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Halloween Safety Tips



Halloween is approaching, and we expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. It is a good idea to review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventure.


Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren’t too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials.


Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.


Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. 


Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be dangerous when kids are crossing streets and going up and down stairs.


Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their candy bags too. 


Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision. Children should carry a cell phone for quick communication.


Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.


Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.


Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.


As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc. Trunk or Treats!


Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult can examine them. 


Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.


For more Halloween safety tips, please visit https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips 


With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. 


Thank you for your cooperation.


Sheriff Louie Gregoire

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Chicago man charged with murder in relation to June Homicide

On 06/11/2018 the Miller County Sheriff's Office received information about human remains in a rural area of Miller County. The Miller County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation and is being assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control. The death has been ruled as a homicide and the human remains were identified as Tyler J. Worthington from the State of California. Based on information and witness statements gathered during the investigation, Miller County Prosecutor Ben Winfrey issued and arrest warrant for Joseph P. McKenna of Chicago, Illinois. McKenna was taken into custody without incident for the murder of Worthington. Joseph McKenna is being held on a $750,000.00 bond for 2nd degree murder and is awaiting extradition. 

No photo of McKenna is available at this time


Sheriff Louie Gregoire

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Eldon man apprehended after all day manhunt

During the afternoon hours of 09/18/2018, deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the area of Route M and Adams Road. The female victim was reporting that she had been physically assaulted and was being followed down the highway by the suspect in a black GMC pickup. Upon deputies’ arrival to the area, they located the suspect driving the pickup. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Deputies pursued the suspect on foot and lost sight of him in the dense forest. The suspect that fled was identified as Gabriel Harris, 37 of Eldon, who had several felony warrants for his arrest out of Miller and Camden counties. A police K-9 and air support was requested. A citizen later located Harris in the area of Adams Road and Bax Road. Deputies and Troopers responded to the area. While searching the area, a deputy and trooper located Harris hiding in a hay barn. With the assistance of local farmers and their equipment, and after removing over half the round bales in the barn Harris was located hiding between the hay bales and taken into custody at 11:29 pm without incident. He is currently being held on a no bond warrant and a $100,000 warrant. Additional felony charges are expected to be filed in the near future. I would like to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Eldon Police Department, and local farmers and citizens for their assistance in apprehending this suspect.


Sheriff Gregoire

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Shooting suspect Devin Mckie apprehended and charged



On 08/18/2018 during the afternoon hours, Devin Mckie was located and arrested in Jefferson City without incident. Mckie is being held at the Miller County Jail, and has been charged with two counts of 1st degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Bond has been set at $300,000.


I would like to thank all the citizens that have provided information on Mckies whereabouts, which ultimately lead to his arrest. I would also like to thank the Cole County Sheriff's Office, Morgan County Sheriff's Office, Eldon Police Department, Jefferson City Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their assistance.


Sheriff Louie Gregoire

Miller County Sheriff's Office

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Suspect wanted for shooting two people outside of Eldon

During the evening hours of August 17th, 2018, the Miller County Sheriff's Office received information from Lake Regional Hospital that they had two patients with gunshot wounds that had been transported to the hospital by private conveyance. After deputies arrived at the hospital, they were able to obtain information on the crime scene location and the identity of the suspect shooter. The shooting occurred in the area of VFW Road in Miller County. Through witness statements, a physical altercation occurred between the two victims and the suspect, that escalated to the suspect shooting the victims multiple times. The suspect who fled the area after the shooting, has been identified as Devin Mckie, an 18 year old white male from the Eldon area. Devin Mckie has not been located at this time. Devin Mckie is possibly armed and is considered dangerous. If you have information on the whereabouts of Devin Mckie, please do not attempt to contact him, and call the Sheriff's Office at 573-369-2341 or at the tip line at 573-552-7189. 


Sheriff Louie Gregoire


Devin Mckie 

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Woman charged after shooting on VFW Road





On 08/05/2018 deputies were dispatched to 315 VFW Road outside of Eldon for a report of a subject with a gunshot wound. Upon deputies' arrival, they located the victim with a gunshot wound to her left leg. The victim was flown by staff for life to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for treatment of gunshot injuries. The suspect was identified as Katheryn Neu, 60 of Marthasville, Missouri. During the investigation, investigators learned that the shooting occurred over a landlord tenant dispute. Neu was arrested and has been charged with assault 1st degree, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest, and is currently being held in the Miller County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond.

Kathryn Neu

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Jailer arrested and charged

On August 3, 2018, investigators with the Miller County Sheriff’s office were provided information that a male Miller County detention officer was having inappropriate contact with a female inmate. An investigation was started and the detention officer involved was identified as Samuel Evans. Multiple interviews were conducted in reference to the allegations and upon interviewing Mr. Evans, he admitted to having sexual contact with a female inmate while working. Mr. Evans was placed under arrest following the interview and put on a 24 hour hold while charges were submitted to the prosecutor. A warrant was issued for Mr. Evans and he was charged with the Class E Felony of Sexual Conduct with a prisoner or offender by Jail Employee, RSMO 566.145. with a $10,000 bond and has subsequently posted bond.


As Miller County Sheriff, I am disappointed in the actions of someone that betrayed my trust along with yours. I want the public to know that I will not tolerate this type of conduct by employees of the Miller County Sheriff’s office and I expect Mr. Evans to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Mr. Evan’s individual conduct does not reflect on the dedication and service of the men and women of Miller County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff Louie Gregoire

Miller County Sheriff Office



Samuel Evans


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Clinton County fugitive arrested after multi county pursuit



Press Release

On 07/28/2018 Miller County Communications received a report of a pursuit traveling northbound on Highway 17 entering Miller County from Pulaski County. The information received was that Crocker Police were pursuing the vehicle because the driver had felony warrants for his arrest out of Clinton County, Missouri. Deputies were dispatched to the area, and took the lead on the pursuit just north of Iberia. During the pursuit, speeds reached in excess of 100 mph. A Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper was able to successfully deploy spike sticks and deflate one of the vehicles tires. The vehicle traveled approximately one mile further, where deputies were able to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Brandon Mencik 36 of Plattsburg, Missouri. Mencik was arrested on a felony outstanding Clinton County warrant with a $40,000 cash only bond, and has been charged by the Miller County Prosecutor with felony resisting arrest. He is currently being held at the Miller County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Shooting Investigation Bagnell

On the evening of 07/23/2018, Miller County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 116 Old Bagnell road for a 911 call referencing a shooting that had occurred. Upon arrival deputies found a victim with a single non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm and was immediately transported to a local hospital after receiving care at the scene. During the course of the investigation, investigators learned that the gunshot victim went to the residence and entered unlawfully into the home with a hatchet and made threats towards the homeowner. A physical confrontation between the two parties occurred and during the scuffle, the homeowner shot the person that entered his home. The sheriff’s office has referred charges for review to the prosecutor’s office on the subject that entered unlawfully. Miller County Prosecutor Ben Winfrey stated that the shooting was justified based on preliminary information obtained during the investigation, however the case is still under review.

Sex offender arrested at Eldon pool


Ref: Sex Offender Violation and Arrest


 Press Release

On July 9th, 2018, the Miller County Sheriff's Office completed an investigation on a registered sex offender for failing to properly report change of address to the Sheriff's Office as mandated by federal and state sex offender registry law.


During the course of their investigation, Miller County Deputies located Steven D. Thompson, 54 of Eldon, at the Eldon Aquatics Center where he was arrested for the charge of Failure to Properly Report Change of Address and Living within 1,000 Feet of a School.  Additional charges were sought through the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for Steven Thompson being at the Aquatics Center, a protected location.


Steven Thompson was convicted in 1994 for Sexual Abuse of a Minor; the victim being a 13-year-old female.  Steven Thompson was charged with three counts:

Sex Offender Reside Within 1,000 feet of a School after Conviction, a Class E Felony Fail to Register as a Sex Offender, a Class E Felony Sex Offender Physically Present at Park with Pool, a Class E Felony

Steven Thompson is being held at the Miller County Adult Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.


Sheriff Louie Gregoire

Miller County Sheriff's Office

Steven Thompson


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