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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#120)
« on: May 18, 2015, 04:59:24 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#120)

 Last Monday marked yet another step in Pulaski County’s anti-drug campaign. On Tuesday, two individuals that had been participating in Drug Court graduated from the program. Both individuals had participated in this complex program for approximately two years and successfully completed it last week. One thing that I repeatedly hear during these graduation ceremonies from the participants is about how much individual fortitude and work it took each of them to reach this milestone.

The Pulaski County Drug Court is directed by Judge Colin Long, who has an array of professionals that assist him with the participants. They have a rigid multi-step program structured for these individuals who have appeared before Judge Long on criminal cases that were in some way associated with drug addiction. Not all who enter this program successfully graduate, but dozens of lives have been saved who were able to complete Drug Court. So, congratulations to these new graduates and to Judge Long for another successful chapter of Drug Court!

While on the topic of graduations, this week there are numerous schools in Pulaski County that will be celebrating the graduation of their senior classes. I want to stress to these students and the parents the “safety” issues that are at stake during this time. These graduates will be celebrating their accomplishment in many ways, but unfortunately some will make wrong decisions. Parents, please stress to your graduates about the topic of alcohol and drug usage again this week. Wrong decisions made during this time can result in injuries, accidents or criminal arrests, or possibly even something more devastating. Make sure these graduates enter their next step into a positive future by making the correct choices this weekend.

A sight to see is coming to the St.Robert-Ft.Wood area this Thursday. The annual Special Olympics Torch Run begins in the St. James area and will conclude in Pulaski County. The Torch Run participants are law enforcement officers, compiled of City and County officers, State Troopers, Game Wardens and Military Police Officers. There will be over 1000 officers that will be running, with the largest component being MP’s. This is another fund raising endeavor for your law enforcement community to help these Special Olympic athletes. If you wish to view the final leg of this run, the participants leave the St. Robert Community Center at 10:30 AM on Thursday morning. Helping escort the runners will be the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Motorcycle Unit, along with an anticipated fly-in via helicopter by the Highway Patrol’s new Superintendent.

As mentioned several weeks ago, we now have a date set for the exhuming of Jane Doe’s grave, which will be on the morning of Wednesday, May 27th. We are hoping this initiative will give us additional evidence needed to help identify Jane Doe and resolve her murder case.

I also want to thank the Maranatha Baptist Church for sponsoring the first Pulaski County Blue and White celebration, which was a special event to recognize law enforcement officials in Pulaski County. As some of you may know, last week was National Police Week so my words of appreciation go out to Maranatha for recognizing the officers that protect this community on a daily basis.

Our next Town Hall meeting will be in Laquey on Tuesday, May the 26th, at 6:30 PM. This meeting will be held in the gymnasium of the Laquey High School. The meeting is open to the public, so feel free to come out and visit with your Sheriff and other representatives of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our website (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

 Sheriff Ronald Long

JEFFERSON CITY —Text messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl and a college freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program that shut down abruptly last month.

The conversations unveil a flirty rapport and suggest an intimacy between arguably the state’s most influential lawmaker and a young woman taking some pleasure in a secret association.

 Missouri House Speaker John Diehl       

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl  | Tim Bommel  / Missouri House 
The texts show occasional efforts by Diehl and the intern to meet in person. They range from mundane chatter, about boring meetings and dreading speeches, to the more sexually suggestive.

Read more here:

Local News / This message board
« on: May 01, 2015, 06:35:13 AM »
I am in the process of moving this board to a faster server with a newer version of PHP that I need to make it so Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ can be used to sign in.. I may start posting some news here or linking to it, not sure yet. I will try and get headers back I am having an issue with coding on it and I have to go in deep to try and find the duplicate code when I get time.. I have also dumped several more board topics that made no sense anymore.. Perhaps with the ease of Facebook login more people will want to talk here.. Who knows, either way no big deal..

All in All Thank you all..


Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#49)
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:51:52 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#49)

 A majority of this week’s article will be following up on a few topics I wrote about last week. First of all, the Heroin Roundtable meeting last Monday went very well. There were approximately 25 individuals who attended, and a very diverse group they were. Attendees included counselors and medical professionals, law enforcement officials from multiple City, County, Military and State agencies, the Coroner and representatives from our ambulance district, along with individuals from local community organizations. Due to interest from some of our neighboring counties, next month’s meeting should grow significantly.

 This was a very good start in defining our initiative and working toward the goal of alerting and educating citizens about the dangers of drug abuse. More specifically, we wish to inform the public about the dangerous heroin that we now have in this area, along with trying to prevent overdoses and related deaths. All attendees realize that law enforcement is just a minor element in preventing drug addiction, which actually is more of a community problem. Therefore, our focus will be on topics such drug education and prevention, development of alternate programs for arrestees, more accessible rehabilitation treatment centers, along with the development of re-entry programs for those addicts who once again wish to be productive citizens. Several of our local media outlets have also volunteered their services to assist in this endeavor.

 Last Thursday the County Commissioners received a proposal from the Sheriff’s Department to renovate portions of the existing jail to temporarily house additional inmates. This would involve converting some unused building space into dorm and cell housing for those incarcerated in the Pulaski County Jail. If this proposal is approved, we are estimating that an additional 26 Pulaski County inmates can remain in our jail daily, rather than shipping these individuals to other counties for boarding. Despite the fact we would inherit additional operation expenses, at the price of $35 per day to outsource inmates, the equation of 26 x $35 x 365 can be very significant one for our tax-paying citizens.

 This year’s Pulaski County Shop with a Cop endeavor was a huge success, in which over $12,000 was raised for the program. Congratulations goes to those who worked so hard to make 120 children’s Christmas dreams come true this year. This week, law enforcement officers will accompany at least 120 young citizens to our local Wal-Mart store to begin their Christmas shopping. Despite the fact that most people view law enforcement officials as “crime-fighters,” this is just another aspect of law enforcement serving your community, and a very enjoyable one at that!

 My next item should have been in last week’s article but I wish to thank those who brought food to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department over the Thanksgiving season to help feed our staff, deputies and others. This was a very generous act which was very much appreciated.

 Our new Sheriff Department Calendars were delivered a week ago, and we would be glad to share some with our community. These are large wall calendars which reflect a “family photo” of many of your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department employees, along with the names and small ads of our generous sponsors who made this project possible. In years past, creating and printing the calendars was done by an out-of-state company, but this year we chose a local business for this. If you would like one of these calendars, please stop by our office and just ask. We wish to thank our local business community who made the financing of these calendars possible.

 This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

 As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

 Sheriff Ronald Long

Pulaski County Sheriff Press Releases / Teenager Shot Near Dixon
« on: December 10, 2013, 02:12:38 PM »
Teenager Shot Near Dixon
The Department of Family Services and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating the shooting of a thirteen year old boy, which occurred Monday evening in the rural Dixon area. The shooting was reported to authorities at approximately 7:40 PM, after a call was received requesting medical assistance for the teen.
The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital where he is currently recovering from his wound. The injury is not believed to be life-threatening, but details regarding his condition are limited at this time.
Authorities will release additional details as their investigation progresses.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#48)
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:43:20 PM »
 “The Sheriff’s View” (#48)
We have several items coming to fruition this week that have been a focus of our efforts lately. First, Monday we are having our first roundtable discussion about the heroin problem in Pulaski County. Despite our increased efforts and arrest numbers, when it comes to drug enforcement, we continue losing young lives to this ferocious enemy. Personally, in my 34 years of law enforcement, I have never seen a drug taking a deadly toll like the heroin we are seeing in this area right now. Not only is Pulaski being hit, other counties in Central Missouri are also experiencing this deadly phenomenon, just on a lesser scale.
As ironic as this may sound, the war against our illegal drug problem is not just a law enforcement issue, it is a community problem. Actually, law enforcement plays just a small part in fighting drug addiction and we must rely on many non-enforcement avenues to assist with this endeavor. Therefore, in addition to law enforcement and judicial officials, medical professionals, drug counselors, educators, and concerned citizens will also be attending. Our goal is to formulate ideas and implement plans to deter heroin overdoses and deaths in Pulaski County. I will be reporting more about this meeting in further articles.
Regarding money and manpower issues, nothing at a Sheriff’s Department is more challenging than housing and taking care of inmates in a County jail; Pulaski County is certainly no exception. As I have reported in the past, this year will conclude with the payment of approximately $400,000 to neighboring counties to house inmates that the Pulaski County Jail does not have room for.
This Thursday I will be submitting, to your County Commissioners, a proposal that would assist to alleviate a majority of this issue on a short-term basis. If this proposal is approved, it could result in a significant financial savings to the jail budget. This is not a long-term cure to our inmate housing issues, but it would be a great interim solution. As with the first item, I will be reporting more about this topic in future articles, if approved by the County Commission.
When adverse weather hits, such as snow and ice, some of you in the County have concerns about emergency services reaching your location, if needed. This week’s winter weather was the first test for our six new, all-wheel drive vehicles. I must say that their performance exceeded my expectations and we were able to reach all of our calls for service in a timely manner. Except for deep snowfalls, our new Taurus’s and Explorers do better in the snow and ice than the three older, four-wheel drive vehicles in our fleet. This is just another advantage of owning these new vehicles.
Friday marked the last day of Mr. Alexander (Alex) Pfeffer’s internship with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Intern Pfeffer has been working here since August, and has been actively involved in all aspects of the law enforcement field. Speaking for the entire sheriff’s department, we hate to see Intern Pfeffer leave, as he has become a professional family member. Undoubtedly, Mr. Pfeffer will make an excellent law enforcement officer with the agency he is eventually employed by. The Sheriff’s Department wishes Alex the best in his future endeavors!
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Implicated in Crocker Area Property Crimes

 An investigation into a rash of burglaries and thefts in the Crocker area over the past month has led to the arrest of three individuals from the Pulaski County area. The incidents began last month when numerous homeowners from the Crocker area experienced crimes of theft or vandalism to their homes and property.

 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation into the matter and has since arrested three suspects after evidence developed implicating their involvement. Those arrested include James R. Sherrell – Burglary 2nd Degree, Nicholas Howe – Tampering 1st Degree and Star’Lynn Gann – Tampering 1st Degree. Two other individuals, Jason Guehrer and Brian Pigott, have been issued Criminal Summons for the charge of Receiving Stolen Property.

 Pulaski County detectives will continue their investigation into these crimes, and are expecting additional arrest warrants to be issued this week regarding the Crocker incidents.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#47)
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:42:41 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#47)

 As with many of you, the Thanksgiving holiday has brought out-of-state family members to town; therefore, my weekend time has gone to them so this week’s article will be fairly brief. Fear not though, your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was very busy serving you last week, in which I will be reporting further about in a few days.

 With the holiday season upon us, fraud crimes are ramped and rarely a day goes by without this agency receiving reports regarding fraudulent activity. Thefts of credit cards, along with information from the cards by portable swipe reading devices, are incredibly high this season. E-mails, phone calls and postal mail containing fraudulent scams are crimes that most of us seem to be receiving these days. Just remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I want to caution each of you too about receiving e-mails from a bank, Pay-Pay or cell-phone company advising that your account has been hacked and you need to e-mail or phone in personal information, such as a Driver’s License number or Social Security number. Also, the FBI and Social Security Administration will never contact you asking for this information, either.

 This is also the time of year that charity organizations are heavily soliciting donations, so be intelligent about responding to e-mails and telephone calls from individuals that might be fraudulently soliciting funds but using the name of reputable organizations. If you wish to donate by e-mail/internet, “do not” respond to E-mail sites but go to the organization’s internet site to donate. If contacted via telephone, ask for a call-back number so you can verify the caller and then donate when you re-contact them. These can be scams ran by criminals who are attempting to steal your hard-earned money!

 Unfortunately, we have events throughout our county in which individuals lose their lives to unfortunate circumstances. When these incidents occur, I always receive inquiries asking details, along with requests wanting me to write press releases regarding these deaths. My general rule is that unless the death involves a crime, traffic accident or very unusual circumstance, I probably will not be making an official news release. It is my contention that these are personal matters and we should all respect their family members and allow them to grieve in private.

 Waynesville had a good turnout at their annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, and Mother Nature could not have given a better day for such event. I personally enjoyed seeing many of you at this event, and want to thank each of you for coming out and supporting your community.

 This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

 As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

 Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#46)
« on: November 25, 2013, 04:52:41 PM »
 “The Sheriff’s View” (#46)
As many of you know (especially our military), General Orders and Policy and Procedures Manuals
are vitally important in military and law enforcement operations. Last week I was pleased to implement the
new Policy and Procedures Manual for our Jail and within the next week or two, a second General Orders
Manual will be implemented regarding the overall operations of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. The
new manual for the jail replaced an already existing, older version and is comprised of over 200 pages of
operation procedures for the Jail. The upcoming General Orders and Policy and Procedures Manual for the
entire Sheriff’s Department will be a new, very comprehensive manual covering all operations of this agency.
The introduction of the new operation manuals is probably not the highlight of our employee’s week,
but they are very important in protecting our Sheriff’s Department staff. In addition, these rules and
regulations are beneficial to the individuals in this county when dealing with deputies, jailers and
administrative staff. These rules outline how employees of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will
operate while acting in their official capacities. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department strives to be a
professional agency in all aspects, and having a modern and comprehensive Policy and Procedures Manual is
an important step in achieving this.
Another area that your deputies are very busy in right now is training. Generally, the winter
months are a bit slower for most law enforcement agencies, allowing some deputies to take advantage of the
offer to attend specialty training schools they are interested in. Throughout the year, fees from Court cases
help finance our Law Officials Training Fund, which is dedicated monies that can only be used for training;
therefore, allowing employees to attend classes throughout our nation.
Recently, some of your deputies have attended schools in Kentucky, Kansas City and Arkansas; another is leaving in January for the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Academy in Quantico, VA. These are specialty schools with studies ranging from Homicide, Drug and Crime Scene Investigations, to Computer, K-9 and Juvenile Victim Crimes. I am a huge advocate of specialized training, which gives you a more professional deputy and proficient Sheriff’s Department. One of my favorite adages that applies here is, “When it comes time to perform, it is too late to train!”
On a sad note, despite our aggressive drug enforcement endeavors and elevated arrests numbers, we continue to see fatal heroin drug overdoses on a regular basis in Pulaski County. The return of heroin has hit this area with a vengeance, which is a trend that seasoned drug detectives and I thought was a ghost of the past. Without a doubt, the heroin we are seeing in this area is indeed a lethal potion, sending some addicts and first time users to their graves.
We can all agree that law enforcement is only one part of the overall solution to this problem. Education and Intervention are two key elements in suppressing this epidemic, along with asking the community to talk to suspected families members and friends about the dangers of illegal drugs, especially heroin. Regarding additional efforts to deter heroin usage, Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and I are brainstorming this dilemma and meeting with medical professionals in an attempt to develop other methods for deterrence.
One last note, if you are close to the St. Robert Wal-Mart store this Wednesday (11-27), please stop and visit the Pulaski County Shop with a Cop booth out front, and help make this Christmas a happier one for our underprivileged children this holiday season.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#45)
« on: November 18, 2013, 02:28:02 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#45)
Not always is the mention of “funding” a good thing when one is responsible for budgeting for an organization, but this week resulted in good news regarding money for your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Last Thursday I received notification that we are the recipient of a $10,000 Federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG). These grants are usually aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies with the purchase of equipment or manpower needs.
This LLEBG will be available in six weeks, at which time we will immediately purchase (5) modern, trunked system mobile radios for our patrol cars. These new radios will be compatible with the new Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network (MOSWIN), which is a communications system that all emergency service organizations in this state will have access to. Once the new purchase is made, this will give us a total of (9) MOWSIN compatible radios that we have acquired without spending any monies from our budget. Two of these radios were received from a State grant this summer, and then the Pulaski County Law Enforcement Reimbursement Fund Board (CLERF) recently awarded us money for two additional radios. The necessary transition to a trunked MOSWIN compatible radio system is expensive, so these grants and awards are very much appreciated.
The grant research, writing and submission process can be very time consuming and tedious, but is well worth the benefits. This year your Sheriff’s Department has received numerous financial awards for equipment and overtime law enforcement projects that are much needed, but could not be afforded otherwise. Therefore, these grants are a necessary part of protecting or citizens and deputies so our grant writing endeavors will continue.
I have received numerous inquiries about the skeletal remains found near Dixon a few weeks ago. At this time there is limited new information to pass along, other than our aggressive effort to identify who this person is. Part of this process involved sending the skeletal remains to the University of Texas Health Science Center in Ft. Worth, Texas, for examination. This process will hopefully give us vital pieces of information, such as the age and gender of the deceased, along with a relatively close date of death. We are expecting to have this information back within a couple of weeks.
For those living in the Crocker area, over the past few weeks some of you have found yourselves victims of property crimes. Our detectives and patrol deputies have been working night and day to solve these crimes, whose hard work is paying off. On Friday, several suspects were arrested and found to be in possession of your stolen property, and several others are soon to be taken into custody. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department certainly appreciates the passing of information and tips which has aided us in these investigations.
We are eagerly anticipating the delivery of another new patrol vehicle within the week. This car will replace one that was destroyed in the floods in early August. As this year’s budget year comes to a close, it appears the purchase of these new vehicles is not costing any more than the repairs made in the past on maintaining an older fleet. Therefore, buying these new patrol cars with 100,000 mile warranties is a money saving endeavor for our agency, and taxpayers. In addition, these vehicles give your patrol deputies safer, dependable and more versatile vehicles to respond to your everyday needs.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#44)
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:20:01 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#44)

One of last week’s highlights involved traveling to Houston with some Dixon High School students who were participating in the Regional Constitution Project competition. Also attending were several of your judges and lawyers from the 25th Judicial Circuit, along with area news media and law enforcement officers, who acted as mentors. During this portion of the two month long competition, the students participated in mock court trials, engaging in both prosecution and legal defense teams. It was very inspirational watching these talented future leaders making use of our Constitutional Amendments, while attempting to defend or prosecute a suspect in a mock criminal trial. The verdict is still out regarding who the victorious team was, but the winners will travel to Jefferson City next month for the State final competition and a chance to take home one of the available college scholarships.

We are continuing our efforts of combining resources from law enforcement agencies throughout Pulaski County, in an attempt to better service our citizens. The latest venture is to add officers from county-wide police departments to our tactical unit (PCERT - Pulaski County Emergency Response Team). This will enable us to have a larger tactical team that can respond quicker and more efficiently to any location within Pulaski County, or to assist other requesting agencies beyond county borders. The PCERT is a specialty unit that is used for search warrants, hostage situations and special enforcement details, to name a few. Your PCERT has been operational for several years, but this new joint venture will be more beneficial for all law enforcement agencies in Pulaski County.

As mentioned a few weeks back, your Sheriff’s Department will be the recipient of 5 Federal Forfeitures, with the first expected later this week. Law enforcement agencies are allowed to use forfeited funds from criminal cases for items such as equipment, training schools and vehicles, so we can definitely put these funds to good use. We are hoping for the remaining forfeited funds to arrive in the near future.

On Saturday the Pulaski County Shop with a Cop Program sponsored their first Winter Ball, which drew a good crowd of Pulaski County law enforcement officers, community leaders and local citizens. The purpose of this event was to promote the Pulaski County Shop with a Cop Program, which gives children from underprivileged homes the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of gifts and food for the Christmas holidays. I would ask our community to assist with this endeavor by visiting the Pulaski County Shop with a Cop Program on Facebook and if possible, make a financial donation that will help make a brighter holiday season for many area children.

Recently, we have been receiving complaints about individuals spotlighting and possibly poaching deer late at night. These are illegal and dangerous activities, so I ask for your help in reporting such incidents to either the Missouri Department of Conservation or the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Monday (11-11-13) is Veterans Day, so please take the time to express your words of gratitude to our many local heroes who traveled the world over to help make our nation and international community a safer place. Also, don’t forget about this year’s Veterans Day Parade, which begins at the St. Robert Community Center at 11:00 AM, and travels down Route 66.   

   This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#43)
« on: November 04, 2013, 06:16:42 PM »
 “The Sheriff’s View” (#43)

 Springfield was in the crosshairs for Chief Deputy John Groves and me last week, as we attended an intelligence meeting with other Local, State and Federal agencies at the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC). For a quick explanation, MOCIC is part of the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) that is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The nationwide RISS program immensely assists law enforcement agencies, ranging from aiding with information about criminal groups/individuals, to helping with equipment needs that might be beyond the financial capabilities of the police or Sheriff’s Department.

 One of the reasons for attending the above meeting was to network with other law enforcement agencies regarding the human remains that were discovered near Dixon the prior weekend. A first step in this investigation is to identify the deceased, which seeking help from the MOCIC is a major step in that direction. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is a member of this valued organization and we use this resource for a multitude of investigations. One goal of your new sheriff’s office is to assure our citizens and criminals that we are going beyond our county line to solve and deter crimes in this area. Attending MOCIC meetings opens the door to information other agencies have that might be useful to us.

 Last week I spoke of the additions to our Criminal Investigations Unit, which is already paying off for those living in and visiting Pulaski County. These new detectives hit the ground running by filing criminal cases against some out of town criminals who thought they would spend a little time in Pulaski County stealing from our citizens and burglarizing their homes. Their misadventure was short-lived, with several arrests being made relating to these incidents. A third man is still at large but we have multiple deputies engaged in locating this suspect. In a few days I will release additional information about this fugitive through our media sources. I also have to brag on our tenured detectives that continue to solve major crimes they have been confronted with this year.

 Over the past two weeks we have met with several consultants regarding our jail overcrowding conditions, and may have a “temporary” solution to a portion of this problem. Our staff is cautiously optimistic at this point and once we have the opportunity to visit with our County Commissioners, I will share the results and this concept to you. I assure you that not a week passes that we are not diligently working on this issue.

 Last Spring I also announced the concept of forming a Sheriff’s Teenage Advisory Council, in which we would be seeking applicants from teens across this county. Even though I am a few months behind my targeted date for the project, I do believe we are only a week or two away from seeking applications. Once formed, the Teenage Advisory Council will convey and address issues of teens throughout Pulaski County and will be challenged to seek solutions for these, along with formulating innovative ideas to keep teens out of our Courts. In addition to our teens, we are also looking for community leaders from all areas of this county to assist the mentors who have already expressed interest in this project.

 This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

 As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

 Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#42)
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:57:31 AM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#42)
Despite Pulaski County experiencing a reduction in our crime rate, incidents of unusual circumstances continue to unfold. When a local photographer stopped roadside near Dixon to snap a few pictures of a colorful tree, her discovery was more than bargained for. Within a few feet of her target were the skeletal remains of a human being.
We are diligently looking into the above finding but investigations such as this one takes a lot of time and work. Forensic experts and an anthropologist are assisting this agency and are coming up with some valuable findings, but at this time releasing exact details could hinder our endeavors. I will do my best to keep you informed as this investigation progresses, but I do believe your patience will be necessary with this type of case.
Last week was an exciting one for our Criminal Investigations Unit, with the adding of one full-time and two part-time detectives. The three will be working primarily day shifts, which is something this agency has been in need of. These new detectives will join forces with our well qualified Reserve Unit detectives, and their resources were already put to use this weekend regarding the case mentioned above. In being your Sheriff and agency administrator, another exciting aspect for me is these new positions are being filled without costing our budget additional monies. A reshuffling of department assets, along with additional time donated by a valuable reserve deputy, are making this possible.
The Pulaski County community is composed of individuals and cultures from around the world, which makes this area very unique. With such a diversity of people come situations where our foreign visitors and residents may not completely understand our criminal and civil laws, along with legal procedures. It is very important to Sheriff Department employees and me that
everyone who deals with this agency is afforded and understands due-process of the law. This agency has employees who speak multiple languages, and we also have access to interpreters in this community to assist in situations where possible language or cultural barriers exists. I also highly recommend seeking the services of an attorney if you find yourself in a legal situation that you do not understand, or possibly involving a criminal or civil matter. Please do not let the lack of understanding our language or laws compound your problem as we have seen in several recent situations.
I wish to thank the Pulaski County Board of Realtors for their invitation to be a guest speaker at their luncheon last week. A good turnout and delicious food were two components of a successful gathering. During the meeting we had the opportunity to discuss a few concerns of our realtors, along with passing along some safety tips to the agents. Also last week I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with some Dixon High School students during Career Day. There was definitely some future Pulaski County Deputies among them.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Human Remains Discovered South of Dixon
A grim discovery by a local photographer yesterday afternoon led Sheriff Department officials to the discovery of human skeletal remains in Pulaski County. The remains were found in a rural, wooded area just a few miles south of Dixon. A search of the scene will continue throughout the day as Pulaski County Sheriff Department investigators continue their search for evidence and clues.
Additional information will be released by Sheriff Ron Long at 8:15 tomorrow morning at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#41)
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:44:02 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#41)
As mentioned in past articles, we are constantly seeking grants that are conducive to the operations of this agency, and the betterment of Pulaski County. The last day of September concluded a MODOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) traffic grant that our deputies had been working this past spring and summer. This was a $5,000 award from the State that funded your deputies to work overtime throughout Pulaski County, conducting traffic and DUI enforcement activities. Grants such as this allow deputies to add a little to their paychecks, while making Pulaski County roadways safer places to travel.
It is no secret that the Pulaski County Jail is bursting at the seams and we are constantly seeking alternatives to our inmate population problem. I am continually asked about converting the old middle school the county purchased last year into a jail. Since taking office I have spoken with several individuals and companies who build jails about this possibility, but the responses are always against doing such. The general consensus is that an attempt to rehabilitate and convert the old school into a jail would be more expensive than building a new one. Despite this, we are still able to utilize portions of the building for many other things such as training, storage and automobile repairs/impoundments.
Over the past week there have been several reported occurrences throughout the county where adult males have attempted to lure juvenile females into their vehicles. During one of these incidents, deputies were able to locate the suspects and make two arrests. I will be releasing additional details about this in a media release later today. Please make sure your children are aware of possible dangers that lurk, and educate your kids on how to protect themselves from becoming a target for predators.
Last weekend I had invitations to attend several community events in our county. The first was an invite from Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchell to attend Crocker’s Fall Festival Saturday morning. A perfect day allowed a good turnout of people to visit with law enforcement, EMS, Fire and Weather officials, along with a variety of entertainment and great food. Saturday night I experienced an enjoyable evening at the St. Robert Community Center, where the Pulaski County Korean Association was having their annual Chuseok (Thanksgiving) celebration. The evening was filled with cultural food, dance and songs, along with recognizing some Korean War Veterans and community leaders. I truly enjoyed the event and am looking forward to next year’s Chuseok celebration.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

October 21, 2013

Arrests Made in Attempted Child Abduction

Two men are in custody of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department after being arrested for the offenses of Enticement of a Child and Harassment. The suspects, Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, 34, and Antoine Chlela, 31, were arrested Friday evening after they reportedly attempted to entice a 12 year old female into their vehicle for illicit purposes. Both men are of Middle Eastern decent and temporarily stationed at Fort Leonard Wood for military training purposes.
Sheriff Deputies were called to the juvenile female’s home late Friday afternoon to investigate the incident. According to the victim, she was playing with a sibling in the yard when two men of Middle Eastern decent approached on several occasions in an attempt to lure her into their vehicle, allegedly asking for sexual favors. The responding deputies were able to locate the suspects and after investigating the matter, arrested Mefleh and Chlela. Both are currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail under a $200,000 bond.

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#40)
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:17:28 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#40)
I kicked off my week by revisiting some Dixon High School students regarding the Missouri Constitution Project. Five law enforcement officers from the Pulaski County area and I are mentoring five Dixon students that are part of the project’s law enforcement group. I mentioned the Constitution Project in a prior weekly article, which is a learning venture where high school students study various facets of the criminal justice system. Numerous other Dixon students are participating in the project and are working as different elements, such as mock Prosecutors, Media Reporters, Judges and Defense Attorneys. Each division has their own mentors, who are professionals in these fields from the Pulaski County area.
In less than two weeks these Dixon students will be representing your county in the Regional Missouri Constitution Project competition, in which a win will take them to the State finals in Jefferson City. The winners of the Constitution Project will be recipients of college scholarship funds, so these students are taking the competition very serious. Judge Rhonda Cortesini is coordinating Pulaski County’s endeavors and has high expectations from her Dixon team. Pulaski County law enforcement officials are glad to help with this endeavor, and are always eager to participate in activities with our young citizens in a continued effort to help with their positive transition to adulthood.
I failed to mention last week that fugitive David Cole Nash has been apprehended and is awaiting transfer from an adjoining county back to Pulaski. As you might recall, David Nash was the named suspect in an incident on September 02, where Pulaski County Deputy J. Becker was injured when dragged a distance by a vehicle driven by Nash. The assault occurred as suspect Nash attempted to elude Deputy Becker, while attempting to apprehend Nash for an outstanding arrest warrant.
Last week also brought some good news regarding financial assets that have been seized by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department from illegal drug offenders. Federal authorities have advised this agency that thousands of dollars will soon be headed our way, as several Pulaski County asset forfeiture cases come to a close. With tight budgets and grant monies declining, these forfeiture funds will be put to good use. Federal laws allow law enforcement agencies to use seized assets for practically any law enforcement use (equipment & training), other than salaries. Even though forfeited assets become property of the seizing agency, government audits assure these funds are spent appropriately and according to Federal guidelines.
I have recently received multiple inquiries regarding the recent death of WWII Veteran James Dunham, and how the criminal case against King Graves II (and possibly others) will now proceed. The main question asked was about this possibly becoming a homicide case. The short answer is that the criminal investigation into the matter continues, and we are awaiting a report from the Medical Examiner (ME) which could take an additional three to four weeks. Once the ME’s report is in-hand, sheriff investigators will discuss the Dunham case with Prosecutor Kevin Hillman, who will make the final decision on how it will be prosecuted. So until the Medical Examiner’s findings are relayed to us, a decision on how this case will be prosecuted cannot be made.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#39)
« on: October 07, 2013, 09:25:54 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#39)
The week began with the good news that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be the recipient of a Federal Vest Grant, which will give us matching funds for approximately 30 bullet-proof vests. This grant allows us to purchase the vests over a period of three years, which is a cost-friendly endeavor for us due to the great expense of these protective vests. Every full-time Pulaski County deputy is currently issued a vest but many are approaching the point of needing replaced, and we are currently unable to issue ballistic vests for our valued Reserve deputies. Once we are able to purchase all 30 vests from this grant, most full-time and reserve deputies should have departmental issued ballistic body armor. Over recent years, ballistic vests have saved the lives of several Pulaski County deputies, so without saying, the wearing of these vests will be mandatory, comparable to that of wearing seat belts.
This week, Chief Deputy John Groves and I traveled to Springfield to meet with Federal authorities to discuss law enforcement matters in Pulaski County. Despite experiencing financial and manpower shortages themselves, we are happy to know that our local Feds will continue with our current and future joint law enforcement endeavors.
As reflected in an earlier news release, last week we had a deputy and his K-9 partner assaulted while arresting a Burglary and Domestic Assault suspect in a housing area just north of St. Robert. Fortunately, the deputy and his law enforcement canine were not seriously injured but K-9 Anna was a big factor in apprehending the suspect. Having a K-9 unit is a valuable commodity for any law enforcement agency, and we are fortunate to have K-9 Anna and her handler, Deputy David Jones, who once again demonstrated their effectiveness in the law enforcement field. In retrospect, I truly believe the suspect in this case will never again entertain the idea of assaulting a law enforcement attack dog, or its handler!
Also, our Courthouse Bomb Threat suspect saw his case come to a rapid conclusion, with the Court sentencing him to serve four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In addition, Joshua Lachowicz received additional time in prison after having his two current probations revoked. Hopefully this will be a lesson to others who have ever entertained the thought of calling in threats to government or educational facilities.
The week ended with the sad news of World War II Veteran James Dunham passing away. As you might recall, Mr. Dunham was severely beaten during a robbery in his home this past June, and a suspect, King R. Graves II, was arrested for the offense. Additional information about this case will be released in a few days.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Man arrested in assault of local citizen, Deputy and K-9;
Bomb Threat suspect sentenced to prison
Four felony charges, along with one misdemeanor, have been filed against a Pulaski County resident for a continued criminal episode that occurred last Monday evening. At approximately 7:30 PM on Monday evening, October 01, Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on Haskell Drive, just outside of the St. Robert city limits, regarding a domestic assault. Upon arrival, deputies were contacted by an individual who had injuries to his face, and alleged that a relative had just assaulted him. The suspect, Joshua Julius, 28, had left the scene on foot prior to deputies arriving.
A short time later, the Sheriff’s Department was notified by a neighbor to the above incident that someone matching the suspect’s description had just attempted to unlawfully enter their home. A search of the area by Deputy David Jones and his K-9 law enforcement dog, Anna, revealed Joshua Julius hiding in the woods in an effort to elude them. When Deputy Jones attempted to apprehend Julius, the suspect resisted arrest and assaulted Deputy Jones and K-9 Anna numerous times in his repeated effort to escape. Suspect Julius was soon apprehended in a joint endeavor by Deputy Jones and K-9 Anna. Julius was then incarcerated in the Pulaski County Jail after being treated at a local hospital and released, due to injuries received while resisting arrest and assaulting the deputies. Neither Deputy Jones nor Anna received substantial injuries during the incident.
Joshua Julius has been official charged by the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for the offenses of Domestic Assault (2nd Degree), Burglary (1st Degree), Assaulting a Law Enforcement Official, Resisting Arrest for a Felony Offense and Assault on a Police Animal. Julius’ Bond was set at $250,000 by Judge Rhonda Cortesini.
In a separate incident that occurred on August 13, 2013, where an individual called in a Bomb Threat regarding the Pulaski County Courthouse, suspect Joshua Lachowicz has pled guilty to the offenses of Making a Terroristic Threat and Tampering with a Judicial Proceeding, and was transferred to the Missouri Department of Corrections last week to begin serving his sentence. Lachowicz received a four-year sentence for the above two offenses, along with two-eight month sentences for separate probation violations.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#38)
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:15:51 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#38)
I begin this week’s article with a mixed opinion. This was the last week for Lieutenant Dan Cordova at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and speaking for the deputies and myself, we hate to see Lt. Cordova leave. On the other hand, I am excited for Dan Cordova, who will remain in our community as the new Waynesville Police Chief. Therefore, he will still be working with us but while wearing a different uniform. We congratulate Dan Cordova and wish him the best as Waynesville’s top cop!
With the vacancy left behind by Lt. Cordova, we will be making a much needed addition to our staff by appointing a full-time detective. We are currently operating with a Criminal Investigations Division consisting of some very qualified reserve deputies but the down side is they all have regular jobs, which restricts the hours we have a detective available during the daytime. We are hoping to have the full-time detective operational in two weeks. In addition, we have two reserve deputies that are now available during the day, who will also be working as detectives during normal business hours. This will give us a total of 7 detectives and 2 Intelligence Information Officers (deputies) at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Last week, a new Ford Taurus Interceptor police car was ordered to replace the Dodge Charger we lost in the floods last month. There was some discussion among the troops to take the insurance check and purchase two used patrol cars instead of ordering one new one. After reviewing the savings in fuel and repairs that we have been experiencing since receiving the new cars, this was a no-brainer for me. Currently, and for years down the road, these new cars will not cost us anything except for fuel, normal maintenance and new tires, due to their 100,000 mile warranty. This allows for a safer and more efficient vehicle for our deputies, and a financial savings to our taxpayers.
Your Pulaski County deputies are remaining busy, with the number of calls-for-service closing in on the 10,000 mark this year. With the cooler weather moving in, we are expecting (and hoping) for things to begin to slow down. In anticipating this, your deputies have begun an all-out assault on training schools. We have a dedicated law enforcement training fund that is subsidized by fees attached to court cases, which can only be used for training. So, this fall your deputies will be traveling to specialized training schools so they can better serve you.
Hardly a day passes that I don’t hear from one of our citizens who just received a telephone call, e-mail or letter advising they are being awarded a large sum of money. The communication also informs the recipient they need only to send a small money order to receive the millions they are promised. Remember, if it is too good to be true, most likely it is a fraudulent scheme. Be cautious and smart; don’t ever fall victim to a scam that requires “up-front” money.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#37)
« on: September 23, 2013, 07:19:36 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#37)
The delivery of 11 new desktop computers last week was a welcomed sight for your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Can you imagine attempting to do your job by using a computer that might be more than ten years old? Well, some of our staff was doing just that when working in-house. Deputies would constantly vent their frustrations when having to wait for our electronic antiques to process a Word document, or possibly connect to the internet while watching the minutes tick by.
Your Pulaski County deputies have been using their mobile laptops for everything possible, but with some of our systems, it requires them to be connected to an in-house network that demands a permanent computer linked to these systems. Most of the new computers are up and running, which will allow deputies and jailers to complete their necessary reporting much quicker than in the past. We were able to purchase these by using funds granted to us by the Pulaski County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (CLERF) Board. The CLERF fund consists of monies derived from Pulaski County court cases.
The trend of bizarre events continued this week with the tragic hunting accident that took the life a young Marine when he fell into a deep sink-hole in the Buckhorn area. As law enforcement officers, we see and experience things that many don’t, but just like you, we try to makes sense out of unordinary tragedies like this. The FBI is tasked with collecting data about crimes, deaths and accidents, and estimates that in approximately two out of three death cases, the victim contributed in some way to their demise. In the death of our local Marine this week, it appears that he followed all the rules and did everything correctly; unfortunately, Mother Nature had changed the terrain, causing an unusual abnormality near the victim’s back yard that claimed his life.
Since this accident, I have spoken with several of our Pulaski County landowners who have recently noticed sinkholes such as this on their property, but in a much smaller scale. It is assumed that the rains in August possibly caused the large sinkhole found last week, so my caution to you is to be aware that more of these could exist. So, be careful when trekking through the woods this fall, especially in areas close to rivers and where known caves exist.
The joint-agency assault on the illegal drug market continued this week in Pulaski County, with several search warrants being executed in St. Robert and Waynesville; this comes along with multiple arrests being made for Delivery, Possession or Manufacturing Controlled Substances. Also, in the Buckhorn area several mobile methamphetamine labs were seized by one of our patrol sergeants law week. These joint drug enforcement endeavors were conducted by local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies and resulted in approximately twenty suspects being arrested for drug offenses.
I want to thank each of you who stopped by to visit the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department booth/tent at Cow Days in Dixon last Saturday. The weather was perfect for the estimated several thousand that made their way to downtown Dixon for entertainment, great food and a chance to interact with their community. I think the hit at our tent was the introduction of our newest member of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, an eight week old K-9 cop in training.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#36)
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:40:02 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#36)

 I would like to begin this week’s article by expressing my gratitude to our law enforcement brothers and sisters in Florida and Texas for reaching out to Pulaski County public service officials who suffered major losses to their homes and vehicles during the flooding last month. These long distance friends, along with a bank in Waynesville, donated monies specifically to first responders who unselfishly served their community during the floods despite experiencing major damage to their own property.

 It is a well known fact among the law enforcement, EMS and fire services that we are all a world-wide fraternity, which has no boundaries when it comes to helping out a fellow brethren. This is just one of many examples reflecting how individuals in the public service arena come to each other’s aid. So, thank you Lieutenant L.J. in Florida, for initiating this donation drive, along with the other donors for their support and gracious contributions.

 This week, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting the quarterly meeting of our regional drug enforcement units. These meetings are attended by state, local and county law enforcement officials, at which time we discuss the progress of past drug enforcement endeavors, along with future ones. As you have been seeing, and will continue to, drug enforcement operations are in full-force here in Pulaski County. In my news letter next week I will convey some statistical data regarding these endeavors that you should find very interesting!

 Last Friday afternoon I hit the “send” button on my computer, transmitting another grant request to the State for equipment. If this request is approved, your Sheriff’s Department will receive enough money to purchase five additional trunked system mobile radios. These radios will be compatible to the new Missouri MOSWIN statewide communications system I spoke of last week. When we include the two radios recently granted to the PCSD, receiving this grant would put us one-third of the way to having all sheriff department vehicles, along with PCSD Dispatch and Emergency Operations Center, equipped with these modern and much needed radios.

 Your Sheriff’s office has been invited to participate in the Missouri Constitution Days project, which kicks off this Tuesday in Pulaski County. Constitution Days is a nationwide learning event for high school students, which is being coordinated in this area by Judge Rhonda Cortesini. During Constitution Days, a selected group of high school students will receive a hands-on lesson about our legal system and how the United States Constitution affects their lives on a daily basis. The entire event is multifaceted, and takes several months to complete. Throughout this process, the students will be assigned to law enforcement officials, local media, attorneys, judges and other professionals to help them experience and better understand our legal system. You will be able to keep track of the Pulaski County Constitution Days project through several of our media sources.

 This weekend your Pulaski County Sheriff’s department will have a tent/booth at the Cow Day’s Festival in Dixon, so please stop by and visit us.

 This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

Three Meth-Labs busted, 7 in custody

A series of search warrants were executed late Monday evening on Stone Road in western Pulaski County, resulting in 3 suspected methamphetamine clandestine labs being seized, along with 7 individuals arrested. In addition to the meth-labs, several grams of a powdery substance believed to be amphetamine, along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia, were discovered.

At approximately 8:00 PM Monday evening, members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and investigators from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) executed the warrants on Stone Road, finding the above labs in full operation. In addition to the 7 adults on-site, several children were in close proximity to the labs, so the Missouri Department of Social Services - Children’s Division, were called to the scene.

This investigation is part of an ongoing illegal drug crackdown in Pulaski County that LANEG, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and local municipal law enforcement agencies initiated this spring.

The names of the suspects involved in Monday evening’s raids will be released in the near future, once they are formally charged.


Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#35)
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:21:19 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#35)

   We are continuing our efforts at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department to increase the services we offer to our community and employees. Last week we implemented our Chaplin’s program, with Mr. Jim Burton agreeing to take the helm. The Chaplin’s office with take on multiple functions, but primarily there will be four areas the program will focus on. The first is to be available for PCSD employee counseling and family wellness needs. Another function is to assist with death and serious injury family notifications. The Chaplin’s office will also be in charge of coordinating jail ministry and church visitation requests. The final of the four is to assist our agency and community in the event of a disaster scenario. 

The law enforcement Chaplin’s program is used by agencies worldwide and is a valued branch of service. In addition to Mr. Burton, there will be several other professionals and deputies who will be assisting and donating these services to your Sheriff’s office and community. As with our reserve deputies, the Chaplin’s office will consist of volunteers who wish to donate time and services to help their community.

When I took over in January, it was a general consensus among the deputies and staff that we take some visible steps to reflect a new Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. The three things we all agreed on were to change the decals on our patrol vehicles, design and order new badges, along with changing our uniforms. With the arrival of our new badges this week, two of the three items on our wish list have been fulfilled. If I may say so, the new badges are really sharp! After the turn of the New Year, we will begin looking at a possible uniform change for our deputies.

Last week, Dispatch Supervisor Kim Luttrell and I traveled to St. James to retrieve our two high-tech police radios which were awarded to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department under a Missouri radio grant. These radios will allow us to take advantage of the Missouri MOSWIN system, which is a statewide radio system that all emergency services in this state will eventually be linked to. This is a multiband radio system, which will allow us to add a few radios at a time and not be out a large sum of money for an initial investment. Once again, many thanks to Mr. Darrell Duncan for assisting us in this endeavor by writing the grant!

Early Monday morning, one of your Pulaski County deputies was injured after being dragged by a vehicle when the driver resisted arrest. This occurred in the area of Highway 28 and I-44, which subsequently led deputies on a pursuit into Phelps County. The suspect was able to elude deputies by taking the pursuit down a jeep trail and then fleeing on foot into a heavily wooded area. Later this week we will be featuring a story on our Facebook page, along with releasing the suspect’s identity, photo and warrant information. We will be asking the public’s assistance in locating this fugitive, so visit us on Facebook to read the story and see if you can help. The involved deputy is still a little sore from his injuries but is now back at work.

A few weeks back I failed to mention that we now have a fitness gym at the sheriff’s department, in which our deputies have access to 24/7. The gym was furnished by donations from deputies and local citizens, and has a large array of equipment. Your deputies realize the importance of being physically fit and are now taking full advantage of this free facility.

Next weekend your Pulaski County Sheriff’s department will have a tent/booth at the Cow Day’s Festival in Dixon, so please stop by and visit us.

   This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#34)
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:22:12 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#34)

   The highlight of my week, and one of my tenure as your sheriff, was the awards ceremony that we had this past Thursday at the Pulaski County Courthouse. On this day, we honored eight brave law enforcement and fire service personnel for their meritorious services to our community. These men were recognized for saving the lives of numerous individuals during the flood last month, along with two other events prior to it. The ceremony was held in the largest courtroom in the building and still there was standing room only.

I must admit that few times in my law enforcement career have I felt so honored and humbled to be among such a large number of heroes as I did last Thursday. As Highway Patrol Captain Lee Ann Kenley, PCSD Chief Deputy Groves and I presented the awards, silence prevailed in the room but dry eyes did not. The officials and many citizens who attended heard stories about acts of bravery that would send chills down anyone’s spine. Without a doubt, the citizens of Pulaski County can be proud of those brave men and women who unselfishly protect them on a daily basis.

This week a two month investigation into the robbery and beating of World War II Veteran James Dunham led to a warrant being issued for the arrest of Graves King II for numerous felony offenses he is accused of committing against Mr. Dunham. King was an immediate suspect in this case, and has actually been in our custody for a separate felony offense since a few days after Mr. Dunham was robbed and severely assaulted. Due to the complexity of this case, it took some time to thoroughly investigate it. This investigation was led by Pulaski County Sheriff Department Detective Doug Reno, who was assisted by other members of the Sheriff’s Department, along with the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office.  This was a very involved investigation which took a lot of tenacity and perseverance, so many thanks to those who worked so hard to solve it. Mr. Dunham is still recovering at a medical facility in this State.

An old adage that I am a firm believer of states: “When it comes time to perform, it is too late to prepare.” Your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department does its best to train and prepare for the many possible scenarios that could come our way. In doing so, this week the PCSD was the host to a training exercise involving Tactical (SWAT) units from multiple agencies throughout this region. These tactical teams prepare for possible situations such as barricaded individuals, hostage situations, school shootings, along with many other hazardous scenarios. These training exercises are very intense and prepare each deputy/police officer for difficult situations they may possibly encounter in the future. 

    Last week our concentrated enforcement detail took us to the Dixon area, where multiple drug arrests were made in the vicinity of Highway D and Columbia Road. In one evening, five individuals were arrested for drug related crimes in this area which has recently seen an increase in property crimes. As we all know, illegal drug and property offenders are two synonymous terms, because drug addicts usually steal to support their habits.  Two other subsequent arrests will be made from information gathered during this detail, along with additional intelligence that will lead us to other offenders. Detectives from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG), sheriff deputies and municipal officers will continue these concentrated details throughout the county.

   This past weekend we enjoyed seeing our friends at the Railroad Days festival in Crocker, so thanks to all who stopped by to visit the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department booth. For those who missed this event, we will also be at the Cow Day’s Festival in Dixon in a few weeks.

   We also welcomed aboard our college intern, Alex Pfeffer, this past week. Intern Pfeffer will be working with us through December of this year. 

     This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

Sheriff Ronald Long

Arrest Made in Beating-Robbery of 91 Year Old WWII Vet

An arrest warrant issued today concluded the investigation into a June 11 incident where ninety-one year old World War II Veteran James Dunham was brutally beaten after walking in on several suspects who were burglarizing his home.

Today, an arrest warrant was issued for Graves R. King II, 35, accusing him of four felony criminal charges:  First Degree Assault, Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action. A $1,000,000 bond for these charges was set by Judge Collin Long.

After Mr. Dunham’s offense was reported, Pulaski County Sheriff’s detectives began aggressively investigating his case. Graves King II was an immediate suspect but was initially arrested for the charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by county deputies a few days after Mr. Dunham’s robbery, but for a separate offense.  King has been held since June on a $100,000 bond for the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm case. As the Dunham investigation continued, further evidence was gathered and analyzed, which led to the arrest warrant being issued today. The Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office was also instrumental with this investigation.

Suspect Graves King II is currently in the custody of the Pulaski County Sheriff, with bonds totaling $1,100,000. It is anticipated that additional arrests may be forthcoming in Mr. Dunham’s case.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#33)
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:16:29 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#33)

   I would like to begin by thanking our friends at the Pulaski County Ambulance District (PCAD) for donating 5 slightly used Toughbook laptop computers to our agency. As noted in the name, Toughbook computers are made specifically for law enforcement, EMS and military use, due to their rugged build for the adverse conditions we work in. We have several road deputies who did not have these laptops that will definitely appreciate this gift from PCAD.

   The Pulaski County Law Enforcement Agencies Shop with a Cop Program kicked off another fundraiser by sponsoring a 5K Run-Walk, last Saturday morning. The event began in the Waynesville City Park at about 7AM, and wound through the streets of Waynesville. The combination of good times and great exercise led to a successful fundraiser for our local children.

For those who are not familiar with this program, the Pulaski County LE Shop with a Cop Program raises monies throughout the year so less fortunate children can have a memorable Christmas. Then, right before Christmas, a law enforcement officer accompanies a child to one of our local stores and assists them in purchasing items they want for Christmas; this is a rewarding event for both the child and officer. Many thanks goes to Deputy Gwendolyn Andrewcavage for her prolonged efforts toward this program, along with Chief Deputy Groves who was on scene Saturday to welcome those who attended. 

    We are all thankful the heavy rains have gone so we can begin restoring our community after the damage from the floods three weeks ago. Since then, there have been numerous meetings where department leaders have gathered to analyze our emergency response and prepare for other similar events in the future. Last Tuesday, I attended a meeting regarding such in Rolla and also spent time with the Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management Director Smitty Lawson analyzing this event.

Personally, I was very pleased with a majority of the emergency services responses but one area needing attention is the location of a viable command center, capable of handling a large number of personnel, along with a command staff. Also, we were in need of an emergency disaster communications center, so full throttle ahead we go. The Pulaski County Commission has already allocated some rooms in the old Waynesville Middle School to be used for an Emergency Command and Communications Center, and Smitty and his volunteers are full steam ahead in getting it fully operational. The sheriff’s office will also be working with Smitty to make sure this center is operational as soon as possible.

   This weekend Crocker will once again have the Railroad Days festival on Saturday. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will have a booth/tent set up at this location so please stop by and visit us! 

     This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

Sheriff Ronald Long

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#32)
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:31:58 PM »
 “The Sheriff’s View” (#32)

   As we continue recovering from the floods from the week prior, I wish to commend the numerous individuals and organizations that have stepped up to assist with the recovery efforts. Pulaski County has always been a close knit community, and what some of you are doing to help your neighbor in their time of need is very commendable. 

   On Tuesday, Chief Deputy Groves and I will be attending a meeting in Rolla to discuss the law enforcement response to our Pulaski County flood. I am very pleased with the entire operation, but as with any event there are some improvements to be made and this meeting will allow us to discuss them.

   Despite the decrease in some of our crime numbers, the occurrence of odd events continued our way last week with our courthouse bomb threat. Despite being an incredibly irresponsible thing to do, most have no idea how something like this affects our community. County offices were all forced to close, alleviating vital business transactions that needed to be made. Criminal and Civil court cases had to be postponed, therefore backing up our legal system and the jail. Also, the county will have to foot the bill for the number of additional law enforcement officials that were required to handle the entire incident. This one man’s desire to elude his court date with irresponsible behavior concluded with him having numerous other ones to attend!

   We continue to aggressively pursue those involved in the distribution of illegal drugs in this area. Over the last two weeks, we have arrested approximately 20 individuals suspected of trafficking drugs in Pulaski County. We have been, and continually will be, involved in multi-agency drug investigations to pursue those greedy men and women who attempt to destroy our community.

On a regular basis, our local Police Chiefs, Federal and State law enforcement officials, along with representatives from your Sheriff’s Department, are meeting to discuss those involved in the drug distribution business and ways to defeat them. Drug education, counseling centers and rehabilitation facilities are methods of deterring drug usage, but prison is the only suitable place for those involved in trafficking illegal drugs! 

     This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

Sheriff Ronald Long

18 Arrested in Recent Drug Investigations

Drug investigations last week resulted in the arrest of 12 individuals, with 6 additional apprehensions made the week prior. A joint operation between the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG), the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Robert Police Department has led to the arrest of numerous individuals for multiple charges. These offenses include Possession of Controlled Substances (Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Marijuana), Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances, along with unlawful possession of weapons. Both overt and undercover operations accounted for these arrests.

The above offenses occurred in the St. Robert and Dixon areas and are part of an aggressive, on-going operation to deter the distribution of illegal drugs in Pulaski County. “Law enforcement officials and the citizens are tired of the devastating effects of illegal drugs in our community, and we are taking an aggressive stance against this activity,” advises Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long. Such operations will be part of an ongoing endeavor throughout this county.

Sheriff Ronald Long


Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested in Pulaski County

Authorities in Pulaski County concluded an intensive two-day investigation into the bomb threat made early Tuesday morning that resulted in the closing of all Pulaski County courts and offices. Thirty-two year old Joshua Lachowicz was arrested late this evening (Thursday) near his home in Dixon by the Pulaski County Sheriff and Dixon police officers.

Early Tuesday morning an anonymous individual called the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, advising a bomb had been placed in one of the courtrooms and had named one judge’s court specifically. Additional circumstances accompanying the call necessitated a full response to the threat, requiring military bomb detection dogs, along with an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. Assuring the courthouse was clear of any explosive devices took most of the day on Tuesday.

A joint investigation by the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, resulted in multiple cases being filed against the suspect. Joshua Lachowicz was arraigned this evening in Pulaski County for the charges of Terroristic Threats and Tampering with a Judicial Proceeding. Lachowicz is currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a one-million dollar bond.

Sheriff Ronald Long


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