Christian County Prosecutor Amy Fite (Center) with First Assistant Prosecutor Janette Bleau (Left) and Lara Webb Fors of the Regional Prosecutor’s Child Support Office
On April 14, 2016, First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau received a Women’s Justice Award as a Public Official. This award serves to recognize Janette’s dedication to seeking and serving justice for the victims of crime in Christian County. Her efforts and experience are invaluable to this office and community.
Also honored was Lara Webb Fors, director of the Springfield Regional Prosecutor’s Child Support Office. Lara’s office is responsible for assisting parents in Southwest Missouri (including Christian County) in getting back on track for their children.
Congratulations, Janette and Lara!
Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office honored and recognized Edith Burk and her daughters and Charlie Rickard and his beloved horse Poco during the Victim Memorial Garden ceremony on April 11, 2016. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch prosecuted the case against the offender that attacked Edith Burk and her daughter. Ms. Bunch spoke regarding the dedication of the brick to recognize 95 year old Edith Burk for her spirit and compassion. First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Tuohy successfully tried the offender who drove recklessly, hitting and seriously injuring Charlie Rickard while he was riding his beloved horse Poco. The offender then fled the scene leaving Mr. Rickard in a ditch requiring immediate medical assistance and Poco to suffer a painful death. Ms. Tuohy dedicated a brick to honor Mr. Rickard and his beloved horse Poco.
The employees of the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are very grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the Victim Garden Memorial Ceremony and dedicate bricks each year to individuals whose lives have been dramatically impacted by crime. It is a beautiful setting for a family member to be remembered or a survivor honored. This ceremony takes place during National Crime Victim’s Week (April 10, 2016 – April 16, 2016). In addition to participating in this event, the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office sponsors a poster contest each year for 5th grade students to show their support for those that are hurting. This year, the courthouse was filled with 352 posters from 5th graders across Christian County. We do this so the many victims of crime can see the support and outpouring of the community. This is especially meaningful for a child victim to be able to see other children supporting him or her.
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