Court News

To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Depart-ment or other local emergency-responding agencies, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Jan. 8 4:47 a.m. – Vehicle slid off Highway 181 near the school and is partway in the road. OCSD rendered assistance; Ron’s Recovery dispatched. 5:32 a.m. –...

Rebecca Ruud, left, and Robert Peat Jr., right. Courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Reprinted with permission from the Springfield News-Leader with local details added by the Times staff.   A judge set trial dates Friday, Jan. 12, for the husband and wife accused of killing a 16-year-old autistic girl and burning her body this summer in Ozark County. Rebecca Ruud, 39, and Robert...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911. Jan. 112:26 a.m. – Officer is in pursuit of a black Dodge truck traveling at excessive speed on W Highway. Subject arrested. Sam’s Towing called.12:50 a.m. –...
Tony E. Cowden, 63, owner of the popular Tony’s Pizza House restaurant in Protem, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 8, to 18 months in federal prison without parole. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips in connection with tax evasion charges. Cowden pleaded guilty to five...

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS BURGLAR? Deputies with the Ozark County and Taney County sheriff’s departments are currently investigating several burglaries in the area that are thought be to related. This still shot was taken from security footage from the most recent break-in, which occurred over the weekend at Mark Twain School. Lutie School superintendent Scot Young told the Times that footage from a Dec. 10 break-in at Lutie school showed the same man, dressed in the same outfit. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department at 417-679-4633.
Sheriff’s deputies from Ozark and Taney Counties are currently investigating a string of burglaries over the past month across the two-county area that are thought to be related. Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed told the Times Tuesday morning that officers are almost certain a burglar who broke...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Dec. 25 9:06 a.m. – Medical: 80-year-old female has abdominal cramps. Gainesville VFD first responders and Ozark County Ambulance responded. Patient was...

Michael McCullough
Michael W. McCullough, 57, of Gainesville, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond, accused of child molestation involving a girl who was younger than 12 when the molestation began. McCullough is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, before Associate...
Area residents are responding with support for a Theodosia couple, Kermit J. Schofield, 76, and his wife, Sandy Schofield, 73, who pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to illegally trafficking in wild American ginseng. According to a news release from Tom Larson, acting United States attorney for...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Depar-tment or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 417-679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Dec. 18 9:59 a.m. – Medical: 94-year-old has altered mental status. Ozark County Ambulance responded. Patient was transported to Baxter Regional Medical...

Stan Pellham. Courtesy of the Ozark County Jail.
During the Dec. 6 session of Ozark County Law Day, Stan Pellham, of Wasola, pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement with the state to possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest by fleeing, causing a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person and unlawful use of a...

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