Two Platte County assistant prosecuting attorneys have been recognized for their excellence. Amy Ashelford received the MADD Hero Award from the Heartland Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for her efforts to combat impaired driving. Miranda Loesch was recognized by Ingram’s magazine in their annual list of “20 in Their 20s,” which recognizes people under age 30 who are “setting standards of excellence for their organizations.”
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said, “Platte County is fortunate to have what I believe is the best team of lawyers and support staff of any prosecutor’s office in Missouri. These awards recognize some of the great work that prosecutors do every single day to keep our community safe, protect victims, and secure justice.”
Ashelford has worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Zahnd’s office since 2004. For years, she has served as the office’s lead traffic safety prosecutor. She helped spearhead the creation of Platte County’s DWI Treatment Court.
In 2014, Ashelford received the National Traffic Safety Prosecutor Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators. In 2013, she received the DWI Hero of the Year Award from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
Loesch joined Zahnd’s office in 2015. She has prosecuted domestic violence cases. Last year, she helped more than 150 victims with information regarding essential resources, such as counseling, shelters, and financial assistance.
In 2016, Loesch also required over 85 percent of all domestic offenders entering probation to successfully complete a batterer’s intervention program provided by Synergy Services.
Zahnd said, “Platte County citizens can be confident that Ms. Ashelford, Ms. Loesch, and the other members of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are truly outstanding advocates for justice. We are fortunate to have attorneys of their caliber willing to serve the public instead of pursuing more lucrative endeavors.”
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