A local pawnshop is putting a stop to drug activity. According to reports, the Waynesville Gun and Pawn is now working with local police and sheriff’s departments to stop the spread of illegal drug activity in the Pulaski, Laclede and Camden County areas. The owner bought the store a few years ago and noticed the amount of people coming in who were either showing signs of drug use or addiction or where acting suspicious. At one point the shop had been a hub to sell stolen stuff but through the efforts with the police departments the store has a significant difference in customers. The sheriff’s office says that 9 times out of 10, a stolen weapon from a case could end up in a Pawn Shop and the efforts of this individual can help solve homicides and other big crimes.
Be careful if you travel to Ft. Leonard Wood anytime soon. Several lake area service men and women were caught by surprised earlier this year when a sinkhole opened up on Iowa avenue. The sinkhole apparently measured somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 feet long by 25 feet wide and nearly 30 feet deep. Officials with the Fort finally finished filling the hole this week using almost 600 tons of rock.
A Rocky Mount man has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. Andrew Kouvavas faces three charges of possessing child pornography after deputies allegedly found over 20 images and videos of children between the ages of 8 and 10 having sex with adults. Court documents also show investigators served a search warrant on Kouvavas’ home where hundreds of pornographic images, many that were of children, were found stored on a computer. According to reports, Kouvavas knew what he was doing was wrong and is cooperating with police in the investigation.
Two area women are facing several charges in Camden and Laclede counties after an incident earlier this week on highway 5. According to reports, the Highway Patrol pulled over a car near Lakeshore drive that was traveling almost a hundred miles an hour driven by Ashley Woodall. As she was being placed into a patrol car, a passenger, Terry Cordell of Camdenton got out of the car and then into an altercation with a trooper. While this was going on, Woodall got out of the patrol car and back into her’s and allegedly drove away. She was arrested a short time later by a Camden County sheriff’s deputy and faces several charges including resisting arrest, D.W.I., and speeding. Cordell was also arrested for felony resisting lawful detention.
The trial of a Versailles man accused of shooting an elderly man in the head in September of last year has been rescheduled for early next year. Timothy Stovall who was supposed to be on trial this week, will now stand trial beginning March 3rd before judge Stan Moore. According to a probably cause statement, he admitted shooting 65 year old Leon Cott at his home in Gravois Mills who Stovall alleges came at him with a machete during an argument. Stovall is charged with assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm and faces 30 years or life in prison.
Two climax springs residents are facing drug charges after being arrested this week by police. According to reports, the Camden county street crimes unit and the lake area narcotics enforcement group conducted a narcotics search warrant in the 600 block of oval road. During the investigation, 26 year old Marie Ducharme attempted to flee on foot and after a short pursuit was taken into custody. Another suspect, 46 year old lance long was also taken into custody at the scene. Both are being held on felony charges of distributing, delivering, manufacturing or producing a controlled substance. Long is also being held on a probation violation warrant in which no bond is allowed.
Earlier this week we told you about a registered sex offender that had been on the run and was thought to possibly be hiding in the region. According to law enforcement, 38 year old Joshua McFerrin has been apprehended in southeast Missouri in the Iron county area. He has several active warrants out of Franklin county including second degree murder, armed criminal action and escape from custody while under arrest.