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Vernon County Sheriff Department's Events
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*Disclaimer: Press Releases are issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Release Date: 3/23/20

Covid-19 Procedures Update

For questions contact the administrative office at 417-283-4400 

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office has continued to update its procedures regarding its handling of calls for service, food service and inmates based on recommendations from the State and Federal Government regarding the COVID-19 virus. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said he is attending regular state and local meetings with officials on a regular basis regarding the virus. 

Mosher explained some of the changes on Monday that he has taken regarding how the jail, patrol, dispatch and admin staff are functioning. “We put a lot of these changes in place nearly a month ago that include medical screening of inmates brought into our jail, responding to how we responded to calls and the cleaning within the building” said Mosher. The cleaning schedule was tripled for jail staff and admin staff that includes spraying down all surfaces, door handles, phones and kiosks within the jail frequently with disinfectants. Other changes that have been made on a temporary basis include: 

• Patrol staff using PPE equipment when responding to calls for service 

• Kitchen staff in the jail using PPE equipment when preparing meals 

• Suspension of on-site jail visitation (video visitation and phone calls still take place) 

• Working with the courts to provide video court so the criminal justice system can continue to operate. 

• Adding virus screening questionnaire to the dispatch process to better help protect first responders as well as screening people who enter the building. 

Mosher said inmates in the jail are being monitored by medical staff and as of Monday have not had any inmates that require testing. Each separate area of the jail has its own air systems which will help reduce any cross contamination within the jail. Mosher said the Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as needed. 

*Disclaimer: This press release has been issued by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office for information only. Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Jason Mosher 2040 E Hunter Nevada Mo 64772 Ph# 417-283-4400 Fax# 417-448-2580 

For questions contact the administrative office at 417-283-4400 


Release Date: 3/04/2020 

Missouri Sheriff’s United

On March 11, 2020 Missouri Sheriff’s will hold a press conference at the Missouri State Capitol on behalf of Missouri law abiding citizens. Sheriffs will unite to discuss the state of public safety as seen at the local level from all corners of the state. Sheriffs will be discussing the catch and release policies of the Missouri Department of Corrections, the Missouri Supreme Court bond reform, and the millions of dollars owed to local taxpayers who are merely upholding the rule of law. 

Sheriffs hope to directly communicate with Senators and Representatives about the impact of the criminal justice reform measures taken over the past year including how this affects local citizens in our own neighborhoods. 

Sheriffs will be announcing the formation of a new organization titled Missouri Sheriffs United. Missouri Sheriffs United will enhance Sheriffs ability to impact decisions made at the state level and will allow Sheriffs to be more of a voice for the law-abiding taxpayer. 

Sheriffs also hope to hear good news regarding the $30 million owed by the state to local law-abiding citizens for the housing of state prisoners. Governor Parson has asked for $22 million to pay toward the debt this legislative year and has committed to working with Sheriffs to ensure the jail reimbursement is funded correctly every year. 

Any questions should be directed to Executive Director Kevin Merritt, MSA. 

Release Date: 2/10/2020
Arrest made after weekend shooting in Vernon County

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A Nevada, MO man is in custody after a shooting incident that took place Friday night. According to Officials with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a report of a possible shooting that took place at East Stockade Rd. Sheriff Jason Mosher said one person was transported to the Nevada City Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg and then transported to Joplin later that night for further treatment. The suspect was apprehended a short time later and the suspected weapon was recovered. “Detectives found the suspect in a vehicle at Cash N’ Dash in Nevada and took him into custody without incident.” Sgt. Detective Nick Norval said the victim and the suspect were believed to be in a disagreement over property the suspect purchased from the victim.

The suspect has been identified as 25 year-old Lonnie L. Nall Jr. Nall has been charged with Assault1st Degree or Attempt, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful
Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Controlled Substance Except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid, Endangering the Welfare of a Child
involving Drugs 1st Degree 1st Offense, and Unlawful Use of Weapon and is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $200,000 cash only bond.

Release Date: 1/29/2020

LT Travis Cole graduates FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership program


Patrol Lt Travis Cole received his TRILOGY certificate after graduating from the 336th Executive Leadership academy FBI-LEEDA. Lt Cole began taking the leadership training in July and completed all three levels of training to receive his TROLOGY award. The three levels of certification included Supervisor Leadership, Command Leadership and Executive Leadership training. The week-long classes were spread out over a six-month period to allow working members of law enforcement in supervisor capacities to attend without being gone for a long period of time. Lt Cole said “I want to thank Sheriff Mosher and the FBI-LEEDA program for allowing me the opportunity to attend this training. The training I received is very valuable and a priceless tool that all law enforcement leaders should have.”


Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher presented Lt Cole with his TRILOGY award on Wednesday and said this marked the beginning of a goal he has had for some time. “I think every member of law enforcement that is in an upper-level management position should have this training. It not only teaches good leadership skills and values, but it takes a good look at the administrative side of law enforcement, the community relations aspect, and the policy and procedure process for agencies.” Mosher said a large portion of LT Cole’s class was paid for on a grant he submitted last summer and that he hopes to continue sending his administrative staff to this training. “I will definitely be applying for grants again this year and sending more of our staff to this training.”

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