Gardner back in Lawrence County Jail after Dec. 16 arrest following non-compliance issue

Steve Chapman

Odd series of disturbances follow Webb City woman, including February misbehavior in Mt. Vernon
A Webb City woman who was arrested in February and then released on electronic monitoring is back in the Lawrence County Jail. Adaira Gardner, 23, was booked into the jail on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
History of disturbances
Gardner was arrested on Feb. 27 after she allegedly caused a disturbance at a local restaurant and then entered a motel room without permission. According to the probable cause statement in the case, Gardner went to Sonic, in Mt. Vernon, and made an order. She reportedly became upset when she requested extra condiments and was told she would have to pay for them, and began shouting profanities through the intercom. The manager said she came out to speak to Gardner, only to be told that Gardner had walked into the Sonic kitchen. The manager said Gardner was “screaming profanities and stating she was going to come back and kill them.”
At that point, the manager said they called 911 and Gardner, hearing the police were coming, left on foot and began walking southeast bound on Mt. Vernon Boulevard.
The officer investigating the incident reported she was looking for Gardner when she was dispatched to USA Inn Motel, where a woman had walked into an open room and began taking a shower. Upon arriving at USA Inn, the officer spoke to the manager, who gave a description of the woman; it matched the description of Gardner.
The officer reported she entered the room and said she heard the shower running. She stated that she knocked on the door and asked Gardner to shut off the shower and come out, but Gardner didn’t comply.
After trying a second time, Gardner told the officer to open the door; the officer said Gardner was standing in the shower, unclothed. The officer stated she repeatedly asked Gardner to get out of the shower and get dressed, which Gardner did.
The officer eventually pulled Gardner out of the bathroom, placed her on the ground and put her in handcuffs. According to the probable cause statement, the hotel manager reported that Gardner had stayed in the room the night before and destroyed the alarm clock and coffee maker, and also made holes in the wall.
Release and guilty plea
According to online court records, Gardner was released on June 23 with electronic monitoring. According to a non-compliance report written by Marjorie Aleshire of LBS Monitoring Services, Gardner home-planned to Guiding Light Ministries in Carthage. She left on June 26 after her Social Security was reinstated and $8,000 was deposited to her account; a staff member contacted LBS and told them that Gardner said she “had needs” and was leaving. She was picked up by an unknown driver who drove her to Welch, Okla.
The non-compliance report further stated that, on the next day, a person called Aleshire and said Gardner was tearing apart the house with a hammer and cutting her own hair and gluing it to her face. Aleshire said she called the police, who told her it was a civil matter, and they couldn’t intervene.
Aleshire reported that she went to Welch, Okla. to assess the situation. She said she spoke with Gardner, who claimed that she (Gardner) had died in the “freeze” in the 1800s, and “many other stories.”
Aleshire reported that Gardner said she would keep her GPS device charged and make a July 13 court date. Later that day, a deputy with the Craig County, Okla. Sheriff’s Office contacted Aleshire and told her that Gardner ran from them and barricaded herself in a bathroom after they were called. Later, they called again to say she was in custody and had been transported to the Grand Lake Mental Health Center in Pryor, Okla. for an evaluation. Aleshire also reported the deputy told her charges would be filed against Gardner.
Online court records for the state of Oklahoma showed that Gardner pleaded guilty to “placing bodily fluids on a government employee” on Dec. 10. She was given a suspended three-year sentence and 120 hours of community service. Further details were not available as of press time.
Gardner was scheduled to appear in court in Lawrence County on Monday, Jan. 11.


Lawrence County Record

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