Missouri Sheriff Accused of Distributing Meth

7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Monday, April 04 2011 Apr 4, 2011 Monday, April 04, 2011 1:31:00 PM CDT April 04, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

VAN BUREN (AP) - A southeast Missouri sheriff was charged Monday with distribution of methamphetamine, a drug that has ravaged rural Missouri over the past decade, authorities said.

Carter County Sheriff Tommy Adams, 31, was arrested Saturday and has been jailed in a neighboring county on $250,000 cash-only bond. He did not yet have an attorney.

Carter County prosecutor Rocky Kingree said in a statement that Adams was arrested after an investigation by his office, the FBI, Van Buren police, the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and the
Missouri State Highway Patrol. Kingree declined an interview request.

Evidence is still under review "as to whether more charges will be filed on Adams and other individuals," Kingree said. A spokesman for the highway patrol declined comment, but a news
release from the patrol said the investigation had been lengthy.

In January 2010, Adams' home in Ellsinore was destroyed by fire. Authorities said at the time that nothing suspicious was found. Authorities would not say if that fire prompted the meth investigation.

A county deputy was also arrested Saturday, but no formal charges were filed.

Coroner Dennis McSpadden is serving as acting sheriff, but has appointed Van Buren city officer Rick Stephens to handle day-to-day operations. McSpadden said the county commission will meet on Tuesday to consider appointing Stephens as acting sheriff.

"It is a sad state of affairs when you have a law enforcement officer tied up in some things he shouldn't be," McSpadden said. "We're trying to get everything back to normal here."

The highway patrol and sheriff departments from surrounding counties are helping to cover Carter County, McSpadden said. "There is no lapse in coverage," he said.

Adams, a Republican, was elected sheriff in November 2008, just weeks after the Democratic incumbent, 47-year-old Greg Melton, fatally shot himself. Melton's name remained on the ballot as
Adams' opponent.

Carter County, with about 5,900 residents, sits in an area known as the Ozark Mountain Foothills, not far from the Arkansas border.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - John Kalina, 63, was a First Student bus driver whose absence has made a whole community come... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6:19:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - City council and community members met with research firm Destination Services to survey residents on what it would... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3:58:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
FULTON – A Southern Boone High School assistant football coach has turned himself in for enticement of a minor, according... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3:55:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
FULTON - The nurse hired to look after Carl DeBrodie, a disabled man who was found encased in concrete... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 2:41:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in Continuous News
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission accused Josh Hawley's Senate campaign and the National... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 2:27:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Environmental activist groups Sierra Club and Earth Justice are in court this week saying electric utility Ameren... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 2:21:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - A Cole County couple faces felony child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child charges Tuesday... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:44:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Cole County circuit judge ruled Tuesday the state's Voter ID law applies to both state and county... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:24:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
MACON - A Macon Police Officer was knocked unconscious while approaching a suspect Monday night. According to a news... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:03:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department WAS actively trying to identify a suspect Tuesday who used counterfeit $100 bills at... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:46:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who killed a teacher after crashing into a Harrisburg school bus is appealing his 22 year... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:19:00 PM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- One company is doubling the shelf-life of avocados, citrus and other produce by taking a chemical-free cue from... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 11:39:46 AM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force says a Missouri-based B2 stealth bomber landed in Colorado Springs after an... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 10:34:00 AM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mediacom Communications confirmed to KOMU 8 there are outages affecting all services across Columbia. A Mediacom operator... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 10:02:00 AM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A new startup called Tap has a bold ambition: convince people to stop buying plastic bottles of water.... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 9:51:12 AM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — The mother of an Independence man who was fatally shot by police last year is suing the... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:13:59 AM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The FBI recently released violent crime statistics for Jefferson City. Some of the notable Jefferson City... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:33:00 AM CDT October 23, 2018 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — An 18-year-old Kansas City man has been found guilty of fatally shooting a man who he... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, October 23 2018 Oct 23, 2018 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6:53:30 AM CDT October 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
10pm 46°
11pm 44°
12am 43°
1am 42°