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Investigating Break-Ins

The Sheriff's Office is investigating several reported break-ins that occurred outside of Canton on the night of June 29, 2018.  Several garages and vehicles were entered and some items of small value may have been taken.  As part of the investigation, a suspect vehicle was identified.  The Sheriff's Office is attempting to identify the occupants of a Honda Ridgeline pickup that was seen at or near one of the burglaries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 573-767-5287.

Burglary Arrest

On July 1, 2018, members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested David J Schmidt, age 21, of Maywood, Missouri and Daniel O Schmidt, age 19, of Maywood, Missouri on one count of attempting to commit burglary in the 2nd degree, a class E felony. This arrest stems from an incident which occurred on May 19, 2018. The Schmidt brothers were caught by a local citizen trespassing at an abandoned house near Maywood.Upon further investigation, it was discovered they were attempting to enter the property in order to steal copper.

Both individuals remain lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash only bond each.

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Public Safety Awareness

Since the end of the school year, members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office have seen minors and children operating golf carts, ATVs, scooters and side by sides on city streets throughout the county.  Parents are reminded that this is a violation of Missouri law.  Licensed drivers must be operating these types of vehicles.  Children operating these vehicles pose a danger to themselves and others.  Parents may be held responsible for repeated violations.

If you have any questions, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 573-767-5287.

Drug Arrest

On June 20,2018, members of the Sheriff's Office arrested Laura Berry, age 53, of Lewistown, Missouri for delivery of a controlled substance, a class C felony.  Berry is alleged to have distributed a prescription medication, namely the generic form of Zanax, to another person on April 28, 2018.

The Sheriff's Office as assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the NEMO Drug Task Force.

Berry remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash only bond.

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Vehicle Theft Arrest

On June 18, 2018, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen truck from the Beilstein Camper Sales parking lot.  The owner of the stolen truck attempted to chase the vehicle on US 61 but was unable to catch the suspect.  A member of the Palmyra Police Department located the stolen vehicle at the Wilco gas station in Palmyra.

Upon investigation, Christopher E. Guzman, age 18, of Fort Madison, Iowa was arrested for stealing the Ford F150.  The Sheriff's Office also located a stolen 2014 Jeep Compass near Beilstein Camper Sales.  The Jeep was stolen out of Donnellson, Iowa.  Stolen items from several Canton residents were located in the Jeep.  There were also stolen items from the Lee County, Iowa area as well.  The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate this matter along with the Canton Police Department, the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Fort Madison Police Department.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Palmyra Police Department assisted with this investigation.

Guzman remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash only bond.

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Vehicle Break Ins

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate vehicle break ins in the Durham and Ewing areas.  Over the past few months, the Sheriff's Office has received over a dozen reports.

In all of these investigations, the consistent similarity is that the vehicles were left unlocked.  Locked vehicles are generally left alone.

The suspects generally look for prescription drugs, small amounts of money and small items of value.

Please lock your vehicles in an attempt to deter criminal behavior.  Don't be an easy target!

Contact the Sheriff's Office if you have information regarding these break ins.

LaGrange Incident

Since the beginning of April 2018 the Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports of vehicle break ins and burglaries in and around Canton, Missouri. 

On the morning of April 13, 2018 several Lewis County residents contacted the Sheriff's Office to report their personal vehicles had been tampered with and items had been stolen out of them.  This included jewelry, credit cards and handguns. 

Over the course of the day, Lewis County Deputies developed a suspect who was reported to be in the city of LaGrange.   The suspect, who was identified as Austin D. Clark, age 20, of LaGrange, Missouri.

While on the way to Mr. Clark's residence in LaGrange, deputies located him walking on Monroe Street between Fourth and Fifth Street. The deputies made contact with him and after identifying him as the suspect got out of the patrol truck to speak with him. 

Clark then ran west on Monroe Street.  After running for approximately 30 feet the suspect took a handgun out of his waistband and as he was running shot himself.  Deputies contacted emergency responders to the scene and the male suspect was taken to Blessing Hospital.

Upon further investigation two stolen handguns were located at the scene. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is assisting with the investigation.   The LaGrange Police Department is also assisting with the investigation. 

 

Unlawful Use of Weapon Arrest

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to the Benjamin area located in northern Lewis county, for a report of someone shooting at an occupied vehicle.  Also, during this incident, the Sheriff's Office had received a report of a burglary occurring in the same area.  Upon further investigation, law enforcement learned that James F. McGruder, age 74, of rural Canton, Missouri had fired two rounds into a vehicle occupied by two people who were not involved in the burglaries, but merely listening for turkeys.  Mr. McGruder had received a report from a neighbor that her garage had been burglarized and believed he might have been burglarized as well. 

Based on this investigation Mr. McGruder was taken into custody for unlawful use of a weapon.  He was subsequently charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon, a class B felony. 

He remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash only bond.  

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Burglary Arrest

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the Lewis County Sheriff Office arrested Caleb J. Lovell, age 22, of Canton, Missouri on one count of burglary in the 2nd degree, a class D felony.  Members of the Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to the Benjamin area in rural northern Lewis county in relation to reports of an individual stealing from vehicles and breaking into garages.  Upon further investigation, law enforcement identified Lovell as a suspect.  He was taken into custody for burglary in the 2nd degree.

Lovell remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash only bond.

The Sheriff's Office and Canton Police Department continue to investigate reports of illegal entry into vehicles and garages in and around Canton.  If you have information or concerns please call the police department or Sheriff's office.

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Wanted Person

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office is seeking the location of Cody L. Chatfield, age 26, of La Grange, Missouri.  Chatfield failed to return to jail from a medical furlough and a no bond warrant has been issued for his arrest.  Chatfield's last known location was West Quincy, Missouri on the afternoon of April 6, 2018.  He apparently fled from a relative while at the Ayerco Convenience Store.  Chatfield, a convicted felon, is currently on supervised probation for burglary and possession of a controlled substance.  He may be in the Quincy, Illinois area.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

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