Two people were arrested on shoplifting charges on Monday night by Sedalia Police. 41-year-old Pam R. Willis and 37-year-old Jimmy L. Lenley, both of Sedalia, were observed placing items in a bag at Dollar General, 619 North Ohio, and leaving the store without paying for them. Willis and Lenley were taken to the Pettis County Jail. Charges were submitted to the prosecutor. The stolen items were recovered from the suspects' vehicle.


 

Sedalia Police arrested 34-year-old Beckey Elaine Thomas of Pettis County at Main and Grand at 11:24 p.m. Monday after a traffic stop. She was wanted on a Pettis County warrant for shoplifting. Thomas was taken to the Pettis County Jail on a $250 bond.


 

The Sedalia Housing Authority reported on Monday that someone pried open a laundromat door sometime over the weekend in the 400 block of Robinson Court, breaking a door and glass, causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.


 

On Nov. 14, Sedalia Police were called to Sutherland's Lumber Company, 3808 South Limit, on a fraudulent check report. Store management said two males entered the store on Nov. 10 and purchased $2,420.13 of construction items, and paid by check. And on Nov. 14, Sutherland's was informed that the check was fraudulent and returned by the bank. One suspect has been identified so far, and state charges are being requested.


 

Sedalia Police arrested 26-year-old Michael Ray Butler of Sedalia at 18th and Collins at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Butler was wanted on a Pettis County warrant with a $7,500 cash or surety bond. He was taken into custody and transported to the Pettis County Jail on a 24-hour hold.


 

On Tuesday, Sedalia Police arrested 55-year-old Michael E. Bridges of Sedalia on a probation and parole violation at 205 Thompson Road. Bridges was taken to the Pettis County Jail with no bond.


 

On Monday, Sedalia Police arrested 25-year-old Joyter Meseky of Sedalia for 3rd degree domestic assault after he allegedly punched his sister in the back of her head in the 2300 block of North Woodlawn Drive after police responded to a domestic disturbance there. Meseky was taken to the Pettis County Jail on a 24-hour hold, pending the filing of formal charges.


Sedalia Police conducted a traffic stop at 3:06 a.m. Tuesday at 16th and Moniteau on a westbound gray Dodge Stratus. The driver, 28-year-old Jose Alberto Martinez Bernel of Sedalia, was found to be driving without a valid license. Bernel was taken to the Pettis County Jail, where he was booked and released.


 

Sedalia Police were called to the 900 block of East 6th on a call of a subject breaking out windows at a residence on Monday night. The suspect was gone upon arrival, but was later located and arrested at 4200 South Kentucky. 30-year-old Richard Alexander Diaz was taken into custody and charged with 2nd degree property damage. He was taken to the Pettis County Jail, where he was booked and released on a $250 bond.


 

Sedalia Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with no plates at Howard and Emmet at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday. The driver provided the officer with a false name and date of birth, according to a report. The driver was detained and later taken to the SPD where he was fingerprinted and positively identified. He was then transported to the Pettis County Jail after it was determined that 43-year-old Andre Watts of Sedalia was a fugitive from justice out of Hennepin County, Minn., with no bond.


 

Sedalia Police were requested as an escort on an agency assist call by the Children's Division Tuesday afternoon at the Smith-Cotton Junior High, 312 E. Broadway. The Division was investigating a child abuse case further, it was noted.


 

Sedalia Police arrested 24-year-old Patricia K. Ryan of Independence after a traffic stop at 16th and Sneed Tuesday night just before midnight. According to a report, a K-9 unit was called to the scene and alerted on the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed cocaine and drug paraphernalia. A digital scale was also located in the vehicle. Ryan was taken into custody and transported to the Pettis County Jail.

Randy Kirby