MOVANS stands for the Missouri Victim Automated Notification System. The Missouri Constitution, article 32, gives all Missouri citizens the right to take part in all aspects of the court case of a person who made them a victim. The easy way is to register for notification by calling 1-866-566-8267 or go to www.vinelink.com .
Town Hall Meeting Come out and meet the Sheriff
Our next Town Hall meeting will be at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Big Piney this Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 PM. On the following Tuesday, we will be meeting at the First Baptist Church in Swedeborg at the same time. Once these two meetings are complete, we will go to a once a month schedule at different locations throughout Pulaski County.
As promised a few months back, I will be making the Pulaski County Sheriff's Reserve Unit available for media review and interaction this month. Since we recognize law enforcement officials throughout our nation during the month of May, this should be the perfect month for the project. Throughout May, I will hold numerous events that will allow our media contact with and review of our reserve unit, which is comprised of approximately 45 individuals who are involved in a wide array of law enforcement duties for our community. During this time, you (media member) will be allowed to spectate, interview, photograph and ride-along (somewhat limited) with members of our PCSD Reserve Unit. I think you will be somewhat surprised with how involved and vital this unique unit is to Pulaski County. I will post events weekly during this month regarding this matter. Below are several of the events we have planned at this point:
1. This Friday (5-03), begging around 8am and continuing throughout the day, a joint training operation will be conducted at the old Waynesville Middle School, which is located one block north of the our courthouse/sheriff's office. During this time, sheriff deputies (mostly reserves) will be running tactical operations in conjunction with EMS and fire officials regarding school critical incident situations. This involves a three day training session, and is part of a nationwide program targeted at preparing emergency responders for such situations.
2. May 16, at 5:00 PM, there will be a meeting in which all reserve deputies will be required to attend. At this time we will allow for photos and questions for our reserve unit commanders and members. We will initially be meeting at the Waynesville City Park for group photos, and afterwards, relocating to the basement of the Pulaski County Courthouse, where you will be allowed to sit in on their monthly meeting, and later ask questions and interview the reserve deputies.
3. During the month of May, I will be allowing members of the media to come out and ride on patrol and special assignments with selected reserve deputies. As you can conclude, this will be somewhat limited, so you might want to lets me know ASAP if you would like to do this. Also, each participant will be require to sign a legal waiver.
I will be announcing additional opportunities to review our reserve unit in the near future. A valid Press ID required to attend these function.
If you have any questions, or wish to participate, please contact me via this e-mail address, so I can begin scheduling. For tomorrow's event, just show up at the old Waynesville Middle School with your press ID.
Thank for your interest in this matter. Hopefully this will make for a great public interest feature for your media organization. Sheriff Ronald Long
STABBING LEAVES MAN CRITICAL
A family quarrel late Thursday afternoon resulted in a stabbing, leaving a Laquey man in critical condition.
At approximately 4:00 PM, Pulaski County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to a home on Highway W in Laquey, after receiving a 911 call from a female advising someone there had just been stabbed. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies and EMS personnel discovered a male victim in the home who was bleeding profusely from a large stab wound. A family member was administering first aid to the victim, which was probably the sole factor in keeping him alive until help arrived.
The male victim, identified as Raemond Pruett, was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for emergency surgery, and was later moved to a hospital in Columbia for further care.
An investigation into the matter led to the arrest of a female suspect, who was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where she was incarcerated. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending formal charges.
TWO FEDERAL FUGITIVES IN CUSTODY
The search for two Federal fugitives ended this week with the arrest of James Rhodenizer and Stephen Klasing. Rhodenizer and Klasing were both wanted by Pulaski County authorities and federal agents.
James Rhodenizer, age 54, was arrested last night by Pulaski County deputies and federal agents in northwestern Pulaski County. Rhodenizer was wanted on multiple State and Federal drug and property crime charges. Also, found in Rhodenizer’s possession was a large sum of cash, along with a powdery material believed to be a controlled substance.
Earlier this week Stephen Klasing, age 32, was arrested in Oklahoma on Federal and State drug charges stemming out of Pulaski County. For the past three months Klasing has been on the Pulaski County Sheriff Department’s Most Wanted list, and was featured as a fugitive by the U.S. Marshal’s Service on national television.
Both men are now in federal custody awaiting legal proceedings