Charges filed in theft of ATV, car break-in at Hammond Campground
Two theft cases were filed in Ozark County Circuit court in the past week.
A warrant with a $2,500 cash only bond has been issued for Jade Nicholl Goodnight, 29, of Ava, and Estevon Dockins, 30, of Gainesville after felony-level stealing charges were filed against the pair on Jan. 24. According to online records, Nicholl has been arrested, but Dockins has not. The charges are in connection with the Sept. 27, 2017, theft of a 2015 Honda four-wheeler belonging to Connie Jones, who called the sheriff’s department to report his missing four-wheeler and provided officers with the title to prove that he owned the all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Goodnight and Dockins are scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 9 a.m. Feb. 13.
On Oct. 16, 2017, Douglas County Sheriff’s officers recovered Jones’ stolen four-wheeler in Ava, according to the probable cause statement in the case. During the course of the investigation, officers were told that Jade Goodnight and Estevon Dockins had transported the four-wheeler from Ozark County to Douglas County where it was allegedly sold for $1,200.
On Dec. 17, 2017, Dockins was transported to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office, where, during questioning about the four-wheeler, he reportedly told officers he had hauled the ATV from Ozark County to Ava in his truck at Goodnight’s request. Dockins told officers he thought they were just leaving the four-wheeler there, and he was unaware that the vehicle was being sold.
The charging document in Dockins’ case says he is a prior offender, having been convicted of a felony of second-degree domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance on Nov. 30, 2016. The charges were in connection to allegations that Dockins physically assaulted and chained a woman in a cellar during a dispute earlier that year. Methamphetamine and other drug-related items were reportedly found by officers on the property at the time.
According to online court records, Dockins was sentenced to a 120-day institutional treatment program in the Missouri Department of Corrections in that case. He entered the program on Jan. 20, 2017, and was released May 20, 2017, according to online records. He was placed on supervised probation after his release for a term of five years. He also has a seven-year prison back-up sentence in the case.
On Jan. 24, Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant filed a motion to revoke Dockins’ probation, likely in response to the new charge being filed against him. Circuit Judge Craig Carter found probable cause that Dockins violated the terms of his probation and ordered Dockins to return to court on Feb. 7 for a probation violation hearing in the previous case.
Vehicle break-in at Hammond Campground
A warrant with a $2,000 cash-only bond was issued recently for Hanna J. Schaum, 27, of Springfield, after a felony stealing charge was filed against her on Jan. 24. At presstime Tuesday, Schaum had not yet been arrested. The charge stems from allegations that Shaum broke into a vehicle parked at Hammond Camp on Oct. 7, 2017, and stole two purses, two wallets, $108 in cash, numerous keys and a diamond and silver ring. The total value of the missing items was estimated at just under $1,100.
According to the probable cause statement in the case, Heidi Clay and Brandi Mayhugh contacted the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department to report that someone had entered their vehicle and stolen their purses and wallets inside it while it was parked at Hammond campground on CC Highway, near Dora. They said they had locked the vehicle, and they were unsure how someone entered it.
The women said they were walking back from the Blue Spring area when they noticed a white Chevy truck speeding away from the 2006 Dodge Caravan they had driven there. Clay and Mayhugh said a thin man in his 20s or 30s with brown hair, and a woman, also in her 20s or 30, with black hair were in the truck.
Officers were able to identify the truck as one belonging to a man in Dora. Deputy Curtis Dobbs reportedly showed a photo of the owner of the truck to Clay, and she positively identified the man as the one who had sped away the day of the theft in the Chevy pickup.
Dobbs drove to the man’s house on County Road 382 in Dora and questioned him after reading him his Miranda rights. The man reportedly told the officer that he had been at Hammond campground that day, but he said he did not have anything to do with the missing purses or other items. Dobbs asked the man who his girlfriend was, and the man said it was Schaum.
Dobbs was notified that Schaum was staying with some friends who lived near Hodgson Mill on Highway 181. The officer went to the home and spoke with the owners, who reportedly said that Schaum didn’t live there but does occasionally stay with them. Dobbs asked permission to look around the residence, and they agreed. The officer found a purple purse with a blue billfold lying on the floor of a spare bedroom, the statement says. The purse and wallet matched the description of Clay’s missing items. The homeowners said the purse belonged to Schaum.
Dobbs opened the billfold and found a Bank of America card belonging to Clay, along with a temporary driver’s license belonging to Schaum. Dobbs seized the purse, billfold and contents as evidence and took them to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department.
While at the sheriff’s office, Dobbs searched the purse and contents again and found other credit cards and a ring. Clay identified the cards as hers, and Mayhugh identified the ring and billfold as hers.