Owensville woman, 37, charged with felony following deputy’s early-morning traffic stop near Bland

Lydia A. Vilkanskas, 37, of Owensville, was charged Saturday with a class C felony count alleging delivery of a controlled substance after a traffic stop at 3:05 a.m. May 25, which also resulted in the arrest of a man with a warrant out of Belle.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Jarvis, the reason for the stop on Highway 28 near Bland was for crossing the center line, and having a defective muffler, which resulted in an extremely loud exhaust. Additionally, the license plate on the vehicle was not on file.

The driver of the vehicle, Brittney N. Wilcox, told Jarvis she had just picked up two passengers from a home in Belle. At the time, there were three other occupants in the car including Vilkanskas, Nathon A. Wheeler and Douglas K. Logan, who had a warrant for his arrest.

Jarvis contacted Belle police captain Kimbly Elrod, who came to the scene to take Logan into custody.

Wilcox granted consent to search the vehicle, which yielded nothing. However, a purse in the floor near where Vilkanskas was seated was searched after she gave consent. Jarvis located marijuana and a digital scale with a white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. 

At that time, she said the purse did not belong to her, despite having granted consent to search it.

When Jarvis cuffed Vilkanskas, he heard a crinkling sound. And, after initially denying anything was up her sleeve, Vilkanskas finally admitted she was in possession of prescription pills.

The deputy found eight oxycodone pills and two alprazolam tablets. Both drugs are a Schedule 2 narcotic.

Vilkanskas said the pills weren’t hers, that she as merely taking them to the individual who purchased them, according to Jarvis’ report.

Logan was transported to the Belle Police Department for processing, while Wilcox and Wheeler were released at the scene.

Vilkanskas was placed on a 24-hour hold pending charges for delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a drug paraphernalia (with a prior drug offense) and possession of 10 grams of less marijuana. 

An Osage County warrant was issued later on Saturday charging her with the C felony. Bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety and she spent the rest of the holiday weekend in jail in Osage County. 

She appeared in custody before Associate Circuit Judge Robert D. Schollmeyer on Tuesday for arraignment and was granted release on her own recognizance. She requested a public defender and was ordered to appear back in Schollmeyer’s court at 1 p.m. on June 11.

Just five days later…

Vilkanskas is currently on probation for delivery of a controlled substance, according to court records found on Case.net.

In a Crawford County case from March 2, 2019, she pleaded guilty on May 20 to delivery of a controlled substance and was given a suspended imposition of sentence with a five-year term of probation.

Vilkanskas listed a Route T Cuba address when she was charged in the Crawford County case earlier this spring. She lists an address in the 100 block of East Franklin in her most recent arrest. She pleaded guilty in April to second-degree trespassing in a Gasconade County case and paid a $150 fine.

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