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Armed Robbery at McDonalds, Police seek help to identify individuals

AURORA, Mo. — Police and investigators responded late Tuesday night, November 29, 2022 to a report of an Armed Robbery at McDonalds, 1529 South Elliot in Aurora.

Investigators say two masked subjects entered the restaurant dressed in black, with  their faces covered (see security images).

One subject brandished a handgun and asked an employee to be given access to cash in the store.  An undisclosed amount of cash was taken and the suspects left the store on foot.”

AURORA-MARIONVILLE POLICE

If anyone has any information as to the identity of these individuals, you are asked to call AMPD at (417)678-5025.

No one was injured during the Armed Robbery.

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Lawrence Co. Deputy goes “above and beyond” for 9-year-old caller

MILLER, Mo. — An inspirational story from our friends in Lawrence County, Missouri:

There is still good in this world even when there seems to be so much bad. A shout out to Deputy Devost and T.O. Mareth for doing an amazing job, the managers at Walmart for their generosity and all the Deputies involved. We live in a great place!” — Sheriff Brad DeLay

06/08/2022, Monett/Lawrence County 911 received a surprising call. A young man (9 years old) went outside that morning to ride his bike. Much to his dismay, his bike was not there. It appeared as though someone had stolen it overnight. So what does a young man do when a crime has been committed? He calls 911.

The call came in to 911 Telecommunications Officer Sarah Mareth who treated this call like any other emergency. The young man was obviously upset that his bike had been stolen but T.O. Mareth’s calm, professional voice and actions assured the young caller that an officer was on the way and things would be alright. She walked him through the process and got all the necessary information from him, taking his every word as serious as you would expect.

Shortly thereafter, Deputy Devost who is assigned to the Miller area arrived on scene to take the report. After a diligent search, the bicycle was located. Unfortunately it had sustained some damage while it was gone.

So, the story should end there right? Bike recovered, call complete, but it doesn’t. Deputy Devost went above and beyond on this call and he decided to make a difference. He took it upon himself to find a brand new bike for our young caller. He was able to locate a brand new exact replacement at the Mt. Vernon Walmart.

When he went to Walmart to purchase the bike, two of their managers stepped up and their kindness went beyond their job descriptions. Deputy Devost left Walmart with a bike and lock paid in full.

Sheriff DeLay, Deputy Devost and several other Deputies then had the privilege of delivering this brand new bike and lock to the unsuspecting young man. He was surprised to say the least.

After receiving this new gift, the young man decided to pay it forward by donating his old bike to be repaired and given to another child in need.

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Woman missing in Lawrence Co. Missouri nearly a month

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s office release information regarding a missing adult female: Tara Renee Houser-O’Brien, 39.

Have you seen Tara? Tara is a 39 year old female, last seen May 7th in the Aurora area. Tara is 5’2, 100 lbs with black hair and hazel eyes. If you know where Tara is please contact our office 417-466-2131. Tara has been entered as a missing person.” — LCSO

She has been entered into the FBI/NCIC database (National Crime Information Center) which is protocol with any missing person in Missouri.

She is listed on the Missouri State Highway Patrol list of active missing persons with the hometown as Mount Vernon, Mo.

If anyone has information contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office.

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Tractor trailer overturns in crash, blocking I-44 for hours


LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo.
— About 8 p.m. Friday evening reports near Mount Vernon regarding a tractor trailer overturned blocking all westbound lanes of I-44.

First responders were dispatched emergency and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

Information received the tractor trailer had crashed to its side, spilling its load of fresh vegetables across an overpass.

More than one recovery team was dispatched to remove the crash, estimated to take 4-5 hours for clean up. M&M Wrecker is part of that recovery. 

It is unknown what damage occurred to the overpass.

Also the condition of the driver is unknown at this time.

We anticipate updates information overnight from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Crash Investigation Unit of Troop D is on the scene. 

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Recognize this armed robbery suspect? Gas station on I-44, exit 58, Halltown, Mo.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. — Saturday evening, 8:30 p.m. Lawrence County Deputies were alerted to reports of an Armed Robbery at a Halltown, Mo. gas station just off I-44.

LCSO state that one masked male entered the Shell Station, 6107 State Hwy O, just off exit 58 on I-44.

Information states the male fled south on State Highway O in a dark colored Toyota passenger car with a female passenger.

6107 State Hwy O, Bois D’Arc, Missouri. Use two fingers to zoom and pan map.

The Toyota had no front license plate.

The jacket the male suspect is wearing has a logo that could be identifiable to some.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office.

Attention Citizens!!!

We need your help identifying this robbery suspect. They tried robbing a place in Halltown and…

Posted by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, January 3, 2022

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