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Oregon County deputies busy with arrests

Thursday, July 31, 2008

OREGON COUNTY -- A probable cause statement from Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney Fred O'Neill's office said two people have been charged with felony burglary.

Jody R. Bates, 44, of West Plains and Joel Grissom, 49, of Imboden, Ark., are alleged to have entered the home of Tanzi Luck, at 209 Popular Street in Thayer for the purpose of stealing.

Officers with the Thayer Police Department answered a call from Luck on July 16 that said people were at her residence and were taking things without her permission.

The officer said he asked Bates and Grissom what they were doing there and they said they were getting their things. He said he looked in the vehicle and saw several items and asked Bates where they came from and she replied some of the items came from Sexton's Auction Barn and some from inside Luck's house.

They were both placed under arrest and are scheduled to be in court to face felony burglary charges next month.

On July 21, officers from the Thayer Police Department were called to the home of Roger Collins' mother on Highway 142 east.

When the officers arrived at the residence they observed several people out in the front yard yelling and shoving each other.

The officers said the altercation was over a truck that apparently had been purchased by Collins' from one of the individuals, who had come to Collins' mother's home.

One of the people, Travis Flowers, 17, pulled a gun, a Mossberg Model 98, 12 gauge gun and said "give us the money." Flowers said the gun belonged to his sister Jessica Flowers.

The officers checked the gun for ammunition and said the chamber had a round in it as well as two more rounds in the cylinder.

Travis Flowers was placed under arrest for unlawful use of a weapon and will appear in court later this month.

Officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department arrested Katie S. De Hart, 38, of Alton and Dennis D. Williamson, 42, also of Alton, on felony stealing charges.

A probable cause statement from O'Neill's office said Oregon County officers were dispatched to County Road 104 to the old Wilburn Store on July 22 by Karl Hufstedler who owns the property. Hufstedler had a truck blocked by his truck with what he believed to be filled with some sheet metal stolen from his property.

The statement said the officers asked the pair what they were doing and they said they had taken the sheet metal and were going to sell it to get gas money to take De Hart to the doctor in West Plains.

They were both charged and placed under arrest and will be in Oregon County Circuit Court when a date is set.