Richard "Romel" Taylor

Pulaski County Missouri

Jimmy Bench, sheriff

July 9, 2018

At approximately 1942 hours on July 9, 2018, Detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office along with Richland City Police Officers were concluding a narcotic investigation with the execution of a search warrant in the 500 block of Louise Street in Richland, Missouri, when they encountered what appeared to be an improvised explosive device inside the residence. Two juvenile children were located in the residence that were evacuated.

The Detectives secured the residence and awaited the arrival of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad to clear the building before resuming the search. The Richland Tri-County Fire Department was on standby for this incident. The device was removed by Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad and a joint investigation was launched with Alcohol Tobacco Firearms.

After resuming the search of the residence, Detectives located a 22 caliber handgun with a magazine containing 10 live rounds. The suspect was Mirandized and questioned, he admitted he made the explosive device and purchased the handgun knowing he has two prior felony conviction.

The suspect was arrested and put on a 24 hour hold awaiting charges. A probable cause statement was sent to the Pulaski Prosecuting Attorneys for Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Device, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Endangering the Welfare of a

Joseph Trotter was charged by the Pulaski County Prosecutor Kevin Hillman with 5 class D Felonies:

Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Weapon

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating a Substantial Risk

Unlawful Possession, Transport, Manufacture, Repair, or Sale of Illegal Weapon

Judge Colin P Long set a bond at $250,000 Cash or Surety on July 10, 2018.

Joseph Trotter

July 9, 2018

At approximately 1942 hours on July 9, 2018, Detectives from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office along with Richland City Police Officers were concluding a narcotic investigation with the execution of a search warrant in the 500 block of Louise Street in Richland, Missouri, when they encountered what appeared to be an improvised explosive device inside the residence. Two juvenile children were located in the residence that were evacuated.

The Detectives secured the residence and awaited the arrival of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad to clear the building before resuming the search. The Richland Tri-County Fire Department was on standby for this incident. The device was removed by Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad and a joint investigation was launched with Alcohol Tobacco Firearms.

After resuming the search of the residence, Detectives located a 22 caliber handgun with a magazine containing 10 live rounds. The suspect was Mirandized and questioned, he admitted he made the explosive device and purchased the handgun knowing he has two prior felony conviction.

The suspect was arrested and put on a 24 hour hold awaiting charges. A probable cause statement was sent to the Pulaski Prosecuting Attorneys for Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Device, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child 1st Degree.

Sheriff Bench

June 24, 2018

On June 23, 2018, shortly before midnight, Pulaski County Deputies responded to the address of 19684 Brownsville Road, Crocker, Missouri, for a reported shooting incident. Upon arrival a deceased white male victim was found at the scene. The victim suffered shotgun wounds to the body. A second white male on the scene, Ian Miller, told deputies he had shot Lane Kennedy during a confrontation.

During the investigation probable cause was developed to believe that Miller had committed multiple criminal acts and Miller was arrested. Miller was taken to the Pulaski County Jail on a 24-hour charging hold. A statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

On June 24, 2018, the Pulaski County Prosecutor filed charges of Murder in the first degree and armed criminal action on Ian Steven Miller, age 45, of 19684 Brownsville Road, Crocker, Missouri. The bond on Miller was set at one million dollars and he remains in the Pulaski County Jail.