Local law enforcement officials are still seeking the whereabouts of a man last seen in the Monett area earlier this year.
Michael S. Nguyen, a white male, 27, is described as being 5-feet, 7-inches in height, and weighing approximately 157 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Nguyen is wanted for a parole violation.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of Nguyen.
Anyone having information on the whereabouts of this individual is urged to call the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers chapter at 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 888-635-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
In other business, Chairman John Strong announced that a local computer company, MDC, has agreed to work on building a web site for the local chapter. The site will include links to area law enforcement agencies.
It was also announced that an arrest had been made in the recent hate crime case in Monett in which a vehicle was vandalized with spray paint.
Board members also discuued the possibility of incorporating a Facebook page with the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers featured cases and contact information to make it easy for local citizens to access information about the organization.
It was reported by Purdy Chief of Police Jackie Lowe that he had collected the remains of two meth labs in the Purdy area in the past week. He noted that meth cooks are using the "shake and bake" method of production, using soda bottles in the manufacturing process.
"Area residents should be aware that the chemical remains in these bottles is extremely caustic," Lowe said. "No one should handle these items, especially if they contain a milky white liquid in them. Instead, they should call their local law enforcement agency to collect and dispose of these mobile lab remains."
|Law enforcement officials are also seeking information on the person or persons responsible for breaking and entering Faith Church in west of Monett just off Highway 60.|
Taken were electric guitars and stereo equipment and speakers.
Lowe also noted that there had been a recent string of burglaries in the rural Cassville area.
The next meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers chapter will take place at noon, Wednesday, August 18, at the Bayou Restaurant on Highway 60 in Monett.