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Camdenton Man Charged with Multiple Sex Crimes against Family Member

 

Camdenton, MO, 06-22-22 - Yesterday afternoon, 06-21-22, Camden County deputies took Richard Scott Bennett, 32, of Camdenton into custody during the Associate Court docket.

 

Bennett appeared in court with his attorney to answer allegations of sex crimes committed against a family member.  The investigation began in June of 2021 when an unnamed source informed law enforcement they suspected Bennett of having a sexual relationship with a minor child family member.  Several agencies assisted in the investigation during the following months. 

 

During the investigation deputies discovered Bennett was married to one of the victim's family members.  In May of this year, Bennett's minor child family member gave birth to an infant.  DNA testing revealed Bennett to be the father.

 

Bennett was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and charged with the Class D Felony of Statutory Rape 2nd Degree and the Class E Felony of Incest.  He is being held without bond.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Corrections Employees Recognized by Healthcare Provider

Corrections Employees Recognized by Healthcare Provider 

 

Camdenton, MO, 06-06-22 - On Monday, June 6th, several members of the Camden County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division were recognized for their efforts in reviving an unresponsive inmate in March. Jen Nowalski, RN, the Regional Nurse Manager of Advanced Correctional Healthcare awarded five Corrections employees lifesaving awards. Advanced Correctional Healthcare is the company contracted to provide health solutions to the jail.

The awards are a result of an incident in March when Officer Brian Morrison found an inmate lying unresponsive on the ground. Officer Morrison called for assistance and the jail nurse, Sue Kidman, along with Officer Micah Schmidt, Officer Michael Scaringello, Corporal Brandon Monnig, and Sergeant Kendra Duncan responded. After assessing the inmate's vital signs, Nurse Kidman began chest compressions and gave instruction to the other Corrections employees to begin rescue breathing. After a short time, their efforts brought back the inmate's pulse.  At this time, Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on scene. Another inmate informed the officers he believed the inmate was suffering from an overdose. EMTs then administered a dose of Narcan, and the inmate's condition improved. The EMTs transported the inmate to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

 

Sheriff Tony Helms, Captain Brian Vinson, and Nurse Jen Nowalski presented each employee with an individual award and a plaque to the entire team.

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Deputy Commended for Investigative Work

 

 

Camdenton, MO, 06-03-22 - On Thursday afternoon, 06-02-22, Sheriff Tony Helms awarded a Letter of Commendation to Deputy Dan Strom of the Patrol Division.  The award stemmed from an investigation into an internet scam Deputy Strom conducted for a Camden County couple.  The citation reads as follows:

 

On the 2nd of April 2022 Deputy Daniel Strom responded to a call involving a potential financial scam of two senior citizen victims. The information given to Communications related to the couple's location was not clear, so Deputy Strom spent considerable time trying to locate the couple. Once Deputy Strom located the couple, he me t with them. Deputy Strom learned the couple responded to an alleged alert on their computer and inadvertently made contact with internet scammers. The scammers stole a significant amount of money out of their bank account as a result. Deputy Strom helped them make a report with IC3 and the educated them on how to avoid scams like this. Instead of clearing the call, Deputy Strom stayed with the upset couple to help them try to recover their money. Deputy Strom personally made phone calls on the couple's behalf and helped them recover $33,000 sent to scammers in another state.

 

Deputy Strom went above and beyond his duties as he utilized his knowledge, compassion, and thoroughness to help the coupe recover money. Deputy Strom's outstanding performance and service to the citizens of Camden County is a credit to himself, the Patrol Division, and the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

 

As you continue to defend the citizens of Camden County with dignity, professionalism, and honor, it is with immense pleasure that I present to you this Letter of Commendation.

                                                           

                                                                                    Tony R Helms, Sheriff

 

Sheriff Helms presented Deputy Strom's award at the sheriff's office Thursday afternoon in the company of members of the Patrol Division.

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Macks Creek Man Jailed for Shooting Incident

Macks Creek Man Jailed for Shooting Incident

 

Camdenton, MO, 06-02-22 - Early Tuesday morning, 05-31-22, Camden County deputies responded to Blackberry Lane in Macks Creek for a shooting call. The caller informed Communications Officers a neighbor was firing a weapon into their house.

 

Deputies arrived to find damage to the outside of a residence consistent with impacting bullets. Deputies also observed damage to the inside of the residence including a ruptured water line which subsequently caused water damage to household items.

 

Deputies identified the shooter as Martin B Perez, 59, of Macks Creek. While speaking with deputies, Perez admitted to firing a weapon at a light on his property, but then ceased cooperating with the investigation.

 

Deputies then applied for and received a search warrant. During the service of the warrant, deputies recovered several firearms, spent shell casings, and other evidence consistent with the damage to the residence.

 

Perez was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility and charged with the Class E Felony of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and the unclassified Felony of Armed Criminal Action. He is being held without bond.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Kansas City Man

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Kansas City Man

 

Camdenton, MO, 05-31-22 - On Sunday morning, 05-29-22, Camden County deputies conducted a traffic stop for a licensing violation near the intersection of Bittersweet Rd and Horseshoe Bend Parkway. 

 

Deputies identified the driver as Tyler J Burrow, 29, of Kansas City, MO and determined his driver's license to be limited due to a previous DWI arrest.  Deputies also detected the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.  When asked about the marijuana, Burrow identified himself as a Kansas City firefighter and told the investigating deputy he should let him go and forget about it.

 

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies located a significant amount of controlled substances including approximately 60 grams of marijuana, several THC oil cartridges, .5 grams of cocaine, .5 grams of methamphetamine, .5 grams of powdered heroin, and 17 pills containing powdered heroin.

 

Burrow is charged with four counts of the Class D Felony of Possession of Controlled Substance and one Class D Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Burrow was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility where he posted a $50,000 bond.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing.  All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Click it or Ticket Campaign

Click It Or Ticket Campaign Starts May 23 With Border To Border Kickoff Event

 

Camdenton, MO, 05-20-22 - During this year's national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign, which will take place May 23 through June 5, 2022, the Camden County Sheriff's Office will be teaming up with law enforcement nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B) kickoff event. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking all states to participate in B2B, a national seat belt awareness event on May 23, which is coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons.

According to NHTSA, in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.-5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That is why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kickoff event is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations both day and night. In Missouri, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is only $10.00, but the actual cost of not wearing a seatbelt could be severe injury or even death.

Among young adults 18 to 34 killed in passenger vehicle crashes in 2020, more than half (60%) were completely unrestrained - one of the highest percentages for all age groups. Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2020, 67% of the 23,824 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. Men also wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do - 55% of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 43% of women killed in crashes.

If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone - front seat and back, child and adult - needs to remember to buckle up.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit NHTSA.gov/ciot.

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UPDATE - Charges Filed in Drug Investigation

Update: 05-16-22

 

The Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged two people with drug related offenses in Friday's investigation at the Hawk's Nest Lodge in Osage Beach.

 

The two subjects are identified as Mark J Helmich, 35, of Columbia and Crystal A Sawyer, 25, of Hartsburg. 

 

Helmich is charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, the Class A Misdemeanor of Driving While Revoked or Suspended, and the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on a $25,000 bond.

 

Sawyer is charged with four counts of the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  She is being held on a $15,000 bond.

 

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Update: 1:45 pm

 

Detectives from the Camden County Sheriff's Office working with the Osage Beach Police Department have determined the stolen goods recovered in this morning's investigation at the Hawk's Nest Lodge originated in Osage Beach's jurisdiction.  Osage Beach Police have taken possession of the stolen items to return them to the rightful owners.

 

Camden County deputies now have two subjects in custody for their involvement in this investigation.  Both subjects are booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility awaiting charges from the prosecuting attorney and will be identified when those charges are filed.

 

We would like to thank our partners at the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Osage Beach Police Department for their assistance.

 

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Camdenton, MO, 05-13-22 - Camden County Sheriff's Deputies and detectives from the sheriff's office and Osage Beach Police Department are on scene at the Hawk's Nest Lodge in the 5600 block of Osage Beach Parkway.

 

At approximately 2:00 am, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Osage Beach Parkway near the motel. During the stop, the deputy suspected the presence of narcotics. Our K9, Deputy Zed, responded and alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle. The drug investigation then led deputies to the Hawk's Nest Lodge where the driver of the vehicle was staying. Inside the motel room deputies discovered additional controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and located what appeared to be a large amount of stolen goods.

 

Deputies are coordinating with surrounding agencies to determine what jurisdiction these stolen goods may have come from. One person is currently in custody. The investigation is ongoing and will be updated.

 

 

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UPDATE - Drug Investigation Reveals Stolen Items

Update: 1:45 pm

 

Detectives from the Camden County Sheriff's Office working with the Osage Beach Police Department have determined the stolen goods recovered in this morning's investigation at the Hawk's Nest Lodge originated in Osage Beach's jurisdiction.  Osage Beach Police have taken possession of the stolen items to return them to the rightful owners.

 

Camden County deputies now have two subjects in custody for their involvement in this investigation.  Both subjects are booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility awaiting charges from the prosecuting attorney and will be identified when those charges are filed.

 

We would like to thank our partners at the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Osage Beach Police Department for their assistance.

 

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Camdenton, MO, 05-13-22 - Camden County Sheriff's Deputies and detectives from the sheriff's office and Osage Beach Police Department are on scene at the Hawk's Nest Lodge in the 5600 block of Osage Beach Parkway.

 

At approximately 2:00 am, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Osage Beach Parkway near the motel. During the stop, the deputy suspected the presence of narcotics. Our K9, Deputy Zed, responded and alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle. The drug investigation then led deputies to the Hawk's Nest Lodge where the driver of the vehicle was staying. Inside the motel room deputies discovered additional controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and located what appeared to be a large amount of stolen goods.

 

Deputies are coordinating with surrounding agencies to determine what jurisdiction these stolen goods may have come from. One person is currently in custody. The investigation is ongoing and will be updated.

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Drug Investigation Reveals Stolen Items

 

Drug Investigation Reveals Stolen Items

 

Camdenton, MO, 05-13-22 - Camden County Sheriff's Deputies and detectives from the sheriff's office and Osage Beach Police Department are on scene at the Hawk's Nest Lodge in the 5600 block of Osage Beach Parkway.

 

At approximately 2:00 am, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Osage Beach Parkway near the motel. During the stop, the deputy suspected the presence of narcotics. Our K9, Deputy Zed, responded and alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle. The drug investigation then led deputies to the Hawk's Nest Lodge where the driver of the vehicle was staying. Inside the motel room deputies discovered additional controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and located what appeared to be a large amount of stolen goods.

 

Deputies are coordinating with surrounding agencies to determine what jurisdiction these stolen goods may have come from. One person is currently in custody. The investigation is ongoing and will be updated.

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Sheriff's Saturation Patrol Results in Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest 

Sheriff's Saturation Patrol Results in Vehicle Pursuit and Arrest 

Camdenton, MO, 05-10-22 - On Saturday, May 7th, deputies from the Camden County Sheriff's Office conducted a saturation patrol activity in the Climax Springs area of Camden County.

The six-hour operation resulted in five citations, three arrests, and one pursuit where deputies arrested the driver and recovered methamphetamine.

The driver was identified as Kasey W Nelson, 31, of Climax Springs. Deputies attempted to stop Nelson for a licensing violation. Nelson refused to stop his 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche and led deputies on a pursuit along several county roads before crashing his vehicle into a creek. After a brief foot chase, deputies took Nelson into custody.

Nelson is charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, the Class E Felony of Resisting Arrest, and the Class A Misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Nelson was booked into the Camden County Adult Detention Facility where he is held without bond on these charges and outstanding warrants.

A reminder that these charges are merely allegations of wrongdoing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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