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Area residents indicted on weapons, drug offenses

Area residents indicted on weapons, drug offenses

September 20th, 2017 by News Tribune in Local News

The Cole County Grand Jury has indicted a Russellville man who was apprehended by Moniteau County sheriff's deputies in June.

Timothy Whittle, 28, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting a lawful stop. The indictment indicates the grand jury found there was enough evidence to send the case to the circuit courts for possible trial.

Whittle allegedly was involved in a pursuit in Cole County in May but was not apprehended at that time, according to a Moniteau County Sheriff's Department news release. He sped away from officers, going the wrong direction on Business 50.

In mid-June, deputies in Moniteau County went to a residence on Ponderosa Road, just outside Enon, where Whittle had been reported to be staying.

Deputies tried to make contact with Whittle and eventually surrounded the residence. After several attempts, Whittle eventually surrendered.

The unlawful possession of a firearm charge was filed in May, as Whittle was found to be in possession of a firearm after he had been convicted in October 2014 for tampering with a motor vehicle in Miller County. A convicted felon is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.

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Also indicted was a Belle woman charged with delivery of methamphetamine in Cole County.

Kelley Mayer, 50, is also charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers contacted Mayer while she was in her car at a gas station the 1200 block of Missouri Boulevard on May 16 after discovering she had an active municipal warrant, according to a Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement.

As she was talking with officers, it appeared she was trying to conceal something. She refused to stop and was taken into custody.

When questioned, she admitted to trying to hide a methamphetamine pipe in the car. Officers searched the vehicle and found the pipe, along with eight separately packaged plastic bags with a white, crystal-like substance that turned out to be methamphetamine.

Court records show Mayer has several past drug charges and was on probation for possession of a controlled substance at the time of her arrest.