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INVESTIGATOR JJ GOULBOURNE CHOSEN FOR MOSIA EXECUTIVE BOARD

JJ Goulbourne, Investigator and System Administrator for the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office, has been chosen to serve as an Executive Board Member for the Missouri State Investigators Association. MOSIA’s purpose is to promote the free exchange of inter-agency information necessary to effectively carry out the work of association members. The organization provides educational opportunities for governmental personnel that engage in investigative work and enhances the status of investigative work as a profession.

JJ has worked in the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office since 2013 and has 21 years of law enforcement experience and 16 years Military experience. As a member of this Board, he will represent Investigators who work for Prosecutors and direct the organization’s website campaign. One of his leading duties will be to improve the MOSIA’s current website.

 

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ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY KRISTEN TUOHY RECEIVES THE LON O. HOCKER AWARD

Ozark, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office congratulates Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Tuohy on receiving the Lon O. Hocker Award!

Kristen Tuohy is one of three recipients selected to receive the 2014 Missouri Bar Foundation Lon O. Hocker Award. Kristen will be honored at the Missouri Bar Annual Meeting Service Awards Luncheon on September 10, 2014. Kristen has worked for the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office since 2012. Prior to joining the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office, Kristen served as a Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County, as an Assistant Attorney General, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with Newton County and as an Assistant Public Defender. Recipients of the prestigious Lon O. Hocker Award are chosen annually based on zealousness and honor, strength, courtesy, confidence, and respect. Kristen was chosen based on her demonstrated proficiency in the art of trial advocacy by a Review Committee.

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MISSOURI DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND STAFF PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING PROVIDED BY THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE

Ozark, MO – Officers and Staff of the Missouri Dept. of Corrections – Nixa Probation & Parole Office, attended 2 hours of in-service training provided by the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office. Each person in attendance received credit of 2 hours in the area of Technical Studies which will be applied to their training record with the Missouri Department of Corrections.

In-service training is one of the most important responsibilities in any law enforcement agency.

Training serves four basic objectives:
- Well-trained personnel are better prepared to act decisively and correctly.
- Training results in greater productivity and effectiveness.
- Training promotes cooperation and unity of purpose.
- Provides safeguards for being legally accountable for actions of personnel

The training was conducted by JJ Goulbourne, Investigator for the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office and a Deputy with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. JJ is a Generalist Instructor with the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Training Academy.

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3rd ANNUAL NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS WEEK POSTER CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Clever

Highlandville

NixaOzark, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney, Amy J. Fite, is pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual National Crime Victims Week Poster Contest sponsored by the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office. Three school districts and 39 5th grade students participated in this year’s contest. A winner from each school was selected with an overall grand prize winner. The winners include Morgan Keith of Clever, Jayme Dye of Highlandville, and Rachel Janisch or Nixa. The Grand Prize winner was Shelby Volmert of Clever.

Each student that participated was asked to draw a poster on how they can help someone who is hurting. The posters were judged based on originality/creativity, content, how well it related to the theme, and overall presentation. The posters were displayed in the Christian County Justice Center during National Crime Victims’ Week.

National Crime Victims’ Week was held April 6-12, 2014. It is a week used to promote awareness to victims’ rights and services and to honor past victims of violence. This year’s national theme was 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office would like to thank all of this year’s participants. We would also like to send a special thanks to Linda Baker, Barb Stillings, Ashley Keesling, and Suzanne Frakes for taking time out of their day to judge all of the posters.
The participants from Clever Upper Elementary include: Jordan Palmer, Jasmine Sondree, Dylan Thompson, Lucas Sale, Brea Benedict, Taylor Holmes, Morgan Keith, Penny Murray, Maddie Whittle, Jameson Price, Travis Franco, Shelby Volmert, Steven Blink, and Macy Browning.

The participants from Highlandville Elementary include: Bailey Nichols, Victoria Gagliardi, Dillon Abernatha, Matthew Grantham, Samuel Shuman, Daniel Newell, Jayme Dye, Jasmin Inman, Lana Martin, Haley Weiss, Nicole Sportsman, Mya Glenn, Jacob Mease, Keril Vakhrushev, and Chalice Sherer.
The participants from Nixa Summit Elementary include: Jaelyn Zimmerman, Samantha Denning, Rachel Janisch, Mariah Dillon, Isabel Panduro, Caitlyn Tatum, Terin MacDonald, Olivia Engelman, and Brianna James.

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ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR ATTENDS TRAINING AT THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE

OZARK, MO – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney, Amy J. Fite announces that Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna L. Bunch has just completed training at the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Alabama. The NCFI is a partnership between the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, and the Alabama District Attorney’s Association to train state and local law enforcement, judges and prosecutors in computer forensics and digital evidence. She was one of 24 other prosecutors that came from all over the United States.

The five-day course provides hands-on experience to allow prosecutors to obtain knowledge and insight into handling criminal cases with digital evidence. The training teaches prosecutors how the computer forensics process is completed by investigators and how to better evaluate and present computer crimes cases.

The in-court exercises dealt with a fictional case that involved fraudulent computer access, identity theft, and forging of documents, which will provide helpful guidance to her in handling her caseload of property and financial crimes.

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