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Russell Sheriff's office reports several arrests




RUSSELL -- It has been busy at the Russell County Sheriff's office lately.

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RUSSELL -- It has been busy at the Russell County Sheriff's office lately.

Early Friday morning, the sheriff's office reported receiving a call of a hit and run accident on Interstate 70 in Russell County.

When a deputy arrived, a rental vehicle was found at the side of the road, a news release by the sheriff's office reported, and occupants said a tractor-trailer truck had struck the vehicle and left the scene.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy found a large amount of marijuana in the vehicle and a search of one occupant revealed a loaded handgun.

All three occupants, Thrower McKissick and Myronta Jackson, both of Kansas City, Mo., and Tamar Brent, Denver, were arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brent also was charged with criminal possession of a firearm.

The marijuana seized was valued at $40,000, the sheriff's office said, and cash and the firearm also were seized.

The bust follows on the heels of another series of arrests that were part of a three-month undercover investigation.

Aided by the Russell Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff's office arrested Steven Brock, Nick Clenney and Zach Beitz on drug-related charges, the sheriff's office said.

Thirteen grams of methamphetamine and marijuana were purchased during a number of undercover buys. Charges have been filed in Russell County District Court.

The sheriff's office also arrested a Bunker Hill woman Thursday after officers were called to the courthouse earlier this month.

Officers summoned to the courthouse were told by a social worker a foster mother tested positive for marijuana and three of the four foster children in her custody tested positive as well.

One of the girls also told the social worker the "mother and the other girls drank bleach with milk in Bunker Hill," the sheriff's office reported.

Armed with a search warrant, deputies searched a residence in Bunker Hill and collected 11.65 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cups with liquid for testing and liquid bleach.

The four foster children were removed from the house and placed in other homes by St. Francis Community and Family Services. Pam Pertl was arrested Thursday on a single count of possession of marijuana, two counts of distribution of marijuana and three counts of aggravated endangering of a child. Her bond was set at $40,000, according to the sheriff's office.