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2018

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Associate of the Month: October 2018

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“Did I really just see that?”

That is the thought Jackson County Corrections Officer Lavonte Hickman was passing the Detention Center and noticed something out of the ordinary.

Hickman was driving to the center at 11:00 one night to pick...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Jackson County celebrates Veterans Day

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On this 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, Jackson County is honored to celebrate our former and current military personnel and acknowledge their service to the nation.

The county celebrates the service of all veterans, especially those who work for Jacks...

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Jackson County Road Crews Prepare for Winter Weather

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018

With snow in the forecast the Jackson County Public Works Department road crews are ready to go.

Road and Bridge Administrator Jim Evans said he talked with his assistants this morning and will finalize plans tomorrow morning.

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Associate of the Month: September 2018

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It is not easy dealing with hundreds and sometimes thousands of people on a daily basis, especially when most are defendants in criminal cases or disappointed about serving for jury duty.  However, no matter what kind of day she is having, Civili...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

County Associates Giving Back

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2018

St. Therese Little Flower Senior Center is the latest beneficiary of Jackson County associates giving back.

County Executive Frank White, Jr., presented a check in the amount of $400 to Father Matthew Roder Wednesday at the cente...

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Posted on: October 16, 2018

Associate of the Month: August 2018

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018

Mike Norman is one of those associates who consistently performs above and beyond expectations. He does exceptional things for the Parks + Rec Department every day.

Since Mike Norman joined the team of PGA Professionals at the Fred...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

County Associates Giving Back

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018

Giving The Basics received a $380 donation from Jackson County associates.

Giving The Basics has been providing basic hygiene products to individuals in the Kansas City metro area for the past six years.

Teresa Hamilton said the orga...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Jackson County Marks 126th Corrections Officer Academy Graduation

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Jackson County held a ceremony and reception for graduates of the 126th Corrections Officer Academy on October 5, 2018.

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Posted on: October 4, 2018

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018

Technology plays a vital role in our daily lives and in our future. Today many citizens, schools, libraries, businesses and other organizations use the Internet for a variety of tasks, including keeping in contact with family and ...

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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Child Support Awareness Month

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018

A bright colorful display helps remind the staff of the Family Support Division of the Prosecutor’s Office what it is they are working for.

The display features hand prints and the names of children supported by the divisi...

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Solidarity Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018

Associates from Jackson County, RideKC, and the city of Kansas City joined community members for a Solidarity Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Monday in front of the Jackson County Courthouse.

Before the walk County Executive Frank W...

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Posted on: September 28, 2018

Veterans Community Project Donation

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., and County Legislator Tony Miller presented a donation of $23,000 to the Veterans Community Project Thursday afternoon.

The money was raised during the Frank White, Jr., Invitational Golf...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Deputy Director of Corrections

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

Deloris Wells has been hired as the Deputy Director of Administration for the Jackson County Corrections Department.

Wells’ initial primary duties will be managing the facility’s budget, purchasing and financ...

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Posted on: September 10, 2018

Associate of the Month: July 2018

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Reaching outside his normal scope of duties with the GIS Department, Eric Barr became an integral part of updating the Delinquent Land Tax Sale posting application used by the Collections Department.

Over the last two years GIS ha...

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Posted on: August 31, 2018

Corrections Officers Promoted

The Jackson County Department of Corrections promoted four officers to Lieutenant during a ceremony Friday at the Detention Center.

Elmer Grayson, Charise Hill, Anyu Nji and Chande Tali received their lieutenant bars from Major John Cloonan. This is the fi...

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Posted on: August 28, 2018

Associate of the Month: June 2018

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MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018

Since Trent Hudson began working at the Jackson County Courthouse in Independence Betsy Meek has seen nothing but an outstanding job performance from him.

Meek, a Municipal Court clerk, said, “The condition and cleanliness ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2018

125th Correction Officer Academy Graduation

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

The Jackson County Department of Corrections welcomed 16 new officers to its staff during a ceremony for the Training Academy’s 125th graduating class August 10.

Lieutenant Steve Owen addressed the graduates on behalf of th...

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Posted on: July 30, 2018

New Director of Assessment

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State Representative Gail McCann Beatty has been named as the new director of the Jackson County Assessment Department. As Director of Assessment, McCann Beatty will be responsible for identifying, classifying and assessing all real and personal property ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2018

Back to School Immunizations

Summer is winding down and the school year is fast approaching. That means that your child may need vaccinations. Missouri law requires that all students present documentation of up-to-date immunization status before attending school.   ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Associate of the Month: May 2018

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

Over the last two years Lead Case Manager Kerry Balthrop has worked a significant number of exceptionally difficult cases for the Public Administrator’s Office.

According to Public Administrator John Killian, her case load in...

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Posted on: July 11, 2018

Purple Heart County

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2018

Jackson County has been recognized for its dedication and support honoring America’s combat wounded veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart.

The Patriot Members of the Department of Missouri Military Order of the P...

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Purple Heart Truck Run rolls into Jackson County

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July 5, 2018

Contact: Marshanna Hester

(816) 878-1930

mhester@jacksongov.org 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Tuesday, July 10, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 115 and the National WWI Museum and Memorial will host...

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Jackson County names longtime state lawmaker as next Director of Assessment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 2, 2018Contact: Marshanna Hester(816) 878-1930

mhester@jacksongov.org 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. is proud to announce that Rep. Gail McCann Beatty will serve as the next Directo...

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Neighborhood Parks Renovated

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018

Jackson County celebrated the renovation of three of its neighborhood parks with a trio of ribbon cuttings Thursday.

The three parks (57th and Forest, 35th and Wabash and 24th and Woodland) all received major improvements to both infra...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Associate of the Month: April 2018

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018

There is really no easy way to sum up what Devyn Horsley means to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to Captain Scott Goodman, “In the five months that I have been the Commander of Staff Services, she has consistent...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Jackson County announces ribbon cutting ceremonies for Neighborhood Parks

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June 26, 2018

Contact: Marshanna Hester

(816) 878-1930

mhester@jacksongov.org 

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec will host a series of grand opening ribbon cutting events at several of its newly re...

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Monument To Justice, Freedom and Courage

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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

The sacrifice and effort of those who fought for civil rights in Jackson County are being honored with the Monument To Freedom, Justice And Courage in Leon Jordan Memorial Park. The names of the first 100 community leaders memorialize...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

New Finance Director

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Bob Crutsinger has been named Jackson County’s new Director of Finance.

Bob joins the county after serving as the Associate Vice President/Director of Finance for Washburn University in Topeka. He is a Certified Public Accoun...

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

Summer Road Program Underway

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The Jackson County Public Works Department is on the road again.

The annual summer road program helps to keep the county’s 425 miles of roads in good shape. Chief Engineer Earl Newill said that nearly 80 miles of roadwork will be done this year. ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

124th Corrections Officer Academy Graduation

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

The Jackson County Department of Corrections welcomed 14 new graduates to its staff during a ceremony for the Training Academy’s 124th graduating class June 8.

Corrections Director Dianna Turner expressed her excitement about ...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Women in Corrections: Nilda Serrano

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018

After more than a quarter of a century with the Jackson County Department of Corrections, Captain Nilda Serrano still loves her job and spending time at what she calls her second home.

“Our second home is in the building an...

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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Darryl Forte' Named Sheriff

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018

County Executive Frank White, Jr., introduced former Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte’ as Jackson County Sheriff during a press conference this morning.

“One thing that stood out to me about Darryl is his focu...

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Posted on: April 24, 2018

Isaac Johnston named Deputy Director of Corrections

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018

Isaac Johnston has been named Deputy Director of the Department of Corrections.

Isaac has served as the Acting Deputy Director since November of 2017. His public safety career includes serving as the warden of two facilities, the Lea...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

Jackson County Executive announces nominating committee for Jackson County Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 20, 2018Contact: Marshanna Hester(816) 878-1930

mhester@jacksongov.org 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has announced a nominating committee to help appoint a Jackson County Sheriff,...

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Posted on: April 19, 2018

Monument to Freedom, Justice and Courage

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

Honoring those who have made or are making significant contributions to the civil rights movement in Jackson County is the motivation behind a new memorial being constructed at Leon Jordan Park.

County, city and community leaders ga...

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

Jackson County Drug Task Force Awarded

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

The Jackson County Drug Task Force (JCDTF) was recently awarded the 2017 Outstanding Cooperative Effort Award by the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington D...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Women in Corrections: Kiva Hill

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018

Kiva Hill says a lot of people don’t understand her work and have misgivings about her chosen profession as a corrections officer.

“Depending on where you are from or your background some people have a stigma abo...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

Parks Customer Service Training

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MARCH 30, 2018

In preparation of the busy spring and summer season ahead, Jackson County Parks + Rec held its annual “State of the Parks” and Customer Service Training for 130 full-time associates Friday, March 30, at the Central Jackso...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Mass Fatality Training

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MARCH 29, 2018

Kansas City area emergency response agencies had the opportunity to join forces in preparing for a mass casualty and mass fatality incident last week at Kansas Speedway.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office was one of nearly...

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Posted on: March 16, 2018

Associate of the Month: February 2018

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MARCH 15, 2018

Christmas in the Park has become one of the Kansas City area’s most beloved holiday traditions and one of Jackson County Parks + Rec’s most celebrated events of the year. It’s not Santa that builds the animated ...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

Whitney Miller Appointed Director of Collections

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MARCH 12, 2018

Whitney Miller brings her tax law experience to her new position as Director of the Collection Department.

For more than five years, she has served as civil legal counsel for the County Counselor’s Office, managing more than 900 pro...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

Diana Turner Named Director of Corrections Department

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MARCH 12, 2018

Diana Turner was named Director of the Jackson County Corrections Department during the Legislative meeting Monday. Turner has been serving as acting director since November 30, 2017.

She was hired as deputy director in September and has devo...

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Posted on: March 9, 2018

Rock Island Shared Use Path Groundbreaking

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018

A giant step forward was taken this morning as Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority broke ground on the first phase of the Rock Island Shared Use Path.

According to County Executive, Frank White, Jr., the new tra...

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Posted on: March 6, 2018

Serve Weather Symposium

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SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018

The large auditorium at Crown Pointe Church, Lee’s Summit, MO is filled early on a Saturday morning. This year the Severe Weather Symposium has a stronger impact after last year’s tornado which struck Oak Grove a...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

Fort Osage and Education Center Closed Indefinitely

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2018

 

Contact: Marshanna Hester

(816) 878-1930

mhester@jacksongov.org  

Fort Osage and Education Center closed indefinitely

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, own...

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Posted on: February 15, 2018

Associate of the Month: January 2018

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Even after 38 years of service, Cheryl Langford continually exceeds expectations in performing her duties as Taxpayer Services Administrator.

According to Collections Department Administrator Karey Schulze, Cheryl is always willing to come in early, stay l...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Jackson County donates to Special Olympics

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A sunny and unusually warm January day at Longview Lake was the perfect setting for the annual Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics.

According to Adam Wright, Development Manager for Special Olympics Missouri, the event has nearly reached the 2018 goa...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Deputy Awarded Medal of Valor

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Working the overnight shift at Walmart can often be interesting, but the early hours of May 27, 2017, turned out to be more than Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Lauren Michael expected.

What happened shortly after 2:14 a.m. lead to the deputy recently bein...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Women In Corrections: Rena Childs

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Accepting a challenge from her family has lead Rena Childs to a 20-year career with the Jackson County Department of Corrections.

“People informed me I was too passive and corrections was not for me so that challenge made me come here and I&r...

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Posted on: January 31, 2018

Legislature Supports Stand Up KC

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Today, 48,000 Kansas City citizens are employed in some of the world’s largest and most profitable fast food and retail corporations, but they work in the city’s worst paying jobs.

The average fast food worker is now 32 years old and th...

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Posted on: January 26, 2018

LEADership Blue Springs visits Jackson County

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The current LEADership Blue Springs class recently had the opportunity to get a personal look at Jackson County government. The 18 members toured the courthouse in Kansas City as well as the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence.

While in Kansas City ...

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Keeping County Parks Safe

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It was a warm afternoon in early summer when Jackson County Parks Ranger Martin Steele responded to a mutual aid call from Prairie Township Fire for an incident on the east side of Lake Jacomo. As he arrived the ranger spotted a 16-year-old girl lying on ...

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