to his residence and went to his room he noticed the doors on a cabinet were open. Upon inspection, Von Elling noticed two firearms were missing. The missing firearms were identified as a 9mm Jimenez pistol and a .45 Hi-point. Evidence was collected from the scene.
Stolen Property in Collins
On June 24, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to a residence on SE 1000 Road in reference to a stolen dirt bike. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with Melissa McCoy. McCoy stated a green and black 2008 Kawasaki KLX was parked on the property. It was last seen on June 19 and now is missing. McCoy stated her and her family went camping and came back to find their water hose stretched out and the yard flooded. It appeared someone had done donuts in the yard.
The deputy took photos of the area. Total estimated loss value is $2,000.
Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to email@example.com.