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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Be on the lookout

Be on the lookout for Robert Finch W/M Driving a 2001 Blue Mercury Cougar with a rebel flag in the back window. DO NOT confront Finch He is armed and Dangerous

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From Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase

    On October 4, 2013 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to AE Highway for a burglary in progress in North Eastern Douglas County. The homeowner initially had the vehicle blocked in as Deputies were responding. The suspect drove off the drive way and went around the homeowner and fled the scene leaving behind an accomplice that fled into the woods.

    Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase notified the Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler and Missouri State Highway Patrol of the vehicle information. One of the suspects, Michael Bunts age 36 of Mtn. Grove was taken into custody by Sheriff Adler after he met the vehicle on Cherokee Road in Wright County. Inside Bunts vehicle items stolen from the Douglas County residence were located by the Sheriff’s. Requests for warrants have been filed with the Douglas County Prosecutor at the time of this press release.

    A search began for the subject that fled on foot and he was subsequently located by a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper walking at the intersection of AE Highway and 95 Highway. The male subject fled on foot which resulted in a search by numerous officers from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Mtn. Grove Police Department.

    The search was terminated at approximately 1400 hours and the subject was not located. The subject fled into a heavily wooded area near the Douglas and Wright County Line. Sheriff Degase advised that they were able to identify the subject that fled as Ronald Watkins age 36 of Mtn. Grove. Watkins has a pending warrant out of Douglas County for theft of a Credit Card which is a result of a case worked by Deputy Nathan Long earlier in the year where Watkins was found using credit cards that were stolen from vehicles while they were parked at church.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating Ronald Watkins. If you know his whereabouts please contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 683-1020 or your local law enforcement agency. It is reported that Watkins may be clean shaven instead of having the goatee.

    Sheriff Degase would like to thank all the agencies for their assistance. The cooperative efforts of all the agencies, neighbors and the home owner getting a good description of the suspects, and their vehicle, resulted in the immediate apprehension of Bunts. SUBJECT IN CUSTODY

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    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.

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Stolen Truck Recovered

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.

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Conceal and Carry

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

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School is Starting

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

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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.

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