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Barton County Sheriff’s Department stays busy



Lamar Democrat




Barton County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a domestic disturbance that occurred September 10, south of Lamar on KK Hwy., when David McArthur, Lamar, threatened his brother, Charles, and 84-year-old father, David Sr., with a taser device. The 52-year-old McArthur was arrested on a domestic assault and given a $10,000 bond. He remains incarcerated in the Barton County Jail.


A vehicle with radiators inside was discovered in the driveway of Hilltop Salvage on September 11. Jimmy Dale Webb, Jr., 28, Terry Lynn Newton, 26 and Alma Eileen Webb, 57, all of Nevada, were arrested by sheriff deputies after they admitted to stealing the radiators.


The Missouri Department of Transportation reported that four weights that were black in color and weighing 94 pounds each were stolen off a tractor on C Hwy. The theft occurred September 12. An estimated replacement value has been placed at $1200. There are currently no suspects in this case and if anyone knows anything regarding the incident, please contact the Barton County Sheriff’s Department.


September 21, a suspicious vehicle was seen in the area of KK Hwy. A Lincoln SUV, pulling a trailer that had no tags, was allegedly looking for “bitter sweet” plants. Deputy Toby Luce spoke with the occupants and found them to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. A pipe and burnt marijuana was found under the seat of the vehicle. Arrested were Christopher Shadden, 29, and William M. Hickman, 29, both of Ft. Scott, Kan.


Barton County Sheriff Mitch Shaw also received information on September 21 of a possible meth lab set up in Lamar. Shaw and his deputies went to 301 E. 17th St. to attempt to make contact with an individual in an RV trailer behind the property. There was no one there, but a strong chemical odor was detected and a search warrant was issued. While the warrant was being obtained the resident of the RV returned and Jerry Lynn Rowell, 44, Lamar, was arrested in connection with the meth lab. Criminal charges have not been filed as yet due to the contents of the lab having to be sent off for testing. However, a warrant was issued on Rowell for violating his probation and parole. A no bond warrant was issued as Rowell has been charged and convicted of continuous drug violations over the years.


Deputies from the sheriff’s office were called to Prairie Plains due to a complaint of suspicious activity. Individuals were going in and out of the timber behind the apartment complex. During the investigation a vehicle that was leaving was stopped and Timothy W. Willis, 41, Lamar, was arrested on a charge of open container of an alcoholic beverage and possession of paraphernalia.


Sheriff Mitch Shaw responded to the intersection of SW 50th Lane and SW 85th Rd. on September 24, as Gary Dumm’s hay barn had burned down overnight. Witnesses had seen a vehicle leaving the premises around 6 a.m. Evidence at the scene is being tested for DNA and finger printing analysis in order to find any suspects that might be involved in the arson. If anyone knows anything please contact the sheriff’s department.


The sheriff’s office was dispatched to a residence at 812 NW 110th Lane on a domestic disturbance call. Officers spoke with the individuals in the incident and when they returned to speak with a male subject that was supposed to be at the residence they found Edgar Ellis, 34, deceased inside the house. An ongoing investigation is being made into his death.


A 911 call was transferred to Barton County from Jasper County on September 27. The call came from the area of SW 90th Rd. and 10th Ln. There was no one on the line, so a deputy was dispatched to investigate to make sure all was okay. When they arrived at the residence they observed what they believed to be marijuana inside the residence, so a search warrant was obtained. After a further search, approximately 265 pounds of marijuana plants were discovered growing behind the property. A warrant was issued for William G. Long, 55, who was not present at the time. Long turned himself in on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Barton County Courthouse. Deputy Sheriff Robert “Bob” Holt took Long into custody and he was transported back to the sheriff’s office where he later posted bond on a $50,000 cash or surety bond and was released.


A report of a stolen truck was made September 29. The truck was stolen from the property of John Davis at the intersection of Hwys. 43 and 160. The truck was later found in Galena, Kan. Investigation continues.


All of the accused are not considered guilty until proven so by a court of law.


rowelltrailerJerry Lynn Rowell, 44, was arrested in connection with a meth lab that was set up at 301 E. 17th St., in Lamar.


longDSCF13721William G. Long, 55, was arrested on October 8, following the discovery of approximately 265 pounds of marijuana plants being grown behind his property in the area of SW 90th Rd. and 10th Lane.


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