July 13, 2010
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that Janelle Hartness, dob: 08/19/1964 of Ozark, Missouri was sentenced last Friday by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to twelve (12) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class A felony of trafficking in the second degree, and twelve (12) years on each of two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and as a prior and persistent felony offender. Probation was denied and all sentences are to run concurrent.
On October 14, 2005 officers from the COMET drug task force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Soutease MIssouri Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at the residence of JANELLE HARTNESS in Ridgedale, Missouri. Officers hadÂ receivedÂ information from a confidential source that JANELLE HARTNESS had been dealing methamphetamine from her residence over the past five years, and the confidential source further state that on one occasion he/she had observed a pound of methamphetamine inside the Ridgedale residence. During the execution of the search warrant officers located multiple items used in the trafficking of narcotics along with 248.3 grams of methamphetamine that was discovered in a shed in the back yard of the residence. Â In connection with this offense JANELLE HARTNESS was charged with the A felony of trafficking in the second degree.
On December 14, 2006 undercover officers withe COMET drug task force purchased an eightball of methamphetamine for $275.00 from JANELLE HARTNESS through a confidential informant in the parking lot of Blockbuster of Hollister, Missouri. In connection with this offense JANELLE HARTNESS was charged with the felony of distribution of a controlled substance as a prior and persistent felony offender.
On February 14, 2007 undercover officers with the COMET drug task force again purchased an eight-ball of methamphetamine for $250.00 from JANELLE HARTNESS through a confidential informant at the Fast Trip Car Wash in Hollister, Missouri. In connection with this offense JANELLE HARTNESS was charged with the felony of distribution of a controlled substance as a prior and persistent felony offender.
July 7, 2010
With election season upon us, Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Merrell and Sheriff Jimmie Russell would like to remind everybody to be respectful of campaign signs placed throughout our community.
Individuals that are caught stealing campaign signs or damaging campaign signs face up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 dollar fine for each sign. If you are caught in possession of stolen signs you could face up to six months in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $500 for each individual sign. Finally, please remember to ask before placing campaign signs on a personâ€™s property. Trespassing carries a punishment of up to a $200.00 fine for each individual occurrence.
If you have information of any theft or damage of campaign signs please call the non-emergency number for your local law enforcement agency below.
Taney County Sheriffâ€™s Department: 546-7250
Branson Police Department: 337-8532
Hollister Police Department: 334-6565
Forsyth Police Department: 546-3731
Rockaway Beach Police Department: 561-4471
Merriam Woods Police Department: 561-1001
July 1, 2010
The Delmina Woods Community Council along with the Taney and Christian County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Offices and the Ozark VFW are pleased to announce a fundraiser to benefit the girls at the Delmina Woods Residential Program in Forsyth, Missouri. The Delmina Woods Residential Program provides standard and vocational education, counseling, life-skills training and community service opportunities to Southwest Missouri girls who have been placed by the State with the Division of Youth Services.
For a $1.00 donation you get a chance to win a HAND-BUILT LAKE READY CANOE. For $5.00, you get 6 CHANCES TO WIN. Please stop by the Taney or Christian County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Offices or call (417) 546-7260 for more information. See the canoe at the Christian County Courthouse July 6 â€“ July 16 and the Taney County Courthouse July 19 â€“ September 2.
The drawing will be Thursday, September 2, 2010, at noon at the Taney County Courthouse.
The drawing is just in time to use your new canoe on Labor Day. You need not be present to win and all proceeds go to benefit the girls at the Delmina Woods Residential Program.
June 22, 2010
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that JAMES L. SMITH, dob: 11/13/1958 of Forsyth, Missouri was sentenced to six years in the Missouri Department of Corrections by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr for the class C felony of receiving stolen property as a prior and persistent felony offender. Probation was denied. On February 4, 2010, Griffith Bail Bonds in Forsyth, Missouri was broken into. Electronics and other items were stolen from the business. Through investigation by Chief Mike Womack of the Forsyth Police Department and Detective Rick Hill of the Taney County Sheriff’s Department, JAMES L. SMITH was developed as a suspect in the stolen property. Officers made contact with JAMES L. SMITH at his residence and were able to recover some of the items stolen from the business. Smith admitted to officers that he intended to sell the stolen computer and two-way radios he possessed. He was later charged by the prosecutor’s office with one count of the class c felony of receiving stolen property for being in possession of these stolen items.
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