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


Wednesday evening, Deputies were dispatched to the Super Seven Motel, 5650 South Limit Avenue, for a warrant check. A wanted male suspect, who was not named in the report*, was reportedly staying at the motel. Deputies arrived and attempted to make contact with the male. The male subject had an active warrant through Probation and Parole within the home office of Jefferson City. After a short time, the male subject came out of the room and was taken into custody. The warrant was confirmed through Probation and Parole, and the male subject was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked in with no bond.


Monday evening, Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black Audi sedan that was travelling north on South Grand Avenue from Main Street. According to the probable cause statement, the vehicle had license plates attached to it that belonged to a Ford. Deputies activated their emergency lights and pulled behind the vehicle in the 200 Block of Prospect Avenue. The vehicle then took off a high rate of speed northbound, turning onto West 3rd Street. After this, Deputies activated their emergency sirens. The vehicle continued west, before turning into the Heckart Community Center. The Audi drove with a high rate of speed through the Heckart parking lot, then turned west onto Liberty Park Boulevard, crossing US 65. The PCS notes the driver “crossed without due regard for his safety”. The vehicle continued east onto West 2nd Street, and then turned south on State Fair Boulevard. Deputies observed the vehicle wreck on a curb in the 2200 block of West 3rd Street. The driver exited the vehicle while still in motion and began attempting to circle the area on foot. The suspect entered the “rain drain” between 4th Street and 5th Street. Michael L. Taylor Jr., 31, of Sedalia, was arrested without further incident. Taylor was placed on a 24-hour hold pending charges of Resisting Arrest by Flight. Taylor also had a Failure to Appear warrant out of Moniteau County felony on charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Operating a Motor Vehicle on the Highway Without a Valid License. The Moniteau County FTA warrant carried a cash or surety bond of $5,000.


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Wednesday afternoon, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office took a report of abuse of two minor children. An incident of abuse or abandonment was called in by mandated reporters from the Donna’s Day Care, 2600 South Quincy Avenue. The report was taken from the day care**, and is being investigated.


Deputies located a stolen vehicle with a stolen license plate in the area of the 1800 block of East 12th Street last Monday morning. A black 2018 Chevrolet Silverado was known to be stolen, and the vehicle’s license plate was entered into MULES as stolen. Deputies approached the vehicle, and observed a white male in the “triangle” of the door and cab. During a search of the vehicle, two catalytic converters, and a glass pipe believed to be used for methamphetamine were located. Shane Steven Ruth, 35, of Sedalia, was arrested for Tampering With a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree and Stealing. Ruth was placed on a 24-hour hold, then later issued a cash or surety bond of $7500.


On the afternoon of October 8th, Pettis County Deputies responded to the area of US 65 Highway and HWY B in Pettis County, in reference to a stolen vehicle. The owner spoke with Deputies, and stated he was tracking his vehicle he had reported stolen earlier in the day to the Gladstone Police Department. The Sedalia Police Department contacted the reporting party, and obtained updates on the location of the vehicle. The vehicle was located at the Boonville Trailer Park, in the 1300 block of East Boonville Street. Deputies arrived on scene and observed the vehicle. The driver quickly jumped out of the vehicle and started to run north within the trailer park. Deputies gave chase, yelling verbal commands. The suspect was ordered to the ground at gunpoint, and complied. Arrested was Matthew Ryan Johnson, 33, of Warsaw. Johnson was found to be in possession of a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, along with Psilocybin Mushrooms, a loaded firearm, and other paraphernalia associated with drug use. The controlled substances were located between money in various denominations and several zip bags, accompanied with a scale. Johnson was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be held on a 24-hour hold pending formal charges of Tampering With a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Driving While Revoked. Johnson was later issued a cash or surety bond of $60,000.


*KSIS reached out to the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, and left messages asking for clarification. KSIS also reached out for a jail roster list from the Pettis County Jail. The name of this suspect is not available at news time, but will be updated when or if the name of this subject becomes available.

**The following adults are mandated (required) to report child abuse and neglect under Missouri law: physician; medical examiner; coroner; dentist; chiropractor; optometrist; podiatrist; resident; intern; nurse; hospital or clinic personnel who are engaged in the examination, care, treatment or research of persons and any other health practitioner; psychologist; mental health professional; social worker; day care center worker or other child-care worker; juvenile officer; probation or parole officer; jail or detention center personnel; teacher; principal or other school official; minister as provided by section 352.400, RSMo; police officer or law enforcement official; and volunteer or personnel of a community service program that offers support services for families in crisis to assist in the delegation of any powers regarding the care and custody of a child by a properly executed power of attorney in accordance with Sections 475.600 to 475.604 RSMo.


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