Sedalia Police Reports for December 18, 2023
This article is compiled from the Sedalia Police Department crime reports.
Sunday night, Officers responded to the 2300 block of West Main Street in reference to an assault. Officers made contact with the victim, who stated the suspect punched him in the face and damaged some of his property. The suspect was identified and arrested in the 400 block of East Boonville Street. Tristan Dale Fizer, 26, of Sedalia, was arrested on a felony charge of Assault in the 3rd Degree and Property Damage in the 2nd Degree. Fizer was placed on a 24-hour hold at the Pettis County Jail.
Sedalia Police observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign Sunday night. They also observed the vehicle failing to maintain the right half of the roadway. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Wilkerson Street near South Vermont Avenue. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the driver was intoxicated. Gonzalo Lucas Medina, 37, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Revoked and Driving While Intoxicated (Persistent Offender). Medina was transported to the BRHC for a blood draw. After, Medina was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked.
Officers stopped an SUV near the area of West 9th Street and South Sneed Avenue on the morning of December 15th because it was speeding. The driver was found to be intoxicated by drugs. Jacorey Tramaine Beeks, 23, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (Drugs). Beeks was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked in.
Sunday night, Officers responded to the Liberty Park, 1500 West 3rd Street in reference to a suspicious subject screaming. Officers made contact with the subject, who was highly intoxicated and had an open container of alcohol in plain view. Dwight Trester II, 61, Homeless, was arrested for Possession of Alcohol on City Property and was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 12-hour safekeeping hold due to his state of intoxication.
Sunday morning, a call was received from 911 to report something was burning in the kitchen of a residence in the 1600 block of South Engineer Avenue. However, the caller refused to answer Dispatchers questions further. She had called three times previously that night, but refused to answer the door, talk to Officers, or tell anyone what happened. In one call, the caller stated someone had stolen all of her clothes, but refused to answer questions. Officers knocked on the door multiple times and could see the caller in the window, clothed, doing laundry, but she refused to answer the door or talk to Officers. Two firetrucks and SPD reported to the residence to investigate the reported burning. SFD entered the home, while the caller sat on her bed, refusing to answer questions. The Sedalia Fire Department saw no signs of fire – there was no smell of smoke or gas, no cloudy air, or anything to indicate smoke or fire. The caller refused to comply with directives from Police and had to be ordered out of the bed (with two vicious dogs nearby) at Taser point before she complied. The probable cause report notes the caller had phoned Police 22 times out of the last 30 days regarding burglaries, gunshots, potential intruders, and people not breathing, as well as numerous thefts and other 911 calls. Many of the calls, if not all of them, were unfounded. Lori Lynn Hadley, 51, of Sedalia, was arrested for Misusing 911. Hadley was arrested for his same charge twice before, once on June 18th of 2022 and again on July 7th, 2023, which again, is noted in the PCR. Hadley was booked in at the Pettis County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold, pending a cash or surety bond of $1500. Meanwhile, while Officers were investigating the call about a fire, they observed Hadley’s adult son, Joseph Edward Weller, 23, of the address, attempting to leave the scene. Weller stated he had been outside and had not been in the house, or had he been smoking inside of it. Weller and his companion were told they were not free to go and to not leave the scene. As Officers finished with the Hadley arrest, the two left the scene. Weller was stopped a short distance later and arrested for Resisting Arrest. Weller was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released.
Sedalia Police responded to a disturbance in the 1600 block of South Osage Avenue Sunday morning. When Officers arrived, they spoke with the victim, who had visible injuries. The suspect had fled the scene, but was located and arrested in the area of East 10th Street and South Summit Avenue. Contact was made with the suspect whose information was checked with Dispatch. It was confirmed he had two warrants for his arrest. Billy Bernard Brown, 36, of Sedalia, was arrested for felony Driving While Intoxicated (Persistent Offender) from an incident in October of 2023, and for a charge of felony Domestic Assault in the 3rd Degree from an incident in May of 2023. Brown was transported to the Bothwell Regional Health Center (due to intoxication), and then to the Pettis County Jail to be booked on his active warrants, with total bond on both charges set at $13,500 cash or surety. Brown was also booked in on a new charge of Assault in the 3rd Degree.
On the evening of December 15th, Officers conducted a vehicle stop near East Broadway Boulevard and South Hancock Avenue. The license plate on the vehicle was reported stolen. The license plate was seized and charges are being submitted against the driver, who was not named in the report.
Saturday night, Officers conducted a warrant check at the E Street Bar, 1201 East 3rd Street. The suspect was located, and the warrant was confirmed. The arresting incident in question took place in the area of US 65 near Route BB on August 9th of 2023. The suspect admitted to having methamphetamine in her pocket at the time, during that traffic stop. Rani Joy Nunez, 41, of Sedalia, was arrested for her warrant on a felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Nunez was held at the Pettis County Jail, pending a cash or surety bond of $7500.
Officers responded to the Bothwell Regional Health Center Sunday evening in regards to an animal bite report. The injured party reported he was trying to break up a fight between his won two dogs when he was bit. The bite took place in the 1100 block of New England Drive. There was no further information at this time.
Saturday afternoon, Jeremy Mullins came to the lobby of the Police Department to turn in found property. The property was found in the area of West Broadway Boulevard and Industrial Road. A report has been completed.
Sunday afternoon, Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of East 11th Street for a report of domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, Officers met with two victims. They stated their granddaughter had assaulted them, causing injuries, because they wouldn’t cook her a breakfast burrito. The suspect was later located and arrested. Ashely Sarah Marie Jones, 23, of Sedalia, was arrested for a charge of Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree and a separate charge of Aggravated Domestic Assault* in the 4th Degree.
Sedalia Police responded to the Prime-Time gas station, 1320 South Limit Avenue, in regards to a theft report Saturday afternoon. Upon arrival, the complainant informed Officers that earlier in the day, an individual had come into the store and placed an item into his coat pocket. Then, while on camera, he left without paying for it. The suspect was located, and he was found to have a warrant from Howell County (West Plains) for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Stealing from January of 2023, and a Probation Violation from Howell County on a felony charge of Assault in the 2nd Degree from February of 2021**. John William Johnson, 52, Homeless, was arrested on his warrants and transported to the Pettis County Jail. Johnson was booked in at the Pettis County Jail pending a cash or surety bond of $7500.
Officers responded to the Wal Mart store Sunday morning to investigate a reported theft. Upon arrival, Officers met with the complainant. The suspect, who was intoxicated, was still on scene. Sarita Linda Leon, 61, of Sedalia, was arrested for Stealing and Burglary in the 1st Degree. Leon was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold.
Sunday morning, Officers responded to the Smoker’s Outlet, 1700 East Broadway Boulevard, to investigate a report of trespassing and theft. Officers met with management, who advised that on December 12th, a suspect who had been previously trespassed was on the property. While on the property, the suspect stole a roadside banner belonging to the business and then left the area. At the time of the report, there is a suspect in mind, but they have not been located.
Saturday morning, a traffic stop was conducted near South Ohio Avenue and East 3rd Street. The vehicle was not property displaying registration plates. It was discovered the driver of the vehicle had a suspended driving status. Anthony Lamar Melton, 35, of Pembrook Illinois, was arrested for Driving While Suspended and Failure to Properly Display License plates. Melton was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold.
*An aggravated domestic assault charge applies to incidents where the defendant is accused of brandishing a deadly weapon, choking, stabbing, or breaking the bones of an individual classified as a domestic party.
**The incident in question occurred in July of 2020. Johnson was given a sentence of Probation for five years’ probation in lieu of a 7 year sentence with MDOC in February of 2021. The first official Probation Violation filing on this charge was done in December of 2021.
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