On 03/06/14 a Massac County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a vehicle just outside of Brookport for a traffic violation. The driver gave a name that tuned out to be false. After discovering that the driver was actually 28 year old Raymond M. Stangel of Paducah, the Deputy also discovered that Stangel did not have a driver's license. Raymond Stangel was arrested. During a search of the vehicle, the Deputy located what is believed to be a small amount of Crystal Methamphetamine, also known as "Ice". Stangel was charged with No Valid Driver's License, Obstructing Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Investigators received of drug trafficking. Information was obtained of a drug sale in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store located on east 8th St. in Metropolis. Undercover Investigators began surveillance on the parking lot. Investigators witnessed what they believed to be a drug sale. Deputies stopped the vehicle and arrested 19 year old Cody Reed of Metropolis. Deputies located approximately 29 grams of Cannabis and currency used to make the drug sale. Cody Reed was charged with Delivery of Cannabis and was lodged in the Massac County Detention Center. Investigators seized currency and the vehicle belonging to Cody Reed.
The Massac County Sheriff's Department is investigating a mobile home missing from Hidden Acres Trailer Court. The mobile home was moved sometime last week by a mobile home moving company. It is believed that someone sold the mobile home to another person who had it moved. The mobile home was purchased through taxes and sat empty. Investigators are searching for the company that moved the trailer, possibly to the Paducah area. If you have any information about the mobile home theft, please contact the Massac County Sheriff's Department at (618)524-2912 or through our TIPS line.
On 02/19/14 Sheriff Willie Bear visited Franklin, Jefferson, Unity and Brookport. Sheriff Willie Bear spread his message on making positive choices. Deputy K-9 Balak performed for the kids showing the kids his skill in finding hidden objects. Balak put on a performance with Patrick Meyer, which got high reviews from the kids. All the kids received a Sheriff Willie Bear plush doll. A larger Sheriff Willie Bear was given to the teachers to place in the classroom.
On Saturday 02/22/14 around 11:00 P.M. a Massac County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a vehicle near 145 and Country Club Rd. for a traffic violation. The Deputy detected that the driver, 46 year old Leonard Lawler of Paducah, was under the influence. Lawler was arrested for DUI. The Deputy located prescription medication in the vehicle that was not prescribed to Lawler. The Deputy also located a white powdery substance and drug paraphernalia on Lawler. Lawler was charged with DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Massac County Detention Center pending bond.
On Saturday, 02/22/14, around 1:00 P.M. a Pulaski County Ambulance narrowly missed hitting a vehicle head on near Honeywell on US HWY 45. The vehicle was traveling towards the ambulance and swerved to miss it, causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch. The driver of the crashed vehicle got out and fled on foot. A Massac County Sheriff's Deputy located 50 year old Billy Butler of Metropolis not far from the crash site. The Deputy detected that Butler was under the influence of alcohol. Butler was arrested and charged with DUI and Resisting for fleeing from the scene. He later bonded from the Massac County Detention Center.
At the January 2014 meeting of the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition , Board President Natalie Quint presented a check for $1,000.00 to Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder and Dispatcher Abby Kaylor to help with the Sheriff Willie Bear program for the 2014 school year. During the 2013 school year the sheriffs office handed out over 700 bears to Pre-K, Kindergarden and 1st grade students in Massac Unit 1 and Joppa Maple Grove school Dist. Abbey Kaylor , who is in charge of the program talks to the students about “choices” and uses the Massac County Sheriffs Office K-9 Balak and his handler Deputy Josh Wiley to help with the program. The program starts on February 19 at Franklin and Jefferson Schools. You can Learn more about the Sheriff Willie Bear Program by clicking here.
You can learn more about the Massac County Drug Awareness Coaltion by clicking here.
On February 06, 2014 Tim Riddle, Facility Manager of River Metals in Metropolis presented a check for $600.00 to Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder. The money will be used to promote the Spring 2014 P2D2 6th grade science class poster competition. The Massac County Sheriffs Office has been promoting the P2D2 project for almost 4 years and has to date collected over 200 pounds of prescription medication. Last year the Sheriffs Office gave each Massac County 6th grade science class $100.00 for competing in the contest. The Sheriffs Office also joined with the Massac County Soil and Water Conservation District to promote the project. Anyone having old or unused prescription medication can drop it off at the Massac County Sheriffs Office 24 hours a day , 7 days a week and it will be disposed off. You can learn about the Massac County P2D2 Program by clicking here.
The Brookport Bridge remains closed at this time. No word at this time on when it is to be opened. There has been no melting on the bridge surface. This has caused traffic to route across the I24 bridge. The construction on the I24 bridge has caused even more problems with the excess traffic. At noon today (02/06/14) we are seeing traffic backing up in both directions on I24. Please avoid using the I24 bridge if it all possible. The main roadways in Massac County are clear. However, we are seeing travel problems on the less used side roads. Thawing and refreezing is causing major travel problems on these less used roads.
The Massac County Sheriff's Department has been awarded $500 for a scholarship. Applications are available at the Massac County Sheriff's office, Massac County High School, Joppa High School, at the ISA website or by clicking the download link below. Applications must be completed and turned into the Massac County Sheriff's Office by March 15, 2014.