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Suspect Arrested After Pursuit With Stolen Van

On Thursday morning, Deputies with the Sheriff's Office were advised of a van that was just recently reported stolen from a business in El Dorado Springs, MO. Deputies were in the area and able to locate the van on 54 Hwy near 2100 Rd. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the van in which the suspect, who has been identified as 21-year-old Brandon Dunn, failed to stop resulting in a pursuit with the vehicle. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Deputies were able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device. The suspect continued to flee until the vehicle lost a tire and was then taken into custody without incident. Mosher says, "I'm proud of the Deputies quick response resulting in the recovery of the van and all of the equipment for a business owner. Fortunately, the suspect turned down a dead end street and stopped near a local tire shop making it much easier for the victim to get back on the road quickly."

On Thursday afternoon, the Courts issued a warrant for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest. Dunn is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

Suspect Arrested After Multiple Pursuits

According to Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials, a suspect is in custody after a lengthy narcotics investigation. During the investigation, the suspect was involved in at least five vehicle pursuits over the past four weeks. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, suspected methamphetamine as well as stolen property were located during the investigation. On Monday morning, Deputies were notified of the suspects location, in which he fled from Deputies on a ATV into the area of 1650 Rd and Division Rd in rural Nevada, MO. Deputies set up a perimeter of the area in an attempt to contain the suspect. While doing so, Deputies received a call from a resident on 1650 Rd who stated that a male had unlawfully entered his residence and fled out the back door when confronted. Deputies were able to locate the suspect running through the woods and chased him on foot. The suspect then ran from the Deputies and jumped into a nearby pond, which was immediately surrounded by Deputies. According to Mosher, "the suspect quickly realized that he made a mistake by jumping into the muddy water and surrendered to Deputies". Deputies were then able to locate the ATV, in which was determined to be reported stolen from Bourbon County, KS. Detectives continued the investigation by executing a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of W. Allison Street in Nevada, MO. During the search warrant, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located.
The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Trevor Miller of Nevada, MO. On Monday afternoon, the Courts issued warrants charging Miller with:


Delivery of a Controlled Substance
Burglary 1st Degree
Receiving Stolen Property
2 Counts of Resisting Arrest
Additional charges are expected to be filed from multiple other jurisdictions. Miller is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

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BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

 

Deputies conducted 17 vehicle stops during the 4th of July holiday enforcement push.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office took part in the BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING enforcement crackdown from July 2nd to July 6th, 2020.

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 17 vehicle stops, arrests, and 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."

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies along with the CNET Drug Task Force conducted an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine throughout Vernon County. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, CNET Investigators conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 200 block of W. Walnut Street in Nevada on Tuesday evening. During the investigation, the Sheriff's Office K9 alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. Suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located during the investigation. One male subject was taken into custody on a 24-hour investigative hold where charges were submitted to the Prosecutor's Office for Distribution of a Controlled Substance in a Protected Location. The suspected methamphetamine is being sent to the MSHP Crime Lab for further analysis. The name of the subject has not been released pending the filing of formal charges.

Most Wanted Suspect Taken Into Custody After Citizens Help

 

An El Dorado Springs resident is in custody after being placed on the Vernon County's Most Wanted List. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Detectives located 21-year old Chad Ellison and were able to take him into custody Monday morning in the 600 block of W. Garfield Street in Nevada, MO. Mosher says, "Our Office started receiving some great tips on Ellison from the citizens after our Most Wanted List was posted on our Facebook page. It's great to have the support and assistance from the public in order to continue to make our Community a safer place". 

BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

Deputies conducted multiple vehicle stops during the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign enforcement push.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office took part in the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign enforcement crackdown from June 5th to June 14th.

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 multiple vehicle stops and summonses.

"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."

Suspect Caught Stealing, One in Custody

According to Vernon County Sheriff's Officials, Deputies were dispatched to the area of 1625 Rd and E. Tally Bend Rd for a report of a theft of walnut logs on Thursday morning. Deputies were advised that the suspect was traveling on 1625 Rd in a tractor hauling the logs. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, "Deputies were able to get to the area and stop the suspect with the logs still on the tractor and take him into custody without incident". The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Daniel Halverson, of Milo. 

On Friday, the Courts issued an arrest warrant charging Halverson with Stealing-$750 or More and 1st Degree Property Damage. Halverson is being held in the Vernon County Jail with a $10,000 cash only bond.

Stolen vehicle recovered, driver arrested during traffic stop near Sheldon MO

A Monett resident is in custody following a traffic stop by a Sheriff's K-9 Deputy near N HWY and 1575 RD just West of Sheldon in Vernon County Wednesday morning. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, a deputy observed a 2008 Chevy Impala make several minor traffic violations and using the computer in his vehicle, checked the registration, which came back as stolen from Barry County. The deputy then made a traffic stop and was able to place the driver into custody without incident. Suspected methamphetamine's were also located in the vehicle. The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old James D Riley.

A warrant was issued by the courts Wednesday afternoon, charging Riley with; Tampering With a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving While Revoked. Riley is being held in the Vernon County jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.

 

 

*Disclaimer: This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff's Office for information only. Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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.

2020 DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

YOUTH ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

NEWS RELEASE

 

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.

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