Sedalia Police Reports for August 21, 2023
This article is compiled from the Sedalia Police Department crime reports.
Early Monday morning, Sedalia Police responded to the area of East Broadway Boulevard and South Ingram Avenue for a report of a potential domestic disturbance in progress. Officers arrived on scene and located the subjects, who were still actively arguing on the side of the highway. Officers determined a physical altercation took place between the two subjects. A primary physical aggressor could not be determined, and a 12-hour log was report was taken.
Saturday night, Officers stopped a motor vehicle near West 16th Street and South State Fair Boulevard for a moving violation while in traffic. During the course of contact, the Officer identified indicators the Operator of the vehicle was impaired by an intoxicating beverage. After a roadside investigation, the operator was placed under arrest. Charles Verdel Wheeler, 51, of Paris Missouri, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (Prior Offender). At the Police Station, additional testing found Wheeler to have a blood alcohol content level double the legal limit. Wheeler was cited and released with a court date.
Officers were dispatched to the Colton’s restaurant, 4101 West Broadway Boulevard, Sunday night in reference to a physical domestic disturbance between a father and a son. Investigation revealed they had both assaulted each other over a cell phone, causing minor injuries. A primary physical aggressor could not be determined. A 12-hour log was completed to document the incident.
Sedalia Police were approached by a female subject Sunday night who had found a business debit card in the area of Bucker Court and West Saline Street. Elena V. Radacenco stated she was seeking to have the card returned to its owner. Officers were unable to contact the owner of the card. The debit card will be held for safe keeping until it can be claimed by the owner.
On the morning of August 15th, Officers responded to the Bothwell Regional Health Center, 601 East 14th Street, for a fraud report. Officers made contact with Kristen A. McCullough, an employee of the hospital. McCullough stated she had been a victim of fraud through Facebook Marketplace. McCullough had put a $700 down payment on a golf cart for sale. Later, she learned the golf cart did not exist. At the time of the report, the suspect has not been located.
Saturday night, a car was stopped in the area of West Broadway Boulevard and South Missouri Avenue because it had failed to signal several times, and was showing improper lane usage. The vehicle owner was in possession of two temporary registration tags. Karla Esmerelda Aldavia Arevalo, 39, of Kansas City, was arrested on two charges of felony Forgery. Aldava Arevalo was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released.
Sunday morning, Officers stopped a car near West 14th Street and South Ohio Avenue because it had no license plate lights. The driver was intoxicated by drugs. Luis Lamberto Leon Lopez, 21, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (Drugs). Leon Lopez was transported to the Pettis County Jail, where he was booked and released.
Saturday afternoon, Officers responded to the 1100 block of East 6th Street in reference to a hit and run accident. Officers contacted James Lee Hedrick, who stated he was on his bike in the area of East 7th Street and South Porter Avenue, travelling east, when a black 4 door sedan hit him. Hedrick stated the driver then offered him money and left the scene. The suspect has not been identified at this time.
Saturday evening, Officers observed a pickup truck speeding and conducted a traffic stop on it in the area of West Broadway Boulevard and South Warren Avenue. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the driver was intoxicated. Jordan G. Walker, 22, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Walker was transported to the Sedalia Police Department, where he provided a breath sample that showed her BAC was above 0.08. Walker was issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket for DWI and released to a sober driver.
Sedalia Police stopped a car in the area of East 16th Street and South Ohio Avenue because it had made an improper turn, and it was failing to maintain the right half of the roadway. The driver was intoxicated. Lomond Keith Johnson, 55, of Sedalia, was placed under arrest for felony Aggravated* Driving While Intoxicated. Johnson was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked in, pending release to a sober person.
Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 3800 block of East Broadway Boulevard Saturday night for moving violations. Lindsey Renea Kresl, 26, of Jefferson City, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Kresl was transported to the Sedalia Police Department, to be released to a sober driver with a citation.
Saturday night, Officers responded to the 200 block of South Engineer Avenue for a report of a physical disturbance. Upon arrival, the suspect had already left the scene. A report was collected, and charges of Assault in the 4trh Degree are being pursued.
On the night of August 15th, Officers were dispatched to the Wal Mart store, 3201 West Broadway Boulevard, for a report of theft from the store. Wal Mart’s asset protection team gave Officers information for several instances of theft by the same individual. The suspect had “skip-scanned” several items on four separate occasions. Video from Wal Mart’s security system led to Officers being able to identify the individual, and the vehicle they left in from the parking lot. The suspect individual was in the 300 block of McAnally Court. Kimberly S. Ballenger, 43, of Sedalia, was arrested on four counts of Stealing.
Friday afternoon, Officers were dispatched to the Break Time store, 808 East Broadway Boulevard, for a report of theft. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the reporting party, who stated that over the course of several months, a previous employee of the business had bene stealing items during their working shifts. The RP at the store gave Officers video footage and a comprehensive list of items that were stolen. The suspect has been identified, and charges of Stealing have been submitted.
Friday morning, Officers were dispatched to a disturbance near South Summit Avenue and East 10th Street. During the course of the investigation, Officers made contact with a subject who had a warrant for their arrest. Shane Steven Ruth, 35, of Sedalia, was arrested for his Failure to Appear warrant on original felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Ruth was transported to the Pettis County Jail pending a cash or surety bond of $7500.
Sedalia Police responded to the Wal Mart store, 3201 West Broadway Boulevard for a report of theft on the night of August 15th. The complainant stated an un-identified female stole items from the business, valued at $38.50. Three days later, the subject was identified, arrested, and transported to the Pettis County Jail. Dawna Renee Admire, 42, Homeless, was arrested on charges of Stealing and Burglary in the 2nd Degree. A computer check with Dispatch confirmed Admire had warrants that were active through Pettis County. The Failure to Appear warrant held original charges of Forgery and Stealing. She also had a criminal warrant issued in May of 2023 for another charge of Stealing. Admire was arrested on her warrants as well as the new charges. Bond was set at $3500 cash or surety on the Failure to Appear warrants. Admire was placed on a 24-hour hold.
In the early morning hours of August 15th, Sedalia Police were dispatched to the 300 block of East 2nd Street for a report of a possible breaking and entering incident with property damage. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the reporting party, who is an employee with Furnell Properties. He stated that when he got into work in the area, they made contact with a tenant that wanted to report noises. After a brief investigation, Officers found the residence upstairs appeared to have been broken into. There was noticeable property damage. Pictures have been taken, and a report was submitted.
Officers responded to the Hardee’s restaurant, 715 East Broadway Boulevard, for a report of theft. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the reporting party (unnamed). He stated he was eating at the Hardee’s restaurant and noticed a friend’s moped that was stolen from the 200 block of East 6th Street a couple of days ago. The moped was in the parking lot of the Hardee’s. The owner of the moped was contacted, and it was confirmed the moped belonged to them. The vehicle was recovered and returned. Video footage from Hardee’s was collected, but the two potential suspects have not been identified.
Saturday morning, Officers took reports of an intoxicated driver in the area of East 17th Street and South Ohio Avenue. Officers observed the vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road with its lights off, and also saw the vehicle disobeying a stop sign. The driver was found to be intoxicated, and had no driver’s license. Benjamin Pascual, 24, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Operating a Motor Vehicle on the Highway Without A Valid License. Pascual was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released to sober driver.
Friday night, Officers stopped a truck in the area of East Broadway Boulevard and M Highway because it was driving without headlights, while committing moving violations. Tony L. Gladden, 45, of Iberia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Gladden was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked, pending release to a sober person.
Sedalia Police stopped a car in the area of East Broadway Boulevard and South Arlington Avenue Friday night. After a check of the driver’s information, it was revealed he had a Morgan County warrant for Failure to Appear** on original charges of Failure To Register Motor Vehicle. Seth J. Coy, 24, of Hermitage, was arrested on his warrant and transported to the Pettis County Jail. Coy was issued a cash only bond of $100.
Friday morning, Officers observed a vehicle driving westbound in the area of East Broadway Boulevard and South Ingram Avenue with no headlights on. A stop was conducted, and a DOR check of the driver revealed she did not have a license. She also had two previous convictions for driving without a license in 2022 and 2023. Mariana Escobar Chavarria, 32, of Sedalia, was arrested on a charge of felony Driving Without a License. Chavarria was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released.
Early Friday morning, Officers were dispatched to 115 West Main Street, in reference to a disturbance and gunshots. During a physical disturbance outside of the bar, a firearm was discharged. No arrests have been made at this time.
*In Missouri, "Aggravated DWI" refers to a charge brought against an offender with three or more convictions for intoxication-related traffic offenses, conviction for one or more intoxication-related traffic offenses and vehicular homicide, vehicular assault or assault of a police officer, or a person is found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs while also committing another offense.
** Noted in Coy’s FTA Warrant is the following: "Defendant shall submit to a chemical test or tests of defendant’s breath, blood, saliva, or urine for the purpose of determining the alcohol or drug content of defendant’s blood at any time requested to do so by any law enforcement or court officer, and upon a refusal to take the test or a positive test result, defendant shall remain in custody until further order of the court."