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The Camden County Sheriff’s Office has taken approximately 12,545 calls for service since August 2017.  Of those calls for service, approximately 61 Burglary Reports, 122 Stealing Reports, multiple Vehicle Tampering Reports and 18 Vehicle Theft Reports.

The majority of the burglaries have occurred in the Climax Springs and Edwards communities of Camden County and have extended into Benton County.


On 11/4/2017 at approximately 2:39 am, a Camden Deputy responded to a disturbance at a residence on Lake Park in Camden County.  An owner of a vehicle discovered that a subject, Austin Tabor, age 20 of Richland, had unlawfully entered the home owner’s vehicle and was stealing property found within.

Tabor was charged with two misdemeanor counts of Possession of Marijuana, 2 counts of a Class D Felony Stealing, 1 count Class A Misdemeanor Stealing and 1 count Class D Misdemeanor Stealing.  Tabor posted a $2000.00 bond.

Phillip Wayne Carter, age 20 of Richland, an accomplice in the attempted theft, was also arrested. Carter was charged with 1 count Class D Felony stealing, 1 count Class D Felony Receiving Stolen Property, 1 count Class A Misdemeanor Stealing, and 3 counts Class D Misdemeanor Stealing, cash bond $3000.00.

It was admitted to Investigators that over 200 vehicles have been unlawfully entered.

More arrests are pending and the Investigation Continues.

Many of these crimes are preventable by properly securing you vehicle and home


"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

-Romans 12:21

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Missing Juvenile - Runaway - Kylie "Jayden" Marie Gorham, age 14 from Linn Creek, Mo.  On 11/2/2017, Kylie's mother reported that she had last heard from Kylie on 11/1/2017, after she sent a facebook message advising that she was visiting a friend in Rolla, Mo.  

Kylie is described as 5'5", 166 pounds, brown short hair and blue eyes.  If anyone has information reference Kylie's whereabouts, please contact your local Law Enforcement agency or the Camden County Sheriff's Office at 573-346-2243.



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Shop with a Cop is a great program that provides children in need a positive interaction with Law Enforcement personnel.

For more information contact Captain Chris Twitchel or Lt. Arlyne Page at 573-346-2243.

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UPDATE - Arrest of Leonard Jerome Wilson

On 11/2/2017 at approximately 10:30 pm, Leonard J. Wilson turned himself in at the Miller County Sheriff's Office in Tuscumbia, Mo.  L. Wilson posted bond through a bonding agency at approximately 11:30 pm on 11/2/2017.


On October 25, 2017 at approximately 3:15 pm, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Leonard Jerome Wilson, age 38, formerly of Camdenton, Mo., on the following charges:

                Count 1 – D Felony Possession of Child Pornography

                Count 2 – E Felony of Child Molestation in the Fourth Degree

                Count 3 – A Misdemeanor of Furnishing Pornographic Materials to Minors

                Count 4 – A Misdemeanor of Stalking in the Second Degree

In July of 2017, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office forwarded information to the State Technical Assistance Team reference improprieties discovered at the time of Wilson’s termination with the County.

As soon as we became aware of the accusations, the information was immediately turned over to S.T.A.T. to further conduct the investigation.  Any further questions should be directed to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Wilson is not yet in custody.

 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

-Romans 12:21


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It is great when you are in Law Enforcement, no matter the position, to be able to interact positively with the public.  The busy week started with office personnel having a blast decorating the lobby area of the Sheriff's Office for Halloween.  Thank you: Linda, Terri,  Tracy, Tiffany, Chassadie and anyone else whom I have forgotten. The lobby was a big hit.

Saturday October 28 began with the Cat and K9 event in Sunrise Beach where you could get your animal vaccinated and microchipped for free.  At the same time, we had deputies at the Harvest Festival at the Middle School, Deputy Belanger and Deputy Canon, and conducted a Drug Take Back at the Office.  Later in the afternoon there was the Trunk or Treat at the School.  A deputies truck made the perfect ghoul wagon, with family members  helping.  Deputy Blakely, phenomenal job with the truck. 

Let us not forget the Halloween event at the Mack's Creek Park on Saturday evening where Deputy Rugen and Reserve Deputy Pemberton acted as the event chefs.

Phew, then we come to October 31 where staff and office personnel handed out candy to hundreds of kids throughout the day.  Deputies traveled the subdivisions handing out candy and safety tips, to the evenings ghosts, goblins, princesses, frogs, etc.

It is these positive moments that help negate some of the negative ones. I apologize if I forgot anyone.  Without your help, this would not have been possible.  Don't forget the Shop with a Deputy event in December.  We are currently raising funds so we can take care of as many kids as possible.

Just wait to see what we do to the lobby at Christmas......


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If you are dedicated to being part of the solution and helping your community and integrity is important, you may be the right person for the job.



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We will be handing out Halloween Treats and Safety Tips to the kids on October 31, 2017 from 11 am until we run out.  



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Clays for Commerce - Raise Money for Shop with a Cop


Annually about this time of year through the middle of December, local law enforcement agencies hold various fundraisers, with the assistance of civic organizations, to raise money for Shop with a Cop.  For those who are not familiar with the program, children in need are chosen to be assigned to a Law Enforcement Officer, (County Deputy, City Police, Park Rangers, Highway Patrol, Conservation), to go Christmas shopping.  

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 On 10/5/2017 a missing person report was taken involving a Michael A. Walters, age 35 of Sunrise Beach.  Walters is described as 5/9", 210 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair.  Last seen on 9/14/2017 at a residence on Thunder Mountain Road.

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Michael A. Walters, please contact the Camden County Sheriff's Office, 573-346-2243.


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Free Rabies and Microchips to Camden County Animals

Reminder - October 28 at Cat and K-9. 

Must be over the age of 18 to sign any documents during the clinics. Limit six household pets per event. Dogs and Cats only please.


A cat can get pregnant at 3 months of age, before it reaches maturity. The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year is 3.  The average number of kittens in a feline litter is between 4-6.  In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats.   

A dog can get pregnant at 5 months of age, before it reaches maturity.  In six years an unspayed female dog, her offspring and her offspring's puppies, if none are spayed or neutered, could equal 67,000.

The excuses we often hear when picking up strays or attending to neglected animals is;

I don't have the money for spaying or neutering     I want my children to witness the miracle of birth   I don't have time to deal with it I'm careful to make sure she doesn't mate when she's out I thought I would make some easy money selling the puppies  I just couldn't take away Rover's manhood like that I just didn't Know Religious reasons I just haven't got around to it


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