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Bomb Threat Closes Pulaski County Offices & Courts


Shortly after the Pulaski County Courthouse opened for business this morning, a bomb threat was received by sheriff department dispatchers, resulting in the closure of all Pulaski County offices and courts.  Due to extenuating circumstances, a request was made to Ft. Leonard Wood for bomb detection canines and an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit. The county courthouse remained closed the entire day so an extensive search could be made. No explosive devices were discovered, and the building was rendered safe by law enforcement and EOD officials.  Pulaski County deputies are working diligently to bring this caller to justice.

All offices and courts in the Pulaski County Courthouse will be open for business on Wednesday.

 


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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#31)
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:03:33 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#31)

   The weekly ritual of sitting back in my favorite chair on Sunday evening with computer in hand, debating on what to include in my weekly article, is simple this week. Tonight, there are no other topics to write about other than the floods in Pulaski County this past week. You have seen and heard through our media sources some of the story, so now let me give you a perspective from an insider’s view.

   Shortly after midnight, the storms bellowed their approach. The excessive lightning and thunder indicated this would be a horrific storm but no one, including myself, had any idea what was soon to occur. About 2:30 AM, I turned on my law enforcement radio which sat bed-side. The expectation of hearing patrol cars responding to business and residential burglar alarms did not exist. Instead, I heard Waynesville and St. Robert police officers, along with Pulaski County deputies and Firefighters, shouting out details about massive flooding and people in distress, needing help. Only a few minutes passed before it was obvious a massive rescue undertaking was needed, so an emergency call-out was activated. A mutual aid call was made to Phelps and Laclede County, along with the Missouri Highway Patrol and all county police agencies. Soon, many other Local, State and Federal agencies would be activated.

   A short time later I arrived in Waynesville and made observations I have not seen in my lifetime here. Mitchell Creek was now a raging river, people in harm’s way were trying to flee, and vehicles and trees were floating down the streets as if they were toys and twigs. Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire officials were risking their lives to save those trapped by the raging waters. Highway Patrol boats were rapidly arriving, only to be tested and some defeated by the swift waters. Many times your public service rescuers had become victims themselves, barely eluding drowning. This scenario was not just taking place in Waynesville but also throughout the county; the flooding Roubidoux and Gasconade Rivers were attempting to take everything and everyone one in its path, leaving many in peril.

   This scenario continued throughout the night as the rains poured upon us. Within a few hours, a command center was established with representatives from more agencies than I can remember. Despite the dozens of different entities being present, we were all working as one large team to complete the task at hand. Before noon, this county had a full strike-force at hand, along with the aid of Governor Nixon’s office, who already had resources en-route.

   It was not only your public safety organizations that immediately began rendering aid, but before daybreak Westside Baptist Church had opened their doors to flood victims, along with allowing us to establish a temporary field command center. Soon, other churches, organizations and the American Red Cross responded with resources, along with the City of St. Robert opening the first community shelter. The Human Society of Missouri also activated units to the area to work with the Waynesville Animal Shelter to help pets that had been separated from their owners.

   I personally have been involved in several other mass disaster operations, including Hurricane Katrina, but I have never seen such a swift and effective response as what occurred in Waynesville and Pulaski County last week. The sad reality of losing Jessica Lee and her son, Elyjah, will be heart-felt throughout this community, as with the hundreds of others who were victims of this event; some experts are even calling it a 500 year flood. Losing even one life is one too many, but anyone who was there or seen the aftermath of our flooding can attest to the fact that we are very fortunate that no other lives were lost.

   We are now in recovery mode in Waynesville and Pulaski County, so I ask that each of you consider what you can do to assist in this endeavor. Financial, food and clothing donations, along with heavy equipment and boots-on-the-ground, are all necessary for our recovery. Do what you can to assist your fellow Pulaski Countians because there are many in need. These recovery efforts will be an ongoing endeavor for months, and for some, even years. I personally challenge each of you to be part of this page of Pulaski County history, and please, take the time to thank the individuals who have helped those in need!

     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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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


Sheriff Ronald Long
 


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PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Family of Waynesville’s Downing Victims make Press Release


The family of Jessica and Elyjah Lee, who drowned in Waynesville’s flood last Tuesday, has requested that I make the following press release for them:

Michelle and I (Michael) want to express our gratitude to everyone involved in the recovery of our daughter and grandson, Jessica and Elyjah. This is a tragic situation for our family and community, as so many families here have been affected by the flooding and suffered losses. Please continue to pray for our community and provide support to one another during this difficult time.

Funeral services for Jessica and Elyjah Lee will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 PM, at Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville.

Forever Grateful,


The Lee Family


Sheriff Ronald Long
 


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PRESS RELEASE

DATE:   August 09, 2013   

REF:     Body of Young Mother Recovered on River


The search for the body of Jessica Lee, 23, ended Friday evening at approximately 7:05 PM, after her body was discovered on the Roubidoux River in downtown Waynesville. Ms. Lee has been missing since she and her four year old son, Elyjah, were swept from their vehicle in raging flood waters early Tuesday morning. The body of Ms. Lee was located by firefighters, just a few yards from the Roubidoux River Bridge.

A press conference has been scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday morning at the Pulaski County Ambulance District office in east Waynesville. Complete details surrounding the recovery of Ms. Lee will be released at that time.


Sheriff Ronald Long

 


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PRESS RELEASE   

DATE:    August 08, 2013   

REF:     Pulaski County Child Flood Victim and Missing Mother Identified


At approximately 5:00 A.M, August 6, 2013, a 2009 Dodge Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), operated by Jessica D. Lee, 23, of Waynesville, MO, was traveling on Southside Road, when the vehicle was apparently swept away by run-off water from a small tributary leading to Mitchell Creek. The vehicle was subsequently swept through a drain culvert underneath Interstate-44, coming to rest within the creek, near the intersection of Ichord Avenue and G.W. Lane in the city of Waynesville. First located Tuesday morning at approximately 7:34 AM was the body of Jessica’s four year-old son, Elyjah M. Lee, of Waynesville, MO. Elyjah’s body was found by emergency response personnel near the 1500 block of Hull Valley Drive, which is approximately 400 yards downstream from where the SUV was located.

Search and rescuers comprised of troopers, deputies and police officers from various agencies, along with firefighters, emergency service personnel, members of the Missouri National Guard and volunteers under the direction of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department have assisted in the intense efforts to locate Jessica Lee; scent detection dogs have also been brought in to assist in the search of Ms. Lee.

Sheriff Ronald Long requests that individuals who wish to volunteer in recovery efforts please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at 573-774-6196.


 Sheriff Ron Long
 


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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#30)
« on: August 05, 2013, 12:07:33 AM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#30)

   For centuries, those studying crime trends have deduced many theories, from full-moon studies to how climate, global positioning and even one’s diet can affect behavior. Personally, I am a believer of numerous of these causations but since it is now summer time, maybe we can throw the heat factor in here somewhere. Law enforcement authorities always prepare for a higher call volume with warm weather, but right now in Pulaski County we are trying to figure out the cause of so many odd and bizarre events that have been occurring. As some of you possibly read last week, we have recently seen a decrease in many of our crime categories in rural Pulaski County; however, the odd and complex scenarios seem to be increasing. 

   Regarding the above, we can conclude many theories for bizarre behavior but it seems like the catalyst for most of our strange occurrences stem around illegal drugs, namely the abuse of bath-salts and synthetic drugs. When under the influence of these substances, we are seeing individuals doing horrendous things to both themselves and others. Legislators are trying to combat this problem at State and Federal levels but right now I would like to put the burden on our businesses who know some of their products are being sold for illegitimate purposes. Despite knowing and reading about the deaths and harm these products are doing to our community and nation, they continue to sell them for financial gain.

   I promise those who sell any illegal substances are being included in our overt and undercover drug operations, just as we are currently targeting our methamphetamine and heroin distributors. We are passionate about working illegal drugs and protecting our citizens, as you have and will continue to see.

   

   Last week, most Missouri Sheriffs and I attended a four day conference in Springfield to discuss many issues concerning our citizens. One of the main headliners was the new procedures regarding our Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) law. When the new Missouri CCW legislation was passed, it left a four month void in “how or if” CCW licenses were going to be issued for the remainder of this year. The new legislation have the Sheriffs taking over the issuance of the CCW licenses on January 01, 2014, but beginning the last week of August the Missouri Department of Revenue will be completely out of the process, so we immediately had a problem.

   The Missouri Sheriff’s Association aggressively began working with State officials on this and developed a fix. As of the end of August, my office will handle 100% of the CCW process. For the recipients, the only change will be for the last four months of this year. Your actual license will be composed of paper, similar to that of a Missouri Hunting and Fishing license. Beginning January 01, 2014, the CCW license will actually be plastic, such as an ID or driver’s license. For those who are issued a paper license this year, you are more than welcome to return after January 01, 2014 for a plastic one at no additional cost. The new legislation regarding the CCW licenses also makes it a crime for any Sheriff’s office to disseminate your personal information to a vendor or non-law enforcement entity. Simply put, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will completely handle and maintain your CCW records.

   We are also in the process of implementing a Chaplin’s Office at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, which is a common element of most law enforcement agencies nationwide. We have two individuals that will develop this unit; one is a deputy and the other is a minister/counselor. Once operational, this unit will be available to assist your deputies and community with situations involving major incidents and deaths. I will let you know once our new Chaplin’s Office is fully functional.

Also, the driveway paving scammers are hard at it, again. Be aware of businesses from other cities/states that are not members of the Better Business Bureau. Last week we had two victims of this scam in Pulaski County, where individuals paid for driveway repairs that were done with substandard materials, or not completed. Once theses scam artists have your money, they are off to new locations, never to be found again. Before hiring anyone for driveway or roof repairs do your background checks, and don’t ever pay the complete bill before the job is completed to your satisfaction.

 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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long
 


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PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

301 HISTORIC 66 EAST, SUITE 136

WAYNESVILLE, MISSOURI 65583 (573) 774-6196


PRESS RELEASE
     

DATE:    July 31, 2013   

REF:     Woman Delivers Baby after being Stabbed


A 30 year old woman and her newborn baby are recovering in the hospital, after both were injured in a stabbing attack. The victim was in her ninth month of pregnancy when the incident occurred this morning.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the pregnant victim and a male acquaintance became involved in a domestic dispute in the parking lot of the Road Ranger Truck Stop, at which point the suspect stabbed the pregnant victim in her stomach. The female victim was then rushed to the hospital, where the baby was delivered by cesarean section and also treated for a stab wound. At this time, both mother and baby are recovering well in a local hospital.

The suspect, 28 year old Mark A. Downing, was arrested shortly after the incident occurred, after a brief altercation with deputies. Downing is currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail on two counts of First Degree Assault, and his bond has been set at $1,000,000.

 Sheriff Ron Long   
 



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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / “The Sheriff’s View” (#29)
« on: July 28, 2013, 09:44:59 PM »
“The Sheriff’s View” (#29)

   I will begin this work week by attending the summer Missouri Sheriff’s Conference in Springfield. The Missouri Sheriff’s Association sponsors three such conferences each year, which enables sheriffs throughout the state to merge and discuss topics concerning our counties. We will also receive legal updates, attend continuing education classes and meet vendors who bring with them modern technology for our agencies and jails.

   Our Keynote speaker on Monday will be Attorney General Chris Koster, who will discuss new legislation concerning sheriffs, especially the updates regarding our new Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) licensing procedures. This legislation has changed the processing and issuance of your CCW license, which will be handled entirely by Missouri Sheriffs beginning January 01, 2014. This is just one of the many new laws recently passed for county sheriffs, so I will be able to give additional details in next week’s article.    
   
On Saturday, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department set up a booth at Old Settlers Day at the Waynesville City Park. I have been attending Old Settlers Day since its inception 38 years ago and I do believe this was one of the largest turnouts I have ever seen. I would like to thank all who stopped by to visit the sheriff’s department booth; I enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. Pulaski County deputies handed out hundreds of free items to our visitors, such as gun locks, literature and Junior Deputy Badges. Visitors young and old appeared to enjoy examining our new patrol vehicles and solving the mystery of the many gadgets and buttons contained in the Ford Interceptors. Needles to say, lights and sirens were the favorite choices of the youngsters. Our adult visitors were also able to take advantage of free blood pressure checks, thanks to our friends at the Pulaski County Ambulance District.

Having a booth at Old Settlers Day gave deputies and me the opportunity to address questions from our Pulaski County citizens, and inquire about ways we can better serve our community. Due to the large number of visitors, along with the interaction we received from the public, we have elected to continue having a booth at other events this year throughout Pulaski County.

   Last Monday I met with our first college intern, who will begin working with us toward the end of August and continuing through the first week of December. During the intern’s tenure, he will be introduced to multiple aspects of a law enforcement agency. This will include riding with patrol deputies, writing reports, computer investigative research, along with observing our interactions with other law enforcement agencies and the Prosecutor’s office. He will also spend some time in our criminal and civil courts. The Intern will receive college credit in return for his 40 hour work-weeks with us, and will gain a good perspective of all aspects of a law enforcement agency. As a college student, I personally completed two internships, one each with the Waynesville and St. Robert Police Departments, which led me to a law enforcement career.

    Once again, I want to encourage each of you to get out and enjoy the natural resources we have in Pulaski County, but practice safety techniques and use your common sense while on our rivers and streams. Last weekend the Missouri Highway Patrol and our agency responded to numerous calls regarding incidents on or near our local rivers, several of which resulted in injuries and near fatalities. Excessive alcohol appeared to be the catalyst in each, so please be smart while in the water, and sober up before driving your vehicle home!

 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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long
 
 


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CRIME PLUMMETING IN RURAL PULASKI COUNTY
   A review of crime statistics for the first six months of 2013 reflects crime is on a downward trend for rural Pulaski County, showing a 27% reduction in Part I Crimes (crimes of violence, felony property crimes and burglaries) compared to this time period last year. In addition, arrests have risen for some felony, drug and DUI offenses; several of these arrest categories have increased by almost 50%.
   Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long has completed his semi-annual review of the county crime statistics and is pleased with the results that these numbers are reflecting. “When felony and drug arrests are on the rise, and at the same time overall crime is being reduced, this signifies that our criminal justice system here in Pulaski County is working,” states the Sheriff. Long also notes that employees have achieved these results while working almost 3000 hours less than this time last year, due to manpower budget cuts. “When law enforcement, prosecutors and judicial officials are working hard to protect their communities, good things happen and the numbers are proving it,” Long says.
   In addition to these crime statistics, the Pulaski County Sheriff advises that he is required to keep statistics on the ethnicity of each individual who is arrested for a crime or stopped for a traffic violation by Pulaski County Sheriff deputies. Out of 341 total arrests so far this year, 293 of these individuals have been White, 43 Black and the remainder either Asian or listed as “Other.” Sheriff Long also reports that, out of all traffic stops initiated by deputies, 81% of the drivers were White, 12% Black, 4% Hispanic, and the remaining 3% being of other ethnic backgrounds.
   For a complete listing of crime statistics for Pulaski County or other law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri, these can be viewed on the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s web-site, in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program section.     

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #28
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:08:29 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #28
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   
   
   I must say, last week was an extraordinary one. Tragedy struck early Monday morning and repeated itself a few days later, as two of our young local mothers were needlessly struck by gunfire; one fatally wounded and the other left in critical condition. Two major crimes, along with all of the other incidents occurring in this area requiring law enforcement attention, definitely tested manpower resources at our disposal. You have read or heard from me many of times about how nothing less than a team multi-departmental approach to attack Pulaski County crime is the necessary avenue to give our citizens the service and protection each of you deserve. What I personally witnessed last week was nothing less than a textbook case on how this works.

   Shortly after 6 AM came the 911 call, advising of the shooting at the Alpine Haus in St. Robert. One woman had been fatally shot with multiple suspects on the run, therefore leaving many avenues to cover for local law enforcement officers. The St. Robert Police Department quickly called the Missouri State Highway Patrol, requesting an investigator from their Division of Drug and Crime Control to assist with the homicide. Also, officers and deputies from multiple jurisdictions soon offered their assistance, knowing the excessive manpower needs required to work such a case.  A command center was then implemented at the St. Robert Police Department, which became a location for dozens of law enforcement officers from multiple counties to meet. In less than one hour, St. Robert PD had organized a Task Force to bring these murderers to justice.

   I have personally seen the positive effects of Task Forces, and a similar joint endeavor was needed to bring these suspects swiftly to justice. Just as you may have seen on reality television shows, the first 24-48 hours of a homicide investigation are very critical.

   For several days, investigators, supervisors, patrol personnel, and the prosecutor’s office, along with the chief and your sheriff, worked jointly. Then, on Wednesday, a similar scenario unfolded when another female was critically shot. Jurisdictional duties became non-existent, as each cop there did any job asked of them. The results from this effort speak loudly, due to all suspects being apprehended within the week, with criminal charges filed against them.

    Police Chiefs throughout this county and me, along with sheriffs’ departments and police agencies from adjoining counties, are working hard to develop and utilize joint endeavors to attack major crime problems and to better serve our community. These endeavors, along with great support we receive from the prosecutor and judges, will continue to make your county a safe place. 


A recent semi-annual review of crime statistics and racial profile reports for Pulaski County was compiled this past week, which reflected some interesting facts. Seeing a 27% drop in Class I crimes for Pulaski County, along with an increase in some felony and drug crime arrests, was enough to excite your sheriff. For further details, please see the complete article, “Crime Plummets in Rural Pulaski County”, on our web-site and Facebook page.

I promise to be more diverse in next week’s article but in the mean-time, I would like to invite each of you to stop by the Pulaski County Sheriff Department booth at Old Settlers Day in Waynesville this Saturday and visit with your deputies and me.

 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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long




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Charges Files Against Pulaski County Shooter

The female victim of a shooting incident in Pulaski County Wednesday afternoon remains hospitalized while recovering from her injuries. The victim, Francis Blackwood, is in critical condition due to a bullet wound to her shoulder and chest.
Criminal charges have been filed against 32 year old Shawn Christopher Gregory, for the offenses of; Domestic Assault (1st Degree – Serious Physical Injury), Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Shawn Gregory is currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail with a one-million dollar bond.
The shooting occurred yesterday during a domestic dispute between Gregory and Blackwood, at which time Gregory reportedly pulled a rifle and shot Ms. Blackwood. Gregory then fled the scene but soon afterwards surrendered himself to authorities in St. Robert.

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #27
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:51:16 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #27
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   

We began last week by announcing our first Employee of The Month, Corporal Mike Mogan, at Monday’s Commissioner’s meeting. Cpl. Mogan has consistently demonstrated leadership skills and outstanding law enforcement expertise, earning him this title. In addition to being our first employee of the month, Corporal Mogan also received the Sheriff’s Metal of Merit. Last month, Cpl. Mogan responded to a situation at a motel in Buckhorn, where a male suspect was destroying property and threatening patrons. Upon arriving on scene, the suspect attempted to attack Mogan with a large crowbar. The suspect was quickly subdued when the corporal deployed his taser gun; therefore, concluding a possible deadly force situation using minimal force. Congratulations, Corporal Mogan, for a job well done!

Changes are currently being made to our sheriff department web-site (www.pcsheriff2.com). We are appreciative to the Waynesville School District for loaning two of their Vista workers who are proficient in computer technology. These two employees will be assisting Senior Deputy Pam Sherrill with some updates, changes and additions to our web-site. Deputy Sherrill stays very busy with the CCW permits but will be finding a little extra time to supervise this project. Keep checking our web-site for these changes, and your feedback is definitely welcome.

Toward the middle of this week via a news release, I will be summarizing our mid-year crime statistics and racial profiling reports. All law enforcement agencies are required to keep and report these statistics to the state of Missouri and the Federal Department of Justice. Law enforcement has evolved in a positive manner over recent years, to where every officer and deputy is held accountable for their actions. These rules have been very instrumental in assisting law enforcement agencies in becoming fair and more professional to each and every citizen they come in contact with. Our crime statistics will also reflect how hard our deputies have been working for you and the results of their efforts. These are some positive statistics that I am anxious to release.

For the past month we have been seeing a decline in our jail population and I have to thank our prosecutor and judges for helping make this possible. For months, we have been struggling to find resources (money and space) to house the large inmate population we have on a daily basis. Since January, we have been housing on the average of 40 inmates a day in other area jail facilities. Recently, this number dropped to 20 daily being outsourced, to 10 inmates as of Friday. We can only hope this trend continues. Due to aggressive efforts by our prosecutor’s office and local magistrates, criminal cases are being disposed of in a more timely fashion, which is lessening the length of time we are required to house an inmate prior to his/her court date. These actions are having a positive effect on my jail budget and staffing matters.
Ok, here comes a good one! I try to pass along a safety or crime tip to you each week and here is an extraordinary one. A few days ago, a family member was fishing the Little Piney River at a location between Newburg and Devil’s Elbow. The fish were biting but apparently they were not the only things that were. Around dusk, while standing in waist-high water, he was suddenly slammed into by a creature under the water’s surface. After being knocked completely off his feet, the creature struck him again, this time aggressively biting into his lower leg. He was able to shake it loose, and a few seconds later a large beaver (40-50 lbs) surfaced and began another charge toward him. At this point, he was able to ward off the attack by using a rock as a weapon against the animal and eventually slaying it. The local conservation agent was contacted after he arrived at the hospital. According to the conversation agent, this was the first such attack he had heard of in this area, and even though these incidents can happen, they are rare. This relative is recovering but is undergoing a series of antibiotic and rabies shots due to this attack. Moral of this story, always take a buddy to the river or woods with you because you never know what can happen.       

Last week’s Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting in Dixon went well, with approximately 40 people attending. These folks are definitely on track to help safeguard their relatives, neighbors and property. We applaud their 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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long




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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #26
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:13:02 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #26
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   

The month of June signifies many deadlines for a county sheriff, from filing State and Federal grant reports to compiling statistics for other aspects of a law enforcement agency. One reporting deadline definitely brought a smile to my face this month, which was gathering the results for our Missouri Special Olympics fundraiser, in which the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies sponsored. A few months ago, I informed you about law enforcement agencies in Pulaski County embarking in a joint endeavor for raising funds to support local athletes who participate in the Missouri Special Olympic games. After speaking with a few area police departments and adding up the money Pulaski County deputies raised for this project, I am estimating that, combined, we collected approximately $5,000 for our special Olympians. I would like to thank Deputy Linda Burgess for spear-heading the fundraising efforts for your sheriff’s department.

Last week I conveyed to you my thoughts about water safety for our area rivers and streams. This week, a tragic accident reminds me of another recreational sport that we sometimes overlook when it comes to utilizing safety equipment and obeying our roadway rules. For many, our ATV four-wheelers supply another mode of recreational transportation to explore our local river-ways and Ozark trails. I, for one, have spent many of hours riding ATV’s as both a sport and conveyance for those “out of the way” places. When riding an ATV, keep in mind they are a motor vehicle, and you have laws and rules which each should obey. Also, safety equipment such as working lights and helmets should always be part of your game plan. Last, but certainly not least, please obey the State laws and speed limits while riding on County roadways. These laws and rules have been implemented for your safety!

I am also pleased to announce that two weeks ago a Reserve Deputy who was our K-9 handler began full-time employment with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy David Jones retired from the military in May, which enabled him to work for us on a permanent basis when a position became available. This happened at the same time another deputy was leaving full-time employment, so the replacement transition was a smooth one. We are also fortunate that the deputy who left full-time employment was able to remain with us as a Reserve; this is a win-win situation for our department. With the diverse environment and type of crimes we have in Pulaski County, a K-9 is a necessary element of a law enforcement agency such as ours. Also, having a K-9 handler and a dog is certainly a “two-for-one” special for our citizens! Welcome aboard, Deputy Jones and K-9, Anna.

For several months we have wanted to implement an “Employee of the Month” program, which allows us to recognize an individual deputy or employee for their outstanding achievements. In addition, this program will give our local residents and visitors an opportunity to meet and learn more about the brave men and women that serve you on a daily basis. Our first Employee of the Month will be recognized at the County Commissioner’s meeting Monday morning at 9:30 AM, along with an additional award he/she will be receiving for an exemplary act committed during the course of their duty. Therefore, check our Facebook and Web-site for the identity and details about our employee of the month.   

In closing, I would like to invite anyone in the Dixon area to a Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting that local citizens will be holding Monday evening at 6:30 PM, in the basement of the Mid-Missouri Bank. PCSD Chief Deputy John Groves will be coordinating this event, with Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and myself in attendance.

 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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long




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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #25
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:19:33 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #25
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   

As reflected in my weekly articles and news releases, your Pulaski County deputies are working hard to keep your community a safer place. I must say, Sheriff Long is proud of the quality of the work, along with the long hours, that your deputies give on a daily basis. In order to recognize some of these outstanding endeavors, we will be highlighting an “Employee of the Month” on our Web-Site, Facebook page, along with a local radio station. This will also be an avenue for our community to learn more about the deputies and staff members who working for you at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Involvement from community and business leaders is always a welcomed venture to law enforcement agencies, especially when they support programs for those individuals in need. Recently, numerous Pulaski County businesses donated money for the publication of a Drug Awareness magazine that we utilize for education programs. These magazines are used for awareness programs in schools, social and civic organizations. I personally have received feedback from individuals about how these awareness programs and magazines have affected a friend or family member in a positive way, helping them to seek treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. Without the assistance of our generous local business men and women, these educational materials would not be available.

Old Settlers Day is coming to Waynesville at the end of this month, and we are planning on setting up a Sheriff’s Department booth there. We will have several deputies (including myself) manning the booth throughout the day, along with educational material and other items to hand out. The main purpose of our booth is to supplying another avenue for our Pulaski County residents to meet and speak with sheriff’s department deputies and employees. Old Settlers Day will be our first stop but this venture will continue to many other events throughout Pulaski County.

With the warming of the weather, our Pulaski County rivers are filling with tourists who are canoeing and floating our waterways. County emergency services have been responding to river rescues, search missions and injuries, which comes with this type of recreation. Therefore, I ask that you enjoy our natural resources but be smart when using them. Inexperience, lack of planning and alcohol seems to be the catalyst of most of these situations. If you consider and plan around the above three items, chances are you will have a safe and memorable adventure.

Most of you have either heard to read about the tragic assault on WWII Veteran James Dunham during a robbery at his home two weeks ago. On a quick note, we are working around the clock to bring the suspect(s) to justice and making significant progress on the case. We just ask that you keep Mr. Dunham in your thoughts while he is recovering in a hospital.

 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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long




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PULASKI COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

301 HISTORIC 66 EAST, SUITE 136

WAYNESVILLE, MISSOURI 65583 (573) 774-6196





PRESS RELEASE

   

DATE:   June 28, 2013   

REF:     Elderly Man Hurt in Robbery Remains Hospitalized


The ninety-one year old elderly gentleman that was severely hurt in a robbery at his home two weeks ago remains hospitalized, while recovering from his injuries. Mr. James Dunham was brutally beaten after walking in on the suspect(s) during a burglary of his home.

James Dunham is a resident of Pulaski County, where he has lived for decades; raising a family and serving in the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood. Mr. Dunham had a distinguished military career, and is a World War II Veteran.

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long, Mr. Dunham’s robbery is being aggressively investigated by county detectives, and significant progress is being made. Several individuals of interest have been identified, with one currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail on unrelated charges. Some of the property stolen from Mr. Dunham has also been recovered, which will aid detectives with the investigation of this case.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is still asking for anyone with information concerning this incident to contact their agency at 573-774-6196, or call the Tip Line at 573-774-7948.


Sheriff Ronald Long   

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Local News / Loss of people in Pulaski County
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:29:16 PM »
885 permanent party cuts on Fort Wood, let's not forget all the civil service jobs going away with them. You are looking at at 2000 plus empty homes in the county. 3000 less people or more.. They are painting this as a pretty picture in the community/.. I think it will be very destructive.. Less Mess hall, less PX, less, less, less...

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FEDERAL FUGITIVE MOORE CAPTURED IN PULASKI COUNTY

   
Another Federal fugitive’s run from the law is over, after being arrested in Pulaski County last night. James “Jimmy” Moore, who was wanted for Federal firearm violations, was apprehended in the area of Highway T and Riverside Road at approximately 9:30 PM Monday evening.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) have been working with Pulaski County Sheriff deputies for the past week, in an attempt to locate and apprehend fugitive Moore. Officials worked diligently in gathering information about Moore, which lead them to the Highway T and Riverside location. A female accomplice was with Moore at the time of his arrest, and both were found to be in possession of an assault-type weapon, along with a material believed to be a controlled substance.

Fugitive Moore was released to Federal ATF agents, and his accomplice was arrested by deputies. The female is currently incarcerated in the Pulaski County jail, where she is awaiting formal charges. The Rolla Police Department’s SWAT unit assisted the Pulaski County PCERT (Tactical) unit with this operation yesterday evening.
 



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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #24
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:19:33 AM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #24
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   
This week began with a visit from an auditor for the Missouri Department of Public Safety regarding how we handle our juvenile offenders, along with keeping of juvenile records. We have strict guidelines we are required to abide by when handling juvenile offenders, especially relating to keeping young teenagers separate from adult offenders while in our custody. The auditor met with our dispatch manager, Kim Luttrell, who is also tasked with maintaining the records of all juvenile offenders once they are in our custody. I am pleased to announce that Ms. Luttrell and our deputies have done an excellent job with our juveniles, due to the outstanding review our agency received from the State.

Throughout my tenure, one primary goal has been to help promote a teamwork concept with all public safety agencies in our area, which includes police, fire and EMS. Last week we were approached by one of our local fire departments, who conveyed they were in need of a used sedan for fire and arson responses. Chief Deputy Groves and Sgt. Bench have been working for several months to stream-line our fleet and make it more efficient. In doing so, they have been weeding out the older vehicles by selling or taking them off line. To help meet the needs of the requesting fire department, we will be donating one of our off-line patrol cars to them, which will be put in service to help serve our citizens. It is always a pleasure to help our fire fighters.

 As we discussed a few months ago, improvements to our jail continue. This week the Turnkey Company was in the Pulaski County Jail, installing equipment to make jail services more “high-tech.” Once all machines are in place and our correction officers fully trained, many improvements will be seen. To mention a few, inmates will have access to over 100 commissary items, including food and toiletry items, along with e-mail and video conference phones for their attorneys and family members. Also, our corrections staff will no longer be handling any financial transactions, including having to store and inventory cash that inmates possess when incarcerated, due to ATM-like machines that inventory cash and return it with a debit card when the inmate is released. Family members will also be able to feed money to inmates via the internet, which can assist the inmate with commissary items and bail bonds, along with court and attorney fees. This new system will help to free up time and financial responsibilities regarding the inmates, along with assist in generating addition revenues that can used for all jail operations, including boarding cost and personnel.

On Tuesday, I travelled to Jefferson City and met with other Missouri Sheriffs to discuss the CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) changes and issues. In brief, beginning January 01, 2014, county sheriffs in Missouri will handle all aspects of the CCW licenses. Also, new laws will make it a criminal act to release information about CCW license holders to any outside business or agency. These are some very positive changes for us, and will assist in protecting your Second Amendment rights.

The gray moment of the week was having to make a press release about a ninety-one year old Pulaski County resident who was severely beaten during a home invasion robbery. The bright portion of this story is the victim is recovering, and we are making significant progress in bringing these heinous offenders to justice. Unfortunately, as of this time, we are not able to release many details surrounding our investigation but be assured that once arrests are made, we will make a full media press release. 

On Thursday, I had the honor of presenting the commencement address to the most recent graduating class of the Marine Corps Military Police Academy on Ft. Leonard Wood. What an honor this was to be in the presence of 64 new Marine Military Police Officers and their families. This brought back personal memories of when I attended my daughter’s Basic Training graduation in 2008 on Parris Island, South Carolina. I certainly felt the excitement of the recruits and their parents, along with the Marine Corp Commanders in the room. Without a doubt, the United States has the best military in the world, and it was an honor to share a short moment in time with 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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long




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ELDERLY MAN SEVERELY INJURED
A ninety-one year old Pulaski County resident remains hospitalized after being severely beaten during a home invasion robbery last week. The victim was alone at his residence when several suspects entered the house and began stealing property. He was then assaulted by the suspects while attempting to stop the crime. 
Pulaski County deputies were called to the scene after an acquaintance discovered the victim at his home shortly after the incident occurred. The injured man was then transported by ambulance to a hospital in Springfield, where he spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit. The victim’s condition is gradually improving, while remaining hospitalized.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is unable to release further details at this time, but is vigilantly investigating the matter. They are asking for anyone with information concerning this incident to contact their agency at 573-774-6196, or call the Tip Line at 573-774-7948.
SHERIFF RONALD LONG

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Local News / Dixon Active Arrest Warrants
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:04:40 PM »
These people have ACTIVE WARRANTS from Dixon, if you know where any of these people are please contact the Dixon police at 759-6610, or advice them to turn themself in. Thank you, Julie Solan, Court Administrator
 *DANNY CHAMBERS *CHRYSTAL CAMPBELL* WESLEY BARNHART JR. *CHRISTINE STEWART* DONALD JEFFERIES*BRANDON DILLARD*TYLER BAKER* MICHELLE STONG*RICHARD MCKINNEY *GARON CARROLL* MARSON ROTHMAN *KYLE REARDON *AUTUMN MUELLER *TIMOTHY HOWELL * ROBERT ROLLINS *LAURA BISHOP *ASIA WINKLE *AMY VEASMAN * SUZANNE BURKE *DONALD BEAL JR *RYAN KALLMAN* JACOB MASON * BRANDON VEASMAN * LUCAS HOFFMAN * ZANE SIKES *ANDRE PARDOE *SEAN MULLEN *DENISE NEWKIRK *JUSTIN YORK *RICHARD DEATIN

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #23
« on: June 17, 2013, 04:19:53 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #23
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   
It hard me to believe but here I am already at week 24, serving as your Pulaski County sheriff. Time is certainly flying by, as the old adage describes what occurs when a person is having fun. When you bind the enjoyment with being “super busy,” without a doubt, time is passing at supersonic speeds for me these days. With that, I have far too much to detail in my weekly column so here comes an effort of doing so in a condensed version.

This is week two of receiving good news in the grant department. Last week, I received notification from the State that the Pulaski County Sheriff Department had been awarded a grant to purchase some new radio equipment. This grant relates to the statewide MOSWIN communications network, in which every law enforcement agency in Missouri will have access to. This project has been in the works for several years, which is one facet of readiness in the event of a small or large scale disaster. The MOSWIN communications system will allow each law enforcement agency, along with other emergency services, the ability to communicate from any location in Missouri, even in the event their own system has been destroyed or damaged. A special thanks goes out to Pulaski County citizen Darrell Duncan for volunteering his time to this grant project. Darrell is just another example of how our citizens are donating their time to help better our agency, and community!

Your deputies continue their crime-fighting endeavors by solving cases, putting offenders in jail and recovering stolen property. Even though the above occurs on a daily basis, several large scale investigations resulted in substantial arrests and the solving of multiple burglary and theft cases last week. Reserve and full time deputies busted several suspects who embarked on crime sprees throughout Pulaski and several neighboring counties. These suspects are now in the Pulaski County Jail awaiting formal charges, with property awaiting return to their rightful owners.

 Also, the sheriff’s PCERT (tactical) unit made another high profile apprehension with the arrest of federal fugitive Eddie Vaughn. Vaughn was on the run from federal authorities on a Counterfeiting and Bond Jumping case, and was considered to be armed and dangerous. Fugitive Vaughn was tracked to a local hotel, where he and a female accomplice were arrested. When apprehended, the two were found to be in possession of a large amount of a material believed to be a controlled substance, along with a firearm. Just recently, Vaughn was featured on television as being on the U.S. Marshal’s wanted list. As you can see, your deputies are working hard at keeping your community a safe place.

On the administrative portion of my job, once again County Clerk Brent Bassett and I continued meetings on how to “stretch” resources to make the sheriff’s budget continue to service our community without alleviating services. Right around the time I took office, we were faced with the loss of five salaried positions, due to the loss of federal grants. We are, and will continue, to make things work well for our citizens. I have to admit that I am fortunate to have other county officials who are willing to work with my department with its unique issues.

On Tuesday, I will travel to Jefferson City to meet with other Missouri Sheriffs to discuss the CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) changes and issues. I should have a detailed report for you in my next newsletter. Also, don’t forget that we have an employee available for your CCW applications on Sunday afternoon, along with Monday and Tuesday evenings. Feel free to call us for an after-hours appointment.
 
   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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long




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FEDERAL FUGITIVE CAPTURED BY COUNTY TACTICAL UNIT

   
A Federal fugitive’s run from the law ended abruptly early Sunday morning after he was captured by the Pulaski County Sheriff Department’s PCERT (Tactical) unit. The federal fugitive, 43 year old Eddie L. Vaughn, was arrested at a local hotel in St. Robert. Despite his extensive criminal record and reported threats of violence if confronted by law enforcement officials, Vaughn’s arrest occurred without incident.

This event began to unfold Saturday afternoon after Pulaski County deputies were contacted by a Lebanon police officer, advising that federal fugitive Eddie Vaughn was hiding out at a hotel in the Buckhorn area. After discovering Vaughn had already left Buckhorn, the ensuing investigation then led deputies to St. Robert, where Vaughn and a female accomplice were located in a hotel room.

During the arrest, a large amount of a powdery material believed to be a controlled substance was found in the possession of Vaughn and his accomplice. Fugitive Vaughn was also armed with a pistol at the time of his apprehension. Both individuals were transported to the Pulaski County Jail where U.S. Marshals took custody of Vaughn. The female accomplice remains incarcerated in the Pulaski County jail, where she is awaiting formal charges. Vaughn will have State felony charges filed against him in the near future, as well. Members of the Waynesville and St. Robert Police Departments also assisted with the search and apprehension of Eddie Vaughn.



 



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 :police: SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AWARDED SALARY GRANT

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received notification this week that their application for the Deputy Sheriff’s Supplemental Salary Fund grant (DSSSF) had been approved, with all requested funds awarded. The DSSSF grant is vitally important for rural sheriff departments in this State, due to it partially funding deputy salaries within the department.
“Without the DSSSF grant the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, along with others its size, would experience higher attrition rates,” according to Sheriff Ronald Long. “This grant raises the average yearly salary about $4,000 for each deputy, which helps retain personnel, along with assisting counties with paying salaries.”
This year law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri had made DSSSF grant requests for nine million dollars, with only seven million in funds available.  Sheriff Long advised he felt fortunate that Pulaski County deputy salaries were totally funded.

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #21
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:19:15 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #21
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   
Well, it was bound to happen but we did not expect it this quickly. Barely a week has passed since our last new Ford Taurus Interceptor was issued to a deputy and it has already been damaged, but not in a typical manner. Late Saturday night a local motel reported a man damaging rooms and vehicles in the parking lot with a metal crowbar. As our first deputy responded, literally a “mad-man” came running from behind the building and threw a brick toward the deputy, but missed. The suspect continued full steam ahead with a large crowbar now in hand and hurled it at the deputy, missing his target once again but striking the front windshield and roof of the patrol car, damaging both.

About the moment the suspect released the crowbar, two lightning bolts (as he described it) surged through his body, knocking the suspect to the ground and rendering him helpless. This individual had just received a full dose from a taser, but after personally reviewing the patrol car dash-cam video, the suspect was very fortunate that deadly force was not utilized by the deputy. The weapon the suspect was attempting to use could have caused serious injury or death to your Pulaski County deputy; therefore, deadly force could have easily been justified in this situation. This in an instance where training and a quick judgment call by a professional deputy resulted in a rather peaceful apprehension. The suspect is now in the Pulaski County Jail, being charged with numerous misdemeanor and felony crimes.     

   Since we are on the new vehicle topic, when we purchased our five new patrol cars it was estimated that over the next three years replacing the old cars with new ones would save Pulaski County taxpayers thousands of dollars a year. Over the past five months we have been tracking the expenses of our fleet, so a few days ago we randomly pulled records from six older patrol cars. During this time period, we have spent about $29,600 for maintenance on these older vehicles. In summary, we could have purchased 1.25 new patrol cars with the money spent on repairing the old ones, and this does not include savings from the additional gas mileage the new cars receive. Except for fuel and routine maintenance, these new cars come with a 100,000 mile warranty, so expenses such as the $29,600 for repairs reflected above will be non-existence for the new interceptors. In summary, these new cars will be saving the taxpayers a lot of money!

   I want to take a moment to apologize to our local teenagers for the delay in starting the sheriff’s Teenage Advisory Committee. I really hoped it would be implemented before summer break but unfortunately we had to postpone this project for a few months. We are now aiming for the end of August to begin accepting applications for the committee and should have it running strong by fall. I have received many inquiries about this group, so I appreciate your interest and patience; we will begin soon.

   I can think of very few (if any) professions that are required to keep more statistics than law enforcement agencies. Practically everything done by law enforcement officers requires reporting to federal and state agencies. One of the questions I hear the most about our stats relates to Racial Profiling reports regarding traffic stops. I have recently reviewed our Racial Profiling report for the month of April, which shows all individuals stopped for traffic offenses. 81% of the individuals stopped were white drivers, 12% black drivers, and 6% were Hispanic, with the remaining 1% covering all other ethnic races. These numbers are fairly consistent for the prior three months of this year. I will be covering other interesting statistics in my upcoming articles.

   One more item that seems to still be running rapid these days is internet, mail and financial fraud schemes. Just remember, if it cost you money to receive money, THIS IS A SCAM! And NEVER, EVER give out person identification (i.e. SSN or driver’s license) to anyone asking for it over the telephone or internet. Please feel free to contact us or your local law enforcement agency with any questions or concerns relating to possible financial fraud scams.

   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 (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long




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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #20
« on: May 27, 2013, 04:56:29 PM »
THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
 #20
 BY: Sheriff Ronald Long

 Summer break has officially arrived with the release of all local schools and the Memorial Day weekend upon us. With that, tourism and traffic will be increasing throughout Pulaski County as many people seek out the rivers and our area lakes for recreation and vacations. Therefore, your sheriff’s department will also being seeing a rise in calls-for-service, with these numbers doubling or tripling, along with our motor vehicle accidents; travel safely out there.
 
Last week Chief Deputy Groves, Lt. Sharon Green and I traveled to Columbia for a one day seminar regarding correctional facility issues. On a weekly basis we are reaching out to a variety of sources in an attempt to resolve our current jail situation. The Pulaski County Jail is averaging 80 inmates per day, and our facility hits the over-crowded button at one-half of that. This results in outsourcing at least 40 inmates per day, with a daily housing cost of $35 (or more) for each individual. This figure does not include the expenses of transporting inmates back and forth daily for court, to Missouri Department of Correction facilities, and for medical treatment. As you can imagine, the expenses of outsourcing is a financial and personnel drain on our department, so we are working diligently in seeking resolutions for this problem.
 
The summer school break also includes our college students, which means that shortly a college intern will be arriving at our doorstep. This summer a college senior will begin a one-semester college internship with the Pulaski County Sheriff Department (PCSD), at which point he will be introduced to the many aspects of law enforcement he has been studying at college. Needless to say, we are very excited to have our new intern on board. I personally took advantage of the internship program when I attended college, which was a big help with choosing my future career.
 
As you have seen, your deputies and I try to be involved in events and programs other than just our law enforcement duties, which can help better our community. On Saturday, June 15th, from noon until 4PM, the PCSD is co-sponsoring a youth bicycle rodeo, which is being held at the East Elementary School. We will be welcoming our young citizens, and will be teaching them multiple aspects of bicycle safety, so bring your kids out for some fun and safety tips. Public announcements will be made in the near future with additional details.
 
May is the month we nationally honor our local law enforcement officials, and I would like to thank those individuals and media news sources who recognized ours. We have a great group of deputies and employees that serve you on a daily basis, so I am glad to see them receiving the kudos they unselfishly deserve. Also, last week the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had a “family” photo taken, which we will be using in multiple media outlets throughout the year. Since taking office, many people have actually asked for this, so I am pleased to make photos of our deputies available to the public. Also, a huge “thank you” to Mr. Tim Berrier, for lending his photography talents for this project.
 
This month a local radio station highlighted the Pulaski County Reserve Unit and the services they donate to our community. I must mention that from January through April, your volunteer deputies have donated over 2,200 hours of law enforcement services to the people of Pulaski County. It is impossible to put a financial worth on these brave volunteers but conservatively speaking, reserve deputies have donated at least $50,000 worth of services to the citizens of Pulaski County. I personally could not imagine operating this department without them.
 
One a small note concerning the Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permits, on June the 18th, I am traveling to Jefferson City for a meeting with other county sheriffs at the Missouri Sheriff’s Association headquarters, where we will be working on the procedures for taking complete responsibility for your CCW licensing. I will have more details regarding this matter in a few weeks.
 
The first round of Town Hall meetings are coming to an end after the one this Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Swedeborg, which starts at 6:30PM. Beginning in July, we will go to a once a month schedule at different locations throughout Pulaski County. I want to thank everyone for making these first meetings a success and I am hoping the trend continues. Also, I have spoken to several other Pulaski County officials who have expressed their interest in attending future meetings. I feel it is very important for citizens to have access to their public officials and this seems to be a workable solution for all.

Today is Memorial Day, so please take some time to remember and honor those who gave their all for our country.
 
For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community. See you next week.
 
Sheriff Ronald Long

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / SHERIFF'S VIEW #19
« on: May 20, 2013, 03:14:42 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
        #19
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
      
   I will begin with Friday and work my way backward regarding last week’s events. Friday afternoon I was honored to be a guest at Collier Park on Ft. Leonard Wood, where our local military heroes were recognized on Military Appreciation Day. This was a USO sponsored event and much to our taste-bud’s delight, chefs from Jack Daniels Corporation smoked the meats and prepared meals for the troops. I joined other local business and government leaders to help load the plates of our military troops and their families. It was an honor to serve those who serve us on a daily basis.

   Last month I was asked a question by a news reporter from Springfield, which was a first for me. She asked your Pulaski County sheriff how much money was owed to our county by convicted criminals, for past jail confinement and law enforcement services. I had to solicit the assistance of Pulaski County Circuit Court Clerk Rachelle Beasley to obtain the information.  According to our State records, Pulaski County has approximately 3 Million Dollars in outstanding debt owed to us by prior and recently convicted criminal offenders. I have to admit, this was quite a shocker. Now, one guess as to what your sheriff would like to do? Being able to collect even a small percentage of this would amount to a substantial sum. The newly passed Missouri SB72 and SB42 legislation furthers the collection abilities of our counties. Therefore, rest assured I will actively seek possible avenues to assist with this process.

   Also, Missouri SB72 and 42 contains other news that many of you have been awaiting. This legislation strips the Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW) licensing from the Missouri Department of Revenue and places the entire process into the hands of county sheriffs. Therefore, in the near future my office will be handling the total CCW process. The above legislation also makes it a crime to disseminate personal information about the CCW applicant without a court order. It is nice to see that our voices were heard loud and clear. This was a huge win for Missourians and the echoes from this legislation will be heard nationwide.

   As promised, to make the CCW process more assessable to Pulaski County citizens, our office has extended the hours for CCW applicants, which are:
   Sunday – 2PM to 10PM
   Monday – 4PM to 10PM
   Tuesday – 7Pm to 10PM

   Before I leave the subject of SB72-42, here is one little trivia item that many probably did not know. Up until the time this legislation was passed, Missouri sheriff candidates “did not” have to be licensed peace officers to run for sheriff. Therefore, a man or woman who had not spent one day working as a peace officer could be elected as sheriff. Fortunately, very few such examples exist but I am very pleased to see this legislation finally passed. Citizens should expect (and deserve) a qualified and experienced county sheriff. 

   As reflected in a previous news release, one of the law enforcement highlights for Pulaski County law enforcement officers this past week was seeing two of our federal fugitives taken into custody. Our deputies had been searching for Stephen Klasing for several months, barely missing him on numerous occasions. Last week Klasing’s luck ran out as he was taken into custody and is back behind bars. James Rhodenizer was also arrested last week in NW Pulaski County by Pulaski County deputies and Federal DEA agents. Both men are facing Federal and/or State charges for numerous criminal offenses, most of which are drug related.

   Our next Town Hall meeting will be at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Big Piney this Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 PM. On the following Tuesday, we will be meeting at the First Baptist Church in Swedeborg at the same time. Once these two meetings are complete, we will go to a once a month schedule at different locations throughout Pulaski County.

For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community. See you next week.

Sheriff Ronald Long




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TWO FEDERAL FUGITIVES IN CUSTODY

   
The search for two Federal fugitives ended this week with the arrest of James Rhodenizer and Stephen Klasing. Rhodenizer and Klasing were both wanted by Pulaski County authorities and federal agents.

James Rhodenizer, age 54, was arrested last night by Pulaski County deputies and federal agents in northwestern Pulaski County. Rhodenizer was wanted on multiple State and Federal drug and property crime charges. Also, found in Rhodenizer’s possession was a large sum of cash, along with a powdery material believed to be a controlled substance.

Earlier this week Stephen Klasing, age 32, was arrested in Oklahoma on Federal and State drug charges stemming out of Pulaski County. For the past three months Klasing has been on the Pulaski County Sheriff Department’s Most Wanted list, and was featured as a fugitive by the U.S. Marshal’s Service on national television.

Both men are now in federal custody awaiting legal proceedings. 

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF'S VIEW #18
« on: May 13, 2013, 03:19:18 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
#18
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long
   
   I will begin this week’s article with a warning concerning the vast amount of internet, mail and telephone fraud, which is being attempted these days. Not a day passes where someone does not contact the sheriff’s office to report a scam they have fallen prey to, or come very close. The modern electronic technology we now have opens so many different avenues for the criminal element to reach out to the entire world in search of new victims. I believe many of us have caught on to the array of internet scams out there but lately we have seen a surge of mail scams here in Pulaski County.

     With few exceptions, if you are contacted by anyone who alleges to be holding money for you but requires a small amount of cash via money order or credit card to obtain the money, this will be a scam. The newest fraud scheme we are now seeing is through the U.S. Mail. Criminal groups are sending documents in the mail that look similar to a check, and appear to be from a reputable company. The most recent one I saw was issued to a local resident by the Formost Insurance Company. There is truly a Foremost Insurance Company, but a “Formost” Insurance Company does not exist. This is very common where just one letter is changed to mimic a real corporation.

Instructions were given to the targeted individual to send a $250 processing fee before their check could be activated. As one can guess, this was a fraudulent check in which the victim was out of the $250 they sent to “activate” this fake check. Recovering money lost and prosecuting these scam artists is very difficult, since most are operating out of foreign countries. Bottom line, do not fall victim to an easy money scam and NEVER pay money to receive money.

   I will be returning this week to Jefferson City with numerous other Missouri sheriffs, to show our support for the new Conceal to Carry a Weapon legislation that will transfer the entire CCW process to each county sheriff. I am hoping this will be passed in the very near future, so stay tuned for future updates.

Last week I announced the sheriff’s office will be extending our hours to accept CCW applications in Pulaski County. Today (Monday) an employee will begin training and by weeks-end, should be ready to serve you. These extended hours will cover two week-day evenings and one weekend day. I will have the new days and hours posted in next week’s newsletter.

We are also currently researching the possibility of implementing some type of regulation relating to false residential and commercial alarms. Lately, we have been overwhelmed with false burglar alarms at locations throughout the county. Just last week there were two establishments that we received over 15 combined false alarms. After the first few times the alarms were reported, the owners of the property would not even respond to our notifications. This is a huge waste of resources, especially during this time of year when the sheriff’s department is responding to a large amount of priority calls.

On a national average, 98% of all burglar alarms are false and Pulaski County is no exception. Therefore, we are hoping to have some regulations established in the near future. Our office does encourage the installation and use of alarm systems but it is important they are professionally installed and properly monitored. For our senior citizens or those with health issues, these regulations “will not” affect your panic or emergency alert responses.


   Just another reminder, this Wednesday (5-15) there will be a Special Olympics track meet at the Waynesville Middle School. If you can, please stop by and spend some time in the stands showing your support for these local athletes and the Special Olympic Organization. This event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM. I will be attending that morning, so please feel free to pull me aside and say hello.

   Our next Town Hall meeting  will be at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Big Piney on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 PM. On the following Tuesday we will be meeting at the First Baptist Church in Swedeborg at the same time. Once these two meetings are complete, we will go to a once a month schedule at different locations throughout Pulaski County.

For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community. See you next week.

Sheriff Ronald Long




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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / SHERIFF'S VIEW 17
« on: May 06, 2013, 05:26:24 PM »
         THE SHERIFF’S VIEW
#17
BY: Sheriff Ronald Long

   As we enter a new month, some of you have seen another new change in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, as our new patrol vehicles have arrived. Two new Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles are now fully rigged and patrolling your streets. Three additional patrol cars, Ford Taurus Interceptors, have just been received and by weeks-end, you will be seeing them about the county, too.

I have to admit that in my three decades in law enforcement, I have yet to see a finer patrol vehicle than the Taurus Interceptors. Their ride is superior, the cars are quick and fast, they are loaded with safety features and they have ample room for an office on wheels. I also like the new Explorers but after driving both, I am bias toward the Taurus Interceptors. In being the guardian of our budget, your sheriff here enjoys the fact that these new patrol vehicles get much better gas mileage, come with a 100,000 mile warranty, and were modestly priced. The vehicles are also supporting new decals, giving them a different look. The decals/lettering were designed and printed by two local businesses.
   
    On a dimmer note, as reflected in last week’s newsletter, myself and many other Missouri Sheriffs were expecting to stand on the Capital’s steps on Monday as Lt. Governor Peter Kinder briefed us on the new Missouri Conceal to Carry legislation. Upon reaching the halfway mark to Jefferson City, I was advised the meeting had been cancelled. At this point I am not for sure why, but was told it would be rescheduled in the near future. I will keep you updated on this event, since news surround Missouri CCW permits, along with gun control issues, seem to be a great concern to Pulaski County residents.

Regarding the same topic, within the next week I will be announcing extended hours to apply for CCW permits in our county. Right now I am looking at two evenings a week, along with four hours on Saturday. This will make the CCW application service more assessable to the working community. With the large influx of CCW applications this year, we want to make this process more accommodating to our citizens.

Some more good news came down this week when we learned that the Special Olympics track meet, which was rained out last month, has been rescheduled for May the 15th. Deputies, police officers and troopers throughout Pulaski County have been working diligently to raise funds for these local athletes. As of this point, “thousands” of dollars have been raised in our county for the Special Olympics. One of the primary ways law enforcement is raising money is with the sale of Special Olympic T-shirts. If you would like to purchase one of these shirts to support the program, please contact your local police department, or the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The joint training operation last week involving Pulaski County EMS, fire and law enforcement was a huge success. I had the opportunity to be a ring-side spectator during a portion of this high intense training at the old Waynesville Middle School. The training revolved around school and mass causality scenarios, and was presented by a nationally recognized company. Over thirty public service officials attended this training, with each branch of service being equally represented. We hate to think of a mass casualty situation in Pulaski County but if this would ever occur, your public service officials are prepared.

   Our next Town Hall meeting will be in Big Piney on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 PM. We will be meeting at the Hopewell Baptist Church, which is located at the intersection of Highway TT and Big Piney. I will be announcing the location of the Swedeborg meeting in my article next week.

For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community. See you next week.

Sheriff Ronald Long




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STABBING LEAVES MAN CRITICAL
A family quarrel late Thursday afternoon resulted in a stabbing, leaving a Laquey man in critical condition.
At approximately 4:00 PM, Pulaski County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to a home on Highway W in Laquey, after receiving a 911 call from a female advising someone there had just been stabbed. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies and EMS personnel discovered a male victim in the home who was bleeding profusely from a large stab wound. A family member was administering first aid to the victim, which was probably the sole factor in keeping him alive until help arrived.
The male victim, identified as Raemond Pruett, was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for emergency surgery, and was later moved to a hospital in Columbia for further care.
An investigation into the matter led to the arrest of a female suspect, who was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where she was incarcerated. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending formal charges.

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