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Nodaway County deputies arrested a Maryville, Mo. man involved in a hit-and-run incident in Fairfax Aug. 23.

Johnny Rich, 26, is in custody after deputies responded to an altercation in Fairfax, Mo. where a suspect allegedly struck a vehicle and left the scene. According to Nodaway County Sheriff Press Release, two deputies pulled Rich over in his vehicle on Highway 46 near Route PP.

When the deputies came in contact with him they found a substance in his pocket that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong said the deputies observed unnatural behavior at the time of the arrest.

“Deputies contacted the suspect who appeared to be under the influence of something other than alcohol,” Strong said.


A Conception Junction man was arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance following a controlled drug buy from the Nodaway County Sheriff's Department Aug. 23.

According to Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong, NCSD deputies took Christopher C. Wiederholt, 59, into custody during an investigation of methamphetamine distribution by a person living in Conception Junction.

A local offender participated in the drug buy, where the Sheriff’s department agreed to a possible lighter sentencing given their help in catching the individual distributing the substances.

After the NCSD observed the drug purchase, the Nodaway County prosecuting attorney issued a class C felony warrant for Wiederholt’s arrest Aug. 23, and deputies followed through without incident at his residence.

Strong said the apprehension was a smooth process.

“We were investigating distribution of methamphetamine, and we used a common tool law enforcement use, the drug buy,” Strong said. “We found a civilian willing to participate.”

Wiederholt is being held on a $30,000 bond in Nodaway County Jail.

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