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Two men sentenced to prison

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

ALTON -- Two area men have been sentenced to serve time in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Judge David Evans sentenced Donald Ashford, 18, of Thayer to four years in prison on a charge of knowingly burning or exploding a device and seven years for tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree in Oregon County Circuit Court July 2.

Michael Boddie, 19 of West Plains received the same sentence on the same charges.

Both men were in court in May and pled guilty to the charges.

The charges are in connection with an incident that happened in Thayer in January.

The men pled guilty to setting a fire at Cover Lumber Company in Thayer that caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.

The men were also charged with vandalizing trains owned and operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, vandalizing the Thayer City Garage and vandalizing several privately owned vehicles in the city.

Ashford and Boddie were transported to state prison by officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department July 5.

Officers with the sheriff's department arrested Dustin Bozarth, 19, of Koshkonong July 4 in the city of Koshkonong.

Bozarth has been charged with second degree assault. According to court records, Bozarth, while under the influence of alcohol, caused physical injury to Cody Wilson, 17, also of Koshkonong.

Wilson was a passenger in a 1993 Plymouth van that Bozarth was driving when it ran off the road and collided with a parked fire truck.

Court records said Bozarth was operating a motor vehicle with criminal negligence and that he was driving too fast for conditions and lost control of the van.

Bozarth consented to a blood alcohol test. Trooper D.A Huffman reported that Bozarth tested .139 percent. In Missouri any percent above .08 is considered intoxication.

Wilson was transported by private vehicle to OMC in West Plains.

Bozarth is in the Oregon County Jail at Alton with a bond set at $10,000.

In other arrests, an Alton man, Billy E. Bunton, 44, was arrested June 28 on an Oregon County warrant charging him with domestic assault.

A report from the Oregon County Sheriff's Office said on June 4, Bunton allegedly punched and kicked his wife, Sherry, in the nose, kicked her in the head and stomach and hit her in the back of the head with a chair.

Bunton posted a $4,900 bond and is scheduled to be in Oregon County Court July 25.

Michael W. James, 27, of Koshkonong was arrested by officers with the West Plains Police Department June 24 on a felony property damage charge.

West Plains Police allege James damaged a door and wall at 1215 Jackson Street at a property owned by West Plains Apartments.

A bond of $5,500 has been set for James.

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