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Local Businesses Donate to Allow the Prosecutor’s Office to Bring McGruff the Crime Dog to Pulaski County

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, is pleased to announce the addition of a new crime fighter to the staff of the Prosecutor’s Office, McGruff the Crime Dog.  As part of the its community education and outreach program, McGruff is now able to assist the Prosecutor’s Office in educating the public, especially children, about crime and crime prevention.

McGruff is a positive and proven tool for educating the public about crime, violence, substance abuse prevention, and for motivating and mobilizing community action to combat these threats.  Over the years, thanks to efforts of local crime prevention practitioners, McGruff has appeared at a multitude of events across the country.  He goes to schools, hospitals, shopping malls, rodeos, fairs, and parades.  His image appears on T-shirts, mugs, stickers, sports trading cards, caps, billboards, and more.  Everywhere he appears, his message is the same, that responsible action, both by individuals and groups can “take a bite out of crime,” and his advice to do so are keys to his effectiveness.  The McGruff character has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Times, Sports Illustrated, Parade, McCall’s, Weekly Reader, Mini-Page, and Smithsonian, to name a few national publications.  McGruff’s primary mission is to help people and communities prevent crime and improve the quality of life for themselves, their families, their friends, and their neighborhoods.

McGruff made his first appearance in public in Pulaski County at the 3rd Thursday event on the square in Waynesville.  Look for him at local parades and festivals throughout the year promoting Pulaski County’s efforts to fight crime.  If your school, group, or civic organization would like to schedule a visit from McGruff, please contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 573-774-4770.

McGruff was made possible in Pulaski County by the generous donations of Security Bank, First State Bank, Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties, Bank of Iberia, and Mid-America Bank and Trust Company.  The Prosecutor’s Office thanks these businesses for their support of McGruff and law enforcement in our community.


Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that today in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Craig Turner of Waynesville was found guilty of Robbery in the Second Degree after a two day jury trial.  The prosecution of the case was handled by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Clayton.

The jury found that Mr. Turner robbed a tourist from England during the early morning hours of November 5, 2010, at the Relax Inn in St. Robert, Missouri. Mr. Turner was apprehended shortly after the robbery by members of the St. Robert Police Department and much of the victim’s property was recovered and returned to him.

“I hope that this verdict today sends a clear message that these types of acts will not be tolerated in this county,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “My office will work hard to make sure innocent victims such as the one in this case are protected from these types of crimes and those individuals who perpetrate such acts are brought to justice.”

Mr. Turner will be sentenced on June 9, 2011, at 9:00 am by the Honorable Tracy Storie, Circuit Judge.  Mr. Turner faces a sentence of five to fifteen years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The Prosecutor’s Office wishes to thank the St. Robert Police Department for their hard work on this case, especially Detective Jeff Saylor, Officer Mike Hartness, Officer Dan Cordova, and Officer Jennifer Hicks.  The Prosecutor’s Office would also like to thank the board members of the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (CLERF) who agreed to fund the witness travel from England back to Pulaski County.  Without those funds, a conviction in this case would not have been possible.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that today in the Circuit Court of Maries County, George Harry Widener of Jerome, Missouri was sentenced to ten years confinement in the Department of Corrections with the Court retaining jurisdiction under section 559.115 R.S. Mo on the charge of involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated.  Mr. Widener had pled guilty to the charge in December.  By the Court retaining jurisdiction, Mr. Widener has the possibility of being released earlier and being placed on probation if he successfully completes a substance abuse program and the Judge allows it.
The victim in this case was Donald Nelson, a Waynesville teacher, baseball coach, and radio announcer.    Mr. Widener struck Mr. Nelson, who was on a motorcycle, on Old Route 66 after Mr. Widener turned the wrong way into oncoming traffic in a truck.  Mr. Widener was intoxicated at the time with a BAC of .214%.
“Although I had asked the Court for the maximum of fifteen years, I believe that the ten year sentence is appropriate punishment for this crime.  I do not support letting Mr. Widener out early as his reckless behavior has taken away a valuable member of the community from all of us and a father, brother, grandfather, and uncle away from the members of his family.  I hope that this case sends a message that drinking and driving will not be tolerated and the effects of such reckless behavior can be devastating on innocent victims,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.
The Prosecutor’s Office wishes to thank the Nelson family for their assistance and the St. Robert Police and Fire Departments, especially Sgt. Butch Hohman and Ofc. Dan Wogan for their hard work responding to and investigating this case.  The Prosecutor’s Office also wishes to thank former Prosecuting Attorney Deborah Hooper and Assistant Attorney General Ted Bruce for their prior work on this case.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.



Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that he has restarted the Prosecutor’s Office aggressive bad check collection program.  In order to assist merchants with the losses caused by bad checks, the Prosecutor’s Office has available guides for merchants that give information on how to accept a check that allows for future prosecution in the event of a dishonored check.  In addition, the Prosecutor’s Office has signs available for merchants to display indicating that they are participating in the Prosecutor’s Office bad check program.

“Although the use of checks has declined with the increase of debit and credit cards, bad checks remain a problem.  Failing to pay after a check bounces is a form of theft.  This behavior drives up prices for everyone and law abiding citizens in Pulaski County should not be victimized by this conduct.  My office will be aggressive in order to try and minimize the damage bad checks cause,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. 

If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy of the bad check guide or a sign, please contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 573-774-4770 and ask to speak with the bad check clerk.  In addition, if you are the victim of a bad check, please contact the office to inquire how to properly report the offense. 

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

161 boxes of closed cases out of the prosecutor's office today.  Boy, talk about Spring cleaning.  A special thanks to the Western District Road crew for all of their help today.  We worked pretty hard!  This storage area was completely empty when we started today.

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Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that charges have been filed against John Davis-Raikes for the Christmas Day shooting of a Labrador Retriever named Lillie in Crocker with an air rifle or pellet gun.  The charges filed are property damage, a class D felony, animal abuse, a class A misdemeanor, and armed criminal action, an uncategorized felony.

This case was investigated by the Crocker Police Department. 

The Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that these charges are merely an accusation and this individual remains innocent until proven guilty.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

The Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking applications for a part time criminal clerk.  The criminal clerk is responsible for assisting the attorneys with preparing documents, filing, assisting in court and other tasks as assigned.  Starting pay for this position is $9.00 per hour and is currently a 20 hour per week position with the possibility of more hours in the future.  If interested, please respond by January 10, 2011 with a resume to  The Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office is an equal opportunity employer.

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