Alert Deputy Makes Arrest in Case of Stolen Truck

On 11/20/2022 at approximately 2:40 am a Deputy on Patrol observed a truck pull of into a field around the Marais Des Cygnes River and quickly shut off its lights. As the deputy passed the field entrance he noticed the truck to be missing the bed of the truck and decided to turn around and check the occupants of the truck. As he pulled up to the truck the deputy utilized his thermal imaging unit to observe a male subject running from the truck into the tree line. Once he located the subject running in the dark he was then able to identify the clothing description of the subject. The deputy waited with the truck until additional units arrived.

A check of the truck revealed that the truck was stolen and had been spray painted in an attempt to conceal its true identity.

Once additional units arrived a search for the subject ensued. A short time later the deputies located the male subject laying behind a tree on the ground. On initial contact the subject acted like he was sleeping and once in custody claimed he was sleeping. The subject then changed his story and stated he was hunting.

The subject, identified as Bradley S Shreve of rural Butler Mo, was transported to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies later responded to the Shreve residence where they were giving permission from a resident to recover the bed to the stolen truck.

Shreve has been charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest by fleeing. His bond was set at $25,000 Cash only.

Toys for Tykes Christmas Drive: 30 children left on the wish list for Adoption.

Christmas is for the children and the Toys for Tykes Drive haS several children left on the adoption list. These children will be without a present to open on Christmas Day unless we step up to the plate.

If you, your business, your organization, or your church would like to adopt a child or children contact Toys for Tykes for Bates County 660-464-2372 or email

There are 30 children on the wish list to adopt.

Results of the 100th edition of the SW MO All Breeds Performance Tested Bull Sale

Stockton, Mo.-“The 100th edition of the Southwest Missouri All Breeds Performance Tested Bull Sale sold thirty-nine performance and genomically tested bulls on October 31st at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center near Springfield, MO,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.  The bulls averaged $3,330 which is approximately $350 less than the Fall 2021 sale.

“The top selling Angus bull brought $5,400 and was consigned by longtime consigner Valley View Angus Farms, Republic, MO,” says Davis.  The successful bidder was Fred & Connie Sieker, Butler, MO.  The Siekers were also the successful bidder of the second high selling Angus bull which brought $5,000 and was consigned by longtime consignor Fred Swartzentruber, Blue Mound Angus, El Dorado Springs, MO.  The third high selling Angus bull was consigned by Sheldon Swartzentruber, Blue Mound Angus, El Dorado Springs, MO and brought $4,800 with the successful bidder being Richard and Janet Eck, Pierce City, MO.  The average of the 34 Angus bulls that sold was $3,373.

“The four Sim-Angus bulls sold for an average of $3,075,” says Davis.  The top selling Sim-Angus bull consigned by new consignor Clemons Cattle Company, Fair Play, MO sold for $4,000 and was purchased by Lance Fox, Stockton, MO.  Second high selling Sim-Angus bull, consigned by Ed Vest, Vestlane Farm, Polk, MO sold for $2,900 and was purchased by Rex Clemans, Taneyville, MO.

“The only Hereford bull to sell was consigned by Kyle Wake, Flying W Farms, Willow Springs, MO and sold for $2,900 to Darren and April Wilerson, Miller, MO,” says Davis.

These bull sales by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association began in 1973. Consignors must be from the 22 counties in extreme southwestern Missouri from Vernon to Laclede and south to Howell County. The association cooperates with MU Extension livestock field specialists for guidance on the use of performance and genomics to help educate both buyers and sellers on using objective data to make selections on the farm and at sales.      

The next sale will be March 27, 2023, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center near Springfield, MO. For details, contact sale manager Phoebe Wiles, Willow Springs, MO, 417-293-8002, or your local MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.