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Police Reports 12-13-23: man reportedly exposes himself in front of girl, father at city park

A local man was arrested after he was accused of exposing himself in front of a girl and her father.

On Dec. 3, Tahlequah Police Lt. Justin Leatherwood was dispatched to Sequoyah Park after a man reportedly exposed his genitals in front of a juvenile girl and her father. The father said he and his daughter were at the park when John Barsh pulled down his pants. Leatherwood made contact with Barsh, who said he had no place to use the restroom. Barsh was taken to jail and booked for indecent exposure.

On Dec. 1, Officer Bruce Gower was advised of an intoxicated driver who was traveling in the opposite direction of traffic on the Bertha Parker Bypass. The officer observed the suspected vehicle stopped in the middle of the road near East Downing Street. The driver had the vehicle in reverse and began to back toward Gower’s patrol unit. Shannon Rials put the vehicle in drive and continued east on Boone Street at a slow rate of speed. The driver then accelerated before stopping at the intersection of Boone Street and Lena Avenue. Gower said Rials had to be told to put the truck in park. There was a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and Gower could see two cans of beer in the cupholders. The driver refused to perform a field sobriety test and was arrested. Rials was transported to jail and booked for driving under the influence and transporting an open container.

On Dec. 2, Officer Robert Jones was dispatched to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked at a vacant residence on West Choctaw Street. Jones could see Sara Ferrari in the driver’s seat and two bottles of liquor on the floorboard. The woman claimed to be in the area to visit a friend but couldn’t give the officer her friend’s name. She said her friend told her to park at the residence and sleep. Ferrari produced a California-issued driver’s license but told Jones her name wasn’t the name on the license. She reportedly became belligerent when told she was going to be arrested and had to be forcefully removed from her vehicle. Ferrari allegedly told Jones he messed up and her name was Micah Harrison. She was booked for public intoxication, resisting arrest, and obstruction.

On Nov. 18, Sgt. Mitchell Sellers was called to Rolling Hills Drive due to reports of a domestic that was in progress. Dispatch advised that the caller said he awoke to hear two women in an altercation. Sellers entered the apartment to find Jessica Beaver asleep on a couch. The woman reportedly became irate and uncooperative. Sellers said there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Beaver. The victim told officers Beaver assaulted her and broke her mirror. According to Sellers, there were four juveniles present when the alleged assault occurred. Beaver was taken to jail and booked on tribal charges for domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor and malicious injury to property.

Officer Steffon Herd responded to Walmart Nov. 21 in reference to a shoplifting incident. The officer was advised that the suspect fled in a white Avalanche with a tote of merchandise. Herd spotted the vehicle exiting the parking lot before he conducted a traffic stop. Chelsie Simpson admitted to taking the items without paying. She was arrested for petit larceny and driving under suspension.

On Nov. 28, Lt. Leatherwood was dispatched to Atwoods after a man allegedly stole $480 worth of merchandise. Jesse Conrie was transported to jail and booked for shoplifting.



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