Shon Pernice, a medic with the Independence Fire Department, is out of a Clay County jail today after posting 10 percent of a $25,000 bond for allegedly stealing a neighbor’s handgun.

Shon Pernice, a medic with the Independence Fire Department, is out of a Clay County jail today after posting 10 percent of a $25,000 bond for allegedly stealing a neighbor’s handgun.
According to the Clay County Prosecutor’s office, Pernice pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to one count of stealing a firearm, a Class C felony. He made the plea during an arraignment in Clay County Circuit Court.
Pernice was arrested Wednesday at Fire Station 7, 2206 Hub Drive in Independence, on charges alleging he stole a neighbor’s .22 caliber Walther semi-automatic pistol. According to the  probable cause statement released after Pernice’s arrest, the Kansas City Police Department received a telephone call from a woman in regard to a stolen firearm.
The woman stated that Pernice and his two sons – ages 6 and 8 – were at her house on Jan. 30 because their children played together.
Pernice asked the woman if her basement was finished yet, and after she said yes, he viewed the basement as she was upstairs preparing dinner. That evening, the woman went to set her house alarm and it wouldn’t set because the basement’s door was ajar. 
At 3:30 a.m. Jan. 31, the woman’s husband returned home and noticed that one of his handguns was missing from the basement, court records state. The couple confronted Shon Pernice the next day at his house, and two days later, he knocked on their door with the handgun, apologized and returned the gun.
Jim Roberts, spokesperson for the Clay County prosecutor’s office, said Pernice’s hearing was originally scheduled for 2 p.m., but Pernice’s attorney requested for his client to appear at the end of a 10 a.m. docket. Pernice posted 10 percent of a $25,000 bond and was released from custody at 2 p.m., Roberts said.
“The court sets its own docket,” Roberts said. “It wasn’t sinister or anything like that. It’s just one of those things that can get moved around.”
As a condition of his bond, Roberts said Pernice is not allowed to possess any firearms while his case is pending. Pernice’s next court date is March 31 in Clay County Court.
Pernice is the husband of Renee Pernice, reported missing Jan. 3 by her father, Rick Pretz. Kansas City police officials said Wednesday that Shon Pernice’s arrest on the gun charge is not related to his wife’s disappearance, which the Clay County prosecutor has said is now a homicide investigation.
Repeated calls to Shon Pernice’s attorneys Kevin Baldwin and Eric Vernon were unreturned.
Independence Fire Chief Sandra K. Schiess said Wednesday the department is reviewing policies and procedures before they make a determination on Pernice’s future with the department.