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Knox County Sheriff’s Report

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

September 26, 2018

Submitted by Knox County Sheriff Robert Becker

Recent Arrests

Brandy Hunt, 34, of Edina was arrested on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the county on an Adair County warrant for failure to appear in court on a driving while revoked charge.

Shawn Aubuchon, 47, of Edina, MO, was arrested at his residence on Monday, September 10, 2018 at approximately 10:22 p.m. by the Edina Police Department for two felony charges of endangering  the welfare of a child creating substantial risk. Aubuchon was taken to the Clark County Jail. He is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Michael Anthony, 46, of LaBelle, MO, was arrested in Hurdland, MO, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for stealing railroad property. Anthony was taken to the Clark County Jail. He is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Donald D. Howe, Jr., 36, of rural Baring, MO, was arrested at his residence on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at approximately 3:00 a.m. by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for domestic assault, assaulting a special victim and armed criminal action. Howe was taken to the Clark County Jail. He is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Barbara Hocker, 48, of Edina, MO, was arrested in Edina on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for a parole violation warrant. Hocker was taken into custody at the Knox County Courthouse. She was taken to the Pike County Jail. From Pike County, Hocker will be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Shelia Karxner, 53, of Edina, MO, was arrested at the Knox County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m. by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on a Scotland County warrant for three counts of stealing (misdemeanor). Kraxner was taken to the Clark County Jail.

DWI Saturation Patrols

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting driving while intoxicated saturation patrols throughout August and September. Going into the holiday season, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will continue to aggressively look for intoxicated drivers. Anyone caught driving while under the influence will be arrested.

While the Sheriff’s Office is not a taxi service, if you are too impaired to drive and have no other resources, please call us before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Depending on the availability of our officers, we will provide you with a safe way home. My cell phone number is (660)216-9726.

Scam Alert

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has noticed an uptick in the amount of scam reports. Victims are being solicited online and over the telephone through various types of emails and an assortment of suspicious phone calls.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a family member or representative of an agency like the IRS asking for money, hang up the phone. It is a good rule to refrain from giving anyone any personal information over the telephone or by email. Institutions like banks and the IRS do not call or email asking for people to give any personal information on the phone or through email.

Watch for Deer and Farm Equipment

During this time of year, we are sharing the roads with more farm equipment as area farmers work to bring in the fall harvest. Please be courteous and patient when you encounter farming equipment  on the road. Never try to go around a piece of farm equipment unless it can be safely and legally maneuvered.

Deer on the roadways is a reality we deal with in our region, which affects us all – even here at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the last two months we have had three deer related crashes involving Knox County Sheriff’s Office vehicles. A KCSO pickup truck and the KCSO Charger sustained damage from either hitting or avoiding deer on our roadways over the last two weeks. Fortunately, deputies involved in these accidents were not injured.

Please be mindful of sharing the roadways with wildlife and drive accordingly. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn. Also, higher incidences of deer involved crashes occur at night, due to a decreased field of vision while driving after dark.

Seat belts are required while driving in the State of Missouri. With so many roadway hazards, please wear your seat belt whenever operating a motor vehicle and please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Hazardous Motor Vehicle Enforcement

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has received a special grant to enforce Hazardous Motor Vehicle Laws.

The Sheriff’s office is going to become more proactive in our enforcement of hazardous moving violation offenses. Officers will maintain the most advanced enforcement training to address aggressive driving, distracted driving, careless and imprudent driving, impaired driving and commercial motor vehicle driving violations.

Approximately $3,000 has been awarded to the county for added enforcement.