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These offense reports were released this past week by law enforcement agencies:


Meth possession

Deputy Joshua Meliza reported discovering three grams of solid methamphetamine and a makeup container used as a drug container during a traffic stop at 3:04 a.m. April 15 at US-50 and Wagon Wheel Rd.

Not included in a standard offense report was that Meliza also discovered, according to Sheriff Jeff Soyez, a container of anhydrous ammonia, one of the ingredients used to make meth.

According to Soyez, Meliza’s drug dog, Karma, indicated the scent of meth during the stop. No initial reason for the stop was stated in released documents, interviews, or monitored police broadcasts. However, broadcasts indicated two people — including a registered offender who appeared to have been driving — were in the vehicle.

Apparent passenger Kelsie S. Glenn, 40, listed by Soyez as having a Florence address but on jail records as having a Newton address, was arrested on suspicion of meth possession and possession of anhydrous with the intent to make meth. She was released at 10:49 a.m. Friday on a $5,000 surety bond.

Three grams of meth is enough for 12 entry-level doses. As users become addicted, doses tend to become larger.

Interference with law enforcement, meth possession, invalid license

Deputy Matthew Regier reported discovering three grams of meth, a glass pipe with residue, a torch lighter, and two packs of tobacco cigarettes during a traffic stop at 3:18 a.m. April 17 at Flying Eagle Truck Stop in Florence.

No initial reason for the stop was stated in released documents, interviews, or monitored police broadcasts.

Soyez said Regier ordered suspect Dustin J. Luchi, 42, Marion, to submit to handcuffing 11 times before Regier, eventually joined by deputy Joel Womochil, stunned Luchi with an electronic weapon.

Transmissions indicate Womochil determined a passenger was too intoxicated to drive, so Regier drove her to a rented residence in the 100 block of N. Coble St. in Marion after a tow truck for Luchi’s vehicle arrived.

Womochil took Luchi to jail on suspicion of felonious interference with law enforcement officers, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and driving while his license was canceled, suspended, or revoked.

Luchi was released later that day on a $10,000 surety bond.

Meth and marijuana possession, invalid license

Womochil reported that a driver had a suspended license and that he discovered half a gram of crystal residue, a glass pipe with crystal residue, a used syringe with liquid residue, and one gram of “joints” during a traffic stop at 4:25 a.m. April 18 at US-77 and 80th Rd. Half a gram of meth is enough for two doses or less.

Monitored transmissions indicate that Womochil and Regier spotted suspicious headlights on a county road while looking for a speeder in an unrelated case. Upon checking, Womochil recognized the vehicle’s driver, whose license was listed as suspended.

Womochil initially sought help from Marion officer Aaron Slater and his drug dog, Blue, but later said Slater was not needed.

Womochil searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana on his own, Soyez said. Regier and his drug dog, Yoko, who initially had been called away to a minor accident, returned to assist in searching the pickup.

Driver William R. Shearer, 40, Florence, was arrested for allegedly driving while his license was canceled, suspended, or revoked. He was released half a day later on $2,000 surety bond.

Glenn, arrested three days earlier at US-50 and Wagon Wheel Rd. on suspicion of drug charges, was a passenger in the pickup. She was arrested a second time on suspicion of possession of meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. She was released that evening on a $10,000 surety bond.

Marijuana possession; invalid license

Regier reported discovering meth residue, a magnetic box with residue, 0.2 of a gram of marijuana (less than a single “joint”), and a metal socket, the use of which was not explained, during a traffic stop at 7:23 p.m. Thursday on US-56 near Mustang Rd.

Monitored transmissions and an offense report do not indicate why the vehicle was stopped, but transmissions indicate the vehicle’s driver was found to have a suspended driver’s license.

Bryan D. Higgins, 36, Marion, was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving while his license was suspended. Although meth possession was indicated on the offense report, Higgins’ booking record does not indicate meth charges.

He was released the next morning on $2,000 surety bond.


Domestic battery, criminal damage

A domestic disturbance at a rental home in the 300 block of N. Cedar St. led to the arrest Saturday of a 27-year-old Marion man.

Tyler Craft, 27, Marion, was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and criminal damage to property.

Police were called at 7:11 p.m. to a house that appraisal records indicate is owned by Terry Looney of Florence.

According to chief Clinton Jeffrey, investigation indicated that Craft had grabbed girlfriend Taylor Pontious, 23, around the neck and kicked the door of her car, causing an estimated $1,500 damage.

Craft, previously jailed March 31 after another domestic battery case March 24 at the same address, was released Sunday after posting a $2,500 surety bond.

Underage drinking, noise

An early-morning party in the 300 block of N. Cedar St. led to noise and underage drinking citations.

Summoned for a noise complaint at 1 a.m., police chief Clinton Jeffrey and two sheriff’s deputies discovered three people outside and 15 inside.

One of them, identified as Emma Cook, 19, of Inlet Beach, Florida, was cited for underage drinking.

Two others, identified as Armando Meza and Preston Pyles, both 25 and both of Marion, were cited for excessive noise and for being hosts for a party that included underage consumption of alcohol.

Although listed by police as a Marion resident, Pyles also is listed on the 2021 Tabor College football roster as a 6-foot, 245-pound sophomore defensive lineman from Bonner Springs.

Meza is listed on the same roster as a 6-foot-1, 310-pound senior offensive lineman from Salem, Oregon. The house, at 313 N. Cedar St., is listed on appraisal records as being owned by Pablo Meza, also of Salem, Oregon.

Tabor College’s 2021 women’s soccer roster lists an Emma Cook as a 5-foot-7 freshman defensive midfielder from Las Vegas.

Monitored radio transmissions indicate that driver’s licenses and license plates of several other Tabor College athletes were checked by Jeffrey and deputies Joshua Meliza and Kaylan Miles, who remained at the house for nearly an hour..

Last modified April 28, 2022