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July 2019 Calls Stats Released

TRAFFIC July  2019
DWI 2
DWR/DWS/NO DL 0
SPEEDING 26
FAIL TO REGISTER 15
LANE VIOLATION 15
FAIL TO STOP 1
NO INSURANCE 2
NO SEAT BELT 1
C AND I DRIVING 1
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 17
NO FRONT PLATE 2
INVESTIGATIVE 6
WARRANT ARREST 0
OTHER HMV 3
OTHER NON HMV 1
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 85
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 12
TOTAL WARNINGS 71
CALLS FOR SERVICE July 2019
STEALING/THEFT 33
BURGLARY 13
PROPERTY DAMAGE 8
ASSAULT 9
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 53
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 7
NARCOTICS 0
HARASSMENT 14
ALARM 20
FIRES 11
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 17
TRESPASS 16
CIVIL MATTER 47
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 66
DEATH 2
MOTORIST ASSIST 13
911 HANG UP 32
CHECK WELL BEING 22
ANIMAL 29
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 33
MEDICAL 36
CHECK VEHICLE 23
CITIZEN CONCERN 83
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 10
MISCELLANEOUS 79
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 4
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 676
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 21
   

 

Child Death leads to Couple Being Charged

Sarah Garbee

Caleb Williams

A Verona, Mo couple have been charged in connection with the death of a three (3) year old child.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office was contacted at approximately 3:00 am on Wednesday July 24, 2019 regarding the death of a child with suspicious circumstances after that child had been taken to a local hospital.

An autopsy was conducted on the child and the determination was made that the child's death was a result of blunt force trauma. 

The results of the autopsy and investigation by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and the Lawrence County Coroner have resulted in the filing of charges by the Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney.

Sarah Garbee, 26 yoa of Verona, the mother of the child and Caleb Williams, 24 yoa and also of Verona who is the boyfriend of Garbee and residing together have each been charged with Abuse of a Child - Neglect Resulting in Death and are currently residing in the Lawrence County Jail under a $100,000.00 bond each.  Both are waiting their first court appearance on Monday.

The investigation is still active and on going at this time.

 

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June 2019 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC June  2019
DWI 0
DWR/DWS/NO DL 1
SPEEDING 26
FAIL TO REGISTER 18
LANE VIOLATION 4
FAIL TO STOP 6
NO INSURANCE 1
NO SEAT BELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 2
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 8
NO FRONT PLATE 0
INVESTIGATIVE 2
WARRANT ARREST 1
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 3
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 67
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 9
TOTAL WARNINGS 56
CALLS FOR SERVICE June 2019
STEALING/THEFT 25
BURGLARY 1
PROPERTY DAMAGE 5
ASSAULT 11
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 37
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 0
NARCOTICS 0
HARASSMENT 13
ALARM 19
FIRES 2
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 18
TRESPASS 4
CIVIL MATTER 40
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 98
DEATH 2
MOTORIST ASSIST 7
911 HANG UP 20
CHECK WELL BEING 17
ANIMAL 26
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 31
MEDICAL 22
CHECK VEHICLE 27
CITIZEN CONCERN 45
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 11
MISCELLANEOUS 82
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 4
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 563
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 23
   

 

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
   

 

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