We at the Johnson Sheriff’s Office are humbled by the bravery and courage of the veterans in our community and in our country. Every year when we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th, we are reminded to thank our family, friends, community members, and especially our very own officers and staff, who have served or are serving in all branches of the military. Our veterans and their families have made many sacrifices to keep our country safe.
We strongly encourage everyone to think of our veterans and thank them when you see them. We support and honor our veterans, not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.
Sheriff Scott Munsterman
SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN
Halloween is approaching quickly and we expect large groups of children out and about that evening. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. It is a good idea to 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 makeup 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.
For more Halloween safety tips, please visit https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips.
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.
Thank you for your cooperation.
October’s Fraud Fact tells you what you need to know about new Medicare cards being issued beginning next spring. First, everyone WILL get a new Medicare card. Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will remove the Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mail each person a new card.
This change will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You will get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage.
The new card WILL NOT change your coverage or benefits. More information will come when the new card is mailed. Meanwhile, here is what you can do to get ready.
Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213.
BEWARE of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. Medicare will NOT ask you to give out personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. Medicare already has that information. DO NOT give it out.
It might take some time for you to get your card, and yours might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse to the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888)515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging
The Sheriff's Office is wanting to advise everyone on an on-going scam where a business you may or may not have business connections with . Today, we received creditable information from a Johnson County citizen of a scam involving an individual claiming to be an employee of KCP&L. The person tried to convince the citizen that he was currently behind on his bill and was in jeopardy of having his electricity turned off. The caller told him if he would make immediate credit card payment over the phone he could avoid having his services terminated and not have a bad entry in his credit history. The citizen made contact with KCP&L to find out if the call was legitimate. KCP&L advised him that it was a scam and they did not do business over the phone and would never demand money from the customer.
The important thing to remember, law enforcement as well as legitimate businesses do not call people on the phone and make threats and demanding money. If you should get this type of phone call from someone claiming to be from a business demanding you pay them money on a past due account, get a call back number for the caller or simply hang up. Once you have terminated the call, call the business and report what had just happened. This is the same type of scam that was going on approximately six months ago. The caller said he was from a law enforcement agency stating you or a loved one has an outstanding warrant and then gives you an option to send money to take care of it to avoid being arrested. NO law enforcement agencies will conduct business over the phone. They will do it in person and only in person. Again, get the person's name and agency and then hang up. Look up the phone number for the agency, either in the phone book or on the internet. Call the number and report what had just happened.
Please protect yourself and your money. Always question anyone who is calling and demanding money. If you question the caller over the phone, many times he or she will simply hang up. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give you personal or financial information to anyone on the phone.
On July 10, 2017, the Johnson County Narcotics Enforcement Unit conducted surveillance at a residence in the 800 block of SE 1175 Rd., Windsor, Missouri in Johnson County. During surveillance, a wanted fugitive identified as Chad Dunkin, age 45, of Windsor, was seen entering and exiting the residence. Detectives applied for and received a search warrant for the residence. Just before 3:00 p.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Warrensburg Police Department Joint Special Weapons and Tactics Team executed the search warrant. Dunkin was located inside the residence and was arrested on a probation and parole warrant for three counts of forgery, with a $25,000.00 cash only warrant as well as an additional Probation and Parole warrant for three counts of possession of a controlled substance which also had a $25,000.00 cash only bond. In additional to the Probation and Parole warrant, he was also arrested on a non Probation and Parole warrant for two additional drug related charges with a $4,500.00 cash or surety bond.
An additional resident of the house, a white female, age 38, of Windsor, was arrested on a 24 hour investigative hold on a felony charge of Harboring a Fugitive for giving shelter and aid to Dunkin. The investigation will be forwarded to the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office for formal charges. The above name has been omitted as formal charges have not been filed.
On June 28, 2017, shortly after 11:30 a.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the Warrensburg Police Department executed a narcotics related search warrant in the 400 block of Russell Ave., Warrensburg. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located pre-packaged bags containing methamphetamine, marijuana, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, a firearm and $2,187.00 in U.S. currency. Detective also located and seized a locked container, which a search warrant was later applied for and received. Detective arrested Jacob Williams, age 32, of Warrensburg, on a 24 hour investigative hold for delivery of a controlled substance.
On June 29, 2017, the Johnson County Prosecutors Office issued a warrant for Williams, charging him with felony of Delivery of a controlled substance, felony of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, with a $20,000 cash or surety bond. On June 29, 2017, a no bond Probation and Parole warrant was issued and served. Williams remains in the custody of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and additional charges could be sought by the Prosecutors Office once the investigation is completed. The charges contained in this press release are simply accusation, and not evidence of guilt.
On July 12, 2017, a search warrant was executed on the locked container at which time detectives located additional pre-packaged methamphetamine, pre-packaged containers of pills, psilocybin mushroom and drug paraphernalia. During the search warrant, approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine was located, with an estimated street value of over $17,000.00.
On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Russell applied for and received an arrest warrant for Donald Lloyd Peery, age 84 for Second Degree Assault with a $30,000.00 Cash Only bond. He was released from the hospital during the early morning hours and immediately incarcerated at the Johnson County Jail where he will remain until his bond has been met.
The deputy involved in this event was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. He will remain on Administrative Leave until all the Critical Incident protocols have been met.
On Monday, July 17th at approximately 1755 hrs, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office requested an agency assist with a suspect who had been involved in a vehicular assault at a grocery store in Lone Jack, Mo. They advised the suspect was eastbound on US 50 from Lone Jack and believed to headed into Johnson County. At approximately 1817 hrs, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office notified Johnson County Dispatch and advised the suspect was at the El Paso restaurant and they were currently talking to him on the phone. Jackson County requested the Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies contact the suspect and detain him for their department.
At approximately 1819 hrs, a Johnson County Deputy Sheriff located the suspect's vehicle at the restaurant and waited until the suspect exited the business to contact him. As the Deputy approached the suspect became verbally abusive was uncooperative. He refused any and all instructions given to him by the Deputy. As the suspect attempted to flee the parking lot, he placed the car into gear and began to drive away as the deputy attempted to stop him. As the vehicle fled the parking lot, it struck the deputy who in response, fired at the vehicle.
The vehicle left the business and traveled northbound on MO. 131 at a very high rate of speed. After approximately two miles, the driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control, ran off the road and overturned. He was placed under arrest and taken from the scene to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Deputy was taken to the Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He has been placed on paid administrative leave as part of the critical incident protocol.
The assault on a law enforcement officer investigation is being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Information will be provided to the Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney for the filing of formal charges. He is currently on a 24-hour hold for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and will be held at the Johnson County Jail pending his release from the hospital.
This investigation is still ongoing.
June 2017 Fraud Prevention Fact
This month’s Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Fraud Fact focuses on marketers, fraudsters and scam artists who may try to trick you into buying something by using U.S. mail, AKA snail mail. As a Medicare beneficiary or someone getting ready to enroll in Medicare, you will receive a lot of pieces of mail disguised as official correspondence from Medicare.
People nearing 65 years old are sometimes inundated with direct mail offers that deal with Medicare. If you fall into that category, be extra careful. An insurance company might send you an official looking letter, offering you a free updated guide so that you can understand your rights and be aware of deadlines for taking action. They might even be using likenesses of the red, white and blue Medicare cards and official guides. But, despite the official look, these folks do not represent Medicare.
Deadlines do exist, and you do have rights, but you do not need to answer these ads to find out. Medicare.gov is a great website offering such information. And CLAIM, the state health insurance assistance program, can help you for free without trying to sell anything. Many area agencies on aging offer free, unbiased benefits counseling for free. Don’t be fooled by literature that looks legit. Read the fine print. As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at (888) 515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.
On May 15, 2017, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Enforcement Unit, was pleased to host a drug awareness presentation for students at the Chilhowee School. During the presentation, Misty Miller and Shane Lawrence spoke to students about the dangers of drugs and the effects drug usage has on the user, their family and friends.
Sadly, Misty Miller lost her brother, Jason A Hill, on January 28, 2011 from an accidental drug overdose. Misty shared the struggles that Jason had with his alcohol/drug addiction and the effects it had on their family.
Shane bravely spoke to the students about his own cannabis and alcohol abuse as a teenager while partying with his friends. It wasn’t long before Shane started using methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. Shane pointed out to the students that he had spent just over 12 ½ years incarcerated in a jail or prison and his prison experiences.
Misty and Shane wanted the students to realize how drug use can touch the lives of so many and the toll it takes on not only the user, but also on their family, friends, and community. Education and prevention can be key to helping students decide to avoid these dangers before drugs can take control of their lives.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank both Misty and Shane for sharing their stories with the students today. It takes great courage to stand in front of a group of students and share these personal and emotional life events.
FACILITY MAINTENANCE WORKER POSITION
The Johnson County Commissioners have approved the hiring of a person to fill a vacant position of Maintenance Worker at the Johnson County Jail facility in Centerview. The applicant needs to be familiar with electrical, mechanical and have some carpentry skills.
Some of the duties include, but not limited to, are as follows;General building and grounds maintenance Painting Electrical Limited heating and cooling repair Carpentry Plumbing Mechanical Repair
The applicant must possess a valid MISSOURI driver’s license. The applicant will also be required to work a specified work shift consisting of Monday thru Friday at the beginning and then transitioning to Wednesday thru Sunday. The applicant will also be subject to call-out for emergency repair situations at the facility.
As an employee of the county, the applicant is eligible for Health Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Leave, as well as a Retirement Program.
Any qualified person interested in applying for this position, must complete the Employment Application form located in the “Employment” tab on the Sheriff’s Department Website. The application must be submitted to the Sheriff’s Office no later than the end of the business day on May 31, 2017. After all applications have been received, then interview boards will scheduled followed by a background investigation.
NOTE: Evidence of criminal conduct, moral turpitude, drug/alcohol abuse, emotional/psychological instability or similar circumstances may disqualify a person for this position.