On Monday, Oct. 29, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and Vernon County Sheriff’s Office concluded a multiple month long drug operation dubbed as Operation Scarecrow. Operation Scarecrow also included surveillance conducted on Oct. 31 to insure that Registered Sex Offenders were in compliance with the Halloween Trick or Treating laws.

The following subjects were arrested during Operation Scarecrow:

Valeri R Gumm, 12/10/88, Rich Hill – Possession of controlled substance $25,000 bond Bates Co. and Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $100,000 Bond Vernon Co.

Catherine M Nowak, 2/8/89, Nevada – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w-intent $100,000 Bond Vernon Co.

Amy J Powrie, 11/25/80, Nevada – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $100,000 Bond Vernon Co.

Jeffrey D Smoot, 6/21/76, Adrian – Possession of Controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co. and Possession of controlled substance $2,500 bond Bates Co.

Kaylene M Ledom, 6/13/88, Nevada – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $100,000 bond Vernon Co.

Don E Hilton, 10/18/57, Nevada – Dist/prod or attempt to posses w/intent $100,000 bond Vernon Co.

Amanda L Leftwich, 12/24/78, Nevada – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $100,000 bond Vernon Co.

Kimberely R Dean, Nevada – Possession of controlled substance $100,000 bond Vernon Co.

Renee Campbell, 7/27/59, Nevada – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $100,000 bond Vernon Co.

Dustin M Pike, 2/21/88, Nevada – Possession of controlled substance $100,000 bond Vernon Co.

Michael D Spear, 3/26/77, Butler – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $25,000 bond Bates Co.

Dana Robinson, 4/16/61, Butler – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $25,000 bond Bates Co.

Michael D Ritter, 7/28/81, Rich Hill – Possession of controlled substance $25,000 bond Bates Co.

Dylan J Warren, 7/27/93, Butler – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Joseph M Brown 11/14/93, Rich Hill – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $25,000 bond Bates Co.

Jeremy Reno, 5/25/79, Butler – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $25,000 bond Bates Co.

Daniel J Ross, 7/23/77, Butler – Possession of controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Matt A Harvey, 5/18/71, Butler – Possession of controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Lisa D Morgan, 5/12/64, Adrian – Possession of controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Sheila Prater, 5/2/68, Rockville – Possession of controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Brandon Huckaby, 7/30/83, Harrisonville – Possession of controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Sharon Warren, 4/16/64, Butler – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Misty C Cook, 8/16/81, Butler

Michael S Robinson, 10/21/85, Nevada – Dist/prod or attempt to possess w/intent $100,000 bond Vernon Co., and Warrant out of Arkansas for maintaining drugs and criminal attempt with no bond.

Each of these individuals are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

During the arrest process several additional subjects were taken in to custody with charges being sent to the prosecutors. Additional charges are also being sought on several of the subjects that were arrested.

The following subjects are still wanted on various narcotics charges and at press time have not been located.

Vance G Gayle, 6/5/64, Harrisonville – Possession of controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co.

Robert W Grubb, 11/9/69, unknown – Possession of controlled substance $20,000 bond Bates Co., unlawful possession of weapon and drugs $20,000 bond Bates Co. and non-support $5,000 bond Bates Co.

Vincent L Jones, 12/30/89, Rich Hill – Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia $2,500 bond Bates Co.

John C Dickinson, 8/8/60, Independence – Possession of controlled substance $10,000 bond Bates Co.

If you have any information regarding these individuals or to report other crimes, please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660/679-3232 or the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at 417/283-4400.

Sheriff Ron Peckman and Sheriff Chad Anderson would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during Operation Scarecrow.