Court News


John Rowland. Courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Three burglary cases were recently filed in Ozark County court. The targets of the break-ins,  ranging from a cabin and restaurant to a storage unit, include the theft of several thousand dollars’ worth of items.    Guns, bow and other equipment stolen from a Gainesville cabin John Rowland of...

Jeremiah Kowerduck. Ozark County Jail booking photo.
A Hardenville man who was arrested July 20 for allegedly burglarizing a Gainesville home and stealing items worth approximately $1,500, recently added possession of methamphetamine to his list of alleged offenses after Ozark County Sheriff’s Department employees found two bags of a white...

Charles Cole. Ozark County Jail photo.
Charles D. Cole, 62, of Theodosia, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 28 before Associate Circuit Judge Cynthia MacPherson on a felony charge of knowingly burning, a class E felony. The charges stem from a July 9 incident in which Cole is alleged to have set fire to a neighbor’s property because he...

Stephen Shaw
A Gainesville man is being held on a $20,000 cash-only bond and is facing four felony charges for reportedly breaking into his neighbor’s house at 8 p.m. July 2, demanding all the man’s drugs, striking the neighbor in the head with a large stick and stealing several things from the home.  Stephen...
The following criminal cases, traffic/municipal tickets and infractions were filed in Ozark County Court between Friday, July 20, and Sunday, July 30. All those charged are presumed innocent pending final court action.   Cory B. Runion, Gainesville, forgery, OCSD. Daniel Eric Johnson, Gainesville,...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Report or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   July 21 6:49 p.m. – Reporting party said a boat trailer rolled off, hitting his vehicle, causing minor damage. Subject is giving reporting party all insurance info...
The following criminal cases, traffic/municipal tickets and infractions were filed in Ozark County Court between Monday, July 9, and Thursday, July 19. All those charged are presumed innocent pending final court action.Charles David Cole, Theodosia, knowingly burning or exploding. OCSDDavid M....

Matthew Hannaford
A Brixey man, Matthew Hannaford, 32, has been charged with one count of statutory rape in the second degree and two counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree involving a victim younger than 17 years old. According to online records, Hannaford waived formal arraignment and on July 10,...

Amanda Forrest
Gainesville resident Amanda Forrest, 39, was arraigned last week before Circuit Judge Craig Carter on a charge of financial exploitation of the elderly.The charge stems from accusations that, last December, Forrest made a “false promise” to care for the animals and property belonging to an 80-...

Rebecca Ruud, right, is shown with her biological daughter, Savannah Leckie, in this family file photo. Ruud and her husband, Robert Peat Jr., are now charged with murder in Savannah’s 2017 death. Court documents related to a recent search warrant executed on Ruud’s Theodosia-area farm include an informant’s description of how Savannah may have died.
A gruesome murder-method possibility has emerged in court documents related to a recent search of the Theodosia-area property where 16-year-old Savannah Leckie is believed to have died one year ago this month.The court documents, which include an affidavit in support of a June 2018 search warrant,...

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