November 15, 2013
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that SEAN MYERS, DOB: 2/05/1968, of Houston, Missouri, entered a guilty plea Thursday, November 14, 2013, in the Taney County Circuit Court to the felony of attempted manufacture of a controlled substance. Myers pleaded guilty to the charge pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor. Myers received fifteen (15) years for attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, and other counts against him were dismissed.
Myers case stemmed from an explosion on November 3, 2009, in a home at 179 Dallas Road, in Cedarcreek. The explosion occurred when Myers and another man were cleaning up a methamphetamine lab in the home, and volatile chemicals exploded in the area of the home’s kitchen sink. When officers arrived, it was apparent that the home’s front windows had been blown out into the front yard. In addition, a propane tank was found that had contained anhydrous ammonia. Myers’ co-defendant, Jason Metty, later admitted to detectives that he had been manufacturing meth at the home and had possessed anhydrous ammonia in the propane tank – which is an unlawful container for such a substance. Myers had to be flown from the crime scene for emergency medical treatment after suffering chemical burns in the explosion.
Attempting to manufacture a controlled substance carries a maximum punishment not to exceed fifteen (15) years in prison. One factor that delayed the case’s disposition was that Myers had been serving time in prison for charges in another county.
October 31, 2013
On Thursday, October 31, 2013, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, PHILLIP LYNN DODD, d/o/b: 11/24/1972, entered a guilty plea to one count of murder in the second degree. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr scheduled sentencing for January 9, 2014.
By his guilty plea, Dodd admitted to the murder of Rebecca Sutton, who was reported missing by her family on March 21, 2003. In February of 2004, Sutton’s skeletal remains were discovered in a remote location in eastern Taney County. Until the spring of 2013, no charges were filed and Sutton’s death was considered a “cold case.” The case had been assigned to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for further investigation.
Dodd had originally been charged with murder in the first degree in March of this year, but pled guilty to the amended charge of murder in the second degree pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office. Murder in the second degree is a class A felony, which carries a range of punishment from ten (10) years to thirty (30) years or life in the Missouri Department of Corrections. There is no plea agreement about what sentence Dodd will receive from the court.
October 29, 2013
Nearly 500,000 school buses are on the roads in the United States every Monday through Friday. Millions of children are entering and exiting these buses each day, and when these children are getting on and off the buses the drivers activate a clearly visible stop arm that extends from the driver’s side of the bus. This stop arm – along with the flashing lights and written warning on each bus – is designed to alert drivers to stop because children are in or near the road.
Each of the past three years, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) has conducted a survey of stop arm violations observed by bus drivers. In 29 states, over 108,000 bus drivers reported their observations for one pre-determined day. The 2013 survey found that 85,279 stop arm violations occurred – in a single day! While that number is alarming, the fact is that there were even more stop arm violations reported for the single-day survey in 2012: 88,025.
Of these 85,279 stop arm violations observed on the day surveyed in 2013, 98% occurred by vehicles passing on the driver’s side of the bus. Incredibly, 2% of stop arm violations occurred by a vehicle passing on the right side of the bus. Just to be clear, that is the side of the bus where the door is typically located – the exact place where children are entering and exiting the bus! And these illegal passes are occurring while the driver has the stop arm out!
Frankly, it is a miracle that more of our nation’s children are not killed by stop arm violators every day. If you are driving and see a school bus with its stop arm out, please stop. If you disobey the stop arm, you are not only breaking the law, you are risking the lives of our community’s children.
This is an editorial by Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell. Supporting statistics may be found at www.nasdpts.org.
October 7, 2013
DAREN RADNY, d/o/b 5-04-1988, of Branson, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for the class B felony of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute on Thursday, October 3, 2013, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Radny to twelve (12) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, pursuant to a plea agreement with the State.
On April 16, 2013, Branson Police arrived at a convenience store on Main Street after receiving complaints of someone apparently completing drug transactions in the parking lot. Officers investigated the activity and arrested Radny who was found in possession of multiple clear plastic baggies that contained methamphetamine. Radny attempted to give Branson Police a false identity, because he was on felony probation from the Taney County Circuit Court at the time of his arrest.
Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute is a class B felony, and carries a range of punishment from five (5) years up to fifteen (15) years in prison. Radny was charged by the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office as a prior and a persistent felony offender, due to his prior convictions for manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.
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