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Maries County Sheriff's Office

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Press Release


During the morning hours of September 14, 2013 the Maries County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from an address on Maries County Road 334 near Vienna. The reporting party reported that they woke up and found a young male sleeping on their couch. After further investigation it was determined that the male subject was a minor who was extremely intoxicated. The minor crashed his vehicle causing property damage at a church, and then left his vehicle at the scene of the accident with his vehicle running. The male subject walked down Maries County Road 334 where he unlawfully entered someone's residence. The homeowners stated they did not know the minor subject. While inside the residence the minor vomited and defecated himself on the homeowners floor. The minor then helped himself to items in their refrigerator and passed out on their couch.

Members of the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and Deputies were forced to use a Taser on the suspect to take him into custody. The male suspect was arrested and later released to his parents. The minor stated the last thing he remembered was "playing beer pong at a party."

"This young man is very lucky. Considering he was that intoxicated and didn't kill himself or someone else while he was driving is a blessing. He is also lucky the homeowners didn't shoot him for unlawfully entering their house during the night time hours." Underage drinking parties are no joke and should not be tolerated by parents. If you know someone who is too intoxicated to drive, please do not let them! It is not worth the consequences.

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


CCW Permits


Pursuant to SB75 which was signed into law by Governor Nixon, the responsibility for issuing concealed carry permits as well as renewals of concealed carry permits will transfer from the Department of Revenue to my office on August 28.

Concealed carry permits issued August 28 and thereafter will be valid for 5 years at which time they will need to be renewed. Any concealed carry permits which have not been renewed after 6 months will be voided.

Permits which were issued prior to August 28, 2013 will still be valid until their expiration date, at which time the holder will need to renew their concealed carry permit with my office. Records regarding concealed carry permit holders are CLOSED RECORDS, as such unauthorized release is a class A misdemeanor.

Change of name, address, as well as lost or stolen permits will need to be reported to me. Upon notification I will issue a new permit with updated information for a $10.00 fee. Original application fees for concealed carry permits are still $100.00, and renewals are still $50.00 with my office.

The Sheriff's Office is looking to hold a CCW class on October 5, 2013 from 9am-5pm. If you would like to get on list for this class contact the Sheriff's Office at 573-422-3381 during business hours.

Chris Heitman, Sheriff
Maries County Sheriff's Office
573-422-3381
573-422-3100 (Fax)

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


Update


Jerry J. Adkison has been charged with attempted to manufacture/produce a controlled substance-methamphetamine, a class B felony. Adkison remains in the Maries County Jail on $100,000.00 bond.

"The Sheriff's Office and our local drug task force will continue working hard taking drugs off our streets, and we will work even harder taking down the individuals who produce or sell these drugs."

For drug related tips contact the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group toll free tip line at 1-800-351-TIPS.

Press Release

During the evening hours of August 24, 2013 members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant on Route H in High Gate. During the course of the search Sheriff's Deputies located numerous items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff's Deputies arrested Jerry J. Adkison age 50 of Belle for drug violations. Adkison remains in the Maries County Jail pending formal charges. I expect charges to be filed sometime this afternoon.

***UPDATE TO FOLLOW***

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


Training PR


Sheriff Chris Heitman ATTENDS PRESTIGIOUS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PROGRAM FOCUSED ON PROTECTING MARIES COUNTY CHILDREN

Specialized course about resources available to Maries County teaches valuable tactics in protecting and saving children.

Sheriff Chris Heitman has just completed the prestigious Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives, hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Police Chiefs, Sheriffs and 911 Emergency Managers were invited to attend the seminar held August 13, 2013. Sheriff Chris Heitman joined 29 other law enforcement executives who attended the 145th session of the CEO course, and is now one of more than 5,000 who have completed this training.

The Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives was designed to provide attendees like Sheriff Heitman a better understanding of the issue of missing and sexually exploited children, how to specifically deal with the situation of a child who's been reported missing when time is critical, and how to access a multitude of resources available to assist in these cases.

"This has been one of the most valuable training experiences for me in my 15 years as a law enforcement officer," said Sheriff Heitman. "To be invited to attend this training was an honor; to now be able to bring this knowledge home and put it into practice, is a plus for the citizens of Maries County."

Motorola sponsored the course, paying all tuition costs as well as some travel expenses for the participants.

Created in 1997, the CEO training discusses the needed steps in implementing best practices for call takers, responding officers, investigators, and Command Staff. "The Sheriff's Office had some outdated policies when it came to this topic, that have since been updated. I have also shared this information with the local police departments so they can be up to date as well."

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


Press Release


Phelps County Ambulance just responded into Maries County in the area of Nagagomi Lodge. It is reported to us that a boater was checking on his house when he was electrocuted. The boater was flown via life flight and he is in critical condition.

Again, Please do not drive in standing water. Also, keep you boats off the rivers and waterways.

We will try to keep you updated as much as we can via our facebook page.

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


Press Release


Members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office, and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office gathered evidence from the Dairy Park Fire on Friday, August 2, 2013. Based on the evidence collected there is no doubt in my mind that this fire was intentionally set. It appears as if an accelerant was used to start the fire.

I am asking that anyone with information to please come forward and contact the Maries County Sheriff's Office at 573-422-3381. The Sheriff's Office is still interviewing possible witnesses.



NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


***Update July 10, 2013***


Penny D. Curtner has been FOUND and she was able to successfully walk to a tent after being lost in the woods. Curtner has minor injuries that were treated and she was released to her family.

I have to thank the Vienna Fire Department, Belle Police, and the Linn Fire Department for their assistance. These individuals volunteered their time and personal boats to help us look for her. There was a lot of money and man hours invested in this search. "We are very lucky that she was found safe, I had my doubts with the rain and storm."

Previous Update:

Members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office, the Missouri State Water Patrol, and the Vienna Fire Department are continuing the search for Penny D. Curtner age 34 this morning. Members of the Linn Fire Department also helped with the search of the Gasconade River inside of Osage County. Curtner was last seen Monday afternoon floating down the Gasconade River near Moreland's Resort. The Sheriff's Office has been gather information from other witness's through-out the night and this is still an ongoing investigation. Curtner is still considered a missing person.

The Storm this morning has slowed down our search efforts, but they are continuing. Again, anyone with information should contact the Maries County Sheriff's Office at 573-422-3381.

Previous Update:

Emergency crews have discontinued the search for Curtner for the night. The search will resume again in the morning. If anyone has any information on Curtner's location please contact the Maries County Sheriff's Office at 573-422-3381.

Press Release

Members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Vienna Fire Department are currently searching the Gasconade River near Vienna for a missing person. Penny D. Curtner, age 34, was reported missing by her family at 2:00 pm this afternoon. It was reported that she was last seen yesterday at approximately 3:30 p.m. floating down the Gasconade River by herself on a black and green tube. Curtner was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, bluish/green one piece swim suit. Family and friends have not been able to contact her.

If you have seen her or know where she may be please contact the Maries County Sheriff's Office at 573-422-3381.

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


***Update***


Danny James Ridenhour has just been charged with possession of a controlled substance a class C felony, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia a class D felony. Ridenhour remains in the Maries County Jail on a $30,000.00 bond. Ridenhour could be classified as a persistent offender and face a minimum of 5 years up to 15 years in Missouri Department of Corrections.

"The Sheriff's Office has been actively working with the Belle Police Department and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group to actively take down these drug operations. We are getting a lot done working together!"

Press Release

Members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office, Belle Police Department, and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement groups executed another search warrant at a residence on Bland Avenue in Belle, Missouri. During the course of the search investigators located suspected drug paraphernalia, and suspected items used in connection with the distribution of controlled substances.

Sheriff's Deputies arrested Danny J. Ridenhour age 53 of Belle for drug violations. Ridenhour is currently out on parole for manufacture and distribution of controlled substances. Ridenhour is currently being held in the Maries County Jail pending formal charges.

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


"Dangers of Fake Weed"


During a traffic stop on Highway 42 near Vienna members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office located "fake weed" also known as K-2. This is becoming an increasing problem here in Maries County and throughout Missouri with our young adults. Although it's referred to as "fake," the dangers to teens are very real. The marijuana-like substance can cause hallucinations, vomiting, agitation and other dangerous side effects including death. K2 is a mixture of herbal and spice plant products, but it is sprayed with a potent drug that is causing many adverse effects. It sells for about $30-$60 per three-gram bag, and is more potent than marijuana. K2 is made to be a potpourri or incense, and it can be burned in a small burner. However, a growing number of teens are choosing to smoke it. K2 can be purchased in some local smoke shops or on the internet. Law Enforcement agencies across the state are working hard to close down the sellers of this dangerous drug.

The "fake weed" is very dangerous and can be deadly. Each bag or brand is different; you don't know what it is going to do to you or its strength. Right here in Missouri, a 14-year-old vomited, suffered seizures, and even quit breathing after smoking a small amount of K2. He remained unconscious for five hours and spent the night in the ICU. Similar cases are being reported across the country.

Under Missouri law most forms of K2 have been banned and make it a class A misdemeanor to possess. However, it is hard for law enforcement to enforce because only certain chemicals inside the K2 are illegal. In most cases we must ship the suspected K2 off to the lab and get lab results before we can charge a suspect. However, the driver of this vehicle was also arrested for DWI. We suspected that he was under the influence of the "fake weed." You can be arrested for DWI if you are under the influence of any substance that makes you impaired and affects your driving ability. It does not have to be alcohol.

If your teenager is using this drug you may observe the following:

Immediate physical affects after smoking:
- Dizziness
- Laughing
- Confusion
- Disorientation
- Silly behavior
- Severe anxiety
- Bloodshot eyes
- Increased pulse
- Chills and sweating
- Total paralysis
- Depression
- No memory of recent events or conversations
- Seizures
- Possible death

Longer term behavioral effects:
- Changes in their friends or social circle
- Change in their academic performance and absenteeism
- Loss of interest in and deteriorating family or friend relationships
- Loss of interest in favorite extracurricular activities
- Change in levels of energy, grooming habits & attitude towards life

I am asking that parents be on the lookout and talk to you kids about the dangers of this drug.

As always you can report suspected illegal drug use anonymously to the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group toll-free tip line at 1-800-351-TIPS or the Maries County Sheriff's Office 573-422-3381.

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


Press Release


On June 15, 2013 members of the Belle Police Department and the Maries County Sheriff's Office responded to 204 Linn Street for a report of an injured infant. After further investigation investigators arrested, the mother of the child, Annie L. Crull age 25 of Belle. Investigators located suspected drug paraphernalia inside the residence, and investigators took custody of a three month old child and a five year old child.

The mother was charged with abuse of a child a class C felony for knowingly inflicting cruel and inhuman punishment upon a minor child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree a class C felony for acting in a manner that created a substantial risk to the life and health of two minor children by ingesting methamphetamine and opiates to the point of impairment while the children were in her care.

The range of punishment for a class C felony is imprisonment in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections for a term of not less than two years and not to exceed seven years; or by imprisonment for a special term not to exceed one year in the county jail and/or a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars.

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


Press Release


During the evening hours of June 9, 2013 the Maries County Sheriff's Office hosted active shooter training in the local schools. The Maries County SWAT team, Sheriff's Deputies, Belle Police Officers, and Cadets from the Missouri Sheriff's Academy took advantage of the local schools being out of session. "It is nice to train on home turf, and it allows all my Deputies to learn the layout of our schools."

U.S. law enforcement collectively began active shooter training following the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. The disaster of that day and similar events that occurred nationwide clearly demonstrated the need for law enforcement to reexamine the means and methods to respond to ongoing violent incidents.

In the past, police agencies held to the concepts of contain, isolate and negotiate. But the murders of the Columbine students proved we can't wait. Law Enforcement Officers are in a fight to stop attackers whose sole mission is to murder as many people as possible, Law Enforcement response in the first few minutes will determine the outcome of the following hours. We must act quickly and aggressively to save lives.

The Sheriff's Office will be hosting the training at the Belle Schools next month.

  

  

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


Press Release


During the evening hours of June 3, 2013 members of the Maries County Sheriff's Office, the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, and the Belle Police Department executed a search warrant at 220 S. Highway 28 in Belle. During the course of the search warrant investigators located suspected methamphetamines, and suspected drug paraphernalia. Sheriff's Deputies arrested Kelley R. Mayer age 45 of Belle for felony possession of controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Mayer was taken to the Maries County Jail pending warrant application.

Mayer later posted a $22,500.00 bond and was released. Mayer was will have to appear in the Maries County Court on June 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

The Maries County Sheriff's Office will continue to work hard with the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Belle Police Department. Anyone with drug information should call the LANEG toll-free drug tip line at 1-800-351-TIPS.

NOTICE: The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence


 

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