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Press Release 8-4-17

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On August 3rd, 2017, at approximately 9.33 a.m., the Jiffy Stop gas station located at 1002 Highway O in Laurie, Missouri, reported a theft of 2 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes by the occupants of a yellow Dodge truck with a black stripe on the back.


At approximately 9.40 a.m., the Lake Oasis gas station located at 114 North Main Street in the city of Laurie, Missouri reported a theft of approximately $50.00 in gas by the occupants of a yellow Dodge truck.


At approximately 10:35 a.m., the resident of the 1500 block of Highway O reported the theft of a Jet Ski and trailer by the occupants of a yellow Dodge truck.


At approximately 10:45 a.m., the Jet Ski and trailer was located on Highway 135 in Morgan County. At approximately 11:00 a.m. the yellow Dodge truck was located on Deer Ridge Road off of Highway 135 in Morgan County by law enforcement officers.


The occupants of the yellow Dodge truck were taken into custody and the pursuant investigation led to the following charges:


Chance Lueker, age 32 of Cleveland, Missouri, was charged with the Class D Felony of Stealing a Watercraft, the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class D Misdemeanor of Stealing-Less Than $150.00 Value. His bond was set at $175,000.00 Clint Walker, age 36 of Cleveland, Missouri, was charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Class D Felony of Stealing a Watercraft. His bond was set at $35,000.00 Amanda Riley, age 39 of Raytown, Missouri, was charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $15,000.00 Christina Matthews, age 39 of Cleveland, Missouri was charged with the Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $10,000.00

Runaway/Found Female

Press Release

July 19, 2017

Re: 14 year old Runaway from northern Morgan County.

On July 19, 2017 at approximately 0200HRS Morgan County Deputies were dispatched to an address in northwest Morgan County. Information received indicated a 14 year old female had run away from her grandparent’s residence and a vehicle was also reported missing from this address. Deputies were able to establish the juvenile had been in contact with a 28 year old male from Sedalia. It was also reported that this male subject was a sex offender from the state of NY. This turned out to be untrue and the subject was not a sex offender.

With the assistance of Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and Sedalia Police Department this male subject was located. This male did admit to having contact with the 14 year old runaway at a truck stop in or near Sedalia after she ran away from the grandparent’s house. Information that he provided was that she was told him she was enroute to the Kansas City area.

At approximately 0630 Dallas County (MO) Sheriff’s office advised they had received a report of a gas drive off from a business in their county that had occurred around 0530RHS. The vehicle in question was identified as the vehicle related to this missing person. Dallas County officials further stated that the runaway female and vehicle were verified by surveillance cameras at that location.

At approximately 1215HRS this runaway female and the vehicle were located safe in Hardy Arkansas. Hardy Arkansas is located approximately 20 miles south of the Missouri state line on US Hwy 63.

Sheriff Norman Dills

James Reeds Press Release

Press Release


July 14, 2017


On July 12, 2017 deputies served a narcotics search warrant near Ivy Bend Road and Wilderness Drive in Ivy Bend. 


Methamphetamine was found in the residence along with drug paraphernalia.  James Reeds was arrested at the scene and has been charged with the following:

Count 1: Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic      Cannabinoid {Felony D RSMo: 579.015 }

Count 2: Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Involving Drugs- 1st Degree - 1st Offense { Felony D RSMo: 568.045 }

Count 3: Possession Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid Of 10 Grams Or Less {Misdemeanor D RSMo: 579.015 }




Sheriff Norman Dills

Click It or Ticket Campaign Press Release

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office will be doing a Click It or Ticket Campaign, runs May 31-June 4, 2017. We will be doing traffic enforcement with an emphasis on seat belts.  This will be a no tolerance campaign.  This campaign is sponsored by MODOT and the Missouri Safety Center.


Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Even with all of the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average.  Missouri has a 81 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.


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Press Release - Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle

Press Release


May 17, 2017


On Tuesday evening Morgan County Deputies took a report of a stolen 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup on Highway C near AA.  The vehicle in question was parked along the road and listed for sale.  Unknown subject contacted vehicle owner and requested to test drive the vehicle.  Subject was allowed to drive the vehicle and never returned.  The vehicle that the suspect drove to and left there was later determined to be stolen from the KC Metro area. 


Wednesday morning at 3:10am Morgan County Deputies observed the Dodge Dakota traveling south on highway 5 just north of US 50.  Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle which fled and a pursuit ensued.  Suspect traveled onto US 50 then onto Syracuse Road and several other gravel roads until reaching highway D.  Vehicle continued on highway D south bound. Other deputies were able to deploy stop sticks at Route D and Route Z.  Suspect vehicle continued to south on D to Red ribbon road then turned east on Red Ribbon.  Vehicle entered the driveway to a private residence before crashing into a fence.  Driver then fled on foot and deputies pursued suspect and took a male into custody.  A female passenger remained in the vehicle and was also detained. Deputies located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle as well.  Both subjects were then transported to the Morgan County Jail.  Names of suspects will be released once charges have been filed.



Sheriff Norman Dills

Press Release - Rasco Arrest

Press Release


May 18, 2017


Arrest of David Rasco


On 5/17/2017 at approximately 9:30PM Camden County Sheriff’s Office received information that David Rasco wanted to turn himself in to authorities.  Information provided that Rasco was at a residence on Purvis Road in Camden County.  Camden County and Morgan County deputies went to the address given and made contact with Rasco.  Rasco was taken into custody without incident. Rasco cooperated with investigators and provided information as to where the pickup used in robbery was located.


Morgan County Prosecutor Dustin Dunklee has charged David Rasco with the following:

1-Robbery in the first degree

2-Unlawful use of a weapon

3-Armed criminal action

Total bond on the three charges is $500,000.00


Rasco also has a probation violation warrant with no bond.


I would like to thank the community for their assistance and involvement in this case from the beginning.  I feel that the pressure and attention put on this case, including social media sharing and tips from the community brought this case to an expedient closure. 


According to facebook statistics the original post on the Sheriff’s Office page has been viewed nearly 105,000 times and shared 974 times.  That’s community involvement and I can't thank everyone enough.


Thank you

Sheriff Norman Dills 

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Press Release - Person of Interest

Press Release


May 15, 2017


Person of interest-ARMED AND DANGEROUS


The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office has named a person of interest in the armed robbery of Versailles Subway that occurred on May 13, 2017.


David Matthew Rasco is described as a white male 35 years of age.  Rasco is believed to be operating a maroon in color 2006 Dodge Ram short bed pickup bearing Missouri license     6DW-821.  Rasco has an active no bond warrant for Probation Violation.  Rasco should be considered armed and dangerous.  If you observe Rasco please do not approach him and contacted the nearest law enforcement agency or dial 911.  


Sheriff Norman Dills 


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