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UPDATE: Carjacking Suspect in Custody

UPDATE: 09-20-22 - Stephen G Wachholtz is in custody. At our request, deputies and investigators from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office searched an area where Wachholtz was alleged to be hiding. At approximately 11:00am today, Pulaski County authorities located Wachholtz near Dixon, Mo. Wachholtz is being held in the Pulaski County jail on his warrants and will be transferred to Camden County soon. Thank you to the public for all the tips and to our partners in Pulaski County for their assistance in apprehending Wachholtz.

 

UPDATE: 09-18-22- The vehicle has been located and returned to the owner. Wachholtz is still wanted on outstanding warrants and in connection with this incident. Our thanks to our partners at the Richland Police Department for their assistance in recovering the stolen vehicle.

 

Lake Area Man Wanted for Carjacking and Assault

 

Camdenton, MO, 09-16-22 - Yesterday afternoon, 09-15-22, Camden County Sheriff's Deputies took a report of a carjacking and assault in the Richland area of Camden County.

 

The victim claimed she was giving a ride to a man in need.  The man is identified as 43-year-old Stephen G Wachholtz, of Eugene, Sunrise Beach, Richland, and Dixon.  Wachholtz called the victim for a ride after being asked to leave the residence where he was staying in Eugene.  The victim picked him up and he asked for a ride to Dixon.  While en route her vehicle began having mechanical problems and she told Wachholtz she was going to drive to her home.  At that point Wachholtz attacked the victim by grabbing the steering wheel and apparently attempting to cause the vehicle to crash.  He then slammed her head into the steering wheel.  When the victim attempted to flee the vehicle with the keys, Wachholtz grabbed her by the are, bit her on the hand and took the keys from her.  He then pushed her out of the vehicle and drove off.

 

The victim described the vehicle as a gold 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix four door sedan with a damaged driver's side taillight assembly.  The Pontiac has a Missouri license plate of EG2K0E. 

 

The Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is currently reviewing a probable cause affidavit asking for charges in this incident. Wachholtz is also wanted on previous warrants for the Class D Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Anyone who sees the stolen Pontiac or knows of Wachholtz's whereabouts should contact the Camden County Sheriff's Office or their local law enforcement agency. 

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Lake Area Man Wanted for Carjacking and Assault

 

Lake Area Man Wanted for Carjacking and Assault

 

Camdenton, MO, 09-16-22 - Yesterday afternoon, 09-15-22, Camden County Sheriff's Deputies took a report of a carjacking and assault in the Richland area of Camden County.

 

The victim claimed she was giving a ride to a man in need.  The man is identified as 43-year-old Stephen G Wachholtz, of Eugene, Sunrise Beach, Richland, and Dixon.  Wachholtz called the victim for a ride after being asked to leave the residence where he was staying in Eugene.  The victim picked him up and he asked for a ride to Dixon.  While en route her vehicle began having mechanical problems and she told Wachholtz she was going to drive to her home.  At that point Wachholtz attacked the victim by grabbing the steering wheel and apparently attempting to cause the vehicle to crash.  He then slammed her head into the steering wheel.  When the victim attempted to flee the vehicle with the keys, Wachholtz grabbed her by the are, bit her on the hand and took the keys from her.  He then pushed her out of the vehicle and drove off.

 

The victim described the vehicle as a gold 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix four door sedan with a damaged driver's side taillight assembly.  The Pontiac has a Missouri license plate of EG2K0E. 

 

The Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is currently reviewing a probable cause affidavit asking for charges in this incident. Wachholtz is also wanted on previous warrants for the Class D Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Anyone who sees the stolen Pontiac or knows of Wachholtz's whereabouts should contact the Camden County Sheriff's Office or their local law enforcement agency. 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Wanted Man Apprehended in Osage Beach; Additional Drug Charges and Arrest

Wanted Man Apprehended in Osage Beach; Additional Drug Charges and Arrest

Camdenton, MO, 09-13-22 - Early Monday morning, 09-12-22, Camden County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a search warrant at a residence on Three Seasons Road in an effort to apprehend a wanted felon.

 

As a result of the search warrant, deputies arrested Rory R Borden, 36, who had an active no bond warrant for the Class A Felony of 1st Degree Domestic Assault and the Unclassified Felony of Armed Criminal Action.  While arresting Borden, deputies observed several items commonly used in the consumption of methamphetamine. 

 

Deputies then applied for and received a warrant to search the residence for additional narcotics and paraphernalia.  As a result of that warrant, deputies recovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and an unknown white powdery substance which will be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for identification.  Appropriate charges may follow upon receipt of the lab report.

 

Also arrested at the scene was Christina C Schaffer, 45.  She and Borden were transported to the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and have since been charged with multiple offenses.

 

In addition to Borden's active warrant arrest, he has also been charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class D Felony of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He is being held without bond.

 

Schaffer is charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Prior Drug Offense. She is being held on a $15,000 bond.

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Search Warrant in Linn Creek Leads to Drug Charges

     
 

Search Warrant in Linn Creek Leads to Drug Charges

Camdenton, MO, 09-07-22 - Early Tuesday morning, 09-06-22, Camden County Sheriff's Deputies and Task Force Officers from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group served a search warrant at a residence on Walnut Street in Linn Creek.

 

As a result of the search warrant, law enforcement officers recovered and seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia commonly used in the distribution and consumption of controlled substances.

 

Arrested at the scene were Michael L Hartwell, 41; Travis R McGuire, 33; Zachary F Vize, 43; and Jayme N Mitchell, 45.  All four were transported to the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and have since been charged with multiple offenses.

 

Hartwell has been charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, the Class A Misdemeanor of Possession of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid, and the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Prior Drug Offense.  Hartwell also had outstanding warrants for his arrest on previous drug offenses.  He is being held without bond.

 

McGuire has been charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and the Class D Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. McGuire also had outstanding warrants for a Probation Violation.  He is being held without bond.

 

Vize has been charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and the Class D Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Vize also had an outstanding warrant for Failing to Appear.  He is being held on a $25,000 bond.

 

Mitchell has been charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  She was released on her own recognizance.

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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UPDATE: Murder Charges Filed in Homicide Investigation

UPDATE: Murder Charges Filed in Homicide Investigation

 

Camdenton, MO, 09-02-22 - The Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has filed formal charges against 32-year-old Jordan F Jones in the death of Michael S Varney, 43, of Camdenton.  Jones is charged with the Class A Felony of 2nd Degree Murder, and the Unclassified Felony of Armed Criminal Action.  Jones is being held without bond in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and will appear before the Camden County Associate Court later this month.

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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Georgene Road Homicide Investigation

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Georgene Road Homicide Investigation

 

Camdenton, MO, 09-02-22 - Late Thursday night, 09-01-22, Camden County Sheriff's Deputies received word from the Laclede County Sheriff's Office that they had Jordan F Jones in custody.  Jones is wanted by the Camden County Sheriff's Office for the Tuesday night homicide of 43-year-old Michael S Varney at his home north of Camdenton.

 

Camden County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Laclede County where Jones was turned over into our custody.  Jones' vehicle, the late 1990s teal Chevrolet pickup truck, was also impounded at that time.  Jones is in custody now at the Camden County Adult Detention Facility awaiting formal charges from the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

 

We would like to thank our partners at the Laclede County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in capturing Jones and the public for all the information provided during this investigation.

 

Man Wanted in Homicide Investigation North of Camdenton

 

Camdenton, MO, 09-01-22 - Late Tuesday night, 08-30-22, Camden County Communications Officers received a 911 call from a woman claiming her boyfriend had been hit by a car in their driveway on Georgene Road, north of Camdenton.

Upon arrival, Camden County sheriff's deputies discovered 43-year-old Michael S Varney deceased on the front porch of his house. During their investigation deputies and detectives determined Varney was killed as a result of being struck with a vehicle.  The investigation also revealed Varney had been in an argument earlier in the day with a roommate. Eyewitness accounts describe the argument as volatile. Witnesses on scene describe a vehicle striking Varney on the front porch of the residence and then fleeing the scene.

 

The Camden County Sheriff's Office is looking for the suspect in this case identified as Jordan Fitzgerald Jones, 32, of Camdenton. Jones is known to frequent Camdenton, Macks Creek, and Lebanon and has ties throughout the lake area. Jones could be driving a late 1990s green or teal extended cab Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck may have recent front-end damage from the incident on Georgene Road.

 

Jones has an active warrant for absconding issued by the Department of Probation and Parole.

 

Anyone with information concerning Jones whereabouts should contact the Camden County Detective Bureau at 573-346-2243.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Man Wanted in Homicide Investigation North of Camdenton

Man Wanted in Homicide Investigation North of Camdenton

 

Camdenton, MO, 09-01-22 - Late Tuesday night, 08-30-22, Camden County Communications Officers received a 911 call from a woman claiming her boyfriend had been hit by a car in their driveway on Georgene Road, north of Camdenton.   

Upon arrival, Camden County sheriff's deputies discovered 43 year old Michael S Varney deceased on the front porch of his house.  During their investigation deputies and detectives determined Varney was killed as a result of being struck with a vehicle.  The investigation also revealed Varney had been in an argument earlier in the day with a roommate.  Eyewitness accounts describe the argument as volatile.  Witnesses on scene describe a vehicle striking Varney on the front porch of the residence and then fleeing the scene.

 

The Camden County Sheriff's Office is looking for the suspect in this case identified as Jordan Fitzgerald Jones, 32, of Camdenton.  Jones is known to frequent Camdenton, Macks Creek,  and Lebanon and has ties throughout the lake area.  Jones could be driving a late 1990s green or teal extended cab Chevrolet pickup truck.  The truck may have recent front end damage from the incident on Georgene Road.

 

Jones has an active warrant for absconding issued by the Department of Probation and Parole.

 

Anyone with information concerning Jones whereabouts should contact the Camden County Detective Bureau at 573-346-2243.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Illinois Man Charged with Sex Crimes Involving Local Minor

Illinois Man Charged with Sex Crimes Involving Local Minor

Camdenton, MO, 08-23-22 - On Sunday, 08-21-22, Camden County Sheriff's Deputies took a report from a minor child who reported having a sexual encounter with a man in his twenties.

 

During the investigation, deputies discovered the minor child met the man, later identified as Grant A Keller, 21, of Edwardsville, Illinois, while working a Saturday shift at a local restaurant. Keller was a customer at the restaurant and exchanged contact information with the minor child. Keller later met up with the victim and drove her to the condominium where he was staying for the weekend. While there, Keller and the victim engaged in several sex acts prohibited by Missouri Statute due to her age.

 

Keller was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and charged with the two counts of the Class D Felony of 2nd Degree Statutory Sodomy, the Class E Felony of 4th Degree Child Molestation with a Child Less Than 17 Years of Age, and the Unclassified Misdemeanor of Supplying Liquor to a Minor. Keller later posted a $50,000 bond and will appear in Camden County Associate Court in late September.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Laclede County Men Charged in Montreal Burglary

Laclede County Men Charged in Montreal Burglary

 

Camdenton, MO, 08-11-22 - At approximately 9:00 pm Monday evening, 08-09-22, Camden County Deputies responded to a residence off State Road BB in Montreal on reported suspicious activity.  The caller notified Communications Officers several people were loading items from a barn and a home nearby and that the owner of the property was in St Louis. 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered several subjects loading items into different vehicles.  During their investigation, deputies located evidence that put several of the subjects inside the home and inside the barn.  None of the subjects could identify who the owner of the property was and none of the subjects could explain why they were on the property.

 

While five subjects were arrested at the scene, two have been charged.  The other three subjects have been released pending further investigation. 

 

Jeffrey A Jones, 44, of Lebanon was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and charged with the Class D Felony of 2nd Degree Burglary and the Class D Felony of Stealing. He is being held without bond.

 

Bobby L Alford, 44, of Lebanon was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and charged with the Class D Felony of 2nd Degree Burglary and the Class D Felony of Stealing.  He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Sunrise Beach Man Charged in Early Morning Shooting

 

Camdenton, MO, 08-05-22 - At approximately 1:50 Thursday morning, 08-04-22, Camden County Deputies responded to the 500 block of Nuttall Oak Rd for a reported shooting. 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a victim to the shooting had already been transported to the hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.  During the investigation deputies discovered the victim had been involved in an argument with the suspect, who was later identified as 36-year-old Corbin L Everitt, of Sunrise Beach.  During the argument Everitt produced a pistol and fired one shot, hitting the victim under the left arm.  Everitt then fled the scene.

 

Deputies conducted an area canvas in an attempt to locate Everitt with the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Sunrise Beach Police Department, however the heavy thunderstorms hindered their efforts.  At approximately 8:00 am deputies and officers from the Sunrise Beach Police Department located Everitt hiding in the office of a Sunrise Beach beauty salon.  Several family members had assisted Everitt in evading law enforcement efforts and assisted him in hiding in the salon.  Deputies located the pistol used in the shooting inside a family member's vehicle.

 

Everitt was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and charged with the Class D Felony of 2nd Degree Assault and the Unclassified Felony of Armed Criminal Action. He is being held without bond.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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