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BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

Deputies conducted 33 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 3rd to July 7th.

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 33 vehicle stops, arrests, summonses, and one stolen vehicle was recovered 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.”

Burglary suspects arrested after two break-ins on Tuesday

Two Nevada residents were charged Wednesday afternoon as the investigation into two separate cases were completed. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said his office took a report Tuesday morning of a burglary on Overland Road, East of Nevada and a second burglary was reported that afternoon on Indigo Road, North East of Nevada. Mosher said the vehicle was stopped Tuesday evening and impounded as evidence after being spotted by a citizen. “Detectives executed a search warrant for the vehicle and located stolen property from both burglaries. The suspects have been identified as 19-year-old Jared J Sturm of Nevada and 19-year-old Austin W Gray of Nevada. Both suspects have been charged with:

 

Two counts of Burglary 2nd Degree

Two counts of Property Damage 1st Degree

Two counts of Stealing

 

Both Gray and Sturm are being held in the Vernon County Jail on $5,000 cash only bonds.

 

 

*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.

CELEBRATE SAFELY THIS FOURTH OF JULY BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

CELEBRATE SAFELY THIS FOURTH OF JULY BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

Vernon County Missouri, Each year, Independence Day explodes with festive fireworks, tasty backyard barbecues, and American pride. Unfortunately, the merrymaking can create dangerous road conditions, as some drivers hit the streets after drinking alcoholic beverages. This Independence Day, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want to remind drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If you are under the influence of any substance and you choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you put everyone in danger, including yourself. During the Fourth of July holiday, make sure you plan for a safe week of festivities.

During the 2017 Fourth of July holiday period (6 p.m. June 30 to 5:59 a.m. July 5), 237 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. These deaths accounted for 39 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic crashes that occurred over the holiday period. The deaths also represent a 23-percent increase from 2016, during which 192 people were killed during the same holiday period. That’s 237 families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and nightmarish memories.

 “The Fourth of July should be a special time for people to come together and celebrate the birth of our great nation,” said Sheriff Mosher.  “We’ve partnered with NHTSA to help remind drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Under no circumstances is it ever okay to drink and drive. This behavior is illegal, it’s deadly, and it’s 100-percent selfish. Do everyone in your community a favor: If you’ve been drinking at a Fourth of July party, or for any occasion, find a sober ride home.”

According to NHTSA, drunk driving accounted for 29 percent (10,874) of motor vehicle traffic crash-induced deaths in 2017. With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads. The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is higher at night. During the 2017 July 4th holiday period, of the 237 people who died in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes, 79 percent (187) of the alcohol-impaired fatalities occurred during nighttime hours (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.).

 “If you are drunk or high, or even a little buzzed, we are begging you: Stay off the roads,” said Sheriff Jason Mosher. “Drunk driving is deadly. If you plan to be the sober driver, then don’t indulge—your friends are relying on you.”

Prepare for the Fourth

This Fourth of July, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan how you will get around without driving.

Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:

 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 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.

 The Costs of Drunk Driving

Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed.” When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. Does mortality not get your attention? Maybe money will: A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license. You could face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney’s fees, fines, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work. Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends, or employer.

This Fourth of July, commit to driving 100-percent sober, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

Special Response Team takes fugitive into custody during search warrant

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Special Response team arrested a wanted subject early Friday morning who had been placed on the Vernon County’s Most Wanted list last month. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Michael Allen Porter, 43, of Nevada was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at a home on Panama road west of Deerfield. Mosher said Porter attempted to escape through a window in the back of the house but ran back into the home when he saw deputies waiting in the back yard. Because children were suspected to be in the home, deputies did not follow but tried calling him out instead. “We didn’t want to go bursting into the home if we didn’t have too. After we called out on a speaker that the home was surrounded, he surrendered without incident” said Mosher.

 

Porter was wanted in Vernon County for Felony Domestic Assault, the City of Nevada for Failure to Appear, and Bates County for probation violation on an original charge of Felony Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

Porter is being held in the Vernon County Jail with bonds totaling $8,145.52

 

 

*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.

 

DARE Graduation class gets pizza party with help from Domino’s

Today was the 5th and 6th grade DARE graduation and pizza party at the Bronaugh school! The kids had a great time and played some games with the School Resource officer. Thank you to Dominoes Pizza for helping us out by donating pizzas to the kids for this fun event!

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Three people charged after shooting incident West of Nevada

Three people have been charged after Vernon County Communications received a call that a person had been shot. According to Sheriff’s Officials, Deputies were dispatched to a call Monday afternoon involving a theft that occurred from a vehicle. According to investigators, items had been taken from a vehicle west of Nevada and as the vehicle drove away, it was followed by the victims. Deputies were notified the suspect’s vehicle had wrecked at the intersection of H and 54 Hwy’s and the suspects had fled from the vehicle into the Deerfield area but were located shortly after by law enforcement. Deputies were also notified that one person had been shot in the arm during the incident while trying to stop the suspects. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, a Nevada Police detective, who responded to assist, took one suspect into custody and the remaining suspects were arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies. “All of the suspects were located in Deerfield and taken into custody without incident and the firearms used were also located and seized” said Mosher.

 

Charges were issued Tuesday afternoon for the following:

 

Blane Jones, 19 of Nevada: Assault 1st Degree, three counts of Armed Criminal Action, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property, and Stealing. Bond has been set for Jones at $250,000 cash only. Jones is being held in the Vernon County Jail.

 

Wesley Eugene McCown, 17 of Nevada: Accessory to Assault 1st Degree, three counts of Accessory Armed Criminal Action, two counts of Accessory Unlawful Use of a weapon, Accessory Receiving Stolen Property and Accessory Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Bond has been set for McCown for $250,000 cash only.

 

Daniel Albert Hankins Jr, 17 of Nevada: Receiving Stolen Property and stealing Bond for Hankins Jr. has been set at $25,000 cash only.

 

 

*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.

 

Arrest made after large drug seizure in Vernon County

One person was taken into custody Thursday morning after investigators served a search warrant at a rural Nevada home resulting in a large seizure of suspected methamphetamines. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, approximately one and a half pounds of suspected crystal meth were seized during the search warrant on E 54 Hwy. “Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Detectives from the Nevada Police Department located a large amount of methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded firearm” said Mosher. The suspect has been identified as 61-year-old Roger M Collins, of Nevada. Collins has been charged with Drug Trafficking – A Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance – D Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm – D Felony. Mosher said Collins is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.

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Drugs, firearms seized in multi-agency raid of rural Nevada home

Charges have been filed against a rural Nevada resident after the execution of a search warrant Monday morning by Detectives of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Police Department and the Bates County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, who has been identified as 64-year-old James A Pryor was taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant on E Panama Rd just outside Nevada. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, suspected methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and several firearms were seized by investigators. Pryor has been charged with two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Illegal Weapons. Pryor 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.

 

Sheldon man on Most Wanted List taken into custody by multi-jurisdictional team

A Sheldon resident has been taken into custody by a multi-jurisdictional team after being placed on Vernon County’s Most Wanted list. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, 35-year-old Carl A Bogart was taken into custody early Friday morning after a search warrant was served at a home on South 1525 Road in Vernon County. Mosher said members of the Vernon County Special Response Team, Nevada Police Department, and the Bates County Sheriff’s Office conducted the raid just before sunrise. “Mr. Bogart was able to get underneath the trailer and hide when we called for him to come outside, but was found a short time later and taken into custody” said Mosher. Bogart was wanted on multiple felony warrants that were issued after he failed to appear for his court hearing in December. Bogart is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail with no bond.  

 

*This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Any names given in this release are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

More than a ¼ pound of meth seized in joint operation Monday evening

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:

Trafficking Drugs

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..

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