Thursday, May 28, 2015

Obituary - Shannon Jenine Wojnarowski

Shannon Jenine Wojnarowski, 35, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Monday, May 25, 2015 at her home. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

(A complete obituary will be posted when available).

Sedalia Police Department releases photos of captivity box

The Sedalia Police Department has released photos of the box Sandra Sutton was kept in by James B. Horn Jr. at his residence in the 800 block of East 15th Street in Sedalia. The photos show the homemade plywood box contained a sleeping bag and reading materials, and was covered in blankets as makeshift insulation, as described by Sutton in court documents.

Sutton, 46, was held captive by 47-year-old Horn in his residence since January and she escaped captivity April 30.

According to court documents, once officers arrived on scene after her escape, the victim stated she “escaped from being held against her will from” a residence in the 800 block of East 15th Street. “(The victim) further explained to the initial reporting officer that she knew the captor and their initial relationship had been intimately consensual.

“(The victim) explained that James B. Horn since January would put her in a wooden box to be held ‘hostage’ when he was not at the residence. (The victim) explained that during the time when Horn was home he would allow her to be out of the box but to return to the box upon his demand.”

Sutton was allowed to leave the box while Horn was home in the evenings, and he would have sex with her. She said she complied out of fear.

During her initial interview with officers, she described the box as made of plywood and lumber with “sound proofing on the outside,” and various items were kept inside, including sleeping bags, reading materials and flashlights. After officers obtained a search warrant, they found a wooden box matching her description.

According to the documents, the box was 100 inches long, 48 inches wide and 52 inches tall, and had one small hole to allow air to enter. The items found inside the wooden box also matched Sutton’s statement.

Sutton and her 17-year-old son, Zachary Wade Sutton, were found dead of gunshot wounds at a relative’s house in the 700 block of East Franklin Street in Clinton in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 21. A statewide manhunt for Horn ensued, including a standoff later that day at his residence in Sedalia, which ended without his capture.

At about 11:15 a.m. Saturday, May 23, a team of investigators from the Missouri Rural Major Case Squad entered a vacant home in the 1200 block of SE 650 Road near Green Ridge in Johnson County after receiving an overnight tip that Horn was known to frequent the area. The house was a former caretaker’s house for the Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area.

Pettis County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Horn in a closet holding a handgun. He refused to surrender, and after threatening the officers with his weapon, they shot and killed Horn, ending a 24-day search for the suspect.

Courtesy of Sedalia Democrat

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Domestic assault arrest

Jerry Usher
On May 27, Jerry Usher, 26, Republic, was arrested on two St. Clair County felony warrants. One warrant was issued on Sept. 2, 2014 and charges Usher with class C felony domestic assault-second degree. The charge stems from an incident on Aug. 30, 2014 when a St. Clair County deputy responded to a domestic assault in progress on SE 801 Road, Collins.

On arrival, a female victim explained she was physically assaulted by Usher. She said she went to a neighbor’s residence and got into a truck to flee. As they were driving from the scene, Usher allegedly stopped the truck and grabbed her, threw her out of the vehicle onto the ground and was chocking her. She said the neighbor stopped Usher and then Usher attacked the neighbor. They left the scene to call for help. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

The second warrant was issued on Sept. 3, 2014 and charges him with a probation violation on an original class C felony charge of possessing a controlled substance from an incident in May 2013.

UPDATE: Investigation of missing man from rural Appleton City concludes

Dale Miller
On May 27, during a search conducted by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and friends of the family, the remains of Dale Miller, 78, of rural Appleton City, were located an estimated one-mile north of his home on NW 400 Road in St. Clair County. Miller had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and has been missing since Oct. 25, 2014 when he wandered into the woods near his home and did not return. The sheriff’s office, family, friends and numerous volunteers conducted several searches and extensive ground checks throughout the investigation.

On May 26, it was reported a boot had been located in a stream on a nearby property. The boot matched the description of boots Miller was wearing when he went missing. A search was organized the next day and in the early afternoon hours his remains were located. No foul play was suspected in the case.

Highlights from BHS Class of '65 reunion

The Butler High School class of 1965 met May 23rd for their 50th reunion. A large turnout of classmates met for the historic event which included skit titled "The Girdle Girls". -photo credits to Prolook Studio