SPRINGFIELD, Missouri- The Green County Sheriff’s Office says a correctional officer was injured Thursday during an altercation with an inmate. The unidentified male jailer has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Their Facebook post doesn’t provide information about possible injury to the inmate.
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PULASKI COUNTY, Missouri- While Shawn Green will spend life in prison following his sentencing this week for second-degree murder, and an admitted accomplice, Tommy York, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years for burglary as part of a plea deal in the July 2014 beating death of Korean War veteran Robert Willhite, several others initially charged in the murder investigation have since received much lower sentences as part of plea deals, the Pulaski County Daily News is reporting.
Those people are Roby Sapere, 59, of Richland; Melissa A. Winkle, 36, of Crocker; and Jessica Berry, 26, of Dixon.
Sapere was initially charged with the Class A felony of second-degree murder, the same charge to which Green later pleaded guilty and for which he, like Green, could have received 10 to 30 years or life in state prison, depending on circumstances. He also faced a Class A felony charge of first-degree robbery accusing him of stealing coins from Willhite, a Class B felony charge of burglary, the same charge to which York pleaded later guilty and for which both men could have received five to 15 years in state prison, and three Class C felonies, one of receiving stolen property (Willhite’s collectible coins), one of stealing the coins, two of stealing firearms (Willhite’s two AR-15 rifles), and one of felonious restraint, each of which could have led to a two to seven year term in state prison, up to one year in county jail, or in the case of the thefts, up to $20,000 or twice the value of the stolen property, whichever was less. The second-degree murder charges against York and Sapere didn’t accuse them of doing the beating; prosecutors had initially said they were present committing other crimes while Willhite was being beaten to death.
On March 5 of last year, Sapere entered an Alford plea — an admission that if the case went to trial there would be enough evidence to convict — in which all the charges except receiving stolen property were dismissed. While Sapere and his private defense attorney, Jim Thomas, said they understood Sapere could receive two to seven years in state prison, up to a year in county jail, and a $5,000 fine, court documents say Prosecutor Kevin Hillman agreed to recommend that the judge suspend execution of his sentence for seven years and place him on five years of probation with conditions including that he pay $300 to the CLERF (Pulaski County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund), pay $4,275 in victim restitution at the rate of $75 per month, and serve 120 days shock time with credit for time already served, the report said.
Circuit Judge John Wiggins approved that plea deal. However, six months later Sapere was back in court for a probation violation hearing, and on Sept. 18 he admitted “to violating his probation by not notifying probation officer of his whereabouts.” The judge approved an agreement by the Pulaski County Prosecutors Office with Sapere to continue his probation with two additional conditions of four days of shock time with credit for time served in jail, and 20 hours of additional community service.
Just five days later, Sapere faced a new motion on Sept. 23 to revoke his probation, with an Oct. 7 hearing. That hearing was delayed for a month. On Nov. 2, Sapere’s roommate filed for and received an ex parte order of protection from Sapere, who appeared in court on Nov. 9 and consented to the protection order by Associate Circuit Judge Mike Headrick. More field violation reports were filed, the most recent Aug. 30 of this year, but court documents don’t indicate additional penalties against Sapere for probation violations.
Melissa Winkle wasn’t charged with the murder of Willhite but was charged with offenses related to the theft of items from his home. Initial charges were a Class D felony of possession of burglary tools, a Class A misdemeanor of receiving stolen property, a game camera, and a misdemeanor of driving without a valid license. The Class D felony could have led to two to four years in state prison or up to one year in county jail, and according to court documents, was filed because she “possessed black mechanic gloves, a red hammer with a pointed end, a short handled axe, a chisel, a wig, a tan hat and a pair of camouflage pants… with a purpose to use the same in making an unlawful forcible entry into a building, an inhabitable structure or a room thereof.”
LEBANON, Missouri- Lebanon Kiwanis Club says volunteers are needed to help shop with the kids shop twice each day for their 2016 Kiwanis Kids Christmas Shopping – December 6th, 7th, & 8th.
“We invite caring and responsible adults to sign up to shop as many times as possible. For those that have volunteered previously, nothing has changed except for the sign up process. For first time volunteers, prepare for a life changing experience as we bus in up to 300 children grades K-8th from Lebanon, Conway, Joel E. Barber, and Gasconade Schools.”
“You will simply assist the child in selecting new clothing. You will also likely make a new friend for life. For some kids, this may be the only new clothes they have ever had. Details and guidelines will be discussed in the minutes prior to the kids arrival at each listed time. We ask that you show up 15 minutes earlier than the listed time. The Lebanon Kiwanis Club works hard all year long raising the money for this amazing program.”
Kiwanis and some other local charity organizations will be receiving community grant checks from Walmart tomorrow morning at 8 am, said Sean Clearbrook.
To contribute please send checks to Lebanon Kiwanis Club PO Box 170 Lebanon, Mo 65536. To volunteer please go here: https://www.volunteersignup.org/T8J3Q
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F, announces a Holts Summit man and Columbia man will receive the Patrol’s Honorary Trooper Certificate. The Honorary Trooper Certificate is presented to a non-employee who performs in an exemplary manner, and under dangerous conditions to aid another, or who unselfishly assists a member in the performance of their duties. The men were nominated due to their actions at the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Callaway County. The presentation will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016, at Westminster College, in the Mueller Leadership Hall, Marsh-Jones Room, Fulton, Missouri.
On August 21, 2016, troopers were called to a three-vehicle crash on Missouri Route J, near the intersection of Missouri Route F, in Callaway County. Mr. Jacob R. Ellis, Columbia, Missouri, and Mr. Adam G.H. Brunk, Holts Summit, Missouri, were traveling in separate vehicles and witnessed the crash. A preliminary investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2005 Ford 500 was traveling south on Route J, lost control on a curve, crossed the centerline, and struck a 1991 Chevrolet pickup head-on. After the initial impact, the Ford 500 struck a 2013 Ford Focus. The Chevrolet pickup caught fire.
There were two occupants in the Chevrolet pickup. A female was sitting in the front passenger seat and rendered incapacitated due to severe chest pains. The male driver was sitting in the driver’s seat, but his left leg was pinned. He was unable to free himself from the burning vehicle.
Mr. Ellis and Mr. Brunk quickly rushed to the burning truck and began to assist the occupants. Mr. Brunk attempted to open the driver’s door, but it was jammed due to the collision. Mr. Ellis and Mr. Brunk then went to the passenger side door and helped remove the female from the pickup. Mr. Brunk walked the female away from the burning vehicle, where she could wait safely for emergency personnel to arrive on scene.
The fire had spread from under the pickup to along the driver’s door, and the driver’s left leg was still pinned. In the cab, flames were coming from the middle console. Together, Mr. Ellis and Mr. Brunk entered the pickup through the passenger door, and worked at freeing the driver until they were able to pull him from the burning vehicle.
Shortly after the driver was freed by Mr. Ellis and Mr. Brunk, the cab of the pickup was engulfed in fire.
“The actions of Mr. Ellis and Mr. Brunk were exemplary,” said Captain Turner. “Both gentlemen upheld the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s motto of service and protection.”
For the original online traffic crash report, please go to: https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/HP68/AccidentDetailsAction?ACC_RPT_NUM=160545788
The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”
OREGON LIVE- A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bundy brothers and occupiers Jeff Banta and David Fry also were found not guilty of having guns in a federal facility. Kenneth Medenbach was found not guilty of stealing government property, and a hung jury was declared on Ryan Bundy’s charge of theft of FBI surveillance cameras.
“Stunning,” said defense lawyer Lisa Ludwig, who was standby counsel for Ryan Bundy.
“I’m just thrilled,” said Neil Wampler’s attorney Lisa Maxfield.
The jury of nine women and three men returned the verdicts after five hours of deliberations on Thursday in the high-profile case that riveted the state and drew national and international attention to the federal bird sanctuary in rural eastern Oregon.
The coda to the stunning verdict, undoubtedly a significant blow to federal prosecutors, was when Ammon Bundy’s lawyer Marcus Mumford argued that his client, dressed in a gray suit and white dress shirt, should be allowed to walk out of the court, a free man.
Neil Wampler:’It’s a tremendous victory for rural America – disastrous,humiliating defeat for corrupt fed govt.’ pic.twitter.com/ogM4JzEPKY
— Maxine Bernstein (@maxoregonian) October 28, 2016
TEXAS COUNTY, Missouri- A Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter located the stolen getaway vehicle Thursday afternoon of Texas county homicide Daniel Campbell, according to the Houston Herald.
LEBANON, Missouri – In an October 26, 2016 press release, Detroit Tool & Engineering announced that it has been obtained by RCD LLC:
RCD LLC, held by industry leading executive Jim Sheldon, announced that it has acquired Detroit Tool & Engineering (DTE Inc.), a world class automation andtooling engineering and manufacturing company. The company was acquired from the St. Louis based private equity firm of Thompson Street Capital Partners. The sale was completed on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Mr. Sheldon is no stranger to DTE Inc. or the industry. He served as President of DTE Inc. between 1998
and 2004, supporting the largest revenues and returns in DTE Inc. history. From 2004 to 2010 Jim
served as the President of ATS, one of the largest worldwide automation companies. His passion and
advocacy for the industry, the employees, and the community has inspired Jim to return to DTE and
The strategic plan associated with this acquisition will reposition DTE Inc. as a prominent company in
both the Factory Automation Systems and Tool & Die Systems industries. “With worldwide c-suite
market and customer base connections, a strong employee talent pool, and an appropriate capital
structure, we plan to reposition DTE as an industry leader and we’ll do this with conviction” said Jim
Sheldon. “I have managed factory automation and tooling companies in many different states and many
different countries but I have never come across a more talented and dedicated group of employees than
here at DTE Inc. within the greater Lebanon community,” the press release said.
LEBANON, Missouri- The memorial service and vistitation for Marine Corporal Corey Justin Warford was held at Holman Howe Funeral Home today in Lebanon. Fellow veterans say he took his own life after struggling with PTSD.
“This man, my Fraternal Brother, was overcome by the many factors of PTSD. He passed at 25y/o by taking his own life on Sunday. Please, if you’re the praying type, pray for his wife and mother and their families. I did not know him, but Becky and I graduated high school with his older brother.”
“Having grieved for a fellow Marine who passed in the same manner, alongside her Family, I can say with certainty this is an exceptionally trying event. It’s not at all like losing a loved one in a car accident or to an illness. This is different. It messes with your mind,” said a post on the Battle In Distress Facebook page.
Corporal Warford was last assigned to 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Alpha Company “Red Death,” Second Platoon.
Corey is survived by his wife, Felicia, of the home; his mother, Tammy Dearing, and her husband, Aaron, of Louisburg, Missouri; his father, Steve Warford, and his wife, Trish, of Seymour, Missouri; a brother, Steve Warford, Jr., of Louisburg, Missouri; two sisters, Kyndall Kornbrust, and her husband, Shawn, of Mendon, Missouri, and Chylene Warford, of Phillipsburg, Missouri and other elatives.
He was raised in Buffalo, Missouri, and graduated from Buffalo High School in the Class of 2009. He then served his country faithfully in the United States Marine Corps from June 6, 2009, until being honorably discharged on January 24, 2014. He and Felicia made their home in Louisburg, while Corey worked for Bass Pro in Springfield. They then moved to Lebanon, where Corey worked for a Kum and Go Store for a short time before beginning work as a merchandiser for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Rolla, Missouri. He was also attending Drury University where he was studying criminology and psychology.
“He was a prolific gamer and also enjoyed collecting firearms, going to shooting ranges and having target practice. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed having time with his brother and sisters and his two nieces.
Corey was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, grandson, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his brief life and know that he will be fondly remembered by all of his family and many friends,” his obituary said.
LACLEDE COUNTY, Missouri- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says two Lebanon residents were hurt in a crash after they swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle on Hwy 32 Wednesday evening. The crash happened southeast of Falcon.
Roy Francis, 57, the driver, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Lebanon for treatment of minor injuries.
Travis Francis, 25, a passenger, was also transported to Mercy Hospital for minor injuries.
Troopers say Francis traveled off the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a bridge support. He was westbound.
The report doesn’t indicate if the other driver has been identified or apprehended.
Both occupants of the 2002 Chevy pickup were wearing seatbelts.
Trooper Sgt. Mobley responded to the scene at 7:30 p.m.
JOPLIN, Missouri- Members of the Joplin Police Department and K9 teams from other agencies gathered yesterday to salute and say farewell to an esteemed four-legged colleague who had to be put down due to declining health.
K-9 Ricky had served the citizens of Joplin with handler Dustin Holt from January 2007 until retiring due to age related issues in June 2013, the agency said.
The police dog had lived in retirement at home with Detective Holt. Due to deteriorating health issues and to best suit his comfort and well-being, the difficult decision was made to put Ricky to rest on Tuesday.
The agency says Ricky’s handler, Detective Dustin Holt continues to serve with them as a Detective. The Joplin department says also they appreciate the countless suspect apprehensions, drug seizures and many other accomplishments that Ricky and Holt shared together to benefit the community.
They concluded by saying Det. Holt has found comfort in this: “I am your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are my life, my leader. I will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of my heart”.