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A clarification, I am just one of the team members helping set this court up.  Judge Colin Long is the point person setting this up.  However, as a Veteran myself, I fully support the efforts and am working with him to get this set up.

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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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Here is the rule.  When it changes venue, the jury comes from the new county.  The judge can stay the same, but sometimes they also ask for a new judge.  I don't know why we have this rule, ask the legislature.  The Prosecutor's Association has proposed a change to this rule but so far to no avail.
 
32.03. Misdemeanors or Felonies - Change of Venue as a Matter of Right in Certain Counties - Procedure

(a) A change of venue shall be ordered in any criminal proceeding triable by a jury pending in a county having seventy-five thousand or fewer inhabitants upon the filing of a written application therefor by the defendant. In felony and misdemeanor cases the application must be filed not later than ten days after the initial plea is entered. The defendant need not allege or prove any reason for change. The application need not be verified and shall be signed by the defendant or the defendant's attorney.


(b) A copy of the application and notice of the time when it will be presented in the court shall be served on all parties.

(c) If a timely application is filed, the court immediately shall order the case transferred to some other county convenient to the parties, first giving all parties an opportunity to make suggestions as to where the case should be sent. In lieu of transferring the case to another county, the court may secure a jury from another county as provided by law.

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By law, in any county with less than 75,000 people, you get an automatic change of venue within the circuit. 

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Different judges, multiple counts, different levels of crimes.  I don't want to go into a lot of details because of the victims in these cases, but the cases were different.  In both cases, the judges executed the full sentence that they were able to by law.

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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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I am planning on doing a mid-year report at the end of this month.  I do not have the statistics you asked for but should at that time.  Keep in mind that many of the cases we are disposing now were filed last year.

of the 700 plus cases filed how many have been resolved.

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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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I do not think the former prosecutor did anything illegal and do not think we should suggest that.  The campaign is over and I think we should leave the subject of her performance in office.  Feel free to critique me as I am now the office holder.
The lawsuit continues and is still in a very preliminary stage.  Phelps County won at the trial level so that bodes well for the county.

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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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A person can get a temporary ex parte order of protection without a hearing.  However, once they get that, then a hearing is ordered to decide whether the order will be permenant.  The subject of the order is served with the temporary order and the date of the hearing.  In order to get an order, the applicant applies with the clerk's office on the 2nd floor of the courthouse.

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The judge sets the bond.  I request a certain amount, but he/she does not have to follow that recommendation.

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I realize that everyone is upset, but please keep the tone civil here before it becomes a matter I have to deal with as the prosecutor, which no one wants.
 
The law on abandoning property by a tenant is tricky and there are some requirements that need to be followed prior to disposing of the property by the landlord. I am not saying you did anything wrong, I just don't know. I would suggest that you speak with a civil attorney about those steps.  It has been a while since I filed an eviction action so I don't want to give you bad advice.
 
If someone is harrassing you, you can always file for an order of protection on the 2nd floor of the courthouse with the Circuit Clerk.
 
-Kevin
 
 

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We are going through the old cases as fast as we can.  There are many that are now past the statute of limitations and I can not file.  In addition, I have the current case load to file so that the new cases get resolved quickly. 

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It could also be that the person failed to appear on a summons for the check charge and the judge issued a capias warrant, which means no bond.
 

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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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I am confident David will bring some sanity to the Sentencing Advisory Commission.  As the guidlelines stand now, they are close to worthless and almost always recommend probation.  I am so happy to see someone like David on this Commission.

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One of the number one things that I was asked as I campaigned was to make sure the public knew what was going on with the Prosecutor's Office.  That is what I am doing when I send out a press release.  I am sorry that some folks do not like how I wrote the press release. 
 
I would have asked for the max on a "pos" just like I asked for the max on Coach Nelson's case. No one deserves to be killed by a drunk driver.  I'm sorry that I was not able to convince the judge for a tougher sentence.
 
If you would like to make an appointment to speak with me if you have a problem with the way I do a press release, please feel free to make an appointment with me at 573-774-4770.
 
Thanks,
Kevin

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You're right, I do have good staff.  I did not take it as a slam at all.  I just wanted folks to know that I am available to meet with them if they want.  It was a complaint in the past that you could not ever see the prosecutor and I am trying to change that.
 
-Kevin

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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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Just for folks info, I usually set aside Friday afternoons for appointments.  There are times when I am not there, but if you want to talk to me, they will make you an appointment.  There are some ethical limits such as I can not speak to you if you are represented by an attorney.
-Kevin

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Pete, the charges were already filed and warrant issued.  Thus, there is no 24 hour hold.  She is in until she makes bond.

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Mae,
 
Please give me a call at 774-4770 and schedule an appointment to see me.  The girl at the front was telling you what the general policy is.  I am happy to speak with you about your ticket.
 
Thanks,
Kevin

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Pulaski County Sheriff Press Releases / Re: PCSD- More Cases Filed
« on: January 31, 2011, 01:50:19 AM »
Keep in mind that on many of the drug cases, we do not file until we get the lab reports back.  This sometimes takes 6-8 months, especially on the less serious charges.  We do this in order to not charge someone improperly, and ensure a speedy trial once charged.
 
I am currently going through the old cases, but I am not a miracle worker and it will take some time.  Please be patient as we get everything up and running.

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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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Folks, I make mistakes everyday.  I'll try and number the press releases or I will add a new topic for each one.  I am going to try and do a release once a week so folks know what the office is working on.
 
I plan on having an open house in a couple of weeks and invite the public in to see the office and meet the folks that work there.
 
-Kevin
 
 

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Each of the cases filed were supported by probable cause or they would not have been filed.  I am not interested in numbers, just prosecuting those that commit crimes.  Also, keep in mind that when they are charged, it is an accusation, and the person remains innocent until proven guilty.  So you know, I have turned down charges this week for lack of probable cause.
-Kevin

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