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Teen receives probation for trashing business

FARMINGTON — A Farmington teenager was placed on probation for jumping through a downtown business window and trashing the place last year.

On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Sandy Martinez placed 18-year-old Taylor B. Moore on five years of supervised probation.

Moore was ordered to serve 40 days in the county jail, but was credited for time already served. He was also ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and pay nearly $35,000 in restitution for damage to Music Makers.

He was also ordered to stay in school and to have no contact with Music Makers.

According to court records, four windows were broken out on March 28 when Moore, who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, ran and jumped through a window.

A witness said Moore grabbed a guitar and then started tearing up the store while screaming.

When Farmington police officers arrived, Moore refused to show his hands or get on the ground. When he charged at one of the officers, the other officer used a Taser on him. Moore seemed unaffected and then began to charge at the other officer. He again was Tasered and fell to the ground. He still refused to obey commands and began kicking Officer Ron Roper and tried to take a swing at Officer Brad Williams.

One of the officers then maced Moore. Moore kicked at the officers while they were trying to get him in the car so they put leg straps on him.

Moore had several large lacerations on his hands from the glass and was treated by EMS, and again at a local hospital.

Also on Friday, Crystal L. Helms, 20, of Park Hills, was placed on two years of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor stealing.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at

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