On 09-28-2013 at 1524 hrs a call was received to the Wri_Tex 911 that a male subject was at Wilbur Allen and had went under the water and did not surface while swimming in the Gasconade River. Wright County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched along with Northern Wright County Fire and Mtn Grove Fire. Mutual aid from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol water patrol division for their boats.
On arrived it was learned that four subject had been camping at the conservation area and had been fishing, hunting and swimming during the day. The victim Jeremy Hinkemeyer age 20 jumped in the river to swim across to the other side of the river.
One of the subjects that was in the group heard Hinkemeyer call out for help. The witness saw Hinkemeyer struggling in the water then disappear under the water. Two of the subject found a log that was floating and used it to hold onto while they swam out to try to find Hinkemeyer. They had no luck and swam back to shore.
The other camper went up the road to try to get cell service to call for help and ran into some other people at the river. They let the subject use their cell phone to call for help.
It was decided that both fire departments would not enter the water for safety reasons. It was unknown what was below the surface of the water which may endanger the rescuers.
Agent Keith Wollard from the Missouri Department of Conservation arrived with his boat to start checking the water. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived with their boat. Both boats worked together searching the area where Hinkemeyer was last seen. It was reported that the water was at least 15 feet deep.
Darkness approached and several area men came with their gigging boats equipped with lighting and assisted in the search efforts.
At 2136 hrs the body of Jeremy Hinkemeyer was located in the area he was last seen. Wright County Coroner Ben Hurtt was on seen and pronounced Hinkemeyer deceased and transported the body to the Craig Hurtt Funeral Home in Mtn Grove.
Hinkemeyer lived in Rolla and went to college there. His original home is in New London, Minnesota. Sheriff Adler contacted the Kandiyohi Sheriff’s Office and they send a deputy and Chaplin to make contact with the parents.
At the time of this press release it is unknown what may have been the factor causing Hinkemeyer to drown. No foul play is expected.
I want to thank the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Northern Wright County and Mtn Grove and Hartville Fire Departments, Hartville Police Department and all the men that brought their boats to assist our efforts.
Wright County Sheriff’s Office recovered this stolen GMC truck on Monday; 9/16/2013 at the Jct of Summit road and S hwy DD. Believe the unknown driver may have set the truck on fire. The truck was stolen over night last Thursday night from Webster Co. We are assisting Webster County with the case.
The Missouri Sheriff’s will begin issuing Conceal carry Permits beginning August 28, 2013.
Pursuant to SB 75 which was signed into law by Governor Nixon, responsibility for issuing Conceal Carry Permits as well as renewal of Conceal Carry Permits will transfer from the Department of Revenue to local Sheriff’s on August 28th. Person making application for a new conceal carry permit, or renewal of an existing conceal carry permit should submit the required fees and paperwork to the Sheriff of the county in which they reside.
Upon completion of the required background checks successful applicants will be issued a concealed carry permit by the Sheriff of the county.
Conceal Carry Permits issued August 28th and thereafter will be valid for 5 years at which time they will need to be renewed. Any conceal carry permit which have not been renewed after 6 months will be voided. Permits which were issued prior to August 28th 2013 will still be valid until their expiration date, at which time the holder will need to renew their conceal carry permit with the Sheriff of the county in which they reside.
Records regarding conceal carry permit holders are Closed Records, as such unauthorized released is a Class A misdemeanor.
Change of Name, change of Address as well as lost or stolen permits will need to be reported to the Sheriff. Upon notification the Sheriff will issue a new permit with updated information for a fee of $10.00. Original application fee for conceal carry permit cannot exceed $100.00, renewal fee cannot exceed $50.00.
Full body of text for SB75 can be found at http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/pdf-bill/tat/SB75.pdf
This week several schools will start and you need to be watching for kids walking and for school buses. The following is a Missouri State Statute. Please use caution.
304.050. 1. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children and whose driver has in the manner prescribed by law given the signal to stop, shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by its driver to proceed
A scare for some of us tonight. This afternoon-evening down pour sent raging water to Shull’s ski Lake north of Hartville and there was a concern that the dam may fail if water went over the top. Luckily the rain stopped and the water went down. Mr. Shull told me it had app two feet before it would have reached the top of the dam. He also said he had received 14 inches of rain since Friday. Residents were contacted downstream from the Lake. Hats off to the Wright Co Sheriff’s Office, MSHP, Hartville FD, MoDot and Wright Co commissioner Mike Sherman for scrambling to the scene to close roads and contact downstream residents.
On 07-21-2013 at app 1135 hrs a call was received from 911 that there was a male subject inside the 1st Baptist Church at Norwood with a gun. The caller said the subject had fired the weapon off inside the Church. The caller said some members of the church had tackled the subject and was holding him for law enforcement to arrive. Deputy Campbell overheard the call while off duty and responded and was on scene within minutes and took the suspect Earnest J Smith who is 48 years of age from Norwood into custody without incident.
Investigation revealed that two rounds had been fired from the handgun Smith had. The first round Smith fired at the floor which continued on and hit the wall behind the pastor who was preaching his sermon at the time. The second round went off when Smith was tackled while the church members were trying to subdue the subject and was shot through the ceiling. There were 39 church members present in that part of the church when Smith came in. Evidence was collected by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol including statements from witnesses. Smith was transported to the Wright County Jail pending charges. One slight injury occurred to one of the church members that tackled the suspect and was looked at by Mercy Ambulance crew on scene and was released from the scene. God was watching over that church and everyone is lucky to walk out ok. Our world has changed and we all need to stay vigilant to what is going on around us no matter where we are at.
Charges on Smith are as follows,
Assault in the 1st Degree a class B Felony
Discharge/Shoot Firearm from a Building/Habitable Structure a Class B Felony
Unlawful Use of a Weapon a class D Felony
Making a Terrorist Threat a class C Felony
Armed Criminal Action which is a Felony
Bond is set at $250,000 cash.
Sheriff Glenn B. Adler
On 06-28-2013 a Wright County Grand Jury indicted Kayla S Cork resulting in a warrant issued for the arrest of Kayla S Cork age 20 from Ava, Missouri formally from Norwood for the following offences.
Felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the first degree,
Felony Abuse of a Child- Resulting in Death
Felony Murder 2nd Degree
The Cork’s Bond is set at $500,000.00 cash only.
These charges are from an ongoing investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control unit, Missouri State Technical Assistance Team, Wright County Juvenile Office, Missouri Children’s Division Services and Wright County Coroner.
On August 3rd 2012 at app 6:30am First Responders, and Law Enforcement responded to a residence on Dryer road north of Norwood to a call of an app 7 month old baby not breathing. The baby was lifeless and efforts to revive the child failed.
An investigation was started on the cause of the baby’s death and it was found that the baby had been abused after an autopsy was performed in Springfield on the following Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol questioned family members and witnesses.
Results of the autopsy took a while for the doctor to complete his report. Also the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team was called into to help investigate this case. On 06-28-2013 information was obtained that Cork was living in Ava, Missouri. Sheriff Adler, Ava PD and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office checked several residences in and around Ava and were unable to located Cork. Information was received that Cork had left Ava and was at a residence in Seymour. Seymour Police Department located Cork at a residence and placed her under arrest.
These types of cases take time to investigate to make sure a good case is put together so the Prosecutor can prosecute the case with the best facts of the case he can.
Cork was transported to the Wright County Jail and booked in.
April 27th from approximately 11 am to noon Hwy 5 and Hwy 38 will be closed to traffic two blocks from each direction of the intersection of 5 & 38. Detours for passing through traffic for cars and pickups well be set up. Tractor Trailers will need to wait in line. There will be a Civil War Reenactment in front if the Wright County Court House. This road closure is for safety of the public due to a high volume of people that will be on the streets. Sorry for the inconvenience but stop and enjoy the battle.