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Sheriff’s View #22 for May 25 to 29, 2009
Sheriff’s View #22 for May 25 to 29, 2009

Sheriff J.B. King
Welcome aboard for a very short column. It has been a busy Memorial Day weekend and time was short for me so this column will also be short. On Memorial Day I did take part in both of the wreath ceremonies at the Fort Leonard Wood Post Cemetery and the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Waynesville. Both events were well-attended and very dignified. The Fort Leonard Wood ceremony was slightly marred by some heavy rains but that did not seem to dampen the spirit of the crowd. While this is not exactly a Law enforcement action, I did take part to represent all of the veterans who work for our department. Since Memorial Day came just after National Police Officers Week, it followed along very well for us.

I must confess that the big reason I am franticly writing the column on a Tuesday morning stems from a family issue. My only son graduated with the class of 2009 from Waynesville High School. As a normal rule I lose a lot of family time to do the column every weekend and this weekend I put the family first. I could have just passed on the column for the week but so far in four years and five months I have only missed one column. I will not miss this one but it will be short. I will try to make up for it next week.

The case number/call for service count stands at 3,618 this morning. Our inmate roster this morning stands at 67. So far this year, we are breaking even on inmate board costs or at least close enough that I can say even. It would be nice to come in under budget there just one time.

The deputies have been busy with the traffic grant and have made a lot of cases lately. We have written a bunch of traffic tickets and along the way we have made drug cases, served long overdue arrest warrants and bagged at least one DWI case. When we have finished with the grant I will give a final accounting in a news release.

I have received notice that one of the grants we had submitted has been sent back for an update on some paperwork we seemed to have missed. I have a copy of the so-called missing paperwork in my final packet so I suspect the problem will be more of a failure for a document to upload into the grant system properly. We will be working on that today and will try to get the grant back on line.

Once again I would ask that you all drive with care and please keep your actions legal. As I said we already have 67 inmates today and we do not need you. But the light bulb is very bright if you have to visit.

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