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91
PRESS RELEASE
3/26/12

Stacy Powell Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action, with an Agreement for a 25 Year Sentence

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Stacy Powell, who was originally charged with murder in the first degree and armed criminal action, entered a plea to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action today pursuant to a plea agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office before Judge Tracy Storie. In exchange for her plea of guilty, the Prosecuting Attorney filed the reduced charge of Voluntary Manslaughter along with the Armed Criminal Action charge and agreed to recommend the maximum sentence of fifteen years on the Voluntary Manslaughter charge and ten years on the Armed Criminal Action charge, consecutive, for a total sentence of twenty-five years in the Department of Corrections.”

“Four years to the day of the death of Mr. Powell, I am happy that we are finally able to bring this case to a close with a conviction and a significant sentence of imprisonment,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “We consulted with the family, the police officers who investigated this case, the Assistant Attorney General who was assigned to assist us in this case, as well as my own team of prosecutors prior to this deal.  We concluded that if we had gone to trial, we would have likely received a similar sentence and this deal assured a conviction.  In addition, many of the witnesses are now located throughout the United States and across the world and the expense to the taxpayer in a trial would have been significant.  However, the main concern was that the defendant be required to answer for her actions on that day and we believe this sentence will make her do just that.”

“I want to thank past and current Deputies Don Hayden, Dianne Hayden, Mike Denny, Brandon Robertson, Bill Anderson, Jim Beasley, Coroner Mikel Hartness, and Sheriff J.B. King for their hard work in investigating this case.  I also want to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol who assisted with the initial investigation and the Highway Patrol crime lab who did extensive testing in regards to this case.  I also wish to thank Elizabeth Bock of the Attorney General’s Office for her assistance and my entire staff for their hard work in this case.  Finally I want to thank the family of Mr. Powell who cooperated with us through this entire difficult process,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “It takes the hard work of all of these law enforcement officials to bring a tough case like this to a close and I appreciate their teamwork and dedication.”




Ms. Powell will be sentenced on April 9, 2012, to allow the family of the victim to arrive from across the county to give victim impact statements to the Court during that hearing.  Although she could be sentenced to life imprisonment, it is likely the Court will accept the plea agreement in this case and sentence her to twenty five years in the Department of Corrections.

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

92
 
PRESS RELEASE
3/12/12
Ashley Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Ashley Gilbert, who was originally charged with murder in the second degree, entered a plea to voluntary manslaughter today pursuant to a plea agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office before Judge Tracy Storie. In exchange for her plea of guilty, the Prosecuting Attorney filed the reduced charge of Voluntary Manslaughter and agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than twelve years.  This case was refiled in 2011 after it was originally dismissed just prior to trial in 2010. 

“I am pleased that we were able to bring this difficult case to a close with a conviction.  There were some significant legal issues with this case.  In the original case, much of the defendant’s confession was suppressed due to some problems with the recording of it.  I anticipated that this evidence would have been suppressed again.  In addition, a plea deal was made prior to my handling of this case with a co-defendant for his testimony.  That co-defendant turned out to be worthless to this case as I believed him to be unreliable.  Taking these factors into consideration, and after consulting with the family of the victim and my team of prosecutors, we believed we should make the plea agreement we made in this case.  I am happy that we were able to make those responsible for the death of Mr. Blankenship answer for their actions,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

“I want to thank SGT Dottie Taylor and CPL Scott Mertens of the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their hard work in investigating this case.  I also want to thank the Dixon Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with the investigation of this case.  I also wish to thank Ted Bruce of the Attorney General’s Office for his assistance and my entire staff for their hard work in this case.  Finally I want to thank the family of Mr. Blankenship who cooperated with us through this entire process,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “It takes the hard work of all of these law enforcement officials to bring a tough case like this to a close and I appreciate their teamwork and dedication.”

The Board of Probation and Parole will now conduct a Sentencing Assessment Report and Ms. Gilbert will be sentenced at a later date by Judge Storie.  She faces up to fifteen years in prison as a result of her guilty plea to a class B felony.

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

93

PRESS RELEASE
3/13/12
5 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that five offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court action over the past two weeks.
The first offender, Ronnie Lawson of Argyle, Missouri, was on probation for felony stealing.  Mr. Lawson violated the terms and conditions of his probation by failing to report as ordered and failing to complete community service.  As a result, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 3 years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Dixon Police Department.
The second offender was Benjamin Flores of Richland.  The defendant pled guilty to felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident where there was another injured.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to 2 years in the Department of Corrections.  The case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
The third defendant was Quenten Warren of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation for unlawful use of a weapon.  The Defendant was attempting to steal from Wal-Mart when he fled from a police officer attempting to arrest him.  As a result, the defendant pled guilty to resisting arrest.  In addition, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Gaston sentenced the defendant to four years on the resisting arrest charge and revoked his probation and sentenced him to four years on his probation violation.  Both cases were investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.
The fourth case involved Daniel Johnson of St. Robert as the defendant.  Mr. Johnson pled guilty to burglary.  In addition Mr. Johnson was already on probation for felony stealing.  As a result of the new offense, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Gaston granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to five years on the probation revocation and five years on the burglary charge.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department and the new case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
In the final case, Stephen Gordon of Rochester, New Hampshire, pled guilty to burglary.  Judge Gaston sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick. 
Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.
 

94
PRESS RELEASE
02/14/2012

12 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that twelve offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action over the past two weeks.

The first offender, William Berkshire of Plato, pled guilty to possession of heroin.  Judge Colin Long sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections with the option for treatment.  The St. Robert Police Department originally investigated this case.

The second offender, Steven Urbas of Richland, pled guilty to misdemeanor assault.  In addition, Mr. Urbas was on probation for Felony Non-support of his children.  As a result of the new conviction, Judge Warren revoked his probation on the felony charge and sentenced him to serve two years in the Department of Corrections.  The misdemeanor case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the felony case was investigated by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

The third offender, Albert Anderson of St. Louis, pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Storie sentenced him to three years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated this case.

The fourth offender was Jesse Roberts of Dixon.  Mr. Roberts pled guilty to Felonious Restraint.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections with the option for treatment.  The case was originally investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The fifth case involved Douglas Eubanks of Devils Elbow.  Mr. Eubanks was on probation for driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended.  Subsequently, the defendant was charged with another leaving the scene of an accident.  The Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke which Judge Storie granted.  He sentenced the Defendant to two years in the Department of Corrections on each count concurrent.  The original case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department.

The sixth offender, Gary Harrison of Richland, was on probation for Burglary in the Second Degree.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The seventh case involved Michael Sauls of Crocker.  The Defendant was on probation for Passing Bad Checks and Failure to Return Rental Property.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to two seven year sentences, concurrent. The original case was investigated by the Crocker Police Department.

The eighth offender was Katena Pierce of Richland.  The Defendant was on probation for Felony Non-Support of her children.  The Defendant failed to comply with the terms and conditions of her probation and the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The case was originally investigated by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

The ninth defendant was Derek Parker of Dixon.  The Defendant was on probation for Forgery. The Defendant failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation.  The Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation and Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The tenth case involved Star Lynn Gann of Dixon.  Ms. Gann pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the Defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The eleventh defendant was Terry Doolittle of St. Clair.  The Defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Wiggins sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The final case dealt with Jeffrey Faubus of Richland.  Mr. Faubus was on probation for resisting arrest.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Mary Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections with a treatment option.  The original case was investigated by the Richland Police Department.

“I commend the hard work of our local law enforcement in getting these results. I hope that criminals are getting the message that they will be held accountable for their actions in Pulaski County and these sentences serve as an example of that,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.   

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick. 

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

95
PRESS RELEASE
1/20/12

8 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that eight offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action over the past two weeks.

Andre McLean, of Fort Leonard Wood, was originally on probation for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Device.  After absconding from probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve three years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

William Elms, of Dixon, was originally on probation for Felony Non-Support of his Children.  After committing new offenses while on probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve three years in the Department of Corrections. The original case was investigated by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

Joshua Donaldson, of Dixon, pled guilty to Forgery, a class C felony.  Judge Sheffield sentenced the defendant to serve two years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Dixon Police Department.

Nathan Trigg, of Waynesville, was originally on probation for 2 counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation by committing a new offense, absconding, and testing positive for illegal substances, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve two seven years sentences in the Department of Corrections, to run concurrent with one another.  The original cases were handled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Brandon Veasman, of Dixon, pled guilty to Tampering in the First Degree, a class C felony.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to serve three years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

James Thomas, of Dixon, was on probation for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation. Judge Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to serve two years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Melissa Berry, of Laquey, was on probation for stealing a motor vehicle.  After violating the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked her probation, and sentenced her to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

Aaron Weyrauch, of Laquey, was on probation for Tampering 1st Degree and Burglary, 2nd Degree.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation by committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office filed motions to revoke his probation.  Both Judge Storie and Judge Sheffield granted the motions.  Judge Sheffield sentenced the Defendant to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections.  Five days later, Judge Storie sentenced the Defendant to serve five years in the Department of Corrections, concurrent with the other sentence.  The original cases were handled by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

“Offenders need to realize that there are going to be consequences if they violate their probation.  The Prosecutor’s Office is watching and will take the steps necessary to protect the law abiding citizens of Pulaski County,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Dean Matthews, Laura Kriebs, and Bill Hardwick.


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

96
PRESS RELEASE
1/10/12

Prosecutor’s End of the Year Report for 2011

As we have concluded 2011, I wanted to report to the citizens of Pulaski County on what my office accomplished last year and the progress we have made.  I think it is important for the taxpayers to know how their tax dollars are being spent and whether their elected officials are good stewards of the tax dollars.  I believe we made significant progress in my first year in office and I promise to continue to work hard for the citizens of Pulaski County to keep Pulaski County a safe place to live.

Here are some of the statistics from last year and a comparison of the previous year:

  In 2011, my office filed 1716 criminal cases (not including traffic or conservation cases).  This was an increase of around 60% over 2010.
  • My office filed over 4038 traffic and conservation cases in 2011, around a 2.4% increase over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office collected and disbursed $179,416 in restitution to victims of crimes.  This was an increase of 9% over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office collected $23580 in delinquent taxes owed to the State of Missouri.  This collection returned $4716 to Pulaski County, which ½ went to my office and ½ was given to the general revenue of the county.  This was a 288% increase over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office collected $29950 in bad checks fees, an increase of 12% over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office assisted in the collection of $38643 in County Law Enforcement Restitution Fees (CLERF), an increase of 6.5% over 2010.  This money was used to support law enforcement activities in the county to include office expenses to run my office, witness fees, the purchase of equipment for the jail, and the purchase of a police cruiser for the Sheriff’s Department.  These funds, paid by offenders, saved money that would have had to come out of general revenue.  At the end of the year, the CLERF had $11952 left over to support law enforcement activities in 2012, versus only $53 at the beginning of last year.
  • In 2011, my office collected $1906 Prosecutor’s Training funds derived from a small portion of court costs.  This was an increase of 1% over 2010 and allowed every staff member in my office to receive training opportunities this year, while retaining monies for next year.
  • In 2011, my office served as the County’s Counselor for the first time in many years, negating the need for the County to hire outside legal counsel with general revenue funds. 
  • In 2011, I made an agreement with the Phelps County Prosecutor to serve as special prosecutor on conflict of interest cases from his county in exchange for the same services to Pulaski County at no charge.  In 2010, special prosecutors cost Pulaski County $4961.  This year the cost to taxpayers was $0 because of this arrangement, saving taxpayers nearly $5000.
  • In 2011, my office earned a reimbursement from the State for our child support efforts of $46367.  This was an increase of 6% over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office assisted in earning $253523 in prisoner reimbursement costs as a result of obtaining convictions on jail inmates and receiving sentences in the Department of Corrections.  This was an increase of 28% over 2010.
  • At the beginning of 2011, the Pulaski County Jail had 64 inmates it was responsible for housing.  After working hard to process their cases and send many to the Department of Corrections, by the end of 2011, the Pulaski County Jail had 44 inmates it was responsible for housing.  This resulted in a savings to the taxpayers of the County of approximately $700 per day.
  • My office was able to dispose of 4378 total cases this year either by trial or a plea of guilty.  Here is the breakdown of those dispositions:

a. Conservation cases: 35
b. Misdemeanors:        341
c. Felonies:                  269
d. Infractions:              496
e. Traffic:                    3237   

  My office was able to accomplish all of these tasks under budget.
 
In addition to these statistics, we have also made the following improvement or additions to the office last year:

  Improved the computer system by adding upgraded desktop units that were surplus from the City of St. Robert, adding scanning capability, and upgrading to a single unit that was networked and could scan, fax, and print.  In addition, we did simple things such as adding an off-site back-up of our server and creating our own domain for e-mail and a website. (www.pulaskicountymopa.com).
  • Worked to reestablish the bad check collection program in the community by providing information and signs to merchants and working with the business community to assist in the collection of bad checks.
  • Hired additional staff members to include new assistant prosecutors and support staff to handle the increased work load and population growth of Pulaski County.
  • Brought McGruff the Crime Dog to Pulaski County through donations from local business.  McGruff has made appearances at numerous events in 2011 with is crime prevention message for kids. Thank you Security Bank, First State Bank, Fort Wood Hotels, and Mid-America Bank and Trust!
  • All staff members in the Prosecutor’s Office completed a ride along with a police agency in Pulaski County to show our support for law enforcement officers and also to gain a better appreciation of what they do on their jobs.
  • We made significant improvements to the Victim Advocate Program and the Victim Advocate is now notifying victims of crimes of offender court dates and dispositions of cases. 

As we go into 2012, I want to report that there is a possibility that I may be called to active duty for a nine month deployment to Kuwait with the Missouri Army National Guard in May 2012.  As many of you know, I am the Command Judge Advocate for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade and we have been given an alert for deployment.  As this is always a possibility when you serve in the National Guard, I have planned for this event and have worked with the County Commission, the Presiding Judge, and my staff to ensure a viable plan.  If I do deploy, one of my assistant prosecutors, Ken Clayton, who served as the elected prosecutor in Phelps County for eight years, will serve as the acting prosecutor in my place.  Ken is a very experienced attorney, prosecutor and manager and I do not anticipate any interruption in service while I am on a leave of absence for my deployment.  I am fully confident that Ken, along with my entire staff, will continue their good work even if I am not present.

It has been a very busy year and I am proud of what we have accomplished and hope to build on our success for 2012.  I hope this report provides some details into what the Prosecutor’s Office has been doing and how your tax dollars are being spent.  I am honored in the trust and confidence that the citizens of Pulaski County have placed in me by electing me prosecuting attorney. 

I would like to personally thank the judges, clerks, bailiffs, law enforcement officers, and most importantly my staff, who all work hard to make the criminal justice system in Pulaski County work.  All of these folks work very hard to make Pulaski County a safe place to live.  It is truly a team effort.  If you ever need to contact me or wish to see the Prosecutor’s Office at work, please call 573-774-4770 to schedule an appointment.

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

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3 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that three offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action over the past two weeks. The first offender, Anthony Goree, of St. Robert, was on probation on a charge of Tampering in the First Degree.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke the Defendant’s probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion by revoking his probation and sentenced the Defendant to three years in the Department of Corrections. The original investigating agency on this case was the St. Robert Police Department. The second offender was Ashley Monell of Crocker.  She was on probation from a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.  After violating the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion by revoking her probation and sentencing her to four years in the Department of Corrections. The original investigating agency was the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. The final offender, Richard Greene, was sentenced in Phelps County Circuit Court on a change of venue case from Pulaski County.  Mr. Greene was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Sheffield after the prosecutor’s office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  He had previously pled guilty to stealing a backhoe.  The original investigating agency was the St. Robert Police Department. These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Clayton.  Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

 

98
PRESS RELEASE
12/8/11

7 Offenders Sentenced to Prison

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that seven offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court actions during the last two weeks.

The first defendant, Kendall Sinden of Dixon, was sentenced by Judge John Wiggins to two years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Sinden pled guilty to Tampering in the First Degree for attempting to steal an automobile on July 12, 2010.  Mr. Sinden is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The second defendant, Auston Bradstreet of St. Robert, was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections by Judge John Wiggins.  Mr. Bradstreet pled guilty to Property Damage in the First Degree for unlawfully stripping off cooper wire from an air conditioning unit.

The third defendant, Gary Chapman of Dixon, was on probation for Tampering in the First Degree.  After committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office moved to revoke his probation.  Judge John Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to three years in the Department of Corrections.

The fourth defendant, David Timmons of Dixon, was on probation for Hindering Prosecution.  After committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office moved to revoke his probation.  Judge Colin Long granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.

The fifth defendant, Chad Brinkley of Dixon, was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Tracy Storie.  Mr. Brinkley pled guilty to felony Driving While Intoxicated for an incident on October 19, 2010, after having three prior DWI convictions.  Mr. Brinkley is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The sixth defendant, Joshua Estrada of St. Robert, was on probation for Burglary in the Second Degree.  After committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office moved to revoke his probation.  Judge Tracy Storie granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Estrada is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The final defendant, Randy Knight of Lebanon, was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Tracy Storie.  Mr. Knight pled guilty to Passing Bad Checks on a closed account on June 20, 2010.

“The hard work and dedication of law enforcement personnel, my staff, and the courts, made these sentences possible.  Be assured, we will continue to work hard to bring offenders to justice for their crimes and keep Pulaski County a safe place to live,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman

The cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick. 

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

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PRESS RELEASE
11/21/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that three offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action today.

The first, Andrew Parsley of Richland, received two seven year sentences in the Department of Corrections from Judge Colin Long.  Mr. Parsley pled guilty to the forgery of a traffic ticket, admitting to signing someone else’s name on the ticket.  He also pled guilty to possession of oxycodone, a controlled substance. His cases were investigated by the Waynesville and St. Robert Police Departments.

The second defendant, Christopher Wright of Laquey, was sentenced to a four year sentence in the Department of Corrections by Judge Mary Sheffield.  Mr. Wright pled guilty to stealing a credit card and then using the stolen credit card without the owner’s permission.  His case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The final defendant sentenced to the Department of Corrections was David Rollins of Edgar Springs.  Mr. Rollins violated the terms and conditions of his probation by committing new offenses and upon a motion by the prosecutor’s office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections.  He was on probation originally for possession of a controlled substance. His cases were investigated by the Waynesville and Dixon Police Departments and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

“The hard work by our local law enforcement officers is paying off with these sentences,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “Criminals need to be aware that law enforcement and my office are working hard to bring them to justice whenever possible.”

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Dean Matthews and Bill Hardwick. 

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

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PRESS RELEASE
11/14/11

Six Sentenced to the Department of Corrections last week

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that six Pulaski County offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court actions last week.

The first defendant was Dalton Beyer of Waynesville.  Beyer pled guilty to one count of attempted arson for trying to light his mattress on fire in the Pulaski County Jail.  Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Beyer Judge Sheffield sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections as a result of his plea.

The second defendant was Amanda Harrill of Lebanon.  Ms. Harrill had violated the terms and conditions of her probation for which she had been placed on for a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Upon a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked her probation and sentenced her to five years in the Department of Corrections.

The third defendant was Richard Sinden of Dixon.  Mr. Sinden violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Upon a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections.

The fourth defendant was David Delgado-Rivera, formerly of Laquey.  Mr. Delgado-Rivera violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for a charge of Assault in the Second Degree.  Upon motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Delgado-Rivera is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The fifth defendant was Richard Green of Dixon.  Mr. Green violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for charges of felony Passing Bad Checks.  Upon a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to three years in the Department of Corrections.

The sixth defendant was Leroy Vanderhoof of Laquey.  Mr. Vanderhoof violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for charges of Burglary and Stealing.  Upon motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge White revoked his probation and sentenced him to multiple seven year sentences to run concurrent with one another in the Department of Corrections

“I want to commend the hard work of the law enforcement community and my staff for working to put these individuals in prison where they belong.  I especially want to commend the professionalism of the Pulaski County Jail staff, who were forced to endure a lot of unnecessary abuse from Mr. Beyer.  Although I would have liked to have seen him sent to prison for a longer period of time, I felt it was in the best interest of the taxpayers of Pulaski County, and the safety of the jail staff, to get him to the Department of Corrections as quickly as possible,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick. 

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

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PRESS RELEASE
9/20/11

Four Defendants Receive Prison Sentences

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that four defendants received prison sentences in the Department of Corrections yesterday in Circuit Court.  These four defendants were originally sentenced to suspended sentences and placed on probation.  After violating various terms of their probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed motions to revoke these defendants’ probation.  On Monday, Judge Mary Sheffield granted the Prosecutor’s Office’s motions and sentenced these four defendants as follows:

1.      Michael Elmer, sentenced to three concurrent five year sentences in the Department of Corrections for two charges of burglary and one charge of tampering.
2.      Christopher Sandusky, sentenced to four concurrent five year sentences in the Department of Corrections for burglary, tampering, assault, and possession of a controlled substance.
3.      Shena Walker, sentenced to a five year sentence in the Department of Corrections for possession of a controlled substance.
4.      Leroy Vanderhoof, sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections for tampering with a motor vehicle.

“My office continues to monitor Defendants who get a second chance on probation.  Whenever we receive a report that these defendants are not complying with the court’s orders and not taking advantage of this second chance, we will work to ensure that they are sent to prison,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  These cases were prosecuted by Prosecutor Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecutor Ken Clayton.


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

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Prosecutor’s Office 2011 Mid-Year Report
By: Kevin Hillman, Prosecuting Attorney

As we have passed the mid-point of 2011, I wanted to update everyone on the progress we have made at the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office.  As many of you know, I took office on January 1, 2011 and set about to make improvements to the office.  As you will see below, I, along with my staff, have been hard at work improving the office to better serve the citizens of Pulaski County.

Case Numbers and Restitution:
I am pleased to announce that as of June 30, 2011, my office has filed 373 felony cases and 544 misdemeanor cases for a total of 917 criminal cases filed.  To place this in perspective, the office filed a total of 1022 criminal cases for all of 2010.  As such, we are on pace to nearly double the pace of criminal cases from last year.  We have filed 1970 traffic cases and 147 child support cases in the last 6 months.  We have disposed by pleas of guilty of 93 felony cases, 155 misdemeanor cases, and 1880 traffic cases.  We have also conducted 4 trials; 3 bench trials and 1 jury trial, all of which resulted in findings of guilt.  As a result of these convictions, the County has recouped over $116,000.00 in reimbursement for jail board and fees.  Offenders have paid nearly $18,000 into the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund for law enforcement use by my office, the Coroner, and the Sheriff.  We have returned over $89,000 in restitution to victims.  In addition to the restitution, the bad check program has generated $11,000 in fees to victims as well as $16,000 to the County in revenue.  Finally, we have collected over $13,000 in past due sales and income taxes to the State which resulted in over $2600 in revenue for the County.  As you can see, we have had a busy 6 months and I expect that this will continue into the future.

Office Staff:
Prior to taking office, I met with the existing staff on several occasions and got to know them.  I determined that the staff members, and their experience, were a valuable asset to the office.  All agreed to work to my expectations and therefore I retained all of the staff.  However, I noted some significant deficiencies in regards to the level of staffing.  For example, the office had no staff members working on the criminal cases, which seemed odd to me for a Prosecutor’s Office.  To fix this problem, I added two criminal clerks, who focus only on criminal cases, allowing the office to handle a larger caseload more efficiently.  In addition, I added two part time assistant prosecutors.  Both of these prosecutors have worked for many years as prosecutors and bring a wealth of experience to the office.  One of these prosecutors has been tasked with working cases dealing with child victims and child support cases, where there was a significant backlog.  The office had one investigator provided by the Sheriff’s Department on a part time basis.  We have retained that investigator and added a second investigator to help us with our case preparation.  We appreciate the Sheriff’s Office support with our investigators.  We have also had a number of folks volunteer in the office, which has been a tremendous help in our work.  Thank you to all who have volunteered.

Office Cleaning:
Upon taking office, I immediately found that the office was in need of cleaning and organization.  There were many files stored in the office dating back to 1994.  Although many of these files are required to be saved for 50 years, the storage of them in the office took up valuable office space.  We removed over 350 boxes of documents and placed them into a rented storage facility.  This removal opened up three additional office spaces which were renovated and now house one of the new assistant prosecutors along with two of the criminal clerks. 

Technology Upgrades:
A modern prosecutor’s office depends on technology to efficiently handle the caseload.  Although some of the computers in the office were in decent shape, there were several that were very old and required upgrading.  In addition, I found that there was no virus protection and there was no back-up of data on the server.  I was able to purchase used computers from the City of St. Robert at a very good price and was given some from the County Clerk’s office that allowed us to take some of the old computers off line and replace them with the newer models.  In addition, we were able to add four new work stations.  We physically moved the server to a safer location and have instituted an off-site back-up of the data.  I also noted that the office did not have a scanner so it was unable to e-mail any documents or save them electronically.  The copier was old and did not have any network capability.  To fix this, I had installed a copier/printer/fax/scanner that allows us to do so much more with our data.  We are now sending discovery electronically, saving the taxpayers the costs of copying.  We are hopeful that beginning in January 2012 we will switch to electronic copies of the files, eliminating many of the paper files that we currently have. These technology upgrades have allowed us to be more efficient and to save money in the process.

Victim Advocate Program Restarted:
The Victim Advocate Program was lacking when I took office as the advocate was being tasked with working on criminal cases along with her other duties.  I immediately switched her back to working full time as the victim advocate, ensuring that victims are notified in a timely fashion of court dates and case dispositions.  In addition, we have applied for a grant to expand the program and hope to hear back from the State in August whether we received our grant.

McGruff the Crime Dog
We have now added McGruff the Crime Dog to our staff as a way to spread the message of crime prevention and protection to the community, especially children.  The costume cost over $1600 and we were blessed to have generous businesses in the community step up and donate so we could start this program.  Those businesses were Security Bank, First State Bank, Bank of Iberia, Mid-America Bank and Trust, and Fort Wood Hotels.  I wish to thank them personally for their generous donation.  Look for McGruff at community events and schools sharing his message of crime prevention to the youth of our community.

I hope this provides some details into what the Prosecutor’s Office has been doing and how your tax dollars are being spent.  I would like to personally thank the judges, clerks, bailiffs, law enforcement officers, and most importantly my staff, who all work hard to make the criminal justice system in Pulaski County work.  All of these folks work hard to try and make Pulaski County a safe place to live.  It is truly a team effort.  If you ever need to contact me or wish to see the Prosecutor’s Office at work, please call 573-774-4770 to schedule an appointment.

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PRESS RELEASE
6/27/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that two sex offenders received lengthy sentences today in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County. 

The first, Jeremy Hollon, of Springfield, Missouri, received a sentence of 30 years confinement in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  Mr. Hollon, who was a juvenile at the time certified to Circuit Court as an adult, pled guilty on July 5, 2006, to one count of statutory rape in the first degree and one count of statutory sodomy of the first degree.  At the time he was originally sentenced, he was remanded to the custody of Division of Youth Services until he turned 18 and then was released on probation in 2010.  After his release, Mr. Hollon failed to follow the terms and conditions of his probation and the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation, which Judge Mary Sheffield granted today, resulting in his sentence.

The second, Jami Hakim, of Waynesville, Missouri, was sentenced to 10 years confinement in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  On April 6, 2011, Mr. Hakim pled guilty to one count of child molestation in the first degree and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with the execution of the sentence suspended.  Mr. Hakim failed to follow the terms and conditions of his probation and the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation, which Judge Tracy Storie granted today, resulting in his sentence.

“My office will take aggressive action against sex offenders, especially ones who fail to follow the terms and conditions of their probation.  These individuals represented what I believed to be a danger to our community and I am pleased that the Court agreed with my office’s assessment and sentenced them accordingly,” stated Pulaski County Prosecuting Kevin Hillman. “In prison, they will not be able to repeat their crimes against children.”

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Laura Kriebs and Ken Clayton. 

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

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PRESS RELEASE
6/13/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that he has charged Larry Butler, DOB: 11/16/1955, of St. Robert, with Stealing, a class C felony. 

These charges are a result of an incident on May 30, 2011 in which the suspect stated that he had been a victim of the Joplin, Missouri tornado and requested assistance in the form of a place to stay from the victim.  When the victim left for work the suspect allegedly appropriated several items from the victim’s residence. The total value of items is estimated over $15,000.00. 

“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.  The suspect’s manipulation of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Joplin will not be tolerated.”

The Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that these charges are merely an accusation and these individuals remain innocent until proven guilty.
Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney. 

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PRESS RELEASE
6/8/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that today in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Craig Turner of Waynesville, was sentenced by Judge Tracey Storie to ten years in the Department of Corrections for Robbery in the Second Degree. 

On March 23, 2011, after a two day jury trial, a Pulaski County 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.

“Today’s sentence sends a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in Pulaski County.  Criminals who prey upon innocent victims, as happened in this case, should be aware that their conduct will cause them to spend significant time in the Department of Corrections,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

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. The prosecution of the case was handled by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Clayton.



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

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PRESS RELEASE
5/25/11
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.

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PRESS RELEASE
3/23/11

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.


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PRESS RELEASE
2/23/11
 
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.

 

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PRESS RELEASE
2/22/11

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.

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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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PRESS RELEASE
1/11/11

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.

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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 pcmopa@hotmail.com.  The Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office is an equal opportunity employer.

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