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RICHARD ANDERSON FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION

November 18, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON of Branson, Missouri was found guilty by a jury after a two day trial of child molestation in the first degree. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated for about two hours before handing down the guilty verdict against RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON, a former law enforcement officer.

In late October of 2004, a disclosure was made by a 6-year-old minor child that RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON had touched the child’s penis and buttocks with his mouth. Investigation was conducted by the Taney County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Children’s Division.

In 2007, the charge was brought against RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON by then newly elected Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, after the charge remained unfiled since it was received from the Sheriff’s Department in November of 2004.

Formal sentencing in the matter is set for January 21, 2010. The class B felony of child molestation of has a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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DAVID BLACKMORE GETS CONSECUTIVE TIME

November 6, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that DAVID E. BLACKMORE, dob: 4/11/1966 of Branson, Missouri was sentenced yesterday to five (5) years for the class C felony of receiving stolen property and five (5) years for the class C felony of tampering in the first degree, both counts to run consecutive to one another resulting in a ten (10) year sentence. Probation was denied.

On July 24, 2008, a Taney County Sheriff’s Investigator developed David Blackmore as a suspect with regards to stolen firearms out of Newton County, Missouri. Deputies recovered two stolen firearms from a residence DAVID BLACKMORE was observed leaving from in a white pickup truck bearing California license plates. Contact was later made with DAVID BLACKMORE at a hotel he was residing at in Branson. During that contact, a Winchester 20 gauge shotgun was recovered from David Blackmore’s room. That gun was also reported stolen in the Newton County theft. The Taney County Sherriff’s Department also learned during their investigation that the white pickup truck driven by DAVID BLACKMORE was stolen out of Modesto, California.

DAVID BLACKMORE still has charges pending with the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for the two (2) counts of class A felony of robbery in the first degree, one (1) count of the class B felony of burglary in the first degree, two (2) counts of the class C felony of felonious restraint, and two (2) counts of unclassified felony of armed criminal action. He is set for trial on those charges on March 15, 2010. Please be advised that the charges filed against DAVID BLACKMORE are merely accusations and DAVID BLACMORE is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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3RD ANNUAL RED RIBBON WEEK GRAND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED

October 20, 2009

The Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’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 night’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:

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3RD ANNUAL RED RIBBON WEEK WINNERS ANNOUNCED

October 20, 2009

The Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’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.  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 year’s theme is “Drug Free is the Key.”

The individual school winners for this year are as follows:

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