Pulaski County Missouri

Jimmy Bench Sheriff

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!


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!



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.

                                                              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.


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

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was part of a historical ceremony today...the groundbreaking for the new Pulaski County Jail. We were overwhelmed with the turnout, and we are excited to embark on this journey, one of the biggest projects in Waynesville history. We would like to thank the Jail Task Force, our County Commissioners, and everyone who showed their support for us today. It is time for the Pulaski County Citizens to see the production begin on something we, as a community, have needed for a long time.

Again, we thank you

                                                                                                         Detectives Corner

There is no doubt that crime shows have become quite popular over the last few years. It seems like just about every other show is about criminal investigations, with some of the most popular being about crime scene investigation such as "C.S.I". As interesting and compelling as these shows are, they have made quite the impact on the publics opinion of investigations and the processing of evidence. Below is a link to a Missouri State Highway Patrol publication titled MSHP vs C.S.I detailing how the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime labs differ from the popular "C.S.I" shows.


                                                                       PATROL CORNER

                                                 💥💊April 27th National DEA Take Back Day. 💊💥

The DEA hosts numerous days throughout the year, providing safe environments to return medication, after it is no longer needed, so it can be properly disposed.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Deputies would like to encourage citizens to take part in this, helping with the opioid crisis. Should you not be able to travel to a site, here’s a few tips on what you can do.

Always remember, should you locate prescription, narcotic, or over the counter drugs, you can always contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, who will secure the items, and properly destroy the items.

DEA Drug Take- Back Initiative

March 20, 2019

                                                     Detectives Corner

As of the date of this writing there were 588 adults and 393 juveniles listed as missing in the state of Missouri.  To most, these are just numbers unless one of those numbers happen to be a personal family member or loved one, then those numbers become much more. Looking at those numbers one might wonder how can so many people be missing?

Today, the Detectives Bureau would like to make you aware of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Person Unit (Clearinghouse) and the online informative resources that they provide.  This page is located on their web site under Missing Persons and provides information and listings for all missing adults, children and unidentified persons in Missouri.


On the pages of the missing person section is a map showing the number of missing individuals in each county. The site allows you to click on any county and it will show you the persons who are missing from that county and specific information on each person and may include a poster or flyer of that person. The link to this map is provided below.

Currently Pulaski County has 6 missing adults on the site with the earliest one being from 2004.  Please take a look at the site, you may be surprised at what you see.  If you have any information please contact our office.  Your information can be kept confidential. Their family and loved ones deserve to know what happened to them and if they are safe. 



Pulaski County Sheriff's Department Crime Tip Line  573-774-7948