Friday, January 30, 2009
Federal prosecutors say that 33 year-old Jeffrey Cornell Lewis was texting and chatting over the computer with a woman from Oklahoma from December 2007 until last summer.
In July Lewis asked the woman to bring her 3-year-old daughter to a Miami, OK, motel.
What Lewis didn't know was that the woman had notified cops when Lewis told her that he wanted to have sex with her 3-year-old child as well as her 13-year-old daughter.
Cops busted Lewis after he registered and paid for the motel room.
Lewis was also ordered to pay $1,100 in fines and was mandated to be under court supervision for seven years after his release from prison.
The jury was picked on Monday, however, with the wicked weather that Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas have received this week, it has delayed the start of the trial until at least early next week.
Hall, who is from Sparta, is accused of killing 68 year-old Freda Heyn, who was last seen at the post-office in Oldfield in early November of 2003.
There were massive searches for the elderly woman that brought strangers together to search for Heyn five years ago.
Heyn's husband of 47 years, Fred, said he would never give up trying to find out exactly what happened to her......because she would do the same for him.
Heyn's skull were found in the spring 2004 in the Mark Twain National Forest near Garrison, which is south of Oldfield.
According to the probable cause statement filed with the charges against, David D. Epperson, who told detectives that Billy Hall brought Heyn to his home near Oldfield on Sunday evening, Nov. 2, 2003. Epperson told investigators that when Hall arrived with the elderly woman she was bleeding from an injury.
After Billy Hall and Heyn arrived, Epperson told the detective, Paula Hall (below) went outside on the front porch and hit Heyn in the head with a golf club at least four times.
Epperson testified at Paula Hall's preliminary hearing that after Heyn was gravely wounded the trio left the woman's body on the side of the house and went inside to use methamphetamine.
The case was moved on a change of venue from Christian County to Taney County.
After a five week undercover investigation conducted jointly by the Joplin Cyber Crimes Unit, Barry County Sheriff's Department, and the Cassville Police Department, 36 year-old Sira Noitip was arrested at his Joplin residence.
Authorities allegedly found several photographs and videos of children in various stages of undress in Noitps home, and on his personal computer.
Cops say that Noitip is in the United States on a tourist visa and that officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have placed a detainer on Noitip.
A news release from the Joplin Police Department says that the United States Attorney's Office in Springfield is in the process of filing federal child porn charges against Noitip as well.
Noitip is scheduled to be transferred to federal custody next Monday.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Authorities Say That It Could Take Up To Three Months For Positive ID On Human Remains Found Along I-44:
Major Phil Corcoran of The Greene County Sheriff's Office says, "we have sent the bones and skull to the University of North Texas for advanced testing." He added, "a possible family member of the man's has been swabbed for DNA comparison."
The contractors were looking for a water source to set concrete, but what they found was a skull and human remains found in a sleeping bag under a blue tarp.
Cops believe that the tarp was used as a makeshift tent and that the remains could have been there for a couple of years.
An identification card was found near the body. The descriptors on the ID card belong to a white man in his 50's, and seem to match the human remains that were found.
Sheriff Jim Arnott confirms that a sex toy was found with the body. But Arnott, "will not confirm nor deny," that the ID belongs to a known sex offender.
Arnott says investigators believe the cause of the mans death is a crushed chest that was likely caused by a falling tree limb.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Hunters found a black tote type tool box on the opening day of firearm deer season last November. When they couldn't open the box, that was emitting a foul odor, they called 911
Authorities had to use bolt cutters to remove some chains and to get the lock off of the box. What they found inside was pretty disturbing.....the body of a woman that had been encased in about six hundred pounds of concrete.
After nearly a month of not being able to identify the woman, Sheriff Richard Wrinkle appealed to the public for help in identifying the woman in the box.
Wrinkle said that a tip came in that led them to question 54 year-old Horst Sabla.
According to the probable cause statement filed with the charges against Horst Sabla, he admitted to investigators that he shot his wife, Sharon, in the head on August 9, 2008.
He then allegedly placed Sharon Sabla's body in a black tote type tool box, filled it with lime and then poured concrete on top of her.
He told authorities that he kept the the concrete filled toolbox that held his wife's remains for several months before dumping it down a hill on AA near Lebanon.
Horst Sabla is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the case. He is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on February 23rd.
Laclede County prosecutor Angie Hemphill-Wright has not made public whether she will seek the death penalty in the case.
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Man Who Allegedly Killed His Ex-Girlfriend And Stuffed Her In Plastic Box Found Incompetent To Stand Trial"
Authorities filed first-degree murder charges, theft and obstruction of justice charges against Michael Doyel in the death of Deborah Jones last April.
Jones allegedly told authorities and family members that Doyel had been harassing her in the days leading up to her disappearance.
Cops found Jones' vehicle in the parking lot at the 76 Inn Motel in Branson.
Authorities used triangulation from cell phones that Doyel and Murray had in their position that narrowed their search to Branson
Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy says that an autopsy showed that Jones' cause of death was strangulation, or positional asphyxiation; that happens when a person is put in an awkward position and can't get enough air into their lungs.
State and Federal prosecutors are reviewing the case as well because they believe Doyel allegedly kidnapped another woman, Patricia Murray, 59, of West Valley City, Utah, and brought her with him to Branson.
Prosecutors will review the case on May 23, 2009.
For more on this case go here.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Charles Edward Johnson, 45, was also ordered to pay $5,218 in restitution, according to a news release from United States Attorney John Wood.
Johnson used his ex-wife's identity to open the credit card account with Capital One, as well as the Pay Pal account. He used the fraudulent accounts to buy stuff over the Internet in his ex-wife's name and shipped to his home from November 2003 to Aug 31, 2005.
In order to keep the ruse ongoing, Johnson would make the minimum payments on the cards...eventually he was unable to keep up with the payments.
On Sept. 4, 2008, Johnson was convicted at trial of mail fraud and credit card fraud.
Johnson’s attorney Dee Wampler has asked U.S. District Judge Richard Dorr to sentence his client to probation for the crimes.
During the trial Judge Richard Dorr found Johnson had lied during testimony and felt a stiffer sentence was warranted, according to Wampler.
Wampler said Johnson had fallen on hard times.“He paid thousands of dollars toward the credit cards, but he fell behind,” Wampler said.
Wampler also noted that Johnson is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq and Kuwait.
**UPDATE IS AT THE BOTTOM OF STORY
A man who is alleged to have fathered four children with his nineteen year-old daughter whom he allegedly incestuously impregnated has been charged with murdering one of them.
Investigators found the remains of two infants in coolers on a farm where the family once lived.
Only one child of the alleged incest, a three year-old boy, is still alive according to investigators. He has been placed in the custody of the state.
Danial Rinehart (above) 47, is charged with second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child, statutory rape, two counts of incest and two counts of abandoning a corpse.
Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley said one of Rinehart’s daughters called police from a Harrisonville Wal-Mart on Oct. 3, 2008, and reported that her father was having an ongoing sexual affair with her 19 year-old sister that had produced four children.
Detectives went and searched the property at 24200 South Taylor Road on Oct. 15, 2008, with the assistance of Kansas City police and cadaver dogs, but didn't find any human remains.
The first child, according to interviews conducted with the teenage mother, was born and died in Oklahoma in 2004.
According to the mother, the baby was born on March 24, 2004 and died July 8, 2004. She said her father assisted her with the birth.
According to Sheriff Dwight Diehl, authorities believe that the child born in Oklahoma is buried on an Indian reservation.
Oklahoma authorities are assisting in the investigation, he said.
Two of the other children have died.
According to court documents, Rinehart’s daughter told police that her father had gotten her pregnant with a all four children. Rinehart told authorities that he believes he only fathered two of his daughters children.
According to the probable cause statement, all four children were delivered at home or in a truck by Danial and Linda Rinehart.
On New Years Day 2009, the new residents of the property at Taylor Road in Harrisonville reported finding two coolers — a large blue cooler, and a smaller maroon one with what appeared to be babies inside of them behind a RV inside a garage.
Linda Rinehart, (below) Danial Rinehart’s wife, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child for not reporting the alleged sexual abuse of her daughter. The Rinehart's have three other daughters.
When asked by investigators why she continued to remain married to her husband even though she knew what was happening, Linda Rinehart became upset and said she wasn’t good enough to find somebody else.
Rineharts mother, Delores, lived on the same property as her son and his family and says she had no idea what was going on.
Sisters of the 19 year-old woman said that their father told them he would kill them if they told anyone what was going on.
Linda Rinehart is free on $10,000 bond after being charged on Jan. 8.
Danial Rinehart is being held on a cash only bond of half-a-million dollars.
Danial and Linda Rinehart are scheduled to appear in court again on January 29, 2009.
UPDATE: Linda Rinehart waived her court appearance today (02-05-09). The preliminary hearings for Danial and Linda Rinehart are scheduled for March 5, 2009.
The oldest daughter of the Rineharts wants to see prosecutors charge her mother with more crimes. The woman says she wants her mother to pay just as much as her father.
Cass County prosecutors say that additional charges a are a possibility, but declined to say what they could be, or when the could possibly be handed down.
Cameras, both still and television, have been denied access to the courtroom for the hearing.
A grand jury has charged Danial Rinehart with endangering the welfare of a child today. Rinehart is suspected of fathering four children with his teenage daughter.
He's also charged with second-degree murder in the death of one of the infants as well as another child endangerment charge.
The new charge accuses the 47-year-old man of failing to seek medical assistance when helping his daughter give birth in August 2005 to a boy who is now 3 years old and in state custody.
The grand jury added another charge of endangering the welfare of a child, and hindering prosecution against the girls mother, Linda Rinehart today.
Linda Rinehart was charged earlier with one count of child endangerment and is free on $10,000 bond.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
A detective with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says Ryan Ferguson, 25, admitted in an interview that he touched a twelve year old girl in her "bad spot" and taught her to mimic the motions of sexual intercourse over 15 times from June to December of 2008.
In several interviews with detectives, Ferguson admitted that he purposely touched the girl through her clothing several times, and at least one time when she was naked in the bathtub. He also told detectives that he, "fantasized about having sexual intercourse" with her.
Formal charges were filed on Thursday by Texas County prosecutor, Mike Anderson.
The range of punishment on first-degree child molestation is five and fifteen years.
Ferguson graduated from Licking High School in 2002, and according to the mayor of Licking, Ferguson's position as Emergency Management Director is on a volunteer basis.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
In August of 2003, Jason Osborn, 41, allowed four 14-year-old boys to take turns hood surfing and driving his fiancees car on a gravel road near Walnut Shade, which is in Taney County.
Osborn was also charged with two counts of enticement of a child and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to investigators, two of the boys were sitting in the windows of the vehicle, one was on the hood, and the other was driving when Osborn yanked on the steering wheel causing it swerve and slam into a tree. It then it burst into flames.
Witnesses testified that Osborn ran from the crash, leaving the boys to fend for themselves.
Killed in the fiery crash were Dustin Riseman and Joshua Sparling who were both 14 years-old.
Before moving to Rockaway Beach, Osborn, had gone by the name of Leon Shirten Dronet Jr., and lived in Oregon.
Before changing his name to Osborn, Leon Dronet, was convicted in 1987 of attempted third-degree sodomy of a 14-year-old boy in a public restroom. That same year, he pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
In 1989, Dronet pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy.
He was sentenced to 25 years in the Oregon State Hospital for that crime, but was discharged in February 2001 on an appellate issue.
Dronet moved to Stone County after his release and registered as a sex offender there. But when he moved to Rockaway Beach, cops were not notified when Dronet, by then using the name Jason Osborn, began working at a restaurant there.
The two surviving boys in the crash say that Osborn had been offering them cigarettes, cough syrup and alcohol.
He also made sexual comments to the boys, attempted to kiss them and asked them for sexual favors.
Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell says that Judge John Moody didn't feel there was enough evidence to convict Osborn on one of the enticement charges.
Osborn, was ordered to undergo a mental examination in 2006, which he refused.
In 2007, after working off and on as his own attorney in his case, Osborn agreed to undergo the exam and was declared incompetent to stand trial.
Osborn was then ordered to Fulton State Hospital where he was recently found competent to stand trial.
When Osborn is sentenced on March 6, 2009 in Wright County, he could receive two life sentences on the second degree murder convictions; a life sentence in the state of Missouri is thirty years.
He will receive time in jail on the enticement and endangering the welfare of a child charges. The only question is if the judge will make the sentences concurrent (at the same time,) or consecutive (one right after the other.)
The case was moved to Wright County from Taney County on a change of venue.
Jason Osborn has been sentenced to at least two fifteen year sentences in prison for the deaths of Dustin Riseman and Josh Sparling.
He was also sentenced to three five year sentences for endangering the welfare of a child.
Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell told me that the judge that sentenced Osborn didn't specify if the two 15 year-sentences for the teens deaths were to run consecutive (one after the other) or concurrent (at the same time.)
He says state statute says that at least one of the fifteen year-sentences will have to be served consecutive to one of the five year sentences that Osborn received for endangering the welfare of a child.
That means that Osborn will be locked up for at least eighteen years (minus the time that he has already spent in jail awaiting trial.)
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Now, after playing cat and mouse with both sides of the law, he has decided that he wants a jury trial.
Joe Davidson Music was charged with his grandmothers, Frances Nadine Giehl', death in 2004. He is also charged with second-degree elder abuse and two counts of armed criminal action for his grandmas death.
The Greene County Prosecutors office offered Music a sweet plea deal of eleven years in prison......but he has decided to take his chances with a jury.
His public defender says that up until the last few days she had every indication that Music would accept the deal. Public Defender, Cristy Meadows, concedes that Music will probably be found guilty because, "it looks like we're going to trial with a client who's unwilling or unable to assist us."
Music is also accused of injuring his great-grandmother, 89-year-old Eva Aslinger. According to the probable cause statement, Aslinger's caretaker said she witnessed Music "kicking and jumping on Giehl's face and head as she lay on the exterior porch of the residence."
Music was contemplating a plea offer, but decided to go to trial yesterday. That is scheduled to begin on February 17, 2009 in Greene County.
Music was being housed at the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Fulton State Hospital but was transported to Springfield for a 3:30 p.m. plea hearing where he will remain until trial, according to public defender Cristy Meadows.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Army reservist Huland Hudson was taken into custody by Army investigators on January 9th.
Hudson is accused of exposing himself over the Internet at least twice to an undercover agent from Missouri who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Investigators say that Hudson allegedly exposed and fondled himself, and transmitted images of his genitals, online to a detective with the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force last month.
This isn't Hudson’s first rodeo with online sex crimes, cops have gleaned that he allegedly committed similar offenses with underage kids in Missouri and Arkansas.
On January 6th, Hudson, 42, was charged with two counts of attempted sexual misconduct involving a child in Boone County
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Friday, January 16, 2009
They were looking for a water source to set concrete, but what they found was a skull and human remains under a blue tarp that was believed to be a makeshift tent.
Investigators believe the bones may have been there for as long as two years.
An identification card, matching the height and weight seem to belong to a white man in his 50s, whose chest was likely crushed by a falling tree limb.
Sheriff Jim Arnott says a sex toy was found with the body. Arnott, "will not confirm nor deny," that the ID belongs to a known sex offender.
The mans name has not be released as they are waiting to confirm his identity through DNA and contact his family before releasing his name.
In a news release Arnott says, "This victim was not reported as missing, efforts to identify and locate family members are ongoing at this time."
Full Press Release :
From Sheriff Jim C. Arnott The Greene County Sheriff’s Office announces that the investigation into the skeletal remains discovered in the woods adjacent to I-44 at the 84mile marker on Tuesday, has established the following:
The remains are believed to be that of a Caucasian male in his mid-50’s.The identification that was found is comparable to the height,weight, race and age of the skeletal remains.
This victim’s identity will be made public only after it has been confirmed, and family members are notified.
We will be utilizing DNA to obtain identity.This victim was not reported as missing.
Efforts to identify and locate family members are on-going at this time.
The Medical Examiner has ruled this death as “Accidental”.The autopsy revealed thoracic trauma resulting in positional asphyxia, which resulted in death.There was no other evidence of trauma of foul play.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
MoDOT contractors found a skull near westbound mile marker 84 when they were looking for a water source for some signs that they were setting.
Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says that a skull and complete set of bones were found inside a sleeping under a blue tarp. He said that the tarp, "appears to have been used as a makeshift tent."
Some identification belonging to a man and a sex toy were found with the body. Arnott, "will not confirm nor deny," that the ID belongs to a known sex offender.
Investigators have made contact with family members of the person that the ID card is issued to.
Sheriff Arnott says that it appears that the body was out in the elements for about two years. He says, "it could be a natural death, however, investigators will treat it as a homicide until tests come back from The Missouri State Crime Lab."
The evidence will be submitted to the new crime lab here in, but Arnott is not sure if their DNA equipment is operational. If it isn't the evidence will be sent to Jefferson City.
***image Springfield News-Leader
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Six people have been charged with first degree murder in the death of an elderly Springfield man last month.
Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore said he was contacted by police on January 12, 2009, about the crime and his office filed charges against the suspects on January 13th; They are:
- Theresa Rash, 49, 2019 N. Washington Ave., Springfield
- Alexandrea McNeely, 26, 2019 N. Washington Ave., Springfield (Theresa Rash's daughter)
- Rusty Amoss, 27, 620 W. Division St., Springfield
- Jeff Bloom, 48, 2019 N. Washington Ave., Springfield (Theresa Rash's boyfriend)
- Troy Christiansen, 29, 2019 N. Washington Ave., Springfield (Alexandrea McNeeley's boyfriend)
- William Reed, 25, Cumberland, Tenn.
Investigators believe that Rash was killed the day before Theresa Rash reported the slaying and believe that two of the suspects were offered $1,000 to murder Rash.
According to the probable cause statement, an informant told police that they were at an alleged meeting that took place at 2111 N. Summit about a week before Rash's death.
It was at that meeting where a plan to take Stephen Rash permanently "out of the picture," was discussed.
The informant told cops that Jeff Bloom, Theresa Rash's boyfriend, had a legal pad that had several peoples names and identifiers on it, and that Stephen Rash's was at the top of the list.
The reason.......Stephen Rash treating Theresa Rash "poorly."
While being questioned by cops on January 12th, Rusty Amoss (left) told Corporal Chris Barb that Bloom stated that he was, "going to give that job to Reed, but had changed his mind and wanted him (Amoss) to handle it."
Amoss told the group that, "he didn't want to get his hands dirty."
A few days after the meeting Amoss told cops that Bloom contacted him and said, "he and Theresa wanted Stephen Rash dead."
It is at that point that Amoss allegedly told Bloom that he wanted a thousand dollars and his rent paid to do the "job."
Amoss told Corporal Barb that Bloom called him continuously wanting to know when Stephen Rash would be killed.
Theresa Rash allegedly provided a key to the back door of Stephen Rash's residence, but it wouldn't work. When that wasn't successful they simply waited a few minutes, knocked on the front door, and were let in by Stephen Rash.
Amoss says he was allegedly accompanied by William Reed (left) and that once the men were inside Stephen Rash's house, "Reed grabbed Rash by the neck," and the two men struggled into the kitchen where he followed them.
Amos says that he believes that Reed was attempting to break Rash's neck. At some point during the struggle, Amoss says that, "Rash hit him in the head with a pipe."
Amoss told investigators that he also attempted to choke Rash but ended up slitting the man's throat twice.
Reed says that Amoss followed Rash into the kitchen where, "Rash hit him(Amoss) with a pipe as he entered the kitchen. He went on to tell investigators that "Amoss jumped on Rash's back and tried to choke him."
According to Reed, the elderly man fell to his knees and that Amoss, "pulled a knife from his boot and cut the man's neck."
Troy Christiansen (below) told investigators that Amoss contacted him, Theresa Rash, Alexandria McNeeley, and Jeff Bloom after Stephen Rash had been killed and, "demanded his payment of two thousand dollars and two hundred and fifty dollar rent payments by June."
While Amoss was being interrogated Monday he told investigators that he "had not been paid a cent" since the killing, nor had his rent been paid.
Alexandrea McNeeley (below) admitted to cops that she had been at the initial meeting with all of the suspects, and that she heard her mother, Theresa Rash, say that something "needed to be done with Stephen Rash."
She also stated that Amoss said that "Reed had been unable to harm Stephen Rash."
Further in the interview with cops, McNeeley stated that, "Amoss said that Rash had hit him in the head with a pipe and that he stabbed Stephen Rash and cut his neck."
Theresa Rash denied having any knowledge of a plot to kill her husband when questioned by authorities. Investigators quit questioning Rash when she requested an attorney.
Jeff Bloom, (below) Theresa Rash's boyfriend, "continually denied having any knowledge of a conversation in which he and/or Theresa asked Reed and Amoss to kill Stephen Rash," when police interviewed him.
All six of the suspects were formally arraigned and have pleaded not guilty. They all have preliminary hearings scheduled for March 6, 2009.
All of the suspects are being held without bond in the Greene County jail....away from each other because, “they’re busy pointing fingers at each other,” according to Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore.
Six people charged with first-degree murder for the December 2008 death of an elderly Springfield man will stand trial for the mans death.
Theresa F. Rash, 49; Alexandrea M. McNeeley, 26; Rusty L. Amoss, 27; William L. Reed, 25; Jeff S. Bloom, 48; and Troy M. Christiansen, 29, are scheduled to be arraigned April 13 in Greene County Circuit Court.
The six are accused of conspiring to plan the death of 63-year-old Stephen E. Rash, Theresa Rash's husband, who was found dead in his Chicago street home on December 6, 2008, with his throat slashed.
Investigators say that it was Amoss who slit Stephen Rash's throat. He was bound over for trial on Tuesday (03-03-09) by Associate Circuit Judge Mark Powell.
Attorneys for McNeeley, who is Theresa Rash's daughter, and Christiansen waived their preliminary hearing Friday (03-06-09), after hearing testimony against the other three suspects from a Springfield detective, the Greene County Medical Examiner and the wife of one of the suspects.
Karen Gardner, married Bloom shortly before Rash's murder and said she was present at meeting in November with all of the suspects. She testified that it was at that meeting that Theresa Rash said she wanted out of her marriage because her husband was verbally abusing her.
Gardner said that Theresa Rash asked Bloom to help her find a way to get rid of him....and he said OK; and then asked Amoss and Reed to kill Rash.When questioned by detectives, both Amoss and Reed allegedly confessed to the crime.
Amoss and Reed gave investigators differing scenarios about how Stephen Rash was attacked....they did agree on one thing, it was Amoss who slit Rash's throat with a boot knife, according to Springfield Police Cpl. Chris Barb.Barb, who is the lead detective on the case, testified that Reed admitted that he was in Rash's house when the man was killed but that he did not participate in the his murder.
After Rash was killed, the duo allegedly went somewhere where Amoss could clean up, before meeting up with the other suspects at a bowling alley.
Gardner testified that when Amoss and Reed hooked up with the group later, they told them that Mr. Rash was dead.
Gardner said that she did not immediately go to cops with news of the alleged plot until January......after she caught her husband (Bloom) and Theresa Rash in bed together.
Gardner testified that Bloom kicked her out of the house the two shared on Summit Street shortly before Christmas.....and that she heard her husband tell Theresa Rash that he wanted to be with her; and allegedly threatening to "get rid of" Gardner, too, if she caused any trouble."
Public defender Clate Baker, who represents Theresa Rash, and Tom Carver, who represents Bloom, asked Gardner about her use of prescription pain pills and anti depressants.
Gardner acknowledged she does have trouble remembering things at times when she takes her medication.
A supporter of the suspects was removed from the courtroom after exclaiming "That's bull- ..." when Barb testified Reed told him Theresa Rash asked them to kill her husband.
A Springfield woman charged with murdering her elderly stepfather is out of jail because of death threats within the Greene County jail.
Alexandrea McNeeley was released from jail and will have to wear an ankle bracelet and will be under house arrest.
Prosecutors say that McNeeley and five other people conspired to kill Stephen Rash last December.
I have a couple of questions, like, why couldn't they place her in a single cell or transfer her to another jail.
Look, I have the utmost respect for our law enforces, I know they are underpaid and the jail is understaffed and overloaded....but come on this isn't some petty crime!
So now an alleged killer is walking the streets of Springfield because her life is threatened......please!
Contractors putting up signs for MoDOT had walked into a wooded area near the westbound 84 mile marker and discovered a human skull under a blue tarp near a brush pile.
Clothing and some other items were discovered under the tarp as well. Investigators believe that the remains have been there for some time.
As daylight soon gave way to darkness MoDOT sent out a light truck and the Greene County Sheriff's Office called in their new Mobile Command Unit to aid investigators with their homicide investigation.
Some detectives with the Sheriff's office left the scene and returned to headquarters to pour over missing person reports.
Sheriff Jim Arnott says that investigators will work at the crime scene this evening and then it will be secured for the night .
The investigation will resume in the morning.
After speaking with the driver, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity, and asked for and received consent to search the vehicle where five kilos of cocaine were found.
Desmond W. Thompson, 39, of Brooklyn, NY., has been charged with first degree drug trafficking in the first degree. He is scheduled to be back in court on February 11, 2009 for his preliminary hearing.
Thompson is being held in the Greene County jail on $75,000 bond.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Former Head Of Christian County Republican Party Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Child Molestation:
Royce M. Fessenden pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree child molestation and one count of second degree statutory sodomy in October of last year.
Special Prosecutor Robert Lewis says that Fessenden molested a relative once a week from the mid 1990's until 2001. The little girl was nine when the abuse started and seventeen when it ended.
The abuse, which wasn't reported to police until 2006, created quite the quagmire for Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek and Judge Mark Orr who both recused themselves from the case as Fessenden had actively campaigned for both elected officials.
Fessenden was sentenced to five years in prison on each of the three charges. Those sentences will run concurrent (at the same time) with each other.
Judge John Moody handled the case after Orr's recusal.
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First responders were dispatched to a home on Silverleaf in northern Greene County about 2:45 p.m. on January 6th because Lucas Payton Theede-Bennett had stopped breathing at the home of his babysitter.
The nine month-old little boy died about an hour later at a Springfield hospital.
Greene County assistant prosecutor Todd Myers says, "it could be sometime before any decisions regarding this case are made."
The State Technical Assistance Team, part of the Department of Social Services that investigates suspicious child fatalities, is investigating along with, medical examiners and prosecutors. An autopsy has been conducted. It could take several weeks before investigators know the results of toxicology tests.
Lucas is survived by his mother Amanda Theede, and father Sean Bennett, grandparents and a host of other family and friends.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Authorities in Jasper County and Joplin teamed up with the ex-wife of Casey Simmons to bug her car in order to catch Simmons plotting to kill Kimberlee Wilson LeClaire.
LeClaire at one time had been Misty Simmons best friend.....until she got pregnant by him. But hard feelings and anger were not going to let Misty Simmons be part of a plan to kill LeClaire.
On October 30, 2008, Misty met Casey in a cemetery in Carterville, it is there that Casey Simmons laid out his plan to get rid of Kimberlee LeClaire.
He suggests that chloroform could be used on LeClaire, "the only hang-up is getting the body - her, to where we want to dispose of her."
Misty chimes in that she is worried about helicopters with heat seeking radar and cadaver dogs. He explains that's why, "packaging" the body is important.
Casey wants to use, "numerous, numerous layers," of Saran Wrap before stuffing LeClaire's body in a garment bag and filling the bag with lime, "to mask the smell."
Casey Simmons tells his former wife, "I ain't going to prison forever."
What Casey Simmons didn't know was that his former field training officer in Jasper County, Detective Mike McDonald, was waiting in the cemetery and was part of the team that had wired Misty's car for sound and video.
McDonald testified at Simmons preliminary hearing last week (1/8/2009) that Misty Simmons had met with him in mid-October in Webb City to tell him that Casey wanted to kill LeClaire and, gave him permission to wire her vehicle.
McDonald had worked with the former deputy in the patrol division and on the SWAT team. Simmons was employed at the Jasper County Sheriff's Department from January 2005 until September of 2008 when he was fired for violating department policy.
Casey Simmons tells Misty that as he is killing Kim he will tell her, "I'm killing you so I can go be with Misty."
He's not sure how he will kill her, but breaking her neck, hitting her over the head with a rock, and strangling her are all possible scenarios in Casey Simmons plot to kill LeClaire.
Disposing of the body quickly is a concern for Simmons who decides that somewhere, "really rural," would probably be best.
On November 4th, the day that most adults in the United States were out electing a new President, Casey Simmons was allegedly at the local Wal-Mart buying a tarp, duct tape, a pair of athletic shoes (at one point on the tape Misty says he should by them one size too big,) and trash bags.....prosecutors say it was all part of the scheme to get rid of his former lover.
On the same day that Casey Simmons went shopping for part of his alleged kill kit, investigators made the decision that they needed to ask for an arrest warrant for the former law enforcer.
The judge in the case ruled that the state does indeed have enough evidence against Casey Simmons to proceed to trial. He will be formally arraigned in Circuit Court on January 16, 2009.
Lawyers for Simmons, who has been in jail since his arrest, asked that his bail be reduced from $100,000. Judge Richard Copeland denied that request.
Simmons, 26, remains in jail in another county in southwest Missouri for safety reasons.
Friday, January 9, 2009
A family out walking their dog along a creek near Eldon last Saturday found a human skull with teeth and called 911.
The skull was sent to the Boone County Medical Examiners office, where dental records confirmed, that the human remains found belong to 22 year-old Brandi Mathews.
Mathews went missing in September of 2006, but wasn't reported missing until March of 2008 because her mother, Deanna Roberts, says no one would listen to her.
Mathews was last known to be working as a dancer in several bars in the area around the Lake Of The Ozarks, using the name “Faith.”
At the time of her disappearance, Mathews was not communicating with her family because of custody disputes involving her then 18 month old son.
Authorities say that Mathews was known to be associated with alleged drug dealers in the Eldon area, and was in an abusive relationship with one of them.
That person is high on the list of possible suspects connected to Mathews death and has refused to take a polygraph test.
Investigators don't yet know the cause of Mathews death, however, the skull and bones were burned and very decomposed. Foul play is suspected in the young mothers death and the sheriffs department has opened a homicde investigation into Mathews death..
Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott says that deputies from his office plan to go back out to the area where the bones were found to conduct a more thorough search.
The Miller County Sheriff's office will be assisted by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force and the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department in their investigation into Mathews death.
If you have any information that can assist investigators you're asked to call the following agencies:
Miller County Sheriff’s Office 573-369-2341
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office 573-378-5481
Osage Beach Police Department 573-302-2010
But that doesn't matter to Greene County Circuit Court Judge Michael Cordonnier who has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Ablerta Comstock can proceed to trial.
A year after Comstock was found dead his daughter, Faith Stocker, filed the wrongful death suit against her mother, Alberta Comstock.
Alberta Comstock's attorney, Timothy Richardson, asked the court to delay the lawsuit until criminal charges have been filed against someone in the criminal case.
Rolland Comstock was found shot to death on the floor in between the kitchen and dining room of his North Springfield mansion on July 3, 2007, by his assistant, Becky Frakes.
Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says, "we have multiple suspects for different charges involved in this case," adding, "Alberta Comstock has not been ruled out as one of them."
Investigators say that theft was not a motive in the book fanatics murder as no books were found to be missing after they searched Comstock's unique cataloguing system. There also appeared to be no signs of forced entry at the house.
In June 2008 court documents revealed that detectives were interested in two family members for the crime.
Cops say that a cigarette butt, confidential legal papers belonging to Alberta, along with bullet shell casings recovered at the scene (that matched a handgun that had been purchased by Comstock's former wife the day before his death,) were all being analyzed.
Investigators say that DNA from that cigarette butt matches, Michael "Andy" Comstock, the estranged son that Rolland adopted early in his marriage to Alberta; and that the legal paperwork was from Alberta's attorney and pertained to her divorce from Comstock, therefore, it should not have been in Rolland's house.
Allegedly Alberta tested partial positive on a gunshot residue test taken after the murder.
Rolland and Alberta Comstock divorced in 2005 after 38 years of marriage and were involved in a bitter dispute over a $215,000 settlement Rolland Comstock was to pay the woman.
Sheriff Arnott says that there is a new investigator looking at the case that was not involved in the case before last fall. Arnott says, "that investigator is researching and studying this case from the beginning," adding, "we don't want any surprises to pop up after we present our case to the prosecutor.....we want to do the surprising."
Thursday, January 8, 2009
A Fair Grove woman is behind bars
for allegedly trying to kill her husband with poison.
Investigators with the Greene County Sheriff's Office say they were contacted yesterday by a co-worker of 40 year-old Tonia Peterson who told them that Peterson told her that she had been putting Visine in her husbands tea last year.
In the probable cause statement filed with the charges, Tonia Petersen says that a friend told her that putting Visine in her husband's drink would kill him. After researching the friends claim on the internet, and finding information that supported her friends claim, she put half a bottle in his drink.
When contacted by deputies Cecil Peterson told them that he had been having stomach problems over the last couple of months.
Tonia Petersen is in the Greene County jail on $100,000 bond.