Thursday, December 31, 2009

Law and Order in the Ozarks (Part XLIV): Woman pleads innocent in death of intimate partner

The lead story in the December 17, 2009, issue of the Newton County Times is "Breedlove pleads innocent in shooting." It follows up on the prior week's report that 35-year-old Kerry Breedlove shot her 39-year-old intimate, Shannon Price, in their home. Read the earlier post based on the initial news report here. The story reports that, according to the arrest affidavit, Breedlove told police that she and her minor daughter, Carissa, had been arguing with Price that morning. Breedlove told police that Price was trying to remove Carissa, a teenager, from the home when Kerry Breedlove "got a 22-caliber rifle from the living room and shot Price while he was in the kitchen." Breedlove is being held in the Boone County jail for Newton County, which had its jail closed during the summer of 2009 because it did not meet state standards. Breedlove's next court appearance will be a bond hearing on January 8.

In other "law and order" news, the city of Jasper has a new police officer, Cody Middleton, who previously worked as a dispatcher for the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Middleton will work afternoons five days a week. He joins Jasper Police Chief Pete DeChant, apparently the only other officer on the force. The story notes that Middleton is filling a new position with the department and that four others--from around the state--applied for the position. Middleton has completed a 120-hour course to qualify for the post.

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