OREGON COUNTY -- A routine traffic stop by officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department led to a charge of possession of a loaded weapon for a Viola, Ark., man last week.
Oregon County Deputy Randy Vater was patrolling near Indian Country Junction Store at the junction of Highway 142 East and E Highway when he saw a blue Chevrolet Blazer run the stop sign at the intersection of Highways 142 and E.Vater said he followed the vehicle approximately 1 mile before the driver pulled over.
The officer said he could smell intoxicants on the driver of the Blazer, John A. Cantrell of Tall Pine Road in Viola. He said he noticed a loaded crossbow in the vehicle. When he asked Cantrell why he had the loaded bow, Cantrell told him it was for his protection, Vater said. He added that Cantrell said some people from Arkansas were trying to kill him.
Cantrell was transported to the Oregon County Sheriff's Office at Alton where he was given a breathalyzer test that registered .125. It is illegal for a person to drive in Missouri when they register over .08 on the breathalyzer.Cantrell posted a $3,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Oregon County Court next month.
Also in Oregon County, David A. Brawley, 17, of Thayer has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
Thayer Police Officer Brian Blankenship answered a call from Thayer resident Steven Crystal. Crystal said he and Brawley had an altercation at Flash Market and Brawley had threatened him with a knife. Brawley posted bond and is scheduled to be in court in May.
Michael Corbin, 55, of Mammoth Spring has been charged with first degree tampering. According to the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Corbin is charged with breaking windshields out of four cars at Car Central Sales on Walnut Street in Thayer.