On 11-13-2014 officers from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Mtn Grove and Hartville Police Department and South Central Drug Task force served a search warrant on a residence just north of the City Limits of Mtn Grove on Hwy 95. Marijuana, Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia was located in the residences and was collected for evidence.

Four people were arrested and charged with the following offences:
Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance
Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana
Unlawful Use Of Drug Paraphernalia – Amphetamine/Methamphetamine
Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Marijuana
Unlawful Use Of Drug Paraphernalia
Williamson had outstanding warrants out of Wright and Douglas Counties.
Warren had a warrant out of Texas County


The charges for which these individuals have been arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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Wright County Homicide

Update on the Wright County Homicide case the body of Shane Masterson was found by Texas County Sheriff James Sigman this morning in Texas County app 3 miles from the Wright County Line. Masterson died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. His body was recovered not too far from where his vehicle was recovered last night. A handgun was also recovered.
During the investigation process over the last few days it was determined that Masterson was the suspect in the death of Novie Baney due to evidence collected from statements and Masterson’s truck.
This death occurred on Baty road on Monday app 10 miles north of Mtn Grove at Beaver Creek.
I would like to thank all the people that have called with information to the investigating offices.
I would also like to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mountain Grove, Mansfield Police Departments and the Texas County Sheriff’s Office for assisting the Wright County Sheriff’s Office on this case. Also my deputies that have worked countless hours investigating the case.
I ask that everyone say a prayer for the families of both of these men to give the comfort.
Sheriff Glenn Adler

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2008 Black Ford Recovered

Updated information. We recovered Masterson’s Black 2008 Ford this evening app 3 miles into Texas County off of Hwy 38. Masterson was not located at the scene. Masterson is still a person of interest. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Masterson please call your nearest Law Enforcement or dial 911. Avoid contact with Masterson.
Thanks to everyone that has made phone calls giving us information. Tonight it paid off

 

Person of interest

A person of interest has been developed through the investigation process.
Shane Masterson 53 years of age from Mountain Grove is a person of interest in this case.
Monday afternoon Officers responded to a call on Baty road where it was reported that a male subject was found deceased. The deceased was identified as Novie Baney. I’m asking that anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Masterson please call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 417-741-7576 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Willow Springs at 417-469-3121. Please do not try to contact with Masterson yourself.
Sheriff Adler

 

Homicide north of Mountain Grove

Wright County Sheriff’s and the Missouri State Highway are investigating a Homicide approx 10 miles north of Mtn Grove on Baty road which occurred around 1:45 pm Monday afternoon. A male subject 33 years of age was found deceased at the scene. Officers are looking for a person of interest which is driving a Black 2008 F250 Ford extended cab truck. Anyone with any information please call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 417-741-7576 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Willow Springs at 417-469-3121. More information will follow when the information is developed. Officers will be working through the night investigating the case searching for a person of interest. Officers will be working throughout the night on this case.

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Walk Safely

Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat With an Adult

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

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A former Wright County jailer is facing 17 felony counts involving corruption by a public servant.
David C. Lamson, 28, of Mountain Grove, who was employed as a jailer part time for the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, is being held on $85,000 cash-only bond.
Lamson faces 14 class D felony charges of acceding to corruption by a public servant and three felony charges of sexual contact with a prisoner back in 2011. The case was turned over the investigators with the Attorney General’s Office.
Lamson is housed in the Ozark County Jail. A Wright County Grand Jury handed down the incitements. The case will be prosecuted by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

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Two arrested after vehicle theft

    On 06-11-2014 the Wright County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a land owner that there was an abandoned pickup parked in a field on the Wright and Webster line just off Hwy V. The caller said the truck was a Red Chevy. Sheriff Adler responded to the call and found that the truck belonging to a Hartville resident was stolen in Webster County east of Seymour during the night. The victim was reporting it at the same time to Webster County Sheriff’s Office.
The owner and a Deputy from Webster County arrived and it was confirmed that the Red truck was his. The owner said he would be back to pick his truck up but had to run to the garage where it was left to get the key for it.


    At app 1130 hrs a caller called and said a Red Jeep pulled into the field and it and the Red Truck just left. A call was placed to the owner of the truck to see if he had picked up his truck and he said no that he was still in Seymour.
Sheriff Adler and Deputy Foreman responded to the location. On the way Sheriff Adler received a phone call from the victim stating he just had contact with his truck and the red Jeep on Love Ridge road just inside Webster County. He told Sheriff Adler the male subject in his truck pulled a gun on him and told him that he would kill him and the vehicle went west on Hwy V.


The suspect turned down Hwy AB just north of Seymour and abandoned the stolen truck behind a mobile home just off Hwy AB. The red Jeep picked up the male subject and the jeep continued east bound on Hwy AB. Hwy AB turns into a gravel road and it runs into Jericho road in Wright County.


Deputy Foreman observed the jeep coming at him on Jericho road and he activated the emergency lights on his patrol car and attempted to block the roadway. The driver appeared that he was going to hit Deputy Foreman’s patrol car so he moved over and the driver of the jeep drove in the ditch around the patrol car. Deputy Foreman called on the radio that the jeep nearly hit him and now he was in pursuit. Sheriff Adler observed the jeep coming at a high rate of speed and tried to block the vehicle but moved away as the jeep came at his patrol car not slowing down. The jeep then turned east on Antioch road to Hwy F. Sight was lost of the jeep and it was unknown which direction the driver turned on Hwy F.


At app 1345 hrs the Red Jeep was located in some woods on Ipock road app ¾ mile off of Hwy F. Search dogs from Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were used along with an aircraft from the patrol.
At 1428 hrs a Webster County Deputy was in foot pursuit with a male subject in the woods just north of Ipock road. The male subject was taken into custody by the Deputy and a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper. The male subject who was identified as Austin Slizell still had the firearm with him and was in possession of Drugs.


Austin Slizell was charged Monday in Wright County Circuit Court for 2 Counts of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, 2 Counts of Receiving Stolen Property, 2 Counts of Resisting Arrest for a Felony, 2 Counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Distribution/Delivery/ Manufacture a Controlled Substance, Possession of Burglary Tools, 2 Counts of Assault on Law Enforcement Officers, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Bond was set at $25,000 Cash. Slizell is being held in Webster County on charges in that county


The Female Regan Hyde, was charged for 2 Counts of Receiving Stolen Property, 2 Counts of Resisting Arrest and 2 Counts of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. Her bond was set at $5000 cash. Hyde is being held at the Wright County Jail.
Agencies involved were Wright , Webster and Greene County Sheriff’s Offices, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hartville, Mansfield and Seymour Police Departments.

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Search Warrants lead to nine arrests.

On January 31, 2014, the Mountain Grove Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Department served two search warrants resulting in 9 arrests. The first search warrant that was executed was located on West North Street, which resulted in 5 arrests. During the search, Officers located illegal narcotics that included K2 and methamphetamines. Those individuals arrested were:

Gregory Allen Washburn- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance
Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Richard Allen Liles- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To D Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance

Erin Danielle Sanders- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To D Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance

Anthony W. Pearce- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To D Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance

Charges are pending on the fifth suspect that was arrested out of the residence.

During the investigation, information came about that a female was trying to sell prescription narcotics to one of the males that was arrested at the search warrant. The female was located and three bottles of prescription medication was taken from her. The female charged was:


Debra L. Worthen- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance

The second search warrant was executed on Owens Road, located north of Mountain Grove. This search resulted in 3 arrests, including a Parole absconder. A large amount of K2 was located inside the residence as well as other drug paraphernalia. The three arrested were:

Jeffrey Adam Mitchell- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance
Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Stephanie Renee Henry- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance
Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Aaron Michael Harris- Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance
Possession Of Up To 35 Grams Of A Synthetic Cannabinoid Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Thirteen Officers executed the search warrants that started at 0130 hours early on Friday morning. It was a great effort between both departments who have been gathering information on the two locations for several months. Both locations had been dealing illegal narcotics for months.

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The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is sad to announce the passing of Transportation Officer Carl Kelley. Mr. Kelley transported prisoners for the Sheriff’s Office for a few years until his health started failing him. He was also a member of the Wright County Mounted Patrol several years back.
Mr. Kelley will be greatly missed.

Visitation: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Craig Hurtt chapel.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the chapel.

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