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Suspect In Custody After Weekend Pursuit

According to Sheriff's Office Officials, Detectives were conducting a routine business check at a closed gas station/truck stop in Deerfield on Friday evening when they observed a vehicle that appeared to be suspicious. As Detectives pulled into the parking lot, the vehicle immediately left the parking lot. Detectives attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle for traffic violations on East 54 Hwy near 850 Rd when the vehicle failed to stop for the Detectives. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Detectives pursued the vehicle for several miles before the vehicle eventually drove through a fence and into a field near the intersection of Rebel Rd and 1988 Rd in rural Nevada. The vehicle then crashed into the trees and both the driver and the passenger fled on foot into the woods. Both occupants of the vehicle were located and taken into custody without incident within a few minutes. Mosher says that both occupants of the vehicle were from out of State and the driver was on Parole out of Iowa. "If you are going to come to Vernon County and commit crimes, we will chase you down and you will go to Jail" says Mosher. 

The driver has been identified as 31-year-old Kyle Adams, of Sioux City, Iowa. Adams has been charged with Resisting Arrest and 1st Degree Property Damage. The courts issued a $5,000 cash only bond for Adams, who is being held in the Vernon County Jail.





Spread the Word: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

June 5-14 2020, The Vernon County Sheriff's Office will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The high visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from June 5, 2020 through June 14, 2020. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roadways.

Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2017 and in 2018, there were 10,511 people killed. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2013 to 2017-one person was killed in drunk driving crashes every 48 minutes in 2017. That's the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head into the summer, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

In 2018, 21% of men were drunk in these crashes, compared to 14% for women. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver. In 2018, 24% of young drivers 15 to 20 years old who were killed in crashes had BACs of  .01 g/dL or higher. Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens. 


Drunk driving isn't the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation's roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance-alcohol or drugs- they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High Get a DUI. It's that simple.

After spending years protecting your children from all sorts of dangers on the road and off, you now face the prospect of handing them the keys to the family car. It's time for them to learn how to drive. You have more influence on your teen than you may think. Be a good example and get involved in their driving habits from the beginning and stay involved for the duration of their teen years. "June should be a time for friends and family to come together to enjoy the beginning of Summer," said Sheriff Mosher. "We need commitment from our community members that they'll keep the streets free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a safe Summer. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal, and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior," he said.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. "Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior," said Sheriff Mosher. "It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. That's why, during the Summer, we will make zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses," he said.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. • Download NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple's iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user's location so he or she can be picked up. Use your community's sober ride program. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Vernon County Sheriff's Office at 417-667-6042. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.


 For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

Traffic Stop Leads to Guns, Drugs, and Stolen Property

A simple traffic stop Thursday morning turned into a multiple felony arrest after the seizure of drugs and guns. According to Vernon County Sheriff's Office officials, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on E. Molly Rd in rural Nevada, MO on Thursday morning. During the traffic stop, 29 year-old Dakota Herren was arrested on an active traffic warrant. Upon further investigation during the traffic stop, suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, two loaded handguns, and an illegally modified rifle were located in the vehicle. Sheriff's Office Detectives were then called in to conduct a follow up on the investigation. During the investigation, detectives recovered stolen property at a separate location. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said this was a good example of proactive patrol coordinating with investigations resulting in dangerous weapons and drugs being taken off of the streets of Vernon County. "Any time we can recover illegal drugs, guns, and recover stolen property, it's a good day." The stolen property is being returned to the owner.
On Thursday afternoon, the Courts issued an arrest warrant charging Herren with the following charges: Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Unlawful Possession of an Illegal Weapon, Felony Unlawful Use of Weapon, as well as several traffic related charges.
Herren is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.

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Suspect Arrested After Stabbing Incident in Sheldon

A Sheldon man is in custody after Deputies responded to a call of a stabbing late Monday night.  According to Sheriff's Office Officials, the incident took place on W. Commercial Street in Sheldon, MO where it was reported that the victim was stabbed multiple times by a family member after a verbal disagreement. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says that Deputies were notified that the suspect had left the scene on foot. Deputies were quickly able to get to the area and locate the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. Mosher said the victim was treated at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Wesley Campbell. On Tuesday afternoon, the Courts issued a warrant charging Campbell with 2nd Degree Domestic Assault and Armed Criminal Action.

Campbell is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

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Suspect Arrested After Property Damage Investigation

In April, the Vernon County Sheriff's Office took a report of property damage that occurred at one of the farms owned by Murphy Family Ventures in Sheldon, MO. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Detectives began investigating the case and after multiple
interviews and follow ups, a suspect was identified and the report was forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office for potential charges to be filed. On 5-01-2020, the Courts issued an arrest warrant charging 21 year-old Dylan Garwood of Nevada with 1st Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and 1st Degree Property Damage.

On Tuesday Afternoon, Sheriff Mosher along with Detectives were able to locate Garwood and take him into custody without incident. Garwood is being held in the Vernon County Jail.

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Suspect Arrested After Tuesday Pursuit

On Tuesday morning, Detectives with the Sheriff's Office attempted to make a traffic stop on a motorcycle in Nevada, MO. According to Officials, the suspect, who has been identified as 32 year-old Dustin Pike of Nevada, failed to stop for the Detectives leading to a short pursuit. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, "the Detectives already knew who the suspect was so the pursuit was terminated for safety reasons". The motorcycle was then located a short time later abandoned under a bridge on Minnie Ball Rd. The motorcycle was determined to have been stolen from Nevada. On Thursday afternoon, the Courts issued an arrest warrant for Dustin Pike and Pike was located and arrested without incident from a residence on the 800 block of South. Main Street in Nevada.

Pike has been charged with Tampering With a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, and Driving While Suspended. Pike is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.

Missing Person Found Alive After 4 Days

A Cedar county resident who has been missing since Thursday, March 26, was found Monday morning and was life-flighted to a Joplin hospital. According to Sheriff's Office officials, dispatch received a report Saturday afternoon of a possible missing person near the area of Zodiac and 2925 Rd in Vernon County. Responding deputies learned that no one had been in contact with the missing person since the previous Thursday afternoon. He was believed be hunting for mushrooms and never returned.


Multiple agencies were notified and called out to assist the Sheriff's Office in the search that lasted Saturday evening, all day Sunday and into Monday. The Sheriff's Office requested the Vernon County Ambulance District Search and Rescue Team, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Missouri Conservation Department.


According to officials, a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter spotted what they believed to be a person in a field approximately 150 yards from a river. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher and Detective Nick Norval were in the area conducting a search along the river and located the person while in contact with the helicopter. Sheriff Mosher said the person was in and out of consciousness and extremely dehydrated when they got to him. A Med Flight helicopter landed in the field because it was too far from any road to get a vehicle to him. He was then transported the to Freeman Hospital in Joplin. The Sheriff said they were extremely grateful to have an outcome like this, "this isn't the outcome we normally have after someone has been missing in the woods for four days." The Sheriff said he wanted to thank all the responding agencies and volunteers who helped during the search but wanted to especially thank the pilots who spotted the missing person. "If they hadn't spotted him when they did, this may have been a completely different outcome, so I hope they know they saved a life today" said Mosher.

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Deputies conducted 22 vehicle stops during the St. Patrick's DWI enforcement push.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office took part in the BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING enforcement crackdown from March 13 to 18th.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office and NHTSA are part of a national effort to enforce laws related to driving while impaired and reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said countywide enforcement netted 22 vehicle stops, arrests, summonses during the campaign.

"Removing intoxicated drivers from Vernon County roadways is one of our top priorities," Sheriff Mosher said in a statement. "If you choose to drink, don't drive. Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the road with them."

Sheriff's Office to deliver food to senior citizens

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said his office has been working with Woods Supermarket in Nevada to provide grocery delivery to senior citizens. Mosher said "while Woods is working to make free deliveries within 5 miles of any store, Deputies will be available to deliver food anywhere in Vernon County from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Monday-Friday. Mosher said his Office has also been delivering student food provided by the Schools to homes and helping pass out food at schools as they request help.   


In a press release provided to the Sheriff's Office, the supermarket said:


Dear Valued Guests,

We are continually searching for ways to assist our Senior Guests, those 60 and over, as we deal with the effects of the corona virus (COVID-19).  To that end, we are launching our Senior Express Delivery Hotline effective Wednesday 3/25.  We will continue this service until the need for it diminishes.

Details of the program are as follows:

Senior Express Delivery Hotline

Call 417-204-4790 for delivery.     Available to Senior Guests age 60 and over     Call Center will be open 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday      Delivery time will be between Noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday     30 items or less     Free Delivery within 5 miles of all Woods locations     Limited Deliveries available daily Monday through Friday.      Deliveries will be made in order received and may roll to following day.

Our Woods Team is proud to offer this service to you as a part of our commitment to the communities we serve.

VCSO Response to COVID-19 Virus

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office has continued to update its procedures regarding its handling of calls for service, food service and inmates based on recommendations from the State and Federal Government regarding the COVID-19 virus. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said he is attending regular state and local meetings with officials on a regular basis regarding the virus.

Mosher explained some of the changes on Monday that he has taken regarding how the jail, patrol, dispatch and admin staff are functioning. "We put a lot of these changes in place nearly a month ago that include medical screening of inmates brought into our jail, responding to how we responded to calls and the cleaning within the building" said Mosher. The cleaning schedule was tripled for jail staff and admin staff that includes spraying down all surfaces, door handles, phones and kiosks within the jail frequently with disinfectants. Other changes that have been made on a temporary basis include:

Patrol staff using PPE equipment when responding to calls for service Kitchen staff in the jail using PPE equipment when preparing meals Suspension of on-site jail visitation (video visitation and phone calls still take place) Working with the courts to provide video court so the criminal justice system can continue to operate. Adding virus screening questionnaire to the dispatch process to better help protect first responders as well as screening people who enter the building.

Mosher said inmates in the jail are being monitored by medical staff and as of Monday have not had any inmates that require testing. Each separate area of the jail has its own air systems which will help reduce any cross contamination within the jail. Mosher said the Sheriff's Office will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as needed.

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