A New Year brings new challenges
As another new year is upon us, we have completed the task of making a new budget. Every year the Sheriff submits two budget requests, one for the operation of the Sheriff’s Office and one for the operation of the jail. This past year we were only able to recover a small portion of money the state owes the county for board bills on housing inmates. The state owes Iron County over $100,000 and nearly 39 million state wide to other Sheriff’s Offices. The Sheriff submitted a budget requesting about $480,000 for the Sheriff’s Office and $279,000 for the operation of the jail. The county commission met last week to finalized and approve the budget. A major concern is with the jail budget, with several new laws coming into effect on August 28, 2017, and the state with holding payments, will seriously affect the county’s general revenue budget.
We applied for and received several grants for 2018. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office was approved for just over $90,000 to supplement our Deputies salaries and $9,000 to purchase three of the new state required radios. Several other smaller grants from MoDot has been applied for to assist in putting deputies on the road additional hours during the holidays. These grants have been a very big plus for the county. It has allowed us to invest in our staff which has allowed us to retain highly trained and skilled deputies. Deputy Davis attended a required MoDOT grant writing class in order to apply for additional available safety grants. All deputies live in the county and are involved in many community activities. With our staff being part of the community rather than just working here, this gives them a vested interest in Iron County.
Since taking office, I have been working to establish both short and long term operating plans. Long term plans include infrastructure improvement, vehicle fleet improvement, and staff training. At present, we have been working closely with the county commission and have been able to upgrade the fleet to 5 new Ford Explores and four used highway patrol cars. The fleet is all are the same color with easily recognizable markings. This has been accomplished with little cost to the county due to funds from the Law Enforcement Restitution Funds and a Federal grant from the USDA. Deputies have standardized uniforms, badges, and equipment. Vehicles are clearly identifiable.
Another short term plan was to improve public confidence, criminal investigations, report writing, and community involvement. At present, deputies attend all public events and we have sent two deputies to the School Resource Officers School. It is my intention to send them through the D.A.R.E program this Fall. We will be seeking additional federal grant money for this project which will allow the deputies to increase their time within the schools. Deputies meet the train north and southbound daily. Also, we will soon be able to monitor the train station from the Sheriff’s Department.
Another issue we are currently addressing is the process of planning and funding a new jail facility. New laws are forcing counties to take action in the housing of different types of prisoners.
Sheriff’s Office Staff receives Service Awards
Another program the Sheriff’s Office began last year, was to recognize our employees for their years of service. This award was presented during the annual Christmas party by the Presiding County Commissioner Jim Scaggs and Sheriff Roger Medley. We are very proud to recognize the following individuals for years of faithful service:
|Kathy Mayberry 10 year service||Deputy Scott Maxey 10 year service||Anna Reynolds 10 year service|
|Chaplain Don Akers 5 years service||Dr. Ralph Leigh 5 year service|
Deputies receive Commendations
I was very pleased to submit two of our deputies, Chief Deputy Jared Debrecht and Senior Deputy Scott Maxey’s names to The National Police Hall of Fame for General Commendation Award. Deputies Debrecht and Maxey were presented the awards by Judge Randall Head, Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs and Sheriff Roger Medley, for distinguishing themselves and bringing great credit to the sheriff’s office by rescuing a three year old child from brutal attack. The child had been physically assaulted along with an attempt to cause bodily harm. The deputies talked to the subject until they were able to position themselves so they could physically engage the individual and remove the child to obtain medical treatment.
At approximately 0130 am Monday November 6, 2017, on Highway 21 near the intersection of County Road 96 Thomas Ventimiglia, age 35, was shot and subsequently died from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
1st degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Felon in Possession of a Firearm charges were filed against William (Billy) King by the Iron County Prosecuting Attorney.
King’s vehicle was found abandoned at Snow Hollow Lake.
At approximately 1300 hours William (Billy) King was located and taken into custody, without incident, near the intersection of Highway 21 and Highway N.
King was taken to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, where he was questioned and is currently being held without bond.
King was arraigned in Iron County Circuit Court by Judge Sid Person on the Charge of 1st Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
The incident continues to be investigated by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Unit.
Assisting Agencies: MSHP DDCC, MDC, PK PD, DOC, SFC,
The Iron County Sheriff’s Office staff is morning the loss of a member our family. Alicia Macalady, who passed away July 13, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri. Alicia came to the Sheriff’s Office after being medically retired from the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She returned home to Arcadia Valley and after several months of sitting home recovering, came to our office wanting to volunteer her professional paralegal skills. During her time with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office she assisted in the preparation of criminal cases to be presented before the courts and offered to assist our deputies with the preparation/presentation of their reports. The short time she was with us, she became a very valuable asset and true team member of the office. She assisted the deputies in a variety of ways using her legal skills and experience. Alicia’s smile, laughter, and wittiness will not be forgotten.
Honoring the public servants motto:
Service before Self.
Alicia Kathryn Macalady
She will be truly missed.
SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN
Halloween is approaching quickly and we expect large groups of children out and about during the evening. Our primary concern on Halloween is always the safety of children. With this in mind, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following safety tips. Please review these with your children before they begin their “trick-or-treat” adventure.Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren’t too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. Try using make up instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be dangerous for when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their bags too. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision and carry a cell phone for quick communication. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes and where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on. As an alternative of going door to door, parents should consider taking their children to community sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and the parent or adults can examine them. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded. Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious.
Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening with a little preparation, communication and diligence. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us.
The main purpose is to have a fun filled and safe evening.
Crisis Intervention Team Training
Members of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Iron County Circuit Clerk attended the annual Crisis Intervention Team Banquet this past Monday evening. Several awards were given out along with updates on the program. Two years ago we decided to become a part of the Mineral Area Crisis Team and, at the present time, the majority of the Sheriff’s Office staff has attend the 40 hour course. By the end of October, the entire Office will have completed the course. What is CIT? Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, health care, consumer, and advocacy partnerships. The CIT Model was first developed in Memphis and has spread throughout the country. The basic program consists of 40 hours training followed by an annual update.
CIT provides law enforcement-based crisis intervention training for assisting those individuals with a mental illness, and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community. CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness. The CIT Model reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental health care system and creates the context for sustainable change.
Basic Goals:Improve Officer, Consumer and Community Safety Redirect Individuals with Mental Illness from the Judicial System to the Health Care System
Partnerships: Law Enforcement, Advocacy, Mental HealthCentral to the formation and success of CIT is the role of the Law Enforcement Community. Trained CIT Officers are able to interact with crisis situations using de-escalation techniques that improve the safety of the officer, consumer, and family members. In addition, the law enforcement community is able to provide care and help to consumers by transporting individuals in need of special treatment to appropriate facilities. It is also critical that law enforcement participate in the formation of CIT and engage in all elements of the planning and implementation stages. Participation from the Consumer and Advocate Community is critical to the success of CIT. This aspect of CIT brings the program to life by adding insight from those directly affected. This important partnership should be established early in the planning process and should continue as an ongoing operational element of CIT. Mental Health Professionals plays an important role in the successful implementation, development, and ongoing sustainability of CIT. These professionals provide treatment, education and training that result in a wide dissemination of knowledge and expertise to both individuals with a mental illness and patrol officers undergoing CIT training.
The Mental Health Crisis Response Institute use trained CIT law enforcement trainers to conduct CIT trainings. Daily practical exercises with professional actors are used in the CIT training for realistic experiences to build de-escalation skills.
This One Of A Kind Unique Quilt Could Be Yours
For information how to win this one of a kind quilt.
You could win this handmade quilt featuring patches from sheriffs’ offices in Missouri’s 114 counties. Tickets are just $10 each – and everyone can buy them. In fact, buy several to increase your chance of winning!
Proceeds from the raffle, sponsored by the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Wives’ Auxiliary, will be used to purchase bulletproof vests for sheriffs and deputies whose offices can’t afford to buy them.
The drawing for the quilt will be held October 8. The winner will be notified by phone.
A special thanks goes to Dianna Stockman, the wife of Mercer County Sheriff Stephen Stockman, and her sister, Sarah Bonnett, who created this beautiful, one-of-a-kind work of art.
The Farm Bureau annual fish fry was held on Saturday, September 24th at the fairgrounds with a very good gathering.
IS YOUR LIFE WORTH 3 SECONDS OF YOUR TIME
Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Even with all of the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average. Missouri has an 80 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 87 percent.
First, I would like to thank Dr. Carver and the school staff, along with the State, Federal and local Law Enforcement Agencies for the support and assistance during this investigation.
After several days of intense investigation, Justin Buffington, age 17, was taken into custody Friday Morning at the Arcadia Valley High School and charged with “MAKING A TERRORIST THREAT”. Buffington is currently being held at the Iron County Jail.
I would like for the citizens and parents to know the App (After School) is in no way connected with the school and the incident could have been cleared almost immediately if the App Company would have provided the necessary information when initially requested on Saturday, September 17. We suggest parents talk with their children about the use of phone Apps, computer software and other multimedia devices
The Iron County Sheriff’s Office we will always investigate any incidents involving schools, businesses, etc. until we have all the facts and the case is presented to the Prosecuting Attorney. As information becomes available and verified, we will immediately notify the news media and place it on our web site, icsomo.org, and on Facebook.
***Update on the Arcadia Valley School threat. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office along with several state and local departments are continuing to investigate the origin of the message sent. Presently, we have sent a few test messages to help understand how the program works. The company which wrote the App has become somewhat uncooperative by refusing or delaying requested information. We will continue to investigate the matter until we have all the facts. As information becomes available, and we are able to verify it, we will immediately notify the news media and place it on our web site, icsomo.org, and on Facebook.