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CLYDE MARTIN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS FOR FORGERY

June 22, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that CYLDE A. MARTIN, dob: 11/08/1963 of Kirbyville, Missouri was sentenced last Thursday to eight (8) years by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr for the class C felony of forgery as a prior and persistent offender. Probation was denied. On April 27, 2009, CLYDE A. MARTIN was found guilty of forgery by a ten (10) women, two (2) men Taney County jury.

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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AUSTIN R. BAKER PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBERY FIRST DEGREE

June 12, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell , announced today that AUSTIN R. BAKER DOB: 3/27/1989 of Branson, Missouri plead guilty without a plea agreement to the class A felony of robbery in the first degree in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Formal sentencing in the matter is set for August 13, 2009.

On July 1, 2008, AUSTIN R. BAKER, entered Dalton’s Convenience Store in Branson, Missouri wearing a mask, pointed a handgun at the store clerk and demanded money from her register. AUSTIN R. BAKER fled the robbery with $928.00 in currency in a red Hyundai Tiburon. AUSTIN R. BAKER was identified by Branson Police Officers from a surveillance video at the store, and clothing used in the robbery was recovered from AUSTIN R. BAKER’s red Hyundai Tiburon. AUSTIN R. BAKER ended up turning himself in at the Chillicothe Police Department in Chillicothe, Missouri.

As there was not a plea agreement to the class A felony of robbery in the first degree, AUSTIN R. BAKER faces the entire range of punishment of a term of years not less than ten (10) years and not to exceed thirty (30) years, or life imprisonment.

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JEFFREY B. UNSELL SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE

June 12, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that JEFFREY B. UNSELL, DOB: 2/28/1973 of Rockaway Beach, Missouri received the maximum sentence of four (4) years after an open plea for the class D felony of property damage in the first degree from Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Probation was denied.

On November 17, 2008 officers were dispatched to Branson Plaza Motel in response to a strange man damaging property in a hotel room. At the location officers learned that the defendant, JEFFREY B. UNSELL had broken into a hotel room of his girlfriend where he had cut up and shredded her clothes and damaged the walls and furniture with red finger nail polish and lipstick as a form of domestic abuse and intimidation.

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CARL THOMPSON GETS CONSECUTIVE TIME FOR BURGLARY AND RESISTING

May 26, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that CARL E. THOMPSON dob: 07/20/1964 of Rockaway Beach was sentenced by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to seven (7) years for the class C felony of burglary in the second degree, seven (7) years for the class C felony of stealing, and four years (4) for the class D felony of resisting arrest. Probation was denied and the seven (7) year sentences are to run consecutive to the four (4) year sentence for a total sentence of eleven (11) years.

On June 16, 2008, a burglary was reported at the radio tower site located on Windmill Road in Hollister, Missouri. At the site, the building had been broken into and copper grounding cable, circuit boards, headsets and other communication equipment was missing. Fiber optic cabling, and a halo grounding system for telecommunications were also damaged in the theft. The total damage and theft to the site exceeded $75,000 dollars.

On June 22, 2009, deputies from the Taney County Sheriff’s department responded to the same location in response to a burglar alarm reporting movement inside the building. Deputies from the Taney County Sherriff’s Department responded and once again observed evidence of a break-in. On the side of the building, the defendant, CARL E. THOMPSON was located standing on top of an air conditioning unit just inside the fence of the compound. CARL E. THOMPSON was pulling pieces of copper out of the air conditioning unit. A deputy ordered CARL E. THOMPSON to stop and identify himself. CARL E. THOMPSON fled the scene and the deputy but was later apprehended with the use of a taser. Inside the building deputies recovered a knife with the initials “Carl T” engraved on the side, and from the defendant’s vehicle deputies recovered items from both the June 16th and June 22nd theft.

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