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Robert Peat Jr. and Rebecca Ruud
A jury trial set for Jan. 28, 2019, in the murder case against Theodosia resident Rebecca Ruud has been rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9, 2019, as the number one setting for that day. Ruud was charged with murdering her 16-year-old daughter Savannah Leckie and disposing of her body after the girl’...

Ozark County Jail booking photo
Gainesville resident Amanda Forrest, 40, is ordered to report to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department Dec. 13 to be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections, where she is to complete a 120-day shock prison sentence. Forrest will also have a five-year back-up sentence available for the...
A $30,000 cash-only bond has been set for Curtis Lee Barton, 34, of Ava, in connection with a swath of school and business break-ins beginning as early as February  2017 at Thornfield School and continuing through Nov. 5 at Dora and Bakersfield schools. Barton is charged with two counts of burglary...

Tracy Todd Presson. Ozark County Jail booking photo.
Tracy Todd Presson, 53, of Gainesville was indicted in federal court Nov. 8 on five felony charges including two counts of of sexual exploitation of children, coercion or enticement of a female, coercion or enticement of a minor female and activities regarding material constituting or containing...

Counterfeit $100 bills have appeared in Ozark County recently. The bills have Chinese writing on them, which, according to an online source, can be translated as “not to be used as real currency” and “bill to be used for counting practice.”
Multiple counterfeit $100 bills have been found across the county, Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed confirmed Monday. Six of the bills, which have pink and white Chinese symbols on the front and back, were reportedly found in Pontiac and turned in to Century Bank of the Ozarks.  On a post made...

Summer Loberg. Ozark County Jail booking photo.
A Cedar Creek woman who attempted to flee from an Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy in March 2017 while driving a four wheeler with a 30 pack of beer strapped to the front rack was found guilty of driving while intoxicated, aggravated offender, during a court trial Oct. 30 before Circuit Judge Craig...
The state has discontinued the prosecution of statutory rape and statutory sodomy charges against Gainesville resident Bryan Mohr after the state was unable to produce a witness to testify. The Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney’s office confirmed to the Times that a nolle prosequi, a discretionary...

Rebecca Ruud
The court has ruled that Ozark County resident Rebecca Ruud will remain in custody, and a bond will not be set in her case. The determination was made Oct. 16 by 31st Judicial Circuit Judge Calvin Holden in response to a motion filed by Ruud’s attorney, Lauren Kate Welborn, asking the court to set...

Joshua Sandlin, shown in a 2016 booking photo from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office.
Joshua F. Sandlin, 29, is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23 for a criminal setting in connection with an Oct. 8 incident in which the Gainesville man allegedly physically assaulted a woman, tossed a gun to his 3-year-old and 6-year-old children and told them to “shoot daddy,” and finally,...

Tracy Todd Presson. Ozark County Jail photo.
Tracy Todd Presson, 53, of Gainesville, is asking the court to order a gag order against Sheriff Darrin Reed and any members of his law enforcement staff in connection with a criminal case that charges Presson with 10 felony counts including statutory rape, statutory sodomy, possession of more than...

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