Columbia Police Department, other law agencies conduct three-day saturation effort

Monday, August 5, 2013 | 6:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department worked alongside the Boone County Sheriff's Department, MU Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service to complete a three-day saturation effort from Thursday through Saturday.

According to a Columbia Police Department news release, approximately 40 officers from the different agencies participated and four K-9 partners were present.

The operation concentrated on geographic areas of the city and county where violent crime and criminals have been active or are known to frequent. This information was based on call data and intelligence-gathering efforts, Columbia Police Capt. Jill Schlude said in the release.

Calls to the Police Department for more information were not immediately returned.

Officers conducted more than 200 traffic stops, 60 check subjects and made approximately 40 arrests. The arrests included traffic offenses, drug offenses and multiple arrests on outstanding warrants for various charges ranging from burglary to robbery and assault, according to the release. Among the actions were:

  • Domionte S. Cheatum, 20, of Columbia was arrested during a traffic stop on an outstanding felony warrant from Jackson County. Detectives had been working leads in the weeks prior concerning Cheatum’s alleged involvement in the death of Anthony Unger on June 23. Additional information obtained after Cheatum’s arrest on the warrants led to probable cause for his arrest for 2nd-degree murder by detectives.
  • Officers gathered intelligence during the saturation that led to the location and arrest of Chad L. Thomas, 23, of Columbia, on a warrant for 1st-degree burglary, 2nd-degree assault and 2nd-degree property damage. Thomas was located in Birmingham, Ala., and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service.
  • Vincent J. Barney, 26, of Columbia, was arrested on a warrant for 1st-degree burglary. He was also arrested on felony charges of distribution of drugs (marijuana) and resisting arrest.
  • Lynner Meeks, 27, of Chicago, was arrested during a traffic stop for traffic offenses, distribution of drugs (heroin) and felony resisting arrest.
  • Elfontay D. Stevens, 20, of Columbia, was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon.
  • A search warrant for narcotics was served in northeast Columbia where evidence of cocaine distribution was discovered.
  • Intelligence was gathered from a traffic stop which led to the arrest of two suspects in Kingdom City who were distributing methamphetamine from their hotel.

Anyone with information about criminal activity, gang activity or the location of wanted persons in Columbia/Boone County is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 874-7652, the Boone County Sheriff's Department at 875-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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