It hard me to believe but here I am already at week 24, serving as your Pulaski County sheriff. Time is certainly flying by, as the old adage describes what occurs when a person is having fun. When you bind the enjoyment with being “super busy,” without a doubt, time is passing at supersonic speeds for me these days. With that, I have far too much to detail in my weekly column so here comes an effort of doing so in a condensed version.
This is week two of receiving good news in the grant department. Last week, I received notification from the State that the Pulaski County Sheriff Department had been awarded a grant to purchase some new radio equipment. This grant relates to the statewide MOSWIN communications network, in which every law enforcement agency in Missouri will have access to. This project has been in the works for several years, which is one facet of readiness in the event of a small or large scale disaster. The MOSWIN communications system will allow each law enforcement agency, along with other emergency services, the ability to communicate from any location in Missouri, even in the event their own system has been destroyed or damaged. A special thanks goes out to Pulaski County citizen Darrell Duncan for volunteering his time to this grant project. Darrell is just another example of how our citizens are donating their time to help better our agency, and community!
Your deputies continue their crime-fighting endeavors by solving cases, putting offenders in jail and recovering stolen property. Even though the above occurs on a daily basis, several large scale investigations resulted in substantial arrests and the solving of multiple burglary and theft cases last week. Reserve and full time deputies busted several suspects who embarked on crime sprees throughout Pulaski and several neighboring counties. These suspects are now in the Pulaski County Jail awaiting formal charges, with property awaiting return to their rightful owners.
Also, the sheriff’s PCERT (tactical) unit made another high profile apprehension with the arrest of federal fugitive Eddie Vaughn. Vaughn was on the run from federal authorities on a Counterfeiting and Bond Jumping case, and was considered to be armed and dangerous. Fugitive Vaughn was tracked to a local hotel, where he and a female accomplice were arrested. When apprehended, the two were found to be in possession of a large amount of a material believed to be a controlled substance, along with a firearm. Just recently, Vaughn was featured on television as being on the U.S. Marshal’s wanted list. As you can see, your deputies are working hard at keeping your community a safe place.
On the administrative portion of my job, once again County Clerk Brent Bassett and I continued meetings on how to “stretch” resources to make the sheriff’s budget continue to service our community without alleviating services. Right around the time I took office, we were faced with the loss of five salaried positions, due to the loss of federal grants. We are, and will continue, to make things work well for our citizens. I have to admit that I am fortunate to have other county officials who are willing to work with my department with its unique issues.
Page 2 of 2 - On Tuesday, I will travel to Jefferson City to meet with other Missouri Sheriffs to discuss the CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) changes and issues. I should have a detailed report for you in my next newsletter. Also, don’t forget that we have an employee available for your CCW applications on Sunday afternoon, along with Monday and Tuesday evenings. Feel free to call us for an after-hours appointment.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our Web-site at (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.
As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.