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


Sunday afternoon, Deputies with the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Temp Stop, 4575 South Limit Avenue, in Sedalia. Deputies arrested John William Johnson*, 52, of Nixa. Johnson had two outstanding warrants from Howell County. One stemmed from a charge filed in July of 2020, for Failing to Appear multiple times on a charge of felony Assault in the 2nd Degree. The other warrant was issued in March of 2024 after charges of felony Property Damage in the 1st Degree and Stealing. That warrant was issued after an incident in December of 2023, where the suspect was recorded by security cameras damaging a coin machine with his backside at the Laundry Land Laundromat, 1711 Porter Wagoner Boulevard, in West Plains. The value of the damage to the machine was valued at $3800, and the cost to repair the wall behind it was an additional $100, with $22.23 in quarters recovered from the suspect. Johnson was transported to the Pettis County Jail, with bond on both each warrant set at $7500 cash or corporate surety.


Pettis County Deputies received a report from the Pettis County Joint Communications Center on the evening of April 5th. The complaint centered around a grey pickup truck that was driving all over the roadway, and driving under the speed limit. The vehicle was located in the area of the 400 block of East Mason Street in La Monte. The driver, identified as Miguel A Nicolas Garcias, age unknown, was arrested and transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released on a charge of Operating a Vehicle on the Highway Without A Valid License.


Sunday night, Deputies were dispatched to the 32000 block of Meisner Road, in Ionia, to perform a warrant check. The male suspect was located at the residence and was arrested for four active warrants from various surrounding counties**. The male suspect was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked in on the active warrants.


Friday night, the Pettis County Joint Communications Center received a report about ab lack Hyundai Sonata that was swerving all over the roadway. The vehicle was failing to maintain its lane, it was turning its headlights and hazard lights on and off, and at one point lowed to travelling 10 to 20 miles an hour in a 65 MPH zone, and then speeding back up to about 55MPH as it approached La Monte. Deputies located the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Julio C. Nunez Hernadnez, 41, of Sedalia. Hernandez was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Operating a Motor Vehicle on the Highway Without a Valid License. Hernandez was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released to a sober driver.


*In the original report, 2024-00582, the Deputy refers to Johnson having one outstanding warrant from Howell County on charges of Assault in the 2nd Degree and Property Damage. 23AL-CR01544-01 and 20AL-CR00007-01 show Johnson having two warrants online in Casenet.

**There was no name for the suspect given in the initial report. A call for clarification was made to Major Tollie Rowe at the PCSO, which had not yet been returned at news time. An update will be made if and when more information becomes available.


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