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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

World News / Re: The-coming-fukushima-global-disaster
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:56:25 AM »
I'd suggest you start believing people who deserve it and stop believing people who are nuts.

They must have been breaking some rules for this to come down, looked like a one sided story like most conspiracies. .

Local News / Re: City of Waynesville sued for alleged cover-up
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:26:43 PM »
And yet there will always be people who think our nation knocked down the twin towers, there was a gunman in the area of the grassy knoll etc..... They are called conspiracy theorists.

   Well all I can say is that IF and I say IF, I were inclined to do a PC on a fellow officer and accuse the department of a cover up then I would want all of my ducks , after a triple check of the facts with no gaps, lined up and quacking in unison before such a PC was written.

1. The rumors started the night of the incident. Brankel was on the scene of the burglary helping PCSD. Several officers saw him there. He was there ahead of most of those officers. Nobody saw a damaged car that he was driving. And by the way he ran the wanted checks on several of the suspects at the burglary scene and can clearly be heard on the 911 radio traffic tape.

2.  After the rumors got going that night I know of at least two MSHP Troopers and one PCSD deputy who, acting independently of each other that night or early the next morning, inspected Brankel's car for damage and found none. All of this was fairly well known to local LE at the time of the incident and it should not have needed a major investigation to discover these facts and blow the PC out of the water.

3. And oh by the way Brankel was going north, the car that hit her was going south.


Local News / Re: City of Waynesville sued for alleged cover-up
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:34:11 PM »
My condolences to the family, no matter what, someone here died and that's a crying shame..

Local News / Re: City of Waynesville sued for alleged cover-up
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:01:09 PM »
Have I ever lied to you before?

So you know this to be fact Rick??? How did you get your info so fast if it hasn't been released as of yet??? Or is this just anther secret of Pulaski Co that no one can know???

Local News / Re: City of Waynesville sued for alleged cover-up
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:29:04 AM »
Steve Lawhead went around his chain of command to file a PC against Brankel and the Chief and Asst. Chief (Accused of filing a false report.) will be looking for work tommorow if anyone is looking for someone like him..

Local News / Re: City of Waynesville sued for alleged cover-up
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:03:56 AM »
Hey conspiracy theorists, Division of Drug and Crime Control - State Highway Patrol has completed their investigation. I hear there will be a special city council meeting tomorrow night to announce they the Police department and it's officers are cleared of any wrong doing.

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


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.


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 (, or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long


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


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



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

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 (, or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long

Religion Opinion / Re: Put Jesus above our blackness
« on: August 03, 2013, 01:57:58 AM »
So the devil is dead now?

He does Rick. it is in revelation. The bible has a happy ending. but in the meantime, we are God's children and some times children don't want to listen and do what they should and they need to learn things the hard way. It all works out in the end, but to get the obedience that has to happen, some hard lessons will need to be learned.

As a former landlord myself I learned to ignore the law and defend my property from destruction. If you listen to the law you just might get lucky and have to replace every water line in the home or worse..



WAYNESVILLE, MISSOURI 65583 (573) 774-6196


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   

Religion Opinion / Re: Put Jesus above our blackness
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:59:08 PM »
Why can't your all powerful god just kill the devil?

the devil is the god of the earth. God in heaven is allowing things to get bad, and they will get worse, to show us the error of our ways and turn back to Him. If God stopped all the calamities happening now, what good would it do? After soddom and gommora did the world get better? no. Our country has lived in peace and prosperity for many yrs. the problwms we are having now and their worsening, is because many have lost their way and don't follow God's way. We are living in a modern sodom and gommora. that is why things will continue to worsen until Jesus comes back to set up God's kingdom. right now all that matters to many is the color of their skin or their chosen sexual orientation.

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 (, or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long

   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.     

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #28
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:08:29 PM »
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 (, or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long

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.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / THE SHERIFF’S VIEW #27
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:51:16 PM »
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 ( 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 (, 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 #26
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:13:02 PM »
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 (, 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 #25
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:19:33 PM »
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 (, or on Facebook.

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

Sheriff Ronald Long