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Woman gets probation for stealing

FARMINGTON — A former Pepsi America employee has been placed on probation for stealing thousands of dollars from the company.

Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte recently placed Monica A. Walker, 40, of Doe Run, on five years of supervised probation for stealing. She was ordered to pay $31,500 in restitution.

According to court records, Walker stole cash from the Farmington business between 2004 and 2007.

Surveillance at the business showed Walker stealing cash. Initially, she admitted to stealing $900 from the business but it was later discovered more was missing.

In other cases, Dennis Baker, 46, of DeSoto, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree assault-vehicular.

According to court records, Baker was driving under the influence of alcohol and failed to yield to an emergency vehicle on Dec. 1, 2007. He crashed into a Goose Creek Fire Department vehicle, injuring three firefighters.

He could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 19.

Melody Korber, 47, of Desloge, pleaded guilty to knowingly burning.

According to police reports, a fire investigator with the state fire marshal’s office went to a house to investigate a truck fire that had occurred the night before. When he arrived, another truck was on fire.

Korber told law enforcement officers that she went to her ex-boyfriend’s house on June 19, 2008, poured gasoline on the hood of a truck and set it on fire. She said the next day she poured gasoline on a hood of another truck and set it on fire.

Days before the fires, the woman allegedly slashed two tires on the man’s Ford Mustang.

Daniel Donaldson, 22, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

According to police reports, Donaldson caused injury to an infant in November of 2007 by striking the child in the head with his hand, causing a skull fracture.

Keana T. Daigle, 29, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty to three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

According to court records, in March of 2007, Daigle attempted to deliver cocaine, heroin and marijuana to an inmate at ERDCC in Bonne Terre.

Richard D. Self Jr., 47, of Bonne Terre, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of a controlled substance — aggravated offender. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at

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