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Suspicious vehicle report sparks pursuit, nets 3 arrests in Bethel

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An area resident’s call to the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday about a suspicious vehicle near Bethel turned into a brief pursuit and ended with three arrests.

Undersheriff Travis Palmer credits those arrests to the alert resident and urges others to contact authorities about suspicious activity.
The concerned citizen from Bethel alerted deputies about the suspicious vehicle in the area of Betty Drive and Waco Road.
Deputy Veronica Stidham responded and spotted that vehicle, Palmer said, and noticed several items in the back of that vehicle.
When the driver reportedly ran a stop sign, the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, which turned into a two-mile pursuit instead, Palmer said, ending with the driver fleeing on foot.

The deputy held two passengers at gunpoint until back-up deputies arrived, Palmer said, then deputies set up a manhunt perimeter in search of the driver.

A gun that was reportedly thrown from the vehicle during the chase was found, Palmer said.
The manhunt ended with the suspected driver in custody behind a relative’s home about a mile from the where the pursuit had ended, he said.
Palmer said a smoker grill in the back of the vehicle had been stolen. Deputies also identified a stolen vehicle from Oklahoma City, which had switched plates, as part of this case.

Arrested on a complaint of possession of stolen property was the driver, Travis Pacheco, 34, Palmer said. He was being held in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Wednesday night, awaiting an initial court appearance today.

Jail records show Pacheco was being held on a failure to appear warrant for a 2016 case of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.
His passengers — Brandon J. Scalf, 36, and Tyler Wayne Perry McCune, 22, and also were arrested and were jailed Wednesday night, Palmer said. Jail records show Scalf was being held on a warrant while McCune was being held on a complaint of receiving/possession of stolen property.
Formal charges have not been filed in Wednesday’s incident, but case reports will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for consideration.
Palmer said deputies wish to thank the anonymous person and said the Sheriff encourages other residents to alert them of any suspicious activity.

Update Person of interest: Vehicle Fire Christopher Berry Identified 


A white male was seen in the 17000 Block of Walker Road just before 4 p.m. today after deputies responded to a vehicle on fire. The vehicle had a flat tire which caused grass to catch fire with the rim striking the road. The column was punched on the vehicle and at this time we are attempting to find out if it is stolen or not.
A home owner called our office reporting male subject on the property when he knocked on the door asking for a glass of water.  

Deputies observed a white male near the tree line without a shirt or shoes wearing black sports shorts just before he took off back into the trees.

Deputies are on scene and we are asking that you call 911 or (405) 273-1727 if you see any suspicious activity.

Updated information 7/13/2017 at 7:35 p.m. Christopher Berry now in custody for multiple warrants out of Pottawatomie County District Court.


Update: Tecumseh Suspicious Person Sought Now In Custody

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Updated: 10/26/2016 at 12:30pm Robert Eugene Reed was just taken into custody for an outstanding warrant out of Pontotoc County for his arrest.

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Earlier: Our office responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the area of Sharon Rd and Waco Rd near the Tecumseh Lake.  The reporting party noticed a white male approximately 5’10, 190-200 lbs wearing a black shirt and shorts walking. He appeared to have blood on his face, arms and chest covered in mud for unknown reasons.  When our office arrived on scene the male subject ran East into the wooded area from the deputy.  Currently it is unknown if any crime has been committed by this person but we would like to identify him and possibly check his welfare. Law enforcement are in the area, please report any sightings to our office (405) 273-1727 or 911.

Weather Conditions Still Treacherous

All Pottawatomie County roads remained slick and hazardous and many were littered with stalled vehicles Wednesday, so officials are still urging people to stay home.

Don Lynch, Shawnee/Pottawatomie County emergency management director, said the stalled cars are making it difficult for crews to clear roadways, and continuing northerly winds Wednesday were expected to lead to further drifting. Several road closures remained mid-day Wednesday, including the southbound on-ramp to U.S. 177 from Kickapoo Spur and the northbound U.S. 177 off-ramp to Farrall Street, both because of abandoned vehicles, Lynch said.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said he still was discouraging travel Wednesday as deputies, with four-wheel drive units, were having difficulty maneuvering roadways. “The highways are snow-packed and the east and west roads are full of snow drifts,” Palmer said, after making his way up U.S. 177 from Asher. “And the wind child out here is brutal.” And while the sun was shining Wednesday, Palmer said people shouldn’t get a false sense of security because nothing was melting. “Unless it’s an extreme emergency, don’t get out,” Palmer said, adding wrecker services were hours behind getting people unstuck after they chose to get out. There hadn’t been any reports of major accidents or injuries related to the storm, he said, but wanted to urge caution for those “playing” in the snow. A woman was killed in Oklahoma City Tuesday night, Palmer said, while being pulled behind a vehicle on some type of fashioned-sled. He advises against doing that, as there’s no control over that object in the snow. “It’s fun, but I don’t think people realize how dangerous that is,” Palmer said, encouraging everyone to have fun, but to do so in a safe manner.

Lynch said city of Shawnee street crews were continuing to plow major streets, adding most major streets have at least one lane open in both directions, but all secondary streets remained snow packed and treacherous. “We continue to urge people to stay off the roads unless it is an absolute emergency,” Lynch said. No major power outages were reported as of mid-Wednesday, although there were some reports of water pressure issues in the city of Tecumseh. A vehicle wreck damaged a fire hydrant on North Broadway Tuesday night, Lynch reported, resulting in a water line failure and low water pressure. The line break has been repaired but during the process an electrical problem occurred at the water treatment plant. Demand Wednesday morning created a situation of nearly no water pressure in Tecumseh. Crews reportedly got the electrical service restored and the pumps started, but as tanks are filling, water pressure is low, said Melvin Potter, Tecumseh’s emergency manager and E-911 director.

Both the E-911 center and city of Tecumseh were being flooded with calls reporting water issues. Potter said they’ve had numerous calls relating to the water issues and people asking about road conditions.  “We have had no major problems reported besides some semi-trucks tying up traffic,” Potter said.

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said main roads were somewhat better Wednesday, but secondary roads remained treacherous and several vehicles continued to get stuck. “It’s still 12 degrees,” Kidney said Wednesday afternoon. “Even though the sun is out, everything is still frozen and slick.”

The winter storm closed a number of businesses.

The Shawnee Fire Department responded with REACT EMS to calls and responded to one residential smoke alarm activation, with REACT responding to nine calls since midnight.

Greg Reid, director of REACT EMS, said most of the calls were for people who couldn’t drive themselves to the hospital, including a woman in labor. Two women were taken to the hospital for labor Tuesday.  Overall, Reid said mid-Wednesday things had been going fairly well, but said even the large ambulances were sometimes getting stuck on snow-packed roadways, so he still advises motorists to stay home. Luckily, paramedics hadn’t responded to any calls of hypothermia in these conditions, he said.

Lynch reports the cities of Asher and Maud had similar road issues.  The Shawnee Police Department responded since midnight to at least four non-injury accidents.