Press Releases







Halloween is approaching quickly and we expect large groups of children out and about during the evening.  Our primary concern on Halloween is always the safety of children. With this in mind, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following safety tips. Please 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 make up instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be dangerous for when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their bags too.  Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision and 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 and 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 should consider taking their children to community sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and the parent or adults 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. Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious.

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

The main purpose is to have a fun filled and safe evening.

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Crisis Intervention Team Training

Crisis Intervention Team Training


Members of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and the Iron County Circuit Clerk attended the annual Crisis Intervention Team Banquet this past Monday evening. Several awards were given out along with updates on the program.  Two years ago we decided to become a part of the Mineral Area Crisis Team and, at the present time, the majority of the Sheriff’s Office staff has attend the 40 hour course. By the end of October, the entire Office will have completed the course. What is CIT? Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, health care, consumer, and advocacy partnerships. The CIT Model was first developed in Memphis and has spread throughout the country. The basic program consists of 40 hours training followed by an annual update.


CIT provides law enforcement-based crisis intervention training for assisting those individuals with a mental illness, and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community. CIT is a program that provides the foundation necessary to promote community and statewide solutions to assist individuals with a mental illness. The CIT Model reduces both stigma and the need for further involvement with the criminal justice system. CIT provides a forum for effective problem solving regarding the interaction between the criminal justice and mental health care system and creates the context for sustainable change.

Basic Goals:

Improve Officer, Consumer and Community Safety Redirect Individuals with Mental Illness from the Judicial System to the Health Care System

    Partnerships: Law Enforcement, Advocacy, Mental Health

Central to the formation and success of CIT is the role of the Law Enforcement Community. Trained CIT Officers are able to interact with crisis situations using de-escalation techniques that improve the safety of the officer, consumer, and family members. In addition, the law enforcement community is able to provide care and help to consumers by transporting individuals in need of special treatment to appropriate facilities. It is also critical that law enforcement participate in the formation of CIT and engage in all elements of the planning and implementation stages. Participation from the Consumer and Advocate Community is critical to the success of CIT. This aspect of CIT brings the program to life by adding insight from those directly affected. This important partnership should be established early in the planning process and should continue as an ongoing operational element of CIT. Mental Health Professionals plays an important role in the successful implementation, development, and ongoing sustainability of CIT. These professionals provide treatment, education and training that result in a wide dissemination of knowledge and expertise to both individuals with a mental illness and patrol officers undergoing CIT training.

The Mental Health Crisis Response Institute use trained CIT law enforcement trainers to conduct CIT trainings.  Daily practical exercises with professional actors are used in the CIT training for realistic experiences to build de-escalation skills. 





This One Of A Kind Unique Quilt Could Be Yours






For information how to win this one of a kind quilt.




You could win this handmade quilt featuring patches from sheriffs’ offices in Missouri’s 114 counties. Tickets are just $10 each – and everyone can buy them. In fact, buy several to increase your chance of winning!

Proceeds from the raffle, sponsored by the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Wives’ Auxiliary, will be used to purchase bulletproof vests for sheriffs and deputies whose offices can’t afford to buy them.

The drawing for the quilt will be held October 8. The winner will be notified by phone.

A special thanks goes to Dianna Stockman, the wife of Mercer County Sheriff Stephen Stockman, and her sister, Sarah Bonnett, who created this beautiful, one-of-a-kind work of art.


The Farm Bureau annual fish fry was held on Saturday, September 24th at the fairgrounds with a very good gathering.   




Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Even with all of the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average. Missouri has an 80 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 87 percent.




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Update on the Arcadia Valley School threat.

First, I would like to thank Dr. Carver and the school staff, along with the State, Federal and local Law Enforcement Agencies for the support and assistance during this investigation.

After several days of intense investigation, Justin Buffington, age 17, was taken into custody Friday Morning at the Arcadia Valley High School and charged with “MAKING A TERRORIST THREAT”. Buffington is currently being held at the Iron County Jail.

I would like for the citizens and parents to know the App (After School) is in no way connected with the school and the incident could have been cleared almost immediately if the App Company would have provided the necessary information when initially requested on Saturday, September 17.  We suggest parents talk with their children about the use of phone Apps, computer software and other multimedia devices

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office we will always investigate any incidents involving schools, businesses, etc. until we have all the facts and the case is presented to the Prosecuting Attorney. As information becomes available and verified, we will immediately notify the news media and place it on our web site, icsomo.org, and on Facebook.

**Update on the Arcadia Valley School threat**


***Update on the Arcadia Valley School threat.  The Iron County Sheriff’s Office along with several state and local departments are continuing to investigate the origin of the message sent. Presently, we have sent a few test messages to help understand how the program works. The company which wrote the App has become somewhat uncooperative by refusing or delaying requested information.  We will continue to investigate the matter until we have all the facts.  As information becomes available, and we are able to verify it, we will immediately notify the news media and place it on our web site, icsomo.org, and on Facebook.

Update on the Arcadia Valley School threat

Update on the Arcadia Valley School threat. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office along with several state and local departments are continuing to investigate the origin of the message sent. Presently, we have sent a few test messages to help understand how the program works.  Anytime school is in session, or having special events, there is law enforcement in the area. With the present increased concern we have decided to increase law enforcement at school.  We ask for your help and patience as we work through this issue.  Please be assured the school and law enforcement agencies will provide you with any new information as it becomes available. 

AV School Press Release

         I wish to dispel the rumors regarding Arcadia Valley School. On Friday, some students received a computer generated message. At the present time, we are working closely with the FBI to determine and trace the origin and validity of the message. We always take any type of threat very seriously and investigate it to the fullest extent. We will immediately provide the public with information as it becomes available.

News Release


We would like to give a special thanks Mr. Ken Wooten and the Arcadia Valley Lions Club for another successful rodeo. It takes a lot of hard work from many people to bring this rodeo to the Valley. We look forward to next year’s event.


A very special thanks to Brother Mike Harrison from the Cowboy Church in Annapolis for having a special Law Enforcement service and dinner Sunday, August 21st. In these times of unrest and uncertainty it is very important for our law enforcement officers and other emergency responders know our local communities are supporting us.  This was definitely shown by the amount of people present at the service.


The Sheriff attended the annual required Fall Sheriff’s Conference. The agenda during the fall conference covers the new laws taking effect on August 29th of each year.  This year, with the all the controversy coming from Ferguson has caused many new laws to be passed.  One of the major changes effecting the Sheriff’s Office and local Police Departments is the hours of required annual in-service training.  The state has already increased our requirements to 24 hours per year and the Department of Justice is possibility going to increase the amount.  What this will mean for the cities and counties is an increase in time the officers will be off the streets and unavailable for calls.  In addition to these immediate changes, the State of Missouri has completely re-wrote the criminal code book, which will take effect January 1, 2017.  What this means for Missouri Citizens is each of the crimes have been redefined and most punishments lessened.


Thanks to the Law Enforcement Restitution Board, Deputy Elkins was able to attend the Basic Narcotics Class at the Missouri Law Enforcement Academy. We now have six of our eight deputies trained in narcotics investigations.  By the end of next year, we plan to have all of our deputies trained in Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigations, and Narcotics Investigations.  


August 13th was the Turkey Federation Banquet and Auction. Dinner was provided by Baylee Jo’s. There were numerous auction items and a silent auction. Thank you to the sponsors for the event. Money raised goes to a good cause.


Hope to see everyone at the dedication of the Belleview Park in October. Things are coming along nicely thanks to all the volunteers, especially Dr. McKinney who has put in countless hours.


The Dec Arc Museum and Community Center had an open house Saturday, August 27th. Preserving our history of Iron County is important. Please visit the museum which is open on Saturdays.


Pickin on the Square continues on Friday nights at the courthouse. There are also vendors selling fruits and vegetables during this time.



Special Community notice:


Back to school time is an important event for our entire community. Students are back in class. Teachers are implementing new lesson plans for the school year. Administrators are working with budgets, school bus routes, staffing and school safety concerns. Parents are coordinating work and school schedules, car pools and support for their student’s activities and studies. Businesses are equipping families, teachers and administrators with the supplies they need for a successful school year. Back to school is a busy time for us all.


During this busy time, please be extra cautious in traffic. Be mindful of our school traffic zones especially during the morning hours and early afternoons. Keep an extra look out for potential hazards around our schools and in neighborhoods where children play. Slow down and increase your stopping distances.


School buses are back on the road. Be aware of school bus routes in your neighborhood and throughout your daily travel. Leave plenty of time and space for buses. With school traffic, anticipate delays in your travel and leave early so you’re not in a rush. And, when approaching a school zone or school bus on the road, be prepared to stop for bus and pedestrian traffic.


I want to thank all of you who help make our education system an integral, positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us, so let’s work together to make “back to school” a rewarding, fun, and safe time for all Iron County residents

June 15, 2016



We received the 2016-17 Deputy Sheriff’s Supplemental Salary grant for $79,000 which will bring the deputy’s salary from $20,800 to $29,000 per year. This grant is applied for in April awarded in June and runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. In addition, we received a $5,000 grant to assist in marijuana and drug eradication. So far this year, we have received just over $1,600 in traffic safety grant money to assist in putting deputies on the road during the holidays.


Deputy Davis recently attended and became a certified instructor for the use of MACE and night stick. In the near future the Sheriff’s Office will offer certification in Taser, MACE and Collapsible nightsticks (ASP) to all Law Enforcement Agencies in the county. We will also provide training in MACE and Taser to any Civic or public organizations that request it.


The Sheriff’s Office also offers Active Shooter Training to any county business, public organization, or group who requests it. Call the Sheriff’s Office for information.


The Arcadia Valley annual competition BBQ Battle and musical entertainment was successful. We congratulate all the competitors, especially our local hometown winners.


We would like to thank all the people involved in this year’s annual Relay for Life event which took place Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Fredericktown. Prior to the event was a survivor luncheon provided by Pense Brothers Drilling. A special thanks to April Sarkas for all her hard work coordinating the event.




                                               Our 2016 Relay For Life Volunteers



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Iron County Burglaries

On Friday, April 6, 2016, Iron County Deputies, locals Troopers, along with Ironton and Pilot Knob Police Officers executed search warrants on several locations for stolen property. We decided to initiate an undercover operation back in February of this year after receiving information that several local individuals were breaking into residences, storage sheds, and garages. As a result of the investigation we applied for search warrants we were able to recover a large amount of stolen property from several places.  At the present time, we have secured the items and have begun the long process of identifying, labeling, and returning the property to the owners.  Investigators will begin contacting people who have reported stolen property for identification.  With the large amount of items recovered, we are also making arrangements for anyone who may have had items stolen but not reported to speak with an investigator.  The next part of the operation will be investigators applying for arrest warrants on these individuals.

 I would like to thank all of our local law enforcement officers and agencies for their support and cooperation. This shows the commitment our law enforcement agencies have to provide our communities with a safe and secure place to live. 


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