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A Special Delivery for the Sheriff's Office

 

  

Today, the members of the JohnsonCounty was again blessed with a visit from Brittany Wicker and her son Grayson.  Brittany is the wife of Zach Wicker who is employed as a Probation Officer with the Division of Probation and Parole.  In honor of National Police Week, they came to visit and to show their appreciation to everyone at the Sheriff's Office for all their efforts in keeping Johnson County a safe and welcoming place to live.  Along with a beautiful card, created by Grayson ,  Sergeant Dale Malcolm was  presented a variety of very delicious steaming hot pizza for everyone working at the Sheriff's Office. 

On behalf of everyone associated with the Sheriff's Office, I want to thank Brittany, Zach and Grayson for giving their support and best wishes to all of the area law enforcement communities. 

 

Thank you  very much,

Sheriff Scott Munsterman

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Homes for Heroes Shows Support

 

 

 

 

Showing Appreciation to the Law Enforcement Community

Today, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office personnel was honored with the presence Ms. Sharri Carter and Ms. Donna Czerniak from Homes for Heroes.  They presented the Sheriff's Office employees with two large packages containing snacks and treats for all to enjoy.  It was just one way for them to say thank you for everything law enforcement does for the community. 

Homes for Heroes is dedicated to serving and giving back to Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Military (Active, Reserves and Veterans), Healthcare Workers, EMS and Teachers.  They are currently serving communities and counties throughout our area. 

The Sheriff's Office is very appreciative for all of the support that it receives from the many groups and individuals located right here in Johnson County each and every day. 

On behalf of the Sheriff's Office we want to express a BIG Thank You to Sharri, Donna, and the Homes for Heroes for taking the time and making the effort to come to our office and give our officers the care packages.

Sheriff Scott Munsterman

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COMING SOON / New Inmate Visitation Service

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Homewav are launching a new service which provides additional communication options for friends and family of inmates housed at the Johnson County Detention Facility.  Installation of the new system should be completed on or before May 8, 2018.  Below is a screenshot of their website which describes some of the benefits of the system.

 

INMATE & FAMILY BENEFITS

A four year study completed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections in 2011 concluded that inmate visitation resulted in reductions in recidivism; a 13% reduction for a felony reconviction and a 25% reduction for reincarceration for a technical violation revocation.

The HomeWAV Difference

The HomeWAV system provides a unique, custom video visitation solution that has been adapted for use in detention facilities. Utilizing patented technology, with an emphasis on convenience and usability, HomeWAV maintains a singular position in the remote visitation industry.

SEE HOW HOMEWAV COMPARES

USER FRIENDLY

The HomeWAV System is as simple as a phone call with no minimum call length and no connection fees

STAY CONNECTED

Visiting family members or friends is an important way to maintain connections during incarceration and enhance the inmate’s success both while incarcerated and after release.

CHILDREN ALLOWED

Some facilities do not allow children to enter their facilities, however, with HomeWAV an inmate’s children can say goodnight, from the comfort of their own home.

NO TRAVEL EXPENSES

Family members from distant locations can now more easily visit their loved ones more frequently without any travel expenses.

FLEXIBLE HOURS

Hours of visitation can be expanded due to the reduced staff requirements and can take place seven days a week and throughout the day, as the facility dictates.

 

Here is a link to Homewav's website which explains more of the benefits they offer to the families and friends of the inmates as well as the inmates themselves.

Link to our Homewav website: http://www.homewav.com  

Visitor Support Number: 1-844-394-6639

Visitor Support Hours:  Monday – Friday 7am – 7pm and Saturday -Sunday 8am – 5pm

Very Active Week

It has been a very busy week for area law enforcement agencies here in Johnson County.  Below are a brief synopsis of some of the investigations that have taken place within the past few days.

 

Holden Area Narcotics Investigation and Search Warrant

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control with a narcotics related investigation. During the investigation, the Highway Patrol initiated a traffic stop with Lucas Moore and Jamie Bratten on 50 Hwy, in Johnson County. Arrested during the traffic stop was Lucas Moore, age 30, Holden, on a 24 hour investigative hold for 2nd degree trafficking drugs and Jamie Bratten, age 26, Pleasant Hill, on a 24 hour investigative hold for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

In connection with the investigation, the Highway Patrol, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County S.W.A.T. Team (which is made up of Warrensburg Police Officers and Johnson County Deputies), executed a search warrant at the residence belonging to Moore in the 600 block of SW 1251 Rd., Holden. Within the residence, law enforcement located additional controlled substances and equipment used in the production, preparation and propagation of a controlled substance. On March 16, 2018, the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office charged Lucas Moore with 2nd degree trafficking, with a $20,000 cash only bond.  Also charged was Jamie Bratten with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, with a $4,500.00 cash or surety bond.

 

Kingsville Area Search Warrant and Vehicle Pursuit

On Friday, March 16, 2018, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Johnson County S.W.A.T. Team (which is made up of Warrensburg Police Officers and Johnson County Deputies), executed a stolen property and narcotics related search warrant in the 400 block of NW 1821 Rd., Kingsville. During the execution of the search warrant, several items of stolen property, narcotics, stolen firearms and drug paraphernalia were located and seized. As a result of the search warrant, Warren Lockard, age 27, Kingsville, was arrested on a 24 hour investigative hold for unlawful possession of a firearm, felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. On March 17, 2018, the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office charges Lockard with unlawful possession of a firearm, with a $15,000.00 cash only bond. A second subject, age, 58, Kingsville, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The subjects name has been omitted as formal charges have not been sought by the Sheriff’s Office at this time.

 

While responding to the above address in the 400 block of NW 1821 Rd., Kingsville, to execute the search warrant, deputies observed a vehicle leaving the area that was associated with the address. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop with the vehicle however the vehicle failed to yield to emergency vehicles. The vehicle was pursued into Jackson County where the Missouri State Highway Patrol successfully deployed a tire deflation device and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office took over the pursuit. The vehicle eventually came to a complete stop and the driver, Tony Lawson, age 41, Stover, was taken into custody. During a check of the vehicle’s V.I.N. (Vehicle Identification Number), the vehicle was previously reported stolen. On March 17, 2018, the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office charged Tony Lawson with tampering with a motor vehicle with a $5,000.00 cash only bond.

 

Culton Street, Warrensburg, Search Warrant

 

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Warrensburg Police Department with a narcotics related search warrant in the 200 block of E. Culton Street, Warrensburg. During the execution of the search warrant, felony controlled substance, misdemeanor controlled substance, equipment used in the production, preparation and propagation of a controlled substance and firearms were located. Four subjects were taken into custody, each on a 24 hour investigative hold for charges ranging from manufacturing a controlled substance to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The names of the subjects have been omitted as formal charges have not been sought by the Police Department at this time.

 

Gay Street, Warrensburg, Search Warrant

 

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Warrensburg Police Department with a narcotics related search warrant in the 300 block of E. Gay St., Warrensburg. During the execution of the search warrant, officers located felony controlled substances, firearms, narcotics packaging material and drug paraphernalia. On March 22, 2018, the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office charged Dennis Delapp, age 45, Warrensburg, with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, with a $20,000.00 cash only bond. A female, age 25, Warrensburg, was arrested on a 24 hour investigative hold for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. The name of the female has been omitted as formal charges have not been sought by the Police Department at this time.

 

The Sheriff’s Office cautions that the charges contained in this press release are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented before a court with competent jurisdiction, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. 

 

Sheriff’s Munsterman says, “I would like to thank these law enforcement agencies, as well as the Sheriff’s Office, and applaud these men and women for all of their hard work and dedication. This type of team work between agencies will ensure Johnson County continues to be a safe place to live and not a safe haven for criminals or criminal activity.”

March Fraud Facts

March 2018 Fraud Fact

This month, we are going to talk once again about the new Medicare cards to help you avoid becoming a target of fraud. Yes, starting in April, Medicare will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. The new card is to help protect you from identity theft. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer.
However, Medicare will NOT begin mailing the new cards in Missouri until AFTER JUNE. That means we still have to wait awhile.
Your new card will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to you. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.
Medicare will automatically mail your new card – at no cost – to the address you have on file with Social Security. There’s nothing you need to do! If you need to update your official mailing address, contact Social Security either online or by phone.
Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. NO ONE from Medicare is going to call you asking for that information.
You are going to start seeing and hearing public service announcements about the new cards. Just remember, in Missouri, we will not see any new cards until sometime AFTER JUNE.
For more information about your new Medicare card, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri (SMP) Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.

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February Fraud Facts

February 2018 Fraud Fact
It’s tax time, which of course brings out the scam artists. That means it’s time for a little primer from the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) to keep you from being a victim. Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and personal information to scammers.
First of all, if you are going to file a tax return, do so as soon as possible to keep an imposter from doing it using your information.
Fraudsters use the telephone, email and snail mail to scam individuals.
You need to remember that the IRS will not initiate contact with you by phone, email, text messages, Facebook or Twitter to request personal or financial information.
But, scammers claim to be IRS employees using fake names and badge ID numbers. They may change their caller ID’s so that it looks like the IRS is calling. These guys may know a lot about you. They probably found the information by Googling you. They tell you that you owe money that needs to be paid either by a gift card or wire transfer. DO NOT do it. They may threaten to have you arrested. They may tell you they are going to suspend your driver’s license. They can be hostile and insulting.
They may tell you that you have a refund coming, but ONLY if you provide your banking information for a direct transfer. They often tell you the matter is urgent. Some have even gone after deaf or hard of hearing people through video relay services.
DO NOT fall for it. The IRS does NOT demand immediate payment using a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. If you were to owe taxes, you would receive a bill in the mail.
The IRS will NOT threaten to have the police or sheriff’s office arrest you for nonpayment. The IRS will NOT demand payment without giving you a chance to question or appeal. And, they won’t ask for credit, debit or Social Security numbers over the phone. If you feel like you are a victim of a scam, report it to your police department.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri (SMP) Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MP0204, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.

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Happy Holidays

 

Home for the Holidays

 

 

As the holiday season approaches, I want to take this time to acknowledge our staff and thank them for their important contribution to this office and our community. I want to thank each and every one of our deputies and civilian staff for their hard work and encourage you to do the same when you see them.

 

I would also like to acknowledge our community for their tremendous support and efforts in helping to make our County a safer place to live and raise a family. We appreciate your input and assistance and are happy to know our website is so important to so many of you.

 

We look forward to the holiday season, and we hope you do as well. My commitment to the citizens of this County remains strong, and I will continue to work with the members of our community to improve the quality of life for each of you.

 

Sheriff Scott Munsterman

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To Our Veterans

We at the Johnson Sheriff’s Office are humbled by the bravery and courage of the veterans in our community and in our country. Every year when we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th, we are reminded to thank our family, friends, community members, and especially our very own officers and staff, who have served or are serving in all branches of the military. Our veterans and their families have made many sacrifices to keep our country safe.

 

We strongly encourage everyone to think of our veterans and thank them when you see them. We support and honor our veterans, not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.

 

Sheriff Scott Munsterman

 

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October Fraud Prevention Fact

  

 

October’s Fraud Fact tells you what you need to know about new Medicare cards being issued beginning next spring. First, everyone WILL get a new Medicare card. Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will remove the Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and mail each person a new card.
This change will help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity. You will get a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, and it will only be used for your Medicare coverage.
The new card WILL NOT change your coverage or benefits. More information will come when the new card is mailed. Meanwhile, here is what you can do to get ready.
Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213.
BEWARE of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. Medicare will NOT ask you to give out personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. Medicare already has that information. DO NOT give it out.
It might take some time for you to get your card, and yours might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud or abuse to the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888)515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging

 

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Recent Fraud Scam

 

The Sheriff's Office is wanting to advise everyone on an on-going scam where a business you may or may not have business connections with .  Today, we received creditable information from a Johnson County citizen of a scam involving an individual claiming to be an employee of KCP&L.  The person tried to convince the citizen that he was currently behind on his bill and was in jeopardy of having his electricity turned off.  The caller told him if he would make immediate credit card payment over the phone he could avoid having his services terminated and not have a bad entry in his credit history.  The citizen made contact with KCP&L to find out if the call was legitimate.  KCP&L advised him that it was a scam and they did not do business over the phone and would never demand money from the customer. 

The important thing to remember, law enforcement as well as legitimate businesses do not call people on the phone and make threats and demanding money.  If you should get this type of phone call from someone claiming to be from a business demanding you pay them money on a past due account, get a call back number for the caller or simply hang up.  Once you have terminated the call, call the business and report what had just happened.  This is the same type of scam that was going on approximately six months ago.  The caller said he was  from a law enforcement agency stating you or a loved one has an outstanding warrant and then gives you an option to send money to take care of it to avoid being arrested.  NO law enforcement agencies will conduct business over the phone.  They will do it in person and only in person.  Again, get the person's name and agency and then hang up.  Look up the phone number for the agency, either in the phone book or on the internet.  Call the number and report what had just happened. 

Please protect yourself and your money.  Always question anyone who is calling and demanding money.  If you question the caller over the phone, many times he or she will simply hang up.  NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give you personal or financial information to anyone on the phone.

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