Ava High School Student, Companion Arrested for Loaded Weapon at Game

An Ava High School student and her 19-year-old companion were arrested for possession of a loaded gun during the Mtn. View Liberty game held at the Ava R-I Athletic Field Complex Friday, Sept. 14. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m.

 The pistol, a .22 caliber revolver, was fully loaded with six rounds of ammunition.  

Both individuals have been charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon, carrying a loaded weapon onto school property.  

According to the probable cause statement, Aloma Jean Siegel, age 17, a student at Ava High School, was found in possession of the gun after being approached by Assistant High School Principal Nathan Houk and Deputy Sheriff Brandon Reed.  Siegel was standing inside the stadium, behind the bleachers when apprehended, and after a brief conversation, Houk and Reed escorted her outside the main entry gates where she was arrested.

Siegel said she received the gun from Jathan Michael Stinemates, age 19, of Ava, who was arrested about 20 minutes later.  Stinemates stated he gave the pistol to Siegel while they were standing in the parking lot.  He asked her to hold the gun while he went inside the stadium.  

Both Siegel and Stinemates were arrested and transported to the Douglas County Sheriffs office Friday evening.  Judge Bock ordered warrants for both defendants and has set bond at $10,000, 10% cash or surety.