Just as they were allegedly trying to skip town, two suspects in several area crimes were apprehended by Newton County Sheriff’s Department deputies early Wednesday.
“The information we had, they were getting ready to flee the state and go to Colorado,” said Richard Leavens, captain, NCSD. “A detective that lives down here was aggressively seeking these individuals and assisted in locating them.”
Leavens said deputies, working with information from Joplin and Neosho police that the couple was going to be leaving the house near Neosho, located their vehicle and stopped it at Locust Road and Missouri Highway 59 about 1:30 a.m.
He said Meredith Gould, 36, Neosho, was driving and was immediately arrested on several outstanding warrants.
“They brought the male out of the vehicle, and in the process of patting him down discovered a loaded firearm in his back pocket,” Leavens said. “Both were arrested on that, for felons in possession of a firearm.”
He said a search of the vehicle turned up another firearm in Gould’s purse, along with some marijuana and a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine. Leavens said items believed stolen in several area burglaries were also seized from the vehicle, some from burglaries reported as far away as Columbia, and drug paraphernalia was also found, as well as more than $700 cash.
Joseph Scott Nolan, 31, Joplin, is held in the Newton County Jail on a bond of $110,000. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Leavens said Gould is held on several warrants, for trespassing out of Neosho, and Joplin warrants for no insurance and two larceny counts. From Wednesday’s arrest he said she faces additional charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Her bond is set at over $201,000.