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Several arrests made in the area

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:36 pm

5Three arrested in Clarksville

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reported the following arrests.
On Wednesday, October 21, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office in executing a search warrant for narcotics at 17000 Highway W in rural Clarksville. Located in the search were multiple items used in the manufacturing, distribution, and use of methamphetamine. Also seized was approximately three grams of methamphetamine. Arrested were the following:
Randall L Shaffer, age 44, of 1700 Highway W, was charged with a class B felony of manufacturing a controlled substance; the class C felonies of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance; and a class D felony of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.
Jeremy W. Schmidt, age 37, of Louisiana, was charged with a class C felony of possession of a controlled substance; and two class A misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
Casey Bonstell, age 26, of Elsberry, was charged with a class C felony of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

7Shearon arrested for D.W.I.

On October 20, a Vandalia police officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Industrial Drive and Highway P.
The officer made contact with and identified the driver as Charles Shearon III, age 34, of Vandalia. After speaking with Shearon, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle.
The officer was advised by dispatch that Shearon’s driver license was suspended.
Shearon was arrested and transported to the Vandalia Police Department where he was fingerprinted, photographed, and charged with driving while intoxicated (2nd offence) and felony driving while suspended (4th offense).
Shearon later posted bond and was released with a date to appear in the Circuit Court of Audrain County.

 

6Fischer arrested for assault

On October 19, a Vandalia Police Officer responded to a report of a domestic assault in the 100 block of West Washington Street.
Upon arrival the officer met with the complainant, and after obtaining information, was able to locate the subject in question.
Charles Joseph Fischer, 35, of Vandalia, was placed under arrest and transported to the Vandalia Police Department where he was fingerprinted, photographed, and charged with domestic assault 2nd degree (class C felony).
Fischer later posted bond and was released with a date to appear in the Circuit Court of Audrain County.

8Riddle arrested for stealing

The Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reported that on October 16, the Pike County Prosecutors office charged Chris Riddle, 42, of Pike 109, Frankford with the class C felonies of burglary in the second degree and stealing. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only.
Riddle is a convicted sex offender who is required to register with the Sheriff’s Office. The details of the arrest are as follows.
On October 7, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential burglary on Highway B east of Frankford.
The investigation by Sheriff’s Office Detectives developed a suspect of Chris Riddle. On October 14, Detectives went to Riddle’s home and observed a barbecue grill that had been reported stolen from New London.
Riddle was out of state at the time. On October 15 Detectives returned and took Riddle into custody. At that time items were found that had been taken from home in Atlas, Illinois earlier that day.
Riddle also has charges out of Pike County, Ill. for Residential Burglary, Theft under $500, and Criminal Damage to Property.
Bond in Illinois has been set $50,000. Charges are pending in Ralls County.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
The Sheriff’s Office has seen a recent increase of crimes reported, especially thefts. For the first seven months of 2015 the Sheriff’s Office generated 409 total reports. Since August 1, the Sheriff’s Office has taken 199.
The national average for law enforcement to citizen for our population is two officers for 1000 people. If you do not include the cities of Louisiana and Bowling Green who have 24 hour a day police departments, the ratio for the rest of the county is one to every 1000 people. For 2009-10 the Sheriff’s Office had nine Deputies with 1 being a dedicated Detective. For 2014-15, there were 11 deputies with three dedicated Detectives. Statistically speaking the additional staff has shown a benefit to the county.
From April of 2009 when we began using a new report system thru December of 2010, we have the following statistics.
Reported crimes:
Burglary, 96; Stealing, 294; Assaults, 113; Property Damage, 206.
Number of counts charged or forwarded to the Prosecutor:
Burglary/Stealing, 20; Felony and Misdemeanor Narcotics, 156.
For January 2014 thru August 2015.
Reported crimes:
Burglary, 32; Stealing, 52; Assaults,64; Property Damage,129.
Number of counts charged or forwarded to the Prosecutor:
Burglary/Stealing, 198 (90 counts were against 6 suspects for one burglary); Felony and Misdemeanor Narcotics, 303.
Proactive drug enforcement has led to fewer property crimes and aided us in solving the ones that weren’t prevented. Due to financial constraints, the Sheriff’s Office has not replaced a Deputy who resigned in August resulting in one Detective returning to regular patrol duties.
The Sheriff’s Office requests that any suspicious activity please be reported. Two burglaries of homes along US 61 on May 4, 2015 were solved with some property being recovered and a suspect being charged in Iowa with possession of stolen property.