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Charges Filed, One in Custody on Lee Cemetery Vandalism Case

Update # 3 06/11/2019 1325hrs

Information reported earlier on charges had been listed incorrectly.  .  The property damage and trespass charges listed were for a separate case.  The correct charge for the Lee Cemetery case is now listed.

Update # 2 06/11/2019 1202hrs

Updated 06/11/2019 1150hrs

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is releasing information regarding the Lee Cemetery Vandalism that occurred late May/early June.

Charge have been filed on three individuals regarding damage to Lee Cemetery near Verona.  Curtis Board 17 YOA, Matthew Levan 17 YOA and Holden Davenort 17 YOA all of Aurora have been charged with Institutional Vandalism by the Lawrence County Prosecutor. 

The investigation was aided by tips that came to the Aurora Police Department by citizens.  That information was followed up on by Aurora Detectives and passed to Lawrence County Detectives to further follow up on.  Enough information was gathered and a probable cause statement was given to seek the warrants.

Currently one subject, Curtis Board has been been taken into custody with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office would like to express thanks to all who provided tips and information that led to charges being filed and to the citizens who stepped up to take care of such a terrible incident.  This is yet another example of when citizens and multiple agencies work together, many things can be accomplished.

2012 Murder Suspect Found Dead in Mexico

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is releasing information regarding the death of Martin Meza, who was charged with homicide in a 2012 shooting death in Lawrence County.

Meza was charged in the death of 51 year old Abel Iberra after an incident in August of 2012 in rural Pierce City.

Meza has been on the run since the incident and was believed to have fled the country and traveled to Mexico.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office received information from the U.S. Marshal's Office who has been working with the Lawrence County in tracking down Meza, that Meza was found deceased with a gunshot wound to the head.  It is believed that case is being worked as a homicide by Mexican authorities.

No further information is available at this time.

 

Martin Meza

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

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office participated in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization conducted May 20 - June 2.  During the enforcement effort, deputies issued at total of three (3) tickets including two (2) for suspended licenses and one (1) for uninsured motorists.  One (1) drug arrest, one (1) felony arrest and one (1) fugitive was apprehended as a result of the enforcement.  150 warnings were issued for various other traffic violations.

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

Six out of 10 people killed in 2018 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled.  Missouri's seat belt use has shown only modest improvement over the last six years.  Missouri has an 87 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.  Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 73 and 71 percent.

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

May 2019 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC May  2019
DWI 0
DWR/DWS/NO DL 2
SPEEDING 107
FAIL TO REGISTER 22
LANE VIOLATION 4
FAIL TO STOP 9
NO INSURANCE 7
NO SEAT BELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 5
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 19
NO FRONT PLATE 0
INVESTIGATIVE 2
WARRANT ARREST 2
OTHER HMV 7
OTHER NON HMV 6
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 179
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 18
TOTAL WARNINGS 164
CALLS FOR SERVICE May 2019
STEALING/THEFT 23
BURGLARY 11
PROPERTY DAMAGE 8
ASSAULT 2
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 58
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 1
NARCOTICS 0
HARASSMENT 4
ALARM 14
FIRES 4
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 23
TRESPASS 6
CIVIL MATTER 44
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 95
DEATH 1
MOTORIST ASSIST 13
911 HANG UP 37
CHECK WELL BEING 25
ANIMAL 13
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 32
MEDICAL 22
CHECK VEHICLE 35
CITIZEN CONCERN 41
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 5
MISCELLANEOUS 103
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 0
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 703
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 20
   

 

Sheriff's Office Seeking Information in Cemetery Vandalism

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding vandalism to the Lee Cemetery near Verona over the weekend.  Sadly, someone damaged headstones dating back to the 1800's.

Approximately 50 headstones were damaged or destroyed by someone with very little morals and respect.  Even more disturbing is the fact this happened just after Memorial Day when many people come to the cemetery to pay respects to friends and families buried at the local cemetery.

The Lee Cemetery Association is offering a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.  In addition, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is also adding and additional $1,000.00 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Attached to this release, you will see some of the damage done by these irresponsible people.

Tips can be anonymous through the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office website at www.lawrencecosheriff.com or through the Barry/Lawrence County Crimestoppers website at www.blcrimestoppers.com.

 

Please share this information and help us catch the responsible parties.

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Brake for Seat Belts

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 20 - June 2 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt violations.

Six out of 10 people killed in 2018 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled.  And even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri's seat belt use has shown modest improvement in the last six years and is still consistently below the national average.

Missouri has an 87 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.  Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 73 and 71 percent.

"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up."

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

April 2019 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC April  2019
DWI 5
DWR/DWS/NO DL 6
SPEEDING 62
FAIL TO REGISTER 37
LANE VIOLATION 10
FAIL TO STOP 8
NO INSURANCE 3
NO SEAT BELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 0
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 9
NO FRONT PLATE 0
INVESTIGATIVE 2
WARRANT ARREST 0
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 0
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 90
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 24
TOTAL WARNINGS 122
CALLS FOR SERVICE April 2019
STEALING/THEFT 29
BURGLARY 7
PROPERTY DAMAGE 7
ASSAULT 4
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 37
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 1
NARCOTICS 4
HARASSMENT 5
ALARM 21
FIRES 17
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 9
TRESPASS 10
CIVIL MATTER 112
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 81
DEATH 0
MOTORIST ASSIST 9
911 HANG UP 18
CHECK WELL BEING 30
ANIMAL 15
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 29
MEDICAL 25
CHECK VEHICLE 28
CITIZEN CONCERN 61
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 12
MISCELLANEOUS 48
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 3
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 619
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 23
   

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Youth Seat Belt Enforcement Results

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office participated in the statewide youth seat belt mobilization conducted March 15-31.  During the enforcement effort, Deputes issued a total of thirty (30) traffic tickets including twenty three (23) speeding tickets, seven (7) other tickets for various hazardous moving violations.  No seat belt tickets were issued.  157 warnings were issued to motorists as a result of the crackdown.

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

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 26 percent of teens do not buckle up.  Seven out of ten Missouri teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

March 2019 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC March  2019
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 5
SPEEDING 123
FAIL TO REGISTER 38
LANE VIOLATION 8
FAIL TO STOP 8
NO INSURANCE 6
NO SEAT BELT 2
C AND I DRIVING 0
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 13
NO FRONT PLATE 1
INVESTIGATIVE 3
WARRANT ARREST 3
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 10
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 200
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 16
TOTAL WARNINGS 200
CALLS FOR SERVICE March 2019
STEALING/THEFT 32
BURGLARY 5
PROPERTY DAMAGE 12
ASSAULT 4
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 35
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 1
NARCOTICS 1
HARASSMENT 6
ALARM 24
FIRES 9
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 18
TRESPASS 7
CIVIL MATTER 31
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 105
DEATH 4
MOTORIST ASSIST 4
911 HANG UP 19
CHECK WELL BEING 23
ANIMAL 17
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 27
MEDICAL 27
CHECK VEHICLE 35
CITIZEN CONCERN 88
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 1
MISCELLANEOUS 85
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 12
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 620
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 12
   

 

Notice of Changes to Text Alert System on Website

Notice of Changes to Text Alert System on Website

3/29/2019

 

Notice of Changes to Text Alert System on Website

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before March 29, 2019. The upgraded text alert system will feature a new link in the message body. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with the current link and a sample of the same alert with the new link:

 

        

As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line and a From address of Lawrence Sheriff MO. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.

 

To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page: https://www.lawrencecosheriff.com/alerts_signup.php

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please contact us at 417-466-2131.

 

 As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.

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