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Coffey Man Arrested on Multiple Felonies

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David J. Girsch. Photo by Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail.

A Coffey man faces multiple criminal offenses after being arrested during an investigation by the Missouri Children’s Division.

Officials from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Missouri Children’s Department of Social Services in an investigation Wednesday at a residence on Highway 13 in Coffey, according to a statement filed with the court about a probable reason.

Officials reported seeing marijuana and drug paraphernalia and firearms during their stay. Further investigation revealed that 46-year-old David J. Girsch was a convicted criminal. Girsch was taken into custody and two children were placed in protective custody because of the poor living conditions of the house, several swords and knives lying around the house, and the fact that Girsch was arrested.

A subsequent search was conducted during which officials said they discovered additional firearms and methamphetamine.

Girsch Charged with the Crime of Possession of a Controlled Substance; three cases of unlawful possession of a firearm; and two cases where a child’s well-being is at risk. He has also faced offenses relating to possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and two cases of animal neglect or abandonment.

He is imprisoned in the Daviess-DeKalb regional prison.

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