Nevada woman charged for trafficking drugs through mail

NEVADA, Mo. – Police seize a mailed package containing meth and arrest a Nevada, Missouri woman.

The Nevada Police Department has been working with the United States Postal Service Investigations and the Department of Homeland Security in a months-long investigation. They suspected someone in the community was trafficking drugs through the mail.

Officers got a search warrant based on information that a delivery of drugs was being made to a home in the 600 block of N. Elm Street on July 8, 2021.

That afternoon, law enforcement executed the search warrant. The Nevada Police Department, Vernon and Bates County Sheriff’s Offices were all involved.

During the search, a Bates County K-9 made a positive alert on the package in question.

Nevada Police seized the contents of the package. There was about 115 grams of suspected methamphetamine. According to the NPD, it has an estimated street value of about $2,000. Officers will send the evidence to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for testing.

They arrested Dawn M. Hopper, 43 of Nevada. The Vernon County Prosecutor’s Office filed a charge of Trafficking Drugs 2nd Degree (Class B Felony) against Hopper. The Vernon County Jail is holding her on a $100,000 cash only bond.

Authorities continue their joint investigation.

They encourage residents to contact police if you have any information that would be helpful to combat crime. To report criminal activities call 911, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100 or use the Nevada Police Department’s Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477. The NPD says any and all information can be kept confidential if requested.

Jasper County police arrest two caught stealing mail

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Police arrest two people in Jasper County for stealing mail, including an envelope that contained a $1,200 check.

On June 22, a Jasper County Deputy was checking a vehicle under the White Oak Birdge near State Highway 37 and Incline Road when he saw a male sitting in a tall grassy area. Police say he ducked down as if to hide. The deputy made contact with two people in the area, 49-year-old Frederick Foshag of Carthage, Missouri and 49-year-old Heidi Masters of Pittsburg, Kansas. Both had warrants out for their arrest.

While investigating the area, the deputy found opened mail where the two were sitting. Among the mail was a check for over $1,200. The owner of the mail was contacted and the mail was returned.

Clark arrested in LA on suspicion of having concealed gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was arrested in Los Angeles after police saw a submachine gun in his car, police said Monday.

Clark, 28, was pulled over for a vehicle violation south of downtown at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, LAPD public information officer Tony Im said.

“Officers noticed a bag with an Uzi sticking out” in plain sight in the car,” Im said.

Clark was arrested on suspicion of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, Im said.

He was booked into Los Angeles County jail and released Monday afternoon on $35,000 bond, according to the county sheriff’s jail inmate website.

“We are aware of the matter which will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Clark’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said the gun belonged to Clark’s bodyguard.

Clark, who is a native of Los Angeles, played his first four NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. He was part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning team in the 2019 season and overall has 49 sacks in 91 career games.

Clark previously was arrested in 2014 on suspicion of domestic violence over an incident at an Ohio hotel, leading to his removal from the University of Michigan team. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

Chanute pursuit suspect bails out of moving vehicle during chase

CHANUTE, Kan. – Chanute police arrested a chase suspect after he bailed out of a moving vehicle with two passengers still inside.

It happened Saturday, June 5, around 9:10 p.m. Chanute police officers attempted to stop a van traveling north near the 2700 block of South Santa Fe at a high rate of speed. Authorities say the driver refused to stop and led police on a chase. During the pursuit, the suspect hit another vehicle and sped away.

As the vehicle approached 7th and Santa Fe, the passenger side front tire came off and the van began to slow down. The driver jumped out and took off west on foot. Police say the van continued to roll across 7th street and came to a rest at  a utility pole. There were still two adult females in the vehicle but both were unharmed.

Another officer apprehended the driver about a half block away. He was arrested on for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a valid license, improper driving on a laned roadway, failing to stop at an accident, no insurance, interference with a law enforcement officer, felony flee and elude, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. They also arrested the two females for possession of Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officials charged have not yet been filed.

School shooting in Russia kills 9 people; suspect arrested

MOSCOW (AP) — A gunman launched an attack on a school in the Russian city of Kazan that left at least nine people dead Tuesday — including seven youngsters — and sent students running out of the building as smoke poured from one of the windows.

At least 21 others were hospitalized, six in extremely grave condition, authorities said.

The attacker, identified only as a 19-year-old, was arrested, officials said. They gave no immediate details on a motive.

But Russian media said the gunman was a former student at the school who called himself “a god” on his account on the messaging app Telegram and promised to “kill a large amount of biomass” on the morning of the shooting.

Attacks on schools are rare in Russia, and President Vladimir Putin reacted by ordering the head of National Guard to revise regulations on the types of weapons allowed for civilian use.

Four boys and three girls, all eighth-grade students, died, as well as a teacher and another school employee, said Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic, where Kazan is the capital.

Footage released by Russian media showed students dressed in black and white running out of the building. Another video depicted shattered windows, a stream of smoke coming out of one, and the sound of gunfire. Dozens of ambulances lined up at the entrance.

Russian media said while some students were able to escape, others were trapped inside during the ordeal.

“The terrorist has been arrested, 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name. Other accomplices haven’t been established. An investigation is underway,” Minnikhanov said.

Authorities said the 21 hospitalized included 18 children.

Authorities announced a day of mourning on Wednesday and canceled all classes in Kazan schools. Authorities tightened security at all schools in the city of about 1.2 million people, 430 miles (700 kilometers) east of Moscow.

The deadliest school attack in Russia took place in 2004 in the city of Beslan, when Islamic militants took more 1,000 people hostage for several days. The siege ended in gunfire and explosions, leaving 334 dead, more than half of them children.

In 2018, a teenager killed 20 people at his vocational school before killing himself in Kerch, a city in the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea. In the wake of that attack, Putin ordered authorities to tighten control over gun ownership. But most of the proposed legislative changes were turned down by the parliament or the government, the Kommersant newspaper reported.

Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said on Telegram that the suspect in the Kazan attack received a permit for a shotgun less than two weeks ago and that the school had no security aside from a panic button.

Authorities in Tatarstan ordered checks on all gun owners in the region.

Putin extended condolences to the families of the victims and ordered the government to give them all necessary assistance. Russian officials promised to pay families 1 million rubles (roughly $13,500) each and give 200,000 to 400,000 rubles ($2,700-$5,400) to the wounded.

The Kremlin sent a plane with doctors and medical equipment to Kazan, and the country’s health and education ministers headed to the region.

At least 9 arrested in SEK drug bust

CHANUTE, Kan. – A joint police investigation into illegal drug distribution in Southeast Kansas leads to the arrest of nine suspects with three others pending arrest. It was part of the eight-month long investigation titled “Operation Spring Cleaning.”

(Related article: 3 suspects still wanted in southeast Kansas drug operation)

With assistance from the Neosho County Attorney’s Office, the Allen County Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office, arrest warrants were issued for individuals related to the distribution of methamphetamine. Officers executed the warrants in Neosho, Allen and Montgomery counties resulting in nine arrests. They were all booked in the Neosho and Allen County Jails.

While executing a warrant at 804 N Garfield in Chanute, Kansas, officers found “suspicious explosive devices.”  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATB) and Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) responded to remove the explosives and provide aid in the investigation.

Authorities arrested the following suspects:

  • Shadow McKinney, 28, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school, and Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Kerry Wilson, 41, Chanute, (6 Counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Anna Stockenbrand, 31, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Dedra Bright, 36, Cherryville, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Gina Perez, 37, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Michael Naff, 35, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Ellen Fisher, 34, Iola, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Quintin Obermiller, 30, Iola, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Markus K. Steeves, 47, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of school property, Criminal use of an explosive

Three suspects are pending arrest in connection to the operation:

  • Kevin Pratt, 45, Iola, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 ft. of a school
  • Jessica Rogers, 39, Iola, Distribution of methamphetamine
  • Timothy J. Mishler, 30, Chanute, (2 counts) Distribution of methamphetamine

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Suspect arrested after fire at Cape Girardeau church

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Fire officials say a fire at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint in Cape Girardeau is being investigated as a possible arson.

Police arrested a suspect after the fire, which began Sunday night. No one was injured. Flames engulfed the church shortly after firefighters arrived.

The church’s stake director, Kevin Dickson, said he was grateful no one was inside the building when the fire broke out. He says the church was special to its members but it can be rebuilt.

Pittsburg police chase ends with vehicle ablaze

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A police chase in Pittsburg, Kansas Wednesday morning results in a vehicle fire and two suspects behind bars.

According to a press release from the Pittsburg Police Department, the incident began at 10:40 a.m. near the 200 block of E 24th Terrace in Pittsburg. An officer attempted to stop a spray painted Ford Fusion. The car didn’t pull over led police on a chase to N Joplin St. and then to E 20th St where it went into the south bound alley. It continued to flee down alleys until it crashed into a fence and a pole in the 1600 block of N Joplin St. The suspects fled the scene foot

After the crash the vehicle began smoking and caught fire. Pittsburg Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the flames. Investigators the vehicle was reported stolen out of rural Crawford County in early April. They found illegal drugs believed to methamphetamine and associated paraphernalia left in the car.

Police arrested both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle. Authorities identified the driver as 29-year-old John Robertson Jr. and the passenger as 22-year-old Kaitlyn McMurry, both of Pittsburg.


Robertson was arrested for felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony flee and elude, felony interference with law enforcement, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, no valid driver’s license, and a warrant out of the City of Frontenac. He’s held in the Crawford County Jail on $3,435 bond.

McMurry was placed under arrest for felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, an Allan County Kansas felony warrant, two Crawford County probation violation warrants, and a City of Pittsburg Warrant. She’s also booked at the Crawford County Jail but with no bond.


Police say the investigation remains ongoing.

Ex-Kansas sheriff’s official faces child porn, sex counts

WAKEENY, Kan. (AP) – A former official with a western Kansas sheriff’s office has been arrested on charges of trafficking in child pornography and sex crimes involving children.

Blaine Dryden, 62, of WaKenney, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with aggravated internet trading of child pornography and several counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The alleged crimes occurred between November 2019 and last June, while Dryden was a lieutenant with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, investigators said. Dryden was placed on administrative leave by the Ellis County sheriff when the department learned of the investigation, and his employment with the office ended in July.

Dryden was being held in the Graham County Jail on $750,000 bond.

Mom tells daughter she’s been shot as April Fools’ Day joke

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Wichita police were not laughing Thursday after a woman called her daughter and said she had been shot in what was supposed to be an April Fools’ Day prank.

The mother, Arnthia Willis, 58, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of unlawful request for emergency service assistance, police said.

Willis’ daughter notified 911 after her mother called and said she had been shot and then hung up, The Wichita Eagle reported.

“Multiple police units, probably between 15-20 officers from the Wichita Police Department as well as fire department and EMS responded to the scene,” Wichita police Lt. Ronald Hunt said.

When no one responded at the home in northeast Wichita, officers wearing shields and with guns drawn broke down the door, Hunt said.

Hunt said the mother was at work and called her daughter as a prank. Willis was arrested in Derby, a Wichita suburb.

“April Fools’ can be a good, funny little joke in some circumstances” but when it leads to a police response “it’s not funny any more,” he said.