• Last modified 731 days ago (June 16, 2022)



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


Distribution of meth and drug paraphernalia

An offense report released Friday lists 5.8 grams of solid methamphetamine, a gram of marijuana, a quantity of unidentified blue powder, and six devices and paper for rolling as being seized in a raid at 12:57 a.m. May 23 on the distribution or sale of drugs at a home at 1734 150th Rd.

As previously reported, two people were arrested at the home: the homeowner’s son, Travis R. Grosse, 45, of Marion, and Lesa A. Jost, 49, also of Marion. Both had been arrested in previous drug cases — Grosse, five times.

Two others — Amanda L. Davis, 44, Marion, and Philip D. Heathcock, 53, Loveton. New Mexico — were arrested in a related traffic stop near the residence. Both also have been arrested in previous drug cases.

In a May 25 news story in the Record, Sheriff Jeff Soyez stated that the combined amount of meth seized in the two raids was 1½ ounces or 42.5 grams.

Criminal damage

Six flea market glassware items were reported damaged between 11:38 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. May 25 at the old Bethesda Hospital building at 305 E. Main St. in Goessel.

Owner Blake O. Schmucker of rural Moundridge valued the glassware at $30.

Deputy Derek Fetrow’s report does not indicate how the damage may have occurred.


Four rechargeable batteries, a power tool, and miscellaneous electronic equipment, together valued at $669, were stolen between 11 and 11:30 p.m. June 1 by a burglar who broken into Goessel Station, 220 E. Main St., Goessel.

Owner Steven K. Meyer of rural Goessel reported the burglary.


A 2006 Chevrolet truck, a 16-foot tandem trailer, four rechargeable power tools, and 10 hand tools, together valued at $10,400, were reported stolen between 4 p.m. June 7 and 2:36 p.m. June 8 from the street outside owner Reilly P. Reid’s residence in the 300 block of W. 3rd St. in Florence.

Possession of drugs, THC, and paraphernalia; interference with law enforcement

A trace amount of fentanyl, 0.6 of a gram of methamphetamine (enough for less than six doses), and a pipe, container, and foil regarded as drug paraphernalia were seized during a traffic stop at 10:37 p.m. June 8 at US-56 and Indigo Rd. (Ash St.) in Hillsboro.

According to monitored police transmissions, deputy Joshua Meliza stopped a white 1992 Buick belonging to Ardell P. Jones, 48, Hillsboro, for an unspecified reason.

Meliza reported that his drug-sniffing dog, Karma, indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle. With help from Hillsboro officer John Huebert and deputy Landon Goodman, three people were arrested on drug charges.

Jones, who has a lengthy record of drugs arrests as recently as a month ago, was arrested on suspicion of possessing meth.

Also arrested on suspicion of possessing meth were Heidi A. Sellens, 52, Moundridge, and Stephanie L. Johnson, 43, Hillsboro.

Johnson, who has a Marion County arrest record less extensive than Jones’, also was accused of possessing drug paraphernalia.

All three bonded out within five hours — Selens after posting a $5,000 surety bond, Jones and Johnson after posting $10,000 surety bonds.


Aggravated domestic battery

Bradley R. Billinger, 43, was on suspicion of aggravated domestic battery after he allegedly bit the nose of his 34-year-old live-in girlfriend shortly after 4:15 p.m. Sunday at a rental home in the 400 block of E. Grand Ave. in Hillsboro.

Billinger was released from jail 24 hours later after posting a $5,000 surety bond.


Marijuana and paraphernalia possession, drunken driving, transporting an open container of alcohol

An open can of beer reportedly visible during a traffic stop for speeding at 10:43 p.m. June 7 on US-56 near Remington Rd. led to an arrest on suspicion of drug and alcohol changes.

Officer Aaron Slater stopped a red 2007 Ford Expedition registered to a Canton resident for allegedly going 77 mph in a 65-mph zone.

Slater reported seeing an open can of beer and, after administering a field sobriety test of the driver, who was not the registered owner of the car, found a second open can of Michelob.

Also seized were 26 unopened cans of Michelob, four unopened cans of Busch Light, 2.5 grams of vegetation resembling marijuana, a grinder, a smoking pipe with residue, and four plastic containers and a small bag thought to be drug paraphernalia.

Channing L. Wall, 28, Hillsboro, was arrested on suspicion of speeding, driving under the influence of intoxicants, transporting an open container of alcohol, having no proof of liability insurance, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

She was released 10½ hours later after posting $5,000 in surety bonds.

A Hillsboro officer and a county sheriff’s deputy were called to help with traffic control during the arrest. The SUV was towed.

Last modified June 16, 2022