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Editor’s note: The court system recently entered its second phase of a three-phase reopening process following restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.courts.mo.gov/pandemic to learn more about the reopening process.    Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of 27 criminal...

The body of Mountain View resident Brittany Gorman, 29, was found Saturday near a Mark Twain National Forest trailhead off CC Highway east of Dora. Gorman’s estranged husband, Dylan Hanger, has been charged with murdering the woman in Texas County, driving her body to Ozark County and dumping it in the national forest.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed and Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Vesa Phelan aided Texas County Sheriff’s Deputies and officers with the National Park Service (NPS) Investigative Unit in recovering human remains within the Mark Twain National Forest near Dora Saturday.  The remains, found near a remote...

Jason Laird
Jason Laird, 44, of Gainesville, appeared for his May 20 Law Day hearing by video chat from the Douglas County Jail, where he was moved after an escape attempt from the Ozark County Jail.   He accepted a plea agreement offered by the state on the six cases, totaling 15 charges, and was sentenced to...

Laird
For more than a month, Ozark County fugitive Jason Laird has evaded Ozark County Sheriff’s deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers who sought to arrest him for active warrants in nine Ozark County cases. Laird’s lucky streak came to an end Thursday, Feb. 20, after Taney County...
After more than an hour of testimony and about 45 minutes of deliberation last week, an Ozark County coroner’s inquest jury found reasonable cause to believe the Feb. 12 death of 26-year-old Robert Christian Chambers was justifiable homicide.The inquest was convened at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20,...

Laird
For more than a month, Ozark County fugitive Jason Laird has evaded Ozark County Sheriff’s deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers who sought to arrest him for active warrants in nine Ozark County cases. Laird’s lucky streak came to an end Thursday, Feb. 20, after Taney County officers...
After more than an hour of testimony and about 45 minutes of deliberation last week, an Ozark County coroner’s inquest jury found reasonable cause to believe the Feb. 12 death of 26-year-old Robert Christian Chambers was justifiable homicide.The inquest was convened at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in...

The damage includes replacing a window in the firehouse kitchen. Law enforcement officers investigating the crash believe the intruder entered through the kitchen, which is on the back side of the building. Blood found on the broken glass was taken as evidence.
The Lick Creek Volunteer Fire Depart-ment on J Highway was burglarized over the weekend, and several items were stolen.  Lick Creek VFD chief Jerry Rowlett and his wife June told the Times that June arrived at the firehouse Sunday morning to pick up certificates for their firefighters and saw that...

Jason Laird
Note: According to a Facebook post from OC Sheriff Darrin Reed, Laird was arrested in Taney County early this morning in a joint operation between Taney and Ozark County. Watch next week's Times for a story on Laird's arrest. Several officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Ozark County...

Laird
Three new cases have been filed against Gainesville resident Jason Laird, 42, in connection with several crimes reported within the area over the last few weeks.  Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed first posted Laird’s photo on Facebook on Jan. 24, indicating in his post that the Gainesville man...

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