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September 2019 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC September 2019
DWI 5
DWR/DWS/NO DL 1
SPEEDING 80
FAIL TO REGISTER 30
LANE VIOLATION 10
FAIL TO STOP 7
NO INSURANCE 6
NO SEAT BELT 2
C AND I DRIVING 0
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 12
NO FRONT PLATE 1
INVESTIGATIVE 0
WARRANT ARREST 2
OTHER HMV 10
OTHER NON HMV 13
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 152
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 13
TOTAL WARNINGS 151
CALLS FOR SERVICE September 2019
STEALING/THEFT 24
BURGLARY 10
PROPERTY DAMAGE 11
ASSAULT 11
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 32
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 1
NARCOTICS 0
HARASSMENT 6
ALARM 19
FIRES 8
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 13
TRESPASS 6
CIVIL MATTER 23
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 79
DEATH 2
MOTORIST ASSIST 0
911 HANG UP 25
CHECK WELL BEING 30
ANIMAL 23
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 35
MEDICAL 18
CHECK VEHICLE 23
CITIZEN CONCERN 79
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 4
MISCELLANEOUS 79
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 0
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 561
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 30
   

 

Things Getting Hairy at Sheriff's Office

Deputies and Employees of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will soon start to change, in looks that is.  Starting October 1, 2019 they will begin growing beards and/or dressing down.  The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has once again kicked off its annual internal fundraiser to support a county children's charity that provides Christmas gifts to those children in Lawrence County in need at Christmas time.

Under normal protocol, deputies must be clean shaven and in a standard class A or B uniform while on duty.  However, in an effort to raise money for the charity, they may pay a fine during the months of October, November and December to grow facial hair or chose an alternate uniform.

So if you see a "hairy" deputy or one that doesn't appear to be in a normal uniform, please be patient.  It's for a wonderful cause.  Come January 1, 2020 they will be back to "normal'.

Sheriff DeLay Receives Trust Award from Better Business Bureau

(Pictured are Stephanie Garland, director of the Springfield BBB, Sheriff DeLay and David Oliver, KOLR 10 news anchor.  Photo credit: Stephanie Michelle Photography.)

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay was honored at an awards luncheon at the Bass Pro White River Convention Center in Springfield on Wednesday September 25, 2019 hosted by the Springfield area Better Business Bureau.

Sheriff DeLay received the "Trust" award from the BBB after being nominated by Gene and Rose Ballay of Aurora.  After receiving the nomination, the finalists were narrowed down to four people and the winner was selected out of those final four.

The Trust Award honors a business or nonprofit leader whose honesty, integrity and transparency impact their community and make it a better place to live and do business. We are proud to celebrate leaders in our community who are positively impacting trust.

"There is probably no greater honor than to be honored as an elected official as being trusted by those you serve.  While I am truly humbled by this honor, this wasn't a result of what I do.  The credit should be given to the men and women who serve with me in this office who do their job every day and are the face of this office.  It is through their actions that we gain and build that trust."  said Sheriff DeLay.

 

The Springfield area BBB serves 26 counties in the southwest Missouri area.

Also in attendance at the luncheon were Gene and Rose Ballay of Aurora, Lt. Doug Bounous and Lt. Jon Ford.

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Indictment Issued on 30 Year Old Murder Case

Lawrence Timmons

An indictment for Murder was issued Friday September 6, 2019 from a Lawrence County Grand Jury on an approximately 30 year old cold case murder.

Lawrence Timmons, 65 of Pierce City, was already in the Lawrence County Jail on unrelated charges. 

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office re-opened the 30 year old cold case after being contacted by a private investigation firm who wished to assist with new information that they had received. 

After several months of on going investigations, information was turned over to the Lawrence County Prosecutor who presented the information to a Grand Jury.  After receiving the information, the Grand Jury issued the indictment on Timmons.

The murder case involved victim Cynthia Smith who was reported missing after last being seen at an establishment in Mt. Vernon in 1988.  Shortly thereafter her body was located in a rural Pierce City cemetery.

The investigation is still on going.

Timmons is still in custody in the Lawrence County Jail on a $250,000.00 bond and is awaiting his next court date.

 

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August 2019 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC August 2019
DWI 2
DWR/DWS/NO DL 4
SPEEDING 101
FAIL TO REGISTER 34
LANE VIOLATION 17
FAIL TO STOP 9
NO INSURANCE 6
NO SEAT BELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 3
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 31
NO FRONT PLATE 14
INVESTIGATIVE 3
WARRANT ARREST 6
OTHER HMV 6
OTHER NON HMV 19
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 234
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 13
TOTAL WARNINGS 113
CALLS FOR SERVICE August 2019
STEALING/THEFT 30
BURGLARY 8
PROPERTY DAMAGE 6
ASSAULT 7
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 52
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 0
NARCOTICS 0
HARASSMENT 11
ALARM 12
FIRES 10
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 25
TRESPASS 20
CIVIL MATTER 32
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 102
DEATH 5
MOTORIST ASSIST 14
911 HANG UP 31
CHECK WELL BEING 28
ANIMAL 27
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 26
MEDICAL 36
CHECK VEHICLE 23
CITIZEN CONCERN 52
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 10
MISCELLANEOUS 94
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 7
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 661
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 30
   

 

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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