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Man charged in Oregon County Jail in assault of 5-week-old son

Friday, March 24, 2006

OREGON COUNTY -- A Peace Valley man, Randel Lee Ledbetter, was arrested last week on an Oregon County warrant charging him with assault with serious physical injury to his 5-week-old son.

Ledbetter, 20, is in the Oregon County Jail with a bond set at $200,000.

On Feb. 25 Ledbetter allegedly hit his son, Gadge E. Ledbetter, three times with his hands causing multiple skull fractures.

On Feb. 28 the baby was admitted to a St. Louis hospital suffering from multiple skull fractures. After receiving treatment the child was later released to the custody of relatives.

In a written statement to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ledbetter confessed to the incident, acording to authorities.

A Mammoth Spring woman will face class C felony stealing charges in connection with an incident that occurred Jan. 9 at the Thayer Elks Club

Jerri D. McLaughlin, 28, posted a bond of $2,500 and was released from the Oregon County Jail last week.

Acording to the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Thayer Police Officer Frank Bernard was called to the Elks Club on Polk Street in Thayer Jan. 9 to investigate an apparent break-in at the club. Bernard said when he entered the club the back door was open and he saw many bottles of expensive liquor that could have been stolen and this was not consistent with a break-in. He said the safe was opened and $230 cash was missing. The officer said no fingerprints were found on the safe and nothing else was missing.

Bernard said he was later called back to the club and club officials said an unusually large amount of KENO tickets had been played the same date the money was missing from the safe. Officers called the Missouri Lottery which showed that $1,202 was received with no KENO tickets being purchased through the Elks Club.

Bernard said McLaughlin was the only bartender on duty that day. She was questioned and denied the charges.

She later took a stress test, failed it and then admitted to the stealing charge, acording to authorities.

McLaughlin is scheduled to answer the charge in Oregon County Circuit Court March 29.

An Alton woman, Faye Carner, 43, has been charged with class C felony fraudulently attempting to obtain the drug Vicodin.

Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward said he received a call from Kathy Cooper, owner of Cooper Drug Store in Thayer, Feb. 27 saying that Carner had brought in a prescription for Vicodin a (scheduled 3 narcotic) and the number of pills on the bottle had been changed from 16 to 40. The prescription was in Carner's husband John's name.

Cooper told the sheriff she did not fill the prescription.

Carner posted a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Oregon County Circuit Court April 12 to answer the charges.

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