Online complaints about Moniteau County Jail prompt sheriff response

2 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Friday, June 23 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 7:48:00 PM CDT June 23, 2017 in Top Stories
By: Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

MONITEAU COUNTY - The Moniteau County sheriff denied accusations of the jail being in poor condition following posts on social media.

On Tuesday, Catherine Anderson Stout posted on Facebook that an inmate she knew in the jail was being denied prescribed medicine and that his bed was infested with bugs. She also claimed inmates were being denied food and one correctional officer was told to keep her mouth shut when she told her superiors that she had seen bugs.

Moniteau County Sheriff, Tony Wheatley argued against the allegations in a press release Friday afternoon. According to Wheatley, the county health inspector gave the facility a good report earlier that day.

"I instructed the jail staff after the complaints, I instructed them 'don't touch anything, don't clean anything, leave it the way it is and we'll let the health inspector come in just as is,'" Wheatley said. "And he did today, and the county health inspector saw no signs of anything in the facility and said it was actually a nice clean facility. And he said he would write a report stating that fact."

According to Wheatley, this is not the first time complaints have been made about the jail. The most common of these complaints he noted, is the food.

"They complain about the food. They aren't getting enough food. Or they don't like the food," he said. "Of course it is not the Hilton, it's not a bed and breakfast. So I mean they are in custody, they are in jail and they get, some of the inmates get bored or agitated over certain things because they don't have as much rights as they do on the outside, and we don't give them certain things and they get mad and start making phone calls to their family and things like that." 

Wheatley advises inmates and their family members to use the grievance forms and to contact him directly if they have concerns about the jail's condition.

"The best thing to do is, like I have stated before, I have an open door policy, I'm here everyday. It's best if they have an issue, they can come to me directly and we can try to handle it right then instead of going through the back door and then posting stuff on social media."

KOMU 8 reached out to Anderson Stout for comment but received no response.

 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- The hotel industry has taken a massive hit as people continue to abide by stay-at-home orders during the... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:50:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding remains a concern in several states along the Missouri River, even though the weather has... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are heroes rescuing others from these tough times. A South Kansas City grocery store... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:02:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police believe no one is injured after they investigated a shots fired call on Wednesday night. Police... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 8:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri Executive Director Lindsay Lopez about the growing... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 7:49:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 continues to change daily life, many people are turning to their faith for solace. But... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:39:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri’s health chief said Wednesday that he is directing medical professionals to provide racial data about... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel in Boonville has temporarily shut down business operations and implemented furloughs... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:04:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The road to recovery from addiction can be hard. Now COVID-19 is bringing more challenges to those fighting... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 4:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson is continuing to address the daily changes happening in Missouri due to COVID-19. On... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - City and county officials gave an update on COVID-19 on Wednesday during a virtual press conference. Columbia... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made changes to its day-to-day operations since the "Stay Home Order" went into... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:52:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Roots N Blues Festival mourned the loss of famed sing-songwriter John Prine, who died Tuesday due to... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A 16-year-old was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:51:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have returned to the state Capitol to work on an emergency coronavirus funding bill.... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:17:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:43:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:31:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
4am 47°
5am 45°
6am 44°
7am 42°