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Local News / Scholarship Availability
« on: November 28, 2007, 02:40:48 AM »
News Release
Scholarship Availability
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Nov. 27, 2007
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King is pleased to announce the availability of the John Dennis Scholarship for criminal justice majors only. The Missouri Sheriff’s Association will award the scholarship. The scholarship, in the amount of one thousand dollars, will be presented to sixteen college-bound Missouri high school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and who will be attending a Missouri college or university. Applicants must be in good standing with their school, have a good reference from their school counselor, demonstrate financial need, have a 2.0 GPA or greater, and be active in extra-curricular activities. They will also be required to attach a paragraph to their application that details their goals ten years after high school graduation.
Students interested in applying for the scholarship may contact the Missouri Sheriff’s Association and Training Academy, 6605 Business 50 West, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65109 or they may call 1-573-635-5925, extension 10 or they may send an email to to obtain an application. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2008.

Local News / Drug Arrest
« on: November 26, 2007, 04:50:17 PM »
News Release
Drug Arrest
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Nov. 26, 2007
At approximately 2:06am on 11-25-2007, a Pulaski County Deputy on I-44 near the 147-mile marker observed traffic violations committed by the driver of a westbound vehicle. The Deputy stopped the vehicle and as he approached the truck he noted a strong smell of marihuana. The Deputy requested backup and additional units responded to the scene.
Both subjects in the vehicle were taken into custody when a search of the truck reveled approximately 84 grams of marihuana along with several items of narcotic paraphernalia. A follow up investigation indicted the passenger in the vehicle was not aware of the large amount of marihuana that had been found hidden in a toolbox in the truck bed.
A statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor and a single felony count of possession with intent to distribute was filed against the driver of the vehicle. The passenger was released from custody. The driver/owner of the vehicle was also cited with several traffic tickets that related to the operation of the vehicle, the registration of the vehicle and the vehicle insurance.
At this time the driver of the vehicle is being held at the Pulaski County jail in lieu of a $25,000.00 bond on the warrant. The subject has not yet been arraigned in Pulaski County Circuit Court and his name will not be released at this time.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: November 25, 2007, 06:49:54 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #48, Week of Nov. 26 to 30, 2007
Welcome aboard for another column. This year appears to be quickly sliding away from us. As a starting point for this week I must correct a portion of last week’s column. I wrote that the Daily Guide, and ace reporter Darrell Todd Maurina had made a mistake by writing that a Deputy who did not want his name mentioned in an article did so because he worked undercover. That was not correct, the Deputy is just a shy guy. And it was not the Daily Guide that printed that information it was the Pulaski County Democrat. I had promised Darrell that my correction would, in the best tradition of the Daily Guide, appear on page three of my column. Surprise Darrell, you made paragraph number one.
One of the best jobs of the week occurred on Saturday when we decided to escort the Waynesville Tiger football team out of town as they headed for the Jones Dome in St Louis to play for the state title. I had three cars on and I made four. It was going to be a grand sendoff but ten minutes before the team left Ryan’s we got two calls and lost two cars and after we started rolling east we got another call and lost the third car. I made it to Rt. J before I doubled back to assist with the last call. All I can say is we tried. I can also say the Tigers did not just try, they went all the way. The members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department would like to say job well done to the state champion Waynesville High School Tigers!
This past week we hit 8,360 in the calls for service department. And that will stand as the new high mark for the department until next week. I believe that I did not publish the October Dispatch totals. In the telephone call column we hit 4,762 for the month and the year now stands at 54,129. In the people at front window area we had 1,295 which totals 17,178 for the year. We had 24 animal calls (322 since March 2007) along with 22 domestic violence calls (46 in Sept. & Oct. only) and the dispatch crew picked off 6 more warrants which brings the total since April 2007 to 31 served warrants.
And surprise we are taking applications for a dispatch position. One of our dispatch people wants to transfer to the jail to fill a vacancy there and we will be short one dispatcher. If you are interested in the position please contact Bruce at 573-774-6196 for details.
A column or so back I mentioned that a cell phone’s 911-call feature is always “live” if the phone will power up. It does not matter how long ago your contract expired. I mention this again because we have responded to several more 911-hangups where kids playing with an old phone dialed 911. So please Parents, kill the battery in the old cell phone before the kids play with the phone.
The work on the home invasion robberies from week before last continued this past week. Since I handled the crime scene on Reporter Road I had to go to Federal Court in Springfield to testify at the Federal detention hearing for the one suspect. I had the midnight car Deputy who handled the Ft. Wood Inn crime scene travel with me so he could grab a quick nap. I also took the time to buy him a good lunch for a job well done. The Deputy in question still wants to remain shy and does not want his name in the paper. This case has attracted a small bit of national attention. I was asked to do a live radio interview at 8:30PM on Wednesday the 21st from the office. A National Rifle Association (NRA) based show interviewed me live and we talked about this case for a few minutes. The NRA takes a keen interest in cases where armed citizens protect themselves via the use of lawfully owned firearms. Since the citizen in this case ended a rampage through our County they were real interested in our criminal cases.
During the next few weeks’ budget matters will heat up for us as we approach the end of the budget year. All bills must be in and paid by 12-14-2007 if we want them paid this year. If we miss the 12-14 dead line the bill will not be paid until after the 2008 budget has been approved. So we will be checking to make sure everything is accounted for and we will try to close out our purchases by the 12-14 dead line.
And then there is the problem of the 2008 budget. I am not sure I want to ruin a nice day by thinking about next year’s budget. We are in trouble and we need more money to operate in the way the citizens want us to operate. But I know we will not get that money so it will be he same old survival, do the best you can with what you got, kind of year. This approach cannot go on forever. It will come to a crashing stop some day soon. Forgive me if I say I hope I am not the CEO of the department when it does crash. In any event the 2008 budget time draws closer so be ready to read a lot of news about the budget.
Once again I seem to be at the magic word count. I will again ask you all to drive safe and stay legal. The jail is open and the light is on.

Sports Opinion / Re: Waynesville Tigers Are St. Louis Bound!
« on: November 24, 2007, 12:53:34 AM »
That won't change the fact that they are fixing to take an ass whipping.
I was watching the class 2 game on channel 28 FSN.  After that game they interviewed the Belton coach.  Belton is already in St. Louis, checked into a ahotel, eating out tonight and then going to the class 6 championship game to "get a feel of the dome."  Then they will practice early tomorrow morning.  Waynesville players are leaving here tomorrow after eating lunch at Ryans, (Big Whoop) they don't get to spend the night in St. Louis and I'm wondering if they will get a chance to practice before the game tomorrow.  Shame on the school board for not sending them up today.

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: What are you Thankful for this Thanksgiving?
« on: November 22, 2007, 02:26:55 PM »
Thankfull I had the strength to walk away from an unhealthy relationship, and all the friends who have been there for me through it.

County Government Opinion / Re: Facilities Board Shocked by Jail
« on: November 22, 2007, 03:07:27 AM »
This birds tired of the same BS coming from town..
Did I hear a bird sing?

Religion Opinion / Re: ghosts
« on: November 21, 2007, 01:27:53 AM »
Been there, cool town.
They have a restaurant called Rouges Manor that is awesome.
The Crescent Hotel

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: November 18, 2007, 08:26:51 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #47, Week of Nov. 19 to 23, 2007
Welcome aboard for one more trip around Pulaski County with the Deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. We had an “awesome” week. I have a better word to use but I am not sure the Editor would allow that word so I will use awesome. We have been busy this week.
I will start today with the case number/ calls for service number and that new high record now stands at 8,183. With one and a half months to go I am starting to think we will break the 9,000 mark. Last week it was 7,977 so we picked up 206 calls for service this week. I would love to see a recession in the calls business.
The gasoline price remains high and we are still over budget in that area. We are going to be over on inmate board but it may not be as bad as I feared at the start of the year. If our luck holds a little longer we might even come in under budget on inmate medical expense. I know that for the next six weeks or so it will be close on the budget.
One of the big news items for the week was the “home invasion” of a room at the Ft. Wood Inn at 3:34am in the morning. The two occupants of the room were beaten with a baseball bat and both had to be flown to Springfield for treatment. The two suspects stole a laptop computer and fled the scene.
A little over two hours later the same two suspects did a real home invasion at a residence on Reporter Road near Waynesville. This time as they entered the residence the homeowner challenged them and one suspect pointed a pistol at him. The homeowner responded with his own firearm and the suspect in the doorway fled. A second suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile was not as lucky. As he rushed back to the front door the homeowner tackled him and pinned him to the floor. The homeowners were able to restrain him until a Waynesville City Police Officer could arrive on scene to assist. The Waynesville City Officer later transported the suspect to the Sheriff’s Department for us.
I am not sure how to word this next part but I think the word luck should be used. Despite the fact we only had one Deputy on duty for this particular midnight shift and two major crimes occurred within two and one half hours of each other he was able to be in just the right place for both crimes. After the Ft. Wood Inn incident he had been able to develop a description of a silver Ford Focus passenger car as the getaway vehicle. As he approached to within a few city blocks of the Reporter Road incident the Deputy saw a silver Ford Focus driving away from that scene. The Deputy immediately went after the vehicle and requested a Waynesville City Officer respond to the scene to take custody of the juvenile offender.
His split second decision was perfect, absolutely perfect. He was able to stop the car on Rt. T. The driver of the Ford was found to be in possession of a pellet pistol and the laptop computer that had been stolen from the Ft. Wood Inn. As an added bonus the driver was a suspect we had been looking for on an active Federal felony warrant. I might add that additional Deputies who live on Reporter Road rushed out of their home to assist with backup on the car stop. It was a wild and wooly morning.
But this day in history also, once again, points out just how shorthanded we are when it comes to staff. I can play the what if game all day but what if their had been another hot call near Dixon about this same time? Yes we would call someone else out of bed to handle such a call but the bottom line is that we do not have sufficient numbers of Deputies to give the citizens of Pulaski County the ADEQUATE and PROMPT coverage that YOU deserve. Since I was the “deputy” who first arrived on the scene of the Reporter Road incident I can tell you that the homeowners there were very happy to see the Waynesville Officer charge into their home. They were very, very happy to see the uniformed officer. You might want to put yourself in their shoes for a minute and then think about our inferior staff numbers.
Later that afternoon my sneaky Chief Deputy Capt. Tom Cristoffer struck once again. You may recall that several times of late I have mentioned that he recovered a stolen vehicle with suspects in possession of the vehicle. Well he did it again on Thursday. He saw a black 2003 Dodge dual wheel pickup being gassed up at the Buckhorn Shell station and the vehicle caught his attention. When the smoke cleared he had the driver in custody with two active felony warrants and the truck had been reported stolen to the Springfield Missouri Police Department. So once again I get to say, Well Done Tom!
And just for the record if you are wondering why I did not name the Deputy who made the stop on the Ford Focus it is because he made a direct request to me for privacy. He did not want his name in the paper. And while I would love to name him and allow everyone to congratulate him that is a request I must honor. The Daily Guide article on this incident said that he would not be named because he worked undercover but that is not the case, he is just shy. And yes the boss did pat him on the back. And I will do so again.
And so we had a good and fast week. I would like to remind everyone that a heavy early morning frost on the highway bridge floors would be possible at any time now and that situation is just like driving on ice. So once again I say drive safe and stay legal. The jail lights are on.

Local News / Warrant Arrest & Vehicle Recovery
« on: November 18, 2007, 05:15:57 PM »
News Release
Warrant Arrest & Vehicle Recovery
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Nov. 18, 2007
On November 15th, 2007 at approximately 3:00pm, Capt. Tom Cristoffer of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was on routine patrol in the Buckhorn area when he noticed a black 2003 Dodge dual wheel pickup at the gas pumps of the Buckhorn Shell station. Something about the vehicle attracted his attention and he requested a routine license check. The license check came back to another vehicle. Capt. Cristoffer made contact with the driver of the truck and after a few minutes of discussion requested a wanted check on the driver. The driver was found to have a suspended Missouri driver’s license and he had two active felony warrants for his arrest. The driver was identified as Tony Trotter, age 48, of Waynesville, Missouri. The warrants were for felony non-support from Pulaski County and felony drug violation from Greene County Missouri. Trotter was arrested and taken to the Pulaski County jail.
Additional checks of the 2003 Dodge pickup revealed that it had been reported stolen to the Springfield Missouri Police Department. The vehicle was seized and removed to a local salvage yard for safekeeping. There were two boxes of prescription drugs in the vehicle that belonged to another person and a follow up investigation concerning these drugs continues. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Springfield Missouri Police Department are working together on the investigation of the stolen truck.

Local News / Robbery
« on: November 18, 2007, 05:13:38 PM »
News Release
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Nov. 18, 2007
At approximately 3:34am on Nov. 15, 2007, the Pulaski County 911 Communications Center notified the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department of a physical disturbance in progress inside room 104, of the Ft. Wood Inn near the Buckhorn overpass. Upon arrival at the scene the Pulaski County Deputy determined that the disturbance had actually been a robbery in progress. The two occupants of room 104 had been assaulted with a baseball bat and a laptop computer had been stolen. A silver Ford Focus passenger vehicle had left the scene occupied by the two suspects in the robbery. Both people in room 104 were flown to a Springfield, Missouri, hospital for treatment of head trauma.
As the Deputy and Waynesville City Police officers searched for the suspect vehicle a second 911 call was received at 6:03am from a residence on Reporter Road outside the Waynesville City Limits. The people at this residence were reporting that two suspects had broken into their residence and had pointed a handgun at them. The homeowners also told the 911 Communication Center that one suspect had fled the scene and that they had tackled the second subject and had him pinned to the floor. The Deputy on duty responded to the Reporter Road address. As the Deputy approached to within a few city blocks of the house he observed a silver Ford Focus driving near the residence on Reporter Road. The Deputy went after the Ford Focus and requested that a Waynesville City Police officer respond to the residence for the suspect the homeowners were holding by force.
The Deputy followed the Ford Focus north on Rt. T from Reporter Road and conducted a stop on the car. The driver of the vehicle was found to be in possession of a pellet pistol and a laptop computer matching the description of the one stolen in the Ft. Wood Inn incident. The driver of the Ford was arrested without incident.
A Waynesville City Officer responded to the Reporter Road address and assisted the homeowners with the second subject until the Pulaski County Sheriff could arrive on the scene. The Waynesville Officer then transported the juvenile suspect to the Sheriff’s Department.
Investigation at the Reporter Road scene revealed that two suspects had entered the home and were challenged by the homeowner. The suspect at the front door pointed a handgun at the owner and the owner responded with his own firearm. The suspect in the doorway then fled the scene. The second suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile, who was in the living room of the home attempted to get to the front door but was tackled by the homeowners. A bloody baseball bat was found in the living room and was seized as evidence. The homeowners were not injured in this incident.
At this time the juvenile suspect has been released to the Juvenile Officers of the 25th Judicial Circuit and has been detained by the juvenile authorities. The adult suspect was identified as Michael E. Holmes, age 26, of Devils Elbow, Missouri. At the time of the car stop the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was in possession of an active Federal felony warrant for his arrest. The charge was a felon in possession of a firearm. Holmes has since been released to the custody of the United States Marshall Service. It is expected that local charges will be filed within a few days on both of these incidents.
Under the new HIPPA law the release of medical information with regard to injured persons has become more difficult. At this time we believe that at least one of the persons from the Ft. Wood Inn has been released from the hospital.

City Government Opinion / Re: SRPD officer
« on: November 15, 2007, 10:55:24 PM »
I thought that was Digital on his way to church.

you act like you havn't been on the interstate before and had a car pass you at like 90 fear for your life then ?

City Government Opinion / Re: SRPD officer
« on: November 14, 2007, 09:14:42 PM »
Explain the Walmart thing, do people meet in the parking lot? I'd expect The Police to be there now. LOL
and even though the majority of you still seem to be bashing on me even though i already stated i was venting ? you are all still welcome to come out tonight to walmart expect me around 8-830ish

City Government Opinion / Re: SRPD officer
« on: November 14, 2007, 03:41:49 AM »
I like sway. LOL
I don't think lioness cares for sway

Good one JT, I mean JB.
If I were to spend $137,000.00 from the civil fee fund to pay my lawyer to sue Pulaski County would my score for "administrative skills" go up?


Read the new Sheriffs View.
jb what is your opinion of this?  we still ain't heard a desparaging word from you about this situation.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: November 11, 2007, 07:48:53 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #46, Week of Nov. 12 to 16, 2007
Welcome to the column for another week of thrills and chills. On second thought the column might not be quite that exciting this week. But we do seem to have a fair amount of good news to pass along instead of a gloom and doom column. The year continues to fly by and this is column number forty-six for 2007.
The case number/calls for service count shot up last week to 7,977. The week before it stood at 7,714. This represents a gain of 263 for a single week. With seven weeks to go before the end of 2007 we may well break the 9,000 mark for the year. We are hoping for a recession in the work area instead of the economy as a whole.
And what do you all think of the $3.00 per gallon gas prices that are back again? Someone must have blown up an oil well. The timing of the “new” high price could not be worse. We are at the end of the year on the budget. As of October 31st our budget for vehicle expense for 2007 was already in the red by $5,370.23. I had requested $130,000.00 this year for auto expense but the Commission cut that to $100,000.00 for the year. Since we had spent over $100,000.00 in each of the past two years I was fairly certain that we would be over budget for the year. But considering the price of gas this year it appears that we did much better so far than I thought possible. It also makes me feel good to know that my 2007 budget estimate is going to be very close to the actual expense.
We have very good news next. As you may recall the Grace Covenant Christian Center hosted a celebration on Halloween night and the proceeds were to be given to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. I am very pleased to be able to announce that I now have in my possession a check for $3,000.00 from the church. This money will be used to purchase equipment for our department. I would like to thank Pastor Judi, Brad, and all of the people who made the celebration a success. I cannot express just how much this means to the employees of the department to have concerned citizens rise up and work hard to support us in our law enforcement efforts.
And I have a second bit of good news. For quite some time now my detective division has been pestering me to acquire a critical piece of forensic equipment. A very, very, expensive piece of forensic equipment. The item that was begged for is known as an alternate light source or ALS for short. If you have ever watched CSI on TV you have viewed the scene where they turn out the room light, don the goggles, and shine the alternate light source inside the room and body fluids begin to fluoresce all over the walls, the bed, and so forth.
Whenever TV does the police field it is usually wrong or very misleading at best. This is one case where what you see on TV is pretty much what real life produces. This will give our Pulaski County Sheriff’s Detective Division the ability to scan for the DNA that the suspect has left at the crime scene. With the advances in the science of DNA identification I think everyone one can understand how critical this equipment could become at a crime scene. I can think of several crime scenes from the past where this may have saved the day for us. But many of those major cases are still in the unsolved file. So this is a huge step forward for us to have the ability to find any DNA sample the bad guy left behind. The cost of this unit was $2,100.00 and I am very pleased to be able to say thank you to the Board of Directors of the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund for the funds to purchase this unit. The ALS unit has been ordered and should be here soon. By the way a top of the line ALS unit costs about $18,000.00.
In the not so good news department the Board of Directors of the POST group (Providing Officers Support Together) has announced that they have decided to disband the organization before the end of the year. This is a major disappointment to us for we had hoped the POST group could play a major role in the passage of a law enforcement sales tax to aid the department. Our Deputies try hard and they work hard. But when you look at the amount of ground they must cover and the number of people they must protect the current manpower levels simply do not allow them to do a great job. The idea of trying to cover this county with only two or three Deputies on a single shift leads to despair because we cannot do that. In order to give the citizens of this county adequate law enforcement coverage our budget must be greatly increased. Until such time as the budget is increased the best we can hope to give you will be fair coverage. We would rather give you outstanding coverage. So the loss of a group that was dedicated to increasing our budget does not count as good news for us. We would like to thank you to the POST group for the success they had in helping us in the past and to also say thanks for the overall effort. We did appreciate the good work that you produced.
I might add that I was present at the meeting where the decision to terminate the group was made. I understand the reasons behind this move and I cannot fault them for this decision. I also feel that it is not my place to explain their reasons. The POST group has released a number of announcements that cover this news and if you want additional details I would refer you to their news releases.
And that makes this column a wrap for this week. I am over the word count once again and so I must close by asking that you all drive careful and stay legal. We do have room at the jail but we do not want your business. The lights are ON!

Local News / Re: My baby girl Audrey is 3 today.
« on: November 07, 2007, 05:56:36 PM »
It has four legs and a seat on top with this neat tray for eating off of. LOL...  I will take a picture tonight.

then... whats it look like?

Local News / Re: My baby girl Audrey is 3 today.
« on: November 07, 2007, 04:51:17 PM »
Not Pooh.

not pooh is it?

get a pic darn it

Local News / Re: My baby girl Audrey is 3 today.
« on: November 07, 2007, 04:46:32 PM »
Graco, can't find a picture. If I have time tonight I will take a picture of it.
rick what kind of high chair?? I left it on the thread but ya havent answered.

Local News / Re: My baby girl Audrey is 3 today.
« on: November 07, 2007, 03:35:01 AM »
Someone called today, I think they will call back.
so Rick are you hard to work for? maybe they are all scared of you...

Pulaski Enquirer / Re: Kristi was thinking...
« on: November 07, 2007, 01:34:18 AM »
Stupid questions? How about dumb answers?
Shoe Trees.
I was thinking about trees... which trees have the prettiest colors to you?

Thanks for letting me get a rise out of you.

Incorrect I donated nothing but space to her. You are wrong, and you don't have any clue what I did exactly or how much money. I didn't rip post I just pointed out the obvious, hoping it would motivate them to do something.
Unfortunately most of what you listed was donated to Watson and her fund raisers and had nothing to do with the POST organization. None of that money was given to our organization or accounted for IRS purposes.  That was part of the confusion so many people were doing different things nobody wanted to have a united front.

After Frog Fest you did nothing but rip POST apart for not moving fast enough.  We had to file for our state license and 501C3 status and that takes time so your negative words did not help the matter.

Well I did support them in the form of money and free advertising, and helped raise start up funds etc. on this site that were donated to them, and the Sheriff, along with letting them have sales at my store etc. I paid the rent on the first booth at Frog Fest for them also.  I also donated cash myself. So yes I did donate my time and money to assist. Being a citizen who did contribute gives me some right to complain. I see no reason why it had to be dissolved, that's my opinion, and you did put this under opinion on this site.
No, we did not JUST quit Rick. Our goal was to get a law enforcement tax placed on the ballot.  We can not do that by force on the county level.  It is completely at the discretion of the commissioners what is to be voted on by the public.  Because our purpose was to get the petition on the ballot and we could not do that, our purpose was null and void, the organization was done. 

It is not that we did not try and we accomplished a lot, but a few fund raisers are not going to determine the success of the sheriff's department, it will have to be a serious budget increase to keep the department going.

JB I'm sure will be on here to respond but he expressed his thanks and understood completely that our mission has ended.

In addition to that if we had proceeded forward with any sort of petition Ransdall would use that as a way to pass his pornography tax.

So I say again and take quite a bit of offense to the fact that you say we quit.  We didn't just "quit".  We gave every effort that the few of us could give.  I didn't see you at any of the meetings volunteering your time or effort, so before you point fingers about who is just "quitting" at least we gave it some effort.

Until recently that was even one of their goals, why quit for that? Makes no sense. Bottom line is, they just quit.
Citizens of Pulaski County,

    Pulaski P.O.S.T. (Providing Officer Support Together) is an organization formed by concerned citizens working together to assist in improving working conditions, morale, professionalism, equipment, competitive salaries, facilities, operational budget, training and other needs of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

    Due to the lack of community support and involvement, the Pulaski P.O.S.T organization has been dissolved.  We have fought long and hard with the decision, and it is with very heavy hearts that we conclude this drastic measure is the only practical option. Hundreds have said we need to do something for law enforcement in this county, but few have stepped to the plate to take a swing.  The apathy of the community is what has been the largest area of disappointment and biggest challenge to overcome.  Sadly, we have failed to conquer that in our mission to help the Sheriff’s department. With only a few people willing to do the work or even get involved, it was like throwing teaspoons of water on a forest fire.

    We had started the process of writing a petition, one which was in accordance with the State Statute, for a sales tax for the Sheriff’s department.  It was imperative that it contain the correct legal wording so that all the money would be available only to the Sheriff’s Department and controlled by an independent board.  However, after several conversations with the Secretary of State and other political and legal entities, no petition on the county level has any legal backing or forceful power to require the county commissioners to place it on the ballot.  Petitions such as this one are only effective on the state level, according to the Secretary of State.  With the strong opposition to law enforcement from Commissioner Thornsberry and Commissioner Ransdall it wouldn’t matter how many names they were presented with, it is at their discretion whether the tax would ever be placed on the ballot.   It is our opinion that the tax, as stated in the petition, would never come to a public vote.

In addition to that, Commissioner Ransdall has an agenda to pass a pornography sales tax, which he calls a law enforcement tax. He says it will provide money to the Sheriff’s department.  This will not only fail to provide the Sheriff’s department with an adequate budget to increase the staff and keep employment of good officers, it will set a poor example of what we encourage in our community.  By passing this pornography tax, we as the people of the county are promoting the sale of this pornography to support our county departments.

Any recent membership fees will be prorated and refunded upon request, all donations and unclaimed membership fees will be given to the Pulaski County sheriff's department.

    So we say again, we are quite forlorn with the decision to dissolve Pulaski P.O.S.T, but it has come to the point where the purpose of the organization has been defeated by apathy and poor performance of elected officials.  We hope this will serve as a reminder that we must not sit back and watch.  If you find yourself complaining and griping, ask yourself, “What have I done to encourage a difference?” Those of you, who are in support of the Sheriff’s department and Pulaski County, stand up and let your voice be heard. Apathy begets lethargy, and lethargy causes stagnation, stagnation causes deterioration.  Be concerned and get involved! 

Thank you for those who participated in our endeavor and I do hope that you will continue to stay informed and active in this community.

                    Pulaski P.O.S.T. Board

Local News / Re: My baby girl Audrey is 3 today.
« on: November 06, 2007, 01:38:45 AM »
True, no ones called. LoL
Obviously not the maid.   ;)

Local News / Re: My baby girl Audrey is 3 today.
« on: November 05, 2007, 11:52:10 PM »
Was, its clean up time now, who's coming to help?
Party at Rick's tonight!

Local News / My baby girl Audrey is 3 today.
« on: November 05, 2007, 04:10:01 PM »
Daddy loves you more than anything sweetie, happy birthday.

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Business Opinion / Re: Walmart return policy.
« on: November 05, 2007, 01:21:55 PM »
Thank you.
Boy Rick you sure have a good sale on your shoes glad I brung my son with me he just loves his shoes and finally it gave me a chance to buy a pair of them crocs.  :{:{: