Around 3:45 p.m. on April 12, emergency crews were dispatched to the 3800 block of S. Limit Ave. in reference to an accident in which two people were ejected from a vehicle. Two people were found lying on the ground near a 1996 Mazda Miata that was extensively damaged. A second vehicle involved in the accident, a 2014 Chevy Cruze, was located north of the Mazda. It sustained minor damage. Police say the Cruze was changing lanes when the Miata attempted to pass. The Cruze struck the rear driver side of the Miata, causing it to lose control. The Miata slid sideways before leaving the roadway on the east side. It then struck a metal sign post  of a local business in the 3800 block of S. Limit. The impact caused both occupants of the Miata to be ejected. The vehicle then traveled a short distance further and struck a utility pole. Both of the people ejected from the vehicle were air lifted to University Hospital in Columbia. The extent of their injuries was not known at the time of a police report. The driver of the Cruze was not injured. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone that witnessed the accident is asked to contact Officer Silvey at the Sedalia Police Department with information.


Authorities arrested four suspects after responding to a report of shots fired in Mora.  According to the Pettis County Sheriff's Office, deputies from Pettis County and Benton County, along with Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were called to the 36900 block of Silver Mine Rd. on April 13 and found evidence where shots had been fired into a home.

A suspect vehicle was located by the Cole Camp Police Department a short time later at Casey's General Store in Cole Camp. Deputies responded to the store to speak with the suspect and learned several other suspects had been dropped off at two locations, and evidence had been thrown out on 52 Highway. Authorities then went to a residence on M Highway in Pettis County to speak with other parties that could have been involved in the shooting.

As a result of the investigation, four people were arrested on a variety of charges:

Cassandra Ann Iman of Cole Camp

  1. Unlawful use of a weapon (felony)
  2. Tampering with physical evidence
  3. Minor visibly intoxicated
  4. Property damage

Jeremiah Scott Jones of Smithton

  1. Unlawful use of a weapon
  2. Minor visibly intoxicated
  3. Property damage

Luke Christopher Harms of Cole Camp

  1. Unlawful use of a weapon
  2. Minor visibly intoxicated
  3. Property damage

Clayton Eric Hambsch of Mora

  1. Unlawful use of a weapon
  2. Minor visibly intoxicated

All suspects were placed on 24-hour holds pending charges from the Pettis County Prosecutor. A juvenile was also taken into custody who was released to parents. The case will be referred to juvenile authorities.


Two people were arrested around 3:20 a.m. on April 13 after police were dispatched to the 800 block of E. Broadway Blvd. for a reported accident. Dispatch advised that a protective barrier at a business had been struck by a vehicle. Officers made contact witht he driver, who gave consent for a search of her person and vehicle. Police say they found drugs and drug paraphernalia, and arrested 38-year-old Tiffany L. Hessee and 32-year-old Keith E. Wolfe. Hessee was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center where blood was drawn, and was then transported to the Pettis County Jail. Wolfe was also taken to the Pettis County Jail.


Sedalia Police were called to the 700 block of E. Broadway Blvd. on April 13 to investigate a reported theft. Police say a suspect handed them an umbrella and said that she had not paid for it. A probable cause search was conducted which reportedly led to the discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 56-year-old Brenda L. Frame was arrested for possession of opium/cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.


A traffic stop was conducted on April 13 at Thompson Blvd. and W. Broadway Blvd. around 4 a.m. Police say the vehicle was stopped for a brake light that was not working. After stopping the vehicle, a passenger reportedly got out of the backseat and fled. Three others in the vehicle were identified. Police say 21-year-old Austin Robert Blankenship was found to have a no-bond parole warrant. Blankenship and the driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Alex Dean Love, were found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested and taken to the Pettis County Jail.


A Sedalia man was arrested on April 14 after he allegedly struck another person with a golf club. Police were dispatched around 8:40 a.m. to the 3400 block of W. 12th St. to investigate a domestic assault. Officers spoke with the suspect and two victims, and say that an investigation revealed that 23-year-old Blake M. Garrett had struck one victim with a golf club. Garrett was arrested and transported to the Pettis County Jail, where he was placed on a 24-hour hold.


Police stopped a vehicle for driving with no license plates on April 15 in the 1700 block of S. Lafayette Ave. Police say the odor of marijuana could be detected coming from inside the vehicle, and that the driver was found to be in possession of marijuana. 47-year-old April Louise Smasal was placed on a 24-hour hold at the Pettis County Jail for possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and introducing a controlled substance to a jail.


Deputies with the Pettis County Sheriff's Office were called just after 6 a.m. on April 15 to a disturbance where two people were yelling at each other in the 4700 block of S. Limit. Deputies arrested Paige N. Wiskur and Joshua M. Larson on charges of peace disturbance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Paige is also being charged with resisting arrest. Charges of possession of a controlled substance were filed on both suspects by the Pettis County Prosecutor.