This article is compiled from the Sedalia Police Department reports.

On the evening of July 27th, Sedalia Police responded to the intersection of East 6th and South Brown Avenue in regards to a disturbance with weapons.  Robert Christian Paxton 49, of Sedalia, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Pettis County Jail where Paxton was booked on charges of Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Use of a Weapon,  Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Possession of Synthetic Narcotics, and Assault in the 4th Degree.  Paxton was put on a 24 hour hold, bond and court date pending.


 

Thursday evening, Officers responded to the 1100 block of South Harding in reference to a try to contact call.  Upon arrival, Officers made contact with Gretchen Harter, who stated she had not heard from her friend in a couple of weeks and was concerned for her friend's health.  Officers made entry into the home, and found the subject deceased.  Pettis County Ambulance District and the Pettis County Coroner were contacted.  The subject was transported to the Pettis County Morgue until next of kin is notified.


 

Last Saturday evening, Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of East Broadway in reference to a theft that had occurred within the last four days.  Donald Allen Brown reported a phone was lost or stolen and valued at $200.  Since it is unknown if the phone was stolen or just lost, Police were unable to determine if a crime had occurred.


 

Sedalia Police were dispatched to the 300 block of South Montgomery in reference to a child investigation Thursday night. Information was collected and an investigation was requested for possible sexual acts done on a child.


 

Thursday afternoon, a guest at Comfort Inn, located in the 3600 block of West Broadway, left a firearm in the room after check out.  The firearm was rendered safe and seized for safekeeping.  The firearm was logged into evidence and contact with the owner is being attempted.


 

Officers were called to the Dollar General store in the 700 block of East Broadway Thursday morning for a report of stealing. When Officers arrived, they spoke with the staff, who informed them an employee was caught stealing items from the store since May of 2020.  Staff estimated $300 worth of items were stolen, but was still doing an inventory and checking surveillance video for more items.  The suspect, Josef C.T. Coller, 22, of Lincoln, was still on the scene.  When staff finished interviewing him, Officers took Coller into custody and transported him to the Pettis County Jail where he was booked and released on charges of Stealing/Shoplifting.


 

Wednesday morning, Officers were dispatched to the Sedalia Police Department in regard to an assault that had just occurred in the 1300 block of South Osage.  In the course of the investigation, Officers found that both parties sustained minor injuries, though one had attacked the other with a circular saw and a metal pole.  Both parties denied medical treatment.  A warrant application has been submitted for Domestic Assault, and Child Endangerment in the 1st and 2nd Degree.


 

Sedalia Police took a theft report that occurred in the 1000 block of East 11th Street Wednesday morning.  Upon arrival, Officers met with Hannah M. Wilhoit, who stated that someone entered her unlocked vehicle, stole $300 cash and a disposable vape pen valued at $10.  At the time of the call, a suspect had not been located.


 

Wednesday afternoon, Emergency Crews responded to a medical emergency in the 200 block of South Ohio.  Emergency Crews arrived finding a male in his mid twenties deceased.  The Pettis County Coroner's Office and the Criminal Investigations Bureau responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.  At the time of the investigation, there was no evidence indicating foul play was involved.


 

Thursday morning, Officers were dispatched to the Katy Depot, in the 600 block of East 3rd in reference to a subject check.  Officers arrived and made contact with three subjects outside of the building.  Officers checked all parties information through dispatch.  Dispatch advised one suspect had a possible warrant for Failure To Appear on an original charge of Trespassing through Morgan County.  The warrant was confirmed a short time later.  Zachary Dewayne Palmer 29, Homeless, was placed under arrest and transported to the Pettis County Jail with a bond set at $545 cash only.