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PRIOR AND PERSISTENT FELON FOUND GUILTY OF FORGERY

April 29, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that CYLDE A. MARTIN, dob: 11/08/1963 of Kirbyville, Missouri was found guilty of forgery by a ten (10) women, two (2) men Taney County Jury on Monday.

On August 9, 2007, deputies with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department made contact with the defendant on K-Dock in Kirbyville, Missouri. When asked for his identity, CLYDE MARTIN gave deputies the wrong name, date of birth, and social security number. During the contact, the deputies discovered a marijuana pipe in plain view in CLYDE MARTIN’S vehicle. CLYDE MARTIN was arrested and given a citation for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia under the false name. CLYDE MARTIN signed the false name to the ticket. Later at the jail, the same deputies discovered that CLYDE MARTIN had used and signed a false name to the ticket.

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THE WEEK OF APRIL 27 IS JURY APPRECIATION WEEK IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI

April 24, 2009

Thomas Jefferson called the jury system “the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

Next week is jury appreciation week in the State of Missouri. The Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s office would like to recognize the Taney County residents who participate in the jury process each year in Taney County Courts. Over two-thousand (2,000) members of our community are contacted each year over potential jury service, and approximately nine-hundred (900) participate during twelve (12) jury weeks a year. Please join us in recognizing the jurors whose selfless service allows the Court system to embody justice and serve the Taney County community.

On behalf of the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor Jeffrey M. Merrell would like to express our gratitude: “[i]f citizens were not willing to serve this community through jury duty, the job of prosecuting criminal cases would be much harder. Thankfully, we live in a county where people readily make themselves available to serve on jury panels. We would like to say thank you to all of those citizens who have served, and all of those citizens who will eventually be asked to serve. The process is definitely not convenient, so it is important that the courts and those of us who regularly deal with jury panels let everyone know that we appreciate them.”

For more information about the Missouri Justice System please visit: www.courts.mo.gov

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BOBBY HAMILTON SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

April 17, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that BOBBY HAMILTON, dob: 12/19/1973 of Merriam Woods, Missouri was sentenced Thursday by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to ten (10) years for the class B felony of driving while intoxicated and four (4) years for each of two counts of the felony of driving while license revoked. All counts are to run concurrent and probation was denied.

On April 15, 2008, a Corporal with the Branson Police Department, stopped a truck on Business 65 at Missouri 76 for driving on a flat tire without headlights. The driver of the truck who was identified as BOBBY HAMILTON exhibited multiple clues of intoxication to a State Trooper and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. At the jail BOBBY HAMILTON refused to submit to an alcohol test.

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CHRISTOPHER SWIFT RECIEVES FIVE YEAR SENTENCE FOR COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

April 17, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that CHRISTOPHER ALLEN SWIFT, dob: 9/8/1990 of Branson, Missouri plead guilty Thursday to two counts of the class C felony of burglary in the second degree and one count of the class D felony of property damage in the first degree. As a first time offender and under the terms of the plea agreement, CHRISTOPHER ALLEN SWIFT received a five (5) year sentence for each count of burglary and a four (4) year sentence for property damage. All three counts are to run concurrent and probation was denied.

On August 30 and September 3, 2008, CHRISTOPHER ALLEN SWIFT and other individuals broke into a Realty Office in Branson, Missouri where they damaged a desk, walls and doors. Two digital cameras and a cellular phone were stolen from the business. From on-site surveillance footage of both incidents, investigators from the Taney County Sheriff’s Department were able to identify CHRISTOPHER ALLEN SWIFT as one of the individuals involved in the burglaries.

Two other individuals remain charged in connection with these incidents. Please be advised that the charges filed against a defendant are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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