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Nevada woman charged in Friday night shooting

A Nevada resident has been arrested after deputies responded to a 911 call of a male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest Friday evening. According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Officials, deputies responded to a residence South of Nevada near 1725 road and BB Highway after the call was placed. The male victim, whose information has not yet been released, was transported to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, and is listed in stable condition; he could be released from the hospital within the next few days. Investigators were called in to work the case and soon began searching for a female suspect. The suspect was arrested late Friday night and has been identified as 25-year-old Heather L Benenhaley of Nevada, Missouri.

 

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said warrants have been issued for Benenhaley for an A Felony First Degree Domestic Assault, Armed Criminal Action, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The Sheriff said Benenhaley was believed to be in a relationship with the victim and the case is still under investigation. Benenhaley is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond.  

Search warrants executed across the county in drug distribution case

Six houses were raided by a team of Investigators and Deputies Thursday as part of a drug distribution case that has been ongoing since the first of the year. According to Sheriff’s Office Officials, search warrants were served by a team on Anderson Street in Sheldon, 1200 Road Southwest of Nevada, 1500 road near Horton, Floral Street in Nevada, Main Street in Nevada, and Lynn Street in Nevada.

 

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said two people with outstanding warrants were located during the event Tuesday and that suspected drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs were located in all six homes. “We will be sending evidence from each location to the Missouri State Crime lab for processing” said Mosher. The Sheriff said stolen property was located at one location and is in the process of being returned to the owner.     

 

According to officials, a total of 8 search warrants took place during the entire investigation that started in January with a search warrant being served in Stotesbury, and the arrest of a Sheldon man a few weeks later. Mosher said Bruce W Younce, 47 of Sheldon was arrested on January 30 at a home North of Nevada by detectives after a lengthy period of surveillance. Suspected methamphetamines and scales were located after a search warrant was served on Younce’s vehicle.  Younce has been charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond. Mosher said charges on multiple suspects involving the case are pending the results of lab analysis.

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Walker resident attempts to run from deputies, but gets caught

A walker resident is in custody after attempting to run from Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday evening. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, 25-year-old Tyler Miller-Biggs, of Walker Mo, fled from deputies after they attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of Ash and Douglas Streets in Nevada. The vehicle continued to flee west of Nevada as other units responded to assist. Sheriff Mosher said items were being thrown out the window of the vehicle during the pursuit. The pursuit came to an end when the driver went down a dead-end road in the area of Panama and 2200 Roads in Vernon County. “This is the second time a driver has fled from a deputy at shift change so it helps us out having extra deputies on at the same time” said Mosher. The Sheriff said Miller-Biggs attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by a deputy a short time later.  

 

Miller-Biggs had an outstanding municipal warrant for his arrest and is now facing felony charges for the pursuit. Sheriff Mosher said drug paraphernalia was located inside the vehicle.

 

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Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rika to get body armor

 

Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rika will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Diezel, Umass Amherst Police Department”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

 

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

 

 

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Nevada man picks wrong time to run from deputies

A Nevada resident is in jail after a vehicle pursuit early Saturday morning. According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Officials, a deputy began pursuing an SUV after he attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of 1525 and Lady roads in Vernon County. The Sheriff and Patrol Lieutenant were notified and responded to assist along with multiple other units. According to Sheriff Jason Mosher, the driver did not pick the best time to run from deputies. “We had three deputies getting ready to end their shift and two more that were just coming on duty when this guy ran. The Sheriff said deputies set up stop sticks ahead of the pursuit that resulted in three of the four tires being deflated. The pursuit ended in the area of 1238 and Lefler Roads. Suspected methamphetamines were located in the vehicle.

 

The driver has been identified as 25-year-old Cody M Bowles of Nevada. Charges were issued later in the day for Driving While Revoked and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bond has been set at $25,000 cash only. Sheriff Mosher said he would have preferred the vehicle stop, but if they are going to run, shift change is the best time.

 

Pursuit ends after vehicle turns down dead-end road

Two people have been charged after a vehicle pursuit with Vernon County Deputies ended Tuesday afternoon. According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were notified that a red Dodge passenger vehicle had just fled from Nevada Police when a deputy spotted the vehicle near 1550 and Panama Road. The license plates on the vehicle did not match the vehicle and came back as stolen. The vehicle fled from the deputy when he attempted to make a traffic stop. Additional units from the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in the pursuit. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, the vehicle turned down a dead-end road where a short foot pursuit took place. “The vehicle attempted to turn around by driving through a ditch when they realized there was nowhere to go” said Mosher. The Sheriff said the vehicle became stuck in the ditch and both passengers fled on foot but were apprehended by deputies shortly after. Mosher said a firearm was also located in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, and suspected methamphetamine's were also found during the incident.

 

The driver has been identified as 32-year-old Joshua A Warner, of Fort Scott KS and the passenger Necole L Brown, 33, of Milo MO.

Warrants were issued Wednesday charging Warner with:

      Unlawful Possession of a Firearm       Possession of a Controlled Substance       Resisting Arrest

His bond has been set at $25,000 cash or surety

 

Brown has been charged with:

Possession of a Controlled Substance Resisting Arrest

Her bond has been set at $25,000 cash or surety

 

*This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Any names given in this release are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Independence man charged with stabbing father near Sheldon MO

An Independence man is in custody after deputies responded to a call of a stabbing in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 16th. According to Sheriff’s Office Officials, the incident took place on 1725 Road near Sheldon Mo where the suspect, who has been identified as 28-year-old Richard A Kirkham, was arrested at the scene of the incident. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says Kirkham was the son of the victim and believes the stabbing took place after Kirkham broke into his father’s residence. Mosher said the victim was treated at the hospital and is expected to recover.

 

Warrants were issued Tuesday afternoon charging Kirkham with:

1st Degree Assault Armed Criminal Action 2nd Degree Domestic Assault 1st Degree Burglary.

Kirkham is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $75,000 cash only bond.   

 

*This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Any names given in this release are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Update on Officer involved shooting

Some information was released Tuesday morning regarding the officer involved shooting that took place on 6/21/2017 in Vernon County. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that their investigation surrounding the 911 call that was placed, and the pursuit that followed has been completed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation into the shooting that took place after the pursuit ended.

 According to the press release, the Vernon County 911 dispatch center received a call at approximately 2:23 am on 6/21/2017 regarding a stolen mini-van in the area of Montevallo, Mo in Vernon County. It was reported the driver of the stolen vehicle attempted to run over the owner during an altercation in which the owner was trying to keep his vehicle from being stolen.

 The responding deputy located the vehicle on E Hwy not far from the location that resulted in the 911 call. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle and notified dispatch that he was in pursuit when the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle pursuit ended on Stockade road when the suspect drove off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle, who has been identified as Brandon Lukenbill, fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, a physical altercation took place between the deputy and Lukenbill resulting in Lukenbill being fatally wounded by a gunshot.  

 Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said he requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol conduct the investigation into the shooting incident.   

 

Officer Involved Shooting

For immediate release:

In the early morning hours of June 21, 2017, a deputy with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed pursuit. At the termination of the pursuit, the deputy and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation. During that altercation, the deputy fired his weapon and the suspect was fatally wounded.  The involved deputy, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. This office will have no further comment until that investigation has been completed.

Deputies recover stolen firearms, arrest suspect

A Nevada man is in custody for Burglary, Stealing of Firearms, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Sheriff’s Office Officials have identified the suspect as 36 year-old Gerald L Deeser of Nevada. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said deputies had taken a theft report in the county and quickly identified Deeser as the suspect. Mosher said his office is still searching for one missing firearm, but the other firearms have been recovered and returned to the owner.

 

Deeser is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

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