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Fugitives claim to be carnies

Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Salem police talk to two wanted persons. Police stopped the individuals on a bridge just outside of Salem city limits. Both persons had outstanding warrants from Missouri. Photo by Emily McIntosh
Two people wanted by the Missouri State Police Department tried to escape the law by claiming they were carnival workers at the fair in Salem according to Salem Police Chief Albert Roork.

The Salem Police Department aided the South Central Missouri Drug Task Force in capturing Helen Marie Prokopovich, 33, and Billy Joe Greer, 28, both of West Plains.

The two wanted persons and a third passenger were pursued by an unmarked drug task force vehicle. Roork said during situations similar to this, one expects to see marked police cars with sirens blaring and lights on. "The actual scenario was that an unmarked (vehicle) with the South Central Missouri Drug Task Force was chasing," Roork said.

Roork conducted a felony stop at a bridge on Highway 395 north a few miles outside of Salem city limits and laid out spikes.

When the vehicle stopped, Roork said, "All three told us they were employed at the carnival."

Prokopovich was wanted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, maintaining a public nuisance by distributing marijuana and distribution of a controlled substance near public housing.

Greer was wanted for delivery or manufacture of an imitation controlled substance.

The passenger with Greer and Prokopovich was released on scene.

The Salem Police Department took custody of Greer and Prokopovich. Both waived extradition and will be sent back to Howell County.

Prokopovich was given a $100,000 bond and Greer was given a $2,500 bond.



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