Charges have been filed against a Kansas resident after a lengthy multi-agency investigation. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said his office along with the Nevada Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, and the CNET Drug Task Force have been conducting an investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics that led to the arrest of a suspect and the seizure of suspected methamphetamines. Mosher said a team of investigators, surveillance personnel and the VCSO Special Response team executed the arrest in a joint operation Monday evening and located the largest drug seizure by the Sheriff’s Office this year. “We recovered more than ¼ pound of suspected methamphetamines that would have been distributed throughout our county and other communities.”
Warrants were issued Tuesday afternoon for the suspect, who has been identified as 32-year-old Jordan Vender, of Bronson, KS. Vender has been charged with felony counts that include:
Delivery of a Controlled Substance
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Vender is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond.
Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rika has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Diezel, Umass Amherst Police Department”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Warrants were issued over the weekend after detectives with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and Nevada Police Department served a search warrant at a residence on the 100 block of North Clay Friday afternoon. According to officials, suspected methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia were recovered during the search warrant. Warrants were issued for the suspects, who have been identified as Bryon E Foster, 61 of Nevada and Heather L Blurton, 42 of Nevada. Both Foster and Blurton have been charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and are being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.
A Stotesbury, Mo resident is in custody after a search warrant was served on a residence just off D Hwy in Stotesbury Monday morning. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, Deputies recovered suspected methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia during the search. Warrants were issued Tuesday for 38-year-old Michelle L Rees, charging her with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance. Rees is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.
A wanted subject is in custody after a pursuit early Wednesday morning. According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy attempted to stop a dirt bike in the area of K Hwy and 2200 Road when the dirt bike failed to yield. The suspect fled into a corn field in the area of 2200 Road and Panama Road. The suspect then fled on foot and attempted to hide in the corn field but was found by deputies a short time later. Sheriff Jason Mosher said the suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Trey M Stone, of Milo MO. Stone was wanted on a felony warrant for Failure to Obey a Judge’s Order and is being held in the Vernon County Jail with no bond.
A Sheldon, Mo resident is in custody after an assault that took place late Wednesday night. According to Sheriff’s Office Officials, 38-year-old Marry E Aleman, has been charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Armed Criminal Action, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. According to officials, the incident took place on Troop Road East of Milo Mo, during a confrontation where Aleman allegedly struck another person in the head with a firearm, causing the firearm to discharge and wound a person standing nearby. The wounded person was transported to a Joplin Hospital for treatment, and released the following day. Aleman is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.
A Nevada resident who has been listed on the Vernon County Most wanted list for nearly two weeks was taken into custody Monday morning by Sheriff’s Deputies during a traffic stop in the area of Barr and Cedar streets in Nevada. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, 27-year-old Jacob T Rawlings, of Nevada MO was wanted on multiple probation violation warrants. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said suspected methamphetamines and heroine were also located during the arrest. Rawlings is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail with no bond.
Gary Almquist is one of eight pastors that serve as chaplains to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department. Because of his ministry, The Father’s Love, this will be the fourth year that the inmates at the jail have been able to participate in the Mother’s Day card program. The inmates were given Mother’s Day cards to fill out two weeks before the holiday weekend. Postage fees to mail the cards will be covered by the ministry.
Before starting the program, Almquist heard about other jails that had programs like this. He said “I just thought that would be a really cool thing to do here at the jail, so we tried it and it’s been pretty successful.” The program also offers Christmas cards to the inmates, so they can connect with family at that time of year.
The Vernon County jail usually has about 120-125 inmates. This year they handed out 120 cards, and 95 were returned to be mailed. The cards are provided by American Rehabilitation Ministries, which is based in Joplin, Missouri. “They are a distributor for Dayspring Cards and for the American Bible Society. We get the cards from them for no charge, and the Bibles are distributed by them.” Almquist said.
The card program is unique because it is one of the only programs that makes it possible for inmates to keep in contact with family and loved ones outside of the jail. “I think it’s really important. They might make some mistake to get in jail, and they’ve got to deal with that now that they’re in here. But at some point, they’re going to be coming back into society and they need somebody they have a positive relationship with to help them when they get out.” said Sheriff Mosher.
The sheriff said that they have found that the most common relationship that inmates seek to maintain is that with their mothers. “Whether it’s an 18-year-old kid that got himself into jail, or a 45-year-old man, the mothers are the ones they always fall back to.”
Almquist said that sometimes people ask why they don’t have a similar program for Father’s Day, and they found that the response rate from inmates is about seven percent compared to the 80 percent for Mother’s Day. “Most of the men don’t know who their fathers are or have bad relationships with their fathers, but the mothers are generally the ones that cared for them, or that they were nurtured by.”
The inmates respond well to the Mother’s Day card program, thanking the chaplains for making it possible to contact their loved ones. “Most of them don’t have very much contact at all with their parents, sisters, or grandmothers. So, this gives them an opportunity to keep that relationship going, and that’s what we like about it.” Almquist said.
The chaplains serve an important role in the Sheriff’s office. There are eight on-call pastors who rotate emergency calls. They meet with the Sheriff once a month. According to Mosher, a chaplain is called to assist if there is a death call, or if there is a circumstance that the deputies on the scene feel is beyond what they can deal with.
They also frequently assist the staff and inmates within the jail. There are times that an inmate is notified of a family death or hospitalization. Mosher said those times are difficult because “They’re already upset because they’re in jail. It used to be that the detention officer would go down and tell them. But we have found that it works a lot better now. We’ve got a process that we call the chaplains and they’ll go talk to them.”
Sometimes there are issues going on outside of the jail and because the person is in custody they are unable to deal with the problem, and the inmate really wants to talk to somebody. The can be put on a list to talk to the chaplain, so they can talk one-on-one. “We do a lot of one-on-one.” Almquist said.
The chaplains hold seven or eight Saturday services for the inmates in the jail. Sheriff Mosher said that the services are available at the jail on the inmates request. “This isn’t a program that we started because we tried to get the inmates to do it. The chaplains are here because the inmates want to go to church while they’re in jail. There have been a few times that things were really busy and we’ve missed a week or two and the inmates were saying “Hey we want to do church service.”
Almquist has been a chaplain at the Sheriff’s office for over eight years. As he put it, “Jesus said, ‘I’ve come to set the captives free.’ so that’s what we try to do, the best we can.”
A Nevada, Mo resident has been charged after a Sheriff’s Office raid on a home Tuesday afternoon, recovering suspected methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said one person was taken into custody after his office served a search warrant at a residence on 1200 Rd southwest of Nevada as part of an ongoing investigation. Mosher said the suspect has been identified as 19-year-old John H Chappell. Charges were issued early Wednesday charging Chappell with Possession of a Controlled Substance (D Felony). Chappell is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a bond of $10,000 cash only.
Charges have been filed against a Sheldon resident after a pursuit with deputies Monday evening. According to Sheriff’s Office Officials, the suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Landon G Wilson, of Sheldon Missouri. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of Zodiac and 1825 roads when the vehicle failed to stop. Mosher said the pursuit ended a short time later after going through the city of Sheldon and ending in the area of 1925 and Zodiac roads. Suspected methamphetamines were also found in the vehicle. Warrants have been issued for felony Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.