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October 23, 2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Stone and Taney Counties Substance Abuse Initiative – in partnership with ADAPT coalition and local law enforcement agencies – will host a prescription drug take-back event, as part of National Drug Take-Back Day.

This event gives everyone the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired and unused prescription drugs, and is a great alternative to flushing medications.  Sewer systems – public or private – are designed to treat only biological waste and do not affect medications that are flushed down the toilet. Because flushed medications – or drugs poured down the drain – can end up polluting local waters, flushing medications is not advised.

The event also gives the public an opportunity to protect family members from the possible over-use, or abuse of prescription medications found in their homes. Four out of five new heroin users first began with the use of prescription opioids, according to national surveys. The source of those prescription drugs is often the home medicine cabinet.

During the Take-Back Day, drop off locations will be set up and in operation as follows:


For more information about this program on a Nationwide level and information about other drop-off locations visit:



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October 12, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, October 12, 2017, JUAN C. RODRIGUEZ, d/o/b 07-17-1998, formerly of Candelaria, Puerto Rico, was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison for the class A felony of robbery in the first degree, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Eric Eighmy sentenced Rodriguez after hearing arguments from the defendant and the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office

Rodriguez entered his guilty plea on July 20, 2017 and admitted to robbing the Dalton’s Express in Branson late last year with two other individuals – Jorge Ortez-Velez and Chris Borges-Besares. The trio entered the Dalton’s Express store with loaded guns and threatened the clerk and a customer in the business. They made off with $502 in cash and were caught a short time later thanks to the quick response of the Branson Police Department.

Sentencing is pending on Borges-Besares and Ortez-Velez, both of whom entered guilty pleas on earlier dates. Borges-Besares is set for October 26, while Ortez-Velez is set to be sentenced on January 2, 2018.

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October 6, 2017

MICHAEL D. GLIDEWELL, d/o/b 5-04-1960, of Branson, pleaded guilty to two (2) felonies on Thursday, October 5, 2017, before Taney County Judge Eric Eighmy. Glidewell entered pleas of guilty to the class B felony of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, and the class C felony of driving while intoxicated as an aggravated offender. The class B felony carries a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison, and the class C felony carries a maximum sentence of seven (7) years in prison. As Glidewell has no agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office about what sentence he will receive, he faces a maximum punishment of up to twenty-two (22) years. Judge Eighmy scheduled Glidewell’s sentencing for January 23, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in Taney County.

On the morning of November 30, 2016, Glidewell was driving a cement truck for a commercial business in the area of Mount Branson, when his truck overturned and fell onto a passenger car. The driver of the passenger car was killed. Glidewell was found by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to be running the cement mixer at an unsafe speed for conditions, driving at an excessive speed, as well as operating the truck while his blood alcohol level was 0.092%.

The D.W.I. offense occurred on November 25, 2016, on Missouri Highway 125, at Fall Creek Drive. A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped Glidewell for having expired registration on his automobile. Once the traffic stop was initiated, it was clear that Glidewell was intoxicated. Eventually, a breath sample provided by Glidewell showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.158%. The D.W.I. was charged as a class C felony because Glidewell had at least three (3) prior alcohol-related driving convictions.

Glidewell’s cases had been transferred to Stone County in anticipation of trial, due to a change of venue motion filed by the defense. Both cases were scheduled to go to trial, in Stone County, in January of 2018.

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October 3, 2017

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, BECKA A. TIPTON, d/o/b: 10-26-1972, of Springfield, Missouri, entered a guilty plea to the class C felony of trafficking drugs in the second degree in front of Circuit Court Judge Tony W. Williams. The plea was entered pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s office.

On January 15, 2017, Tipton was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper for speeding on US Highway 65, north of Branson. When Tipton was contacted, the trooper smelled the strong odor of marijuana. Upon questioning, Tipton admitted to having methamphetamine in her purse. Troopers also discovered two plastic baggies outside of the vehicle containing what they believed to be methamphetamine. All of the substances were sent to the state crime lab where it was discovered Tipton had possessed over 100 grams of methamphetamine.

Normally, trafficking drugs is a class C felony that carries between three (3) and ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, but Tipton is a prior and persistent felony offender, enhancing her possible maximum punishment to fifteen (15) years. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the prosecutor’s office will argue for a twelve (12) year prison sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

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