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Local Kids ‘Shop With a Cop’

The ‘Shop With a Cop’ program was able to help 39 kids of the local community this year through grants from Walmart and White River Valley Electric Co-Op. Officers shopping with the kids are, from left, top row: Missouri Highway Patrol Tpr. Justin Piccinino, Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Mings, Deputy Gabe Stroud and Sheriff Chris Degase. Row 2: Deputy Stacy Birch, Ava Policeman Greg Byerley, Conservation Agent Mark Henry, and Ava Policeman Duane Butterworth. At left, Sgt. Vernon Johnson, with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept., appears to be putting in a request with Santa while the kids are shopping. (Photos submitted by Starra Price of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept.)