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Friday round-up nets 14 arrests

Sunday, February 20, 2011

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By COREY NOLES

Statesman Staff Writer

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - A Friday morning planned arrest round-up put 14 people behind bars on a variety of drug and probation-related charges.

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Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner stated the arrests are a result of an ongoing drug investigation that stems back to 2009.

The Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, along with members of the SEMO Drug Task Force, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Dexter Police Department, participated in the round-up.

Those following arrests were made:

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* William Todd Tolbert, 34 of Advance, Mo., is charged with the Class A felony of manufacture of methamphetamine where a child resides, the Class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child, the Class B felony of attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and the Class D felony of drug paraphernalia. No Bond was issued.

* Melanie A. Carr, 49 of Advance Mo., is charged with the Class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance and the Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

* Rodney Yount, 31 of Wayne County, is charged with the Class C felony o possession of a controlled and the Class C felony possession of a precursor in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

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* Bernice Lutes, 49 of Dexter, Mo., is charged with the Class A felony of distribution of a controlled substance (2cts), the Class A felony of possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute (2cts) and the Class A felony of possession of controlled substance (hydrocodone) (2cts). Bond was set at $75,000 cash only.

* Susan L. Ferguson, 51 of Advance, Mo., is charged with Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance (meth) and the Class C felony possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone). Bond was set at $20,000 cash only.

* Bradley Pate, 21 of Advance, Mo., is charged with the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

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* Brian Hickebotham, 34 Marble Hill, Mo., is charged with the Class C felony of possession of methamphetamine and the Class A misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $20,000 cash only.

* Lindsi N. Griffin, 20 Puxico, Mo., is charged with the Class A felony of distribution of a controlled substance and the Class A felony of possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute. Bond was set at $20,000 cash only.

* Steven Bowers, 31 Dexter, Mo., is charged with three counts of the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, Alprazolam, Hydrocodone). Bond was set at $35,000.

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* Lennie Bailey, 45 Advance, Mo., is charged with the Class B felony of manufacture of methamphetamine, the Class B felony of attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, the Class C felony of possession of a precursor and the Class D felony of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only.

* Alfred Sadler, 51 of St. Charles, is charged with the Class C felony of possession of precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and the Class A felony of possession of controlled substance, prior and persistent offender

Bond was set at $125,000 cash only.

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* Carlton Hardrick, 44 of Dexter, Mo., is charged with the Class C felony of distribution of a controlled substance and the Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Bond was set at $15,000 cash only

* Marc A Khan, 41 of Dexter, Mo., is charged with the Class A felony of distribution of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of government housing. Bond was set at $35,000 Cash only

* Bobby Gene Bates, 42 of Essex, Mo., is charged with Class C felony Probation Violation and he has no bond.

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Several other individuals involved in this investigation were taken into custody prior to Friday and more arrests are anticipated as the investigations continue, Hefner said.

Hefner also indicated that the individuals arrested were felt to be a danger to the general public as well as the children residing with them.

As of Friday afternon, all subjects arrested in the drug round-up remained in custody at the Stoddard County Jail in Bloomfield.

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An honest question: Why do people in their 30's 40's and 50's still get involved in the drug scene? Kids may be young and dumb--but adult aged people--I don't get it. We need to do a better job helping people--but I don't know how.

-- Posted by doris on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 8:16 AM

Echoing, word for word, a post on topix about the situation:

They say this investigation has been ongoing since 2009. Okay, I get that. Don't nab people until you have the evidence. Except I fail to see how they could have just gathered up all that evidence at the same time. One big bust. They must think we're stupid.

The police and prosecutor seem more interested in the advancement of their careers than stopping crime. Sure, they probably dealt a bit of a blow to drug operations around here, but they didn't stop anything. Furthermore, I fail to believe that they didn't know this stuff was going on... so instead of busting these people when they could, one at a time, they waited until they could make a big show of arresting them all at once. All the time between when the matter was brought to their attention and the day they finally decided to make their big P.R. bust, these people were busy spreading their poison amongst the populace, destroying lives and increasing the demand for such poisons (which in effect, just makes more potential for manufacturers and future manufacturers.)

Yeah, real bang up job there. Not everyone is buying it.

-- Posted by porkindexter on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 9:55 AM

Alot of people think the police can go by hear say but they have to get things in place & have positive evidence before making the big sting which seemed to be Ok when briney was around now that it is Oliver, they seem to think he is behind it all,the police do the arresting not the PA. Glad to see these people off the streets & selling the prescriptions if they did get from doctor,someone had to & then to sell them in turn making it very hard for people needing such meds to not be able to get them. If doctors did more drug testing on ppl that get meds from them ,many will see they have little of none in their system because they are selling them. Po's need to check their convicts too to see if their meds are in their system & surprise drops not pre warned. It is disgusting to say the least.

-- Posted by semoeagle1360 on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 11:51 AM

Did ya ever stop to think maybe they were waiting to see how many other people were involved first so they could get them all. Kind of like when the feds let the little guy go so they can catch the bigger fish. Hmmmmm

-- Posted by sparticus on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 4:07 PM

Yep, they all look like real winners!

-- Posted by nmwidow on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 4:17 PM

Good job! Get them all off the streets. Save our children from these creeps!!

-- Posted by Star_gazer on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 6:50 PM

14 on Friday, plus however many got just prior and how many hundreds or thousands to go? Good job indeed, but hit the street guys. Somebody has been asleep or there never would be this many out there. Now, let's see if Mr. Oliver can get anything done with them. If he overplays his hand and they take him to trial too many times, unless his witnesses are letter perfect (probably drug users plus with prior criminal records) or any mistakes handling the evidence, they will either walk or see him after appeal when his case will be weaker.

I've had plenty of negative things to say about Mr. Oliver.....but if he will just be "steady as she goes," do his work, think his strategy out, and think of the end result not how to build his resume or fill whatever holes he is trying to hide in his self-esteem, alot of good can be done here. If he thinks of himself, his career, and satisfying his microphone addiction, he will play it over the top. Remember Russ, a bunch of these people have been to court more times than you have. By the time they take changes of venue, changes of judge, move to suppress evidence, etc. etc. etc., these people right here could keep you tied up for months. You won't have time to hunt down any more law-abiding properly registered sex offenders and violate their constitutional rights (not to mention create other damage the county hopefully is insured for).

-- Posted by casual_observer1 on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 7:57 PM

Bernice Lutes is she aka Darlene Lutes?

-- Posted by sweet on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 5:55 AM

Like old Charlie Daniels once said, Take a big tall tree and a short piece of rope...this stuff is ruining our communities.

-- Posted by MaldenMan on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 6:20 PM

Now MaldenMan you and I are thinking alike. Not only ruining our communities, but our children; like Tolbert making this stuff with a child in the house. This very thing happened in our family too but you know what, the law doesn't give a darn about the innocent children who are affected and molested by all these goings on.

-- Posted by nmwidow on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 8:33 PM

Yes Bernice Lutes is Darlene lutes.

-- Posted by california daughter on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 1:08 PM

Odd how all of these people are hard drug users, yet marijuana is still illegal. Welcome to your police state, Dexter.

-- Posted by Actually on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 1:42 PM

Thank God they are off the street! Any person who thinks like porkindexter is not thinking clearly. we have to support our law enforcement agencies and officers in their fight for the betterment of our county and its communities. I pray daily for them that God will protect them as they protect the law and our safety. We also need to pray for Russ Oliver that he will have the wisdom to do what is right as casual says.

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 4:21 PM

I thought Bernice aka Darlene Lutes was a Pentecostal Holy Roller??? This is her second drug bust that I know of. One was back in the late 80's I think.

-- Posted by sweet on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 5:53 PM


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