Pulaski County Missouri

Jimmy Bench Sheriff

On 03/31/2020, at approximately 1611 hours, Pulaski County Deputies were dispatched to the 20000 block of Skyview Drive for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, Deputies located a male with a gunshot wound to his right rib area. The Victim, who is not being identified at this time, was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

At approximately 1623 hours, Waynesville Police Officers located a vehicle near the intersection of Southside Road and H highway, matching the description of the vehicle given by Witnesses. Four subjects were detained for questioning.

There’s no further information being released about the Victim at this time.

On 04/01/2020, Judge Long issued the following warrants, in reference to yesterday’s shooting:

Justin Young -
- Assault 1st Degree
- Robbery 1st Degree
- Armed Criminal Action
Bond set at $500,000 cash or surety

Jysyry Stewart -
- Assault 1st Degree
- Robbery 1st Degree
- Armed Criminal Action
Bond set at $500,000 cash or surety

Lavanta Gordon -
- Assault 1st Degree
- Robbery 1st Degree
- Armed Criminal Action
Bond set at $500,000 cash or surety

Trevon Issac -
- Assault 1st Degree
- Robbery 1st Degree
- Armed Criminal Action
Bond set at $500,000 cash or surety

All subjects remain incarcerated at the Pulaski County Jail.

We would like to thank all agencies who assisted with this investigation, as well as the citizens and their quick actions and descriptions, which helped us detain these subjects quickly.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

On 03/31/2020, at approximately 1611 hours, Pulaski County Deputies were dispatched to the 20000 block of Skyview Drive for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, Deputies located a male with a gunshot wound to his right rib area. The Victim, who is not being identified at this time, was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

At approximately 1623 hours, Waynesville Police Officers located a vehicle near the intersection of Southside Road and H highway, matching the description of the vehicle given by Witnesses. Four subjects were detained for questioning.

The investigation is ongoing, and further information will be released at a later time

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

On 03/23/2020, at approximately 1748 hours, Pulaski County Deputies were dispatched to the 23000 block of Sage Road, for a report of a missing child.

Deputies were advised the 4 year old child had been missing for approximately 20 minutes and took an unknown direction of travel.

With the assistance of neighbors, Waynesville Rural Fire Department and Waynesville Police Department, the child was located at approximately 1817 hours.

The child was evaluated by Pulaski County Ambulance District medics, and is reported to be in good health.

PCSD would like to thank all agencies involved, for their quick response, resulting in a happy ending and the child back home safe with family.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is now offering a way to secure your medications safely! These containers have a combination lock on them, where you can safely and securely store your medications, out of reach of young children and teenagers, or even your animals.

Teenagers can often find substances they can use to get high right in their own homes. The medicine cabinet at home is frequently the targets of teens who either abuse drugs themselves or sell them to other students at school.

Prescription drug abuse by teenagers is high, especially with regard to performance-enhancing drugs like Adderall or Ritalin, and even opiate painkillers.

Please stop by our office, Monday through Friday, and pick up your free storage container.

On 01/19/2020, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Dept was dispatched to a low water crossing on the East side of Riverside Road, for a water rescue.

Information obtained stated a female driver went off the roadway and her vehicle was currently in the water, with the water up to her knees.

Deputy Chapman and Deputy Kunert arrived on scene, and Deputy Chapman waded into the water. The female was hoisted onto Deputy Chapman’s shoulders, and removed from the vehicle.

She was evaluated by Medics and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

This is body camera footage of the incident. We would like to personally thank Deputy Chapman and Deputy Kunert for their heroic actions, and pleased to say the female will be ok.

Deputies were assisted by Crocker Fire and Pulaski County Ambulance District.

On 03/19/2020, at approximately 0646 hours, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and members of the South Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the 22000 block of Hector Drive.

 

An individual at the residence was shot in the arm by law enforcement officers, and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

No further information is being released at this time.

 

The investigation was turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol DDCC, and further information will be released at a later time.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench

                                                                            How to Prevent Theft 

Theft is an ever present threat to you and your family, no matter where you live. Thieves and opportunists are always looking for easy targets to exploit and steal from. Fortunately, with a few basic precautions, you can avoid becoming a victim of theft.

1. Increase Your Security - some suggestions may include changing your home's exterior locks if you've recently moved in, install an alarm system, have anti-shatter plastic installed on your windows, keep an eye out for your neighbors, never invite strangers into your home, and get a dog.

2. Keep Things Out of Sight - some suggestions may include keeping things inside your home/garage, remove all items from your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are secured, keep your blinds closed, keep your garage door shut, keep your home well-lit outside and remove anything that may provide a hiding spot for a thief, and be cautious of what you post on social media.

3. Report Anything Suspicious - attempt to obtain vehicle/person descriptions, license plate information, time and date of incident, or anything that may help identify the vehicle or persons. Report immediately to law enforcement.

4. Should you have an exterior cameras, you can always report to law enforcement, as your cameras, or your neighbors cameras, may have recorded the incident.

Should you know the whereabouts of either subject, please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, or your local law enforcement agency.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was busy during the 2019 year. Total calls for service in 2019 was 13,731, compared to 2018’s total of 12,720. Over the last 4 years, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase of approximately 700 calls per year, with 2015 being 10,890.

For 2019, Pulaski County Deputies responded to the following:


• Disturbances – 809
• Unconscious/Unresponsive – 227
• Traffic Stops – 1,543
• Assault/Domestic Assault – 113
• Missing Persons – 32
• Suspicious Activity including persons and vehicles – 978
• Burglary – 223
• Theft – 435
• Alarm – 577
• Check the Wellbeing – 580
• Stolen Vehicle – 73

In the following weeks, Pulaski County will be posting a weekly tidbit, giving information on how to reduce crime in your area, and what information to obtain and provide to law enforcement, should you have to report a crime.


Stay tuned and we hope everyone enjoyed their New Year!

On 12/25/2019, at approximately 1740 hours, Pulaski County Deputies responded to the 24000 block of Rolling Hills Road, for a report of a person shot.

Upon arrival, Deputies located one male shot in the head. Deputies located the Suspect, later identified as Sven Stacey, in a vehicle leaving the scene. Stacey was taken into custody.

It was later determined, Witnesses stated Stacey entered the living room, pointed a firearm at the Victim, and then fired the weapon. Witnesses were able to secure the gun, and Stacey exited the residence.

The Victim remains hospitalized in stable, but serious condition.

A warrant was issued by Judge Long, charging Sven Stacey with the following:


- Assault 1st Degree
- Armed Criminal Action
- Resisting Arresting for a Felony

Total Bond set at $600,000 cash only.

At this time, no further details are being released. The PCSD believes this was an isolated event, and no direct threat to the public.

On 12/25/2019, at approximately 1740 hours, Pulaski County Deputies responded to the 24000 block of Rolling Hills Road, for a report of a person shot.

Upon arrival, Deputies located one male shot in the head. The male was transported by helicopter to a Level 1 Trauma Center. At this time, condition is unknown.

A person of interest is in custody at the Pulaski County Jail, and charges are expected to be filed.

No names are being released at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation.

This is believed to be an isolated incident and no threat to the community.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and Sheriff Jimmy Bench helped hand out food at the Good Samaritan Food Pantry this morning.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

On 12/12/2019, Pulaski County Deputies and members of the South Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 600 block Old Route 66, located in Pulaski County.

Items seized included approximately 73 pills of ecstasy, 330 grams of marijuana, 1 glass jar containing cocaine residue commonly used in the manufacturing of crack cocaine, 1 confirmed stolen handgun, 1 AK-47 manufactured with an 11 inch barrel containing 56 rounds in a drum magazine, a rifle, and another handgun.

Golden Garner was taken into custody, and placed on a 24 Hour Hold, pending warrant application.

On 12/13/2019, Judge Long issued a warrant for Golden Garner, for the following charges:

  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance x2 counts

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Stealing of a Firearm

  • Unlawful Use of a Firearm x4 counts

Bond set at $200,000 cash or surety.

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

On 12/07/2019, at approximately 0800 hours, Pulaski County Deputies were on routine patrol in the 25000 block of Rio Road, when they observed a suspicious vehicle, occupied by two males, located near an abandoned building.

Deputies made contact with the two males, the passenger whom identified himself as Rex Becker, and the driver who failed to produce identification. Becker exited the vehicle, and Deputies began giving multiple verbal commands to the driver to place the vehicle in park, to which he refused. The male subject, believed to be Austin Tabor, then fled the scene in the vehicle. Upon gaining the license plate number, it was determined the vehicle was reported stolen out of Newton County.

The vehicle was later located abandoned in an overgrown field, and Tabor had fled on foot. It was determined Tabor was wanted for an active warrant out of Pulaski County. Deputies have been unable to locate Tabor at the time of this Press Release.

Becker was detained pending investigation. During a safety search of his person, four syringes and a metal spoon with white residue were located. Becker was transported to the Pulaski County Jail.

On 12/07/2019, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received three separate calls, reporting vehicles stolen in the areas of North Highway 133, Rio Road, and Rodeo Road. All vehicles were recovered and returned the owners.

Please remember to remove keys and any valuable belongings from your vehicles, and always lock the vehicle doors.

Should you have any information on the whereabouts of Austin Tabor, please call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, or your local law enforcement agency.

The above mentioned charges are mere accusations, and all are innocent until proven guilty.

Austin Tabor

On 12/06/2019, Pulaski County Deputies received a report of a robbery, that occurred on 12/05/2019, in the 22000 block of Highway 28.

The victim stated he was approached by two individuals, later identified as Charles Smith and Jaida Houghton-Luster, who demanded money. The victim described Houghton-Luster as holding a knife in a threatening manner, and Smith displaying a handgun. Smith and Houghton-Luster were able to obtain a wallet and cell phone from the Victim, and then left the area.

Detectives made contact with Houghton-Luster and Smith. Both were arrested, and placed on a 24 Hour Hold, pending warrant application.

Both subjects were charged with Robbery 1st and Armed Criminal Action and warrants were issued by Judge Long, with bond set at $100,000 cash or surety.

The above mentioned charges are mere accusations and all are innocent until proven guilty.

Charles Smith

Jaida Houghton-Luster

Christmas on the Square with Buddy the Elf and Cindy Lou Who

Progress of the Pulaski County Justice Center

                            12-02-2019

On 11/14/2019, Pulaski County Deputies and members of the South Central Drug Task Force, served a search warrant in the 15000 block of Talbot Lane.

Items seized included approximately 212 grams of methamphetamine, 13 Alprazolam pills, 2 pistols and a rifle.

Oscar Ruiz-Martinez was arrested and charged with Trafficking Drugs 1st Degree and 3 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. A warrant was issued by Judge Long and bond set at $250,000 cash or surety.

The above mentioned charges are mere accusations and all are innocent until proven guilty.

On 11/7/2019, Pulaski County Deputies and the South Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 100 block of Hickory Ridge Road.

Approximately 8.5 oz of heroin, 30 oxycontin pills, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, and approximately 30 pressed pills of unknown substance were located within the residence, as well as over $5,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Eddie Carter was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Judge Long issued a warrant and bond set at $100,000 cash or surety.

The above charges are mere accusations and all are innocent until proven guilty.

The amount of heroin seized was enough for approximately 2200 doses and approximate street value of over $60,000. The amount of methamphetamine seized was enough for approximately 980 doses.

November 6, 2019

 

Detectives and the South Central Drug Task Force have been busy the last week serving search warrants on individuals in Pulaski County.

On 10/30/2019, Larry Wilkins was arrested on a Federal Warrant for Possession of Fentanyl and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking. Wilkins was under Federal Indictment when arrested, stemming from an extensive narcotics investigation in Pulaski County by South Central Drug Task Force and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

On 11/4/2019, Clifton Cunningham, Kevin Loggins, and Shannon Vanderhoof we’re arrested after a search warrant was served in the 500 block of Highway Y. Charges are as follows:

Clifton Cunningham - Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Maintaining or Keeping a Public Nuisance - Warrant issued by Judge Long and Bond set at $150,000 cash or surety

Shannon Vanderhoof - Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Maintaining or Keeping a Public Nuisance - Warrant issued by Judge Long and Bond set at $75,000 cash or surety

Kevin Loggins - Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Warrant issued by Judge Long and Bond set at $150,000 cash or surety

The above charges are mere accusations and all individuals are innocence until proven guilty.

These were ajoint investigation between the South Central Drug Task Force, FBI, and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

November 4, 2019

Thank you for the donations from Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind! These donations will go to new equipment and Shop With a Cop!

October 28, 2019

Progress of the Pulaski County Justice Center! Things have really begun to take shape, and Chief Deputy Burgess, Lt. Bryan, Lt. Sherrell, and Sgt. Robison were able to do a walk through today, checking the progress. We are so excited for this opportunity for our community!

It’s was cold and wet, but Lt. Sherrell and Deputy Luttrell enjoyed handing out candy at the Crocker Trunk or Treat last night! Thank you for all the little ones who stopped by and said hi!

Wondering what the purple ribbons on the PCSD patrol vehicles represent?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and staff from Genesis: A New Place for Beginnings stopped by yesterday to visit with Sheriff Bench and his Deputies.

Genesis is a local domestic violence shelter, that serves local women and children who are victims of domestic violence. They provide assistance, temporary housing, and counseling to those in need.

The PCSD would like to thank Genesis for their ongoing service to our community!

PRESS RELEASE

October 22, 2019

As of today’s date, your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Deputies have responded to 808 calls for service, for the month of October, resulting in 106 arrests. This does not include arrests made by other agencies, which required Pulaski County to hold them, pending warrant application. Currently, the Pulaski County Jail is housing 91 inmates, and of those inmates, there are 362 different pending charges.

Of the 808 calls for service, there were:


Accidents: 19
Animal Control: 30
Assaults: 6
Burglary: 7; in the area of Highway 17, Lassiter, Seth, Sherman, Scooter, Strate, and Highway D
Check Well-being/Suicidal Subject: 41
Disturbances: 42
Drug Information: 8
Overdoses: 6 - all involving prescription pills
Suspicious Activity: 32
Vehicle Stops: 104
Unconscious/Unresponsive: 14 – 2-sleeping, 6-health related, 4-narcotic related, 1-alcohol related, 1-left scene prior to arrival of law enforcement

  Trunk or Treat in Waynesville Park 

                                                                  

October 19, 2019

Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench was able to attend Columbia College Trunk or Treat in Waynesville Park today. We are happy to announce we were able to give over 30 costumes away that we received as donations last year! Thank you to everyone who came out and braved the chill and rain!

                                                              PRESS RELEASE

On 10/18/2019, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant in the 1000 block of Old Route 66, located in St. Robert.

While searching the premises, Deputies located approximately 7 grams of fentanyl, a handgun, approximately 2 grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia associated with narcotic use.

Lamont Spence and Raynisha Ellis were arrested and both have been formally charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, by the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office. Bond has been set at $75,000.

The amount of fentanyl seized is enough for approximately 100-140 uses.

This was a joint investigation between South Central Task Force, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Dept, and St. Robert Police Dept.

 

PRESS RELEASE

On 10/06/2019, a Pulaski County Deputy located a disabled vehicle near the 21000 block of North Highway 133. The Deputy made contact with 3 subjects, and attempted to identified them. While attempting to verify the identity of a male, later identified as Bernard Bailey, he became non-compliant and refused to show his hands. Multiple verbal commands to show his hands, for officer safety, were given, and Bailey continued to not comply. At that time, Bailey struck the Deputy with a closed fist and a struggle ensued. Bailey was able to get the Deputy to the ground and attempted to unholster the Deputy’s handgun multiple times. During the fight, the Deputy was able to identify a knife in Bailey’s hand. The other occupants of the vehicle attempted to help the Deputy and were able to secure the knife away from Bailey. An armed citizen arrived on scene, and was able to assist the Deputy. Bailey was secured in handcuffs.

During the struggle, multiple lacerations were received to the Deputy’s body, as well as bruising. The male occupant of the vehicle who attempted to assist the Deputy also received injury, and was treated on scene by medical.

Bailey received minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. Bailey was then transported to the Pulaski County Jail and has been formally charged by the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney with the following:

Domestic Assault 1st
Assault 1st - 2 counts
Armed Criminal Action - 2 counts
Total Bond set at $350,000 cash only

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is not only overwhelmed with gratitude for the safety of our Deputy, but the willingness of the the citizens that chose to help.

 

The new Pulaski County Detention Center construction has really begun to take off! The picture below show the outline of the facility and the control tower.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench was among about 30 Missouri Sheriffs who attended the testimony at the Missouri State Capitol, arguing for state funds owed to Missouri counties.

With new state laws, state prison inmate numbers are falling, while county jail numbers are rising. With the burden falling on county jails, we are seeing many repeat offenders violating their probation terms, and simply because they are a non-violent offender, state prisons are not taking back.

While Missouri county jails are taking in these inmates, the state is collecting funds that are due to the county, but the state still owes approximately $40 million to Missouri counties, which they have not received.

Sheriff Bench expressed his concern over a rise in local property crime, because these non-violent offenders are not being held responsible and stood with his fellow Sheriffs in front of Missouri legislators, at the Missouri Sheriff’s Association today. Sheriff Bench explained that of the Pulaski County Jail’s inmates, 59 of 77 being held are repeat offenders, involving anywhere from felony assault, to forgery, and narcotic possession.

Sheriff Bench wants to express to his county, he will do anything in his power, to stand behind the county he loves, and what the county and its citizens deserve.

On Monday, 04/15/2019, Pulaski County Deputies and Detectives assisted the South Central Drug Task Force with a search warrant in the 100 block of Burson Street in Saint Robert. Over 18 grams of heroin, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and multiple weighing scales were seized in the residence. The street value of the methamphetamine and heroin seized is approximately $4000.00 and that amount can yield over 200 consumable doses. Claudell Haggard JR. was arrested and a probable cause statement was sent to the Prosecuting Attorneys Office. Judge Colin Long issued a $150,000.00 cash or surety bond for 2 class C Felonies for Delivery of a Control Substance and 1 class D Felony for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench