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DOC Sentence

On December 6, 2019, Staggerly A. Patterson, age 39, of Lewistown, Missouri was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for 120 days stemming from a case which originated in Lewis County.  Mr. Patterson was charged in 2017 with burglarizing a residence in Lewis County .  Mr. Patterson received a change of venue to Knox County and was originally sentenced to probation for the Class D felony of burglary 2nd degree but failed to comply with the requirements, therefore his probation was revoked.

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Drug Arrest

On December 07, 2019, a Lewis County Sheriff's Office deputy made a traffic stop on State Highway 6 near Tolona, Missouri.  While investigating the traffic matter, the deputy detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered a brief case containing drug paraphernalia, approximately 190 grams of marijuana and also methamphetamine.  The driver, identified as Dylan A Gillett, age 20, of St. Peters, Missouri was arrested for delivery of  controlled substances.

Mr. Gillett was subsequently charged by Lewis County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Chelsea Hoffman, with two class C felonies of delivery of a controlled substance.  Subject was released after posting a $25000 cash bond.

All subjects arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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SADD Haunted House

SADD Haunted House

Congratulations to the Highland High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter for a successful Haunted House!  Several hundred people went through the haunted house and students raised over $1800.  These funds will be used for after prom prizes later in the year.  Led by School Resource Officer, Cory Bennett, SADD promotes student safety throughout the year.

Special thanks to the Lewis County Fair Board, County Market Express, Brad Sharpe of Lewis County Mutual Insurance, Fuzzy Trucking, Jennifer Parrish, Sara Garner and members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office for their support.

New Release

Updated Picture - Drug Arrest

On October 26, 2019, while on patrol, a Lewis County Sheriff's Office deputy  encountered a suspicious vehicle parked on Highway B south of Canton, Missouri.  After making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, Mariah E Baze, age 17, of Canton, Missouri was arrested on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana, a class E felony.

Miss Baze was lodged in the Lewis County Jail and was later released after posting a $10,000 bond.

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Burglary Arrest

On October 29, 2019, Lewis County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary in progress in rural Maywood, Missouri.  Arrested was Alex M Treaster, age 25, of Maywood, Missouri  on one count of burglary - 2nd degree, a class D felony.

Mr. Treaster is currently lodged in the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant pending a court appearance.

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Warrant Arrest

On August 27, 2019, members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Clint R. Dopheide, age 44, of Williamstown, Missouri on a Lewis County warrant.  Mr. Dopheide is charged with one count of violation of order of protection for adult, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. Dopheide remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $1,000.00 bond.

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Several Lewis County residents have received calls from scammers advising them their social security accounts have been tampered with in some way. The scammers attempt to gain personal information and financial information. Do not give this information!! The scammers have also spoofed the Lewis County Sheriff's Office phone number so it may appear that the call is coming from a legitimate law enforcement number. This is not true. Any resident who has received this type of call and who has given any personal information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 573-767-5287. Residents should also contact their financial institutions and the Social Security Administration to report potential fraudulent attempts on their accounts. The phone number is 800-269-0217 or their website is oig.ssa.gov/report. All citizens are reminded to never give any personal or financial information over the phone or internet unless you have initiated the contact.


On August 25, 2019 the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Shawn R. Goodwin, age 45, of Ewing, Missouri  on one count of domestic assault - 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor.  This arrest was the result of a domestic disturbance that led to a manhunt in the rural area near his home.  Deputies were able to apprehend Mr. Goodwin in a wooded area.  He attempted to elude law enforcement. 

Sheriff's Office received assistance from the Western Lewis County Fire Protection District.

Mr. Goodwin was released on August 27, 2019 after appearing before the Associate Court.

Felony DWI Arrest

On July 20, 2019 members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office were called to 225th Street south of La Belle, Missouri to investigate a report of a person driving while intoxicated.  Deputies located Paul R. Whitworth, age 28, of La Belle slumped over the steering wheel of a 2015 Jeep Liberty.  Mr. Whitworth, formerly of the Kansas City, Missouri area, was arrested for a felony DWI.  Mr. Whitworth has numerous prior DWI convictions.  His last arrest occurred in Shelby County, Missouri in July 2019.

Mr. Whitworth was formally charged with one count of DWI, third offense, a class E felony.

He remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail with a no bond warrant issued by the Lewis County Circuit Clerk.

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