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A former St. Clair County Sheriff has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing recovered property. United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson says, 47 year old Ronald Snodgrass, of El Dorado Springs, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. Snodgrass served 3 terms as the elected Sheriff in St. Clair Country from January 1st, 2001 through December 31st, 2012. Snodgrass admitted that during his tenure, he illegally took possession of a John Deere zero turn mower, which was recovered as stolen property. Snodgrass allegedly keep the mower after an agreement between him and the insurance company was reached to take care of a falsified tow and storage bill. The mower, under state law, should have been sold at a sheriff's auction. Under federal statutes, Snodgrass is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $250,000. Snodgrass must also forfeit the John Deere mower and a 2009 Polaris Ranger UTV, which he illegally obtained in September of 2012. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of the presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
An Osceola man has been arrested on 4 felony St. Clair County warrants. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials says, 38 year old James Schumtz, has been taken into custody on the felony St. Clair County warrants. Schumtz is being charged with the class B felony of theft or stealing, class C felony burglary in the second degree, and two class B felony charges of distribution of a controlled substance. The warrants stem from an incident on Monday in which Deputies took the report of an estimated 7,000 prescription narcotic pills, including hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, were stolen from a local pharmacy. An investigation recovered the stolen pills, which have an estimated street value of $83,000. Schumtz is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $100,000 cash or surety.
The Bates County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help regarding a recent increase in crime. According to Bates County Sheriff's Office Officials, on February 23rd, Deputies began investigating a report of burglary from the Drexel area. The victim said someone removed the screen from their kitchen window and gained access to the residence. The victim reported 2 gray craftsman chainsaws, harbor freight generator, a BB gun, and various fishing equipment stolen from the property. Officials also says, on February 26th, Deputies took a report of theft of a black Angus bull calf that was black in color with a white naval. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Bates County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 660-679-3232. The Bates County Sheriff Officials remind area residents to be aware of the traffic on your road. If you see a suspicious vehicle in your community, attempt to get a license place number, as well as a vehicle description, and a description of the person or persons in the vehicle.