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March 11, 2012

DA’s office restructured

New additions as well as a newly reformed drug task force are changes at the Mayes County District Attorney’s Office.

Mayes County District Attorney Janice Steidley said her office has reformed the drug task force, now called the 12th District Drugs and Violent Crime Unit.

She said it is a more dynamic unit and includes District Attorney Investigators Shane Reynolds, Jerry Douglas, who focuses on warrants and bogus checks, Tommy Dunlap, Gary Stansill, who focuses on violent and sex crimes, and Mike Thomas, who focuses on Craig County crimes.

Steidley said many people believe that the investigators spend all of their time in the office, but that is not the case. She said the investigators are out there, going to crime scenes and lending aid to local police departments.

“They are out there trying to combat drug problems and helping the district become more of a leader,” Steidley said.

She said the investigators have time to follow as many leads as possible and make the cases as air tight as possible.

Steidley said the investigators have been holding training sessions for local law enforcement agencies.

“We want to be working hand in hand with law enforcement,” Steidley said.

Trainings that have been made available to all law enforcement agencies in the district, including media relations training, evidence-based sexual assault training and Regional Organized Crime Investigation Center training.

Members of the task force have participated with law enforcement agencies in drug sweeps, K-2 buys, a cold case Welch murder, a Claremore murder and helping to find the body of a murdered man.

Additionally, Steidley has spoken at over 20 schools in the district teaching children about drugs, smoking, alcohol and the consequences of bullying. Steidley said she wants to make the county a leader in solving crimes and forming air tight cases against those who break the law.

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