Sedalia Police employed its K-9 unit last Thursday during a traffic stop at the S-curve on the east side of town. According to a report, officers conducted a traffic stop at 12th and Broadway on a vehicle for improper lane use at 12:03 a.m. Dec. 20. A computer check of the driver, 34-year-old David R. Batzel of Pettis County, revealed he was driving while suspended. The K-9 unit was then called to the scene to conduct a drug sniff. After the dog alerted, a subsequent search revealed methamphetamine in the vehicle. In addition to Batzel, two occupants were also charged with possession of meth, including 32-year-old Shane Emon Hatami of Sedalia, and 33-year-old Melinda S. Lamb of Pettis County. All three were taken into custody and transported to the Pettis County Jail on a 24-hour hold, pending the formal filing of charges.


 

Sedalia Police conducted a traffic stop at Casey's, 1601 E. Broadway, after observing a vehicle traveling 46 mph in a 25 mph zone north on New York from 16th at 3:55 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. A computer check of the driver, 36-year-old Heather R. Quick of Grain Valley, was wanted on a felony Bates County warrant. She was taken into custody and transported to the Pettis County Jail on a $4,500 bond.


 

Sedalia Police responded to a report of a break-in on E. 7th at 3:05 p.m. Dec. 20. According to the report, a back door was found to be open. The suspect heard the officers outside and asked what he could do for them. The officers asked him for ID to make sure he was at the residence lawfully. A computer check of the man, 36-year-old Eric Wissman of Sedalia, revealed he was wanted on three warrants – two counts of non-support of a child (no bond), and one misdemeanor traffic offense with a $5,000 bond. Wissman was taken to the Pettis County Jail.


 

On Dec. 20. Sedalia Police took a property damage report from a man who said someone broke the rear driver's side window on his vehicle on the 1900 block of E. 6th.


 

On Dec. 20, Sedalia Police took a report from a woman in the 500 block of W. Saline, who said she gave her vehicle to someone known to her, but then later he refused to return it. The suspect and vehicle had not yet been located at the time of the report.


 

A red tool box was found in the eastbound lanes of Broadway at Thompson on Dec. 20 around 10 a.m. The box was placed into evidence pending locating the owner.

Randy Kirby