PATR L NEWS May/June 2009
“OVER 75 YEARS OF SERVICE & PROTECTION”
K-9 Kai Retires
Story On Back Cover.
From the Staff ...
Major Ronald K. Replogle
Criminal Investigation Bureau
Once again it is my turn to write the “From the Staff” article for the Patrol News. This time
around a topic quickly came to mind. I would like to comment on my observations during the trial of
Lance Shockley for the murder of Sergeant Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. I had the privilege of attending
the entire six-day-long trial in Howell County.
I have been involved in many murder investigations and trials throughout my Patrol career, but
never one involving the murder of a Patrol member. I also had never been allowed to stay in the
courtroom from opening remarks to the announcement of the verdict. I have always been a witness
and not allowed to do so in the past. For this investigation, I was at the command post during the ini-
tial days of the investigation coordinating resources as the captain of DDCC at the time. I did not get
involved in any investigative activity that required my testimony.
I am sure that most of you have heard by now: Lance Shockley was found guilty of first-degree
murder by a jury of his peers from his home county, Carter County.
The trial was obviously a very emotionally charged week for all who attended, especially for De-
wayne’s family and his co-workers from Troop G. I am sure I had greeted Dewayne in passing either
at GHQ or in Troop G in years past, but I cannot say I knew him personally. The lead prosecutor in
the trial, Kevin Zoellner, from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, did an outstanding job of in-
troducing Dewayne to me, the jury members, and others who did not personally know Dewayne. He
was obviously a very dedicated father and member of the Patrol. His memory and legacy will truly
live on forever in both his immediate and Patrol families.
We rose when the jury re-entered the courtroom to announce the verdict. I have never experi-
enced the range of emotions going through my body at that moment. They ran the gamut from fear
to relief and everything in between. Certainly justice was served when the jury foreman announced
the unanimous guilty verdict. The verdict will never bring Dewayne back and it will not erase the
pain that his family and friends have experienced for the past four years, but it does put your faith
back in a justice system that works. I was pleased that the jury saw through the defense tactics of at-
tacking the investigation and the officers involved. Although they could not unanimously arrive at a
sentence, they did their job in rendering the appropriate verdict based on the evidence at hand. [On
Friday, May 22, Judge David Evans sentenced Lance Shockley to death.]
I would like to close by thanking everyone that took part in this lengthy and, at times, frustrating
process. Each of the Patrol members and employees that testified did so in a professional, dedicated
manner. I know Dewayne would have been proud of his co-workers for a job well done!
2 Patrol News/May-June 2009
The Official Publication of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
PATR L NEWS
“OVER 75 YEARS OF SERVICE & PROTECTION”
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, Governor
State of Missouri Volume XLIII • Number 6
John M. Britt, Director
Department of Public Safety
On The Shelf .............................................................. Page 9
Col. James F. Keathley, Superintendent
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Inspectors Arrive Just In Time .............................. Page 15
PATROL NEWS STAFF Lost But Found ........................................................ Page 24
Capt. J. Tim Hull
Show Me The Money ............................................. Page 27
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By Public Info. Spec. III Cheryl D. Cobb, Q/PIED
In late December 2008, Mr. After dis-
John Crone, from the National cussions were
Rifle Association, contacted Cap- complete,
tain J. Tim Hull, Q/PIED, with an and approv-
unusual request. Mr. Crone was al gained, the
contacting the Missouri State Bonnie and
Highway Patrol on behalf of the Clyde BAR took
Friends of NRA. This charita- a trip to the Pa-
ble organization is a fundraising trol’s Crime
arm of the NRA Foundation. The Laboratory for
funds raised are awarded in the evaluation. The
form of grants to groups such as Firearms Sec-
4-H, Boys Scouts of America, and tion checked
local gun clubs. The funds also the safety and Sgt. C. Rod Land, Q/TND, observes as guests from
help cover the costs of gun safety functionality of the NRA Foundation fire the BAR.
programs for young people, such the weapon, then
as Eddie Eagle. cleaned and oiled the rifle, which func- labor to the Patrol’s Safety Ed-
The Friends of NRA were in- tioned without fail. Then, Sergeant C. ucation Center for exhibit up-
terested in a joint project with the Rod Land, Q/TND, and Cpl. Jeffrey L. grades. PIED chose to include
Patrol. The group had learned White, Q/TND, fired the BAR on De- the Missouri State Troopers
that the Browning Automatic Ri- cember 22, 2008, verifying its function- Association and The MAS-
fle used by the Barrow Gang was ality. TERS (Missouri Association
in the Patrol’s Safety Education On January 5, 2009, Mr. Crone, of State Troopers Emergency
Center. They proposed to fire Sgts. Land and White, and Capt. Hull Relief Society) in a fundraising
rounds through the Bonnie and met at the Academy Firing Range to project. MOSTA developed a
Clyde weapon in such a way as to fire the BAR. The fired rounds were professionally framed display
be able to retrieve the shell and captured in a five-gallon bucket filled with one bullet, one casing,
casing. These items would be with sand. Mr. Crone hand loaded all a certificate signed by Colo-
placed into a display with a cer- of the rounds to be fired through the nel Keathley, photos of Bonnie
tificate of authenticity signed by BAR, in order to load them light on and Clyde, fingerprint cards of
Colonel James F. Keathley. The powder, thus lowering their velocity Bonnie and Clyde, and a Patrol
displays would be auctioned as a and aiding in their capture. The Pub- challenge coin. On the back
fundraiser. lic Information and Education Division of the framed display is a copy
acquired 45 of the bullets and of the original 1933 Patrol re-
casings. All of the bullets have port describing the shootout
signed certificates of authen- with Bonnie and Clyde in Jo-
ticity. plin, MO, where the BAR was
In appreciation of the seized.
Patrol’s participation in the The first 10 displays were
project, the NRA Foundation awarded through bidding. The
donated $1,000 in supplies and high bid acquired display #1
for $1,250. Due to the success
This Bonnie and Clyde of this first “auction”, MOSTA
display was created by the is now making the next 10 dis-
Missouri State Troopers As- plays available by bidding until
sociation as a fundraiser for June 15, 2009. All of the funds
The MASTERS. raised will be shared between
MOSTA and The MASTERS.
4 Patrol News/May-June 2009
DPS, Missouri Recognize Patrol Employees
By Public Info. Spec. III Cheryl D. Cobb, Q/PIED
It’s a bumper crop in 2009! In the MVI III Jonathan
first four months of the year, DPS has Blue (center) accepted
named Patrol personnel as employees a DPS Meritorious
of the month three times, and award-
Award from DPS Dir.
ed a Meritorious Service Award once.
John Britt (right). Col.
Two of those employees then became
state employees of the month! James F. Keathley (left)
In a ceremony March 18, 2009, also congratulated MVI
DPS Director John M. Britt presented Blue.
the January 2009 Meritorious Service
Award to MVI III Jonathan P. Blue,
Troop D. MVI Blue was recognized Captain David P. Per-
for going the extra mile to help an el- kins, Q/MVI, commend-
derly gentleman. Distraught citizens in ed MVI Blue by saying,
Freistat, MO, flagged MVI Blue down “I want to publicly con-
gratulate you and thank you for your Lester Elder, Q/GD, said, “Sammy
on his way home from work one day.
extra effort. You certainly exemplify the knew something wasn’t right. He ob-
When he evaluated the situation, he
kind of people we want working for us.” tained information that assisted other
found an elderly gentleman who had
That same day, Corporal Russell agencies. His work is outstanding, and
fallen and severely injured himself.
A. Seaton, Q/GD, accepted the Febru- I’m pleased to have him in the divi-
MVI Blue called for an ambulance,
ary 2009 DPS Employee of the Month sion.”
helped load the gentleman, then ar-
award. Cpl. Seaton was selected for this Director Britt also recognized Ser-
ranged an air ambulance when it was
award for his ability to take a seeming- geant Dale O. Jinkens by presenting
determined the patient was too criti-
ly small, simple incident and utilize his him with the March 2009 DPS Employ-
cal to go by ground. MVI Blue then
training to uncover important informa- ee of the Month award. The award is
transported the gentleman’s wife to
tion regarding several serious crimes. related to an incident on November 22,
her home and stayed with her until a
In his investigation, Cpl. Seaton discov- 2008. Sgt. Jinkens stopped a suspected
neighbor could come.
ered the suspect had several outstand- intoxicated driver at the top of the exit
“To see you go the extra mile, af-
ing warrants. Through a post arrest ramp from Interstate 70 to Little Blue
ter your initial action, really touched
interview, Cpl. Seaton was able to elicit Parkway in Independence, MO. Dur-
me,” said Director Britt. “Thank you.”
additional infor- ing this stop, a serious traffic crash oc-
mation implicating curred at the bottom of the same exit
gang members in ramp. Sgt. Jinkens saw the fire result-
two unsolved homi- ing from the crash and responded to
cides, and numer- the scene. He used his fire extinguish-
ous burglaries and er in the cabin of the vehicle to push
drug dealings in the the flames back. He then organized cit-
St Louis area. St. izens to move the vehicle, so he could
Louis City Metro- reach the driver. Sgt. Jinkens then re-
politan Police De- moved her from the engulfed cabin
partment confirmed compartment, placed her a safe dis-
that the information tance away, and extinguished the fire
provided matched on her body. He organized assistance
information from for the rescued driver until an ambu-
the two unsolved lance arrived.
murders, and they “I salute you and commend you,”
will be working with said Director Britt. “It’s nice to know
the Patrol on addi- there are people out there like you do-
tional related inves- ing what you do.”
Col. James Keathley, Cpl. Russell A. “Sammy” Seaton, tigations. Captain Robert L. Powell, Troop
At the award A, also spoke. “Dale leads by example.
and DPS Dir. John Britt pause for a photo. Cpl. Seaton
was named February 2009 DPS Employee of the Month. ceremony, Captain Continued on the next page.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 5
— Recognize DPS Dir. John
Continued from page 6.
No one is more respected. He finds Dale O. Jinkens
himself in the right place at the right
(center) the DPS
time, because he’s out there working.”
In addition, Sgt. Jinkens was March 2009
named State Employee of the Month Employee of
for April 2009. the Month. Col.
On April 7, 2009, Trooper Lon- James Keathley
nie R. Lejeune, Troop E, accepted (left) also
the DPS April 2009 Employee of the commended Sgt.
Month award. Tpr. Lejeune was se- Jinkens.
lected for this award for the heroism
he displayed in saving the
life of a gentlemen who
had been cutting tree
limbs caused by the ice Col. James Keathley congratulates
storm in Southeast Mis- Tpr. Lonnie Lejeune, who was
souri and, due to shifting
named DPS April 2009 Employee
tree limbs, was hang-
ing by his neck from a
of the Month. With them is DPS
branch in the tree. Tpr. Deputy Director and General
Lejeune climbed the lad- Counsel Andrea Spillars, who
der into the tree, hooked presented the award on behalf of
his left arm around the DPS.
tree trunk, and placed
his right arm around the ley. “This was during the ice storm in
unconscious victim, en- Southeast Missouri. The Patrol sent 80
abling Tpr. Lejeune to lift additional troopers to help that area.
the victim and restore his This is an exemplary lifesaving effort.”
breathing. Tpr. Lejeune instructed in- mained in the tree holding the victim Tpr. Lejeune was selected Mis-
dividuals at the scene of the incident up to allow him to breathe. souri State Employee of the Month for
how to contact troop headquarters for “Tpr. Lejeune was holding this May 2009.
emergency responders by using the man’s weight for 15 minutes until help Congratulations to all of you!
radio in his patrol vehicle, while he re- could arrive,” said Col. James F. Keath-
How otHers see Us ... Blue Guardian
By Albert Louis Allen
Sunday, March 20, 2005, the
In a letter to Colonel James F. Keathley: quiet of Carter County is shattered
by the brutal, cowardly slaying of
Hi, Jim! the Blue Guardian. Our guardian in
blue, the first to answer the call, the
It will be [was] four years this March 20, 2009, that Sgt. C. Dewayne Gra- first to fall, the supreme sacrifice
ham Jr. was murdered. We both lived in Carter County, and occasionally had of one has left the quietness of our
coffee together at the Float Stream Cafe in Van Buren, MO ... we both attended lives shattered by the fall. Now all
the First Baptist Church in Van Buren. I can say without reservation that Sgt. that survive have lost a portion of
Graham was a dedicated officer and a credit to his profession and the Missouri the peacefulness, the trust, and the
State Highway Patrol. childlike innocence that permeated
Below is a short note that I scribbled (more to myself than anyone else; Carter County’s family traditions.
[written] shortly after the tragic incident about how the crime affected me.) in But, yet, before the fallen guard-
memory of Sgt. Dewayne Graham. [I] thought it might be worth sharing with ian’s acclamation, another guardian in
others in the Patrol News. blue stands tall ... and takes the oath to
harmonize life’s maze.
R&T Tech. Albert Allen, retired
6 Patrol News/May-June 2009
MASTERS ... Prosecuting Attorneys:
An Honor And Privilege
Dear Colonel Keathley:
The MASTERS 30th Annual Meet-
ing was held on April 18, 2009, in Co- Page and I want to thank you for the support of your entire organi-
lumbia, MO. The following directors zation over these past four years.
were elected to serve as officers for We are not sure how to express our gratitude other than to state
2009-2010: that we cannot count the number of times we have been approached by
troopers who would ask if there was anything they could possibly do
• President – Dr. Wes Stricker, Co- to make our job easier. I would be working on some other matter, far
lumbia from Carter County, and a trooper, previously unknown to me, would
• Vice President – Doug Mitchell, approach and ask simply, “Is there anything you need?” And, while
Warrensburg these men and women were offering to help on a case involving the
• Secretary – Lynn Wallis, Cuba murder of one of their own, we know, from our past association with
• Treasurer – Ed Braschler, Doniph- the Missouri State Highway Patrol, we could call upon them for their
an assistance regardless of the situation. And, we would get it.
But, maybe the best way to express our gratitude is by saying
At the meeting, it was announced something that we wish our courtroom procedures would have al-
that The MASTERS has been allowed lowed us to say to the jury. But, instead, we settle for writing this letter.
to become part of the Missouri State During our numerous years of working as prosecuting attorneys,
Employees Charitable Campaign. This neither one of us ever had the honor and privilege of knowing Sgt. Carl
program will allow state employees, Dewayne Graham Jr. We never had the opportunity to see the hard
who elect, to make contributions to work and integrity of this state trooper. We never had the opportunity
The MASTERS through payroll deduc- to work with him and go with him to court to ensure that justice was
tion. done. We have heard from others about Sgt. Graham. We have heard
Later that evening, The MASTERS that he was an outstanding law enforcement officer, filled with integrity
members enjoyed hosting and being and compassion, whose loss to the Missouri State Highway Patrol will
a part of the Patrol Annual Awards never be overcome.
Banquet. During this time, with great But, despite never having the honor and privilege of knowing Sgt.
appreciation, The MASTERS recog- Carl Dewayne Graham Jr., we believe that we do know him. We know
nized Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wells, of Bowl- him because we have had the honor and privilege of knowing many
ing Green, MO, with an honorary men and women just like him who wear the same uniform. We have
The MASTERS membership, for their had the opportunity to see their hard work and integrity. And, we have
generosity in naming The MASTERS had the opportunity to work with them and ensure that justice is done.
in their estate plan. In addition, The And, because of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lance Shock-
MASTERS Public Service Award rec- ley has been brought to justice.
ognizing the importance of community
service was presented to Trooper Clin- Sincerely,
ton M. Duppong, Troop B.
Once again, we encourage you to Page Bellamy
invite your family members or friends Assistant Attorney General
to become a member of The MAS-
TERS. You may e-mail The MASTERS Kevin M. Zoellner
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Assistant Attorney General
573-686-1619 to have information sent
to anyone that you would like to rec-
ommend for membership.
Thank you for your continued sup-
port of The MASTERS.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 7
Prob. Radio Interests: In my free time, I like to
watch sports. I like all sports, but Cpl. Jay A.
Personnel Jessalin I would have to say basketball is
my favorite. I also enjoy hunting, Parsley
A. DeGonia fishing, and just spending time
with my friends and family. When
I am not at work, I try to go back
to either West Plains or Sedalia
to visit. I can’t go too long with-
out my stepmother’s cooking or
friendship. We never have a dull
moment when we are together.
Tpr. Derrick R.
Powell Appointed: July 1, 1994.
First Assignment: Troop E, Zone 4,
Appointed: May 5, 2008. Carter and Reynolds Counties.
First and Current Assignment: Promotions/Reclassifications: Cor-
Probationary Radio Personnel, poral -- September 1, 1999.
Troop F. Current Assignment: Assistant Zone
Family: I come from a hard working Supervisor, Troop E, Zone 11,
family. My mother Lena Yates lives Stoddard County.
in West Plains MO, with my stepfa- Family: Married to Marcy on Novem-
ther, Yancy Yates. My mother is a ber 4, 1995. They have two chil-
schoolteacher for Mountain View dren: Emma, 10, and Tommy, 7.
Birch Tree Liberty High School. Interests: Jay enjoys rabbit hunting,
She is a great mother and a won- deer hunting, and fishing. He
derful teacher. She not only teach- enjoys playing basketball in the
Appointed: October 20, 2002. local gym where he attended high
es her students, but also cares First Assignment: Troop F, Zone 4,
about them. She is one special school with old school mates and
Audrain County. friends.
woman. I got my love of basketball Current Assignment: Troop F, Zone 7,
from my stepfather, Yancy. We Howard and Cooper Counties.
love watching basketball together Jay was born in Granite City, IL,
Family: I’ve been married to my wife, and grew up in Puxico, MO. In 1989,
and we have a good time talking Tara, for 11 years. I have two great
about the philosophy of the game. he graduated from high school in Puxi-
children. My son, Avery, is five co, MO. After graduation, he attended
My father, John DeGonia, lives in years old, and my daughter, Addi-
Sedalia, MO, with my stepmother, Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff,
son, is three years old. MO. He was attending Southeast Mis-
Debbie DeGonia. My father is the Interests: I am an avid outdoorsman
police chief of the Sedalia Police souri State University when he was
who loves to hunt and fish with my accepted into the Patrol’s Academy.
Department. He is an awesome fa- family. We enjoy spending time on
ther and hard-working, dedicated Jay worked at WW Wood Products in
the boat fishing for crappie, and Dudley, MO, for 18 months prior to
law enforcement professional-- scouting out deer for the fall hunt-
truly someone to look up to. I also coming on the Patrol.
ing season. I am a happy dad who Jay enjoys spending time with his
have a dog, Scout. She is a Jack enjoys spending time with family
Russell Terrier/miniature Dachs- family, and attending his children’s
and friends. sporting events. He is a deacon at
hund mix. There is nothing like
coming home from a hard day of the Duck Creek Missionary Baptist
My police career began with the Church near Puxico.
work and having her waiting at the Springfield, MO, Police Department. I
door, wagging her tail, excited to Jay has worked in Troop E since
am a SWAT sniper with Troop F’s team May 1998 and enjoys being able work
see me. and enjoy the training and camaraderie in the area in which he grew up.
associated with the assignment.
8 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Patrol Employees Support Sheltered Workshop
By Sgt. Michael W. Watson, Troop D
Recently, Patrol employees work-
ing out of the Troop D Service Cen- Eric, a Sheltered Workshop
ter in Carthage, MO, entered into a employee, sorts through papers
unique partnership with the Monett before they are recycled. The
Area Sheltered Workshop. The shel- paper comes from the Patrol’s
tered workshop, in operation since Troop D Service Center.
1968, employs 52 workers who have a
variety of disabilities, and do a myriad
of recycling, packaging, and assembly
jobs based on each individual’s ability.
The connection with the Patrol came
through Motor Vehicle Inspector III
Jonathan P. “Jon” Blue, and his wife,
Geneva, who live in Monett. transported to Monett for recycling. had difficulty getting contracts due to
Currently, Jon oversees the in- At times during the week, Jon stops at the economic climate, budget cuts, and
spection stations in the western the Service Center and completes his increased automation. Because of this,
portion of Troop D and Geneva is em- various administrative duties. Prior to the workshop has relied heavily on re-
ployed at the Southwest Area Career leaving, he loads what materials he can cycling to keep its employees working.
Center in Monett. Her duties as the into his assigned vehicle and drives “Workshop employees earn wages
work experience coordinator put her home. From there, the materials are and have the satisfaction of knowing
in regular contact with employees at transferred to Geneva’s vehicle and they do important work and make a
the workshop. Late in 2008, Jon set up she takes them to the workshop the contribution to their community,” said
a program at the Service Center where following day. Geneva Blue. “The Patrol, in turn, dis-
boxes and bags of shredded and dis- Workshop employees then sort poses of its paper waste in a respon-
carded paper that normally would the paper based on type and color. Ac- sible manner and makes a positive
be thrown away would be saved and cording to Geneva, the workshop has difference at the workshop.”
Missouri’s Missing Children’s Poster Winner Selected
By Sgt. Keverne L. McCollum, Q/DDCC Robert Rupp’s poster took first
place in Missouri’s Missing
Three young artists from Mis-
souri were selected as the top state
Children’s Poster Contest.
winners in the 2009 National Missing
$100 bond for first place; Great
Children’s Day Poster Contest. This
Western Bank of Albany donat-
annual contest is hosted by the Office
ed the second place bond in the
of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
amount of $75; and United Mis-
Prevention in Washington, D.C. The
souri Bank of Jefferson City do-
contest was created in an effort to edu-
nated the third place bond for
cate children across the country about
child safety and to make the public
To view this year’s winning
aware of law enforcement’s continuous
posters, go to the Patrol’s web-
efforts to search for and recover miss-
site at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov
ing children. Virginia E. George Elementary School
and click on the “read more” link to
This year’s Missouri winner was in Albany, MO. Third place in the Pa-
the web story. The Patrol will post the
Robert Rupp, a fifth grade student at trol’s poster contest was awarded to
rules for the 2010 National Missing
Bishop Hogan Memorial School in Samantha Knaust of the St. Joseph Pa-
Children’s Day Poster Contest on the
Chillicothe, MO. His poster will auto- rochial School in Wentzville, MO.
website later this fall. For more infor-
matically be entered into the national Three Missouri banks donated
mation, contact the Missing Person’s
contest. The second place winner was a savings bonds as prizes. Hawthorn
Clearinghouse at (573) 526-6178.
Stephanie Ramer from the Albany R-III Bank of Jefferson City donated the
May-June 2009/Patrol News 9
‘Looking Beyond the Stop’
The following officers are to be commended for looking beyond the initial stop. Each of these officers made at least one
felony arrest during the period of February 21, 2009 through April 20, 2009. (Editor’s Note: This column excludes DWI arrests,
warrant arrests, and “plain sight” situations. Keep in mind that there must be information under the “miscellaneous” section
of the radio report to be considered for this column.)
Troop A Cpl. T.L. Hall, 2 arrests Tpr. Anthony C. Helfrecht, 1 arrest
Tpr. Z.K. Bryan, 1 arrest Tpr. J.C. Marlin, 1 arrest Tpr. S.B. Johnson, 2 arrests
Tpr. R.J. Chapman, 1 arrest Cpl. S.R. Monk, 1 arrest Tpr. W.R. Koch, 1 arrest
Sgt. C.M. Clair, 1 arrest Tpr. T.R. Morris, 1 arrest
Cpl. B.S. Hagerty, 1 arrest Troop G
Cpl. M.A. Pate, 1 arrest Troop E Tpr. M.C. Downey, 1 arrest
Tpr. G.D. Primm, 1 arrest* Tpr. D.W. Crank, 7 arrests Tpr. B.D. Odle, 2 arrests
CVO Sprv. 1 J.F. Stone, 1 assist* Tpr. J.N. Crites, 1 arrest
Tpr. E.L. Tyrrell, 1 arrest Cpl. R.C. Dye, 1 arrest Troop H
Tpr. C.D. Hamlett, 1 arrest Cpl. M.R. Heits, 2 arrests
Troop B Tpr. B.C. Jones, 1 arrest Tpr. T.B. Heintz, 1 arrest
Tpr. T.S. Croft, 1 arrest Tpr. J.A. Lacey, 2 arrests Tpr. B.R. Hilliard, 1 arrest
Sgt. R.L. Seiner, 2 arrests Cpl. M.D. Lynch, 1 arrest Tpr. B.L. Israel, 1 arrest
Tpr. D.W. McCormick, 1 arrest Tpr. J.R. Johnston, 3 arrests
Troop C Tpr. Nogi H. McDaniel, 1 arrest Tpr. A.J. Webb, 2 arrests
Cpl. N.C. Benson, 2 arrests Cpl. M.G. Slaughter, 1 arrest
Tpr. J.R. Breitbach, 1 arrest Tpr. J.S. Stewart, 2 arrests Troop I
Tpr. P.J. Brown, 1 arrest Tpr. T.D. Templemire, 2 arrests Cpl. C.A. Bogart, 1 arrest
Sgt. J.R. Campbell, 1 arrest Tpr. J.W. Choate, 1 arrest
Tpr. P.C. Long, 1 arrest Troop F Tpr. D.J. Johnson, 1 arrest
Tpr. B.A. Moore, 1 arrest Tpr. B.J. Blankenbeker, 1 arrest Tpr. T.S. Miller, 1 arrest
Tpr. B.R. Germann, 1 arrest Tpr. B.A. Vogt, 4 arrests
Troop D Tpr. M.T. Halford, 1 arrest
Sgt. G.L. Braden, 1 arrest Tpr. D.R. Haslag, 1 arrest
Tpr. D.B. Carnagey, 1 arrest
Wal-Mart Awards Grant To LE Torch Run
Wal-Mart Store Manager Steven
Reed (r) presents a $1,000
donation to the Law Enforcement
Torch Run for Special Olympics
to (l to r) Lt. Hotz, Q/PIED,
Crystal Chalk, SOMO, Special
Olympian Christina Goedde,
and Clerk IV Crystal Smith,
Q/BPD. The donation is the
result of a grant application filled
out by Clerk IV Crystal Smith.
In addition, on May 23, 2009,
Patrol employees (off duty) sold
Special Olympic T-shirts at the
Jefferson City Wal-Mart to help
raise money for this worthy cause.
10 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Brief Meeting Leaves
By Criminalist I Cindy M. Dierenfeldt, Troop H
In February 2009, Troop H had just wanting to help out. After combin- planned a special train ride for them
the opportunity to meet a very spe- ing these items with some Highway too, both to take place in March.
cial little boy named Hayden Wion. Patrol memorabilia we invited Hayden Hayden’s condition declined
In December 2007, Hayden, who was to come to Troop H for a small pre- quickly in the following weeks. He nev-
just 2 years old, was diagnosed with sentation ceremony. He and his father, er got to take the train rides. He died
stage four neuroblastoma, a rare type Jim, came out on February 26. on March 15, 2009, four months before
of childhood cancer. Doctors at Chil- Sgt. Sheldon Lyon presented the his fourth birthday. Though we did
dren’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City items to Hayden while Troop H em- not get to know him that well, we will
began aggressive treatment in Janu- ployees looked on. He loved all of the never forget him. Witnessing some-
ary 2008. Just a year later, Hayden gifts. He was especially fond of the thing like this makes you realize that
was doing great -- they thought he was railroad pocket watch and the patrol we should be grateful for all the things
in remission. But then, repeat scans car replica. Hayden also got to see the we have and try to make the most of
showed the cancer had come back and inside of a real patrol car and even got every day.
was spreading like crazy. Hayden’s to play with the
prognosis was poor. Doctors gave him lights. His dad
no more than six months to live. All at- said he hadn’t
tention was then directed toward try- seen him smile
ing to make some of his wishes come like that in
true. weeks! The awe-
Hayden loved policemen, fire- some people
fighters, and trains, so we made some at Burlington
phone calls and sent some e-mails tell- Northern Santa
ing Hayden’s story. In the following Fe Railway set
weeks we received donations of train up an Amtrak
sets, a conductor’s hat, books, a pock- ride for Hayden
et watch, and numerous other items, and his family,
along with monetary donations from and Union Pa-
local railroad offices and individuals cific Railroad
Cpl. Travis Williams watches
through the window while Mr. Jim
Wion and Hayden explore his patrol
Sgt. Sheldon Lyon watches as Hayden
Wion explores gifts presented to him at
Troop H Headquarters. Hayden is seat-
ed on his father’s (Jim) lap.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 11
Promotions and Reclassifications
Tyson B. Gardner Mark D. Green Andrew B. Swearingin Nathan C. Benson
Sergeant Sergeant Sergeant Corporal
Troop H Troop D Troop I Troop C
Robert E. Hoehn Kevin C. Morris James A. Mulkey Robert J. Parr
Corporal Corporal Corporal Corporal
Troop C Troop D Troop I Troop C
Gerald D. Leigh Kendra L. Shell Bruce D. Snider Virginia A. Alston-
Comm. Oper. II Comm. Oper. II Comm. Oper. II Smith
Troop D Troop E Troop F DE II
12 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Promotions and Reclassifications
Ryan L. Boeckman Ashley E. Brennan J. David Brooks Franklin V. Byers
CIT I Cook III Chief CVO DE III
Q/ISD Q/TND Troop D Troop D
Mark A. Cherry Branden S. Coker Cindy M. Dierenfeldt Maria F. Fooks
DE II Fingerprint Tech. III Criminalist II Quality Control Clerk II
Troop A Q/CRID Q/CLD Q/TFD
Jay A. Forbis Paula K. Forshee Stephanie A. Horine Tamra D. Jacobs
CIT II Housekeeper III Criminalist II AFIS Entry Oper. III
Q/ISD Troop D Q/CLD Q/CRID
May-June 2009/Patrol News 13
Promotions and Reclassifications
David L. Johnson Nancy A. Mooney Dana J. Mueller Amy L. Peebles
CIT I DE Sprv. DE I Criminalist III
Q/ISD Troop C Troop B Q/CLD
James L. Roberson Stacy R. Russom Jason D. Stump Michelle Waldron
CIT II MVI III DE II Criminalist II
Q/ISD Troop E Troop F Q/CLD
Police Academy Recruits Honor Tpr. Newton
By Troop A
On March 19, 2009, recruits from the Blue River Police Acad-
emy in Independence, MO, participated in one and a half mile run
to honor Trooper Michael L. Newton. The run began at the First
Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit and ended at Troop A Headquar-
ters. According to Butch Roll, chief of training at Blue River Po-
lice Academy, each class participates in a run to honor a fallen
Blue River Police Academy Recruit Ben Orth,
class president, presents a plaque honoring
MSHP fallen hero Tpr. Michael L. Newton to
Lt. Brian T. Deshler, Troop A.
14 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Things Aren’t Always As They Seem Sgt. Funderburk asked for and
received permission to search the ve-
hicle. When the driver raised the bot-
By MVI III Charles G. McMillan, Troop D tom bunk it revealed three large duffle
bags. Sgt. Funderburk asked the
The driver of the tractor/trail- them to Lubbock, Texas. From there he
driver to open one of the duffle bags.
er was blown by the wind ... at least picked up a load of soybeans in Mule-
When the bag was opened he saw sev-
that’s what he told Sergeant Matthew shoe, Texas, and was on his way to
eral brown taped bundles. He cut into
K. Funderburk. Sgt. Funderburk was “Joisey” (New Jersey).
one and found marijuana. (Come on,
traveling eastbound on Interstate 44 As Sgt. Funderburk was standing
I believed the driver, didn’t you? Now,
near Missouri Highway 13 in Greene in the doorway, he noticed a plethora of
I’m really disillusioned.)
County. He observed a Freightliner air fresheners in the cab and the sleep-
Sgt. Funderburk placed the driver
tractor, pulling a trailer, weave onto the er birth area. He asked the driver if
under arrest and read him the Mi-
shoulder--not once, but twice, and then there were any drugs in the truck. The
randa warning, which he said that he
weave the opposite direction crossing driver replied that there weren’t any
understood. Two duffle bags and two
the centerline. drugs in the truck, but he had recently
boxes were found for an approximate
Sgt. Funderburk initiated a traf- been arrested for conspiracy to distrib-
weight of 157 pounds of the state-of-
fic stop and approached the tractor ute marijuana and cocaine in Texas.
mind-altering drug. The driver, trac-
from the passenger side. The driver Well, the assurance from the driver
tor/trailer and the marijuana were
opened the door. He explained to the that there weren’t any illegal drugs in
released to Sergeant Daniel P. Banasik.
driver why he had been stopped and the truck almost made Sgt. Funderburk
Sgt. Banasik did a controlled delivery
asked for his driver’s license, logbook, breathe a sigh of relief, give the driver
to Indianapolis, IN, which resulted in
and bills for the load. The driver’s log- a verbal warning, and send him on his
two additional arrests.
book showed he had picked up a load way. (Wait a minute ... wake up ... are
of spices in New Mexico and took you dreaming? )
Troopers Track Down Fleeing Driver arrest, which called for another visit
from Tpr. Flynn.
On December 29, 2008, Tpr. Fly-
By Sgt. Julie A. Scerine, Troop C the back seat of the vehicle. He ob- nn, Trooper Samuel V. Buchheit, and
tained his name and information and Trooper Elizabeth A. Lusk attempted
Working the road on Christmas
began to return to his vehicle. to make contact with the fleeing felon
Eve tends to be a day with many trav-
As Tpr. Flynn returned to his ve- at his last known address. When the
elers, but not a lot of action. Everyone
hicle, the driver sped away and the troopers arrived at the residence, Mr.
is in the Christmas spirit, traveling to
chase was on. Throughout the pursuit, Suspect drove up in front of the resi-
family gatherings and church events.
the driver weaved in and out of traf- dence. As he exited his vehicle, the
For Trooper Joseph D. Flynn, Christ-
fic, failing to yield to the patrol vehi- troopers yelled his name. The suspect
mas Eve 2008 will be one that sticks out
cle. The fleeing vehicle then struck a looked their direction, and realized it
in his memory for years to come. The
pickup truck and the center median be- wasn’t Santa on his front porch with
package he located after a traffic stop,
fore coming to rest against the median presents for him, but troopers with
which involved a pursuit and fleeing
barrier on the bridge. As the trooper handcuffs. He then tried to flee on foot
driver, was one you only read about in
stopped his vehicle and began giving again, but was apprehended quickly
the driver orders, he noticed the driver due to the speed of Tpr. Flynn.
At approximately 9 a.m. on Decem-
appeared to be attempting to retrieve The suspect was taken into cus-
ber 24, 2008, Tpr. Flynn observed a
something from the back seat, be- tody and transported to the St. Louis
Ford Mustang with its windshield wip-
fore exiting the vehicle and fleeing on County Jail. As a result of the previ-
ers on, but not having lit headlamps,
foot. The driver fled from the vehicle, ous pursuit and the most recent ap-
traveling on Interstate 70. He also ob-
jumped across the median barrier of In- prehension, the subject was charged
served the driver to be unrestrained.
terstate 70, and ran from the scene. with resisting arrest by fleeing caus-
This appeared to be an easy traffic stop
Tpr. Flynn ran to the vehicle to ing serious injury, child endangerment
and a good opportunity to speak with
check on the condition of the child, 1st degree, and child abandonment,
the driver about his lack of seat belt
who was unharmed and still restrained with a bond of $20,000. This entire in-
use. When Tpr. Flynn initiated the stop,
in the car seat. After further investi- cident from beginning to end is a true
the driver pulled to the shoulder, and
gation, the driver’s true identity was testament to the cohesiveness of the
thus appeared to be compliant. Tpr. Fly-
learned, and the child, who was not members of Troop C, Zone 1, and their
nn made contact with the driver, who
the driver’s, was turned over to fam- ability to go above and beyond regard-
indicated he did not have his driver’s
ily members. After learning the driv- less of the time of year.
license on his person. The trooper also
er’s true identity, it was learned that he Great work, troopers!
noticed an infant child in a car seat in
also had active felony warrants for his
May-June 2009/Patrol News 15
Extreme Home Makeover — MSHP Style
Wilson’s Dream Home Gets A Hand
By Sgt. Mark J. Thomas, Q/GD
Have you ever been interrupted Clockwise from top: Sgt. Mark J.
while trying to do something? Maybe Thomas, Sgt. Scott Meyer, Sgt.
you are on your way to the “quick- Jeffrey L. Smith, and Mr. Terry
est” checkout line at the grocery Bultmann (friend) begin
store and your cell phone rings.
It could be a telemarketer calling
your home at precisely the time
you are sitting down for dinner.
My favorite interruption is when
that person driving cuts you off
in traffic because they need to
Sgt. Jeffery T. Fitzgerald
be wherever they are going much
quicker than you do. How about and Cpl. Brian W. Vernon
when an unexpected guest stops by size two-by-fours in
the house to visit for a while during the basement.
that ever-important outside job this
time of year--mowing. (OK, so I don’t
mind that one so much ...)
How about when life throws a
HUGE interruption your way at a very
inopportune time? For instance: A se-
rious illness while you are fulfilling a
life-long dream of building a new home
for your family? From personal experi-
ence, I can attest to these life-changing
moments. They tend to bring a total-
ly different perspective to the “small
stuff” like grocery store lines, telemar-
keters, rude drivers, or even the occa-
sional gabby visitor. It also reaffirms
commitment to the important things in
life, like family.
The Gaming Division’s Sergeant Without sounding like an epi- Over the years, one of the things
Bryan K. Wilson recently experienced sode of ABC’s “Extreme Home Make- that gives me the most pride as a
one of those life-changing interrup- over”, B.K. and Kay have done much member of the Missouri State High-
tions when he was diagnosed with a for many people. They have been ac- way Patrol is witnessing the Patrol
very serious health issue. This oc- tive foster parents and have adopted family pulling together to help one of
curred while he was not only in the some special needs children to be a our own “brothers”. We hear about it.
middle of building the dream house he part of their family. They, too, are part Often times, we participate in it and
and his wife, Kay, had been working of the dream house, because with an read about it in articles. For those of
toward for years, but was actually con- enlarged family, their current home us who have had the honor of being
templating retiring! B.K. was trying is simply too small. I cannot figure the recipient of this kind of generosity,
to do what many of us who have “en- out how those folks on that television it is something that stays with us not
joyed” the experience of either build- show can build a house in seven days! only for a career, but for a lifetime.
ing a new home or refurbishing an It takes me longer than that to paint A group of retired and active
existing one have done. He was trying a kitchen for crying out loud. Maybe troopers from Troops A, H, and the
to save some money by doing some of I need one of those bull horns to get Gaming Division, as well as employees
the work while contracting out the big myself motivated. from the Missouri Gaming Commis-
Continued on the next page.
16 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Continued from page 16.
sion, came together to help B.K. and
his family with some projects at their
new home north of Lawson on March
14, 2009. As we all know, the weather
in northwest Missouri in the middle
of March can be anything from near-
blizzard conditions to balmy sunshine.
The one consistency at this time of Micaela Jolie Brandon Michael
the year is the consistency of the soil Tpr. Brandon J. and Mrs. Francesca Tpr. Jason M. and Mrs. Cathy S.
... or, more appropriately, the mud! D. Brashear Mattingly
The weather cooperated to include an Troop A Troop B
awesome, bright springtime day. The
mud also retained its predictability Brody Alexander Zachery Thomas
and clung to everyone’s boots in five Tpr. Kyle A. and Mrs. Angela D. Auto. Tech. III Brad W. and Mrs.
pound increments. Green Amanda R. Adams
We were able to help the Wilson Troop F Q/MED
family with the house by splitting into
several crews. We tackled jobs such Talon Lee Logan James
as framing in the basement to add a Cpl. Ricky L. and Mrs. Delania D. Tpr. Joshua J. and Mrs. Laura D.
couple of bedrooms and a media room, Watson McDonald
cleanup, brush/tree clearing, and Troop C Troop I
erecting a deck.
Special thanks and appreciation Zane Matthias Lucas Bryan
need to go to Sergeant Terry Spain Tpr. Matthew P. and Mrs. Sophia L. Cpl. Thomas B. and Mrs. Kimberly
and his wife, Terry, who came out and Fisher E. Ziegler
provided the working stiffs (that “stiff” Troop A Troop H
part was very evident the next day
for many of us) with an awesome bar- William Wayne Carson Lane
beque lunch enjoyed by all. Also, Lieu- Cpl. Eric W. and Mrs. Kelly L. Mr. Samuel F. and Comm. Oper. II
tenant Bob Zubeck and Sergeant Jeff Hackman Jessica R. Dillon
Fitzgerald for their leadership roles Q/DDCC Troop A
and some really cool power tools. I
love power tools ... Ellie Mae
B.K. and Kay were very apprecia- Tpr. J. Curtis and Mrs. Tiffany D.
tive of all the assistance we gave them, Acree
and for helping them to accomplish Troop H
their dream. I don’t think he was able
to wipe that huge grin off his follicle-
challenged head all day long!
Even though he has been dealt
a substantial “interruption” to life’s Sentenced!
path, B.K. remains very positive and
determined to overcome his health Lance Shockley Found Guilty
obstacles. We were all proud to help
out, because he is our brother and that The jury deliberated three hours before returning a verdict of guilty on
is exactly what brothers do for each Friday, March 27, 2009. Lance Shockley, 32, of Van Buren, was found guilty of
other. I guess all we have to say at first degree murder in the death of Sgt. C. Dewayne Graham Jr. in 2005. The
this point is, “Welcome Home, Wilson jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision regarding whether Shockley
Family ... Welcome Home!” should get the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Therefore,
the decision regarding sentencing fell to Judge David Evans. At 1:15 p.m.
on Friday, May 22, 2009, at the Carter County Courthouse, Judge Evans
sentenced Lance Shockley to death for the March 2005 murder of Sgt. C.
Dewayne Graham Jr.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 17
Tpr. Ward Recognized For Investigation
By Sgt. Dale H. Moreland, Troop E
On Thursday, April 2, 2009, Troop-
er Kindel C. Ward, Troop E, received
the Sikeston Area Chamber of Com-
merce Officer-of-the-Year Award at its
annual banquet at the Sikeston Field-
house. Tpr. Ward was selected as re-
sult of a two-year theft investigation
that he initiated. The investigation in-
volved the DeKalb (IL) County Sher-
iff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Scott
County Sheriff’s Department, New
Madrid County Sheriff’s Department,
Sikeston Department of Public Safety,
and the Missouri State Highway Pa-
trol. This two-year investigation result-
ed in the recovery of over $1 million
in stolen items. The items were stolen
in Missouri and several neighboring
states. Three federal indictments have Photo provided by the Standard Democrat newspaper - Sikeston.
been issued, and the investigation con-
tinues. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reads the nomination of Tpr. Kindel C. Ward
Troop E congratulates Tpr. Ward for officer of the year during the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual
on this well deserved honor! banquet.
By Sgt. Michael Watson, Troop D
On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, Cap- ning him face down. As he was trying to Doug just happened to glance back at
tain Juan O. Villanueva, command- free himself and breathing was becom- the field when he noticed the over-
ing officer of Troop D, presented ing more and more difficult, Doug and turned tractor. After racing to the field
Carthage resident Justin Riley with Justin were backing out of the driveway. and getting the tractor turned off, Mr.
a Missouri State Highway Patrol Riley remarked that he was down
Honorary Trooper certificate. to his last breath and was going to
The award is the result of the ac- die. Doug’s response to his uncle
tions of Justin and his brother, was, “Not today.”
Trooper Douglas W. Riley, on June The brothers were then able
11, 2008, when the two lifted a to lift the tractor enough for Mr.
2,500-pound tractor off their uncle, Riley to crawl out. Paramedics re-
who was pinned beneath it. Their sponded to the scene and he was
actions saved his life. transported to a local hospital. Mr.
John Riley had been mowing Riley was released from the hospi-
a field near Doug’s house since tal later, and credits his life to the
nine that morning. At around 3:15 swift actions of his nephews.
in the afternoon, he waved at Jus-
tin and Doug as they drove by on [Editor’s Note: Tpr. Riley received the
Lifesaving Award at the annual Patrol
the way to Doug’s house. Shortly (l to r) Captain Juan O. Villanueva Awards Ceremony and The Missouri Association
thereafter, as the tractor crested a hill, stands with the Rileys: Honorary of State Trooper Emergency Relief Society (The
a rear tire dropped into a hole and the Trooper Justin Riley, Mr. John Riley, MASTERS) banquet on April 18, 2009, in
tractor overturned onto Mr. Riley, pin- Columbia.]
and Trooper Douglas W. Riley
20 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Is Everything In the Duffle bags Marijuana?
By MVI III Charles G. McMillan, Troop D
Trooper Matthew E. Morice was from Dallas, Texas, to Pittsburgh, PA.
observing eastbound traffic near the The driver stated that he was visiting
81-mile marker on Interstate 44 in his grandmother in Pennsylvania, and
Greene County. He checked a silver that he was going to catch a flight back
Chevrolet HHR at 73 mph in a 60 mph to Texas when he was done visiting.
All of this marijuana, located during
zone. At this time, he exited the cross- Tpr. Morice told the driver he
a traffic stop, was crammed into
over and overtook the HHR and initi- smelled burnt marijuana in the HHR.
ated a traffic stop The driver said, “You can smell mari- three duffle bags.
Tpr. Morice approached the ve- juana?”
hicle from the passenger side to keep He then confessed that he did Tpr. Morice placed the silver
himself away from the traffic. As he smoke weed, and that there was a little manacles on the driver’s wrists and
came upon the vehicle, he noticed bit of marijuana in the glove box. Tpr. checked for an appropriate fit then
three duffle bags in the rear cargo Morice performed a probable cause double locked them. He informed the
area. search based on the odor of the burnt driver he was under arrest for posses-
He advised the driver that he had marijuana and the admission from the sion of a controlled substance with in-
been stopped because he was doing driver that he possessed marijuana in tent to distribute. He advised him of
73 mph in a 60 mph zone. The driver the glove box. His search yielded ap- his Miranda rights, which the driver
handed him his driver’s license and a proximately 90 pounds of marijuana in stated he understood. The driver’s
rental agreement for the car. The rent- the three duffle bags. criminal history check revealed no pri-
al agreement showed a one-way rental or drugs related arrests or convictions.
Troop I, Rolla Pizza Inn Join SOMO Team!
By Sgt. Dan J. Crain, Troop I
Last year, Troop I employees
raised $8,768 for Special Olympics
Missouri (SOMO) through T-shirt and
baseball cap sales at Wal-Mart stores
within the troop. In 2009, SOMO shirt
and hat sales have again been suc-
cessful, but Troop I coordinator of
fund-raising, Clerk Typist III Jamie L.
Maddux, had a new idea to help ex-
ceed previous years’ earnings. Jamie
contacted the managers of the Rolla
Pizza Inn, Bob and Jo Campbell, who
graciously allowed Troop I employ-
ees and their family members to take
over as servers, busboys, and dish-
washers for one night. On Tuesday
evening, April 14, 2009, approximately
15 individuals from the Troop I family This hard-working crew of Troop I employees joined the Rolla Pizza Inn to
were present to help raise nearly $500 raise $500 for SOMO in one night!
for Special Olympics. Troop I would
like to thank the Campbells and the
Wal-Mart stores for allowing us to use
their facilities to raise money for such
a worthy cause.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 21
By MVI III Charles G. McMillan, Troop D
By MVI III Charles G. McMillan, Troop D The Missouri State Highway Pa-
trol and Greene County Sheriff’s Office
Corporal Thomas L. “Tom” Hall was operating stationary radar on hosted a Heavy Equipment Theft Sum-
Interstate 44 near U.S. Highway 65 when he checked an eastbound RV mit at the Springfield Oasis and Conven-
(recreational vehicle) breaking the speed limit. He pursued the RV and tion Center in Springfield, MO. Senior
initiated a traffic stop near the 84-mile marker. Cpl. Hall contacted the Special Agents Larry Liggett and Brad
driver of the vehicle and found that he was unable to produce a driver’s Greiner (National Insurance Crime Bu-
license. There were two other persons in the vehicle. reau, NICB) were the principal present-
The driver took a seat in the patrol car while the driver’s informa- ers. They showed us problems involved
tion was confirmed. The driver said they were going to a city in Florida, with identifying and recovering stolen
but didn’t know which one ... he first thought “St. Louis”, but followed heavy industrial equipment like road
that statement by saying he didn’t know for sure. He just knew it start- graders, skid steers, backhoes, bulldoz-
ed with an “S”. ers, and other equipment like zero radi-
When Cpl. Hall asked what he was going to do there, he stated “vis- us turn mowers and farm equipment.
iting and cruising”. He also stated he was going to stop in Kansas to The goal of the presentation includ-
drop off one of the passengers, so he could visit his sick grandfather. ed providing law enforcement with the
[Author’s note: That would be an interesting feat since they weren’t in knowledge needed in equipment iden-
Kansas anymore, Toto!] tification, and making us aware of the
Cpl. Hall pointed out the fact that they had already passed Kansas. latest equipment security technologies.
This led to the driver saying that his Tom-Tom had routed him in this This summit allowed us to network,
direction. which provides more resources in the
The license check on the driver showed nine ... count them ... nine fight against equipment theft. In addi-
active warrants out of Douglas County, MO. tion, four hours of continuing education
Cpl. Hall asked the driver if there was anything illegal in the ve- credit was given for this course from
hicle and the driver said, “Not that I know of.” Cpl. Hall then asked for Drury University (a Missouri POST ap-
and did not receive permission to search the RV. The driver insisted proved provider).
he contact one of the passengers whose name was listed on the rental
agreement. [Oh, yeah, the RV was a rental vehicle. The destination on
the agreement was shown as Orlando, Florida.] The passenger gave per-
mission to search the vehicle.
Cpl. Hall found two suitcases in the bedroom area closet filled with
green saran-wrapped bundles that, when punctured, smelled like mari-
June 12 • Tpr. W.R.
juana. Two more suitcases were found in the left side exterior luggage Brandt died
compartment with the same result. in 1970.
The right side exterior luggage compartment was locked. The pas- June 13 • Tpr. D.H.
senger said that he did not have a key. Cpl. Hall had his canine perform Marriott died
a “sniff” of the right side exterior compartment and K-9 Evan indicated
on the door by scratching and biting. Located inside the compartment
were two more suitcases and one duffel bag containing yet more mari- June 14 • Sgt. B.O.
juana bundles. A total of approximately 350 pounds of marijuana was lo- Booth died in
cated in the RV. 1933.
By the way, the Tom-Tom showed a destination of Canton, Ohio. June 13 - 20 • Missouri
Chances are pretty good they would have found Ohio, even though
they missed Kansas, because I think the GPS tells them when they
have reached their destination. June 21 - 26 • Missouri
June 21 - 27 • Missouri
22 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Classmates Reunited After 38 Years
By Ret. Sgt. Ron Hedrick
It couldn’t have been planned any
better for Ron Hedrick and E.J. New-
man, Missouri State Highway Patrol
retirees, to meet again after 38 years.
It occurred in the same hospital, in the
same room, having surgery for basically
the same illness.
On April 8, 2009, I had surgery at
Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO.
After surgery, I was taken to Room 918,
bed two, which was next to the window.
I was feeling quite well, just coming out
of anesthetic, feeling no pain, and in a (l to r)Retired Cpl. E.J. Newman and retired Sgt. Ron Hedrick enjoyed hang-
talkative mood. The privacy curtain was ing out together while healing.
pulled, blocking my view of my room-
mate. But, I could hear a conversation When she said, “E.J. Newman”, At that time, the curtain was
between the patient and his wife (Kay) my response was, “No way! Your dad opened and for the first time in 38
and daughter (Gayle). and I graduated together from the 40th years, E.J. and I were looking eyeball
Breaking the ice, I asked Gayle Recruit Class of the Patrol Academy in to eyeball! Obviously, we had a lot to
where they were from. She told me her November 1971.” talk about and a lot of history on which
dad and mom were from Carthage, MO. E.J. heard just parts of our conver- to catch up. I know we both helped
I asked her if she knew a retired state sation, but heard the name “Hedrick” each other heal quickly and helped
trooper, Larry Cooper. She acknowl- and asked his daughter if it was Doug the time in the hospital pass faster.
edged she did, and then told me her Hedrick who is presently on the Pa- We were both released the following
dad, the patient in the bed next to me, trol and stationed in Platte City, MO. I day with a greater appreciation for old
was also a retired Missouri State High- responded quickly and said, “No, Ron friends forgotten. God does work in
way Patrol trooper. Surprised, I asked, Hedrick.” mysterious ways.
“What’s his name?”
Still Working Together
Clinesmith, Heard Volunteer For A Great Cause
By Troop H For Life is a 12-hour event from 7 p.m.
Retired Assistant Chief Tele- to 7 a.m., where teams have at least one
communications Engineer M. member walking the track the entire
Wayne Clinesmith and Chief Opera- time to raise money for cancer research.
tor Roger M. Heard, Troop H, be- There are other activities to keep every-
gan work at St. Joseph the same day one busy all night long. The July 2008
in 1980, and have been great friends event raised over $89,000.
ever since. The fact that Wayne re- The Clinesmith family helps orga- (l to r) Chief Operator Roger M.
tired two years ago doesn’t mean nize the event, cooks ‘burgers and hot Heard, Troop H, and Ret. ACTE
they still don’t occasionally work dogs in the food court, and helps handle M. Wayne Clinesmith continue
together – just in a little different the multitude of things that pop up un-
their friendship, which started at
setting. expectedly. One of Wayne’s roles again
this year was master of ceremonies. He
For several years, Wayne and
his family have been heavily in- is pictured here wearing his cancer sur- Heard. This is the second year Roger
volved in the American Cancer So- vivor t-shirt. The photo was taken just has played for the event. The uni-
ciety’s “Northland Relay For Life” after the survivors walk around the park forms may change over the years –
held in Gladstone, MO. The Relay in Gladstone, led by bagpiper Roger the friendships don’t.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 23
Sgt. Alan E. “Al” Sgt. Charles J. Chuck was born in Jefferson City,
MO, and graduated from Helias High
Raetz “Chuck” Kramer School in 1974. After high school he
attended Lincoln University in Jeffer-
son City for two years. In 1976, Chuck
transferred to Central Missouri State
University in Warrensburg. In 1978, he
graduated with honors while earning a
bachelor’s of science degree in crimi-
Chuck is married to the former
Theresa Markway of Jefferson City,
MO, and they have three grown chil-
dren: Matt, Sarah, and Sam, who all re-
side in Jefferson City.
When asked about his retirement,
Chuck stated the following: “Although
The Missouri State Highway Patrol On May 1, 2009, Sergeant Charles J. I am looking forward to retirement,
is pleased to announce that on April 1, “Chuck” Kramer retired as a member of I can not help but reflect upon the
2009, after 30 years of dedicated service, the Missouri State Highway Patrol after fact that my retirement will mark the
Sergeant Alan E. “Al” Raetz retired. 29 years of service. end of an era for the Kramer family.
Al began his career with the Patrol Chuck was appointed to the Patrol Since 1956, three generations of my
in July 1979. Upon graduating from on April 1, 1980. On August 29, 1980, family have worked for the Missouri
the Patrol Academy, he was assigned he graduated from the Patrol Academy State Highway Patrol. My now de-
to Troop D, Zone 10, Webster Coun- in Jefferson City and was assigned to ceased father, Clete, retired from the
ty, and lived in Marshfield. In 1985, he Troop B, Zone 1, and stationed in Ma- Jefferson City Patrol garage in April
transferred to Zone 1, Greene Coun- con. His field training officer was Cor- 1985. My daughter, Sarah, worked as
ty. In 1991, he was promoted to corpo- poral Larry Murdock. On July 1, 1983, a 1,000 hour employee for the Divi-
ral and assigned as assistant supervisor he transferred to Troop F and was as- sion of Drug and Crime Control until
for Zone 12, Christian County. In 1993, signed to Zone 1, Jefferson City. On Au- she graduated from college in 2008.
Al was promoted to sergeant, and after gust 1, 1989, Chuck was promoted to Between my father, daughter, and I,
a short period in St. Clair County, he corporal and became the assistant zone we have over 60 years of service. It
transferred to and was designated su- commander of Zone 2, Jefferson City. has been an honor and a privilege for
pervisor of Zone 10, Webster County. On December 1, 1994, he was promoted me to have served as a member of the
During his career, Al was involved to sergeant and became the Zone 2 com- Missouri State Highway Patrol. I truly
in several significant events including mander. On September 1, 1998, Chuck have enjoyed serving and protecting
being shot at, run over by a vehicle, transferred from Zone 2 to a position as the citizens of the state of Missouri.”
and the investigations of the tragic inci- the Troop F evidence officer. On May Those who know and have worked
dents that resulted in the deaths of two 1, 1999, Chuck transferred to the Gam- with Chuck throughout their Patrol ca-
zone mates, Trooper Russell W. Harper ing Division and was assigned to the reer will probably all agree that he is
and Corporal J.A. “Jay” Sampietro. For Bingo Enforcement Section where he definitely a person who could always
many years, Al taught college classes remained until his retirement. be depended upon to give his best ef-
for three local institutions including: During his career, Chuck was a fort with any assignment he was given.
College of the Ozarks, Webster Col- member of the Troop F Special Emer- As a field training officer he helped
lege, and Columbia College. In 1998, gency Response Team (SERT, now teach graduates fresh out of the Acad-
2000, and 2003, he received recognition called SWAT), and served as a range emy how to perform their job prop-
awards for his outstanding accomplish- instructor, and Glock pistol and H&K erly while treating every individual
ments as an instructor. rifle armorer. He was also a field train- with as much respect as possible. He
Al is married to the former Susan ing officer, PR-24 instructor, and first re- is also well known for not being afraid
Grant, of Taneyville. They have three sponders/CPR trainer. Some of Chuck’s to voice his opinion and ask some very
grown children, Mike, Cody, and Erica. special assignments include the Mis- direct questions to command staff
Al and Susie own a farm in Taney Coun- souri State Fair detail, M.U. football members during troop meetings. His
ty where they plan to build a retirement details and several governors’ inaugura- fellow officers in the audience always
home. tion details. looked forward to it, and at times, so
24 Patrol News/May-June 2009
did some of the staff members! Chuck was promoted to the rank of sergeant estate agent, and--most importantly--
also had the ability to create a lot of on September 1, 1994, and was desig- taking care of domestic duties as di-
laughter if you happen to be watching nated the zone commander of Zone 1, rected by Andee.
him perform his humorous, but good which served the citizens of Macon and Troop B will greatly miss Rodney
natured, imitations of just about every- Shelby counties. On June 1, 1997, Rod- and wish him a very long retirement.
one he has worked with. ney was designated as the Troop B pilot
His hobbies include hunting, fish- and served in that capacity until his re-
ing, and carpentry work. He stated tirement.
that he is looking forward to getting Rodney is a native of Dawn, MO,
outside every day and doing some and graduated from Southwest High
good old-fashioned physical labor. School. After high school, he attended
Thank you, Chuck, for the friend- Missouri Western College in St. Joseph,
ship and many laughs you have pro- MO, then later graduated from Truman
vided us. Everyone in the Gaming State University (formerly Northeast
Division wishes you and Theresa the Missouri State University) where he ob-
very best in retirement! tained a bachelor’s of science degree
in criminal justice. He also served with
Sgt. James the Missouri National Guard for seven
years, and is a graduate of the North-
R. “Rodney” western University Traffic Institute.
Rodney is married to Andee (Dale),
Applebury a native of Brookfield, MO. They have
two children: Derek, who lives in Ma-
con, and Heather, who lives in Cairo,
The Division of Drug and Crime
MO. He also has four grandchildren.
Control announces the retirement of
During Rodney’s career he served
Sergeant Larry D. Wolters. Sgt. Wolt-
as a field training officer, Troop B
ers began his career with the Patrol
breath analyzer coordinator, backup
on September 1, 1974, as a part of the
pilot, computer (PC) coordinator, and
43rd Recruit Class, and graduated at
troop exposure control coordinator.
the top of his class.
He was assigned to numerous details
His first assignment upon gradua-
including the Missouri State Fair de-
tion was Troop A, Platte County. Dur-
tail, the University of Missouri football
ing August 1980, he transferred from
detail, St. Louis Police detail, Olympic
Troop A to Troop D, Dade/Cedar/
Festival detail in St. Louis, the National
St. Clair counties. He was promoted
Governors’ Association detail, and sev-
to corporal on June 1, 1989, and was
eral manhunts. He served as an instruc-
On June 1, 2009, after 31 years of reassigned as the commercial vehicle
tor for several recruit classes, assisting
dedicated service, Sergeant James R. enforcement supervisor in September
with DWI detection and breathalyzer
“Rodney” Applebury retired from the 1990. He was reassigned to Greene
certification. Rodney was involved in
Missouri State Highway Patrol. Rod- County as the assistant zone com-
the Missouri State Troopers Associa-
ney began his career with the Patrol mander in September 1992. He was
tion, and served as the Troop B chapter
on June 1, 1978. After graduating from promoted to the rank of sergeant on
the Patrol Academy, he was first as- July 1, 1994, and was assigned as the
He described his career as one that
signed to Troop B, and was stationed zone commander of Dallas/Hickory
was fast and a great deal of fun. Rodney
in Salisbury, MO, to serve the citizens counties.
said he always enjoyed opportunities
of Chariton, Linn, and Randolph coun- Sgt. Wolters participated in many
to help citizens and co-workers. He will
ties. On July 1, 1981, he was trans- internship programs to include the
always be known as a man of many tal-
ferred to the Brookfield zone, due to Field Operations Bureau, motor ve-
ents and enterprising skills. Rodney is
the restructuring of Troop B zones, hicle crimes investigation, Public In-
always eager to help others at the drop
but continued to live in Salisbury. On formation and Education Division, and
of a hat with anything from golf lessons,
June 1, 1990, he was promoted to cor- the Human Resources Division.
real estate, or construction projects.
poral and served as the assistant zone He says his future plans consist of
commander of the Macon zone. He playing golf, working as a travel and real Continued on the next page.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 25
Continued from page 25.
ferred to the Troop D Service Center, in
Carthage, MO, where he was assigned Telecom. Jeanette
During June 1998, Sgt. Wolters com-
as a communications specialist. In Au-
gust 1997, David transferred back to M. Chadwick
pleted a 90-day internship with the Field the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Operations Bureau. Upon completion Division and was assigned to the scale
of the internship, Sergeant Wolters was house along Interstate 44 in Newton
promoted to the rank of lieutenant and County as a commercial vehicle officer.
assigned to the Field Operations Bu- He was promoted to the rank of Super-
reau. On October 1, 1999, he requested visor I in January 2002, and to Super-
a personal transfer and was assigned to visor II in March 2004. In September
the Division of Drug and Crime Con- 2007, David was promoted to chief com-
trol’s Troop D Criminal Investigation mercial vehicle officer for Troop D.
Unit. Sgt. Wolters served as a criminal Originally from Butler, MO, David
investigator and polygraph examiner graduated from Butler High School in
from October 1999 until his retirement 1965. He served with the United States
on June 1, 2008. Air Force from 1965 until 1969, attaining
Sgt. Wolters has served the Patrol the rank of sergeant. While in the Air On May 1, 2009, after 12 years of
with dignity and distinction for 34 years. Force, David was a loadmaster on C-130 dedicated service, Telecommunicator
He is married to Janice Wolters, and to- transport aircraft and was stationed in Jeanette M. Chadwick retired. She at-
gether they have two grown children. Scotland, England, Germany, Ethiopia, tended Central High School. Jeanette
The members of the Division of Drug and Korea. He also spent one tour of enrolled at Missouri State University
and Crime Control would like to wish duty in Vietnam, assigned to Cam Ranh and studied plant and soil science. She
Sergeant Wolters a long and healthy re- Bay. worked at Wal-Mart, and in March 1997,
tirement. David is married to the former she began her career with the Patrol.
Elaine Gilliam, also a native of Butler. Telecommunicator Chadwick has five
They have three sons; Mike, who lives grown children: David, Amy, Ivy, Mark,
Chief CVO David in Fayetteville, AR, Karl, who is a cap-
tain in the Air Force and stationed in
and Don. Congratulations, Jeanette!
M. Barnhart San Antonio, TX, and Greg, who lives in
Carthage. The Barnharts also have one Cook III Sharon
The employees in Troop D wish Da- L. Hawman
vid and Elaine a long and happy retire-
ment. We appreciate the service you
have provided to your community, to
Troop D, to the citizens of the state of
Missouri, and to your country.
Congratulations to retired
On April 1, 2009, after more than Major L.E. “Gene” Lacy! He
39 years of dedicated service, Chief has been named director of the
Commercial Vehicle Officer David M. Missouri Alcohol and Tobacco
Control Division. Major Lacy Cook III Sharon L. Hawman, a cook
Barnhart retired as an employee of the
retired from the Patrol after over in the Training Division kitchen, retired
Missouri State Highway Patrol.
30 years of dedicated service. May 1, 2009, after serving the Patrol for
David began his career with the
After retirement, he worked as an 18 years. Sharon’s time in the Academy
Patrol in February 1970, as a weight
industrial security specialist for kitchen produced countless wonderful
inspector and was assigned to the
Boeing in St. Louis. Congratula- soups, salads, and deserts. But, as good
scale house along Interstate 70, near
Odessa, MO. In March 1974, he trans- tions, sir!
Continued on the next page.
26 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Retirements Record Crowd Gathers For Retiree Breakfast
By Sgt. Julie A. Scerine, Troop C
— Hawman On
Continued from page 26.
as her cooking is, many Patrol em- 2009, Troop
ployees remember Sharon from her C was hon-
former life: Prior to transferring to ored to host
the kitchen, Sharon was the Academy its annu-
“dorm lady” for 12 years. Sharon took al retiree Troop C retirees enjoyed visiting the new troop
tremendous care not only of her as- breakfast for headquarters for the annual breakfast.
signed floor, but also the students who the retired
inhabited it. The caliber of Sharon’s members of Troop C, at the new Troop C Headquarters in Weldon Spring.
work and her capacity to nurture were The attendance was much larger by far than in years past, and the new facil-
remarkable. ity was much more accommodating for those in attendance. Retired Sergeant
When Sharon joined the Patrol in Don Storie graciously blessed the breakfast with a prayer. As always, the cleri-
1991, she filled out a personnel ques- cal staff of Troop C went above and beyond preparing food and decorating for
tionnaire on which she wrote, “I would the event. A special thank you to Corporal Scott Ashby, who provided and pre-
like to take good care of the MSHP pared cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs for everyone. Attendees traveled
Academy, so that the people trained from as far as Mountain Home, AR! Those in attendance were retired mem-
here can make it a better world for all bers, civilians, uniformed civilians, and their spouses. Following the breakfast,
of us.” Sharon certainly met her goal, attendees were given the opportunity to tour the new facility and range, and
and the Training Division is grateful to view new Patrol vehicles, such as the motorcycle, CVET vehicle, and the Mo-
have had such a dedicated employee. bile Command and Communication Unit from GHQ.
We wish her a long and happy retire- The annual retiree breakfast is an event that began in 2002, and was at-
ment! tended by seven retirees. It has grown into an enjoyable event of fellowship
and food, which was attended this year by approximately 60 retirees.
Congratulations On Your Retirement!
Deborah J. Frederick J. Albert L. Jones Raymond R.
Burton Wilde Trooper, Troop G Oldsen
Chief DE, Troop E CDL Exam. Aud., Troop C CVO II, Troop E
Retired April 1, 2009.
Retired January 1, 2009. Retired March 1, 2009. Retired April 1, 2009.
26 years of dedicated
23 years of dedicated 8 years of dedicated service. service. 32 years of dedicated service.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 27
Douglas A. Butland William S. Cantrell Timothy D. Dawson Tracy A. Hux
Prob. Comm. Oper. Prob. Comm. Oper. Prob. Comm. Oper. Prob. Comm. Oper.
Troop A Troop D Troop B Troop H
Tabitha L. Parsons Theresa L. Swigert Shannon C. Turner Linda R. Vannaman
Prob. Comm. Oper. Prob. Comm. Oper. Prob. Comm. Oper. Prob. Comm. Oper.
Troop E Troop G Troop F Troop H
Michele L. Cochran Kevin L. Creed Richard A. Falk Cheryl L. Fletcher
Housekeeper III CIT I CIT I Clerk IV
Troop E Q/ISD Q/ISD Q/DDCC
28 Patrol News/May-June 2009
William Holloway Ronald D. Kiekel Justin E. Lacy W. Curt Malzner
CIT III MVI I AFIS Entry Oper. II Housekeeper III
Q/ISD Troop C Q/CRID Q/MED
Heather A. Morris L. Mitch Rader Jr. Bruce D. Tillman Cherlyn N. Wooten
Lab. Evid. Tech. II MVI I DE I AFIS Entry Oper. I
Q/CLD Troop C Troop A Q/CRID
July 3 • Indepen-
July 13 • Tpr. J.M.
May-June 2009/Patrol News 29
June 20 years Sgt. Kevin C. Kelley, Troop B
25 years Clerk IV Kerry L. Bax, Q/PIED Sgt. Jeffery R. Kinder, Troop G
DE Sprv. Valerie J. Becker, CVO Sprv. I Kyle E. Cullifer, Sgt. Dennis L. Kuechler,
Troop A Troop B Troop D
15 years Sgt. Michael A. Cunningham, Cpl. Ronald D. Kyle, Troop F
Latent Tech. II Linda J. Bunyard Q/GD Sgt. Kevin M. Malugen, Q/FOB
Sgt. Casey A. Jadwin, Q/DDCC Sgt. Monte T. Delmain, Troop C Tpr. Mark C. Mason, Troop D
CDL Exam. Gina C. Talbert, Capt. Lester D. Elder, Q/GD Tpr. Ronny L. Mast, Troop G
Troop D Sgt. Richard C. Fletcher Jr., Sgt. James L. Musche, Q/DDCC
10 years Troop A Tpr. Scott L. Nelson, Troop G
Info Analyst II Jennifer J. Call, Sgt. Matthew K. Funderburk, Cpl. John A. Oliveras, Troop C
Q/CRID Troop D Sgt. Jeffery M. Owen, Q/DDCC
Chief MVI Jeffrey A. Towns, Sgt. Brian N. Harrell, Q/GD Cpl. Jay A. Parsley, Troop E
Troop C Cpl. Perry C. Hazelwood III, Cpl. Mark A. Pate, Troop A
5 years Troop E Cpl. Jeffery L. Prewitt, Troop D
DE II Christopher A. Couch, Sgt. Jeffrey L. Heath, Q/DDCC Sgt. Mark B. Richardson,
Troop F Sgt. Ricky D. Herndon, Q/DDCC Troop H
CIT III Michelle J. Fooks, Lt. Hanne D. Hicks, Troop G Sgt. David P. Roberts, Troop B
Q/ISD Sgt. Arie L. Hoard, Q/DE Cpl. James W. Robinson, Troop C
DE III Christina M. Johnson, Sgt. Gary S. Horton, Troop D Tpr. Lowell W. Sanders, Troop G
Troop D Lt. John J. Hotz, Q/PIED Cpl. Kenneth J. Schulte,
Crim. Intel. Analyst I Nicholas J. Tpr. David L. Hughes, Q/GD Q/DDCC
Borgmeyer, Q/MIAC Sgt. Dwell T. Isringhausen, Cpl. Thomas G. Sims, Troop A
Clerk Typist III Krystalle C. Q/GSD Sgt. Perry L. Smith, Q/DDCC
Stone, Troop D Tpr. Stephanie S. Markert, Cpl. Eric R. Stacks, Troop F
Troop A Sgt. Thomas J. Stevens,
Sgt. Terry L. Mast Jr., Troop D Q/DDCC
July Sgt. Marc A. McCalister, Troop C Sgt. Jason C. Weisacosky,
Lt. Larry W. Plunkett Jr., Troop F Q/DDCC
Sgt. Steven R. Akridge, Q/GD
Sgt. Dennis W. Rainey, Troop E Tpr. Robert R. Wilkins, Troop D
Major Robert E. Bloomberg,
Sgt. Roger L. Renken, Q/DDCC 10 years
Lt. Gregory K. Smith, Q/FOB Criminalist III Angela E.
Sgt. David A. Booker, Q/GD
Sgt. Jeffrey L. VanTress, Troop B Heckman, Q/CLD
Sgt. Mikel A. Cool, Q/FOB
Lt. Jeffrey N. Vitale, Troop E Criminalist III Karen M. Hoover,
Sgt. Paul D. Cordia Jr.,
Cpl. Daniel P. Wohnoutka, Troop D Q/CLD
15 years Crimnalist Sprv. Joshua L.
Crime Lab. Qual. Assur. Coord.
Cpl. Christine A. Bogart, Troop I Robertson, Q/CLD
Thomas L. Grant, Q/CLD
Sgt. Gary L. Braden, Troop D 5 years
Capt. Kim E. Hull, Q/CommD
Sgt. McDonald H. Brand, Fingerprint Tech. II Amy M.
Capt. Bradley W. Jones, Q/TFD
Q/DDCC Barnes, Q/CRID
Cpl. Elmer W. Mann, Troop G
Sgt. William P. Bremer, Troop A Prob. Comm. Tech. Kevin L.
Lt. Thomas L. Meyer, Q/RDD
Cpl. Mark G. Broniec, Troop F Braun, Q/CommD
Sgt. Dennis A. Overbey,
MVI III Janna K. Clamme, Criminalist III Jean L. Curtit,
Troop I Q/CLD
Capt. Robert L. Powell, Troop A
Sgt. Cory W. Craig, Q/DDCC MVI III Troy M. Foley, Troop E
Capt. Dale A. Schmidt, Troop F
Sgt. Charles J. Day, Q/TND MVI III George J. Hollmann,
Sgt. James M. Stuart, Q/DDCC
Sgt. Mark S. Dochterman, Q/PSD Troop C
Lt. Robert F. Wolf, Troop C
Sgt. Brian S. Hagerty, Troop A Auto. Tech. III Randy J. Lehmen,
Lt. Gregory L. Word, Q/AD
Cpl. Donald M. Hedrick, Troop I Q/MED
Cpl. James T. Hedrick, Troop C Scale Maint. Tech. Jackie A.
CVO II Tracy A. Hudson, Troop
Bldg. & Grnds. Maint. Sprv. Martin, Q/CVE
Thomas A. Hoelscher, Troop F Crim. Intel. Analyst I Chad J.
Assistant Director James W.
Cpl. Steven C. Jones, Troop D Mengwasser, Q/CRID
30 Patrol News/May-June 2009
FFCU: We’re Here For You! * Blue Jean Fridays -- staff mem-
bers pay to be able to wear blue
jeans on Fridays.
* FFCU will be selling Torch Run
By Tracy Higgins, FFCU
T-shirts as soon as the shipment
arrives. (The Patrol had a table
First Financial Credit Union is In 2009, our fundraising efforts in-
at our annual meeting on April
more than a place to put your money. clude:
21, to promote fundraising ef-
Employees and credit union members
forts for Special Olympics.)
are a community, one that supports, * Camp Package Raffle (Included
encourages, and cares! We have a tent, sleeping bags, camp stove,
small town feel, with the ability to take etc.)
care of your big needs.
“FFCU remains strong and well
capitalized in the midst of the financial
crisis. While credit unions are not im-
mune from the economy or the hous-
ing issues, we are in good standing
following the Division of Credit Union-
examination and our 2008 audit from
our outside CPA,” said Marsha Borg-
meyer, FFCU’s president. “It is impor-
tant that you keep in contact with the
credit union over concerns you may 40 years ago
have. As always, we are here to serve May 1969 -- Troop E officers found phony checks, draft cards,
your needs and help you through voter registration cards, and liquor department identification cards
these trying times.” in Nelson Caldwell’s print shop in Poplar Bluff, MO. In addition,
In addition to reaching out to approximately $3,000 in counterfeit bills was located during a search
its members, FFCU employees are of the Caldwell home.
part of the community. Did you know 30 years ago
FFCU raised $2,400 for the American June 1979 -- Two truckloads of records were seized from the City of
Heart Association last year? This year, Jefferson after it was alleged the city clerk embezzled $80,000. The
the credit union is supporting Mis- investigation resulted in 52 felony charges of stealing being filed
souri Special Olympics and St. Jude’s against the city clerk, chief and assistant chief of the fire department,
Children’s Research Hospital through and one fireman. The investigation took 3,600 hours to complete.
fundraising efforts. FFCU is active 20 years ago
with Partners in Education, MoDOT’s May 1989 -- Tpr. Jack McMullin, Troop D, was selected May 1989
Arrive Alive Program, the American State Employee of the Month. The award recognized Tpr. McMullin’s
Red Cross, and many other important drug interdiction abilities. In particular, a traffic stop that yielded 1,100
programs as well. pounds of cocaine and two arrests. In 1988, Tpr. McMullin’s traffic
Our credit union cares about its stops resulted in 22 arrests, more than 600 pounds of marijuana, 1,230
members, also. When Troop F cooked pounds of cocaine, 24 firearms, and over $188,000 cash.
600 pork steak meals to raise money 10 years ago
for five-year-old Margaret Romph’s June 1999 -- The 1998 awards banquet honored 19 employees. On the
family, we wanted to help. Recently, cover were Colonel Weldon L. Wilhoit and Trooper Ethan P. Ahern,
Colonel James F. Keathley, superin- who accepted a Valor Award.
tendent of the Patrol, sent a thank you 5 years ago
letter to First Financial Credit Union. May 2004 -- State Representative Otto Bean presented a group of
In it he wrote, “The generous dona- Troop E commercial vehicle officers and troopers with a Missouri
tion from First Financial Credit Union House of Representatives resolution. The resolution recognized recent
helped to make this fundraising effort drug interdiction at E-2-N weigh station near Steele, MO. In a period
a tremendous success ... Your generos- of eight days, 2,500 pounds of marijuana was seized in three separate
ity will certainly help ease the burden incidents. Each seizure began as a routine inspection.
on Margaret’s [Romph] family.”
May-June 2009/Patrol News 31
Taylor C. Hunt work ethic with an outgoing, jovial per-
sonality. He always greeted those who James W. “Jim”
may be passing through the Troop I
radio room with a big smile and a gen- Smith
uine “Howdy” that would make any-
one’s day just a little bit better. And,
if time permitted, Taylor would ask
about one’s family and possibly share a
funny or personal story. No matter the
situation, Taylor maintained a positive
look upon life and work. It was very
evident that he loved his career with
the Patrol and thoroughly enjoyed the
camaraderie of those he worked be-
side. When away from work, Taylor
Mr. Taylor C. Hunt, 49, of Rolla, also remained active with re-modeling
MO, passed away Tuesday, March 3, projects, vehicle restorations, or his
2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. favorite, attending his children’s band James Wayne “Jim” Smith, 68,
Louis, MO. Taylor was born Septem- and athletic events. of Jefferson City, died at 2 a.m., on
ber 21, 1959, in Joplin, MO, the son of Work may have been an impor- March 15, 2009, at his home.
Bobby Dean and Ruth (Starne) Hunt. tant part of Taylor’s life, but it was a Jim was born February 22, 1941,
He was married on August 3, 1983, to distant second to his family. Taylor in St. Louis, the son of Charley Richard
Barbara Ann Hood, who survives. and his wife, Barbara, were blessed Smith and Dorothy Lee Kerley, both
Taylor’s career with the Patrol be- with 25 years of marriage. Taylor will deceased. He was married on April 1,
gan when he became a radio telecom- be missed very much by his daughter, 1964, in Oakland CA, to Sharon Diane
munications technician at Troop C Kelsey, and son, Keaton, of whom he Bain, who survives at the home.
Headquarters in 1999. In May 2005, was so very proud. Other survivors in- A resident of the Jefferson City
the Hunts moved to Rolla, where Tay- clude his brother, Wayne Hunt, and his area since 1970, Jim graduated in 1960,
lor joined the staff of Troop I commu- wife, Joyce, of Joplin; his sister, Kathy from Dixon High School in Dixon,
nicators. Prior to becoming a member Bond, of Webb City, MO; grandparents MO. He served four years in the U.S.
of the Patrol, Taylor owned and oper- Katherine and Beecher Campbell, of Navy aboard the USS Ranger. Jim
ated Hunt’s BBQ for 13 years in Joplin. Oswego, KS; father- and mother-in-law, also worked for the United Telephone
He was also a volunteer firefighter and Gerald and Julia Hood, of Joplin; and Company and the American Telegraph
EMT in Carl Junction for eight years. numerous other family members. Company. After 33 years, he retired
Taylor will always be remembered Memorials are suggested to Bar- in July 2003, from the Missouri State
by his fellow workers as being both bara Hunt for the Keaton and Kelsey Highway Patrol, where he worked in
conscientious and professional. He Hunt College fund. communications at Troop F, Jefferson
was not only well versed on the duties City.
of his job, but he always performed Jim enjoyed photography, art,
at his peak, no matter the time of day. and working with youth groups. He
Taylor was the type of individual who was both a 4-H leader and a Troop 10
would never think twice about going scoutmaster. He was a member of the
the extra distance to help a fellow of- Jefferson City Art Club, and a founder
ficer. When important upgrades were of the Jefferson City Photography Club
needed for the radio equipment used At five minutes, six sec- in 1985.
by the Troop I marijuana eradication onds after 4 a.m. on July 8, Other survivors include his three
officers, it was Taylor who volunteered 2009, the time and date will children and their spouses: Ernest
to make sure the task was done prop- read: 04:05:06 07/08/09. W. Smith and Christina Horstman of
erly. It was evident that he always Jenks, OK; Jason R. Smith and Katey
This won’t happen again for Carter, of Holts Summit, MO; and Rob-
looked upon the job of being an over-
seer of the officer’s safety as an impor- 100 years. ert Winkelman and Jennifer C. Smith,
tant priority. of Tebbetts, MO. His surviving grand-
Taylor was also a person who was children include: Megan, Nathan, Dan-
able to combine his serious, strong ny, David, Matthew, and Beth Smith;
32 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Christina and Cassy Smith, and Daniel
Scurlock; and Lucas, Tanner, Skyler,
also a Jefferson City women’s softball
player, where she was a member of a Harold M. Hall
and Cori Winkelman. He is also sur- state championship team. She was a
vived by his brother, Paul H. Smith, coach for many softball teams. Ruby
of Dixon, MO, and two sisters, Mrs. enjoyed doing many things in her life,
(Bill) Mary E. Askins, of Madison including quilting, bowling for over
Heights, MI, and Mrs. (David) Shirley 40 years, arrowhead hunting, flowers,
Sharp, of Rolla, MO. gardening, fishing, mushroom hunt-
Jim’s internment was in the Seaton ing, watching NASCAR, and spending
Cemetery, Maries County, Dixon, Mis- evenings with her bingo friends. Ruby
souri. was a blood donor for many years, and
The Patrol family extends its sin- a donor to the Missouri Lion’s Eye
cerest sympathy to the Smith family. Bank.
She is survived by five children:
(Editor’s note: Thank you to the Smith family for Valerie Hawley (husband John), of Jef-
providing this article.)
ferson City; Michelle Smith (husband
Harold M. Hall, 76, of Branson,
Michael), of Russellville; Andy Rank
died on April 5, 2009, at Skaggs Re-
(wife Billie Boltin), of Jefferson City;
Ruby A. Rank Jeff Rank (wife Brandie), of Lohman;
gional Heath Center in Branson, MO.
Services were held at 2 p.m. April 9,
Jennifer May (husband Thomas), of
2009, at the Branson United Meth-
Taos; seven grandchildren: Christy
odist Church with Pastor Ross Ful-
Mitchell (husband Trent), Madison,
ton and Rev. Sam Kaunley officiating.
Devon, and Schelsea Smith, Hailee
Burial followed in Ozarks Memorial
Rank, Bryan and Robyn May; one
Park Cemetery under the direction of
great-grandson: Jackson Mitchell; two
Greenlawn Funeral Home of Branson.
sisters: Marion Rackers (Jay Shyrock)
Harold was born January 15, 1933,
and Doris Smith (husband Charles
in Camden County, the son of Robert
B.); two brothers: Stanley Rackers and
Lee and Lucy C. Martin Hall.
Harvey Rackers (wife Mary Dee); a
He was a member of the Missouri
dear friend: Sharon Rackers; and nu-
State Highway Patrol for 37 years, re-
merous nieces, nephews, and friends.
tiring in 1988 as sergeant of Zone 4 in
She was preceded in death by a broth-
Troop D. He served as Taney County
er and sister-in-law: Vernon and Alice
Ruby A. Rank, 75, of Jefferson commissioner for the Western Dis-
Rackers; a sister-in-law: Betty Rackers;
City, died on Sunday, March 22, 2009, trict from 1991-1993. He was a mem-
and two nephews: Harry Rackers and
at Capital Region Medical Center. She ber of the Branson United Methodist
was born May 14, 1933, in Wards- Church, College of the Ozarks Associ-
A mass of Christian burial was
ville, MO, a daughter of the late Otto ates, and the Missouri Association of
held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at
Herman and Henrietta Kundagunda State Troopers Emergency Relief So-
St. Peter Catholic Church, with Msgr.
(Knorr) Rackers. ciety.
Donald W. Lammers officiating. Ex-
Ruby was a 1951 graduate of St. Survivors include his wife, Karen,
pressions of sympathy may be made
Peter’s High School, and went on to of the home; children, Sherry Hall,
to the Hope House at the American
attend Jefferson City Junior College. of Forsyth, Jon Hall, of Iberia, Bren-
Cancer Society in St. Louis, MO; or the
Many years ago, she worked for the da Romine, of Branson, Mark Hall, of
Ronald McDonald House in Columbia,
American Legion in Jefferson City. She Branson, Greg Hall and Carol Hirsch,
also worked for the Missouri Highway both of Springfield; brother, John Hall,
Patrol for 20 years, retiring as a House- of Pueblo, CO; sister, Mildred Cernoia,
(Reprinted with permission from Houser-Millard
keeper III. She then found her dream Funeral Directors.) of Eldon; and 15 grandchildren.
job at Trinklein Nursery, where she Memorial contributions are sug-
worked for over 10 years with flowers gested to Skaggs Foundation, P.O. Box
and vegetables. 650, Branson, MO 65615.
Ruby was a member of St. Peter
(Reprinted with permission from Branson Daily
Catholic Church and W.O.W. She was News.)
an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and was
May-June 2009/Patrol News 33
Kenneth R. sides in Laurie, MO.
He was a graduate of Hayti High
Ken retired from the Highway Patrol.
Ken also served his country in the U.S.
Ledbetter School; college for Forensic Polygraph
Examiner, Ottawa, Canada; Lincoln Uni-
Naval Reserves for six years in the area
versity; and the FBI National Academy, Ken failed retirement -- he started
Quantico, Virginia. He began his ca- his second law enforcement career as the
reer with the Missouri Highway Patrol asset protection team leader at the newly
on June 1, 1969 at the Patrol Academy built Jefferson City Target. Another one
in Rolla. He was assigned to Troop E of his “after retirement” jobs was minis-
at Dexter. He was a pilot in Troop E for ter of recreation at First Baptist Church,
several years, holding a commercial pi- where he started the Upwards Basket-
lot’s license with an instrument rating. ball program. He most recently managed
In 1985, he transferred to the Troop F the License and Verification Office from
Division of Drug and Crime Control 2005 - 2008.
Unit. Ken was promoted to sergeant in A memorial was held on Saturday,
July 1987. April 25, at Southridge Baptist Church.
In June 1990, Ken was promoted to Ken was a deacon and teacher at South-
lieutenant and transferred to the newly ridge Baptist Church. In lieu of flow-
Kenneth Ray Ledbetter, 62, of Jeffer- created Professional Standards Division ers, the family suggests contributions
son City, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at where he served as an internal investi- be made to Southridge Baptist Church
Heisinger Bluffs. He was born February gator. In 1994, he was placed in charge Building Fund, P.O. Box 104234, Jeffer-
5, 1947, in Kennett, to the late Virgil and of staff inspections. Later that year, both son City, MO 65110.
Thelma Ledbetter. He married Claire he and the staff inspection function
Bailey in May 1975, in Poplar Bluff. She were moved to the Research and Devel- (Reprinted with permission from the Heartland
and daughters, Joy and Jill, reside in Jef- opment Division. In September 1998, Cremation & Burial Society of Columbia.)
ferson City. Granddaughter Micah re-
Ashley and I would like to thank
Thank You Our entire family often express
everyone in the Patrol family for all of their pride about their connection to the My words are few, but my
your thoughts, prayers, and expres- Patrol, and this is yet another example THANKS are enormous following the
sions of sympathy after the loss of of why. Thank you for all that you do. death of my dad. The prayers, cards,
Ashley’s mother in February, and the On behalf of the family of: phone calls, and the attendance at
loss of my grandfather in March. Your Tpr. Tyler Jenkins, Troop C the visitation and funeral have been
support has provided our family with Lt. Ed Moses, retired a soothing comfort during this ago-
great comfort over the past several nizing time. Unfortunately, over the
months. We consider ourselves very past year, these “Thank Yous” are
fortunate to be part of such a wonderful becoming too familiar for my family
and caring organization. Your kindness My family and I would like to and me. Fortunately, I work for a very
will always be remembered. Thank you, thank everyone for all of the cards, compassionate agency that has been
and God bless. kind words, and prayers following the with me throughout this trying year.
Cpl. Michael A. Halford, Troop F loss of my grandmother. I would also I am at a loss for words to express to
like to thank those who attended my you all how much your support means
grandmother’s visitation and funeral. to us. So, please accept my apprecia-
My family was extremely impressed by tion, which is given with the highest of
Our family and friends would like the compassion displayed by my Patrol regard and the deepest of feelings.
our Patrol family to know how much its family. Clerk Typist III Cheryl Crocfer,
kind, thoughtful words, prayers, and Thank you all, Q/ISD
presence were appreciated for Katie Lt. Eric A. Tilford and family, Troop
34 Patrol News/May-June 2009
Earth: Just A Google Away
By MVI III Charles G. McMillan, Troop D
At 3:03 a.m. on October 14, 2008, southbound on a bridge that went over Wood CID, and the Webster County
Fort Leonard Wood CID Agent Spar- I-44 and he traveled a short distance Sheriff’s Department to the general
ling contacted Troop D communica- and dumped her body in an abandoned area of the shed described in the sus-
tions to request Troop D’s assistance shed. pect’s story. At 4:34 a.m., the officers
with a homicide investigation. Agent Communications Operator II Rus- located the body of the female in an
Sparling advised that they had a sus- sel A. Windle and Communications abandoned shed at the southwest cor-
pect in custody that had confessed to Operator III Katrina D. Gregg used ner of the intersection of Plank School
murdering his girlfriend and dumping the computer program Google Earth Road and Rifle Range Road northeast
her body in a rural area along Inter- to help lead Tpr Schafer, Fort Leonard of Marshfield.
state 44 between the 112-mile marker
and 100-mile marker. Troop D commu-
nications made contact with then-Lt.
Juan Villanueva (now captain) and he
advised them to call DDCC and Tpr. Sympathy
Robert W. Schafer.
During the process, the suspect
Our deepest sympathy goes to the following personnel who have lost a member
gave several different stories. The
of their family:
last version was that the suspect was
westbound on I-44 and took exit 100 Criminalist II Matthew J. Fox Ret. Sgt. Russell L. Morris - wife
at Marshfield, then went eastbound (Q/CLD) - grandfather Clerk Typist III Cheryl A. Crocfer
on the north outer road passing what Comm. Oper. I Leslie A. Goedecke (Q/ISD) - father
the suspect thought was a power plant. (G) - brother Sgt. Timothy D. Peters (I) - father-
(It was later determined to be Marsh- CVO Sprv. I Larry J. Sheehy (E) - in-law
field’s wastewater treatment plant.) mother Chief Oper. Michael C. Markley
The suspect advised that he then went Bldg. & Grnds. Maint. II Donald R. (D) - mother
Sheehy (E) - mother Cpl. Rollie B. Skaggs (B) - father
Prob. Comm. Oper. Adam E. Tpr. Russell W. Shaul (A) - father
Whitton (E) - grandfather Criminalist III Stacey Bolinger
Clerk Typist III Marlene M. Fraley (Q/CLD) - grandfather
When All Else Fails: (A) - father Sgt. Gregory P. Martin (Q/DDCC)
Tpr. Justin D. Piccinino (G) - - sister-in-law
Use T ‘n’ T! mother-in-law DE III Dawna K. Martin (A) -
CVO II Randy E. Fain (C) - mother- sister-in-law
Find Microsoft or Lotus Notes in-law Spec. Assistant Tamie L. Quigley
Ret. Lt. Thomas J. Halford - father- (Q/FOB) - father-in-law
Challenging? in-law MVI Chief Jonathan W. Butner (B)
Cpl. Michael A. Halford (F) - - grandmother
Need some pointers? grandfather Ret. Capt. Ronald P. Wiedemann -
Tpr. Matthew T. Halford (F) - mother
Visit the Patrol’s INTRANET* grandfather Comm. Oper. II James M. Parks
for Tips ‘n’ Tricks! CVO II Michael J. Clifton (H) - (F) - mother
(Select ISD and then grandmother Ret. MVI Trenneth Barton - aunt
Tips ‘n’ Tricks button.) Lt. Eric A. Tilford (H) - Bldg. & Grnds. Maint. II Roy D.
grandmother Barton (B) - aunt
Sgt. Eldon L. Grissom (B) - DE Sprv. Cheryl K. Hudson (F) -
Questions? Contact CIT Spec. I grandfather father
Jeanne V. Livers, Q/ISD, at (573) Tpr. Travis I Goolsby (H) - Sgt. Reginald M. Walker (E) -
751-9000 x2262. grandmother-in-law grandmother
(*For internal use only.) Comm. Oper. I Jennifer M. Ret. DE Sprv. Steve Boyles -
Stephens (A) - grandmother mother
Chief DE Rebecca J. Strain (G) - Ret. Capt. Herschel Sisk - mother-
May-June 2009/Patrol News 35
MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
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K-9 Kai Retires After 6 1/2 Years
During Kai’s 6 1/2 years as a Patrol
K-9, he was involved in numerous traffic
stops, searches and public appearances
such as this one.
By Public Info. Spec. III Cheryl D. Cobb, Q/PIED Have a long, happy retirement, Kai!
Kids love dogs, especially police After talking about Kai’s training and (Editor’s Note: The Patrol’s K-9 unit now has six
dogs. When Cpl. Matt Broniec, Troop F, abilities, the children wanted to know
and K-9 Kai talk to groups of children, what would happen af-
their excitement is more than noticeable. ter March 31 when he
Thus was the case on Friday, March was no longer work-
27, 2009, with Mrs. Maureen Rucker’s ing. Matt reassured
second grade class, when they visited the class that Kai
the Patrol’s Safety Education Center. It would remain with
would be Kai’s last of numerous public him and his family.
appearances. He retired March 31. Matt has been a K-9
Kai was content to munch on a toy officer for 11 years.
while his handler spoke to the chil-
dren. They learned that Kai was born in
Czechoslovakia and flew to New York,
then Texas, then Cape Girardeau, MO.
He and Matt went to eight weeks of
school with trainer Mike Ervin, so Kai
(above) K-9 Kai joined Mrs.
could learn obedience, tracking, handler
Maureen Rucker’s class for a
protection, and drug detection. The chil-
photo while they were visiting the
dren were curious about the fact that Kai
Safety Education Center.
only responds to commands spoken in
They learned Kai is eight years old.
“He’s about your age, right?” brought
(left) K-9 Kai kept close watch
chuckles from the children, who knew
on his favorite toy, which is being
dog years are different from people
held by his handler, Cpl. Matt J.
years. They also found out that Kai has a
Broniec, Troop F.
very sensitive sense of smell.