Sedalia Police conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of W. 16th Street and S. Grand Avenue at approximately 4:14 a.m. on September 12. They say a passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old Cornell Elliott Staten, had a felony warrant from Kansas City for first degree rape. The driver, 19-year-old Sarah E. Gerloff, was arrested for a Sedalia municipal charge of driving while suspended, and another passenger, 29-year-old Jordan Danielle Rhodes, was found to be in possession of marijuana.


Police were dispatched around 4 a.m. on September 12 to Denny's after a 23-year-old woman allegedly left the restaurant without paying for her food. Police say they made contact with 23-year-old Devyn C. Welch and found her to be in possession of a controlled substance. Welch was taken to the Pettis County Jail.


Sedalia Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of S. Prospect Ave. around 9 p.m. on September 12 to take a theft report. According to a police report, an investigation revealed that the theft had not taken place. Authorities say 19-year-old Leona J. Kisner-Chamberlain filed a false theft report in an attempt to get another person in trouble. She was arrested for filing a false report and was taken to the Pettis County Jail, where she was booked and released.


A 42-year-old Sedalia man was arrested on charges of burglary, shoplifting, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia on September 11 after police were called to Woods on Broadway. Security at the store had the suspect in their office when police arrived and had reportedly recovered stolen property from him. Police say they discovered meth and drug paraphernalia during a search. Joseph Jay Moore was taken to the Pettis County County Jail.


Police were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. on September 11 to the 600 block of S. State Fair Blvd. to take a report of found drug paraphernalia. Police say a suspect, 30-year-old Derek D. Bartlett, admitted to having paraphernalia and marijuana. Bartlett was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kurt Parsons