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Business owner arrested on multiple charges

Staff writer

Gavin Shields, 28, owner of Shields Service and Supply in Lincolnville, faces multiple drug-related charges after being arrested twice in January.

The charges came after Shields allegedly obstructed the apprehension of Tyrone Vondal, 38, of Lincolnville, on Dec. 15, 2015. Vondal was later arrested in possession of more than $40,000 of Shields’s property.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3, Vondal allegedly forced open a back door at 333 S. Third St. in Marion and entered the residence.

Vondal was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass, five warrants for failure to appear in court, and suspicion of possession of stolen property.

At the time of the trespass, Vondal was alleged to have been in possession of a 1995 Ford F150, numerous Snap-on tools, and batteries, with a combined value of $43,740, that had been taken from Shields Service and Supply without Shields’s permission.

Having dealt with Vondal several times before, Marion officer Duane McCarty said Vondal was acting differently from the way he had during past arrests.

“He was real mellow, like he was in la-la land and wouldn’t talk to us,” McCarty said. “I’ve never seen him like that. He usually fights.”

A police report filed by sheriff’s officer Wilma Mueller states that Vondal was suspected of using drugs at the time of the theft of the truck and tools.

McCarty said Marion police informed Shields that they had located his missing truck and tools. He said Mueller also talked to Shields in relation to his stolen property.

Less than 12 hours after Vondal was arrested by Marion police, Shields was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of possession of one gram of methamphetamines, less than one gram of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the official offense report, the drugs and paraphernalia were discovered at Shields Service and Supply, 100 W. Main St. in Lincolnville.

Shields also was arrested at that time on suspicion of obstructing apprehension of a felon, that being Vondal. Sheriff Robert Craft said Shields was alleged to have harbored Vondal from arrest Dec. 15, 2015.

Craft declined to comment on whether Vondal tipped off police about the drugs found at Shields Service and Supply.

However, Craft did confirm that officers collected enough information on Jan. 3 to obtain a search warrant in less than 12 hours.

Craft said the nature of Shields’s and Vondal’s relationship was unclear, but he believed they had been acquainted for no more than two weeks before their Jan. 3 arrests.

Craft said it was also unclear if Vondal had been “officially” working at Shields Service and Supply.

Shields spent a few days in jail before bonding out, Craft said, then spent about three weeks free before he was arrested again Jan. 27 on a bond revocation.

A motion to revoke Shields’s bond was filed Jan. 25 by the county attorney. Documents indicate Shields violated a bond condition by failing to submit to a urinalysis.

On Sept. 26, 2015, Shields also was arrested on charges of reckless driving and aggravated endangering a child. He pleaded not guilty to an amended charge of assault on Dec. 7, 2015.

Shields appeared in court for civil cases three times during 2015 because he was sued for unpaid debts — once by the Kansas Department of Revenue on a tax warrant and once by Central National Bank in a limited action case. He also was sued in small claims court.

Vondal’s criminal history stretches back to a disorderly conduct charge in Aug. 2003. He had a probation revoked Sept. 2004.

In Sept. 2005, Vondal was charged with criminal threat with intent to terrorize and battery causing rude physical contact. That year he also was charged with obstructing legal process, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, as well as theft and renewal of registration of certain vehicles.

As of Friday, both men were in jail awaiting court appearances.

Last modified Feb. 4, 2016