Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reported the following:
After receiving complaints of possible prostitution and narcotics activity, the Sheriff’s Office began a proactive investigation targeting those activities.
On Sunday November 22, Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Breah Craig, age 23, of Columbia, who was charged with three counts of Class C Felonies of possession of controlled substances, methamphetamine, morphine and heroin. Craig was also charged with a class B misdemeanor of prostitution. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
Arrested with Craig was Marquise Mathis, age 35, of Columbia, with Class C Felony of possession of a controlled substance, heroin, and a Class D Felony of driving while revoked. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
On Monday November 23, Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Winter S. Thomas, age 29, of Columbia, who was charged with misdemeanor prostitution and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Thomas was released on summons.
Arrested with Thomas was Dominic A. Wray, age 26, of Columbia, who was charged with misdemeanor driving while revoked and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Wray was released on summons.
On Wednesday, November 25, the Bowling Green Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for narcotics at 105 East Church Street, Apartment B in Bowling Green. Located in the search were drug paraphernalia and marijuana. Arrested were the following:
Brandon M. Dawson, age 24, and Rodney E Baker, age 34, both were charged with the Class B Felony of possession of controlled substances, marijuana, with intent to distribute and the Class A Misdemeanor of possession drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $25,000, 10% cash or surety.
Also on the November 25 during a traffic stop, Devin T. Graves, age 19, of Perry, Mo., was arrested and charged with Class C Felony of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and the Class A Misdemeanor of possession drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.
Foege arrested for DUI
On November 25, the Vandalia Police Department conducted a traffic stop on West Highway 54 for a vehicle that was speeding, 45 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone.
Officers made contact with the driver and identified her as Sarah N. Foege, age 35, of Florissant, Missouri.
While officers were speaking to Foege, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her breath. A field sobriety test was conducted and it was determined by the officer that Foege was under the influence.
A search of the vehicle uncovered empty alcohol containers along with a set of brass knuckles (prohibited weapon).
Foege was placed under arrest and transported to the Vandalia Police Department where she was fingerprinted, photographed, and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Weapons Prohibited, and Speeding.
Foege was later transported to the Audrain County Jail where she was given the opportunity to post bond.
On November 23, the Vandalia Police Department arrested Rochella R. Bland, age 53, of Vandalia, on charges of two counts of forgery (felony) and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card device.
Bland was fingerprinted and photographed. Bland later posted bond and was released with a date to appear in Audrain County Circuit Court.
Shooting in Mexico
On Thursday, November 26, at approximately 1:56 a.m., Mexico Public Safety (MPSD) responded to the 900 block of Carrico Street in reference to a person being shot.
Responding personnel found a 32 year-old man who had been shot while in the roadway after exiting his vehicle.
Audrain Ambulance District personnel transported the man to St. Mary’s Health/SSM Audrain, and Staff For Life flew him to University Hospital from there. He is currently in moderate condition.
Witnesses described the shooter as being a black male with dreadlocks who was leaning out of a gold-colored Buick. At approximately 2:12 a.m., officers located a vehicle fitting that description in the 200 block of West Central Street.
Officers arrested DeMarko T. Walls, age 23, of Mexico. Walls was processed by MPSD and later taken to the Audrain County Jail for Assault Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Evidence located during Walls’ arrest linked him and some of his associates to several other disturbances and recent crimes. Additional charges may be pending after further investigation.
Citizens are reminded that people arrested and/or charged with a crime are simply accused of the crime and are to be considered innocent until proven guilty.