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New Year's Pursuit Leads to Drug Arrest

 

William G. Hall

Approx. 120g methamphetamine

 

Just after midnight on January 1, 2018 a deputy was responding to a call when a vehicle blew through a 4 way intersection at a high rate of speed nearly striking the deputies vehicle.

The deputy then attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle refused to yield to the patrol car.  A chase ensued from just outside the city limits of Monett through the county and ended up in the Aurora city limits.

It was determined during the pursuit that the license plates on the vehicle were reported stolen.  The chase ended when the two subjects who were inside the vehicle slowed the vehicle and bailed out of it with the vehicle still rolling.

Both suspects, one male and one female fled the scene.  The vehicle continued to roll and ended up stopped after striking a building.

Officers with the Aurora Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Lawrence County were able to take the driver, a male subject into custody.  The female subject was not located.

While being taken into custody, the male subject was in possession of a small black bag that contained approximately 120 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine bagged in separate bags.

Charged with drug trafficking is William G. Hall, 37 of Pierce City, MO.

More charges may be pending.

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Sheriff's Office Releases 2017 Traffic Stop Data

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has released its annual 2017 Traffic Stop Reporting Data as required by the Missouri Attorney Generals Office.  A copy of the submitted report is accessible from the link below.

 

2017 Traffic Stop Data

December 2017 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC December 2017
DWI 0
DWR/DWS/NO DL 2
SPEEDING 44
FAIL TO REGISTER 1
LANE VIOLATION 15
FAIL TO STOP 5
NO INSURANCE 2
NO SEATBELT 1
C AND I DRIVING 3
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 10
NO FRONT PLATE 2
INVESTIGATIVE 1
WARRANT ARREST 4
OTHER HMV 1
OTHER NON HMV 10
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 73
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 6
TOTAL WARNINGS 72
CALLS FOR SERVICE December 2017
STEALING/THEFT 22
BURGLARY 17
PROPERTY DAMAGE 7
ASSAULT 9
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 35
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 0
NARCOTICS 1
HARASSMENT 7
ALARM 31
FIRES 16
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 29
TRESPASS 4
CIVIL MATTER 192
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 56
DEATH 5
MOTORIST ASSIST 6
911 HANG UP 39
CHECK WELL BEING 20
ANIMAL 21
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 25
MEDICAL 14
CHECK VEHICLE 32
CITIZEN CONCERN 64
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 8
MISCELLANEOUS 51
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 10
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 704
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 12
   

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office’s Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Enforcement Campaign a Success

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office’s Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Enforcement Campaign a Success

 

Declaring Lawrence County’s participation in the national Holiday DWI Enforcement “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance-impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office reported that no substance-impaired driving arrests were made. One (1) felony arrest was made and four (4) citations were issued.  165 warnings for various other traffic violations were issued during the enforcement period, which ran from December 15, 2017 – January 1, 2018.

“I am proud of our Deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay.

“Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals,” he said. “Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America’s highways.

Last year there were 233 fatalities and 700 serious injuries that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every 1 ½ days and one substance-impaired driving serious injury every ½ day.

During the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday in 2016 from December 15, 2016 through January 1, 2017, there were 44 fatalities and 193 serious injuries, which seven (7) fatalities and fourteen (14) serious injuries involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

For more information, visit the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign headquarters at www.TrafficSafetymarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Joins National Holiday DWI Enforcement “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” (DSOGPO) Crackdown to Reduce Substance-Impaired Driving Fatatlities

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Joins National Holiday DWI Enforcement “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” (DSOGPO) Crackdown to Reduce Substance-Impaired Driving Fatatlities

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Substance-Impaired Drivers

 

Local deputies will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled over” on substance-impaired driving. The enforcement throughout Lawrence County will run from December 15, 2017 – January 1, 2018.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving over the Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol and/or drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing impaired-driving epidemic.

“Twenty-five percent of all Missouri motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2016 involved one or more substance-impaired driver or motorcycle operator,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay. “233 fatalities and 700 serious injuries in 2016 involved at least one substance-impaired driver.  That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every 1 ½ days and one substance-impaired driving serious injury every ½ day.

Sheriff DeLay added the Holiday Weekend is particularly dangerous. During the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday in 2016, from December 15, 2016 through January 1, 2017, there were 44 fatalities and 193 serious injuries, which seven (7) fatalities and fourteen (14) serious injuries involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Lawrence County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Sheriff DeLay.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does alcohol and/or drugs impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.  If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel.  If you choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.  No warnings.  No excuses,” Sheriff DeLay said.

Sheriff DeLay noted that being arrested for driving impaired brings a wide range of negative consequences in to one’s life.  Substance-impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of a job.  When family, friends an co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Substance-impaired driving is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance.  Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, said Sheriff DeLay.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

 

 

November 2017 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC November 2017
DWI 0
DWR/DWS/NO DL 0
SPEEDING 19
FAIL TO REGISTER 8
LANE VIOLATION 2
FAIL TO STOP 9
NO INSURANCE 1
NO SEATBELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 5
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 7
NO FRONT PLATE 0
INVESTIGATIVE 0
WARRANT ARREST 4
OTHER HMV 2
OTHER NON HMV 4
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 51
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 6
TOTAL WARNINGS 49
CALLS FOR SERVICE November 2017
STEALING/THEFT 37
BURGLARY 25
PROPERTY DAMAGE 12
ASSAULT 4
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 35
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 4
NARCOTICS 12
HARASSMENT 6
ALARM 11
FIRES 6
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 16
TRESPASS 8
CIVIL MATTER 122
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 193
DEATH 3
MOTORIST ASSIST 4
911 HANG UP 28
CHECK WELL BEING 28
ANIMAL 26
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 27
MEDICAL 9
CHECK VEHICLE 50
CITIZEN CONCERN 87
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 5
MISCELLANEOUS 51
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 6
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 684
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 9
   

Inmate Who Escaped Custody is Now Back In Custody

 

An inmate who was being transported from the Lawrence County Jail to the Vernon County Jail had a brief moment of freedom.

Inmate Mike Jones, pictured above, who has been charged with 1st Degree Murder was being housed at the Vernon County Jail due to overcrowding issues at the Lawrence County Jail.  Jones was transported to Lawrence County for a court appearance today, Monday November 27. 

After his court appearance, Jones was awaiting transport back to Vernon County.  Jones along with other inmates were being placed into the Vernon County transport van outside the Lawrence County Jail.  While the Vernon County Deputy was securing the other inmates, Jones, who was belly chained, took advantage of the Deputy's divided attention and fled the scene.

The Deputy gave a short chase and lost sight of Jones.  The Vernon County deputy then returned to the Lawrence County Jail to report the escape.  Immediately, area law enforcement was notified of the escape and assistance was requested.

Law Enforcement from Lawrence County including the Lawrence County Auxiliary, Mt. Vernon PD, Verona PD, MSHP, Missouri Department of Conservation, Dade County SO, Jasper County SO, Greene County SO, Christian County SO, Webster County SO, Stone County SO, Joplin PD, Wheaton PD, Miller PD, Monett PD and Aurora/Marionville PD assisted by providing manpower, aerial drones, K-9 units, aircraft and thermal cameras.

A search of the immediate area was conducted and a short time later a Lawrence County Deputy who was walking alleyways located the suspect in a brush pile behind a burned out residence near the intersection of Cherry and McCanse in Mt. Vernon.

The deputy announced he had located the suspect and requested assistance.  Several citizens who were also on the look out for Jones heard the deputies request for assistance and responded on foot to help.

Jones was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Lawrence County Jail where he was transferred back to Vernon County.

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Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of Click It or Ticket Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office ticketed zero (0) motorists for not wearing seat belts during the November 22 Click It or Ticket mobilization.  Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.

During the enforcement effort, deputies issued a total of four (4) traffic citations including:  two (2) driving while suspended tickets; one (1) uninsured motorist ticket and one (1) other hazardous moving violation ticket.  One felony arrest was made and 43 warnings for various other violations were issued as a result of the enforcement.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in five Missouri motorists are still not making it click.  Even more concerning, six out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash," stated Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to Buckle Up and Arrive Alive."

For more information on Missouri's seat belt use, visit www.SaveMOlives.com.  Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.

Cause of Death Determination Made in Pierce City Incident

An autopsy has been completed on Kaydee Moerer and Sara Spears.  The autopsy has confirmed what Lawrence County investigators had believed happened at the rural Pierce City residence.

The cause of death for Kaydee Moerer was a single gunshot to the back of the head.  The cause of death for Sara Spears was a single gunshot to her forehead.

Based on the investigation along with the autopsy results, the incident is being officially ruled as a murder/suicide.

A recap of the incident follows:

On Monday November 13, 2017 the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office received a call for a well being check at Spears residence to assist the Division of Family Services.  There were no Deputies in the immediate area so mutual aid was requested from the Pierce City Police Department.

Chief Abramovitz with PCPD responded to the scene to assist DFS until Deputies could arrive.  Based on information that was obtained previously and at the scene, Chief Abramovitz  made entry into the residence where the two bodies were discovered.  After discovering the bodies, he was able to secure the scene until deputies arrived.

Upon arrival Chief Abromovitz advised the deputies what he had found and deputies made entry into the residence to begin the investigation.  The bodies were identified as 40 year old Sara Spears and her daughter 10 year old Kaydee Moerer.  They were released to the Lawrence County Coroner for autopsy. 

On Tuesday November 14, 2017 the autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was determined.

This incident was ruled a murder/suicide and an isolated incident. 

The investigation is continuing to determine how much time had elapsed since someone last had contact with Spears or Moerer.

 

Second Person Identified in Pierce City Incident

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has identified the second subject found deceased in the incident that occurred in rural Pierce City.

Kaydee Moerer, age 10 of Pierce City, was found deceased with what appeared to be a gun shot wound at her residence this morning.  Kaydee is the biological daughter of Sara Spears who was also found deceased at the residence with an apparent gun shot wound.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is investigating this incident as a homicide and will be waiting on the results of an autopsy which is scheduled for Tuesday morning for further determination. 

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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