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Dispute Between Neighbors Leads to Arrest; Gasek Faces More Charges in Pulaski Co.


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called to a dispute between neighbors that resulted in the arrest of one individual.
On March 30, Deputy Nathan Long was dispatched to a location on Douglas County Road 525 for a dispute between neighbors. Upon arrival, Deputy Long met Kim A. Vaverka, 53 of Mansfield, on a 4-wheeler in the county road.
After speaking with Vaverka and the complainant, who was not named, it was determined that Vaverka had threatened to shoot the other party.
Deputy Long advised Vaverka he was under arrest and Vaverka refused to comply with the directives from the officer. The two became engaged in a physical confrontation and Vaverka was pepper sprayed and taken into custody. Upon a search of Vaverka, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
A warrant was issued for possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and 3rd degree assault. Bond was set at $18,000 which Vaverka has since posted.
Christopher Gasek, 34, formerly of Ava, charged here recently with stealing from a local church, has now also been arrested on a  Pulaski  County warrant for forgery.
Those charges stem from an investigation that began in Douglas County. On March 22, Gasek was arrested in Pulaski County by Sgt. Vernon Johnson of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for forgery and theft of a credit card.
Sheriff Chris Degase said Sgt.  Johnson has been working for several weeks with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on this case which is linked to his alleged violations against Life Church of Ava.
Sheriff Degase said these cases are very complex and time consuming, and he praised the work of Sgt. Johnson and the cooperative efforts with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.