This article is compiled from the Sedalia Police Department crime reports.

Last Thursday afternoon, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle that was being driven by someone who was known to be suspended driver*. The stop took place in the area of West 9th Street and South Limit Avenue. The driver was issued a Municipal Summons for Driving While Suspended and given a court date.  There was no further information in the report.


Saturday night, Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of East 4th Street in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival, Officers talked with the owner of the residence. The owner described an unknown individual who left a personal item at the front doorstep, and may have struck the residence with an unknown object. No damage of the residence was discovered. Upon request, Officers seized the item and placed it into evidence for safekeeping.


Sedalia Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of East 3rd Street and South Engineer Avenue Sunday night. After a computer check, the driver was found to be driving with a revoked license. Marcus Mantrell McKnight, 36, of Sedalia, was arrested for Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance, and a charge of Driving While Revoked. McKnight was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be booked and released.

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Early Sunday morning, a truck was stopped in the area of West 10th Street and South Grand Avenue because it had conducted an improper turn, and it was speeding. The driver was found to be intoxicated. Joseph M. Hulsey, 36, of Sedalia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Hulsey was processed and released with a citation.


Sunday morning, Officers responded to a trespassing call at the St Patrick’s Church, 415 East 4th Street. The suspect was confronted and arrested. The suspect was fully compliant with Officers. Michelle A. Davenport, 56, Homeless, was arrested on a charge of Trespassing in the 1st Degree. Davenport was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold.


Sedalia Police received a call regarding a domestic assault that occurred near the 400 block of North Quincy Avenue late Friday night. Officers spoke with the victim and identified the suspect. The suspect has not been located at this time.


Friday afternoon, Officers were dispatched to the lobby of the Police Department in reference to a case of found property. Joleigh Cornine reported they had found a wrapped Christmas gift in the alley way of their home. They attempted to locate the owner in their neighborhood, but were unsuccessful. Officers collected the present and placed it into found property.


Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of South Warren Avenue Friday afternoon for a report of an abandoned bicycle. Officers arrived on scene, determined the bicycle had been abandoned on railroad property for approximately a week, and took the bicycle to the Police Department for safekeeping.


Saturday evening, Officers took a report in the Police Department lobby regarding a stalking/harassment case. Officers spoke to the victim and documented the evidence she provided.


On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, Officers were called to the Fairview Nursing Home, 1714 West 16th Street. They were asked to investigate a report of a resident displaying aggressive behavior and assaulting staff. The resident allegedly caused injury to a staff member, who stated they would like to press charges. The resident was transported to the BRHC for further evaluation, and a warrant application for a charge of Assault in the 3rd Degree was submitted to the prosecutor.


*This report was submitted as an incident report, and not an arrest report, meaning the driver was not arrested. The incident report lists the driver as Olivia Head, 29, of Sedalia.  Head has a criminal summons issued on January 11, 2024 for Driving While Intoxicated from an incident in October of 2023, where she and another driver switched seats in the vehicle before coming to a complete stop. Her breath sample on the DMT showed a BAC of .184 during that arrest.  Head also has a criminal summons on a charge of Assault in the 4th Degree (Pursuant to Subdivision 1 & 5, emphasized by the author below), issued on December 18, 2023.  In that incident, Head is alleged to have shoved a housemate down the stairs, causing injury.   According to 565.056, Assault in the fourth degree consists of:

  • A person commits the offense of assault in the fourth degree if:
  •   (1)  The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury, physical pain, or illness to another person;
  •   (2)  With criminal negligence the person causes physical injury to another person by means of a firearm;
  •   (3)  The person purposely places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury;
  •   (4)  The person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person;
  •   (5)  The person knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical contact with a person with a disability, which a reasonable person, who does not have a disability, would consider offensive or provocative; or
  •   (6)  The person knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.


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