Crime

Two Masked Men Caught On Surveillance Video Breaking Into St. Clair VFW

St. Clair, Mo. - Early Wednesday morning Franklin County Deputies responded to the VFW hall, located on the North Service Road in St. Clair reference an Alarm Sounding.

Upon securing the VFW, it was found a door had been pried open and the lock compromised. 

Video surveillance shows two suspects made entry into the building at 5:01am.  The suspects are described as two males average height and weight.  Both were wearing Dark hoodie sweatshirts and Blue Jeans.

Spike In Burglaries In Gerald Area

Franklin County, Mo. - Over the past week the Franklin County Sheriff's Department has seen a sudden spike in reported burglaries in the Gerald, Mo area.  Sheriff Gary Toelke is asking anyone who may have information regarding five different burglaries to come forward.  He wants to remind everyone that callers may remain anonymous.

The reported burglaries occurred on the following dates:

St. Clair Man Murders His Father

Pictured left is suspect William Osborn who has been charged for Thursday's murder.

Update: - 2:59 p.m.
St. Clair, Mo. - The suspect in Thursday's murder has been identified as William Osborn, 33-year-old white male of St. Clair Mo.

He has been charged with second degree murder and is currently being held at the Franklin County jail.

Hunter's Front Porch Robbery Leads to Meth Bust

Beaufort, Mo. - This morning Franklin County Sheriff  Gary Toelke released a statement regarding a theft of a backpack and firearm from a residence in the Beaufort area off Highway 185 last Tuesday. (Nov. 26)

The victim witnessed observed a white male in a White Chevy truck grab his hunting rifle and pack off of his porch before taking off at a high rate of speed.

Wednesday afternoon an on-duty Franklin County deputy was in a Washington area gun shop checking on an order, when irony and stupidity led to the arrest of a white male and female.

Man escapes deputies after extensive vehicular pursuit

By Kaylin Bade

Robertsville, Mo. - On November 14, 2013 at approximately 4:26 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Highway O near Red Barn Road after being informed that several units from the Missouri State Highway Patrol were possibly in a foot pursuit of a subject from a traffic stop.

Shortly thereafter it was determined that the subject was not on foot but in a vehicle.

The subject was wanted for felony warrants. A description of the vehicle was given.

Argument between Two Male Teens Escalates into Stabbing

By Kaylin Bade

Pacific, Mo. - Yesterday, Nov. 12, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Franklin County Deputies responded to the Pacific Police Department in reference to an assault report.

The reported victim was at the Pacific Police Department stating that he had been stabbed the night before.

The victim stated that at around 9:30 p.m., on November 11, he requested a female associate to come to his residence in Avery Trailer Park in Gray Summit to retrieve her property.

 St. Clair Man Arrested In Graveyard Robbery

St. Clair, Mo. - Russell Funeral Home reported on Monday a large number of urns had been stolen from their cemetery.

This morning Sheriff Gary Toelke said deputies were contacted by the owners of Poor Boy’s Recycling in St. Clair saying, “Someone had just attempted to scrap cemetery urns”.

The owner was able to provide deputies with a description of the vehicle and one of the employees recognized the person attempting to scrap the urns.

Man Charged In Washington Fast-Trip Armed Robbery

Pictured is Cornelius Balch.  Photo provided by Washington Police Department.

Washington, Mo. - After an armed robbery on Sept. 17th at the Fast-Trip Service Station on East 5th Street,  20-year-old white male Cornelius R. Balch was formally charged Tuesday morning with 1st Degree armed robbery by the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Washington Police Chief Ken Hahn called this a “case of excellent police work.”  Hahn also said, “Our detectives worked tirelessly in putting together a solid case against Balch.”

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