Search warrant results in multiple charges

By Patrick Burton

LPD Chief of Police

 Officers with the Licking Police Department, along with the South-Central Drug Task Force, conducted a long-term narcotics investigation for the residence located at 242 South Main Street. A search warrant for the residence was obtained and on Aug. 8, 2020, at approximately 7:15 a.m., the Licking Police Department, along with the Texas County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the South-Central Drug Task Force, executed the narcotics search warrant at the residence.

Upon arrival, officers gained entry and made contact with multiple suspects within the residence, including one juvenile child. Once the residence was secure, officers conducted a search and during the course of the search, numerous items of illegal drug paraphernalia and narcotics were located throughout the residence. Small baggies which contained a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, and different types of paraphernalia, which are commonly used for ingesting methamphetamine and marijuana, were throughout the residence, which created a substantial risk to the health of the juvenile.  Various property, which matched the description of recently reported stolen items from a local burglary, were also located during the search. The items were positively identified by the owner and subsequently seized from the residence and returned to the property owner.

While interviewing three of the suspects, they all confessed to entering a residence located within the city limits of Licking, and stealing the seized property. 

The Missouri Department of Social Services were notified and advised of the current situation and living conditions of the juvenile. The juvenile was subsequently temporarily placed in the care of the State of Missouri.

Also located inside the residence were five dogs and two cats. Due to the animals’ living environment and the current physical condition of the animals, they were relocated to an area animal sanctuary to seek medical treatment.

Judy Scherrer, age 52, Michael Scott, age 27, and Joseph Scherrer, age 30, all from Licking, were arrested at the scene and transported to the Texas County Jail. Probable Cause Statements for all suspects have been sent to the Texas County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeking the following charges: 1) Possession of Controlled Substance except 35 grams or less of Marijuana, a class D felony; 2) 2nd Degree Burglary, a class D felony; 3) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a class D misdemeanor; 4) Endangering the Welfare of a Child Involving Drugs 1st Degree - First Offense, a class D misdemeanor; 5) Animal Abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

Michael Sullins, age 49, and Rocky Scherrer, age 18, both of Licking, were arrested at the scene and transported to the Texas County Jail. Probable Cause Statements for both suspects have been sent to the Texas County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeking the following charges: 1) Possession of Controlled Substance except 35 grams or less of Marijuana, a class D felony; 2) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a class D misdemeanor.

The above information is just mere accusations and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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