From staff reports
Arrest made in probe of cattle thefts
Members of the Governor's Cattle Theft Task Force have arrested a Polk County man after a two-month investigation that may involve cattle thefts in Jasper County, according to an announcement by Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Replogle.
Ronnie E. Summers, 32, the suspect, was arrested May 16 in Vernon County on felony charges of passing bad checks, according to the patrol's news release. "Summers allegedly purchased cattle by writing checks on insufficient funds and closed accounts. The livestock were then quickly resold at area sale barns."
Summers remained in custody Saturday at the Dallas County Jail at Buffalo, Mo. He is facing a charge of passing bad checks, and his bond was set at $20,000, according to a jailer.
The investigation is continuing in Pettis, Shannon, Texas, Polk, Dallas and Jasper counties, according to the patrol's news statement.
"He's a person of interest; we'd like to visit with him," said Jasper County Chief Deputy Sheriff Kelly Stephens about Summers.
Jasper County Lt. Aaron Richardson said there have been three incidents of cattle theft, and an estimated 20 to 25 head have been stolen in the eastern part of the county in the last 14 months.
The cattle were less than two years old, and none was branded, Richardson said.
Weapons stolen from police station
MARIONVILLE, Mo. - Marionville police and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department are searching for two people who forced their way into the Marionville Police Department and Court Building and took two weapons.
Police received a report from a citizen about the burglary at the police station early Saturday. Entry was made through the front door. Evidence at the scene suggests to police that two people were involved in the break-in.
An inventory of weapons in the department indicates that two weapons were taken. Police did not disclose the type of weapons taken.
Police are requesting assistance from anyone who might have been in the area of the police station early Saturday. To contact the department, call (417) 463-2111.
Three charged with meth manufacturing
Three people, arrested Thursday by Joplin police and Newton County authorities, were charged Friday in connection with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to Chris Jennings, chief deputy of the Newton County Sheriff's Department.
Charged with manufacturing a controlled substance are Carl Radigan, 40; Randy Ball, 45, and John Mobley, 31. Bond for Radigan was set at $100,000. Bonds for Ball and Mobley were set at $50,000 each. Addresses for those arrested were not available from police.
A fourth person, Debra Radigan, 43, was arrested on probation and parole violations.
Authorities, acting on a tip that stolen property could be found at 5380 Bison Road in Joplin, received permission from the owners of the property to search. While looking for the stolen property, officers said they observed three subjects inside a garage who were allegedly making meth.
The lab was operating at the time of the arrests, police said. The garage was ventilated.
The owners of the residence were not arrested, Jennings said.
Two injured in accidents
A Seneca man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 6 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 60, one mile west of Neosho, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
William T. Yates, 20, driver of the vehicle, suffered minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.
The patrol said Yates, who was going east, fell asleep at the wheel, then his vehicle ran off the road and overturned several times.
A Summersville man was injured in a pickup-motorcycle accident at 6 p.m. Friday on Jasper County Route E, three miles east of Carthage, the patrol said.
Chadrick Kaut, 31, the motorcyclist, suffered serious injuries. He was airlifted to St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin.
Joel Blankenship, 26, of Carthage, driver of the truck, was not injured.
The patrol said Blankenship, who was going south, pulled into the path of Kaut, who was going west. The truck was struck broadside by the motorcycle.
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