Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ryan A. Burckhardt

Captain Ryan Burckhardt takes command of Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop C, in Weldon Spring

Captain Ryan A. Burckhardt, director of the Missouri Information Analysis Center, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, Missouri, is transferring to Troop C, Weldon Spring, Missouri, where he will serve as commanding officer. Burckhardt joined the Patrol on July 1, 1997, as a member of the 74th Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, […]

MSHP Lieutenant Joseph Veasman

Missouri State Highway Patrol announces promotion of Sergeant Joseph Veasman to Lieutenant

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotion effective October 1, 2021, Sergeant Joseph A. Veasman, Troop F, Zone 14, commercial vehicle enforcement, is being promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to the Professional Standards Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO. Veasman began his career with the Patrol on […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol seeks information on additional victims of man arrested for child molestation

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Mark Scott West, 54, of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. West was arrested on Monday, September 20, 2021, for child molestation in the 2nd degree with a child less than 12 years old. Criminal investigators seek information about possible additional victims, adult […]

Lawmakers demand hearings on Afghanistan withdrawal

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), and eight colleagues sent a letter to Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.) calling for hearings on the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Specifically, the senators requested sworn testimony from senior military leaders, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General […]

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Governor Parson awards Missouri Public Safety Medals to first responders and civilians for heroic actions in 2020

Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety Medals to a total of 15 first responders and 7 civilians for heroic and life-saving actions during 2020. The awards are Missouri’s highest recognition for first responders acting during critical incidents. The civilians, who include a 12-year-old boy who performed a life-saving rescue at age 11, were honored […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol accepting applications for Community Alliance Program in Macon

Captain Erik A. Gottman, the commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, Missouri, announces Troop B is seeking individuals interested in attending Troop B’s 16th Community Alliance Program. The Community Alliance Program will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021, and will be hosted at the Hannibal Career and Technical Center in Hannibal. Participants will meet for […]

Lieutenant Gerard G. Callahan

Missouri State Highway Patrol announces promotion of Gerard Callahan

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotion: Sergeant Gerard G. Callahan, Q/HRD, will be promoted to lieutenant and transfer to the Patrol Records Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO, where he will serve as the Patrol’s Custodian of Records effective June 1, 2021. Callahan was appointed to […]

MSHP Employee of the Month - March 21 Jeffrey Huff

Highway Patrol corporal named Missouri State Employee of the Month for unique handling of traffic stop

Jeffrey W. Huff, a corporal in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A, has been named Missouri State Employee of the Month for March for the care and compassion he demonstrated while responding to a teenager experiencing suicidal thoughts. Huff became eligible for the state recognition after being named Department of Public Safety Sworn Employee […]

Captain Steven Wilhoit

Missouri State Highway Patrol announces promotion of Steven Wilhoit to Captain

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotion effective March 1, 2021. Lieutenant Steven V. Wilhoit, Q/DDCC, will be promoted to the rank of captain and named commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, MO. Wilhoit was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 1996, as a member of the 72nd […]

Authorities searching for possible small aircraft that crashed in eastern Grundy County

Law enforcement reports an aircraft possibly went down in eastern Grundy County on February 8th. Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Corporal Justin Dunn reports preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration indicates a Cessna 177 left Randolph County and was headed to Kirksville. However, there is no indication the aircraft landed in Kirksville. GPS coordinates […]

Major Scott Shipers MSHP

Missouri State Highway Patrol to promote Gallatin native to Major

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotion effective March 1, 2021. Captain Scott A. Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, is being promoted to the rank of major. Major Shipers will transfer to General Headquarters, Jefferson City, where he will serve as the bureau commander […]

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Former Harrison County sheriff deputy enters “Not Guilty” plea to tampering with evidence charge

A former Harrison County sheriff deputy charged with two felony counts of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution entered a plea of not guilty on February 3rd. Online court information shows 43-year-old Kevin Lawson of Gilman City is next scheduled for court on April 7th. He also faces misdemeanor tampering with a public […]

Sergeant Rich Stewart MSHP

Missouri State Highway Patrol announces promotion of Richard Stewart to sergeant

Captain Benjamin C. Jones, director of the Recruiting and Community Outreach Division, announces the following promotion effective February 1, 2021. Corporal Richard A. Stewart, Recruiting and Community Outreach Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO, is being promoted to sergeant and will remain in his current position as a full-time recruiter for the Troop A, Lee’s Summit, […]

New Troopers assigned to Troop H Jan 2021 Final Version

Missouri State Highway Patrol announces new Troopers assigned to Northwest Missouri

Captain Clark N. Stratton, commanding officer Troop H, announces the assignment of three new troopers to Northwest Missouri. The new troopers were members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s 110th Recruit Class that graduated from the Patrol Academy on January 20, 2021. The new troopers will report for duty on February 16, 2021. Trooper Sam […]

Charges Filed

Former Harrison County Sheriff Deputy charged with felony of tampering with physical evidence

A former Harrison County Sheriff Deputy has been charged with two felony counts of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution and misdemeanor tampering with a public record. Forty-three-year-old Kevin Lawson of Gilman City is scheduled for an initial appearance in court on February 3rd. A probable cause statement from Corporal Adam McAtee with […]