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9 indicted by Cole County Grand Jury

Among those indicted this week by the Cole County Grand Jury were a number of people who were charged in connection with recent drug busts in Jefferson City and Cole County.

The indictments indicate the jurors found there was enough evidence to send the cases onto the circuit court level where they could face possible trial.

Those indicted include:

• Louis Richmond Jr., 32, of 1312 Raymond Drive, charged with selling heroin after a bust in March.

• Mark Parker, 41, of 1010 Madison St., charged with distribution of heroin in March after a bust by the police department’s community action team.

• Chad White, 36, of 1609 Paddlewheel Circle, charged with two counts of distributing heroin on two different occasions in March.

• Malcolm Rodgers, 52, of 904 E. High St., charged with distribution of a controlled substance in January after drug sweep.

• Augustus Armstead Jr., 24, of 3709 Randall Drive, was charged with distribution of heroin after being arrested following a multi-jurisdiction operation in the spring.

• Jeremy Roark, 26, of 5217 Veil of Tears, charged with distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia following a drug raid in March.

Cole County Sheriff Greg White reported a search of Roark’s home in the Apache Flats area “resulted in the seizure of one-half ounce of methamphetamine, approximately $4,300 cash, digital scales, plastic baggies, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”

In separate probable cause statements, Jefferson City Police Det. Mike Ottolini reported Roark was in the dining room when a “Ziploc bag containing approximately 7 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was seized from his pants pocket,” and an identical bag was found, in a shirt pocket, in Roark’s bedroom.

Ottolini reported Roark said the bags were his “and his wife knew nothing about it. He claimed he did not use methamphetamine, but refused to answer whether or not he had sold the substance.”

• Eboni Bifford, 26, of 3701 Randall Drive, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after an incident where shots were fired in February at Club Motivation on Industrial Drive.

According to Jefferson City police, 911 callers reported four to five gunshots were fired by someone in a vehicle parked on the lot.

Officers determined the shots were fired by the driver of a white Buick, Bifford.

Officers noticed a black handgun in the vehicle, along with unspent rounds of ammunition and a Ruger firearm bag.

Three spent shell casings were located near the vehicle.

No one was injured in the incident.

• Kenneth Ketcherside, 35, Vienna, was charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Cole County.

The Cole County charge is from August 2012 after he led authorities in Osage County on a chase and wrecked his vehicle.

Authorities found that his Cole County residence was within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center, a violation of his being a convicted sex offender.

• Dareon Davis , 23, of 814 Monroe St., who is charged with second-degree robbery, armed criminal action and resisting arrest for an attempted robbery in April.

Police reports show officers were flagged down by several employees of Walmart on West Stadium Boulevard.

The employees said Davis, armed with a knife, tried to shoplift at their store and displayed the knife in a threatening manner to one of the store’s employees.

After the employees said the man was last seen walking towards Menards, officers located Davis near the southeast entrance to Walmart by Stadium Plaza West.

Once Davis saw the officers, he ran behind Stadium Plaza West near Central Missouri Athletics, 748 W. Stadium Blvd.

One officer chased Davis on foot and another used a vehicle to cut him off on the private lot of CMA, he still was armed with a black handled, fixed-blade knife.

Officers held Davis at gunpoint, but he refused to drop the knife and lie on the ground. Instead, he paced back and forth saying, “I’m not going back to prison,” while looking for an escape route.

Officers advised Davis if he did not drop the knife, he would be tasered. Davis yelled go ahead, lifted his sweatshirt up.

An officer fired his Taser, striking Davis , which caused him to drop the knife and fall to the ground before he was taken into custody.

Officers were not harmed, and Davis had minor injuries caused by the Taser barbs.

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