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Law enforcement officials still seeking felon

Monday, August 27, 2012

Law enforcement officials are still seeking information on the whereabouts of Michael Nguyen, who is wanted for felony stealing and burglary.

Officials attending the August meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers discussed two individuals wanted by law enforcement.

Nguyen is described as a 28-year-old white male, 5-feet, seven inches in height, about 160 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.

The second suspect, Joe D. Andrus, has warrants for felony probation violation, passing bad checks, and traffic offenses. He is also wanted for questioning in a Lawrence County arson fire.

Andrus is known to frequent the Barry and Lawrence counties area. Former addresses include the cities of Verona, Monett, Stotts City, Mt. Vernon and Aurora.

In other business, Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay discussed updates to the sheriff's office website.

"The inmate list is one of the most popular sites on the web page," DeLay said. "People in the community want to know who has been arrested."

Little progress has been made in a recent investigation that occurred earlier this month in Pierce City.

Authorities are seeking the whereabouts of Martin Meza, also known as Carlos Gonzalez, age 28, who was charged with the first degree murder of Able Ibarra, of Purdy. Meza's location is currently unknown.

Jay Jastal, school resource officer at the Monett R-1 School District, announced a Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Sept. 29 at Old Town Pharmacy.

"That location proved to be a good one last time, so we are planning to hold the event there again," Jastal said.

According to Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder, the take back effort netted over 50 pounds of medications that were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal. The statewide total of drugs received in the take back effort was 20,529 pounds.

More information about the event will be announced as plans are finalized.

Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported a car theft that occurred in Purdy earlier in the month. Investigation continues into that incident.

The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes. Tips may be submitted by calling 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Tips may also be submitted through the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers website at www.blcrimestoppers.com. Web-based tips are ineligible for a reward.

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