This article is compiled from the Sedalia Police Department reports.

Tuesday night, an Officer responded to the 400 block of North Quincy Avenue for a reference to a property damage call. Latreal Grant stated that while he was away, a person known to him had damaged the front door frame. The charge of Property Damage in the 2nd Degree will be submitted to the prosecutor.


Early Wednesday morning, Officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle that failed to use its turn signal and failed to stop at a red light. The vehicle was stopped near Wilkerson and Moniteau. Officers made contact with the driver, and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver also did not have a valid driver's license. Officers searched the driver's person and found marijuana. Ferris Lee Higginbotham Jr., 24, of Sedalia, was issued two City Summons; one for No Operator Status and the other for Possession of Marijuana. Higginbotham was released at the scene with a court date.


Sedalia Police stopped a truck in the area of East 16th and South New York Avenue Tuesday night for a moving violation. After an investigation, it was determined that the driver was too impaired to be operating a vehicle. Jason Edward Young, 26, of Sedalia, was arrested and transported to the Sedalia Police Headquarters and then to the Pettis County Jail pending a state charge of Driving While Intoxicated.


Monday afternoon, Sedalia Police were dispatched to Hubbard Park, 601 North Missouri, for a report of a juvenile being assaulted. When Officers arrived, they spoke with the juvenile and his mother. The juvenile stated that he was assaulted by another juvenile at the park. The suspect reportedly grabbed the back of his neck and punched him in the stomach. The suspect then left the area. Officers asked if medical attention was needed, and it was refused. At the time of the report, the suspect had not yet been located.


Officers were investigating a possible burglary in the 500 block of East 4th Street Monday afternoon. During this investigation, a subject was identified and found to have an active arrest warrant of the county of Camden, Missouri, for felony Passing Bad Checks. Schasse Flora Jirjis, 35, of Sedalia, was arrested without incident and transported to the Pettis County Jail pending a $500.00 cash only bond.


On the afternoon of Thursday, December 17th, a complainant came to the lobby of the Sedalia Police Department and reported an incident of theft and forgery. They stated that one of their short term renters had altered their original invoice and submitted it to their insurance company, resulting in the suspect being paid $1,171.39 more than they were supposed to be paid. Amanda R. Mejia, 37, of Sedalia, was arrested and placed on a 24 hour hold. Charges are being requested for Stealing and Forgery.


Tuesday morning, Officers responded to the area of West 16th and South Limit for a subject check. While in the area, a subject was observed in the roadway collecting money from passing cars. The subject was identified as Joseph A. Markes, 35, of Sedalia. Markes was issued a court summons for Impeding the Flow of Traffic and given a court date.


Sedalia Police performed a traffic stop on a gold Saturn Ion Tuesday afternoon for speeding in the 2600 block of West 16th Street. On approach to the vehicle, the odor of marijuana was observed. Officers spoke with the driver, who confirmed a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. The marijuana was collected to place into evidence. Alexis B. Metscher, 20, of Smithton, was issued a municipal court summons for Possession of Marijuana and given a court date.


Officers were dispatched to the station to speak with a subject about a suspect writing bad checks at the Casey's General Store, 716 West 16th Street Tuesday afternoon. When Officers arrived, an employee of the store gave paper work and a flash drive with surveillance video of the suspect who wrote three bad checks. On the night of August 3rd, a female wrote three separate checks totalling $217.84 to purchase $167.32 worth of items in the gas station. The suspect was identified and charges were submitted. At the time of the report, the suspect had not been located for questioning.


Tuesday morning, Sedalia Police responded to the 1800 block of South Grand for a medical report. On arrival, Officers spoke with the caller, who stated a female subject was in a bedroom unresponsive. Officers on scene began life saving measures, until Pettis County Ambulance took over. Life saving measures were unsuccessful and the subject was determined to be deceased. The Pettis County Coroner was contacted and arrived on the scene. The body was released to the Rea Funeral Chapel at the request of the family.


On the afternoon of Thursday, December 17th, Sedalia Police were dispatched to the Menards store in the 4400 block of Wisconsin Avenue to pick up paper work for another report. When Officers arrived, employee Caden Allee gave another report of an attempted theft that had occurred on Thursday, December 10th. Officers were informed a white male wearing a Covid-19 mask attempted to swap an item with a cheaper item in a box. When he was confronted about it at the register, he left the item, got into the passenger seat of a white Ford Windstar that drove away. There was no further suspect information.

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