Purdy officers make 4 arrests in January

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Aldermen concerned over school incidents

Purdy police officers made four arrests during January, including two incidents at the Purdy School District.

Police Chief Jackie Lowe said that Janet Boys, the middle school principal, recovered a small plastic bag and pill bottles from a 12-year-old student. The powder tested positive in a field test for opiates and was sent to the crime lab in Carthage for analysis. Lowe expected tests would take around four weeks.

The student admitted to having the ingredients for Excedrin and a sleeping pill in his possession. Other drugs crushed into powder had come from his parents' medicine cabinet. The student was suspended from school and turned over to the Juvenile Office.

Lowe told officers about the knifing incident on Jan. 14 at the school that resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old boy for alleged second-degree assault against a 14-year-old student. The 17-year-old claimed the 14-year-old had been bullying him and hit him in the head with a thrown fishing float. The student told Lowe he "just snapped" in going after the other student with a lock bladed knife, causing wounds to the 14-year-old's hand.

Alderman Bob Moser asked how Gee would manage his academic standing if he faced jail time. Lowe said Gee had been suspended and is not allowed on campus, but is getting his school assignments to keep up.

In another drug-related incident, officers are investigating a report of several subjects going door to door at the Autumn Woods apartment complex, asking to buy prescription medications.

Officer Russ Nichols arrested Kayla Shaw in Monett on Jan. 22 on a Purdy warrant for failure to complete community service and to pay court costs.

Nichols also arrested Joe McGuire, 24, on Jan. 25 on a McDonald County warrant following a traffic stop.

On Jan. 29, Nichols went to 304 Third St. in response to a domestic disturbance. Melissa Ann Williams and her brother, Anthony Ramos, were arrested for alleged disorderly conduct after attempting to take custody of her children from her estranged husband.

It is the Cassville Democrat's policy not to publish names of minors in its crime reporting.

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