Court News


Misty Watson. Courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
A warrant with a $2,500 cash-only bond has been issued in a case against 40-year-old Gainesville resident Misty Watson in connection with assault and property damage charges that were filed against her Dec. 8. The charges stem from allegations that Watson threw several beer bottles at another woman...

Jill Morrison
Reprinted with permission from the Springfield News-Leader with local information added.   A Walnut Grove woman was charged Dec. 12 in connection with a 2016 crash that left a mother dead and her two children injured. Billie Jo Howard, 39, said she had smoked marijuana, drank alcohol and taken an...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 417-679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Dec. 11 8:05 a.m. – Caller said beagles are running through his property. Officer talked with reporting party on the phone.  8:36 a.m. – Caller hit a deer with...

Misty Gant. Courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Misty (Pendergrass) Gant, 38, of Gainesville, appeared before Circuit Judge Craig Carter on Dec. 6 and was sentenced to a 120-day institutional drug treatment program in the Missouri Department of Corrections in connection with a high-speed chase and assaulting a police officer while intoxicated. A...

Robert Chambers. Courtesy of the Ozark County Jail.
Robert Chambers, 24, of Gainesville, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $3,500 cash-only bond in connection with a bizarre incident in which Chambers allegedly broke into Lee and Stephanie Bearden’s shed in Gainesville, pulled the Beardens’ dirtbike out into their yard and set it on fire....
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department of other emergency-responding agencies here, call 679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Dec. 4 10:13 a.m. – Well-being/ security check requested on a 70-year-old male who has not returned the reporting party’s calls. Ozark County Sheriff’s...
Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of 32 criminal cases and 14 civil cases during the Dec. 6 session of Ozark County Law Day. The criminal cases are listed below.  Cases that reached disposition Misty L. Gant, who on Oct. 4 pleaded guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer and...

Joshua Long. Courtesy of Ozark County Jail.
Joshua Long, 37, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond on charges of burglary and possession of methamphetamine in connection with a Nov. 26 break-in at a Mammoth-area apartment where he allegedly attempted to leave the scene dressed as a...

West Plains Propane office manager Chrystal Meek said whoever burglarized the facility Tuesday, Dec. 5, caused substantial damage, including this broken glass door, but only got away with two checks made out to West Plains Propane. Photo courtesy Chrystal Meek.
Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed warns local residents that burglaries and thefts are on the rise, a trend that typically can be seen nationwide from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. “Please be aware of your surroundings, and lock your vehicles,” Reed posted on his Facebook page. “If you see...

Circuit Judge Craig Carter
In a recent ceremony honoring exemplary service to the people of Missouri, Missouri Chief Justice Zel M. Fischer recognized Ozark County Circuit Judge Craig Carter for his participation in the judicial transfer and partnership programs. The ceremony was held during the annual meeting of the...

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