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THREE-YEAR SENTENCE FOR DRUNK DRIVING

January 15, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that DOUGLAS R. WILBUR, dob: 3/8/193 of Hollister, Missouri was sentenced to three (3) years for the offense of felony driving while intoxicated, and three (3) years for the offense of driving while license revoked by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr on Thursday. Both sentences are to run concurrent and probation was denied.

On January 8, 2008, DOUGLAS R. WILBUR was stopped by Taney County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis McConnell in the post office parking lot in Powersite, Missouri after Deputy McConnell observed the defendant weaving in his vehicle on State Highway VV. When Deputy McConnell made contact with the defendant he observed the odor of alcohol coming from DOUGLAS R. WILBUR, and the odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle. DOUGLAS R. WILBUR was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving while revoked after refusing to submit to a portable breath test. At the jail the defendant showed multiple signs of impairment during the performance of sobriety tests administered by Deputy McConnell. DOUGLAS R. WILBUR also refused to submit to a chemical test of his breath.

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PLEA ENTERED IN INTERNET CHAT ROOM STING

January 15, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that MICHAEL S. PRUIETT, dob: 01-30-1972 of Ava, Missouri entered a plea of guilty yesterday in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to the class D felony of attempted sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure. Formal sentencing is set for March 18, 2010.

On August 3, 2009, an investigator with the Tri-Lakes Regional Internet Crimes Task Force was posing as a female under the age of fourteen (14) in a Missouri yahoo.com chat room. Contact was made with an individual under the screen name Cardsfan1029. During the chat session the individual using the screen name Cardsfan1029 began to engage in sexually explicit chatting with the undercover investigator posing as a minor. During the chat Cardsfan1029 started a webcam session where live video was shared with the undercover investigator. On the video webcam session, Cardsfan1029 exposed himself to the undercover investigator and engaged in sexual contact with himself. Through follow-up investigation, Cardsfan1029 was identified as the defendant, MICHAEL S. PRUIETT.

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COMMUNITY HELP REQUESTED WITH ANNUAL SHOP WITH A HERO

November 20, 2009

The Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is asking for community assistance through donations for the “Shop with a Hero” program. The Shop with a Hero program is sponsored by the local Wal-Mart stores, several other local businesses and all emergency response agencies in Taney County. The Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has been participating in this program since 2007. This year we are joining in helping raise funds to keep this program alive. Since Shop with a Hero was started in 2003, the program has been able to assist young children in having a better Christmas through donations from community members. Each child that is selected is paired up with an officer (police, fire or ambulance personnel) and the officer helps the child in picking out items to be used for Christmas gifts. This year the goal has been raised to 150 children. Wal-Mart plans to donate approximately $8000.00 to assist the children. Our goal is to raise an additional $7000.00. There are many children from Taney and Stone Counties that benefit from this program. This involves more than just the children shopping; it builds relationships between emergency responders and the children.

Please join us in helping to raise funds for this wonderful program by pledging your support today. These young children are the future of our community our office believes this program benefits them a great deal by allowing them to have a better and more memorable Christmas than they may have, without a program like “Shop with a Hero”.

Remember all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to “Shop with a Hero”. Checks can be mailed to o the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office c/o Shop with a Hero, P.O. Box 849, Forsyth, MO 65653 or dropped off Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Any questions, please call Alissha Woody at 417-546-7260.

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JAMES KEELER RECEIVES MAXIMUM SENTENCE FOR ASSAULT

November 20, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that JAMES KEELER, dob: 07-13-1966 of Forsyth, Missouri was sentenced to fifteen (15) years for the class C felony of assault in the second degree and fifteen (15) years for the unclassified felony of armed criminal action Thursday night by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Probation was denied, and JAMES KEELER will have to serve his sentence as a prior and persistent felony offender. On August 10, 2009 JAMES KEELER was found guilty by a ten (10) men, two (2) women Taney County Jury.

On November 8, 2009, deputies with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department made contact with the JAMES KEELER on Mount Branson. JAMES KEELER had assaulted someone earlier in the night at a trailer park near Mount Branson. A Trooper for the Missouri State Highway Patrol spotted JAMES KEELER walking across highway 76 and detained him until Taney County deputies arrived. JAMES KEELER attempted to flee while handcuffed but was caught by Taney County deputies and arrested.

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