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Scott County raid nabs 13

Sunday, October 23, 2005

BENTON -- Early morning raids Friday put a dent in the outstanding warrant list in Scott County.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team along with officers from Scott City Police Department, Morley Police Department, Oran Police Department and the SEMO Drug Task Force served 17 recently-issued warrants. Twelve of those sought and one additional fugitive were arrested in the sweep.

"When we took office on Jan. 1, 2005, we inherited a warrant list with more than 1,400 people on it. Some of these warrants date back to the mid 1980s," said Walter. "Since our activity level is up, many more warrants are being issued, so we are periodically taking these measures with new warrants, so that the warrant list doesn't get any more unmanageable than it already is. It doesn't do much good to make cases and get warrants issued if the criminal never gets arrested."

Law enforcement officials are always making arrests from the warrant list. He added special enforcement action such as the sweep enables officers to "try to get a little ahead."

Also Walter stated his department will continue with cooperative ventures such as the recent sting in Cape Girardeau County. During that operation, 19 arrests were made from the Scott County warrant list, Walter said.

Those arrested in Friday morning's operation include:

Robert Cox, 38, Scott City, possession of a controlled substance, bond $15,000; Lynn Cox 39, Scott City, possession of a controlled substance, bond $15,000; Kevin Bridges, 29, Morley, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, bond $2,500; Summer Bridges, 26, Morley, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, bond $2,500; Donna Jungers, 45, Scott City, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, bond $25,000; Janet Ducoeur, 40, Oran, possession of a controlled substance, bond $2,500; Ben Dodson, 20, Morley, possession of a controlled substance, bond $2,500; Amanda Hice, 20, Morley, possession of a controlled substance, bond $10,000; Travis Wallace, 32, Morley, non-support, bond $1,500; Roberta Taylor, 49, Benton, driving while revoked, failure to appear, bond $1,500; Donna Pobst, 39, Oran, contempt of court, bond $144; Patrick Wyatt, 44, Benton, non-support, bond $5,000; and Christy Wilkerson, 26, Benton, animal abuse, bond $1,500.