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12/2/2021

MEXICO MAN FOUND WITH SERIOUS INJURIES POSSIBLY STRUCK BY TRAIN

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at approximately 2:08 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Morris Street railroad crossing in reference to an injured person.  Responding personnel learned that an area resident was walking across the tracks and found James T Hicks, age 40 of Mexico, along the tracks just east of the crossing.  Hicks had serious injuries and the resident got the attention of an Audrain County Sheriff’s Deputy who was driving by.  Audrain Ambulance District responded and transported Hicks to University Hospital.  There had been a train stopped in that area, which left about 15 minutes prior to the call.  The incident is still under investigation.

TWO MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED IN FULTON

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6:37 AM the Fulton Police Department with the assistance of the Callaway County Sheriff's Office and the  MUSTANG Drug Task Force, served a narcotics related search warrant at 1504 Monroe Street in Fulton. Mario Crump and Donald Williams, both of Fulton,  were located in the residence when the warrant was executed and  Methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia were located during the search. Crump was arrested for the charges of possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Williams was arrested for the charge of delivery of a controlled substance.  Both subjects were transported to the Callaway County Jail.

COLUMBIA WOMAN JAILED WITHOUT BOND AFTER FATAL HIT & RUN

A Columbia man was killed after a hit and run crash on Providence Road Tuesday night. Columbia Police say 72 year old Susan Hanel of Columbia Hanel was traveling north on Providence Road and entered the center turn lane at East Sexton Road. 25 year old Skylar Maddox of Columbia was on his motorcycle traveling south on Providence Road near East Sexton Road. Hanel failed to yield when making a left turn and entered into the path of Maddox. Maddox was unable to avoid Hanel’s vehicle and collided with the rear passenger side. Maddox was ejected from his motorcycle into the southbound lanes. Another vehicle driven by  Cindy L. Hilgers, 53, Columbia was traveling north on Providence Road, just south of the crash. Hilgers was able to avoid Maddox but struck his motorcycle. Maddox was transported to a local hospital by EMS where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. After the crash, Hanel failed to stop and continued westbound on Sexton Road. According to court documents, a witness told officers that Hanel was driving without headlights. The witness saw her drive home, where police later located Hanel and her vehicle and took her into custody. Hanel was arrested on the following charges: driving while impaired (drugs) resulting in death; leaving the scene of an accident; armed criminal action; operating a motor vehicle without a valid license; and careless and imprudent driving. She was remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail. Officers said Hanel told them she was currently taking methadone and valium. She also told officers that she did not realize she was involved in a crash. On Wednesday morning, she was officially charged with driving while impaired resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and armed criminal action.

THEFTS, STOLEN VEHICLE, PURSUIT

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at approximately 7:00PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of the 1200 and 1300 blocks of E Jackson in reference to people trying to take items from vehicles.  Responding personnel found that a few unlocked vehicles had some personal items and small amounts of money taken from them.  At approximately 7:56PM, a pickup was reported stolen in the 300 block of N Washington after being left unlocked with the keys inside.  Around the time of the report, an MPSD officer observed the pickup being driven in the 1000 block of N Clark.  After a short pursuit, the pickup slowed and four people jumped from it, allowing it to roll into a house on N Washington Street.  There was minimal damage to pickup and home and no injuries.  Officers were unable to locate the people who ran, but investigation indicates they were also involved in the thefts from vehicles earlier.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.




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12/1/2021

TWO FACING FELONY CHARGES AFTER DRUG BUST

On Tuesday,  November 30, 2021, a multi-month-long narcotics investigation involving the Drug Enforcement Agency, North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Moberly Police Department culminated in the arrest of a 41 year old male, and a 32 year old female, both currently residing in Clarence MO.  In a joint release from  Moberly Chief of Police Troy Link and Captain Chris Brown with the North Missouri Drug Task Force Information was received the 2 subjects were returning from the Kansas City area after obtaining a large amount of methamphetamine. A traffic stop was attempted and after a short vehicle pursuit into Monroe County, the male driver stopped the vehicle and both subjects were taken into custody.  Two pounds of methamphetamine was located and secured as evidence. Both subjects were transported to the Randolph County Jail pending action from the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney. They both were being held on Class A Felony charges of trafficking narcotics, and no bond.   The North Missouri Drug Task Force, Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office all assisted with the traffic stop and the vehicle pursuit.  Inmate booking records for the Randolph County Jail indicate 41 year old Christopher C. Tullious was officially booked into jail at 5:45 AM Tuesday while 32 year old Emily J. Gibson was booked into the facility at 5:15 AM Tuesday morning. Both were placed on a 24 hour hold and charged with TRAFFICKING DRUGS OR ATTEMPT- 1ST DEGREE - OVER STATUTORY AMOUNT with no bond. Later in the day Tuesday, warrants were issued against both for TRAFFICKING DRUGS - 2ND DEGREE - OVER STATUTORY AMOUNT with no bond. Both suspects are scheduled in Associate Court today, December 1, 2021 at 1:30 PM. (THE CHARGES, for which the individual(s) was arrested, ARE MERE ACCUSTIONS AND ARE NOT EVIDENCE OF GUILT. EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE CHARGES MUST BE PRESENTED (before a court of competent jurisdiction) (to trial jury) WHOSE DUTY IS TO DETERMINCE GUILT OR INNOCENCE.)

 

HANNIBAL MAN DIED AFTER BEING HIT BY TRACTOR TRAILER

A Hannibal man is dead after being struck by a northbound tractor trailer in Ralls County early Tuesday morning. Troopers say it happened on MO 19, 3 miles south of Perry at 5:15 am when the vehicle struck a pedestrian that was kneeling in the northbound lane. That pedestrian was identified as 55 year old Melvin L. Hisel of Hannibal who was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ralls County Coroner. The Patrols Major Crash Investigation Unit Team 2 was called in to assist along with several other State Troopers. The Perry Fire Department and Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance also provided assistance. The truck driver from Texas was not injured.

 

GIBBS WOMAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO SHOOT BOYFRIEND WITH A SHOTGUN

The incident happened around 1 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 200 block of Southwest Santa Fe Avenue in Gibbs, MO. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports Krystle Wilson, 28, of Gibbs, is now charged with armed criminal action, first-degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Wilson's boyfriend told Adair County sheriff's deputies that Wilson became angry with him when he refused to argue with her. The man said he heard Wilson loading what he believed to be a shotgun. He said she then came into the kitchen area of the couple's home and pointed the gun at him. The boyfriend told investigators he barely had time to put his hand on the barrel of the shotgun and move it away before Wilson pulled the trigger, putting a large hole in the wall. He eventually wrestled the gun away from Wilson. Court records say it's illegal for Wilson to possess a firearm because she is a convicted felon. In August 2012, she was convicted in Boone County of misdemeanor assault. She was convicted in Boone County in December 2014 of felony tampering with a motor vehicle. And, in March 2015, she was convicted in Boone County Circuit Court of misdemeanor resisting arrest. In connection with Sunday morning's incident, Wilson is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center pending a court appearance.

 

BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND PLANNED FOR MOBERLY

The Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to spend a weekend of Christmas in Moberly this weekend, December 4th and 5th. The festivities kick off Saturday morning with the opening of many pop-up shops which will be located at 401 W Reed Street in downtown Moberly. Food trucks will also be displayed set up in the parking spaces and you are invited to shop throughout the various shops in the Moberly Depot District. The Altrusa Drive-through Cookie Fest will also be taking place at Trinity United Methodist Church at 101 South 4th street and you can get your favorite homemade cookies for just $10. The Christmas Parade starts at 3pm on Reed Street.  After the parade bring your camera and go to 208 W Reed St (old Commerce Bank building) for Santa and Mrs Clause Pictures which are free.  By the way, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Gingerbread House for the Gingerbread Competition at 303 W Reed St. Horse drawn carriage rides are scheduled from 4-7pm. Then, grab a bite to eat and go see Altrusa’s Lights in Rothwell Park. They start at the Lodge and are a free will donation and then  Drive Through Bethlehem at Timberlake Christian Church at 1624 Gratz-Brown St. in Moberly. On Sunday the events continue with the full Baldknobber’s Christmas Concert at the 4th Street Theatre. Lots of holiday fun is on the schedule.  For more information, contact the Moberly Chamber of Commerce by calling 660-263-6070.




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11/30/2021

PATROL REPORTS NINE FATALITIES OVER THE 2021 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY COUNTING PERIOD

The Patrol reports nine people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period--from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2021. There were no boating crashes or drownings. Statewide, 457 crashes were reported resulting in 114 injuries and the 9 fatalities. Troopers also reported making 72 Drug related arrests and 125 were cited for DWI. No fatalities were reported in Troop B or Troop F, however, the one fatal accident in Troop H occurred in Grundy County on Missouri Route C at Spickard.  Bradley A. Collins, 62, of Spickard died when the motorcycle he was operating failed to negotiate a curve and traveled across the center line, off the roadway, and struck an embankment. The motorcycle then came to rest on its side on the train tracks. Collins was and ejected and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. That crash occurred on Saturday.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN FACING TWO FELONY CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports Kevin Lynn Whittom, of Kirksville, is facing two felony charges in connection to a midnight shooting on Saturday. He has been charged with felony assault in the first degree and armed criminal action. Those charges were filed after 22-year-old Austin Penn, of Kirksville, was shot early Saturday morning. Police say the shooting happened at the corner of Centennial Avenue and Elizabeth Street in Kirksville. Penn was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg.

 

BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY




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MOBERLY POLICE RECOVER STOLEN TRAILER = SUSPECTS STILL BEING SOUGHT

Moberly Police are still seeking the identity and whereabouts of 2 men in a jeep and a woman driving a white car who were caught on video stealing an cargo trailer over the weekend and authorities are asking for your help in identifying the three suspects in the video shown on the Moberly Police Department's Facebook page. The stolen trailer was recovered a short time later by an officer with the Moberly Police Department and returned to its rightful owner. If you can identify any or all of the suspects shown on the video, please contact the  Police Department by calling 660-263-0346 or you can contact the Crimeline to remain anonymous at 660-269-8477 (TIPS)

   

BUCKLIN MAN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASHING INTO TREE

A Bucklin man was flown to a hospital with serious injuries following a single vehicle crash on the night of Thanksgiving. 29 year old Kenneth Fisher was southbound on South Livingston Street at East Front Street in Bucklin around 8pm Thursday night when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.   Fisher was transported by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia. The Linn County Sheriff’s Department and Bucklin Fire Department assisted at the scene. He was later charged with DWI.


EARLY MORNING SHOOTING IN KIRKSVILLE SATURDAY – ONE MAN INJURED

KTVO reports a 22-year-old Kirksville resident was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment after being shot. Kirksville Police say they responded to the sounds of shots being fired on the corner of Centennial and Elizabeth in Kirksville around midnight and approximately 40-minutes after responding, there was a report of a man in the ER with one gunshot wound. According to officers, it was a fight between two people that knew one another. Police also told KTVO that they suspect a 45-year-old male was the one to shoot the 22-year-old man. Police were unable to provide any additional information, but say there is no threat to the public and more information will be released in the future.


HANNIBAL MAN ACCUSED OF PULLING KNIFE ON OFFICER BEHIND BARS FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES

KHQA TV reports the incident occurred this past Tuesday morning around 11:58 a.m., when a Hannibal Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of South Arch. Robert A. Culp, 44, was in the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Culp fought with the officer as the officer was attempting to detain him. Another male in the area attempted to keep the officer from detaining Culp. Culp was able to grab a knife from his pocket but the officer was able to keep Culp from opening the blade. Culp threw his knife in the direction of the other male and told the male to kill the officer repeatedly," according to the Hannibal Police Department. Additional officers quickly responded and were able to take Culp and the other man into custody. Culp is charged with second degree assault, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest. His bond was set at $100,000, cash only. Culp remains in the Marion County Jail.





11/24/2021

EXTRA CAUTION SUGGESTED FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVELERS

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.  MoDot expects heavier than normal traffic on Missouri roads from today through the weekend and motorists should remain alert to highway situations and be prepared for increased traffic on highways and they recommend you focus on four safe driving tips to help you arrive safely:  buckle up everyone in your vehicle, put your phone down while driving, don’t speed and don’t drive impaired. Last year, Twelve people were killed and 41 seriously injured during the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday extended weekend.

 

AREA MAN KILLED WHEN VEHICLE OVER TURNS AND HE WAS EJECTED

State troopers say a Sullivan County man died Tuesday around 9 am on highway 139, 2 miles south of Humphreys in Sullivan County. The crash report indicated 27 year old Dakota Dalton of Humphrey’s was driving an SUV when it traveled off the left side of the road and overturned, ejecting the driver. Dalton was pronounced deceased at the scene of that single vehicle crash.

 

BOTH DRIVERS INJURED - LAPLATA MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL

KTVO reports a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in La Plata, Mo., sent both drivers to the hospital. It happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 156. La Plata police told KTVO an SUV driven by Sam Hayes, 86, of La Plata, was westbound on Highway 156, when he tried to cross Highway 63. Investigators said Hayes failed to stop and pulled into the path of a northbound car driven by Justin Voepel, 22, of Columbia, Mo. Hayes suffered serious injuries and was flown from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia. The other driver had minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

 

THANKSGIVING PEAK DAY FOR HOME COOKING FIRES

The State Fire Marshal’s office recently issued reminders that more cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving than any other time of the year. Christmas is 2nd on the list while Christmas eve is 3rd. Visit the State Fire Marshall’s website for more details, things you can do to help prevent those types of fires and other safety tips too. The release also said the top three days for Candle fires are all between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors along with fire extinguishers to make sure they are working properly. Also, review home fire escape plans with all family members and particularly with overnight guests who will be staying in a home they are not familiar with. Everyone, including guests, should know two ways out of each room in the residence. Missouri Division of Fire Safety (mo.gov)




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CENTRALIA HIRES NEW CHIEF OF POLICE

The City of Centralia has a new Police Chief. Harlan Hatton was most recently a Sergeant with the Columbia Police Department and has a total of 24 years experience in law enforcement. Hatton was one of 15 applicants that had applied for the position and will start his new duties serving residents of Centralia on December 13th.  Centralia’s Mayor also said the City of planning to hire an additional full-time officer to bring the department closer to full staff. Still that would leave the department staff numbers down by two as three officers resigned when the former Police Chief stepped down in September.

 

CRASH ON US 63 RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES FOR ONE DRIVER

Troopers report a Des Moines, IA man received serious injuries in a two vehicle crash on US 63, 1 mile south of Clark at 5:55 PM Sunday. 57 year old Mark Robinson of Columbia was attempting to make a left hand turn and was struck by the other northbound vehicle operated by 37 year old Bradley Gilbert of Des Moines, IA. The Robinson pickup went off the roadway into the medium while the Gilbert auto came to rest in the roadway. Gilbert was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The Patrol was assisted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Southeastern Randolph Fire Department and Randolph County Ambulance personnel.

 

TWO MOBERLY RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

The patrol investigated a single vehicle wreck in Audrain County at Route Y and Audrain Road 116 at 10:20 PM Sunday. 21 year old Hannah Reed of Moberly was the driver and her auto ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. Reed received moderate injuries. A passenger, 22 year old Kalie Mattingly of Moberly had minor injuries. Both were transported by Boone County EMS to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR MACON RESULTED IN MINOR INJUJRIES TO A FATHER AND SON

The patrol reaid the one vehicle rollover crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon on Highway 36, just east of the Macon city limits.  Jamey Sellers, 48, of Ogden, Kan., was driving when he fell asleep at the wheel.

His car then ran off the north side of the roadway and overturned two times. Sellers and his 16-year-old son had very minor injuries. Both declined medical treatment at the scene.




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11/22/2021

 

AUTHORITIES ASKING FOR HELP IN LOCATING MISSING KIRKSVILLE TEENAGER

The Kirksville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 16 year old Troy Lee Christiansen, of Kirksville who was last seen as he left the 1300 block  os South Cottage Grove on foot around noon this past Thursday and did not return home. Christiansen is a white male, approximately 5’2”, weighing 120 pounds, with short blond hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black beanie hat, gray hooded sweatshirt with maroon lettering, blue pants with bright green stripes on the sides and red-and-white shoes. The News Release indicated Christiansen is believed to still be in the Kirksville area and may be with friends. Anyone with information about the teen’s location is asked to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945.

 

MEXICO DRIVER INJURED IN CRASH

A one vehicle crash on US 54, a half a mile west of Mexico around 12:45 AM Sunday morning resulted in injuries for the driver. The patrol reports 32 year old Jose M. Alvarez of Mexico was eastbound when his auto travelled off the right side of the roadway. The pickup struck a mailbox and a driveway embankment and became airborne. Alvarez received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MONROE CITY MAN RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES AFTER JUMPING FROM ATV.

The patrol reports 65 year old Dale L. Labuary of Monroe City was operating an ATV in Ralls County on Shiel Lane, 4 miles southeast of Monroe City around 2pm Saturday afternoon. As he was backing down a hill, the vehicle overturned and the driver jumped from the ATV. Labuary was transported by private vehicle to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT INCIDENTS, ARRESTS,  & MORE

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox released the following this past Friday, November 19th

 

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11/19/2021

MARCELINE MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES AGAINST UNDERAGE GIRL

A Marceline man has been charged with four sex crimes against an underage girl. KTVO TV reports those charges were filed in Linn County over the weekend. James Thurston, 43, of Marceline, Mo., is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving a victim under the age of 14 and one count of statutory sodomy involving a victim under the age of 14.

According to court documents, the alleged crimes happened in mid-2018 at a residence in Marceline.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM WALMART

KTVO is also reporting a local prior and persistent offender, who had been banned from the Kirksville Walmart Super Center, is now charged with stealing hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from the store Wednesday afternoon. Nathaniel Evans, 20, of Kirksville, was charged Thursday with first-degree burglary and stealing $750 or more. According to Kirksville police, Evans shoplifted items including several scooters, speaker bars, a portable speaker, boots and phone chargers, all of which is valued at over $750. According to court documents, police recovered the stolen items at a residence in the 700 block of West Elizabeth Street.

Officers said Evans and some other people were unloading the stolen property and taking it into the house when they arrived. Evans is being held in the Adair County jail on $20,000 cash-only bond. Prosecutors said in court papers that Evans is currently on probation for two felony convictions of second-degree burglary. Those convictions happened in 2020.

 

EARTHQUAKE WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI FELT BY MANY

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude quake was centered near Williamsville, northwest of Poplar Bluff. It was reported before 9 p.m. While there have been no reports of any damage, lots of people called 911. Some of those callers reported pictures being knocked of walls. People have reported feeling the quake in Memphis, Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN PROJECT BLUE LIGHT

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol recently announced the Patrol will again join members of Concerns of Police Survivors in paying tribute to fallen officers and showing support for law enforcement by participating in Project Blue Light. General Headquarters, division offices, and troop headquarters buildings will display blue lights from Monday, November 29, 2021, through Monday, January 3, 2022. Thirty-one members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol have given their lives in fulfillment of the Patrol’s mission of providing service and protection to Missouri’s citizens. Participating in Project Blue Light is a way to honor those 31 troopers and the more than 700 other law enforcement officers in Missouri who have made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties.

 

CALVING CLINICS RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 14TH & 16Th

University of Missouri Extension will hold calving clinics Dec. 14 in Salisbury and Dec. 16 in Clark. MU Extension livestock specialist Heather Conrow says the clinics include classroom sessions and hands-on training. She also encourages 4-H and FFA youths ages 12 and up to attend. The clinics teach producers when and how to assist during delivery, when to contact a veterinarian and how to care for the newborn calf. Participants need to register by December 10th. Sign in is at 5:30 pm and the programs begin at 6 pm. A downloadable PDF registration form for both clinics is available on-line. Go to muext.us/CalvingClinic2021 . The programs were originally scheduled for November but had to be postponed due to unexpected circumstances.  For more information, contact Conrow at 660-248-2272 or hconrow@missouri.edu.

 

STATEWIDE OFFICES TO BE CLOSED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH

A few weeks ago, Governor Parson signed executive order 21-11 in Missouri which authorized closing State Offices on Friday, November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, and it reminds us to always count our blessings and remember all the good in our lives,” Governor Parson said. “Teresa and I are so thankful for our state team members for their hard work and dedication to serving Missourians every day. From our family to yours, we wish all Missourians a happy Thanksgiving Day weekend and pray that you will continue to be blessed throughout the coming year.”




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11/18/2021

DEERE AND COMPANY UNION WORKERS APPROVED THIRD CONTRACT OFFER WEDNESDAY

Sixty-one percent of employees voted in favor of the proposal according to a post on the United Auto Workers Local 74 Facebook page and that brings an end to the five-week strike. All first and second shifts at Ottumwa's John Deere plant have been instructed to report to work at normal start times on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Deere and Company had said this was their best and final offer after the second tentative agreement was rejected. Ninety percent of Deere and Company's union employees voted against the first proposed contract. Fifty-five percent voted "No" on the second tentative contract.

 

MISSING TEEN FROM BEVIER LOCATED SAFE

The Macon County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that Alayna Barney, 17, of Bevier, was located just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and is safe. No further details were provided. On Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office was asking for your help in locating the teen after she reportedly went missing at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday. But again, the Sheriff’s office said Wednesday she was located around 2:30 pm Wednesday and was safe.

 

HANNIBAL WOMAN FACING CHARGES OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT

KHQA TV in Hannibal reports a Hannibal woman has been charged with child abuse or neglect stemming from an incident at an area educational facility. On Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, Hannibal Police Department detectives were called to help the Marion County Children’s Division in an investigation at an area educational facility. At the facility, detectives said they saw a child under the age of five who had obvious signs of injury, according to the Hannibal Police Department. Police believe Kristen M Surgeon, 32, is responsible for the child's injuries. Surgeon was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and is in the Marion County Jail on a $10,000.00 cash or surety bond. Police said the child's injuries are believed to be nonlife threatening.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RELEASE

The Livingston County Sheriff's office reports they have recently received Court orders for the following detainees to be sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections to serve a sentence or attend a treatment program and one is being returned on a parole warrant.

 




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11/17/2021

MILAN MAN FACING FIVE FELONY CHARGES

A Milan man is accused of kidnapping, terrorizing and assaulting his estranged wife for hours over the weekend. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the victim told police the series of events started late Friday afternoon in Kirksville. Daniel Stephens, 38, of Milan, Mo., is now charged with first-degree kidnapping, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree domestic assault and violation of an order of protection for an adult - second offense. According to court documents, the two were arguing in Stephens' pickup. The woman told police her estranged husband pointed a handgun at her and told her she had to go with him or he would shoot her. Police said Stephens took her to a dead-end gravel road, later determined to be Michigan Trail. At some point during their arguing, prosecutors say Stephens drove elsewhere and tried to shove the woman out of his pickup while traveling 30 to 40 miles per hour down a blacktop. Stephens eventually let her go. He was arrested Tuesday, and he is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REQUESTING HELP IN LOCATING 17 YEAR OLD GIRL FROM BEVIER

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating a teen missing from Bevier, Mo. Investigators say Alayna Barney, 17, of Bevier, went missing at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday. Barney was possibly seen in Bevier in a black Chevrolet truck with tinted windows. She may still be in Macon County, but officers say she has made statements that she would be making her way to the Kansas City area. Anyone with information regarding Alayna Barney's whereabouts is asked to call the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062 or you can contact the office on its Facebook page.


KIRKSVILLE MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER HITTING MAN IN HEAD WITH HAMMER

A Kirksville man is accused of hitting a man in the head with a hammer. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports 29 year old Andrew “Andy” Newkirk of Kirksville is facing three felony charges in connection with an incident Kirksville police say happened late Sunday night. Newkirk is charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and armed criminal action. According to court documents, Newkirk went to his estranged wife's apartment to try and see the couple's sons. Investigators said Newkirk unlawfully entered the residence, and sometime during the incident, hit his estranged wife's boyfriend in the back of the head with a hammer, drawing blood. Newkirk was arrested. He was being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center at last report.

 

AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF MAN FOUND IN FULTON CREEK

The Fulton Police Department continues to investigate the death of a 26-year-old man whose body had been shot multiple times and located early Monday in a creek. The Fulton Police Department reports officers responded at 1:08 AM to a report of a body located in Stinson Creek between West Seventh Street and Route F. Officers discovered the victim, described as a Black male in his mid-20s, had been shot multiple times. That man was later identified as Donald Simmons.  Authorities continue to investigate leads and process evidence. If you had seen the victim or have any other information that may be useful as the investigation continues, please contact the Fulton Police Department, CrimeStoppers or your local law enforcement agency.

 

DEER HARVEST NUMBERS UP FROM PREVIOUS YEAR OVER OPENING WEEKEND

Missouri hunters killed more than 97,000 deer during the opening weekend of the November firearms season, over 16,000 more than last year. That was not a surprise for many as the Missouri Department of Conservation had projected a good opening weekend as deer numbers are up.




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11/16/2021

FULTON POLICE RECOVER BODY OF MAN WHO HAD BEEN SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES
Early Monday morning, just after 1am, Fulton Police responded to a report of a body located in the Stinson Creek between West 7th Street and Route F. Officers located a deceased black male in his mid 20’s in the creek. The subject had been shot multiple times. The male has been officially identified as 26 year old Donald Simmons. If you have had contact with or have seen Donald Simmons in the last 72 hours, you are asked to contact authorities. His identity was being withheld originally, pending next of kin notification. This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any information concerning this incident they are encouraged to call the Fulton Police Department at 573-592-3107, Crimestoppers at 573-592-3474, or your local law enforcement agency. Again, If you have had contact with or have seen Donald Simmons in the last 72 hours, you are asked to contact authorities.

 

SECOND SUSPECT ARRESTED AND CHARGED AFTER SHOOTING IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA SUNDAY

Columbia Police report the second man involved in the shooting in downtown Columbia has been arrested. Authorities say 28 year old Todd Duron Nesbitt of Columbia was one of the two men involved in the mass casualty incident at Vibez Lounge on North 5th street. The other man was shot and killed by Police and officers say the one man who ran from the scene was Nesbitt.. He has been charged with one count of Assault and one county of Armed Criminal Action and is being held without bond at the Boone County Jail. Five other people were hurt, including one who underwent emergency surgery. Nesbitt was arrested Sunday afternoon.

 

COLUMBIA MAN ROBBED AT GUN POINT SUNDAY

Authorities said a robbery happened Sunday afternoon at 2:50 pm in the 500 block of Mikel Street. A man told police he was walking into his home and was approached by a man with a gun who stole items from the victim including the mans car keys and the victim’s car. The suspect was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, 5’8” to 5’10” and approximately 140 to 150 pounds. He was wearing a stocking cap and had a bandana over his face. The stolen vehicle was a 2012 Mitsubishi Galant with MO license LF5-C1M and it was last seen headed west on Orange Street in Columbia. Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbia Police or CrimeStoppers. The investigation continues. No injuries were reported.

 

CHILLICOTHE CHRISTMAS PARADE THIS SATURDAY

“Recipe for a Merry Christmas” is the title for this year’s 75th Annual holiday Parade in Chillicothe.  The parade will begin at 10:00 am this Saturday, November 20th and will include floats and entries from many different organizations, youth groups, churches, businesses and individuals throughout Chillicothe. A number of bands or local groups from around the area will also be involved as a part of the parade, including the Chillicothe High School Marching Hornets and the Chillicothe Middle School 7th grade and 8th grade bands. For more information, contact the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN PROJECT BLUE LIGHT

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol recently announced the Patrol will again join members of Concerns of Police Survivors in paying tribute to fallen officers and showing support for law enforcement by participating in Project Blue Light. General Headquarters, division offices, and troop headquarters buildings will display blue lights from Monday, November 29, 2021, through Monday, January 3, 2022. Thirty-one members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol have given their lives in fulfillment of the Patrol’s mission of providing service and protection to Missouri’s citizens. Participating in Project Blue Light is a way to honor those 31 troopers and the more than 700 other law enforcement officers in Missouri who have made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties.

 

CALVING CLINICS RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 14TH & 16Th

University of Missouri Extension will hold calving clinics Dec. 14 in Salisbury and Dec. 16 in Clark. MU Extension livestock specialist Heather Conrow says the clinics include classroom sessions and hands-on training. She also encourages 4-H and FFA youths ages 12 and up to attend. The clinics teach producers when and how to assist during delivery, when to contact a veterinarian and how to care for the newborn calf. Participants need to register by December 10th. Sign in is at 5:30 pm and the programs begin at 6 pm. A downloadable PDF registration form for both clinics is available on-line. Go to muext.us/CalvingClinic2021 . The programs were originally scheduled for November but had to be postponed due to unexpected circumstances.  For more information, contact Conrow at 660-248-2272 or hconrow@missouri.edu.

 




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11/15/2021

POLICE SAY 5 INJURED AND ONE OF TWO GUNMEN DEAD AFTER SHOOTING OUTSIDE COLUMBIA CLUB EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

It happened around 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning near Vibez lounge on North 5th Street and East Walnut in downtown Columbia. According to the report, Officers patrolling the area heard gunshots and turned the corner to find two people shooting. Police said one of the shooters ran off when he saw police, while firing shots toward a crowd of people. When officers caught up with him in an alley, they shot and killed him. Police said he was a 30-year-old black man but did not release any other details at the time and the second man had not been located as of Sunday afternoon. A total of five other people were injured by gunfire and one was transported to a local hospital for emergency surgery. The Highway Patrol is handling the investigation into the officers who shot and killed the shooting suspect.. During a Briefing at City Hall Sunday morning, several community members shared thoughts and concerns, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece says there have been multiple shootings at Vibez and multiple shootings up the street, Treece says everybody needs to take part of the responsibility. "If you're creating an environment where people are getting killed and hurt, we're gonna shut it down." The Columbia Police Chief joined Treece is stressing the importance of the community stepping up in these situations. "This isn't a police only issue. This is a community issue that is going to take responsible business owners, responsible community partners and that's in the district and outside," The owner of Vibez, R'Velle Fair, also attended the briefing at City Hall Sunday and voiced his concerns. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Columbia Police Department or CrimeStoppers.

 

LINN COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY ON SEX CHARGES

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s office reports a Brookfield man was found guilty of all charges during a jury trial Friday. The trial for for 43 year old Rocky Coyle of Brookfield, Mo., was held in Linn County Circuit Court and the jury convicted Coyle of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree child molestation. Coyle was arrested and charged in 2019 after an investigation by the Brookfield Police Department and Kirksville Police Department. Sentencing is set for January 4, 2022.


WOMAN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT FOLLOWING CHARITON COUNTY CRASH

A Sunrise Beach woman received serious injuries and was flown by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after a single vehicle crash in Chariton County Saturday morning shortly before 10:30 AM, 3 and a half miles west of Triplett. The patrol said a westbound pickup driven by 33 year old Dougie Bruce went off the right side of Route M, hit a guard rail, crossed back over the road, and overturned down an embankment, ejecting Bruce from the vehicle. The pickup was demolished.

 

HURDLAND TEENAGER ARRESTED ON DRUCK DRIVING CHARGE FOLLOWING CRASH

The driver of a pickup was arrested a couple of hours following the one-vehicle wreck that happened just after 2:30 a.m. Friday on Highway 6, three miles east of Hurdland. Troopers say a pickup truck driven by 18 year old Floyd Miller, of Edina, MO crossed the center line, traveled off the opposite side of the roadway and overturned. Miller suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital by for treatment by private vehicle. The patrol later arrested Miller for suspicion of DWI and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in a crash.

 

PATROL TROOPERS REPORT OTHER ARRESTS

Highway Patrol Troopers in Linn County arrested 19-year-old Tamori A Morgan of Witchita, KS around 9:45 Friday morning following a traffic stop for alleged no valid license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.  She was processed at the Brookfield Police Department and released. Then early Saturday morning in Sullivan County, Troopers arrested 62-year-old Kerry M Cochenour of Milan for alleged DWI and failing to maintain the right half of the roadway.  He was held at the Sullivan County Jail. The patrol also reported a Braymer resident was arrested late Saturday night in Caldwell County. Twenty-three-year-old Gavin Walker was accused of felony possession of marijuana/THC and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Walker was transported to the Caldwell County Detention Center.




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11/12/2021

KEYTESVILLE R-3 SCHOOLS CANCELLING CLASSES

Classes in the Keytesville R-3 School District have been cancelled starting today (Friday,11/12/21) and won’t resume until Tuesday, 11/16/2021. The reason is an unusually high number of absences and school officials say that number is approaching 30% of the student body being absent, For more information about the closing, you can contact the school office.  As of now, classes at Keytesville R-3 will resume on Tuesday, 11/16/2021.

ELLEDGE FOUND GUILTY OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER

A Boone County jury has found Joseph Elledge guilty of 2nd degree murder involving the death of his wife. The penalty phase of the trial started around 8:40 p.m. Thursday and the jury will recommend a sentence for the judge to consider. Both sides are presenting evidence for the jury to consider and the Judge cannot sentence Elledge to anything greater than what the jury recommends. Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight has asked for life in prison while the Defense is asking for 10 years.

FIREARMS DEER SEASON OPENS THIS WEEKEND IN MISSOURI

This weekend is the most popular weekend for most Missouri deer hunters and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says deer numbers look good. That’s because this weekend marks the opening of this year’s November portion of the firearms deer season, which runs Nov. 13-23. According to MDC, the opening weekend of the November portion of firearms deer season is the most popular two days for most deer hunters in Missouri. Hunters typically harvest between a quarter to a third of the state’s total annual deer harvest during those two days. According to MDC, this season’s harvest should be higher than average due to increasing deer numbers across most of the state coupled with increased firearms antlerless permit availability in a number of counties and an extension of the antlerless portion of firearms deer season from three to nine days this year.

WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK

Missourians are reminded to prepare for cold temperatures and potentially dangerous weather this winter. In addition to frigid temperatures and snow and ice, winter brings dangerous driving conditions and the potential for damaging and deadly storms. That's why the National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri's local emergency managers are teaming up to promote Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Missouri, November 15th – 19th.  Missourians should also consider these winter weather preparations and be ready to take necessary actions during inclement weather to keep their families safe. 

Again,  November 15th – 19th has been designated Winter Weather Preparedness week in Missouri.

MARK TWAIN STATE PARK TO HOST COMBINED PUBLIC MEETING NOVEMBER 18TH

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to an informational public meeting for Mark Twain State Park, Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site and the Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the visitor center at Mark Twain State Park, 37352 Shrine Road in Florida, Missouri.  The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the facilities and their operations. Facility representatives will be present to provide information and to answer questions. For more information about the meeting, call the visitor center at 573-565-3440.

STATEWIDE OFFICES TO BE CLOSED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH

A few weeks ago, Governor Parson signed executive order 21-11 in Missouri which authorized closing State Offices on Friday, November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, and it reminds us to always count our blessings and remember all the good in our lives,” Governor Parson said. “Teresa and I are so thankful for our state team members for their hard work and dedication to serving Missourians every day. From our family to yours, we wish all Missourians a happy Thanksgiving Day weekend and pray that you will continue to be blessed throughout the coming year.”




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COLUMBIA VETERANS DAY EVENTS

Veterans Day will be celebrated in different ways around Columbia on Thursday. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a wreath laying ceremony honoring fallen student veterans under the archway of Memorial Union at MU. Columbia College will hold several events throughout the day. A flag raising ceremony will occur at 8 a.m. at Bass Commons. The Remembrance Ceremony and National Moment of Silence will take place at 12:45 p.m at the Military Service Tree at Bass Commons. The last event will be the Military Service Tree-Lighting Ceremony. It will start at 5 p.m. also at Bass Commons. Ashland Parks and Recreation is having a ribbon cutting for the Veterans Memorial at the Ashland City Park at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Numerous businesses and other organizations also have events planned throughout the day. In observance of Veterans Day, the University of Missouri ROTC will be marching through downtown Columbia streets from Boone County Courthouse to Memorial Union starting at 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. This march will include a police escort; be sure to drive safely and yield to all participants until they've completely passed. Participants will start at Boone County Courthouse and will march south on Eighth Street. They will then turn east onto Elm Street and proceed to Ninth Street, taking Ninth Street south to University Avenue. They will continue on University Avenue to Hitt Street, concluding their march at Memorial Union.

 

QUEEN CITY MAN OFFICIALLY CHARGED FOR RAMMING HIS CAR INTO STATE TROOPERS SUV

In an updated story, KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a Queen City man has now been charged after he alledgely rammed his vehicle into a state troopers SUV. 37 year old Adam Aldridge of Queen City was charged on Wednesday with first degree assault involving a special victim. After a request for assistance by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department involving a well being check Tuesday afternoon, the patrol said Aldridge got into his car, accelerated and intentionally rammed a trooper's SUV head-on while the trooper was inside. No one was hurt in the incident. Aldridge was taken into custody at the scene. For now, he’s being held without bond at the Randolph County Jail in Huntsviille.

 

MURDER SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN IOWA

KMIZ reports that Boone County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed Mark Achterberg was taken into custody Wednesday night in Creston, Iowa. Boone County prosecutors charged Achterberg on Tuesday with first degree murder in the shooting death of Justin W. Stidman after deputies responded to a home on the 5900 block of N Kent Dr. in Columbia to investigate a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Once on scene deputies discovered Stidman who had been shot. The victim was still responsive and reportedly told officers that "Mark" had shot him and that statement was recorded on body-worn cameras. Stidman was taken to a local hospital for treatment and later died from his injuries. As authorities continued to investigate, they found probable cause to believe Stidman was a homicide victim and that Achterberg was the suspect.

 

TIS THE SEASON … FOR DEER COLLISIONS

The patrol reports a driver was taken to an area hospital after her vehicle collided with a deer on Interstate 70 westbound in Montgomery County just after 5:30 Wednesday evening. 62 year old Marisa L. Barber had minor injuries and was transported by Montgomery County EMS to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital, Lake St. Louis.




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Now-former caretaker from Macon charged with stealing from elderly client

 

From KTVO.Com,  Nancy Cheyenne Morrison, 24, of Macon, Mo., is now in custody at the Macon County jail. Her bond is set at $5,000 cash only.

Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker told KTVO a citizen tip led his deputies to Morrison. She was arrested without incident Wednesday morning at a residence in Bevier, Mo.

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An elderly northeast Missouri man's now-former caretaker is accused of taking money from him.  Nancy Cheyenne Morrison, 24, of Macon, Mo., was charged this week with felony stealing in a case that was brought to light a year ago.  According to court documents, the crime happened while Morrison was employed by Bristol Manor Residential Care Facility in Macon.  A woman who answered the phone Tuesday at Bristol Manor told KTVO that Morrison no longer works there.  The investigating police officer said in her report that Morrison stole the victim's credit card and used it to make 37 purchases for herself. Those purchases totaled more than $2,900.  The items included food, lingerie and other things. Police said the purchases were made between May 1, 2020 and Nov. 17, 2020.  During the investigation, Morrison somehow learned police were about to close in on her. Police say she called the Macon Police Department on Nov. 30, 2020, to say she was sorry for stealing the money and "knew she had made a mistake."  Authorities say Morrison told them she wanted to turn herself in and requested to be picked up at her residence.  When officers arrived, another resident told them Morrison had fled the scene just before they got there.  An arrest warrant was issued this week. At last check, Morrison was not in custody, according to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Carrollton Driver Injured in Tuesday Wreck

 

A Carrollton woman was injured in a single vehicle accident that occurred on Tuesday along Hwy 5 about 1 mile North of Forrest Green in Chariton County.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol the accident occurred when a Southbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Sally Schmidt ran off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment.  She received moderate injuries and was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.   

 

 

 




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MARCELINE MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING AND RAPING UNDERAGE GIRL

A Marceline man is accused of kidnapping an underage girl he met on Facebook and raping her twice. A story on KTVO and KTVO dot com said the suspect, Homer Loucks, 22, of Marceline, Mo., was in Linn County court Monday where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, one charge of first-degree sexual abuse and one charge of first-degree kidnapping. According to court papers, Loucks and a friend picked up the 14-year-old girl near her home in Pollock, Mo., on October 5, 2021. The girl told investigators Loucks immediately took away her cell phone, shut it off and told her she couldn't go home because he would get in trouble. The alleged victim said they took her to Marceline, where Loucks raped her at two different residences. Loucks claimed the girl had told him she was 19 years old, but deputies say text messages on the suspect's phone indicate he was told she was only 14. Loucks is being held in the Macon County jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.

TWO INJURED IN SCHUYLER COUNTY WHEN PICKUPS COLLIDE

The patrol said two people were treated at area hospitals following a wreck on US 63 in Lancaster at 2:45 Monday afternoon. 77 year old Martin Ferdig of Queen City, MO was northbound and slowing to make a right hand turn when his pickup was struck from behind by another northbound pickup driven by 66 year old Debra Berger of Diagonal, IA. Troopers said Berger had moderate injuries and was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville by Schuyler County Ambulance. Ferdig had minor injuries and was transported by private auto to Scotland County Hosoital in Memphis for treatment. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department and Schuyler County Rural Fire Department assisted at the scene

 

KIDDER MAN HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH MONDAY

Troopers say 55 year old Daniel A. Landi of Kidder was transported to Hedrick Medical Center by Livingston County EMS for treatment of minor injuries after a single vehicle crash on westbound US 36 at Wheeling at 5:50 PM Monday. According to the accident report, the driver was westbound when the auto traveled off the left side of the roadway. The driver over corrected and the auto went off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. At that point, the vehicle overturned and went airborne, striking the embankment a second time and coming to rest partially on the driving lane of US 36 on its drivers side. State troopers were assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.

 

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR ROAD WORK IN MONTGOMERY AND WARREN COUNTIES

 The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to Pace Construction Company for a project in Montgomery and Warren Counties in the amount of $934,777.00.   The project being funded includes road resurfacing on the I-70 South Outer Road from Route Y in Jonesburg to just west of West Warrenton Boulevard . The work will take place in 2022.  When start dates are established, MoDOT will alert the public about the project through signs, news releases and social media.




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11/08/2021

COLUMBIA WOMAN DEAD AFTER BEING HIT BY TRUCK

Columbia Police are continuing their investigation into a crash that occurred in the 1000 block of US Highway 63 North at approximately 6:30 pm Saturday night. According to the police report 54 year old Cassandra A. Shafer of Columbia died from fatal injuries at the scene. Authorities said the crash happened as a pickup towing a 12 foot utility trailer was southbound in the passing lane while Shafer, a pedestrian was attempting to cross the highway walking from west to east when she was struck. The pickup was being driven by an adult male from Jefferson City. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

ANOTHER SHOOTING INCIDENT IN COLUMBIA SATURDAY

On Saturday, at approximately 12 a.m. Columbia Police were conducting a foot patrol in the area of North Blvd. and N. 8th Street when they heard the sound of several gunshots. Officers observed several people fleeing the area on foot as well as a vehicle driving away at a high rate of speed. During the investigation at the scene, officers located evidence, including damage to several vehicles that confirmed shots were fired. While still at the scene, officers were made aware of a walk-in patient at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Officers made contact and learned the patient, an adult female, was connected to the incident. She was being treated by hospital staff for her injuries.  There is no suspect description to provide at this time.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. Once again, If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ONE MAN IN CUSTODY

On Saturday, Nov. 6, at approximately 11:20 p.m. Columbia Police were conducting a foot patrol in the area of Broadway and Hitt Street.  An officer observed one adult male brandishing and discharging a firearm. The officer fired his Department-issued service weapon at the suspect. The suspect, Christopher Michael Sledd, 51, of Columbia, surrendered to the officer with no further incident. Sledd was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree assault, first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon as well as an outstanding arrest warrant. He was remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail.  There were no injuries reported during this incident. While processing the scene, members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Police officers collected evidence and located property damage. This is an ongoing investigation that will include a review by the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

HANNIBAL POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORT FRIDAY

Columbia isn’t the only area community dealing with shots fired reports as the Hannibal Police Department, responded to a shots fired report around 9:51 Friday morning in the 300 block of Mark Twain Ave in Hannibal. One suspect involved in the shooting fled the area before officers had arrived. Police were able to talk to another man they say was involved. About 15 minutes from the time of the initial call, officers went to another location and took the first man who had fled into custody, along with a firearm. KHQA TV reports Jerome Gaston, 23, formerly of Las Vegas, Nevada, is facing multiple charges including first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon. Gaston's bond is set at $100,000 cash only. He remains in the Marion County Jail. Police said this was an isolated incident and no injuries were reported.  

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND ON SEVERAL NEW FELONY CHARGES

A Kirksville man is now facing several new felony charges. Jacob Stewart, 35, of Kirksville, has been charged with: first-degree kidnapping, first-degree harassment, second-degree domestic assault and two counts of third-degree domestic assault. KTVO reported Friday that according to court documents, the victim told police if she tried to leave the house, Stewart would grab her by the hair and pull her back inside. The woman told officers that Stewart had physically assaulted her multiple times, putting her in a wrestling hold until she lost consciousness, grabbing her and throwing her to the ground and trying to suffocate her by putting his hand over her nose and mouth. The man also allegedly threatened to kill the woman and her family. After a few days, the woman was able to escape captivity and run away to get help. Stewart is being held without bond in the Adair County jail.

 

DRIVER FROM HALE ARRESTED IN GRUNDY COUNTY

The highway patrol arrest report indicated a man from Hale was placed on a 24-hour hold in Grundy County pending filing of formal charges after being taken into custody Friday night. According to the on-line report 40 year old Robert Singer was

Arrested for DWI as a Chronic Offender, as well as possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. He was also charged with unlawful possession of drug related paraphernalia, operation of a vehicle without maintaining financial responsibility and not wearing a seat belt. He was held at the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center pending filing of formal charges.

 

COLUMBIA VETERANS DAY MARCH

In observance of Veterans Day, the University of Missouri ROTC will be marching through downtown Columbia streets from Boone County Courthouse to Memorial Union starting at 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. This march will include a police escort; be sure to drive safely and yield to all participants until they've completely passed. Participants will start at Boone County Courthouse and will march south on Eighth Street. They will then turn east onto Elm Street and proceed to Ninth Street, taking Ninth Street south to University Avenue. They will continue on University Avenue to Hitt Street, concluding their march at Memorial Union.




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11/05/2021

MACON MAN FOUND GUILTY ON 5 SEX CHARGES

KTVO reports a Macon man accused of sexually abusing two young girls was found guilty Thursday on all five charges he faced. A Macon County jury handed down its verdict against 52 year old Timothy “Timmy” Richardson, of Macon, Mo., just before 12:30 p.m. after deliberating a little over an hour. The jury, made up of seven men and five women, convicted Richardson of first-degree statutory rape, first degree statutory sodomy and three counts of second-degree child molestation. According to court documents, the victims were ages nine and 11 at the time of the crimes. The incidents are believed to have taken place at Richardson's home in Macon in spring of 2018. Richardson is set to be sentenced in December 2021.

BALTIMORE STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT CONTINUES

KTVO also had a report that drivers in Kirksville are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel on the Baltimore Street improvement project. Work on MoDOT's $5 million overhaul of a 14-block stretch started back in April. Crews from W.L. Miller Company started putting down new asphalt paving this week, one of the final steps of the major project. They have been doing some of the work in the overnight hours. The work stretches from Illinois Street south to Patterson Street. The project also included the addition of major new storm water drainage to prevent ponding of water in the street during heavy rains. That has been a big problem for years, especially in front of the Lincoln Square Shopping Center. Crews have also installed new concrete curb and gutter to eliminate the drop-off that existed in places along the edge of the roadway. New sidewalks and business entrances were part of the work as well.

 

PRISONER WHO WAS SHACKLED ESCAPED POLICE VEHICLE AT HIGHWAY SPEED

KHQA TV reports a prisoner, who was shackled at both the hands and feet with a security belt around the waist, managed to escape a police vehicle traveling at highway speeds while being transported by a Ralls County deputy to the Shelbyville County Jail, according to the Ralls County Sheriff's Office. The back of the transport vehicle was equipped with a cage, which the prisoner was seated in. A news release issued by Ralls County Sheriff Brad Stinson said the prisoner managed to exit the vehicle through the window making contact with the pavement. The incident happened yesterday (THURS) on highway 36 near the intersecton of Highway H. The prisioner, who had a felong warrant was transported by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.




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CALLAO DRIVER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

Troopers say a Callao man; 27 year old Damien Jennings had minor injuries after he swerved his southbound vehicle to avoid an animal in the roadway and the auto went off the left side of the road and struck a culvert. Jennings was transported by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. That crash happened on US Highway 63, 2 miles north of Moberly at 6:30 AM Wednesday.

 

TWO INJURED AFTER DRIVER FALLS ASLEEP BEHIND THE WHEEL

The patrol said two people were injured in a Linn County wreck just before 2 AM on US 36, 3 miles west of Laclede Tuesday morning. According to the report, a 16 year old from Chillicothe was westbound and apparently fell asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle travelled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected and then struck a guardrail. The driver received minor injuries. A 17 year old passenger also from Chillicothe sustained moderate injuries from the wreck and both were transported by ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.


DEERE EMPLOYEES SAY NO TO LATEST CONTRACT OFFER – STRIKE CONTINUES

Most workers at Deere & Co. rejected a contract offer Tuesday that would have given them 10% raises and decided to remain on strike in the hopes of securing a better deal. The raises in the new agreement reached over the weekend were twice as big as the ones in the original offer United Auto Workers union members rejected last month, but those raises and improved benefits weren't enough to end the strike that began on Oct. 14. The new agreement also would have provided an $8,500 ratification bonus, preserved a pension option for new employees, made workers eligible for health insurance sooner and maintained their no-premium health insurance coverage.The disputed contract covers more than 10,000 Deere workers at 12 facilities in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas. A smaller group of about 100 workers at two Deere facilities in Colorado and Georgia voted to accept an identical deal.

The union said 55% of its members at the 12 main plants voted against this latest contract offer Tuesday. Last month, 90% of union members also rejected a proposed contract that included immediate 5% raises for some workers and 6% for others, and 3% raises in 2023 and 2025. Deere officials said they were disappointed the agreement was voted down.Sales have been strong at the Moline, Illinois-based company this year as the economy continued to recover from the pandemic. Deere has predicted it will report record profits this year between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion.

 

WORK UNDERWAY ON ADAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE

KTVO reports work is ongoing to make significant improvements to the historic Adair County Courthouse in downtown Kirksville. The courthouse was built in 1898 and has been the focal point of the downtown area, but maintenance of the building was neglected for several years, because county leaders didn't have sufficient funding to pay for upkeep, leading to the repairs needed today. Because of the work, a majority of the courthouse is now closed to the public and county offices have relocated:




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11/03/2021

NO INJURIES REPORTED WHEN DUMP TRUCK OVERTURNED

The driver of a dump truck normally used to haul rock escaped injury when his vehicle overturned Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened at 1:30 p.m., about three miles east of Kirksville on Highway 6.State troopers  Doug Fountain, 60, of Kirksville was the driver of the truck and was passing a couple of slow-moving vehicles, and one of them apparently did not see him, and it started to also pull into the passing lane, forcing Fountain off the left side of the roadway. The truck, which was pulling a pup, was not loaded at the time of the crash. The truck ended up on its passenger side in the ditch. The pup remained upright in the roadway.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING MINORS ON HALLOWEEN

A Montgomery County man is facing 8 counts of harassment after an Halloween incident in Wellsville. 20 year old Anthony Aery of Montgomery City is accused of pulling up at the corner of North Madison street and Burlington Road in Wellsvillee and got out of his vehicle holding a handgun as he started yelling at seven teens. Authorities also have video footage of the incident and when police questioned the suspect it claimed he was only trying to scare them and that the gun was a C02 BB gun. His next court appearance is on Tuesday.




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11/2/2021

 

WADDLE SENTENCING HEARING HEARD IN LINN COUNTY MONDAY

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney reports a sentencing hearing was heard Monday for a Linn County man with an extensive criminal history. Bobby Waddle, Sr. was sentenced in Linn County Court on a Class D felony charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance to 2 years in the Department of Corrections. In addition, Waddle was also sentenced for a Class C felony of trafficking drugs and a Class C felony for delivery of a controlled substance to 9 years in the Department of Corrections. In total, Waddle will serve 11 years in prison as the Judge ordered the sentences to run consecutively. This case was investigated by the Brookfield Police Department, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

ROYAL SENTENCED IN CASE INVOLVING DEATH OF A CHILD

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney also reports a sentencing hearing was held in Livingston County regarding the case involving Darrell L Royal of Brookfield. Royal was the subject of an investigation by the Brookfield Police Department, the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team and the Missouri State Highway Patrol that resulted in charges being filed in the summer of 2019. The case was later transferred to Livingston County on a change of venue and in September, Royal pled guilty to two counts. Those charges were Abuse or Neglect of a Child resulting in death, a class A felony and Abuse or Neglect of a Child, a class D felony. The guilty plea came about through a plea bargain where the prosecution agreed to drop 3 other charges and recommended a sentence of 10 years and 7 years respectively on the two remaining charges. It was also pointed out those recommendations for sentencing was in no way binding on the court and when Royal’s sentence was handed down Monday the Judge sentenced Royal to 30 years in the Department of Corrections on the Class A felony and 7 years on the Class D felony. According to court documents, both are to run concurrent and credit was given for time already served.

 

POLICE STANDOFF AFTER MAN PULLS SWORD

A Kirksville man and his young daughter encountered a scary situation Monday morning that ended with a police standoff. KTVO and KTVO dot com report the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. in the 900 block of East McPherson Street in Kirksville. Josh Dunham told KTVO a man with mental health issues was screaming and yelling in an angry and incoherent manner as Dunham walked his 7-year-old daughter to the bus stop. As he was walking back home after dropping the girl off, Dunham said the suspect went into his house and came out with a sword. Dunham said the man took the sword out of its sheath and started swinging it at him, getting within 10 feet or so of Dunham. The victim said he backed away and called police. The man then holed up inside his home, prompting a standoff. Officers from the Kirksville Police Department (KPD), Adair County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol had the home surrounded on all sides. A negotiator from KPD was using a loudspeaker to try and talk the man into coming out and surrendering peacefully. The standoff came to a peaceful end shortly after 11:35 a.m. Monday. Kirksville Deputy Police Chief Justin Jones told KTVO officers were able to get a key from the landlord and enter the home through the front door. Jones said the man was just inside the door, and officers arrested him on a 24-hour hold related to the sword incident. He said they would be seeking a mental health warrant for the suspect. Police are not releasing the man's name at this time since it is a mental health situation. Dunham said the man had caused problems since he moved in a month or a month-and-a-half ago. A letter carrier who was walking through the neighborhood Monday morning during the standoff told KTVO the man has incoherently yelled at her before. Dunham said other neighbors have also had problems with the man. Jones told us this isn't the first time police have responded to the suspect's home.




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11/01/2021

PARIS MAN INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH SUNDAY NIGHT

The patrol said a Paris man was injured in a single vehicle crash in Monroe County on MO-154, east of Route C at Paris around 7:30 Sunday night. 53 year old Kevin Hultz was westbound when his vehicle travelled off the roadway and overturned. Troopers say he had moderate injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital by Monroe County Ambulance.

 

GLASGOW MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

A single vehicle accident in Howard County Friday afternoon AT 3:20 pm claimed the life of a Glasgow man. The highway patrol said 64 year old Gary Fuemmuler was westbound on Route V, 1 mile east of County Road 271 when his vehicle travelled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia where he was pronounced deceased at 4:48 pm. The Howard County Sheriff’s office and Glasgow Police Department assisted at the scene.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED WITH INJURY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 400 block of North College Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at approximately 12:30 a.m. One adult male sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound and self-transported to a local hospital.  During a canvass of the area, officers located damage to a residential structure. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. Police were also investigating another incident Sunday night in Northwest Columbia as Police were on the scene at the Ash Street Apartment complex around 7 pm where shell casings were reportedly found.


LINN COUNTY RESTITUTION COLLECTIONS & DISBURSEMENT FOR OCTOBER

For the month of October, 2021, the Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office collected a total of $2,899.23 in restitution, and disbursed $1,099.23 in restitution to victims of crimes. For the year-to-date, the Linn County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has collected a total of $36,187.95 in restitution, and disbursed $47,438.28 in restitution.




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10/28/2021

PASSENGER INJURED IN CHARITON COUNTY CRASH NEAR MARCELINE WEDNESDAY

Troopers say 24 year old Corbin Cockrell of Marceline was northbound on Highway JJ, 2 miles west of Marceline in Chariton County at 3:30 pm Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle rand off the right side of the roadway and impacted a ditch. A passenger, identified as 25 year old Cole Green of Triplett received moderate injuries as a result of that crash and was transported by private vehicle to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment. The vehicle was totaled. Linn County Ambulance personnel and the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

 

DEMOLITION WORK BEGINS ON FORMER GREEN CITY POST OFFICE

The Green City Post Office has been closed since the summer due to structural issues. On Tuesday, crews moved in heavy equipment to begin the process of demolishing the building.  The post office, located on W. 3rd Street in Green City, MO was closed because of an unstable exterior wall.  Tuesday, crews were beginning work separating the post office building from the other structures on the northeast side of the Green City square.  City Clerk Rachel Hall told KTVO in August, the conditions of the building had noticeably deteriorated in the past year.  The building was previously owned by Green City American Legion Post #365, which leased it to the postal service.  The city is still working with the postmaster to try to find another suitable building in Green City that can house the post office.  Meanwhile, mail for Green City’s post office box customers as well as USPS retail services is available at the Green Castle Post Office.

 

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10/28/2021

TRACTOR TRAILER UNIT OVERTURNS JUST EAST OF MARCELINE JUNCTION WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A Gardner Kansas trucker received minor injuries when he lost control of his eastbound 18 wheeler on Highway 36, 1 mile east of the Marceline Junction  at 9:15 Wednesday night. Troopers say the tractor trailer struck a guardrail, overcorrected, overturned and rand off the right side of the roadway. 26 year old Jacob Miller was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The patrol was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Marceline Police Dep[artment, Marceline Fire Department, Linn County Ambulance and MoDOT personnel

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN FACING NEW CHARGES AFTER INJURING FOUR EMPLOYEES AT THE MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a Brookfield woman who is currently an inmate and who prosecutors say has a history of assaulting law enforcement officers, is now accused of injuring four employees at the Macon County Sheriff's Office.

Veronica Rios, 39, of Brookfield, Mo., is being held in the Macon County jail on Linn County charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest stemming from an August 2021 incident in Brookfield. Now Rios faces five new counts of fourth-degree assault involving a special victim in Macon County. According to court documents, as corrections officers were trying to move Rios from one cell to another a few days ago, she became belligerent.

Investigators said Rios grabbed one officer by the arm and pulled it, and she also grabbed that same woman's throat, leaving a large scratch. Court papers state that Rios also kicked a sheriff's deputy, kicked a corrections officer in the arm and wrist and kicked another deputy in the privates. In October 2020, while she was being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center, prosecutors say Rios assaulted a detention officer, using her fingernails to draw blood on his face, ears and neck.

 

BABY EJECTED FROM VEHICLE DURING CRASH

Troopers say it appears a 1 year old infant was not restrained and was ejected through the back glass of a car when the driver ran a stop sign and pulled into the path of another auto Wednesday morning on Highway 40 near North Rollingwood Boulevard in Boone County. The infant was first transported to University Hospital in Columbia and then flown to St Louis Children’s Hospital. A passenger and the driver of the car that ran the stop sign were all from Marshall and none were wearing Seat Belts. The other driver was identified as 56 year old Lonnie Duncan of Glasgow. The investigation continues.

 

FIRE IN MEXICO UNDER INVESTIGATION

On Monday, October 25, 2021, at approximately 1:42 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of Whitley in reference to a fire in a home.  Responding personnel found the fire in and around a bedroom closet.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the bedroom suffering significant fire, heat, and smoke damage.  Initial investigation indicates that the fire was set during a domestic disturbance in the home.  The incident is still under investigation.  There were no injuries. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.




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Hannibal Driver Seriously Injured Monday

A Hannibal man was seriously injured in a single vehicle wreck that occurred Monday night in Marion County.  According to the Mo State Highway Patrol the accident occurred along Mo 168 3.5 miles North of Hannibal, when a Southbound vehicle driven by 20 year old Kaleb Golven travelled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  Golven was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  He was transported by Survival Flight to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

 

3-vehicle, chain-reaction crash injures Macon man

From KTVO.com, a three-vehicle, chain-reaction crash injured a northeast Missouri man Monday morning.  It happened at 6:50 a.m. on Highway 63, approximately one-and-a-half miles north of Cairo, Mo.  State troopers said a dump truck driven by David Watts, 58, of Excello, Mo., had slowed due to a crash in the highway.  Investigators said a car driven by Chase Harrington, 24, of Macon, Mo., then rear-ended the dump truck. Troopers said Harrington's vehicle was then rear-ended by a car driven by Raymond Logston, 75, of Kirksville.  Harrington suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Columbia hospital for treatment.  Watts and Logston were not hurt.  According to the online crash report, Harrington and Logston were wearing a seat belt.  Watts was not buckled up when the crash happened.

GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY PARSON TO HOST EVENTS THIS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND

 

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson has announced that the fourth annual Parson Family Fall Festival and Trick-or-Treating events will be held at the People’s House on Saturday, October 30 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The combined events will take place on the Governor's Mansion lawn and feature several vendors, children's activities, and bluegrass musical entertainment.

In addition to over a dozen vendors, activities will include a bounce house, face painting, trick-or-treating, and more. Popular local band the Kay Brothers will perform bluegrass music for everyone to enjoy.

Children 12 and under are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

 

MSHP: PLEASE INCLUDE SAFETY IN YOUR PLANS FOR HALLOWEEN

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to have a safe Halloween.

Halloween isn’t just for children. Many adults enjoy dressing up and visiting haunted houses or attending gatherings of friends. If you are driving to a costume party, make sure your costume doesn’t hamper your vision. If you attend a Halloween party that includes alcohol, designate a sober driver for the trip home. Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. Driving after you've had alcohol could have a sad and possibly deadly result.

All drivers should stay alert when driving on Halloween. Young children excited by Halloween could dart in front of a vehicle. Slow down and drive with extra caution. Motorists picking up and dropping off trick-or-treaters may result in an increase in the number of vehicles on the road, therefore affecting traffic patterns. Please be courteous and stay alert for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers─when you’re driving keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone!
 

Parents, please remind children to approach only familiar houses that are well lighted. Talk with them about never entering a stranger’s house or vehicle. Consider trick-or-treating with your children for their safety and because it’s a fun way to spend an evening. Give some thought to safety when choosing a costume. Consider using make-up rather than wearing a mask, which can obstruct a child's vision making it difficult to see an oncoming car. A light-colored costume is easier for drivers to see at night and adding reflective tape to dark costumes makes them visible. Flame resistant costumes are the best ones.
 

Trick-or-treaters are reminded to watch for traffic while they are out and about this Halloween. Remember to look both ways when crossing the street. Use sidewalks wherever possible when you're walking around a neighborhood. Please trick-or-treat while it is light outside. If you do go out after dark, increase your visibility by using a flashlight. An adult should always accompany small children, and older children should stay in groups.
 Have a safe, Happy Halloween!

 

 

 




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10/25/2021

 

LINE OF TORNADIC STORMS RESULTS IN DAMAGE

The National Weather Service had warned us about conditions being just right for a severe thunderstorm outbreak on Sunday and Mother nature delivered as stornadic storms left a path of distruction across several areas Repair crews were still working late last night trying to restore basis services. Crews from the National Weather Service will be in the area over surveying the damage, the damage track and more.. At one time, it was believed more than one tornadio may have been in the churning in the same general area as radar indications was showing two distinct areas of rotation. A 911 call sent emergency responders to an area north of Wheeling after a report came in of people being trapped in their home. Major damage was reported to a propane plant on the south side of Purdin, Always remember to watch for downed power lines and broken gas or propane lines. Daybreak will result in additional damage reports as people start surving the situation. The National Weather Service also said tornado’s were reported near Bunceton, Otterville and the Smithton area.  

 

TRUMAN HOMECOMING

Truman State University in Kirksville celebrated its Homecoming on Saturday.. Saturday's fun started with a 5K taking place on campus, with people of all ages running in the race. After that, was the parade, which had hundreds of participants from across the area. Local businesses, marching bands from surrounding high schools, and organizations took part to celebrate the university. The parade traveled along Franklin Street, with residents lining the street to cheer. KTVO's John Garlock served as Truman's Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal.




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10/22/2021

BUSY WEEKEND ACROSS THE AREA

Looks like another busy, fun and exciting weekend shaping up across the area regardless of weather concerns. There’s the 67th Sumner Goose Festival today, tomorrow and Sunday. Check out goosefestival.com for the full schedule. In Macon the big Wizard of Oz Days Fall Festival at the Macon County Expo Center located at the Macon Fairgrounds Park from 10 to 4 and the schedule is packed with all kinds of fun things to do for everyone. There will be vendors, artists, contests, costume characters, food and fun. Plus, in downtown Macon and at the high school is the Macon City of Maples Marching Festival that kicks off at 9:00 am in Downtown Macon.  The Indoor Drum line, Field Competition and Indoor Flags events will be held at the Macon R-1 High School. And that is just a small sampling of the fun you’ll find throughout the listening area this weekend so regardless of the temperature, regardless of rain or no rain, there’s fun and excitement waiting for you all weekend long and if you are still trying to find that perfect Halloween costume yet, you’ll have an opportunity to find one on Saturday as the Kirksville Kiwanis Club will be holding its costume event at the Adair County Public Library for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade. Items distributed on a first come fist serve basis from 10 am to 1pm tomorrow. Even the DEA National Take Back event for this fall will be this Saturday between 10am-2pm. You may drop off all your unused prescription medication at the Moberly Police Department 300 N Clark St or Sam's Health Mart, 530 E US 24 in Moberly. Most other communities also have a designated location where you can safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications as part of the National Take Back event.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD UNDERWAY NOW THROUGH EARLY DECEMBER

The Missouri Department of Commerce & Insurance is encouraging consumers who are eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year's open enrollment. The open enrollment period officially began on October 15th and continues through Dec. 7, presents Missourians with the opportunity to change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans. To help consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance to Missourians who are eligible for Medicare and their caregivers through the department’s CLAIM program. CLAIM can also help Missourians on a limited income determine whether they qualify for a Low-Income Subsidy and/or Medicare Savings Programs to offset the cost of their prescription drugs. Missourians can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting missouriclaim.org

 




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10/21/2021

 

 

NCMC CONDUCTING CRIME SCENE LEARNING ACTIVITY

In recent years the North Central Missouri College Criminal Justice program will conducts a crime scene simulation learning activity in partnership with local law enforcement agencies and today is the date of the 2021 learning opportunity. The public is advised that this is just a learning activity and no cause for concern. “My Criminal Investigations course will be creating a crime scene on campus as a hands-on learning activity,” said Jenna Vandel, Criminal Justice Instructor. “The crime scene activity provides students with the opportunity to work with law enforcement and learn about the processes involved in responding to the scene or accident of a crime.” The activity will take place in front of Geyer Hall, located on Main Street in downtown Trenton, MO, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The simulation will look realistic with emergency vehicles on campus, crime scene tape, and analysis activity. Again, this will be no cause for alarm as it is just a learning activity.

RAILROAD WORK TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE US ROUTE 24 IN MONROE COUNTY

Weather permitting, November 1st through the 5th, BNSF Railroad will be completing repairs at the crossing on US Route 24 in Monroe County, just north of South Border Street. Repair work is scheduled to take place from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm each day and a detour will be in place on US 36 and Missouri 15. MoDOT said motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times and for more information on this project and other roadwork in the area, you can visit www.modot.mo.org/northeast or call 888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

 

STATEWIDE WINTER WEATHER DRILL SET FOR TODAY

Snowy weather is just around the calendar.  In preparation, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will hold its annual winter operations drill on Thursday, Oct. 21. With high turnover rates and many positions still open, the training is more critical than ever. “With nearly 20% of our plow operators with less than one year of experience, this training drill is important to be ready when snow flies,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT chief safety and operations officer. “One of the most valuable parts of the drill is it allows our newest employees the opportunity to drive a snowplow over their designated routes so they are aware of curbs and raised islands that might be hidden in snow or ice.” Despite the department’s best efforts, it has not made progress filling the winter operations vacancies. Additionally, the department is experiencing record high turnover, including more than 70 employees leaving every month for the past six months. “We are several hundred employees below what we need in order to cover more than one shift in a statewide storm,” said Patrick McKenna, MoDOT director.  “If a widespread winter storm lasts more than one 12-hour shift, we will not have enough employees to fill all the trucks on the second shift and therefore it will take longer to clear the roads.” During the drill, motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 a.m. In urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 a.m. The exercise should be completed by 3 p.m.

MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks. Emergency communications systems will also be tested.  “The drill ensures that proper equipment, plowing techniques and safety measures are used by every MoDOT employee,” said Allmeroth. “In addition, every piece of equipment—every truck, motor grader, snow blower and tractor—is inspected and calibrated to conserve materials and operate efficiently and safely.” MoDOT spent more than $58 million on winter operations last year and used over 139,000 tons of salt; 2.8 million gallons of salt brine; and nearly 490,000 gallons of beet juice. MoDOT has purchased 118,000 tons of salt to refill salt supplies and has a total of 240,000 tons available for use statewide this winter. For information on road conditions across the state, safe traveling tips, and other winter weather information, visit www.modot.org

 

DNR AWARDS $339,559 GRANT TO LUDLOW

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded $339,559 in financial assistance through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Regionalization Incentive Grant program to the village of Ludlow. The funding will be used to construct a connection between Ludlow’s wastewater treatment system and the Southwest Livingston County R-1 School. This grant will fund 100% of the eligible construction costs for the sewer connection project and is expected to be completed by August 2023.

DNR AWARDS $30,000 GRANT TO SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded a $30,000 Drinking Water Engineering Report Grant to Shelby County Public Water Supply District No. 1 to evaluate its drinking water system. The grant offers funding to qualified communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements.

 




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10/20/2021

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH AFTER HITTING DEER

Troopers say a Kirksville man, 66 year old Walter Green was westbound on a motorcycle on Highway 6, 2 miles west of Kirksville at 6:30 pm last night when he hit a deer in the roadway. The motorcycle came to rest on the highway. Green had moderate injuries and was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

WOMAN DEAD AFTER OVERDOSING ON COUNTERPEIT PILLS

This past Sunday, October 17, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Chillicothe Police Officers were dispatched to an unresponsive and not breathing 17-year-old female in the 400 block of Cherry St.  Also dispatched was the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services to provide medical assistance.  Officers discovered the female was deceased.  Officers conducted an investigation due to the suspicious nature of the death.  Officers learned the female had ingested counterfeit “prescription” pills.  Since the pills are counterfeit, they sometimes contain dangerous amounts of controlled substances which cause overdosing up to death.  Officers have recently responded to other incidents of overdosing due to the counterfeit pills, however in those cases no one died. During the investigation, Officers discovered who distributed the controlled substance to the victim.  Officers arrested a 23-year-old female for the distribution of this dangerous drug and are also seeking charges for murder. Officers continued to investigate this case.  At approximately 8:39 p.m., Chillicothe Police Officers, Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers executed a search warrant in the 1200 block of Polk St. after applying for and obtaining the search warrant through the Livingston County Court.  During the search, Officers located more of the counterfeit pills along with other controlled substances.  As a result, a 33-year-old male was arrested. Both the female and male were transported to the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail to be held pending the filing of formal charges. This investigation is on-going and Officers are continuing to investigate as information is obtained. The Police Department was assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Livingston County Juvenile Office, Livingston County Children’s Division and the Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

MULTI AGENCY INVESTIGATION AND TEAM WORK LEADS TO ARRESTS

On Friday, October 15, 2021 at approximately 4:31PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department learned of a vehicle that had been stolen from the 100 block of N Jefferson.  The vehicle was located on Venus Street and a suspect was identified.  On Monday, October 18, 2021 at approximately 4:40AM, MPSD learned of another vehicle being stolen in the 1200 block of E. Jackson.  The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department located this vehicle in Callaway County before the Mexico resident realized it was missing.  The occupants of the stolen vehicle from Mexico were believed to have been involved in numerous thefts in Callaway County, and the suspect from the theft on the 15th was identified as one of the occupants.  The two agencies continued the investigation with assistance from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department. At approximately 12:17 PM, MPSD arrested Chase M. Hatfield in the 1000 block of Wade St. for his involvement.  A short time later, ACSD arrested Eric S Mackey for his involvement.  Both were processed at MPSD and taken to Callaway County by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department.

 

COMMUNITY MEETING TO ADDRESS INCREASE IN FATAL DRUG OVERDOSES IN COLUMBIA

KMIZ TV reports Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, Columbia Fire Department, and Columbia Police Department hosted an emergency community meeting to address an increase in fatal drug overdoses in Columbia. The goal of the meeting was to raise awareness about the highly potent drug fentanyl and to educate the community on the use of Narcan. According to the Columbia Police Department, there have been 22 known and/or suspected drug overdose deaths in Columbia between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2021. Of those deaths, 11 of them happened since August 1. That has increased substantially lately, there have been 22 this year and half of those have occurred since the first of August,” Scott Clady, Assistant director with the Columbia/Boone County Health Department said. In the nine-month timeframe, officers responded to 200 calls for service where an individual was reported to be experiencing a drug overdose. Of those calls, CPD documented 131 people actually experiencing an overdose. CPD suspects there are more incidents that have gone unreported "We've got over 200 calls this year in reference to someone overdosing," Sgt. Dallas with CPD said.  Experts will provide information and distribute Naloxone (Narcan) which can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. 

Health experts said the fentanyl problem is growing and only getting worse.“The drug fentanyl is making its way into more and more drugs in addition to heroin. Now we’re seeing it in meth uh ecstasy, cocaine,” Clardy said.




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10/19/2021

 

MODERATE INJURIES FOR MACON MAN WHO JUMPED FROM MOVING TRASH TRUCK WHEN BRAKES FAILED

Authorities say a Macon man sustained moderate injuries when he jumped from a moving trash truck he was driving after the truck suffered a mechanical failure and was unable to stop at an intersection. According to the crash report the incident happened in Adair County at the intersection of US 63 at Route T, two miles north of Kirksville at 5:30 PM Monday. The trash truck traveled off the west side of the road and became airborne, struck a fence, then struck a tree before coming to rest in the tree. The driver, 29 year old David A. Hurley of Macon had moderate injuries and was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment. The Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Adair County Ambulance, and Adair County First Responders provided assistance on the scene. Troopers say the trash truck was totaled.

 

SORRELS OVERPASS WEST OF COLUMBIA CLOSED AND TO BE DEMOLISHED AFTER BEING HIT BY GARBAGE TRUCK MONDAY

A Boonville man received serious injuries Monday afternoon at 2:39PM in Boone County in a crash involving a garbage truck. 51 year old David B. OBryan was westbound on Interstate 70 at the 122.8 mile marker. The truck he was driving was loaded with a dumpster style unit with a boom and the boom was extended. As the truck traveled under the bridge, commonly referred to as the Sorrels Overpass, the boom struck the bridge. The impact caused debris from the bridge to fall onto the roadway and another westbound vehicle driven by 78 year old June K. Cook of Boonville. That crash caused significant delays in westbound traffic and MoDOT says damage is significant and is working with a contractor to demolish the overpass structure that was immediately closed after the crash. Those immediate demolition plans will involve rerouting of the interstate where one side of the interstate will be open at a time but significant delays are anticipated during the process.

 

MILAN MAN DEAD AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE HEAD WHEN SHOTGUN ACCIDENTLY DISCHARGED

A Milan man was killed this past Wednesday when a 20 gauge shotgun accidently discharged. The Milan Police Chief, Gail Hayes said 71 year old Jack Helms of Milan was loading miscellaneous items from his garage located behind his home in the 200 block of West First Street in Milan into a pickup truck around 9am this past Wednesday. Included with those items was a box that contained the gun and somehow the gun accidently discharged, striking the victim in the head. Helm was pronounced deceased at the scene and the shooting has been ruled accidental


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10/18/2021

 

FATAL MOTORYCLE WRECK IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY SATURDAY

Troopers say a New Haven, MO man was killed when a car pulled out in front of him on Saturday. 69 year old Russell L. Burton was southbound on MO 19, just north of Tree Farm Road in Montgomery County at 5:36 PM when an eastbound car driven by 77 year old William Davis of Maryland Heights, MO pulled out in front of the Harley Davidson trike Burton was riding. The trike struck the rear of the car and Burton was ejected. Burton was pronounced deceased at the scene a short time later by the Montgomery County Coroner and his body was transported to Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office assisted at the scene.

 

IOWA WOMAN HURT WHEN UTV CRASHED INTO TREE IN RALLS COUNTY

The patrol said 33 year old Jamie L. Grisham of Donnelson, IA had moderate injuries after a UTV accident on private property, 2 ½  miles southeast of Center in Ralls County Saturday night around 7 pm. She was transported by Ralls County ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.  The driver of the UTV, 56 year old Randy Grisham of Donnelson, IA was not injured. According to the report, the UTV was traveling down a dirt trail when it hit a tree and overturned. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and the Center Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

MARCELINE MAN INVOLVED IN CRASH SOUTH OF BEVIER

The highway patrol said 38 year old Jason Farris of Marceline was northbound on highway C at Hertz Road, 4 miles south of Bevier at 5:30 AM Saturday when his pickup travelled off the right side of the roadway, struck the ditch and overturned, coming to rest on the passenger side. He was transported by private auto to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries. The patrol was assisted by the Macon Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.

 

VEHICLE ENGULFED IN FLAMES AFTER CRASH

The patrol said a Columbia man had minor injuries in a single vehicle crash on I70 in Callaway County around 3:37 AM Sunday. 29 year old Dominic Perrigo was eastbound when his vehicle trave3led off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable. The vehicle came to rest in the medium and caught fire and became fully engulfed. Perrigo was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Callaway County EMS.

 

NORTHERN MISSOURI MAN FACING THREE FELONY SEX-RELATED CHARGES

This past Friday, KTVO and KTVO dot com was reporting that Nicholas Wesley Jones, 19, of Brookfield, Mo., formerly from Laclede, Mo., was in Linn County court and is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy and a charge of third-degree child molestation, all three charges involving a girl who was 12 to 13 years old at the time. According to court documents, the alleged crimes happened in the summer of 2019 at a residence on Highway 130 outside Laclede. The investigating deputy from the Linn County Sheriff's Office said in her report that the girl told authorities that Jones touched her breasts and made her touch his privates.  Jones pleaded not guilty this past week.  He was released on his own recognizance in mid-September 2021.




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10/15/2021

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Columbia Police officers responded to a request for a well-being check at a residence in the 4800 block of Marble Cedars Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Officers arrived and located a male inside the residence who had sustained a gunshot wound. Emergency medical personnel arrived and determined the person was deceased. During the initial death investigation, officers determined there were factors present that suggested a suspicious death. The victim was identified as James R. Hundle, 52, of Columbia, MO. Next of kin has been notified. Hundle was a member of the University of Missouri staff and assistant to the vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Recourses at the University. There is no suspect information available at this time.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

FITZWATER ARRAINGMENT HEARING HELD WEDNESDAY IN RANDOLH COUNTY COURT

A Moberly man charged with 1st degree murder was in court on Wednesday. 79 year old Jerry L. Fitzwater pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing regarding a shooting that killed his 49-year-old neighbor in July.  He is facing the 1st degree murder charge as well as armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon charges in connection to the death of Mitchell Duane Nickerson on July 8th who was found on East Burkhart street with a gunshot wound to the head. Nickerson later died of his injuries. The probable cause statement indicated that Fitzwater admitted to shooting the victim and claimed the man was selling illegal drugs and that he decided to take matters into his own hands. He also said that if the police had not shown up when they did, he would have shot everyone in the residence.

 

FORMER CITY CLERK OF CENTER SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT

Tracey Ray, the former City Clerk o f Center, MO in Ralls County has learned her fate after being sentenced on federal charges of misappropriating city funds. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay nearly $315,000. A tip to State Auditor Whistleblower Hotline was where the scheme started to unravel for Ray as that’s what triggered an audit in 2020 by the State Auditor’s office. That audit revealed Ray had misappropriated city owned funds and used the money to pay credit card bills and other personal expenses. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Missouri State Auditor’s Office and Ralls County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. 

 

JOHN DEERE WORKERS ON STRIKE

About 10,000 members of the United Auto Workers union went on strike against farm and construction equipment maker John Deere early Thursday morning. The UAW had reached a tentative agreement on a new six-year contact with the company two weeks ago, but approximately 90% of the rank-and-file members of the union rejected that agreement. Union and management negotiators talked into the night Wednesday trying to reach a new deal but were unable to do so. The strike at Deere & Co. shuts operations at 11 factories in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas, and three distribution centers in Georgia, Illinois and Colorado. The company makes both agricultural and construction equipment.




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10/14/2021

 

MARCELINE RESIDENT CHARGED WITH 16 COUNTS OF CHILD PORN

KTVO and KTVO dot com is reporting a Marceline man is facing 16 child pornography charges following an investigation by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit. According to court documents, detectives at the Kirksville Police Department received a cybertip in early September 2021 that a Linn County man was uploading suspected child pornography to Shapchat. The investigation led police to Shane Weimer, 25, of Marceline, Mo. Weimer is now charged with 16 counts of possession of child pornography. Detectives say in court papers that they seized Weimer's cell phone and found 214 photos and 51 video files of suspected child pornography. The suspect was arrested and charged this week. He is being held in the Macon County jail.

 

MILAN MAN TO RECEIVE SENTENCE IN LINN COUNTY ON DECEMBER 7TH

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney reports a bench trial was held in Linn County Circuit Court on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in the case of the State v. Roger Cassity of Milan. Cassity had been charged on August 15th, 2019 with the Class D felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and a Class E felony of being a Sex Offender Physically Present/Loiter within 500 feet of a Park w/ Playground Equipment. Cassity had been scheduled for a jury trial, but waived his right and a bench trial was held where the Linn County court found Cassity guilty of Count 1 which was the possession charge to include being a prior and persistent felony offender. On the second count, the court aquited Cassity of being a Sex Offender Physically Present/Loiter within 500 feet of a Park w/ Playground Equipment. This case was investigated by the Brookfield Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Sentencing on the possession conviction will be held on December 7, 2021.

 

MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT

On Friday, October 8, 2021, at approximately 10:11 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of Paris Rd in reference to a disturbance with one person displaying a gun.  The person was described as a black male, approximately 5’10” tall with a slim build and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.  Around midnight, MPSD began receiving calls to the north central part of town and learned that a group of people, one of whom fit the description of the subject involved in the Paris Rd. incident, were getting into unlocked vehicles and taking money and small electronics left inside.  Officers also found a silver, Ford F-250 that had been reported stolen out of Boone County.  On Saturday, at approximately 5:53 AM, a blue, 2010 Mercedes was reported stolen during the early morning hours from that same part of town.  Officers learned that the vehicle had been seen by law enforcement in Boone County prior to it being reported stolen. Anyone with information about these or any other crimes, is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100. Also on Friday, October 8, 2021 at approximately 7:57 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of Lafayette in reference to a porch fire.  Responding personnel found that a flowerpot, which was being used for the disposal of smoking material, was burning.  The fire was extinguished with only the immediate area having any damage.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

SALISBURY RESIDENTS INJURED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH

Troopers say two Salisbury residents were injured early Wednesday morning at the Route C and Highway 24 junction at Huntsville.. According to the crash report 86 year old Lewis Porter was westbound on Highway 24 and accidently merged onto the exit ramp for Route C. The driver then failed to stop at the stop sign and crossed Route C and struck a guardrail with his vehicle coming to reset in the grass. Porter had minor injuries. A passenger, 81 year old Betty Porter had moderate injuries. Both were transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center. That crash happened at 1:45 AM.

 

NEW ROCHEPORT BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson and Missouri Department of Transportation officials were joined by federal, state, and local leaders to commence construction of the new Interstate 70 Missouri River bridges near Rocheport. The current bridge was built in 1960 and is rated as being in poor condition, which may have resulted in weight restrictions in the coming years. The 60-year-old bridge is safe and will continue to be maintained by MoDOT while construction of the new bridge is underway. The bridge carries 12.5 million vehicles per year, including 3.6 million trucks. The new Missouri River bridge will cost approximately $240 million and will provide a safe and reliable bridge for interstate travelers for the next 100 years. This project was funded in part by an $81.2 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America Grant, the largest competitive grant ever received by MoDOT.  “This bridge was designed with the future of Interstate 70 and the safety of the traveling public in-mind,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “When complete, it will include two bridges, one in each direction of travel, each wide enough for four lanes of traffic. This approach also allows us to construct both bridges with limited impacts to traffic.” The new bridges will include many safety enhancements, including a high friction surface treatment and pavement sensors to reduce weather-related incidents, wet reflective striping, and a linear delineation system (a line of reflective signs along the barrier wall) to help increase lane and bridge visibility. The first bridge will be built north of the current bridge and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. Traffic will then be transitioned to the new bridge, the current bridge will be demolished, and construction is scheduled to be completed on the eastbound bridge by the end of 2024. For more information on this project, or to subscribe to emails and updates regarding the new bridge’s progress, visit www.modot.org/RocheportBridge.

 

MDPS ISSUES REMINDER AS TO WHAT CAN BE LEGALLY BE OPERATED ON HIGHWAYS

As traffic has increased and more people are traveling about, the City of Mexico has been receiving numerous questions about what vehicles can be operated on roadways.  The simplest rule to remember is that if the vehicle can be licensed through Missouri it can be operated on the roadways.  The three exceptions typically seen in Mexico are mopeds, electric bicycles, and functioning riding lawnmowers.  These type motor vehicles cannot be licensed but operators of mopeds and functioning riding lawnmowers do have to have a driver’s license when on the road.  Functioning riding lawnmowers can only be taken to and from job locations.  Every motor vehicle operated on the roadways has to follow traffic laws. The Mexico Public Safety Department is continuing to work on traffic enforcement, which includes stopping illegal motor vehicles, in an effort to keep everyone safe.

 

CROWDER STATE PARK HOSTS REDBUD FALL HIKE

Park staff members at Crowder State Park invite the public to the campground amphitheater at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 for a guided 2-mile hike on Redbud Trail. Park staff will discuss plants, trees and animals along the way. Redbud Trail is a moderately rugged trail that allows visitors to cross several dry creek beds. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others. Crowder State Park is located west of Trenton off Hwy 146. For more information about the event, call Crowder State Park at 660-359-6473.

 

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS OCTOBER 15TH – DECEMBER 7th

The Missouri Department of Commerce & Insurance is encouraging consumers who are eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year's open enrollment. The open enrollment period, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, presents Missourians with the opportunity to change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans. To help consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance to Missourians who are eligible for Medicare and their caregivers through the department’s CLAIM program. CLAIM can also help Missourians on a limited income determine whether they qualify for a Low-Income Subsidy and/or Medicare Savings Programs to offset the cost of their prescription drugs. Missourians can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting missouriclaim.org

 




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10/13/2021

 

EDINA WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING TWO VEHICLE CRASH

Two Knox County residents were involved in a crash on Oak Street in Edina at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning. According to the patrol report, 50 year old Stanley Menges of Edina failed to yield to another auto driven by 22 year old Destiney Smith of Edina. Smith sustained moderate injuries and she was transported by Knox County Ambulance to Scotland County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

PATROL REPORTS ARREST OF MACON MAN

The patrol reports the arrest of a Macon man at 7 O’clock Tuesday night. 33 year old Travis Newland of Macon was booked into the Macon County Jail on a 24 hour hold pending the filing of formal charges of Driving While Intoxicated as an Aggravated Offender.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT MONDAY

Columbia Police responded to a residence in the 4600 block of Orchard Lane on Monday at approximately 9:28 pm regarding a shots fired report. Officers arrived and located two victims with gunshot wounds, including an adult mail and a juvenile male. Both victims were transported to a local hospital. While at the scene, officers located evidence including damage to the residence caused by gunshots. No other information was available at the time regarding suspect information. This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

HOLTS SUMMIT POLICE MAKE ARREST AFTER WEAPONS OFFENSE

Holts Summit Police report one person is in custody after a weapons offense in Holts Summmit Tuesday morning. According to the release posted on their facebook page, police received a report of an alarm call around 9:15 AM in the 200 block of North Greenway. Witnesses said there was a man with a gun in the area. Later police received additional reports the man was firing the weapon. The suspect was taken into custody for unlawful use of a weapon. The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department is providing assistance on this case.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

NATIONAL MOVE OVER DAY IS THIS SATURDAY
Saturday, October 16, 2021, has been designated National Move Over Day to remind drivers to help protect emergency personnel working on the side of the road. In 2020, three people were killed and 51 injured in the 231 traffic crashes involving parked emergency vehicles displaying emergency lights. Preliminary statistics indicate there have been 168 traffic crashes resulting in one person being killed and 46 injured thus far in 2021. Missouri's law directs motorists to proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way when possible upon approaching a stationary vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, or a stationary vehicle displaying lighted amber or amber and white lights. Drivers should change lanes away from the stationary vehicle if the roadway has at least two lanes traveling the same direction. When changing lanes is not possible, motorists are directed to reduce their speed, while maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, when traveling past these vehicles. Emergency vehicles include Highway Patrol, police, sheriff, fire department, coroner or medical examiner, ambulance, tow truck, MoDOT, public utility, corrections officers, National Guard civil support team, and those vehicles carrying equipment to save lives at a traffic crash or incidents involving a hazardous substance. Troopers and our traffic safety partners are called to serve and protect. When they are helping a stranded motorist, stopping someone for a traffic violation, or working a traffic crash, please protect them. Throughout the history of the Patrol, nine members have been killed after being struck by a vehicle while making a traffic stop or investigating a traffic crash. Together, we can prevent history from repeating itself. When you see an emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way. Move into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary emergency vehicle or reduce the speed of your vehicle. Every day, law enforcement, medical personnel, and first responders serve the public. Often, they do so on the side of the road. Please give them room to work. It’s the law in Missouri.

 




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10/12/2021

 

TWO PEOPLE SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES IN AUDRAIN COUNTY HEAD ON CRASH

The patrol reports two were seriously injured in a head on crash in Audrain County last (MON) night. The patrol crash report indicated an eastbound vehicle driven by 64 year old Floyd Bishop of Vandalia crossed the center line of US 54 and collided head on with a westbound vehicle driven by 20 year old Ana Isaac of Columbia. That crash happened just east of County Road 416 on US 54 in Audrain County at 6:30 last (Mon) night. Both drivers were transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Audrain County EMS.

 

MARCELINE DRIVER HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

A Marceline driver, 48 year old Erin Hand received moderate injuries when her vehicle traveled off Route WW, 1 mile east of Marceline at 4:35 pm Monday. The patrol crash report said the vehicle she was driving struck a ditch and a utility pole The driver was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX RELATED CHARGES

This past Friday morning, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 7800 block of East Southern Drive, Columbia, Missouri. This is the home of Ryan Scott Pape, age 33, who was also arrested for one count of 1st Degree Child Molestation and one count of 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy. These charges are a result of an Boone County Sheriff's Office investigation that began on 09/21/2021 when the Boone County Sheriff’s Office received a child abuse complaint and began the investigation. During the investigation, a 10-year-old child disclosed that Ryan Pape had inappropriately touched the child and performed sexual acts on the child over the last four years. Throughout the investigation, a Boone County Investigator worked with the Ashland Police Department, who was also investigating a different case involving allegations that the suspect victimized another child between 2014 and 2016. Based on their investigation, the Ashland Police Department also booked Pape today on four additional charges that included 1st Degree Child Molestation, 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy, 1st Degree Statutory Rape, and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

 

KIRKSVILLE LICENSE OFFICE CLOSING NOVEMBER 5TH

All the rumors going around Kirksville about the Kirksville License Office closing its doors are true. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports longtime Contracted Fee Agent Judy Albin was contacted on Monday to find out for sure.

She said Nov. 5, 2021, will be the last day in operation. Albin has been in charge of the Kirksville License Office since mid-1993 when she was appointed by then-Governor Mel Carnahan. When we asked her the reason for the closure, Albin simply said she has run the office for nearly three decades, and it's just time. Albin said COVID-19 has made it difficult to hire and retain staff at the Kirksville License Office. Her current contract with the Missouri Department of Revenue wasn't set to expire until November 2022, but she told KTVO she got permission from the state to end the contract early. Contracting of state license offices is done through a bid process. It is a very tedious process with numerous steps. Albin says she will be announcing the closure soon in a letter in the local newspaper. When someone else might open the Kirksville License Office is unknown at this time. Once the Kirksville office closes, residents will temporarily have to travel to neighboring counties to renew their driver license or to obtain license plates for their vehicles. The closest license offices are located in Edina, Macon, Milan, Memphis and Unionville.




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10/11/2021

It’s Columbus Day!

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED TODAY STATEWIDE
The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state  are closed today,  in observance of Columbus Day. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Also, most banks, credit unions and other financial operations are closed as well and will reopen tomorrow.

 

MACON FIREMAN CALLED OUT SATURDAY

The Macon Fire Department battled a building fire at 609 N. Rubey Street in Macon Saturday morning at 9:42 A.M. The fire department responded with 2 pieces of apparatus and 10 firefighters. Due to the condition of the structure, as well as the heavy fire and smoke conditions upon arrival firefighters were unable to enter the building. The fire was brought under control in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The Fire Department remained on scene to extinguish any hot spots. The structure was vacant at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire was listed as undetermined by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. Support was provided to the Macon Fire Department by the Bevier Fire Protection District, Macon County Ambulance District, Macon Police Department, Macon Municipal Utilities, and the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. All units were clear of the scene and in quarters at 4:40 P.M. Saturday afternoon.

 

THREE BROOKFIELD TEENAGERS TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL FOLLOIWNG SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT

The patrol said a 16 year old female was traveling westbound on Jarboe Road, 2 miles east of Brookfield at 4:25 P.M. Sunday and was going too fast for conditions while negotiating a curve and the pickup she was driving began to slid and ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. The driver had minor injuries, however, two passengers, a 17 year old female and a 16 year old male both had moderate injuries. All three were taken to Pershing Hospitla in Brookfield by Linn County Ambulance. The Linn County Sheriff’s Department and the Brookfield Fire Department assisted at the scene. Names will not be released since all three were juveniles.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ANOTHER SHOOTING INCIDENT

Columbia Police responded to the 100 block of S. Ninth Street on Sunday, Oct. 10 at approximately 12:20 a.m., for a report of shots fired.  Officers arrived and located two victims, a 31 year old male and a 33 year old female, both with gunshot wounds. The two victims were in stable condition when EMS arrived. They were transported to a local hospital. This is an ongoing investigation and that is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY EXTENSION PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION

Columbia Regional Airport’s (COU) runway extension is close to being complete. The extension of the primary runway will allow for longer landing and takeoff distances. This increased runway distance will lead to fewer delays due to heat and inclement weather and will benefit larger aircraft. The project, which began in April, will extend the runway from 6,500 to 7,400 feet and has an estimated cost of $9 million, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition to the extension, new LED lightning will be installed for the entirety of the runway. This efficient lighting will save approximately 75% of energy costs compared to the current incandescent lighting used.  "The runway extension will allow aircraft to land during inclement weather and will lead to fewer capacity restrictions on hot days," says airport manager Michael Parks. "In conjunction with the opening of the new COU terminal, we look forward to an improved passenger experience for those traveling in and out of Columbia Regional Airport."  "Though the runway extension project has led to some intermittent delays, we are excited to provide a more robust service to our passengers as the project is completed," says Economic Development Director Stacey Button.  Columbia Regional Airport continues to have conversations with the airlines through the duration of the project to help minimize impact to passengers. 

 

AUTHORITIES ON THE LOOK OUT FOR TRAILER STOLEN FROM SALISBURY

On Sunday, the Brookfield Police Department passed along information from Chariton County authorities regarding a stolen trailer. According to the post on social media, the trailer was a 2020 Big Tex 70CH-18 Straight Deck unit, Dark Blue in color. The trailer did have license plate # 06K-8YS, but that plate may have been removed and not on the trailer anymore. It may also have an R&J Custom Fabrication sticker on it as well. If anyone has any information about the stolen trailer please contact the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department or your local law enforcement agency. It was stolen in the city limits of Salisbury.

 

BATTLE OF THE BADGES BLOOD DRIVE & OPTIMIST CLUB DONATES CANDY FOR HALLOWEEN

The battle of the Badges Blood Drive was held Friday at the Moberly Municipal Auditorium. According to a post by the Moberly Police Department on social media that had 66 people come to donate, and even though not everyone was able to donate, they were still able to collect 58 units of blood. The winner of the $50 gift card was Julie Sears. Organizers of this  year’s drive encourage you to mark your calendar for October 3, 2022, for next year's Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Oh and the Police won the Battle. By the way, The Moberly Optimist Club donated approximately 4,000 pieces of candy each of to the Moberly Police Department and Randolph Co Sheriff’s Department on Thursday. Officers and deputies, from each department respectively, will be given candy to pass out while patrolling Halloween night.




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10/08/2021

ONE DEAD, ONE IN CUSTODY FOLLLWING HANNIBAL SHOOTING

Authorities say a 46-year-old man has died after being shot in the 1500 block of Broadway in Hannibal Wednesday night and just minutes after the shooting officers arrested John M.R. Kurth, 24, of New London, just a couple of blocks away from where the shooting took place. Kurth was booked in the Marion County jail on $1 million cash-only bond. A news release indicated Officers responded to the area around 6:10 p.m. Wednesday night. Police said the victim died at the scene. On Thursday, Kurth was officially charged with Second Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action according to authorities. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday at 8:15 am. As of Thursday, the victims name has still not been released.

 

ARMED ROBBERIES AT TWO COLUMBIA BUSINESSES  ON MONDAY

Columbia Police were dispatched to two separate reports of armed robberies on Monday, Oct. 4. In both incidents, one male entered the store and displayed a handgun while demanding money. The male was dressed in all dark clothing. The first incident occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. at Arena Wine and Spirits, 515 Scott Blvd, The second incident occurred at approximately 10:25 p.m. at Arena Liquor, 208 Corporate Lake Dr.  Both times the suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash in a dark-colored, four-door sedan. There were no injuries reported.  Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

CHARITON VALLEY SELLING WIRELESS DIVISION TO VERIZON

Chariton Valley Wireless and Verizon Communications Inc. have entered into an agreement that will allow Verizon to acquire the wireless network assets of Chariton Valley’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) wireless network serving Northeastern Missouri. This transaction does not affect Chariton Valley’s residential or business customers who currently receive traditional Voice, Internet and Video services from Chariton Valley.  Chariton Valley wireless customers do not need to take any action at this time. Customers will receive information regarding the acquisition and their wireless service as more information becomes available. The news release encouraged customers to visit www.cvalley.net/cvwireless to keep up to date on the latest information available.  The President and CEO of Chariton Valley, Kirby J. Underberg was quoted in the release saying “Entering this agreement will best serve our wireless customers in the long-term. Chariton Valley looks forward to continued fiber growth providing services to unserved and underserved areas. This broadens the path to a bright future for Chariton Valley and aligns with our vision to enhance opportunities for rural communities.” The acquisition of wireless network assets is subject to FCC approval and is expected to close in early 2022.  

 

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR RESURFACING OF US ROUTE 63 IN BOONE & CALLAWAY COUNTIES

Major improvements will be coming to a long stretch of U.S. Route 63 in Boone and Callaway counties.  At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) awarded a contract for resurfacing Route 63 between Boone County Route B and U.S. Route 54 in Callaway County. The contact was awarded to Capital Paving and Construction, which submitted the lowest bit of  $15,350,303.  In addition to the resurfacing, High Friction Surface Treatments will be applied at various curves to increase travel safety. Other elements included in the project will be repairs to various bridge decks along Route 63, guardrail and guard cable improvements, and the resurfacing of Ponderosa Street from Gans Creek to East Meyer Industrial Drive south of Columbia. The project is scheduled to take place next year.

 

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK REMINDER & EDITORIAL COMMENTS

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department issued a reminder on their social media page that this week is Fire Prevention Week, October 3rd – 9th, 2021. If you haven’t done a home fire drill yet, plan to do one NOW. Half of parents say their kids don’t know what to do when the fire alarm goes off at home. Do yours? This is a personal issue for some of us at the Best Broadcast Group as we know too many who have had fires at home, including some where innocent kids lost their life in a house fire and those kids could have been our own. That’s why we’re asking you to take the time to visit the Montgomery County Mo Sheriff’s Department Facebook page where you’ll find links to tons of ideas to teach your kids how to get out of the house safely. You’ll also find those links on our station facebook pages. We hold fire drills at school and fire drills at work; shouldn’t we hold fire drills at home? Please, make it happen and don’t forget to change the battery in your smoke alarms too! You might just save a life, maybe even the life of someone you love!  This reminder and editorial style comments written with tears and many fond memories of two little boys who would often hang out at our home,  brothers Chad and Dane Martin, ages 13 and 10 respectively that died in a house fire on Friday, March 8th, 2002 in Brookfield, MO.  I’m Dale Palmer, General Manager of the Best Broadcast Group asking you to schedule a home fire drill on a regular basis and make sure everyone knows what to do when that alarm goes off AND make sure that in the event of a fire, you have an alarm that GOES OFF!  Thank you for your consideration and remember Home Fire Drill Day is when we take action to make kids safer by practicing our home fire drills




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10/07/2021

DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9AM


NEW JOBS COMING TO BOONVILLE

Boonville, MoKMIZ TV reports Kawasaki will establish a manufacturing plant in Boonville. City and County officials made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the former Nordyne site, which will be the home to Kawasaki's new plant. The Missouri Department of Economic Development said in a news release that the plant will create more than 270 jobs in Boonville. Work on the plant will start this month, with production beginning in May 2022, the state says. The average wage at the plant will be above the Cooper County average, according to the economic development department. The county average in 2020 was $36,639. A Kawasaki executive credited Boonville for its "hometown feel and strong work ethic" in the state's news release. Four major employers left the city between 2012 and 2015, taking more than 500 jobs with them, local officials said. Kawasaki already has one plant in Missouri -- Maryville, in the northwest part of the state. The plant started operation in 1989 and now employees more than 600 people.

 

TWO ARRESTED IN SHUYLER COUNTY ON DRUG RELEATED CHARGES BY PATROL

Schuyler Co, Mo  - The patrol arrested a Tennessee man on several drug and other charges Wednesday. The on line arrest report shows a trooper arrested 37 year old Eric D. Johnson of Cordova, TN shortly after 1pm Wednesday for felony possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, Felony unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, no valid operator’s license and speeding. He was placed on a 24 hour hold pending filing of formal charges and is being held at the Schuyler County Jail. A second person was also arrested and is being held at the Schuyler county jail on a 24 hour hold. 28 year old Maria  Brannon of Monroe, GA was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, felony unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED IN ADAIR COUNTY ON FELONY NON SUPPORT WARRANT

Kirksville, Mo – The patrol reports a Kirksville woman was arrested by a trooper in Adair County at 2:10pm Wednesday. 31 year old Jessica Hoffman was arrested on a felony Macon County warrant for non-support and no seat belt. She was taken to the Adair County jail

 

CENTRALIA MAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH

Audrain County, Mo – A Centralia man was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries after a crash on Route D, near Audrain Road 975 in Audrain County at 2:50 pm Wednesday afternoon. Troopers said, 33 year old Michael Burgeson of Thompson, MO was towing another vehicle with a chain when the towed unit crossed the center line and struck the left side a pickup driven by 65 year old Rickey Gunier of Centralia. Guiner was transported to the Columbia hospital by Audrain County Ambulance.

 

CROWDER STATE PARK FALL COLORS BUSS TOUG – OCTOBER 16th & 17th

Trenton, Mo – Park staff members at Crowder State Park invite the public to join for a fall color bus tour on Saturday, Oct. 16 or Sunday, Oct. 17. Participants should meet park staff at the equestrian parking lot for a guided bus tour of the Thompson Cemetery area. Fall foliage and other interesting features will be pointed out along the way. Bus tours will leave the parking lot approximately every half hour starting at 1 p.m. The last bus will leave at 3:30 pm.  Participants are encouraged to wear their choice of insect repellent outdoors. Social-distancing measures will be practiced during the event, and the public is encouraged to be proactive in protecting themselves and others. Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, visit icampmo1.usedirect.com/MSPWeb/Activities/Search.aspx  and search for activities at Crowder State Park. Crowder State Park is located west of Trenton off Hwy 146. For more information about the event, call Crowder State Park at 660-359-6473. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.




 

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10/06/2021

 

PUTNAM COUNTY MAN HURT IN ATV CRASH

A Powersville man was injured early Tuesday morning when his ATV was rear-ended by a transit van in Putnam County. The collision happened at 6:30 a.m. on Highway 139, about three miles southeast of Powersville, Mo. According to the highway patrol accident report, an ATV operated by Dale Davis, 67, of Powersville, was stopped in the roadway when a van struck the ATV from behind. The van was driven by 81 year old Darl Buckallew of Lancaster, Mo who was not injured. Davis suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

 

JOHNSON PUT TO DEATH AFTER UNCUSSESSSFUL PETITION OF GOVERNOR

Ernest Lee Johnson, a 61-year-old Black man with an intellectual disability and a triple murder conviction, was executed by lethal injection Tuesday evening in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He had petitioned a court to be executed by firing squad, but his request was denied. On Tuesday, U.S. Supreme Court also denied his final plea for a stay of execution. He was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m., nine minutes after he was injected with pentobarbital. Johnson was sentenced to death in 1994 after being found guilty of brutally murdering three employees of a Casey’s Convenience Store in Columbia with a claw hammer and screwdriver in what prosecutors say was an attempted robbery to feed a drug habit.

Johnson had won previous stays of execution after his lawyers argued that a 2008 surgery to remove a brain tumor left him intellectually disabled and that a lethal injection would cause violent seizures before he died. Pope Francis and a number of U.S. senators and advocacy groups, including the ACLU of Missouri, Missouri Catholic Conference, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, also unsuccessfully petitioned Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to stop the execution. Parson instead chose not to stop the execution and issued a statement backing up his reasoning. “The evidence showed Mr. Johnson went to great lengths to plan and conceal his crime. Three juries have reviewed Mr. Johnson’s case and recommended a sentence of death,” Parsons wrote. “Mr. Johnson’s claim that he is not competent to be executed has been reviewed and rejected by a jury and the courts six different times, including a unanimous decision by the Missouri Supreme Court. Mr. Johnson has received due process under the laws in the state trial court, Missouri Supreme Court, federal district court, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.” Missouri is one of 27 U.S. states that still hand down death-penalty sentences. After Johnson’s execution, 19 others remain on Missouri’s death row.




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10/05/2021

TRUCK DRIVER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

Troopers say one man was injured in a crash on Route D, one mile east of Mike in Chariton county just before 5pm Monday afternoon. 38 year old Christopher P. Sims of Tebbetts, MO was westbound in a tractor trailer unit when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment and a ditch. Sims sustained moderate injuries and was transported to University Hosptial in Columbia for treatment. The Chariton County Sheriff’s department assisted at the scene.

 

MADISON MAN INVOLVED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

The patrol said a Madison man was behind the wheel of a pickup on Monroe Road 1033, one half mile south of US 24 around 1 am Monday when the vehicle went off the road, struck a fence, an embankment and a tree. 21 year old Joseph R. Knight was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department assisted in that wreck.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MASSSIVE RATE HIKE PROPOSED BY AMEREN MISSOURI START TODAY

Ameren Missouri customers could be seeing a hefty increase to their monthly bills. The utility recently filed documents with the Missouri Public Service Commission proposing an increase in the company's electric service revenues that would raise a typical residential customer's bill by approximately 11.97%, translating to an approximate $11.78 monthly increase. The base rate increase request, which is subject to regulatory approval, would take effect no later than February 28, 2022. Ameren says the rate increase sought by the filing is driven by several factors ane needs approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission. Public Hearings on the request will start today and will take place at 12:00 via phone or computer. There are a number of ways to make your thoughts known on the proposal and those are detailed below.

 

How to Participate: At the time of the hearing, dial 1-855-718-6621 and enter the access code: 177 476 7672 and the password: 0240. To attend by video/internet, visit the website www.webex.com or download the Cisco WebEx Meetings application. At the hearing time, enter the corresponding access code and password listed. If you are unable to attend a public hearing and wish to make written comments or secure additional information, you may contact the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone (800)392-4211, email pscinfo@psc.mo.gov; or the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone (866)922-2959, email opcservice@opc.mo.gov. Comments may also be registered in the case using the Commission's electronic filing system at https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/Comments.html. If submitting comments electronically, please reference Case No. ER-2021-0240. The Commission will also conduct an evidentiary hearing at its offices in Jefferson City from November 29-30, December 1-3 and 6-10, beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. The hearings will be held in buildings that meet accessibility standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If a customer needs additional accommodations to participate in these hearings, please call the Missouri Public Service Commission's Hotline at (800)392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 prior to the hearing.




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10/04/2021

MOBERLY MAN FLED CASEY’S &  LATER LOCATED & ARRESTED

Moberly Police report a man tried to avoid arrest on outstanding warrants and now faces new charges. 29 year old Arthur Houts of Moberly was wanted on outstanding warrants for unlawful possession of a weapon, burglary and other charges. Now he’s facing at least one additional charge for felony resisting arrest. According to the report, the incident started Saturday morning at 3:45 am when an officer stopped by the South Morley Street Casey’s. That’s when the suspect left the store using an emergency exit and fled to a residence in the 400 block of Monroe Street. When police arrived at the Monroe street address, the man refused to come out and he barricaded himself inside the home. After about 30 minutes, officers made entry into the house and found him hiding in a closet.

 

MULITIPLE VEHICLE THEFTS, RESISTING ARREST & METH BUST ENDED WITH PURSUIT

A Chillicothe man was arrested and jailed after an investigation by Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and Chillicothe Police. It started last Wednesday when the PD received a report of a stolen car from the 1000 block of Graves Street. That vehicle was later recovered in Caldwell County and the Caldwell County Sheriff reported a pickup was stolen from the same area in Caldwell County. The stolen pickup was later reported to be in Hamilton but was not located by law enforcement. Later, law enforcement was alerted the stolen truck was in the Chillicothe area. The Sheriff said his Chief Deputy spotted the truck driving in a dangerous manner in Chillicothe and attempts were made to stop the truck by Chillicothe Police, the Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s department and at one time the suspect nearly struck a state trooper head on but the driver fled until the vehicle developed a flat tire. Sheriff Cox said Mikall Ryan Foster, 29, Chillicothe was arrested for alleged Tampering with Motor Vehicle-1st degree, Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine and the Chillicothe Police have an additional charge of alleged Tampering with a Motor Vehicle-1st degree.  Caldwell County is expected to have charge(s) on Mr. Foster as well for the alleged auto theft in their county.  Foster was interviewed and reportedly admitted to having stolen both vehicles and the alleged use of meth. He was held at the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK RESULTS IN INJURIES FOR COLUMBIA RESIDENTS

Troopers say three people from Columbia were injured in a Montgomery County crash on Interstate 70 around 6:40 Saturday night. According to the report, the crash occurred when a vehicle driven by 43 year old Rodman Marine of Columbia lost control and the vehicle went off the left side of the highway and overturned. Marine had moderate injuries while a passenger, 37 year old Koriann Brown of Columbia and a 14 year old female juvenile of Columbia both had minor injuries. All three were transported by Montgomery County EMS to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.




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10/01/2021

ANOTHER FATAL CRASH IN MARION COUNTY NEAR PALMYRA

Authorities report another fatal crash in Marion County Thursday. This wreck on US 61 occurred at the intersection of Marion County Road 338, 5 miles north of Palmyra. 52 eyar old Keith D. Triplett of Palmyra was eastbound in a grain hauler attempting to cross the roadway and failed to yield to a northbound tractor trailer driven by Marcus D. Jethrow of Columbus, MS. The tractor trailer struck the Triplett grain hauler in the passenger side. Triplett was pronounced deceased at the scene by Rick Janes, the Marion County Coroner. The driver of the tractor trailer had minor injuries and was transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL by Marion County Ambulance personnel. The highway patrol was assisted on scene by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Marion County Fire Department and the Palmyra Fire and First Responders. Several fatal accidents have occurred in Marion County recently on US 61 near Palmyra

 

TWO PEOPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY WRECK

The patrol reports two people had serious injuries after a one vehicle crash on US 61 northbound, north of highway ZZ in Pike County at 10:40 Thursday morning. 52 year old Melita A. Gaston was traveling southbound when she lost control and her vehicle traveled through the median, crossed over the northbound lanes, off the roadway and struck a bluff. Gaston had serious injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis by Air-Evac. A passenger, 42 year old Kisa Thompson of Hannibal also sustained serious injuries and she was taken by Ralls County EMS to Hannibal Regional Hospital.

 

THREE GLASGOW TEENAGERS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH

Troopers report three Glasgow teenagers had minor injuries as a result of a single vehicle crash on Highway 87, just north of Route K in Howard County at 4:10 PM Thursday. Authorities say a 16 year old male was behind the wheel when his auto crossed the center line and he overcorrected resulting in the auto going off the left side of the road. The driver was treated on scene for minor injuries. Two 14 year old males who were passengers also had minor injuries and were taken by private auto to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

 

FIRES IN MOBERLY UNDER INVESTIGATION

Moberly firemen were called to the 1000 block of West End street Thursday morning around 6:30 AM. The structure fire resulted in Police closing several roads in the area while the fire department battled the fires. Roads closed in the area were Franklin St from Rothwell St to Emerson St and Dorset St from Franklin St to Coates St. The roads were later reopened to normal traffic. The most recent information about the fires came from another post on social media posted to the Moberly Police Department page that said the Moberly Police Department and the Missouri State Fire Marshal are conducting an investigation into structure fires that occurred Thursday morning. The post asks if anyone has information about the fires to contact the arson hotline at 1-800-39ARSON or call the Moberly Tips line at 660-269-TIPS (8477).

ANNUAL FLY IN AT OMAR BRADLEY AIRPORT CANCELLED

This Saturday was the scheduled date for the annual fly in at Omar Bradley Airport which has now been cancelled. The event was scheduled from 8am to 2pm and is something everyone looks forward too as Free Plane Rides are provided for Youth ages 8 – 17 years old , those 17+ can also take to the sky by making a donation for flights. Other activities include a Bounce House, Face Painting, fun Games and lots of good food -  but again, due to the anticipated weather forecast for Saturday, the decision has been made to call off this year’s event. No make-up date is planned.

 

ANNUAL PECAN FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND IN BRUNSWICK.

The annual Brunswick Pecan Festival is scheduled for this weekend in the Brunswick area. The event is always on the calendar for the 1st weekend in October.  Today’s activities kick off at 5:30 pm with the car cruise and the remainder of the evening has something for everyone. Saturday is the big day with events jam packed into the schedule and happening non-stop all day and evening long. The annual festival concludes on Sunday. For up to date schedule information including any last minute changes due to the weather, visit the Brunswick Pecan Festival Facebook page.




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September 30th, 2021

MINOR INJURIES FOR HANNIBAL WOMAN IN MARION COUNTY WRECK

A woman from Hannibal was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries following a two vehicle collision on US 61, 3 miles south of Palmyra shortly before 8am Wednesday morning. According to the patrol report, 37 year old Susan Hayes of Hannibal was eastbound when another eastbound auto driven by 29 year old Ruth Dorbah of Jacksonville, FL changed lanes and struck the Hayes auto causing it to run off the roadway. No other injuries were reported. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department assisted on scene.

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ON FELONY WARRENTS

The Highway Patrol arrested a Columbia man in Callaway County at 10:19 Wednesday morning on two felony warrants. Troopers say 31 year old Cody J. Wisdom was wanted on a felony Board of Probation & Parole warrant for parole violation and a felony Boone Count Sheriff’s office warrant for possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana. Wisdom was held without bond at the Callaway County.

STORM SIREN ACTIVATION CAUSED CONCERN AND CONFUSION IN CHILLICOTHE

Livingston County Emergency Management said on a social media post Wednesday night that a siren at Danner Park in Chillicothe was the siren that inadvertently activated with a tornado warning alert that caused some confusion when storms were not occurring in the area. At first, emergency management said they were are not sure why the storm siren in Simpson Park and Danner Park activated issuing a Tornado Warning and indicated “We had an issue with the Simpson siren during the last test, but it has since been serviced and repairs were made. At this time we are not aware of any Tornado activity in our area. We will call and have the sirens serviced again.” A short time later, another post on their face book page said After some research it appears Danner Park was the siren that inadvertently activated and not Simpson Park. The Siren repair company can see it was not activated from the Fire or Police Department and came from an outside radio signal source. They will be responding in the morning to update the software in that siren to protect against this happening again. Sorry for any worry or confusion this may have caused.”

STRUCTURE FIRE IN COLUMBIA MONDAY

Columbia firemen responded to 1114 University Avenue for a smoke alarm Monday afternoon at 4:54 pm. On arrival, crews discovered smoke coming from Room 21 which was located in the basement. At that time, the incident was upgraded to a box alarm which received a total of 12 CFD units and one University Medic Unit. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the room of origin. The cause is under investigation. There were no injuries reported.

NEW CAMBRIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF BEEHIVES

A New Cambria man, 44 year old Ricky Elam was in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property. As part of a plea deal with the prosecutor, four additional counts of receiving stolen property were dismissed and he was fined $100. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports Elam also pleaded guilty to one felony count of stealing that was not part of a plea agreement and a sentencing hearing on that stealing charge is scheduled for November 10th, 2021 at 11 a.m. Elam was arrested in May 2020 after investigators found approximately a dozen stolen beehives on his property just southeast of New Cambria. Authorities were able to locate the stolen hives because one of the Macon County theft victims had installed a GPS tracker in one of the hives Elam took.




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09/29/2021

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED SATURDAY NIGHT ON SEVERAL DRUG RELATED CHARGES IN MONROE COUNTY

The Highway Patrol arrest reports from the weekend indicated a Moberly man was arrested by the patrol in Monroe County at 11 pm Saturday night. According to the report, Randy D. Sager, age 40 of Moberly was charged with felony trafficking of methamphetamine, felony unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony distribution of a controlled substance and felony driving while suspended. He was also charged with possession of 11-35 grams of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to drive on the right half of roadway and no seat belt. He was being held at the Monroe County Jail at the time the release was issued.

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED MONDAY NIGHT BY MOBERLY PD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 On Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11:23 PM a Moberly Police officer made contact with 32 year old Charles Gibson of Moberly in the area of Rollins St near Kirby St.  During the contact Gibson was found to have an existing Randolph County warrant for Driving While Intoxicated. During a search of Gibson officers located paraphernalia related to the consumption of methamphetamine as well as a small amount of methamphetamine.  Gibson was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center for his existing warrant as well as new charges related to the illegal items.  Charges for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia were filed with the Randolph County Prosecutors Office. On 9-28-21 a new warrant was issued for Gibson for possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $5,000 cash or surety.  Gibson remains in custody at the time of this release.


PICKUP LOSING TIRE WAS CAUSE OF A CRASH NEAR QUEEN CITY TUESDAY

A northeast Missouri man was injured Tuesday afternoon when a tire fell off of the pickup truck he was driving. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the crash happened right around 2:30 p.m. on Highway 63, two miles north of Queen City.. The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office told KTVO at the scene that a truck driven by Colton Poe, 31, of Downing, Mo., was northbound on Highway 63 when a back tire came off of the pickup. The truck then ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned at least once, coming to rest upright. Poe suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment. It's unknown where the runaway tire ended up. No one else was hurt in the incident.

LATE DEATH FROM CAR AMBULANCE CRASH ON US 61 SUNDAY

We had a report Monday about a car and ambulance crashing on US 61 in Palmyra on Sunday and the passenger in the car, 87 year old Gloria Leverett of Middletown died from her injuries shortly after the crash. The patrol reports a second fatality from that crash as the driver of that car who attempted to make a turn in front of the ambulance has now died from his injuries. 93 year old Willard Leverett of Middletown was pronounced deceased on Monday night shortly after 9 pm at a St. Louis, Hospital

TWO HURT WHEN MOTORCYCLE COLLIDES WITH DEER IN SALINE COUNTY

Two people were taken to University Hospital in Columbia  by Saline County EMS after the motorcycle they were on struck a deer in the roadway. Troopers said the bike then ran off the right side of the highway, ejecting both the driver and passenger. That crash happened on Route H, west of Norway Avenue in Saline County around 9:15 pm last (TUES) night. Robert L. Edde, age 50, of Marshall was the driver of the motorcycle and had moderate injuries. 48 year old Jennifer Edde of Malta Bend was the passenger and her injuries were listed as serious.

PATROL ISSUES REMINDER ABOUT DEAR AND VEHICLE CRASHES

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety remind drivers that deer are more likely to be moving along roads and highways this time of year. Mating season drives deer to exhibit behavioral changes that will also increase sightings for motorists along roadways. Hunting and crop harvesting also plays a part in moving animals to places they are rarely seen. One deer strike occurred every 2.4 hours last year in Missouri. Drivers are reminded to pay attention and to always wear seatbelts. If a deer is struck, move the vehicle to a safe location and dial 9-1-1.




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09/28/2021

MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONDS TO WEEKEND FIRE CALLS

On Saturday, September 25, 2021 at approximately 12:49 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of S Abat in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found the back deck of a home burning.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the deck and siding of the home suffering significant fire damage.  The fire was apparently caused by careless disposal of smoking material.  There were no injuries from the incident.On Sunday, September 26, 2021 at approximately 2:29 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1700 block of E Anderson in reference to a natural cover fire.  Responding personnel found that some area residents had been burning some items when the fire grew beyond their control due to the breezy, dry weather conditions.  The fire was extinguished with a couple of acres being burned and no personal property damaged.  There were no injuries from this incident. At approximately 5:34 PM, MPSD responded to the 5700 block of E Liberty in reference to a riding lawnmower on fire.  Responding personnel found the lawnmower completely engulfed in flame.  The fire was extinguished and had only minimally spread to the surrounding area.  The cause was likely due to debris around the exhaust of the lawnmower.  There were no injuries from this incident.

MOTORCYCLE AND CAR COLLISSION IN MEXICO SATURDAY

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, at approximately 5:10PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Muldrow in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that Betty Atterberry, age 78 of Fulton, was travelling north in the inner northbound lane in a 2007 Chrysler.  Atterberry attempted a right turn into a private drive and struck a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle which was travelling north in the outer northbound lane.  The Kawasaki was being driven by De’Shon Fountain, age 22 of Mexico, and Misty Merriman, age 22 of Mexico was riding.  Merriman received minor injuries and was taken to Audrain Community Hospital by Audrain Ambulance District.  Her injuries were treated at the hospital and she was released.  Fountain and Merriman were both wearing helmets.

MAN CHARGED AFTER SHORT VEHICLE CHASE SATURDAY

No court date has been set as of for a man who is in the Boone County jail with a $50,000 cash-only bond after he led authorities on a chase after being pulled over for a traffic stop on Industrial drive in Ashland on Saturday. Ashland Police said that David Biler gave a faluse name and then drove away in a vehicle with a woman and 3 children in it. The man went north on Highwya 63 before police called off the chase due to the kids safety. Later officers found the cehicle in a mobnile home parkl and soon found Biler hiding underneath a mobile home before being taken into dustody. He’s now been charged with 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license

WOMAN WAKES UP TO FIND CONVICTED FELON IN BED WITH HER

KTVO and KTVO dot com is reporting a convicted felon is accused of entering a Kirksville woman's home in the middle of the night, getting in bed with her and squeezing her very tightly. According to court documents, at first, the woman thought it was her husband, and she told him to stop. When he didn't, she got scared and broke free from his grip. She recognized the suspect as Brayon Williams, 36, of Kirksville. He is now charged with third-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault and two counts of resisting arrest. The bizarre incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at a home in the 700 block of E. Illinois St. The victim's husband had fallen asleep on the couch. Police said Williams got into the home through an unlocked back door. The woman told police Williams, at one point, put his hand on her mouth and nose so she couldn't scream for help, and she said if felt like she was going to suffocate. The suspect eventually left the house. Police located Williams on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in the 1300 block of E. Jefferson St. They say he ran away when told he was under arrest. An officer caught him a short distance later when Williams tripped. The suspect is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.




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September 27th, 2021

ELEVATED FIRE DANGER: The National Weather Service says the combination of gusty southwest winds and low relative humidity will elevate the risk for fire for the next few days!

 

CAR AND AUMBULANCE INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH IN MARION COUNTY SUNDAY

One person is dead and another has serious injuries after a car and ambulance collides in Marion County Sunday afternoon around 12:20 pm. Troopers say the crash happened on US 61 in Palymra, north of west main crossing. According to the report crash report, both a car and ambulance were southbound. The driver of the car, 93 year old Willard W. Leverett of Middletown attempted to make a left turn in front of the ambulance driven by 31 year old Kyle S. Bowman of Bowling Green. Leverett had serious injuries and was taken by Marion County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy along with a passenger in his car, 87 year old Gloria J. Leverett of Middletown who was pronounced deceased shortly after 2pm at the Quincy Hospital. The ambulance driver was not injured. The Highway Patrol Major Crash investigative unit was activated and assistance was provided by the Palmyra Police Department, the Palmyra Fire Department and the Marion county Sheriff’s Department.

 

HEAD ON CRASH IN CHARITON COUNTY FRIDAY NIGHT

The patrol said a Salisbury driver and a Marceline driver were both injured in a head on crash on Morton Road, 1 mile east of Marceline at 6:33 PM Friday. According to the report Paul A. Bixenman, 37, Salisbury was westbound and 65 year old Shirley A. Holt of Marceline was eastbound when their two vehicles met at the crest of a hill and struck head-on. Bixenman had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Holt sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment. Both vehicles were totaled. The patrol was assisted by Marceline Police and Marceline First Responders.

 

AUTHORITIES ASKING FOR HELP LOCATING MAN WITH ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Matthew Whitlock has an active arrest warrant out of Sullivan County and is asking for help in locating him. He's facing several charges including: leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle without a valid license and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. KTVO said an attempt was made to take Whitlock into custody during a traffic stop in Putnam County on Thursday. Authorities say he fled the scene on foot, and is currently in hiding. Additional charges for that event are pending. If you have seen Whitlock, or have information on his whereabouts, you're asked to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 660-947-2515. He’s described as having brown hair, brown eyes, five foot eleven and 160 pounds and is 30 years old.

 

SEARCH WARRANT SERVED IN CHILLICOTHE

This past Saturday, a news release was posted on the Chillicothe Police Department Facebook page that indicated on September 21, 2021 at approximately 09:23 AM Officers of the Chillicothe Police Department and Deputies of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office served a Livingston County Search Warrant in the 400 block of Clay Street in Chillicothe in reference to illegal possession of firearms. This investigation has led into other investigations of unlawful possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, prostitution, and the possession of narcotics. As a result of this investigation a 39 year female was arrested and transported to the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges. The female was later charged through the Livingston County Court. She is being held on a cash only bond.

 

NEW CAMBRIA MAN ACCUSED OF USING RIFLE TO THREATEN TWO WOMEN

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a man with an extensive criminal history is behind bars accused of using a rifle to threaten two women. The Macon County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of E. Jones Ave. in New Cambria, Mo. The suspect is Todd Allen Grigsby Jr., 34, of New Cambria. According to court documents, the two women told deputies that as they were walking down the street, Grigsby approached them with a high-powered pellet rifle and told them in an angry, threatening manner to turn around and go a different direction. They said Grigsby had the weapon pointed at them during the confrontation. The women then left the area and called 911. Deputies said when they arrived at Grigsby's home, he was sitting on the front porch with the rifle with a scope in his lap. They report that Grigsby failed to comply with their commands. After a short time, the officers were able to disarm the suspect. Grigsby was charged Friday with unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, two counts of fourth-degree assault and two counts of peace disturbance. He was being held in the Macon County jail on $25,000 cash-only bond at last report.

 

STOLEN FERTILIZER SPREADER WAGON IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

On September 20, 2021, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen fertilizer spreader wagon from a local business in Middletown, Mo. The fertilizer spreader is a Willmar S600 and was believed to have been stolen within the last 3 weeks. If you have any information or possibly know the location of this fertilizer spreader, please call Montgomery County Joint Communications at (573) 564-3378 and ask to speak with a deputy. The investigation into the matter continues.

 

MOBERLY RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIRS

A post on the Moberly PD’s social media page has information from the City of Moberly regarding Railroad Crossing repairs scheduled for this week. The Railroad Tie Gang Crew will be working on various railroad crossings in the City of Moberly. Crossings will be closed to through traffic on the following days this dates this week and citizens and motorists will need to find an alternative route during that time frame. On Wednesday, September 29th, repairs crews will be working to make repairs on the Coates Street, Carpenter Street and the McKinsey Street Crossings in Moberly.  On Thursday, September 30th, Wightman Street, Shepherd Brothers Blvd (formerly Pig-n-Bun road) and Urbandale Drive will be the areas where alternates routes will be necessary for a short time.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY DEPUTIES MAKE 31 ARRESTS  FOR VARIOUS FELONIES DURING PROACTIVE PATROLS & INVESTIGATIONS

On September 24th, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department posted the following on their social media page regarding proactive patrols and investigations that have netted 31 felony arrests in the county.

Arrested person information:

The Callaway County Sheriff and his staff continue to work with other law enforcement agencies and community partners to curb criminal activity throughout the county.   Citizens are reminded they can anonymously report criminal activity to Crimestopper’s at 573-592-2474 or online at www.callawaysheriff.org.


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September 24, 2021

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY CRASH

A man and a teenage girl were both injured in a crash after one of the drivers suffered a medical emergency. The wreck occurred on Route B, 4 miles north of Kirksville at 9:40 pm Wednesday. Troopers say Anthony Sanders, 24, of Kirksville, experienced a medical episode and crossed over the center line into the southbound lane on the highway. A 16-year-old girl, also of Kirksville, swerved into the northbound lane to avoid hitting Sanders, but Sanders' pickup ultimately hit the girl's SUV. Sanders received moderate injuries as a result of the crash, and was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. The 16-year-old received minor injuries and was taken for medical treatment by private vehicle. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff's Department, Adair County Fire and Adair County EMS.

 

HEAD ON CRASH IN SCOTLAND COUNTY THURSDAY MORNING

A northeast Missouri driver was seriously hurt Thursday morning in a head-on crash in Scotland County. It happened just after 4:30 a.m. on Highway 136, three miles west of Memphis, Mo. The patrol report indicated a vehicle driven by Morgan Sites, 31, of Memphis, crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle driven by 48 year old Leonard Price of Kahoka.. Sites' vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway and struck an embankment. Price's SUV ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest upside down. Price was seriously injured while Sites suffered minor injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis for treatment.

 

HUNTER SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN THE TREE HE WAS IN FELL OVER

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a hunter was seriously injured when the tree he was in fell over Wednesday afternoon. Capt. Jerry Thomas with La Plata Fire and Rescue identifies the hunter as Curtiss Bunch, 31, of Columbia, formerly from La Plata, Mo. The bizarre accident happened at approximately 3:50 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area along Highway 3, seven miles southwest of La Plata. Thomas told KTVO the tree Bunch was in was apparently rotten, and it fell over while the hunter was in the tree stand. Thomas estimates Bunch was about 20 feet in the air, but his fall was even farther because when the tree toppled, it dumped him in a deep ditch. Rescuers had a difficult time getting to Bunch because the accident site was in the woods, approximately three-fourths of a mile east of Highway 3. Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker told KTVO emergency crews brought Bunch out of the timber on a four-wheeler. He was then flown to University Hospital in Columbia with a punctured lung and a possibly broken leg. A hospital spokesman said Thursday afternoon that Bunch was listed in fair condition.

 

TROY MAN KILLED WHEN VAN TURNS IN FRONT OF HIS MOTORCYCLE

Troopers say a man from Troy was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident in Lincoln County Thursday night shortly after 7:30 pm. The crash occurred on Westbound Missouri Route 47, west of Ridge Road when 24 year old Tyuler A. Brown of St.. Louis was eastbound and executed a left turn, traveling into the path of a westbound motorcycle driven by 54 year old Jeffrey W. Hamlett of Troy. Hamlett was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene. His body was taken to McCoy Blossom Funeral Home by the Lincoln County Coroner.

 

CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN WHO LED AUTHORITIES ON CHASE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

KMIZ TV reports the Randolph County prosecutor has charged a Keytesville man on multiple counts after a Wednesday chase that ended in a crash involving a Randolph County Sheriff's Office patrol car. The Randolph County Sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle at 10:45 p.m. after watching it travel over the center line multiple times. The vehicle drove off at a high rate of speed before traveling into Monroe County and then back into Randolph County. The vehicle then drove into a field according to reports. According to the High Patrol Crash Report Timothy D. Still, 43, of Moberly, crashed the vehicle into a tree on private property near County Road 2355. Troopers said the 2012 Dodge Charger patrol car driven by Joseph R. Avery, 23, of Huntsville, ran into the back of the SUV after the vehicle crashed into the tree. A passenger in the SUV, Jassi M. Chambers, 35, of Moberly, was taken to Moberly Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Nobody else was hurt in the crash. Still is charged with driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest and will have an initial court appearance on Monday.

 




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09/23/2021

ATTEMPT TO FLEE AUTHORITIES RESULTS IN INJURY, ARREST AND DAMAGED VEHICLES

Troopers say 43 year old Timothy D. Still of Moberly was attempting to flee and was on private property south of County Road 2355, 3 miles east of Moberly at 11:23 pm Wednesday night when his auto traveled into a wooded area and struck a tree. The Still vehicle was then struck from behind by a patrol car driven by 23 year old Joseph R. Avery of Huntsville. Both vehicles were southbound at the time of the crash. Neither driver was injured, however a passenger in the vehicle attempting to flee, 35 year old Jassi M. Chambers of Moberly did receive minor injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. While the accident report was the first to be released by authorities, more information is expected to be forthcoming. The highway patrol crash report indicated the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Moberly Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Randolph County Ambulance were all on scene.

 

HARRISBURG MAN ARRESTED BY BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at approximately 8:43 pm, Boone County deputies were dispatched to the 17000 Block of N Oak Grove School Rd in northern Boone County to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance involving a weapon. The caller reported Brendon Sublett had been fighting with another subject in the back yard put a gun against the other subject’s head. Information provided indicated the suspect left the residence along with a description of the vehicle he was driving. While Deputies were enroute, the suspect was located and stopped by deputies. While attempting to detain Sublett, he physically resisted, and deputies had to overpower Sublett to effect the arrest.

During the investigation, information was provided alleging Sublett came to the victim’s residence following a phone call from Sublett, who was upset for an unknown reason. Information provided to deputies indicated Sublett and the victim then talked in the back yard, where things escalated, and a physical altercation followed resulting in the two ending up on the ground. The victim reported Sublett pushed a handgun against the side of the victim’s head while on the ground. Sublett then reportedly left with the firearm, but returned a few minutes later yelling for the victim to come outside.The victim reported Sublett then left the house again and began driving south on N Oak Grove School Rd; however, Sublett stopped his vehicle while still in front of the house and fired one shot at the victim. An additional witness corroborated the victim`s account of the event. Deputies also located one spent shell casing in the roadway where the victim reported Sublett had fired the handgun. A handgun matching the description provided by the victim, was located at the scene of the traffic stop near Sublett `s vehicle. Sublett, age 25 of Harrisburg, Missouri, was arrested for Armed Criminal Action, Domestic Assaultin the 1st Degree, Resisting/Interfering with arrest and tampering with Physical Evidence. At last word hew as still in the Boone County Jail.

 

MAN TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OUTSIDE MONTGOMERY COUNT Y COURTHOUSE WITH SEVERAL GUNS  AND LARGE AMOUNT OF AMMO

On Wednesday September 22, 2021, at approximately 11:24 a.m., Montgomery County Joint Communication received a call advising that a subject in a blue station wagon was headed to the Montgomery County Courthouse to commit suicide. Law Enforcement immediately located the vehicle in question, parked on the east side of the Courthouse, across from the Fire Department. Montgomery County Deputies, along with Montgomery City Police, approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver. Officers observed that the subject was armed with a revolver. While speaking with the subject it was evident he was in crisis. After a short time, Officers were able to disarm the subject and take him into protective custody. A search of the vehicle revealed 3 handguns, 1 Rifle, and a large quantity of ammo. The subject was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. The Montgomery City Police Department will be conducting the investigation into this incident.

 

PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PREPARDNESS AT CALLAWAY PLANT IN EVENT OF RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY

A public meeting will be held today, Thursday, September 23, 2021, to discuss the evaluation results of a graded exercise at the Callaway Energy Center located near Reform, Missouri held on Tuesday of this week. Members of the public can attend this meeting beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, 2302 Militia Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri. The State of Missouri, along with the counties of Callaway, Gasconade, Osage, and Montgomery, participated in a one-day exercise on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in support of the Callaway Energy Center. The exercise required the activation of emergency facilities by the participating state and local officials. The activities of the state, county and local units of government were observed and evaluated by FEMA. Callaway Energy Center on-site performance was observed and evaluated by officials from the NRC. The exercise is a biennial requirement to determine the adequacy of the radiological emergency preparedness and response plans. The primary focus is on the ability of the State of Missouri, the utility and the participating counties to protect the health and safety of the public living in the vicinity of the Callaway Energy Center. The evaluated exercise provides reasonable assurance that the appropriate protective measures can be taken in the event of a radiological emergency. FEMA is responsible for evaluating offsite plans and exercises for states and counties through the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program while the NRC is the federal agency responsible for evaluating onsite emergency plans and exercises for nuclear power plants.

 

CENTRALIA TO EXPAND WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM AFTER DNR AWARDED $6 MILLION TO THE CITY

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded $6 million in financial assistance to the city of Centralia for upgrades to its wastewater treatment system. The project’s total cost is estimated at nearly $6.8 million and is expected to be completed by September 2022. This project will convert the city’s wastewater treatment system, which currently involves discharging to waterways and overland flow fields and partial land application, to a completely non-discharging land application system. The conversion will include construction of two large wastewater storage cells, installation of new higher-velocity pumps and adding or replacing approximately 50,000 feet of sewer mains.

The funding assistance will also allow the city to prepay the prior loan for the purchase of about 140 acres for additional land application. By adding supplemental land application capability to the existing treatment system, the city can eliminate overland flow discharge to Missouri waterways and recycle nutrients back into the soil. Also, adopting a complete no-discharge system will reduce the need for sampling and minimize the need for upgrades to comply with future Clean Water Act requirements. The project’s funding consists of a $5 million loan, a $1 million grant through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $668,719 in city funds. The funding provided by the department is estimated to save the city’s ratepayers $1 million in principal and approximately $1million in interest over the loan’s 20-year term.

 

HEAVY EQUIPMENT LEVELS FORMER TOASTMASTER FACILITY IN MACON

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports demolition of buildings that were formally known as the Toastmaster manufacturing plant in Macon and most recently housed Compton’s Furniture and More liquidation store started Monday. According to the SPA, the building and 10-acre site are contaminated with a chemical known as TCE. Compton’s closed in the summer of 2020 after a federal judge ordered it to shut down. The contamination happened when the facility was utilized by Toastmaster as a small appliance manufacturing facility. Documents from the EPA state that during Toastmaster's ownership, which started in 1956, TCE was stored in an outside tank next to the building. The agency said the chemical spilled over a long period of time during the filling of the tank. Toastmaster was eventually bought out by Spectrum Brands, Incorporated, which owned the building until Richard Compton bought it in mid-2012. Heavy equipment started tearing down buildings on Monday. Virgil Hughes, who is overseeing the demolition for Spectrum Brands, was at the site on Wednesday. He told KTVO all buildings on the property will be leveled. That process is expected to last 30 days, and Hughes said there will be some cleanup to do after that. He said he is unsure who would be responsible for removing any contaminated soil from the site.

 

 

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September 22, 2021

KIRKSVILLE MAN WANTED FOR SEX CRIME ARRESTED IN SOUTHEAST IOWA

A man wanted in Adair County for attempted statutory rape is now accused of leading authorities on a multi-county pursuit through southeast Iowa. Monroe County, Iowa deputies were conducting a routine traffic stop late Monday when the driver, Joshua Davis Pearson, 39, of Kirksville, refused to pull over.

When the pursuit reached the Centerville area, deputies from that county were called to assist. Authorities say Pearson attempted to lose pursuing officers by entering a rural bean field, northeast of Mystic, near Rathbun Lake. After a brief chase on foot, Pearson was taken into custody. Investigators later discovered he was wanted in Adair County for attempted statutory rape. Pearson is now charged with eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Additional charges are pending in northeast Missouri and Monroe County.

 

ROOTS N BLUES KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Roots N Blues returns to Columbia, requires vaccination or proof of negative test to attend

Roots N Blues is scheduled to kick off Friday, with the festival making its return after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. KMIZ TV is reporting attendees will be required to either submit proof of vaccination or of a negative test in order to attend. The festival said in a statement, "It’s simple: We trust health care professionals. The health of our community is our first priority. The safest way to enjoy live music right now is to be vaccinated against COVID-19." Proof of vaccination can include an original, a direct photocopy or photo of your valid vaccine card. It is recommended that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, obtain a negative test before entering.  Traffic will also be impacted throughout the weekend, with MODOT Area Engineer saying “We know that the closing of one lane of the interstate and the entrance ramp will greatly impact eastbound traffic, especially with the Roots ‘N Blues Festival in Columbia this weekend,”  The engineer went on to say, "“These closures are necessary for the safety of travelers on the road." A stretch of Old 63 will be Northbound only near the Stephens Lake Park entrance on Old 63, with a section of Walnut also being completely closed off to traffic. For those attending, The City of Columbia’s Bus Service, GoCOMO, will no longer be providing Late Night Trips from the fest. They will run their regular routes and hours. Uber/Lyft and Taxis will pick up and drop off only in the indicated lot. They will not be allowed to the gate entrance.

 




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September 20, 2021

NOT YOUR TYPICAL WEDDING RECEPTION

 A sport UTV crashed a wedding reception over the weekend. It happened at 4:50 p.m. Saturday on Chariton County Route E, three miles east of Rothville, MO.Missouri state troopers said a car driven by Kristen Lee, 33, of Marceline, Mo., made a left turn into the path of an oncoming UTV driven by Dylon Ewigman, 23, also of Marceline. The UTV hit Lee's car and then ran off the road and struck an unoccupied pickup truck parked at a wedding reception. Ewigman, who was buckled up, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. Ewigman's mother told KTVO Monday afternoon that her son has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home. Lee was not injured. According to the online crash report, she was not wearing a seat belt.No one at the reception was hurt.

WELLSVILLE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN CRASH

This past Friday, 29 year old Patrick D. Powers of Wellsville was driving as a First Responder with lights activated on Route A  at Bates Street in Wellsville in response to an emergency call. Powers failed to yield to the other auto driven by 18 year old Sadie L. Gosseen  of Wellsville who was already in the intersection and the Powers vehicle struck the Gosseen auto  causing the Gosseen car to run off the road and strike a stop sign. Both drivers had serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD DRIVE THRU CLINIC
The health department will be holding a curbside COVID vaccine clinic Friday, Sept. 24, at their offices, 1001 S. Jamison Street, at 3 p.m. First, second, and third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be administered to residents ages 12 and older.Third doses are only for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on or before Aug. 27. County Residents must call the Adair County Health Department at 660-665-8491 to register for the curbside COVID vaccine clinic. Proof of previous vaccine doses is required, as are masks.

SEVERAL HURT IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA SHOOTING

Several people were injured in a shooting in downtown Columbia early Saturday morning.

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 10 block of N. Fifth St. around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday according to a news release. The release said officers located several victims with injuries who were eventually transported to local hospitals. The conditions of the victims are unknown as of Saturday afternoon.CPD said there is no suspect information available at this time.The department is encouraging anyone with information about the incident to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

MEXICO GUN DISTRUBANCE SATURDAY

Argument in Mexico neighborhood escalates to gunfireTop of FoBottom of Form. The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of Buchanan in reference to a disturbance involving gunshots on Saturday, Sept. 18 at approximately 12:59 p.m.  Responding personnel learned that a person who lives on the block was in an argument with some other people when multiple people began shooting guns, according to the press release from the Mexico Public Safety Department.  Three vehicles and one house were damaged. A 33-year-old Mexico man, who was directly involved in the disturbance, was also hit by gunfire. He was taken to Audrain Community Hospital, where he was treated and then released. MPSD is continuing to investigate what occurred so that the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney can make charging decisions. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-392-TIPS or 800-392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at 573-473-5800 or 573-581-2100.

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY WORKS  FIRE CALL  SUNDAY MORNING

On Sunday, September 19, 2021 at approximately 10:07 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to ADM in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a fire in the attic of a machine shed located on the south side of the plant.  ADM staff had discovered the fire and were making efforts to extinguish it.  The fire was contained and extinguished with only the immediate area suffering any fire damage.  It appeared the fire was caused by some work being done in the shed.  There were no injuries.




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09/17/2021

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE TONIGHT

Brookfield Bulldogs @ Palmyra on KFMZ AM/FM and KZBK FM

Macon Tigers @ Highland on True Country KLTI                      

Montgomery County Wildcats @ South Callaway on 103.9 FM, KMCR

Regional Football Scoreboard on KFMZ AM/FM & KZBK FM

 

MAN HURT WHEN HE FELL FROM BED OF PICKUP AS IT WAS MAKING TURN

The highway patrol reports a man from Derby IA received serious injuries when he fell out of the bed of a pickup he was riding in Wednesday night. According to the crash report the incident happened at 6:30 pm Wednesday night at Route C and Liberty Street in Huntsville. 67 year old Charlie Neice was riding in the bed of the pickup and fell out as the pickup made a left hand turn onto Route C from Liberty street in Huntsville. The driver of the truck was identified as Keith Miner, 48,  of Corning, Iowa.  Neice was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol was assisted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Westran Fire and Randolph County EMS

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED AND TOTALS TRUCK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Troopers say a driver from Auxvasse was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash on Route DD, near the address of 2849 Route DD in Callaway County at 7:48 pm Wednesday. Joshua Haubner was northbound when his pickup travelled off the roadway and overturned partially ejecting the driver. Haubner was transported to University Hospital by Callaway County Ambulance.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

On 09/16/2021 Sheriff Steve Cox reported the following Incidents, Arrests and MORE

 

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09/16/2021

MARCELINE WOMAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY CRASH

Troopers say 71 year old Mary Murphy of Marceline had moderate injuries and was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield after an eastbound vehicle failed to yield to the northbound Murphy auto on MO Route 5, 2 miles north of Marceline at 10:45 AM Wednesday. The other vehicle was triven by 21 year old Taylor Philips of Marceline  and his vehicle struck the other vehicle in the drivers side.  Linn County Ambulance Personnel, The Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Marceline Police Department and Missouri Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

 

COLUMBIA FIREFIGHTERS DISPATCHED REGARDING SMOKE IN A BUILDING

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to 1030 Hitt Street, NextGen Precision Health Institute at 10:43am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Dispatch information included a report of smoke in the basement. The first unit arrived less than three minutes later and reported a multi-storey commercial building under construction with nothing showing.  Crews proceeded to the basement where they reported a light haze and an electrical odor. Further investigation revealed that a piece of machinery had malfunctioned and there was no fire.  Fire crews used electric fans to remove smoke from the building.  There were no reported injuries. Eight units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.

 

PERSON PINNED UNDER VEHICLE WHEN VEHICLE CRASHED INTO COLUMBIA HOME WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Three people were injured when a pickup truck crashed into a home in central Columbia on Wednesday afternoon, pinning a person underneath the vehicle. The pickup could be seen sticking out of a corner of the house near Worley Street and Woodlawn Avenue as firefighters and medics worked at the scene. A woman was transported to the hospital after firefighters lifted the truck in order to move the woman. Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Jerry Jenkins said one person was pinned under the truck when the crash happened a little before 4:30 p.m. The person was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries according to Jenkins. The other person who was in the home along with the driver of the pickup were also taken to the hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries. The house suffered structural damage and no word yet on what caused the crash.. Emergency dispatchers said Worley was closed west of Providence Road because of the crash.

 

DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR NEW BRIDGE IN LAPLATA SET FOR SEPTEMBER 24TH

On September 24, the bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks in LaPlata will be named the Lester Dent Memorial Bridge. Dent was born in La Plata in 1904 and is famous for writing the Doc Savage novels, beginning in the 1930’s. After retiring in the early 1940's, Dent and his family moved back to La Plata. He was then an instrumental figure in having a pedestrian lane added to the former Route D bridge, that was built in 1936. Dent’s fans believe he wanted this feature as he was frustrated at dodging cars on the bridge when he would walk to school. A dedication ceremony for the soon-to-be Lester Dent Memorial Bridge will take place at 10 a.m. on September 24. That’s the 85th anniversary of the opening of the previous bridge.

 

2021 HARVEST SEASON UNDERWAY

The Moberly Police Department posted a reminder on one of their social media pages that harvest season has begun with slow-moving farm equipment traveling by highways, black tops, and gravel roads to several fields. During the harvest season, watch for farm equipment and trucks entering, and exiting fields at various hours during the day and night. Also, be patient when you are behind the equipment on the road. Do not pass if you can not see around the slow-moving equipment, curve, or hill.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT 09/01/2021 – 09/09/2021

On September 1, 2021, deputies responded to a residence in Wellsville for a report of a male subject standing outside the reporting party's window. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned there has been an ongoing issue with the male subject harassing the female by sending harassing letters. The male subject was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges of Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Trespassing.

On September 2, 2021, deputies responded to a residence in the Montgomery City area for a report of someone having a mental health crisis. Through crisis intervention techniques deputies were able to persuade the subject to seek medical attention. The subject was transported to the hospital by Montgomery County EMS.

On September 2, 2021, deputies began an investigation into repeated property damage to a local business in the Montgomery City area. Through the course of the investigation, deputies were able to develop a suspect, set up cameras, and obtain footage of the suspect damaging the property. The suspect was later interviewed by deputies and confessed to damaging the property. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Property Damage and Trespassing.

On September 4, 2021, deputies responded to the New Florence area for a report of a careless and imprudent driver. Deputies located the vehicle and observed it being driven erratically. Deputies stopped the vehicle and determined the driver to be intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Driving While Intoxicated.

On September 6, 2021, deputies responded to the Wellsville area for an unwanted subject. The reporting party advised his son was under the influence of an illegal substance and causing a disturbance at the residence. As deputies were responding, they were advised the disturbance had turned into a physical domestic. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned the subject had assaulted his father and had to be physically restrained by family members. The subject was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Domestic Assault.

On September 7, 2021, deputies responded to the Jonesburg area for a report of a residence being struck by a bullet. The investigation revealed a neighbor was target shooting and a bullet ricocheted off the target striking the residence. This is an important reminder to be careful of where you choose to target practice and what structures are beyond the target.

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09/15/2021

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH SEX-RELATED CRIMES INVOLVING A CHILD IN SHELBY COUNTY

A Kirksville woman was charged this week with two sex-related crimes involving a child. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports  Sara Dodd, 33, of Kirksville, is charged in Shelby County with first-degree statutory rape and first-degree child molestation.  According to court documents, the alleged crimes happened sometime between October 2019 and September 2020. Prosecutors say in court papers that Dodd held her hand over a young girl's mouth so she couldn't scream while Joshua A. Dodd, 29, of Shelbyville, Mo., sexually abused the girl, who was less than 12 years old. Joshua Dodd was also charged with statutory rape and child molestation in January 2021. He is scheduled for a jury trial in Shelby County on December 7, 2021. Meanwhile, Sara Dodd remains in the Shelby County jail on $50,000 cash-only bond. In January 2020, Joshua Dodd pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse in a separate case. He was ordered to serve six months in the county jail, but the judge suspended execution of that sentence.

 

COLUMBIA MAN EJECTED FROM MOPED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CAR ON US 63

Authorities say a Columbia man was seriously injured after being ejected from a moped Tuesday evening in Boone County. The patrol crash report said the accident happened at 6:30 pm Tuesday on Highway 63 Northbound a half a mile north of Calvery Hill Road when a vehicle driven by 53 year old Raymond Wood of Clarence began to overtake a northbound moped operated by 66 year old William Barnhart of Columbia. As one of the drivers switched lanes into the path of the other, the Wood auto struck the moped causing it to overturn and eject the driver. Barnhart was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Troopers say a Kirksville woman had minor injuries after her car ran off the left side of highway 63 northbound and struck several road signs. That crash happened 1 and a half miles north of Clark around 9:10 Tuesday night. 23 year old Chythia Davis had minor injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department assisted on scene. Davis was charged with DWI, Failure to Drive on the Right half of the Roadway, No Insurance and no seatbelt.

 

CRASH ON HIGHWAY 24 NEAR CLIFTON HILL TUESDAY NIGHT

A single vehicle crash around 6:19 Tuesday night on US 24, 1 mile west of Clifton Hill resulted in minor injuries for a passenger. Kristi Thomas, age 42 of Pea Ridge, GA was eastbound when the car she was driving went off the road and struck a guardrail. The driver was not injured, but an passenger, 40 year old Rickey Goddard of Pea Ridge, GA was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. Randolph County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in that investigation.

 

FULTON WOMAN FACING SEVERAL CHARGES

The patrol said a Fulton woman was arrested in Audrain County at 11:11 Tuesday morning on several felony charges. 44 year old Deanna L. Parrott of Fulton was charged with 2 counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a confinement facility, two felony counts of tampering with physical evident, a felony Audrain County warrant for Drug Possession and a misdemeanor warrant for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held at the Audrain County Jail at last report.

 

MONROE CITY MAKING SOME PROGRESS AFTER LOWEST POSSIBLE AUDIT RATING WHILE OTHER CONCERNS REMAIN

A report issued on Monday of this week from State Auditor Nicole Galloway finds that Monroe City has implemented some recommendations from a 2020 audit, but that other concerns remain. The June 2020 audit of Monroe City was initiated through a citizen petition, which required 200 valid signatures of qualified voters in the city. That audit highlighted concerns in several areas, including city utilities, year-end employee bonuses, and a lack of transparency around city budgets and real estate transactions. Because the audit gave a rating of "poor" — the lowest possible — the Auditor's Office conducted a follow-up review to measure the progress the city has made. The 2020 audit found that the city made periodic transfers from restricted utility funds to the general fund, including a 2018 transfer of $150,000 each from the electric and gas funds to the general fund to prevent the general fund from having a deficit balance. Auditors recommended that the Board of Aldermen ensure any future payments from the Electric, Gas, Water, and Sewer Funds to the General Fund represent reimbursement of actual costs of operations and maintain documentation to support the amounts transferred. However, in the follow-up report, auditors found that the city continued to make payments from the Electric, Gas, Water, and Sewer Funds to the General Fund totaling $741,936 during the year ended September 30, 2020 without documented support for the amounts transferred. After city officials could not provide auditors with documentation that a formal review of electric, water and sewer rates has ever been performed, Galloway recommended that the city review utility costs to ensure rates are set at an appropriate level. After a contractor performed a water and sewer rate study, the Board of Aldermen passed a new flat rate that was added to both the water and sewer bills in November 2020. However, the flat rate for water is more than the rate recommended by the study and the flat rate for sewer is less than the rate recommended by the study. As a result, the city may not generate enough sewer revenues to cover costs and will likely generate more water revenues than needed to cover costs. Additionally, after the 2020 audit recommended that the Board of Aldermen discontinue paying employee year-end bonuses in violation of state law, the Board authorized the payment of $2,422 in year-end bonuses in December 2020. The Missouri Constitution forbids the payment of additional compensation, such as bonuses, to public employees for services already rendered.  In all, of the 20 recommendations followed up on from the initial audit, three recommendations have been fully implemented by the city. Another three recommendations are in the process of being implemented. Six have not been implemented and eight were only partially implemented. A copy of the complete follow-up report can be found here.

 

MARSHALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES FAIR RATING

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced on Tuesday the results of a citizen-initiated audit of the Marshall Public Schools in Saline County. Galloway announced in February that a petition of qualified voters within the Marshall School District boundary triggered an audit by her office.  The report, which gives a rating of "fair," makes several recommendations to improve accounting controls and oversight in the district. The audit identified several weaknesses in accounting controls over fees and concessions receipts, as well as a need for better oversight from the Board of Education regarding salaries, stipends, and purchasing. The audit recommends better handling of student and athletic fees, concession revenue, and bookstore receipts, which are often received in cash without pre-numbered receipts. Auditors also recommended the Board exercise additional oversight and approval regarding compensation decisions and ensure all payments to employees are reasonable and have adequate supporting documentation. Additionally, Galloway's audit evaluated security of electronic data and made recommendations to ensure the security of the district's accounting system. A copy of the audit can be found here.




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IOWA TRUCKER INJURED WHEN HIS TRUCK CRASHES INTO ANOTHER TRUCK MONDAY MORNING

Troopers say 48 year old Joseph Coleman, a truck driver from Tama, Iowa sustained minor injuries Monday morning when his southbound rig crashed into the rear of another southbound truck driven by 45 year old William Walbrecht of Union, MO. That crash happened in Randolph County on US 63 South of Cairo at 9:15 AM Monday. Coleman had minor injuries and was transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment by Randolph County Ambulance personnel. Authorities said Coleman’s truck was totaled while the other truck received moderate damage. Randolph County Fire, Randolph County Ambulance and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

 

HOUSE FIRE IN LAPLATA OVER THE WEEKEND

A weekend house fire did approximately $20,000 in damage to a La Plata home. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports It happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holly Jones residence at 214 N. Church St., in La Plata, Mo. Captain Aaron Pippin with La Plata Fire and Rescue told KTVO the fire started in the home’s attached garage. The flames and fire damage were contained to that area. An adult and three or four kids were home at the time. Pippin said they smelled smoke and then noticed it coming into the house from the garage. They all made it out safely. Pippin said the fire has been ruled accidental, and it was likely started by an electrical problem. No firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. Crews from La Plata, Atlanta and Kirksville helped battle the blaze. They were on the scene until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Pippin estimates the damage at $20,000.

 

TRUMAN STUDENT ACCUSED OF MAKING TERRORIST THREAT ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

KTVO and KTVO dot com also reports student at Truman State University is accused of making a terrorist threat on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. According to court documents, Patrick Akins, 20, of Kirksville, posted an anonymous message on a social media app called Yik Yak, stating that he was going to blow up Centennial Hall on the Truman State University campus. The suspect is now charged with making a terrorist threat in the third degree, a misdemeanor. University police said Akins made the threatening post around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. The message said Akins was going to bomb Centennial Hall. Investigators were able to trace the post back to Akins. Officers from the Truman State University Police Department tracked Akins down at the Delta Chi Fraternity house at 904 S. First St. where they arrested him. At first, Akins claimed he did not remember making the post because he had been drinking at a friend's house. On the ride to the jail, officers said in their report that Akins admitted to making the post. He told them it was stupid, and he didn't really mean anyone harm. The suspect pleaded not guilty on Monday and is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

MODOT SHARES DETAILS REGARDING POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF BUSINESS LOOP EXIT RAMP

Information is being made available regarding the possible removal of the Interstate 70 westbound exit ramp at Business Loop 70, along with the 64-year old bridge over eastbound I-70 in the City of Columbia, west of the I-70/U.S. Route 63 Connector. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is inviting nearby residents and motorists to share their thoughts. MoDOT says removal is necessary since the bridge is reaching the end of its service life. In addition, the left-side exit ramp is contrary to driver expectations. Studies indicate crashes may be reduced by as much as 25 to 70 percent with the use of right-side ramps over left-side ramps.  The exit ramp currently carries approximately 2800 vehicles per day. The existing ramp demand can be served by the I-70 interchanges at Missouri Route 763 (Rangeline Street) and Route 63 at Route WW (Broadway Street). The project would include the construction of a parallel deceleration lane for the westbound I-70 exit ramp at Rangeline Street to help mitigate congestion. In addition, signing will be adjusted to extend the Business Loop to the I-70/Route 63 Connector by making use of the new Conley Road extension. The project is not yet programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). Official designs will be drafted once funding becomes available. Motorists and area residents can find more details, ask questions or provide feedback on this project by visiting modot.org/BusinessLoopRamp. The online public comment period is open through Friday, September 24. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. You can also follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.




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TWO MENDON KIDS FLOWN TO KANSAS CITY HOSPITAL AFTER ATV CRASH

The highway patrol said two kids from Mendon were flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in serious condition after an ATV crash. The crash report said the accident happened around 6pm Sunday on Zion Avenue, 2 miles south east of Mendon when a 5 year old boy was driving an ATV northbound with an 8 year old female passenger. The driver was travelling too fast for conditions according to the report and lost control. The ATV overturned several times and ejected both occupants. The 5 year old boy was flown by Air Evac to the Kansas City hospital while the 8 year old female was flown by Life Flight to the Kansas City hospital. The names of the two kids involved are not being released as they are both juveniles. The Linn County Sheriff’s Department and Brookfield Police provided assistance at the scene of the crash. No other updates on the children’s conditions have been made available as this time.

 

PATROL INVESTIGATES ATV ACCIDENT N MACON COUNTY

Troopers investigated another ATV crash over the weekend. This one in Macon County at 4:30 AM Saturday at Logan Place, 5 miles southeast of Macon when 21 year old Austin Engle of Callao was westbound and struck another westbound ATV from behind and overturned. Engle has minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon. The other ATV driver was 22 year old Keshon Harris of Macon who was not injured. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department and ambulance assisted at the scene.

 

LABELLE MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

A LaBelle, MO man died as a result of a single vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Lewis C ounty. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 26 year old  Alexis A. Roblero Velazquez, of La Belle, Missouri was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:30 a.m. Sunday on 255th Street,  eight miles south of La Belle when the pickup he was driving left the roadway and hit a culvert guidepost and utility pole. The truck then returned to the roadway and then overturned and went off the other side of the road.

 
4 YEAR OLD BOY DIED IN MEMPHIS HOUSE FIRE

A morning house fire claims the life of a young northeast Missouri boy. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the deadly blaze in Memphis was reported around 8:30 a.m. Saturday at a two-story home just two blocks away from the Memphis/Scotland County Fire Station. The fire happened at the Jessica Linebaugh residence at the corner of Adams and Jefferson streets. Dr. Jeff Davis, Scotland County coroner, told KTVO the victim is Braxton Linebaugh, 4, of Memphis, Mo. Davis said the boy's body was found in an upstairs bedroom around 10 a.m. The coroner's preliminary investigation reveals the youngster likely died of smoke inhalation, but an autopsy will be performed in the coming days. Investigators said two adults and five kids were inside when the fire started. Everyone but Braxton made it out safely. Braxton was a student at Scotland County Pre-school. Assistant Chief Jimmy Winn with the Memphis/Scotland County Fire Department told KTVO an investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office came to the scene and determined there is too much damage to be able to figure out what started the blaze. Two firefighters from the Gorin Fire Department also assisted at the scene. A resident told KTVO Saturday afternoon that crews were using heavy equipment to tear down the fire-damaged home. 

 

CHILLICOTHE FIREMEN BATTLE HOUSE FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT

According to a report from the Chillicothe Fire Department crews responded to a house fire in Chillicothe Sunday shortly after 7 pm. When firefighters arrived, smoke was seen coming from the peak of the roof, toward the middle of the structure located at 325 Cowgill street.. After an initial assessment, and seeing where the smoke had vented itself, crews determined the fire was on the second floor of the C side of the structure. Upon entry, firefighters found fire in the kitchen of the home. The department was able to extinguish the fire quickly and forced air ventilation. No one was reported injured in the fire.

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK IS SEPTEMBER 15TH – 21ST
This Wednesday, September 15th marks the beginning of Child Passenger Safety Week.The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council, Safe Kids Worldwide, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2021). The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2020, 11 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,438 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,040 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2020. Troopers issued citations to an additional 141 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2020. Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly.




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09/10/2021

MAN WANTED FOR MISSOURI HOMICIDES FOUND DEAD IN SOUTH DAKOTA

Sheriff's officials say a man accused of killing four people in Missouri has been found dead in South Dakota.According to the Union County South Dakota Sheriff's Office, 45-year-old J.T. McLean was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a stolen car parked at a motel near Dakota Dunes early Thursday. McLean is charged in the deaths of his girlfriend, Allison Abitz, and her 11-year-old daughter, Jozee. Their bodies were found Aug. 22 at their Boone County home. McLean was also a suspected of killing a couple in the Miller County community of Kaiser who were found dead Wednesday. 

 

FOUR NEW FELONY CHARGES FOR UNIONVILLE MAN

A prior and persistent offender from northeast Missouri is once again in trouble with the law. Jack Isaac Daniel Rogers, 20, of Unionville, Mo., is now charged with four new felony crimes. KTVO and KTVO dot com says according to court papers, those alleged crimes happened in February 2021 and March 2021. Rogers is accused of sexual misconduct against a child under the age of 15. Court documents do not indicate the child’s gender. The new charges Rogers faces are two counts of fourth-degree child molestation and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Putnam County Sheriff Jason Knight said in his report that Rogers admitted to the crimes during an interview with law enforcement on September 5, 2021.

Rogers is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $20,000 cash-only bond.

 




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GOVERNOR MAKES APPOINTMENTS

The Governor made some appointments and filled some empty terms on Wednesday. According to a release from the Governor’s office, Sidney Conklin, of Huntsville, was appointed to the Coroner Standards and Training Commission

Mr. Conklin was elected Coroner of Randolph County in 2020. Immediately prior to his election as Coroner, he served as the Chief Investigator for the Missouri Board of Healing Arts. Mr. Conklin also has 32 years of experience with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the majority being with the Division of Drug and Crime Control. He is a certified instructor by the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission with a background in criminal and narcotics investigation. Mr. Conklin was a member of the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1979. He attended Truman State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. William Harlow, of Marshall, was appointed to the Coroner Standards and Training Commission.  Harlow has been the General Manager for Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. since 1995 and has served as the Coroner of Saline County since 2005. He has served as a member Heavin is certified by the state of Missouri as a fire service officer, investigator, inspector, and instructor. He has served as a Fire Crew Chief and Assistant Chief of Operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Heavin has instructed personnel on general fire service curriculum, hazardous materials, and emergency medicine. He is a certified medicolegal death investigator.  Colton Marti, of Curryville, was appointed as the Pike County Coroner

Mr. Marti is currently serving as the Interim Pike County Coroner. He has more than 10 years of experience serving in law enforcement and has worked for both the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Bowling Green Police Department. Mr. Marti is the Fire Chief for the Curryville Fire Protection District and is a veteran of the Missouri Air National Guard. He received an Associate of Science in law enforcement from Mineral Area College and attended Southeast Missouri State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SAY MULTIPLE CARS DAMAGED IN VANDALISM SPREE

 Kirksville has seen a spree of broken windows this week. Kirksville Police say the broken windows in cars and other properties were reported on North Don Street, East and West Washington Street, West Pierce Street and North Franklin Street.

The Kirksville Police Department is currently working on the case but does not have any leads or suspects at this time. If you witness a crime or have any leads regarding who may have caused the damage, local police urge you to call Adair County Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621 or the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945.

 

THREE VEHICLES COLLIDE IN BO\ eastbound auto driven by 29 year old Chelsea Beck of Harrisburg. The impact caused the Beck vehicle to move forward and strike a 3rd auto operated by 21 year Victoria Kinsey

of Glasgow. Hughes received minor injuries and was taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

 

INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY AT RANDOLPH COUNTY JAIL

KRCG TV reports an inmate who was incorrectly released from the Randolph County Jail last month is now back in custody. According to the county's online inmate records, Goble was re-booked into their custody on September 6th, at 11:33 pm. She also now faces one count of Escape and one count of Forgery. Sheriff Aaron Wilson says another inmate was supposed to have been released, but a new guard confused the two women. Wilson also says Goble falsely signed the name of the inmate who was supposed to be released.

 

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office indicated on their Facebook social media page The investigation into the murders of Allison and Jozee Abitz on 08/22/2021 is still active and the search for the suspect, JT McLean, continues. Investigators just recently received information that McLean had recently acquired a dark colored motorcycle, which was not titled or registered in his name. Currently, the make, model and type are unknown for the motorcycle. This motorcycle is unaccounted for and it is believed McLean likely fled the area on the motorcycle. Anyone with information regarding a motorcycle that was recently sold or otherwise provided to McLean is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office to provide information on the motorcycle. Additionally, anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McLean or this investigation is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 573-442-6131 or 311. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477).




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September 8, 2021

FEWER DEATHS REPORTED FROM TRAFFIC CRASHES OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN MISSOURI COMPARED TO LAST YEAR

Seven people died in crashes over the Labor Day weekend across Missouri compared to 18 in 2020. Troopers investigated 351 crashes with 103 injuries over the weekend, an increase of 73 compared to last year. However, 37 fewer injuries were reported this year. Troopers also investigated 108 DWI cases and arrested 71 people for drugs, according to the release.

 

MACON WOMAN HURT IN COLLISION

Troopers say a Macon woman received minor injuries and was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center following a two vehicle collision on Route JJ, just west of Moberly Tuesday afternoon at 4:25 pm. Two vehicles were stopped for a school bus and when the bus stop was complete both vehicles started moving again and that’s when 44 y ear old Brenda Smoot of Macon stopped the vehicle she was driving and it was struck from behind by another westbound auto driven by a 16 year old female of Higbee.

 

WESTBOUND I-70 TO BE CLOSED WHILE REMAINS OF FALLEN MARINE ESCORTED TO ST CHARLES FUNERAL HOME

Several miles of westbound traffic on Interstate 70 in suburban St. Louis will close briefly today (WED) as the remains of a Marine killed in Afghanistan are escorted from Lambert Airport to a St Charles funeral home. Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz was among 13 U.S. service members killed last month in Kabul and was from Wentzville, Missouri. The Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes will be closed as the procession moves from the airport to the Funeral Home in St. Charles but authorities are planning to reopen Intersections as soon as the procession passes. The patrol says the procession is expected to start around 1 p.m. Wednesday and take about 20 minutes.


CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK IS SEPTEMBER 15TH – 21ST
The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council, Safe Kids Worldwide, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2021). The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2020, 11 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,438 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,040 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2020. Troopers issued citations to an additional 141 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2020. Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly.



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09/07/2021

BUCKLIN MAN ARRESTED ON 43 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE SEX OFFENSES

A Bucklin man was arrested on Friday on 43 counts of sex related offenses. A news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control said Roger A. Cupp, 54, of Bucklin, Missouri, was arrested on Friday, September 3, 2021, for sex offenses ranging from statutory sodomy, statutory rape, and child molestation. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Troop B Criminal Investigations Unit and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. On August 25th, 2021, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office requested the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control to assist with an investigation involving allegations of statutory rape and child molestation. During the investigation, it was determined over a five-year period Cupp had committed multiple sexual offenses involving one child. On Friday, September 3, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Cupp’s residence on East Truman Street, in Marceline, Missouri. Troopers located Cupp in Brookfield, Missouri, where he was arrested, without incident. Cupp was transported to the Macon County Jail. On Friday, September 3, 2021, the Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Cupp with 11 counts of child molestation, 12 counts of statutory rape with person under the age of 14, 19 counts of statutory sodomy with person under the age of 14, and one count of attempted statutory rape with person under the age of 14. Cupp remains in custody at the Macon County Jail, with no bond.

 

WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR ON FRIDAY – SUSPECT HAS NOW BEEN ARRESTED

KTVO and KTVO dot com is reporting the suspect wanted in connection with a female found dead in a parked car late Friday morning has been taken into custody. According to the Palmyra Police Department, on Saturday, deputies from the Menard County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois, the U.S. Marshal Service and other agencies, arrested Raymond D. Gum Jr., in Petersberg, Illinois, at approximately 12:23 p.m. He was arrested in connection with the death of a 34-year-old female, who resided in the 100 block of East Jefferson Street in Palmyra, Missouri. An arrest warrant for Gum was issued for murder in the first degree and armed criminal action. The bond on Gum is set at $1,000,000 cash only. He is currently in custody in Menard County, Illinois. On Friday night, the Palmyra Police Department announced a that Gum was wanted in connection with a female found dead in a parked car late Friday morning. The car was parked along the 100 block of East Jefferson Street. The body was discovered right before 11 a.m. by emergency crews who had responded to a medical call at that location.

MOBERLY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOATING ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS SUNDAY

Two Moberly residents and one from Springfield were involved in a boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend. The Highway Patrol said 53 year old Thomas E. Sanders of Moberly was operating a boat at the 6.2  mile marker in Indian Creek Cove in Morgan County Sunday afternoon around 3 o’clock. The incident occurred when the boat travelled over a wake which caused both occupants to become airborne and then impact the vessel.  47 year old Robyn L. Calicott of Moberly sustained serious injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance. Another occupant, Ryleigh E. Sanders, 21 of Springfield received minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene.

CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN AND FATHER OF HER CHILD

A St Louis TV Station is reporting a couple was arrested after allegedly overdosing on drugs while their 4-week-old child was inside the backseat of the car in Franklin County, Mo. Friday. Police say child endangerment charges have been filed against 25-year-old Haley Kester, of Montgomery City, and 40-year-old John Carpenter. Ambulances were called to a parking lot near the 1900 block of East 5th Street in Washington, MO after receiving calls of a man and woman slummed inside a car. Once there, they found Kester and Carpenter suffering from apparent drug overdose. Narcan was given to the 25-year-old woman while the man became alert after Sternum Rub was applied to him. Traces of heroin/ fentanyl were found inside the car.




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09/03/2021

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST TWO JUVENILE SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH EAST SEXTON ROAD SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT  

Two juveniles were identified and detained Thursday in connection with a shot fired incident in the 200 block of E. Sexton Road on Wednesday, Sept. 1.When the first call came in regarding the incident, responding officers arrived and located a 17-year old female victim who had sustained a gunshot wound. Officers provided first aid at the scene until EMS arrived.  The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers also located damage from gunshots on a vehicle parked in the driveway. Both juveniles were placed in the custody of the Boone County Juvenile Office. One juvenile is charged with one count of assault in the first degree, one count of armed criminal action and one count of tampering with a witness. The second juvenile is charged with one count of assault in the first degree, one count of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. This is an ongoing investigation.  More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something.  Columbia Police are asking for your help.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

FEMA APPROVES GOVERNORS DISASSTER DECLARATION REQUEST FOR SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING

21 Missouri Counties to Receive Federal Assistance for Damaged Roads, Bridges, and Other Infrastructure

Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Missouri’s request for a major disaster declaration. A total of 21 counties will receive federal assistance in response to severe storms and flooding beginning in late June and continuing through July 1. The Governor’s August 13 request included $10 million in qualifying disaster-related expenses that had already been identified. FEMA’s approval means local governments and eligible nonprofits in Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Moniteau, Montgomery, Ralls, Ray, and Saline counties will receive reimbursements for emergency response costs and repairs to roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

Missouri’s request to FEMA was for damage and emergency response costs incurred due to severe storms and flooding from June 19 to July 1. FEMA’s major disaster declaration notification, received on September 1, was for the period of June 24 to July 1. State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has already begun efforts with the federal government to expand the incident period to include June 19-23 in order to maximize financial assistance to Missouri communities and eligible nonprofits.  On July 6, Governor Parson announced Missouri’s request for joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in 17 counties. Audrain, Daviess, Grundy, and Ralls counties were later added to the request after more damage was documented locally. On July 8, joint preliminary damage assessment teams comprising representatives from SEMA, FEMA, and local officials began validating damage data, estimating a total of more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure and emergency response costs eligible for federal assistance. On August 13, Governor Parson requested FEMA approve a major disaster declaration

 

GRAHAM CAVE STATE PARK HOSTS ARCHAEOLOGY DAY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH

Graham Cave State Park staff members invite visitors of all ages to celebrate Archaeology Day 2021 at one of Missouri’s most significant early archaeological landmarks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Graham Cave was the first archaeological site in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark on Jan. 20, 1961. The event begins at 10 a.m. near the cave entrance with interpretative displays on the historic and prehistoric archaeology, family history exhibits by the Graham family, mammal exhibits, children's games, flintknapping, fire-starter and deer-bone fish-hook demonstrations..Sponsors of Archaeology Day include Missouri State Parks, Graham Family Descendants, World Atlatl Association, Montgomery County Retired School Personnel Association and the Montgomery County Historical Society. For more information about Archaeology Day and the park, contact the park office at 573-564-3476. Graham Cave State Park is located 2 miles west of Danville (Exit 170 on I-70) on Highway TT.

BELL GAME TONIGHT ON KZBK & KFMZ

The Marceline Tigers will be at Burlington Field at the Brookfield Bulldogs host the 86th Annual Bell Game tonight. Both teams enter tonight’s contest 1-0 after opening season wins last Friday night. We will have the game on KZBK at 96.9 FM along with KFMZ at 1470 AM and 96.1 FM. On True Country KLTI it will be coverage of the Macon Tigers tonight and we will also have the Montgomery County Wildcats came on 103.9 FM, KMCR. In addition, Saturday is the season opener for the MU Tigers as they play at home. We will have that game for you to Saturday with the broadcast starting at 1pm on 103.9 FM, KMCR..




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September 2, 2021

WRONG PERSON RELEASED FROM RANDOLPH COUNTY JAIL

Randolph County authorities are looking for a woman they say was wrongly released from the Randolph County Jail over the weekend. Sheriff Aaron Wilson told KTVO and KTVO dot com thats Ellen Goble committed identity theft, which played a role in her being wrongly released. According to Wilson, the confusion started when Goble was moved to a different cell so hers could be cleaned. When it came time for the other inmate to be released, Wilson said the guard, who is new on the job, mistook Goble for the inmate who was supposed to be released. Goble ended up being lead out by the guard instead of the other inmate. Wilson said the two inmates look almost identical in appearance, from hair color and eye color to height and weight. He added that they were two cells apart from each other and that Goble was lead out while the other inmate was asleep. While going through the check-out process, Goble lied and said she was the other inmate, even signing the other inmate's name. She was then wrongly released. According to court documents, she was in jail for resisting arrest, burglary, drug possession, and operating a vehicle without a valid license. Wilson said they're not releasing the name of the other inmate. He says they've taken measures to ensure this never happens again, and he expects Goble to be back in custody by the end of the week.

 

THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY CRASH

Troopers say three  people were hurt in a single vehicle crash in Pike County at the Ted Shanks Conservation Area South of Highway TT at 4:30 PM Wednesday afternoon. 23  year old Jade A. Lindsey of Louisiana was southbound on an unnamed road in the conservation area and over corrected and her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway. Lindsey was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries. A passenger, 19 year old Heather Renfrow of Louisiana had moderate injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Pike County Memorial Hospital. Another passenger, a 17 year old female juvenile also sustained moderate injuries and was flown by Survival Flight to Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

 

HOLTS SUMMIT MAN HURT WHEN HIT BY AN OBJECT WHILE TRAVELING ON MOTOCYCLE

The patrol said Gregory Paull, age 67 of Holts Summit was transported to Capital Regional Hospital by Callaway County EMS after he was hit in the face by a large piece of tin that fell off a tow unit being pulled by a vehicle ahead of him. Paull was westbound on US 54 west of Holts Summitt around 2:10 PM Wednesday when the incident occurred and was traveling on a motorcycle. The vehicle ahead of him was driven by 32 year old Len Hong of Holts Summit.  Paull sustained moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN WHO SET HER MOBILE HOME ON FIRE SENTENCED IN SCOTLAND COUNTY WEDNESDAY

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a northeast Missouri woman who set her mobile home on fire, claiming the voices told her to do it, has now been sentenced after pleading guilty to the two charges against her. Kim Forquer, 27, of Memphis, Mo., pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child in connection with an October 15, 2020, fire at Ridge Road Trailer Court in Memphis. According to court documents, Forquer called 911 to report the fire, saying she and a baby were trapped inside the trailer. During an interview with police, Forquer eventually admitted that she had used a lighter to set a shirt on fire and then threw it onto a pile of clothes. Scotland County Prosecutor April Wilson told KTVO Forquer was sentenced Wednesday to one year in the county jail on the child endangerment charge and 10 years in prison for the arson charge. The judge suspended execution of the 10-year sentence. That means if Forquer successfully completes five years of supervised probation she will not have to do time in state prison. Forquer will be spending her one-year sentence in the Scotland County Jail.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department recently released a report showing investigations and other information for the period of August 20th through August 26th  




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September 1, 2021

VANDALIA MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN RALLS COUNTY

Troopers say a Vandalia man was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve on Route P, 3 miles northwest of Vandalia in Ralls County at 1:53 PM Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle rand off the left side of the roadway and overturned numerous times, ejecting the driver who was identified as 30 year old Zachary Utterback of Vandalia. Utterback was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ralls County Coroner and his body was transported to Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

 

MONROE COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY MORNING

The patrol said a 16 year old female was behind the wheel of a vehicle that ran off the right side of MO 151, 4 miles north of Madison at 5:35 Tuesday morning in Monroe County. The girl, from Clarence was not injured, however a passenger, a 17 year old female from Mexico, MO had serious injuries after the vehicle overturned and she was ejected. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Names are not being released as both were juveniles.

 

LAKE OZARK DROWNING CLAIMS LIFE OF AREA MAN

The patrol reported a drowning at the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend. According to the report the incident happened in Camden County in the main channel of the lake at 5:16PM Saturday when 41 year old Thomas Painter of Bowsorth, MO jumped from a cliff approximately 125 feet in the air and did not resurface

 

AREA ELECTRIC CO-OP LINEWORKERS LEFT TUESDAY MORNING TRAVELING TO LOUISIANA TO AID IN RESTORATION EFFORTS
Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast following its landfall on Sunday. In response, Missouri's electric cooperatives have mobilized to answer a call for help. At the request of DEMCO Electric Cooperative, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than 150 Missouri line workers from 30 of the state's electric cooperatives are traveling to Louisiana to assist in the cleanup. Missouri is sending both construction and service crews to help with the power restoration efforts at the co-op just east of Baton Rouge. Most of Missouri's crews left early Tuesday morning to help with the restoration efforts. DEMCO is the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana, serving more than 112,000 members. As of Monday morning, more than 77,000 DEMCO members, 68%, were without electricity. Missouri's restoration efforts are being spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri's electric cooperatives. Some of the co-ops from our area sending help are: Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia - Callaway Electric Cooperative, Fulton - Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Tipton, -  Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Mexico - Farmers' Electric Cooperative, Chillicothe, - Grundy Electric Cooperative, Trenton - Macon Electric Cooperative, Macon & Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Lancaster. Missouri National Guard and multiple organizations sending crews to support Hurricane Ida relief effort. Missouri’s Task Force One had already deployed in advance of the Hurricane making landfall to provide assistance.

 

GRANDSON OF LATE CHARLIE SHARPE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING $76,000

KTVO and KTVO dot com says a Bethel, MO man has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced just one month after being charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the religious organization founded by his late grandfather, Charlie Sharpe, and his step-grandmother. According to court documents, David Sharpe, 35, of Bethel, Mo., pleaded guilty last week to two felony counts of stealing more than $25,000 from CNS International Ministries, Heartland Community Church and Sharpe Holdings, all based outside Bethel, Mo. The crimes took place while Sharpe headed up the organizations' finance department. Sharpe was sentenced to six years in prison for each charge, but the judge suspended execution of sentence as long as Sharpe successfully completes supervised probation and pays back the $76,115.71 he stole. Sharpe must also serve 60 days of shock incarceration in the county jail, write an apology letter to Laurie Sharpe, his step-grandmother, and complete a 12-month, Christian-based drug and alcohol recovery program. Shelby County Sheriff Arron Fredrickson said in court papers that Sharpe confessed in writing to stealing the money, depositing it into his personal bank account and then using it to illegally buy pain medication online.




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August 31, 2021

SHELBY COUNTY MAN DEAD AFTER SUNDAY EVENING LAWN MOWER ACCIDENT

 A Shelby County man was killed over the weekend when his riding lawnmower overturned and landed on top of him. The tragedy happened at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on private property about a mile east of Lakenan in Shelby County. The victim is identified as Donnie King, 87, of Shelbina, Missouri. State troopers said King was mowing a pond bank with a zero-turn lawn mower when it slid down the embankment, overturned and pinned King underneath the machine.King was pronounced dead at the scene two hours after the accident happened. 

13 YEAR OLD BOY DIES FROM DRUG OVERDOSE DURING WEEKEND SLEEPOVER IN WASHINGTON, MO

Authorities in eastern Missouri say a 13-year-old boy has died of a drug overdose over the weekend. The death occurred during a sleepover at a friend's house,  and three adults at the house have been arrested. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police were called to a home in Washington, MO around 9 a.m. Sunday and found the boy dead in his 12-year-old friend's bedroom. The 12-year-old told investigators he and his friend had been experimenting with drugs they found in the house. Police arrested the 12-year-old boy's mother, stepfather and another man who was renting a room in the basement of the home. Police say officers found prescription and some illegal drugs in the house.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL CRASH ON US 63 EARLY MONDAY MORNING

The investigation continues into a fatal accident that occurred early Monday morning on US 63 North near the Vandiver Drive ramp at 4:47 AM. According to the report 37 year old Shannon Marrero of Columbia had resumed traveling northbound after pulling onto the shoulder to assist another motorist. Another northbound vehicle, driven by 35 year old John Lammers of Jefferson City observed the vehicles on the shoulder of the highway and moved from the driving lane to the passing lane before impact. For unknown reasons, Marrero made a u-turn into the path of the Lammers vehicle which was unable to stop and struck the driver’s side of the Marrero auto. Marrero was proun0uonced dead at the scene.  The investigation of the crash is ongoing. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

LIVINGSTON AND LINN COUNTY HIGH SPEED CHASE FOLLOWUP

On Wednesday, 08/25/2021 at 11:52 PM, an Officer of the Chillicothe Police Department stopped at motorist for excessive speed in the 1000 block of South Washington Street.  As the Officer contacted the driver, the driver sped off, nearly striking the Officer.  A Chillicothe Police Officer and Livingston County Sheriff’s Department Deputies pursued the vehicle eastbound on US 36 Highway.  The suspect vehicle was traveling, at times, at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour.  Due to the minimal traffic on US 36 and good weather conditions, Deputies and the Officer continued to pursue the vehicle into Linn County.  The suspect vehicle’s tires were spiked by the Brookfield Police Department as the pursuit reached Brookfield City limits.  The suspect vehicle continued driving eastbound.  Linn County Sheriff’s Department Deputies assisted in the pursuing of the suspect vehicle at that time.  All 4 tires on the suspect vehicle slowly deflated, causing the driver to slow the vehicle, and eventually coming to a rest roadside as the vehicle was operating on its rims.  The vehicle came to a complete stop and the driver, without further incident, placed his hands out the driver’s window, and was immediately taken into custody.   The driver, a 38 year old male from Sarasota, Florida, was arrested for excessive speed, felony driving while revoked, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, and Driving While Intoxicated.  The male was processed at the police department and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges. The Chillicothe Police Department would like to thank the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Brookfield Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance during this incident.

 

SIX HOUR MANHUT IN SCOTLAND COUNTY ON SUNDAY

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports two repeat drug offenders from northeast Missouri are in trouble with the law again.Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney identifies the suspects as Shawn Michael Sturm, 34, and Andy Ray McVeigh, 45, both of Kahoka, Missouri. The two now face multiple new charges. Those are two counts of second-degree burglary, stealing, second-degree property damage, possession of methamphetamine and first-degree trespassing.  The charges stem from an incident Sunday morning outside Granger, Missouri. Whitney told KTVO a property owner caught Sturm and McVeigh in the act, breaking into her vacant house and a shed trying to steal antiques and other household items. The sheriff said shortly after one of his deputies arrived, he found Sturm hiding in a wooded area near the crime scene and arrested him. McVeigh fled on foot and led authorities on a manhunt for about six hours before finally turning himself in to Whitney at the Luray City Park. Both suspects are being held in the Scotland County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Clark County Sheriff's Office assisted the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. Whitney thanks members of the public for help sharing a post about the manhunt on social media.




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August 30, 2021

FINAL ORDER ISSUED AGAINST SUPPLEMENT STORE FRAUDSTER

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a final cease and desist order against Cutting Edge Supplements, LLC, and Desmond R. Bloss for misusing a $60,000 investment by a Missouri couple. Missouri Commissioner of Securities David Minnick found that between November 28, 2016 and June 30, 2017, Bloss solicited and received investments from a Sumner, Missouri couple to be used for his business, Cutting Edge Supplements, LLC. Bloss was introduced to the couple through a mutual friend and maintained contact through social media and email in the months leading up to the fraud.  Minnick concluded that Bloss misled investors by telling them their money would be used for specific business purposes, but instead used the money for a different business and for personal expenses. To date, the investors have not received any return or repayment of their principal investment.  Bloss and Cutting Edge Supplements were ordered to pay restitution plus interest, civil penalties and investigation costs totaling over $113,000. “Fraudsters use opportunity and pressure to swindle investors out of their hard-earned money, often targeting friends and close associates before soliciting strangers,” said Minnick. “Be cautious of who you trust with your money.” Secretary Ashcroft continues to urge Missouri investors to call the toll-free investor protection hotline at 800-721-7996 or go online to www.missouriprotectsinvestors.com for more information or to file a complaint.

 

TWO HURT WHEN VEHICLE HYRDOPLANES ON HIGHWAY 63

The patrol said two people were injured in a one vehicle crash on US 63, just south of Excello Sunday evening around 6:10 PM when the auto hydroplaned off the west side of the roadway, struck a delineator post and overturned. The driver, 22 year old Jacob Hawkins of Macon had serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital by Macon Co ambulance while a passenger, 22 year old Kallysta Frey of Macon had minor injuries and was taken by private auto to Samaritan Hospital for treatment.

 

THREE INJURED WHEN TRUCK TRAVELS OFF BRIDGE IN LINN COUNTY

Troopers say a mechanical failure resulted in a pickup travelling off a bridge, coming to rest in a creek bed Saturday night. The accident happened on Route C, 1 mile west of MO 11, near Shelby around 5:35pm Saturday night in Linn County. The driver, 39 year old Cavrin Weaver of Lancaster had minor injuries but refused medical treatment. Two passengers, 28 year old Shayna Sapp of Greentop and an 11 year old Male juvenile from Kirksville both had moderate injuries and were transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST INVOLVING ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

Columbia Police have arrested Mark Lindell Martin, 57, of Columbia, for enticement of a child, 4th-degree assault and 2nd-degree harassment. Martin has been remanded in the custody of Boone County Jail.  Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of an attempted kidnapping in the area of Hyde Park Avenue and Cooper Drive on Thursday, Aug. 26 at approximately 11:10 a.m.  During the investigation, officers learned that a female juvenile was at a bus stop when a vehicle approached her. The juvenile began walking away as the driver began talking to her. While the juvenile was walking away the driver exited the vehicle and began walking toward her. The juvenile began screaming, which drew the attention of people nearby. The suspect then began driving away. The juvenile was taken to a safe place until reunited with her family. Police arrived and were able to locate the suspect a short distance away. He was taken into custody. There were no injuries during this incident.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MODOT SAYS BRIDGE WORK ON I70 MAY RESULT IN DELAYS

Work on the I-70 Perche Creek Bridge west of Columbia in Boone County kicked into full gear on Friday and is expected to to last through Tuesday. The MoDOT Area Engineer the project involves closing one westbound lane of the bridge west of Columbia. The open lane will be reduced to 11 feet, due to a temporary concrete barrier. Similar closures along with ramp closures are scheduled for the eastbound lanes in late September, according to MODOT. The work, is part of a rehabilitation project to improve both bridges in Boone County with the project set to be completed by December. MoDOT says motorists should be prepared for significant delays and MoDOT is asking motorists to see an alternate route around the area.   These bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.




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August 27, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR KICKS OFF TONIGHT

KIRKSVILLE SEX OFFENDER NOW CHARGED WITH RAPING 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Kirksville police are trying to track down a registered sex offender who is accused of a recent sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl. The man they're looking for is Joshua David Pearson, 39, of Kirksville. Pearson was charged Thursday with first-degree statutory rape and statutory sodomy. An arrest warrant has been issued for Pearson. Pearson is described as a white male, 6’2” tall, weighing 250 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be driving a black GMC Sierra crew-cab pickup truck with some rust around the passenger side rear wheel well and unknown license. The Kirksville Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in locating Pearson. They warn you not to approach him and to contact local law enforcement.

 

WOMAN DIES WHEN STOLEN VEHICLE CRASHES IN PIKE COUNTY

Missouri State Troopers say a woman died and a man was injured after the stolen vehicle they were riding in crashed along a Pike County highway. Autg=horities say they are now looking for the driver of the stolen vehicle, who fled on foot from the wreckage. The crash reports indicate the wreck occurred around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the stolen Jeep was speeding and ran off Highway 54 on a curve several miles west of Bowling Green. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the Jeep rolled down an embankment and flipped several times, killing 37-year-old passenger identified as Jennifer Whitehead of Foristell. A 33-year-old man in the Jeep was flown to a Columbia hospital with serious injuries.

 

MACON COUNTY AUDIT RELEASED BY STATE AUDITITOR – GIVES COUNTY FAIR RATING

The State Auditors office has released an audit of Macon County, located in north central Missouri. The report, which gives a rating of "fair," makes several recommendations to improve efficiency in county government operations. The audit found inconsistencies with procedures regarding the assessment of personal property. The county assessor waived penalties for some taxpayers who declared personal property items after the March 1 deadline, but not for others; and did not retain personal property assessment lists signed and submitted by taxpayers as required by state law. The report discussed improvements needed in controls and procedures in the sheriff's office, including preparation of a monthly list of liabilities for the inmate commissary account, periodically performing a documented physical inventory of seized property, and ensuring an inmate's remaining account balance is refunded upon release.The audit also found the county collector's office needs to improve various controls and procedures; the public administrator did not always file annual settlements and status reports timely; the county assessor and county collector need better electronic security controls; and the county commission needs to develop certain electronic records management and retention policies.

A copy of the audit can be found here.

 




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August 26, 2021

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT FOR ENTIRE AREA

 

FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST BOYFRIEND IN BOONE COUNTY MOTHER/DAUGHTER HOMICIDE - BOYFRIEND IS STILL AT LARGE

On 08/22/2021, at about 10:58 pm, Boone County Joint Communications received a call from a concerned subject reporting they had been unable to contact Allison Abitz and her daughter Jozee Abitz, who both resided in the 7500 block of Lavender Drive south of Columbia. Boone County deputies responded to the residence on Lavender Court and once inside located Allison, age 43, and her daughter Jozee, age 11, deceased.  Investigators soon learned that JT McLean was the long-term boyfriend of Allison and the investigation revealed JT McLean was the last person known to be in contact with both subjects at the residence on Lavender Court.  During the investigation, probable cause was developed to believe that McLean murdered Allison and Jozee. Currently, the motive for the murder of these victims is unknown. On Wednesday, 08/25/2021, the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney charged JT McLean (age 45) with two counts of Murder in the 1st Degree. A warrant for the arrest of McLean was then issued in the 13th Judicial Circuit Boone County, Missouri. McLean’s bond for these charges was set at $1,000,000.00 cash only.  JT McLean previously changed his name and has been known to go by the names of John McLean, Steven Nagy, and Steven McLean. McLean, a white male with a fair complexion, is approximately 5’09” tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. McLean has green eyes and brown hair. McLean was last known to have grown his hair out; however, he has been known to shave his head bald in the past. Investigators have been unable to locate McLean, who was last known to reside on County Road 355, Fulton, Missouri. McLean, who is an over the road truck driver by trade, has ties to:

• Las Vegas, Nevada

• Chicago, Illinois

• St. Peter, Minnesota

• Columbia, Missouri

• Fulton, Missouri

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McLean or this investigation is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 573-442-6131 or 311. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477).

 

SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH NORTH OF BROOKFIELD

A 16 year old male from St. Catharine received moderate injuries when his northbound vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole at 3:15 pm Wednesday.  The patrol crash report indicated the location was on Hook Drive, one mile north of Brookfield. The juvenile was transported by personal conveyance for treatment of his injuries.

 

THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN WRECK NEAR HAMILTON

Troopers say 83 year old Wayne Vincent of Hamilton was attempting to cross US 36 eastbound at Route B, 4 miles west of Hamilton at 5:55 pm Wednesday when his northbound pickup pulled into the path  of an eastbound pickup driven by 76 year old Jerry Thompson of Pleasant Hill. The Thompson vehicle struck the Vincent pickup in the driver’s side, then struck a MoDOT Sign as it went through the median with the Vincent truck crossing both westbound lanes of US 35 coming to rest off the north side of the highway. Vincent had moderate injuries but refused treatment at the scene. Thompson and his 77 year old wife Helen, who was a passenger at the time of the crash, both had moderate injuries and were transported by Caldwell County Ambulance to the Cameron Hospital for treatment.

 

TWO EJECTED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE WRECK

Troopers say two people were ejected in a crash on Robbies Road, just south of County Road 428 in Callaway County at 7:20 Tuesday night. According to the report 27 year old Jess Murrell of Fulton lost control of his southbound motorcycle causing it to overturn. Murrell and a passenger, a 15 year old female, also of Fulton were both ejected. The juvenile had minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Murrell was transported by a State Trooper to Fulton Medical Center for treatment. He was also charged with DWI.

 

TWO VEHICLE HOWARD COUNTY CRASH TUESDAY

The patrol said both vehicles were totaled in a collision in Howard County Tuesday at 4:15 pm. 38 year old Tara Renfrow of Bonville was wetbound on US 40 at the MO 240 junction when another vehicle driven by 22 year old Elijah Wormsley of Holts Summit attempted to turn left from MO 240 and travelled into the path of the Renfrow auto. Wormsley was not injured. Renfrow sustained minor injuries and was transported  by private vehicle to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

MONDAY CRASH IN LINN COUNTY RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES

On Monday at 2:59 PM a crash occurred on US Highway 36, 2 miles west of Laclede in Linn County. 25 year old Kristina Kunze of Kansas City, MO was traveling westbound when her vehicle travelled across the median and the eastbound lane striking a concrete bridge rail. The driver had serious injuries and was transported by Linn county Ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

On 08/24/2021 Sheriff Steve Cox reports the following Incidents, Arrests and MORE …

 

Incident Reports:

Most Wanted Updates:

Other Arrests:

Citations:

LCSO has assigned one or more deputies with Traffic Enforcement Overtime projects to watch for and stop dangerous drivers, excessive speeding violations and drunk/drugged drivers on our highways.  These enforcement actions are paid for through traffic safety grant from MoDOT.  Below are only the citations issued by the LCSO and does not include the many warnings given:

 

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August 25, 2021

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT FOR ENTIRE AREA

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CHRIMES

Columbia television station KMIZ is reporting Randall Giboney has been charged with two counts of possession of child porn, sexual exploitation of a minor, child molestation, invasion of privacy and making a false report. The charges came about after a 13 year old victim came forward. Court documents say a victim told investigators she believed she was photographed or recorded by a hidden camera at the suspects home in Mexico. The victim said there were numerous times over the past few years that the suspect would touch her and photograph her that made her uncomfortable. Investigators reported seizing a computer, a hard drive and a phone from Giboney according to court documents. Officials found multiple images and/or videos of underage girls. Court documents show that investigators found 96 images of underage girls and multiple videos. Giboney is being held without bond. His next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

POUND OF METH SEIZED BY PATROL FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP IN COOPER COUNTY

A Kentucky man was charged with second degree drug trafficking Monday in Cooper County.  According to the arrest report, a trooper pulled over an eastbound vehicle on I-70 in Cooper County for following too closely. The probable cause statement said the trooper saw items consistent with the use of meth in the vehicle and while talking with the driver identified as Larry Dyer, Dyer appeared to be overly nervous and vague. The trooper then obtained consent to search the auto where the patrolman found a pound of meth in the spare tire compartment. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER BEING STOPPED BY MONTGOMERY COUNIY K9 UNIT

On Thursday, August 18, 2021, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit stopped a vehicle at the Jonesburg FastLane. After making contact with the driver and due to developing circumstances, the K9 was taken around the vehicle and gave a positive alert on two areas of the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle, Deputies seized a bag containing more than 1/2 pound of methamphetamine, another smaller bag of methamphetamine, a firearm with a defaced serial number, and drug paraphernalia. In addition Deputies seized methamphetamine, heroin, and a syringe from the pockets of the driver Two subject were arrested as a result of the traffic stop. Cody G. Jackson, a 33 year old man from Warrenton and Christopher M. Skelton, age 37 from Foristell, Missouri were both transported to the Montgomery County Jail for Drug Trafficking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Defaced Firearm.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST DURING SHOTS FIRED CALL AND ASSAULT WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES ON NORTH PROVIDENCE ROAD AUGUST 23, 2021 

Columbia Police were dispatched to the 400 block of N. Providence Rd. on Monday, Aug. 23, at approximately 8:20 p.m. to respond to a report of shots fired. Officers arrived and located a male victim who had sustained a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by EMS to a local emergency room with life-threatening injuries.  Officers located a suspect while still on the scene collecting evidence. During the investigation, officers discovered the probable cause to arrest the suspect. Jemikia Nicole Jordan, 40, of Columbia, Mo. was arrested for first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

 

OVERLOADED CIRCUIT TO BLAME FOR MEXICO FIRE

On August 20, 2021, at 8:37 pm, Mexico Public Safety officers were dispatched to 5 Venus in Mexico regarding a structure fire. Officer found a fire in the garage area of the residence that was being used as a bedroom. The fire was located around an overburdened electrical outlet. The fire was contained and extinguished with that area suffering moderate fire damage. The other rooms in the residence suffered smoke damage. There were no injuries during the incident.

 

DNR AWARDS GRANT TO SULLIVAN CO PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT 1

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $24,000 Drinking Water Engineering Report Grant to the Sullivan County Public Water Supply District No. 1 to evaluate the district’s drinking water system. The grant offers funding to qualified small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating drinking water system improvements.  The district will use the grant to identify improvements that will enable the system to continue providing reliable service and safe drinking water that meets water quality standards. Water and wastewater systems are essential infrastructure that supports the health and economic vitality of a community. With the help of this grant, the district can fully assess its system and identify improvements for better operation to continue meeting public health and safe drinking water standards. This will also help the community plan for future growth and development and determine what actions are needed to address their drinking water needs. The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

LIBERTY FILES FOR NATURAL GAS RATE INCREASE

On Monday, August 23, 2021, The Empire District Gas Company (d/b/a “Liberty”) filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust natural gas base rates. The new rates would take effect in 2022  If approved by regulators, the rate adjustment would cost average residential natural gas customers approximately $2.71 per month or 5.6% of the total bill.   The rate request process can take up to 11 months as the MPSC and other stakeholders carefully review Liberty’s request. If approved, new rates would go into effect in 2022. Liberty indicated the last rate update for Liberty natural gas customers went into effect more than 11 years ago in April of 2010.

 




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08/24/2021

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 8 PM THURSDAY

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out

of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young

children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles

under any circumstances.

 

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When

possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or

evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat

stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when

possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational

Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent

rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone

overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

 

KIRKSVILLE LAW OFFICE FIRE APPEARS INTENTIONAL

Kirsville Police and fire investigators are trying to figure out who intentionally set the  apparent arson fire at the Frick and Cundiff law office at the corner of Normal Avenue and Jamison Street in Kirksville over the weekend. The blasé was discovered by a passerby shortly at 6:40 a.m. Sunday.

The business is owned by Barry Cundiff. Legal Assistant Paula Bradshaw tolde person or persons responsible pried their way in through a side door and set fire in an area where the law office's computers are located. She said the fire damage was contained to that area, but the whole building sustained smoke and water damage. Bradshaw said they think the computer hard drives are salvageable, and she added that some legal documents are saved to a cloud-type service.  Local Fire Investigator Ray Jagger from the Kirksville Police Department told KTVO the investigation in ongoing, and if anyone has any information about Sunday morning's fire, he would like them to call police at 660-785-6945. Jagger said police do not have any suspects at this time. The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the investigation.

 

CARROL COUNTY CRASH

A man received serious injuries in an early Monday morning crash in Carroll County, Mo.It happened just before 3:30 a.m. on Highway 65, just south of County Road 220. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Matthew Whitlock, 31, of Unionville, Mo., was south on Highway 65 when the pickup he was driving ran off the road, struck an embankment and came to rest against a tree.Whitlock received serious injuries and was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital by ambulance and then flown to University Hospital in Columbia..The Highway Patrol was assisted at the crash by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.




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August 23, 2021

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR MANY STUDENTS

Today is the first day of school for most area students as fall classes resume. Some have mask requirements and some don’t. Regardless , proper hygene and social distancing is something that most all are recommending as students resume actual classroom instruction.

 

AUXVASSE MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CRASH SOUTH OF MOBERLY SATURDAY NIGHT

An Auxvasse was pronounced deceased at a Columbia hospital early Sunday morning after a crash on US Highway 63, 6 miles south of Moberly  at the Renick junction Saturday night at 9pm. The patrol said 73 year old Donald T. Becker was westbound and failed to yield and pulled into the path of a northbound tractor trailer unit and collided. The Becker pickup and the semi came to rest in the median and caught fire.  Becker was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 12:44 AM. The semi driver from American Falls, ID had minor injuries and was also transported to University Hospital for treatment.  A passenger in the Becker pickup, a 17 year old male from Clark was not injured. The Eastern Randolph and Southeastern Randolph Fire Departments, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Randolph County Ambulance personnel, Moberly Police and several troopers provided assistance and most were still on the scene into the early morning hours Sunday as part of the crash investigation and clean up efforts.

 

NEW BLOOMFIELD MAN KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

Troopers say 40 year old Gabriel M. Lloyd of New Bloomfield died after his pickup went off the right side of Old US 54 in Callaway County Friday morning around 10:30 am. The driver overcorrected resulting in the truck going off the left side of the road and overturning. Lloyd was not wearing a safety device and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

MONROE CITY MAN INJURED IN SHELBINA CRASH OF MOPED

A Monroe City man had minor injuries and was to seek his own treatment after a moped and car collided at West Beech Street and Center Street in Shelbina Friday morning at 11:10 AM.  The patrol said Joshua L. Dake, 41 of Monroe City was eastbound on the moped and  attempted to pass an eastbound car driven by Ashley C. Bullard, 36, of Shelbina as it was turning left and the two collided.

 

PASSENGER FROM HALE INJURED WITH PICKUP AND TRACTOR COLLIDE

A woman from Hale was a passenger in a pickup that collided with a farm tractor Saturday at 12:40 pm in Nodaway County. The crash report indicated the crash occurred when the pickup crested a hill, crossed the center of the roadway and partially off the roadway where the pickup crashed head on with the farm tractor.  20 year old Caseie Creason of Hale received moderate injuries and was transported by Nodaway County EMS to a St. Joseph hospital for treatment. 

 

FAYETTE DRIVER INVOLVED IN WRECK

Troopers say a 16 year old female from Fayette had minor injuries when her westbound vehicle travelled off I-70 at the 119 mile marker in Boone County and struck an embankment. That accident happened shortly after 11 o’clock Friday morning. The driver was transported by ambulance to University hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH FRIDAY NIGHT

A driver from Oklahoma had moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital after crashing his vehicle in Montgomery County Friday night. Troopers say the 24 year old man failed to negotiate a curve around 11:50 pm on MO 19, near Route J and his vehicle went off the road and struck a ditch.

 

MOBERLY POLICE MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS

The following arrest took place from 8/20/21 – 8/22/21;

On Friday, August 20, 2021 at 8:57 PM officers with the Moberly Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of Taylor St., for a request to checking the well-being of a juvenile female.

Officers arrived and contact was made with the reporting party William “Carlos” Smith who was making unintelligible statements and pointing out persons to officers who were not present. The responding officers were familiar with Smith and had probable cause for his arrest related to an incident of Harassment that occurred on Tuesday August 17, 2021. During that previous incident, Smith was at this same residence on Taylor St and caused a disturbance with the home owner. Smith also punched the home owner’s dog during that incident. Smith left the area prior to officer’s arrival and had yet to be located in regards to this incident. Smith was placed under arrest for the incident which took place on August 17th. Smith was also found to have an active Boone County warrant for the original charge of Trespassing. The Boone County warrant yielded a bond of $275.00 cash only.Through investigation in regards to the new incident on August 20th, officers again determined Smith came to the residence and caused a disturbance with the home owner, making the 37 year old female victim fearful.

Smith was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center and placed on a 24 hour hold related to new charges, in addition to his active Boone County warrant. Charges related to (2) counts of Harassment were forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for review and formal filing. On 8-21-2021 a warrant was issued by the Randolph County Courts for Smith in regards to (2) counts of Felony Harassment in the first degree. The warrant authorized a total bond of $20,000 cash only for Smith. Smith remains in the custody of the Randolph County Justice Center at the time of this release.   

 

 SALISBURY SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS START TODAY – KEYTESVILLE & CHILLICOTHE NEXT

A sidewalk improvement project that was scheduled to begin in July, but had been postponed, is now scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 23, in Salisbury. The project to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), partially funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program, with the Missouri Department of Transportation providing the remaining funding, will improve sidewalks and other facilities in Salisbury, Keytesville and Chillicothe. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Ti-Zack Concrete, Inc. to complete the improvement project. By contract, all work must be complete on or before October 1, 2021. If the project extends beyond that date, liquidated damages may be assessed.

Areas of improvement, by city:

 

Salisbury – begins Monday, Aug. 23

·         West side of Route 129 beginning at Iowa Street and continuing to just north of Lusher Street

·         Northeast corner of Route 129 and East 6th Street

·         West side of Route 129 from East 6th Street to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Keytesville – scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 1

·         South side of U.S. Route 24 between Cherry and Walnut streets, in front of the Chariton County Courthouse

·         South side of U.S. Route 24 between Ridge and Park streets, in front of the Chariton County Health Center

·         East side of Route 5 near Bridge Street

·         Northwest corner of Route 5 and Bridge Street

Chillicothe – scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 13

·         At the corner of Route 190 and Hornet Road

 

Some lane closures and side street closures will be necessary throughout the project. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and follow all traffic control, flaggers, signs and barricades. Crews will be working in close proximity to the traveling public and their safety is in your hands.

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

 




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August 20, 2021

 

MAN LIFE FLIGHTED TO AREA HOSPITAL AFTER CRASHING ATV

Troopers report a man from Lebanon was life flighted to an area hospital Thursday morning around 8:30 am after an accident on private property in Macon County. According to the report 30 year old Aaron Jones lost control of a westbound ATV on a dirt trail on private property and it overturned. The patrol said Jones had serious injuries and was transported by Air Evac to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. The Macon County Rescue Squad, Macon County Ambulance and Macon County Rural Fire Department provided assistance on the scene.

 

TWO PEOPLE HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

The patrol said both drivers were injured in a two vehicle crash on Missouri 240, just south of Meadow Lake Lane at 1:30 pm Thursday. According to the report, the crash occurred as an auto driven by  56 year old Karen Jefferies of Fayette was traveling southbound. Another auto driven by 85 year old Donnie P. Collins of Glasgow  was traveling northbound into the path of the Jefferies  auto. The Jefferies car then struck the Collins auto. Collins received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Collins had minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to the Fayette Health Clinic for treatment.

 

MEXICO DRIVER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

State Troopers report 63 year old Robert L. McBaine of eastbound on Highway FF and Audrain County Road 935 at 2:25pm Thursday when he attempted to avoid an animal in the roadway. His auto went off the roadway, crossed over a private driveway and overturned. McBaine had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Audrain Community Hospital for treatment.

 

MONROE COUNTY CRASH WEDNESDAY MORNING

The patrol said a Stoutsville woman was injured in a single vehicle crash Wednesday morning at 7am in Monroe County. Sonja Walkup, 62 of Stoutsville was northbound on Mo 107, 11 miles east of Paris when her auto travelled off the right side of the road, struck a culvert, and returned to the roadway. The vehicle then went off the left side of the road and overturned. The driver sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by ambulance.

 

NOVINGER MAN ARRESTED IN PUTNAM COUNTY

The patrol reports 80 year old Jerry Richmond of Novinger was arrested at 6:10 pm Thursday in Putnam County.  He was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Putnam County Jail in Unionville for felony DWI, Driving while Revoked, no insurance, no seat belt and failure to drive on the right half of the road.

 

HOLLIDAY MAN PICKED UP IN AUDRAIN COUNTY BY TROOPER

A trooper arrested a Holliday, MO man in Audrain County at 3:36 pm Thursday afternoon. 24 year old Landon Haddock was charged with speeding and also had an outstanding Randolph County Felony probation violation warrant for resisting arrest.




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08/19/2021

MARIES COUNTY ESCAPEE ARRESTED IN GASCONADE COUNTY

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 18th, Deputies of the Gasconade County Sheriff's Office Located Christopher Koepke, a recent escapee from the Maries County Sheriff's Office. Koepke was taken into custody after a consensual search of a residence on High St. in Bland where Koepke was discovered hiding in the crawl space under the residence.  Koepke was returned to the custody of the Maries County Sheriffs Office.

 

WESTRAN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT RESPONDS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO ANOTHER DEPARTMENT

A post on social media indicated the Westran Fire Protection District was called out early in the evening on Wednesday to provide assistance to the Higbee Fire Department who was battling a large commercial building fire. According to the report, they assisted with man power and water supply. The fire was held to the rear of the building. This past Saturday afternoon, Westran Fire received a call of a Polaris Razor ATV on firesouth of Huntsville. Fireman quickly responded and extinguished the fire before it spread to the woods. The ATV was a total loss.

 

CHILLICOTHE BATTLE OF THE BADGES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

The 5th annual Chillicothe Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament is this Saturday night at Danner Park. Come and enjoy an evening with your favorite Cops and Firefighters as they go head to head with a Battle of a lifetime! COPS 2-2 FIREFIGHTERS 2-2. They are all tied up and we will see who will hold strong and take back the lead! In addition, concessions will be available featuring hotdogs, hamburgers, soda, and of course, HOMEMADE ice cream made locally by Shannon Jones!  Admission is a FREE-WILL DONATION. Proceeds will go to help the local YMCA Backpack Buddy Program, so no child goes home hungry! That’s the 5th Annual Chillicothe Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament at 6pm Saturday night at the Blue Field at Danner Park in Chillicothe. Bring the entire family and enjoy some good clean fun/entertainment as the Chillicothe Police Department battles it out against the Chillicothe Fire Department.

 

GREEN CITY POST OFFICE CLOSED DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a local  U.S. post office is now closed due to an unstable exterior wall and other structural issues. A letter dated August 13, 2021, is taped on the front door of the Green City Post Office. It states the post office on the northeast corner of the Green City square is "temporarily closed due to safety concerns." Orange cones and yellow caution tape are blocking off the sidewalk along the east side of the building. You can see a small area along the bottom edge where bricks are bowing outward. That section is located underneath a wall air conditioner unit. The note apologizes for the inconvenience and states that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) appreciates the public's patience as officials assess possible concerns. The building is owned by Green City American Legion Post #365, which leases it to the postal service. City Clerk Rachel Hall told KTVO the city has agreed to take ownership of the building and pay to have it torn down because it is not safe, and the instability continues to get worse. She said conditions have noticeably deteriorated in the past year. A man who has done previous demolition projects for Green City has inspected the building, and he told city officials he will first come and knock the building in on itself to keep it from collapsing onto the sidewalk and into the street. At a later date, he will complete the demolition and haul away the rubble. Hall says the city is working with the postmaster to try and find another suitable building in Green City that can house the post office. Right now, mail for Green City's post office box customers as well as USPS retail services are available at the Green Castle Post Office.

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA ACCEPTING APPLICATOINS FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The Columbia City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for boards and commissions. Boards and commissions are a way for residents to be involved in local government and to represent the voices of their fellow community members. Applications must be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Applications are available on the City’s website at CoMo.gov on the City Council page.   

The following are current boards and commissions openings:  

To view a brief description and eligibility requirements, visit CoMo.gov/Council/Vacancies or contact the Clerk's Office.

HIGHWAY PATROL PROVIDES SYNOPSIS OF NEW LAWS RELATED TO PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION AND MORE THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT AUGUST 28, 2021
The abbreviated descriptions below are intended to make the public aware of some of the new legislation enacted by the Missouri General Assembly which is related to crime and motor vehicles. The listed legislation has been signed into law. Unless otherwise noted, these laws will go into effect August 28, 2021. The Patrol wishes to make the public aware of several of these new laws or changes to increase public awareness and education. For a complete description of these newly enacted laws, visit the Missouri House of Representatives or Missouri Senate websites or click on the links provided within this news release.

SB 26 PROVISIONS RELATED TO PUBLIC SAFETY & SB 53, 60 MODIFIES PROVISIONS RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY

EXCURSION GAMBLING BOATS (Sections 313.800, 313.805, and 313.812 RSMo) This bill modifies requirements that gaming facilities must be located on a boat, ferry, or other floating facility to allow a casino to be on a nonfloating facility within 1,000 feet of the Missouri River or Mississippi River, as defined in the bill.

RAP BACK PROGRAM (Section 590.030 RSMo)
This bill provides that, in addition to current requirements for licensure, peace officers must submit to being fingerprinted on or before January 1, 2022, for the purposes of a criminal history background check (including FBI records) and enrollment in the state and federal Rap Back Program. Additionally, any time a peace officer is commissioned with a different law enforcement agency he or she must submit to being fingerprinted. The resulting report shall be forwarded to the peace officer's law enforcement agency. The Rap Back enrollment shall be for the purposes of peace officer disciplinary reports as required by law.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS (Section 590.502 RSMo)
The bill establishes the "Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights" and specifies certain rights a law enforcement officer has when they are the subject of an administrative investigation or are being questioned or interviewed. These rights include being informed of the violation, requiring the complaint to be supported by a sworn affidavit, and allowing the officer to have an attorney or any duly authorized representative. The bill provides that any law enforcement officer who is suspended without pay, demoted, terminated, transferred, or placed on a status resulting in economic loss is entitled to a full due process hearing. Agencies will be deemed to be in compliance with this section if they already have a substantially similar policy in place.

FLASHING LIGHTS ON MOTOR VEHICLES (Sections 304.022 and 307.175 RSMo)
This bill adds vehicles and equipment owned, leased, or operated by a coroner, medical examiner, or forensic investigator of the County's Medical Examiner's Office, when responding to a crime scene, motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or any location at which the services of those professionals have been requested by a law enforcement officer, to the list of vehicles authorized to use or display fixed, flashing, or rotating red or red and blue lights.

HEAD START SCHOOL BUSES (Section 304.050 RSMo)
This bill provides that a certified Head Start school bus is subject to all provisions that a certified school bus is subject, including in statute regarding traffic control for school bus loading, stopping, and passing purposes.
This provision has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.

OFFENSE OF UNLAWFUL POSTING OF CERTAIN INFORMATION ONLINE (Section 565.240 RSMo)
Currently, it is a class C misdemeanor if a person commits the offense of unlawful posting of certain information over the internet if they knowingly post the name, home address, Social Security number, or telephone number of any person on the internet intending to cause great bodily harm or death, or threatening to cause great bodily harm or death to such person.
This bill modifies the current offense by adding "any other personally identifiable information." If a person posts the described information of any law enforcement officer, corrections officer, parole officer, judge, commissioner, or prosecuting attorney, or the information of an immediate family member of such officer, judge, commissioner, or prosecuting attorney, they shall be guilty of a class E felony.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OF POLICE OFFICERS (Section 566.145 RSMo)
The bill provides that a law enforcement officer who engages in sexual conduct with a detainee or prisoner who is in the custody of such officer shall be guilty of a class E felony. A person also commits the offense if the person is a probation and parole officer or a police officer or an employee of or a person assigned to work in a jail, prison, or correctional facility and the person has sexual conduct on duty and the offense is committed by means of coercion.

UNLAWFUL USE OF A LASER POINTER (Section 574.110 RSMo)
This bill creates the offense of using a laser pointer, as defined in the bill, by knowingly directing the light from a laser pointer at a uniformed safety officer, including a peace officer as defined in Section 590.010 RSMo, security guard, firefighter, emergency medical worker, or other uniformed municipal, state, or federal officer. Violation of this offense is a class A misdemeanor.

RESPIRATORY CHOKE HOLDS (Section 590.805 RSMo)
This bill provides that a law enforcement officer is prohibited from knowingly using a respiratory chokehold unless it is being used in defense of the officer or another person from serious physical injury or death. A "respiratory choke-hold" includes the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure to the person's neck with the purpose of controlling or restricting the person's breathing.

POLICE USE OF FORCE DATABASE (Section 590.1265 RSMo)
This bill establishes the "Police Use of Force Transparency bill of 2021." Starting March 1, 2022, each law enforcement agency shall, at least annually, collect and report local data on use-of-force incidents involving peace officers to the National Use of Force Data Collection through the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Use-of-force incidents shall include fatalities and serious physical injuries that are connected to the use of force by an officer. Additionally, each law enforcement agency shall submit such information to the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety shall publish the data reported at least annually and make it publicly available starting March 1, 2023. Finally, the Department of Public Safety shall analyze trends and disparities in rates of use of force by all law enforcement agencies and release a report to the public no later than June 30, 2025, and update it at least every five years.


SB 262 — TRANSPORTATION This bill modifies provisions relating to transportation.
TRANSPORTATION FUNDING This bill enacts an additional tax on motor fuel, beginning with 2.5 cents in October 2021, and increasing by 2.5 cents in each fiscal year until reaching an additional 12.5 cents per gallon on July 1, 2025 (Section 142.803.3 RSMo).

ODOMETER READINGS The bill increases, from 10 years to 20 years, the maximum age of a motor vehicle required to have its odometer readings recorded in certain circumstances (Sections 301.192.1(6) and 301.280.1 RSMo). The bill specifies that the Department of Revenue may allow electronic signatures on written powers of attorney authorizing mileage disclosures and transfers of ownership (Section 407.536.8 RSMo).

COMMERCIAL DRIVING LICENSE BANS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS
The bill enacts a lifetime ban from driving a commercial motor vehicle for any person convicted of using a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving "severe forms of human trafficking in persons,” as defined by federal law (Section 302.755.19 RSMo).


HB 557 — PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
This bill adds a process by which an "exempt-from-licensure residential care facility,” is required to notify the Department of Social Services of their existence and comply with provisions that protect the safety of the children in residence. The provisions include fire and safety inspections, local health department inspections, background checks, medical records for all residents, and information about schools serving the children. This bill creates a process for DSS to provide background checks for licensed residential care facilities or child placing agencies and for residential care facilities subject to the notification requirements of Sections 210.1250 to 210.1286 RSMo. When there are allegations of abuse or neglect in the residential facility, the bill outlines how DSS can petition a court for an order for a home to present a child that is the subject of a child abuse investigation. The bill includes an emergency clause for immediate implementation to protect children.


SB 49 — WATERCRAFT
This bill modifies provisions relating to watercraft and prohibits vessels positioned within 100 feet of a permitted boat dock from being anchored in a manner that obstructs ingress or egress of watercraft to or from the dock, unless authorized by the boat dock permit holder.
The bill also provides that no person shall secure a vessel to or enter upon a private permitted boat dock unless authorized to do so by the boat dock permit holder, or as specified in the bill. A violation of these provisions shall be an infraction. Operating or positioning a vessel in a manner that obstructs or impedes the normal flow of traffic on the waters of this state will be an infraction for a first offense or a class B misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense (Section 306.221 RSMo).

SB 57 — PROVISIONS RELATING TO FUNDING TO CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS TO DETER CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
This bill establishes the "Critical Incident Stress Management Program" within the Department of Public Safety. This program provides services for peace officers to assist them in coping with stress and potential psychological trauma resulting from a response to a critical incident or emotionally difficult event. Additionally, the bill creates the "988 Public Safety Fund" within the State Treasury, which shall be used to provide consultation, risk assessment, education, intervention, and other crisis intervention services to peace officers who have responded to a critical incident or emotionally difficult event. This act also provides that all peace officers shall be required to meet with a program service provider once every three to five years for a mental health check-in.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

08/06/2021 – 08/12/2021

We continue to see an increase in scams. Lately, we have dealt with family emergency scams where they call and try to scare people into sending money to help a loved one in trouble. The scam can play out in many ways, but the game is still the same: The caller lies, tries to scare you, and rushes you to pay so you, don’t have time to think twice or check things out before you send money. If you send the money, chances are you will never get it back.

Over the last 5 years we have taken reports from citizens who have lost a large portion of their life saving to phone scams. According to the F.B.I.’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, over the last 5 years, they have received more than 2.2 million complaints from victims with an estimated total loss of $13.3 Billion dollars. When you receive a telephone call from a possible scammer, always remember, there are no prizes, you won’t be arrested, you do not need to decide now, there is never a reason to send cash or pay with a gift card, and Government Agencies will not call to confirm your sensitive information.

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08/18/2021

 

TWO INJURED IN CRASH SOUTH OF MILLARD TUESDAY

Troopers say two people were injured in a crash on US 63, one mile south of Millard in Adair County Tuesday afternoon. According to the report, 73 year old Jackie Yardley of Glenwood was northbound and had slowed to make a right hand turn when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another northbound auto driven by Mark Henricks, 30, of Columbia. Henricks was not injured, however Yardley was flown by Air Evac to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A passenger in the Yardley auto, Dianna Nelson, age 64 of Glenwood had moderate injuries and was transported by Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment., That crash happened at 4:18 pm Tuesday.

 

BROWNING DRIVER FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH

The patrol said a Browning driver was flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment after his southbound pickup travelled off the right side of the road. The driver over corrected and the pickup went off the left side of the highway, through a fence and struck a tree. 22 year old Alexander Gerst of Browning sustained serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight Eagle to University Hospital in Columbia. That crash happened at 9pm Tuesday night on Highway 5, three quarters of a mile south of Purdin in Linn County

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT MONDAY AFTERNOON

The Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the 4400 block of Rice Road on Monday, Aug. 16 at approximately 3 p.m. The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation involving a robbery and multiple shots fired incidents. The search warrant resulted in three firearms being seized along with evidence of shots being fired in the area. During the search, illegal drugs were discovered inside the home. Two juveniles were detained as a result of the investigation and referred to Boone County juvenile authorities. An adult female was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She was released on a summons. There is still one juvenile outstanding who is a suspect in the robbery investigation. The outstanding juvenile fled the scene armed with a handgun. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.




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August 17, 2021

LAPLATA MAN IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

Troopers say a Zachary Carr, 22 of LaPlata was injured when his eastbound motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve and began skidding. His motorcycle overturned and went off the roadway, ejecting the driver. Carr had moderate injuries and was transported by Grand River EMS to a hospital in St. Joseph for treatment. That crash happened at 11am Monday on Route B in Gentry County, 2 miles north of Alanthus Grove. The Stanbury Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

RALLS COUNTY CRASH RESULTS IN INJURY FOR ONE DRIVER

Three  vehicles were involved in an accident in Ralls County Monday morning. Troopers say Edward Little of Fulton was southbound and stopped in traffic on US 61, three miles south of Hannibal around 11:33 AM due to a turning tractor trailer unit. When another southbound pickup driven by Herman Shindler of Frankford, MO struck the Little auto from the rear. A third southbound vehicle then struck the rear of the Shindler truck. That auto was driven by 78 year old Linda Livers of Vandalia who had minor injuries and was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

The patrol said a Montgomery City woman was arrested in Montgomery County at 10:07 Monday night. According to the arrest report, 65 year old Nicoletta Peatross was charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

MEADVILLE MAN ARRESTED BY PATROL FOR DWI

The patrol arrest report also indicated a Meadville man was arrested for DWI and failure to stop at a stop sign. The patrol said 44 year old Jerry Munsterman of Meadville was arrested at 8:21 pm Monday in Linn County.

 

$2 TUESDAY AT MISSOURI STATE FAIR

You can help make an impact through supporting the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive underway today at the Missouri State Fair. Admission is just $2 with a minimum donation of 2 cans of food or a $2 donation. In addition to $2 admission, you are encouraged to be on the lookout for $2 carnival rides (most rides) and $2 specials at select concessions and vendors all day! In addition, Missouri FFA will host their Food Insecurity Service Day, with over 900 FFA members who share a heart of service to those in need. Their goal is to reduce childhood food insecurity in Missouri and pack over 200,000 child-friendly meals in honor of Missouri’s 200th birthday that will be distributed to six food banks across our state. Stop by the Agriculture Building to learn more about food insecurity at the canned food display, constructed of 3,000 cans of food donated by Woods Supermarket. All cans used in the display will be added to the Food Drive collection and head to food banks following the Fair. It’s the 2021 Missouri State Fair, underway now at the fairgrounds in Sedalia. Yesterday was Farm Family Day, another popular event with fairgoers




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August 16, 2021

MONROE COUNTY HEAD ON CRASH RESULTS IN INJURIES FOR THREE PEOPLE

Two pickup trucks collided head-on Saturday morning shortly after 11am on MO 154 in Monroe County, 2 miles west of Perry. The patrol said 39 year old Ryan Conner of Bowling Green was eastbound and attempted to pass and struck a westbound pickup driven by 61 year old Mark Boyer of Washington, MO head-on. Conner who was traveling alone at the time of the crash along with a passenger in the Boyer pickup, 60 year old Deborah Boyer of Washington, MO both had serious injuries. Mark Boyer had moderate injuries and was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. Deborah Boyer was also transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by Monroe County Ambulance. Conner was flown by Air Evac Helicopter fo University hospital in Columbia. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe and Ralls County Ambulance Districts, the Perry, Paris and Center Fire Departments all provided additional assistance to State Troopers on the scene.

 

SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MARION COUNTY SUNDAY

A New London driver, Jeffrey Temple, age 36 had serious injuries and was flown by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol said Temple swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and ran off Route M at Emerson in Marion County. That crash happened Sunday morning at 8:15am.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN INJURIED IN CRASH SOUTH OF KIRKSVILLE FRIDAY EVENING

A Kirksville woman, 55 yar old Cynthia Partin had serious injuries and was transported to Northeast Regional Hospital by Adair County Ambulance after she lost control of her northbound  Can-Am Spider and it ran off the left side of the road, ejecting the driver. That accident happened on US 63, a half a mile south of Kirksville at 8:30 Friday evening. Kirksville Police and Adair County Sheriff’s department and Adair County Ambulance assisted at the scene.

 

MINOR INJURIES IN CALLAWAY COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

Two people had minor injuries in a Callaway County accident on Route JJ, a half a mile north of County Road 1008 in Callaway County at 5:30 pm Sunday. The patrol said Andy Schaefer, 31 of Fulton was driving when his auto travelled off the roadway and struck a tree. Schaefer refused medical treatment. A passenger, a male, age 11 was transported by private vehicle to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Schaefer was later charged with DWI with physical injury, failure to drive on right half of roadway resulting in an accident. He was released from the Callaway County jail.

 

MEXICO DRIVER HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

Troopers say 57 year old Carl Wolfe of Mexico was the driver of a vehicle that ran off the left side of Route J, just west of Route O in Audrain County when it left the roadway and struck a ulitility pole. The vehicle the returned to the roadway and the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to run off the roadway again and strike an embankment. Wolfe received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Audrain County Community Hospital in Mexico. That crash occurred around 2pm Saturday afternoon. Wolfe was also charged with felony DWI as a result of that crash

 

MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH

The patrol reports a trooper with assistance by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department and Callaway County Fire Department investigated a UTV accident that occurred at 12:30 AM on Saturday morning. According to the report 21 year old Cody Watson of Fulton was the driver of the southbound UTV when it travelled off the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle rturned to the roadway and then travelled off the roadway again and overturned. Watson was not injured, however a passenger, 21 year old Miranda Phaff of Montgomery City had serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. That crash happened on County Road 183 in Callaway County, just north of County Road 1002.

 

ATV CRASH ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RESULTS IN INJURIES

Troopers report 63 year old Larry Jones of Thompson was operating an ATV on private property at 12045 County Road 945 in Audrain County around 11am Saturday. Authorities say the ATV driven by Jones was traveling northbound when it struck a tree. Jones had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. A passenger, a 5 year old male juvenile received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

 

THREE VEHICLES AND THREE DRIVERS FROM NEW BLOOMFIELD INVOLVED IN COLLISION FRIDAY AFTERNOON

The patrol said 64 year old Richard Thompson failed to yield at Route Y at Callaway County Road 363 Friday afternoon shortly after 3:30 pm and entered the intersection when his auto was struck by another audo driven by 26 year old Nathan Goans of New Bloomfield who’s auto was then struck by another vehicle driven by a 16 year old male Juvenile of New Bloomfield. The juvenile had minor injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital byCallaway County Ambulance personnel.

 

TROOPERS MAKE SEVERAL AREA ARRESTS IN TROOP B AREA

Troopers report the arrest of Christopher A. McFarland, 42 of Novinger at 2:22 Sunday afternoon in Adair County. McFarland was charged in a felony probation warrant for felony resisting arrest and careless and imprudent driving.  James M. Kain, 52 of Milan was arrested at 12:50 pm Sunday for felony driving while revoked, no insurance and displaying plates of another. He was released from the Adair County Jail. Shortly before 10 o’clock Saturday night 62 year old Dwight A. Schumacher of Mendon was arrested on a felony charge of sex offender residing within 100 foot of a school, along with 7 counts of failure to register as a sex offender. He was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Chariton County jail in Keytesville.  At 4:59 pm Saturday 42 year old William D. Temple of Keytesville was charged with felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license in Randolph County. At 4:09 pm Saturday Benjamin Ewing, 20, of Kirksville was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance marijuana, speeding and no insurance. In Linn County at 10:22 AM Saturday, Wes Nathan Mansinsay, 19 of New York, NY was arrested on possession of less than 10 grams of pot and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. At 10:13 AM Saturday, 19 year old Daniel Jose of Pacendena, MA was arrested for felony possession of controlled substance-psilocybin, possession of pot and possession of drug paraphernalia. At 2:52 AM Saturday in Randolph County 22 year old Devon Garven-Stewart of Moberly was charged with DWI drugs, operating a vehicle on highway without valid license, failure to drive on right half of roadway resulting in a crash. On Sunday at 4:20 pm in Randolph County Christopher A. Hull, 19 of Moberly was charged with possession of less than 10 grams of pot and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Also Sunday evening at 7:30 pm in Randolph County 18 year old Averie O’Connor of Madison was charged with possession of 10 grams or less of pot and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

JOINT INVESTIGATION BY BROOKFIELD PD & LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESULTS IN ARRESTS


This past Wednesday 08-11-2021 the Brookfield Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Department conducted a joint investigation into multiple acts of vandalism and property damage within the City of Brookfield and Linn County. The suspects spray painted racial, vulgar statements and pictures at multiple points within the city limits and in the county. A Linn County Sheriff's Department patrol vehicle was targeted in the vandalism. The investigation was led by the Detectives of the Brookfield Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Department. The Linn County Detective was able to obtain video footage and identify a suspect purchasing multiple spray paint cans that matched the colors used in the acts of vandalism. The suspects have been identified and as a result three adults have been arrested and charged with, Property Damage Motivated by Discrimination Class D Felony, Property Damage 1st Degree on LEO Class D Felony, 2 counts of Property Damage 1st Degree Class E Felony, 3 counts of Harassment 2nd Degree Class A Misdemeanor. One of the adults has an additional count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon a Class B Felony. Police say 19-year-old Bobby Waddle Jr., 18-year-old Jazmine Camlen, and 19-year-old Charles Slater, all from Brookfield, have been charged in the incident according to a report on KTVO and KTVO dot com. Two juveniles have been referred to the 9th Circuit Juvenile Office. The Brookfield Police Department thanks the City of Brookfield Building and Grounds crew for the quick removal of all the graffiti.  The Brookfield Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Department made arrests based on facts obtained during the investigation and would like to remind everyone that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


 

MAN APPREHENDED AFTER SHORT FOOT CHASE

On Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in Associate Circuit Court in Livingston County the bond supervision employee spoke with a person that had appeared in court about a drug screen.  The male gave an answer and then asked further about drug use and being told the person was being directed to submit to a urine sample the man fled from the Courthouse.  Wednesday afternoon Livingston County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) received arrest warrants from the Associate Court for Nicholas Allen Duckworth, 29, Chillicothe for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Failure to Appear in Court on class A misdemeanor Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear in Court on class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance, total bond of $25,000. A short while later 2 deputies responded to the area of 100 block of Mitchell in Chillicothe in attempt to serve these warrants when 1 deputy made eye contact with Mr. Duckworth who instantly fled on foot from the officers.  The deputies were able to pin him into a block area and one or more citizens were helpful in pointing out Duckworth's direction of travel on foot but we were unable to see the suspect enter any home. Several Chillicothe Police Officers responded to assist and multiple homes were searched for the suspect.  Duckworth was found hiding in a second home and taken into custody without further incident.  CPD detained an additional male for a short while.  Duckworth was taken to the Law Enforcement Center and processed, then transported to Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.  Additional report of Resisting Arrest by Flight will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.

 

TRAFFIC  STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

August 10, 2021 at 2:01 a.m. a Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle on U.S. 36 near Utica for traffic violation(s) and the stop ended up with the deputy seizing significant number of LSD hits, smaller amounts of Methamphetamine, possible MDMA (Ecstasy) pills, Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Harley Eugene Traister, 46, Texas for alleged Possession of Controlled Substance(s).  The subject was processed at the Law Enforcement Center and a warrant was issued for his arrest. At last word the subject was being held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail in lieu of bond.  Additional investigation continues.

 

DRUG CHARGES AND FLEEING ARREST

Around 9:20 p.m. on August 11, 2021 Livingston County Sheriff’s Department staff were attempting to assist the Chillicothe Police as a vehicle was fleeing from them.  A Livingston County Deputy located the vehicle as it had ran off the roadway on LIV 238 and the driver had fled.  A methamphetamine smoking pipe was located, as was a cell phone.  Security footage showed one female fleeing from the scene and officers were able to identify a suspect.

On the morning of August 12, 2021 about 8:36 a.m. the suspect was found in that vicinity when she attempted to contact someone at a rural home.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s office subsequently arrested Peggy Jo Zorn, 42, Chillicothe for alleged Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest by Flight.  Ms. Zorn was allegedly found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia at the time of actual arrest.  Zorn was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on 24 hour hold pending filing of formal charges.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY COURT NEWS

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department said in a Face book post Saturday, August 14, 2021 that an upcoming news release would provide additional details as a result of State Road F area proactive patrols and that an additional 141 grams of meth with a few accessories were recovered as a result of those efforts. The Sheriff’s office said the Street value of the meth is 14,000.  

 

Earlier in the week, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 a news release from the sheriff’s office posted on social media said 16 people were arrested as a direct result of deputy patrols and investigations.

 

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