The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 2, 2013

Pittsburg man facing charges from chase, search of home

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The capture of a suspect chased by law enforcement across the state line into Kansas from Missouri led to a search of his home in Pittsburg and the alleged seizure of drugs and money.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release today that James D. Russian, 56, is facing multiple charges in connection with a chase late Wednesday night and the subsequent search of his apartment at 503 W. Kansas St. in Pittsburg.

Crawford County deputies were dispatched at 11:03 p.m. Wednesday to the state line on U.S. Highway 160 regarding a suspect that Barton County, Mo., deputies were chasing. The Missouri deputies had tried to stop him for questioning about reported threats made by a man armed with a handgun.

The Crawford County sheriff’s office said Russian lost control of his vehicle and crashed in the vicinity of 570th Avenue and 250th Street and got out and tried to flee on foot before being apprehended.

The alleged discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle led to a search warrant being executed on his home and the seizure of several packages of marijuana. methamphetamine, ingredients used in the manufacture of meth, a handgun and $23,000 cash.

Russian is charged in Kansas with distribution of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug precursors, possession of a firearm as a felon, possession of meth, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing. Any charges that he might be facing in Missouri remain pending.


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