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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:00 am

In Dent County Circuit Court Associate Division July 25 in front of Judge Brandi Baird:

Eric E. O’Connell, 32, Iberia, waived preliminary hearings on a second-degree burglary charge and six counts of stealing and was bound over to circuit court for further proceedings 1 p.m. Aug. 7.

The charges stem from an incident March 27 at the Salem Livestock Auction where four cows and one feeder calf were stolen. He and another person retrieved the cattle from the back lots, herded them into a shoot and loaded them into a fifty-three foot trailer. 

A surveillance camera caught the two. That footage was shown on local media and on social media networks the night of May 28. The two were soon taken into custody after receiving reports from citizens.

• Rocky Barton, 28, Salem, was arraigned on a felony charge of damage to jail property.  His next court appearance on this charge is 1 p.m. Sept. 19. The charge stems from an incident April 27 when he allegedly damaged a window inside the visitation room at the sheriff’s office causing it to break.

• Zakary Berardy, 18, Salem, waived arraignment of a felony charge of stealing a motor vehicle. The case was set for a preliminary hearing Aug. 1. Berardy waived the preliminary hearing and was bound over to circuit court for further proceedings. The charge stems from an incident July 10 involving a 2010 GMC Yukon owned by Greg and Melissa Nash.

• Darlene Dilbeck, 41, Potosi, waived arraignment on felony charge of failure to return rented personal property in an incident reported March 25, 2011. Dilbeck’s next court appearance on this charge is 9 a.m. Aug. 22.

• Joshua l. Heimburger, 26, waived arraignment on a felony charge of stealing a vehicle. His next court date on this charge is 9 a.m. Aug. 22. The charge stems from an incident Jan. 28 when a 2001 Focus owned by Jeannie Simkow was reported stolen.

• Michael L. Richards, 29, Salem waived arraignment on felony charges of second-degree burglary, stealing and unlawful possession of a firearm. Richards’ next court appearance on these charges is 9 a.m. Aug. 22. The charges stem from an incident July 16 at the Rusty and Dolly Howard residence in Lecoma. The theft charge involved numerous pieces of jewelry and tools. He also had in his possession a “Black Prince” 12-gauge shotgun. Richards is not allowed to possess a firearm since he plead guilty March 8, 2010, in Phelps County Court to a charge of manufacturing/distribution of a controlled substance in an incident that occurred Jan. 6, 2009.

• Brian R. Steelman, 29, Salem, waived a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated in an incident May 25 in Dent County and was bound over to circuit court for further proceedings 1 p.m. Aug. 7. He has twice pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, according to court records.

• Brandy M. Carter, 31, Lesterville, waived a preliminary hearing on three felony counts of possession of controlled substances, oxycodone, oxycotin and alprazolam. She was bound over to circuit court for further proceedings 1 p.m. Aug. 7. The charges stem from an incident April 14 when she was arrested for shoplifting at Walmart.  The drugs were found on her person when she was being processed at the Salem Police Department.

• A preliminary hearing was held for John Cotner, Sr., 50, Salem, on felony charges of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He was bound over to circuit court for further proceedings 1 p.m. Aug. 7.  The charges stem from an incident April 7 when he allegedly struck Jerry Walker several times with a metal pipe.

• Sondra L. Vester, 33, Columbia, waived a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of second-degree burglary and was bound over to circuit court for further proceedings 1 p.m. Aug. 7.  The charge stems from an incident May 18 at a building owned by Pacer Hartridge.

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