Cass Co – Around 4:00 pm Wednesday, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit arrested one person in a stolen 2019 Kia Forte in the area of 163rd and Spring Valley Road in Belton following a short vehicle pursuit.
Cass County Deputies responded to the area of E 155th Street north of Belton after receiving information that a Kansas City Police Helicopter had followed a stolen vehicle to the area just north of Cass County. The suspect in the stolen vehicle had fled from KCPD Officers earlier in the day and was being pursued by Grandview Police when deputies arrived in the area.
Cass County Deputies and Belton Police searched the area south of 155th Street near Spring Valley where they located the stolen vehicle. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the driver sped away.
Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit Deputies were able to deploy a Grappler device and stop the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody without further incident.
“This pursuit lasted just 2 minutes from the time deputies started chasing the suspect until they were able to deploy their Grappler device and bring the pursuit to a quick and safe conclusion. I will continue to provide our deputies with the proper resources, such as the Grappler, to apprehend these dangerous criminals and keep Cass County Safe," said Sheriff Jeff Weber
The driver, Marcus A. Howard, 26, Belton, was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail.
The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Marcus Howard with Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Felony Resisting Arrest Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death to Any Person. The judge in the case released Howard with a Signature bond.

  Cass Co – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman in rural Pleasant Hill as a homicide.  Deputies responded to the 18000 block of South Purvis Road on Sunday where they located the victim. The suspect in the case is in custody at the Cass County Jail.
On Sunday, around 3:00 pm a concerned family member notified law enforcement that they had not seen their daughter since Friday.  Deputies secured a search warrant for a house in the 18000 block of South Purvis Road near Pleasant Hill where they discovered the body of Sara B. Maloney, 39, Pleasant Hill, inside the residence.
Around 11:45 pm, members of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit located the person of interest in a house in the 1000 block of Mullen Road in Raymore.  Deputies were involved in a short standoff at the residence when the subject refused to come out of the house.  A Cass County K9 Team located the suspect inside the residence and he was taken into custody.
This afternoon the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charged Levi G. Mitchell, 31, Pleasant Hill with Murder Second Degree and Armed Criminal Action.  The judge in the case has ordered Levi Mitchell held with no bond.

Charles Branson was extradited from federal detention in Indiana to Cass County and is being held without bond in the Cass County Jail. Branson was charged with second-degree murder, attempted robbery, first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, and unlawful possession of a weapon in the 2017 homicide of Grabriel Brito-Ramirez.

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