Pulaski County Missouri

Jimmy Bench Sheriff


On 10/08/2021, a search warrant was executed in the 28000 block of Spring Road, after a joint investigation of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the South Central Drug Task Force was initiated.

Approximately 7lbs of methamphetamine was seized, as well as numerous firearms. A child was within the residence and was taken into the custody of the Division of Family Services.

Charges are expected to be filed, and more information may be released at a later time. Investigation remains open. 

Investigators estimate the amount of methamphetamine seized equals approximately $159,000 street value.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench would like to thank all agencies involved, as well as the Pulaski County Ambulance District and the Division of Family Services.

On 09/17/2021, the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, with a death investigation in the 11000 block of Highway MM, north of Dixon.

Upon arrival, Deputies located a deceased male, who has been identified as Mark Ethington. 

Through further investigation, a person of interest was taken into custody on 09/21/2021, and booked into the Pulaski County Jail, pending warrant application.

On 09/22/2021, Judge Long issued a no bond warrant for Brandon Veasman for the following:
• Murder 1st Degree
• Armed Criminal Action

Sheriff Jimmy Bench would like to thank the MSHP, Dixon Police Department, and Dixon Ambulance for their assistance in the case, and locating Mr. Veasman. 

All charges are mere accusations and all persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

On 08/24/2021, at approximately 1129 hours, Pulaski County Sheriff's Department received a report of a possible active shooter in the 24000 block of Saffron Drive.

Upon arrival, the area was secured, and during initial investigations, it was determined to not be an active shooter situation, and no injuries of persons was found.

Subjects were taken into custody, and transported to the Pulaski County Jail, pending warrant application. The case remains open. At this time, no further information or names are being released.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department would like to thank for the quick response of St. Robert Police Department, Waynesville Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Waynesville Rural Fire Department and the Pulaski County Ambulance District also responded, and staged in the area until cleared by law enforcement.

During the investigation, the MOCA Headstart Building was placed on lockdown until it was determined a safe area.

Sheriff Bench would like to ensure the public and community this was not an active shooter, and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has no reason to believe anyone is in immediate danger.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

Pulaski County Jane Doe identified after 40 years, to the day.

 Pulaski County Missouri - The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the DNA Doe Project announce the identity of a woman whose body was discovered on 25 May 1981 at a low water crossing near Dixon, MO. the victim of an apparent homicide.

After authorities were unable to identify the woman or any details involving her death she was buried in the Waynesville Cemetery in a grave marked “Jane Doe.”

In 2012, Lt. Dottie Taylor, Missouri Highway Patrol, Troop I, entered Jane Doe’s profile in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.  Detective DJ Renno of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office became interested in the case and requested approval to relook at the case. Approval was given by Sheriff JB King in 2012 to reopen the case. Sheriff Ronald Long and Current Sheriff Jimmy Bench continued the investigation throughout the years searching for answers.

In 2015 Detective Renno, and Pulaski County Coroner Mikel Hartness with the concurrence of Sheriff Ron Long obtained a court order for the exhumation of Jane Doe’s remains to obtain DNA for use in identification.

The exhumation was conducted on 25 May 2015 with the help and assistance of numerous individuals and organizations including members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner Mikel Hartness, Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman, members of Waynesville City Hall, Waynesville Fire Department, Dan Cordry excavation service, Mr. Mark Beary (Anthropologist), members of the Waynesville Memorial Chapel, and police departments within the county.

In June 2015 the remains were transported to the University of North Texas, Center for Human Identification, Fort Worth TX. for DNA and Forensic Anthropology testing. 

In January 2016 An Anthropology report was received on the remains.

In March 2016 a report was received that the extraction and development of DNA was successful. 

In May 2016 Jane Doe’s remains were sent to the University of South Florida for forensic Imaging and Isotope analysis.

In January 2017 a report identifying the results from Isotope testing was received.

In April 2019 Jane Doe’s remains were submitted to the DNA Doe Project, in Sebastopol CA. The DNA Doe Project is a volunteer organization using Genetic Genealogy to identify relatives through DNA research.

December 2019 The DNA Doe Project provided a possible name of Jane Doe and the Name of a possible relative (candidate).

In January 2020 - Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office located a candidate (possible relative) in Alexandria VA. The candidate informed Detective Renno that he did have a sister that the family had lost contact with in the early 1980’s. The candidate (possible relative) agreed to provide a DNA sample for comparison / confirmation. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the regional managers of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NaMUS) and the Alexandria VA, Detective unit to obtain a DNA sample. The DNA sample was obtained and submitted to NaMUS at the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for the development and comparison of DNA.

In May 2021 - The genetic data obtained from Pulaski County Jane Doe and the candidate were entered into the Unidentified Human remains and relatives of Missing Persons indices of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and association between these samples were noted to be 19.4 million times more likely to be the biological sibling (Pulaski County (Dixon) Jane Doe) and of the candidate (possible relative) as opposed to originate from an unrelated individual.

Bottom Line: We now know the name of Pulaski County (Dixon) Jane Doe is
Karen Kay Knippers.

*********** Press Conference Today *************
May 25th at 1600 with the lead Pulaski County Detective Douglas Renno at Pulaski County Justice Center 403 School Street Waynesville, MO. ************

April 28, 2021​

Sheriff Jimmy Bench continues to recover and is itching to be back at the office! But that hasn’t stopped him from working. Sheriff Bench has been working hard from home, continuing to serve his county.

Sheriff Bench wanted to extend a huge thank you for all the prayers, thoughts, and everyone who reached out. He is truly blessed to live and serve in Pulaski County, the best there is!

April 8 2021

Sheriff on the Mend

As many heard, our beloved Sheriff was in a motorcycle accident last week. Although he did suffer injuries, he has remained optimistic and always with that well known smile on his face.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench is doing well, and looking forward to getting back to Pulaski County, and serving those he has sworn to serve and protect.

Thank you to our community that has reached out, and kept the Bench family and our Department in your thoughts!


Sheriff Bench involved in accident

April 9, 2021

Today, Sheriff Jimmy Bench was involved in a motorcycle accident approximately a 1/4 mile from a location where he was working on the motorcycle. As many know, Sheriff Bench was a prominent and well known mechanic for most of his life, sharing a shop working side by side with his father. While working on the motorcycle today, and test driving it in the area, the motorcycle malfunctioned and Sheriff Bench sustained injuries due to the motorcycle laying down. Sheriff Bench was transported to a local hospital for moderate injuries and was last reported to be in good spirits. Sheriff Bench was wearing his helmet, which prevented worse injuries. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the accident. Please join our Department in prayer for Sheriff Bench as he begins his recovery. 

                                                                                        Narcotic Arrests




On March 18, 2021, Deputies and members of the South Central Drug Task Force assisted by St. Robert City Police officers served a search warrant at 21240 Hartford Road, Dixon, Missouri. During the search the officers seized approximately 11 grams of black tar heroin, 7.5 grams of cocaine, and 18 grams of marijuana. Two digital scales and two cell phones were also seized.


Two subjects were arrested; Cheryl Lynn Hardin, age 45, who resides at the address and a second person, Jamel Van Hampton, age 39, who was present at the address. Hampton was found to have approximately $10,000.00 in currency in his pocket and this money was also sized.


A statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor requesting the following charges; two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

Cheryl lynn Hardin

Jamel Van Hampton

                                           PRESS RELEASE

On January 27, 2021, the South Central Drug Task Force and Pulaski County Deputies, executed a search warrant in the 23000 block of Righteous Lane, within Pulaski County.

Approximately one (1) pound of methamphetamine, four (4) loaded handguns with ammunition, approximately ninety (90) grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia was seized. 

There was one (1) person arrested at the scene and today, Judge Colin Long issued a warrant for the following:

  • 2 Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance  

  • 3 Counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Bond set at $250,000 cash or surety 

At this time, this investigation is ongoing and no further information or names are being released.

December 16 2020, our Deputies and Correctional Officers successfully moved all current inmates to the Pulaski County Justice Center.

The logistical move was executed without incident. PCSO would like to thank all agencies, family members and loved ones of our inmates, for their understanding and patience through this transition.

Sheriff Bench and Lt. Bryan would like to commend the PSCO Correctional Officers for remaining professional and diligent during the transition. 

Sheriff Jimmy Bench and Cpl Chapman, along with other local agencies, assisted in escorting  the Wreaths of America this Morning.

This was a great honor and we salute to those who gave it all.    Thank You.

On 11-23-2020, at approximately 1715 hours, Pulaski County Sheriff's Department Deputies we dispatched to the 27000 block of highway 133, for a report of a person shot.

Upon arrival of Deputies, a male subject was located with suspected gunshots wounds.  The male subject was transported for medical treatment.

Further investigation determined the original incident occurred in the 28000 block of Spring Road, located in southwest Pulaski County.

This investigation is ongoing, and no further information is being released.  Deputies and Detectives are continuing to investigate.

The General public is not believed to be in danger, and the incident is not considered random at this time.

On 9/10/2020, at approximately 1145 hours, Pulaski County Deputies assistedSt. Robert Police Departmentwith a search warrant in the 25000 block of Ratchet Lane, in reference to a pending St. Robert Police Department homicide investigation.

Evidence was located and seized with the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Dive Team, South Central Drug Task Force, and St. Robert Public Works Department.

This investigation is pending, and more information will be released at a later time. Probable Cause Statements were forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office, and charges are expected to be filed.

Thank you to all the agencies who assisted with this investigation.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

On 8/25/2020, at approximately 1530 hours, members of the South Central Drug Task Force and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant in the 15000 block of Hardin Lane.

Two subjects were taken into custody.

77 grams of Fentanyl and 14 grams of Crack Cocaine were seized.

On 8/26/2020, Judge Long issued the following warrants:

Thomas Spence -

  • 2 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance

Bond set at $250,000 cash or surety

Diana Shafer -

  • 2 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance

Bond set at $250,000 cash or surety

Both subjects remain incarcerated at the Pulaski County Jail.

On 7/16/2020, the South Central Drug Task Force concluded a long term narcotics investigation in Pulaski County. This investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Phelps County Sheriff's Office, Dent County Sheriff's Office, Rolla Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Over the course of approximately 20 months, undercover operatives with South Central Drug Task Force conducted a series of covert illicit narcotics investigations involving at least 53 loosely affiliated individuals in Pulaski County.

Investigative reports and arrest warrant requests for the involved suspects have been submitted to the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney for prosecution.

                                                              PRESS RELEASE

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has received multiple reports of stolen catalytic converters since the first part of 2020. Several local and surroundings agencies have come together to investigate these thefts. 

On 06/07/2020, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau, submitted nine separate Probable Cause Statements to the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review, pending warrant application.

Names are not being released at this time, and should warrants be issued, further information will be released. 

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the hard work of our Detective Bureau and our local and surrounding agencies who assisted in these investigations.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

Thank you! The Salvation Army fed our staff today, and we are so grateful!                                                Thank you for your support!