October 20, 2009
The Taney County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office is pleased to announce that Jade Yancy of the Kirbyville School District was the grand prize winner of the 3rd Annual Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. Besides winning a Nintendo Wii game bundle, her design will be featured on a T-Shirt that will be handed out to all 5th and 6th graders in Taney County during Red Ribbon week this month.
We would also like to thank Representative Ray Weter, Presiding Commissioner Chuck Pennel, and representatives from Senator Jack Goodman’s office for their participation in last nightâ€™s festivities. We would also like to thank D.A.R.E officers Steve Huggins, Chris Sims, Matthew Gregory, and Darold Donathan for their hard work and dedication to this and other drug awareness programs in the schools. Finally, we would like to thank the individual school districts and their staff as well as the parents for their support and hard work in making Red Ribbon Week a reality.
A highlight of last night’s events:
October 20, 2009
The Taney County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. We would like to thank all the Taney County School Districts and 5th and 6th graders that participated in the contest. Â On October 19th, 2009 at Taney County Courthouse in Forsyth, Missouri, Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Merrell will be announcing the overall winner for the contest and presenting awards and prizes to the winners of each individual school district.
Red Ribbon week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the United States. It is a program designed to teach our youth drug awareness and a drug free lifestyle. Red Ribbon Week is held from October 23rd -31st. This yearâ€™s theme is â€œDrug Free is the Key.”
The individual school winners for this year are as follows:
October 5, 2009
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that EDDIE D. BROWN, dob: 4/8/1969 of Mountain Home, Arkansas plead guilty without a plea agreement last Monday to two counts of the class B felony of sale of a controlled substance as a prior and persistent felony offender in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. EDDIE D. BROWN was scheduled to begin a jury trial the morning he entered his plea of guilty to both felony charges.
On July 25, 2005, EDDIE D. BROWN sold a quarter ounce of marijuana to a C.O.M.E.T. drug task force officer operating in an undercover capacity in the Branson area for $30 dollars. Once again on August 8, 2005, EDDIE D. BROWN sold a half ounce of marijuana to an undercover task force officer working in Branson for $80 dollars.
Formal sentencing is set for December 17, 2009 at 10:30am. The class B felony of sale of a controlled substance has a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. However, as a prior and persistent felony offender, EDDIE D. BROWN faces a range of punishment of up to thirty (30) years in the Department of Corrections, or life imprisonment for each occurrence.
October 5, 2009
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that JACOB A. HERRINGTON, dob 3/26/1985 of Tucson, Arizona was sentenced to six (6) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class C felony of assault in the second degree by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Probation was denied. In July of this year JACOB A. HERRINGTON was found guilty of assault in the second degree by a 10-woman, 2-man jury.
On June 4, 2008 in the Taney County jail, JACOB A. HERRINGTON had attempted to cause serious physical injury to another inmate when JACOB A. HERRINGTON held the inmate in a head-lock and punched him with his fists. Taney County jailers witnessed JACOB A. HERRINGTON beating the inmate victim and ordered him to stop. However, testimony from witnesses confirmed that JACOB A. HERRINGTON refused to stop beating the inmate victim, and had to be physically pulled away. Several other inmates were present in the Taney County jail when the assault occurred, but refused to give statements when questioned by officers.
Evidence presented during the jury trial showed that the assault was a result of a dispute between inmates over food. The prosecution presented evidence that JACOB A. HERRINGTON was attempting to use intimidation to take food from another inmate, and the inmate victim intervened and told the other inmate that he didnâ€™t have to give his food to JACOB A. HERRINGTON. It was then that JACOB A. HERRINGTON began to assault the inmate victim.
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