Marshall teenager a suspect in attempted burglary

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Marshall teenager with a court case involving drug possession already underway was arrested early Saturday morning, April 17, by officers from Saline County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol as a suspect in an attempted burglary.

The suspect was taken into custody following a report from a property owner in rural Saline County that she had observed two males attempting to gain entry to her home. As the men left the area in their vehicle, after failing to get into the home, the victim was able to identify the make, model and license number of the car, which was then reported to law enforcement.

According to the incident report, the vehicle and its occupants were located in Marshall a short time later. A search of the vehicle revealed the presence of equipment commonly associated with removal of gasoline from a vehicle and a large pair of bolt cutters. The suspect was held for 24 hours at Saline Justice Facility and released April 18. A report was filed with the county prosecutor's office.

Editor's note: Our policy is to withhold the names of people allegedly involved in crimes until formal charges have been filed.

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  • if the people of this town had provided more things for teens the suspect wouldnt keep getting in trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by ASBS on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 4:38 PM
  • What?? It is the town's fault?? You have got to be kidding me! I think maybe a teen ager would know that attempting to enter someone else's home is.....WRONG! Already up on drug charges, well sounds like this kid is headed down the wrong path.

    It is the town's frault is a cop out.

    -- Posted by litlmissme on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 6:46 PM
  • Hmmmm. I raised a son in this town and he was never once in trouble with the law. We had lots of family time, friends over, school activities, etc. to keep him busy and off the streets. What a cop out to blame our town for not providing the home life that would keep troubled teens off the streets and out of jail!

    -- Posted by Lilac on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 6:59 PM
  • Liliac I agree with you 100% but some ppl dont have a stable environment to grow up in. Some ppl are still going to follow the life of crime even if we did have a community center but it would be a good thing to have. Im actually suprised that a town of Marshall's size does not have one. Heres an Idea, If the voters finnally come to their senses about the school bill we could use one of the old buildings as a rec center for the youth. Plenty of College students here that would love to volunteer for it to pad their resume after college and I know alot of kids at valley are there to be teachers. A rec center wont fix all of our problems but its a better place for some kids to hang out in than on the street getting in trouble.

    -- Posted by PaperPro on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 10:17 PM
  • Stable environment or not, they are old enough to know right from wrong. Period.

    The community offers plenty, ranging from church groups and after school programs to BYS. Logic like yours ASBS has resulted in tax payers covering the costs of associate and bachelor's degrees for state prisoners. They just need one more chance (at the cost of responsible and honest people)!!! Ha!! The young man made a poor decision and now he has to deal with the consequences. Taking any responsibility away from the person who made the choice is foolishness.

    Also, don't assume that the person in question is from Marshall just because the crime was committed here.

    -- Posted by thebirdman on Tue, Apr 20, 2010, at 10:48 PM
  • This town does have many opportunities for youth, we have the Y, 4-H, FFA, dance, karate, soccer leagues, football leagues, baseball, the pool, bowling alley, skating rink,boy scouts, girl scouts many churches have youth programs. My kids didn't understand why we kept them so busy. Yes, it took effort on our part too, but it was worth it to have well adjusted children. I can't tell you how many bake sales, candy bar sales,cookie sales, fruit sales, demonstrations, we were a part of over the years. My kids did not have time to be in trouble, plus they had chores to do at home besides that. I think we have a wonderful town and many chances for our youth to take the right path, they just have to be pushed in that direction and have support from family.

    -- Posted by litlmissme on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 5:56 AM
  • Parents. If parents do not stay involved with their childern their childern are going to get involved with something else, anything else. I play catch, etc with my childern, take them fishing, we sit at our dinning room table every night for supper, after they do their chores of cleaning up after supper they may hang out with their friends until 8:00pm, then they are back home with me. On the other hand I know someone who lets their child do and go where they want as long as they are out of their hair...guess who's name will eventually end up in MDN...that child. Last time I checked it was me that was responsible for my childern and their upbringing not the community's.

    -- Posted by MBGAL on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 9:21 AM
  • This is why a new school building with bigger and better facilities (gym, computer lab, library) would be worth the money. Build more jails or schools?

    -- Posted by mu-grad on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 11:47 AM
  • Again, not the point. I was a strong supporter of the new school, but as much as it would have helped, they would not have fixed this type of issue. It is not the teacher's, administrator's, or board's responsibility to teach right from wrong. Students will not learn morality and responsibilty in a gym, computer lab, or library. It can be reinforced there, but if the seed isn't there, no amount of water will make it grow!

    -- Posted by thebirdman on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 12:57 PM
  • Thebirdman, the title of the story is "Marshall teenager a suspect in attempted burglary", no one is making assumptions here that hes from Marshall, he "IS" from Marshall. Im not saying we need a community center for the sole purpose of turning bad kids into good ones. This town needs one, it just makes sense. Id rather my tax dollars go to this and a new school than to others. Courthouse anyone???

    -- Posted by PaperPro on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 9:45 PM
  • you all would complain about any topic wouldnt ya hahahahahahahah

    -- Posted by dodge65340 on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 11:11 AM
  • There is a need for teen things,

    Marshall is adapting,,we leave the park open all night, allow loud music till all hours of the night,,,

    The repsonsible parents are keeping their kids accountable, the even more responsible parents plan activities with their children, realatives help out........and for those who don't practice responsible parenting.....well we see the results.

    Or, we could also look into this,,Marshall has an abundance of gov't controlled low cost housing, we are near the tops for social programs, our cops are out manned and under payed, and a city council who is well,,,,questionable, seems to follow hand in hand......

    -- Posted by ceymore on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 12:29 PM
  • hmmmm the town is the babysitter and the town is responsible for all crime and prank playing that any teen does? LOL Just another attempt at taking away responsiblity from the TEEN and the TEENS parents/guardians.

    -- Posted by mrxray on Sat, Apr 24, 2010, at 1:34 AM
  • This is why a new school building with bigger and better facilities (gym, computer lab, library) would be worth the money. Build more jails or schools?

    -- Posted by mu-grad on Wed, Apr 21, 2010, at 11:47 AM

    NOT sure how new school buildings would help manage teens without parental supervision.... more or better schools does not equal a reduction in teenage delinquency or a reduction in the numbers of teens involved in crime or trouble.

    Maybe this relates MORE to the issue that teenagers and early 20 year olds are getting pregnant and dropping out of school before they have careers and before the 'parent'(s) have a highschool education and a college education and a career to support their children. There is correlation between educational level/good careers and ability to raise a family out of poverty and with a good sense and maturity.

    More and more social programs will NEVER solve this issue.

    -- Posted by mrxray on Sat, Apr 24, 2010, at 1:40 AM
  • School building would of helped in rural Marshall area on Saturday morning, for sure.

    -- Posted by ceymore on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 8:19 AM
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