This article is compiled from reports issued by the Pettis County Sheriff's Office.


Sunday night, Pettis County Deputies conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of East 14th Street and South Summit Avenue. The driver, Steven Jay Kimbrell, 53, of Sedalia, was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Kimbrell was also operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Kimbrell was arrested and transported to the Pettis County Jail. Kimbrell was booked in on a charge of Driving While Suspended and felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, with bond set at $7500 cash or surety.


Deputies and the Pettis County Joint Communication received a call about a subject trespassing and intoxicated in the area of the 25000 block of Angus Drive in Pettis County last Wednesday morning. Deputies and the K9 Unit responded to the address and located a dark colored SUV parked behind a building. Deputies spoke with the reporting party, and they advised the vehicle and the male sleeping in the vehicle did not belong on the property. Deputies contacted the subject, who was identified as Anthony DeWayne Bushnell, 31, of Malta Bend. Deputies located drug paraphernalia in plain sight. As Deputies continued to talk with Bushnell, it appeared he was heavily intoxicated. Deputies located a large amount of a crystal substance on Bushnell’s person. Bushnell was transported to the BRHC Emergency Room for evaluation. Deputies will be submitting charges to the Pettis County Prosecutor’s Office.


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Sunday afternoon, Deputies conducted a vehicle stop on a light blue 2006 Kia Sedona in the area of Highway U and East 20th Street because the motor vehicle was not properly registered. The driver, Michael Lee Waddle, 20, of Sedalia, was arrested without incident on his Pettis County warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Waddle was held at the Pettis County Jail pending a cash only bond of $250.00.


The Pettis County K9 Unit responded to the area of Farmer’s City Road and O Highway in Pettis County Saturday evening in reference to a subject with an active warrant for their arrest walking south on O Highway. The subject was identified as John Charles Couchman Jr., 46, of Sedalia. Couchman was located by Deputies, and after a short foot pursuit, was taken into custody without injuries. Couchman was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked on new charges of Resisting Arrest and his Failure to Appear warrant on original charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle on the Highway Without a Valid License, which carried a cash only bond of $150.00.


Friday evening, Officers were dispatched to the 17000 block of Buchanan Road in Pettis County due to reports of suspicious activity. A stolen vehicle was recovered in the area and returned to the owner. Larry Eugene Rodewald Jr., 56, of Warrensburg, was located later in that evening and was arrested on charges of felony Stealing (Motor Vehicle, Watercraft, Aircraft). Rodewald was turned over to Henry County Deputies, where the theft had taken place, pending a cash only bond of $20,000.


Saturday morning, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of East 13th Street and South Washington Avenue. The driver was found to have a revoked drivers’ license. James Calvin Smith, 65, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Revoked and transported to the Pettis County jail to be booked and released.


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