Public Safety

Important information you should know when snow hits that will help emergency crews

First and foremost never think twice about calling 911.

Days like today are keeping Franklin County 911 dispatchers along with Fire, Police, EMS, and Highway/Street departments very busy.

Dispatchers and emergency crews are barely able to keep up at times, working as hard as possible through a collative effort to respond to every 911 call.

There is one thing we forget during times of bad weather; people still get sick and police still deal with calls like any other day.

There are little things you can do to help. Here are a few simple things you can do to help insure people who need help get help.

First and foremost never question whether or not to call 911.  Below is a list of important information to give dispatchers, which will make their job a little bit easier and in a round about way you may save someone’s life.

Counterfeit $100 bill discovered in Pacific

Pacific, Mo. - Quick News spoke with Detective Robertson of the Pacific Police Department this morning regarding their finding of a fraudulent $100 bill.  The Department is currently working with the Secret Service on the matter.

Detective Robertson said “when you compare the bills in size, it [the counterfeit bill] is smaller; not much, but enough to be noticeable”.  The bill was also missing the center water mark strip; therefore this bill was most likely a reprint.

A citizen discovered the bill was fraudulent when he went to another establishment who did a pen check on the bill; it was then taken to a local bank.

National Rifle Association releases statement regarding school shooting

Yesterday, the National Rifle Association held a press conference regarding the Connecticut school shooting.

Executive Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, spoke about leaving the Nation's school children vulnerable, when our President, airports, banks, office buildings, and power plants are protected with armed security.

LaPierre also reinforced the idea that violent video games and movies are contributing to the violence in our world.  Reiterating that "gun isn't a bad word", LaPierre said, "A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States isn't a bad word. And when you hear the glass breaking in your living room at 3 a.m. and call 911, you won't be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you."

Franklin County Sheriff's Department now has a smartphone "app"

Union, Mo. - The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is joining the “app” revolution with the release of their very own smartphone application, MOFranklinSO.  Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke spoke with Quick News about the features and how citizens will benefit from this free app.

Sheriff Toelke said, “The app has several different features, one of them is allowing us to send out mass amounts of information when we are actively searching for a suspect."

New Haven Police Department Cracking Down On Impaired Drivers Dec. 6-13 - Drink and Drive you will lose

New Haven, Mo.
- The New Haven Police Department will be participating in the 2012 Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign to stop people from driving impaired during this Holiday season.

Enforcement efforts will be increased December 10-16 and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

Ornaments for Officers

By Kyle Quick

If you remember in 2008, Sergeant William Biggs and Officer Thomas Ballman were both shot and killed when a suspect opened fire at a Kirkwood City Council Meeting.  Not only did the Kirkwood Police Department lose a 20-year veteran, Bill Biggs, his family lost a husband and dad.

Sgt. Bill Biggs’s wife, Cindi Biggs, is working to promote Ornaments for Officers, which raises money for Backstoppers.

There two different ornaments to choose from, a firefighter and a police officer.