West Plains Police Department

Arrests
December 18
Tadan P Freeman, 23, stealing
December 20
John William Johnson, 52, stealing
December 22
Allen Paul Casady, 42, domestic assault – second degree
December 23
Andrea May Kester, 33, stealing
December 24
Matthew Franklin Brewer, 48, violation of court protection order
Loni Ellis, 41, driving while intoxicated – physical injury
December 25
Tyler Vincent Winters, 23, domestic assault – fourth degree
December 26
Alissa Ann Maloy, 34, failure to appear
John William Johnson, 52, property damage – first degree, stealing – felony
Tiffany Dawn Dusenbury, 38, property damage – first degree, stealing – felony
December 27
Joshua Ray Green, 40, failure to appear (three counts)
Miera Paris Thomas, 30, disorderly conduct, fail to obey lawful order, resisting arrest
Benjamin Daniel Boucher39, statutory rape – second degree
December 28
Andrew Allen Stemper, 31, failure to appear, fugitive from out of state, resist/interfere with felony arrest
December 29
Gretchen Lynn Davis, 48, court ordered commitment
Justice Blake Martin, 19, failure to appear (five counts)
December 30
Rebekah Alissa Burke, 31, failure to appear
December 31
Jeremiah Joshua Johns, 37, failure to appear (eight counts)
Sylvia Lynn Owens, 40, stealing (two counts), possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synth cannabinoid 
Dustin Lee Helton, 36, assault, disorderly conduct, fail to obey lawful order, resisting arrest
 
Calls for Service
December 18
Officer Barrett took a report of theft. The owner called stating they located the item. 
Officer Ivie Powell responded to State Route K in reference to theft of electricity from a residence. The party reported a subject living in the next trailer used an extension cord to obtain electricity with their consent. Charges will be forwarded to the Howell County Prosecutor. 
Officers responded to Kentucky Avenue, for a report of stealing. Officers arrested an individual involved in the stealing.
Officers investigated two separate auto accidents finding the drivers did not have a valid license.
Officers received a report from Nichols Drive regarding nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images. The case remains under investigation. 
December 19
Officer Daiman Meyer responded to State Route K for a report of a domestic disturbance. Investigation learned a subject assaulted their domestic partner. During apprehension the subject resisted and assaulted Law Enforcement. They placed the subject under arrest and transported them to Ozarks Healthcare for a 96-hour mental evaluation. This case will be referred to the Howell County Prosecutor's Office for review. 
Officer Austin Deshazo received a report of a disturbance. The individual left prior to his arrival.
Officer Deshazo received information of a known individual at a business on North Howell Avenue. The individual fled from officers on foot and climbed onto a rail car of a moving train. Officers located the individual a short time later off of Bratton Avenue, where a short foot pursuit ensued. They took the individual into custody and transported them to the Howell County Sheriff's Office. This case is being forwarded to the Howell County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Officer Jacob Brixey responded to McFarland for a report of domestic in progress. The incident will be closed. 
Officer Jerry Mingus responded to Terra for a disturbance. The reporting party stated that their roommate became upset and began breaking items inside the residence. 
December 20
The e Southwest MO Cyber Crimes Task Force conducted an online investigation on a peer-to-peer file sharing network for offenders sharing child sexual abuse material (CSAM). They initiated an investigation for a device at an IP address in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, linked to references of at least one file identified as being of investigative interest to CSAM investigations. 
The Southwest MO Cyber Crimes Task Force received four Cyber Tip Reports from the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children, indicating that Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. observed four instances of a subscriber distributing child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on their servers. The suspect is identified as possibly residing in the Wright County, Missouri area. 
Officer Chris Siegrist responded to Curry and Summers streets in reference to a suicidal subject. They transported the individual to Ozarks Healthcare for a 96-hour mental evaluation. 
Officer Siegrist received a report from Lanton Road in reference to a domestic dispute. All parties separated.
December 21
Officer Meyer responded to Harlin Street for a report of an ongoing disturbance. Investigation learned nothing physical occurred and the victim did not wish to pursue legal action.  
The Howell County Sheriff’s Department requested unmanned aircraft system (UAS) support from the West Plains Police Department concerning an on-going investigation within their jurisdiction. The mission concluded without incident. 
Officer Brent Keepes received a report of property damage regarding a tire on a vehicle in a parking lot. The case is under investigation.
Officer Whitley Clark responded to Walmart Supercenter on Preacher Roe Boulevard for a report of shoplifting. A suspect received a citation.
December 22
Cpl. Thomas Manning received a report regarding property damage on Lexington. 
Officer Barrett responded to North Howell Avenue for a report of a domestic disturbance. A disagreement between a husband and wife occurred. A probable Cause Statement will be sent to the West Plains City Prosecutor.  
Cpl. Stephens responded to West Plains Motel for a domestic assault. During the course of the investigation officers placed a subject under arrest and held on a 24-hour hold pending formal charges for domestic assault in the second degree. 
Officer Siegrist responded to Hubert Redburn in reference to a disturbance. He took an individual into custody for a 24-hour hold pending formal charges. A probable cause statement will be completed and referred to the Howell County Prosecutor’s Office. 
December 23
Cpl. Manning received a report from Kentucky Avenue of stealing. Investigation led to an arrest pending formal charges.
Officer Siegrist took a report from Taco Bell regarding stealing. The case is under investigation.
December 24
Officer Brixey investigated a report of a two motor vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 63 and State Route K. Investigation found the driver, who had two small children in the vehicle, intoxicated. Officers arrested the driver and transported them to the West Plains Jail. They placed the subject on a 24-hour hold pending formal charges. The children were turned over to family members on the scene. Both vehicles were towed from the scene due to disabling damage. 
Officer Mingus responded to Quail Run for a residential alarm. Officers responded found an open door. They cleared the residence and it appeared untouched.
Officer Shell received a report from Columbus Ave regarding stealing. 
Officer Mingus received a call of a careless and imprudent driver. After locating the vehicle, he arrested the driver for intoxication and placed them on a 12-hour safety hold.
December 25
Officer Robert Shell responded to a call of a burglary in progress on Lanton Road. Officers later transported a subject to OZH and placed them on a 96-hour evaluation. 
Officer Ivie Powell responded to Second Street in reference to found property. A juvenile found a Chrome Workbook in a ditch. He placed the item into evidence at the West Plains Police Department.
Officer Mingus responded to Joe Jones for a domestic in progress. Upon arrival officers learned that an assault took place. Officers placed one subject under arrest and put on a 24-hour hold pending formal charges.  
December 26
Officer Meyer conducted a business check on Preacher Roe Blvd. During the business check they located a subject who had multiple active arrest warrants. They released the subject to the Howell County Sheriff's Office for further processing. 
Officer Meyer responded to US Highway 63 for a report of a private property crash. Investigation learned the driver of a vehicle struck another vehicle earlier in the morning and had left the scene. This case should be considered closed due to a lack of suspects and a lack of camera footage. 
The Southwest MO Cyber Crimes Task Force assisted the Douglas County Sheriff Department in serving four search warrants concerning the sexual exploitation of children. They seized several items as evidence and the investigation is on-going.
Officer Mingus responded to Laundry Land for a report of property damage in progress. Investigation determined a couple committed felony property damage by damaging a coin operated machine in the area and stealing money from within it. Officers later identified, located, arrested, then and placed them on twenty-four hour holds pending formal charges.  
December 27
Officer Deshazo responded to Rhonda about a property damage report. The investigation is awaiting further information in this case. 
Officer Deshazo responded to Grace Avenue for a report of stealing. The case is due to a lack of evidence. 
The Howell County Sheriff Department referred an investigation to the Southwest MO Cyber Crimes Task Force concerning the sexual exploitation of children involving a juvenile in rural Howell County. The investigation is ongoing. 
Sgt. Wichowski responded to Lanton Road for a report of a mentally ill subject who contacted the mental health crisis hotline due to mental health related issues. Officers counseled and later transported them to the Ozark's Healthcare Emergency Room and placed them on a 96-hour hold. 
Officer Meyer received a report from Maple Street of an ongoing disturbance. Investigation found both subjects involved intoxicated, and they wished to be separated. The officer provided a courtesy transport to a subject. This case should be considered closed due to no crime being committed. 
December 28
Officer Barrett responded to West Olden for a report of a suicidal subject. He spoke with an individual stating they consumed some medication. They transported the individual to Ozarks Health Care for a mental evaluation. 
Officers responded to the Richards R-V School parking lot located on N. US Highway 63 for an agency assist. Reports stated a full-sized red pickup truck doing donuts in the parking lot and caused damage. Two male suspects were identified in this case. This case is considered closed pending further information. 
Cpl. Stuart responded to a report of a fire behind a structure on Missouri Avenue. Investigation found an individual lit a bon fire in the parking lot behind the business. Officers issued the subject a citation for illegal burning and removed from the property. 
Officer Siegrist received a report from Summit in reference to an assault. A probable cause statement will be completed and forwarded to the Howell County Prosecutor's Office. 
Officer Meyer responded to Porter Wagoner Blvd for a report of an ongoing domestic disturbance. Investigation learned the two subjects were in a domestic relationship and had a verbal altercation, nothing physical occurred. The subjects were advised to separate for the remainder of the evening. This case should be considered closed due to no crime being committed. 
While conducting routine patrol operations in the area of West First Street Sgt. Wichowski observed an individual on a blue BMX style bicycle. Investigation determined the individual to be an out of state fugitive. The individual resisted arrest and ultimately placed under lawful arrest. Formal charges will be pending through the Howell County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. 
December 29
While conducting a neighborhood patrol, Officer Meyer observed a door that appeared to have a broken-out window. He photographed the scene and did not locate any suspects. This case should be considered closed due to a lack of evidence and suspects. 
Sgt. Wichowski responded to a motel on Porter Wagoner Blvd for a report of a disturbance. Investigation determined a minor domestic assault occurred. Both parties involved in the altercation were intoxicated and neither individual wished to pursue charges. Both parties were counseled and separated for the remainder of the evening. 
St. Pounders spoke to an individual reporting someone forged a check of theirs. The matter is under investigation.
Officers responded to a business located in Southern Hills Shopping Center for a report of theft. Officer Barrett spoke with an employee who stated a male took an item and failed to pay for the item or return it to the store. 
Officer Keepes responded to Lanton Rd for a verbal domestic. No physical altercation occurred verbal only argument only between two people. Parties separated for the night. 
Officer Mingus responded to Paula Drive for a domestic not in progress. Investigation learned the original reporting party to be suspect. Charges will be sent to the prosecutor on the suspect due to the series of events that occurred.  
Cpl. Wesley Stuart responded to W Trish Knight for a subject that would not leave the property. Officers arrival observed the subject assaulting an individual. When officers intervened, the subject assaulted an officer and they took them into custody after deploying a taser on the subject. 
Officer Deshazo responded to Chippewa Street for a report of harassment. He discovered the incident to be a neighborhood feud. This case will be forwarded to the municipal courts for review. 
Officer Siegrist received a report from E. First St in reference to stolen property. This case is still under investigation. 
December 31
While conducting business checks officers located an unsecured door at a business on US 63. There were no signs of foul play, and they secured the business.
Officer Siegrist took a report of stealing. A probable cause statement will be forwarded to the Howell County Prosecutor for review.
 
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