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3-27-09

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff honors four as outstanding citizens

The Platte County Sheriff’s Department recognized four persons as outstanding citizens and three Parkville police officers for assisting the department on various efforts. The event was held at the Platte County Administration Building.

Recipients of the Outstanding Citizens Award are:

Mark Malony of A & M Printing was recognized for his support of the Platte County Sheriff’s Department Kid Print Program. Malony has supplied the sheriff’s department with Kid Print fingerprint cards at no cost for use at public safety/community events for the past 10 years.

The Kid Print program involves deputies fingerprinting children on a Kid Kit card at community/public safety events. This card is then provided to a parent for the attachment of a photo of their child so that a combined picture/print record is available for use by law enforcement in situations in which a child is missing and unfortunately for identification in other more tragic situations.

Luke Davis was recognized for his assistance in the capture of a suspect who fled the scene of an injury accident on Feb/ 23, 2008. The suspect had fled on foot through a wooded area north of the accident scene. The responding deputies began their search and were advised by dispatch that Davis, a tow truck operator, had located and apprehended the suspect near 273 Highway and Sexton Road.

Deputies responded to that location and found Davis detaining the suspect at gunpoint. Deputies later learned that the suspect approached Davis (who was in his vehicle) and said “I did it; come and get me,” which Davis did. The suspect was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, DWI and Assault 2nd Degree and sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Timothy McCoy was recognized for his assistance in the capture of a dangerous felon on Feb. 11, 2008. McCoy was returning home when he saw an individual wearing a stocking cap and carrying a bag (later identified as James Vielbig) walking down Fry Road. When Mr. McCoy arrived home he realized his home had been burglarized, at which point he recalled seeing the aforementioned subject on Fry Road. While Mrs. McCoy called the Sheriff’s Department, McCoy returned to his vehicle and drove back to the area attempting to find the individual he had seen. McCoy later observed the person running down Fry Road before ducking behind a residence on Fry Road.

McCoy ran after the suspect and was able to corner and contain him at gunpoint on the porch area of the residence until responding sheriff’s deputies arrived. The bag the suspect was carrying contained two loaded handguns.

The suspect, James Vielbig, was a career criminal who had previous arrests for drug possession and stealing a motor vehicle, in addition to a 43 year sentence for murder(released from DOC). In this case, the suspect was charged and convicted of Burglary and Stealing and sentenced to 10/10/10/8 (38) years concurrent in MDOC.

Lynn Jordan was recognized for her dedicated support and assistance to tactical operations on December 28, 2008.

On Dec. 27, 2008, Lynn Jordan, wife of Sgt Jon Jordan of the Parkville Police Department and co-owner of Growing Places Day Care opened her private day care center at 4 a.m. in order to support sheriff’s department personnel involved in an Operation 100 initiated in response to a report of shots fired on nearby NW Crooked Road.

A tactical perimeter was established around the suspect residence by sheriff’s deputies and members of the Parkville Police Department, while tactical elements of the sheriff’s department were mobilized. Weather conditions that morning became extremely poor due to a rapidly developing winter storm. Mrs. Jordan was contacted and responded to open her center so it could be used as a command post. It was used as a command post, base of operation for a crisis negotiation team and swat team, interview room for an occupant of the suspect house, kitchen, bathroom and warming facility, at no cost to the sheriffs department. Without her support and assistance, the various tactical response components would have been unable to fully use all their technical capabilities/equipment; the same would not have been possible due to the weather conditions had Mrs. Jordan not responded to assist the officers on the field. Her support and assistance facilitated the peaceful resolution of the Operation 200 in a reasonable period of time.

Two suspects were arrested and multiple weapons were recovered at the scene. The suspects were charged with unlawful use of a weapon (convicted of disturbing the peace) as a result of their unlawful actions.

Outside Officer Awards were given to Sergeant Jon Jordan, Officer Timothy Heiman, and Officer Aaron Spring of the Parkville Police Department for their participation in a tactical operation on December 27, 2008.

On December 27, 2008, sheriff’s department personnel were dispatched to Paradise Valley Road and 9 Highway on a report of shots fired somewhere in/around the area. When officers arrived at that location, they were redirected to the 10600 block of NW Crooked Road as a result of additional reports of multiple shots being fired in that area. When Platte County Sheriffs Department personnel arrived, they heard the gunfire continuing in close proximity.

Due to the potentially dangerous and violent nature of the call, Sgt. Jon Jordan, Officer Tim Heiman, and Officer Aaron Spring of the Parkville Police Department also responded to the area in support of the sheriff’s department. With the assistance of a neighborhood witness, the officers at the scene were able to establish that the shots were being fired by suspect(s) believed to be inside a particular residence on Crooked Road. A decision was made at that time to establish a perimeter around the suspect residence until a tactical team could be assembled. Sgt Jon Jordan, Officer Tim Heiman and Officer Aaron Spring although not required to do so on this “county” call, volunteered to assist in this effort. Each took up a tactical position around/near the residence while resources were activated to respond to the dangerous, weapons-based nature of the call.

Shortly thereafter, what had been an unusually warm winter evening turned frigid due to a developing winter storm. Temperatures in the area dropped significantly to below freezing as it began first to rain, then freezing rain creating icy conditions. The officers holding the tactical perimeter did not retreat under these less-than-ideal weather conditions, they continued to maintain their surveillance positions until eventually relieved by other personnel hours later. The toll taken by the weather on each was readily evident as they were relieved and responded to the command post at Growing Places Day Care for debriefing.

Their dedicated support and assistance facilitated the peaceful resolution of the Operation 100 in a reasonable period of time. Two suspects were arrested and multiple weapons were recovered at the scene. The suspects were charged with unlawful use of a weapon (convicted of disturbing the peace) as a result of their unlawful actions.

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