Court News


Gregory McGee pleaded guilty Sept. 8 to driving while intoxicated, causing serious physical injury to another person, in this two-vehicle crash that occurred June 30, 2020, on Highway 5 south.
Gainesville resident Gregory Ralph McGee appeared before Ozark County Circuit Judge Craig Carter during the Sept. 8 session of Ozark County Law Day and pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated causing serious physical injury to another person, a class D felony.  Carter gave McGee a suspended...
During the Sept. 8 Ozark County Law Day, Gainesville resident James William Bliss, 24, was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections in connection with the June 9 burglary of Shane and Kris Ledbetter’s home on County Road 806, about a half mile west of the Ozark County...
Editor’s note: The following terminology may help readers understand Law Day listings:  A suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) means that a defendant has not had a prison sentence imposed at sentencing. Instead, the immediate punishment is supervised probation. If he or she successfully completes...
Pettis County has filed charges against former Gainesville resident Jason Laird in connection with his escape last month from a work-release detail with the Missouri Department of Corrections.  Charges of second-degree burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle and stealing $750 or more were filed...
Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of seven civil cases and 19 criminal cases during the July 7 session of Ozark County Law Day. Updates in the criminal cases listed on the docket are provided below.    Failed to appear for hearing, asked to ‘show cause’ next time Albert Lee Stanford, who...
Willow Springs resident Nikolay Plyushchev is being held in the Ozark County Jail without bond after Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant filed a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon against him. Plyushchev was arrested and arraigned on May 21. He is scheduled to reappear in court...

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Joshua Dale Hergesheimer of West Plains is scheduled to appear for an initial court appearance before Associate Judge Raymond Gross at 9 a.m. June 29 in connection with a case in which he’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Although the incident in question is in reference to a crash late...
A warrant without bond has been issued for Michael Shane Merriman, of Theodosia, in connection with a newly filed case in which he’s charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of weapon (exhibiting).  According to the probable cause statement prepared by Ozark County Deputy...
Gainesville resident Darrell Logan Sr. was given a suspended execution of sentence, placed on unsupervised probation for two years, ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine, along with court costs, in connection with an August 2020 incident in which Logan is alleged to...
During an April 20 hearing at the Douglas County Courthouse, Jordan Haden of Mountain Home, Arkansas, was sentenced by Associate Judge Elizabeth Bock to the maximum possible sentences, a total of 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, for his conviction in a case in which he hit a...

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